Black Lives Matter activists are leaving their mark on presidential campaigns, comedian Stephen Colbert shares his thoughts on women, and a socialist politician is stirring things up in the U.K. These discoveries and more below.

We Need Activists to Make Politicians Better A. Philip Randolph taught us that pressuring candidates and presidents is necessary—for them and for movements.

Black Lives Matter Arrives on Hillary Clinton’s Doorstep Black Lives Matter activists met with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after they were denied entry to a scheduled campaign event in Keene, New Hampshire, which they had planned to disrupt.

Stephen Colbert Shares Why He Thinks Women Should Be in Charge of Everything Make no mistake: I love women. I’m married to one, I was birthed by one, and I played one in my high school production of Romeo and Juliet. No one else could fit into the bodice.

Are Graduate Students ‘Workers’? Not according to a new ruling against students at the New School.

Mitt Romney Won: In a Blow to the 47 Percent, Sesame Street Moves to HBO Bert and Ernie are moving to a ritzy new neighborhood: HBO.

Scott Walker Wins Koch Summit Poll, Now Awaits $900 Million From Right-Wing Plutocrat Network The Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held their annual summits in California this year.

The Rise of Phone Reading It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone; How publishers are rethinking books for the small screen

Jeremy Corbyn, the Socialist Who’s Tearing Britain’s Labour Party Apart, Explained The United Kingdom’s Labour Party has a big problem, and that problem is named Jeremy Corbyn.

No Golden Parachute for Illinois Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise and Steven Salaita have something in common: both thought they had a deal with the University of Illinois, only to see the agreement vanish at the last minute.

Controversy Over Plan to Reform Israeli Public Broadcasting “Israeli Army Radio should stand fully behind the Israeli position and back the IDF [Israel Defense Forces],” says Minister Ofir Akunis, who is in charge of the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and the Second Television and Radio Authority.

King Tut’s Tomb May Hide Nefertiti’s Secret Grave The burial chamber of King Tut has revealed many secrets over the years, but there may be a whopper yet to discover: the tomb of his mother, Queen Nefertiti.

The Internet Is the Middle East’s Next Battleground, But Are We Prepared? From social media-based propaganda to Stuxnet-style attacks, here’s what to watch for in America’s engagement with the Islamic State and others.

Give Bibi the Nobel Peace Prize The Israeli prime minister has been against a nuke deal with Iran for decades. Too bad he helped lay the groundwork that made it happen.

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