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3:14 PM, July 17th, 2013
Front Page - Wednesday, July 17, 2013
1. Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us: Four Zimmerman jurors (there were only six in total, so get ready for a doozy from the last one) said in a statement Tuesday that the comments made by B37 were “not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.”
2. Liz Cheney Announces Senate Bid: Liz Cheney, an outspoken conservative activist and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday she will run for Senate in Wyoming.
3. Internet Hates Rolling Stone Cover: The Internet really doesn’t like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone. Critics say that it glamorizes the young Boston bomber, like any heartthrob rock star who’s had the chance to grace the magazine.
4. 22 Kids Die From School Meals in India: Twenty-two schoolchildren are dead and dozens more are ill on Wednesday after eating tainted food as part of a free-lunch program in India’s eastern state of Bihar.
5. Britain Legalized Gay Marriage: Queen Elizabeth II approved the legalization of gay marriage in Britain, the day after the law passed Parliament, although the Church of England still refuses to conduct same-sex weddings.
Photo: Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heat atop a building. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. By Matt Rourke/AP

Front Page - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

1. Jurors: B37 Doesn’t Speak for Us: Four Zimmerman jurors (there were only six in total, so get ready for a doozy from the last one) said in a statement Tuesday that the comments made by B37 were “not in any way representative of the jurors listed below.”

2. Liz Cheney Announces Senate Bid: Liz Cheney, an outspoken conservative activist and the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday she will run for Senate in Wyoming.

3. Internet Hates Rolling Stone Cover: The Internet really doesn’t like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone. Critics say that it glamorizes the young Boston bomber, like any heartthrob rock star who’s had the chance to grace the magazine.

4. 22 Kids Die From School Meals in India: Twenty-two schoolchildren are dead and dozens more are ill on Wednesday after eating tainted food as part of a free-lunch program in India’s eastern state of Bihar.

5. Britain Legalized Gay Marriage: Queen Elizabeth II approved the legalization of gay marriage in Britain, the day after the law passed Parliament, although the Church of England still refuses to conduct same-sex weddings.

Photo: Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heat atop a building. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s. By Matt Rourke/AP

10:49 AM, June 28th, 2013

Front page - June 28, 2013

Senate Passes Immigration Reform: After weeks of debate and failed votes, the Senate passed its immigration reform bill today 68-32—a vote that included 14 Republicans.

Army Blocks Guardian Website: The U.S. Army is blocking access to the website of The Guardian after the newspaper broke stories about NSA spying programs revealed by leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden. 

U.K. to OK Three-Way DNA: The new technique allows scientists to take DNA from another person if a mother wants to avoid passing on certain genetic diseases, like a faulty mitochondria, and embed it in a healthy donor embryo that is then transferred to the mother’s womb. 

Christie: I’d Veto Same-Sex Bill: Christie announced he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it got to his desk, and noted that the recent Supreme Court ruling striking a ban on federal benefits for same-sex marriage won’t impact New Jersey, which allows civil unions.

NYT: ‘White House Down’ Not Bad: Looking to catch a movie this weekend? New York Times critic Manohla Dargis found the movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, “entertaining as promised, and a little less idiotic than feared.” 

Video: Happy Friday, everyone! In the midst of sweeping political and social movements around the globe, if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that this video is fantastic. Enjoy! Uploaded via Youtube by BirdLoversOnly. 

1:01 PM, June 19th, 2013

Front Page - June 19, 2013

1. Lisa Murkowski Backs Gay Marriage: “I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love … It keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of people’s lives—while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.” 

2. Obama Defends NSA Surveillance: During his first presidential trip to Berlin, on Wednesday Barack Obama took time to quell concerns from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her country’s citizens about his administration’s intentions with the recently revealed NSA spying program.  

3. FBI Uses Surveillance Drones in U.S.: FBI director Robert Mueller told the Senate judiciary committee that his agency uses surveillance drones in the U.S. Asked about the FBI’s use of drones, Mueller said that the agency does use them, but “in a very, very minimal way, very seldom.” 

