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Imprisoned Egyptian Activist Calls Off Hunger Strike

CAIRO (AP) — The family of imprisoned Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah said Tuesday they received a letter from him saying he has ended his hunger strike. In a statement, the family said that Abdel-Fattah’s mother, Laila Soueif, received a short note in her son’s handwriting via prison authorities. The letter is dated Monday. In it, he asks her to come for her monthly visit to him in prison on Thursday. ‘‘I’ve broken my strike. I’ll explain everything on Thursday,’’ the letter read. The cir

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Filmmaker & Wife of CA Gov. Gavin Newsom, Testifies Against Harvey Weinstein

Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom continued her testimony today in the Harvey Weinstein trial in LA, speaking out against the horrors she allegedly endured in 2005 at the hands of the disgraced film producer and convicted sex offender. Siebel Newsom’s testimony began yesterday and carried over into Tuesday, with continued cross-examination by Weinstein’s legal team. Siebel Newsom gave an emotional, tear-filled recount of the assault that she reportedly endured by Weinstein in a Toronto hotel roo

Body Positivity Influencers Ella Halikas and Alexa Jay Start Hashtag #NotTonight After Viral Incident at LA Nightclub

Two body positivity influencers are going viral on TikTok for speaking out against fatphobic discrimination at nightclubs after a bouncer turned them away from an LA establishment, seemingly because of the size of their bodies. When Ella Halikas and her friends, including fellow model Alexa Jay, got to the front of the line outside The Highlight Room in LA, they said everyone was allowed in except the two of them. “So the promoter starts letting in the whole group of girls, and right when it ge

Conservative Leaders Appear To Be Losing Faith in Trump After Midterm Election Results

When the dust settled after last night’s midterm elections, we were struck to find just how many candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump lost in their respective races. And now, conservatives have put the blame for the lack of “red wave” at the feet of the former president. A clear distinction was seen in areas where a Trump-backed candidate ran on the same ticket as a traditional Republican. In Georgia, Herschel Walker (R), who Trump stumped for, is going to a runoff against incum

Republican Gov.’s Anti-CRT Hotline Shuts down, Reportedly Due to Lack of Leads

Virginia’s GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced in January that he would be setting up an anti-critical race theory hotline for parents to report educators who might be teaching the topic. The hotline was established shortly after Youngkin issued an executive order banning VA public schools from including CRT in their curricula. Well, a new report from USA Today indicates that the hotline was deactivated in September — and, yes, it was because of a lack of leads. Instead of being used to report s

“Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph: “Education Is on the Ballot” in 2022 Midterms

The midterm elections are next week, and “Abbott Elementary” actor Sheryl Lee Ralph wants you to get to the polls with education in mind. In a three-minute-long PSA produced by When We All Vote and provided to NowThis, Ralph expresses her love and appreciation for teachers and emphasizes what this election could mean for the future of education. “While I only play the role of a teacher on TV, I know how important teachers are. And for educators, some of the decisions that impact your daily live

Requests for By-Mail Abortion Pills Are Up Almost 300% Since Roe Was Overturned

A new study released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of Americans seeking self-managed abortion medication across 30 states has nearly tripled in the month since the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision. The study found that Aid Access, a telemedicine organization that mails abortion pills across the U.S., was initially receiving an average of 82 requests per day from those 30 states during a certain baseline period prior to May 2022. However, after an

Michelle Obama, Melinda French Gates, and Amal Clooney Launch ‘Initiative To Support Girls’ Education

“This is our issue. This is not just a global issue. This is not just a women’s issue. And if we sit on the sidelines and continue to say that it’s not my problem, whether it’s on women’s issues, child marriage, or voting any rights, we will continue to see them backslide.” - Michelle Obama According to a famous proverb, “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family/nation.” Research shows that educating girls makes them less likely to marry y

NowThis Presidential Forum: Joe Biden on Criminal Legal Reform

There are almost 2 million people spread out across the U.S. prison system, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. Of that 2 million, studies estimate that between 4-6% of incarcerated folks are innocent, and 1 in 20 criminal cases result in a wrongful conviction. During his 2020 campaign, President Biden pledged to “strengthen America’s commitment to justice and reform our criminal justice system.” Since taking office, his admin’s actual results have drawn a “mixed report card” from crimin

Several Dead After Infamous Iranian Prison Holding Anti-Regime Protesters Catches Fire

