Author: Abigail Weinberg

The FDA Just Made It Easier for Gay Men to Donate Blood

For years, gay and bisexual men have fought back against what they consider to be outdated restrictions on who can give blood. On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration finally issued a new guideline allowing men who are in monogamous relationships with men to give blood. Men who have sex with men have long faced restrictions […]

Jeff Zients to Replace Ron Klain as Biden’s Chief of Staff

President Biden has chosen Jeff Zients to replace Ron Klain as his chief of staff when Klain steps down sometime in the coming weeks, people familiar with the decision told the Washington Post and Politico. Zients will help the president manage his work with a divided Congress, while other members of his staff prepare him for a […]

Bowen Yang Gave the George Santos Impression I Didn’t Know I Needed

George Santos’ ceaseless lies might further diminish the often dubious reputation of Republicans in Congress, but they are also occasionally very funny. On this week’s Saturday Night Live, Bowen Yang offered a hilarious portrayal of the New York congressman—and provided a persuasive explanation for their lack of physical resemblance. “I know that I look Asian,” […]

“When We Fight, We Win”: Kamala Harris Strikes Hopeful Note on 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Vice President Kamala Harris marked the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case by lamenting that the Supreme Court had overturned the constitutional right to an abortion and announcing a series of Biden administration efforts to ensure access to medication abortion. She spoke in Tallahassee, Florida, to about 1,500 abortion rights supporters at a venue […]

Suspect Is Still at Large in Mass Shooting at LA-Area Ballroom

A gunman opened fire Saturday night at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, California, killing at least 10 people and injuring 10 others in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Uvalde Elementary School massacre in May. The five male and five female victims have not been identified. The shooter is still […]

“This Place Rules” Is a People’s History of January 6

The 25-year-old documentarian Andrew Callaghan has been pissing off reporters lately. In his new HBO documentary, This Place Rules, Callaghan chronicles the events leading up to January 6, 2021, via dozens of man-on-the-street interviews with outlandish people of all stripes—from MAGA protesters to QAnon believers to self-proclaimed antifa members. In most scenes, Callaghan wears an […]

Workers at an EV Battery Plant Just Unionized

Workers at an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Ohio voted Friday to join the United Automobile Workers union, a milestone in the auto industry’s transition from producing gas to electric cars. The vote at Ultium Cells—a joint venture between General Motors and a South Korean battery manufacturer—was 710 to 16, according to the union. The […]

The House Just Voted to Protect Gay Marriage

In a vote Thursday morning, the House passed a bill that would enshrine same-sex and interracial marriage in federal law. All Democrats voted for the bill, as did 39 Republicans. The bill already passed in the Senate, and it now heads to the desk of President Biden, who is expected to sign it into law. Biden […]