Here’s the (very conservative) estimate of how many taxpayer dollars Trump officials have wasted

Last week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer joined the cabal of cabinet-level officials from the Trump White House who have to defend themselves against charges of misusing taxpayer dollars for his own benefit. The New York Post discovered that Lighthizer had authorized nearly $1,000,000 in…

Natalie Portman responds to critics of her decision to skip Israeli award ceremony

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman made headlines late last week when she announced her decision to skip the ceremony for the Genesis Prize, an annual award given to notable individuals “who inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values.” The honor,…

After 50 asylum seekers reach border, several illegally turned away

Of the roughly 1,500 asylum seekers who set off toward the U.S. border last month in the so-called “migrant caravan,” some 50 have reached the border, and, according to immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, some are being illegally turned away. “There have already been cases…

What is it like to be black at Harvard? Let me tell you.

I opened my “Black Harvard 2016” group text last weekend to find multiple worried messages about a possible instance of police brutality near campus, apparently perpetrated against a black undergraduate student. As the details — and a video — emerged, I felt myself getting nauseous…

Michigan State is finding new ways to victimize the survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse

Last week, Lindsey Lemke attended the Michigan State University Athletic Gala, a dinner the university hosts for student athletes with GPAs above a 3.0. The gymnast was thrilled and grateful for a night out to celebrate her academic accomplishments. After all, this year has been…

Elon Musk’s ‘Westworld for cars’ has gone horribly wrong

“I’m definitely under stress,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CBS last week, “so if I seem like I’m not under stress then I’m gonna be clear. I’m definitely under stress.” Days later, the billionaire entrepreneur suspended production of his signature Model 3 Tesla, which had smashed…

House GOP leader claims Trump is not paying attention to Mueller

Donald Trump has, by all measures, spent the last several days obsessively complaining about Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Monday’s FBI raid on the office of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. But after dining with the president at the White House on Wednesday night, House…

Talk show host threatens David Hogg in graphic tweet, loses major advertisers

Last week, while Fox News host Laura Ingraham was enjoying her unplanned vacation from the airwaves, a since-deleted tweet from a far-right St. Louis-based talk show host named Jamie Allman threatening 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg circulated widely around the region. “I’ve been hanging out…

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