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Meet Jesús, A 17-Year-Old Living In Crushing Poverty After Being Deported


Katherine Pater is a Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor and mission co-worker serving with Our Sister Parish, an ecumenical mission that seeks to build connections and solidarity between the impoverished rural people of Berlín, El Salvador and churches in central Iowa.

Model Slams Swimsuit Company For Photoshopping Her To Look Skinnier: ‘This Industry Is Crazy’


Meaghan Kausman’s photoshopped image is above; the untouched photo is below CREDIT: Instagram An Australian model is speaking out against a company that altered a photo of her body to appear several sizes smaller, saying she was “extremely shocked” to see the photoshopped image online after agreeing to participate in a photoshoot for the swimwear brand Fella Swim.

Muslim Americans Ask State Department To Protect Them During Religious Pilgrimage


Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as they pray inside the Grand Mosque during the hajj. CREDIT: AP A group of American Muslims sent a letter to the U.S.

Preliminary Studies Show Potential Health Risk For Babies Born Near Fracking Sites


CREDIT: Shutterstock Can fracking operations cause health problems or birth defects in babies who are born near wells?

Explosion Shakes BP’s Largest Oil Refinery In The U.S.


The BP Refinery in Whiting, Ind., seen Friday, Sept. 7, 2007. CREDIT: AP Photo/Joe Raymond A fire broke out at BP’s largest U.S.

Homeless Who Had Been Allowed To Live In Parking Lot Owned By Charities Will Be Evicted


A woman huddles on a street corner in San Francisco CREDIT: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Two non-profits in Vancouver that serve the homeless had been letting about a half dozen people who struggled to get housing stay in the parking lot they shared.

Newtown Teachers Are Heading Back To School With Better Mental Health Training


A memorial for the victims of the elementary school massacre at Sandy Hook 18 months ago CREDIT: AP Photo/Jessica Hill This year, as kids head back to class in the Newtown Public School District, their teachers will be better equipped to respond to their mental health needs.

Faced With DREAMers They Seek To Deport, Republicans Abandon Moderate Immigrant Position


DREAMers interrupt Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) during a “Faith and Freedom” barbeque event in South Carolina.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Bizarre Scheme To Stop His Own Education Plan By Suing The Obama Administration


Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White, who is not Barack Obama. CREDIT: AP Louisiana’s state school superintendent John White supports Common Core, an effort to foster interstate consistency in education standards.

Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report


Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth.

Senator Says Her Male Colleagues Called Her ‘Porky’ And ‘Chubby’


CREDIT: AP Images Decades after Anita Hill proved Congress doesn’t understand sexual harassment…Congress may not understand sexual harassment.

Iowa GOP Senate Nominee Says The Koch Network ‘Started My Trajectory’


Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R). CREDIT: AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall The vast and well-funded political network maintained by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch “started my trajectory,” according to Iowa state Sen.

‘No Angel’: Miley Cyrus And The Reality Of Homeless Youth


CREDIT: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Miley Cyrus is mad at the media. And Miley Cyrus is right. Cyrus brought Jesse Helt, a homeless 22-year-old, as her date to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Women Get Much More Negative Feedback In Their Reviews


CREDIT: Shutterstock Women get more critical and negative feedback in their reviews, particularly focusing on their personalities, as compared to men, according to an analysis by Kieran Snyder in Fortune Magazine.

The Economy Gets A Downgrade While Corporate Profits Get An Upgrade


Harry Stein is Associate Director of Fiscal Policy at the Center for American Progress. CREDIT: Shutterstock The updated budget and economic outlook released on Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) contained good news for corporations, but bad news for the rest of the economy.

Transgender Pride Flag Designer Applauds Smithsonian LGBT Artifacts Collection


Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, poses with Monica Helms in front of the transgender pride flag she designed.

This Woman Is Facing Decades In Prison For Going To The Hospital


CREDIT: WNDU News Screenshot A 33-year-old woman from Indiana faces decades in prison after she sought medical attention at a hospital as she was bleeding from a premature delivery.

Republicans Threaten To Shut Down The Government If Obama Extends Relief To Immigrants


CREDIT: AP/Alex Brandon Rep. Steve King (R-IA) floated the possibility of shutting down the government on Wednesday if President Obama issues an executive action granting deportation relief to more undocumented immigrants.

Hawaii’s Largest Utility Announces Plan To Triple Rooftop Solar By 2030


Aiea High is part of a growing number of Hawaii schools harnessing solar energy through photovoltaic systems.

Federal Judges Call for Complete Overhaul of ‘Looking Glass World’ of Immigration Court


CREDIT: Shutterstock Take everything you think you know about how courts work, throw it out the window, and you’ll get an approximation of the nation’s immigration courts.


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