FROM Liza Mundy
The Case for Paternity Leave In 2002 California guaranteed six weeks of paid leave for both mothers and fathers. New Jersey and Rhode Island have since anted up with 12 and 13 weeks, and other states are setting up similar policies. Many tech and Fortune 500 companies offer paid leave, and even Major League Baseball gives new dads paid time off. While the benefits to men and their newborn children are obvious, the long range benefits for the advancement of women in their careers and towards making workplaces more family friendly are only just now coming to light. Liza Mundi is a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of The Richer Sex : How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family.
Gay Rights Victories from a Divided US Supreme Court Two different five-vote Supreme Court majorities made rulings today that advance the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States. The Defense of Marriage Act , which recognizes only heterosexual marriage, was held to be unconstitutional . Same-sex marriage is now legal again in California, because a lower-court ruling against that state's voter-passed ban will be allowed to stand. We hear the legal details and the emotional reaction from both sides, who agree on one thing: traditional marriage is changing fast.
The Curtin Rises on the Democratic National Convention Barack Obama 's campaign began with the promise of change from business as usual in Washington. Then came the primaries; now comes the selection of veteran Delaware Senator Joseph Biden . Today, Obama has four days to reverse the slide, which now has him virtually tied with John McCain in what's supposed to be a Democratic year. This week's convention could be a lot more important than anybody expected. The delegates are still getting used to Obama's vice presidential choice, and it's not certain how many Hillary Clinton supporters are on board. Why Denver? What's the "western states strategy?" How about the pressure on tonight's main speaker, Michelle Obama ?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.