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It’s been an exciting and unsettling week:

Obama ended hospital-visitation discrimination for gays. The first lady went to Haiti, and there are pictures!

The Supreme Court decided not to hear the case of a man on death row whose judge and prosecutor were literally in bed together.

A 10-year-old girl in Mexico is being forced to carry the child of her molesting stepfather.

No one knows why maternal mortality’s going up among African Americans in NYC.

Free speech won some additional protection, although at the expense of rodents who get crushed by chicks in high heels for fetish videos.

Berkeley students can now wipe their asses with John Yoo’s ethics.

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