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Presidential Masculinity Apparently Cannot Withstand Ordering “Lavender Ice Tea”

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While visiting a coffee shop in Kansas City, Missouri, today, President Obama ordered himself a regular iced tea — but, you know, a manly iced tea. An employee at Parkville Coffee offered the president a lavender iced tea, to which he replied, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”  I suppose he could have meant he had a bad stomach when it comes to species in the mint family and he’s not confident he won’t shit all over Air Force One. But this sounded to me like lavender iced tea is, you know, girly.

Am I over-thinking this? Probably. But what I really want to know is, how will this focus group with lavender supporters? [BuzzFeed] [Image of lavender via Shutterstock]

President Obama Speaks Out In Support Of Paid Maternity Leave

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  • President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. “There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave,” the president said. “That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome.” [Yahoo]
  • Islamic extremists Boko Haram reportedly have kidnapped nearly 100 more people, including 60 women and girls, in Nigeria. [New York Times]
  • A Japanese politician apologized to his female colleague for heckling, “You should get married!” and “Can’t you even bear a child?” while she was speaking. [TIME] Keep reading »

Women Of Color Ask To Be Included In Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program

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  • Women and girls of color are asking to be included in President Obama’s new program “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is aimed at young men of color. Over a 1,000 women and 200 men have signed letters saying young girls should be targeted in the program, too. [Washington Post]
  • The New York Assembly passed the “Boss Bill” yesterday, which updates anti-discrimination laws by forbidding employers from discriminating against employees over their reproductive health decisions. Just another reason why I love New York! [RH Reality Check]
  • Hillary Clinton believes America should have federally mandated family leave (ya think?) but doesn’t expect that “politically, we could get it now.” Sadly, I think she’s probably correct. [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

George Clooney Defended Obama’s Honor In A Boozy Argument In Las Vegas

  • After some tequila shots, George Clooney and casino mogul Steve Wynn got into a drunken argument about politics in Las Vegas after Wynn was “pushing and pushing” and “provoking George” by criticizing the current government. Clooney kept his cool until Wynn called the president an “asshole,” at which point Clooney said, “President Obama is my friend. Don’t talk about him like that.” Then Wynn replied, “Your friend is an asshole” and Clooney responded, “No! You are an asshole” and got up and left. I’m with Clooney on this one (and everything). [Page Six]
  • Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are new parents to a baby boy named Otis. The couple’s first child was born on Sunday. Congratulations!  [Page Six] Keep reading »

President Obama Will Issue Two Executive Orders On Equal Pay

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  • President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that will force federal contractors to submit information to the Labor Department about employees’ pay along with their race and gender, as well as ban them from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with one another. [NPR]
  • A 10-year-old girl in Senegal who became pregnant after she was raped by a neighbor won’t be allowed to have an abortion. Senegel punishes women who terminate pregnancies with as much as 10 years in prison. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Here’s how Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill are pushing Congress to allocate more money to the U.S. Department of Education to fight sexual assault on college campuses by enforcing laws more strictly. [Huffington PostBuzzFeed] Keep reading »

President Obama Announces Initiative Against Sexual Assault On College Campuses

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This morning, the White House released a report on sexual assault in college as the president announced a new initiative to improve the criminal justice response to rape on college campuses.

The report, “Rape And Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call To Action,” prepared by the White House Council On Women And Girls, notes that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during college and most are assaulted by someone that they know. Only 12 percent of these victims report the sexual violence. The report also notes that rapists tend to be repeat offenders, noting how one study had more than half of admitted rapists confessing to as many as six rapes each. Another huge problem is the often-dismissive response from local police and college administrations. Keep reading »

President Obama Pardons Popcorn The Turkey

Thanksgiving does not officially begin until the national news media gathers outside the White House for the pomp-and-circumstance of the president not murdering a poor, defenseless bird.  This year’s lucky turkey is Popcorn from Badger, Minnesota, who, loves to eat corn and dances to Beyoncé’s “Halo,” according to the White House blog. Even less enthusiastic about being there than the media standing out the the cold were Sasha and Malia Obama. They have the look all over their faces that they are getting too old for this shit. [NBC Washington]  [Image via Getty]

Gloria Steinem, Oprah Winfrey Receive The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

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  • Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom today from President Barack Obama at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Ironically, Steinem was the first-ever woman to speak at the Club in 1971 and, at the time, was given the traditional gift of a men’s tie. [Ms Magazine, Marie Claire]
  • The Supreme Court refused to block a restriction on Texas abortions. [New York Times]
  • An Alabama woman has spoken out about the sentencing of her rapist, Austin Clem, who received no jail time despite being convicted of three rape charges, including raping her when she was only 13. [New York Times]
  • The General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow women to be bishops. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Sunny Obama Is Pooping All Over The White House

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Sure, Syria might have released chemical weapons on its own people this week.  BUT I WANNA HEAR MORE ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE’S NEW PUPPY GAAAAAAH!  Here’s President Obama in an exclusive interview with CNN, talking about the new puppy Sunny (a Portuguese water dog like their four-year-old dog, Bo) and her accidents around the White House. Don’t worry, Hillary. They’ll be cleaned up by 2016. [Huffington Post]

Groan: President Obama Calls California’s AG Kamala Harris “The Best Looking Attorney General”

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“You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you’d want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country — Kamala Harris is here. It’s true! C’mon … And she is a great friend and has just been a great supporter for many, many years. She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated.”

This is how President Barack Obama introduced California Attorney General Kamala Harris at a fundraiser in CA yesterday — high praise, to be sure, but the “best-looking” comment is a touch too far.

I have many feelings about this. One is that it was a stupid gaffe, but not surprising: Obama may be more of a feminist than any president in history, but he still lives in the same sexist society that the rest of us do. It’s a society where he once called a female reporter “sweetie” and where a woman’s appearance is seen as something men are entitled to comment publicly upon, even in a professional setting. Keep reading »

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