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Must See Movies About Politics
Often when we look at the political theater, it almost seems like the political maneuvers senators and generals pull are facelifted from the latest cinematic political thriller, almost as though real life is following a movie script. Still, Hollywood can't be beaten when it comes to entertaining political madness (as opposed to real life's soul crushing political madness). Cinematic politicians speak with unmatched eloquence, dressed to impress, and don't look like melted ice cream sundaes stuffed into a suit. Politicians in the movies may be sometimes corrupt, but oftentimes they fight for the American ideal. Or other times, we see the man--normal people, outside the political theater--fighting for the American way. That’s what audiences long for: a movie that can be at once thrilling, exciting, and inspiring. The very best political movies leave us breathless, leave us inspired, and leave us with an impression about what this country could be if only the cards fell just into place.
Confronting Men's Issues From A Transgender Perspective
I've always called myself a feminist, and I've always been proud of it. Having known so many strong women in my time, how could I not be a feminist?
We Are ALL Wonder Women
On International Women's Day, it's easy to think of the women with celebrity status who have been held up for us to admire.
For Whom the Dictionary Trolls
The idea of “the resistance” has taken on many forms since Jan. 20th. Much of its new power and identity has been a product of visible protest in the streets, on blogs and in the airwaves since Donald Trump took office. But for months now, there’s been another free-floating resistance, a pushback of words and language by the people whose business it is to know words and language, and how to use them.
Supreme Court Moves Gavin Grimm Case To Lower Court
Virginia high schooler Gavin Grimm has had his day in court neatly sidestepped by the Supreme Court. After two different legal battles, the Supreme Court was supposed to hear the case March 28. It has now declined to do so as a result of President Donald Trump's decision to rescind protections for transgender students on the federal level. The case is now sent back to the lower courts for debate.
Sir Patrick Stewart Going For United States Citizenship?
Make it so. The man behind such characters as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Captain Jean-Luc Picard and, more recently, Professor X of the X-Men franchise wants to become a permanent United States citizen as a result of President Trump.
Trump On The Slide?
Is today the beginning of the end of the political career of Donald J. Trump? The news that the Russian involvement in the run up to the Presidential election was far more serious than first reported, and many times worse than the new administration has admitted.
Parents Of Transgender Kids Request Meeting With President Trump
Parents of eight transgender children from across America want a meeting with President Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other key government officials sooner, rather than later.
Women, the Anti-Trump March, and Gun Rights
** As an instructor trained by the NRA and licensed by the BSA, I professionally teach children how to shoot, and what their responsibilities with guns are. I've turned teenage girls into sharpshooters. Feel free to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.
Messages to the President
President Donald Trump finally commented on the Oscars, finding his own way to make it all about him: “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump said in a Monday interview with Breitbart News.
What is a Joint Session of Congress?
As President Trump addresses his first Joint Session of Congress only months after stepping into the presidency, the American people are allowed an insiders look into a tradition which began in the 18th century. While Trump's Presidency has been rocked by many controversial, game changing moments, for many, this return to traditional normalcy almost comes as a relief.
Why The UK Needs Electoral Reform
The 2015 General Election came and went, delivering a Conservative majority government with Labour failing to engage the electorate as a credible alternative and ended up having less seats than they did after the 2010 General Election, which must have been disappointing and shocking in equal measure to the Labour leadership. The Scottish National Party (SNP), as predicted, swept through Scotland gaining a landslide, winning 56 out of 59 seats. Nicola Sturgeon's bold conviction and a presentation of a new progressive form of politics tuned in to the social beating heart of Scotland. The Liberal Democrats faced the wrath of the electorate, getting pulverised with only 8 seats being won with heavy ministerial losses such as Vince Cable (Business Secretary) and Danny Alexander (Treasury). In many constituencies they were behind both the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Greens. The explosion of the UKIP movement failed to make an impact on the Commons with only one seat being won whilst Nigel Farage failed to win South Thanet. This, in particular, brought the issue of electoral reform back into the public consciousness.