Author Archive | Elizabeth Nolan Brown

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Suspect Statistics From Plastic Surgeon Society Say ‘Gender Confirmation Surgeries’ Up 19 Percent Last Year

ASPSA host of U.S. media outlets are reporting that 2016 saw a 19 percent spike in “gender confirmation surgeries,” a term used by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to describe an array of elective facial, chest, and genital procedures performed on transgender patients. The statistic comes from an annual ASPS report, which for […]

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Jennifer Lawrence, Libertarian Feminist?

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is in the news this week for a number of reasons, including her impromptu performance at a Vienna strip club and her stepping out in a $700 Dior T-shirt that proclaims “We Should All Be Feminists.” The Daily Mail even devoted a whole article to the shirt, noting that “the 26-year-old actress […]

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996 Sex Workers Busted in FBI’s Last ‘Operation Cross Country,’ Says Comey

Before his sudden dismissal last week, one of the last things FBI Director James Comey did in office was testfiy before the Senate Judiciary Hearing about the agency’s “programs and priorities for the coming year”—including Operation Cross Country, the annual FBI-led prostitution roundup that I covered in Reason’s March issue. Publicized as an attack on […]

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Sweden Drops Assange Rape Charge, Basquiat Painting Sells for $110M, Ex-Secret Service Agent Gets 20 Years for Sexting: A.M. Links

Sweden is dropping rape charges against Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange, the country’s director of public prosecutions announced today. A 1982 Basquiat painting sold for $110.5 million at Sothebys on Thursday, making it the sixth most expensive work of art sold at auction. Sotheby’s just sold this Basquiat 1982 masterpiece for $110 million, smashing a new […]

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Trump Publicly Blackmails Comey and Threatens to End Press Briefings, Sessions to Bring Back Longer Drug Sentences: A.M. Links

After admitting Thursday that he had questioned James Comey about Russia during a private White House dinner and that he would have fired him regardless of what advisors said, President Trump threatened this morning to blackmail the former FBI director if Comey leaks information to the press. Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ […]

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ICE Arrests Twice as Many Citizens as Illegal Immigrants, Trump to Launch Voter Fraud Commission, New Hampshire Gets Second Libertarian Party Rep: P.M. Links

Rumor has it that President Trump is considering former Republican Congressman and FBI agent Mike Rogers and former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for James Comey’s replacement at the FBI. The latest round of federal immigrant raids yielded more than twice as many American-citizen arrests as arrests of undocumented immigrants Trump announced Thursday […]

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Detroit Cops Raid an Innocent Family’s Home at Gunpoint on Bogus Sex-Trafficking Tip

In the high days of America’s militarized war on drugs, baseless and botched home raids have become a defining feature—with often disastrous consequences. Now we’re seeing the same sort of overzealous enforcement efforts in the fight against forced prostitution. This week, Detroit police raided an innocent family’s home after receiving a faulty sex-trafficking tip and […]

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White House Didn’t Expect Fallout From Comey Firing, Census Director Resigns, Reporter’s Statehouse Arrest Sparks Controversy: A.M. Links

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is pretty much the only thing on media radar this morning, as Trump tweets about the decision, a host of politicians condemn it, and everyone else tries to figure out just what the hell is going on. “They just barely got the tiniest bit of momentum going […]

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White Working-Class Millennials Are Less Christian, More Republican Than Their Elders

A large new report from PRRI and The Atlantic examines white, working-class Americans in an effort to explain what motivated them “to support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by a margin of roughly two to one” in the 2016 presidential election. The findings tend toward conventional wisdom—except when it comes to white working-class millennials. It […]

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No, the AHCA Doesn’t Make Rape a Preexisting Condition

The latest less-than-truthful meme about Republicans’ Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA), passed by the U.S. House on Thursday, is that it makes rape a “preexisting condition” for health-insurance purposes. According to a host of women’s publications and an army of outraged tweeters, sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors could soon be forced to disclose their […]

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