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I do? No, I don’t. 40 percent say marriage is ‘obsolete’

Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding bells aren’t needed to have a family. A study by the Pew Research Center, in association with Time magazine, highlights rapidly changing notions of the American family. And the Census Bureau, too, is planning to incorporate broader definitions of family when measuring poverty, a shift caused partly by recent jumps in unmarried couples living together. About 29 percent of children under 18 now live
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Democrats: New boss, same as the old boss

House Democrats gambled Wednesday they can return to power under the same leaders who just oversaw a 61-seat election loss, choosing Nancy Pelosi to remain their party chief when they become the minority in January. Moderate Democrats pleaded for a change to show voters they understand the anger and unrest registered two weeks earlier on Election Day. And Pelosi didn’t retain her leadership without a fight, defeating Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, 150-43, in secret balloting in a lengthy closed-door gathering on Capitol Hill. In a contrast befitting the Nov. 2 election results, House Republicans kept Rep. John Boehner
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Murkowski’s win dims Palin’s political star

Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska’s other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin. The former governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate backed scores of congressional and gubernatorial candidates this election, a sought-after endorsement that helped lift several Republicans to victory. But she and her husband, Todd, invested far more time and money for Joe Miller, a tea party-backed challenger who shocked Murkowski, the incumbent, by capturing the GOP Senate nomination. Murkowski’s write-in win over Miller in Wednesday’s count was a rebuke for Palin on her home turf by voters who know her best,
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Murkowski hails historic win in Alaska

An exultant Sen. Lisa Murkowski is celebrating her write-in victory over Sarah Palin‘s favored candidate in Alaska, saying the “most phenomenal coalition” of Republicans, Democrats and independents re-elected her against long odds. Murkowski acknowledges in nationally broadcast television interviews that ballots remain to be counted in the state, but said, “The fact of the matter is, the numbers are there and they are what they are.” Murkowski said Thursday that her triumph was “Alaskans coming together. … It was a challenge for Alaskans, but they met it.” Murkowski, who defeated tea party-backed Republican Joe Miller, said, “We did the unprecedented.
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Now Even the Dead Rip President Obama

Here’s the really ominous and frightening thing that resulted from the act of the family of dead man Donald Charles Unsworth. It wasn’t their plea in his obituary when Unsworth passed back in September in Rome, Georgia that read, “The family respectfully asked in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the campaign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.” They have that right. And that could easily be shrugged off as a warped, cranky, and hateful dig from another of the pack of visceral Obama loathers. The woods
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James Denselow: The Invisible War Against Iraq

Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions by Joy Gordon, Harvard, 359 pp, £29.95, April 2010 Joy Gordon has crafted a well researched and sobering story of the US-led failure of international governance in the case of the 13 years of sanctions on Iraq. The underlying argument made is that the UN Charter’s mandate to achieve ‘health, education and economic development’ was fatally compromised by a US policy which was premised on ‘an ongoing commitment to regime change’. As far as the US was concerned, sanctions were designed to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein by depriving the
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Sharron Angle: ‘Sometimes Dictators Have Good Ideas’

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle — who fell short in her quest to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier this month — found herself back in the spotlight on Wednesday after questionable comments she reportedly made towards the end of her campaign came to light. “Sometimes dictators have good ideas,” explained the Tea Party darling at a private campaign event, according to Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston. At the Las Vas Sun, he writes, “Her staff fretted the line would get out. It did not. Until now.” Angle, who developed a reputation for sparking controversy over the course of her
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Texas State Rep. Introduces ‘Birther’ Bill

Texas State Representative Leo Berman (R) furthered his campaign against President Obama Tuesday, a man that he has before characterized as “God’s punishment on us,” by introducing a bill that would require future presidential and vice-presidential candidates to produce “the original birth certificate indicating that the person is a natural-born United States citizen” to the Texas secretary of state. Berman told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the bill, House Bill 295, is a compulsory step to take in order to correct an alleged gap in the law that allowed Barack Obama, who he believes could be foreign-born, to run for president.
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Evelyn Leopold: A Bit of Gay Bashing at the United Nations

United Nations – African and Arab nations succeeded by a whisker in deleting three words from a resolution that would have included gays in a denunciation of arbitrary killings. Europeans protested in vain. At issue was a measure on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions adopted by a General Assembly committee. Usually a vote in the committee, which includes all UN members, is tantamount to official passage by the Assembly. The reference in the three-page draft came in the sixth of 22 paragraphs and urged investigations of all killings “committed for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation.” The provision was among
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State AGs: Foreclosure Reform Deal With Banks Is A Long Way Off

Changing the face of foreclosure in America will take some time, several state attorneys general said Wednesday, cautioning that an agreement with major lenders over revamped foreclosure practices was not imminent. “We want to move as quickly as possibly but it has to be done right,” said Roy Cooper, the attorney general of North Carolina. “We have plowed this ground before.” Ever since the law enforcement officials from all 50 states signed on last month to a highly publicized investigation of big mortgage lenders, there has been a public tug of war. From The Huffington Post
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