Academic Org Lets Members Choose Any Of Six Genders

photo-9011 The American Sociological Association, the leading professional organization for American sociologists, is now granting its members much greater leeway in how to define their gender identities. Previously, the ASA’s membership surveys only allowed three choices of gender: “male,” “female” and “prefer not to answer.” Now, as reported at Inside Higher Ed, members will have no […] Continue Reading

USDA: Yucky School Lunches Can Produce 'Civic-Minded, Community-Conscious Adults'

usda-school-lunch-recipes-2007 Who imagined that the Obama administration’s effort to make school lunches more nutritious (but less delicious) would encourage children to become little community organizers? The U.S. Agriculture Department has found an upside to all those “healthy” school lunches that students refuse to eat: It says schools can use the plate waste as a “learning opportunity” […] Continue Reading

Report: Enrollees Still Face Account Problems on HealthCare.gov

123013-blogs-obamacare-enrollment-health-insurance-market-place ObamaCare enrollees seeking to verify their personal information with the government are facing problems that could jeopardize their health coverage, according to a new report. Hundreds of thousands of people have been asked to submit additional citizenship and immigration documents to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but technical hurdles with their accounts at […] Continue Reading

VA Depicts Veterans as Oscar the Grouch

oscarva_c0-55-1166-734_s561x327 Just as President Obama is promising to reform veterans’ health care and restore “dignity” to the system, the Veterans Affairs office in Philadelphia is apologizing for depicting dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in an internal training guide. A slide show presented to VA employees last week portrayed veterans as the grumpy Sesame Street character […] Continue Reading

GOP Senate Candidates Mum on Birth Control Mandate Change

birth-control_reps_s160x112 Republican Senate candidates are staying silent on President Obama’s latest changes to the birth control coverage mandate even as the policy catches flak from the religious right. Top GOP hopefuls haven’t weighed in on the issue since Friday, when the administration announced new measures meant to accommodate religious groups and businesses that object to their […] Continue Reading