Saturday, February 07, 2009

GLBT DIGEST - February 07, 2009

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New York Times
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-National Briefing | New England
Vermont: Same-Sex Marriage
A bill to legalize same-sex marriages was introduced in the House, nine years after Vermont became the first state to permit civil unions. A crowd of several hundred supporters gathered at the State House in celebration. The bill has 59 sponsors, all of them Democrats, who overwhelmingly control both houses of the legislature.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/us/07brfs-SAMESEXMARRI_BRF.html?scp=2&sq=GAY&st=cse


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Washington Post
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-Old West Stays Vibrant
In the Arizona Desert, an Eccentric Town Moves Forward While Preserving its Colorful Past
A partial list: Batman outfit, earthquake pills, female roadrunner costume, invisible paint, jet-propelled unicycle, bumblebees and high-speed tonic. (All of that, of course, before the advent of Wal-Mart.) The answer may be the eclectic town of Bisbee, Ariz., a picturesque collection of artists, shopkeepers and vagrants in the high desert nine miles north of the Mexican border. [...] "Bisbee attracts a certain kind of person," says Gayla Dickson, who runs Gloria's Jewelry and Gemstones and has perhaps the best turquoise collection on Main Street. "Done with civilization, done with malls and theaters, and a real 'live and let live' attitude. If you can't do that, you can't live here. We have a huge gay, lesbian and transsexual community." As if on cue, a person of indeterminate gender breezes in and asks Gayla to put a World AIDS Day flier in the window.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020601817.html

-Gay women married in Canada can divorce in NJ
By GEOFF MULVIHILL
Gay marriages performed outside New Jersey are recognized in the state for the purpose of divorce, according to a ruling Friday by a judge deciding whether a lesbian couple married in Canada can split. State Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson said in an oral ruling that New Jersey, which doesn't allow gays to marry, has a long history of recognizing marriages that are valid where they were performed.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602729.html

-Va. Man Gets 35 Months for Attack on Gay Man
The Associated Press
A Superior Court judge has sentenced a man to 35 months in prison for participating in an attack on a gay man.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602921.html

-To Feel the Spirit, Poll Says Go South
Gallup Ranks the Most Religious States
By Adelle M. Banks
Want to be almost certain you'll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi. Prefer to be in the least religious state? Venture to Vermont.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020603213.html?hpid=sec-religion


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Steve Rothaus
www.MiamiHerald.com/gay
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-Gay woman fights over hospital visitation rights in Miami court
A gay woman not allowed to visit her dying partner at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2007 hopes a federal judge will allow her claims of emotional distress and negligence to go to trial.
http://www.miamiherald.com/277/story/892447.html

-National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Saturday
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/


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Miami Herald
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-Holocaust museum chronicles WWII Nazi propaganda
By NAFEESA SYEED
Wearing a black hat and a suit bearing the yellow Star of David, a man recoils from a large finger pointing at him from above. "He is to blame for the war," reads the poster caption.
http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/AP/story/891224.html


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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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-Window Media: Gay Publisher in "Receivership" With Feds
An investment fund that finances Window Media, the owner of several gay publications including the Washington Blade and Genre magazine, is going into "receivership" by the Small Business Administration. The government agency will then sell off the fund's assets, redistributing the proceeds to investors. Gay City News in New York reports that Avalon, the investment firm, has been entrenched in a "continuing violation" with the SBA. Avalon constantly borrowed money from the SBA, from 2000 to 2007, eventually culling $38 million to acquire more properties and other ventures. As part of the deal with the SBA, Avalon was required to have at least half of the value of the loan in assets, but Avalon's assets fell below the required $19 million. A lawsuit filed against Avalon by the SBA shows that the company had little money left by 2008, as investors pulled out of the fund, and other properties the company invested in had lost value. Window Media owns the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, South Florida Blade, David Atlanta, 411 Magazine, and Bitchsession.com. Avalon also has a non-majority stake in HX Media, which publishes HX magazine and the New York Blade. Unite Media owns the majority of shares for HX Media. According to the report, a typical receivership spans a 3 1/2 year period, depending on the economic climate and the state of Avalon's assets. The SBA usually recovers 63 cents per dollar for investors and taxpayers.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72626.asp

-Wyoming House Kills Anti-Gay Marriage Bill
Wyoming's house of representatives voted down a proposed amendment to the state constitution on Friday that would have defined marriage between a man and a woman as the only legal union recognized in the state. A two-thirds majority was needed to pass the resolution and move it to the senate, but 35 out of 60 representatives voted against the measure, named House Joint Resolution 17.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72623.asp

-Lesbian Representative Rejected From Committee on Children and Families
St. Louis representative Jeanette Mott Oxford, one of two openly gay lawmakers in the Missouri house of representatives, was rejected from the Committee on Children and Families in January with little explanation. A Democratic representative from the state of Missouri, Oxford considers herself "eminently qualified" for the position and is questioning whether her sexual orientation has played a role in the decision, according to the Kansas City Star. In a letter to Republican house speaker Ron Richard, Oxford wrote, "The only reason cited to me so far as for why I am not on the committee is that 'some members find me offensive. I do not know if this is about my sexual orientation, my stance on Roe v. Wade, or what." Chief of Staff Jeff Brooks reportedly cited the concern that Oxford was "highly offensive" at a time when multiple Democratic staffers were present. He has since denied the remark.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72599.asp

-Cheyenne Jackson Plays Gay Dad on Ugly Betty
Actor Cheyenne Jackson will guest-star in an episode of ABC's Ugly Betty as a gay dad this season. Best known for his role in the film United 93, and for his work on Broadway in shows including Xanadu, Aida, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, his role on Ugly Betty will be one of two appearances by Jackson on ABC this season. The actor recently worked on an episode of ABC's Life on Mars, to be aired later this year. Ugly Betty, starring America Ferrera and Eric Mabius, has received a GLAAD Media Award as well as critical acclaim from gay media for routinely incorporating gay characters and gay-friendly themes in its story lines.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72577.asp


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365Gay.com
http://www.365gay.com/
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-Civil unions bill advances in Hawaii
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
(Honolulu, Hawaii) A bill that would give same-sex couples in Hawaii all of the rights of marriage but without the name has been approved unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee and LGBT rights groups are expressing cautious optimism it will become law.
http://www.365gay.com/news/civil-unions-bill-advances-in-hawaii/

-Expanded Wa. partner bill expected to advance despite opposition
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Opponents of a bill that would expand Washington's 2007 domestic partner law to provide all of the state rights and benefits of marriage vastly outnumbered supporters as a state House committee began hearings on the measure.
http://www.365gay.com/news/expanded-wa-partner-bill-expected-to-advance-despite-opposition/


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Forwarded from Euro-Queer
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-Africa: Lawyers and Activists Attend Groundbreaking Meeting
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), Global Rights, Interights and the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists have just concluded a groundbreaking four-day workshop on legal strategies for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Africa. The meeting, the first-ever dialog between lawyers who have worked on litigation related to LGBT rights and African LGBT leaders, was held in Cape Town, South Africa and attended by 45 participants from 11 African countries- Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
http://www.iglhrc.org


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National Equality Rally at Independence Hall - Philadelphia
Make History!
Join organizations, grassroots activists and straight allies from across the nation as we demonstrate at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell-the site where the Gay Pioneers launched our movement with protests each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969.
Call on Congress and our new president for:
*Passage of trans-inclusive hate crimes legislation and Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
*Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
*Support for GLBT health issues
*Equal benefits for same-sex families
*Same-sex marriage Equality
For more information about the National Equality Rally at Independence Hall, visit www.nationalequalityrally.org. For information about Equality Forum, visit www.equalityforum.com. For information about the Gay Pioneers, visit www.gaypioneers.com.
www.nationalequalityrally.org


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Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-From Michael Petrelis
mpetrelis@aol.com
The 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in NYC is about five months away. On Sunday, June 28, the actual date of the first night's riot at the mafia-infested gay bar in Greenwich Village, our community will mark four decades of activism and demands for equality and respect.
Here are some questions to consider:
1. Does the Stonewall Rebellion mean anything to you and your circle of friends?
2. Is the rebellion too linked to the USA movement and of no or little importance to gays in foreign countries?
3. If the 40th anniversary of Stonewall has meaning for you, do you have any interest in organizing a local action linked to the rebellion?
4. Even though June 28 is the anniversary date, people can choose any time to stage an action.
Maybe the theme of IDAHO this year could be Global Stonewall 40? I'd like for this note to generate a debate among GWB about making an attempt at global gay solidarity through the Stonewall Rebellion's 40th year of modern gay activism and visibility. Give me you reactions and thoughts, please. mpetrelis@aol.com


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From Transgender Equality
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-Southern Voice, GA, USA
Clarkston, Georgia broadens non-discrimination policy
City includes gay, transgender protections
The Clarkston City Council unanimously approved Feb. 3 a beefed-up version of its anti-discrimination policy that includes protections for gay and transgender city employees. State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) had discussions with every council member about sexual orientation and gender identity prior to the vote. Georgia's only openly gay state legislator, Drenner is working with all of the towns in her district to include non-discrimination protections for their workers. www.sovo.com

-EDGE Boston, MA, USA
Boston City Council supports passage of trans rights bill
Boston's transgender community got a big boost from the City Council Jan. 28, after it unanimously approved a resolution offered by Council President Michael Ross to support "An Act Relative to Gender Based discrimination and Hate Crimes," a bill currently before the state legislature that would add transgender- inclusive language to the state's non-discrimination and hate crimes laws. The resolution was "an opportunity to work with [Somerville state Representative] Carl Sciortino on legislation that he was sponsoring that would bring equality to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts like thirteen other states in America, and cities like Boston," Ross said.
http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=&sc2=news&sc3=&id=86861


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Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
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-16 GOP reps voted to kill WY antigay marriage law
Such a nice number, that number 16. It is the figure for how many Republicans voted today in Wyoming to reject a defense of straight marriage bill.
http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2009/02/16-gop-reps-voted-to-kill-anti-gay-wy.html

-The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act is currently under attack in the Senate, facing devastating budget cuts aimed at slicing funding for science research by $77.9 billion. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have joined forces in efforts to eliminate these critically important monies from the legislation.

