Plus Jon Hamm hosts the ESPYs, President Obama’s parenting, and Zach Braff’s Kickstarter
Armie Hammer is set to star with Tom Cruise in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the movie version of the classic spy show of the 1960s. It seems unclear if this is period remake or an update in modern times.
The Connecticut Senate has voted to restore state benefits to veterans discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Do you know more about science than the average American? Take this short quiz and compare yourself to the results of a national scientific poll. I made a perfect score, making me more informed than 93% of the population, and equal to the top 7%, which I find terrifying, because those were pretty basic questions.
President Obama has a plan on how to prevent his daughters from getting tattoos. “What we’ve said to the girls is, ‘If you guys ever decided you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place. And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.” Parenting. You’re doing it right.
The Rhode Island Senate passed a marriage equality bill on Wednesday, which now heads back to the House to pass the amended legislation. Rhode Island is currently the only New England state without marriage equality, and that may not be the case for long.
Jon Hamm will host the ESPY Awards, giving him a reason to put the Hammaconda in a jock strap for the evening.
Meanwhile in South America, as expected, the Colombian Senate has rejected marriage equality, in a road bump that is at odds with momentum across the rest of the continent.
Dr. Paul Cameron, an anti-smoking activist turned anti-gay campaigner is demanding Senator Rob Portman renounce his support of marriage equality. “For the sake of the son you love, urge him to marry a woman.”
Lance Armstrong’s troubles may not be over, as the Justice Department is suing him to recover the sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service he received while he was doping on his cycling team. The Postal Service kicked in $40 million in sponsorship money, and the government is seeking nearly three times that under the False Claims Act.
A handful of Iowa Republicans are still seeking revenge on the four remaining Iowa Supreme Court justices that voted for marriage equality in the state. This time they’re trying to reduce the pay of the four justices (but not the other three) to $25,000/year, the same as a legislator makes, since they say the justices stooped to changing the law.
Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, best known as the Don’t Say Gay bill author, posted an anti-gay control image to his Facebook page about the deadly nature of pressure cookers. In the wake of the Boston marathon bombings, it’s a crass attempt to grab some time in the spotlight.
A correction from Monday: Michael Bay is not sorry for Armageddon. He says the reporter quoted only part of what he said, and he’s very proud of the film.