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‘Plumpynut’ to the Rescue

The Doctors Without Borders relief organization has whipped up an ingenious (and, apparently, tasty) lifesaving food product called Plumpynut, a nutritionally enriched mixture of peanut butter, powdered milk and sugar, along with other simple ingredients—and it’s already working wonders on malnourished children around the world.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


Dems Blow Override, Vow to Keep On Fighting

House Democrats managed to pick up a few more votes for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, but not enough to override the president’s veto. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to keep fighting for the overwhelmingly popular program: “In the next two weeks we will send the president another bill that insures coverage for 10 million children.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE

Our Offspring Fontanel

Oooh. He’s clever. And obviously knows exactly what he’s doing. This is all a setup, people. Has to be. Yes, I’m talking about George Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Who but a total stoned horned ogre would do that? Maybe an ogre with something up his sleeve, eh?

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE

How Did a 12-Year-Old Become No. 1 Enemy of Conservatives?

Conservatives claim to be in favor of stable families, small businesses, hard work, private schools, investment and homeownership. So why in the world are so many on the right attacking the family of Graeme Frost?

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

Stressed kid

Stressed Kids Fret About the World

A study of 7-to-11-year-old Brits found that the climate crisis and terrorism have added to the usual pressures of school and friendships to drive kids batty. Luckily, schools that engaged world-weary children with lessons and activities related to global catastrophe managed to alleviate some of the tension.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

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U.S. Kills 9 Children in Airstrike

Fifteen Iraqi women and children found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time Thursday when the U.S. launched a series of airstrikes to back up ground operations targeting suspected insurgents.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

Why ‘Socialism’ Evokes No Fear

Once among the most frightening epithets in American political culture, “socialized medicine” seems to have lost its juju. Today that phrase sounds awfully dated, like a song on a gramophone or a mother-in-law joke or a John Birch Society rant against fluoridated water.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE

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Your Tax Dollars at Work: Abstinence Ads

The Department of Health and Human Services’ latest abstinence ad commands the viewer to “tell your kids you want them to wait till they’re married to have sex.” That’s the Bush administration for you: Forget about the heaps of data that show a strategy doesn’t work and just keep throwing money at it.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE

SCHIP or Treat

Posted on Oct 7, 2007 READ MORE

Jon Stewart

‘Daily Show’:  Bush as Cartoon Villain

Yeah, so it sounded like a great idea—raise taxes on cigarettes in order to fund children’s health care initiatives—but apparently President Bush didn’t think so, as he hit Congress’ proposed SCHIP reauthorization bill with the veto stick on Wednesday.  Thankfully, we have Jon Stewart to help us vent our collective frustration through the magic of satire.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE

Bush Gets Tightfisted With Sick Kids

To say that George W. Bush spends money like a drunken sailor is to insult every gin-soaked patron of every dockside dive in every dubious port of call.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE

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Bush Vetoes Children’s Health Care Bill

President Bush may not have done his party any favor in coming elections by exercising his veto privilege—the fourth time he’s done so—to deep-six a bipartisan bill passed by Congress that would have renewed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE

The Global War on Toddlerism

Fresh on the heels of its reality show “Kid Nation,” in which children are sent to perform hard labor on a ranch with no adult supervision, CBS announced today that it is readying a reality show in which children will be sent to the federal detention camp at Guantanamo.

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE

Dr. Bush

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE

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‘The Children of 5767’

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy takes a personal and heartbreaking look at some of the 92 Palestinian children who were killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the last Jewish calendar year.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE

Lord of the Sighs

When they write the cultural history of childhood in 21st-century America, I hope they leave room for a few unkind words about “Kid Nation.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE

Child Insurance Gains, but a Veto Won’t Be Overridden

The House has passed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program but failed to win enough votes to override President Bush’s promised veto. Still, SCHIP has overwhelming public support, and Democrats welcomed the opportunity to force Bush and his congressional allies to take a stand against poor children.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

Bush Goes Down With the SCHIP

This week’s showdown over children’s health insurance is the first skirmish in the new battle for universal health coverage. It is also the first confrontation between the president and Congress fought out almost entirely on terms set by the new Democratic majority.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE

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Are Food Additives Making Kids Hyper?

It would seem a no-brainer, given the old “you are what you eat” adage, that those scary-sounding and clearly unnatural ingredients added to a wide range of foodstuffs might have some impact on children’s health.  A team of British researchers from the University of Southampton believes that could be the case.

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 READ MORE

Republicans Defend Big Tobacco From Sick Children

In keeping with Oscar Wilde’s adage that one cannot be too careful in the choice of enemies, congressional Democrats have chosen wisely and well.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE

Children’s Healthcare Is a No-Brainer

Republican and Democratic senators have reached agreement on a measure that would boost healthcare coverage for millions of poor children, but President Bush has vowed to veto the win-win legislation.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE

Failing America’s Neediest Children

Why does the Bush administration want to orphan the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of the few programs that both Democrats and Republicans have claimed as a wild success since the Clinton days?

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE

Daddy Goes to Work

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE

Whose Toes Are Those?

