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WMC Daily News Brief - Meet the Press, GOP Women, Iraq

July 14, 2008

Women Veep Hopefuls on Meet the Press 7/13/08 Huffington Post: This morning's face-off between the McCain campaign's Carly Fiorina and the Obama campaign's Claire McCaskill on NBC's Meet the Press served up an historic television moment; it was the first time in the show's history, said moderator Tom Brokaw, that two women had appeared together on the show as the surrogates for opposing campaigns. GOP Women are Long Shots in Alabama Runoffs 7/12/08 Women's eNews: Two socially conservative women in the GOP are running for congressional seats in Alabama runoffs tomorrow. Political handicappers say the odds are low that they will join an already tiny faction of like-minded women in Congress. Iraqi Women Join Security Program In Diyala 7/13/08 AP via MSNBC: Around 70 women clad in black abayas fanned themselves in a courtyard at a police station Sunday as Iraqi officials and U.S. troops gathered to celebrate the graduation of the first Daughters of Iraq group in this volatile area. The group of women security volunteers was formed in an effort to stop female suicide attacks in Diyala province, still torn by violence. Is the New Yorker's Muslim Obama cover incendiary or satire? 7/13/08 LA Times: The cover of this week's New Yorker magazine depicts Obama in one-piece Muslim garb and headdress fist-bumping his booted, Afro-wearing wife Michelle in camo clothes with an AK-47 and ammo-belt slung over her shoulder beneath a portrait of Osama bin-Laden while the American flag burns in the fireplace -- in the presidential Oval Office. Hispanic Radio Hits Rough Wave 7/14/08 Washington Post: For years immigrant entrepreneurs have taken over small stations with relatively weak signals, providing what for many Caribbean and Latin American immigrants is a key source of information. Many Spanish-language radio stations have been hit hard by real estate companies cutting back on advertising that targeted the Hispanic community. Public Radio to Cancel a Morning Experiment 7/14/08 NY Times: National Public Radio officials are expected on Monday to tell the staff members of "Bryant Park Project" that their experimental weekday morning program, designed to draw a younger audience to public radio and capture listeners who had moved online, is being canceled. Obama Borrows Page From Clinton 7/14/08 NY Times: Senator Barack Obama on Sunday proposed offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to provide health care to their employees, borrowing an idea from a former rival in the Democratic presidential race. Clinton Diehards Want Convention Vote 7/13/08 CQ Politics: She may have given up, but a few of Hillary Rodham Clinton 's people haven't. There are Clinton supporters clinging to the hope that if her name is placed in nomination and the roll call of the states is conducted, she might - might - still win. Rosa Clemente, Hip Hop Activist, Feminist Media Justice Advocate And Green Party Presidential VP Nominee, Speaks Out 7/13/08 Rosa Clemente accepted her nomination as Green Party Vice Presidential nominee last night (on the ticket with presidential nominee, former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney), saying: "… I'm a vessel, a representative of the work of an entire thirty year movement… a hip hop progressive radical activist movement that uses the vote to bring what we need in public policy." Two Accusers of an Ex-Aide Join an Effort to Oust Silver 7/14 NY Times: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, facing his first primary challenge in more than two decades, has a new and potentially haunting problem: Two women who have said they were sexually assaulted by a former top aide to Mr. Silver have stepped forward in an attempt to defeat him. New Vision for Schools Proposes Broad Role 7/14/08 NY Times: Randi Weingarten, the New Yorker who is rising to become president of the American Federation of Teachers, says she wants to replace President Bush's focus on standardized testing with a vision of public schools as community centers that help poor students succeed by offering not only solid classroom lessons but also medical and other services. California Gays Ditch Wedding Gifts For Donations 7/14/08 Reuters: A month after California began legally marrying same-sex partners, thousands of dollars that might have been spent on toasters or dinnerware for newlyweds have been donated to the campaign against the November referendum that seeks to define marriage in the state as only between a man and a woman. Weddings Are Big Day for Extreme Dieting 7/13/08 Women's eNews: Questing for the perfect body has become a norm in the world of wedding preparations as a multi-billion-dollar wedding industry peddles the perfection myth more intensely than ever before. State Supreme Court Weighs Parole For Killers 7/13/08 LA Times: Sandra Davis Lawrence spent 24 years in state prison for murdering her lover's wife.  