Hobby Lobby Hypocrisy · Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: My male colleagues didn’t really understand the Hobby Lobby case

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Screenshot


The Raw Story

Speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have “a blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues.

After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she “believed the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.”

Following a long pause, Ginsburg said, “I would have to say, ‘No.’”

“But,” she added, “justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.”

“But you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a ‘blind spot’?” Couric asked.

“In Hobby Lobby?” Ginsburg replied. “Yes.”

“Because they couldn’t understand what it is like to be a woman?” Couric asked.

“They all have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.”

Ginsburg went on to note that her opinions on these matters are contained in her dissents, and that there is a tradition of dissents becoming “unquestionably, the law of the land.”

In her scathing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, Ginsburg noted that the majority’s willful misreading of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would have unintended consequences.

“Little doubt that RFRA claims will proliferate, for the Court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood – combined with its other errors in construing RFRA – invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faith,” she wrote.

Earlier this week, in fact, the Satanic Temple declared that it would use the majority’s interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act just as Ginsburg predicted groups would.


Watch the entire interview with Ginsburg via Yahoo Global News here.


U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: November 24, 2013

President Obama announces the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear power.
President Obama announces the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear power. T.J. Kirkpatrick-Pool/Getty Images

The Week

World powers strike a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Filipinos celebrate Manny Pacquaio’s victory, and more

1. Iran nuclear deal is reached 
The U.S. and five other world powers struck a historic accord with Iran on Sunday, agreeing to ease some economic sanctions in exchange for Iran stopping production of near-weapons grade nuclear fuel for about six months. The interim deal will allow international powers to try to strike a permanent pact. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has since called the agreement a “historic mistake.” [Wall Street Journal]


2. Fierce winter weather turns deadly
A powerful storm system has caused hundreds of accidents and killed three across the Western U.S. It is moving toward the South and Atlantic coast, with predictions that it will unleash snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds on Wednesday, in time to disrupt Thanksgiving holiday travel. [USA TODAY]


3. Filipinos celebrate Pacquaio’s victory
Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan celebrated Sunday as Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao triumphed over American Brandon Rios in Macau in a comeback fight. Pacquiao, a national hero in his native Philippines, served as a rallying point for many survivors, many of whom lost loved ones and their homes to the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 5,200 people and left 1,600 others missing. [Washington Post]


4. Japan, U.S. denounce China’s air defense zone
Japan and the U.S. sharply criticized China’s move to impose new rules on airspace over islands in the East China Sea, which are at the heart of a territorial dispute with Tokyo. China’s government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established “East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone,” which covers most of that sea and includes the skies over the disputed islands. [Reuters]


5. J.C. Penney dropped from S&P 500
J.C. Penney will be dropped from the S&P 500 following its worst sales year in two decades. The retailer will be replaced by Allegion, which makes residential and commercial door locks. The change will take place after the close of trading on Nov. 29, S&P said Saturday. [Bloomberg]


6. Anti-government protesters storm Bangkok
Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Thailand’s capital on Sunday, demanding that the prime minister step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her older brother, ousted former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra. It is the largest such demonstration in Thailand since 2010. [Associated Press]


7. Kerry says Iran deal isn’t based on trust
On CBS’s Face the Nation, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Iranian nuclear deal is based on verification, not trust with Iran. “Everybody has a right to be skeptical because there are indications that there are people in Iran who have wanted to pursue a weapons program, Kerry said. “That’s why we don’t take anything at face value. That’s why you don’t take it for granted.” Kerry added that no one was expecting Iran to “turn over a new leaf.” [Politico]


8. Giant dinosaur fossil discovered
Researchers from Chicago’s Field Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and North Carolina State University announced the discovery of Siats meekerorum, a dinosaur that stretched more than 30 feet long, in eastern Utah. It likely lived about 100 million years ago, weighed four tons and likely was at the very top of its prehistoric food chain, putting it above its contemporary, the Tyrannosaurus rex. [CNN]


9. Dr. Who anniversary special draws large audience
More than 10 million people in the U.K., in addition to large numbers in the U.S., tuned in to see the special 50th anniversary episode of science-fiction TV show Doctor Who, according to overnight viewing figures. Doctor Who is the top performer on the cable channel BBC America; viewership rose 51 percent in the year ending in March. [BBC NewsNBC News]


10. Katie Couric is leaving ABC News
Katie Couric is parting ways with ABC News in favor of a new partnership she is forming with Yahoo, though no deal has been finalized. Couric, who joined ABC News in 2011, is exiting the network earlier than previously scheduled, but the fate of Katie, her syndicated daytime talk show, has yet to be determined. [Huffington Post]


Fox News · Rep. Keith Ellison · Sean Hannity · U.S. Politics

10 Examples Of Sean Hannity Saying Things That Aren’t True

Media Matters

Fox News’ Sean Hannity brushed aside Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) assertion that Hannity was “immoral” for “saying things that aren’t true.” Yet Hannity has a long history of using his Fox News program to push false and misleading claims.

