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Renee Zellweger’s Unlovely Remodel

Whoa, that’s Renee Zellweger? The 45-year-old actress is literally unrecognizable in photographs from Monday’s Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. Zellweger told People magazine, “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows . . . Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as … Continue reading

The Center for Urban Families

Joe Jones remembers what it was like to grow up fatherless. His dad left when he was nine. For the past two decades, the Baltimore native has supported local fathers so that other children can be spared that experience. In the early 1990s, Jones worked for the Baltimore City Health Department, where he directed pregnant … Continue reading

Sugar Dating: A Prettier Name for Prostitution?

How would you feel if you saw a college gal you know with a significantly older man? What if you knew he was literally her sugar daddy? Welcome to sugar dating. Add “sugar” to anything, and it sounds more appealing. “Sugar dating” certainly sounds nicer than transactional dating, escorting, or prostitution, but is it any … Continue reading

‘The Giver’: An Allegory of Obama’s America

Incredibly, the most persuasive campaign commercial Republicans have this fall is a full-length Hollywood movie. The Giver, a film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 dystopian children’s novel, plays as a devastating critique of the Obama Era. IMDb describes this as a sci-fi movie, but it’s rather eerily real and immediate. As the credits rolled, I … Continue reading

Telenovela Outreach to Latinos: The GOP’s Future?

Businesswoman Clara Del Villar wants to help the GOP. A Dominican-American, Del Villar has watched conservatives and libertarians repeatedly fail to connect with Latinos. She believes it’s time for a more creative approach. Toward that end, Del Villar has filmed 12 Webisodes of “Familia Con Fuego,” or “Family With Fire,” a new pro-free-market telenovela about … Continue reading

“Family with Fire”: The Free-Market Telenovela

The morning after Election Day is too often painful. The night before, Latino voters were tantalizingly within reach. Yet, in the morning’s light, Republican politicos are heartbroken, having failed to woo that coveted demographic. Dominican-American Clara Del Villar, herself a conservative, has a better idea: The GOP should engage Hispanics where they already are, namely … Continue reading

The Strange Things Strangers Say To Pregnant Women

With this pregnancy, as with my first, I’ve found that there is no need to wonder what strangers are thinking. They regularly share their thoughts unprompted, those thoughts are often rather strange, and they are typically about three things: size, gender, and timing. 1. My Size. When I was about 6 months pregnant, I attended … Continue reading

Robin Thicke’s Odd Public Apology to His Estranged Wife

Apologizing isn’t easy. Apologizing publicly is even harder. So what inspired singer Robin Thicke to publicly attempt reconciliation with his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton? According to Us Weekly, the couple’s February split was Patton’s call alone. So while it’s true that Patton told Vanity Fair in May that “’there’s a deep love there—always was, … Continue reading

Innovative Partnerships Fuel Policy Reform

Generating broad support for free-market policy reforms means state think tanks must reach persuadable voters outside their typical audiences. In the spirit of this year’s Annual Meeting theme, Dare to Disrupt, several think tanks have begun engaging non-traditional partners to advance their policy goals. SPN partnered with journalist Melissa Langsam Braunstein to share the stories of—and lessons … Continue reading

Don’t Date Your Daddy

Dear 20-something Single Ladies, I used to be one of you, so I totally sympathize with your dating frustrations. As a Washingtonian, I know about dating older men. It’s so common that our city has an unofficial 10-Year Rule before funny looks ensue. I’m also aware that smart and accomplished women often gravitate toward older … Continue reading


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