Laura Gillen
Laura Gillen

Background in international development and women's empowerment. Avid tennis player, runner, sailor, and yogi. D.C. based.

Oct. 25, 2013

Women in Colombia Are On a Sex Strike For This Civic Cause

Women in a small Colombian town are channeling ancient Greek heroines by withholding sex until they get what they want: improved road conditions.

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Oct. 20, 2013

Detroit's Heartbreaking Bankruptcy, Told Through Stunning Photos of One Public Library

Photographer Brandon Davis explores the abandoned Mark Twain Branch of Detroit Public Libraries amidst the collapse of the city of Detroit.
Oct. 16, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli is Surprised God Hasn't Punished America For Abortions

This week an attack ad to exploit Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's wacky beliefs that God judges nations, particularly the U.S., based off of abortion practices.
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Aug. 23, 2013

Marissa Mayer's $33,000 Playhouse is Why the 1% Are Still Hated

The top 1% no longer seem to spend as lavishly as they once did, but Marissa Mayer hasn't gotten the memo that personal wealth can have a greater impact when spent on others.
Aug. 21, 2013

This is How LGBT People Are Dealt With in Putin's Russia

Over the weekend, a transgender woman was attacked in Russia by five men in a public park while bystanders watched. In Russia, violent intimidation of LGBT people is quickly becoming the norm.
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Aug. 2, 2013

"I Am Not a Monster" — Really, Ariel Castro?

Ariel Castro, the man who pleaded guilty to abducting, torturing, and raping three women in Ohio, claimed he wasn't a monster during his sentencing.

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July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning Convicted Under Espionage Act, Intimidating Whistleblowers Everywhere

Bradley Manning was convicted on Tuesdayunder the Espionage Act for releasing classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010. Is the Act strangling civil liberties?
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June 29, 2013

Supreme Court DOMA: Tim Huelskamp Continues His Brave Crusade For Bigotry and Homophobia

After the Supreme Court's rulings this week advancing marriage equality, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kans.) announced he will propose a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
June 20, 2013

10 Top Anti-Gay House GOP Members and Their Absurd Beliefs

Ten ridiculous and discriminating quotes regarding gay marriage from some of the House's most outspoken Republicans.
June 15, 2013

This is the Only Photo You Need For Proof Of the Gender Problem In the Tech World

Discussions surrounding a photo of the men's bathroom line at Apple's WWDC event reveal the tech industry is well aware of the lack of women in the field. But what's being done about it?
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June 8, 2013

Health Care Reform 2013: Equality Of Care Is Key to Reducing Infant Mortality

Advances in reducing infant-mortality rates worldwide this week served as a reminder of how far behind other industrialized nations the U.S. is in terms of maternal health.

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June 6, 2013

The Most Populous State in America Has a Dark History Of Forced Sterilization

For 70 years, California's eugenic laws forced targeted sterilization on racially and mentally disabled populations, with little to no shame.
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June 4, 2013

David Petraeus: Turns Out His Forced Resignation Was a Pretty Good Financial Decision

Was Gen. David Petraeu's resignation after his cheating scandal the best decision of his career? Financially, it appears to be so.
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May 30, 2013

John Dryden: Teacher Under Fire For Informing Students Of Their Fifth Amendment Right

A teacher outside of Chicago encouraged students to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights when asked to take a survey about illegal behavior, and this is probably going to cost him his job.
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May 24, 2013

Tom Tancredo: Can a Hardcore Conservative Still Win in Colorado?

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo's announcement Thursday to run for governor of Colorado may be a bit premature, as he needs to asses the direction Colorado is actually heading in.
May 22, 2013

Emerging Tech Leaders Conference: How Can D.C. Make a Better Tech Sector?

Politico's Emerging Tech Leaders event heard young leaders in the industry champion women in leadership roles, Congress' role in the tech industry, and the importance of cyber security.

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May 17, 2013

Gun Control 2013: Congress's Proposed Solution Comes Straight Out Of James Bond

Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) proposed safe gun legislation that would require newly manufactured handguns to be personalized so they are operable only by the owner.
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May 15, 2013

AP Scandal: Are Millennials As Disappointed in Obama As Jon Stewart?

With the news of the IRS scandal, Jon Stewart could no longer hold back his disappointment in the Obama Administration. But what does his reaction mean for millennials?
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May 10, 2013

Planned Parenthood: Is GOP Wrong About Its Mission?

Members of the GOP have made false claims about Planned Parenthood services and have used them to reignite the debate over government-funded abortions.
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May 8, 2013

Stockholm Syndrome: Was It the Reason It Took Amanda Berry So Long to Escape?

Is it possible Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight suffered from Stockholm syndrome and were emotionally beholden to their captor?