One of Iran’s most notorious prison facilities erupted in flames over this past weekend, leading to several deaths and dozens of injuries. For decades, Tehran’s Evin prison has been one of the primary locations for political prisoners and anti-regime activists in Iran. Video footage shared across social media this weekend shows a building engulfed in flames producing a trail of smoke. Some of the clips also capture what sounds like gunfire ringing out at the prison. As of today, 8 people have r

New Study Estimates a Staggering 22M Americans Have No Abortion Rights

A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute assessed the state of reproductive rights exactly 100 days since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and found that approx 1 in 3 American women are living with virually no abortion rights. Per the study, this would total out to roughly 22 million Americans. The Guttmacher Institute’s report found that one reason the number is so high is that the legal murkiness and uncertainty around abortion laws have caused clincs and providers in c

Egyptian petition calls for return of Rosetta Stone 200 years after it was deciphered

A group of Egyptian archaeologists have launched a petition requesting that the British Museum return the Rosetta Stone in what could be one of the most high-profile examples of artifacts seized during the colonial era being returned to their homelands. The Rosetta Stone is believed to date back to 196 BC, during Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. It was taken by Napoleon's army during a military campaign in northern Egypt in 1799. After Napoleon's defeat two years later at the Battle of Alexandria, the

Malaysia Becomes Latest Asian-Pacific Nation to Pass Anti-Stalking Law

In a historic first for the Southeast Asian nation, Malaysia has passed its first-ever bill criminalizing stalking. The Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia’s lower house in parliament, green-lit the new law on Monday. Its passage comes to much relief from women’s advocacy groups, which had lobbied for the legislation for years, dating back to at least 2014. The legislation is set to criminalize repeated acts of aggression and non-violent harassment, such as following someone, sending them unsolicited items,

3 Physicists Share Nobel Prize for Work on Quantum Science

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists jointly won this year's Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for their work on quantum information science, a “totally crazy” field that has significant applications, including in the field of encryption. Frenchman Alain Aspect, American John F. Clauser and Austrian Anton Zeilinger were cited by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for discovering the way that unseen particles, such as photons, can be linked, or “entangled,” with each other even when they are sep

Fat Bear Week is Here

Animal lovers everywhere rejoice; Fat Bear Week is once again officially upon us. One of the most wholesome elections in the U.S. isn’t between politicians — it’s between a dozen chunky brown bears. Every year, 12 bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska are placed into a playoff-style bracket, where voters can decide who will advance in each round. The criteria? You guessed it: chubbiness! The annual contest, which began in 2014, is designed to highlight the amazing natural processes that bear

Megan Thee Stallion Set To Headline Historic TwitchCon Party With All-Women Lineup

The world of tech and gaming has long been considered an exclusionary space for women. However, this year’s TwitchCon is working to break that narrative — with a very familiar face. Hip hop artist and rapper Megan Thee Stallion will be headlining a TwitchCon Party on October 8 with an all-woman lineup alongside other women artists like Kim Petras, DJ Lani Love, TIGERMOMTOY, and Meet Me @ The Altar, a pop-punk group made up entirely of women of color. The concert is one of the signature events

Biden scales back student loan relief as Republican states sue to block original plan

ICYMI: Back in August, the Biden administration announced that it would be canceling up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for any individual making $125,000 per year or less, as well as up to $20,000 in debt forgiveness for Pell Grant recipients. At the time, the announcement was met with applause from progressive activists who had been calling on Democrats to take action on the issue for a long time. Conservatives, on the other hand, have been vocal and coordinated in their opposition, p

Meta Says It Intercepted China-Based Propaganda Operation Targeting U.S. Midterms

Executives at Meta announced this week that they’ve intercepted a China-based online operation targeting U.S. users with political content on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. In its report released Tuesday, Meta said it’s the first known example of a China-based operation attempting to influence U.S domestic politics ahead of the midterms. Meta’s findings revealed that the Chinese network created fake accounts to pretend to be real Americans from both political parties and acros

Caleb McLaughlin opens up about racism and his experiences on “Stranger Things”

McLaughlin, who was only 14 when he made his debut as Lucas Sinclair in season 1 of the hit Netflix show, told the audience that despite playing a main character, he feels he’s received less fan support than his white co-stars. “Stranger Things” star Caleb Mclaughlin appeared at Comic Con Belgium over the weekend, where he opened up about the racism he’s experienced while working on “Stranger Things.” “My very first Comic-Con, some people didn’t stand in my line because I was Black. Some peopl
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