-Rethinking identity politics a theme at Creating Change
Rethinking isolated identity politics and abandoning apologetic messaging were some of the themes emphasized at this year's Creating Change conference in Denver, presented by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force January 28-February 1. Workshops and plenaries at the 21st national conference discussed how to move forward a progressive LGBT movement at a critical time, against the backdrop of a newly elected African American, LGBT-friendly president and the sting of several same-sex marriage bans still fresh on the community's minds.
http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=3696

-The Rise and Fall of Pornography
There is a world beyond the golden-gated community that composes the suburban drawl of Southern California that has become known as a different sort of capital for the United States. It produces one of the country's largest and most economically lucrative commodities, giving way to a different world altogether - where even the most intimate moments are captured on century-defining celluloid for all to see. This is a world privy only to those willing to inhabit it, creating a product that fascinates all, but is openly talked about by few. Welcome to the San Fernando Valley: the pornocopia of America, birthplace of some of the country's most tantalizing and conspicuously sinful entertainment. Yet for all of its apparent public bravado, the porn industry remains, at its core, a shamed staple of American popular culture.
http://www.cityonahillpress.com/article.php?id=1566

-Teenage Promiscuity is a Myth and No One Seems to Care?
http://girlwpen.com/?p=1479


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Pink News - UK
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/
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-Obama's choice of gay rights foe for Cabinet slammed by activist
By Tony Grew
President of the United States Barack Obama's Cabinet choices are dividing the gay community. While Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest LGBT rights group, has welcomed the confirmation of Eric Holder as US Attorney General, other activists have questioned the nomination of Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11082.html

-Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast
By Tony Grew
When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God." How times change.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11081.html

-Obama criticised for creating office for "faith-based" partnerships
By Tony Grew
American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships. President George W Bush was heavily criticised for backing faith-based initiatives.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11079.html


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Daily Queer News
www.dailyqueernews.com
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-FL: "Gay Friendly" Miami Archdiocese Features Goddess-Worshipping Nun at Diocesan University
LexEtLibertas | Life Site News
February 5, 2009, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Just days after the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has ordered an apostolic visitation of all non-contemplative women's religious orders in the United States, LifeSiteNews has learned that a notorious Catholic dissenter, known for her promotion of goddess-worship and "eco-spirituality," is scheduled to speak at the Miami Archdiocese's Saint Thomas University. Sr. Miriam Therese MacGillis, O.P will be presenting a lecture, "Cosmology, Faith, & Sustainability," at Saint Thomas, on 24 February. Many lay Catholics have documented Sister Miriam's dissent from official Catholic doctrine on various matters. Sister Miriam is an active proponent of so-called "eco-spirituality," a quasi-pantheistic religious movement recently chronicled in some detail in Sarah McFarland Taylor's book "Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology." Taylor, an Episcopalian sympathetic to the eco-spiritual movement, has chronicled this heterodox belief system, and her book features Sister Miriam MacGillis and the community she co-founded, Genesis Farm. Read more

-Gay Partners Immigration Act to be Reintroduced to Congress Next Week
Joe.My.God
The Uniting American Families Act will be reintroduced to the House next Friday by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The act would allow the same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents to enjoy the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples. The unfair current law has stranded thousands of gay couples overseas or forced them to separate to their native countries. Please use this contact form created by Immigration Equality to contact your member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the act with Rep. Nadler. Link


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NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS - February 07, 2009

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New York Times
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-Senators Reach Accord on Stimulus Plan as Jobs Vanish
By CARL HULSE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
Senate Democrats reached an agreement with Republican moderates on Friday to pare a huge economic recovery measure, clearing the way for approval of a package that President Obama said was urgently needed in light of mounting job losses.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/us/politics/07stimulus.html?hp

-Editorial: Disappearing Jobs
It was impossible to argue with President Obama on Friday when he said that the dismal new jobs report - the largest loss in 13 consecutive months of decline - made it all the more urgent for Congress to pass the economic stimulus and recovery package.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/opinion/07sat1.html?ref=opinion

-Op-Ed Columnist: Tough Times at Obama Inc.
By GAIL COLLINS
I know it's been a tough week, little Obamaites. You've been feeling ... unstimulated.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/opinion/07collins.html?ref=opinion

-Op-Ed Columnist: Playing With Fire
By BOB HERBERT
It was good to see the president, ordinarily so cool, so accommodating, exhibiting some real fire the other night. It seems to have done some good. With the economy in deep, deep trouble, and Americans suffering by the tens of millions, the Republicans spent much of the week doing their same-old, bad-faith Neanderthal two-step: trying their best to derail the economic stimulus package working its difficult way through Congress
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/opinion/07herbert.html?ref=opinion

-Op-Ed Columnist: Watch the Tone in Washington
By CHARLES M. BLOW
It took just two weeks for Washington's Kumbaya experiment in bipartisan civility to explode in turgid rants, finger-pointing and re-entrenchment.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/opinion/07blow2.html?ref=opinion

-Indecision Reigns as Israelis Get Ready to Vote
By ISABEL KERSHNER
JERUSALEM - As the Israelis trudge once again to the polling stations on Tuesday to elect a new government for the fifth time in a decade, many of them may still be asking themselves whom they are going to vote for, and why.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/world/middleeast/07israel.html?hp

-Pakistan Frees Nuclear Dealer in Snub to U.S.
By SALMAN MASOOD and DAVID E. SANGER
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani court freed one of the most successful nuclear proliferators in history, Abdul Qadeer Khan, from house arrest on Friday, lifting the restrictions imposed on him since 2004 when he publicly confessed to running an illicit nuclear network.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/world/asia/07khan.html?hp

-U.S. Can Ship Afghan Aid Through Russia, Kremlin Says
By ELLEN BARRY
MOSCOW - Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said Friday that Russia had fast-tracked approval of a plan to allow the United States military to ship nonlethal equipment across Russian territory to Afghanistan.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/world/europe/07russia.html

-Patient Money: Strategies for Saving on Prescription Drugs
By LESLEY ALDERMAN
Drugs have never been so expensive - or so cheap. News reports and anecdotal evidence indicate that the recession is prompting many people to skimp on prescription drugs, putting their health at risk now and setting them up for higher medical expenses in the long term. So now is a good time to take a hard look at what you spend on prescriptions and figure out how you can make that money go farther.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/health/06patient.html

-Not Everyone Is Cheering as Wi-Fi Takes to the Air
By MICHELINE MAYNARD
Published: February 6, 2009
For all the annoyance of being crammed into an aluminum tube at 35,000 feet with a bunch of strangers, air travel has offered one benefit: the ability to tell bosses and colleagues, "I'll be on a flight, so you won't be able to reach me."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/07plane.html?hp


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Washington Post
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-Two Sides of a Debate
Bipartisanship produced Friday's stimulus deal -- but Washington hasn't yet changed. THE $780 BILLION stimulus package deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House Friday was the culmination of a frenzied week that reflected two strains of politics. One embraced President Obama's attempt to rise above the partisan squabbles that too often have paralyzed Washington. Another made it clear that the old ways will die hard.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020603236.html

-Mr. Cheney's Blind Spot
The former vice president still doesn't recognize the damage done by his terrorism policies. "THE UNITED States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." So declared former vice president Dick Cheney in an interview this week with Politico. Mr. Cheney is right -- which is why he should be apologizing rather than defending the extreme Bush administration policies on detention and interrogation that he championed.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020603175.html

-The Death of 'Rational Man'
By David Ignatius
What allowed some people to see the financial crash coming while so many others missed its gathering force? I put that question recently to Nouriel Roubini, who has come to be known as "Dr. Doom" because of his insistent warnings starting in 2006 that we were heading into a global firestorm.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602742.html

-The GOP Faces the Blue Wall
By David S. Broder
It was not all that long ago that political reporters were writing about "the Republican lock" on the White House. From 1972 to 1988, from Richard Nixon's reelection through George H.W. Bush's victory over Michael Dukakis, 24 states supported the GOP nominee each time.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602741.html

-A Way To Revive Spending
By Dan Newman
Last weekend, I stood outside the shuttered doors of a favorite local restaurant. As a small-business owner myself, I can only imagine how hard it was for those people to hang that out-of-business sign. I can also imagine the owners of that business sharing my opinion on what America needs most, and that surely isn't tax cuts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020603195.html

-The Promise In Iraq's Rebirth
By Samir Sumaida'ie
When the United States went into Iraq in 2003, Americans had a very limited understanding of the country. Political pundits tended to reduce Iraq to neat categories: an oppressed Shiite majority; a Sunni minority linked to Saddam Hussein's regime; and the Kurds, who had no interest in remaining in Iraq. The strife between these supposedly monolithic communities was often portrayed as permanent and violent.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602748.html

-Chrysler Chief Could Be First Test of Pay Limits
Firm Says It Would Comply to Secure More Aid
By David Cho and Kendra Marr
The first test case of the Obama administration's tougher executive compensation standards may very well be the man who a few years ago was a symbol of corporate excess: Robert L. Nardelli.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020603813.html?hpid=topnews

