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Q&A with Vicki Lightfoot, candidate for president of the National Treasury Employees Union

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the second-largest federal labor organization, will soon have a new president. After 16 years, Colleen M. Kelley is retiring from the post. The Federal Diary asked each of the four presidential candidates a series of questions before next  [...]

First GOP Debate To Take Place In A State Where Access To Voting Rights Is Getting Worse

When ten Republican presidential candidates gather on stage in Cleveland this Thursday, they’re unlikely to touch on access to the polls, despite the fact that the debate marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the debate’s host state Ohio has been rol [...]

Here’s what not to do at the GOP debate (Video)

A little refresher, in case you forgot what happened in 2012. Go to Source : Here’s what not to do at the GOP debate (Video)

Jimmy Fallon’s own debate: Whether to watch the GOP candidates

It’s not clear if Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” will be watching Thursday’s GOP candidates’ debate. In fact, he had so much trouble deciding whether to tune in, he broke it down into pros and cons: In the pro column: You get to see people complain about  [...]

Your candidate made the debate? Congrats. He might be on TV for five minutes.

Two hours. Ten candidates. Three moderators. Simple math says not every — and perhaps no — candidate in Thursday’s prime-time, top-tier presidential debate is going to get as much time as he would like to make his case to voters. Some of the 10 candidates’ spea [...]

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Voting Rights Act at 50, preview of the GOP debate and more

We begin today’s roundup with The New York Times and its take on tomorrow’s 50th anniversary of The Voting Rights Act: Today there are no poll taxes or literacy tests. Instead there are strict and unnecessary voter-identification requirements, or cutbacks to early voting and  [...]

Political data gurus wrote off Trump. Here’s how they’re defending that.

The data journalists seemed so confident, so calming. “Why Donald Trump Isn’t a Real Candidate, In One Chart,” read the headline in a June 16 post at FiveThirtyEight. On July 18, even after the tycoon-cum-candidate surged in presidential polls, New York Times Upshot  [...]

How does Ted Cruz, college debate champion, prepare for a presidential debate?

How does Ted Cruz, a champion debater at Princeton University, attorney who argued before the Supreme Court and now Republican White House aspirant, prepare for Thursday’s presidential debate? By spending two days holed up in a townhouse on Capitol Hill, discussing strategy and  [...]

Eat, Pray, Post

“This is the cause for obesity in America!” exclaims an Indian subject after eating a Pop Tart in a charming bit of viral fluff called “Indians Taste Test American Sweets.” It’s one of an endless Go to Source : Eat, Pray, Post

What changed since Ferguson? Americans are far more worried about black rights.

On Friday night, The Washington Post will team with WUSA-TV for “An Honest Conversation” about race in America. The special will air at 8 p.m. on WUSA and will be hosted by Bruce Johnson, with The Post’s Clinton Yates also participating. Below, to set up the forum, w [...]

The Big-Ag-Fueled Algae Bloom That Won’t Leave Toledo’s Water Supply Alone

The citizens of Toledo, Ohio, have embarked upon their new summer ritual: stocking up on bottled water. For the second straight year, an enormous algae bloom has settled upon Lake Erie, generating nasty toxins right where the city of 400,000 draws its tap water. It’s a kind of throw [...]

Puerto Rico Crisis Goes From Bad to Worse

Puerto Rico’s economic crisis has only gotten worse in the month since Gov. Alejandro García Padilla told the New York Times the island’s $72 billion in debts was “not payable.” Earlier this week, the island missed a key bond payment, mak [...]

Stop Worrying That Everyone’s Having More Sex Than You

When Rachel Hills tells men that she wrote a book called The Sex Myth, she typically gets one response. “Hah, sex isn’t a myth to me,” she recounts, deepening her voice in mimicry. “Yeah, you definitely get the eye roll from the men.” But for Hills, a New Yor [...]

Gender gap in federal salaries? Let’s not go there anymore, new personnel chief says

The new woman at the helm of the federal personnel office is wasting no time trying to fix a still-nagging pay gap between men and women in government. To wit: Beth Cobert told senior leaders across government last week that what a woman made before coming to government should not be  [...]

New OPM chief Beth Cobert takes aim at gender gap in federal salaries

The new woman at the helm of the federal personnel office is wasting no time trying to fix a still-nagging pay gap between men and women in government. To wit: Beth Cobert told senior leaders across government last week that what a woman made before coming to government should not be  [...]

Here’s How President Trump Could Dismantle Obama’s Climate Rules

This story was first published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Republican presidential candidates gathering in Cleveland for Thursday’s debate are sure to get questions about the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, a [...]

On the night of July 24, Saudi-led coalition warplanes began dropping bombs on two residential compounds in the Yemeni port city of Mokha.  [...]

Harry Reid’s incorrect claim that 30 percent of women rely on Planned Parenthood for health care

“The Republican bill pretends to be for women’s health, but it would prohibit federal funds to go to an organization that is the health care backbone for American women during their lives. In fact, it is the only health care that a significant number of women get. For about 30 percent [...]

Open thread for night owls: At Stone Mountain, confederacy supporters rally for their flag

Originally conceived in 1916 by the landowner, a prominent Ku Klux Klan supporter, as monument to the Confederacy and the revived Klan, the Stone Mountain carvings languished before the project was revived in 1958 by Georgia’s pro-segregation governor and legislature. Last Saturd [...]

To live is to war with trolls

Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ On Saturday, the cast of Ghostbusters visited the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Director Paul Feig’s reboot of the 1984 film is shooti [...]