GAO: Obamacare Premiums Easy to Fake

Eleven out of 12 fake applications for government-subsidized health insurance got through a verification process and the bogus beneficiaries are still covered, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday as reported by NBC News. The GAO launched the sting to check to see how well the Obamacare process checks for counterfeit applications. The results were messy, […]

UNICEF: 700 Million Women Were Child Brides

UNICEF released disturbing data today on female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. More than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of FGM in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common. Beyond extreme physical and psychological pain, girls who undergo FGM are at […]

Putin Approval Soars to 83% in Russia While Obama Stagnates in Low 40s in US

Gallup reports that President Vladimir Putin’s popularity in Russia is now at its highest level in years.  The 83% of Russians saying they approve of Putin’s leadership in late April/early June ties his previous high rating in 2008 when he left office the first time. In comparison, the latest Gallup numbers on Obama show 44% […]

China: Larger parking spaces introduced because ‘women can’t drive’

The parking spaces outside a Chinese shopping mall are distinctive: marked out in pink, signposted “Respectfully reserved for women”, and around a foot wider than normal. The slots at the “World Metropolis” centre have sparked debate in China, which officially embraces gender equality but where old-fashioned sexism remains rampant. The 10 spaces outside the main […]

Modern Day Amelia Earhart Completes Voyage

A modern-day Amelia Earhart this weekend completed the journey that her namesake never did.  And yes, that’s her real name, reports NBC. Earhart, 31, isn’t related to the female pilot who disappeared more than seven decades ago, but she was given the famous moniker at birth and an around-the-world flight has been an aspiration of […]

Today in Women’s History: First Women’s Rights Convention

166 years ago (1848) – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott launched the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York.

Today in Women’s History: Nadia scores perfect 10

38 years ago (1976) – Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

First woman completes final course on American Ninja Warrior

Check out this video of Kacy Catanzaro. A former gymnast from Towson University, Kacy becomes the first woman ever to successfully complete the finals course on the show American Ninja Warrior.

Electronic Health Records Ripe For Theft

Politico’s David Pittman writes, “America’s medical records systems are flirting with disaster, say the experts who monitor crime in cyberspace. A hack that exposes the medical and financial records of hundreds of thousands of patients is coming, they say — it’s only a matter of when. As health data become increasingly digital and the use […]

Millennials are the politically unclaimed generation

Interesting findings from the Reason-Rupe 2014 Millennial Survey of young Americans 18-29.  Millenials are the least likely to have traditional political allegiances: They trust neither political party, are social liberals and fiscal centrists, and are supportive of both business and government. They favor free markets, but aren’t sure whether markets or government best drive income […]