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Does the vaginal orgasm exist? For years, scientists — and women themselves — have grappled with this question. According to new research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, it does, and past studies that concluded otherwise are suspect.
Experts (Mostly) Agree: There’s More Than One Type Of Orgasm
In a series of essays published, experts examine past and current data about the female orgasm. Their overarching conclusion is that the clitoral orgasm (whose existence no one seems to dispute) is a separate phenomenon from vaginal orgasm
By Michael Beckel, iWatch NewsWhat can the people who run super PACs do with all the cash they have collected when their favorite candidate drops out of the race?”They can do pretty much anything they want with the money,” said Viveca Novak, communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics. “They can have a margarita party in the Bahamas.”Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign Tuesday means the “Red, White and Blue Fund” super PAC, which supported him, is without a candidate. The organization and its benefactors helped the under-funded Santorum stay in the game.The group will continue to advocate for conservatives, but there’s no rule that says it has to.”Pretty much any use of super PAC money — other than coordinating expenditures with candidates or contributing to candidates – would be a legal and permissible use,” said Paul Ryan, an attorney at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.Practical considerations would likely prevent super PAC operatives from doing something extravagant — like buying a yacht or taking a junket to the
I’m delighted that today marks the start of the Huffington Post Media Group’s second annual Military Families Week. We’ll be honoring our country’s military families, putting the spotlight on their sacrifices, helping connect them with employment resources, and letting our readers know how they can help.
We launched Military Families Week last year to coincide with the formation of Joining Forces, the program announced by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to create and secure private-sector jobs for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. At the time, the First Lady said it was time to “build upon our nation’s great patriotism by asking all Americans to take action and ensure our military families have the support they have earned.” The goal, as Jill Biden added, was to turn our “gratitude into concrete action.”
A year later, the need for action remains. America has been a nation at war for more than a decade, which only deepens our responsibility and our debt to our servicemen and
When I first met my wife Cole and her little boy, whom I nicknamed “The Littlest Buddy” (LB), Cole had been searching for a diagnosis for her son for over three years. She was looking for an explanation of his developmental delays, and wanting badly to know what his future might look like.
As LB grew, his delays became more and more obvious. Cole took him to many specialists over the years, while she had him going regularly to physical, speech and occupational therapy — but beyond guesses, nobody had a clear idea for a diagnosis.
I met The Littlest Buddy when he was 3 years old — adorable, painfully quiet, sweet-hearted, so tiny for his age. I fell in love with this boy just as quickly as I fell for his mother, and we became a family officially in
Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington, D.C. announced a new promotion last week. Every time Washington Nationals (and former Phillies) outfield Jayson Werth homers anyone in the bar at that time watching the game (and wearing Nats gear) will get a free shot. I love
Conservative Republicans in Tennessee just passed a bill in the Senate mandating teaching sexual abstinence. The bill makes it “a cause of action” for any teacher or organization to “promote gateway sexual activity or demonstrate sexual activity” to students. Only one Democrat was willing to vote against the measure.
The bill says that government schools “must emphasize abstinence from sexual relations outside of marriage,” which basically requires teaching gay students that they may never have sex, since Tennessee doesn’t recognize same-sex
April 11, 2011: the day it all began. I sat in front of my computer, recorded a new YouTube video, and clicked “Publish” to post it to my account. I was apprehensive; I had no idea what I was getting myself into, no idea whether my efforts would be successful. What I did know, though, was that I cared deeply about this issue, and that there were others out there within Hollywood who cared, as well, and who’d be willing to put themselves on the line to speak out for the right thing, even if it was tough.
After all, putting yourself out there on an issue that, at least within Hollywood, is still extremely taboo and controversial is extremely tough, particularly when you’re an actor trying to get the very establishment you’re fighting to change to cast you in roles in their
The general election of 2012 starts today.
We need to do everything we can to make sure Barack Obama is reelected president. But we also need to mobilize for the long haul — beyond Election Day. We need to fuel a movement to take back our economy and our democracy.
Presidential elections can draw peoples’ attention to larger challenges facing our nation, but they can also be
There was a “No Bullying School Zone” sign posted in front of Hamilton Middle School in Cypress, Texas, but the message apparently was only for the kids outside. Asher Brown’s mother and stepfather say he was relentlessly bullied in class, and that they complained repeatedly, and that school officials did nothing.
