- Today's comic by Matt Bors is The Avenging Uterus rogues gallery:
- Pennsylvania uses Gosnell case to justify blocking women from purchasing abortion coverage:
One state lawmaker is arguing that patients shouldn’t be able to use their own personal funds to buy coverage separate from state-paid funds, because that would be too much oversight for a state agency to handle. According to the Associated Press, state Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) said during debate that if “the government could not be trusted to properly regulate abortion clinics”—meaning Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic—”it cannot be trusted to ensure that only private dollars are used to purchase abortion coverage through the exchanges.”
- Carrying pressure cooker while brown elicits FBI visit:
Talal Al-Rouqi, a Saudi student in Michigan, claims he was questioned by the FBI after neighbours reported seeing him walking with a pressure cooker similar to those used in the recent Boston bombing. Speaking last week to the Saudi Gazette, Al-Rouqi said he was transporting the cooker filled with rice and meat to a friend's apartment for dinner. The next day, he was reportedly interrogated by FBI officials.
“When they found nothing unusual, they cautioned me not to venture out again with the pressure cooker," Al-Roqui said.
- Angelina Jolie courageously discusses her medical choice:
My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman. [...]
Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.
- Is your state's highest paid public employee a coach? A map:
You may have heard that the highest-paid state employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach.
Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team.
- How change happens, one step at a time:
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
- However: State governments are smashing local control. Here's one example:
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 19 states severely restrict or outright abolish the right of local governments to build their telecommunications networks. Cities began building their own networks after years of begging private phone and cable companies to upgrade their inadequate infrastructure, moderate their continual price increases and improve their customer service. When cities proved to be serious and successful competitors, telecommunications firms, rather than responding to the competition, went to state legislatures to abolish it. Last year North Carolina became the latest state to join the ranks of those who refuse to allow communities to make their own decisions about their own affairs.
- First female Senate pages appointed 42 years ago today:
On May 14, 1971, Paulette Desell and Ellen McConnell made history. Thanks to the appointments of Senators Jacob Javits and Charles Percy, these two 16-year-olds became the first females to serve as Senate pages.
Senator Daniel Webster had selected the first male page nearly a century and a half earlier.
- On the latest #TWiBRadio, we discuss the IRS/Tea Party "scandal," a Mother’s Day mass shooting or typical urban violence, and whether a bad Whitney Houston cover can be considered terrorism? And check out the discussion over at TWiB!, and help us welcome new contributors and staff writers from the Angry Black Lady Chronicles and Jack and Jill Politics.
- N.H. city sues Robin Hoods:
The city has filed a lawsuit against six citizens, part of a group dubbed Robin Hood of Keene that patrols downtown armed with video cameras and pockets full of change to fill expired parking meters.
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