-Haitian President Appeals for Emergency Aid
By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Haitian President René Préval said yesterday that his impoverished country is in desperate need of economic assistance and is seeking as much as $100 million to fill a budget gap that he said could send Haiti back into anarchy.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020603309.html?hpid=sec-world

-First US face transplant patient leaves hospital
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
The Associated Press
She can eat pizza. And hamburgers. She can smell perfume, drink coffee from a cup, and purse her lips as if to blow a kiss. Except that one lip is hers, and the other is from a dead woman. She is the nation's first face transplant patient, and on Thursday night, she went home from a Cleveland hospital. "I'm happy about myself," she told her doctors.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602138.html?hpid=sec-health


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Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/public/us
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-The Senate Stimulus Bill - PDF
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/stimbil2009.pdf

-Class Warfare: Railing Against the Rich: A Great American Tradition
Efforts to limit pay of the wealthiest gained traction in the 1930s; 'economic royalists'
By ALAN BRINKLEY
The Great Depression of the 1930s created hardship and suffering among millions of Americans. It also created populist resentment of elites. Among the many signs of this anger was the astonishing popularity of Huey P. Long, governor of Louisiana and then U.S. senator, a figure so dominant in his own state that his enemies called him a dictator. But to the ordinary people of Louisiana -- and later to millions of ordinary people across the U.S. -- Mr. Long was a heroic figure, fighting for the "common man" and challenging the right of elites to monopolize power and wealth.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123396621006159013.html

-The Jack Bauer Exception - II
As CIA director, would Leon Panetta object to aggressive interrogation?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123396474404658733.html

-Wall Street Bonuses Are an Outrage
The public sees a self-serving system for what it is. Just a mere $18.4 billion in Wall Street bonuses, and suddenly the entire country is like Kansas in the 1890s, raising hell instead of corn, screaming for revenge on money power that has done us so wrong while rewarding itself so generously.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123371071061546079.html

-How Europe's Companies Are Feeding Iran's Bomb
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
Berlin
While the U.S. has ratcheted up its efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear arms, the Islamic Republic is reaping a windfall from European companies. These firms' deals aid a regime that is bent on developing nuclear weapons and which financially supports the terror organizations Hamas and Hezbollah.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123379548035950207.html


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Sun-Sentinel
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/
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-Anti-Semitic attacks on rise, Anti-Defamation League says
By James D. Davis | Religion Editor
Over the last six weeks, Jews have been beaten, synagogues have been burned and numerous signs, placards and newspaper articles have equated Jews with Nazis, one of the nation's top bigot-fighters said Friday.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-flpadl0207pnfeb07,0,5306343.story

-Madoff clients emerge in 162-page list
Baseball great Sandy Koufax, developer Larry Silverstein among his fraud victims
Larry Neumeister | The Associated Press
Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Broadcaster Larry King. World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-apmadoff0609feb06,0,2285995.story


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Miami Herald
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-More Israelis leaning to right in vote choice
Tiring of moderates, many Israelis appear to be drifting to the far right and an 'iron fist' approach in national elections coming up next week.
http://www.miamiherald.com/578/story/892381.html

-A peek at the unemployment picture across the country, by the numbers
The information on age and college education is just a sample of the wealth of information, beyond the headline unemployment rate, that shows up in the Labor Department's monthly employment report. Here are some more details about who is included in the ranks of the jobless, by the numbers.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/more-info/story/892418.html


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Fort Report
http://www.fortreport.com/
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-GOP - Michael Steele Will Not Save Your Party
Michael Steele accurately diagnosed the GOP's troubles as an "identity crisis." But it is difficult to see how Steele solves that problem for the party.
http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=michael_steele_will_not_save_your_party

-Slideshow: Jacketless Presidents in the Oval Office
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/05/bush-jacketless-in-oval-o_n_164513.html

-Slideshow:Inside Gitmo [Click on picutures to change]
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21135124/displaymode/1107/s/2/

-Alaska Senate finds Sarah Palin's husband, aides in contempt
Todd Palin and nine of the governor's employees ignored subpoenas to testify in an investigation. The Senate said it wouldn't seek punishment. They eventually gave written statements.
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-palin-trooper7-2009feb07,0,3232085.story


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FLORIDA DIGEST - February 07, 2009

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~~FLORIDA GLBT NEWS~~

Sun-Sentinel
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-Ads advise gays of which candidates have Fort Lauderdale mayor's backing Outgoing mayor admits his backing could hurt candidates in the eyes of homosexual voters.
By Anthony Man | Political Writer
Mayor Jim Naugle, who leaves office next month because of term limits, is so controversial in the gay community that the Dolphin Democrats political club is running ads alerting voters which candidates in Tuesday's primary have his support. "Mr. Naugle has not been a friend to our community," said Justin Flippen, president of the Dolphins, a gay and lesbian political group.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/fort_lauderdale/sfl-flbnaugle0207sbfeb07,0,3057448.story

-Fort Lauderdale mayoral candidates
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-0206-elx-laudmayorprofiles,0,1106477.story

-Four seeking Lauderdale mayor post say civility is key
By Brittany Wallman
The men seeking to be Fort Lauderdale new mayor agree on one thing: It's time for civility. From homeowner meeting to homeowner meeting, the three lawyers and one businessman running for mayor are telling voters Fort Lauderdale is ready for leaders who get along with each other. With tough work ahead to make financial ends meet, candidates say the City Commission can't afford to spend time squabbling.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/elections/sfl-0206-elx-laudmayor,0,7497948.story


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South Florida Blade
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-Tonight! ArtExplosion opening event
One of the largest GLBT art exhibitions in U.S.
Saturday, February 7 - 6:00-9:00 PM
Exhibit Runs February 2 - February 27, 2009
ArtServe Gallery - 1350 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale - $10 Admission
http://www.floridablade.com/blog/index.cfm#23777


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From Dean Trantalis for Fort Lauderdale Mayor Campaign
-The run for the primary is here!
Tomorrow starts our final push to the primary on February 10th. It's imperative that we have as many supporters as possible take part in tomorrow's activities. Please meet us at campaign headquarters at 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2009, bring a friend, and come canvass and phone bank with us. This is the most important day of the campaign so far. When you respond to this email to let us know that you'll be there, sign up to help us at the polls on election day. We're still about 90 volunteers short for morning, lunch and afternoon shifts. If you can't make it tomorrow afternoon, then meet Dean tomorrow evening at 5 and wear your campaign shirt as Dean makes an appearance at St. Demetrios church for their Greek Festival. He'll be meeting volunteers at 5pm at the 14th Avenue entrance to the church. We hope you'll be able to make at least one of these events. Have a great afternoon and don't forget to vote on February 10th and make sure everyone you know does the same.
Chip Clapp - Volunteer Coordinator
Dean Trantalis for Mayor Campaign
volunteer@deanformayor.com
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~~FLORIDA GENERAL NEWS~~

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-Sansom flap exposes lax rules that invite back-scratching
Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom's shameful departure from the leadership ranks is hardly the final chapter in this sordid little story. While Sansom faces multiple investigations, Florida lawmakers need to face up to the fact that they have a much bigger problem on their hands. Sansom got into trouble because he took a six-figure administrative job at a Panhandle community college late last year after steering many millions of dollars to that same college. It looked like payback, even if Sansom and college administrators insist it wasn't.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-editossansomsbfeb07,0,3184123.story

-Find a way to keep State Farm, or we all lose
By Michael Perry
As a 40-plus-year resident of Florida, I am curious why no one is concerned that the insurance commissioner is forcing a property insurance company to leave Florida. I have been a State Farm customer for over 20 years, and have found them to a be a fair, honest and valued insurance company. When I had a roof claim after Hurricane Andrew, it was paid fairly and quickly, and we were never canceled or penalized in any way. I would rather see the state insurance agency negotiate fairly with State Farm to reach a resolution where they are able to stay and compete for clients in Florida. If they price themselves too high, then the marketplace will sort out the pricing issues.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-statefarmforum06pnfeb06,0,6918539.story


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Miami Herald
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-The Miami Herald recommends
FOR FORT LAUDERDALE MAYOR
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/892375.html

-For Fort Lauderdale Commission, District 4
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/890536.html

-Ex-schools chief joins USC
Former Miami-Dade Superintendent Rudy Crew has taken a post at the University of Southern California.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/892441.html

-Mayors' economic stimulus package wish list contains surprises
Questions surround some of the local projects that could receive federal funding as part of a national stimulus package.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/story/892386.html


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Broward County Board of Commissioners
Historic Heritage Marker to be Unveiled at "Colored Beach"
Broward County will recognize a five-mile strand of beach that was once commonly referred to as the "colored beach," now known as John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach, with the placement of a Historic Heritage Marker. The special ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 13, at the Manatee Pavilion located inside the park. The Broward County Historical Commission spearheaded the effort to have the State's Division of Historical Resources declare the beach a place of historical significance under the State Historic Marker Program.