School officials dispute this, but there is no debate about the resolution of Asher’s unhappiness: In September of 2010, at the start of the new school year, bullies tripped Asher and then kicked him and his books down the stairs. The next day, he took a 9 mm Beretta from a closet shelf and shot himself in the
There are dozens of notable painting exhibitions on view in the United States this month. In an art world that is overly obsessed with the next hot thing, the life of a mid-career artist can be problematic. For many artists, the gulf between emerging and established is extraordinarily difficult to navigate. As of late, however, many mid-career artists are having their
Humans always have seemed to prefer one race over another. This has been going on since the first man acquired thinking skills and was able to sort people into groups based on their physical features. Although America is currently a “color-blind” society, it still contains many forms of discrimination. I am not talking just about race, but also
A few days ago, I had the honor of speaking at the “PETA2 Experience” conference in Los Angeles. The day started early at the new PETA Los Angeles headquarters, with hundreds of kids and young adults filling the first floor of the building. I was so excited that I had been asked to speak about why and how I got involved with PETA and when I made the choice to go vegetarian (and eventually, vegan).
When I was 12, I first made the decision to go vegetarian after a co-star’s line “I don’t eat anything with a face” suddenly shocked me into
By Emma Oppenheim, Associate Director, Workforce Development Policy Initiatives, NCLR
Thirteen million Americans are unemployed while companies can’t find workers to fill current job openings, because too many of America’s workers don’t have the right skills. America faces a skills crisis that threatens to deeply harm our economy, hurt our global competitiveness, and to impair our ability to match Americans with good jobs–especially Latinos, whose share of the labor market is set to increase from 15% in 2010 to 19% by 2020.
Tragically, this is a solvable problem. In decades past, our country built an impressive infrastructure to invest in American workers, enabling them to navigate previous eras of industrial change and economic dislocation. We created these programs because job training is a public good, just like public education and good roads; a well-prepared workforce is undeniably a key ingredient of a vibrant economy, and we as a society benefit when workforce development investments are systematic and
It’s time for companies to stop wasting time.
Flexibility, speed and expertise. That’s what separates leaders from laggards in our Facebook, iPhone, tweet-driven world.
How quickly can you respond to a trend that punched its way overnight into the mainstream? How ready are you to launch a service in the cloud that will be tweaked within a week, by you or your customers? How fast can you unleash employee productivity by hooking up their mobile gadgets to your business network?
It’s no secret that client expectations are increasing when it comes to IT. The challenge? Information Technology (IT) departments are strapped for time, resources and skills as they wrestle with just trying to keep all the plates they juggle up in the air at once.
The CIOs I talk with describe the avalanche of projects they face. Almost three quarters of the CIOs say they are investing in mobile deployments this year, of which one-third of those will be deployed in a
Fear is transmitted from person to person. There are days when we wake up and feel good and over the course of the day we are reduced to fear. Our perspective changes. It is transmitted and caught through watching TV, reading the headlines of the newspaper or listening to the radio, where we are told we should be
The Philadelphia Eagles have Fly Eagles Fly. The Baltimore Orioles have Oriole Magic. Nearly every sports team has an anthem, whether it has been a tradition for years or a group of fans created one to get excited for the season. Music transcends the game, whether it’s in a big moment during a game or just a tribute to a team or
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls thought they were finally getting their whole team back together for the final stretch.Instead, Derrick Rose was out again. The Bulls came out on top, anyway.Richard Hamilton scored 20 points, Luol Deng added 19 and Chicago beat the New York Knicks 98-86 Tuesday night even though they were playing without their superstar point guard again.Hamilton had 18 points in the third quarter to help Chicago stay ahead after building a 12-point halftime lead. Kyle Korver added 14 points and three blocks, and the Bulls prevailed despite Carmelo Anthony’s 29 points for New York.