4. House Passes ‘Fetal Pain’ Bill: House Republicans on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” a far-reaching bill that would limit abortions after 20 weeks of conception. 

5. World Bank: Climate Change a Threat: It believes climate change poses short-term risks and has begun dedicating billions of dollars to water management, flood prevention, and other projects to help “hotspots” like Bangkok, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where the threat of damage from climate change is exceptionally high.

Photo: Kabul, Afghanistan: NATO soldiers take cover from dust and debris from a UH-47 Chinook helicopter landing to pick them up after the security handover ceremony. By Omar Sobhani/Reuters, via Landov

 

1:37 PM, March 26th, 2013
So there isn’t a lot of data about its effect. And it may turn out to be a—a good thing; it may turn out not to be a good thing, as the supporters of Proposition 8 apparently believe.
But you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the Internet? I mean we — we are not — we do not have the ability to see the future.
2:26 PM, February 27th, 2013
As a conservative concerned with stabilizing families to rely less on government aid, I have been convinced: I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing. Stopping same-sex marriages does nothing to support families battered by economic adversity. Instead, it excludes and punishes people who seek only to live as conservatives would urge them to live. Treating same-sex partnerships differently from husband-wife marriages only serves to divide and antagonize those who ought to be working together.
David Frum, our conservative columnist, was one of dozens of prominent Republicans who recently signed a brief in support of gay marriage. Read Frum’s explanation of why he signed.
12:11 PM, December 12th, 2012

Justice Antonin Scalia is in hot water after comparing laws against homosexuality to laws against murder (which he later walked back). But this isn’t the first time he’s sparked controversy on the subject.

Back in 2004, Scalia was participating in a panel discussion at NYU Law School when the subject of his famously scathing dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, a case about laws criminalizing sodomy (Scalia wrote in dissent, i.e. for keeping anti-sodomy laws legal) came up.

When the time came for audience questions, a student named Eric Berndt stood up in the packed auditorium and pressed Scalia to explain his dissent, particularly his opinion as to whether it was constitutional for the government to peer into the bedrooms of consenting adults and punish them for what goes on in there. When Scalia did not answer to the student’s satisfaction, Berndt asked him, “Do you sodomize your wife?”

And Scalia was all like…

(Photo: Jessica Hill / AP Photo)

3:26 PM, May 15th, 2012
I am now “solitary and alone,” having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them. I feel that it is not good for man to be alone; and should not be astonished to find myself married to some old maid who can nurse me when I am sick, provide good dinners for me when I am well, and not expect from me any very ardent or romantic affection.
3:19 PM, May 15th, 2012
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Newsweek’s art dept. released six alternative versions of this week’s ‘First Gay President’ cover that were cut. Check out Andrew Sullivan’s cover story here: Why Gay Marriage Is Good For Straight America.
(Via Newsweek)

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Newsweek’s art dept. released six alternative versions of this week’s ‘First Gay President’ cover that were cut. Check out Andrew Sullivan’s cover story here: Why Gay Marriage Is Good For Straight America.

(Via Newsweek)

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12:45 PM, May 15th, 2012
As opposed to Obama’s years of public tiptoeing around the idea that gay people are deserving of marriage equality, Jigga comes from a world where “faggot” is still said as if it’s any other word. Jay’s no stranger to it, either. In 1999’s “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99),” he says, “Faggots wanna talk to Po-Po’s, smoke em like cocoa.” Meanwhile, in a response to Nas’ implication that Jay himself is gay, Jay shot back in “Takeover” with, “You’s the fag model for Karl Kani Esco ads.” He’s referenced Buju Banton’s murder music and has repeatedly used the “no homo” stand-in “pause.”

Rich Juzwiak explains why Jay-Z’s support for gay marriage is so important.

Here’s what Jay-Z said:

It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple…I think [announcing support of gay marriage is] the right thing to do, so whether it costs [Obama] votes or not — again, it’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being.

Huge. (Via Gawker)

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