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Postpartum depression for dads? Yep, it's a thing

Dear Healthy Men: About three months ago, I became a new dad. I was super excited during the pregnancy, but ever since we brought the baby home, I’ve been in a funk. I’m tired, irritable, short tempered, and I’m just not enjoying fatherhood. Is there something wrong with me? A friend jokingly suggested that I might have postpartum depression. Is that a thing for guys? A: Absolutely. Although postpartum depression (PPD) in women is widely acknowledged and studied, researchers have only recently admitted what plenty of new dads already knew: it affects men too—in fact, as many as one in four new...

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Fake jobs, fake news: Trump's fake Foxconn deal comes further into focus

It’s long past time that Wisconsinites demand a recount … of the money their leaders wasted on the world’s most famous economic development boondoggle. Three years ago this month, with presidential politics at the forefront, the state entered into a contract with Hon Hai Precision Industry — better known as Foxconn. For up to $3.6 billion in state subsidies, the Taiwanese tech giant agreed to build a massive $10 billion factory among the farms of southeastern Wisconsin.Did Foxconn ever plan to profitably operate its Generation 10.5 LCD manufacturing facility there? Regardless of the answer, th...

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Captain Comics: Some of the questions that keep comics fans awake at night

The small screen is trying to make us forget the big one.Last week in this space I discussed “Helstrom.” The week before I focused on “Star Trek: Prodigy,” “M.O.D.O.K.,” “Invincible” and several other upcoming TV shows, all discussed at New York Comic-Con.And. There. Is. Still. More.SHADOW OF THE BATIt’s been a minute since The CW announced that Ruby Rose was leaving “Batwoman” after one season, to be replaced by Javicia Leslie as an entirely new character wearing the suit. And now the suit itself is changing, according to The CW.Not by a lot, in that basic black with red highlights is going t...

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News from New York Comic-Con

The New York Comic-Con occurred online Oct. 8-11, but didn’t have the biggest bang. Still, it had enough intriguing announcements to be worth talking about.The lack of sizzle at NYCC is a little disappointing, given how bombastic the virtual San Diego Comic-Con (July 22-25) and DC FanDome events (Aug. 22, Sept. 12) were. But there wasn’t much to talk about, movie-wise, given that all but one genre movie has been moved to 2021. (“Wonder Woman 1984” is currently scheduled for Dec. 25, but most experts predict it will be postponed again.)If you searched, you could find a little info about “Demon ...

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How Western wildfires could worsen inequality

Like so much else in 2020, the wildfires engulfing the western half of the United States are without precedent.They have advanced with astonishing speed, leaping 25 miles overnight and sending a towering pillar of smoke into the stratosphere. At this writing, the blazes have claimed at least three dozen lives, burned more than 5 million acres and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.The fires have also sparked a public health crisis. Much of the western U.S. and Canada is wreathed in acrid smoke, resulting in some of the world’s worst air quality. Wildfire smoke exacerbates ...

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It's time to bring the Civil War to an end

From the beginning a civil war was inevitable.The first seven decades of our history are a story of compromise, accommodation and temporizing, all in the attempt to avert armed conflict as long as possible.The Three-Fifths Compromise, the Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 eased tensions temporarily. But the conflict between an industrializing, modernizing, free-labor North and an agricultural South that depended on slaves and white supremacy was irresolvable, except, eventually, by war.Hostilities began on Apr. 12, 1861, when confederates opened fi...

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'The Infiltrators' uniquely documents bravery of Dreamer activists attacking Florida detention center from within

Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s film “The Infiltrators” is a fascinating experiment in nonfiction storytelling that remains engaging, even when its unique style falters, thanks to an unbelievable true story of impassioned activism.In 2012, during the height of the debate over undocumented immigrants and the political fight over the DACA and DREAM Act, a few young Dreamers decided to take a different tack, risk it all and make themselves and their activism bold, aggressive and visible. Spearheaded by Mohammad Abdollahi, the group, no longer content with sit-ins and petitions, decided to attac...

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Need a break from extensive cooking? This chicken parmesan dish is an easy fix

There are many recipes for chicken Parmesan. One evening I was in a hurry for dinner. I had boneless, skinless chicken thighs and Parmesan cheese in the refrigerator and canned crushed tomatoes in the cabinet. I put together this easy dinner.Frozen peas and whole wheat spaghetti completed the meal. I keep frozen vegetables on hand for when I don’t have time to go to the market. The peas cook in the same pot with the spaghetti.The Parmesan cheese is cut into thin slices instead of grated and melts on top of the chicken and sauce.Helpful Hints:— Any type of low-sodium tomato-based sauce can be u...

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Utah animal sanctuary draws intrepid travelers looking for something different

KANAB, Utah — During my three decades as a travel writer, this was the first time I had found myself in the doghouse. Literally. I was in the Puppy Pre-school at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary’s Dogtown, cuddling an affectionate pit bull mix named Challah. She was the last of her litter, and if there is any justice in the world, this adorable mutt has already found or will soon find her forever home.In the meantime, she — and others like her — receive lots of TLC from the passionate staff at Best Friends. Let me amend that — Challah and others both like and unlike her. Here, in this sprawling 3...

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Trump is trying to break a big 2016 campaign promise

Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security are among the most popular federal programs out there. A 2019 Pew Research poll showed majorities across all parties and demographics opposing cuts to Social Security. A Public Policy Polling survey that same year found broad opposition to slashing Medicaid or Medicare.The programs are so popular that Donald Trump himself, back in his 2016 campaign, promised to keep his hands off of them. And in his State of the Union address on Feb. 4, he reiterated what he called “an ironclad pledge to American families” to “always protect your Medicare and your Social ...

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Personal responsibility and the cost of indulging Trump and Pete Rose

After the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, he continued to assert that he did absolutely nothing wrong. This is almost certainly not true. In fact, his acquittal was supported by the compliance of a significant number of Republican senators who conceded that Trump did, indeed, do something wrong — their favorite word for it was “inappropriate” — but that what he did wasn’t so bad that it warranted removal from office.Which raises an interesting question: Have we slouched into an era in which we too readily indulge bad behavior and reduce the punishments that we impos...

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'Trump is no longer our leader': Texas GOP lawmaker says it's time to impeach Trump after Putin meeting

It’s time to impeach the president

When I was ten years old, over a plate of rice, beans and tortillas, I watched the evening news in front of an old Emerson 19-inch tube TV. On the screen was a man who looked like a grandpa, resembled the dad on “Father Knows Best,” and who spoke of a Shining City on the Hill — whatever that meant.

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