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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Apr 03, 2019. 19 comments

What the Hell is Going on With the Tia Clinic?

What the Hell is Going on With the Tia Clinic?

A few weeks ago, Jezebel published a story about Tia , a boutique members-only gynecology and wellness practice that recently opened in New York. The company, which is expanding from its origins as a cycle-tracking app to open a network of doctor’s office, offered same-day appointments and personalized follow-ups for members willing to spend $150 a year, along with other perks.

Founded by...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Apr 03, 2019. 21 comments

$5.1 Million in Federal Funding Will Really Help This Catholic Clinic Reach 'Abortion-Vulnerable Women'

$5.1 Million in Federal Funding Will Really Help This Catholic Clinic Reach 'Abortion-Vulnerable Women'

On Friday, the federal government granted the California-based Obria Group $5.1 million in Title X funding over the next three years, the first fulfillment of what the Catholic nonprofit hopes will be a major source of funding for its ambitious national expansion.

The anti-abortion clinic, which does not offer abortion services or contraception, says it will use the grant to develop additional...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Mar 26, 2019. 17 comments

This Christian, Anti-Abortion Clinic Is Rebranding as the New Planned Parenthood

This Christian, Anti-Abortion Clinic Is Rebranding as the New Planned Parenthood

On March 23, the Associated Press reported that three Texas healthcare providers had applied for tens of millions of dollars of federal Title X funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. Like other organizations that receive such funding, the centers, which are affiliated with Obria Medical Clinics, make family-planning services available to low-income patients either for free...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Mar 22, 2019. 19 comments

Tia, the Boutique Gyno, Wants a Whole Lot of Data About You and Your Vag

Tia, the Boutique Gyno, Wants a Whole Lot of Data About You and Your Vag

The Tia Clinic, a members-only doctor’s office that recently opened its first location in New York City, describes itself on Instagram as “part gyno’s office,” “part wellness center,” and “part lady fort.” Its office, near Madison Square Park, is rosy and speckled. Books by Simone de Beauvoir and Joan Didion are available in the waiting room, in case anyone had doubts about its taste.

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Mar 15, 2019. 14 comments

What the Hell Actually Happens to Money You Put in A Flexible Spending Account? 

What the Hell Actually Happens to Money You Put in A Flexible Spending Account? 

It was a pretty small amount of money Sharon Davis lost, which is typical. Davis is a professor of sociology at the University of La Verne in California, and as with many American workers who go to an office and sit at a desk as a member of the professional class, her employer-sponsored benefits included the chance to stash money for future medical expenses, free of tax. Like many employees...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Mar 11, 2019. 18 comments

GOP Governor Pete Ricketts Allegedly Had White Nationalist on Payroll

GOP Governor Pete Ricketts Allegedly Had White Nationalist on Payroll

On Sunday, the website Anti-Fascist Nebraska published evidence that Bennett Bressman, 22, a former statewide field director for Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, has been particularly active in white nationalist chat rooms, musing about the ease of entry into the GOP and encouraging other members to “take this whole apparatus over.”

In some of the thousands of messages posted to two chat servers...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Mar 07, 2019. 18 comments

Price Shopping Isn't an Actual Solution to Breast Cancer 

Price Shopping Isn't an Actual Solution to Breast Cancer 

Along with all the other horrors a person endures while attempting to navigate America’s healthcare system—surprise medical bills, incomprehensible insurance claims, administrative misunderstandings, inadequate care—the last decade has thrown a new one onto the pile: a consumer choice model that pushes patients to price shop in order to meet their medical needs. You could say that it’s doubly...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Mar 06, 2019. 14 comments

The Koch Brothers Are Hoping You Find This Pork Chop Recipe Politically Persuasive 

The Koch Brothers Are Hoping You Find This Pork Chop Recipe Politically Persuasive 

On Tuesday, the people of the Des Moines, Iowa metro area are headed to the polls to vote on whether to raise the sales tax in their neighborhoods by a penny. The vote, if approved in the six individual neighborhoods voting, would help offset property taxes and fund various quality-of-life initiatives. Supporters of the tax say their city councils need more money, and that property taxes are...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Feb 28, 2019. 16 comments

When Will Sex Work Finally Be Decriminalized?

When Will Sex Work Finally Be Decriminalized?

Cecilia Gentili, originally from Argentina, was undocumented for much of her time in the United States. She’s been incarcerated for substance use and trading sex, hassled by immigration agents at Rikers, and struggled for years to find access to unbiased medical care. Like many sex workers, when she was in unsafe situations she feared being wrung through the criminal justice system more...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Feb 05, 2019. 2 comments

Sundance Festival Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Abuse by Whistleblowing Organization 

Sundance Festival Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Abuse by Whistleblowing Organization 

On Monday, the Truth and Transparency Foundation, a nonprofit focused on abuse within religious institutions, published records relating to a 1993 assault of a then-13-year-old boy by Sterling Van Wagenen, a prominent producer and film lecturer as well as the co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

In an interview allegedly recorded by the survivor decades after the assault, the director, a...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Feb 05, 2019. 24 comments

Here Are The Racist Conspiracy Emails Rotting Right-Wing Billionaire Joe Ricketts' Brain

Here Are The Racist Conspiracy Emails Rotting Right-Wing Billionaire Joe Ricketts' Brain
The Billionaire's InboxAmerica's titans of industry and political influence, in their own words.  

