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Joe Biden Is Opposed To Violence Against Women. If Only The Senate Were, Too.

In 1994, Joe Biden co-authored the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It has been reauthorized every year since then ... until now. For the first time, in 2013, certain members of the Senate refused to allow VAWA's reauthorization because they were concerned it offered too many protections to women in minority communities. The good news is that the version of VAWA reauthorized in 2005 is still in effect. The bad news is that Congress is still finding new ways to deny women their rights and discriminate on the basis of race at the same time. In early 2012, Joe Biden gave an incredibly powerful speech calling for the reauthorization of VAWA. After hearing this, Congress should be ashamed of itself for allowing VAWA to lapse. I found it hard to pick just one quote from the speech (although this one is pretty great) to share with you, so here's the whole damn thing.



  • At 2:03 he explains how he got VAWA passed in 1994 with bipartisan support.
  • At 4:50 he makes a whole lot of sense.
  • At 7:41 he talks about what VAWA taught women, men, and even politicians. 
  • At 10:40 he talks about the "bizarre" warnings he got when trying to pass VAWA.
  • At 11:10 he gets close to the mic for some real talk about perspective.
  • At 13:29 he drops mad stats about what VAWA has accomplished for women since 1994.
  • At 14:28 he reenacts a call received by one of the national domestic violence hotlines.
  • At 15:45 he gets frustrated with Congress and proceeds to make a whole lot more sense.
  • At 17:50 he talks about some of what's in the newest proposed version of VAWA (the version that wasn't reauthorized).
  • At 18:45 he name-drops Hillary Clinton and explains how VAWA has changed the way the rest of the world sees America.
  • At 22:45 he explains why VAWA is still necessary and relevant.
  • And at 25:17 he brings it all home and makes me cheer, even alone in my apartment. 
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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani wows audiences with his amazing musical talents.

Mozart was known for his musical talent at a young age, playing the harpsichord at age 4 and writing original compositions at age 5. So perhaps it's fitting that a video of 5-year-old piano prodigy Alberto Cartuccia Cingolani playing Mozart has gone viral as people marvel at his musical abilities.

Alberto's legs can't even reach the pedals, but that doesn't stop his little hands from flying expertly over the keys as incredible music pours out of the piano at the 10th International Musical Competition "Città di Penne" in Italy. Even if you've seen young musicians play impressively, it's hard not to have your jaw drop at this one. Sometimes a kid comes along who just clearly has a gift.

Of course, that gift has been helped along by two professional musician parents. But no amount of teaching can create an ability like this.

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As a Gen X parent, it's weird to try to describe my childhood to my kids. We're the generation that didn't grow up with the internet or cell phones, yet are raising kids who have never known a world without them. That difference alone is enough to make our 1980s childhoods feel like a completely different planet, but there are other differences too that often get overlooked.

How do you explain the transition from the brown and orange aesthetic of the '70s to the dusty rose and forest green carpeting of the '80s if you didn't experience it? When I tell my kids there were smoking sections in restaurants and airplanes and ashtrays everywhere, they look horrified (and rightfully so—what were we thinking?!). The fact that we went places with our friends with no quick way to get ahold of our parents? Unbelievable.

One day I described the process of listening to the radio, waiting for my favorite song to come on so I could record it on my tape recorder, and how mad I would get when the deejay talked through the intro of the song until the lyrics started. My Spotify-spoiled kids didn't even understand half of the words I said.

And '80s hair? With the feathered bangs and the terrible perms and the crunchy hair spray? What, why and how?

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