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Zoë Schlanger is Frontpage Editor at TPM. Zoë was a TPM intern in 2011, and prior to returning here she was editor in chief of NYU Local, the alternative independent student news site at NYU. Zoë has interned at places like the Nation, InsideClimate News, The Rachel Maddow Show and Gothamist. She can be reached at zoe@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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After Pew released a report yesterday that found mothers to be the primary or sole breadwinners in 40% of American households with children, Fox Business aired the study Wednesday evening, and several Fox contributors, all men, expressed their dismay at the findings.

Host Lou Dobbs called the Pew report further proof of "society dissolving around us," and Juan Williams blamed more breadwinning mothers for "the disintegration of marriage." 

Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState, continued the lament, explaining that basic knowledge of biology reveals males are the dominant gender, and liberals who try to upend this are "very anti-science":

“I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology — when you look at the natural world — the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.”

Erickson concluded that this upheaval of natural gender roles is "tearing us apart" and jeapordizing our children, because “having mom as the primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage, and reality shows us that's the truth.”

UpdateRedState.com contributor Breeanne Howe responded to Erickson's comments with a Tweet of support:

Update: Erick Erickson responds to criticism on RedState.com: "Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families."


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Mora County, a low-income ranching area in oil-rich New Mexico became the first county in the U.S. to ban hydraulic fracturing last month, the Los Angeles Times reports. Wells are the only source of water for the county's 5,000 residents, so officials are wary of the oil and gas drilling technique that could compromise the groundwater. 

"I don't want to destroy our water," Roger Alcon, a 63-year-old resident of Mora County, told the LA Times. "You can't drink oil."

By voting for the ban, landowners opted out of potentially hefty royalty payments from drilling companies. Residents who spoke to the newspaper expressed other concerns:

Sandra Alcon said her neighbors don't care about mineral rights or oil money. They are angry about the way energy companies' "land men" treated them. Residents here are seen as easy marks for hustlers offering little compensation for oil and water rights, she said.

"They know we have a lot of elderly and rural people; some don't speak English," she said. "They don't know that some of us went to college and some of us have the Internet.

"I may look stupid, but I'm not. I know what they are doing."

Meanwhile, the Interior Department is facing more obstacles to finalizing rules for fracking on federal lands, a process which has already been dragged out for over a year. The powerful industry group American Petroleum Institute wants the public comment period for the rules to be quadrupled to 120 days, the Hill reports.

A previous draft of the rules was criticized for giving significant ground to drilling companies, who would not need to disclose chemical components injected into the ground until after drilling was completed.  

*Correction: an earlier version of this post referred to Mora County as a conservative county, as it was described in the Los Angeles Times report. Mora County actually leans Democratic, which can be seen in 2012 election results. Thanks to Matthew Reichbach for the tip.

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Chaurman says attack at Islamic centre was attempted murder, as police step up patrols after social media threats. Read this story on the Guardian here.

The chairman of a mosque targeted by multiple petrol bombs, has described the attack as attempted murder.

The incident in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, the most serious attack on Muslims since the killing of drummer Lee Rigby, comes at a time of increased activity by far-right groups such as the English Defence League.

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Two top aides departed from the office of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Monday, the Globe and Mail reported.

The departures come after the Globe and Mail reported that a senior staffer to Ford shared a tip with police about a possible connection between a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack and a recent homicide in the city.

“Everything’s fine. I have no idea what the police are investigating,” Ford said in response to that report.

Ford's press secretary George Christopoulos and his assistant, Isaac Ransom, both resigned Monday, sources in the mayor’s office confirmed to the Globe and Mail. 

To catch up on the manifold saga around Rob Ford, see this prior post, or peruse this handy chart.


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Yahoo just announced that it is buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion.

Tumblr CEO David Karp and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer are taking great pains to assure Tumblr users that they will not "screw up" Tumblr after the acquisition.

In his blog post announcing the news, Karp says: "Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We're not turning purple."

"Our headquarters isn't moving. Our team isn't changing. Our roadmap isn't changing. And our mission - to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve - certainly isn't changing."

In her blog post announcing the news, Mayer says: "We promise not to screw it up."

"Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster."

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Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) won the Republican nomination to replace Ken Cuccinelli as the state's attorney general this weekend. As Think Progress reported Monday, Obenshain once introduced a bill that would charge women with a Class 1 misdemeanor if they failed to report a miscarriage to police.

The bill, introduced in 2009, stated that if a miscarriage occured without medical attendance, the woman would be required to report the "fetal death, location of the remains, and the identity of the mother" to the local or state police department. If she failed to do this within 24 hours, the bill would find the woman guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. As Think Progress notes, a Class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of “confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500” in Virginia.

The Department of Education (DOE) has fined Yale University for failing to report serious sex crimes and  endangering students who thought campus was safer than it really was.

Yale didn't report four "forcible sex offenses" from 2001 and 2002, and the university failed to explain its policies for alerting students about crimes on campus. Under the Clery Act, any school whose students get federal financial aid have to report crimes on campus every year.

The DOE noted that Yale has improved how it responds to sex crimes since the agency started looking into its Clery Act violations in 2007. However, the DOE also told Yale in a letter its failures to comply with Clery were "very serious and numerous."

"These failures endangered Yale's students and employees who must be able to rely on the disclosures of campus crime statistics, policies, and statements, and the accurate reporting of crime statistics to take precautions for their safety," the DOE letter said.

The DOE said it began scrutinizing Yale's Clery Act reports after its alumni magazine ran a piece in 2004 called "Lux, Veritas, and Sexual Trespass: How Yale College Investigates Sexual Harassment and Assault."

The piece, written by journalist and Yale Law school graduate Emily Bazelon, suggested Yale had been seriously underreporting its sex crime statistics.

Bazelon's piece points to the story of a Yale sophomore who was pinned down by a junior boy in a dorm room in 2001. She told him "stop" and "don't do this" while he masturbated on her. The sophomore eventually reported the assault to Yale's "sexual harassment grievance board," which approached the junior. He admitted the assault but Yale never reported it in its Clery report, according to Bazelon.

This type of approach might have been why Yale had been reporting fewer sex offenses than any other Ivy League school, Bazelon noted. Yale reported five sex offenses between 2000 and 2002, while Harvard reported 80 from that same period and Princeton reported 29. Bazelon added:

To students trying to raise awareness on campus, the tiny number of assaults that Yale reports is maddening. "The dominant attitude is that rape doesn't happen here. And Yale University reports support that feeling," wrote Della Sentilles '06 in the Yale Daily News last winter. "Yale statistics seem misleading and Yale students are inadequately informed."

Yale reported 20 sex offenses in 2011 -- so either the number is going up or the school is doing a better job of reporting its crime statistics. The university had this to say about the recent fine, according to the New Haven Register:

Yale fully supports the Department of Education's mandate under the Clery Act and believes that student safety is of paramount importance. The university is fully committed to maintaining a robust program of campus security policies and campus crime statistics reporting that contains all of the elements prescribed by the Clery Act.

Yale added, though, that the "imposition of maximum fines is not warranted" for violations from so many years ago.

SEE ALSO: Columbia University Football Player Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Assaulting Classmate

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A man was field stripping two handguns in Tullahoma, Tenn. when one discharged, shooting his 1-year-old daughter in the chest, The Tennessean reported.

Kevin Sayre, 26, was "showing how parts of one gun were interchangeable with the other one" in the presence of the child. Police said Sayre was acting recklessly. He was charged with aggravated assault.

The child was listed in critical condition Tuesday, according to the Tennessean.

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