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From Kristin Jacobs, Commissioner
Broward County, District 2
954-357-7002
WE NEED YOUR HELP! CONTACT OUR SENATORS
I hope this e-mail finds you all well and warm! I returned last night from Washington D.C., where I was representing Broward County working with a group called Climate Communities. Climate Communities is a national network of counties and cities that work together to promote local initiatives to battle climate change. This week, I joined with leaders from all over the country to lobby members of Congress and the Obama administration to include Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) in the economic stimulus package. These funds would help local governments implement strategies to reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce the total the total energy, and create green jobs. Today, the alert went out from Climate Communities that Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are introducing an amendment to remove the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants from the economic recovery bill . THIS WOULD BE HUGE MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR BROWARD COUNTY. Broward County needs your help! Please contact Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Mel Martinez, and urge them to oppose the Nelson/Collins amendment. Below are links to their web pages where you can express you opposition to the cuts and urge their support of funding for local and state energy projects.
http://martinez.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorMartinez
http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm


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Fort Report
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-Crist touts $13 billion stimulus' prospects for Florida
By GEORGE BENNETT
While Republicans in Washington have blasted a massive economic stimulus package moving through Congress, Republican Florida governor and possible U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist today touted the billions of federal dollars the legislation could bring to the state.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2009/02/06/0206criststimulus.html

-Diverse pick of Broward judges officially `robed'
Nine Broward County judges were honored during a robing ceremony that attracted several hundred people to the courthouse Friday. Most of the newly elected and recently appointed judges have already begun handling cases. With three new minorities and two women among the honorees, the ceremony highlighted the progress being made to diversify the bench. In all, six circuit judges -- William Haury Jr., Lisa Porter, Bernard Bober, Merrilee Erhlich, Steven Feren and Kenneth Gillespie -- participated in the formal affair. County Court Judges John Hurley, Ellen Feld and Ian Richards also were robed. Last month, Gov. Charlie Crist appointed general magistrate Barbara McCarthy and attorney Carlos Rodriguez to fill vacant seats on the bench. Another appointment is expected soon to replace retired County Judge Robert S. Zack.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/broward/story/892452.html


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GLBT DIGEST - February 06, 2009

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New York Times
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-White House Faith Office to Expand
By JEFF ZELENY and LAURIE GOODSTEIN
President Obama signed an executive order Thursday to create a revamped White House office for religion-based and neighborhood programs, expanding an initiative started by the Bush administration that provides government support - and financing - to religious and charitable organizations that deliver social services.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/us/politics/06obama.html?scp=7&sq=gay&st=cse


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Washington Post
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-Anglicans seek extended moratorium on gay bishops
By RACHEL ZOLL
Anglican leaders urged their churches Thursday to maintain a 5-year-old moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop and developing prayers for same-sex unions, as they try to restore unity in their fractured fellowship. An Anglican advisory panel also also raised deep concerns about a North American province sought by theological conservatives to rival the Episcopal Church.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020502073.html


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Miami Herald
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-Ginsburg's illness could lead to Obama appointment
By MARK SHERMAN
Some presidents are handed the chance to remake the Supreme Court for a generation, if enough justices leave. Others wait in vain to make even one appointment.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/890893.html


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South Florida Blade
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-Pushing beyond abstinence-only policies
Sex education bills could include GLBT topics
By JUAN CARLOS RODRIGUEZ
Florida has consistently ranked among the leading states reporting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, among young people and as well as teen pregnancies.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/2-5/news/localnews/5511.cfm


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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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-Sally Kern Says She's Found the "Gay Agenda"
Homophobic Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern is at it again -- this time urging a crowd at the "Clouds Over America" conference of the John Birch Society that the time has come "for a new 'Great Awakening,'" evidenced by a "gay agenda" she says she uncovered in the book After the Ball.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72503.asp

-N.Y. Governor Condemns Youth Center Attack
New York governor David Paterson says the vandalism that happened at a Long Island gay youth center was "despicable" and condemned such acts of hatred and violence.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72512.asp

-Gay Rights on Fast Track at State Dept.
By Kerry Eleveld
Days after pledging to review policies that discriminate against LGBT employees at the State Department, Secretary Clinton said her staff is reviewing inequities and preparing to make appropriate changes "expeditiously."
Click the byline to view more stories by this author.
http://advocate.com/exclusive_detail_ektid72490.asp


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365Gay.com
http://www.365gay.com/
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-Hospitality, not homosexuality
By John Corvino, columnist, 365gay.com
I've written in this column of my friendship with Glenn Stanton, a Focus on the Family employee whom I regularly debate on same-sex marriage.
http://www.365gay.com/opinion/corvino-hospitality-not-homosexuality/

-The Prop 8 effect: Anger between blacks and gays
By Jennifer Morales, Special to 365gay.com
When Rev. Wanda Washington arrived in Milwaukee to start up a church to serve the city's Sherman Park neighborhood, she didn't know exactly what she was in for.
http://www.365gay.com/living/the-prop-8-effect-anger-between-blacks-and-gays/

-New Chicago schools boss settles in
By Jennifer Vanasco
Ron Huberman is settling in as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Huberman, who is openly gay, replaces Arne Duncan who now serves as Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
http://www.365gay.com/news/new-chicago-schools-boss-settles-in/

-Campaign seeks to encourage gay adoption in LA county
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Two dads and their adoptive son smile out from a billboard with the headline "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Family" in West Hollywood. It's part of an innovative ad campaign to encourage gay couples in Los Angeles County to adopt.
http://www.365gay.com/news/campaign-seeks-to-encourage-gay-adoption-in-la-county/

-Tennessee looks at new bid to ban gay couples from adopting
By Jennifer Vanasco
With Republicans now in control of both houses in the Tennessee legislature GOP lawmakers say they are confident of passing a bill to ban gay couples from adopting children.
http://www.365gay.com/news/tennessee-looks-at-new-bid-to-ban-gay-couples-from-adopting/

-Christian right wooed by Obama turns on him
By The Associated Press
Christian conservatives are challenging President Barack Obama's picks for top Justice Department positions, charging that past clients taint their resumes.
http://www.365gay.com/news/christian-right-wooed-by-obama-turns-on-him/


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-More than ten countries still discriminate against travellers
Eleven countries around the world ban or limit the right of HIV-positive people to enter their territories. The list also includes Colombia, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sudan, and Yemen. Although the US Congress passed a measure lifting the ban six months ago, the ban has not been fully lifted in USA.
UkGayNews.Org.Uk


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-ScientificAmerican.com: Single, Angry, Straight Male... Seeks Same?
A classic study reveals that young homophobic men have secret gay urges
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=single-angry-straight-male&SID=mail&sc

-WHICH IS THE MOST GAY FRIENDLY CORPORATION IN THE WORLD?
The IGLCC invites corporations to be part of the first edition of the International Business Equality Index
Brussels, Belgium, February 5th 2009 - The International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) is proud to invite all major international corporations to participate in the world premiere of the International Business Equality Index survey that will measure how they are performing internationally in issues related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community. The Index is a unique tool allowing corporations to draw external comparisons, which illustrate how their competitors are doing as well as internal comparisons that provide a better understanding of their own performance. The deadline for completion of the survey is April 30th 2009 with the results being announced during the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights held during the World Outgames in Copenhagen from July 25th to August 2nd, 2009.
www.ilga-europe.org

-Catholic Order Jolted by Reports That Its Founder Led a Double Life
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
The Legionaries of Christ, an influential Roman Catholic religious order, have been shaken by new revelations that their founder, who died a year ago, had an affair with a woman and fathered a daughter just as he and his thriving conservative order were winning the acclaim of Pope John Paul II. Before his death, the founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, had been forced to leave public ministry by Pope Benedict XVI because of accusations from more than a dozen men who said he had sexually abused them when they were students. But most members of the Legion continued to defend Father Maciel, asserting that the accusations had not been proved. Father Maciel died in January 2008 at the age of 87, and was buried in Mexico, where he was born.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/us/04legion.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

-"Lying" about sexual orientation in a rape trial
The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals held this month that a defendant on trial for rape had no right to introduce testimony relating to the alleged victim's sexual orientation. State v. Boutchiche 2009 WL 102949 (Jan. 12, 2009). The victim here testified at the defendant's first trial that, when in the course of attempting to sell magazines to the defendant he made sexual advances, she told him she was a lesbian. At his retrial, defendant sought to introduce testimony that she had had sex with a man two weeks before the crime. The court said that this evidence was not relevant for a number of reasons - including, notably, that having sex with a man is not inconsistent with being a lesbian.


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Pink News - UK
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/
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-'So Macho' preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on buses proclaiming the existence of God.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11075.html

-Russian activists call for end to restrictions on HIV+ visitors
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A 1995 law that bans people living with HIV or AIDS from staying in Russia for more than three months should be overturned, gay rights activists in the country have said. The Russian government currently asks the HIV status of anyone requesting a visa.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11076.html

-Children say Welsh schools are not safe for out gay people
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A new LGBT rights charity will be launched today at the Welsh Senedd. The LGBT Excellence Centre Wales is a social enterprise and a charity building on an existing community group that was running the LGBT Cymru Helpline supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11073.html

-Gay bishop gives evidence in favour of same-sex marriage
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken in favour of same-sex marriage. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was giving evidence before the state's legislature
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11071.html

-UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
An asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) said the man, who claims he will be in danger because he is gay, cannot be trusted as a reliable person as he has already been prosecuted for seeking to stay in the country illegally.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11065.html

-Source claims gay Mayor Sam Adams had illegal sex with teenager
By Tony Grew
The Mayor of Portland had sex with a minor, a US TV station has claimed. KATU News says that a friend of the teenager at the centre of the controversy has spoken to them on condition of anonymity.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11062.html

-Gay equality rally to be held at birthplace of American independence
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
The United States National Park Service has issued a permit for a National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd. Originally the Pennsylvania State House, the hall was the meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11060.html

-US "family" group tries to block health benefits for same-sex partners
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A state Senate committee in Colorado is facing opposition to a new plan to extend health insurance benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of state employees. Focus on the Family, a fundamentalist Christian group, is based in the state.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11059.html


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Daily Queer News
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-Gay Partners Immigration Act to be Reintroduced to Congress Next Week
Joe.My.God
The Uniting American Families Act will be reintroduced to the House next Friday by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The act would allow the same-sex partners of legal U.S. residents to enjoy the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples. The unfair current law has stranded thousands of gay couples overseas or forced them to separate to their native countries. Please use this contact form created by Immigration Equality to contact your member of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the act with Rep. Nadler. Link

