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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Hangs Out With The Real-Life Veep

  • “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus logged in some time with Joe Biden, the real vice president, at a state dinner last night honoring the French president. I wonder if he shared tips on how to play second fiddle. [Huffington Post]
  • New couple alert: Sarah Silverman is dating “Masters Of Sex” star Michael Sheen. [US Weekly]
  • Hugh Jackman will host this year’s TONY Awards (because Neil Patrick Harris is busy). [Towleroad]
  • Five things to know about Sky, the fox terrier who won this year’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. [Vanity Fair]
  • Oooh la la: 36 figure skaters who look like they’re having sex. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Up Top! Missouri Politician Introduces Bill To Make High-Five Official State Greeting

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Missouri To Make High Five Official State Greeting

“The high-five is friendly, fun, and can lift spirits,” said Courtney Allen Curtis, a Missouri State Representative, and that’s why he has put forth a bill to make the high-five Missouri’s official state greeting. “With tensions running high in the Capitol building, the high five might be just what Missouri needs,” said Curtis, who introduced the bill, called HB 1624, earlier this week. “An official state greeting could help to break up the monotony of the day-to-day work and promote a friendlier environment between both sides of the aisle.” The plan might sound a little ridiculous (or a lot ridiculous), but I want to give Curtis a high-five for his unapologetic idealism in the face of complex political strife. Who knows how many massive rifts, political standoffs, and brutal wars throughout history could have been solved with a simple, “up top, buddy!”? [Huffington Post]

 

Republican Senator Rand Paul Wants To Stop Moms On Welfare From Having More Babies

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“Maybe we have to say ‘enough’s enough, you shouldn’t be having kids after a certain amount … I don’t know how you do all that because then it’s tough to tell a woman with four kids that she’s got a fifth kid we’re not going to give her any more money. But we have to figure out how to get that message through because that is part of the answer.”

Republican Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky is making it his personal mission to shame moms on welfare for continuing to get pregnant. Sen. Paul, who has a decent shot at the 2016 Republican nomination, wants to put a cap on the government benefits for which low-income mothers are eligible. His aim is to dis-incentivize mothers by economically punishing them for having a number of children that is over his ambiguous personal threshold of what he considers to be “too many.” Basically, he’s fairly certain that the way to save the United States’ future is for women to keep their legs closed. (Oh, you didn’t think he supported reproductive rights, did you? HAHAHAHA. Rand opposes abortion unilaterally, even in the cases of incest or rape.) Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: What If The Media Reported On Male Politicians Who Are Fathers Like It Reports On Wendy Davis?

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Wendy Davis was a teen mom

When a woman attempts to find some semblance of “having it all,” she automatically becomes demonized. We can’t seem to rise up in the ranks — whether it’s in the corporate world or in politics — without our personal lives, particularly our mothering skills, being called into question.

The latest female politician in the hot seat is Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who is running for governor on the Democratic ticket. She has recently been skewered (again) for having been both a young mother and a single mother. The focus circumventing her actual politics (like her support for women’s reproductive rights) and instead revolve around how she is as a mother. A reporter for Fusion even asked Davis to respond to a blog post by Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol Palin — seriously, her — that called Davis a woman “whose ambition and ego were so big she couldn’t have both a career and kids at the same time.” Both Jessica Luther and Carolyn Edgar wrote insightful pieces this week explaining why these allegations are egregious, erroneous, and just plain clueless.

I could spend hours picking apart what is wrong about these attacks. Instead, I’d like to note that we hardly ever see male politicians skewered for their parenting. We look past that aspect of their personal lives — for the most part, barring a mistress or financial scandal — and focus on their politics. A male politician who is also a father gets to be, first and foremost, a male politician. But a female politician who is also a mother? It’s completely different. Keep reading »

Republican Candidate Says Gay Marriage Makes God Punish Us With AIDS

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  • Gay marriage and abortion are causing autism and AIDS, didn’t you know? That’s according to a Republican candidate in Chicago, everyone! Please keep talking to media outlets, wackadoo conservatives. Just keep on talking. [Jezebel]
  • On President Obama’s radical speech about sexual violence in America. [MSNBC]
  • How to listen when a loved one says “I had an abortion.” [EBONY]
  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is now trying to raise money off the comments he made before a Republican audience that women who use birth control just “can’t control their libido or their reproductive system.” [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »

Watch This: Trans Woman Quotes The Bible, Dares Christian Politician To Stone Her To Death

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"I Brought The First Stone, Mr. Webb."

Last month, the city council of Shreveport, Louisiana passed a law to end discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity. The Fairness Ordinance passed with a 6-1 vote. The only dissenter was a bible-thumping councilman named Ron Webb, who promptly introduced his own ordinance to overturn the new law. While the council considered Webb’s “Unfairness Ordinance,” a trans woman named Pamela Raintree stepped up to the microphone to share her story. She ended her remarks by quoting Leviticus 20:13, which states “If a man lie also with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death.” Then Raintree picked up a large rock and offered it to the unamused politician. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb,” she said, “in case your bible talk isn’t just a smokescreen for personal prejudices.” BOOM. Webb declined to take Raintree up on her generous offer, but he did withdraw his proposal. Shreveport’s Fairness Ordinance is here to stay. [KMSS]

New School Bill Requires Kids Take Social Media Class

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Grown-ups can scarcely be trusted with their social media accounts, so how in the world can we expect their kids to fare any better? That’s right: We can’t. So how about teaching it in school to flatten out their learning curve? Read more on HLN…

What Do We Think Of TIME‘s Hillary Cover?

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not yet said one way or the other whether she intends to run again for president in 2016. But that hasn’t stopped the chattering classes from dissecting every single item related to a “Hillary ’16″ run ad nauseum. The latest iteration is the TIME magazine cover this week: a coverline reading “Can Anyone Stop Hillary?” over a photo-illustration of a huge, high-heeled woman in a pantsuit stepping past a miniature man who jumps out of the way.

See the full image after the jump: Keep reading »

6 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments on the subject of abortion. But it’s not reproductive rights, per se, that the Court will be hearing about: this time it’s a matter of clinic safety.

McCullen vs. Coakley is a lawsuit against a 2007 Massachusetts law that forbids anti-abortion protesters from entering a buffer zone of 35 feet in front of the entrances and exits of clinics. Under the law, anti-abortion protesters — known for their intimidating and harassing behavior — must do all their prosthelytizing and praying from outside of a yellow line painted on the side walk, allowing clinic patients and their escorts to pass freely into and out of the facility. Protesters say this is a violation of the First Amendment.

Find out more about what the Supreme Court will be determining in McCullen vs. Coakley, after the jump: Keep reading »

Gabby Giffords Goes Skydiving On The 3-Year Anniversary Of Her Shooting

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“It’s been step by step since I was shot three years ago. I’ve overcome a lot. Progress has come from working hard. Today, I grieve, I remember, and I take another step. I’m stronger now. I’m winning back movement in my right arm. So I have the opportunity to do something I love: skydiving with my friend, former Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch. Southern Arizona will look beautiful, peaceful from the top of the sky.”

Three years ago, on January 8th, 2011, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and 18 others were shot at a constituent meeting in Tucson. Six people died; Giffords sustained brain damage and was partially paralyzed. Today, she posted this hopeful update on her Facebook page, in addition to a New York Times op-ed about the gains she’s made in physical therapy and the gun reform activism that’s become her new life purpose. In true fearless Gabby fashion, she’s celebrating her milestones by jumping out of a plane. She is such an inspiration. We wish her the best in her continuing recovery and her quest for sensible gun laws.

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