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WMC News Brief: Liberal Mags Lose Readers, MD to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, Spain Eases Abortion

February 25, 2010

Hate Sells: Why Liberal Magazines Are Suffering Under Obama 2/23/2010 Vanity Fair: Ideologically driven magazines tend to thrive on feelings of anger and disenfranchisement. It may not be until 2013 and the inauguration of President Palin that left-wing publications attain their former heights. Maryland Attorney General: State To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages 2/24/2010 Christian Science Monitor: Maryland’s attorney general said Wednesday that the state should immediately start recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, a decision that is certain to draw quick legal or legislative challenges. Pro-Choice Catholics Welcome Liberalization Of Abortion Laws In Spain 2/25/2010 RH Reality Check: Spain's senate voted to ease the country’s restrictions on abortion. In doing so, they rejected the opposition of the Catholic bishops and the Vatican over access to safe and legal abortion in that country. Tony Kornheiser Suspended From ESPN Two Weeks For Hannah Storm Remarks 2/23/2010 Los Angeles Times: ESPN announced a two-week suspension of Tony Kornheiser on Tuesday afternoon, not exactly swift, but a reprisal nonetheless for remarks about the way ESPN co-worker Hannah Storm presented herself on ESPN television. ABC News To Cut Staff In 'Transformation' Of News Division 2/24/2010 Associated Press: ABC News said Tuesday that it plans to substantially cut its staff as part of a "fundamental transformation" of the news division at the Walt Disney-owned US television network. Pentagon Moves To Lift Ban On Women Serving Aboard Submarines 2/23/2010 Star Tribune: The Pentagon has moved to lift a decades-old policy that prohibits women from serving aboard Navy submarines, part of a gradual reconsideration of women's roles in a military fighting two wars whose front lines can be anywhere. Sen. Debbie Stabenow Blazed A Trail For Women - In Politics And In Life 2/24/2010 Lansing State Journal: We may take it for granted that a woman can hold a prominent seat on a panel as powerful as the Senate Finance Committee. But when Stabenow first ran for public office in 1974, such an achievement was unheard of. The Female Senators' Last Stand: Fight To Win Health Reform, Or A Massacre For Sure 2/25/2010 RH Reality Check: As the New York Times put it on Tuesday, "Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders should fight to win [the battle for healthcare reform]." Well, I say the Democratic leaders on the front line of this battle should be the 13 Democratic female U.S. Senators. It Takes One Bad Abortion Clinic... 2/24/2010 Salon: A 2009 investigation found that "the death toll from preventable medical injuries approaches 200,000 per year in the United States." So why are we hearing about one clinic on Philadelphia? Because one of the services the clinic provided was abortion. Saving Holds Key To Women's Empowerment 2/25/2010 BBC: Sri Lankan women are being encouraged to take more control, not just of their savings, but of the way the microcredit system is actually run. Women in Israel: Are Certain Rights at Risk? 2/25/2010 Jewish Exponent: It's time to admit that Israel faces an emboldened movement against women's equality, and not just a series of isolated incidents. Abortion Ban Shouldn't Set Amalia's Fate 2/24/2010 Guardian: The case of the pregnant woman denied cancer treatment in Nicaragua is a cruel reminder of the impact of the abortion ban. Pregnancy: Some Depression Relief, Without Drugs 2/24/2010 New York Times: Up to a quarter of all women suffer from depression during pregnancy. Now a new study suggests that acupuncture may provide some relief during pregnancy, even though it has not been found to be an effective treatment against depression in general. Women 'Putting Looks And Health At Risk By Using Old Cosmetics' 2/25/2010 Telegraph: The make-up 'time bomb' includes smelly and discoloured lipstick, mascara and eye pencils that can be a magnet for germs. Favourite beauty essentials all have a "period after opening" indicator denoted by an open pot with the number of months of safe use written inside. Keri Putnam To Oversee Sundance Institute 2/24/2010 Variety: Putnam has been appointed executive director of the Sundance Institute, repping a new approach for the job that oversees all aspects of Robert Redford's nonprofit. The Women History Forgot 2/24/2010 Guardian: Women of Change is a documentary shot by young people in west London about influential figures who shaped their communities. Ice Dancer Kim Carries Weight Of Skating-Mad South Korea 2/25/2010 Kansas City Star: Kim Yu-Na must stay on her feet to thwart the upset hopes of familiar foe Mao Asada of Japan — a rivalry amplified by the historic animosity between their countries.