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WMC Daily News Brief: Rachel Maddow, Domestic Workers, Iran

February 9, 2009

'I'm Not A TV Anchor Babe. I'm A Big Lesbian Who Looks Like A Man'

2/8/09

The Guardian: Rachel Maddow is the latest hot property on American TV, watched by millions of adoring fans. Louise France meets a surprising political pin-up


N.Y. Domestic Workers See Bill Of Rights In '09 

2/8/09

Women's eNews: Amid massive layoffs, domestic workers and advocates across the country are looking to New York to become the first state to extend legal protections for health insurance, overtime, severance and cost-of-living salary adjustments.


In My Mother, A Fear Stripped Bare 

2/8/09

NY Times: My mothers' rebellions were daily, but covert.  She simply wore no clothes underneath her hijab in silent but nevertheless risky dissent, an acknowledgment that her femaleness, her nakedness, was her most dangerous weapon.


Reporting In Real Time 

2/8/09

NY Times: Last Wednesday, The Times lifted the curtain on the origins of a nasty political attack against Caroline Kennedy, who had sought appointment to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat and then withdrew for unexplained “personal reasons.”


A Site Chronicles Ways To Adapt In The Downturn  

2/8/09

NY Times: Two editors who were laid off from Condé Nast Portfolio could rage against the recession, but instead they hitched their wagon to the downturn by starting up a Web site, Recessionwire.com.


Resilient Strategy For Times Despite Toll Of A Recession 

2/8/09

NY Times: In a conference call with analysts late last month, Janet L. Robinson, the president and chief executive of The New York Times Company, laid out a vision of how the company would survive the downturn that is crippling the newspaper industry.


Newsweek Plans Makeover To Fit A Smaller Audience  

2/9/09

NY Times: Newsweek is about to begin a major change in its identity, with a new design, a much smaller and, it hopes, more affluent readership, and some shifts in content. 


AP CEO Urges Better Press Access To Military Ops 

2/7/09

AP via Google: The Bush administration turned the U.S. military into a global propaganda machine while imposing tough restrictions on journalists seeking to give the public truthful reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Associated Press chief executive Tom Curley said Friday.


How Tweet It Is 

2/8/09

NY Magazine: Sure, the Twitter guys still have no idea how to make money off their fabulous invention. But for now they are living in a dreamworld of infinite possibilities, maybe the last one on Earth.


‘Mom in Chief’ Touches on Policy; Tongues Wag  

2/8/09

NY Times: The government workers greeted Michelle Obama like a Hollywood celebrity, whooping and cheering and oohing and aahing over her slate gray power suit. But when she took to the podium, the nation’s self-described mom in chief quickly turned policy wonk.


To Some In Gillibrand’s Old District, Her Evolution Is A Betrayal  

2/8/09

NY Times: Now that Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand represents all of New York rather than one conservative swath outside Albany, she has described her shift on hot-button issues like illegal immigration and gay marriage as a broadening of her position.


The ‘W’ Word, Re-Engaged  

2/8/09

NY Times: There has long been an element of the subjective in what gets defined as the “safety net” and what gets attacked as “welfare,” that elastic and stigmatizing term. Now rising joblessness and misery have started new conflicts and exposed old rifts.


Living “One Day At A Time” In The Economic Crisis: The New Face Of America’s Middle Class 

2/9/09

WIP: At another time in America, Pierrette’s story might have been a hard pill for most Americans to swallow. A doctor - unemployed and on Medicaid? Going to soup kitchens? But in today’s economic climate, such tragedies seem all too possible to fathom.


Mistresses Of The Universe 

2/8/09

NY Times: Banks around the world desperately want bailouts of billions of dollars, but they also have another need they’re unaware of: women, women and women.


Attack On Women At An Indian Bar Intensifies A Clash Of Cultures  

2/9/09

NY Times: A mob attack on women drinking in a college-town bar has set off the latest battle in the great Indian culture wars, uncorking a national debate over moral policing and its political repercussions, and laying bare the limits of freedom for young Indian women.


Henna Inspires Computer Animation 

2/6/09

BBC: Rubeena Bellam knew nothing about graphic design when she first started classes six months ago.  She is taking part in a project that teaches computer animation to uneducated women in the Indian city of Hyderabad.


Boycott Of TL 50 Bill Turns Into Sexist Campaign 

2/8/09

Today's Zaman (Turkey): Fatma Aliye Han?m, the first Turkish female novelist and the first Turkish woman to be featured on a banknote, is facing harsh criticism -- just as she did when she was alive.


My Body, My Tweets 

2/9/09

RH Reality Check: Who knows how many young men and women who are Badu's fans knew nothing about natural childbirth or childbirth in general, and learned something from her tweets?


Faith-Based Initiatives Office To "Address" Teen Pregnancy? Let's Reduce It 

2/9/09

RH Reality Check: If President Obama's Office for Faith-Based Partnerships wants to address teen pregnancy and abortion, his next 10 appointments to the council should include experts on women's health and reproductive health care.


New Frontiers Await The Next Title IX Generation  

2/8/09

NY Times: Led by venerable coaches like Pat Summitt and star players like Nancy Lieberman and Teresa Weatherspoon, women’s college basketball teams from Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and Georgia once formed a powerful Southern bloc.


Northeastern Goalie Balances College And International Game  

2/7/09

NY Times: Florence Schelling is a star goaltender as a freshman at Northeastern University as well as one of the top goalies in women’s international hockey, anchoring the Swiss national team.


American Wins Women’s Luge, Upsetting German Dynasty  

2/7/09

NY Times: It was obvious from the cheers that it was a completely different kind of women’s luge race, different from the 99 international races that came before it. The fans at the finish line of the 2009 world championships were chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A,” and the fastest time belonged to someone other than a German.


Melbourne On Her Mind 

2/8/09

NY Times: Billie Jean King burned the midnight oil to watch the Australian Open live on television in the United States. King won one Australian Championships singles title by defeating a local favorite, Margaret Court, in 1968, only months before tennis ushered in the Open era.

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