On Friday, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order targeting Black and Arab immigrants. In a nutshell, the Order: 1) indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States; 2) suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and 3) blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Lawsuits and demonstrations in protest of the Order have broken out all over the country and politicians and athletes alike are speaking out against it. The Order, advertised as a measure to protect the American public from terrorism, neither targets the countries that have produced the most international nor prevents radicalized Americans (the individuals responsible for the most recent, deadly attacks in the US) from executing acts of terrorism. But who’s worried about pesky facts? A few misstatements or alternative facts never hurt anyone, right?

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Yesterday the sports world was set abuzz when it was announced that members of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the US Soccer Federation (USSF). Based in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the complaint states that the USSF has discriminated against the USWNT by paying its athletes less than it pays the athletes for the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) despite the USWNT earning considerable more in revenue and advancing/winning more in major tournaments. In fact, the USWNT earned around $20 million more last year than the men’s team, but was paid about four times less.  Take a look at the data:  Continue reading