President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce the revamp of policy requiring religious institutions to pay for birth control. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)In spite of a revised rule announced Friday that would allow non-religious institutions that are run by religious organizations to avoid providing or paying for their employees' contraception, some Congressional Republicans insist that the Obama administration is still violating religious freedoms by mandating that prescription birth control be made available without a co-payment.
"This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans' First Amendment right to freedom of religion," Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio said in a written statement. "It's a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs."
Catholic church leaders have insisted that they would never go along with the law, but they'd never have to: Churches and other places of worship have always been exempt from the mandate.
According to the revised rule, religious charities,
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST
President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce the revamp of policy requiring religious institutions to pay for birth control. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)In spite of a revised rule announced Friday that would allow non-religious institutions that are run by religious organizations to avoid providing or paying for their employees' contraception, some Congressional Republicans insist that the Obama administration is still violating religious freedoms by mandating that prescription birth control be made available without a co-payment.Read More »from Will Obama's Compromise Over Contraception Law Satisfy Critics?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Feb 9, 2012 5:46 PM EST
After finding a rude letter from his daughter posted on Facebook, this dad decided to teach her a lesson.After spending six hours and $130 fixing and upgrading his 15-year-old daughter's laptop computer, Tommy Jordan was furious when he found a disrespectful, expletive-laced post on her Facebook page called "To My Parents" the very next day.Read More »from To Punish Daughter, Dad Destroys Her Laptop: Tough Love or Too Extreme? (Video)
"I'm not your damn slave," the rant begins. "If you want coffee, get off your a** and get it yourself."
She thought she had blocked her mom and dad from being able to read it on Facebook, but she was wrong. So her dad (who works in IT) decided to do something about it.
"She chose to publicly embarrass her family and herself on Facebook. So I chose to make the punishment equally as embarrassing and equally as public," he said. "I was always taught that what's good for the goose is good for the gander."
He made a video of himself reading her post and shooting holes in her computer with his handgun -- and then he posted the video on YouTube and Facebook for Hannah and her friends to see when they got home from school. Some viewers say the video shows
Downton AbbeyThe gloomy yet glamorous house. The vibrant characters. The gorgeous costumes. And, of course, the drama. Fans of the Masterpiece Theater's "Downton Abby" can't get enough of the show, which transports viewers into World War I-era England and into the lives of the high-brow and low-born alike.
Downstairs, a staff of servants attend to every detail of the 200-plus-room house and the aristocrats who inhabit it. Upstairs, the lords and ladies dress for dinner (with help from their valets and maids) and consider marriage proposals that could save or ruin the lives they live and the home they love.
The actors bring their characters to life so thoroughly that it's almost a shock to see them off-screen in modern-day clothing and without servants' caps or elaborate turn-of-the-last-century hairstyles. Click through the slideshow (above) to see how some of our favorite characters look like in and out of costume.
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Political Roundup: Santorum Wins Three States, Romney Takes Nevada, Gingrich Gives Up Virginia BallotBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 4:36 PM EST
Rick Santorum greets supporters in Missouri on Tuesday. (AP Photo)Here's a look at what's happened recently in the world of politics:Read More »from Political Roundup: Santorum Wins Three States, Romney Takes Nevada, Gingrich Gives Up Virginia Ballot
Santorum wins in Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri
Confounding pundits who guessed that he was planning to bow out of the race soon, Rick Santorum won both the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses as well as the non-binding primary in Missouri on Tuesday.
"I don't stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney," Santorum told supporters. "I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.
Santorum took 45 percent of the vote in Minnesota; Ron Paul came in second with 27 percent, Romney took 17 percent, and Gingrich had 11 percent. In Colordao, Santorum beat Romney 40 percent to 35 percent; Gingrich came in third with about 13 percent of the vote, and Paul was last with about 12 percent. And in Missouri, Santorum won twice as many votes as Romney, with 55 percent of the vote to Romney's 25 percent (Paul had 12 percent and Gingrich wasn't on the ballot). The sweep didn't garner any
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 3:33 PM EST
What's your favorite way to celebrate (or not celebrate) Valentine's Day? (Photo: Thinkstock)Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, and some surveys show that the more romantically inclined among us are planning to drop big bucks on fancy dinners and lavish presents. But is that really what most happy couples want? We asked Yahoo! Shine readers about their favorite ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, and over-the-top spending didn't count for much. Here's what did:
- "Dinner at home, music, and a LOT of one on one. The Best!" ("Correct," another reader quipped about this and several other comments.)
- "When my husband and I were dating we had limited funds so we spent our first Valentine's Day eating chili dogs and ice cream sundaes at Sonic. We've done that every year since. This is year 10!!!"
- "I'll probably make a nice dinner for my wife and then, well, the sky's the limit!"
- "We always try to celebrate by doing something different; this year my hubby and I will probably leave the kiddos with someone and take a fun ride on our ATVs at Ocotillo Wells ...
