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NEWS BRIEF Shirley Sherrod, Women's Pay Act, Taliban

July 22, 2010

Shirley Sherrod, The Media And Conservative Fantasies 7/21/10 The Root: For right-wingers who seek to prove that black people are angry and racist, the now-famous videotape seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately, the news media pretended it was journalism. Obama Pushes For Passage Of Women's Pay Act 7/20/10 Reuters: President Barack Obama pushed the Senate on Tuesday to pass long-stalled legislation that would make it easier for women to sue companies if they are paid less than men, a move that could aggravate tensions with business leaders. Women In Northern Afghanistan Face Taliban Revival 7/22/10 Associated Foreign Press: Women living in Afghanistan's safest region are retreating behind the veil amid fears they are being stalked by a resurgent Taliban determined to trample their rights. Why Are Conservative Women Drawn to the Tea Parties? 7/21/10 Alternet: Conservative movements have always marshaled women's organizing prowess. Barbara Mikulski Demands End To The Filibuster As Pressure To Reform The Senate Mounts 7/20/10 Huffington Post: During the extended debate over unemployment benefits on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) called for an end to the filibuster rule that for months has kept the Senate in a state of maddening gridlock. Obama Should Nominate Elizabeth Warren To Lead New Consumer Protection Bureau 7/22/10 Washington Post: President Obama should live up to his word and nominate Elizabeth Warren, one of this country's most passionate and committed consumer advocates, to head up the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is authorized in the Wall Street reform bill that he signed into law on Wednesday. Same-Sex Boston Case Opens Up A Legal Grab Bag 7/22/10 Women’s eNews: The decision by a Boston judge about the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act is potentially monumental. Alexis Sclamberg explains why social progressives and Tea Party activists alike are tensely watching for word of an appeal. To Showcase Nation's Arts, First Lady Isn't Afraid To Spotlight The Unexpected 7/21/10 Washington Post: In a White House where first lady Michelle Obama's relationship to the arts strives to be both rarefied and common, cerebral and pragmatic, the cultural program is dictated by tradition, personal life story . . . and an unabashed desire to shake things up. Geena Davis Appointed to Women's Rights Group 7/21/10 ABC News: Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Davis, a Democrat, to the Commission on the Status of Women on Tuesday in a statement that also outlined her previous work with various women's groups. This Is No Time To Relent In The War On AIDS 7/22/10 The Gazette: There was encouraging news at the International AIDS conference underway this week in Vienna of a newly developed vaginal gel that could sharply reduce a woman's risk of HIV infection by more than half. Amnesty International Applauds Passage Of Landmark Legislation Addressing Sexual Violence Against Native Women 7/21/10 Amnesty International: Tribal Law and Order Act is an 'Historic Effort to Tackle Major Challenges That Allow Crimes Against Native Peoples to Flourish’ Natural Birth OK After C-Section: Guidelines 7/22/10 Chicago Sun-Times: Attempting a vaginal birth after a C-section is safe for most women, including women who have had two cesarean deliveries and women carrying twins, according to new guidelines issued Wednesday. Women's Work: Angelina Jolie Steps Into A Spy's Role Originally Written For A Man In 'Salt' 7/22/10 LA Times: The character was rewritten for the Oscar winner, who replaced Tom Cruise, but is still tough and physical. Judge In Conn.: Cheerleading Not A College Sport 7/21/10 Associated Press: Competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in ordering a Connecticut school to keep its women's volleyball team.