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Blame The Media?

Supporters of Iranian Presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi hold placards and pictures depicting injured protesters of the recent election results in Iran. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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One more time, Happy Father's Day, if that applies (and if we didn't catch you last week).

We are still watching the situation in Tehran, as you might imagine. The degree of difficulty has now ratcheted up as the ruling authorities now blame foreign media for fomenting the discord. (So what else is new? This is just like the southern racists blaming "outside agitators" for the civil rights movement. The story never changes does it?) But we will get back into the story as soon as we have something to add that we feel you are not hearing elsewhere.

Until then, we turn to our own national and cultural concerns, and other stories ...

The National Organization for Women held elections over the weekend. It was a hard fought campaign between two aggressive and experienced contenders. We're trying to get a hold of the winner, Terry O'Neill. She's a lawyer and a long time board member and we'd like to hear what she has to say about where she wants to take the organization.

In the meantime, we decided to talk with two writers who have written quite a bit about what women are all about right now — one is Katherine Spillar, editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine, and the other is Robin Givhan, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post fashion editor who has (great for us!) just moved back to D.C. from New York.

We also have what we believe is a fairly provocative piece about one of the people who played a key role in the life of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama. The former U.S. attorney has the distinction of being among the very few nominees ever rejected for a federal judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee (that does not account for the nominees in recent years who, because of escalating partisan warfare over these judgeships, cannot even get a hearing or withdraw because it gets so ugly). One of the people who played a role in that, although, as he makes clear he did not intend to do so, was a former career Justice Department lawyer named J. Gerald Hebert. Hebert recounts what he told the Senate Judiciary committee, and we hope to hear from Sen. Sessions also later in the week. We've certainly asked him.

And, there are more women in prison than ever before. But what happens when they come home, as most will? We wondered if their experiences differ from those of men. So who better to ask than those who are living it?