Graphic: A woman’s place in the world, ranked from first to last

Canada ranked 17th on a list of the best and worst places to be a woman in the world. In the report, researchers from Save the Children looked at the health, education and economic status of women in 165 countries to develop the ranking, with Norway claiming the top spot and Somalia the bottom. The National Post graphics department analyzes the data.

Cain chief of staff lies on national television

Mark Block: “At the press conference it was brought up that Karen Kraushaar had come out as one of the women, so we’ve come to find out that her son works at POLITICO, the organization that originally put this story out.”

Sean Hannity: “Have you confirmed that? I’ve been hearing that all day, rumors about that, you have confirmed that now right?”

Block: “We confirmed it with ahhh… that he does indeed work at Politico and that’s his mother, yes.”

This is simply 100% false. Block never names the reporter in question, but Josh Kraushaar used to work for Politico up until June 2010. I know Josh. I worked with him when I was at National Journal’s The Hotline. Josh is a personal friend of mine.

Josh does not work for Politico and Karen Kraushaar is not his mother. Josh has since returned to The Hotline where he now serves as executive editor. -Conn Carroll

The New York Times reports that a joint venture between National Journal and CBS News has recent college graduates out on the campaign trail providing coverage once done by seasoned news veterans:

For decades, campaign buses were populated by hotshots, some of whom covered politics for decades, from Walter Mears to David S. Broder to Jules Witcover. It was a glamorous club, captured and skewered in Timothy Crouse’s best-selling “The Boys on the Bus,” about the 1972 campaign.

Now, more and more, because of budget cutbacks, those once coveted jobs are being filled by brand new journalists at a fraction of the salary. It is not so glamorous anymore.

The worry among some is that in cut throat politics, campaigns may seize upon missteps and the potential naiveté of rookie reporters for political advantage.

In the hands of a political partisan looking to discredit a news organization, these slip-ups can become powerful and fatal ammunition. “Everything you say can and will be used against you,” said Ron Fournier, the editor-in-chief of National Journal…

…Reporters have far more to worry about these days than missteps of their own making. A new generation of political activists like James O’Keefe, the conservative sabotage artist behind the hidden recordings that helped ignite outrage against Planned Parenthood, Acorn and National Public Radio, are setting traps with the goal of discrediting the media.

Over at Salon, Alex Pareene believes this new batch of reporters will do just fine, suggesting that the bar for political reporting just isn’t that high:

Some people will probably get outraged at this debasing of the noble profession of political reporting, but I can’t imagine that these “kids” could possibly be any more banal than the superstars who file a dozen identical stories from the same Iowa prayer breakfast or whatever.

And for those just getting into the game, ABC’s Jack Tapper offers 13 pieces of advice.

Number one among them: Young reporters gearing up for campaign coverage, I have two words: neck pillow.

“Although women are at increased risk for mental health and relationship problems at reintegration, many soldiers adjust well to their return home, which suggests that female soldiers can overcome the negative effects associated with the stress of deployment. Enhancing the process of resilience for female veterans would require an assessment of the strengths and protective factors that foster healthy reintegration.” 

— Bonnie Carlson, Layne Stromwall, and Cynthia Lietz in  “Mental Health Issues in Recently Returning Women Veterans: Implications for Practice,” an article from Social Work that is part of our Military Appreciation Month collection.

Image Credit: “DM-ST-84-11804″ by Expert Infantry. CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Shit People say to Women on Capitol Hill

The National Journal just ran this story about women on Capitol Hill. East Coast or West Coast, film or politics, same story. “Their experiences are confined to Capitol Hill, but they may speak to a greater American experience. If sexism persists within the halls of Congress, what is it like for women outside of them?”

Sound familiar?


A writer debates his dad about the legacy of Baby Boomers: Do they deserve blame for our current economic situation?

You could call this anecdote Exhibit A in my father’s defense of the boomers, which he offered over coffee on the first day of our weeklong dispute. It boils down to a claim that he didn’t exactly inherit a great deal, either. Tom Tankersley’s argument breaks into two categories. First, he deflects blame for all of the bad stuff of the past several decades to previous generations and myopic politicians. Second, he builds a case that the boomers did far more good than harm.

The Greatest Generation, his parents’ cohort, paid a lot less into Social Security and Medicare than it took out of it, he says. (This is true.) It did nothing to reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, or halt the nation’s growing and dangerous addiction to fossil fuels. ‘Previous generations did not have a Clean Air Act or a Clean Water Act,’ he says. His enacted both. (Also true.)

Point, parasite.

“My Father, The Parasite.” — Jim Tankersley, National Journal

The British energy giant, responsible for the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year in the Gulf, won $27 million worth of leases to conduct new oil-and-gas exploration in the Gulf. The awards from the Interior Department came in the first Gulf lease sale since the BP spill last year, with all winning bids bringing $337.6 million into government coffers.

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An unexpected tip for female staffers who want access on the Hill: bring a chaperone. According to a report from National Journal, certain men in Congress refuse to be alone with the women who work for them. Not because these women are femme fatales out to steal their bosses’ virtue, but to avoid — in the words of one staffer — “negative assumptions that might be made” about the nature of their relationships. Add it to the list of barriers women must overcome in order to do their jobs and move up in their fields.

A new report suggests that some congressional Republicans are deliberately shutting women out