In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Terroristic threats] Federal prosecutors say that the student who called in bomb threats at Harvard earlier this week was trying to avoid having a take a final.

[CN: Misogyny] The ACLU has filed a complaint in federal court on behalf of Asia Myers, a pregnant woman whose employer "refused to give her an accommodation to avoid jeopardizing the health of her pregnancy" when her doctor advised following complications that she should avoid any lifting at her job as a nursing assistant at a long-term care facility. "Instead, her employer told her that she could either take unpaid leave or continue working without considerations for the health of her pregnancy."

[CN: Christian supremacy] US District Judge Brian Cogan "ruled yesterday that a group of Catholic institutions in New York do not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement." Swell.

[CN: Homophobia] President Obama and Vice President Biden will not attend the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, in response to Russia's antigay policies, but the President "is sending some openly gay athletes in what's being seen as a message to that nation about diversity and acceptance in the face of Russia's laws banning 'gay propaganda'. Lesbian tennis legend Billie Jean King will attend the opening ceremonies in a delegation led by former Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. Michael A. McFaul, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Robert L. Nabors, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and figure skater Brian Boitano will join them." Olympic silver medalist and bronze medalist in women's ice hockey Caitlin Cahow, a lesbian who will join the delegation for the closing ceremonies, said: "It's obviously a statement that's being made, but I think it's an incredibly respectful one. Basically, the White House is highlighting Americans who know what it means to have freedoms and liberties under the constitution. ...Hopefully, it will unify all of Team USA and send a message of love and acceptance to the world."

In case you are excited for some more 2016 presidential speculation three years in advance of the election, Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown has not ruled out a run for the presidency, and Republican Wisconsin Representative and former veep nominee Paul Ryan probably isn't going to run, according to his colleagues. Awww.

My pal Slade gets the Headline of the Day: "Hahaha Terrific: Bet This Mitt Netlfix Doc Gets 47% on Rotten Tomatoes." LOL! A+!

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