USA Gymnastics has named Mary Bono as the organization’s newest CEO. In perhaps the least surprising news every published, her hiring was impossibly tone deaf, and the gymnasts she is proposing to lead less than thrilled with the organization’s decision.
Spooky Season is upon us, and what better place to start than with John Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween” and its all-time great music.
Melania Trump demands that women be able to prove abuse they have claimed. She demands this as if proof matters.
This is a live thread about the arrival and impact of Hurricane Michael, a monstrous storm threatening Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Nassar would eventually assault more than 400 more women.
Donald Trump stayed silent for five days. Then he attacked Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser.
In the aftermath of his attempt to rehabilitate Jian Ghomeshi, Ian Buruma is out as the editor of the New York Review Of Books. He will not be missed.
Hurricane Florence is an unfolding storm slamming into the North Carolina coast. This thread will allow for ongoing updates about the storm.
Should I buy a car from Larry’s Automobiles, a dealer known colloquially as Larry’s Lemons?
… and worse and worse…
Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean to death. She survived her subsequent encounters with the police.
As our own Em Carpenter ably wrote Wednesday, West Virginia’s (badly hobbled) Supreme Court refused to allow Don Blankenship to appear as a candidate on the state’s ballots for its Senate election this year. This post is about that decision.
When it comes to abuse, Michigan State University is just like everybody else.
UNC’s Silent Sam has come down, much to the consternation of the racists who wanted him to continue standing.
A Pennsylvania Grand Jury has found more than 300 abusive priests and more than 1,000 of those priests’ victims.
An appreciation of the long-running and beautifully weird The Chris Gethard Show, which ended this week.
Andrew Sullivan is outraged that somebody else on the internet is making wildly offensive claims about entire groups of people.
With the approval and the encouragement of Florida’s government, Michael Drejka shot and killed Michael McGlockton.
Those who defend the police insist that perceptions made in the moment matter most of all and should trump all other concerns and criticisms. They are onto something.
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority makes a decision that happens to align perfectly with its own political preferences. It’s all just the damndest coincidence.
The NFL had to choose between its black players and its conservative white fans. It, very predictably, went with its conservative, white fans.
Back in 2015, in the aftermath of the South Carolina church shooting, Memphis’s City Council decided that it wanted to rid itself of statues celebrating terrorists and traitors. The city’s council voted to get rid of one such statue before being immediately overruled by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Sam Wilkinson talks about what happened next.
A Republican has finally identified the real problem with gun violence: insufficiently respectful teenagers.
Stephon Clark wasn’t armed. The Sacramento Police Department ended his life anyway.
Sam’s most useful recipe, with photos.
Although Andrew Sullivan and Katie Roiphe would never acknowledge it, maybe the Shitty Media Men list was created not as an affront to the concept of due process, but because due process has so often ended up protecting abusers rather than the abused.
Aly Raisman’s righteous anger at Larry Nassar was deserved. So to was her righteous anger at the system that aided and abetted him. But only one of those is going to get the attention that it deserves.
Moira Donegan has acknowledged having created the Shitty Media Men list. She should be lauded for doing so. Her detractors though? They deserve nothing of the sort.
Bernard Law – a man who invested considerable personal energy aiding and abetting the molestation of children – has died.
Tom Petty has passed away at 66.
Magdiel Sanchez had a very good reason for not following the orders that Oklahoma City Police were giving him. That reason did not save his life.
In properly describing Donald Trump as a white supremacist, Jemele Hill joined a crowd of people who have done precisely the same thing. The White House’s response to her having done it though? It was very different.
The inability to recognize another person’s humanity is how it is that Michael Bennett ended up being handcuffed on the ground, after having been threatened.
Netflix’s and Marvel’s The Defenders is underwhelming, underpowered, and unimpressive. And yet, it might one day not be.
You people are really disappointing both Joel Osteen and the authors of the Nashville Statement. You are going to need to fix that if you want to be back in their good graces.
Mitch Albom is very, very offended about these kids today, especially about how offended they get, but also because they do not want to die when they eat food, and also because they have safe sex, oh, and also because…