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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Talks Hobby Lobby Decisions With Katie Couric

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"They Have No Constitutional Right To Foist That Belief"

Recently Notorious R.B.G. — I’m mean, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — was interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo and she’s got a lot to say about last month’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. Keep reading »

Justin Bieber Posts Photo Of Crying Orlando Bloom On His Instagram

  • Mature adult Justin Bieber posted this photo of Orlando Bloom crying on his Instagram account last night, just one day after Bloom did the world a solid threw a punch at that little shit in an Ibiza restaurant. Bieber first responded by posting a picture of Bloom’s ex-wife Miranda Kerr (who denies she had anything to do with the Biebs), but has since deleted it.
  • Meanwhile, Bieber’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez denied she’s had anything to do with Bloom. [TMZ]
  • Alicia Keys is expecting her second child with Swizz Beatz. [People] Keep reading »

“The Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Announced To Press Schools On Sexual Assault

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  • Today, Democrats, Republicans and sexual assault survivors announced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which will increase the financial punishment on schools which violate the gender equality law Title IX by mishandling sexual assaults on campus. The act would also make schools provide an advisor for each victim of sexual violence in order to help them through the process of going through the school’s disciplinary proceedings, as well as make public the anonymous surveys about campus assaults. [MSNBC, New York Times]
  • Massachusetts has hastily passed a law designed to increase safety around abortion clinics in response to a recent Supreme Court decision which struck down “buffer zones” as a violation of anti-abortion protesters’ free speech. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Katy Perry Responds To Accusations Of Racial Insensitivity

“As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T’s wife, Coco. Those girls aren’t African-American. But it’s actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that’s why there’s bandages and it’s mummies. I thought that would really correlate well together… It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn’t be there, because I’m very sensitive to people. … I guess I’ll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that’s it. I know that’s a quote that’s gonna come to fuck me in the ass, but can’t you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don’t know.”

As a pop star who has had more than a few accusations the racial insensitivity against her, Katy Perry was asked by Rolling Stone to explain herself. Unlike Miley Cyrus, at least Katy doesn’t seem to think she’s being persecuted for no reason. Instead, Katy just seems frustrated that parading around in makeup and a costume to look like someone of a different race isn’t seen as “appreciat[ing] a culture.” Keep reading »

Presidential Masculinity Apparently Cannot Withstand Ordering “Lavender Ice Tea”

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Frisky Eats: Iced Tea
Frisky Eats: Iced Tea Please
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While visiting a coffee shop in Kansas City, Missouri, today, President Obama ordered himself a regular iced tea — but, you know, a manly iced tea. An employee at Parkville Coffee offered the president a lavender iced tea, to which he replied, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”  I suppose he could have meant he had a bad stomach when it comes to species in the mint family and he’s not confident he won’t shit all over Air Force One. But this sounded to me like lavender iced tea is, you know, girly.

Am I over-thinking this? Probably. But what I really want to know is, how will this focus group with lavender supporters? [BuzzFeed] [Image of lavender via Shutterstock]

The Soapbox: On Richard Dawkins’ Rape Comments & How We Discuss Sexual Assault

Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry.

From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country’s current behavior in Gaza. Then he pivoted his examples — I would argue somewhat insensitively — to ones about about sexual abuse:

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Gross Old Dude On Fox News Calls “Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman A “Slut”

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On "The Bachelorette"'s Shocking Finale & "Slut-Shaming" Andi Dorfman
No, Andi Dorfman didn't get slut shamed by Nick. Read More »
Nick's Letter To Andi
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Nick's letter to Andi ended up on "The Bachelorette"'s FB page. Read More »
Meet Andi's Men
Meet The 25 Dudes Vying For "The Bachelorette"'s Heart (Organized By Hairstyle)
The men trying to win Andi's heart, organized by hairstyle. Read More »
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"She's A Slut!"
  • Why Fox News is recapping “The Bachelorette: After The Final Rose” is beyond me. Alas, while “The Five” discussed how romance reject Nick Viall quite reasonably asked Andi Dorfman why she had sex with him in the “fantasy suite” if she knew she wasn’t in love with him, gross old dude panelist Bob Beckel word-vomited, “She’s a slut!”  At least a female co-host yelled at him. [Media Matters For America]
  • Drew Barrymore’s half-sister Jessica Barrymore, 48, was found dead in San Diego yesterday with “dozens of white pills” around her. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Turkish Politician Admonishes Women For Laughing In Public

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  • The deputy prime minister of Turkey said women shouldn’t “laugh in public” because it’s “inviting in her attitudes” and unchaste. Look more miserable, ladies. [Huffington Post]
  • A former Hobby Lobby employee named Felicia Allen claims that three years ago while she was pregnant, she was fired when she applied for medical leave. Allen also said the evangelical Christian-owned company — which was recently affirmed by the Supreme Court that it can deny coverage of birth control to their employees — expressed no interest in hiring her back after her child was born. [RH Reality Check]
  • An appellate court ruled today that a 2012 Mississippi law that would force the state’s only abortion clinic to close is unconstitutional. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

Alleged Girlfriend Turns In Suspected Child Molester After She Sees Him On A CNN Crime Show

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Monday’s apprehension of accused child molester Charles Mozdir in New York City is owed not just to the brave police officer and two U.S. marshals who took bullets during the incident; the anonymous woman who recognized Mozdir on John Walsh’s show CNN “The Hunt” and immediately called the police also should be heralded as a hero. Keep reading »

The Daily Squee: Pandas Could Be Headed To Central Park!

Move over, abortion rights and raising the minimum wage, because there’s a new political cause that is dear to my heart: bringing pandas to New York City! Next month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney is headed to the Chengdu preserve in China, ground zero for baby pandas, and has been encouraged to fill out an application to bring pandas to the city’s most famous zoo. “They didn’t say no,” Rep. Maloney told The New York Daily News, adding that “the greatest city in the world deserves two pandas.” The NYC blog Gothamist noted that back in the 1980s the large, spacious Bronx Zoo (located about a 45-minute subway ride from Manhattan) had visiting pandas, but Rep. Maloney’s specifically interested in bringing the bears to Central Park. It’s more important to me that whichever zoo might house these hypothetical pandas has the appropriate habitat. I’d love to visit pandas a short subway ride away from my digs, but if the leafy Bronx would be a happier home, so be it. Anyway, count me in, Rep. Maloney. Do you need me to canvas door-to-door? Put up posters? [GothamistNY Daily News]

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