Abby Johnston

Abby Johnston is an assistant editor at Texas Monthly magazine and a contributor to DecodeDC.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorados Coors Events Center October 28, 2015 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Gay, lesbian and transgender activists react to the unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court earlier in the day recognizing same sex marriage as a civil right during a celebration on April 3, 2009 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

The turn toward embracing marriage equality may have been slow, but it seems that securing transgender rights might arrive more swiftly.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina addresses the Quad Cities New Ideas Forum at St. Ambrose University on September 25, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

She was starting to look like the candidate that could lead women to the GOP, but the former HP CEO’s trumped up rhetoric threatens to derail that progress.

File photo: Pope Francis waves to the boy scouts gathered in St. Peter's Square on June 13, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Advocacy groups call for further action as Pope Francis arrives stateside.

File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

New research is busting a long-held truth — that having children before getting a ring meant your marriage was almost certainly doomed.

Do millennials signal the end of time for religion in politics?

It may take awhile, but emergence of millennials could signal a shift.

Compisite. Original photography Scott Olson,Win McNamee/Getty Images

Would Hillary Clinton or Carly Fiorina be able to ‘whine’ their way to the White House a la Donald Trump? Nope.

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 25:   Parts of the city are shown inundated after days of heavy rain on May 25, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the damage zone where one person is confirmed dead and at least 12 others missing in flooding along the Rio Blanco, which reports say rose as much as 40 feet in places, caused by more than 10 inches of rain over a four-day period. The governor earlier declared a state of emergency in 24 Texas counties.  (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

Booming urban areas, poor flood planning and ineffective policy can be particularly disastrous.


Unmarried women make up a quarter of the electorate and a key voting bloc in the 2016 election. But based on her 2008 numbers, Hillary

NEW LONDON, CT - MAY 20:  U.S. President Barack Obama gives the keynote address at commencement exercises at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 20, 2015 in New London, Connecticut. Obama used the occasion to speak about the dangers of global warming to both America and international security. This was the 134th commencement exercises at the prestigious academy.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Anti-abortion advocates stage a 'die-in' protest at Lafayette Square near the White House January 21, 2015, in Washington, D.C.  The Obama administration denounced a GOP-backed bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and suggested the president would veto H. R. 36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if the bill reached his desk. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Supporters of a 20-week abortion ban were armed with a new study that seems to throw a wrench into the complicated question of fetal viability. But the keyword is seems.

Republican presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson during his speech at the Freedom Summit on May 9, 2015, in Greenville, South Carolina. Carson joined eleven other potential candidates in addressing the event hosted by conservative group Citizens United. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

It’s hard to find an exact definition for “fringe candidate,” but popular consensus indicates that it is a hopeful candidate with little to no chance of securing the nomination.

A mom and her twin girls. (Flickr Creative Commons/Donnie Ray Jones)

Although research shows the imbalance in household chores for married couples is decreasing, gaps are reappearing when couples have children – even when women are spending the same number of hours at work in the office as their husbands.

Illustration by Liz Scheltens/DecodeDC

Hey, we’ve got a Princess Charlotte on this side of the pond, too.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30:  U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) speaks on his agenda for America during a news conference on Capitol Hill April 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders sent out an e-mail earlier to announce that he will run for U.S. president.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)