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An Interview With the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to WikiFeet

An Interview With the Man Who Keeps Uploading My Feet to WikiFeet

Back in the fall, I received an unexpected text from a man I had just started seeing. “Are u on wikifeet?”Assuming he was joking, I laughed and said no. Then he sent me a link to. I had never actually heard of the website — basically an for fetishists and foot enthusiasts — until that moment.To be clear, I am not a celebrity. I have decent Twitter following from having reported on politics for over a decade, from tweeting jokes about politics and appearing on cable news sometimes. But I was pretty shocked to be looking at my own wikiFeet profile, which included my full name, birthday, and...

Apr 7
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Michigan Senator Gary Peters Shares His Abortion Story

Michigan Senator Gary Peters Shares His Abortion Story

United States Senator Gary Peters, a low-key, moderate Democrat from Michigan, is in a very tight re-election race that whether his party wins the Senate. But he’s not the kind of guy who typically makes national headlines. He’s more known for being a dad who enjoys riding his motorcycle and drinking the local beer than he is for saying attention-grabbing things. So it may come as a surprise that with this story, he will become the first sitting senator in American history to publicly share a personal experience with abortion. “It's a story of how gut-wrenching and complicated decisions can...

October 12, 2020
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A Minneapolis Police Officer Opens Up About the Toxic Culture Inside the Department

A Minneapolis Police Officer Opens Up About the Toxic Culture Inside the Department

Since Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin brutally pressed his knee onto George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, and three other officers stood by and did nothing as he suffocated to death, the with shock and outrage and demanded an overhaul of American policing.One of Chauvin’s colleagues, meanwhile, was surprised that it took people this long to notice how bad things were in her own department and with the police in general. “I am a Minneapolis police officer, something I probably should not be broadcasting right now, but I’m tired and want change,” Megan Jones, 27, wrote to me...

June 10, 2020
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Katie Porter Grilling the CDC Chief Is the Leadership We Desperately Need

Katie Porter Grilling the CDC Chief Is the Leadership We Desperately Need

Katie Porter, a freshman Democrat in Congress, couldn’t have known when she to Donald Trump’s impeachment vote in October that she would soon have the chance to help rescue millions of Americans during a global pandemic. But as the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Porter has unexpectedly emerged as a true hero in a spiraling crisis.The California congresswoman, a former law professor and single mother of three who flipped a GOP district in 2018, had watched as the United States fell far behind other countries in terms of responding to the pandemic. South Korea, for instance, has tested over...

March 13, 2020
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The Anti-Abortion Movement Was Always Built on Lies

The Anti-Abortion Movement Was Always Built on Lies

In 1973, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” brought a case to the Supreme Court that would legalize abortion throughout America. So it was quite a surprise when, in the mid-1990s, Roe, whose real name was Norma McCorvey, suddenly emerged as an anti-abortion activist. She wrote a book about her change of heart, spoke at multiple annual March for Life rallies, and even filed a motion in 2003 to get the Supreme Court to re-decide her case. “I deeply regret the damage my original case caused women,” she said at the time. “I want the Supreme Court to examine the evidence and have a spirit of justice for...

May 20, 2020
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