The Search for Edward Snowden Continues… And Other News

Where is Edward Snowden

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Edward Snowden?

Nobody knows Edward Snowden’s current whereabouts for sure but word on the street is that he left Hong Kong on Sunday for Moscow and was then rumored to have boarded a flight to Havana, Cuba. The mystery deepened when then his seat was vacant on the Havana flight, raising the possibility that the Russian government had detained him. Obama is urging Putin to boot him out of Russia on a one-way flight back to the United States. But Putin’s never been one to follow orders so who knows where Snowden will go. His final/ideal destination is thought to be Ecuador, where he is reportedly seeking asylum.

For those who have been living under a rock in a wi-fi free zone, Edward Snowden has been charged with illegally disclosing classified documents about American surveillance programs. Since leaking the NSA documents, he has fled to countries that better value government transparency and freedom of speech: China, Russia, Cuba… wait a minute…  New York Times

Texas Abortion RallyThose sneaky Texans… Texas Republicans pushed through some anti-abortion legislation in the wee hours of the night. The abortion bill bans all procedures after 20 weeks and tightens restrictions on Texas clinics to the point where nearly all of them would be forced to close. The bill tentatively passed 97–33 at 3:20 a.m. after nearly 15 hours of debate. The final vote passed early Monday morning. The bill still has to head to the Senate where the Democrats are waiting to filibuster the crap out of it. If it can make it through the Senate, Governor Rick Perry said he will sign it into law, guaranteeing that all but five of the state’s abortion clinics will be forced to shut down in 2014. Raw Story

Coy MathisCoy Mathis, a transgender first grader from Colorado, has won a civil-rights case against her school district to use the girls’ bathroom, despite being born a boy. “Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, said in a statement. “All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally.” Denver Post

Ruby the heart stealerFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from public office for having sex with an underage prostitute. Berlusconi is known for many sex scandals (as well as tax scandals, corruption scandals – basically all types of scandals) but in this particular ruling Berlusconi was convicted of abusing his power and engaging in sex-for-hire with a 17-year-old Morocco girl known as “Ruby the Heart Stealer”. The ruling will not be implemented, however, until Berlusconi has had the opportunity to appeal. Both Berlusconi and “Ruby” deny the charges – both are under the impression that what happens at the bunga-bunga parties stays at the bunga-bunga parties. BBC News

Affirm ActionSometimes the Supreme Court just doesn’t want to deal with things. That’s what happened on Monday when the Supreme Court deferred ruling on the merits of affirmative action, choosing instead to send the case back down to a lower court for further review. The suit, Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, argued that affirmative action policies of the University of Texas violated the equal protection rights of some white applicants. Abigail Noel sued the state university after her college application was rejected in 2008. She blamed her rejection on her race – arguing that less qualified minority candidates were accepted due to the schools policies. CNN

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