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POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 8:34 PM

Remember what we've been telling you, that voter ID laws are just a way for Republicans -- once they've gained political power -- to game future elections in their favor. You know else is telling you that? Republicans. Right here in the Keystone State:

Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said that the voter ID law passed by the legislature would help deliver the state for Mitt Romney in November.


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POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 8:07 PM

Oh, those Wildwood da....glub, glub:

A new U.S. Geological Survey report published Sunday says that rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along parts of the U.S. east coast than they are globally.

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POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 7:53 PM

Not Bob Dylan:


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POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 3:23 PM

 

Thank God June is such a slow news month -- OK, yes, that was sarcasm. Judges, juries, politicians, murderers -- they all must have a hell of a July 4 vacation planned, because they can't clear their in-boxes fast enough. They're tossing out guilty verdicts and spending your tax dollars about as fast as it takes to fry an egg on a Philly sidewalk in summer.

No one is racing for the exit faster than the Supremes. What do we make of today's fast and furious (heh) court action, in which the nine justices seemingly made one liberal ruling (barring mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders), one conservative ruling (upholding the Citizens United big-money-in-politics decision) and one mixed ruling, tossing out much of Arizona's loathesome anti immigrant law SB 1070 but not the most loathesome, "papers please" provision?


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POSTED: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11:29 PM

This is very powerful:

THE United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights.


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POSTED: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 7:12 PM

 

Aside from his bad policy ideas, are there reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney for president? That’s a good question. For some critics, the answer may be intertwined with this question:

Was Romney’s family cruel to animals – specifically, one of Ann Romney’s dancing horses that competed in the sport of dressage?

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POSTED: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 5:33 PM

I saw an interesting blog post this weekend. It was about newspapers that are shirking their duty to deliver the freshest and most local news to their readers because of an obsession with what the author calls "New York Times wannabeism." He notes:

Since the wide adoption of radio in the 1920s and the near ubiquity of television since the 1950s, newspapers have become less valid as platforms for national and international news. After the wide availability of communications satellites in in 1960s and 1970s, that validity decreased even more. The past 15 years of popular adoption of the Internet, have put a dagger in it forever. Yet, it hangs on...

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POSTED: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 5:05 PM

Hey, remember the piece I wrote for Poynter about the awful situation at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where some great journalists are losing their jobs in service of a plan to drastically reduce print availability of the newspaper -- in a city where an estimated 36 percent of residentsdon't have Internet access. I said that since the Newhouse family owners seem hellbent on pursuing this unfortunate plan, Plan B must involve figuring out how to get more of the poverty-plagued city's residents on the Web, which would be a positive takeaway.

Hard to believe, but was somebody listening?

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