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George Clooney Surprised To Be A Witness In The Berlusconi Trial

“It seems odd since I’ve only met Berlusconi once and that was in an attempt to get aid into Darfur.”

George Clooney reacts to being called as a witness for the prosecution in the case against Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is accused of hiring prostitutes, having sex with a 17-year-old and then covering the scandal up. Apparently, George and Elisabetta Canalis once attended a party Berlusconi threw, hence their presence on the witness list. Or the prosecutors are just fans who want autographs? [People] Keep reading »

Politics Bloggers Are All Male, Natch

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To be sure, the young politics bloggers interviewed are all precociously talented and their success at a young age is impressive. Brian Beutler, 28, is a reporter for the online publication Talking Points Memo. David Weigel, 29, is a political reporter for Slate.com and a contributor to MSNBC. Ezra Klein, 26, wrote for The American Prospect and now The Washington Post. Matt Yglesias, 29, is a blogger for Think Progress, the blog for the Center for American Progress.

The problem with the piece, though, is the complete exclusion of female politics bloggers and reporters. They definitely exist … so why exclude them? Why was it necessary to report the “story” — and yes, “story” belongs in quotes — with only young male bloggers? Does that make any sense whatsoever? It comes off as needlessly clubby … almost like a … what’s that word again? A boys’ club. Oh yes, it comes off like a boys’ club. And a boys’ club is perpetuated by many factors, in particular the opportunities afforded to some privileged members over others. Opportunities, like, say, NY Times’ profiles.

The thing is, journalism and blogging in 2011, as far as I’ve seen from my six or so years working in those disciplines, are not total boys’ clubs. There are female politics bloggers and writers in Washington, D.C., and New York City, and anywhere else you go looking for them. The more you look for, the more you find. Why The NY Times either chose not to look, or chose not to include, any women at all other than mentioning in passing that Annie Lowrey is a 26-year-old reporter for Slate, is shameful.

So, I’ll try to be helpful, NY Times, and give you some names of female politics bloggers and/or reporters who perhaps eluded your gaze when you’re wearing those douchey spectacles of sexist trend pieces:

And that’s just to start (although, it’s admittedly a predominantly white list). I could go on and on and on.

Also, I love this parody piece written by Ann Friedman, a former editor at Feministing and The American Prospect, that sends up the stupid New York Times article. Definitely check it out here and be sure to check out Ann’s Tumblr called Lady Journos that curates the work of “journalists who happen to be women.” Because, you know, sometimes they’re just so hard to find. Or something.

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[AnnFriedman.com]

Geraldine Ferraro Dies

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Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party ever to run for vice president, died yesterday at age 75. Ferraro was a Queens criminal prosecutor and then representative in Congress who joined Walter Mondale in a presidential run in 1984. Although the Walter-Mondale ticket proved no match for Ronald Reagan and George Bush (41), Ferraro nevertheless busted through the glass ceiling of national politics 64 years after women were acknowledged their right to vote. Keep reading »

Hillary Clinton Says “No” To A Second Term

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It’s a good thing Amy Poehler left “Saturday Night Live,” because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is has confirmed she’s leaving politics in 2012. Regardless of whether President Obama is elected for a second term, Clinton said she’ll be moving onto things. Despite rumors that she might lead the Defense Department or even run for President in the future, Clinton is vehement about blowing this popsicle stand. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: America Supports Women In Combat

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  • Seven out of 10 Americans support allowing military women in combat roles, according to a new poll by The Washington Post and ABC News. The Pentagon is expected to remove a ban on women in combat roles. [Washington Post]
  • Planned Parenthood will file a lawsuit if South Dakota’s governor signs a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait 72 hours and first get “counseling” at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center.” [Ms. Magazine]
  • Wired, a technology magazine, has finally put a woman in technology (Limor Fried) on the cover instead of a starlet or just a woman’s boobs. [The Mary Sue]

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Pregnant Woman Jailed In Iowa For Thinking About An Abortion

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Holy thought police, bat girl! Police in Iowa arrested a pregnant woman in her second trimester last month for telling a nurse she’d been thinking about having an abortion. While in the hospital after falling down a flight of stairs, Christine Taylor, 22, told a nurse about her employment and marital woes; Christine also said she’d considered both abortion and adoption before deciding to carry her pregnancy to full-term. The nurse then got suspicious that Christine had been trying to self-abort by throwing herself down the stairs — Christine was arrested under Iowa’s feticide laws, and the poor woman spent two days in jail. Keep reading »

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