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“That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career,” Hamilton said. “But on this team, I’ve got to pick my moments. There are so many guys on this team that can score.”With their star sidelined again, this was a good time for Hamilton to step up.Rose’s latest injury is a sprained right ankle, which he suffered in Sunday’s overtime loss at New York. He lobbied to play after warming up before Tuesday’s game, but the Bulls improved to 16-7 without him.”I just think it was the smart thing to do in this situation,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “If we’re going to err, we’re going to err on the side of caution. He wanted to play and we felt it was best that he didn’t.”The league’s reigning MVP, Rose was injured in the first half Sunday after returning from a 12-game absence because of a groin problem.Rose wound up scoring 29 in that game, but shot only 8-of-26 and missed potential winning shots at the end of regulation and OT, as well as two free throws with the Bulls up by three with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter.He’s missed 23 games because of a variety of ailments, including a turf toe injury and back spasms. Still, the Bulls managed to get back to winning after dropping three of four, beating a team they might meet in the first round of the playoffs.They also moved three games ahead of Miami for the Eastern Conference lead, with the Heat visiting on Thursday, and are trying to capture the No. 1 overall seed for the second straight year.”If nothing else, if there’s a Game 7, you want to play at home,” Korver said. “We know that. But Thibs preaches every day, ‘One game at a time, one game at a time.’ We’re a brainwashed bunch.”Anthony came up big again for the Knicks after scoring a season-high 43 and hitting the go-ahead 3 in overtime on Sunday, but New York got pounded on the boards, 51-33.The Bulls outscored the Knicks 25-5 on second-chance points and cut down on the turnovers, finishing with 12 after committing 20 in the previous game.”We got outrebounded,” Anthony said. “They beat us on the boards. I got two rebounds. I’ve got to do better than that.”Then again, as Tyson Chandler said, Anthony was the “one bright spot” for New York. Chandler did have 15 rebounds, but otherwise it was a mismatch on the glass.”That’s kind of their game,” he said. “They attack the basket. They get you out of position and then the big guys come and crash the boards. We didn’t do a good job of boxing out.”Deng had 10 rebounds and hit 3 of 6 3-pointers while trying to contain Anthony. Korver was 3-of-5 from long range and had 11 points in the fourth quarter.Hamilton played just 20 minutes because he’s missed most of the season because of injuries, but he was his usual active self, running off screens and wearing out the opposition. He certainly made the most of his time, particularly in the third.The Knicks got to 53-50 early in the quarter, but Hamilton answered with a 20-footer and two free throws. Deng then made a 3 to make it a 10-point game, and the Bulls stayed in control after that.”(Hamilton’s) putting a lot of work in,” Thibodeau said. “He’s getting more comfortable. You can see his rhythm coming around.”Game notes The Knicks sent C Jerome Jordan to Erie of the NBA Development League to get more playing time. A rookie, he’s averaging 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 appearances. … The Bulls took three of four from New York and won the season series for the fourth time in five years.
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Edward DeMarco is the beleaguered bureaucrat in charge of an agency called the FHFA. And because the FHFA is now managing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, DeMarco’s charge of most American mortgages. He’s been the target of resignation demands for weeks. Everyone from Tim Geithner on down – and therefore presumably the President, too – has fingered DeMarco as the one person standing in the way of relief for millions of American homeowners.
DeMarco’s still an unelected ideologue with too much power, and he still needs to
Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 13 of FX’s “Justified,” entitled “Slaughterhouse.”
“Justified” is a very smart show, but the smartest thing it did all season was on display in Tuesday’s Season 3 finale.
The intelligent decision revolves around what the show didn’t do, rather than what it did. Don’t get me wrong, the wrap up of the Quarles/Limehouse story was entertaining, but that’s exactly the point. Rather than try to equal last season’s exceptionally poignant finale in which Mags Bennett finally drank her own apple pie, “Justified” went in a very different direction at the end of Season 3.
What with the spurting blood, the quests for vengeance and the money pouring out of strange orifices, the final sequence at Limehouse’s slaughterhouse could have come from a show called “Spartacus: Harlan Hellions” (and remind me to pitch that show to FX
“The Myth of the Disappearing Middle Class” (Washington Post, March 29, 2012) by Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Ron Haskins asserts that the lack of opportunity in 21st century America is largely driven by the failure of individuals to behave responsibly, particularly the failure of parents to marry.
“The Myth” demonstrates the mathematical attributes of marriage (it also raises a host of other issues reverberating in the blogosphere). The arithmetic seems hard to beat: two incomes must be better than one. Haskins, who steered welfare reform for House Republicans, cares about results; here he is typically careful with his data and provides a lot of it:
Marriage (before children), high school graduation, and working are all great goals shared by many across the political
Note: Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 3, Episode 15 of Fox’s “Glee,” entitled “Big Brother.”
