The Justice Department will appeal a ruling dropping the age to purchase the morning after pill—but Michelle Cottle says public health may still prove victorious over fears about libidinous teens.
The FDA’s decision this week to lower from 17 to 15 the age at which young women may purchase Plan B emergency contraception without a prescription was not exactly a bold move by the Obama administration.
A package of Plan B contraception is displayed at Jack’s Pharmacy in San Anselmo, California, in April. A federal judge in New York City has ordered the Food and Drug Adminstration to make the Plan B contraceptive, also known as the morning-after pill, available to younger teens without a perscription within 30 days. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)
It was, at most, the halfhearted removal of the thumb Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had jammed into the FDA’s eyeball in December 2011, when Sebelius overruled Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s recommendation that all age and point-of-sale restrictions—such as limiting its sale to clinics and pharmacies, keeping it behind the counter, and requiring ID—be removed from the so-called morning-after pill. Hamburg’s recommendation flowed from research indicating that the pills are safe and easy to use. Sebelius’s rejection was widely slammed as based on politics—specifically, the fear that conservatives would accuse President Obama of greasing the path to hot tween orgies.
So we just heard the desperate colonists resorted to cannibalism. But that’s not the only reason the Virginia settlement was horrific. Nina Strochlic gives us six more.
Were our esteemed forebears actually cannibals? New archeological evidence indicates a firm yes. According to Smithsonian magazine, a recent excavation in the Jamestown Colony in Virginia finally turned up evidence of what’s long been hinted at. During particularly harsh beginnings upon landing in the New World, desperate colonists resorted to human flesh for sustenance. But that’s not the only malady that befell early settlers. Here are some reasons to be thankful you arrived on this continent in the four centuries since.
It Was Originally All Men
Three shiploads of men docked at Chesapeake Bay on April 26, 1607. Three weeks later, they had settled Jamestown, an unused bit of land the Native Americans had deemed undesirable. The next year, two brave women set foot in the colony, but then it took another 13 years for a crop of young unmarried or widowed women to arrive.
In her first sit-down interview since being acquitted of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher while studying abroad in Italy, Knox told Diane Sawyer she wants ‘the truth to come out.’ WATCH VIDEO.
‘It’s Not True’
Diane Sawyer didn’t start the interview gently—she launched into a list of unflattering names Knox has been called: “concertante of sex,” “sphinx of Perugia,” “she-devil with an angel face.” Knox looked pained, but she said being slandered by the media was nothing new. “It’s another thing to be sitting in a courtroom, fighting for your life, while people are calling you a devil,” she said.
The NBA player has been drawing loud applause for declaring he is gay, though one ESPN commentator ripped him for his ‘homosexual lifestyle.’ Howard Kurtz calls a foul.
The media world has utterly embraced Jason Collins for coming out as the first openly gay NBA player, practically giving him an ovation.
Jason Collins (center) sparked a media frenzy in being the first male on a major American sports team to come out, with messages of support pouring in from all over the web, including from Andy Cohen, Kobe Bryant, NBA commissioner David Stern, and Bill Clinton. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty)
Indeed, the starting team did just that on Good Morning America, applauding on Tuesday after the program aired George Stephanopoulos’s exclusive interview with the journeyman athlete. “The way he has handled himself thus far has been so incredibly impressive,” Robin Roberts said.
An increasingly vocal group of hipster parents say smoking pot makes them better, more engaged parents. Not to be a buzzkill, but that sounds like hooey to me.
I know from five years of experience that playing with young kids can be difficult. They make up unreasonable rules and then suddenly lose interest and try to eat a puzzle piece. So it’s no surprise that parents are self-medicating, and with marijuana becoming increasingly decriminalized, it seems a growing number of moms and dads are proudly admitting that, for them, familial bliss is smoldering at the end of a joint.