-NE: School to Recognize Gay Student Group
Associated Press | Lincoln Journal Star
BELLEVUE - Bellevue East High School has decided to recognize a student group that fosters understanding of homosexuality. The decision comes after nearly two years of negotiations between school officials and ACLU Nebraska, acting on behalf of the Gay Straight Alliance. A message left Thursday for principal Brad Stueve was not immediately returned. A news release from ACLU Nebraska says the school will treat the group as it does other student organizations, which means its announcements will be included on the school's message board and a photo of the group will appear in the yearbook. Read more

-Gays-Still Criminalized
Andoni | Citizen Crain
If you thought the Supreme Court decision declaring the anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional ended the criminalization of gays for simply loving another person, think again. For gays in relationships, here is something not very pleasant to think about, especially now when tax problems are haunting a number of high profile public officials. Married straights can legally pass an unlimited amount of money, financial help, assets, benefits, services, etc. from one partner to another. Gay couples, however, cannot. Gay couples (and because the federal government does not recognize such marriages, even gays married in MA) can only pass $11,000 worth of cash, financial support, benefits, etc. from one partner to the other. Anything more than that is a taxable event (either as a gift tax on the donor or income tax on the recipient). And if you don't pay the taxes, it's a crime. So the simple act of loving another person and doing for them what any straight married person would do for their partner can make you a criminal. This is especially pertinent in these hard times when one partner may be totally supporting the other. Read more

-Unholy Warriors
Richard J. Rosendall | Metro Weekly
Before Colorado Springs megachurch pastor Ted Haggard was ruined in 2006 by revelations of his involvement with a male hustler, he was interviewed for Oren Jacoby's documentary film, Constantine's Sword, which follows former Catholic priest James Carroll's exploration of religious intolerance. "No religion?" Haggard says. "That's anti-American. We are not an atheistic society." Haggard has been back in the news lately, giving interviews with his long-suffering wife still beside him amid revelations by his former church that they made payments to a young male church member with whom he had sexual contact. The demonization of atheism, which is part and parcel of the right wing's claim that America is a Christian nation, was nicely repudiated by President Obama in his Inaugural address when he said that "Our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth." Read more


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NATIONAL & WORLD NEWS - February 06, 2009

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-High Stakes for Obama at Weekend Security Conference
By HELENE COOPER
The Obama administration is facing its first big international test this weekend as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. heads to a conference in Europe in the face of a confrontational stance from an old cold war adversary.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/washington/06policy.html

-A Diverse Group of Senators at Center Stage in Economic Debate
By CARL HULSE
There's a new gang in town. Its members - a bipartisan group of about 20 senators - spent Thursday shuttling in and out of a nondescript committee room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, occasionally ordering staff members into the hallway to allow for more candid discussion on how to broker a political bailout of the economic recovery legislation.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/us/politics/06gang.html

-Obama Set to Name Economic Panel
By JEFF ZELENY
President Obama is set to appoint on Friday a new team of outside economic advisers, led by a former Federal Reserve chairman, Paul Volcker, to offer independent advice to help the White House craft a response to the nation's growing recession.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/07web-econ.html?hp

-Pakistan Lifts Restrictions on Nuclear Scientist
By SALMAN MASOOD
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A Pakistani court ruled Friday that the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, who was accused of selling nuclear technology abroad, was no longer under house arrest and was free to move around the country.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/world/asia/07khan.html?hp

-Kyrgyzstan Says Base Closing Is Final
By REUTERS
BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan said on Friday its decision to shut a U.S. air base was final, dealing a blow to Washington's efforts to retain what has been an important staging post for U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan.
http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/02/06/world/news-us-kyrgyzstan-usa-base.html?hp

-Editorial: Getting Tough in Washington
We're happy to see President Obama getting tough with Congressional Republicans who are trying to sabotage the stimulus and recovery bill and bring even greater ruin on the economy. Since Mr. Obama campaigned on the promise of bipartisanship, we hope he will also bring his hammer down on shortsighted Democrats who are threatening their own brand of havoc.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/opinion/06fri1.html?ref=opinion

-Op-Ed Columnist: On the Edge
By PAUL KRUGMAN
A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery. Over the last two weeks, what should have been a deadly serious debate about how to save an economy in desperate straits turned, instead, into hackneyed political theater, with Republicans spouting all the old clichés about wasteful government spending and the wonders of tax cuts.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/opinion/06krugman.html?ref=opinion

-Op-Ed Columnist: The Gang System
By DAVID BROOKS
Barack Obama is a potentially transformational figure. In political style and intellectual outlook, he is unlike anything that has come before. On matters of policy substance, however, he's been pretty conventional. The policies he offered during the campaign matched those of just about every other Democrat.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/opinion/06brooks.html?ref=opinion

-Editorial: Arpaio's America
It has come to this: In Phoenix on Wednesday, more than 200 men in shackles and prison stripes were marched under armed guard past a gantlet of TV cameras to a tent prison encircled by an electric fence. They were inmates being sent to await deportation in a new immigrant detention camp minutes from the center of America's fifth-largest city.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/opinion/06fri2.html?ref=opinion

-Op-Ed Contributor: Please Raise My Taxes
By REED HASTINGS
Los Gatos, Calif.
I'M the chief executive of a publicly traded company and, like my peers, I'm very highly paid. The difference between salaries like mine and those of average Americans creates a lot of tension, and I'd like to offer a suggestion. President Obama should celebrate our success, rather than trying to shame us or cap our pay. But he should also take half of our huge earnings in taxes, instead of the current one-third.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/opinion/06hastings.html?ref=opinion


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Washington Post
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-A Holocaust Denier at the Church Door
By Michael Gerson
I recall sitting at a Kigali restaurant with a Tutsi woman who described the death of her younger sister, a university student, during the Rwandan genocide. The girl had been given up for murder by one of her own teachers, who was a nun. The survivor across from me, previously a Catholic, had never attended church again. In the sacrifice of the Mass, she could see only the sacrifice of her sister.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020502767.html

-Capitalist Punishment
By Harold Meyerson
We are in some ways still a nation of Puritans, and we don't much cotton to people who can't take care of themselves and end up sponging off our generosity. We demand that welfare recipients do an honest day's work for their checks. And now, since President Obama laid down the law Wednesday, we demand that the guys who ran our banking system into the ground abide by our pay scales in return for our bailing them out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020502768.html

-OUTLOOK PREVIEW: A Liberal Revival of Americanism
By Michael Kazin
Barack Obama's rise to power has, to many people's surprise, once again made patriotism a liberal faith. At the pre-inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial, "This Land Is Your Land," lustily rendered by Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, shared equal billing with "The Star-Spangled Banner." In his inaugural address, the new president evoked "obscure" Americans who "toiled in sweatshops" or "endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth" as exemplary citizens, while denouncing those who "seek only the pleasures of riches and fame." Before him stretched a crowd of some 1.8 million admirers; many, to paraphrase Michelle Obama's controversial words from last winter, were surely as proud of their country as they had been in many years. That throng on the Mall was probably the largest pro-government demonstration in U.S. history. That spirit is probably strong enough to withstand the news that some high-placed Obama appointees had failed to pay their taxes -- and may even be bolstered by the president's apology for "screwing up" the process.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020501213.html

-Zimbabwe's False Hope
South Africa demands that the West aid a 'unity' government under Robert Mugabe. How to answer?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403173.html

-Phelps Suspended For Three Months
Ban by USA Swimming Is Latest Fallout
By Amy Shipley
USA Swimming slapped Michael Phelps with a three-month suspension from competition and withdrew his monthly stipend yesterday in the latest and strongest response to the furor over a published photo that appeared to show him using marijuana.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020503152.html?hpid=topnews

-Afghanistan Appeal May Temper European Allies' Ardor for Obama
By Craig Whitlock
MUNICH, Feb. 5 -- European leaders cheered when Barack Obama was elected president in November. They cheered again when he proclaimed during his inaugural address that America was "ready to lead once more" in the world, and yet again when he pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020503786.html?hpid=moreheadlines

-List Brings Home Impact of Madoff Scandal
Nearly 250 Washington Area Names in Court Filing Identifying Customers of
Investment Firm
By Dana Hedgpeth and Megan Greenwell
Nearly 250 Washington area names, including some of the region's most prominent and wealthiest business people, are on a new list of customers of the New York investment firm operated by Bernard L. Madoff, who is accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020501865.html?hpid=sec-business

-Barack Obama
Obama Signs S-CHIP Legislation
By Anne E. Kornblut
President Obama signed legislation on Wednesday extending health insurance to millions of low-income children, ending a two-year Democratic effort to enact a bill that former president Bush had vetoed.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/02/04/obama_signs_s-chip_legislation.html?hpid=sec-health


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Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/public/us

-Obama's Trade Deflection
Will he stand up to his own party's protectionists?
Amid the bacchanal that is the Beltway stimulus debate, a rare note of sobriety has sounded. President Obama exercised some leadership on trade this week, and the Senate proceeded to water down the "Buy American" provisions in the House version.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123388598825155269.html

-What's So Scary About Deflation? Read On
By CARLA FRIED
Lower prices may be manna to consumers, but they can cause economists to break out in cold sweats. Their fear: that one big D (deflation) will lead to another (depression). Recent economic data suggest that the U.S. may well be heading into its first significant bout of deflation since the early 1930s, with potentially major impact on consumers and investors. "That we are going to have deflation this year is a given," says A. Gary Shilling, deflation expert and president of economics consulting firm A. Gary Shilling & Co. "The real road test is whether we end up with chronic deflation."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123387097831254101.html

