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NEWS BRIEF Jennifer Weiner, Terri Sewell, Veil

July 15, 2010

So What Do You Do, Jennifer Weiner, Bestselling Novelist 7/14/10 Media Bistro: 10 years after selling her debut novel, the author talks about how ebooks and social media are changing the game for writers. Terri Sewell Wins Run-Off 7/14/10 Ms. Magazine: If Terri Sewell wins the general election in November, she will become Alabama’s first female and first African American female to be elected to Congress. Racism Veiled As Liberation 7/14/10 The Guardian: France's lower house has passed a law banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil – covering the face – in public places. What Ever Happened To Repealing The Bush Provider Conscience Clause? 7/14/10 RH Reality Check: The Administration has yet to issue a final rule rescinding the provider conscience law more than a year after it proposed doing so. The Tragic Ways Our Schools Shortchange Latino Students 7/12/10 Alternet: Latino families have the highest workplace participation rates in the country.  Yet few of their kids end up graduating from college.  Why? Hard Times Test Obama's Promise Of More Medicaid 7/15/10 Women’s eNews: Health reform promised to extend Medicaid to numerous childless women. But with states struggling to balance their budgets, women's advocates fear a scaling back. They say it's crucial for Congress to authorize more funds in coming weeks. Vatican Makes Attempted Ordination Of Women A Grave Crime 7/15/10 Guardian: Revised Catholic rules put female ordination in same category of crime under church law as clerical sex abuse of minors Court Ruling Affects Guatemalan Women Seeking Asylum In U.S. 7/13/10 CNN: An appeals court ruling has raised the possibility that Guatemalan women will be able to seek asylum in the United States because of the high rates of femicide in that country. Argentine Senate Backs Bill Legalising Gay Marriage 7/15/10 BBC: Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour. Judge Blocks Nebraska Law Requiring Mental Health Screening For Abortion 7/15/10 Washington Post: A federal judge blocked a new Nebraska law that required mental health screenings of women seeking abortions, saying Wednesday that the measure could have made it impossible to get an abortion in the state. Blocking Access To Birth Control 7/13/10 Mother Jones: Unwilling to concede defeat after the passage of health care reform, conservative activists are now trying to restrict women’s access to contraceptives What’s on TV: Not Women’s Sports 7/13/10 Salon: Less than 2 percent of sports news covers female athletes, but why?