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Clintons Launch 'Too Small to Fail' For US Kids Infants To Age 5 | Charles Saatchi Accepts Caution

1. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is the first sitting member of Congress to back a grassroots effort to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton president in 2016. McCaskill posted this statement on the website of the political action committee Ready for Hillary.


McCaskii was an Obama supporter in 2008. “Regardless of who you supported for president back then, we can all agree today that there is nobody better equipped to be our next president than Hillary Clinton,” McCaskill said.

“It’s important that we start early, building a grass-roots army from the ground up, and effectively using the tools of the Internet – all things that President Obama did so successfully – so that if Hillary does decide to run, we’ll be ready to help her win.”

AOC also supports Hillary Clinton for 2016 and also Allyson Schwartz in her bid to unseat Pa Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014.

2. A new poll released by Quinnipiac University puts Democratic Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the lead of hopefuls to unseat GOP Gov. Tom Corbett in 2013. Schwartz beat the sitting governor by 10 points, 45 percent to 35 percent.

Schwartz also had the most support among a mostly unknown field of Democrats vying to run against Corbett, with 18 percent of respondents saying they’d vote for her. No other candidate had more than 5 percent support.

The National Journal reports about the poll in which 48% of Keystone State voters said they disapprove of Corbett’s performance as governor.

“Asked if Corbett deserves to be reelected, 52 percent of voters, including 25 percent of Republicans, said he doesn’t deserve a second term, while only 32 percent said he should be reelected.”

3. Hillary Clinton is a longtime advocate for children and a supporter of the concept that Americans as a whole have a vested interest in the nation’s children. Now Clinton has joined a new initiative ‘Too Small to Fail’, created to explore ways that parents, businesses, and communities can promote the positive development of kids  who are newborns to age 5.

“The campaign will help publicize research on the relationship between babies’ and toddlers’ experiences and brain development. It will provide guidance to parents on simple steps to enhance children’s health and early learning opportunities. And it aims to secure commitments from private businesses, both through financial investments and through structures that help working parents spend quality time with their children,” writes Christian Science Monitor.

4. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has named Judith A. Salerno as its new president and CEO. Salerno will succeed the group’s founder, Nancy G. Brinker, in running the embattled, embroiled in controversy organization.

Salerno is the executive director and chief operating officer at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, she was deputy director of the U.S. National Institute on Aging, where she oversaw more than $1 billion in research on issues such as Alzheimer’s disease.

“Judy’s years of proven leadership in public policy and research make her the right choice to lead all aspects of Komen’s mission,” Linda Custard, the board chairwoman, said in the statement. “We are delighted that she will be heading our leadership team and guiding Komen now and into the future.”

5. British ad tycoon, now art collector Charles Saatchi has accepted a ‘police caution’ after published photos showing him grabbing his wife Nigella Lawson’s throat.

Saatchi, 70, came to fame helping Margaret Thatcher become Britain’s prime minister in 1979. Under British law, a caution is a formal warning given to someone who admits the offense. There is no penalty, but the caution can be used as evidence of bad character in a future legal proceeding for a different crime.

Police grilled Saatchi for five hours yesterday, over a week after receiving a complaint about the incident.

Read Sarah Ditum’s excellent piece for the New Statesman: Nigella Lawson pictures: We must not look away from domestic violence, but we can do more than just gawp.


Carl Levin (D-Mich.) Chair of Armed Services Committee Sides With Military Against Gillibrand | Nancy Brinker's Huge Komen Salary

1.Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) sided with military brass and not fellow Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), thwarting her effort to place military sex assault cases in the hands of an independent prosecutor. 

Levin (D-Mich.) will strip a proposal by Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) from the policy-setting Defense Authorization Act and replace it with a measure that instead requires senior military officers to review decisions when commanders refuse to prosecute a case, writes NBC News.

2. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) stunned House members with his resistance to a rape exception in his bill to nationally ban all abortions after 20 weeks. Franks told colleagues “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

In fact, experts estimate that at least 5% of all rapes result in pregnancy or about 32,000 rape pregnancies each year. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls the Francks’ claim “medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.”

It was the Nazis who created this myth that women, who believe they will die, stop ovulating.