-The GOP Has a Dumb Mortgage Idea
By ED GLAESER
It contradicts the ideals of Republicanism and good economics. Few philosophers have done more good than Locke and Montesquieu, whose advocacy of divided government inspired America's Founders. Our history, and the less happy past of nations without checks and balances, suggests the wisdom of John Adams's statement: "a people cannot be long free, nor ever happy, whose government is in one Assembly." Today, the Senate Republicans bear the heavy burden of providing the primary check on one-party rule in America.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123380033980550585.html


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-Should there be limits on fertility?
BY ELLEN GOODMAN
Maybe we owe an apology to the doctors who made the birth announcement with such pride and excitement. The delivery of eight babies in five minutes was, they exhaled, ''amazing.'' The mom was ''incredibly courageous.'' All in all it was a ''very exciting day,'' a feat for which the 46-member medical team at the California hospital expected kudos and high fives.
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other-views/story/890538.html

-Bernard Madoff's Complete Client List [PDF}
http://media.miamiherald.com/smedia/2009/02/05/08/MadoffList.source.prod_affiliate.56.pdf


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FLORIDA DIGEST - February 06, 2009

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ArtsUnited
http://artsunitedonline.org/

-ArtExplosion 2009 Opens Saturday Night
February 7 - 6-9pm
ArtsUnited opens it annual gay and lesbian visual and performing arts festival ArtExplosion on Saturday, February 7, at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ArtExplosion Visual Arts Exhibit is the largest juried art exhibit from the gay and lesbian community in the Southeast United States. Over 100 original works of art will be on display in the JM Family Enterprises Gallery from February 2 through 27, 2009. The Opening Night Reception features performances by local entertainers, short films and performance art, a one night only Erotic Art Exhibit, the New Moon Wine Bar, The Kai Vodka Martini Bar, food from Stork's and Gourmet Vittles and music by DJ Johnny D. The Opening Night Reception is February 7, 2009 from 6-9 PM. Admission to the Opening Reception is $10.00 and is open to the public. Admission to the exhibition is free at all other times.
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Miami Herald
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-For Dania Beach City Commission
Two Broward cities hold primaries Tuesday, Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale. You would be hard-pressed to find a more collegial group of candidates than the seven vying for three seats on the Dania Beach City Commission. Many know each other from civic work -- serving on committees, etc., and, in two cases, having served or are serving on the commission now.
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/886715.html


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South Florida Blade
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-Meet your gay and lesbian politicians
Historic number of candidates make bids in city elections
On Tuesday Broward voters will go to the polls in several municipal elections. This election cycle includes nine openly gay candidates who are vying for public office in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Dania Beach, and Oakland Park (March 10), the strongest gay showing in Broward history
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/2-5/news/localnews/5518.cfm

-Pedestrian killed on Wilton Drive
Speed limits lowered to increase safety
As a measure to reduce pedestrians being hit by cars along Wilton Drive, the speed limit along the city's major downtown road has been reduced from 35 to 30 m.p.h. The new speed limit went into effect on January 28, 2009, although the reduced speed did not prevent the drive's first fatality of the year.
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/2-5/news/localnews/5508.cfm

-OUT on a limb
Fledgling organization must re-think purpose among state organizations On Jan. 24, 2009, OUT-"Organizations United Together," an effort to create a statewide federation of local GLBT and allied organizations-held in Orlando what had been billed as an organizational meeting, but more closely resembled a pre-scripted, choreographed program trying to head toward a predetermined outcome (albeit getting derailed along the way).
http://www.floridablade.com/2009/2-5/view/editorial/5513.cfm


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1480 SW 9th Ave | Fort Lauderdale

-John McNeill Lecture
On Monday, February 9th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, John McNeill, PhD will offer a lecture on his latest book, Sex As God Intended. The lecture will be in the McNeill / Chiarelli Library (Pink Room). Please join us for what will be a great evening of insight from a prominent Queer theologian.
http://sunshinecathedral.org/


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Out Traveler Florida Miami Launch Party 2/7/09
Come celebrate the official launch of the hottest travel book on the market, Out Traveler Florida. Get your book signed by Fort Lauderdale author Paul Rubio and watch some fabulous drag. Books will be available on amazon.com as well as local bookstores and at the door for purchase. Just remember books serve as your entrance ticket and Press copies delivered beforehand. This all kicks off at Halo Lounge Miami Beach from 8 PM to 10 PM.


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Dean Trantalis For Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Campaign

-Let's work together to change the face of history!
Dear Volunteers, Donors and Supporters of all kinds:
With only 9 days until the February 10th election, we still haven't talked to as many people as we will need to win this election. We need your help! Together, we can make Dean Trantalis the next Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, changing the face of the future, but only if we all put in a little something extra... time. I know that we've asked for time before and you graciously gave it. Over 100 of you showed up to our volunteer rally last month and a number of you have taken part in trainings since then, giving freely of your time. Now, we need just a little more. This Saturday, February 7, 2009, we want to reach out to 10,000 voters and speak with them, either in person or over the phone. Up until now, we've had a great effort and reached out to many people, but we're still well short of our goal. The only thing that can help us reach that goal is you, each and every one of you invidually. Everyone from Dean to me to our event coordinator to our office manager will take part in a massive effort beginning at 12:30 pm. We're putting teams of canvassers on the street and phone bankers on the phones to reach as many people in one day as possible. 200 volunteers will allow us to reach the numbers we need in one day. It may seem like a lot, but with me there we only need 199 more, with Dean there we only need 198 more, with you there we only need 197 more, and with every single person who shows up we get that much closer, but it will take all of you. Please come to campaign headquarters at 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2009, bring a friend, and when you respond to this email to let us know that you'll be there, sign up to help us at the polls on election day. We're still about 100 volunteers short for morning, lunch and afternoon shifts.
Chip Clapp - Volunteer Coordinator
Dean Trantalis for Mayor Campaign
volunteer@deanformayor.com
(954) 701-2902 cell
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From Howard Elfman for Ft. Lauderdale City Commission - District 2

-HOWARD ELFMAN'S ON THE VERGE OF AN UPSET IN DISTRICT 2
Fort Lauderdale - With just days to go, Howard Elfman's campaign for the Fort Lauderdale Commission in District 2 is on a roll. I can feel it, and I know you can too! My campaign is on the verge of an upset in the Fort Lauderdale District 2 Commission race. We've been working hard, reaching out to voters in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one. I've had hundreds of conversations with District 2 residents who want a new direction and new leadership in our city. What's funny is how many voters tell me the same thing, in virtually the same language: "We need change, now!" They live everywhere in District 2, they're business people and students, homemakers and retirees. They know the incumbent, they know our other opponent, and they see our campaign as providing the right mix of experience, vision and hope for our future. We've got a few surprises in store for this final weekend before the election. But if I told you, it would spoil the surprise! I'll be at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center's (GLCC) flea market on Saturday morning to meet voters and begin our weekend canvassing. (I am a Founder at the GLCC and used to sit on the board, so it's always like going home to me.) We could use your help at the polls on Tuesday, and we've love a yard sign on your lawn! Call campaign headquarters at 954/727-3614 to volunteer. For more information log on to www.ElectHowardElfman.com or visit the Elect Howard Elfman group on Facebook.
www.ElectHowardElfman.com


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From Steve Glassman for Ft. Lauderdale City Commission - District 2

-No one has had more hard-working volunteers than this campaign and on Tuesday, February 10, we are all coming together to watch the results pour in! On Tuesday, after working all day at the polls and on the phones, please plan on meeting at 8:00 pm. to celebrate a job well done. Our campaign has been focused, uplifting, positive, and full of good people that care deeply about the future of our city. You helped us with your votes and support; now let us relax and have a good time. - Please join us!
Where: Pelican Grand Beach Resort
2000 North Ocean Blvd. (A1A between Oakland and Sunrise)
Complimentary Parking - (must mention the group)
10th Floor - Everglades Room
When: Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 8:oo pm
RSVP: call 954-638-8461 or e-mail: steve@voteglassman.com by Monday,
February 9th.
http://www.voteglassman.com/


~~FLORIDA GENERAL NEWS~~

Miami Herald
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-The Miami Herald recommends
FOR FORT LAUDERDALE COMMISSION, DISTRICT 4
Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson ably served this southeastern Fort Lauderdale district, never forgetting her start as a grass-roots activist in civic-association work. Seeking to replace Ms. Hutchinson are Jim Lewis, 51, an attorney; Coleman Prewitt, 41, an attorney; Romney Rogers, 55, also an attorney, and George Trodella, 62, a small-business owner and former hotelier.
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/890536.html

-The Miami Herald recommends
FOR FORT LAUDERDALE COMMISSION, DISTRICT 3
After two decades on the City Commission, Carlton Moore resigned Nov. 4 upon losing a County Commission race to incumbent John Rodstrom by 149 votes. The commission appointed retired public-school educator Magdalene Lewis to finish his term.
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/story/890544.html


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GLBT DIGEST - February 05, 2009

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Washington Post
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--Ask Amy
DEAR AMY: Our son is gay and has been in a stable relationship for the past 12 years. He and his partner have not kept their relationship in the closet nor have they announced it. Recently, my sister-in-law took it upon herself to disclose our son's relationship to her siblings and her mother, who is 97. That didn't bother our son so much, but now his aunt is calling our son and telling him that he can change. She is also bringing in other people to this situation. We have kept out of it. Our son is an adult; he feels he can handle things, and I agree. I tried to talk to my sister-in-law, but when she laughed and said this had to "come out," I lost my cool. How can we handle this, defuse the situation and still get her to stop? -- Angry Mom
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601220_pf.html

