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July 2012


Learning to Forgive the Colorado Shooter

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When I hear the word forgiveness, two things crop into my mind: 1. Don Henley singing the song "Heart of the Matter," and 2. what Christianity is supposed to be based on.

Now don't worry, this is not a blog about religion; it's a blog about forgiveness.

Pierce O'Farrill, a 28-year-old who was shot ...

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Colorado

Corporations Gone Wild in the Year of the Super PAC

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What do Marriott, Waffle House, Orlando Magic, New Balance, Omni Hotels, Charles Schwab, Ritz Carlton, Georgia Pacific, Menards, Dixie, Brawny, and Venetian Hotel Las Vegas have in common? .

These companies and their owners have donated millions to Mitt Romney's super PAC Restore Our Future, Karl ...

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super PACs
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Citizens United
campaign finance
Rove, Karl
politics

Why Political Conventions Still Matter

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There's a lot of grousing among the political insider class about the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions to be held in Tampa and Charlotte, N.C.

"Boring", "cut and dried", "canned speeches", "no drama Obama", "scripted Romney", "watching paint dry", are phrases that have become familiar ...

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2012 presidential election
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
McCain, John
Palin, Sarah
Democratic Party
Republican Party
politics

Romney, GOP Aim to Unleash Wall Street Arrogance, Greed Again

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Lost in the coverage of the tragic murders in Aurora, Colo. was an important anniversary. Saturday, July 21 marked one year since the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted. The law may not survive to reach its second birthday.

Who could possibly want to stop Wall Street reform ...

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Dodd, Chris
Frank, Barney
financial regulation
Obama, Barack
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election

Rush Limbaugh's Right: The Dark Knight Rises Is a Pro-Obama Plot

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Rush Limbaugh has come in for a lot of ribbing for his, umm, insight that the prospective blockbuster hit The Dark Knight Rises is a clever piece of pro-Obama campaign propaganda because the villain—Bane—has a homonymous name to President Obama's current adversary's old companies, Bain & Company ...

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Limbaugh, Rush
Romney, Mitt
Obama, Barack
2012 presidential election
Bain Capital

Why Teachers Deserve Tenure

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There are frequently mediocre teachers who are held up as examples—often by people who are anti-union, or even just anti-teacher—of why teacher tenure is a bad idea. Making it near-impossible to fire an incompetent teacher, the critics argue, is bad for kids and bad for newer, better teachers who ...

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education
teachers

Happy Cost of Government Day

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Do you ever wonder how much the government actually costs you? Not just as a percentage of total income over the course of year, but in terms of how much time you spend working for yourself versus the amount of time spent making enough money to cover your share of the cost of the government?

Every ...

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government
Obama, Barack
taxes

How Obamacare Taxes Hurt Seniors

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The revelation that the individual mandate in Obamacare is a tax came as a surprise to many. What is not a surprise is the number of other taxes already in the new law which, if allowed to go fully into effect, threatens to wreak havoc with the nation's economy.

Obamacare, which Republicans on ...

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health care
taxes

Happy Birthday, America

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On the morning of July 3, 1776, John Adams, delegate to the Second Continental Congress from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, wrote his wife Abigail:

Yesterday the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A ...

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United States
history
Adams, John