Tuesday, July 26, 2005

What We Need to Know Today

Hillary Clinton continues her move to the center - or as I call it the right - in her bid to be our next President. She has been tapped to create the Democratic Leadership Council's "American Dream Initiative" which will define the DLC agenda for 2006 and 2008. Could be the smartest or dumbest thing to do? Who knows?

Dianne Feinstein met with Supreme Court nominee yesterday. "I found him very forthcoming, very pleasant to talk with, very easy to talk with. There are no artifices. He was very direct, and when he couldn't answer a question and . . . felt he shouldn't answer a question, he didn't,'' said Feinstein, a member of the Senate committee that will hold hearings on Robert's nomination in about a month. ``He's very impressive, let there be no doubt." This is such a done deal we should just move on.
Full story form the San Jose Mercury News

Justice Kennedy is the one to watch on abortion issues.

According to The Hill, Senate and House Democrats, with the support of Minority Leaders Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are pressing party Chairman Howard Dean to establish an official relationship with Democrats for Life, an anti-abortion-rights group that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has previously shunned. Just wanted to check and see if Nancy Pelosi was still pro-choice, still a woman or weather she has completely sold out!

A chapter of Iraq's draft constitution obtained by The Associated Press (today) gives Islam a major role in Iraqi civil law, raising concerns that women could lose rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance.

Jane Fonda will be taking to the anti-war movement again this time on a vegetable fueled bus. Look for her tour in March 2006 to protest US military policies in Iraq.

Gov. Mitt Romney of MA has vetoed a bill expanding access to emergency contraception. During his 2002 campaign Romney said that he did support wider access to emergency contraception. Flip flop- guess who's running for president?

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo remains under fire as an impeachment process has been started against her. She made a speech calling for the change in government from a presidential system to a parlimentary system as a way to improve economic progress. "Our political system has now become a hindrance to our national progress."

A Nebraska Federal Judge ruled that Union Pacific Railroad discriminated against its female employees by denying them prescription contraceptive coverage in the health plan while paying for Viagra and male pattern baldness drugs. How the hell does this stuff still happen?

The Boys are gonna be pissed
Nine Roman Catholic women (seven Americans a Canadian and a German) were "unofficially" ordained at priests and deacons by three women who were previously "unofficially" ordained. Go girls!

Alias alert! Jennifer Garner's real-life pregnancy will be written into the show.

Jodie Foster is returning to the director's chair for the first time in 10 years with "Sugar Kings," a drama in which she may also star.

The Universal Pictures project centers on a female lawyer, fresh out of law school, who teams with a veteran public-interest attorney to take on a powerful sugar baron on behalf of exploited migrant workers. YEAH!

Check out The Upside of Anger starring Joan Allen. Allen plays Terry Wolfmeyer, a woman whose husband has just left her and she finds support (and difficulties) with her four daughters, the bottle (she drinks a lot), and Kevin Costner playing another retired ballplayer.

Allen is spectacular but she has gotten way too skinny. The four daughters are played by Erika Christensen, Alicia Witt, Keri Russell and Evan Rachel Wood.

Jane Pratt is stepping down as editor of Jane effective September 30. She is finishing up the Mag's 1st all naked issue? (why jane?) Great legacy Jane.

From England- women authors are more likely to have bestsellers due to the proliferation of bookclubs and because of this: "Women readers now outnumber men and they tend to seek out writers who know their own world at first hand. Women tend to find a lot of male writers boyish, macho and a little too interested in violence. The believe their books are too dependent on quick thrills."

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