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NPR special correspondent covering gender issues, among other things. Mom. Also:
Jul 30, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
"As long as we have breath in our bodies, we have to continue his cause. If we want our children to grow up in a democracy... a true democracy... a big-hearted, tolerant, vibrant, inclusive America... then we're gonna have to be more like John." @BarackObama . @BarackObama concludes his eulogy for John Lewis with these words: "God bless you all. God bless America. God bless this soul who pulled it closer to its promise."
Apr 8, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Crazy intense storm hit DC at 4:30 am. Sounded like what I imagine a tornado sounds like. Huge trees uprooted all over our neighborhood. ImageImageImageImage Apparently it was a super-localized storm centered around these blocks. I’ve never heard wind like that. Sounded like it was alive. ImageImageImageImage
Nov 28, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
I’ve just read, one after another, three accounts of violence toward/harassment of women that have left me with head in hands. This is one:… And this thread from @meganranney, describing her own assault and the lasting damage:
Nov 20, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
By my count, Sondland refers to President Trump's "directives" or "direction" on Ukraine demands at least 6 times in his opening statement; the President's "orders" at least once; "requirement" at least once. He's drawing a direct line to the Oval Office. Questioning begins. Sondland says what started out as a "vanilla" US anti-corruption policy toward Ukraine became more "insidious."
"As time went on, more items got added to the menu." "More and more conditions were being placed on a White House meeting."
Nov 14, 2019 6 tweets 3 min read
Per officials in #SantaClarita: 6 victims taken to hospital, among them the shooting suspect, who is in grave condition. He is a 16 yo Asian student of #Saugushighschool whose birthday is today. Weapon was a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, which had no more bullets in it. Video shows suspect drawing handgun, shooting 5 students, then shooting himself in the head. One female victim, 16 yo, has died.
Nov 4, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
I was greeted today in an exam room by a doctor who said, “Hello, young lady!” Pro tip: doctors, don’t do this. Just. Don’t. (Not that it matters, but he was about a decade younger than I am.) Here's Terry Gross in an interview w/Joan Rivers, recounting what she told a waiter who called her "young lady":
"I just like gritted my teeth and I said I'm not going to say anything....And suddenly I heard myself saying, I hope you understand the meaning of what you said...1/
Nov 2, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Sean Doolittle: “There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country.”… More Doolittle: “My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘shithole countries’...”
Sep 30, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
When a new source returns your call and the first thing he says is “Hello, sweet Melissa,” is that: Who ARE you people who think I need the Allman Bros. reference explained to me? 🤦🏻‍♀️
Jul 27, 2019 11 tweets 4 min read
For no apparent reason, I have this Aviance perfume jingle rolling around my brain. Are you with me, daughters of the ‘70s?
ImageImage You remember: “I’ve been sweet and I’ve been good/I’ve had a whole full day of motherhood/ But I’m gonna have an Aviance night!” She’s shucking off her dish gloves and yanking off her bandana... and a few spritzes later... Image
Jul 7, 2019 7 tweets 7 min read
Totally winning the best-dressed award at the #FIFAWWC2019 final here in #Lyon: Justin and Sarah McCarty and 7 yo daughter Ella of Chicago, with sister/sister-in-law Becca Perry. #USANED #USWNT Image The streak is broken: #USWNT had scored in the first 12 minutes in all 6 of its previous #FIFAWWC2019 games. But it’s halftime in the final match: still no score. #USA 0 - #NED 0. #USANED Image
Jul 2, 2019 8 tweets 6 min read
And just like that, England equalizes and their fans go nuts. Ellen White notches her 6th goal in 5 matches. #USA 1 - #ENG 1 #FIFAWWC Image Happy birthday to you, @alexmorgan13! She scores in the 32nd minute and US fans are ecstatic. #USA 2 - #ENG 1 #FIFAWWC
Jun 27, 2019 11 tweets 4 min read
A THREAD about terror, resilience, bread, and the power of radio: In 2015, after the terrorist attacks in Paris, my colleague @RSiegel47 flew over and did a brilliant piece, capturing the spirit of the city where 131 people had just died.… In that piece, Robert interviewed a baker, Mezian Ahmed, whose bakery was riddled by bullets in the attacks. Thankfully, no one was killed in his shop. And despite it all, Ahmed stayed open the entire time. “Even during wartime,” he told Robert, “bread must always be made.”
Jun 18, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Today CAS released its full (redacted) ruling in @caster800m's appeal of testosterone rules. @iaaforg argued Semenya is "biologically male." Semenya told court, that "hurts more than I can put in words." She also accused #IAAF of using her as a "human guinea pig" and "lab rat." CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) said "this case involves a collision of scientific, ethical and legal conundrums. It also involves incompatible, competing rights." At issue: should women athletes w/naturally high testosterone have to suppress those levels to compete.
May 29, 2019 7 tweets 1 min read
Robert Mueller, speaking at DOJ just now: "If we had had confidence that the president did NOT commit a crime, we would have said so." "It would be unfair to potentially accuse someone of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge," (per DOJ policy.)
Apr 27, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Mom anxiety level: high. Chloe’s on the livestream at the school Scrabble championships. She’s bingoed twice so far: INSTATED and LOITERED. Wait, now it’s three! PReDATE.
😬😬😬 Image Opponent has bingoed with BROWNIES , RATOONED, and CALaSAYA. This is serious.
Mar 7, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
A few thoughts about Alex Trebek and his statement that he plans to "fight" and "beat" his stage 4 pancreatic cancer. First, of course I hope that he succeeds, and that his treatments prove effective. I deeply respect his decision to share his diagnosis publicly. But... ... I am always unsettled by the "cancer as battle" metaphor and the language we use to describe it. I'm thinking of those who have decided to stop treatment, and who may be seen as having given up the fight, or surrendering. Of not doing enough.
Feb 24, 2019 4 tweets 1 min read
Things you don’t want to hear from your teenage daughter when you’re making dinner: “What IS that?!? It smells like feet.” Culprit: Image
Feb 19, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
Excellent running NYC diner conversation between two gentlemen at the counter to my left. They’ve covered the gamut. On Amazon giving up on a HQ in Queens: “They didn’t talk to nobody. They just gave orders.” On Trump administration disarray: “You know how many jobs aren’t filled in the White House? Ambassadors? That’s serious for the country.”
Feb 19, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Fantastic recognition for a public radio hero. Bill Siemering was at the core of @NPR from the very beginning. I keep his brilliant and inspiring mission statement pinned above my desk. Here’s part of Bill’s mission statement for #publicradio in 1970: Image
Feb 15, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
Trump now taking questions. Fasten your seatbelts. "I expect to be sued," Trump says, claiming an "invasion" of drugs and criminals.
Feb 13, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
Can’t watch #WestminsterDogShow without hearing Fred Willard in my head: “You know what’d be funny? With the bloodhound — why don’t they put on one of those Sherlock Holmes hats and put a little pipe in his mouth.” Image “Ouch! am I seein’ right? Where’s she puttin’ her hands now?” #BestinShow Image