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Iran Unveiled: The Movement Against Compulsory Hijab | Best Countries
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Iran Unveiled: The Movement Against Compulsory Hijab | Best Countries

Women in Iran have been saying #No2Hijab and #WalkingUnveiled, risking fines and even prison time for violating the strict regulations for women’s dress ushered in following the country’s 1979 revolution.“Iranian society never really wrapped its head around how much of a role religion was going to play,” Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Pennsylvania, says of the country’s pre- and post-revolutionary eras. “I think a lot of other Islamic dominant societies still grapple with it.”What was once a social media campaign has unfolded into a full-blown civil disobedience movement, gaining steam and fueling a protest last month on the country’s National Day of Hijab and Chastity. Across Iran, women unveiled their heads, some posting image...
The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News
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The Black and White of Organ Transplants: Equity in the Gift of Life | Healthiest Communities Health News

As much as COVID-19 has exacerbated long-standing health disparities in America – Blacks have had a 70% greater chance of death due to COVID-19 than whites – this, of course, is not the only shocking inequity in American health care. Tragically, the effort to save lives through organ transplantation is marred by a deep chasm separating the treatment of Blacks from whites.Black Americans die every day waiting for an organ because the transplantation system in America is weighted heavily against them, as study after study has shown.Everyone deserves an equal chance at living a full life. To achieve this most basic measure of fairness, there must be reforms to the organ transplantation process. This should be a core element of the push for health equity in the United States, which already ...
What to Watch on Election Night in Wisconsin | Elections
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What to Watch on Election Night in Wisconsin | Elections

Wisconsin, one of the closest states in the past two presidential elections, will play host to several pivotal races during its Aug. 9 primary.Republican voters will choose their nominees to take on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, whose offices will be pivotal for determining the future of abortion policy in the state.If a state law passed in 1849 were to be reimposed, abortion would be banned in Wisconsin without exceptions for rape and incest. Evers and Kaul have gone to court to prevent this from happening, while the leading Republican candidates have touted their anti-abortion credentials in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this summer.After a series of candidates dropped out late in the primary season, Wisconsin Democrats...
Sinema Reaches Deal with Democrats on Reconciliation | Politics
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Sinema Reaches Deal with Democrats on Reconciliation | Politics

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has reached a deal with Democrats on a revised version of the climate, health care and spending package, the Arizona Democrat announced Thursday after more than a week of silence.“We have agreed to remove the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation,” Sinema said in a statement. “Subject to the Parliamentarian’s review, I’ll move forward.”All eyes have been on Sinema this week after Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia in a major reversal last week struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that revived the legislation with massive implications for the Biden administration’s agenda and Democrats’ midterm push in November.Political CartoonsSinema’s opp...
Photos You Should See – August 2022 | Photos
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Photos You Should See – August 2022 | Photos

Aug. 4, 2022 | Khimki, Russia | WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroom. She was sentenced to nine years in prison after a Russian court found her guilty of bringing cannabis-infused vape cartridges into Russia.(Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) Source link
Child Care Advocates Bemoan Lack of Funding in Budget Reconciliation Deal | Education News
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Child Care Advocates Bemoan Lack of Funding in Budget Reconciliation Deal | Education News

Outrageous. Unacceptable. Foolish. Devastating.Those are just some of the words early education advocates are using to describe the $400 billion reconciliation package unveiled in the Senate last week – a package being framed as an inflation reduction package but one that includes zero funding for child care, one of the largest expenses for families and once a pillar of the President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal.When the coronavirus pandemic eviscerated the country’s child care infrastructure – forcing the closure of tens of thousands of centers and pushing millions of women out of the workforce – mothers and caregivers across the U.S. let out a primal scream that seemed to finally get the attention of lawmakers in Washington.As part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief packag...
What to Watch on Election Night in Michigan | Elections
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What to Watch on Election Night in Michigan | Elections

Michigan will be one of the marquee states in this midterm election, with a combination of high stakes and stark divides between the two major parties.Three Democratic women elected in 2018 – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson – are all running for second terms. They have each played key roles in maintaining election standards against challenges by President Donald Trump following his narrow loss in the state in 2020. And Whitmer and Nessel have led the legal effort to keep a 1931 state law banning abortion from being reimposed after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.In November, Nessel and Benson will both face Republican nominees chosen in a party convention who are aligned with the party’s election-denying, Trump-ali...
Fetterman, Ryan Work to Appeal to the Working Class | The Report
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Fetterman, Ryan Work to Appeal to the Working Class | The Report

One Senate candidate Twitter-trolls with scathing finesse, and is rarely seen in anything more formal than a hoodie and baggy shorts. The other one laments the loss of manufacturing jobs, the economic threat from China and the hits to America's working class.They're both middle-aged white men, both Democrats facing celebrity-candidate Republicans, and both may provide the key to saving control of one chamber of Congress for a party which has branded itself as the party of diversity and which has been moving to the left.In Pennsylvania. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is in a competitive race against Mehmet "Dr." Oz for a U.S. Senate seat, and appears positioned to give Democrats a pickup in the 50-50 Senate. In redder-tinted Ohio, Democrat Tim Ryan faces a tougher fight but is neck-and-neck in ...
Biden Touts Senate Spending Deal As Key to ‘Facing Up’ to Inflation, Climate Change | Politics
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Biden Touts Senate Spending Deal As Key to ‘Facing Up’ to Inflation, Climate Change | Politics

President Joe Biden celebrated a major breakthrough in Senate negotiations during remarks on Thursday, touting the “historic agreement” that he said faces up to some of the nation’s biggest problems – and brings him one step closer to seeing his agenda realized.“I know it can sometimes seem like nothing is done in Washington,” Biden said. “The work of the government can be slow and frustrating – and sometimes even infuriating. Then the hard work of hours and days and months from people who refuse to give up pays off. History is made. Lives are changed.”The president’s address comes after a major development on Wednesday evening, when Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced he had reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York on a spending package that in...
Manchin, Schumer Announce Deal on Climate, Tax, Health Care | Politics
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Manchin, Schumer Announce Deal on Climate, Tax, Health Care | Politics

Sen. Joe Manchin announced on Wednesday he has reached a breakthrough agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on a spending package to “address record inflation by paying down our national debt, lowering energy costs and lowering health care costs.” The surprise deal comes after recent weeks of negotiations on a broader deal that had appeared bleak.In a major reversal, the West Virginia Democrat announced Wednesday he would support the measure, which he called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, saying it would help address energy costs and climate change – components central to the Biden administration’s agenda that have for months faced setbacks and been stalled.“For too long, the reconciliation debate in Washington has been defined by how it can help advance Democrats’ p...