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Sonia Sotomayor Delivers Blistering Dissent Against Affirmative Action Ban

Sonia Sotomayor Delivers Blistering Dissent Against Affirmative Action Ban

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups' rights by allowing Michigan voters to change "the basic rules of the political process ... in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities." "In my colleagues' view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. "This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is... Read more

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Pushing the little-known Latino Generation into the public sphere

Pushing the little-known Latino Generation into the public sphere

I participated in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held April 12-13 at the University of Southern California. I was on a panel titled "Exercising Your Voice" with co-panelists Tom Hayden and Astra Taylor. Each of us has recent books or books about to be released. I spoke about my new book, The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America, published by the University of North Carolina Press. I introduced my book by saying... Read more

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GOP Lawmakers Fought To Keep These People Uninsured. Now They Have To Rely On Hope.

GOP Lawmakers Fought To Keep These People Uninsured. Now They Have To Rely On Hope.

WASHINGTON -- Eight million Americans are insured through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, President Barack Obama announced Thursday. Wendy TwarDokus wishes she were one of them. The 60-year-old former traveling hospice nurse describes her health as generally "average," but she has a few complaints, including a prolapsed bladder. It sometimes protrudes outside her body when she picks up something heavy -- like the saddles she used to lift when she rode horses. She can't afford the... Read more

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Tech industry pushes for immigration reform through new campaign

Tech industry pushes for immigration reform through new campaign

Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us and the Partnership for a New American Economy teamed up on Monday to launch a national campaign aimed at highlighting why immigration reform is critical to the technology and start-up communities in the United States. They launched the campaign — dubbed #iCodeImmigration: Accelerating Immigration Reform — at an event in New York where several experts spoke about the need for Congress to pass immigration reform legislation. Over the next two weeks, similar events will be... Read more

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GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage

GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage

Two conservative groups are pushing back on moves by the GOP to drop opposition to same-sex marriage from party platforms, releasing a poll of base voters taken last month that found in favor of defining marriage “only” as between a man and a woman. The poll, commissioned by groups led by conservatives Gary Bauer and Tony Perkins, runs counter to a wide variety of opinion polls that show movement on the question of same-sex marriage, with... Read more

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Most Americans Still Unsure About Big Bang, Poll Finds

Most Americans Still Unsure About Big Bang, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON (AP) –  While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear. When considering concepts scientists consider truths, Americans have more skepticism than confidence in those that are farther away from our bodies in scope and time: global warming, the age... Read more

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Why you should pay off your car loan ASAP

Why you should pay off your car loan ASAP

FORTUNE -- Let's say you have an extra few thousand dollars -- maybe from a tax refund, a bonus, or some other quick windfall. How can you best put it to use? There are a lot of options, and high-interest rate debt goes on top of the pile. But if you haven't done that kind of borrowing, and you have a comfortable cushion of emergency cash, you might consider throwing it toward your auto loan. Why? Not... Read more

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The CEC releases its conservation assessment for priority conservation areas in a region straddling the United States-Mexico border that includes 11 different protected areas... Read more

Hagel Seeking To Deepen US-Mexico Ties

23 Apr 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday he is exploring ways to deepen U.S.-Mexican defense ties, including the possibility of training exercises with Mexican... Read more

In Mexico, Ban urges renewed global part…

23 Apr 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Mexico City, to attend the first High-level Meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Read more

Mexico steps back from telecom, Internet…

23 Apr 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's governing party appeared to step away on Wednesday from a proposal that would authorize officials to block Internet and telecom... Read more

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Ted Cruz Won Twitter Tonight

23 Apr 2014

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz had, by far, the best political tweet of Wednesday evening.  Cruz posted this picture of himself, his fellow Texas... Read more

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23 Apr 2014

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Shocking Report Claims 'At Least 40' Vet…

23 Apr 2014

A stunning report published by CNN's Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin Wednesday night claims "at least 40" veterans died awaiting treatment from the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care... Read more

THE ROAD TO 300 MILLION: Photos Of Linke…

23 Apr 2014

LinkedIn recently announced a major milestone: The professional network now has 300 million members around the world. But those millions didn't come easy.... Read more

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ReThink Review: Locke - On Male…

23 Apr 2014

While much has rightly been said and written about women's changing roles in society, the shifting responsibilities of men has earned considerably less airtime... Read more

Inside Bryan Singer's Wild Hollywood Wor…

23 Apr 2014

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23 Apr 2014

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 9 of FX's The Americans, titled "Martial Eagle." Wig count: Four,... Read more

'Frozen'-'Thriller' Mashup Has Disney Ch…

23 Apr 2014

Just when you think you've seen every possible "Frozen" fan-made video out there, along comes this. It's a mashup of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and... Read more

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23 Apr 2014

By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday his first trip to Latin America as... Read more

Ariel Dorfman comments: Writer Gabriel G…

23 Apr 2014

Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master... Read more

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23 Apr 2014

* Bank plans to trim Latin America equities business -source * To focus business on Mexico, Brazil, New York -source (Recasts with source comment,... Read more

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22 Apr 2014

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Vermont Will Require Labeling of Genetic…

23 Apr 2014

Vermont’s approval was hailed by food-safety advocates. Meanwhile, the biotech industry has drafted federal legislation to pre-empt any such state initiatives. Read more

Well: Aspirin Benefits Some at Risk for …

23 Apr 2014

Many studies have found that regular aspirin use reduces the risk for colon cancer. Now scientists have found that aspirin may benefit some people... Read more

Well: High Altitudes May Aid Weight Cont…

23 Apr 2014

A four-year study of overweight military personnel has found that those stationed at high altitudes are less likely to progress to obesity. Read more

Well: The Limits of ‘No Pain, No Gain’

22 Apr 2014

A new study helps to explain why exercise makes our muscles ache, and suggests that it’s not always a good idea to ignore fatigue... Read more

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23 Apr 2014

POLITICO Pro Report: They go all out to stop an effort to tighten control over bodies of water. Read more

Sotomayor through the looking glass

23 Apr 2014

Opinion: The justice's vision is of a racialized society with different rules for different groups. Read more

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23 Apr 2014

The new rules spell out standards for companies to pay for faster delivery to people's homes. Read more

Study questions ACA effect on canceled p…

23 Apr 2014

It shows most individuals who lost plans would not have continued them even without the law. Read more

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