Outside a squat, one-story building on Chicago Avenue on the south side of Minneapolis, Alexis Collins, a 20-year-old Taco Bell employee, stands holding her baby, both of them bundled up against the piercing Minnesota wind. On the wall behind her, stretching all the way up to the roof, is a multicolor mural of a woman…
We don’t normally begin Dirt Bags with casting updates about popular, long-running basic cable legal procedurals, but USA has just revealed Suits star Meghan Markle will not be returning to the show for its seventh season.
Every time there is a high profile racist incident in America, we all must huddle together to assure ourselves that at least we are not racists. The operating definition of racism needs an overhaul.
I’ve already said most of what I’d like to say about about Playing House, the USA show created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, but having just devoured Season 3, a new feeling came to me: a burning desire to shout out the talented cast of comedic actors these women have gathered to play their…
The U.S. women’s hockey team is threatening to boycott the IIHF World Championships, starting March 31, unless USA Hockey increases wages, benefits, and support for the women’s game.
If the very worst happens, it won’t be because we didn’t know that it might happen. We have all been amply warned.
It is almost Christmas time but what does it mean across America? Here is the news.
Across the federal government, career employees are reckoning with the prospect of working for a Donald Trump administration. Today, people from the CDC, NLRB, DOT, TSA, and other agencies speak very freely about their hopes and fears.
This morning, many Americans woke up fearful, wondering what comes next. The only possible answer: four years of hard fucking work.
Realistically, there is only one way out of our predicament.
After the U.S. women’s gymnastics team won gold Tuesday, the National Anthem was played. The girls lined up and listened, but for some reason, or perhaps no reason, Gabby Douglas didn’t put her hand over her heart. Does she even care about America?
Have you ever visited one of the United States’s 411 national parks and thought, “This experience would be more fulfilling if my view of this spectacular landscape included a logo for my favorite brand”? If so, you’re in luck!
Less than a week after the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting—a day during which the FBI processed two firearm background checks per second, and on which four people were shot at a restaurant in Sacramento—news of another mass shooting is rolling in. This time it’s in San Bernardino. If it seems like this…
Saturday is Independence Day here in the States, and you know what that means: Americans doing wacky things while other Americans take pictures. Join me for a stroll through some delightfully offbeat shots of the past.
So far, our (hungover, sleep deprived) heroes are, in relative terms, coasting: none of the usual van trouble, broken cell phones, or robberies of tours past. This is not to say that all is right with the stars. Let’s watch as they cross an invisible border to a magical land where people still smoke cigarettes…
For the better part of the last decade, I’ve been on a plane roughly six to ten times a month. By my rough estimation, that’s about 700 flights, 700 TSA checks, 700 low-coughs to let people know that you walk to the left and stand to the right (c’mon!), and 700 chances to find the best airport bar.
In a Sunday op-ed at the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof writes about the contentious-among-idiots invention of "smart guns"—guns that (for example) fire only if a recognized fingerprint is on the trigger, or if the shooter is wearing a companion wristwatch. Recently, a 17-year-old Boulder resident named Kai Kloepfer…
Some new numbers suggest that fully 30 percent of Americans are in bed by the time the ball drops on New Year's Eve. Even I'm appalled, and I prefer to ring in the New Year watching broadcast television in my finest loungewear.
Ummmmm, hey, uh, you know how when you talk you kind of say "um" or "uh" a lot? Don't feel bad about about it because, like, everybody does it, but as it turns out, some people say "uh" more and others rely more heavily on "um." And the difference in preference is more than likely regional.
Have you noticed more romantic plots creeping onto your TV screen? And perhaps on shows that are comedic, rather than dramatic? Don't look now, but the rom com is perhaps pulling a Lazarus. It's just that everyone is very, very shy of the term "romantic comedy" after years of stinkers anchored by Matthew McConaughey.