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Apr 13,2009
Imagine being Laura Bush and turning on the television and watching the absolute deluge of sticky-sweet syrup being poured all over Michelle Obama during her European debut as first lady. It is as if every TV reporter was handed a pamphlet of talking points and ordered to compare Mrs. Obama to Jackie Kennedy. NBC's Dawna Friesen gushed: "Though Harvard-educated Michelle Obama has substance, not just style, and that's what sets her apart." Apart from … ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2009
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal seeking a new trial for death-row inmate and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Earlier, a lower court rescinded Abu-Jamal's death penalty, which prosecutors have asked to be reinstated. Meanwhile, as the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, last week's ruling "virtually guarantees that the internationally known death-row inmate will never be freed." Perhaps there were tears ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2009
In the 1990s, the Math Wars pitted two philosophies against each other. One side argued for content-based standards — that elementary school students must memorize multiplication tables by third grade. The other side argued for students to discover math, unfettered by "drill and kill" exercises. When the new 1994 California Learning Assessment Test trained test graders to award a higher score to a child with a wrong answer (but good essay) than to a student ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2009
Two very rich Republicans — former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner — are lining up to run for governor in 2010. The most money that a third Republican gubernatorial candidate, Tom Campbell, ever earned was as the dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley — about $300,000 per year. That would make him the pauper in the primary. Campbell, however, is banking on winning based on something ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2009
When Barack Obama first met his Auntie Zeituni at an airport in Kenya in 1988, his late father's sister told him, "Welcome home," and kissed him on both cheeks. Obama was on a pilgrimage to the land where his African father lived apart from Obama's American mother. Zeituni Onyango then told Obama's older half-sister, Auma, "Make sure he doesn't get lost again." What does that mean? Obama asked. As he wrote in his compelling memoir, ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
Why is crime down in Los Angeles? Violent crime is down by about 5 percent from last year at this time, which was down from the year before. Unemployment is at 12 percent. If you follow the theories of most fancy criminologists, larger social forces, like the economy and demographics, determine crime rates. According to all of those theories, a city like Los Angeles, which has been hit especially hard economically and has a growing ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
He might be nervous and insecure. After all, he's got the biggest, hardest job in the world. It's not like he's been preparing for it all his life; nine years ago he was commuting between Chicago and Springfield, Ill. It's not like he inherited peace and prosperity; he inherited recession, misery and war. It's not like there are any easy victories; getting us out of the various messes we find ourselves in will, at best, ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
We all have our vices. But one that drives me nuts is smoking. There is nothing — NOTHING! — that I like about smoking. Why someone in his right mind would want to essentially inhale fire is beyond me. When relatives come to my home and they smoke, they can't just stand outside the door. No, I send them to the farthest point in the backyard to get their nicotine fixes. I celebrate when cities ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
Pop star Madonna is back in the news. This time, she's heading back to the African nation of Malawi to adopt her second child. You might remember all of the drama a few years ago, when Madonna adopted a Malawian boy. Now she wants to adopt a girl, and a judge has said she will have to wait until Friday to see whether she will get the go-ahead. Madonna has been quoted in the Malawian ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
Does Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner favor replacing the U.S. dollar with a global currency or doesn't he? Or, as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., pointedly asked on Sean Hannity's program, "Which Tim Geithner do we believe?" Let's review the soundbites of the week of March 23. On Monday, China and Russia urged the world to replace the U.S. dollar as the world's standard with a new currency. This anti-American notion was floated by Zhou Xiaochuan, governor ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
For the financial crisis that has wiped out trillions in wealth, many have felt the lash of public outrage. Fannie and Freddie. The idiot-bankers. The AIG bonus babies. The Bush Republicans and Barney Frank Democrats who bullied banks into making mortgages to minorities who could not afford the houses they were moving into. But the Big Kahuna has escaped. The Federal Reserve. "(T)he very people who devised the policies that produced the mess are now ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
By inviting Barack Obama to deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Notre Dame, the Rev. John Jenkins has polarized the Catholic community nationwide — and raised a question. What does it mean to be a Catholic university in post-Christian America? Are there truths about faith and morality that are closed to debate at Notre Dame? Or is Notre Dame like London's Hyde Park, where all ideas and all advocates get a ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
Julius Caesar was murdered by Brutus and his friends in the Roman legislature on the ides of March 44 B.C. Free enterprise died at the hands of Barack and his friends in the American legislature on the 30th of March 2009. The following day, those same ministers of American government completed the death warrant for civic duty in our republic. They called it the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act." The bill passed — as ... [full story]
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