A judge in California has ruled that health classes focusing exclusively on telling students to remain abstinent until marriage fall short of the state's comprehensive sex ed requirements. In his opinion, Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black concludes that, given the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy in the U.S., medically accurate sexual health information is "an important public right." Black's decision narrowly applies to about 40,000 students who attend the Clovis Unified School District. A landmark law implemented in 2003 prohibits California schools from providing sex ed courses that contain medically inaccurate or biased information. It's one of the strongest state-level sex ed requirements in the country. read more
David Corn, Mother Jones: For a dozen years, the Bush-Cheney crowd have been trying to escape -- or cover up -- an essential fact of the W. years: President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and their lieutenants misled the American public about the WMD threat supposedly posed by Saddam Hussein in order to grease the way to the invasion of Iraq. For Bush, Cheney, and the rest, this endeavor is fundamental; it is necessary to protect the legitimacy of the Bush II presidency. ... But now there's a new witness who will make the Bush apologists' mission even more impossible: Michael Morell, a longtime CIA official who eventually became the agency's deputy director and acting director. During the pre-invasion period, he served as Bush's intelligence briefer. read more
Gawker: Three weeks ago, a Nassau County Supreme Court justice ended a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, by granting custody of the couple's two minor children to McPhilmy. Though nearly all documents pertaining to New York family court cases are sealed, Gawker has learned that the justice in the case heard testimony accusing O'Reilly of physically assaulting his wife in the couple's Manhasset home. According to a source familiar with the facts of the case, a court-appointed forensic examiner testified at a closed hearing that O'Reilly's daughter claimed to have witnessed her father dragging McPhilmy down a staircase by her neck, apparently unaware that the daughter was watching. The precise date of the alleged incident is unclear, but appears to have occurred before the couple separated in 2010. read more
A Tennessee congressman who supported his ex-wife's decision to have two abortions, voted this week for a bill that would ban late-term abortions, according to news reports.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R), a anti-abortion conservative and former physician from Jasper, Tenn., joined 241 fellow House members who voted Wednesday to pass the bill that bans abortions from the 20th week of pregnancy onward, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. read more
The Republican primary clown car has pulled into Iowa and the competitors are falling over themselves to prove to conservative voters that they deserve to be the nominee. For most, the strategy is simple: Keep yelling "Ronald Reagan" as loudly as possible. However, with every candidate rushing to position themselves as the next Reagan, the Law of Diminishing Returns has kicked in.
Ever the shrewd tactician, Jeb Bush has bypassed the Reagan rat race and instead went straight into pandering to the base directly with the help of Jesus Christ the only known Reagan trump card.
In the aftermath of Jeb Bush's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week, the question on everyone's mind is, "Can he recover after botching his campaign so completely right out of the gate?" read more