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What To Watch For In Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

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Attention party people, tonight is a pretty big night!  No, I’m not talking about Mardi Gras.  I’m referring to another excuse to drink on a Tuesday: President Obama’s first State Of The Union Address of his second term.

The annual address made by the President at the invitation of Congress not only produces some candid facial expressions (The Boehner Smirk, The Biden Grin, The Alito Head Shake), and spontaneous outbursts (“You lie!”), but it is also the President’s chance to explain how far we’ve come as a nation and where future policy is heading.

At the top of the list will probably be continued efforts to strengthen the economy, which according to NPR “remains the most important issue to voters, judging by what they tell pollsters.” Potential battles include “sequestration” and the deficit.

Here are six other slightly sexier issues the pundits are predicting: Keep reading »

North Dakota Advances Anti-Abortion “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Measure

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  • North Dakota’s state Senate has approved a “fetal personhood” voter initiative which would allow citizens  to vote on whether to amend the state constitution to read that life begins at conception, thereby criminalizing all abortion. It now must pass North Dakota’s House of Representatives before it ends up on the 2014 ballot. [Feminist.org, Huffington Post]
  • Also: aborted babies go to Hell, says some politician.  Glad we cleared that one up. [Raw Story]
  • On invisible women and the real history of domestic workers in America. [Mother Jones]
  • The U.S. has one of the worst gender gaps in math skills in the developed world. [Slate] Keep reading »

Meet Diana Pang, The Chinese Porn Star Who Is Now In Politics

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Dick pics on Twitter or love children, might force resignation for some politicians, but for others, a scandalous sexual history is just a way to make a name for yourself before entering the political arena. Remember porn star Mary Carey’s run for Governor of California in the 2003 recall election? Oh, and her 2006 bid for Lieutenant Governor?

Before you roll your eyes and think, Only in California, let me introduce Diana Pang of China. The 40-year-old former softcore porn star, who is known by her stage name “Peng Dan” in Hong Kong, is the latest to follow the path from porn to politics. Keep reading »

We’re Breaking Up: Republican Who Tweeted Racist Remarks About Trayvon Martin During The Super Bowl

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Dear Todd Kincannon,

I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but we’re breaking up. You’re the former executive director of the your state’s Republican Party. I can appreciate a strong fiscal policy. You live in South Carolina. I hear Charleston is lovely at any time of year. You know how to use Twitter. That’s always a plus for a social media user like myself.

But then you tweeted a whole buttload of racist tweets about Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot to death last year.  And that shit ain’t cool. Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton Has Resigned As Secretary Of State

Friday afternoon wasn’t just any old Friday afternoon: it was also Hillary Clinton’s last day of her four-year-long tenure as Secretary of State. Her successor, Senator John Kerry, was sworn in on Friday in a private ceremony and may do just as well a job as Hill did. But he certainly won’t give us any GIFs where he gets his freak on bumping and grinding,

So, what do we think Hillary Clinton is going to do with all her free time now? Text Meryl? Nag Bill about his diet? Plot world domination? [Photo: Getty]

Obama Changes Health Insurance Coverage Of Birth Control For Religious Employers

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The Obama administration released new details this morning about which religious employers will be exempt from covering the cost of birth control under health care reform — which the Associated Press describes as a “broader opt-out.”

The Health and Human Services Department announced this morning that businesses which object must “self-certify that they are non-profits with religion as a core part of their mission,” according to The Huffington Post. For example, you can’t just object to covering women’s preventative care if you are, for example, a religious Catholic who objects to birth control and also happens to employ people working at a nonprofit animal shelter. Additionally, if a religious nonprofit refuses to provide coverage of contraception, a third-party health insurer must handle the coverage for women who want it. Keep reading »

Tennessee Reintroduces “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

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  • Tennessee’s state Senate has reintroduced a bill that would ban elementary and middle school teachers from discussing homosexuality because it is not “natural” reproduction. The bill reads that anything other than natural reproduction is “sensitive,” “inappropriate,” and “best explained and discussed in the home.” Clearly if children are not exposed to gayness, they will never end up gay. That totally works. [Feminist.org]
  • On the secret squads of Orthodox Jews that enforce “modesty” codes with Mafia-like threats. [New York Times]
  • On the problems with using gender essentialism to address sexual violence. [Feministing] Keep reading »
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Hadiya Pendleton, 15, Performed At Obama’s Inauguration And Was Killed By Gun Violence Yesterday

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This is disgraceful: a 15-year-old Chicago high school sophomore named Hadiya Pendleton died yesterday in a park where she was murdered as a bystander to gang violence. Less than two weeks prior, Hadiya and her classmates performed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. The Chicago Tribune reports that Hadiya and other students from King College Prep School (one of the top prep schools in the city), were dismissed from class early on Tuesday and so they went to hang out in a park. A gang war broke out and Hadiya, a majorette and volleyball player, was caught in the fray. In addition to her death, a 16-year-old male classmate was also injured and is in serious condition. [Think Progress]

The Soapbox: Why I Was Reluctant To Endorse Lifting The Ban On Women In Combat

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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
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Bottom line: I was a female soldier in the combat zone. So why do I feel so uncomfortable about formalizing women’s placement in combat roles? I did a lot of soul-searching about why this bothered me so much. Ultimately, though, I’ve discovered there’s nothing I should be uncomfortable about.

When I first read that Defense Secretary Panetta had lifted the ban on women in combat roles, I felt queasy. While I left the military for the private sector in late 2011, I spent the first decade of my adult life in the Army, half of it on active duty as a Military Police officer. I have led and served alongside extraordinarily tough and competent leaders, male and female, while deployed in Iraq and in training all over the world. This was personal.

Yet, even as a woman who had been to combat, I couldn’t endorse lifting the ban. The more I examined my prejudices, though, I realize that they were just that — prejudices. Keep reading »

Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced In Congress

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  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reintroduced in the Senate this week. House Republicans blocked VAWA, making it the first time the bill has not been renewed since 1994, because they  balked at VAWA’s inclusions for Native Americans, immigrant women, and LGBTQ folks. The bill was reintroduced, with bipartisan support, removing a provision that would have provided visas to immigrant victims of domestic violence. [New York Times, Huffington Post]
  • Victims of “revenge porn” have banded together for a class action lawsuit against GoDaddy and Texxxan.com. [BetaBeat]
  • I would love for conservatives to introduce me to some ladies who carry 30-round assault rifles “for self-defense.”  [Feministing]
  • A Catholic hospital in Colorado is claiming fetuses aren’t people in a medical malpractice suit. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »
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