Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride passed away this week, her partner to receive NO federal benefits (UPDATED)

THIS is how we treat our heroes?

Astronaut and Stanford physicist Sally Ride passed away this week from pancreatic cancer. She was the first woman American* and the youngest American of either gender to travel into space. My family has a small but important (to us) connection with Dr. Ride. When my daughter was in grade school, she had a project where they dressed as their heroes and, during an open house, played the role of their hero, answering questions and chatting with the parents that visited. My daughter was there, dressed in a blue jumpsuit and sporting my motorcycle helmet, a third grade astronaut. Her picture even ended up in the local newspaper. When Dr. Ride, a lesbian, passed away this week, she left behind her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy. Because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), O'Shaughnessy will receive no federal benefits, benefits she would receive if she were a man. Despite their life-long partnership, she is treated as if she were just an acquaintance. The two met when they were 12 years old.
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What Would Mitt Romney Do Differently Than George W. Bush?

Fool us three times? Shame, shame, shame.

If you can stand it, try a little experiment: Ask a Republican how Mitt Romney would be different than George W. Bush. I’ll tell you the answer you’ll get later and why it’s a lie. But first, let’s review how Mitt compares to George.

THE SAME

Advisers
According to the Washington Times:

Mr. Romney’s corps of advisers, in fact, is heavily salted with figures who surrounded the 43rd president as he watched over massive increases in federal spending, the creation of more government programs and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the nation-building efforts that followed.…
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TOMORROW! Join the anti-Emergency Manager Law protest at the state Supreme Court

Public Act 4: Anti-democratic, anti-American

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 25th, the Michigan state Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the petitions used to gather signatures to put Public Act 4, Michigan's Emergency Manager Law. At issue is whether or not a concocted lie about the font size of a single phrase on the petition, "REFERENDUM OF LEGISLATION", is enough to disenfranchise Michigan voters and throw away the voice of the nearly quarter million people who signed the petitions. You can join the protest at the Supreme Court tomorrow and free bus rides are available from around the state. Details after the jump.
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Graphically LOLGOP – Fishing edition

Teach a Republican to fish...

Anne and LOLGOP are teaming up to pair his Greatest Hits tweets with some of Anne's photos. Their first one, shown below, has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook already and it was just posted last evening. We're calling the new series "Graphically LOLGOP". Enjoy.
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New ad features President Obama doing what he does best — connecting with YOU

"Sometimes politics can seem very small. But the choice you face? It couldn't be bigger."

The Obama campaign has a new ad out that's spectacular. Rather than presenting you with a lot of charts or facts, it features a calm, relaxed and confident President Obama looking straight at you. Light piano music plays in the background. He simply explains to essential differences between him and Mitt Romney. It's very effective. Have a look after the jump.
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It is a myth that most small businesses would be hurt by ending the Bush tax cuts

A successful myth, of course, but a myth nonetheless

A study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released last week shows that the claim by Republicans that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire on the wealthiest among would harm small businesses is a myth. In fact, only 2.5% of small business owners are in the top two tax rates and only 0.5% of them are millionaires. Ammunition to fight back against these lies after the jump.
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Jase Bolger: “Nothing to see here, move along, we have unions to crush, women to deprive of reproductive rights”

I'm sorry we paused in our union-crushing, women's rights ending crusade...

Late in the afternoon on Friday when most people were thinking more about their summer weekend ahead and not about state politics, Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger gave the apology version of the Friday afternoon "news dump". In a piece published in the Detroit Free Press and put online at 2:56 p.m., he "apologized". More after the jump.
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Last day – Third quarter fundraiser – our server transition is complete

The eagle has landed. I repeat, the eagle has landed

If you're reading this, then all is well and the transfer to the new server has gone smoothly. A big shoutout to my pal Charles Gaba at Brainwrap for his work on this. We're happy to have found a new home that can accommodate our explosive growth. Obviously, along with these growing pains come new expenses. While I don't expect to make a living blogging any time soon (though, of course, that would be the Holy Grail), I'd at least like to break even. You can help with that by making a contribution to Eclectablog. How? Two ways. Details after the jump.
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