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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Nelson Mandela is still alive. But the relentless media vigil outside his hospital is annoying his family.

"I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” President Obama says at a news conference in Senegal, also promising to get even tougher on leaks, presumably beyond trying to charge reporters with espionage. (Oh, and he also said something boring about DOMA—awkward because Senegal criminalizes homosexuality.)

Obama's national security apparatus continued for two years a controversial Bush-era program that indiscriminately collected Americans' email and internet metadata, shutting it down only in 2011.

Two small reasons why DOMA's repeal matters in a very real way: Married same-sex couples can reap significant tax and social security benefits. And here's another reminder that Oregon's got a good chance of being next.

In California, which vigorously celebrated the demise of Proposition 8, same-sex couples might have to wait up to month before marriages finally resumes.

Bangladesh, where sweatshop factories collapse and burn down, is losing its trading privileges with the United States. That sounds tough, but the move won't actually affect its garment sector, meaning nothing will change for retailers like Walmart who rely on sweatshops for the cheap clothes they sell Americans.

Iran's ruling cleric claims the West doesn't actually want to solve the impasse over its nuclear ambitions because, otherwise, doing so would be totally "easy."

Texas' ruling cleric, Rick Perry, calls for a second legislative special session on abortion to thwart Tuesday's epic filibuster by Wendy Davis and dozens of beautifully loud protesters.

Alan Myers, Devo's best-known drummer, has died of cancer.

New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has vowed to veto late-night votes by the New York City Council to ban stop-and-frisk policing and layer in more independent oversight of the NYPD.

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