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The Workers Who Didn't Matter in Mitt Romney's World

By Sharon Lerner | July 19, 2012

(Parents) “Do you have to cheat to be rich?” The question came from the chocolate-smeared lips of my six-year-old son,Sam, as we licked fudgesicles at the end of another steamy day. In the simplest sense, the answer is no, of course. But you can forgive a child–or an adult, for that matter– for having such a thought in this particular election cycle. After all, the Republican presidential candidate has made oodles of money doing something that–at best–is unclear, and–at worst–seems exactly like cheating. (I say oodles, not because I’m too lazy to look up the details of his fortune, but because Romney has refused to release the tax returnswhich would give us the figure–estimated to be anywhere between $150 and $250 million.)

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Is Marissa Mayer a Role Model or a Feminist Failure?

By Dana Theus | July 23, 2012

(National Journal) Only a few hours after the announcement that Marissa Mayer, formerly of Google, was Yahoo’s new—and pregnant—CEO, many female commenters on the Web added new dimensions to the “Motherhood Penalty” and immediately started imagining how she might fail. “Thank you, Marissa Mayer. Now don’t mess this up,”wrote CNET Reviews Editor in Chief Lindsey Turrentine, joining a chorus of bloggers who worried that if Mayer fails as Yahoo CEO, people will blame the new “poster child for working mothers” for setting back the cause of feminism.

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The Milk Wars

By Alissa Quart | July 14, 2012

(The New York Times) MY daughter was 2 days old, and dropping weight. I had been trying to feed her, but for some reason she wasn’t yet getting the liquid gold of colostrum, the earliest mother’s milk. When the hospital’s doctor paid his daily visit and mentioned her weight, my husband asked whether we should supplement with formula, gesturing at the little Similac bottles of hospital swag with the desperation of a business traveler eyeing vodka in the minibar — and with much of the same shame. The pediatrician swiftly confirmed our fears, intoning, “Formula is evil.” He was implying we were quasi-negligent for even considering it.

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Christian Science Monitor  

The threat to American democracy that Romney and Obama aren't talking about

By Scott Warren, Iris Chen, and Eric Schwarz | July 16, 2012

(The Christian Science Monitor) Speaking to the NAACP last week in HoustonMitt Romney reiterated his education agenda, calling for increased school choice to allow students to escape the “mediocre schools” that “set [students] up for failure.” Earlier this spring, Mr. Romney joined President Obama and school reformers in calling educational inequity the “civil rights issue of our era,” pledging to make it one of his campaign’s three top pillars.

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U.S. Should Support Sudanese

By Sarah Pollak | July 6, 2012

(Richmond Times-Dispatch) When President Barack Obama justified U.S. military support for the Libyan rebels back in March, he said our country had a moral right to help oppressed people overthrow murderous regimes. "Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries," Obama said. "The United States of America is different. And as president, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action."

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