-Christian right challenges Obama's Justice picks
Christian conservatives are challenging President Barack Obama's picks for top Justice Department positions, charging that past clients like Playboy taint their resumes. "Ogden has been an activist in the support of a right to pornography, a right of abortion and the rights of homosexuals," said Patrick Trueman, a former Justice Department official during the first Bush presidency who is now in private practice. "It isn't so much that he's represented pornographers or that he's been a porn attorney, but it's his world view, and his world view reflects President Obama's world view," said Trueman, echoing criticism from conservative activist groups like the American Family Association and Focus on the Family.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020500445.html


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Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/public/us

-Faith-Based Program Gets Wider Focus
By LAURA MECKLER
When President Barack Obama launches his version of the faith-based initiative Thursday, he will expand the mission to include abortion reduction and outreach to the Muslim world. He will also try to avoid the thorniest constitutional issues that beset the program for years under his predecessor.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123379504018650159.html


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The Advocate
http://advocate.com/
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-Sam Adams Speaks to Out.com
Sam Adams made history when he became the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, taking the reins of Portland, Ore., in January. Unfortunately, Sam Adams made bigger headlines when he admitted, just days after he took office, to having had a sexual relationship with a teenager while he was city commissioner in 2005, an allegation that he had denied while running for office. Days later, Adams sat down with Out.com to tell his side of the story.
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72316.asp

-N.H. Considers Competing Bills on Same-Sex Marriage
New Hampshire legislators are mulling two very different bills -- one that would build on the state's civil union bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and one that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The state's house judiciary committee will hold a hearing on both bills Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Bishop of the New Hampshire diocese V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay -- and actively partnered -- priest to be elected bishop by the Episcopal Church, is slated to testify in favor of the same-sex marriage bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Splaine. The bill that would ban same-sex marriage is being carried by GOP representative Leo Pepino. Other legislation regarding legal unions is also under consideration. One bill would make the protections afforded by civil unions accessible to straight couples and relatives of the same gender. Another would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states as civil unions. (Advocate.com)
http://advocate.com/news_detail_ektid72400.asp


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365Gay.com
http://www.365gay.com/
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-New Figures: Catholics, Evangelical groups outspent Mormons on Prop 8
Newly released figures from the California secretary of state's office show that the biggest contributor to the campaign to approve a ban on same-sex marriage in the state was the Knights of Columbus, the political arm of the Roman Catholic Church, which gave $1.275 million.
http://www.365gay.com/news/new-figures-catholics-evangelical-groups-vastly-outspent-mormons-on-prop-8/

-Calif. Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case March 5
http://www.365gay.com/news/calif-supreme-court-to-hear-prop-8-case-march-5/

-Mayor's Affair: Beau Breedlove speaks out
by Barbara Simon
We've heard the openly gay mayor of Portland, Oregon, Sam Adams, apologize for his affair with a teenage intern, and confess he lied about it while running for office. But for the first time, the young man at the center of the City Hall scandal is speaking out, and only to 365gay News. You can see the full interview exclusively on 365gay News, Thursday at 7pm Eastern and Pacific, on Logo.
http://www.365gay.com/video/mayors-affair-beau-breedlove-speaks-out/

-Teen accused of male-on-male sex assaults in web scam
An 18-year-old male student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.
http://www.365gay.com/news/teen-accused-of-male-on-male-sex-assaults-in-web-scam/

-Anti-gay amendment advances in Wyoming
By 365gay Newscenter Staff
Legislation to amend the Wyoming constitution to ban same-sex marriage has passed a key legislative committee. The House Judiciary Committee voted 5 to 4 to send the joint resolution to the full House for debate.
http://www.365gay.com/news/anti-gay-amendment-advances-in-wyoming/

-NYC Judge: Survivor of gay couple married in Canada gets estate
By The Associated Press
A judge has issued New York state's first ruling that the survivor of a legal same-sex marriage is entitled to inherit a dead spouse's estate.
http://www.365gay.com/news/nyc-judge-survivor-of-gay-couple-married-in-canada-gets-estate/

-Only 20 percent of Oregon gay couples register
A year after Oregon established a domestic partner registry, about 2,600 Oregon same-sex couples - about one in five - have registered.
http://www.365gay.com/news/only-20-percent-of-oregon-gay-couples-register/

-Mass. man pledges $100M for AIDS vaccine research
A businessman pledged $100 million Wednesday to Massachusetts General Hospital to create an institute that will search for vaccines for AIDS and other infectious diseases.
http://www.365gay.com/news/mass-man-pledges-100m-for-aids-vaccine-research/

-Questions remain over gay inclusion at White House faith-based office
The Obama administration is set to announce a diverse set of advisers to a revamped White House office that will steer government money to religious and neighborhood groups doing social service work. They include a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Jewish rabbi active in Washington and a pioneering female African-American bishop.
http://www.365gay.com/news/questions-remain-over-gay-inclusion-at-white-house-faith-based-office/


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Pink News - UK
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/
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-Home Office is failing HIV+ asylum seekers claims charity
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A leading charity has said the government is not doing enough to help asylum seekers who are living with HIV or AIDS.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11048.html

-Vatican diplomat stresses the principles of "natural law" ahead of Spain visit
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
The Roman Catholic Church's most senior diplomat has set the tone for his visit to Spain today with some oblique criticisms of the country's government.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11053.html

-New index hopes to identify world's most gay friendly business
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A new international business equality index will assess which companies are best serving their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees, suppliers and consumers.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11050.html

-Chronicler of New York's gay liberation movement dies aged 76
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk .
One of the founders of one of the first gay rights groups in America who later chronicled the movement has died. G Donn Teal was 76 years old.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11038.html

-Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11036.html

-Peer convicted of gay sex offences could be expelled from Lords under new rules
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
An hereditary peer who was prosecuted for gay sex offences in a trial that scandalised 1950s Britain could lose his seat in the House of Lords under new proposals. Last month it was revealed that four Labour peers had discussed changing legislation at the behest of lobbyists for payments of up to £120,000.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11031.html

-Beckham: Inside me there is a gay man who wants to come out
By Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has said she has more in common with gay men than other women. The wife of footballer David Beckham, she is close friends with prominent gays Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-11024.html


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Daily Queer News
www.dailyqueernews.com
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-TX: Out Lesbian Annise Parker Runs for Mayor of Houston
Pam Spaudling | The Bilerico Project
Annise Parker is a popular elected official in Houston, and she's making a strong bid to become the city's first openly gay mayor. Parker is a past president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, and represents 2.2 million people as City Controller; Houston is the fourth most populous city in the US, so a win by Parker - and she's a frontrunner - would be momentous, particularly in a Red State. Parker has a proven track record serving the people of Houston for the last 11 years - first on the City Council, and for the last five years she has been the City Controller. Her campaign video: Read more


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-Rugby Players Go Balls Out Against Cancer
Leave it to British rugby players to put their balls on display to educate other men about testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is one of the leading cancers among men 14-40. In this NSFW clip a rugby team disrobes with the help of a health professional to learn how to examine their testicles for lumps that may signal testicular cancer. The clip is fun, sexy and informative. We need more of this kind of smart and honest stuff to educate men on how to keep themselves healthy.
http://bloggernista.com/2008/05/30/rugby-players-go-balls-out-against-cancer/

-Teaching Moments on Free Speech, Constitutionalism and Lobbying the Court
A small town's plea to the US Supreme Court raises a number of big-theory constitutional questions. Its being reported (article below from The Olympian) that lawmakers in Sugar City, Iowa, wrote to the Justices urging them to reconsider the constitutional protection given some forms of adult entertainment. Judicial decisions that prohibit municipalities from banning adult entertainment outright, they said, "severely handicapped the community's efforts to retain a morally and aesthetically satisfying environment."
http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/firstamendment/2009/02/obscenity-free.html

-Fla. Bar Joins Fight Against State's Ban on Adoptions by Gays
http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202427945370

-Women say S.A. mall cops arrested them for kissing
By Jeorge Zarazua San Antonio Express-News
Jessica Garcia intends to prove in court that security officers at Rolling Oaks Mall unfairly targeted her and her girlfriend when they were arrested in December on trespassing and other charges. Garcia said the officers - a Bexar County sheriff's deputy and an employee from a private security company - began harassing them Dec. 26 because her girlfriend gave her a kiss on the cheek while sitting inside the mall on a bench. Mall officials said the women, both 22, were acting inappropriately and were told to leave because they were not complying with the shopping center's code of conduct.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6243685.html

-Sex Toy Sales Rise in Struggling Economy
MINNEAPOLIS - After the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, shocked the world, retailers of adult products reported an upswing in sales of "bedroom aids." That didn't surprise marriage and family therapists, sexuality counselors or sex workers, who believe that in hard times people naturally gravitate toward intimate pleasure as a coping mechanism. Now, with the economy taking a full-fledged nose-dive, sex-toy retailers are reporting revenue increases of from 7 to 13 percent, both in the brick-and-mortar realm and online.
http://novelty.avn.com/articles/34354.html


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-Senate Adds Homebuyer Tax Credit to Stimulus Bill
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
The Senate on Wednesday voted to expand the economic stimulus package with a tax credit for homebuyers of up to $15,000, a provision championed by Republicans as addressing a root cause of the recession.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/us/politics/05stimulus.html?_r=1&hp

-Editorial: Unraveling Injustice
The Bush administration's attacks on the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism have saddled President Obama and his legal team, starting with Attorney General Eric Holder, with some urgent cleanup work.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/opinion/05thu1.html?ref=opinion

-The Unthinkable Option
By ROGER COHEN
TEHRAN: When it comes to Iran, the choice of metaphor is limited. "I would never take a military option off the table," Barack Obama declared during the campaign, a position unchanged since he became president.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/opinion/05cohen.html?ref=opinion

