We're Talking About: May 10, 2010

What Women Really Think
May 10 2010 2:19 PM

We're Talking About: May 10, 2010

/blogs/xx_factor/2010/05/10/were_talking_about_may_10_2010/jcr:content/body/slate_image

- President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court to replace Justice John Paul Stevens . The search lasted for a month following Justice Stevens' announcement of his pending retirement. Obama notified his advisors of the decision on Sunday. [ New York Times ]

Advertisement

-Observers claim first lady Michelle Obama is " stepping up her political game ." Mrs. Obama is attacking some key issues, and many expect her to combine a strong message with the regular pleasantries at Tuesday's luncheon for Senate spouses. [ Politico ]

-Lack of consistency on marriage laws is causing an awkward limbo for a number of gay couples. Most states don't recognize same-sex marriages and neither does the federal government. Even if couples obtain a legal license of marriage in one state, they face uncertainty about their status in another. [ Washington Post ]

-In the aftermath of the 2008 earthquake that struck the Sichuan province of China, the government is still rebuilding . Social construction has taken an interesting shape as China is arranging marriages to sufferers of the quake. Creating instant families seemed like an easy solution, but how are the new families faring after the arrangments? [ New York Times Magazine ]

-A study from the University of Iowa has found that being " friends with benefits " may have some unexpected consequences. Couples in the friendly hook-up situation are more likely to simultaneously sleep around, which means a spread of STDs and the occasional,  always awkward run-in. [ New York Times ]

-An Australian documentary maker has convinced a number of young people to auction off their virginity for a reality television program. [ U.K. Telegraph ]

Photograph of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Elena Kagan by Win McNamee/Getty Images.

TODAY IN SLATE

Medical Examiner

Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola

Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.

It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy

Even if You Don’t Like Batman, You Might Like Gotham

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

A Woman Who Escaped the Extreme Babymaking Christian Fundamentalism of Quiverfull

So, Apple Is Not Shuttering Beats, but the Streaming Service Will Probably Be Folded Into iTunes

  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 22 2014 6:30 PM What Does It Mean to Be an American? Ted Cruz and Scott Brown think it’s about ideology. It’s really about culture.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 22 2014 5:38 PM Apple Won't Shut Down Beats Music After All (But Will Probably Rename It)
  Life
Outward
Sept. 22 2014 4:45 PM Why Can’t the Census Count Gay Couples Accurately?
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 22 2014 4:06 PM No, Women’s Soccer Does Not Have a Domestic Violence Problem Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 1:52 PM Tell Us What You Think About Slate Plus Help us improve our new membership program.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 5:45 PM The University of California Corrects “Injustice” by Making Its Rich Chancellors Even Richer
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 6:27 PM Should We All Be Learning How to Type in Virtual Reality?
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 22 2014 4:34 PM Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.