A model inmate, she received a second chance at freedom last summer when a court ordered her released. But Lawrence may have to return to prison instead, if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can convince the California Supreme Court that she remains a threat to public safety. Owning His Gay Identity -- at 15 Years Old 7/14/08 Washington Post: Many of today's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths  openly discuss their sexual orientation and identity with friends, and sometimes family, before entering high school. Jasmine said she was in fourth grade when she first kissed a girl and seventh grade when she told her sister that she liked girls and boys. Maternity Leave 'Damages' Careers 7/14/08 BBC: Nicola Brewer, chief executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, said employers were thinking twice about offering women jobs or promotion. This, she said in an interview with The Times, was because women were now entitled to a year off for each child. The Name Is Bond, Jane Bond: British Recruiters Seek Female Spies 7/14/08 Britain's secret spy agency, home to the very white and very male 007, is hunting for women and minorities to tackle global terrorism. Tanzania: Call for More Resources 7/12/08 Limited resources are hampering efforts of improving maternal health, the Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) said. It said during the marking of the World Population Day yesterday that urgent action was needed to improve maternal health services especially in rural areas. Repeat Abortions Reached Record Levels Last Year, Figures Have Shown 7/14/08 Telegraph, UK: Repeat abortions have risen to a new high, with 64,230 women having their second, third or even up to eighth termination in 2007, up from 59,687 in 2006. Thirteen girls under the age of 18 had their fourth termination, Department of Health statistics disclosed. Fibromyalgia: Little Understood, Often Frustrating 7/14/08 CNN: Poole is one of almost 6 million Americans who suffer from a chronic condition called fibromyalgia. In addition to widespread pain, patients may complain about fatigue and sleep disturbances, depression, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and heightened sensitivity. It's estimated that up to 90 percent of patients are women. A Lost World Made by Women 7/13/08 NY Times: If feminism means a desire for independence from patriarchal authority, the beguines - a Roman Catholic laic order that began in the 13th century and branched across northwest Europe - represented, perhaps, the world's oldest women's movement. Finding the Darkness Within the Perky 7/13/08 NY Times: For a while Emily Mortimer seemed to specialize in characters not unlike herself: sweet, vulnerable, even a little scattered or ditzy. And in Brad Anderson's "Transsiberian," she plays a seemingly earnest and ordinary young woman with a past and a secret; you can see her troubles flickering over her face. Powerful TV Women Must Face Backlash 7/13/08 MSNBC: The stakes of political elections heavily outweigh the ratings of a TV drama, but the point is taken. No matter if it's national leaders or fictional characters, there seems to be a double standard when men and women act in power-seeking ways. Artists Approved For '09-'10 Exhibit 7/14/08 Desert Sun: Reitzel is one of seven women whose art curator Mark Stephenson chose from more than 200 works submitted for the exhibit. It's a record number of women for the show - the current exhibit has only one piece by a woman. After Wretched Start, Atlanta Dream Still Believes 7/13/08 NY Times: On July 5, the Dream was losing, 19-6, to visiting Chicago, the W.N.B.A.'s second-sorriest team, but Atlanta's loyal fans were shrieking and pounding ThunderStix. But an upbeat vibe prevailed during a Dream timeout - a consequence of youth and inner calm. Women Jumping in as Elite Swim Coaches 7/14/08 NY Times: Gallagher was one of three women - the most in United States Swimming history, according to team officials - to coach swimmers who made the 43-member squad headed to Beijing. Joining Gallagher, who is entering her 18th year as the Bruins' women's coach, are Lea Maurer, the women's coach at Stanford, and Teri McKeever, the women's coach at California-Berkeley.