Moral Preening in the World of Philanthropy

In a recent interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, explained that many of of the nonprofit leaders receiving money from his foundation “feel muzzled… Many feel they can’t or shouldn’t speak up.” Oliphant says that foundation leaders and philanthropists need to set an example: “Our grantees are watching … Continued

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Do Conservative Women Deserve Respect Too?

Nearly each day there is another revelation about a man who abused women (and girls, and boys) and took advantage of his powerful position. Abusers banked on people staying silent and tolerating their behavior. The good news is that these days seem to be coming to an end: Powerful men are surely taking note that … Continued

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Flipping Off the President Doesn’t Make You a Hero

Meet the newest member of The Resistance, a now-unemployed Virginia woman who paid the price for making a profane gesture that went viral on social media. Juli Briskman flipped President Donald Trump’s motorcade the bird repeatedly last month while riding by on her bicycle. The Commander-in-Chief was returning to the White House after a round … Continued

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Feminism is in Fashion, but It’s a Questionable Style

When I visited New York City a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t turn around without seeing someone my age wearing clothing promoting feminist messages. It’s fashionable to be a feminist these days: Just throw on a pink p***y hat or a $710 Dior “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS” T-shirt (only available in boutiques, alas) … Continued

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Can the Left and the Right Ever Be Civil Again?

I learned long ago the folly of engaging in political debates on Facebook. Hurt feelings are the best case scenario. But I couldn’t avoid this debate. A long-time liberal friend sent me a private Facebook message in response to a critical column I wrote about the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel recently dropped his … Continued

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How to Make (and Keep) Friends Across the Political Aisle

Just how polarized are we as a country? The Pew Research Center revealed last week that Democrats and Republicans don’t have many friends of the opposite party. According to a new poll, 64 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans have just a few or zero close friends from across the political aisle. And … Continued

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Sorry, Ivanka. Kindergarteners Don’t Need to Learn to Code

Those who do not read what other people have said about the future are doomed to repeat the same silly ideas. Last week, Ivanka Trump announced that “coding truly is the language of the future” and wrote an op-ed for the New York Post explaining why kids as young as kindergarten need to spend more … Continued

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Now, Even Your Dinner is Supposed to be Part of the #Resistance

Americans are quickly growing weary of politics seeping into every crevice of life. Long gone are the days of simply sitting down to watch a football game and enjoying some snacks. Today, one must endure the political stunts of kneeling players while wondering if those chicken wings you put on the buffet were humanely raised … Continued

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