Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Good news: the Senate voted 60-40, pretty much along party lines, to extend jobless benefits to millions of people unemployed for more than six months, according to the Washington Post. Also, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted, pretty much along party lines, to send Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, according to the Washington Post. If she gains the approval of the Senate as she is expected to do, Kagan will become the 4th woman nominated to the highest court of the land.  

Have a healthcare question for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius? You may post it at the MomsRising website.

The Texas Tribune ran an article on how fewer Mexican students are applying to border universities like the University of Texas in El Paso in favor of colleges further north like the University of Texas in Austin.

E-book sales are already outnumbering hardback book sales at Amazon, according to the New York Times. Also in the New York Times: small businesses are turning to health insurance plans with fewer doctors to choose from as a way to cut costs.  

The Momologie newsletter offered these natural remedies to remove stains from clothes:

• Hydrogen peroxide based products and non-chlorine bleach can help keep things really white without the noxious fumes. We also love Borax for keeping whites, white.
• Drying out in the sun has a wonderful bleaching effect on clothes. Boost the results by adding lemon juice to the rinse cycle.
• If you have hard water, which can yellow your clothes, add vinegar to your rinse water.

What other tricks do you have up your sleeve?

Non-Toxic Kids ran a guest post on how to keep your baby safe in the summer heat. In case you missed it, Kellogg’s had a massive cereal recall, including 28 million boxes of Corn Pops, Honey Smacks, Fruit Loops and Apple Jacks, for a petroleum-based compound in the packaging. Katy Farber, editor of Non-Toxic Kids, has the details.  

Finally, congrats to Argentina for becoming the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage, according to the Huffington Post.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?