Damage control in D.C.
Damage control in D.C.
Washington could use a little Olivia Pope right about now.
“Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage,” AP Stylebook says.
“I mean, if their policy is to make a case-by-case decision, shouldn’t we give them a hand?” Dr. Mark Bitgood said of why he wrote to the Associated Press. Under style guidance issued this past week, married same-sex couples aren’t “generally” to be referred to as husbands or wives.
“This week’s style guidance reaffirmed AP’s existing practice,” a spokesman says. Reporters, related organizations and activists aren’t satisfied.
The Associated Press is trying to discourage the use of “homophobia” and other terms associated with violence.
All three will cover funders.
An account located in Clark County, Nevada, tweeted “Whitney Houston found dead in Beverly Hills hotel” almost a half hour before the Associated Press released their report. The user in question, @chilemasgrande a.k.a. Big Chorizo, has not yet been reached for comment. (via mashable.com)
After 18 years in prison for a crime they insist they did not commit, the men known as the West Memphis 3 have finally been released. Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, victims of what has widely been condemned as a massive miscarriage of justice, are now free. View List ›
Costing the United States $30 million a day, furloughing 4,000 workers and eliminating 70,000 jobs, Republicans have essentially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration because they don’t want to make it easier for its employees to unionize. Not to mention handicapping critical safety and oversight for millions of American’s flying through the air in giant metal tubes propelled by explosive fluid. View List ›
No matter how you feel about the debt bill drama, at least everyone can agree that this moment was awesome. Making a surprise return to the House of Representatives, her first since being gravely wounded in the Tuscon shooting spree, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords drew thunderous applause from members of both parties and voted for the debt bill. By all accounts, she looked great and there wasn’t a dry eye in the House. The bill passed 269-161. View List ›
The Obama Administration announced today that birth control will be considered preventative care under the President’s sweeping health care reform, meaning it will be fully covered with no copays. Since virtually every American will be required to carry health insurance under the new law, that essentially means free birth control for the women of the United States. View List ›
The Obama Administration announced today that birth control will be considered preventative care under the President’s sweeping health care reform, meaning it will be fully covered with no co-pay. Since virtually every American will be required to carry health insurance under the new law, that essentially means free birth control for the women of the United States. View List ›
But the Congress still has to vote on it. Our long, national, self-inflicted nightmare is (almost) over. View List ›
Unable to control his Republican caucus amid a Tea Party revolt, House Speaker John Boehner was forced to indefinitely postpone a vote on his debt ceiling bill. The abrupt move to pull the bill from consideration was a stunning setback for Boehner, shifting emphasis over to the Senate Democratic plan put forward by Harry Reid and supported by President Obama. View List ›
As the clock ticks towards default and Congress appears hopelessly dysfunctional, more and more members of his party are urging President Obama to act on his own and consider using the 14th Amendment to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling. Bill Clinton is the highest profile Democrat to suggest Obama can use this obscure Constitutional clause to prevent an economic calamity. While Republicans have threatened to sue and even impeach Obama if he invokes the 14th Amendment, most legal experts say it would be very difficult to challenge his executive power in court. View List ›
Well, this is absolutely horrifying. Imagine being a worker in a morgue when a corpse comes back to life. That’s when all your training for the zombie apocalypse goes out the window and you simply start screaming like a tiny child. View List ›
More like Captain Awwwmerica. Amiright or amiright? I’m right. View List ›
Anders Behring Breivik has been identified as the man in police custody who is believed to be responsible for the bombing in Oslo that killed at least 7 and the shooting rampage at a youth camp on Utoya Island that has left at least 85 dead. Breivik is 32 and known to have right-leaning, nationalist, anti-Islamic views, although an actual motive remains unknown. Officials believe he acted alone. View List ›
A gunman dressed as a police officer opened fire on an island youth camp outside of Oslo, Norway shortly after the devastating bombing within the city. The gunman has been apprehended and officials now say the attacks are linked. At least 80 are dead. UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Anders Behring Brevik. View List ›
A newly discovered print of what is purported to be a pornographic film starring an underage Norma Jean Baker (aka Marilyn Monroe) is going up for auction. Here a few stills. Monroe fans insist it’s a different woman, but the film’s owner says it was shot before the Hollywood sex bomb lost some weight and underwent plastic surgery. What say you? View List ›
How does Steve Rogers stack up against the recent glut of super hero movies? According to this critic, he mows them down like so many Nazis. View List ›
British Prime Minister David Cameron has cut short a trade trip to South Africa in order to attend an emergency session of Parliament so that he may answer questions about his own involvement in the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal. The move comes as Britain’s two top police officers have resigned in the face of corruption and bribery allegations related to the scandal, a scandal which has now become a crisis threatening every major institution in the UK. View List ›
Rupert Murdoch took out full page ads in all of Britain’s major newspapers today to apologize for the phone hacking scandal which is threatening to bring down his media empire. Initial reaction falls squarely under “too little, too late.” View Image ›
The lawyer for Levi Aron, the 35-year-old suspect who confessed to murdering and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, says Aron hears voices and is prone to hallucinations. Police say there is still no clear motive in this horrific crime. View List ›
Chief executive of News International Rebekah Brooks, a close ally of Rupert Murdoch, has resigned amid the international phone hacking scandal that has engulfed Murdoch’s News Corp. The resignation is an abrupt turnaround for Brooks, who had been staunchly defended by Murdoch throughout the scandal. View List ›
The FBI has reportedly opened an investigation into allegations that employees of Rupert Murdoch attempted to bribe New York City police officers in order to obtain personal information of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This opens up the possibility of even more criminal liability in the United States for Murdoch’s News Corp., who may also face charges for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing London officials in order to spy on the Royal Family. The news comes a day after Murdoch was forced to abandon his attempted acquisition of British Sky Broadcasting as a result of the massive phone hacking scandal. View List ›
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s startling offer to hand near total control of the debt ceiling to President Obama is drawing condemnation from conservatives and tea party activists, even as Speaker John Boehner admits he doesn’t have the votes to pass any form of raising the debt ceiling in the House of Representatives. McConnell has admitted the move was motivated out of fear Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown, including—as President Obama warned—a stoppage of Social Security and Medicare payments. View List ›
In a major blow to News Corp., Rupert Murdoch has abandoned efforts to acquire British Sky Broadcasting, admitting that the fallout from the metastasizing phone hacking scandal has made the bid politically impossible. On another front in the fast-moving scandal, British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a thorough inquiry into allegations Murdoch’s employees attempted to bribe a New York City police officer in order to obtain information on victims of the 9/11 attacks. View List ›