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE

Whose Knees Are These?

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE

The Ten-Year Plan

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE    

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Fatherhood, Muhammad Ali and Moral Courage

A retired Air Force colonel explains how he drew moral courage from arguably the greatest boxer ever and from a pilot who refused to bomb civilians.  Antoon says that courage led him to persuade his son not to follow in his footsteps.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

Obama’s Father’s Day Sermon

The subject is absent fathers. The implications for black America are dire. The fact is that “there are a lot of men out there who need to stop acting like boys; who need to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; who need to know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

The Pop-Tart Chronicles

Food companies that market obesity-inducing products to young children are taking a lesson from big tobacco and getting ahead of the lawsuit curve.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE

Tragic Mistake in Afghanistan

An airstrike by U.S.-led forces near the eastern border of Afghanistan killed seven children Sunday night—a tragic error that coalition forces attributed to al-Qaida operatives who had used “human shields” as cover, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE

Collateral Damage and the Origins of Mother’s Day

Cole Miller of NoMoreVictims.Org, a group that works to find medical sponsorships for injured Iraqi children, talks about the ignored victims of Iraq and the antiwar origins of Mother’s Day.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


6 Children Killed by Helicopter Attack, Iraqi Says

An Iraqi police officer says six children were killed when a U.S. helicopter returned fire near an Iraqi school in Diyala province, near the Iranian border. The military was unable to confirm the report but said it was investigating.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE

Forget Big Tobacco—Big Food Kills

If we are what we eat and we eat what is advertised, then American children are facing death by junk food.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE

Judge Rules for Web Freedom

Yet another court has ruled against the 1994 Child Online Protection Act, a major victory for civil rights advocates. The law has been a mess from the start. With the stated goal of protecting kids from pornography, it would punish offending websites with $50,000 fines and jail time for exposing children to “harmful” material, whether intentionally or not. Innocent sites like Salon and BoingBoing could’ve been targeted under the legislation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


Married With Children in the Minority

Fewer than a quarter of American households contain a married couple with children, down from half in 1960. While the numbers are lower across the board, the nuclear family appears to have become a luxury, with wealthier people far more likely to marry before having children.

Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE

Uncompassionate Conservative

The president’s proposed cuts in children’s health insurance are so shameful that even Bush’s treasury secretary appeared to distance himself from them.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE

MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data With U.S. Center

Internet social network MySpace has developed a sophisticated national database of sex offenders it uses to police memberships and protect users, many of them minors. On Monday, the company announced it would share the information with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in an effort to aid law enforcement.
(h/t: Sex Drive Daily)

Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE

Unfortunate Custody

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE

Ellen Goodman: From Stay-at-Home to Speaker

Nancy Pelosi’s ascendancy to the House speakership proves that modern women can successfully “opt back in” after “opting out” to raise their children.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE

Immigrant Children Trapped in Limbo

The Washington Post examines the plight of child immigrants, caught between conflicting government agencies that seek to reunite families while at the same time working to deport them.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE

Matthews and Perkins

Christian Conservative: Gays Likelier to Molest Kids

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, falsely argued on “Hardball” that homosexual men are likelier to abuse children than heterosexuals.  With comments like this, one might argue conservatives are likelier to abuse gays, not to mention the truth. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Men Have Biological Clocks Too

A group of U.S. and UK researchers have suggested that children born to older fathers are likelier to develop autism.  The study of 132,271 Israeli children implies the possibility that men also have time constraints on procreation.

Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE

Ellen Goodman: Wedding Bells Only for Breeders?

Washington state’s Supreme Court says it limited marriage to heterosexual couples in order to encourage procreation. OK, so what about straight couples that can’t or don’t want to have kids? Are they banned from marriage, too?

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE

Column: My Kids Bore Me to Death

A working mother of two admits to one of parenthood’s last great remaining taboos: that parenting is often mind-numbingly tedious, and that she’d almost always rather be doing something other than watching “SpongeBob” or making runs to soccer practice.

  • The comments on this article offer a fascinating set of nuggets for would-be parents to chew on.

    Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE

    Gay Marriage Ban Punishes Children

    Salon’s Sara Miles writes an excellent personal essay on the N.Y. gay marriage ruling—explaining that the gay marriage ban hurts the children it claims to protect. (Ad wall)

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE

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    Spare the Quarter-Inch Plumbing Supply Line, Spoil the Child

    Salon chronicles a growing Christian fundamentalist parenting practice of hitting and otherwise harming one’s children to “train them up.” The practice is directly linked to the death of a 4-year-old who was suffocated underneath blankets to keep him from leaving his bed. (Reg. req’d.)

    Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Missouri Town May Evict Unwed Couples With Kids

    Current law in Black Jack, Mo., prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related by “blood, marriage or adoption.” The City Council rejected amending that law to include unmarried couples with children.
    We’re speechless.


    Posted on May 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Census: Hispanic Baby Boom Driving Population

    Hispanics account for 49 percent of the country’s growth from 2004 to 2005, and 70 percent of the growth in children younger than 5, according to a new census report.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE

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