Welcome back to the Billionaire’s Inbox, where we get a chance to hear from the other half, in its own words. Today we’re looking at how racist conspiracy theories have the potential to influence policy, as they’re read, shared, and internalized by a wildly influential class of political donors.

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Feb 01, 2019. 18 comments

How to Get Filthy Rich in America Without Anyone Knowing Your Name

How to Get Filthy Rich in America Without Anyone Knowing Your Name
The Billionaire's InboxAmerica's titans of industry and political influence, in their own words.  

Of all the assets Joe Ricketts has secured in his 77 years—and there are many—a ranch in Wyoming is particularly close to his heart. He refers to it as Yellowstone without the crowds: A band of property nearly the size of Manhattan, running straight through two alpine-covered mountain ranges,...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jan 26, 2019.

Schools still use violence to punish kids. And it’s only going to get worse

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Depending on whom you’re inclined to believe, the recess exercise at Horton Elementary School in San Diego was either a physical education exercise instilling healthy practices or an instance of punitive physical abuse. On a hot Friday afternoon in mid-October, a group of 4th and 5th graders caused a disturbance in the cafeteria. Some of the nine- and 10-year-olds banged on tables, like nine-...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jan 17, 2019. 24 comments

Here Are Some Fun Things Girls Are Learning at Karen Pence's School 

Here Are Some Fun Things Girls Are Learning at Karen Pence's School 

On Tuesday, Karen Pence’s office announced the second lady would return to a part-time gig at Immanuel Christian School, where she taught during her husband’s Congressional tenure. Pence, a noted watercolor enthusiast, will be teaching art in the academy’s elementary school. The school’s rules, as codified in a couple of legally binding agreements first reported by the Huffington Post, are...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jan 07, 2019. 19 comments

The $28,740 Abortion and Other Scenes From America's Reproductive Healthcare Grotesque 

The $28,740 Abortion and Other Scenes From America's Reproductive Healthcare Grotesque 

Late last summer Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced that beginning in 2019 most American hospitals would be required to post their full lists of “standard charges” for services rendered. You can now find many of these spreadsheets online, and they list medical codes and costs for everything from a Band-Aid to a new vagina.

It’s a...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Jan 03, 2019.

The youngs may just vote for Clinton, but they still don’t care about your Democratic machine

<a href="https://splinternews.com/the-youngs-may-just-vote-for-clinton-but-they-still-do-1793863231" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">The youngs may just vote for Clinton, but they still don’t care about your Democratic machine</a>

If you’re a Democratic lifer terrified of the fractured youth vote—and its facilitation of a Trump presidency—someone like Daniel Kowoski is your waking nightmare. Kowoski, the 20-year-old founder of the “Nobody 2016” movement, is something of a poster child for weaponized political apathy thils election cycle. “A vote for Clinton is just as bad as a vote for Donald Trump,” he tells me on...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Dec 31, 2018.

How crazy do you have to be to think the election is rigged?

<a href="https://splinternews.com/how-crazy-do-you-have-to-be-to-think-the-election-is-ri-1793862954" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">How crazy do you have to be to think the election is rigged?</a>

It has been suggested, by sociologists and data-crunchers alike, that most Americans believe in at least one conspiracy, whether it’s that elite lizards run the world or the government is lying about what will happen if you vaccinate your kids. In some cases, belief correlates most clearly with knowledge of past conspiracies later proven to be true. The sociologist Rob Brotherton has found...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Dec 20, 2018.

Welp, I’m a grown-ass woman and I still can’t get a credit card

<a href="https://splinternews.com/welp-i-m-a-grown-ass-woman-and-i-still-can-t-get-a-cre-1793861726" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Welp, I’m a grown-ass woman and I still can’t get a credit card</a>

Recently I’ve made a couple of grownup moves, more of a series of symbolic accidents than a wholehearted stab at adulthood. After years of freelancing, I got the kind of job that’s easier to explain at holidays. I moved out of the eight-bedroom, 10-person house I’d lived in for seven years with kids like me who were simultaneously trying to never be lonely and make something of themselves. I...

Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Dec 19, 2018. 18 comments

Cubs Owners Discussed Moving Team Out Of Chicago During Beef With Mayor 

Cubs Owners Discussed Moving Team Out Of Chicago During Beef With Mayor 

In the nine years since Monopoly-man-come-to-life Joe Ricketts and his cartoonishly wealthy progeny purchased the Chicago Cubs from the Tribune Company, the Ricketts dynasty—publicly represented by 55-year-old investment banker andpublic transit enthusiast Tom —have found themselves in repeated disagreement with the Chicago political establishment.

Though Tom Ricketts tends to (wisely) keep...

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Molly Osberg Molly Osberg Dec 19, 2018. 10 comments

The Billionaire's Inbox: Furthering the Ricketts Dynasty 

The Billionaire's Inbox: Furthering the Ricketts Dynasty 
The Billionaire's InboxAmerica's titans of industry and political influence, in their own words.  

Welcome back to The Billionaire’s Inbox, a series in which we get to hear from the other half, in its own words. Today we’re looking at how the influential Ricketts family—patriarch Joe Ricketts, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Republican National Committee finance chairman Todd Ricketts, Chicago...

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