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February 09, 2014 11:44 PM Evening headlines round-up

By Kathleen Geier

Here are some headlines making the news this evening:

— Michael Sam, a University of Missouri defensive lineman, has come out as gay. He will likely become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

— Bill Keller is leaving the New York Times to head up a news nonprofit. I wonder if the recent controversy over Keller’s column about a woman with cancer hastened his departure? At any rate, New York Times: could you please hire a person with ovaries to replace him? It’s unacceptable that in 2014, of the Times’ twelve op ed columnists, only two of them are women. At this rate, half of the House and U.S Senate will be female before half the New York Times columnists are.

— The Newark Star Ledger Editorial Board says it regrets its endorsement of Chris Christie. Now they tell us!

— Perhaps you’ve heard of Tim Armstrong, the jackass CEO of AOL who slashed workers’ 401K benefits last week, and then blamed two women who gave birth to sick babies for his actions. One of those moms, Deanna Fei, is a professional writer, and she’s penned a moving essay about her baby’s, and her family’s story. She doesn’t mince words about Armstrong, either.

— Finally, Paul Krugman has written a typically excellent column about the abandonment of the long-term unemployed.

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee

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