Tag: Politics
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August 6th, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has its first Hispanic (and third woman) justice. In a 68-31 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the lifetime appointment. She will be sworn in on Saturday, in a ceremony that will be televised for the first time in the court’s history. Share your thoughts on Sotomayor’s confirmation [...]

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July 22nd, 2009

People are not digging his “mom jeans,” and polls show (see Washington Post-ABC News and USA Today-Gallup) that President Obama’s approval rating has slipped some, particularly when it comes to healthcare policy. He addresses that issue in a primetime news conference Wednesday night calling on lawmakers to move quickly on overhauling healthcare even as hope [...]

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June 30th, 2009

Talk about a celebration. Iraqis took to the streets to celebrate step one in U.S. troop withdrawal—removing U.S. troops from cities and towns across the country. June 30th was declared “National Sovereignty Day” as Iraqi security forces took over control of Iraqi cities from U.S. troops six years after the U.S.-led invasion. Seemingly emphasizing just [...]

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June 23rd, 2009

The Obama administration, which has created several “dot gov” Web sites to coincide with its policy initiatives, has created Serve.gov. The latest dot gov is a site that helps volunteers find service work in their community, as well as register volunteer organizations and share volunteer stories. The President and First Lady are also calling on [...]

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June 4th, 2009

President Obama’s highly anticipated speech Thursday morning in Cairo has received a variety of responses from communities in the Middle East. Obama began his speech with the Arabic greeting “As-Salamu Alaykum” and attempted to balance competing interests throughout the region in his address.  How successful he was at doing that remains to be seen. But [...]

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May 29th, 2009

Based on recommendations from a 60-day cyberspace policy review, President Obama announced Friday that he will appoint a cyber-security czar to oversee the security of government and business computer networks and to guard against an attack on our digital infrastructure or, as he called it, a “weapon of mass disruption.” Now, if you’re concerned that [...]

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May 27th, 2009

A day after the California Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages (a.k.a. Proposition 8), the case is going federal. The attorneys on opposite ends of the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential court battle (how weird is that?) have asked a federal judge in San Francisco to block California from [...]

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May 14th, 2009

President Obama delivered the first of three commencement addresses Wednesday night at Arizona State University. He urged young people to “step up” and even mentioned the dust-up over his not receiving an honorary degree from the university. Next stops for the president: the University of Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy.

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May 6th, 2009

Do you get your information from newspapers, on television, on the radio or online? Do you think everyone in your community has access to the networks they need (online or in-person) to find important information? How would you improve the quality of information available to the general public? Fascinating questions, huh? Even more fascinating when [...]

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April 22nd, 2009

Today marks the 39th Earth Day. And even though the annual celebration on April 22nd began in the United States, it’s now a global celebration, with a billion people expected to participate this year. Here are some articles to read, ideas to ponder, ways to observe the day and a documentary to watch (or not [...]

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