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Hillary Clinton Sits Down with Jon Stewart, Suggests She Wouldn't Mind an Oval Office: VIDEO

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Hillary Clinton joined Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night to talk about writing her book Hard Choices, whether she enjoys a certain shape for her home office (such as oval), the "cottage industry" of attacks on her, the "dead broke" comment, income inequality, and doing something about young people who are neither in school, nor in work.

The interview is in four parts, AFTER THE JUMP...

Part 2:

Modernizing the State Department, the bureaucracy of government, the empowerment of people by the internet and how it affects government and leadership, the context of the U.S., what it stands for, and how we've tried to move the world toward democracy and freedom, how American culture and ideas are important in teaching the world about who we are.

Parts 3 and 4:

The conflict between Hamas and Israel, and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The peace process and previous attempts to come to agreements in the region, and making....hard choices.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Israeli Education Minister Apologizes for Attacking Gay Families

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Shai Piron, Israel’s Education Minister, has apologized for the homophobic comments he made against same sex families earlier this month. Piron was met with a fierce outpouring of backlash from Israel’s prominent LGBT community after asserting that “[i]t’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’" in an interview with the Israel National News.

Hagit Rimon, Piron’s lesbian sister, came to the Education Minister’s defense soon after his comments were made public. “I wasn’t offended. I don’t get offended by general statements, and I trust his intentions,” Rimon said to Israel’s Walla News. “He does work for many different communities, and he is a pluralistic guy.”

Piron took to his Facebook account to issue an awkwardly articulated backtracking of his previous stance.

”You can disagree with the wording of words, yet it reflects the reality in Israel and the difficulties of the religious community with changes in family structure.” He wrote, “Every day I try to build a bridge between groups and communities, the first phase of the bridge is to accept and understand.” Piron went on to faux-pologize “if [his] words were understood incorrectly” in the post, prompting for yet another, appropriate apology. Chairman of the Knesset Gay Pride Lobby MK Nitzan Horowitz, called the apology “feeble” and “inadequate.”

“Piron is the education minister and his comments affect the entire system,” he said yesterday. “Students in the education system, children of gay families, gay teachers, and gay parents, all were hurt by the statement of the man who is in charge of education in Israel.”


Tony Perkins On LGBT Pride Flag at U.S. Embassy: Obama is Turning America Into Sodom - VIDEO

PerkinsOn yesterday’s radio program, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins blasted the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv’s decision to fly the LGBT pride flag this month, saying:

"The rainbow flag over Israel — the last time they were flying that over Sodom and Gomorrah it didn’t work out so well. The reality is this administration is not just ignoring or indifferent to traditional values, it is hostile to them, it is hostile to the very things that made America great.” 

Later, in a chat with a listener who called President Obama “Satan personified,” Perkins speculated on whether Obama may have threatened House Speaker John Boehner and his family to keep him in check while his administration “dismantled the country morally and culturally”

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Right Wing Watch]

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Israel Forbids Soldiers From Wearing Uniforms In Pride Parades

On March 30 Israel Defense Forces Manpower Directorate Commander Major General Orna Barbivai overturned a policy allowing Israeli soldiers to march in uniform in Pride parades.

IsraelisoldiersprideflagSoldiers will now have to march in civilian clothing. No explanation thus far has been given for the policy change.

According to GayAsiaNews:

The new ruling also states that it will allow soldiers to participate in such events provided they receive permission from their commanders.

Soldiers may only attend social protests that are not organized by a political party. They are also forbidden to participate in protests related to the army and its policies, or in anti-Israel protests.

The Israeli military accepts LGBT soldiers. However same-sex marriage is not legal in the country even though they recognize such marriages that occur elsewhere.

(image via Desert Peace Files)


SC Senate Candidate Lee Bright Wants Congress To Impeach Pro-Equality Federal Judges: LISTEN

LeebrightIt looks like South Carolina's got a terrifying candidate on the books for 2014's senatorial elections, and his name is Lee Bright. The Republican, who will be challenging Senator Lindsey Graham (long rumored to be gay), gave a disheartening and disturbing response to a Tea Party group in Utah regarding the state's pro-marriage equality federal ruling. Bright would like one of these pro-equality federal judges to be impeached by Congress as a means to encourage others to "do the right thing."

Right Wing Watch reports:

Bright told Tea Party Express, “Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that, being a federal judge is a pretty good gig, and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.”

The Constitution grants lifetime appointments to federal judges “during good behavior.” In the nation’s history, only eight federal judges have been impeached and removed from office by Congress –most for committing crimes or severely neglecting their duties.

Bright also spoke about his desire for looser gun control laws, inaccurately utilizing Israel as a comparison point for the United States:

"You look over at Israel, and that’s an armed group of folks over there,” he said. “I mean, they are teachers with machine guns on playgrounds, because you got terrorists over there that would choose to harm children and whose teachers are there to protect them. When you’ve got folks that are armed and able to defend themselves, the threat of terrorism goes down drastically.”

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Lesbian Penguins Discovered At Israeli Zoo

Zookeepers at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center have discovered that two of their young female South African Jackass penguins — Suki and Chupchikoni — are in fact a lesbian couple.

JackassZookeepers originally thought that Suki (the smaller one) was female and that Chupchikoni was a small-sized male. However, a blood test revealed that both are female. And though they have reportedly not yet built a nesting burrow together, they have set up a scrape for storing nesting materials.

The two females have also chosen to pair together despite having plenty of other single young males in their area to choose from.

Gay penguins have become a common occurence at zoos around the world, including New York's famous gay Chinstrap penguin couple Roy and Silo as well as pairs in Germany and Canada.

Though Roy and Silo eventually became the subject of the oft-banned children's book And Tango Makes Three, they actually split up after Silo paired off with a female named Scrappy. Meanwhile, their daughter Tango grew up and got into a lesbian relationship with a female penguin named Tanuzi.


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