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18 June 2009 @ 12:27 pm
Iran, "Police", and the Moon  
THURSDAY NEWS:
* "The crisis in Iran has moved far beyond a dispute over election results. It has turned into a struggle over the balance of power in the country, and Iran's future orientation."
* More Iran: CNN Q&A. Also, on the ground with Joe Klein.
* GAO report is critical of inter-agency cooperation to stem flow of guns to Mexico.
* The Explainer, on why Iranian cops use the English word "Police" on their riot shields.
* Republicans release their plans for health care. Well, sort of.
* Britain plans inquiry into WMDs and the Iraq invasion.
* What next for space exploration? Hopefully, the moon.
* Debating 'the Obama effect.'
* Nice. Obama signs executive memo extending partner benefits to same-sex couples.
* MGK on inauspicious trends at the box office.

 
 
PMMJ: Marylandcheetahmaster on June 18th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
"But here's the thing. My equality? Not up for the discussion."
(Courtesy alumiere.)


Edited at 2009-06-18 04:41 pm (UTC)
needsunshineneedsunshine on June 19th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
The title is misleading...I walk away disgusted
Saying Obama is extending benefits to same sex couples infers a lot that just isn't true. His memo lacks any real change and appears to be just trying for good PR.
It allows family friendly sick leave to apply to your partner/partners kids. Most supervisors were already allowing this.
It allows partners to enroll in long term care. Which the government doesn't subsidize the cost of anyway. And the benefit wasn't limited to only spouses in the first place. And each applicant goes through a stringent underwriting process and may be denied.
It allows some health care/housing rights for Foreign service employees, which is a very small group.
PMMJ: Politicscheetahmaster on June 20th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: The title is misleading...I walk away disgusted
I've actually seen this complaint elsewhere: that they looked for something easy to give a show of support, but that people aren't buying it.