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The U.S. Is Falling Behind Developed Countries in One Shameful Way


The U.S. might be the richest country in the world, but its wealth is failing one segment of the population: children.

The Biggest Threat to Women on the Internet Isn't Creeps — It's Police Incompetence


What could possibly make revenge porn worse than it already is? Try the lack of interest from the very authorities that exist to protect us from it.

What High School Sex Ed Would Teach If It Was Honest


If sex education in American schools was truly comprehensive in the way that such an education in a rich, first-world nation should be, then maybe the U.S.

Forget Fracking: Solar Power Actually Has a Bright Future in the US


The news: If current trends hold, in just a couple of years, solar power will no longer be a niche market limited to well-off, eco-conscious people: It will become a mainstream method of energy production.

In Praise of Tom Menino, America's Most Humble Mayor


Boston has lost its mascot. Thomas L. Menino, who served as Boston's longest-serving mayor through the beginning of this year, died Thursday at age 71.

Intense Photos Show What's Happening in Burkina Faso Right Now


Burkina Faso is in the middle of a quiet revolution. Protesters toppled the statue of the West African country's president and stormed Parliament on Thursday before setting the building on fire as the third day of demonstrations reached a tipping point in the capital Ouagadougou.

7 Things Men Get Wrong About Street Harassment


Why do men not understand the meaning of harassment? A viral PSA documenting the ceaseless street harassment a woman encounters in New York in one day dovetailed into — you guessed it — more harassment.

20 Charts Show a Side to America Most People Never See


The American Dream is dead! We’re no longer #1! America is falling apart! With all the sensationalist media coverage of everything from America’s terrible economy to the Ebola epidemic, you would think America is on the brink of collapse.

After Decades of Violence, Mexicans Are Taking a Powerful Stand Against Corruption


The news: Last month, 43 student teachers went missing in the small town of Iguala in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

Everyone Needs to Read Tim Cook's Powerful Essay Coming Out as Gay


Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged he's gay for the first time.  In an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek, the 53-year-old said he hopes his openness will help others struggling with their sexuality and help establish equal rights for people regardless of their personal leanings.

Yes, the Tea Party Has a Big Fat Race Problem


The news: With midterm elections just days away, it looks like the Tea Party will have little trouble mobilizing its base: a Gallup poll last week found that 73% of self-identified tea partyers were "extremely/very motivated" to participate in the upcoming elections, a much higher number than other Republicans or Democrats.

Jian Ghomeshi Will Recover, His Alleged Victims Won't


If you've been accused of crimes against women, it's been a good week for you. Whether you're part of New Zealand's "Teen Rape Club" who just got completely acquitted of any charges or you're Bill Cosby, a man who still roams free despite being accused of rape by 13 different women, there's no pitchfork mafia going after you.

Harvard Released a Study of Young Voters, and There's Bad News for Obama


Millennials are America's largest generation. And in this election cycle, they're up for grabs. Harvard's Institute of Politics published a poll of America's 18- to 29-year-olds Wednesday that indicates this critical constituency hasn't hardened into a predictable voting bloc, and they could be a game-changer in some states on Election Day.

3 Charts Prove That Marijuana Legalization Is the Future of America


The news: If there was any doubt that marijuana legalization is the future of America, the U.S. Senate has its first marijuana legalization advocate.

This Is What the World Series Looked Like 100 Years Ago


If baseball is a metaphor for America, then there's no better way to see how much society has changed than a look back at the World Series a century ago.  In 1914, the Boston Braves, who had rallied from last place in July to capture the National League pennant, defeated the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics in four games.

A Modern Jim Crow Law Exists, and It Could Affect 7 Million People


Jim Crow laws are back.  At least according to civil rights giant Rev. Joseph Lowery, as reported by Al Jazeera America, which released a new investigation Wednesday into a wave of injustices behind a huge program meant to fight voter fraud.

The Biggest Reasons Young People Do — Or Don't — Get Hired


The news: America's best companies would love to start hiring Millennials — if only they weren't such selfie-taking narcissists.

An African Country's President Wants to Extend His Rule. His Citizens Have a Better Idea


The news: When Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore announced this week an initiative to extend his 27-year rule over the West African nation, his citizens decided they had had enough.

22 Horror Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now


Halloween is this week, and while you might be too old for trick-or-treating, you're probably old enough to watch an R-rated movie.


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