Thomas Jefferson Street

October 2011


Little Sympathy for Bernie Madoff's Family

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Surely, it's been a difficult time for the wife and son of Bernie Madoff, the man now serving a 150-year prison sentence for running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme and bilking investors out of their life savings. The couple's other son, Mark Madoff, committed suicide, hanging himself with a black dog ...

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Madoff, Bernard

Debate Roughhousing Aside, is Romney Serious about Illegals?

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Former Gov. Mitt Romney has made news recently because of his demeanor at the most recent of the slew of GOP primary debates. The normally unflappable (in public, anyway) Romney lost it a little bit when foe Gov. Rick Perry accused the former Massachusetts governor of using illegal immigrants to ...

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immigration reform
Republican Party
Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election

GOP Is Obama's Best Asset With Latinos

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President Obama has been warned in the media and elsewhere that he is in trouble with his base. African-Americans are disappointed. Students aren't willing to give up a few hours of study time to go door-to-door for him. And Latinos, too, we are told, are frustrated that nothing has been done about ...

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Hispanics
Obama, Barack
Perry, Rick
Cain, Herman
Gingrich, Newt
politics
2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Bachmann, Michele
Paul, Ron
Huntsman, Jon
Santorum, Rick
immigration reform

Who Will Protect Students From Bullying Teachers?

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In suburban Buffalo, a gay 14-yer-old boy was so taunted at school and online that he took his own life. In New Jersey, a school declaration of October as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender month for students was belittled on a Facebook page, with the writer calling homosexuality "a sin" that ...

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bullying

Mississippi Voters May Change Abortion Debate

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The question of when life begins may be given needed clarity this November as voters in Mississippi are asked to render judgment on an initiative that would define "personhood."

The amendment would, if enacted, add "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of ...

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abortion

Stars Going Out in the NFL, Which Is Good

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Among corporate motivational phrases, it's one of the most hackneyed, and the most mocked: "There is no 'I' in 'Team.'" Of course, this is technically true in literal terms, and even true in an ideal workplace, but the star system in business, politics, sports and entertainment has become so ...

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NFL

Polls in Flux, Conservative Base Still Looking for a 2012 Candidate

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With several months still to go before any actual ballots are cast, the race for the Republican presidential nomination remains fluid.

According to the most recent polls, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain is surging, threatening former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's frontrunner status.

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2012 presidential election
Cain, Herman
Romney, Mitt
Bachmann, Michele
Paul, Ron
Perry, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Republican Party
politics

No Sympathy in the NBA Lockout

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Many of us find it difficult to sympathize with the economic stresses claimed by millionaires and billionaires (or "job creators," as they are known in some circles). The lockout by the National Basketball Association surely falls into that category.

The league announced recently it was canceling ...

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NBA
basketball
sports

Columbus Day a Celebration of Immigrants

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Originally from Genoa, a port city in what is now Italy, Christopher Columbus persuaded Spain's Queen Isabella many years ago to underwrite an expedition to search for a westerly route to India.

Columbus didn’t quite deliver on what he promised; instead he found something far more glorious, the ...

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immigration reform

The 2012 GOP Field Is Like a High School Class

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They're all Republicans to me, the crowd running for president in 2012, but somehow they take us straight back to school. From A for apple polisher to B for bully, and so on.

[See a collection of political cartoons on the GOP hopefuls.]

Tall teacher's pet former Gov. Mitt Romney is programmed so well ...

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Christie, Chris
Huntsman, Jon
Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Cain, Herman
Santorum, Rick
Bachmann, Michele
Gingrich, Newt
Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt