The White House announced Friday that it is imposing sanctions on several Iranian groups with links to the country's nuclear program, even as the administration "remains committed" to a long-term nuclear deal. The move comes after Iran missed a major reporting deadline and broke several other promises made in an interim nuclear agreement, which was reached in November. Not good news.
The old media giant’s plan to buy a big stake in Vice, and potentially give it control of Time Warner network HLN, have broken down, the New York Times reports, “after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation.” Rupert Murdoch previously invested at a valuation of more than $1 billion, while initial reports put Vice’s worth in this deal between $2 billion and $3 billion. Instead, A&E, owned jointly by Disney and Hearst, will buy a ten percent stake for $250 million, putting the company’s value right at $2.5 billion.
For the first time ever, the general public will be able to visit the actual 9/11 memorial plaza on the anniversary of the attacks. In past years, only those attending the commemoration ceremony were allowed to do so.
Eternally Outraged Congressman Not Trying to Be ‘Trivial,’ But Doesn’t Think Obama’s Tan Suit Was AppropriateBy Joe Coscarelli
President Obama’s ugly beige suit has quickly gone from stupid joke — “The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit,” the White House press secretary said today — to stupid faux controversy thanks to who else but Long Island Republican Representative Peter King. “There’s no way, I don’t think, any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday. I mean, you have the world watching,” said King on right-wing internet TV today.
St. Ann police Lieutenant Ray Albers, better known as Officer “Go Fuck Yourself,” has resigned after pointing his rifle at protesters in Ferguson and telling them, “I will fucking kill you.” An internal inquiry recommended he either resign or be fired for the incident, which was caught on video, although the local police chief insists Albers raising his weapon was “totally justifiable.” Well, not totally, apparently.
Summer doesn’t officially end until late next month, but who are we kidding: This is our last real week of summer, which makes August 29 our last summer Friday of 2014. If you’re lucky enough to work at a company with “summer Fridays,” that wonderful seasonal tradition of closing the office early on the Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you’re about to head back into the cold reality of the five-day, 40-hour workweek.
“We won’t go back” has become a slogan for pro-choice activists, who have responded to an onslaught of abortion restrictions by invoking the bad old days of dangerous at-home abortions that preceded Roe v. Wade. But there’s some evidence suggesting we already have gone back — and that a new generation of safe, self-induced abortions might be the future of reproductive justice in the U.S.
Since the Texas abortion law opposed by Wendy Davis went into effect last November (closing all but six of the state’s clinics), the recorded abortion rate is down 13 percent, according to 538. It’s impossible to know if that actually means fewer abortions are taking place, however: Some pregnant women are taking matters into their own hands, and no one collects the data on home abortions.