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Obamas moving remembrance of the flawed but fierce Barbara Bush is a must-read.

On April 17, 2018, America lost its 41st first lady and the mother of its 43rd president. Barbara Bush passed away at her Houston home at the age of 92. A well-known — but flawed — first lady, she used her platform to advocate for increased family literacy. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images. In a thoughtful display of bipartisanship and respect, Barack Obama, ever a champion of goodness toward all people, wrote a lovely, heartfelt statement in remembrance of Bush. Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara…

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It’s official: The Obamas have their first fellows. They’re impressive, to say the least.

Michelle and Barack Obama have always been dedicated to public service and diversity, and their foundation’s new fellowship program is indicative of their commitment to those values. Photo by Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images. The Obama Foundation has announced its first round of fellows — an extremely diverse group of scholars.   Today, the @ObamaFoundation welcomes the first class of Obama Foundation Fellows. You all give me so much hope. You represent the continuation of the possibilities for change around the world. Barack and I believe in you, and we couldn’t be…

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This man is helping end toxic masculinity one kitten lunchbox at a time.

Cats are the undisputed rulers of the internet. And because recent research suggests that our feline friends would murder us all if they weren’t so small, it’s probably best that we continue appeasing them by purchasing shirts, mugs, and all other manner of cat-branded accoutrements to continue showing our undying fealty to these juggernauts of the animal kingdom. There’s one problem, though: Despite the fact that cats are metal AF, they’re somehow still seen as animals “only girls like.” Ridiculous, right? One man certainly thought so. And he’s doing something…

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Parkland students offer 7 great ideas about gun control plus a ridiculous one.

In the lead-up to the March For Our Lives, The Guardian turned its pages over to the editors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s student paper. Eagle Eye staff wrote or edited more than a dozen stories on the British tabloid’s U.S. website, complete with a number of great on-the-ground reports from the march itself. It was a really great idea, giving a large platform to some budding young journalists, and was largely well-received. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez stands with other students during the Washington, D.C.…

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A protestor was handed this lollipop at March for Our Lives. The reason why is chilling.

In the second grade, a dentist pulled my tooth with no anesthetic. It had been hanging by a thread, and while I remember the pain being immense at the time, it was quickly subdued by a visit to the dental office’s toy box, where I found a sticker and a small bottle of bubbles. The dentist handed over my tooth, too, and told me to put it under my pillow. The next morning, it had been replaced with a dollar bill. Rewards for making it through an uncomfortable situation with…

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Obama praises Parkland students, says a lot of today’s problems are caused by ‘old men.’

Obama was elected by young people. Now, he wants to empower the next generation. In 2008, when Facebook and Twitter were still new on the scene, young voters used social media to help propel Barack Obama to the White House. He knows firsthand how powerful a force they can be when inspired by a cause they believe in. During a talk in Japan, Obama revealed that he’s channeling his post-presidential legacy into finding ways to help tomorrow’s leaders connect and work together. Obama said if he can successfully create a…

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These gun owners support stricter gun control for amazing reasons we all need to hear.

Photo courtesy of Nathan Dannison. Nathan Dannison received his first firearm — a Browning bolt action .22 rifle — as a Christmas gift when he was 11 years old. Now 34, he’s owned guns consistently since and enjoys hunting and clay shooting. But he says the line gun owners are expected to toe when it comes to the national gun control debate is troubling. “We’ve let the Hollywood cowboy wannabes take over the debate,” he says. “We’ve let the NRA devolve from a conservation and education organization into something unrecognizable.”…

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Parkland kids are changing America. Here are the black teens who helped pave their way.

Illustration by Tatiana Cardenas/Upworthy. As thousands across the nation prepare to take to the streets on March 24, 2018, for The March for Our Lives, we’re taking a look at some of the root causes, long-lasting effects, and approaches to solving the gun violence epidemic in America. We’ll have a new installment every day this week. America hasn’t been the same since Feb. 14, 2018. That’s when a 19-year-old man shot and killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and citizens around the country became rightfully outraged. 70%…

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Maybe Joy Behar should apologize for this joke but not to Mike Pence.

Mike Pence and conservative activists want Joy Behar to apologize on behalf of “offended” Christians everywhere, but it turns out that outrage is manufactured purely to score political points. It all began back in February when “The View” co-host took part in a segment on whether the vice president’s religious views are good for the country. After two of her co-hosts mocked the VP for reportedly claiming to speak directly with Jesus Christ, Behar quipped, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.…

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A male feminist just torched a bunch of sexist trolls in the most delicious way.

Women’s rights demonstrators at an International Women’s Day 2018 rally in London, England. Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images. Globally, women are demanding that their voices be heard. Today is International Women’s Day, which marks pretty much the only time all year when we officially celebrate all the “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women,” while also reflecting on the fact that all of us need to work towards “accelerating gender parity” on a global scale. Because gender parity doesn’t exist — and that’s not just an opinion. It’s…

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Barbie is known worldwide for being tall, white, and blonde. Well, until now.

Times are a-changin’. In honor of International Women’s Day, the makers of Barbie — who only a year ago turned their flagship doll into an engineer — are about to release a trio of diverse, fiercely feminist dolls modeled after Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, American pilot Amelia Earhart, and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. The new series, “Inspiring Women,” is part of a larger initiative by the company to educate young girls about some of the most rebellious and daring women in history. Each doll will come with the real woman’s…

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Lee Pace responded to the backlash over his sexuality. Was he in the wrong?

Actor Lee Pace just reignited a dormant debate in Hollywood. Should LGBTQ celebrities feel a responsibility to live out and proud? Or should they have the same right to privacy when it comes to their sexuality and identity as anyone else?   The actor (known for “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Hobbit”) once played a gay character on Broadway in “The Normal Heart,” a story reflecting the pain and injustice of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. He recently spoke with W magazine about his return to the stage…

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A charity in Philando Castile’s name just helped pay off hundreds of students’ lunch debt.

The world watched Philando Castile die, but thanks to the work of a new foundation, his legacy lives on. On July 6, 2016, 32-year-old Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter when they were pulled over by two St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officers. During what should have been a routine traffic stop, officer Jeronimo Yanez fired seven shots into the car, hitting Castile five times. Castile died soon after at a local emergency room. What made Castile’s death especially shocking was the fact that the incident was…

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Utah lawmakers made a rap video. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Picture this: Legislators for the great state of Utah gather in their chamber wondering, “How do we get young people to care about laws?” And then, a mysterious voice from the shadows whispers, “Make a rap. It will be fun,” before spraying a cloud of some kind of cartoonish “agreeability mist” into the air and scampering back to an evil lair. And somehow, before the agreeability mist wore off, these seemingly reasonable lawmakers set to work on writing, filming, editing, and releasing the best/worst rap video of all time. That…

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