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Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 42 weeks ago
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Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 48 weeks ago
The latest news on the Democratic National Convention, Poverty, Immigration, Veterans, Forclosures and Renters, Hurricane Victims, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Darfur, Russia, Mideast, North Korea, Women's Suffrage, and select Commentaries. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Democratic convention. Obama's Family Night Out "After an emotional speech by an ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the face of the Democratic Party shifted on Monday night to a new generation of leaders, as Michelle Obama opened the Democratic National Convention with a tribute to her husband and a call to the country listen "to our hopes ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 48 weeks ago
The latest news on Obama and Biden, the Olympics, Back to school, the Democratic convention, Kosher ethics, Homelessness in L.A., Pakistan, Russia-Georgia, Israel-Palestine, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Darfur, Iran, and Abortion Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Democratic convention. Party Unity Tops Agenda For Democrats “Sen. Barack Obama launched a four-day tour of battleground states Sunday to coincide with Monday's opening of the Democratic convention and its ambitious agenda of selling Obama to a national audience, presenting a forceful case against Republican rival John McCain and unifying a party still ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 49 weeks ago
The latest news on Faith and Politics, Convention Prayer, Back-to-School, Latino platform, Immigration raids, Peace Corps, Execution stay, U.S.-Iraq agreement, Iraq, Afghanistan-Canada & U.K., Israel, India nuclear talks, War resisters, Pakistan, Russia-Georgia, Russia-U.S. analysis, and select Op-Eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Faith and politics. Poll: Frustrated social conservatives increasingly opposed to mixing church and politics "Social conservatives are growing more wary of church involvement in politics, joining moderates and liberals in their unease about blurring the lines ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 49 weeks ago
The latest news on the Presidential campaign, Rising prices, Execution, U.S.-Iraq agreement, Iraq strategy, NATO-Russia, Mideast, Gaza peace boats, U.S.-India nuclear trade, U.S.-Poland missile agreement, Women in Pakistan, Canada, Colombia, Amish population, Commentary, the Passing of Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Presidential campaign. Voters in Poll Want Priority to Be Economy, Their Top Issue "Barack Obama and John McCain are heading into their conventions neck and neck, with voters focused on the economy, a New York Times/CBS News poll found."
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 49 weeks ago
The latest news on Health insurance, Vice-presidents, Border database, Afghanistan, Russia-Georgia, U.S.-Poland, Pakistan, Israel-Hezbollah, Sudan, Canada, Analysis, and Op-Ed. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Health insurance. Lack of Insurance, High Medical Costs Put More in a Bind "Americans are struggling to pay medical bills and are accumulating medical debt at an increasing rate, according to a survey released today." 439,000 ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 49 weeks ago
The latest news on the U.S. Population, Medicine & Religion, Running Mates, Non-profits, Back to School, Faith & Politics, Pakistan, Russia-Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Global Poverty & Development. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » US population. Hispanic fertility drives U.S. population growth "If it weren't for Hispanic births, the U.S. could be confronting long-term population declines similar to those in Germany, Japan and other industrialized countries." More Women Than Ever Are Childless, Census Finds "Women ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
More than a year ago, I posted a piece asking for comments from the readers of the Daily Digest. There were many useful ideas, and I've modified the Digest accordingly. I'm now about to leave for a week's vacation, and thought I'd ask again. The Daily Digest is now being received by more than 25,000 people. So, I thought I'd solicit your opinions. What makes up the Digest? I use the following U.S. newspapers:
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
The latest news on China, Afghanistan, Economy, US demographics, Abortion, the Death penalty, Guantanamo trial, Iran, Israel, Mideast, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Pakistan, and AIDS. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » China. Human rights issues take center stage as Olympics near "On the cusp of the Summer Olympics, human rights moved into the spotlight as critics attacked China for banning Darfur activists, President Bush expressed "deep concerns" about the government's harsh policies and U.S. Olympians selected a former Sudanese refugee to carry the Stars and Stripes in Friday's opening ceremony."
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
The latest news on Hiroshima anniversary, Olympic protests, South African strike, Hiroshima anniversary, Olympic protests, Execution, Child labor, Iran, Iraq oil profits, Taliban, South African strike, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Hiroshima anniversary. Hiroshima marks bomb anniversary with hope for US change "The mayor of Hiroshima on Wednesday urged the next US president to work to abolish atomic weapons as the city marked the 63rd anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack." Japan marks 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb "Tens of thousands bowed their heads at a ceremony in the ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
The latest news on Veterans, Child care, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, Global poverty, and Solzhenitsyn. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Veterans. Troops' stress, trauma studied "The Pentagon is spending an unprecedented $300 million this summer on research for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, offering hope not only for troops but hundreds of thousands of civilians." Violations rife in ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
Jarrod McKenna's post on the 1968 Olympics witness/protest brought back memories of that event, and the impression it made on me. And there is a sequel to the story. On October 3, 2006,
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
Jarrod McKenna's post on the 1968 Olympics witness/protest brought back memories of that event, and the impression it made on me. And there is a sequel to the story. On October 3, 2006,
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 51 weeks ago
The latest news on the Economy, Death penalty, HIV/AIDS, Military grants, Anglicans, Iran, Iraq, Taliban, Passing, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Economy. Hovering Above Poverty, Grasping for Middle Class "Low-wage workers in the United States are gripped by increasing financial insecurity as they inch along an economic tightrope made riskier by pervasive job losses and rising prices." Housing Lenders Fear Bigger Wave of Loan ...