Joanna McKee uses a vaporizer to get one of her daily doses of medical marijuana in June 2007 in Seattle. McKee used marijuana to relieve the pain caused by her back and leg problems. (Andrei Pungovschi/AP)
Maybe I’m overly sensitive, or even allergic to it, but I’ve had enough uncomfortably psychedelic experiences with this century’s super pot to be terrified of it. The last time I sampled some, called Sour Monkey, I made it through five minutes of the movie Looper before confusion and panic set in, causing me to change course and feverishly organize my father’s ethernet cords. I can’t fathom caring for a kid when I’m so helplessly distracted by taking my own pulse.
Let’s face it—on nearly every important issue, from gun control to immigration to gay marriage, red states are holding America back. Lee Siegel on why the South should get the hell out of the union.
Let’s not be fooled by all the bipartisan rhetoric that has been streaming out of the GOP since Romney’s self-destruction. Hundreds of thousands of petitioners in a handful of red states still want to secede? Well, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
A post marking the base point in the survey of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, traditionally viewed as the line between the North and the South in American lore. (Matt Rourke/AP)
In the Ireland of America, locals pay little mind as mad Elvis-impersonating martial artists plotters come and go. Sixth-generation Mississippian Stuart Stevens is on the scene.
Yes, Elvis actually was in the building.
There was a swarming media scrum in front of the federal courthouse in Oxford, Mississippi, last week to cover a man accused of one the most serious crimes imaginable: the attempted assassination of the president of the United States, a U.S. senator, and a local judge. It had all the makings of high drama, but few of the locals paid it much notice.
Federal agents inspect the Dodge Grand Caravan driven by J. Everett Dutschke near the site of a martial arts studio he once operated, April 24, 2013, in Tupelo, Mississippi. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
Dressed for Columbia’s Military Ball, an Iraq veteran found himself straddling America’s unspoken fault line on the streets of Manhattan.
As I squeeze into my dress blues for the first time since 2009, I think of my grandmother. She’d told my brother and me that Americans were once embarrassed to be seen in public with young men not wearing a military uniform. Then she’d shake her head, say that had been a long time ago, and ask if we wanted another bowl of Raisin Bran.
Members of the United States Marine Corps attend the 234th Annual United States Marine Corps Birthday Gala at the Intrepid Sea on November 5, 2009, in New York City. (Jemal Countess/Getty)
My grandmother was a practical woman and a career Navy wife, so nostalgia didn’t soak her words when she said this. Just consideration. She passed away 10 years ago. The World War II–era America she referenced has been dead far longer than that.
The Washington landmark is commemorating its 20th year this weekend with a reunion and remembrance. For one tour guide, her mission to fight intolerance isn’t finished yet.
Never Again is the theme of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th anniversary. A two-day tribute begins Sunday for the victims and witnesses of the Nazi slaughter and to the thousands of World War II veterans who will gather on the Mall in Washington, D.C. to reflect on both the past and the future.
Holocaust survivor and United States National Holocaust Museum guide, Margit Meissner, 90, at the genocide exhibit "From Memory To Action" during a personal tour of the museum with Rwanda genocide survivor and Country Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Freddy Mutanguha, on August 4, 2012. (Jared Soares for The Washington Post, via Getty)
Bill Clinton, who dedicated the museum two decades ago, is giving the keynote address. Survivor Elie Wiesel, the founding chairman, will present special awards to Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, for his singular leadership of Polish-Jewish relations following the war.
The daughter of the Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and many like her will forever wonder if they are also ‘bad seeds.’ Are they right?
A week after her father, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly set off a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring hundreds more, 3-year-old Zahara Tsarnaev was seen happily playing on a slide in her grandmother’s backyard in Rhode Island.
A second explosion goes off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty)
Zahara is likely oblivious to her father’s suspected crimes and perhaps to her father’s death in the early hours of April 19, when he was shot by police trying to apprehend him and his brother, Dzhokhar, who ran him over with a car in a desperate attempt to escape the police.
If we do say so ourselves. Sex scandal be damned, the disgraced former congressman is now officially running for mayor of New York City. But what is Anthony Weiner really saying in his new campaign video?