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Colorado Clerk Defies Ban on Gay Marriages

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Colorado Clerk Defies Ban on Gay Marriages
Nearly 40 years after a Boulder County clerk first issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a clerk here is taking a similar course, albeit in a much altered political climate. Since June 25, Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall has issued more than 100 marriage licenses to same-sex couples and has defied an order from the state attorney general that she cease doing so. Hall said she based her decision to start issuing the licenses on the June 25 decision by a federal appeals court to strike down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, which is very similar to Colorado’s.


Stanley Fischer Praises Strengthened Financial System

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Stanley Fischer Praises Strengthened Financial System
The Fed’s new No. 2 official also said a financial stability mandate is needed for regulatory bodies. 


No “stand-down” order: Military officers rebut GOP Benghazi claims

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

No “stand-down” order: Military officers rebut GOP Benghazi claims
9 military officers tell Congress that an order for a small team in Tripoli to “remain in place” on the night of the Benghazi attack has been mischaracterized

An immigrant teenager’s long journey through legal system
Danilo is fleeing Honduran gangs, but now faces deportation through the American legal system

Nancy Pelosi: Democrats “not divided” over immigration policy
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., downplays disagreements in her caucus over how to deal with the flood of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.


Fox News Glosses Over Awkward Reality That Impeachment Calls Came From Its Own Contributors

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox News Glosses Over Awkward Reality That Impeachment Calls Came From Its Own Contributors

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Fox News’ Special Report highlighted conservative calls for President Obama’s impeachment, but hid that the calls they cite as coming from “some prominent outside conservative voices” actually originated with Fox’s own contributors.

On the July 10 edition of Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, Fox correspondent Mike Emanuel reported that “some prominent outside conservative voices have called for President Obama to be impeached”:


Rethinking Wilson’s Points

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rethinking Wilson’s Points
David Ignatius, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — As American policymakers ponder the future shape of the Middle East, they should perhaps recall that the United States was opposed to the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, the famous “line in the sand” that is now said to be dissolving. American’s opposition back then was based on its rejection of the secret diplomacy between Britain and France that produced the plan to divide the Ottoman Empire after World War I. The U.S. opposed this neo-colonial carve-up of the region and called instead for the right to national self-determination. The tragedy of America’s role in the modern Middle…

The Transgender Religion
Heather Wilhelm, RealClearPolitics
“Religion,” well-known atheist Penn Jillette recently argued in the New York Times, “needs to go away and not be replaced by anything.” Jillette apparently understands the resilience of human faith. In 2003, the novelist Michael Crichton argued that, despite the hopes of atheists, religion will never really disappear. “I think that you cannot eliminate religion from the psyche of mankind,” Crichton said. “If you suppress it in one form, it merely reemerges in another form.” Religion tends to reemerge in the unlikeliest places. Today, at least in…

Boehner Lawsuit to Cite Obamacare Mandate Delay
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
House Republicans plan to cite the Obama administration’s unilateral delay of the employer mandate for insurance coverage in their lawsuit against the president’s use of executive actions. On Thursday evening, House Speaker John Boehner unveiled a draft of legislation that would authorize Congress to file suit against President Obama, claiming he changed provisions of the Affordable Care Act without a vote from Congress. The House Rules Committee will take up the legislation on Wednesday. Boehner announced plans for a lawsuit last month, but did not disclose any details at the time,…

Pelosi on Hobby Lobby: Be Afraid of SCOTUS
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
Nancy Pelosi said Americans should fear the Supreme Court in light of its recent Hobby Lobby decision. That late-June ruling allowed for-profit, secular companies to opt out of mandated contraceptive coverage under the health care law. “We should be afraid of this court,” the House minority leader told reporters Thursday. She expressed chagrin “that five men should get down to the specifics of whether a woman should use a diaphragm and she should pay for it herself or her boss.” Congressional Democrats have decried the 5-4 decision that exempted closely held…


Why Coe is set to win BBC race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Why Coe is set to win BBC race
Why Coe is likely to win race for BBC top job

VIDEO: Enough info on referendum campaign?
For some, the Scottish referendum campaign has gone on too long, but other voters still need more information.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Emergency data laws are vital to protecting national security, Theresa May tells MPs.


‘We should be afraid of this court’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘We should be afraid of this court’
Democrats are trying to make voters aware of the court’s decisions. 


Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Killing of Palestinian Youth Puts an Israeli Focus on Extremism
Some are observing a generational shift as Jewish youth in Israel express a distinct anti-Arab attitude that wasn’t learned in the home.



Sinosphere Blog: Q. and A.: Rana Mitter on the Legacy of World War II in Asia
The Oxford historian says that, unlike in Europe, where a broad consensus on the war has been achieved, interpretations of the conflict in Asia remain a source of acrimony between the major players, with important ramifications for the future of the region.



