Democracy, GOP Version: Following the newly revised minority rules rule, the GOP mustered 43 votes to defeat the 56 Senators who wanted to restore contraceptive access under the proposed “ The Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act”,which would have prohibited employers from picking and choosing which parts of various laws they would comply with. The Republicans, who don't much believe in the federal government at all anyway, thought that employer nullification was a Good Idea.
Geopolitics: The values and ideas once considered universal, such as cooperation, mutual aid, international social justice and peace are irrelevant in today's world. But International Trade Treaties are not.
Self-Defense: Seventeen members of a single family wiped out in a missile strike. A center for disabled people bombed. Four teenagers playing on a beach, killed by naval bombardment in front of a resort hotel. A half-million Gaza residents told to “leave” or be ground under the tread of Israeli tanks, as though there were somewhere in that little stretch of desert that wasn't already full of Palestinian refugees. A member of Israel's parliament decreed that Palestinian mothers “have to die and their houses should be demolished so that they cannot bear any more terrorists.” Bill Clinton said Hamas was “forcing Israel to kill civilians.” And the US Congress sent another $352 million to top-up Israel's war machine.
Noted: Pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels shot down a commercial airliner, killing passengers and crew. It was a Malaysian Airlines Flight, which is now marketing itself as the Carnival Lines of the air.
Equal Protection: The Catholic Diocese in Missouri took a break from hiding pedophilic priests and fired a lesbian employee for getting married. On the brighter side, a judge in Florida ruled that just because the state's voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage didn't mean he would.