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  A new year means a new budget, and not just for those of you trying to cut back on Seamless or new shoes, but the federal government as well. On Monday, President Obama revealed the 2016 fiscal year proposal to more than a few cheers and naysayers. Amidst the military-heavy tax increases, the $4 trillion deal includes significant changes to Social Security benefit regulations for same-sex couples. FINALLY. Under the current policy, if a same-sex couple moves from a state that recognizes their marriage to one...
You’re probably most familiar with Aasif Mandvi from his work as The Daily Show’s “Senior Foreign-Looking Correspondent,” “Senior Muslim Correspondent,” and “Senior Brown Correspondent.” On that show, he’s managed to get a GOP chair to admit he’s a bigot (the man later resigned),make a Fox commentator look a fool, and all while maintaining a steely—and hilarious—composure. Given his mad improvisation skills, you’d think that Mandvi came up on the comedy circuit. But you’d be wrong. “I consider myself an actor,” the 48-year-old explains. “But my...
This guest post was written by Sarah C. Jones. BJÖRK Vulnicura(Polydor Records) Fans of Björk know that the only thing predictable about her work is constant change. The Icelandic multi-instrumentalist’s last album, 2011’s Biophilia, was a conceptual (and somewhat bloodless) multimedia project, but Vulnicura is a deeply intimate chronicle of heartbreak. Written in real time, these nine tracks detail an excruciating break-up with her longtime partner. Although it ends on a hopeful note, Vulnicura puts the listener through the emotional wringer—"Black Lake" in particular is a devastating listen.   Of course,...
In 2011, Audra Mulkern was not a photographer. She was not a blogger, not a writer, and definitely not a self-published author—not yet that is. “I always joke that the whole thing kind of developed organically,” she told BUST in a phone interview. What started with a pre-Instagram era iPhone 3G photo series and strange looks from farmers as she snapped shots of their produce has since turned into a successful self-published book, a blog, and an ever-growing look into the lives of female farmers. Before...
Okay, so you might have ignored the 'Super Bowl' part of 'Super Bowl Sunday.' It’s fine: We did too. But some of the tweets about the big game were definitely not to be missed, particularly the ones from Portlandia. Obviously. The digital quips of our favorite fake booksellers—Toni and Candance from the show's Women & Women First store—gave us opportunity to guffaw at almost every pass (that's what they do in football, right?) via the hashtag #FemininistBookstoreSaysWhat. From Katy Perry at half time to the...
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