You'd think the generation that invented the term "adulting" would do better at it. But it turns out that living with your parents is actually now the norm for millennials—especially guys.
For the first time since the 1880s, living with a parent in their home has edged out the percentage of 18- to 34-year-olds who live with a spouse or cohabitation partner their own homes by a tiny margin—32.1 percent versus 31.6 percent, according to Pew Research. Probably the clearest determining factor is a drastic drop in the number of younger Americans who get married before 35. Interestingly, 29 percent of women in this research pool live in their parents' homes, compared to the 35 percent of men who live in their parents' home.
Thankfully, we're not at world record home-living yet. In 1940, 35 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds lived in their parents' home, compared to 2014's 32 percent. Discuss
UPDATE: The governor of Oklahoma vetoed a controversial bill that would make abortions a felony, according to the Washington Post. In a statement, the pro-life Mary Fallin said: “The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother’.”
Before Fallin vetoed the legislation, we reported that lawmakers in the state passed a new bill that would make performing an abortion a felony. The only exception, would be in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Anyone found guilty under the new proposed law could spend three years in prison.
If Fallin had signed the bill, it would've sparked an inevitable legal battle challenging the Supreme Court’s protection of abortion rights under Roe v. Wade.
Traditionally, states have been able to pass laws that prevent or limit access to abortions after the point of “viability,” currently thought to be as young as around 22 weeks. It’s the point at which the babies could survive outside of the mother’s womb. However, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe v. Wade indicates that the government can’t put an “undue burden” on abortion access up to that point.
The new bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm, told the AP that its goal is to challenge current federal abortion law:
Since I believe life begins at conception, it should be protected, and I believe it's a core function of state government to defend that life from the beginning of conception.
In 2014, the university invited former secretary of state—and former girlfriend of Jack Donaghy—Condoleezza Rice to deliver the address. But students revolted, and eventually pressured her to back out. Apparently, students were protesting Rice’s role in the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq.
But Obama told the Rutgers community that pushing her out was "misguided." Here’s what he said:
I don't think it's a secret that I disagree with many of the policies of Dr. Rice and the previous administration. But the notion that this community or this country would be better served by not hearing a former secretary of state or not hearing what she had to say — I believe that's misguided. I don't think that's how democracy works best, when we're not even willing to listen to each other.
If you disagree with somebody, bring them in and ask them tough questions. Hold their feet to the fire, make them defend their positions. ... Don't be scared to take somebody on. Don't feel like you got to shut your ears off because you're too fragile and somebody might offend your sensibilities. Go at them if they're not making any sense.
A Business Insider report from Obama’s talk notes that, back in 2014, Rice wasn’t the only person to back out of commencement addresses for similar reasons. And already this year another former secretary of state (Madeleine Albright) received a similar treatment.
Obama’s call for civil discourse—not civil silencing—is reminiscent of world-famous author J.K. Rowling’s recent defense of Donald Trump, which we told you about yesterday. Of course, neither Obama nor Rowling are defending the views of others, but rather their rights to have those views. Discuss
Last week, George Zimmerman—the guy who shot and killed Trayvon Martin in 2012—made the news again when he decided to auction off the gun he used to shoot Martin. Understandably, this was a highly controversial move. Well, yesterday the auction closed, and according to CNN, the weapon sold for $138,900. The winning bidder is still anonymous based on the website's rules, but apparently at least seven verified users participated in the auction.
In a statement at his personal website, Zimmerman called the auction "successful" and that it raised funds for "worthy causes." He will still have to verify that the winner and the money are both legitimate before the sale is final.
This weekend’s commencement at Liberty University had an interesting line up of speakers. Along with keynote speaker and Liberty grad Rashad Jennings—who is an NFL running back—the ceremony also featured speeches from Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, as well as Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn and Randall Wallace, who are making a movie about a World War II hero from Lynchburg (where Liberty is located).
Vaughn stars in the film Hacksaw Ridge, about Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Desmond T. Doss, which was written by Wallace (Braveheart, Heaven Is for Real) and directed by Gibson. All of the special guests briefly addressed the students.
As RNS notes, up until 2015, students at the conservative school weren’t even allowed to watch R-rated films, so the choice of having Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, Swingers, Psycho) and Mel Gibson speak at graduation, may indicate that the school is slowly moving in a different direction.
The large Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell has been home to some interesting guests in the last few years, including several presidential hopefuls like Bernie Sanders and, of course, Donald Trump, whom current LU President Jerry Falwell Jr. has enthusiastically endorsed. Discuss