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We here at Post Nation are not in the business of making judgments, nor are we in the business of saying that universities striving to teach journalism should probably not wilt in the face of the dangers that can be associated with practicing journalism. We are definitely not going to say that the school acquiesced to fear and panic rather than trusting in science and medicine. And we are certainly not going to say we feel sorry for the students shelling out thousands of dollars for an education in journalism at a school that is making it clear in action, if not word, that once they are out in the world, engaging in actual journalism (which can mean traveling to dangerous places and confronting deadly things), the lessons to be drawn from their work can be superseded by hysteria.
Mark Berman of the Washington Post, on Syracuse University uninviting 3-time Pulitzer-winner Michel du Cille, because du Cille had been to Liberia recently.
Mark Udall, Cory Gardner, and the right to choose

Asked which SCOTUS justices they like: Udall firmly declared “Sonia Sotomayor!” Cory Gardner named CJ Roberts, Alito, and Kennedy.

Justice Sotomayor and the equally awesome Justice Ginsburg wrote blistering critiques against the rulings by Justice Alito and the other conservative male justices against women’s reproductive freedom in Hobby Lobby and Wheaton - THIS YEAR.

Mark Udall will ensure more justices like Sotomayor, Kagan, and RBG will be appointed to SCOTUS. Cory Gardner will appoint more Alitos, Robertses, and Scalias.

The Denver Post may tell you that there is no war on women’s reproductive rights. But between 2011 and 2013, 205 restrictions on abortion rights have been passed by GOP state governments - more than in the previous *decade*. These GOP legislatures were elected in the same Tea Party wave that elected Cory Gardner for the first time. And the conservative tilt on the Supreme Court - led by Alito and Roberts - could very well uphold these restrictions, like in Hobby Lobby and Wheaton.

Cory Gardner, after deciding he wants to be a Senator, came out in favor of over-the-counter birth control, though he voted 50 times to repeal Obamacare, which ensures most contraception is free with health insurance. Free is way better than “maybe cheaper” (see: Politifact; Policy.Mic). Gardner leaves out women who don’t use the pill for medical reasons or choose other methods.

Gardner flip-flopped on the Colorado Personhood Amendment (which has repeatedly lost by 40 points), but still cosponsors a federal Personhood amendment, even if he denies such a bill exists. (Gardner’s untruthfulness - video below - has been called out by Colorado’s own Eli Stokols, Kyle Clark, and Brandon Rittman, and various independent fact-checkers.)

Cory Gardner is just a suave version of Ken Buck; at least Buck was honest about what he believed. Gardner has shown time and again that he is just as much a social conservative as Ken Buck, but Gardner will lie and flip-flop to try and get elected when Colorado (rightly) chose not to send Buck to the Senate. If Gardner gets to the US Senate, he will do everything in his considerable power to erode the right to choose, and appoint judges who will overturn or greatly restrict Roe v Wade.

I end with this paragraph from Garrett Epps writing in The Atlantic:

The right to choose, then, isn’t what The New York Times’s Linda Greenhouse calls “a right like any other.” It’s more like a role on a reality-TV show—the chance to stumble through a growing, onerous, and senseless set of demands designed to exhaust and bully any woman who tries to exercise it. It would be nice to imagine that the Supreme Court might set this topsy-turvy doctrine straight. But looking at the five members of this Court’s majority—the five who voted in Hobby Lobby to ignore female employees’ reproductive-health needs—I remember some words of Justice Harry Blackmun as he watched the tide on the Court turn against abortion rights in 1989. “The signs are evident and ominous,” he wrote, “and a chill wind blows.”

Rich McConnell.

Just amazing. Gardner’s co-sponsors of the federal Personhood amendment, his opponents, independent fact-checkers all agree what the bill does. Except Cory Gardner. Props to Kyle Clark and Brandon Rittman.

And FTR: Mark Udall backs marriage equality, period. Not like Gardner’s “no Personhood at state level, but let’s have a federal Personhood amendment” two-way position.

Chaffetz is appalled that USSS allowed a person to carry a concealed handgun around the president without conducting a background check, but supports legislation to make it significantly easier for people—many of whom come into lawful possession of firearms without undergoing background checks—to carry concealed weapons around you and me.
Brian Beutler shines a light on the hypocrisy of gun nuts like Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
[Tom] Cotton also was the only Arkansan to vote for a budget drafted by the Republican Study Committee that would slash spending, voucherize Medicare, and raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 70.
Cotton also voted against Hurricane Sandy relief. LINK
Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate Republicans] took off the filibuster for lower federal court appointments, but it remains for this court. So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided. As long as I can do the job full steam…. I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer. But now I can.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I agree - see Elena Kagan.
Divesting from fossil fuels also poses a complicated investment question…Many oil and coal-mining companies are also in the renewable energy business. And what about the utility companies that buy all that coal and burn it? Power producer NRG is one of America’s single largest consumers of coal. But it’s also working on new carbon-capture technology, owns enough solar capacity to run 1 million homes, agreed this spring to buy America’s largest wind farm, and sent employees to the climate march.
Daniel Gross on the fossil fuel divestment push. LINK


[Gifset: James Franco asks Nicki Minaj a series of questions: “Was it easy for you to break into the music business, or did you have to come in through the back door? Have you ever hit… bottom? When did you first realise you were sitting on a gold mine?” Nicki, looking hurt and angry, replies “..I know what the fuck you’re doing.”]


Yo Nicki is legit fed up with people talking about her ass, though. Look at her face yo. She is genuinely INSULTED and not having it.

Like this is a woman who just likes what she does and all anyone can ever focus on is her fucking ass and the fact she got ass shots or whatever. She’s not stupid. Give it a fucking rest.

A YouTube video of the full interview is here.

Later in this “interview,” Nicki is thoroughly fed up and says: “This is what you brought me here to do? I need— I need— where’s my publicist? I’m not gonna sit here and take this shit.” And, unless my judging of people is very, very off, everyone— including the two other gross white dudes who provide rude commentary throughout, including her ‘publicist’— everyone— except Nicki was in on this farce.

She is clearly hurt, disappointed, angry and distressed. She is obviously incredibly uncomfortable. This blatant display of misogynoir isn’t remotely funny.

Ugh James Franco.