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Harry and Meghan's Move: 'Cute,' Not Enough

Kim Janssen wants royals to renounce titles, but others are keen for 'spinoff'

(Newser) - "It's cute whenever thirty-something rich kids want to become financially independent of their parents." So begins Kim Janssen's call for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to "have the courage of your convictions" and "renounce your snobby, stupid titles." Prince Harry and Meghan'... More »

This Was David Stern's 'Most Humane' Act

NBA commissioner embraced Magic Johnson after HIV diagnosis, 'figuratively and literally'

(Newser) - The current NBA commissioner says his predecessor , David Stern, turned the basketball league into "a truly global brand." But the legacy that Stern, who died Wednesday at age 77, should be most hailed for is his support of Magic Johnson after the basketball great was diagnosed with HIV,... More »

Attendee of 'Wine Cave' Fundraiser Explains

It was far from a gathering of billionaires, writes one participant at Buttigieg event

(Newser) - It was one of the big moments from the last Democratic debate. Elizabeth Warren took note of a Pete Buttigieg fundraiser and declared, "Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States." Now, in an op-ed in the Washington Post , one of the... More »

Former AG Holder on Bill Barr: 'Unfit' to Serve

Holder calls Barr's conduct 'nakedly partisan,' 'deeply inappropriate' in 'WaPo' op-ed

(Newser) - Past administration officials are often reluctant to take swipes at their successors, and Eric Holder is no exception—but the former attorney general is now speaking up. In a Wednesday op-ed in the Washington Post , Holder blasts AG Bill Barr for "a series of public statements and taken actions... More »

On Giving Tuesday, 'Something for Everyone'

Givers are happier and healthier, so why delay: Patricia Snell Herzog

(Newser) - Giving Tuesday is a time to think of others. But as Patricia Snell Herzog writes at the New York Times , it's also a time to think of yourself. Research shows "giving money away also brings joy to the giver," writes Herzog, an associate professor of philanthropic studies... More »

Rural America Has Big New Problem, and It's Not Ready

Op-ed warns that HIV cases are going to swamp small communities

(Newser) - In big cities around the US, the numbers are encouraging when it comes to HIV. New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and other huge urban centers have reported falling numbers, writes professor Steven W. Thrasher of Northwestern University in a New York Times op-ed. But his isn't a celebratory... More »

You Can't Just Text 'OK'

Nick Douglas urges you to at least use an exclamation mark

(Newser) - Think "OK" and "Yes" are good responses in a text? If so, please use an exclamation point to sound more positive—at least according to freelance writer Nick Douglas. "Otherwise you might sound passive aggressive, dismissive, or angry," he writes at Lifehacker . "There's a... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Calls Out the 'Silicon Six'

He says Zuckerberg, 5 other tech execs hold too much sway over world's information

(Newser) - Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen made a lot of headlines last week when he used a speech before the Anti-Defamation League to call out Mark Zuckerberg for allowing bigots to spread lies and hateful propaganda on Facebook. In a new Washington Post op-ed adapted from the same speech, Cohen again... More »

Star Runner Calls Out Nike in Damning Op-Ed

Mary Cain says company's track and field program is physically and emotionally abusive

(Newser) - "I was the fastest girl in America," Mary Cain recalls in a video op-ed for the New York Times . But her message isn't one of fond recollection. Cain, now 23, delivers a devastating critique of Nike, whose training program she joined as a teenager . Her dream at... More »

Prison for Lori Loughlin? Columnist Says It's 'Nuts'

She deserves a slap on the wrist, not prison time: William McGurn

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin is enduring a lot of bad press of late, but an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal goes against the grain. "Free Lori Loughlin" reads the headline of William McGurn's column, and he means just that. That Loughlin and her husband could get 45 years in... More »

Social Network Writer to FB CEO: Stop 'Assaulting Truth'

Aaron Sorkin takes Mark Zuckerberg to task for not vetting political ads

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds defending Facebook's decision not to fact-check or censor political ads, saying he doesn't feel the social media site should be in the business of stymieing free speech. Except screenwriter Aaron Sorkin doesn't exactly think that's what Facebook's move... More »

Comic Who Faced Weinstein: I Laughed at a 'Monster'

Kelly Bachman explains what was going through her mind during last week's incident at NYC bar

(Newser) - The comedian who confronted Harvey Weinstein during her set at a Manhattan bar last week was heckled, booed, and ultimately booted from the venue. Now Kelly Bachman is speaking out again, this time via an opinion piece in the New York Times in which she says she's "proud"... More »

WSJ Sees Hypocrisy Among Trump's Critics

'Wall Street Journal' editorial says his opponents are trampling constitutional norms

(Newser) - The conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal sees an "irony" at play in the current DC turmoil: "In the rush to impeach Mr. Trump for his real or imagined violations of political norms, his opponents have no problem violating norms themselves," declares an editorial. The... More »

Cut the A/C— 'It Ain't That Bad'

'Just imagine how your grandchildren are going to feel in 2060'

(Newser) - Franklin Schneider has never had an air conditioner, not that he hasn't had the opportunity. "When I mention this to acquaintances, some flat-out don't believe me; others seem concerned for my health, begging me to accept old window units they have in their closets," the New... More »

Reagan's Daughter Addresses His Racist Words

Future president's comments were recorded in a call with Nixon

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan's daughter says there's no defense for the newly revealed racist comments he made in 1971. Patti Davis doesn't recognize the person who said those things, she says, and she wouldn't have believed he had if his words hadn't been recorded on tape . But... More »

Rep. Omar Calls Trump Racist in New Op-Ed

She writes that the 'send her back!" chant will be a 'defining moment' in US history

(Newser) - The rally during which supporters of President Trump chanted "send her back!" wasn't just a blip on the political radar, writes Rep. Ilhan Omar in the New York Times . It "will be a defining moment in American history," writes the Somalia native, who was actually... More »

Trump Critic in the GOP Makes Surprise July 4 Announcement

Rep. Justin Amash is leaving his party

(Newser) - He'd already quit a Republican caucus ; now Justin Amash is abandoning the GOP altogether. In a Fourth of July surprise, the Michigan congressman, who's made recent headlines for being the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic," made a big announcement in the Washington Post : "Today, I am... More »

Megan Rapinoe's Girlfriend Has Some Things to Say

WNBA's Sue Bird defends Rapinoe and sings her praises amid feud with Trump

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe isn't just leading the US women's soccer team to victories in the World Cup, she also happens to be publicly sparring with the president of the United States. Now, in a wildly entertaining op-ed in the Players' Tribune , Rapinoe's partner, WNBA player Sue Bird, weighs... More »

Well, That Didn't Go Well

First Democratic debate was too much and too little: Margaret Sullivan

(Newser) - President Trump was on to something when he tweeted Wednesday about the unprofessionalism of the first Democratic candidates' debate . "As a 'not ready for prime time' moment, this one ranked right up there," media columnist Margaret Sullivan begins at the Washington Post . At the start of hour... More »

Peggy Noonan: Let's Ditch This 'Imperious Twerp'

'Journal' columnist goes after Mark Zuckerberg and big tech

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan won't be receiving any more invitations to a private gathering with Mark Zuckerberg. In her latest op-ed, Noonan refers to Zuckerberg as an "imperious twerp" who summons people as if he were a prince. More to... More »

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