Elizabeth Taylor hospitalized after suffering symptoms from congestive heart failure.
Time magazine cover photo awarded "World Press Photo of the Year": "The woman it depicts is Bibi Aisha, who was 18 when she left her husband, a Taliban fighter, over claims of domestic abuse. In an act of retribution, the Taliban allowed him to cut off her ears and nose. Aisha's husband abandoned her after the assault; American soldiers and aid workers later rescued her and transported her to the United States–where she now lives–for reconstructive surgery."
Tom Cruise to star in the Hollywood version of Rock of Ages.
Rhode Island Republican House Minority Leader Robert Watson under fire for comments he made during an event at the Chamber of Commerce: "if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana."
OH SNAP — Having been granted a permit to protest outside Elizabeth Edwards' funeral today in Raleigh, the Westboro Baptist Church did just that. We spotted this TwitPic uploaded by Megan Phelps. Isn't it nice to see strong women supporting each other?
"Her family confirmed the death, saying Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by relatives when she died. A family friend said Mr. Edwards was present. On Monday, two family friends said that Mrs. Edwards’s cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment."
Local press in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is reporting that Elizabeth Edwards has passed away. From WRAL‘s Elizabeth Edwards dies:
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Elizabeth Edwards, the political wife whose public battle with breast cancer, coping with marital infidelity and continued advocacy for the downtrodden raised her profile above that of her husband, died Tuesday. She was 61.
Edwards died at her Chapel Hill home, where family and friends had gathered in recent days after doctors informed her that her cancer had spread and recommended that she not undergo further treatment.
UPDATE FROM PAM: The statements from the White House:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2010
Statement by the President on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards
Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family’s condolences. I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign. She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind.
In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2010
Vice President Biden Issues Statement on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards
“Elizabeth Edwards fought a brave battle against a terrible, ravaging disease that takes too many lives every day. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and to those who felt they knew her. Jill and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Edwards family as they grieve during this difficult and painful time.”
DNC Chairman Tim Kaine’s Statement On The Passing of Elizabeth Edwards
Washington, DC – Today, Elizabeth Edwards passed away. Following her death, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement:
“Elizabeth Edwards’s death at much too young an age will be mourned and she will be fondly remembered in the hearts of women and men from all across our nation. Elizabeth was a woman of firm convictions and strong principles, and she was an inspiration not only to members of the Democratic Party but to countless Americans of all backgrounds.
I offer my sincere condolences to her family and friends, and my thoughts go out to all those who will miss her. Elizabeth will not soon be forgotten, and her spirit will live on in all those who loved and admired her.”
Unlike our President (and her husband John Edwards), Elizabeth Edwards endorsed marriage equality. Speaking at the HRC San Francisco Dinner in 2007:
Elizabeth Scott is a tea party candidate challenging openly-gay, pro-equality Washington state Rep. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds). Marko was the prime sponsor of the safe schools law which was passed unanimously by the legislature last year – a spectacular accomplishment.
A political newcomer, Scott quickly earned a reputation for engaging in slimy politics. Despite this, she represents a serious threat to Rep. Liias’s reelection because the national economic meltdown has put voters in a sour, anti-incumbent mood.
At a recent candidate forum, the moderator asked the candidates their opinions of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Elizabeth Scott has posted a video with her answer to the question, which she restates as “Question: Where do you stand on homosexual marriage?“. How many kinds of crazy can you find in her brief reply? Sorry, can’t get the video to embed.
I also believe in one man, one woman marriage, but I don’t believe the government should come into your bedroom. So, I would leave it at that. Marriage is where I draw the line – using the term marriage.
I want to point out that some endorsements on my website of a lesbian couple here in the district. They’re in our neighborhood, and who are thrilled I’m running because frankly I’m surprised this is the first question that comes up. We have one out of seven people out of work or more. The reason the lesbian couple have endorsed me is that they’re very concerned about their jobs being sent out of state by our high taxes and the concerns about overspending.
Here in the Herald recently a gay man wrote in that he was upset by his tax dollars not being spent wisely on education. We all want our money’s worth,and I’m not getting it. I believe in equal rights and opportunities, but I do not believe in special rights.
Only a minute long, yet she manages to pack in a lot of crazy:
Government should stay out of your bedroom…unless you’re gay and want to marry.
Two Uncle Tom lesbians endorse her and she’s heard of a gay man who is concerned about school funding. The implication she’s reeeeally stretching for is that she’s not an incoherent homophobe.
Equality for straights is equality, while equality for gays is “special rights”.
Let’s not let this kind of crazy replace the smart and sane Rep. Marko Liias in the legislature! If you’re in Marko’s district or, like me, in a nearby safe district, please consider volunteering with Marko’s campaign. To learn more about Marko Liias and his opponent, come to the first general election debate Wednesday night, September 22nd, at Edmonds Community College. More details here: Civic Engagement: 21st LD and 1st LD Candidate Forum.