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Fact-Checking The Nuclear-Arms Treaty Debate

WASHINGTON — In their showdown over an arms-control treaty with Russia, Democrats and Republicans are charging each other with undermining national security. Who’s right? The Obama administration is pushing for a vote this year on the treaty, known as New START; Republicans want a delay until a new Congress convenes in January. A closer look at the claims in the debate: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE – An occasional look at assertions by government officials and how well they adhere to the facts. ___ THE CLAIM: Opponents say it will limit U.S. options for future missile defense. “New START could hamper our
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ADVANCE EXCERPTS: Sarah Palin Hits Obama In New Book

In her newest book, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin sharply criticizes the record of President Barack Obama while defending her own, in the process offering an unapologetic vision of conservative politics that strongly suggests a forthcoming presidential run. “America by Heart,” which will be officially released on Tuesday (The Huffington Post obtained an advanced copy), exhibits Palin in a variety of roles: culture warrior, presidential critic, committed mother and political provocateur. Clocking in at roughly 270 pages, it reads, at times, like an episode of Glenn Beck’s Fox News show. Lengthy quotes and historical research is threaded, often, around contemporary
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Daniel Hernandez: Marijuana Rights Groups Prepared for Serious Highs and Lows

Medical marijuana is so over. Talk to the activists, doctors and lawyers, they’ll tell you as much. Look closely at how it’s being implemented in New Jersey and you’ll agree. Despite the fact that Arizona just became the 15th state to pass legislation permitting the use of medicinal marijuana, supporters say their movement “peaked” in California and Colorado and is moving toward a model of extreme regulation, perhaps even a takeover by Big Pharma as marijuana-imitating pills, arm patches, and eye drops enter the market and alter the politics. Needless to say, NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of
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Margie Omero: Pew Research Takes On Marriage

Beyond questioning whether marriage is obsolete, Pew Research’s latest study sheds further light into why marital status can be an interesting political demographic cut. Pew finds marriage declining across demographic groups, with the most precipitous among less well-educated voters. In 1960, there was only a 4-point difference in marriage rates of college-educated Americans and those with no more than a high school diploma. By 2008, this gap widened to 16 points. Family makeup also varies by party. Pew found more married Republicans (67%) than Democrats (45%). And when it comes to evaluating different trends in family makeup (such as children
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Wayne Pacelle: Bill to Ban Animal Crush Videos Passes Congress, On to President Obama

Today, the U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to legislation to ban the creation, sale and distribution of obscene animal crush videos, the culmination of an intensive effort that began on April 21 of this year — the day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal cruelty depictions statute that we helped to pass in 1999. The original law, nullified by two federal courts as overbroad and an infringement on free speech rights, had effectively dried up the market for these sickening videos. In the wake of these court rulings, however, creators and purveyors of crush videos stepped
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MSNBC suspends Scarborough for donations to GOP candidates

MSNBC said Friday that “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough will be suspended for donating to four Republican candidates in local Florida races, two weeks after Keith Olbermann was suspended for making political contributions to Democrats. Scarborough said he agreed with the two-day suspension, which is the same duration as Olbermann’s. The donations, first reported by the website Politico, came between 2004 and 2008. Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, made eight donations of $500 apiece to campaigns for Florida offices being run by his brother, George, former congressional staffer David Stafford and family friends Don Gaetz and his son,
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Democrats Vow To Push Major Filibuster Reform

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the effort to reform the filibuster in the Senate are pushing forward despite the election outcome, working to gather support within the Democratic caucus while reaching out to Republicans. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said that he and a core group of members will canvass their colleagues throughout November and December. “We’ll start the informal discussion in our caucus. Are you for reform? What kind of reform?” Udall told HuffPost. On the first day of the 112th Congress, Udall said, he will rise and make a motion to establish rules for the session, making the argument that
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Obama claims NATO supports missle defense system

President Barack Obama announced Friday that NATO has agreed to his plans for a new, expanded missile defense system for Europe that would cover all NATO member countries and the United states. The U.S. has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and is planning one for its European allies. “For the first time, we’ve agreed to develop a missile defense capability that is strong enough to cover all NATO European territory and populations as well as the United States,” Obama said. NATO’s acceptance of the missile-shield plan was a bright spot for a president who has suffered
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