In The News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Fat bias; body shaming; eating talk.] Laura Bogart writes a beautiful piece for Salon on choosing to be fat because "losing weight may be as simple as joining a walking after work Meetup or forgoing the homemade cupcakes a co-worker brings in on Monday, but I'm not interested in sacrifices. Not anymore. I've spent my whole life capitulating to other people's expectations."

[Content Note: Homophobia.] Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Eprehensible) will not appeal a temporary order to grant a dying man's wish in Ohio for legal recognition of marriage to his husband, but instead will "continue to defend Ohio's constitutional amendment and law banning same-sex couples from marrying and banning the state from recognizing such marriages," or, as Ian says at ThinkProgress: "In other words, while DeWine does not plan to appeal the judge’s recent temporary order, he still plans to put up a full legal fight against Arthur and Obergefell's right to be permanently recognized by Ohio as husbands." Asshole.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Jury ACCESS Act, which prohibits discrimination against jurors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Scientists were able to freeze light for an entire minute. WHUT.

The Senate has passed student loan reform legislation, which effectively turns student loans into the balloon mortgages that caused the foreclosure crisis. Senator Elizabeth Warren was one of the 16 Democratic Senators who voted against the bill, saying it "asks tomorrow's students to pay more in order to finance lower rates today."

[Content Note: Sexual harassment.] Another day; four more women come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Halliburon has pleaded guilty to destroying critical evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Whooooooops!

Morning in America 2.0: "The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed." Fuhhhhhh.

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