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The Paycheck Fairness Act Fails In Congress (Again)

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  • The Senate failed yet again to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, which would have strengthened an employee’s ability to fight pay inequality and prohibited them from retaliation by employers. Republicans have long opposed the bill, which they believe will negatively impact business owners. [Politico]
  • This woman recounts reporting her sexual assault at a school already under investigation for Title IV violations. [The Toast]
  • On the little known feminist origins of Wonder Woman. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

Lupita Nyong’o & Elmo: “I Love My Skin”

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Lupita & Elmo Talk Skin

“Elmo can see that Miss Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color!”

That’s Elmo learning all about skin when “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o visited “Sesame Street.” They talked about touch and tickling, but the most heartwarming part of their skin conversation is loving their skin color. I hope all the kids who watch Elmo and Lupita learn to love the skin they’re in, just like her. [YouTube]

Together Again: Seth Meyers & Bill Hader Reminisce About Stefon

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Reunited!

There’s a Stefon-sized hole in my heart that will never be filled. And when Bill Hader visited “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” the two former “Saturday Night Live” co-stars made clear they are every bit as emotional about Stefon as the rest of us. Filming the last-ever Stefon sketch, when he leaves Anderson Cooper at the altar and runs off with Seth, made both of these guys cry. Aw, I get choked up just thinking about it.

Rihanna To CBS Thursday Night Football: “Fuck You”

  • Last week, CBS pulled Rihanna from performing in an intro before Thursday Night Football, allegedly because she’s a famous domestic violence survivor and the NFL is still incompetently bumbling the Ray Rice situation. But they asked RiRi to perform again, and she is not having is: this morning, she told CBS to go fuck themselves over Twitter and called them “sad” for “penalizing” her. I’m with Rihanna on this one! [TMZ]
  • More details from that Palin family brawl up in Anchorage 10 days ago: the fight apparently started when Willow Palin’s ex-boyfriend, a kid named Connor Clearly, tried to get into a limo with the family. Track Palin, the eldest son, suffered four broken ribs, and Todd Palin, Sarah’s husband, got a bloody nose. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Tales Of An Abortion Doula

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  • This fascinating essay about a woman’s experience as an abortion doula is a must-read. [NYMag.com]
  • Today is the 51st anniversary of the Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls. [AL.com]
  • Cover Girl appears to have moved their crossmarketing page for the Baltimore Ravens, who terminated their contract last week with Ray Rice for beating his wife. At the end of last week, activists were beginning to put pressure on Cover Girl for advertising with a company that appears to care little about violence against women. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

30 Reasons To Love Prince Harry On His 30th Birthday

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The life of Prince Harry has many a twist and turn. The dubious parentage! The mother’s tragic early death! The Nazi costume! The endless parade of high society blonde girlfriends! The butt-naked Vegas photos! It would be easy to write Harry off as a spoiled, rich idiot — and, well, that would probably be fair. But in my opinion, he’s the most relatable member of the royal family: unlike his dullard brother and dad, Harry is known for having fun, making very public mistakes, and all around seeming like a real human.

He’s always struck me as someone who genuinely seems to enjoy his philanthropic endeavors with orphaned children, disabled veterans, and people suffering from AIDS. More importantly, people seem to like him.

In honor of his 30th birthday today, here are 30 good reasons to love Prince Harry:

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