In The News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

Over the weekend, there were rallies at federal courthouses in cities across the nation to protest the Zimmerman verdict. In New York City, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, choked back tears as a crowd of around 2,000 people chanted: "We love you."

Something something royal baby.

President Obama plans to tour the Midwest this week to lay out his economic agenda, which will be immediately rejected by Republicans no matter what it is.

[Content Note: Guns] Because of course they are: "A gun owner's advocacy group in Ohio is raising money to buy a new gun for former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in response to federal officials' delaying the return of his old one following his acquittal on second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin."

[Content Note: Homophobia] Patriarch Kirill I, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, says that same-sex marriage is a "very dangerous sign of the apocalypse." Are there signs of the apocalypse that aren't "very dangerous"? "This season's resurgence in neon fabric is a moderately concerning sign of the apocalypse!" Anyway. By all accounts of what constitute signs of the apocalypse according to Godly Men, the apocalypse looks like it will be PRETTY FUN!

[Content Note: Peril] Stuntmen at ComicCon rescue a woman dangling from a 14th floor balcony. "We're trained to deal with these situations should they arise." All right then! Good job, bros!

RIP Helen Thomas, trailblazer. I admired Helen Thomas fiercely, and she sometimes deeply disappointed me. I imagine Ms. Thomas would be pleased that I remember her fuck-ups, and held her to account for them, just as much as I remember her successes. She was, after all, keenly interested in documenting the truth. She was tenacious and strong and eminently human and occasionally apologetic. What a person. What a career. What a life.

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