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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin “Won’t Close The Door” On Running For President

  • Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told “Fox News Sunday” that a future presidential run could be in the cards. “It would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country,” Palin said. “I won’t close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future.” But Palin also admitted that many other men and women might be better placed to run for the nation’s highest office: “If [other candidates are] in a better position than I in three years, I’ll support them.” [birth control pills. The women say “Yaz” has caused strokes and heart attacks. [Fox59]
  • Wannabe strippers are “lining up” to apply for permits to work in Atlanta strip clubs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Not surprisingly, the economy seems to be at fault. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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Today’s Lady News: Saints Linebacker Scott Fujita Jumps Into Tim Tebow Commerical Debate

  • Have you been following the Super Bowl kerfluffle? During the game, CBS will be airing an anti-abortion commercial from the conservative organization Focus on the Family starring Tim Tebow, but the channel told a gay dating company called Man Date that their commercial would not be allowed to run. Now New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita has stepped into the fray by voicing his support for reproductive rights. On Tuesday, Fujita said he respects Tebow’s choice to be in the ad, but admitted “he and I might not see eye to eye all the way.” Fujita added that he was born to a teen mother and given up for adoption. “I’m just so thankful she had the courage and the support system to be able to carry out the pregnancy,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect that of everybody.” Jeez Louise, when did the dang Super Bowl become about politics?! [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Emma Watson Is The Highest Paid Actress In Hollywood, But #14 On The List

  • Nineteen-year-old Emma Watson, star of the “Harry Potter” series, is the highest paid actress in Hollywood with an estimated $30 million in earnings. And while that’s really cool, we couldn’t help but notice Emma shows up #14 on Vanity Fair‘s list after 13 other male actors. (The second-highest paid actress comes in at #19: Cameron Diaz, with an estimated $27 million in earnings in 2009.) Hmm, what’s up with that? [Vanity Fair]
  • Today, a bi-partisan group of politicians introduced the International Violence Against Women Act to the House and Senate. IVAWA seeks to disarm cultural attitudes and practices which condone violence against women, to train police personnel to properly handle violence against women, and to increase women’s economic stability in the long term. [Politico]

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Today’s Lady News: Study Says “Baby Brain” Does Not Exist

  • Chalk it up to another old wives’ tale? Researchers writing in The British Journal of Psychiatry say that “baby brain” — the rumored memory lapses a woman experiences while she’s pregnant — definitely does not exist. Australian National University followed 1,241 women over four years to track the quality of their memory and half the women in the sample became pregnant. However, researchers found that the expectant mommies were no less likely than other women to have memory difficulties, or to have a worse-off memory than when they weren’t knocked up. [BBC]
  • A 23-year-old woman who was jailed in Dubai after reporting a sexual assault has finally spoken out about the incident. The woman, who has withheld her identity, allegedly passed out drunk in a hotel bathroom over New Year’s and was sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant. But when she and her fiancé reported the incident, they were arrested for having sex out of wedlock, which is illegal in Dubai. “It never occurred to us that, as an unmarried couple, we might end up in jail,” the woman told The Sun newspaper. [Telegraph UK]
  • When the Super Bowl airs this Sunday, more women are expected to tune in than ever before. That news, of course, has advertisers majorly psyched! [Forbes]

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Today’s Lady News: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Gets Closer Scrutiny

  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today suggesting a plan to roll back the military‘s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers. Gates has proposed a Pentagon lawyer and a four-star Army general to conduct a year-long study into how the military could lift the ban most easily. However, Sen. John McCain, the top-ranking Republican on the committee, spoke out against lifting “don’t ask don’t tell.” Sen. McCain admitted the policy is not ideal, but said it is still effective. [Newsweek]
  • Megyn Kelly, a 39-year-old lawyer, has been given her own two-hour news program on Fox News. Kelly is also in the running for a prestigious prime-time anchor position when Greta van Susteren’s contract expires this year. [Business Insider]

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Today’s Lady News: Beyonce Breaks A Grammy Record For Female Artists

  • Beyonce broke a record for female performers last night at the Grammy’s when she took home six — count ‘em, six! — awards. [Parade]
  • Kathryn Bigelow, director of “The Hurt Locker,” became the first woman ever to win the top prize from the Director’s Guild of America on Saturday. [New York Times]
  • Last week all of Washington, D.C., from politicians to journalists, gathered to celebrate ace reporter Helen Thomas‘ 50th year covering the White House. Thomas began covering the presidential politics for UPI when President Eisenhower was in office and later became the first woman to head a White House Bureau for a wire news service. Since 2000, Thomas has been a columnist for the Hearst News Service. [NPR]

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Today’s Lady News: Jury Reaches Guilty Verdict For George Tiller’s Murderer

  • It only took 37 minutes for jurors in Wichita, Kansas, to convict Scott Roeder with first-degree murder in the death of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider who Roeder shot to death on May 31. Earlier this week, Roeder had taken the witness stand in his own defense and told jurors, “I did what I thought was needed to be done to protect the children. I shot him. If I didn’t do it, the babies were going to die the next day.” After the verdict, lawyers for the Tiller family issued a statement thanking the legal system and calling the verdict “just.” [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Might Be Dunzo In 2012

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would not serve another four years if President Obama is reelected in 2012, because she hopes to slow her pace and do more writing and teaching. “The whole eight [years] — that would be very challenging,” Clinton said. “It’s a 24/7 job and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else.” [Telegraph]
  • Gay groups are psyched about President Obama’s vow in his State of the Union Address last night to get rid of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. [ABC News]

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Today’s Lady News: Kids Need Permission Slip For Dictionary With “Oral Sex” Definition

  • After a parent complained that the Merriam Webster dictionary in the classrooms of Menifee Union School District in California contained a definition for “oral sex,” schools pulled the dictionaries off the shelves. On Tuesday, a committee decided to return the Merriam Webster dictionaries to the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms, but all children must have a signed permission slip to access them. Students who don’t have permission to use the Merriam Webster will have to use an alternative dictionary. [L.A. Times]
  • But despite their sex-drenched dictionaries, the nation’s youth are not so troubled! High school senior Li Boynton, 18, who won top honors in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, will be sitting with Michelle Obama tonight at the State of the Union Address. Li is headed to Yale in the fall and created a cheap way for the world’s poor to test water for contaminants using glowing bacteria. [Houston Chronicle]

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Today’s Lady News: France May Not Ban The Burqa After All

  • A committee in France’s Parliament will stop short of recommending a ban on Muslim women wearing burqas at all places in France. Instead, the committee will only suggest body-covering veils be banned in public facilities, like on public transport or in hospitals. Muslim students have already been banned from wearing headscarves in the classroom since 2004. [Wall Street Journal]
  • According to new data from the Guttmacher Institute, teen pregnancy rose three percent from 2005 to 2006. The increase was mostly concentrated among 18- and 19-year-olds. Overall, abortions among teenagers rose one percent as well. [Time]
  • Speaking of teen pregnancy, even though the entire story is completely untrue, Lifetime’s made-for-TV-movie “The Pregnancy Pact,” about a group of teenaged girls who decide to get knocked up together, was the highest-rated among women ages 18 to 34 since 1994. I actually couldn’t watch more than 30 minutes of it before I had to stop! [Variety]

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