OPINION: Now Isn’t the Time for Marginalized People to Compromise

Protest outside ICandy nightclub on September 29, 2016. Photo by Ernest Owens.

This week has shown marginalized communities that our adversaries are still alive and well. On Wednesday, President Trump announced plans to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. As most of the LGBTQ community looked at this as another of his assaults on our rights, one member of the community seemed startled.

Caitlyn Jenner, the famed transgender advocate who often bragged about having the ear of the Trump administration on LGBTQ issues, publicly tweeted Trump her newfound dismay: Read more »

Reebok Responds to Trump’s Comment on Brigitte Macron’s Body With Hilarious (and Accurate) Flowchart

We’re sure you’ve heard: Last week President Trump, upon greeting French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, said to her, “You’re in such good shape.” And then the Internet exploded. Because … cringe.

We’ve talked about it before — how commenting on someone else’s body isn’t really your place. But Reebok, in response to Trump’s comment, has done us one better: They’ve created a flowchart that they posted to their Twitter account depicting when it’s appropriate to say to someone, “You’re in such good shape … beautiful.” The only time? When you’ve discovered a “forgotten action figure from your youth, unscathed after decades in your parents’ basement.”

Well done, Reebok. Well done. You can see the full chart below.

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Is This a Pro-Trump Toynbee Tile In Philly?

The tile in question, at the intersection of Broad and Arch streets in Philadelphia. | Photo by Zach Kocis

On Tuesday morning, a photo began making the rounds on Facebook — well, in Philly Facebook anyway — showing what appeared to be one of those weird and sorta legendary Toynbee tiles, bearing a message that some think might be pro-Trump. Read more »

Penn Grad Students Race to Unionize

GET-UP members rally on Penn’s campus on May 9th. Photo courtesy of GET-UP

Graduate teaching and research assistants attempting to organize a labor union at the University of Pennsylvania filed a petition for a recognition election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on May 30th, hoping that the vote can be completed and certified before President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans can reverse a less-than-a-year-old ruling that granted them the right to do so. Read more »

What Philly’s Congress Members Think of Trump’s Climate Deal Exit

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President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate agreement.

Environmentalists, globalists, political and business leaders and some of Trump’s advisers have condemned his decision to leave the climate deal, which unites 192 countries that pledge to pursue aggressive and progressive plans to fight climate change. On the other hand, the exit comes as a relief for White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and the Republican senators who called on Trump to do so. Read more »

The PPD Wants You to Drive With “Covfefe”

Covfefe: the viral typo born into the world last night via President Donald Trump’s small, tweeting hands.

The word has inspired a slew of headlines like “Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ in garbled midnight tweet that becomes worldwide joke” and “What’s a ‘Covfefe’? Trump Tweet Unites a Bewildered Nation” and “Covfefe is a word now. Deal with it.”  Read more »

What Republicans Could Learn About Free Speech From Philly’s Hebrew Israelites

Photograph by Denise Clay

I’ve always been a big fan of spring.

We as Americans tend to talk reverently about spring because it’s seen as a time of renewal. Flowers bloom. It’s baseball season. Heavy coats give way to jean jackets and cardigan sweaters. Everything feels new.

Now, every city has it’s signs of spring. In Washington, D.C., it’s the cherry blossoms. You can smell the magnolias in Charleston, South Carolina. In my family’s home state of Kentucky, spring means shopping for just the right hat to wear to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. Read more »

Forget Trump and Macron — We All Suck at Handshakes

President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels on May 25th. Photo by Evan Vucci/AP

If you’re honest with yourself, you know this: You suck at handshakes. I totally do. And so does Donald Trump. I sympathize.

Trump had a few, very type-A handshakes with French president Emmanuel Macron this week that caught the world’s attention for their comic vigor. And this wasn’t our president’s first handshake drama: He famously avoided shaking hands with Angela Merkel at a White House meeting in March, and had a bizarre yank-and-move interaction with Canadian prime minster Justin Trudeau in February. Read more »

Monday Morning TL;DR: Olive Garden Knife Fight

Here we are again. Another weekend done. Another Monday morning upon us. And if you’ve found yourself here, it’s probably because you want to see some sneakers made of sushi or know the truth about what Trump eats at the White House. Because that’s the news that really matters on a Monday morning.

But we’re going to start with something else this week. Today, we’re beginning with an important piece of investigative (Twitter) journalism: The truth behind what goes on at the Times Square Olive Garden.

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