The acting U.S. surgeon general delivered sobering information in a report on skin cancer released Tuesday. Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak warned that melanoma cases have gone up 200 percent since 1973, and one of the ways to combat that scary statistic is to stop tanning.
"We need more states and institutions on board with these policies that discourage or restrict indoor tanning by our youth," he said. "Tanned skin is damaged skin." Lushniak is calling for state and local officials to ensure that parks have enough shade, and for schools to plan outdoor activities when the sun is lower and to teach children the importance of wearing hats and sunscreen, The Associated Press reports.
Lushniak's goal is to raise awareness of skin cancer, which is seen as a public health problem. More than $8 billion is spent every year to treat skin cancer, and the Department of Health and Human Services says that five million people are treated every year.
The deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma kills 9,000 people a year, but is mostly preventable. The Melanoma Research Foundation says that by using a tanning bed before turning 30, a person's risk of getting melanoma increases by 75 percent. "We need to change the social norm with respect to tanning and shatter the myth that tanned skin is somehow a sign of health," Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health for the Department of Health and Human Services, said. Catherine Garcia
The Democratic National Convention began Monday in Philadelphia, amid the inner turmoil plaguing the Democrats after a trove of internal party emails was leaked late last week. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation Sunday, after the emails implicated her in seemingly biased actions against Bernie Sanders during the primary race — but she had initially planned to retain her role opening and closing the party's proceedings, until, after being heavily booed by her own constituents Monday morning, she relinquished the honor.
Instead, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had the honor of banging the gavel. Only she forgot to do so:
— POLITICO (@politico) July 25, 2016
With Democrats eager to cast their convention in contrast to the chaos of the Republican gathering last week, they should hope Rawlings-Blake's slip-up was not a harbinger of mistakes to come. Kimberly Alters
Donald Trump didn't exactly have the smoothest Republican convention, but now that he's out of the hot seat, he can safely gloat over the spontaneous combustion that is the current Democratic National Convention. He weighed in on the Debbie Wasserman Schultz scandal on Monday using the catch phrase from his reality TV show, The Apprentice.
"They said Debbie, you're fired," Trump said, making a finger gun. "Get out, Debbie. Out. Boom."
It's nice to warm your hands over a dumpster fire, rather than, you know, be that dumpster fire, isn't it, Trump? Watch it all, below. Jeva Lange
Al Gore must've had the words "better late than never" in mind when he finally got around to endorsing Hillary Clinton on Monday. The former vice president's endorsement arrived a whopping 49 days after Clinton clinched enough delegates to claim the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and on the very day that the Democratic National Convention begins:
I am not able to attend this year’s Democratic convention, but I will be voting for Hillary Clinton. (1/3)
— Al Gore (@algore) July 25, 2016
Given her qualifications and experience -- and given the significant challenges facing our nation and the world, (2/3)
— Al Gore (@algore) July 25, 2016
including, especially, the global climate crisis, I encourage everyone else to do the same. (3/3)
— Al Gore (@algore) July 25, 2016
Gore, who has known the former secretary of state for more than two decades, had said he was waiting until a nominee was officially selected before offering his opinion — though he didn't exactly speak up when Clinton secured the nomination in the beginning of June. When Gore finally endorsed Monday, he was "one of the last Democratic heavyweights" to do so, Politico reported.
Nobody is claiming Hillary Clinton's nomination isn't a historic moment for women, but some in her campaign are concerned that all the "ra ra feminism" might be alienating another important group of voters — men.
For the length of her campaign, Clinton has struggled to make inroads with men; male support of Clinton lagged in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll by 13 percentage points (women, on the other hand, supported Clinton by that same margin). And at the Democratic Convention, her campaign has attempted to find a balance between celebrating her historic moment and sidelining those to whom the gender of a candidate is less of a motivating factor, including younger women. As campaign spokesman Brian Fallon dryly told The New York Times before declining to comment, "It will not be lost on anyone that she is a woman."
Already the tricky navigation has begun, with Clinton's campaign launching from New York City, as opposed to the modern women's rights epicenter of Seneca Falls — a location that had been kicked around by some of Clinton's advisers. Likewise, just as Clinton's story is inevitably tied up in the women's movement, at the convention organizers have aimed to address more universal experiences too, such as Clinton's work with the Children's Defense Fund.
That might not be enough for some people, still. "She drives me crazy with this woman thing," said Misty Leach, 43, a Sanders supporter. "'I'm going to be the first woman president' to me just feels like she's entitled." Jeva Lange
In a heated discussion Monday at an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compared Jewish Israelis' settlement of the West Bank to termites' quiet destruction of homes. "There has been a steady [stream] — almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you've been eaten up, and you fall in on yourself — there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever-increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming," Johnson reportedly told the group. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation advocates boycotting Israel.
Johnson also suggested "'Jewish people' routinely steal land and property from Palestinians," The Washington Free Beacon wrote. "You see one home after another being appropriated by Jewish people who come in to claim that land just because somebody did not spend the night there," Johnson said. "The home their [Palestinian] ancestors lived in for generations becomes an Israeli home and a flag goes up."
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz probably could've benefited from the foresight one snarky Twitter user had before she fired off a tweet last week chuckling at the woes of her counterpart, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. One week after taunting Priebus with a tweet saying she was available if he needed assistance handling his own convention, the leak of thousands of internal DNC emails implicated Wasserman Schultz in potentially biased actions against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the primary race and prompted her to announce her resignation Sunday. "Regret" is probably a good word for what she might be feeling about this tweet:
— #DNCLeak #FireDWS (@MrDuckstep) July 18, 2016
Priebus — probably wisely — has yet to volunteer to help keep the Democratic National Convention "in order." Becca Stanek
Bernie Sanders was loudly booed and heckled by his delegates and supporters in Philadelphia on Monday as he addressed them ahead of the Democratic National Convention. "We have got to defeat Donald Trump. We have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine," Sanders said as the crowd broke out in jeers and chants of "we want Bernie."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 25, 2016
"Brothers and sisters!" Sanders yelled over the boos, trying to calm the crowd. "Brothers and sisters! This is the real world that we live in. Trump is a bully and a demagogue. Trump has made bigotry and hatred the cornerstone of his campaign."
The crowd finally quieted enough for Sanders to finish speaking, although his supporters have been in a riotous mood all day in Philadelphia, particularly in the wake of the DNC email leak that revealed some officials had wanted to tip the scales during the primary for Hillary Clinton. Earlier Monday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed into silence by crowds waving "Bernie Sanders" and "Emails" signs.
Sanders himself appeared nothing but grateful when speaking to his delegates, though. "This campaign has been a fantastic beginning," he said. "And from today onward, we continue the fight." Jeva Lange