Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Obama administration will lift the ban on women serving in combat units, finally allowing the law to confirm to the long-standing reality that women have been operating on the front lines of America's endless wars. Panetta's decision will make women eligible for another 238,000 jobs in the military and open up a whole flood of stupid from the likes of Tucker Carlson.
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Leah Gayle Shipman, a 42-year-old teacher from North Carolina, will avoid a prison sentence for having sex with an underage student by divorcing her husband and marrying the student. Shipman was initially facing a 15-year prison term on charges of statutory rape, but will no longer go to trial, because spouses cannot be made to testify against one another.
It's a creepy story that should be cited any time an opponent of marriage equality complains about gay people ruining the "sanctity of marriage."
But Andrea Tantaros of Fox News' The Five drew a different lesson from the Shipman case:
Tags: Crime, Fox News, Men and Women, Women's Rights
Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the landmark abortion-rights decision Roe v. Wade. And just as it looked like the case was about to enter its midlife crisis phase of declining popularity and constant legal siege, it got a boost from an unlikely source.
According to an NBC poll, more than 50 percent of Americans believe abortion should legal in all or most cases, while 70 percent want Roe to be upheld.
Pollster Bill McInturff cited the candidacies of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock as the catalyzers behind the surge in support for abortion rights:
Tags: Abortion, Polls, Roe v. Wade, Women's Rights
* A beautiful MLK-inspired concert with the Boston Children's Chorus.
* Iconic historical photos, but touched up.
* A handy graph to track inauguration hat trends.
* What if some guy didn't get the "Obama won" memo?
* Iran uses a picture of President Obama for propaganda.
* Dannon's Birth Control on the Bottom is a hilarious parody.
* Google chairman Eric Schmidt's daughter photographs their trip to North Korea.
* Hillary Clinton checks John Legend for a concussion, or something.
* In case you missed the inauguration, you can relive the whole thing here.
Tags: Daily Links, Hillary Clinton, Inauguration, Martin Luther King Day, Mitt Romney, North Korea, Women's Rights
* Every other movie star seems completely sane compared to Gary Busey.
* The Real World: Skyrim edition.
* Kate Middleton as Vigo the Carpathian.
* The Smithsonian's inaugural relics collection.
* Peter Sagal has a new show about the Constitution.
* We need a more equal distribution of smut, from The Onion.
* Make your life easier by going moose hunting in the morning, ladies!
* Governor Rick Scott has Florida's Satanists wrapped around his finger.
* The latest New Yorker cover shows President Obama's job woes are nothing to sneeze at.
Tags: Daily Links, Florida, Gary Busey, Guns, Hollywood, Inauguration, Kate Middleton, Nerdiness, Porn, Rick Scott, The New Yorker, The Onion, Women's Rights