Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote 35 pages in her dissent on the recent decision that’s a huge loss for women’s rights; Ann Coulter’s World Cup freakout is about conservatives’ loss of control; meanwhile, Finland has a dirty secret involving Israel that may be putting the country’s image into question. These discoveries and more below.
- Read Justice Ginsburg’s Passionate 35-Page Dissent of Hobby Lobby Decision
On Monday, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby on the company’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, ruling that the mandate, as applied to “closely held” businesses, violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- The Miseducation of America
While I was watching Ivory Tower, a documentary about the state of college in America that appears in select theaters this month (the movie also airs on CNN this fall), it occurred to me that of the many problems with higher education these days, not the least concerns the way we talk about it.
- Black Women’s Status Update
The artist and MacArthur “genius grant” winner Kara Walker’s newest work is about the history of sugar.
- Why Is Washington Still Protecting the Secret Political Power of Corporations?
Regulators at the SEC could illuminate the future of campaign donations. But they aren’t interested in disclosing the truth – even though voters are
- The Right’s Absurd World Cup Paranoia Explained
Ann Coulter’s ridiculous World Cup claims underline conservatives’ growing anxiety about our hyper-connected world.
- GOP Candidate Charges Opponent Is Dead, Represented By A Body Double
Political opponents accuse each other of lying all the time, but one Oklahoma congressional candidate took his accusation to a new level this week when he claimed his opponent was actually dead and being represented by a body double.
- What Beauty Looks Like, From Argentina to Vietnam
Esther Honig sent an untouched image to Photoshop designers around the world. She had one request: “Make me look beautiful.”
- Arms Trade with Israel Eroding Finland’s Global Stature
Controversial military deals overshadow Finland’s projected humanitarian image.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication.
A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.