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How Tina Turner helped Black girls and women feel free

The iconic performer followed no path but her own and gave many of us the courage to do the same.


Ron DeSantis’s ill-conceived campaign

The Florida governor tries to take on Trump without offending MAGA.

Joan Wickersham

Don’t call my breasts ‘boobs.’ It’s degrading.

The tone of the word “boobs” is jaunty and jokey and a little bit tough: women taking back and wielding a word that was once used to demean us. But the word is still degrading.

Lydia Edwards

Rachael Rollins is a flawed messenger but her message is not

We must look past her to the policies she advocates and measure those policies against ongoing challenges.


Dan Payne, a political consultant in a league of his own

Millions of Americans have no doubt chuckled over a Payne TV spot, for Dan used humor to clarifying effect in political ads that imparted both a laugh and a message.


There is no ‘14th Amendment option’ to raise the debt ceiling

It will take an act of Congress to set a new borrowing limit — and it will take good faith negotiation to pass an act of Congress.


To the moon, Mad Men

Look! Up in the sky! It’s an ad!

Hugh Courtney

An Alzheimer’s drug is slowing my disease, but Medicare and Medicaid won’t cover it

The fact that most people cannot access these treatment breakthroughs dulls the brighter future offered by these treatments.