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Sep 23rd

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The breath tax

The rationale for the “Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," otherwise known as Cap and Trade, is that environmental catastrophe awaits us if we do not control the amount of carbon dioxide (co2) flowing into the atmosphere.  This hysteria has been propelled by alarmists using computer models to predict (not to prove) that what-used-to-be-called-Global-Warming-before-it-became-clear-that-the-earth-is-cooling-so—it-is-now-called-Climate Change is caused by man made emissions of carbon dioxide.
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A supreme nominee

President Obama has nominated Judge Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, a surprising – and inspirational - selection.  If confirmed by Congress, Sotomayor would be the second woman on the Supreme Court and the third woman ever picked for the job.  She would also be the first Latina in the position. Since the announcement, media pundits and politicos have discussed Sotomayor’s background and what role it will play in her decision making.  Her appointment to the Supreme Court would be a breath of fresh air to America’s judicial system; the country needs a Justice who understands exactly how the average American lives.
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Why focus on black men healing as way to empower the community?

Whether right or wrong, when discussing the ills and disparities within the African American community, many things are discussed, such as violence, drugs, poverty, and emotional, physical, spiritual health.  However, there are two that come to the forefront, especially in the urban community: racism and the Black men’s role.
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Continue voting rights fight?

A small municipality in Austin, Texas will soon get its chance to convince the Supreme Court that parts of the Voting Rights Act are not only unconstitutional, but no longer needed. If the court agrees, a key section of the Act, which has been shown to reduce discriminatory voting practices, could be dismantled.  While America has come far in the last forty plus years, voting irregularities still exist and we must urge the Court to rule in favor of the Act.
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High schoolers left behind

Signed amid controversy in 2001, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law shook up the nation’s public education system. Schools were now held accountable for student achievement; if students continually failed to meet minimum test scores, schools were placed on probation.
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Limit credit card use

The U.S. government is headed towards drastically restructuring the way credit card companies do business and, in turn, easing a heavy financial burden carried by so many Americans. Congress has approved, and the President is expected to sign, legislation that will, among other things, control sudden credit card interest rate increases and late fee charges. Of course, the credit card industry is not happy with these new restrictions and will look for new ways to generate profits. So, even the new law will protect consumers, individuals must still exercise restraint when using credit cards.
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Minority homeowners hurt most

Owning a home is a key part of the “American Dream” and critical step in creating wealth; even low- and moderate-income homeowners are able to benefit from their investment.  Unfortunately, with the recent crash of both the housing and financial markets, fewer Americans own homes than they did just a few years ago. The biggest declines were among minorities, with blacks and Latinos homeownership rates falling at a rate much faster than whites.
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