Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
- Hollywood continues to push the envelope. The Parents Television Council, a watchdog group that alerts families to objectionable programming, notes that NBC has stipulated in contract that actors have to be willing to do scenes with nudity or simulated sex for their upcoming TV show “The Playboy Club” set to debut in the fall. The show is set in the 1960s at the infamous nightclub founded by pornographer Hugh Hefner. “NBC is toeing the line by airing the ‘The Playboy Club’ in the fall, a program in which actors were required to sign a nudity clause — virtually unheard of for broadcast television,” said PTC President Tim Winter in a statement Wednesday. The Council also thanked ABC and CBS for changing the titles of two series that previously contained the word “bitch.”
- Former Governor and former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson is the presumptive Republican frontrunner for the Wisconsin Senate seat vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl. But the fiscally conservative Club for Growth is begging for a Republican alternative to Thompson. “Tommy Thompson raised taxes as Governor, supported ObamaCare, and now he wants to run for the United States Senate? April Fools was weeks ago,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Wisconsin Republicans should recruit a pro-growth conservative to run, not recall some big-government pro-tax Republican whose time has come and gone. Club members are watching Wisconsin’s Senate race closely.”
- Steve Driehaus, a “pro-life” Democrat who voted for Obamacare and was booted from office in 2010, is still trying to stop a pro-life organization that campaigned against him last year. The Susan B. Anthony List ran ads that said Dreihaus supported the pro-abortion healthcare law signed by President Obama. Dreihaus claims it was not pro-abortion and he tried to get the Ohio Election Commission to punish SBA List for the ads. The case was dismissed but now Dreihaus is suing the pro-life group in court. Marjorie Dannefelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, is confident they will win in court: “Even the liberal ACLU has backed up our right to free speech, writing in an Amicus Brief in our support.”