Women Get A Step Closer To Equality, Plus More

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Today we've got: Women's next push for equality, Will Ferrell gets booed, and a cute furry creature takes out the innovator of science

1. Women Headed to the Draft

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The Short of It:

Women's equality just got a step closer in the military game after the U.S. House Armed Services Committee approved a measure this past Wednesday requiring women to register for the draft.

The Longer Version of It:

Current law requires all men aged 18 to 26 to register for the draft with the Selective Service System and excludes women. Women have been kept out of the loop since the Supreme Court ruled in 1981 that they would not be included in the draft because they were also excluded from combat roles. The House plans to vote on the new measure, in May.

Something to Smirk About:

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (Republican-CA) who actually only brought up the amendment to make a point during a House Armed Services Committee hearing. The Representative is notoriously opposed to women in combat. In January of this year he stated that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus's efforts to create Marine combat positions for women made him a "a greater threat to the Marine Corps than ISIS.”. Hunter's efforts to direct other lawmakers towards his side by offering amendment he didn't actually want to support, blew up in his face. The amendment passed Wednesday with 32-30 vote.

2. Will Ferrell

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The Short of It:

According to Variety former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Will Ferrell, will portray President Ronald Reagan in a satire that has people riled up.

The Longer Version of It:

The film "Reagan" is reported to begin at the former president's second term during his decline in health and struggle with dementia, "an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie." The project is not sitting well for those who are taking issue with the story of the president who struggled with Alzheimer's disease in his twilight years.

Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, wrote an open letter to Ferrell on her website Thursday afternoon telling him, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.

3. Trump Rally Gets Out of Hand

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The Short of It:

20 people were arrested, late Thursday night in Southern California after a Trump rally.

The Tid Bits:

Crowds of protesters appeared in the afternoon outside of a rally for the Republican presidential candidate at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa and quickly evolved into the evening. The scene remained generally peaceful throughout the night despite various struggles that occurred between protesters and Trump supporters until officers in riot gear and on horseback began to form lined in the parking lot and clear out the area outside of the rally.

Things went 0 to 60 real quick when more conflict broke out between Trump supporters leaving the rally and protestors accusing them of being racists. A police car, smashing its back window before jumping on it and kicking its doors. As a crowd formed around the car, police officers in tactical and riot gear moved into action, forming a circle around the crowd before forcing protestors to leave.

4. A Weasel Shut Down The World's Most Powerful Instrument

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A weasel took out the world's most powerful scientific instrument.

The Large Hadron Collider is the largest and most powerful particle collider in the world. The LHC's aim is to allow physicists to answer unsolved questions of physics.

The 17-mile superconducting machine went offline last night after a weasel gnawed through a power cable. Engineers investigating say scientists will have to wait for engineers work to bring the machine back online, it could take as long as mid-May to get it starting back up again.

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