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Mar 23,2007
So-called 'compromise' calls for end of 14th Amendment citizenship birthright Unlike last year's Evangelical Climate Initiative, an attempt to build bridges to combat global warming that drew headlines and stunned some longtime "traditional values" conservative evangelicals, the newly formed "Families First on Immigration" appears to have elicited little support for its grand entrance into the immigration debate.  And, unlike the numerous religious organizations that have consistently supported undocumented workers and their families, Families First on ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Even though Puerto Rico has three times voted against becoming a U.S. state, yet another effort is being made to persuade Puerto Ricans to change their mind. Of course, the Democratic Party thinks making Puerto Rico our 51st state is a cool idea because that would give the Democrats two additional U.S. Senators and 6 to 8 additional Members of the House, more congressional representation than 25 of our 50 states. Despite millions of dollars ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
It's easy enough to portray President George W. Bush's five-nation tour of Latin America as too little, too late to restore this administration's depleted standing across the region. But a longer-range, broader perspective yields a distinctly more positive assessment. If, as some on the Latin left assert, this was George W. Bush vs. Hugo Chavez in a contest for Latin loyalties, the ultimate winner won't be Venezuela's vulgar demagogue. Bush visited Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
How's this for irony: Headlines recently proclaimed that the White House was opposed to giving the vote to the more than 600,000 residents of our nation's capital, who, incidentally, are paying federal income taxes to send members of their families to Iraq and Afghanistan so as to guarantee the right to vote for the residents of those nations' capitals. Even as the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives was passing the bill, co-sponsored by ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
A heart attack, I've found, has a way of concentrating one's attention. Hourly bulletins on one's blood pressure make lively competition for the content of any cable news channel. And now that I'm up and looking 'round again, I discover that nothing has stood still in recent weeks. Even without my gawking, the Bush administration appears to have suffered a slide in fortunes matched only by those ill-fated New York Giants of nearly 60 seasons ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
During the summer of 1960, when the body of 12-year-old Freddie Robinson washed up on the shore of a local creek in Edisto Island, S.C., law enforcement authorities there concluded he must have drowned accidentally. But Robinson's family suspected otherwise - that he had been murdered for dancing with white girls. Seven years later in Memphis, Tenn., and just a few days after participating in a civil rights demonstration, 16-year-old Larry Payne was found shot ... [full story]
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Mar 23,2007
Congressional Democrats claim at every turn they "support the Second Amendment," but the truth came out Thursday when they pulled a coveted District of Columbia voting rights bill because of an amendment that would have ended the long-standing handgun ban. "This shows the true colors of the Democrat leadership," Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms stated. "It should have been easy for the Democrat caucus ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
New report from conservative IRD charges NCC with being a surrogate for MoveOn, People for the American Way and other liberal groups If you prefer your religious battles sprinkled with demagoguery, sanctimoniousness, and simplistic attacks, the Institute on Religion and Democracy's (IRD) latest broadside against the National Council of Churches (NCC) certainly fits the bill. For those who remember a similar IRD-led attack on the World Council of Churches two decades ago -- highlighted by ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
I have long proposed the idea of soft diplomacy, i.e., trade, aid, investment and empowerment strategies, as opposed to hard diplomacy, i.e., pre-emptive war, as a way of winning friends and allies in the Islamic and Arab world in search of a successful settlement of the Iraq war. As a student and strong supporter of the Truman model for war-ravaged Western Europe and Japan, post World War II, as encompassed in the Marshall Plan, I ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
The reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Education Act offers Congress a splendid opportunity to enforce parental rights that have been outrageously trampled on by public schools. When the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the parental right to control the upbringing of their children "does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door," the House erupted in unprecedented bipartisan criticism. On Nov. 16, 2005, by a vote of 320 to ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
There's something deeply, fundamentally wrong with a culture when a depressed pop tart gets more attention for shaving her head than do wounded soldiers living in disgraceful conditions at the world's most famous military hospital. The deplorable outpatient housing uncovered recently at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center has triggered about as much moral outrage on Main Street as one of those starving-foreign-kid infomercials on late-night TV. A Washington Post investigation found that some outpatient ... [full story]
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Mar 16,2007
Homeownership is part of the American dream and key to building wealth for all Americans. Over the past decade, increasing homeownership has helped more blacks secure a larger sliver of the American pie and paved the way for the building of larger nest eggs for the future. Just a few years ago, black homeownership hit historic highs: nearly half, or 49.1 percent, of blacks in 2004 owned their own homes. Since then, rising foreclosure rates ... [full story]
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Mar 09,2007
Country explores long-term effort to 're-brand' itself to make it seem more friendly to the international community It hasn't been the easiest year for Israel. There was this past summer's widely condemned attack on Lebanon and the recent disclosure by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that his country has a nuclear arsenal, not to mention the ongoing death and destruction resulting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's strongly ... [full story]
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