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ENDA: The time has come to ban bigotry
Nov 5th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Historic Senate vote

moves equal protection

for LGBT people closer

Sen. Dean Heller, (R-Nev.) is the 60th Senator to come out in favor of ENDA.

IN A DEVELOPMENT that seemed to come out of nowhere, a federal ban on discrimination in employment against LGBT folk suddenly gathered momentum on Monday.
The history of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act goes back almost two decades. The latest version, introduced by former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank in 2011, has languished in obscurity until this week.
An unexpected 61-30 vote in the U.S. Senate late on Monday moved the bill to the Senate floor. The prospect of a vote in the House of Representatives this year seems remote, at best.
But history is not on the side of Republican Speaker John Boehner, who immediately said he opposes the law.


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DELICIOUS IRONY: Obamacare ‘train wreck’ goes unnoticed, GOP tanks

SHUTDOWN, DEBT CEILING CRISES OBSCURE REALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS
In a delicious twist of fate, the Republican Party has missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on its opposition to Obamacare and in fact has helped conceal its disastrous rollout.
With the headlines screaming about the “government shutdown” few noticed, till Sunday, the disastrous rollout of healthcare reform.
The damage Republicans have done to themselves over the government shutdown seems likely to come back to haunt them in the 2014 mid-term elections.
If it is riven by internecine warfare, however, the 2014 outcome could prove to be an exception to historical norms.


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Elizabeth Warren emerges as Clinton challenger in 2016 (with video)

FRESHMAN SENATOR’S FRONT-PAGE ‘ANOINTMENT’ SECURES HER SPOT – IF SHE WANTS IT
With a front-page story in The New York Times on Monday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a leading challenger to the presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
What a wonderful development.
Sen. Warren seems to truly care about the interests of the voters, whereas the Clintons’ top priority – for both of them – has always been their own political interests.
The entry of Sen. Warren into the presidential sweepstakes would be the best development for the Democratic Party in decades.


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GROSS MISMANAGEMENT: World’s only superpower lurches from crisis to crisis

US GOVERNMENT – AND PEOPLE – HELD HOSTAGE BY LUNATIC FRINGE
Few people on the planet can be unaware that the American federal government is on track to shut down in a few hours.
It’s all the fault of a crazy radical fringe group that has seized control of Congress.
What an embarrassment. Even worse, what an unnecessary calamity for the entire country, all its 330 million people, and the global community.
It is beyond pathetic. It is gross mismanagement on a massive scale.


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Urgency for new federal shield law for journalists intensifies

PROPOSAL SUPPORTED BY OBAMA IS DEEPLY FLAWED
Both the sage of Edward Snowden and the persecution of Chelsea Manning, top stories in the news this summer, bring into sharp focus the need for protection at the federal level for journalists and their sources.
Without adequate protection, the revelations of such vital public information is sure to dry up; and, indeed, anecdotally at least, it is reportedly doing so.
At the core of the debate, then are two issues: who is a journalist (and, therefore, who should be protected), and how best to balance national security with a free press.
Let the debate begin, in earnest.


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Senator urges action on student loan crisis

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced on May 8 that her first bill introduced would be the Bank on Student Loans Fairness Act, which would dramatically – although temporarily – lower the interest rate for many students starting July 1.


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