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Liberal-Bias, Military Women, Baghdad

July 28, 2008

In Study, Evidence Of Liberal-Bias Bias 7/27/08 LA Times: Cable talking heads accuse broadcast networks of liberal bias -- but a think tank finds that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Barack Obama than on John McCain in recent weeks. Military Women Fight Sexual Assault 7/27/08 AP via Chicago Tribune: Sexual assault and harassment involving female military personnel is not a new consequence of war. But the sheer number of women serving today — more than 190,000 so far in Iraq and Afghanistan — is forcing the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs to more aggressively address the issue. 'Women' Bombers Kill 25 Shiite Pilgrims In Baghdad 7/28/08 Mail & Guardian, UK:Three suicide bombers, believed to be women, killed 25 Shi'ite pilgrims on Monday as they headed to a holy shrine in Baghdad for a major religious ceremony that has been marred by bloodshed in the past.   Merger of Sirius and XM Approved by F.C.C. 7/26/08 NY Times: Federal regulators have formally approved the merger of the nation’s only two satellite radio operators in a deal closely watched by Washington and Wall Street. Obama Fever Hits International Press 7/27/08 Variety: The coverage of apparent overseas Obamamania peaked over the weekend as the presumptive Democratic nominee flew back to the U.S. following a headline-making tour of Europe and the Middle East. The weeklong tour, which saw Obama visit Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Germany, France and the U.K. Black Radio on Obama Is Left’s Answer to Limbaugh 7/27/08 NY Times: Rush Limbaugh, meet your black liberal counterprogramming. Mr. Ballentine is one of the many African-American radio hosts and commentators who are aggressively advocating for Mr. Obama’s election on black-oriented radio stations daily. Obama on Meet the Press: It's Still About Race and Gender 7/27/08 Huffington Post: Under grilling this morning by Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press today, Barack Obama refused to play coy on any potential pick for the vice presidential slot on the Democratic ticket. Word comes today that the Obama campaign is floating the name of Ann Veneman, the Bush administration's *first* [update] agriculture secretary. In the Path of Lightning (Valerie Jarrett) 7/27/08 Chicago Tribune: Valerie Jarrett is known as the other side of Barack Obama's brain. Can this tough-minded adviser, who is guided by aphorisms and gut instinct, help him reach the White House? McCain Backs Ban On Quotas 7/28/08 Boston Globe: John McCain said yesterday that he supports a proposed ballot initiative in his home state that would prohibit affirmative action policies in state and local governments. Military Recruiters Tailor Message For Women, But Numbers Still Fall 7/28/08 Salt Lake Tribune: Women make up about 14 percent of the U.S. military - and just 6 percent of the Marine Corps. Military officials say female service members are expected to perform and be treated the same as their male counterparts once they've enlisted - but recruiters and academics who study the issue say the process for recruiting women, and their parents, is subtly different. Pa. Hate-Crime Protections Weakened 7/26/08 Philadelphia Inquirer: Victims of hate crimes who are gay, female or disabled no longer have special protections under state law.The state Supreme Court has upheld a lower-court ruling striking down the 2002 expansion of the Ethnic Intimidation Act that covered sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical or mental disability. Green Marketers Run Into Eco-Skeptics 7/28/08 Women’s eNews: Massive green-marketing campaigns aimed at women are spurring watchdogs and advisors into action. Big Green Pursue offers budgeting advice and Women's Voice for the Earth presses for full disclosure of cleaning product ingredients. Local Women Find Film Industry Niche By Casting Film Extras 7/28/08 Detroit Free Press: For Kathy Remski and Rose Gilpin, the explosion of movie and TV filming in metro Detroit is making every day an adventure. Over the past two months, Remski and Gilpin have seen their production services company, Real Style, expand to handle assignments like finding 500 movie extras. Rwanda's Women Are Leading the Way 7/28/08 Wall Street Journal: I have recently returned from Rwanda. I was last there in 1994, at the height of the genocide that claimed the lives of more than 800,000 Rwandans. I found a country that has found in its deep scars the will to move on and rebuild a civil society. And the renaissance is being led by women. Typhoid Women Were Kept In Asylum 7/28/09 BBC News: At least 43 female typhoid carriers were locked up for life in a mental hospital, the BBC has learned. The women were held at Long Grove asylum in Epsom, Surrey, in the period between 1907 and its closure in 1992. A Lifesaving Tool Against Cervical Cancer Remains Underused 7/28/08 NY Times: Preventing cervical cancer may be the last thing on the mind of the average 11-year-old girl. But by getting vaccinated for human papillomavirus, or HPV, the virus that causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer, a girl reduces her lifetime risk of developing the disease by 70 percent, studies suggest. 'Gossip Girl's' professor of teen angst 7/27/08 LA Times: “Gossip Girls” co-creator Stephanie Savage aims for a relevance and depth that elude most TV teen dramas. Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? 7/27/08 NY Times: Internet-addicted children like Nadia lie at the heart of a passionate debate about just what it means to read in the digital age. The discussion is playing out among educational policy makers and reading experts around the world, and within groups like the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. Turning Humiliation into Inspiration 7/26/08 NY Times: Yasmine in that moment lived the very contradictions she had sought to address in a book. Called the “The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook” (Acacia, 2007), written with her mother and her younger brother, Imran, and improbably modeled on that cheeky 1980s phenomenon “The Official Preppy Handbook,” the slender volume aspires to nothing less than bridging a cultural chasm. Some Chinese Gymnasts May Be Too Young For Games 7/28/08 Mail & Guardian, UK: Two female Chinese gymnasts, including a gold-medal favourite, might be too young to participate in the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Several online records and reports show He Kexin, the host nation's top competitor on uneven bars, and Jiang Yuyuan might not yet be 16, the minimum age for Olympic eligibility. Both were chosen for China's team last week. Memory Games 7/27/08 Washington Post: Former Olympians, including Dorothy Hamil and Domonique Dawes remember when they were at the top of their game. Let's Hear It For Girls! 7/27/08 Girls rule. At least they did Saturday during the 71st All-American Soap Box Derby. Girls — including one from Barberton — took home five of the six championship trophies in the most dominating female performance ever at the international event in Akron.