Tag: Politics
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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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April 17th, 2009

Actually, since the staff here is made up of “Young Voices,” we haven’t seen this in our lifetime. But we digress. President Obama made a speech at the Summit of the Americas on Friday that called for a “new day” in U.S.-Cuba relations, and he has taken steps to lift restrictions for Cuban Americans on [...]

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April 13th, 2009

The First Dog, Bo, which the Obamas got for their daughters over the weekend, is not, we repeat, not, from a shelter. Guess they didn’t learn from the backlash over the Bidens’ pet pick. Animal rescue organizations are up in arms. In a statement on Friday, the Executive Director of Adopt-a-Pet.com called the Obama’s decision [...]

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April 7th, 2009

Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, when the state legislature voted to override the governor’s veto of a same-sex marriage bill. Such marriages can be performed in Vermont as early as September. On the same day, the D.C. Council voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The actions come [...]

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April 3rd, 2009

Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and the third state in the country, along with Massachusetts and Connecticut, to legalize same-sex marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down a 1998 ban on same-sex marriage Friday. Same-sex marriages could begin in the Hawkeye State in three weeks. The opposition is outraged. The pundits [...]

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