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Top Lawyers Would Most Like to Lunch Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Monica Schipper—Getty Images Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of Supreme Court of the United States, attends Richard Tucker Music Foundation's 38th annual gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on November 17, 2013 in New York City.

RBG named as the Supreme Court Justice they'd most like to break bread with

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been voted #1 Supreme Court lunch date by hungry American lawyers, according to a new survey.

Ginsburg came out on top as the most popular potential lunch date, followed by Antonin Scalia and Sonia Sotomayor, presumably because they’re kind of in Ginsburg’s posse. Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Elena Kagan were middle-of-the-pack, like that kid you kind of know from Chemistry class who lets you copy his notes. Samuel Alito, Jr was the least popular pick, not unlike that poor kid who eats his lunch from a tray in a bathroom stall.

The survey of almost 100 leading lawyers was conducted by Super Lawyers, part of Thompson Reuters, and the organizer noted that many lawyers actually picked a Justice with whom they don’t necessarily agree. “Lawyers being lawyers, they wanted to argue, I guess,” said Super Lawyers Editor-in-Chief Erik Lundegaard in a statement. “So a choice for lunch date, like a retweet, isn’t necessarily an endorsement.”

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Kelly Osbourne Has Left Fashion Police

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Jonathan Leibson—2015 Getty Images Kelly Osbourne at the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The show will continue without her

It’s tough out there for a fashion cop. Co-host Kelly Osbourne has quit Fashion Police, according to a statement from the television network E!.

The show has weathered a tumultuous few months, first with the death of longtime host Joan Rivers and, more recently, with Giuliana Rancic’s controversial comments about Zendaya’s hair at the Oscars. E! said in a statement that Osbourne had left the show in order to “pursue other opportunities,” but that the show would continue on schedule.

While it’s not yet clear what caused Osbourne to leave, she was vocally upset about Rancic’s comments to Zendaya, whom she considers a friend.

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Someone Dressed Up a Wooden Dummy to Drive in the Carpool Lane

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It would have worked... until he got pulled over for speeding

A Long Island man was able to drive in the carpool lane Friday morning by allegedly putting a sweatshirt on a wooden dummy– until police pulled him over for speeding.

James Campbell, 56, was issued two tickets after police found him driving in the high-occupancy-vehicle lane of the Long Island Expressway with a crude wooden dummy shaped like a human. He was pulled over for speeding Friday morning, and told the officer he was trying to get to a new job on time.

The dummy was a wooden board with a “head” attached, wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Sounds like a genius plan.

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Leonard Nimoy, Who Played Spock on Star Trek, Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock on Star Trek, died Friday. He was 83 and had lung disease, and his family confirmed his death.

Nimoy was most famous for his role as the Vulcan Spock on the Star Trek TV show in 1966. He would also later appear in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek reboot movies.

“He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author—the list goes on—and friend,” his granddaughter Dani said in a statement.

“I loved him like a brother,” William Shatner, who starred in Star Trek alongside Nimoy as Captain Kirk, said in a statement. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

Nimoy announced he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, on Twitter a little over a year ago. He urged fans to quit smoking immediately, so they wouldn’t get sick as well. He signed all his tweets with “LLAP,” an abbreviation of “live long and prosper,” his signature Star Trek line.

But Star Trek wasn’t Nimoy’s only claim to fame. He was also a prolific poet and photographer, and performed onstage as Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and directed numerous movies including the 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby. He was also nominated for an Emmy for his role as Golda Meir’s husband in the 1982 movie A Woman Called Golda.

“He was a true force of strength and his character was that of a champion,” Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, said in a statement. “Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport Star Trek into television history. His vision and heart are bigger than the universe.”

Nimoy once said in an interview that the famous split-finger Vulcan salute was his idea, inspired by gestures made during Jewish religious ceremonies (he was an observant Jew.)

“He affected the lives of many,” his son Adam Nimoy told the Associated Press. “He was also a great guy and my best friend.”

MORE: How Leonard Nimoy Almost Wasn’t Spock

Over the course of his life, he wrote two autobiographies, “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and “I Am Spock” (1995.)

“In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character,” he once wrote of playing the role.

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IMF Chief Christine Lagarde: Female Equality Laws Are Good For the Economy

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JOHN THYS—AFP/Getty Images International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde gives a joint press after an Eurogroup Council meeting on February 20, 2015 at EU Headquarters in Brussels. ( JOHN THYS--AFP/Getty Images)

Notes GDPs would increase dramatically if laws changed to make it easier for women to work

International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde has some good news for economies in the developing world: in one step, they can boost their GDPs up by up to 30 percent. All they have to do is let women into the workforce.

In an article posted Monday on the IMF’s blog, Lagarde discusses a new study that found that over 90% of countries worldwide have some kind of legal restrictions that keep women from working, getting loans, or owning property. Women make up 40% of the global workforce, but in some regions they’re vastly underrepresented– only 21% of women in the Middle East and North Africa work outside the home.

