In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Torture] Juan E. Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, has called on the US to stop the use of prolonged or indefinite solitary confinement in its prisons. "The use of solitary confinement in the US penitentiary system goes far beyond what is acceptable under international human rights law."

The NSA "monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden." This shit? Is not making us safer. Spying on world leaders undermines national security, because global good will is crucial to national security.

[CN: Racism; slurs; dehumanization] The North Carolina GOP official who gave a racist interview to The Daily Show has been forced to resign.

President Obama wants to pass immigration reform this year: "Democrats in the House have introduced a bill similar to the Senate bill. 'So now it's up to Republicans in the House to decide whether reform becomes a reality or not,' President Obama said." Welp.

NBC plans to reboot Murder, She Wrote with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury. Neat!

Tom Hanks is nice. Not "Jay Leno Nice," but really nice for realsies.

These mugs are THE CUTEST.

[CN: Misogyny; racism] Breaking News: White men run the country! (But for real: It's even more stark than you might think.)

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