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Friday, March 27, 2009
Whoah: We Totally Agree, Though We Might Need To Clarify Some of Your Terms
We know we're ostensibly no longer red states and blue states but the United States; still, it can be tough. Reporting from "enemy lines," the inimitable Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota has called for "orderly revolution" to fight off President Obama's "economic Marxism" and save "our very freedom." "Where freedom is tried, the people rejoice," she said. "But where tyranny is enforced upon the people...the people suffer and mourn."
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An Outrage, A Scandal, A Reason for Hope
So much for the rich exchange of ideas. More than 117,000 of the faithful have signed a petition "prayerfully" blasting the decision to invite President Obama to speak at Notre Dame's commencement, citing his support for freedom of choice and stem cell research. Still, a majority of students, if not their elders, say Obama should come. "To not allow someone here because of their beliefs seems a little hypocritical and contradictory to what the mission of the university and church should be," said Chris Carrington, a political science major.
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Gay Marriage
The New Hampshire House has narrowly passed a bill that would allow gay couples to marry, becoming the third state to do so. “We all want the same things during our time on earth," said Rep. David Pierce, arguing for passage.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
"We Got A Roof and It Does Not Leak"
The discrepancies mount: While the rich whine and live much as they always have, the poor suffer, and multiply. For a look at the new harsh reality facing thousands of homeless in tent cities, see the story and slide show here
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Enemy As Other
Of all the oddities of the event , surely this stands out: neither group – the young Palestinian musicians from the refugee camp nor the elderly Holocaust survivors – had ever seen each other up close.
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Wall Street: 'We Want Our Campaign Contributions Back'
Proving that some people still just don't get it, executives at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Finance Conference voiced anger at a Congress that has fallen under a dangerous spell of populism. “We have no rule of law in this country,” groused one. "We don’t know what Congress will do next. They’re ignoring all the old rules, and they’re making new rules whenever they want.”
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'Ethical Governor'? Will Killer Robots Obey the 'Laws of War'
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Health Care For All, Still
With the fate of President Obama's proposed $634 billion set aside for healthcare reform still unresolved, the drug industry is busy leveraging a place for itself in the budget debate. To pressure Congress to ignore them and keep healthcare reform on the table, go here
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Ideological Exclusion
The ACLU went to court today on behalf of Tariq Ramadan, a leading Muslim scholar denied entry to the U.S., like scores of writers, artists and activists, for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy under a Bush-era practice of "ideological exclusion." For more on the Ramadan case, go here . To sign the ACLU petition on ideological exclusion, go here
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Entirely Too Busy Actually Doing Something Here
A novel criticism from Republicans: The Obama administration is working way too hard coming up with plans to solve our economic problems, says Don Stewart, spokesperson for GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. Conversely, he says Democrats are not worrying enough about...umm, we're not sure what. “We can’t help but notice the numerous and sundry plans that seem to come out at a rate of one a week, without any clear picture of how they interact...” he said. “That’s a very real concern among Senate Republicans.”
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