What we read while the Supreme Court forced us to get gay married…
- It was a big week at the Supreme Court, first as the Court knocked down significant parts of the Voting Rights Act. Then the Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (while also the lower court’s dismissal of Prop 8 in California stand). The latter news is especially good for gay immigrants. But let’s not rush to cheerlead the Supreme Court just yet.
- Glad to finally see a prosecutor go after real criminals at Bank of America.
- More revelations about the NSA: This time that it stored American emails in bulk for two years under President Obama, and continue to harvest online data. Here’s a brief look at the history of the NSA’s targeting of innocent Americans. And don’t believe assurances that all these programs are legal.
- Meanwhile, the media continues to focus on Edward Snowden’s whereabouts and personality, as well as his relationship to Glenn Greenwald, instead of covering the surveillance scandal itself. Meanwhile, The Guardian has been blocked by the Army.
- Wendy Davis became a folk hero last week as she filibustered a restrictive Texas abortion law for 13 hours. Her fans have invaded Amazon shoe reviews. Of course, the law she stopped will probably just be passed in the next session. The Texas state legislature has been targeting women’s health for a while now.
- This weekend was the annual Del Close Marathon at the UCB Theatre in New York.
- Beware the police state’s War on Bottled Water…