Though he may not act like it, Adam is on vacation. Filling in this week is Silvana Naguib . Hi, all. Pleasure to be here, and allow me to introduce myself. My name is Silvana Naguib, and I'm a lawyer who lives in Washington. For the last three years, I have blogged sporadically--but with great vigor!--at the feminist group blog Bitch, Ph.D. , under the pseudonym "M. LeBlanc." Lest there be any confusion, I do not have a PhD -- just a JD. My lawyering focuses on prisoner civil rights, disability rights, mental health care, and domestic violence. My writing focuses on feminism, popular culture, and human rights. In addition to blogging at my regular Internet-home, I have also guest-blogged for national-security blogger Spencer Ackerman and, more recently, at the feminist pop-culture blog Tiger Beatdown . I originally hail from Cairo, Egypt, an upbringing to which I attribute my great love of felafel and my outrage toward hyper-authoritarian governments. Now let's get started. --...
Truly shameful: This afternoon, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed into law a hopelessly draconian anti-immigrant measure that essentially makes it a crime to be an undocumented citizen. The law will require police officers to inquire about a person's immigration status if they form "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally. What qualifies as "reasonable suspicion" is unclear. The law's opponents have expressed concerns that the measure could lead to racial profiling , and Barack Obama has been highly critical of the bill. (Flick/ Willie Stark )
Earth Day goes middle-aged today, celebrating its 40th anniversary. In this photo, the late Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine addresses between 40,000 and 60,000 people on the first celebration of Earth Day in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, on April 22, 1970. Muskie was the author of the 1970 Clean Air Act. (1970 Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia)
Today, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke unveiled the new $100 bill. The note has two new security features and will go into circulation February 2011. We here at TAP are somewhat more fond of -- and familiar with -- Abraham Lincoln 's visage. (Department of the Treasury/ newmoney.gov )