Did you read about Rachel Dolezal, Mark Kirk, and abortion rights? | Bleader

Did you read about Rachel Dolezal, Mark Kirk, and abortion rights?



Mark Kirk is having a Don Imus moment
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  • Mark Kirk is having a Don Imus moment.
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Hey, did you read:

• About Rachel Dolezal, head of the Spokane NAACP, who may be a white woman pretending to be black? Tony Adler

• That abortion rights are shaping up to be a major talking point in the 2016 election? Drew Hunt

• About the Louisiana inmate who is waiting to see if he'll be freed after 43 years in solitary confinement? Mick Dumke

• That a British scholar has discovered 30 previously unknown poems by Katherine Mansfield just sitting in a folder in the Newberry Library? Aimee Levitt

• That Senator Mark Kirk referred to unmarried presidential candidate Lindsey Graham as "a bro with no ho," a saying from "the street" that no one actually says? Mick Dumke

• About luxury communism? Drew Hunt

• About the trouble with "girls" in the lab—that is, with women scientists—according to British biochemist Tim Hunt, a Nobel laureate? (A: "You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them they cry.”) Kate Schmidt

• And these responses from female scientists to Tim Hunt's sexist comments? Sue Kwong

• About "slack fill," or how manufacturers save themselves money by putting smaller amounts of product into existing packaging and charging consumers the same price? Aimee Levitt