World Briefing: New Envoy for Syria Appointed
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday that he had appointed Staffan de Mistura, a veteran diplomat of Italian-Swedish heritage, to be the new special envoy responsible for seeking an end to the conflict in Syria.



World Briefing: Brazil: World Cup Soccer Fans Seek Asylum
At least 200 people from Ghana who entered Brazil as tourists to watch World Cup games have asked for asylum, a police official said Thursday.




Prince Fielder And The Beauty Of ESPN’s Body Issue

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Prince Fielder And The Beauty Of ESPN’s Body Issue

Prince Fielder bares all for ESPN’s newest Body Issue, showing that the human body can be impressive and beautiful no matter its size.

The post Prince Fielder And The Beauty Of ESPN’s Body Issue appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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CREDIT: ESPN

A few weeks ago, when Real Madrid superstar-slash-walking Greek God Cristiano Ronaldo ripped home a penalty kick in the Champions League final then subsequently ripped off his shirt to reveal his superhuman abdomen, there were audible groans throughout the bar where I was watching. The bustle wasn’t just a reaction to Ronaldo’s putting underdog Atletico Madrid to bed, but a reaction also to the fact that then he had to show us exactly how much better looking he is than all of us beer-swilling nobodies.

I laughed then, because the reality is that if my body looked like Ronaldo’s I probably wouldn’t ever wear a shirt. And I surely wouldn’t feel bad about showing off the fortress I had worked so hard to build.

Prince Fielder does not have Cristiano Ronaldo’s body. For the most part, the 275-pound Texas Rangers first baseman looks more like an argument for why baseball players aren’t real athletes than he does an athletic specimen, which is why he regularly lines lists of the “best out of shape athletes” on our list-craving internet. So we laugh whenever we see him leg out a double and finish with an earth-quaking slide into second or complete one of the most awkward baserunning displays with a belly-flopping dive into third.

But now here he is, standing on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s 2014 Body Issue, holding a baseball bat and baring (almost) every bit of what Prince Fielder’s body has to offer.

Already, the pictures have drawn laughs and typical fat jokes, and some sites have asked whether Fielder’s naked pose was “a little much” for our eyes to see. But that is nonsense, because it is pictures like these that make the Body Issue so beautiful — and so much more important than most ideas that began as marketing ploys ever could become.

The issue isn’t all Fielder, of course: it features athletes like Serge Ibaka (my god, Serge) and Larry Fitzgerald and others who look more like what we envision athletes to be, more like the godly sculptures we think all athletes have or at least should. As Will Leitch wrote last year, these are their temples, these are their works of art, these are the products of hours in the gym and rigorous diets and training regimens. They deserve to show those bodies off.

But it’s athletes like Fielder that make the Body Issue truly beautiful, because they are the ones who send the message that the human body can be an impressive, lovely thing even if it doesn’t look like Ronaldo’s or Ibaka’s. Athletes’ bodies, just like those of us mere mortals, come in all shapes and sizes, and they can all be magnificent in their own ways. That isn’t all about Fielder. There is Venus Williams, whose body has gotten relatively little attention or appreciation juxtaposed as it is next to the oft-critiqued physique of her younger sister. There is Paralympian Amy Purdy in her prosthetic legs (returning to a motif The Mag has used before); there is soccer star Megan Rapinoe, the first athlete to appear in The Body Issue after coming out as gay (her U.S. teammate Abby Wambach appeared in the issue before coming out). There are the women sending the message that its OK for girls to have muscles and shape instead of looking like rail-thin supermodels; men like Fielder saying that it is possible to be comfortable and impressive in a body that doesn’t look like the strapping figure Ronaldo and others display.

This is a theme ESPN has played up since the first Body Issue in 2008 and has improved upon since. There are ways the issue could be better, especially on the women’s side: a wider variety of shapes and sizes, for instance, and it might have been even more powerful to see a woman of similar build as Fielder’s standing there naked and proud, given the problems athletes like Sarah Robles have had finding sponsors or getting funding. But with Fielder, the Body Issue has again broken new ground, much as it did last year by putting 77-year-old golfer Gary Player on the cover, and already it has sparked conversation and good feelings, like the #HuskyTwitter trend that broke out this week. These magazines aren’t going to solve the body image issues facing men and women in sports and throughout broader society, but they can help by reminding us of how beautiful and impressive all types of bodies can be, whether they are male or female, large or small, crafted to perfection or something less than godly.

The post Prince Fielder And The Beauty Of ESPN’s Body Issue appeared first on ThinkProgress.


The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 10th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Senate Judiciary Committee Just Backed an Amendment to Overturn ‘Citizens United’
From: John Nichols

Grassroots movement forces Washington to get serious about real reform of a broken campaign-finance system.

The Shocking Ways We Talked About Birth Control in 1932
From: Back Issues

Margaret Sanger and Charlotte Perkins Gilman and John Dewey, oh my!

Obama Fiddles While Gaza Burns
From: Bob Dreyfuss

Sort of like what President Bush and Condi Rice did in January 2009.