• A judge had to order a hospital in Fort Worth to remove a brain-dead pregnant woman from life support in accordance with her family's wishes—the hospital staff fought the family to keep her on mechnical life support so that her 14-week-old fetus could continue gestating. [RH Reality Check]
• The GOP candidate challenging Maine Senator Susan Collins in the Republican primary has a history of domestic abuse—Mother Jones has his scary-to-read court file. [Mother Jones]
The text reads, "Hey there Special-K Lady. I know you think I should diet so I can be slim just like you. Thing is, I think I look pretty fabulous just the way I am. Also, Special-K tastes like cardboard so piss off."
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• Seahawks player Richard Sherman points out how calling him a "thug" has a racial connotation: "The reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's an accepted way of calling somebody the N-word now," he said. "It's like everybody else said the N-word and then they say 'thug' and that's fine. It kind of takes me aback and it's kind of disappointing because they know." [CBS Sports]
• In case you forgot, Sarah Palin is the worst. She wrote to Obama on her Facebook page yesterday, "Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card." [The Week]
• Grantland's editor-in-chief apologized for running an article last week that posthumously outed a transgender woman. Editor Bill Simmons' apology defends the story in some ways, but ackowledges that the editing team definitely screwed up. A more compelling summation of the problems with this story comes from sportswriter Christina Kahrl, who penned a piece called "What Grantland Got Wrong." [Grantland]
• In other news, Grantland published an appalling article last week that centers around outting a golf club designer as a transgender woman. The designer, named Dr. V, became so upset as the reporter dug into her life that she killed herself before the article was published. Among the numerous reactions to this upsetting article, Melissa McEwan at Shakesville explains how the article is"careless, cruel, and unaccountable" and Katherine Cross writes an elegy for Dr. V. [Shakesville, Feministing]
• The Justice Department released new rules that aim to reduce unfair profiling among federal agents. Under the new rules, federal agents cannot consider religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations. [New York Times]
• Janelle Monae is going to sing a song on Sesame Street! I REPEAT: JANELLE MONAE IS GOING TO SING A SONG ON SESAME STREET! And, judging from this behind-the-scenes video, it will be great. [Colorlines]