Politics A La Americana

Hi guys! Politics is both a hobby and a career for me. I recently attained my BA in Political Science from Boston University. I focused on on American domestic politics and American foreign affairs so this blog will mostly reflect that. My personal political beliefs run towards the more moderate/liberal side of things, depending on the topic. Please feel free to message me if you want to talk shop! I love this stuff way more than I should!


AP: A federal judge temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing a new law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.

The law would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital near their clinic. The judge ruled that the law can still take effect but officials can’t penalize doctors or clinics for breaking it while it is being challenged.


Today’s the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire. 

And from the BBC — Northern Ireland then and now.

[Irish Times front page from 1994 via @ElaineEdwardsIT on Twitter.]


United Nations: Syria is biggest humanitarian emergency of our era with three million Syrians now refugees.

Read more here

Photo: Will Wintercross/The Telegraph


This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.

Photo: Donetsk, Ukraine. A damaged and bloody kitchen in downtown Donetsk. Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA.

If you don’t live in MA you may not have heard this story. But you should. Essentially, Market Basket workers showed the world how much employees matter. When one half of the family that owns MB ousted cousin and CEO Arthur T. Demoulas they got rid of a man who had treated his employees like gold. He spearheaded profit sharing, actually knew people’s names, went to funerals…I could go on and on. When Arthur T. was ousted (and his worker friendly policies with him) employees staged a massive boycott to bring him back. Five weeks later, they won. Check out the whole story. Its great.


Daily Show correspondent Michael Che tries to find a safe place to report from.

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Jon Stewart’s Priceless Response To Fox News On Ferguson

Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Watch his the full brilliant 10  minute monologue on racism and Ferguson  here. 

(via wilwheaton)



The crisis in Gaza is leading to anti-Semitic attacks on Jews worldwide

Molotov cocktails and mobs at synagogues. Assaults on city streets. Leaflets left on car windshields promising violence. Public hate speech and calls for eradication. Governments holding houses of worship hostage.

It’s not paranoia or exaggeration: Jews around the world are facing attacks as the crisis escalates in Gaza, where rocket fires, bombings, an Israeli ground invasion and hundreds of civilians deaths are daily realities. But the 17-year-old teenager who was assaulted and pepper-sprayed in Paris had nothing to do with that. She’s not an isolated case. This is what happens when some view diaspora Jews as an acceptable proxy for the Israeli state. 

No matter what your position is on the conflict, nothing justifies targeting people uninvolved in the fighting. To vent frustration about Israel on Jews, no matter where they live, conflates the two in dangerous ways.

To criticize Israel is one thing, and plenty of Jews there and abroad do that themselves; it’s another thing entirely to do so using anti-Semitic language and imagery, when that kind of speech has led to such terrible tragedies in the past. To no one’s credit, times of heightened tensions in the Middle East usually mean a huge uptick in expressions of anti-Semitism, written, verbal and physical.

From France to Turkey to the U.S. 

This is one of the most thorough breakdowns of recent antisemitism I’ve seen. Must read.

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Playboy’s awesome ‘Should You Catcall’ flowchart. 




Matt Damon Does Ice Bucket Challenge With Toilet Water For 800 Million Without Clean H2O

Matt Damon was conflicted when friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck called on him to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Find out who Damon challenges here. 

There ya go, all you aptly-named wet-blankets out there.


The Rams’ Chris Long’s response to ESPN’s story on his teammate Michael Sam, the first gay NFL player, and his locker room shower habits.  

"#Brands being #Brands

Some people are dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS. Others are dumping buckets of ice water over their head to raise awareness for their social media profile. Samsung, for instance, dumped a bucket of ice water over a waterproof Galaxy S5 to bash Apple’s non-waterproof iPhone.”



American writer returns to U.S. after 2 years held captive in Syria

NBC News: American writer Peter Theo Curtis returned to the United States on Tuesday after being held captive in Syria for nearly two years, his family said in a statement. 

Curtis, 45, was believed to be abducted by militants when he crossed into Syria in 2012.

Follow updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Writer Peter Theo Curtis was released this week after being held captive for two years in Syria. (Courtesy: Curtis Family)