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NEWS BRIEF: Desirée Rogers Broke Molds, Rhee’s Revolution Over?, Maguire To Be Deported From Israel

October 4, 2010

Desirée Rogers, Post Crash 10/1/10 NY Times: After Desirée Rogers left her job as White House social secretary last winter amid grousing about whom she let into presidential events (uninvited aspiring reality television stars) and whom she didn’t (doyennes of Washington society accustomed to A-list treatment), she paused to reflect on a tenure that had been so groundbreaking yet so fractious. Is Michelle Rhee’s Revolution Over? 10/1/10 NY Times : Rhee, who was appointed by Fenty in 2007 and given unprecedented power to shake up the ailing school system, fired hundreds of teachers and dozens of bureaucrats and principals, even removing the popular head of her daughters’ elementary school in the northwest part of the district. Israeli court scolds Nobel winner 10/4/10 AP: An Irish Nobel peace laureate accused Israel of being an "apartheid" state during a deportation hearing before the country's Supreme Court Monday, prompting a strong rebuke from a justice who told her to keep her "propaganda" to herself. Huffington Post fires back at ex-blogger Fowler 09/29/10 Huffington Post: The Huffington Post is firing back at Mayhill Fowler, one of the site's many unpaid bloggers, who scored a major political scoop during the 2008 presidential campaign. Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz took issue with Fowler's decision Monday to publish private emails between her and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington and editor Roy Sekoff. Mark Zuckerberg’s Most Valuable Friend 10/2/10 NY Times: Sheryl Sandberg is credited with helping to guide the growth of Facebook — and her boss. Ms. Sandberg, a well-regarded Internet executive, is known for her interpersonal skills as much as for her sharp intellect. And her regular meetings with the famously introverted Mr. Zuckerberg have helped to keep one of Silicon Valley’s most unusual business partnerships working wonders for Facebook. Gay Characters on Television at a New High, Study Says 09/29/10 NY Times: In a study released on Wednesday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said that the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters on television had reached a new high in the new season. On the broadcast networks, there are 23 gay characters this season, representing 3.9 percent of all series regulars on scripted shows, the group said, up from 3 percent last year. Can Women Voters Save the Democrats? 10/2/10 AlterNet: Though women are more likely to vote Democratic, they're also more likely to stay home. Can Dems bring them to the polls? The yawning enthusiasm gap between the Democrats and Republicans this election cycle also reflects a big gender gap, as men have led the conservative surge that's revived the GOP. How We Can Fight the Right-Wing's Absurd Hijacking of Feminism 10/3/10 AlterNet: When a female candidate with antiwoman policies pops up, let's use it as an opportunity to re-establish what feminism is and to support the up-and-comers in our midst. The Political Wild Card 10/1/10 NY Times: Christine O’Donnell’s career has played out in what might seem like a big sound studio: as a spokeswoman for conservative social causes, a serial candidate for office and, most recently, as the unlikely Republican nominee for Senate in Delaware. Alaska Polls Suggest Murkowski Has Upside as a Write-In 09/29/10 NY Times: Two polls out Wednesday find that Senator Lisa Murkowski, who is running a write-in bid to keep her seat, is still an appealing figure to some Alaskans. The issue with each of these polls, however, is that they made no particular accommodation to account for the fact that Ms. Murkowski will be a write-in candidate, as her name was mentioned alongside Mr. Miller and Mr. McAdams. Catholic Church Voices Concern About Women's Health Care 09/27/10 NPR: Host Michel Martin speaks with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' general counsel Anthony Picarello about the church's concern over the mandatory coverage of women's preventative care. The Catholic Church is concerned that preventative care, broadly defined, could include contraception and sterilization, putting faith-based employers in a tight spot between compliance with the law and their religious convictions. Health Reform Is in the Making, Starting Now 10/1/10 Women’s eNews: As health reform starts taking effect, Sue Dunlap and Adrianne Black are hosting a conference to stir involvement among caregivers and consumers. Medicaid and abortion both show how much a law can change through its implementation. Brazil's women voters campaign to be heard 09/28/10 BBC News:  Edclea Santos has a generally negative view of politicians. It is only every four years that most pay any attention to her neighbourhood on the outskirts of the north-eastern Brazilian city of Olinda, she says. U.N. Seeks Congo Rapists; Congolese Urges War's End 09/30/10 Women’s eNews:The U.N.'s Wallstrom is visiting the DRC two months after armed soldiers gang raped hundreds of women. While she's there, focused on identifying perpetrators, a leading women's activist from Goma is in the U.S. pressing a different strategy. Frenzy of Rape in Congo Reveals U.N. Weakness 10/3/10 NY Times: Four armed men barged into Anna Mburano’s hut, slapped the children and threw them down. They flipped Mrs. Mburano on her back, she said, and raped her, repeatedly. Thousands of Nigerian women 'found in Mali slave camps' 09/29/10 BBC News: Nigerian girls are being forced to work as prostitutes in Mali "slave camps", say officials in Nigeria.The girls, many of them under age, have often been promised jobs in Europe but ended up in brothels, said the government's anti-trafficking agency. Searching for breast cancer culprits in chemicals 10/3/10 USA Today: Although the American Cancer Society estimates that environmental pollution causes 6% of all cancer deaths — or about 34,000 lost lives each year — the group doesn't offer specific advice on which chemicals to avoid to reduce breast cancer risk. Mammogram Benefit Seen for Women in Their 40s 09/29/10 NY Times: Researchers reported Wednesday that mammograms can cut the breast cancer death rate by 26 percent for women in their 40s. But their results were greeted with skepticism by some experts who say they may have overestimated the benefit. Syrian Actress Tests Boundaries Again 10/1/10 NY Times: Nihad Alaeddin was once one of the great sirens of Syrian cinema. Working under the stage name Igraa, or Seduction, she embodied the openness and liberalism that reigned in the Arab world during the 1960s and ’70s, performing the region’s first cinematic nude scene and flippantly telling journalists that “we have to bring sex to the cinema because our audience is frustrated.” Lisa Cholodenko: 'I wanted to make a film that was not sanctimonious or sentimental' 10/3/10 Guardian: Lisa Cholodenko talks to Rachel Cooke about her new film, The Kids Are All Right, and the new generation of women directors who are bypassing the Hollywood system Runoff Will Decide the Presidency of Brazil 10/3/10 NY Times: Dilma Rousseff was leading late Sunday in her bid to be Brazil’s first female president, but election officials said she had failed to come up with enough votes to avoid a second round. With about 99.6 percent of the votes counted, Ms. Rousseff, the former chief of staff of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, had 46.8 percent of the votes to 32.6 percent for her closest rival, the former governor of São Paulo, José Serra. Groupies, Sexed-Up Asians, Vengeful Sluts, And Feminist Killjoys – Meet The Women Of The Social Network 10/4/10 Business Insider: Missing from what critics are calling the defining story of our age are female characters who aren't doting groupies, sexed-up Asians, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys, says Rebecca Davis O'Brien. All looks bright for US women's basketball team 10/4/10 Charlotte Observer: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic When Geno Auriemma accepted the job as U.S. women's basketball coach two years ago, the team was in flux.Most of the core that led the team to an unprecedented four straight Olympic gold medals retired, and the rest of the world was going to have a chance to catch up.

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