Lt. Col. Linda Campbell fought for equal treatment for her late wife, who died of cancer after a long battle. Now she’s hoping the Supreme Court can extend burial rights to others.
Retired Lt. Col. Linda Campbell hopes the Supreme Court gives adequate notice of when it will hand down its rulings on same-sex marriage so she can snag a seat on a plane in time to be back in Washington for the historic decision. “I just have to be there. This means everything to me,” she says. “It’s the whole focus of my life. I don’t have Nancy anymore, I just have our marriage.”
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After battling the U.S. military for almost a year, Campbell won a waiver for her deceased partner to be buried in a national cemetery, the first ever for a same-sex spouse, and she is looking to the Supreme Court to extend the right to others. She traveled to Washington, D.C. and stood in line in the cold to get just three minutes inside the court during last month’s oral arguments on marriage equality so she could lend her support—and demonstrate by her presence how much is at stake for people who for too long have had to settle for the watered-down version of marriage memorably dubbed “skim milk marriage” by Justice Ginsberg.
Last week NYU Law announced that former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer Kathy Boudin would be a scholar-in-residence. She’s the latest in a series of former left-wing radicals with cozy university appointments. Michael Moynihan on how left-wing criminals ended up lecturing America’s college students.
Last week, Rutgers University fired its mercurial basketball coach after he was videotaped “shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players in practice and using gay slurs,” according to ESPN. Under pressure from school administrators, Rutgers’ athletic director, who had previously defended the coach’s behavior, resigned. It was an appropriate response: violent oafs should be fired from their university jobs for violent, oafish behavior.
Weather Underground fugitive Katherine Boudin is taken into custody by police on October 21, 1981. (Carmine Donofrio/NY Daily News Archive via Getty)
On the same day ESPN broadcast the Rutgers tape, The New York Post reported that Kathy Boudin, a professor at Columbia University, was named the 2013 Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU Law School. In 1984, Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground, a violent, oafish association of upper-class “revolutionaries,” pled guilty to second-degree murder in association with the infamous 1981 Brinks armored car robbery in Nyack, New York. Babbling in the language of anti-racism and anti-imperialism, Boudin assisted in ending the life of three people, including Waverly Brown, the first black police officer on the Nyack police force, and left nine children fatherless. She was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. In 2003, Boudin was released; by 2008 she had landed a coveted teaching position at an Ivy League university.
Her Facebook photos were stolen to create an imaginary lover for Notre Dame star Manti Te'o. Diane O'Meara offers five lessons she learned about the dangers of social media.
It’s a strange experience to get a call from a reporter asking for confirmation that you died a few months ago—when you're alive and well.
Diane O' Meara is interviewed on NBC's Today Show. (Peter Kramer/NBC, via AP)
That call alerted me to the fact that my Facebook photos had been lifted to create a fictional character by the name of Lennay Kekua. If that name rings a bell, it’s because Lennay was said to be the girlfriend of Manti Te’o, the Heisman Trophy runner-up from Notre Dame. She never existed, but the impact on my life has been all too real.
New research shows aggressive people can become less aggressive if they change the way they see others. Eliza Shapiro on the power of happiness.
What if we could stop aggressive behavior with a smile?
Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people prone to violence tend to view those around them as angry, too—thus provoking more violence. But the vicious cycle can potentially be broken if the first group is able to see happiness in others’ expressions.
In making case for tighter gun laws.
A gun-control speech on the Senate floor got personal for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who cited his father’s suicide. “Sometimes people in a fit of passion will purchase the handgun to do bad things with it, Mr. President, even as my dad did, kill themselves,” said Reid. He pointed out that in Nevada a person has to wait three days before picking up a gun after purchasing it. “Waiting a few days helps,” he said. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced plans to join his colleagues’ filibuster of the gun-control package.
She was idealistic, she was upbeat, she was positive—25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff, killed in an Afghan bomb attack, was the best kind of Foreign Service officer to spread our values, says Michael Daly.
On Saturday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned the parents of a 25-year-old Foreign Service officer who had been so uncommonly upbeat and manifestly idealistic amid pervasive gloom and cynicism when she helped coordinate his visit to Afghanistan two weeks before.
Anne Smedinghoff had seemed to embody the spirit of America at its very best, and she had been determined to venture out and demonstrate a greatness of heart even as our military withdrawal was making that continually more dangerous.
Kerry was now calling to tell Tom and Mary Beth Smedinghoff that their brave and buoyant daughter had been killed by a bomb-laden vehicle while she was riding in a convoy to deliver donated schoolbooks in Zabul province.
A new data dump from WikiLeaks lets us get up close and personal with Henry Kissinger. See the most interesting revelations—and help us dig through the rest of the 1.7 million cables.
Cablegate: Part II?
WikiLeaks released on Monday a search engine that allows readers to scour through a trove of more than 1.7 million diplomatic cables. Branded the "Kissinger Cables," they run from 1973-1976 and focus on the tenure of controversial Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The searchable database, dubbed "PlusD" (#PlusD on Twitter), also contains the 250,000 diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks released in November 2010, known collectively as "Cablegate."
While urbanists and developers tout the oldest and priciest American cities, they ignore or deplore the real growth that’s happening in more spread-out urban newbies, writes demographer Joel Kotkin.
America’s urban landscape is changing, but in ways not always predicted or much admired by our media, planners, and pundits. The real trend-setters of the future—judged by both population and job growth—are not in the oft-praised great “legacy” cities like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, but a crop of newer, more sprawling urban regions primarily located in the Sun Belt and, surprisingly, the resurgent Great Plains.
Houston, Texas. (Alan Schein/Corbis)
While Gotham and the Windy City have experienced modest growth and significant net domestic out-migration, burgeoning if often disdained urban regions such as Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Charlotte, and Oklahoma City have expanded rapidly. These low-density, car-dominated, heavily suburbanized areas with small central cores likely represent the next wave of great American cities.
Close friend of his mother says he was “tortured” by bullies at school.
The horrific killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, may have been an “act of revenge” by shooter Adam Lanza, according to the Daily News. A close friend of Lanza’s mother says her son endured “relentless bullying” at the Connecticut school, which caused him to harbor feelings of anger and betrayal. “Nancy told me he was being picked on at school. That they were just torturing him,” said friend Marvin LaFontaine. Although he was a constant target of bullying for his shy nature, LaFontaine says he never fought back. The motive behind his attack remains unknown.
Patti Davis thinks her dad would support gay marriage, and her brother Michael Reagan insists he wouldn’t. After their spat blew up into a cable-news circus, Lloyd Grove talks to both sides.
“What would Ronald Reagan do?”—the crucial question Republican true believers endlessly ask themselves—is finally being brought to bear on same-sex marriage, courtesy of two of the 40th president’s children.
Patti Davis, the conservative icon’s daughter with former first lady Nancy Reagan, insists her father, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 at age 93, would definitely have supported the right of gays and lesbians to sanctify committed relationships with officially recognized marriage vows.
Little Jenae Hornsby was one of the first victims identified after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado. Her father, Joshua, told Anderson Cooper that 'she was the best kid anybody could have.' On dealing with the loss, Joshua said, 'I can make my baby proud and keep pushing on, like I know she would want me to do.'
A Senate hearing on the ongoing IRS scandal featured lots of outraged bluster, but few admissions of responsibility and nothing like a smoking gun. Eleanor Clift on a day of dead ends.