-Still Nice Work if You Can Get It
President Obama's decision to cap senior executives' pay at bailed-out banks and other companies addresses one of the most outrageous weaknesses of the Bush administration's financial-rescue package. If anyone is feeling bad for the bankers, don't. The banks can pay more than the figure Mr. Obama chose - $500,000 a year - but only in restricted stock that cannot be cashed in until the government has been repaid. That sounds more than fair to us.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/opinion/05thu2.html?ref=opinion

-Somali Pirates Said to Be Leaving Ship
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and MOHAMED IBRAHIM
NAIROBI, Kenya - After four months and seemingly endless negotiations, the wily band of Somali pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian ship packed with tanks and other weapons seemed on Thursday finally ready to let go.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/world/africa/06pirates.html?hp

-U.S. Searches for Alternative to Kyrgyz Base
By ELISABETH BUMILLER and ELLEN BARRY
The Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to come up with an alternative to a crucial United States air base in Central Asia, used to supply the growing military operation in Afghanistan, after the president of Kyrgyzstan ordered the American base in his country closed.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/world/asia/06kstan.html

-Vatican Move on Bishop Exposes Fissures of Church
By RACHEL DONADIO
ROME - Responding to an extraordinary burst of global outrage, especially in Pope Benedict XVI's native Germany, the Vatican for the first time on Wednesday called on a recently rehabilitated bishop to take back his statements denying the Holocaust.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/world/europe/05pope.html

-Obama Signs Children's Health Insurance Bill
By ROBERT PEAR
The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill extending health insurance to millions of low-income children, and President Obama signed it this afternoon, in the first of what he hopes will be many steps to guarantee coverage for all Americans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/us/politics/05health.html

-Back Story: Don't We Already Have a Health Plan for the Poor?
By RONI CARYN RABIN
Most people think of Medicaid as the federal government's health plan for low-income Americans: Medicare covers seniors, goes the conventional wisdom, while Medicaid covers the poor. But that isn't really how it works.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/health/05backstory.html


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Washington Post
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-The Action Americans Need
By Barack Obama
Thursday, February 5, 2009; Page A17
By now, it's clear to everyone that we have inherited an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression. Millions of jobs that Americans relied on just a year ago are gone; millions more of the nest eggs families worked so hard to build have vanished. People everywhere are worried about what tomorrow will bring. [...] In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis -- the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems; that we can meet our enormous tests with half-steps and piecemeal measures; that we can ignore fundamental challenges such as energy independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive. I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change. They know that we have tried it those ways for too long.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403174.html

-Time to Play Hardball
By E. J. Dionne Jr.
The irony of President Obama's Blue Tuesday is that the wall-to-wall television interviews he granted were designed not to apologize for Tom Daschle's fall from grace but to fight back against the Republicans' success in tarnishing his stimulus package.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020402835.html

-The New Landonists
By Harold Meyerson
The leader of the Republican Party was fulminating against the Democratic president's programs. All that government spending, and yet, he said, "the nation has not made the durable progress, either in reform or recovery, that we had the right to expect." The problem was that the president didn't trust the market to right the economy: "The energies of the American economic system will remedy the ravages of depression," he argued.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403117.html

-A Cabinet Loss and Gain
By David S. Broder
In a striking repetition of the up-and-down pattern of the Democratic primaries a year ago, President Obama filled one Cabinet vacancy on Tuesday but saw another one embarrassingly come open.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020402837.html

-Zimbabwe's False Hope
South Africa demands that the West aid a 'unity' government under Robert Mugabe. How to answer?
SOUTH AFRICA has won a round in its relentless campaign to preserve Robert Mugabe's hold over a dying Zimbabwe. With the help of its allies in the Southern Africa Development Community, South Africa succeeded last week in coercing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai -- the winner of last year's presidential election -- into accepting a subordinate role in a "unity" government led by the 84-year-old strongman. The deal, which Mr. Tsvangirai bravely resisted for months, will leave Mr. Mugabe in charge of the country's last functioning institutions -- army and police forces that have been waging a campaign of murder, rape and torture against the opposition and human rights activists.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403173.html

-An Obama A-Team for Iran
By David Ignatius
Whom should President Obama appoint as his emissary to Iran, to take on what may be the most important diplomatic mission in decades? The right person (or persons) would have the stature and experience to engage Iran at the highest level -- and to explore what Obama in his inaugural address called "a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020402883.html

-The Senate Balks: Why President Obama should heed calls for a more focused stimulus package
Today in The Post, President Obama challenges critics of the $900 billion stimulus plan that was taking shape on Capitol Hill yesterday, accusing them of peddling "the same failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis" and warning that, without immediate action, "Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse." A thinly veiled reference to Senate Republicans, this is a departure from his previous emphasis on bipartisanship. Still, as a matter of policy, Mr. Obama is justified in signaling that the plan should not be tilted in favor of tax cuts -- and that the GOP should not waste valuable time trying to achieve this.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403172.html

-ANALYSIS: Amid Anger Over Economy, Obama Looks For Right Tone
By Alec MacGillis
President Obama, who swept to the White House on a message of hope and inspiration, is struggling to contend with a different emotion among Americans -- anger.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020402759.html?hpid=topnews


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Wall Street Journal
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-Faith-Based Program Gets Wider Focus
By LAURA MECKLER
When President Barack Obama launches his version of the faith-based initiative Thursday, he will expand the mission to include abortion reduction and outreach to the Muslim world. He will also try to avoid the thorniest constitutional issues that beset the program for years under his predecessor.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123379504018650159.html

-Mixed Reactions From Republicans Demonstrate the Dilemma Faced by the Party
President Barack Obama's plan to cap salaries for certain bank executives poses this dilemma for Republicans: the party that touts free-market principles also finds itself appalled by high salaries and seemingly extravagant perks for executives at financial institutions that received federal bailout money.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123379738691350325.html?mod=article-outset-box

-Congress's Phony War on Torture Why not ban waterboarding once and for all?
When Leon Panetta comes before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday about his nomination to head the Central Intelligence Agency, he ought to be asked tough questions about the things he's said about torture. And he will.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123362332302441815.html


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Sun-Sentinel
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-Closing Guantánamo a bolder proposal
By Max J. Castro
To fulfill his campaign promise to rebuild the global reputation of this nation, President Barack Obama placed closing down the infamous Guantánamo detention camp as one of the first items on his agenda.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/sfl-forum05guantanamopnfeb05,0,1101875.story


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Miami Herald
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-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Prepare for the 51st star on the flag
BY GEORGE F. WILL
One answer is: Six rows of stars -- the top, third and fifth rows with nine, the second, fourth and sixth rows with eight. The question is: How might the nation reconfigure its flag to acknowledge a 51st state. Or ``state.''
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/other-views/story/888689.html

-CRIME WITNESSES: I was blind, and now I see
By LEONARD PITTS JR.
In Los Angeles, there is a park named in honor of Griffith J. Griffith, whose claim to fame is that he made a fortune speculating in gold mining and gave the city a large tract of land. In Chicago, there is a park named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant, whose claim to fame is that he commanded Union forces in the Civil War and was 18th president of the United States.
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/columnists/leonard-pitts/story/886717.html


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Inside Higher Education
http://www.insidehighered.com/

-Evidence of the Tuition Bubble
Doug Lederman
Commentators have increasingly been wondering if the end might finally be in sight for the many years' worth of steady and often not-so-slow increases in college tuitions. How much longer, the thinking goes, will American students and parents be able to afford - and/or put up with - rapidly rising prices and expenditures on higher education?
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/02/04/tuition

-Unintentional Whitening of U. of California?
Scott Jaschik
For several years now, the University of California has been debating plans to drop the SAT Subject Tests (formerly called the SAT II or achievement tests) and to find ways to consider more minority applicants. The debate has focused on the relative merits (or lack thereof) of the SAT and how to promote diversity while not violating the state's ban on affirmative action.
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/02/05/uc


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Fort Report
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-With Daschle out, could Donna Shalala be coming back?
By Luisa Yanez
With former Sen. Tom Daschle withdrawing himself as secretary of Health and Human Services, University of Miami President Donna Shalala emerged Wednesday as a possible nominee.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/888451.html

-Madoff Whistle Blower Is Finally Heard
CBS Evening News: Investigator Who First Discovered Massive Ponzi Scheme Tells Lawmakers SEC Just Wouldn't Listen
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/04/cbsnews_investigates/main4776338.shtml?tag=topHome;topStory

-The new Great Communicator ... isn't
By Joan Walsh
Obama is stumbling in the stimulus debate -- and public support is dropping -- because for 30 years Republicans have lied about the role of government. Now he's got to tell the truth.
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/02/04/obama/

-The One To See If You Want In
By DeNeen L. Brown
For every one stride Desirée Rogers takes, you take two, trying to keep up as she hurries through the White House. She is the new social secretary, the doyenne of state dinners, the honcho of hospitality, with society and civilization resting on her shoulders as she briskly descends from her East Wing office, blows past Marine guards in the White House hush that seems all the more noticeable when punctuated by the percussion of her designer black heels, with red soles flashing.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403964.html

-Insiders are the problem, not solution
By Joan Vennochi
WHETHER or not he paid his taxes, Tom Daschle was never the best person to lead the charge on healthcare reform. Reform means shaking up the establishment. Daschle is the establishment, just like other Cabinet picks made by President Obama
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/02/05/insiders_are_the_problem_not_solution/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+--+Editorial%2FOp-ed+pages

-Attendees of Voters Coalition dinner speculate on McCollum, Sink
by GEORGE BENNETT
Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum and Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink batted down speculation about next year's governor's race as both attended the annual Voters Coalition dinner here tonight.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/state/content/state/eaper/2009/02/04/0204flagov.html


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