Abe Foxman leads the Anti-Defamation League.
Wanted: Crusader against anti-Semitism. After 27 years, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will retire in July 2015. The 73-year-old is a Holocaust survivor who joined the organization in 1965. In a letter released by the ADL, Foxman wrote of his "passion to fight for the safety and security of the Jewish people" and how the organization allowed him to fight "bigotry and all forms of oppression."
Dumb Starbucks opens to long lines in L.A.
You can get a Dumb Frappuccino, a Dumb Iced Coffee, and listen to Dumb Jazz Standards at Dumb Starbucks, a parody store that adds the word "dumb" to everything Starbucks. The shop opened Friday in L.A. to long lines and big laughs. But the Seattle coffee giant is not amused. "We are evaluating next steps and while we appreciate the humor, they cannot use our name, which is a protected trademark," says Zack Hutson, a spokesman for the company. But Dumb Starbucks says that the operation is legal because it is considered parody art.
More girls are reporting their boyfriends stalk them via text message or threaten to humiliate them with social media. What starts in cyberspace rarely ends there.
When most hear the words “domestic violence,” the image of someone physically battered comes to mind. But technology is increasingly replacing fists as the weapon of choice in abusive relationships.Katie Ray-Jones, president of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, explained that one of the goals of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February is to educate teens and their parents about the perils of dating abuse in all its forms. Ray-Jones explained that in recent years they have seen a significant increase in the number of girls contacting the Hotline to report treatment by their boyfriends that didn’t fit traditional definitions of violence but certainly constituted abuse.
General Eric Holder announced that the DoJ will recognize same-sex marriages in all jurisdictions. For the 34 states still resisting marriage equality, it's time to get on board with the future.
“People all over the world / Join hands / Start a love train. Love train!” —The O’JaysAttorney General Eric Holder has announced that his agency will issue a memorandum this week stating that the Department of Justice will recognize same-sex marriages to the full extent of the law in all jurisdictions. That means that, in the 16 states where marriage equality is already the law of the land, those loving couples will now be treated equality in matters from survivor’s benefits to bankruptcy proceedings to prison visitations that the Department of Justice oversees.
The 33-page New York Supreme Court decision from Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against Mia Farrow sheds light on the Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow back-and-forth.
It is, quite frankly, incredible how the Dylan Farrow-Woody Allen saga has played out in the public discourse. But, for all the fiery op-eds by journalists on the child sexual abuse allegations levied by Farrow against Allen, and the subsequent firestorm of controversy, few have sat down and analyzed the 33-page decision from New York Supreme Court Justice Elliott Wilk in Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against his former partner, Mia Farrow (Farrow would later go on to name one of her adopted children, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, after the judge).
Democrats hope the GOP’s wishy-washiness in continuing to side-step immigration reform sways the Latino vote over to their side of the ballroom.
When House Speaker John Boehner announced on Thursday that comprehensive immigration reform was unlikely to pass this year, the news sunk Democrats in the House and the Senate who had spent well over a year working on the bill. But it may prove to be a lifeline. Why? Because Democrats in the Senate are facing an awful difficult electoral environment in which to defend their 55-45 majority. According to political forecasts, six of the seats most likely to flip—and nine of the top 11—are held by Democrats.
It’s almost inevitable that Michael Sam will be drafted after coming out of the closet Sunday. When he is, decades of debate about what would happen in such an event will be tried in real life.
In September 2014, the NFL will start the season as usual. There will be fireworks and jets flying over the stadiums. But, when the players stand along the sidelines, silently mouthing the words to the Star Spangled Banner and waiting for the game to begin, something will be different. Almost certainly, at least one player will be openly gay. The NFL was founded in 1920 and it’s almost certain that gays have played in the league since its inception, when teams like the Canton Bulldogs faced off against the Dayton Triangles.
A Florida man shot and killed the 17-year-old in a parking lot dispute over hip-hop. Why is standing out still a death sentence for black kids in America?
There was a time when a little music, even a whistle, could get a young man killed.Or at least that was the case with a kid named Emmett. He was a boy of 14, Chicago born and raised, with a persistent stutter left over from an early bout with polio. But Emmett was as confident as they come. A prankster, he would tease his friends and put underwear over their heads while they slept. Emmett was also serious at times, and knew how to stand up for himself.
Creationist Ken Ham is a modestly-educated Australian schoolteacher. But America's long tradition of anti-intellectualism helped him become a star religious entrepreneur.
Ken Ham’s widely watched debate with Bill Nye has brought America’s most significant fundamentalist onto the radar screen of millions of Americans for the first time. Many are shocked to discover that such views still exist and, as polls remind us, are held by more than a hundred million Americans. The Ken Ham phenomenon is uniquely American. Creationism exists largely as an American export in other countries, and I am bombarded with inquiries when I speak on this topic in Europe.
The monster tech firms are stifling competition and consolidating their power while they expand into new markets. Like the old industrial magnates, they want to control everything.
The iconic view of tech companies almost invariably stress their roots in people’s garages, plucky individual entrepreneurs ready to challenge all comers. Yet increasingly the leading tech firms – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and especially Google – have morphed into vast tech conglomerates, with hands in ever more numerous, and sometimes not obvious, fields of endeavor.Ironically, the very entrepreneurial form that defeated Japan’s bid for global technological dominance is morphing into an American version of the famed keiretsu that have long dominated the Japanese economy.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.