3. “Some girls enjoy being raped,” Israeli judge Nissim Yeshaya declared in the case of a 19-yeart-old Israeli girl who was raped by four Palestininians at age 13.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who described the remarks as “unfortunate” and “unacceptable.” He said he would withdraw his support for the judge’s appointment as the head of the Likud Party’s internal Court. Likewise, in a joint announcement Wednesday, Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and the Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, said Yeshaya has officially resigned his post.xxxz

4. Komen’s former CEO Nancy Brinker announced recently that the organization will cancel half its breast cancer fundraising races in 2014, due to decreased participation. Fundraising has dropped precipitously since Komen tried to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood. It came to light this week that Brinker’s Komen salary is $684,000 a year. For an organization the size of Komen, $400,000 is the average CEO salary. Ken Berger, president and CEO of charity watchdog Charity Navigator told NBC: “This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross.”

5. The US fashion industry is only one high-profile business group that relies heavily on the service of unpaid internships. The decision of Judge William H. Pauley III that Fox Searchlight should have paid two interns on the movie ‘Black Swan’, because they were essentially regular employees should send chills through Seventh Avenue. The judge rules on Tuesday that Fox Searchlight Pictures had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying production interns.

The judge forcefully called for following criteria that the Department of Labor has laid out for unpaid internships. via NYTimes


Senate Showdown Over Military Assaults | Marijuana Arrest Rates Target Blacks | Komen Cancels 2014 Races

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Military leaders agreed on the need to do more to prevent sexual assaults while resisting any and all attempts to institute reforms, including removing the handling of sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the sexual assaults “like a cancer” in the military. But he said only the commanders — who resulted in a 1% conviction rate in last years’ estimated 26,000 sexual assaults — can change it.

“Not every single commander necessarily wants women in the force. Not every single commander believes what a sexual assault is. Not every single commander can distinguish between a slap on the ass and a rape because they merge all of these crimes together,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Frustration among the senators was obvious in a unified group of seven women senators from both parties. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, a Navy veteran of Vietnam, said he could no longer give his unqualified support that women are safe in the military. Note that 50% of sexual assault victims are men. Proportionally, women are more likely to be assaulted, representing a much smaller number of service members.

The Washington Post summarizes that “More than 40 senators are sponsors or co-sponsors of the proposals, several of which have overlapping provisions. A bill by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., would provide any victims with a special military lawyer who would assist them throughout the process. Another, sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would require any service member found guilty of rape or sexual assault receive a minimum punishment of a dismissal or a dishonorable discharge. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced a bill with provisions that require commanders to submit reports of sex-related offenses to more senior officers within 24 hours.”

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A major study by the ACLU reports the huge disparity between the number of black Americans and whites arrested for marijuana possession. The report confirms that blacks and whites use marijuana at about the same rates. Among young people ages 18-25, usage rates are higher for whites.

Iowa leads the country, arresting blacks at 8.34 times the rate of whites, while DC arrests blacks at 8.05 times the rate of whites for marijuana possession. Nationally, blacks are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested. Graphs via Washington Post.

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Komen Cancels 2014 Races

Dayna Smith/For The Washington Post - Walkers in the The Komen Global Race for the Cure, an annual run/walk event in Washington, D.C. that raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, which was held on the mall near the Washington Monument, May 11, 2013.The Susan G. Komen foundation has cancelled for 2014 its signature 3-Day walk in Washington DC and six other cities: Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, the Tampa Bay area and San Francisco. 

Komen will continue to host the 3-Day events in 2014 in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Komen’s annual Race for the Cure in Washington took place a week later. It had fewer participants than in previous years — about 21,000 people, down from 27,000 last year and nearly 40,000 in 2011. The race raised $5 million in 2011, $2 million last year and about $1.5 million this year, although this year’s tally is not final, writes The Washington Post.

Komen has never recovered from the fury caused by founder Nancy Brinker when she unsuccessfully attempted to deny Komen funds to Planned Parenthood. The Komen 3-day events, which requires participants to raise at least $2,300, previously attracted a significant number of Planned Parenthood supporters. 

Avon’s 2014 Walk for Breast Cancer will take place in the same eight cities as this year. They are Houston, Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Charlotte and Santa Barbara, Calif. Avon’s walk in Washington which took place in May raised $4.5 million, compared to $5 million in May.

Despite trademarking the phrase race “for the cure”, Komen gave only 16 percent of the  2011 $472 million raised to research vs the $231 million spent on education and screening. The actual value of mammograms was recently covered by the New York Times in Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer by Peggy Orenstein.