Hannity Dismisses Claim That He Says “Things That Aren’t True”

Hannity Dismisses Ellison’s Claim That He Is “Immoral” For “Saying Things That Aren’t True.” On the February 27 edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity replayed part of his February 26 interview with Ellison. During the exchange, Ellison responded to Hannity’s question about the federal debt being “immoral” by saying, “You are immoral for telling lies.” Hannity asked, “I’m immoral? What did I do that’s immoral?” Ellison responded, “You tell mistruths. You say things that aren’t true.” Speaking before the clip was aired, Hannity said Ellison “at times, seemed incoherent” and “really started grasping at straws.” After the clip was aired, Hannity said to guest J.C. Watts, “I just gave him the rope and said, go. Here you go, rant away.” [Fox News, Hannity, 2/27/13]

Hannity Has A History Of Pushing False And Misleading Reports

10. Hannity Hyped RNC’s Doctored Audio Of Supreme Court Arguments. Hannity uncritically aired a Republican National Committee (RNC) ad that used audio from Supreme Court oral arguments to attack health care reform — but the audio used in the ad was dishonestly edited. [Media Matters3/30/12]

9. Hannity Distorted CBO Data To Attack Obama. Hannity claimed that a January 2012 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report showed that if Obama were to win a second term, taxes would “go up 30 percent.” In fact, the report only stated that taxes would increase at such a rate if all the Bush tax cuts were allowed to expire. [Media Matters2/2/12]

8. Hannity Falsely Claimed A White House Adviser “Advocated Compulsory Abortion.” Hannity claimed that White House science and technology adviser John Holdren “advocated compulsory abortion” and sterilization. PolitiFact had previously rated a similar claim — made months earlier by Fox News’ Glenn Beck — “pants on fire” false. [Media Matters9/9/09]

7. Hannity Falsely Claimed Obama Called The Death Of Four Americans “Just A Bump In The Road.” Hannity claimed that Obama referred to the death of four Americans in the September 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi as “just a bump in the road.” In fact, Obama was referring to the difficulties Arab countries were facing in transitioning from autocratic rule to democracy. [Media Matters9/25/12]

6. Hannity Spread False Report That Egypt Was Considering Necrophilia Bill. Hannity hyped a thinly-sourced report from an Egyptian newspaper to claim that the Egyptian government was considering a law that would allow a husband to have sex with his dead wife. The Christian Science Monitor called the story “utter hooey,” and multiple sources later debunked the claim. [Media Matters4/30/12; Huffington Post, 4/26/12]

5. Hannity’s Special On “Liberal Bias” Featured Wildly Distorted And Out-Of-Context Quotes. Hannity’s “Behind the Bias” special, in which he purported to investigate the “bias” of “the mainstream media,” featured multiple deceptively cropped quotes. For example, he played a clip purporting to show that Katie Couric called President Ronald Reagan “an airhead”; in fact, Couric was citing a conclusion from a biography of Reagan. [Media Matters4/24/11]

4. Hannity Cast Doubt On Scientific Consensus About Climate Change. Even though the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that global warming is occurring and is likely caused or exacerbated by human activity, Hannity has repeatedly denied or cast doubt on the existence of climate change. [Media Matters12/4/091/13/108/27/1011/19/106/24/11]

3. Hannity Fueled Myth That Obama Is A Muslim. During a segment in March 2011 in which he fueled the smear that Obama was not born in the U.S., Hannity claimed that Obama “went to a Muslim school.” In March 2012, while claiming that he was “not doubting [Obama’s] faith,” Hannity said, “[L]ook, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Quran, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.” [Media Matters3/24/113/21/12]

2. Hannity Fed The Birther Movement. Hannity repeatedly fed the long-standing smear that Obama was not born in the United States, even after Obama released his birth certificate and multiple fact-checkers debunked the smear. Hannity denied that Obama had shown his birth certificate and once falsely claimed that Obama “grew up in Kenya.” [Media Matters3/28/114/20/12]

1. Hannity Ignored Overwhelming Evidence To Repeatedly Claim Obama‘s Policies Have Not HelpedImprove The Economy. Hannity has repeatedly claimed that President Obama’s policies have not improved the economy. In fact, numerous economists and independent analysts have noted that many of Obama’s policy achievements, such as the stimulus, have benefited the economy: GDP is growing rather than contracting as it was at the end of 2008, and the economy has added millions of jobs. [Media Matters1/13/107/14/112/2/12]


Politico's Top Political Quotes

Politico’s: Week in one-liners: Booker, Biden, Couric


The top quotes in politics …

“There have been bad ones before, but this is by far the worst so far.” — Journalist Dan Rather  on the 2012 presidential campaign.