Posted by Duane Shank 5 years 52 weeks ago
The latest news on the Economy, State spending, Education, Wal-Mart, Gender equity, Executive privilege, Product safety, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Darfur, US-India nuclear, Israel, South Africa, Venexuela, Editorial, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Economy. July jobless rate highest in 4 years "The U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 5.7 percent in July, its highest in more than four years as employers cut payrolls for a seventh month in a row." More Arrows Seen Pointing to a ...
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 20 hours ago
The latest news on Immigrants, Housing bill signed, AIDS bill signed, Consumer safety, Low-income workers, Olmert to resign, Darfur, Iran, Iraq, Terrorism, Brazil, Food crisis, Pakistan, Canada, E-mail, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Immigrants. Decline Seen in Numbers of People Here Illegally "The number of illegal immigrants in the country has dropped by as much 1.3 million in the past year, an 11 percent decline since a historic peak last August, a research group said in a report."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 1 day ago
The latest news on Slavery apology, Sen. Stevens indicted, Homeless, AIDS-Black America, AIDS-global, Al Qaeda, Iran Afghanistan, Trade negotiations, Israel, Palestine, Karadzic extradited, Chile, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Slavery apology. House Issues An Apology For Slavery "The House yesterday apologized to black Americans, more than 140 years after slavery was abolished, for the 'fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow' ...
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 days ago
MoveOn.org pioneered the art of online political advocacy. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, it can look at enormous successes and a host of new questions. Do politicians take mass e-mails seriously? Is advocacy by e-mail being replaced by text messaging and social networking? Can online activism be turned into on-the-ground organizing? They're questions that face [...]
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 days ago
The latest news on Budget deficit, Vice-presidents, Illegal hiring, Education, Bridge repair, Church shooting, Military execution, Israel-Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Darfur, Zimbabwe, Peru, and Editorial + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Budget deficit. Bush to leave a record budget deficit of $482 billion "White House officials blamed the slowing economy and a $150-billion bipartisan stimulus package for the worsening picture for the 2009 fiscal year, but Democrats cited the president's tax cuts and fiscal management over his eight years in office."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 3 days ago
The latest news on Immigration, Housing relief, Food banks, Federal deficit, Iraq, Iran, Darfur, Military humanitarianism, Bombings, and Commentary. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Immigration. Throng packs Postville to pray, call for change "More than 1,000 people from around the Midwest converged Sunday on Postville to show disdain for the treatment of immigrant workers arrested during a massive raid here in May. "Iowa Rally Protests Raid and Conditions at Plant"About 1,000 ...
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 6 days ago
The latest news on Obama in Berlin, McCain VP, Church & State, Human rights, Church & State-Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iran, Canadian election, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Obama in Berlin. Obama Says Walls Must Come Down "Addressing a huge throng in the middle of this once-divided city, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama implored Americans and Europeans to renew the partnership that once defeated communism to address 21st-century threats"
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 1 week ago
The latest news on Guantanamo trial, Women & Economy, Gleaning for food, Farm subsidies, Americans & Africa, War crimes suspect, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Iran, Middle East, India and Editorial. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Guantanamo trial. Military Trial Begins for Guantánamo Detainee "In a hushed courtroom here on Monday, a military judge opened the first American war crimes trial since World War II, culminating a nearly seven-year effort by the Bush administration to try some of the hundreds of terrorism suspects held in the detention camp."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 1 week ago
The latest news on Obama trip, Detainee trial, Faith & politics, U.S. Highways, Education, Colombia, Death by mistake, Brown & Israel, Iran, Zimbabwe, The next war, India, Anglicans, Editorial, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Obama trip. Obama sticks to his goal of swift Iraq withdrawal "As Sen. Barack Obama headed to Iraq for his first visit as a presidential candidate, his plan for bringing the war to a swift conclusion was triggering a political furor abroad and at home, with a U.S. military leader declaring Sunday that setting a hard deadline for withdrawing troops is risky."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 1 week ago
The latest news on Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela, Economy, Global warming, Presidential campaign, Death penalty, Darfur Israel, Mideast diplomacy, Iran, India, North Korea, Latin America, Human Rights, Anglicans, Pope in Australia, Interfaith conference, Passing-Tony Snow, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela. On his birthday, Madiba remembers the poor "Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday by urging the wealthy to share their prosperity with the less fortunate, and by saying he wished he had been able to spend more time with his family during the anti-apartheid struggle."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 weeks ago
AIDS plan, Life expectancy and inequality, Children and war, Iran, Israel-Hezbollah swap, Nation-building Afghanistan, Iraq, Food crisis, Oil, Interfaith summit, Pope in Australia, Anglican conference, Editorial, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » AIDS plan. Senate Agrees to $50 Billion AIDS Plan "The Senate approved legislation that would triple funding to fight AIDS and other diseases around the globe, rejecting efforts to pare down the bill's $50 billion price tag."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 weeks ago
The latest news on Bipartisan friendship, Economy, Medicare, Militarized foreign policy, Afghanistan, War resister deported, Guantanamo video, Iran, Iraq Israel, and Sudan. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Bipartisan friendship. Across the aisle, a ballad to Kennedy "[Senator Orrin] Hatch said he was asked by several colleagues to put down his feelings about a very close friend who is facing a serious illness. The friend is the legendary liberal Ted Kennedy, and the colleagues are Democrats who envision having the song played as a tribute to Kennedy at next month's Democratic convention - and as a living example of a ...
