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January 2010

Haiti Devastated
You can donate to The Red Cross online, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999."

Former presidential candidate, Pat Robertson, thinks the earthquake hit Haiti because of a "pact Haiti made with the devil."

Satan Responds...


Rush Limbaugh thinks we already help Haiti too much.
So how much does America help Haiti, anyway?
Here are some experts' ideas about how to fix Haiti in the long term.

Mountains Beyond Mountains

You can learn more about Haiti by looking at this fact sheet and by reading the amazing story of Dr. Paul Farmer in Tracey Kidder's wonderful book, Mountains Beyond Mountains.






Massachusetts Republican's Stunning Senatorial Victory

In one of the greatest upsets in modern American political history an unknown Republican wins Teddy Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat.
Why did liberal Massachusetts vote for a Republican?
Here is one take.
And another from Slate.
But it's not entirely clear how the possible overturn of health care reform will effect insurance companies.

Justices Overturn Key Campaign Finance Law.
Unions and Corporations are no longer limited in spending in elections according to the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Here is a time-line of the court and federal campaign spending limits and here's some analysis of the effects of this ruling.
Here's an interesting list of the winners and losers in today's court ruling.
Here's Lawrence Lessig of Change Congress on today's ruling.



John Edwards admits to fathering child.

Happy? What's the happiest country in the world?
How much water do you use every day????
What are the biggest bankruptcies ever?


December 2009

Health Care costs much more in the US than it does in other countries according to these charts. And here's a Washington Post article by Ezra Klein that distills the numbers for you!

On his 20,774th day on the job, Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday became the U.S. Capitol's longest-serving lawmaker. And the 91-year-old, who was honored with a standing ovation, told his colleagues that "I've loved every precious minute."

Eight years after a U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, the war-ravaged state is the most dangerous place in the world for a child to be born, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Sen. Barbara Boxer is urging the U.S. to ratify a United Nations measure meant to expand the rights of children, a move critics are calling a gross assault on parental rights that could rob the U.S. of sovereignty.

Transparency International has just issued a new list of the most corrupt countries in the world. See how the US did on this interactive map.

Closing of Dialysis Unit Hits Illegal Immigrants Hard

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