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On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the news on our radar today: 

• The White House on Tuesday announced new measures to address campus sexual assault,  giving student activists hope that their administrators might finally start paying more than just lip service to the epidemic. It’s a (very late) start. [Think Progress]

• Alas, rumors that Magic Johnson plans to buy the Los Angeles Clippers are false—but, like Magic, we were glad to see the NBA take stern and decisive action against the team’s current owner, ol’ what’s-his-name. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Sterling. Or, actually, do. [New York Times] 

•  Republicans in Congress gave the green light to $310 billion in tax breaks for businesses, but balked at a proposed spending increase of $1 million a year to help prevent sex trafficking of kids in foster care. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) called this turn of events “an incredible conflict in priorities.” I call it yuck city. [Huffington Post] 

• On Saturday,  Sarah Palin told a crowd gathered at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, “If I was in charge, they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”Oh, Sarah. Just stop already. [Politico] 

• The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday surrounding a Mississippi law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at area hospitals. The law, passed in 2012, poses a grave danger to the state’s last abortion clinic. [Daily Kos]

• A Federal judge has ruled Wisconsin’s voter ID law unconstitutional, arguing that the state failed to provide sufficient evidence of voter fraud and that the law disproportionately targets minorities. In his decision, Judge Lynn Adelman noted that of the roughly 300,000 voters in Wisconsin who lack the required form of identification, “a preponderance of that group are minorities or low-income voters.” [Mother Jones] 

• Where are the 200 kidnapped girls in Nigeria? And why does nobody seem to care? [Boing Boing] 

• Over the weekend, thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., urging President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Calling themselves the Cowboy Indian Alliance, this "unlikely partnership" of tribal leaders, ranchers, and farmers share legitimate concerns over what pipeline expansion will do to the water and land. [Democracy Now!]


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