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 weeks ago
The latest news on Economy, Jobs, Offshore drilling, Presidential campaign, War resisters in Canada, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan, Church of England, and Editorial. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Economy. Banking Stocks Take a Lashing "Banking stocks suffered some of their worst losses in a generation yesterday as investors' confidence in the U.S. financial system continued to erode despite the dramatic initiative by the federal government Sunday evening to bolster mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 weeks ago
As a confirmed newspaper addict, I've learned to pay attention to the bylines on stories, and over the years have learned which ones to look for on particular topics. In Sunday morning's New York Times, I see that one of my favorites is retiring. For nearly 30 years, Linda Greenhouse has covered the Supreme Court and I've come to trust her reporting - always well-researched and well-written. If I want to understand a complicated Court decision, I go to her story first. When the new [...]
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 weeks ago
The latest news on Mortgages, AIDS relief, Measuring poverty, Church & immigration, Afghanistan, Sudan-Darfur, Iraq, Mideast WMDs, North Korea, India, Supreme Court, Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Mortgages. Government May Aid Mortgage Giants "The federal government unveiled a broad program yesterday evening to bolster troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, extending unprecedented support to the companies and proposing new authority to lend them money and even buy their stock."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 2 weeks ago
The latest news on Immigration, Rove subpoena, Housing bill, Capital punishment, McCain, Zimbabwe, British troops, Iran, Serenity prayer, and Opinion. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Immigration. Number of Mexicans gaining citizenship soars in 2007 "The number of Mexican-born immigrants who became U.S. citizens swelled by nearly 50% last year amid a massive campaign by Spanish-language media and immigrant advocacy groups to help eligible residents apply for citizenship," Citizenship surges for Mexican immigrants ...
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 3 weeks ago
The latest news on Wiretap bill, Kennedy & Medicare, Ohio poverty taskforce Census, Immigration, G-8, Darfur, Iran, Attack in Istanbul, Zimbabwe, Mideast, Pakistan, and Op-Ed. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Wiretap bill. Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers"The Senate gave final approval on to a major expansion of the government's surveillance powers, handing President Bush one more victory in a series of hard-fought clashes with Democrats over national security issues."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 3 weeks ago
The latest news in Economy, Veterans' education, Immigration, War powers, G-8 & global warming, Iraq, Iran, Darfur India, Zimbabwe, US-Czech missile defense, and Editorial. + Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Economy. Layoff burden takes toll on families "Job loss is hitting employees of all kinds, and it's delivering a profound blow to family stability. The latest U.S. Labor Department report says employers cut payrolls by 62,000 in June -- the sixth straight month of nationwide job losses." Paulson: Many foreclosures can't be prevented ...
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 3 weeks ago
The latest news on the Mortgage Plan, Iraq-US troops, Anglican women bishops, Immigration, Veterans and alcoholism, G-8 and Zimbawbwe, G-8 and Global Warming, Iran and Israel, and select op-eds. Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Mortgage plan. Mortgage rescue plan draws Senate support "A mortgage rescue plan to save hundreds of thousands of homeowners from foreclosure drew overwhelming Senate support, inching toward passage despite Republican objections."
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 3 weeks ago
The latest reports on the G-8 summit, immigration, Zimbabwe, Medicare, senior services cut, unemployment, conventions, serving the poor, the wars go on, Egyptian Christians, and select editorials and op-eds Sign up to receive our daily news summary via e-mail » Immigration. Employers Fight Tough Measures on Immigration "Under pressure from the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in two decades, employers across the country are fighting back in state legislatures, the federal courts and city halls." Medicare .
Posted by Duane Shank 6 years 4 weeks ago
Comedian George Carlin died this week. While his humor could often be profane, there was one of his standard pieces that I loved the first time I heard it and have ever since. It was titled [...]