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Wed, Feb 8, 2012 1:02 PM EST
Ousted Susan G. Komen for the Cure vice president Karen Handel accused Planned Parenthood of "hijacking" the breast-cancer charity and conducting "the most unbelievable shakedown that I think we've seen in a long time" in an interview with the Associated Press in Atlanta yesterday.Read More »from Former Susan G. Komen VP Karen Handel: Planned Parenthood "Hijacked This Great Organization"
"Planned Parenthood unleashed, unleashed a premeditated, vicious attack not only on Komen, but also on Ambassador Brinker as well," she said. "It was absolutely outrageous what transpired here."
Related: Can the Susan G. Komen Foundation recover from its Planned Parenthood PR missteps?
During the interview, Handel again contradicted Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker's assertion that Handel hadn't been involved in the organization's decision to cut off funding for breast-cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, and confirmed rumors that she had been the driving force behind the new grant rules that excluded the women's health organization.
Former Komen Foundation vice president Karen Handel blasted Planned Parenthood in an interview on Tuesday. (AP Photo)"I fully acknowledge that I was involved in this," she said. "I
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Tue, Feb 7, 2012 4:07 PM EST
While Susan G. Komen Vice President Karen Handel's resignation may be intended to appease the millions of people upset over the charity's decision to defund Planned Parenthood -- and perhaps those offended by the decision's reversal as well -- it may be too little, too late to save the Komen Foundation's reputation. The group's poorly managed response to public outrage may have done more damage than the defunding decision itself.Read More »from Can the Susan G. Komen Foundation Recover from its Planned Parenthood Missteps?
"Please folk (sic), let's don't get it twisted. @KarenHandel resigning does not mean that Komen is trustworthy again. #NotAnotherPennyNotEverAgain" Amaditalks wrote on Twitter, a sentiment echoed by thousands of others.
Former Komen supporters are furious about conflicting statements given by the Komen Foundation's founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker. Though Brinker has repeatedly said that Handel "Did not have anything to do with this decision," Handel's resignation letter, which she posted on her newly created blog, KarenHandelKomen.com, states: "I openly
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 6, 2012 7:16 PM EST
The Komen controversy highlighted the politics of abortion. (Photo: Thinkstock)The sudden reversal last week by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which decided to restore Planned Parenthood's eligibility to seek grants from the breast-cancer charity after previously cutting them, doesn't actually end the controversy. Instead, the focus has shifted from fundraising and cancer screening to abortion, and the stigma that still goes with it.Read More »from Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood: Why the Controversy Will Continue
"The undercurrent of the face-off was that there are two kinds of women -- good girls, who have breasts that may become infected with cancer, and bad girls, who have sex," Susan Milligan writes at U.S. News and World Report. "The women who have breasts are allowed to be worried about getting a deadly disease, and so are festooned with pink ribbons and given both cash for research and sympathy if they become ill. Women with cancer get to be treated as victims in need of financial and emotional support. The bad women who have sex are treated as though they are getting what they deserve if they become pregnant or get a sexually
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Mon, Feb 6, 2012 3:50 PM EST
Mimi Beardsley Alford as a White House intern -- and JFK's lover -- in 1963.New books about President John F. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy Jr., are a study in contrasts. One is about sex, power, and politics; the other a look at a sweet and exhilarating romance. But both show how these powerful and iconic men flirted with danger, and how their love of risk-taking affected the people in their lives.Read More »from New Books About the Kennedy's Offer a Look into the Darker Sides of JFK and JFK Jr
Mimi Beardsley Alford was a White House intern in 1962, just four days into her internship in the White House press office, she was invited to swim at the White House pool. According to her new book, her affair with John F. Kennedy began that night, when she lost her virginity to the President of the United States at the age of 19.
"I was in shock," she writes in "Once Upon A Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath." "He, on the other hand, was matter-of-fact, and acted as if what had just occurred was the most natural thing in the world."
The affair lasted 18 months, and though there were plenty of shared baths, clandestine
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Sat, Feb 4, 2012 1:02 PM EST
Roseanne Barr -- yes, comedian and actor Roseanne Barr -- is running for President.What do you think of when you think of Roseanne Barr? Her semi-autobiographical TV show, "Roseanne," with its afghan-covered couch? Her reality TV show, "Roseanne's Nuts"? Her cringe-worthy 1990 performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner"?Read More »from Roseanne Barr for President: Would You Vote for Her?
How about President of the United States of America?
It's no joke: The comedian and actress registered with the Federal Election Commission in late January, The Washington Post reports, and formally announced her candidacy as a Green Party candidate late last week, via Twitter.
"I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS," she Tweeted to more than 101,000 followers. "I am an official candidate. I am4 the Greening of America&the world. Green=peace/justice."
We have to admit, her campaign slogan -- "vote for me, I'll fix this s---" -- is kind of catchy and to the point. But Roseanne Barr? Green? How? And why?
"Both the Democratic and Republican parties are bought and paid for by corporate America and cater to the needs of the highest bidder as