The illustrious Nick Baumanndives deeper into the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" bill introduced last week and finds that the proposed bill actually seeks to narrow the definition of rape.
With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to "forcible rape." This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible. For example: If a 13-year-old girl is impregnated by a 24-year-old adult, she would no longer qualify to have Medicaid pay for an abortion.
Yesterday, reports emerged that stock prices on many for-profit education companies (you probably recognize their names from online or television advertising) have ticked upward despite a decline in enrollment. DeVry University shares shot up 9.8 percent in afternoon trading yesterday despite the fact that their enrollment fell 4.7 percent this fall.
Student Life, the campus newspaper for Washington University, reports that Bristol Palin will be speaking on campus during the school's annual Sex Week. The school got approval to spend $20,000 on speaking fees for the week, but won't disclose exactly how much of that will go toward bringing Palin to campus. This isn't Palin's first stint giving sex advice. In 2009 she did a much-publicized tour for Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day, which promotes abstinence.
One of the key pieces in President Barack Obama's "win the future" State of the Union speech last night was investment in education. Obama created much buzz in the higher-education community during a SOTU-like speech in 2009, when he challenged everyone in America to pursue at least one year of higher education or post-secondary training. Last night, Obama promised that America would become competitive in higher education once again: