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Meet Gladys Castro, The Illegal Immigrant With A 4.09 GPA

Regardless of your opinion on immigration, we can all agree it’s a disappointment when finances prevent an intelligent person from obtaining an education. And 17-year-old Gladys Castro of Fontana, California, is intelligent: the senior has a 4.09 average at Kaiser High School, where she took Advanced Placement classes, led the Advanced Biology Club and was a member of the National Honor Society.

But Gladys is an illegal immigrant whose family left Jalisco, Mexico, when she was 8 years old, after two of her relatives were kidnapped and murdered. She will graduate from high school soon and has been accepted to U.C. Berkeley, where she hopes to study political science. Due to her illegal status, however, Gladys cannot apply for government student loans. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Watch Rachel Maddow Give Smith College’s Commencement Address

  • Political commentator Rachel Maddow delivered Smith College’s 2010 commencement address and gave some smarty-pants advice: “When given the choice between fame and glory, take glory. … Life might very well be long. Keep your eyes on the horizon and live in a way that you will be proud of. You will sleep more, you will be a better partner, you will be a better mom, you will be a better friend, and you will not have to remember any complicated lies to brag about at the old-age home because you can brag about the truth of your well-lived life.” If you’re going to listen to her speech, I suggest the second half! [Smith.edu]
  • Sister Margaret McBride, a nun and administrator at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, has been reassigned after allowing a woman with a life-threatening condition to have an abortion. Hospital officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center defended McBride and agreed that the 11-week-old fetus needed to be aborted to save the life of the mother, who had pulmonary hypertension. Bishop Thomas Olmsted, head of the Phoenix Diocese, said in a statement that McBride is “automatically ex-communicated.” [MSNBC]
  • Continental Airlines has agreed to provide back pay and interest to 132 women who were rejected from jobs as customer service agents and cargo agents. Continental is a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Labor Department monitors all contractors to follow equal employment opportunity laws. [Houston Chronicle]

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Quotable: Laura Bush Wants More Women On The Supreme Court

“I’m really glad that there will be three, if [Elena Kagan is] confirmed. I like to have women on the Supreme Court. I think it does make a difference. I like women to be represented in all parts of American political and civic life.”

— Former First Lady Laura Bush on “Fox News Sunday” [New York Daily News]
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10 Pickup Lines For President Obama

Luann Haley, a single mother and bill collector, is seriously regretting opening her mouth last night. Haley tried to hit on President Obama in Buffalo, saying, “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.” Oh my. That’s really, really embarrassing. Luann claims she was “just trying to be funny.” We hope she learned her lesson. Don’t hit on Obama unless you have a great pickup line in your pocket. [Washington Post]

After the jump, ten pickup lines that may have fared better with our Commander-in-Chief. Keep reading »

10 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

I’ve already heard her name about 16 times today. So who is Elena Kagan, Obama’s nomination for the 112th justice of the Supreme Court, and what is she all about? After the jump, 10 facts you should know about the next woman who may sit on our highest bench. Keep reading »

Obama And His Mama

Some day this lil’ cutie would grow up to be President! But it’s obvious his mom loved him even before he was the most powerful man in the country. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! Keep reading »

Quotable: Laura Bush And Bob Marley Are Tight

“My mom’s a secret Rastafarian. She loves Bob Marley … We sit around and we talk and we laugh and we do puzzles and we get in bed by 9:00.”

Jenna Bush outs her mom as a reggae fiend on “Oprah.” The secrets about Laura Bush keep rolling in! Stir it up! [CNN] Keep reading »

White House Correspondents Dinner: The Matching Game

At Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, we were super surprised at some of the famous faces who turned up in the audience. So what did they have to say about the evening? After the jump, let’s play a little guessing game. Match the star above to their quote below. I’ll post the answers in the comments section in an hour. First person to get them all right gets … a high five? Keep reading »

Barack Obama, Comedian-In-Chief At The White House Correspondents Dinner


Sure, he might not have topped last year’s pirate gag, but Barack Obama was pretty darn funny at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, busting out some real zingers for the White House press corps and other Washington heavyweights like, uh, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber. “I’m glad only person whose ratings fell more than mine last night is here. Good to see you, Jay,” he quipped. “I’m glad I’m speaking first because we’ve all seen what happens to someone who takes the time slot after Leno’s.” He also got in some good knocks on others. After pointing to the Jonas Brothers in the crowd, he said, “Speaking of tween heartthrobs, Scott Brown is here. You should be aware that Scott is not the only one with a salacious photo spread going around. Recently, David Axelrod was offered a centerfold. I didn’t know Krispy Kreme had a catalogue.” Ha! Does Conan need an opening act? [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Oh, Canada: Vancouver School Asks Lesbian Teacher To Stop Coming In

A lesbian teacher at a Catholic high school in Vancouver was told not to come to work because the school claims parents were concerned about her influence on students, a gay rights group in Canada has alleged. Lisa Reimer, a music teacher, told Little Flower Academy she was gay in December 2009 when she asked for parental leave because her partner was pregnant. Somehow, parents of students at the school were then told that Reimer is a lesbian; soon after, the school asked Reimer to fulfill the rest of her year-long contract from home and have no contact with students.

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