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Libya: Not What We Expected

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To me, establishing a no-fly zone in an arena where essentially unarmed civilians are being shot down by air strikes is a reasonable assertion of international authority. Even the Arab League approved such a measure, at least at first, in Libya. But to me, a “no-fly” zone is, and should be, a warning that any […] [Read More]
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Teachers, Nuclear Dangers, Abortion Rights

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Greater Danger Lies in Spent Fuel Than in Reactors NY Times Years of procrastination in deciding on long-term disposal of highly radioactive fuel rods from nuclear reactors are now coming back to haunt Japanese authorities… Japan, like the United States, has kept ever-larger numbers of spent fuel rods in temporary storage pools at the power […] [Read More]
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Green (and White) Tea’s Health Benefits

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White Tea vs. Green Tea When discussing white tea vs green tea, it is important to realize that they both come from the same plant, the tea plant Camellia sinensis. The main difference between the two types of tea is that the white tea leaves are harvested at a younger age than the green tea […] [Read More]
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Interesting 3/18

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1. New Republic: In Bachmann, A Serious Contender As the 2012 Republican presidential field finally takes shape over the next few months, one thing is fairly certain: An intensely ideological female politician closely identified with the Christian Right and with the Tea Party movement, someone liberals love to hate, will define the race. But surprisingly, […] [Read More]
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9 million adults joined ranks of uninsured due to job loss in 2010

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An estimated nine million working-age adults—57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost—became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. The survey paints a bleak picture for the 43 million adults under age 65 who reported that they or their […] [Read More]
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Interesting 3/17

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1. Connecticut’s achievement gap not just an inner city issue By Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report Three entire grade-levels: That was the size of the gap between Connecticut’s low-income students and their more affluent peers on the fourth- and eighth-grade NAEP reading tests in 2009. By this measure, Connecticut ranked dead-last out of all 50 […] [Read More]
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Connecticut Earns “F” in Annual Report of Transparency in Government Spending

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Connecticut got an “F” when it comes to openness about government spending, according to Following the Money 2011: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the second annual report of its kind by the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG). Included with the report is an interactive online tool that […] [Read More]
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National report spotlights criminal justice reform in Connecticut

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More than 20 states in the United States have changed or are considering changes to their policies around trying kids as adults according to a new report, State Trends: Legislative Changes from 2005-2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System, released by the Campaign for Youth Justice. The report praised Connecticut’s Raise the Age […] [Read More]
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