Welcome back, Gleeks! “Glee” may have been off the air for two months, but back at McKinley High, things haven’t changed a bit. Well, except for the fact that Quinn Fabray is now temporarily paralyzed from her car accident.
As for Rachel and Finn’s impromptu wedding? It didn’t happen. But that’s okay because now they can get married in someplace special — like the pitcher’s mound at Wrigley
MIAMI — A week ago, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat with defense. This time, they did it with offense.Paul Pierce scored 27 points, Kevin Garnett added 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Celtics made their first eight shots of the fourth quarter to hold off the Heat 115-107 on Tuesday night.
For a quick take after each game, check the Heat Reaction.
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Rajon Rondo posted double-digit assists for the 18th straight game, extending the NBA’s longest such streak in 20 years with an 18-point, 15-assist effort. Brandon Bass added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Avery Bradley scored 11 for the Celtics, who shot a season-high 61 percent.LeBron James finished with 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Miami, which got 20 from Dwyane Wade and 18 from Mario Chalmers. Chris Bosh finished with 13 on 5-for-13 shooting.The Celtics beat Miami 91-72 in Boston on April 1, a game the Heat called “unacceptable” after establishing season-lows in scoring and shooting.This one won’t sit any better with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, who ousted the Celtics in five games from last year’s playoffs and could see them in the second round of the upcoming postseason. No team had shot better than 55 percent against the Heat this season, and Boston’s 115 points were two shy of matching a season-high against Miami.Boston improved to 18-7 since the All-Star break, and dealt Miami a blow in the race for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Heat fell 2 1/2 games behind Chicago, which played later Tuesday at home against the New York Knicks.A layup by Wade got Miami within 108-103 with 2:22 left, before Garnett made a high-arcing jumper that dropped softly through the net, his 11th make in 14 shots.That pretty much described the night. Whenever Miami got close, the Celtics found a way to hold them off. Miami had two shots to tie early in the fourth after being down by as many as 18 earlier, before Garnett made jump shots on four straight possessions, the average length of those makes being 19 feet.A 10-0 run early in the first quarter gave Boston a quick lead — and that wasn’t even the Celtics’ best run of the opening period. Boston scored the last 11 of the first, the run actually becoming 13-0 when Garnett scored to open the second quarter, and Boston’s lead was 35-22.Everything the Celtics wanted, they got. Boston shot 61 percent in the first quarter, 62 percent in the second. Celtics coach Doc Rivers used eight players, all of them making multiple shots by halftime. Of them, the only one who failed to make at least half his shots was Bass, who more than made up for that with six first-half rebounds.Here’s how well the Celtics were shooting: Miami went into the break shooting 51 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the foul line — and Boston was at least 10 percentage points better in every department.Down by 18 in the first half, Miami cut the deficit to 65-57 at halftime. James closed it with a 3, punching the air as the shot dropped.Even with that, every moment of the second half was an uphill battle.And the Celtics weren’t being caught.Miami got within five twice in the third, with Rondo answering both times to make it a three-possession game again. The Celtics held the Heat to 36 percent shooting in the quarter, keeping the eight-point lead entering the fourth at 89-81.The Heat had two chances to tie early in the fourth, after starting the period on a 7-0 run. The first of those slipped away when Bosh failed to finish off a three-point play opportunity by missing from the line. The next came when Udonis Haslem missed from the left baseline with 9:17 left, and Boston’s answer that time was absolute.Allen made a catch-and-shoot 3 for a 94-89 lead, and then Garnett just took over.Game notes Alex Terrio, a fan wearing a Heat T-shirt, won a 2012 Kia Optima for making a halfcourt shot in between the third and fourth quarters. “Shock,” Terrio said. … James had 11 points in the third quarter for the third consecutive game. … Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Jim Kelly were at the game, as was Chicago Bears star Julius Peppers. … After the Boston Herald reported that the Celtics would spend part of next year’s preseason playing in Italy and Turkey, Rivers said he’s always liked the idea of going away for camp — “if it’s done right,” Rivers said. The NBA is believed to be working on four games in Europe and two in China next preseason.
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A higher credit score means more money in your pocket. It’s as simple as that.
A typical credit card for someone with poor credit may have an interest rate of 20 percent. If you carry a balance of $5,000 on that card and make payments of $150 each month, you’ll pay more than $900 in interest alone in the next 12 months. Bump that rate to 25 percent and the interest grows to almost $1,200!
Now, let’s say you’ve got great