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Should we be surprised to learn that the same man who perpetuated and enabled the abuse of hundreds of thousands of children by Catholic priests is also the architect of the Vatican’s doctrinal crack-down on American nuns? No. We shouldn’t. Nor should we be surprised that the other Vatican officials backing the disgraced former Cardinal Bernard Law were also ushered out of the United States and given refuge in Rome because they were considered too radical for American Catholics. Can we finally stop pretending that the leadership of the Church is anything other than a criminal enterprise worthy of a RICO prosecution?
Another criminal organization worthy of a RICO prosecution? Operation Rescue. The only problem is the state of Kansas may be in cahoots with the anti-choice radicals making meaningful prosecution at the state level an impossibility. Time to call in the feds.
Apparently we’ve got it all wrong. There’s no war on women, there’s a war on men going on right now. And the proof: look at all those lady doctors, and athletes running around!
Tuesday was primary night in many states, resulting in a slew of bad news for women. Progressive Democrat Kathleen Falk lost her bid to take on Gov. Scott Walker (R) in the Wisconsin recall elections in June. The loss is a disappointment but the larger goal remains: ousting Walker in four weeks.
Meanwhile North Carolina voters passed their hateful Amendment 1.
In Iowa, the judges who were ousted over that state’s same-sex marriage battle received the JFK Courage Award, and rightly so, though it’s a sad statement that simply doing one’s job in the Iowa judiciary and not bending to political whims is considered extraordinary.
Republicans filibustered a bill that would prevent student loan rates from doubling in June, because if there’s one thing college graduates need in a stagnant economy it’s a crushing debt burden.
Republicans also pushed 300,000 children off free and reduced lunch programs (despite increased enrollment due to need) to preserve military spending. You know, priorities.
Speaking of Republican priorities, the American public is still solidly behind abortion access despite an inability of Republicans to affirmatively legislate anything but abortion restrictions.
OSHA is finally recognizing that housekeeping is hard, and sometimes dangerous, work.
This story is just weird and definitely creepy. A former Georgia candidate for governor has asked his wife to move to New Zealand so that he can be with “his” children, babies conceived thanks to his anonymous sperm donations.
One more before we go. Jessica Valenti made me cry with this tribute to MCA and his evolution from boy to feminist ally, husband and father.
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