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  Nikki Cook was one of many artists featured in the Tori Amos comic anthology Comic Book Tattoo, with a sharp little piece about a girl kickboxer. Gotta love girls kicking ass.   Her website is full of these gorgeous black-and-white pages, pieces of a story, and her MySpace page informs us that she's breaking hearts through the sequential arts--who can resist that? And she's doing a guest spot on an issue of one of my favorite monthly books, DMZ , spotlighting Zee, Vertigo comics' coolest street medic.

Today Obama lifted the gag order on international groups that offer counseling and abortions to women in other countries. According to a Planned Parentood statement, in the pat 8 years, 'Clinics have closed, contraceptive supplies have dwindled, and women were left without basic and critical health care services. As a result, there were more unwanted pregnancies and more unsafe abortions.

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We've been hearing alot of buzz about this British singer Florence and the Machine. Here is her video for Kiss With a Fist, It's like a new twist on the Crystals (Carol King/Gerry Goffin) classic, He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) which was recently covered by one of my faves, Grizzly Bear.

On this day 36 years ago, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision protecting the right to choose for all American women, and that right has been challenged and threatened ever since. Here's hoping that the new administration that began on Tuesday will keep our best interests at heart, and will begin to undo the eroding of our reproductive freedoms that has occurred over the last three and a half decades. One important way Obama's team can do this, is to strike restrictions on publicly funded abortions that were put in place by the Hyde Amendment.

Our favorite stilt walking, fire twirling, aerial flying ladies are putting on not one, but TWO amazing performances this weekend! It's all happening at The House of Yes, their incredible performance space in Brooklyn where the ladies give all kinds of circus training classes. You probably remember Lady Circus from BUST's 15-Year Anniversary Party where they stole hearts and blew minds. You won't want to miss this show that will include live music, and a circus in the sky and the ground! Tickets are just $25 and include gourmet hors d'oeuvres.

Yay!! The Senate voted 94-2 for Hillary Rodham Clinton to become US Secretary of State.     Clinton came a long way from her freshman year at Wellesley College, serving as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans.

From now until Valentines Day, our friends at Bestow Boutique are offering free shipping and gift wrapping for all your Valentines gift giving. Find the perfect item for your lovah- from the opulent SEX trophy to the sexy Evie Panty Pin-Up Tin ($28!). Owner Amy Demas has great taste, so all the items on the site are elegant and unique, not to mention smartly priced.

Consider the entire BUST staff childish, because we all laughed at the Aretha thing too. See below.

Aretha's hat sweeps the nation.
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