“It’s nauseating to the American public.” — Newark Mayor Cory Booker criticizing the Obama campaign for attacking Mitt Romney’s work at Bain Capital.

“That no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber.” —  Vice President Joe Biden discounting Romney’s career in private equity.

“I think tradesmen would do a much better job running and leading this country.” —  Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka “Joe the Plumber,” striking back at Biden.

“He’s a nerd.” — “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski calling out  Romney on his sci-fi fervor.

“I’ll smoke a joint on the Capitol steps.” — California Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey  defending medicinal marijuana use.

“I’m not sure she’d be interested, but she’d certainly be welcome.” — Journalist Katie Couric  inviting former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to appear on her show.

“All it does is it makes my heels taller.” — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley brushing off a video of an AFL-CIO leader smashing a piñata of her.

Politico top quotes of the week

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Rush, Palin, Clinton


The top quotes in politics …

“I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.” — Ann Romney talking about her husband.

“I mean, the truth is, that’s what he’s gotta do.” — Former President Bill Clinton on the Romney camp’s Etch-a-Sketch gaffe.

“They squeak when you eat ’em, it’s really cool.” — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on cheese curds.

“He was like a chicken with his head chopped off.” — Democratic strategist James Carville describing Santorum.

“It’s not for a fashion statement, it’s ammunition.” — Gov. Nikki Haley explaining why she wears heels.

“Game on.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on competing with Katie Couric.

“I think it should be Sarah Palin.” — Sen. John McCain joking about the veepstakes.

“You know, if you buy a $10 million chandelier, you should have a house to put it in.” — Keith Olbermann comparing himself to an expensive light fixture.

“You’re the guy wearing a $50 lampshade sitting in the corner of the room that nobody else wants to go in.” — Rush Limbaugh zinging Olbermann.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s ‘oddly charming’ Today show appearance

First of all I’m still trying to get over the fact that Sarah Palin was participating with the “lamestream media”!

The Week

Mama Grizzly makes her much-hyped debut as co-host of the morning show juggernaut, impressing critics with her poise, energy, and willingness to laugh at herself

Sarah Palin joined the "lamestream media" on Tuesday as guest host of the "Today" show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

Sarah Palin joined the “lamestream media” on Tuesday as guest host of the “Today” show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

Best Opinion:  Newsday, Politico, Atlantic

Sarah Palin’s one-day stint as co-host of the Today show was billed as a showdown of sortsbetween the former vice presidential nominee and Katie Couric, the interviewer who caused Palin endless embarrassment during the ’08 campaign and who was co-hosting rival morning show Good Morning Americaon Tuesday. Sorry, Katie: Palin may have won this round, with critics hailing her performance as “oddly charming,” “magnetic,” and “poised.” During her Todaycameo, Palin predictably blasted President Obama, interviewed Tori Spelling, and weighed in on pop culture issues like Oprah Winfrey’s failing OWN network, Ashton Kutcher’s casting as Steve Jobs, and Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight gain. (Watch a video below.) Was her appearance as charming as critics suggest?

Palin was terrific: This was a “slam dunk for Palin,” says Verne Gay at Newsday. She shined with a “natural, born-to-camera ease;” appeared “poised, relaxed (more or less), and confident” next to her more seasoned co-hosts; and peppered the show with just the right amount of political savvy to appease her supporters. It certainly didn’t hurt that she essentially “got a wonderful free ride for two hours,” often serving less as a traditional co-host and more as an honored guest who was encouraged to enjoy herself and crack wise on pop culture.
“Sarah Palin on Today show was a slam dunk”

And she had the right attitude: Palin’s self-deprecating humor stole the show, say MJ Lee and Tim Mak at Politico. In her first shot on set, Palin perused a pile of newspapers, while she was later shown in her dressing room scribbling notes on the back of her hand — tongue-in-cheek nods to two of her most famous political gaffes. Palin later drew roars of laughter when she cracked that a lady on the street saw her entering 30 Rock and giddily told her husband, “Oh honey, I told you, Tina Fey is here.” She played nearly the entire appearance for laughs at her own expense, which was a smart move for the polarizing political star.
“Sarah Palin pokes fun at herself on Today

But the whole thing was so strange: Apparently, “mainstream television will happily subject itself to endless abuse in pursuit of ratings,” says David A. Graham at The Atlantic. How else does one explain the “bizarre spectacle” of Sarah Palin on Today? During her interview with Lauer, Palin blasted the “lamestream media.” The irony that she was voicing these sentiments “while co-hosting a show on one of the Big Three networks” was apparentlly lost on her — leading Lauer to quip that her presence “technically makes you a part of the lamestream media.”

