The House panel that mandated the office-supply freeze denied that it was politically motivated, citing “budgetary concerns.” “It’s time President Obama learned a tough lesson,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. “Being President does not entitle you to a spending spree at Staples.”
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Indiana and Utah Enter the Gay Marriage Club
In a pleasing break from the typical Friday decision-announcement pattern, we have marriage equality news from two states on this wonderful Wednesday.
In Indiana, U.S. District Judge Richard Young has issued a broad ruling that strikes down that state’s marriage ban as unconstitutional. What’s more, the judge has declined to issue a stay on the ruling, meaning that same-sex couples in Indiana can begin marrying immediately—indeed, some already have….
Meanwhile, over in Utah, the 10th Circuit federal appellate court has agreed with a lower court ruling that that state’s ban is also unconstitutional. The 2-to-1 decision recognized that “those who wish to marry a person of the same sex are entitled to exercise the same fundamental right as it is recognized by persons who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex.” An earlier Supreme Court-issued stay on the district court’s original ruling will remain in place for now.
~J. Bryan Lowder for Slate; Read full story HERE
An environmental activist takes part in a rally demanding deputies of parliament to pass laws protecting ecology outside the parliament building in Kiev June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Two years ago, George Bush Sr. made a promise that he aimed to keep: When he turned 90 years old, he’d take a plunge.
And he did: The 41st president celebrated by going skydiving one last time Thursday morning.
Over the weekend, #NotGoingtoBrazil and #NoVoyABrasilPorque became populist hotbeds of anger and frustration at the Brazilian government. While these hashtags are certainly reminiscent of #SochiProblems, the tweets are less focused on unfinished hotels and toilet troubles and more on the underlying political and infrastructural problems that have plagued this World Cup.