This morning, two women were detained at a protest of France's veil ban outside Notre Dame Cathedral. France's ban on women covering their faces — effectively preventing women from wearing the niqab or a burqa — goes into effect today. Violators of the ban must pay a fine of 150 Euros.
• On Wednesday, the Obama administration will change a 1993 law, which will allow employees to take time off work to care for the children of their same-sex partners, regardless of whether they have legally adopted the child.
On Wednesday, French lawmakers introduced a law to the Cabinet that would ban Muslim women from wearing veils in public. Protests, and the first instance of "burka rage" followed soon after.
• Last Friday afternoon, a woman taking an adult education class at the Met lost her balance and fell onto a Picasso painting. "The Actor," a painting from Picasso's Roe Period, suffered a six-inch tear in its lower right-hand corner.