Lagarde says that fixing the laws that keep women from fully participating in the economy could boost GDPs– by a lot. Getting women equally represented int the workforce would amount to a 9% increase in Japan’s GDP, a 12% increase in the United Arab Emirates, and a 34% increase in Egypt. In the US, our GDP would increase by 5% if we made it easier for women to participate in the economy.

Changing the laws is only the first step– Lagarde also notes that childcare and maternity leave benefits also play a major role in whether and how women work outside the home. Currently, the US is one of few developed countries that offers no guaranteed maternity leave, and the IMF study found that in 2009, the U.S. spent only 1.2% of our GDP on family benefits– less than any other developed country. Oh great.

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This Ad Perfectly Captures the Horrors of New Motherhood

It's also great birth control

HelloFlo doesn’t just tackle first periods — it’s also breaking into the mom market.

The women’s health company, which scored a viral hit last year with an ad about a young girl’s “first moon party,” is back with a new campaign. In this ad, a new mom takes a break from breastfeeding and changing diapers to perform a musical about how much it sucks to have a tiny baby. “How could I let another woman walk through the terrifying abyss of motherhood without telling her the things I’d seen?” she says.

“For what it’s worth: There’s no laughter after after-birth,” she sings in a full-on Broadway style belt.

When asked if she’s worried about the success of her musical, she replies: “I have suction cups attached to my nipples, squeezing milk out of my rock-hard boobs. I fear nothing.” Once she sees HelloFlo’s new mom kit — which includes essentials like nipple cream, breast pads, lotion and Luna bars — she fears it’s so useful, it will make her musical obsolete. Until she uses it to bribe everyone to see her show.

If you’re a mom, you’ll love this. If you’re not a mom yet, it might scare you off for good.

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Watch John Legend and Common’s Stirring Acceptance Speeches at the Oscars

Common and John Legend dedicate their speeches to the continued struggle for equal rights

After controversy over perceived snubs for its cast and director, Selma has an Oscar. Its emotional, resonant theme song “Glory” won the Best Original Song trophy for performers and songwriters Common and John Legend.

The rapper and the singer had previously performed the song during the Oscar ceremony as well as at the conclusion of this month’s Grammy Awards. The song has charted on the Hot 100, making it the third consecutive hit song to win this prize, after Adele’s title song from Skyfall and “Let It Go” from Frozen. But the relevance of “Glory” has less to do with chart performance than with its lyrical references to recent events in Ferguson, Mo.

In his acceptance speech, Common linked the civil rights movement to similar movements in France and Hong Kong. “The spirit of this bridge connects the kid from the South Side of Chicago, dreaming of a better life, to those in France standing up for their freedom of expression, to those in Hong Kong, protesting for democracy,” he said. “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated with love for all human beings.”

John Legend got more explicitly political in his speech. “We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850.”

“We are with you, we see you, we love you and march on,” he concluded.

Watch the full clip here:

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Twitter Is Not Happy With Neil Patrick Harris’ Octavia Spencer Bit at the Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris tasking Octavia Spencer with watching his predictions has invited the ire of the internet

Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris gave former Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer a dumb job and had two white dudes oversee her doing it—and people on Twitter are not happy about it.

Harris asked Spencer to be in charge of watching his own Oscar predictions, which were sealed in a briefcase in a clear locked box. He then asked Robert Duvall and Eddie Redmayne, to make sure she got it right.

The bit was supposed to be a joke, but many on Twitter found it humorless, tone-deaf and even racist, considering how few people of color are nominated at this year’s Oscars.

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Watch Patricia Arquette Win Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars

She used her speech to demand equal pay for women — and Meryl Streep loved it

As had been widely predicted, Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the Oscars for her role in Boyhood. Arquette played the protagonist’s mother, a role that grew in importance and emotional sweep over the running time of the film. Arquette, a veteran actress who rose to prominence in films like True Romance and Ed Wood, had never been nominated for an Oscar previously; over the course of Boyhood‘s 12-year filming period, she won an Emmy for her role in the TV procedural Medium.

In her speech, Arquette dedicated her Oscar to American women, and ended with a powerful call to action. “To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

Meryl Streep got out of her seat to cheer for Arquette, and Twitter exploded with support for the newly minted Oscar winner.

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Oprah’s Lego Oscar Was the True Winner of the Academy Awards

It's arguably better than the real thing

Who needs a real Oscar when you can have an Oscar made out of yellow Legos, like Oprah?

Oprah’s fabulous reaction to her Lego Oscar was an early winner for best meme of the night — and it served as sweet revenge for those viewers annoyed that The Lego Movie was snubbed in the Best Animated Movie category.

Now, if only Leonardo DiCaprio could get one…

It just goes to show—when the Academy gives you lemons, make fake Oscars out of yellow toys.

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