In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Racism; violence] Marissa Alexander will find out next week if she'll be allowed out on bail during her second trial.

[CN: Hostility to reproductive rights] This is what a "pro-life" state looks like.

[CN: Sexual violence; rape culture] Protests are happening in Kenya and elsewhere in support of "Liz," a 16-year-old Kenyan girl who was gang-raped and left for dead in June, but survived and reported the names of her attackers, who were ordered by police "to cut grass as their only punishment; the men were then let go—even though under Kenya's Sexual Offences Act they should receive no less than 15 years in prison. ...[T]he global campaigning network Avaaz launched an online petition calling for immediate arrest and prosecution of the rapists and disciplinary action for the police officers."

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered states to provide couples benefits to national guard members in same-sex couples, irrespective of whether the state recognizes same-sex marriage. Right on.

Ha ha here's a neat headline: "US surveillance has gone too far, John Kerry admits." Naw, ya think?

[CN: Misogynoir] More on SNL's lack of black female performers: "When Kerry Washington hosts this week, the show will have someone who can credibly play Beyoncé for the first time this season. There hasn't been a cast member to portray Michelle Obama for her husband's entire presidency. That matters."

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