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Harper Lee Writes Piece for O Magazine

Harper Lee, the author of the classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird,” has written a rare published letter for Oprah Winfrey’s “O” magazine on “how she became a reader as a child in a rural, Depression-era Alabama town.” The 80-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner quit giving interviews about 40 years ago and, other than a 1983 […]

The White House’s Frequent Fliers

Newsweek reports that “White House staffers have accepted nearly $135,000 in free trips since November 2004.” Nice perk if you can get it – but is it ethical in the wake of Congress debating a “crackdown on members’ and their staffs’ accepting travel paid for by outside interests?” Among those picking up the tab: some […]

Senate Rejects Amendment to Ban Flag Desecration

The Senate has rejected a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration today, just one week before Independence Day. The Senate vote came up one vote short of the support needed to send it to the states for ratification. The 66-34 vote in favor of the amendment was a single vote short of the two-thirds required. […]

Kerry Energy Speech: Most Aggressive Proposal

David Roberts of Gristmill called John Kerry’s energy speech yesterday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, “by far the most aggressive proposal for reducing CO2 emissions I’ve heard from any major politician.” The Boston Globe reports, Kerry himself, labeled the energy bill he will be filing in the Senate this week, “the most far-reaching proposal in our […]

Scientists OK “An Inconvenient Truth” for Accuracy

Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” has received five stars for accuracy from the nation’s top climate scientists. The former vice president’s movie — replete with the prospect of a flooded New York City, an inundated Florida, more and nastier hurricanes, worsening droughts, retreating glaciers and disappearing ice sheets — mostly got the science right, […]

Ted Kennedy on Debating the Constitutional Flag Burning Amendment

The Senate is plunging into a heated, “volatile (and some say cynical) issue for the first time in six years: whether to amend the Constitution so that Congress can ban desecration of the American flag.” Even though many voters may be hard-pressed to remember the last time they saw Old Glory being torched, the Senate […]

Analysis Finds E-voting Machines Vulnerable

A new study released today, by the Brennan Center for Justice says, “there are more than 120 security threats to the three most commonly purchased electronic voting systems.” The New York City-based non-partisan think tank called the study the “most comprehensive review of its kind.” They convened a “task force of election officials, computer scientists […]

Ted Kennedy on the Presidential Signing Statements

In the news today, the Senate Judiciary Committee opened hearings on the issue of the presidential signing statements. The White House on Tuesday defended President Bush’s frequent use of special statements that claim authority to limit the effects of bills he signs, saying the statements help him uphold the Constitution and defend national security. Senators […]