TPM Cafe: Opinion

The image is indelible now — a bespangled and confident Beyonce, microphone in hand, standing before a light display that emblazoned the controversial word “FEMINIST” across the stage. As the ubiquitous performer, fresh off her co-headlining “On the Run” tour, presided over the crowd, she was joined by family. Her husband, Jay-Z held their often-hidden daughter Blue Ivy on his lap as she performed, and the Carter family embraced warmly after her performance as Mr. Carter presented his wife with her Video Vanguard Award. So much has been said about Beyonce’s role in the recent resurgence of the feminist movement. But far less has been said about the idea that Jay-Z could also be a feminist.

Read More →

We are slipping up on another presidential election cycle, and once again, threats that Democrats and Republicans would come together to deny Iowa and New Hampshire their irrationally privileged position in the nominating process have come to naught. Aside from having long passed the window for national rules changes, with nothing happening that in any way endangered the duopoly, it’s now getting a bit late for potential candidates to make their initial pay-the-dues appearances in the town halls and potlucks of these two not-exactly-typical states. Indeed, would-be presidents are popping up with some regularity not just in Iowa and New Hampshire but in the cities and towns of their two more diverse geopolitical wingmen, South Carolina and Nevada, with which the First-in-the-Nation Caucus and Primary have shrewdly shared some of their money and attention.

Read More →

It can be hard to be in love. At first, things are intoxicatingly new. Your object of desire changes everything about your life—you go on to everyone you know about how your life is fundamentally altered, about how you think that this time might really be the one.

Read More →

When Indiana woman Purvi Patel learned in mid-August that she was being charged with the crime of feticide, this wasn’t the first time she had been accused of “knowingly or intentionally terminating a human pregnancy with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus.” Patel received a preliminary feticide charge when she was first arrested over a year earlier, a charge that was dropped in exchange for felony neglect.

Read More →

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer as well as a chance for us to reflect on the achievements of American workers. This year, workers across the country have a lot to celebrate, thanks in part to a series of executive orders signed by President Obama, including the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which cracks down on federal contractors who violate labor laws.

In a significant step towards greater accountability for private contractors, corporations will be required to report their labor violations in updates to government agencies every six months, and contractors will also be responsible for making sure any subcontractors are playing by the rules as well. Additionally, the report directs contractors not to require employees to enter into pre-dispute arbitration agreements for sexual assault and harassment crimes, as well as violations of the Civil Rights Act.

Read More →

Yesterday Arizona’s nasty and competitive Republican gubernatorial primary concluded with the right-wing favorite in the race, State Treasurer Doug Ducey, winning with a plurality of the vote over five rivals, including former Mesa mayor Steve Smith, who was endorsed by incumbent governor Jan Brewer. Ducey will have a serious challenge from Democrat Fred DuVal even in this reddish state.

Read More →

The image last week of James Foley kneeling in front of a masked terrorist made me feel something I hadn’t felt in a long time. I’m a lawyer, a father, and an active member of my community, but in another life I was an Army Ranger. Years ago, I carried a gun in the Middle East and fought against the brutal forces like the masked man who murdered Foley.

Read More →

There’s been a lot of discussion this summer about how to talk about abortion. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post have published articles and op-eds focusing on the words that people use when talking about abortion: “pro-choice,” “difficult,” and that infamous phrase, “safe, legal, and rare”

Read More →
Want to contribute to TPM Cafe? Email ideas for your pieces to us at talk@talkingpointsmemo.com
Want to contribute to TPM Cafe? Email ideas for your pieces to us at talk@talkingpointsmemo.com

TPMLivewire