“Video of the day: Sarah Palin’s vice president advice on Today”

Wing-Nut Rhetoric · Wing-Nuttery

The Insanity of Andrew Breitbart

I mentioned this a couple of days ago, but I like Mario Piperni’s spin on bat-crap crazy, Breitbart’s manifesto…

Mario Piperni

“You take the blue pill – the story ends,
you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland
and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
~Morpheus [The Matrix]

Andrew Breibart addressed a Tea Party group last week and had this to say.

“I’m under attack all the time. The call me gay. There are death threats… There are times when I’m not thinking as clearly as I should, and in those unclear moments, I always think to myself, ‘Fire the first shot. Bring it on.’ Because I know who’s on our side.”

“They can only win a rhetorical and propaganda war. They cannot win. We outnumber them in this country and we have the guns… I’m not kidding. They talk a mean game, but they will not cross that line because they know what they’re dealing with. ”

A fine example of the dangerous and irresponsible dribble, and nonsense which Obama and Dems have been dealing with for the last three years.  These people are clearly unhinged.

The most frightening part of the right’s complete immersion into their delusional world of crazy, is knowing that there is no rational way to address insanity of this magnitude.  The right has chosen the blue pill.

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Egypt · Egyptian Unrest · Lara Logan

Lara Logan Suffered ‘Brutal’ Sexual Assault In Egypt

Huffington Post

CBS News says correspondent Lara Logan “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault” while covering the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

The CBS statement:

On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.

On Tuesday’s “CBS Evening News,” Katie Couric said that she was “pleased to report” that Logan is “recovering well in the hospital.”

Logan had previously been detained by Egyptian authorities while attempting to enter Cairo.

The Committee to Protect Journalists report on attacks on the press in Egypt in 2005 referenced female journalists facing sexual assault:

A report published in 2005 by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights said that “journalists in Egypt suffer numerous forms of discrimination including unfairness in legislation, judicial prosecution of journalists for their writing and opinions, assault and death threats, and sexual assault of female journalists.”


Egypt · Egyptian President Mubarak · Egyptian Unrest

Anderson Cooper Leaves Egypt

Huffington Post

Anderson Cooper announced on Saturday that he is leaving Egypt after a week in which he and his crew were repeatedly targeted by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak.

He tweeted, “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave #Egypt. CNN continues to have many teams in place. It was a hard decision to leave.”

Cooper was attacked twice by pro-Mubarak forces. On Tuesday, he was punched in the head repeatedly. On Wednesday, the window of the car he was in was smashed through by a rock. He was forced to go into hiding and report from a secret location.

Cooper is the latest high-profile American journalist to leave Cairo this week. Katie Couric and Brian Williams both returned to the U.S. earlier in the week.


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Humor · Islam · Islamophobia · Katie Couric

Katie Couric: Maybe We Need A Muslim Version Of The Cosby Show

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The problem with Katy Couric’s logic is two-fold.  The Bill Cosby Show did not reduced racial tensions in our country, witness the past three years. 

Secondly, Muslims view their religion as the foundation of their life.  How will Islam  play out on a sitcom?  Not very well, I’m sure…


As 2010 comes to a close, the media industry is taking its annual breather to reflect upon all the things it had to cover in the past year. Katie Couric, in her CBSNews.com review of 2010, highlighted the controversy surrounding the Park51 project. “The bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface,” she told her panel. In that media narrative, she saw “a seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims,” which she theorized could be remedied by another, more lighthearted narrative: “Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show.”

She came to the situationally comedic solution after offering this take on American Islamophobia:

I also think sort of the chasm between, or, the bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year. Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn’t enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong—and so disappointing.

So could funny Muslims in even funnier sweaters be the answer? “I know that sounds crazy,” she said, “But The Cosby Show did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand—like you, Mo.” She was referring to Daily Show veteran and NPR regular Mo Rocca, who was present for the discussion. A Harvard alumnus, Rocca shamefully confessed that despite having attended “really fancy schools,” he knows basically “nothing about Islam.”

The two then “totally agree[d]” that “religion should be taught as an academic subject in public schools.” A funny solution, given that Rocca had just admitted-slash-joked that even his expensive private schooling had been insufficient.

But not as funny as a Muslim Cosby Show! Of course, there would be one catch: we’d need a Muslim Bill Cosby. Do we have one, America? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure: Aziz Ansari would make a great Theo Huxtable.