In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

Support for the Affordable Care Act has dropped to an all-time low. "Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women." I wonder if some of that is the result of seeing the administration fail to vigorously defend the parts of the legislation concerning contraception.

[Content Note: Rape culture] This is a really important read about how US high schools are failing to meaningfully support girls who are raped by fellow students. This one hits very close to home for me.

[CN: Worker exploitation] German MEP Barbara Lochbihler, chair of the European parliament's subcommittee on human rights, says migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates working on "a complex of five-star hotels and museums on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates, including a new Louvre and the world's largest Guggenheim" are being exploited: "Minimum labour standards are not respected, there are systematic complaints about poor accommodation and sanitation, salaries and medical services are withheld, and both experts and the migrants themselves report excessive police force and situations of forced labour. This is unacceptable. "I therefore call on the UAE government, but also on all companies involved in the Saadiyat project—including [the] Louvre, British Museum and Guggenheim—to ensure that any form of mistreatment is addressed and that all migrants can fully enjoy their human rights."

Last Friday, a federal court in Utah ruled that the state's marriage ban was unconstitutional. And yesterday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Utah's motion for a temporary stay of that ruling. Yay!

[CN: Racism] Steve Martin tweeted a racist "joke," the punchline of which is that people "in an African-American neighborhood" can't spell. Oh my aching sides. I love how he used "African American" to be sure he was being PC in his racist joke.

Would you like to see a video of Beyoncé shopping, being so great, and doing something nice? Well, look no further!

Keanu Reeves says he is "open to the idea of" another Bill & Ted movie. Which, let's face it, is good news for us all. "I think it's pretty surreal, playing 'Bill & Ted' at 50. But we have a good story in that. You can see the life and joy in those characters, and I think the world can always use some life and joy." Yep!

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