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Absurdity Today with Julianna Forlano

This week's Absurdity Today covers Mitt and his travels, ALEC, and some sensitive topics too. Enjoy!
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TX State Senator Vows 2013 Push for Private-School Vouchers

State Senator Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who anchors the rightmost wing of his party's caucus in the Senate, has vowed to make private-school voucher legislation a focal point of his efforts in the 2013 session of the state legislature.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Patrick said, "To me, school choice is the photo ID bill of this session...Our base has wanted us to pass photo voter ID for years, and we did it. They've been wanting us to pass school choice for years. This is the year to do it, in my view."
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Turmoil in Alabama Judicial Races after Petitions Challenge Candidacies

News broke Tuesday that a Huntsville woman, Sherry Broyles, has challenged the candidacy of Democratic Supreme Court nominee Harry Lyon and a number of GOP court nominees. Broyles charges that all are rendered ineligible to stand for election because they failed to follow the new ethics laws passed by the incoming GOP supermajority in the fall of 2010.
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Susie Sampson's Tea Party Report: Chick-fil-A V. The Gays


 
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Michele Bachmann Has Gotten Into a Christian trouble...

Now that's a pretty heinous accusation, using the word "stole" in connection with a Bachmann campaign chairman. And it's also worth pointing out that here we have a case of Christian believers suing other Christian believers in the secular courts (which is something St. Paul really thought was ridiculous and shameful, but who listens to him when there's money and careers on the line.)
But it is a rare and valuable little glimpse into the actual ethical world within the Christian right. The story of the lawsuit is newsworthy because all the people involved in it claim to be on the side of Christian morality. But the Christian right's claim that it observes biblical standards for morality stops cold when it comes to practicing politics.
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Means Testing for Social Security Won't Guarantee Solvency

The issue of sustainably of Social Security and Medicare — I fear that the word “entitlement” feeds into the frenzy — actually has little to do with greed and is largely a function of our uniquely inefficient system of health care delivery, as that’s from where our real long-term fiscal problems derive. And this goes well beyond the public sector — private sector health spending is also unsustainable and, unless we slow it down to a rate closer to overall economic growth, will eventually crowd out too much of the other things we want and need.
We can and should achieve solvency in Social Security, but sacrifices by baby boomers don’t get you very far, as I’ll show in a moment.
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Texas Senate Showdown: Cruz and Sadler Will Debate

Good news in the first days of the general election: Cruz will debate Sadler. On the night of the runoff, Sadler challenged Cruz to a debate - and Cruz accepted.
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Senators Demand that Justice Department Guard Against Contractors with Criminal Histories

According to a new report from its Inspector General, the Department of Justice has failed to take the necessary precautions to stop contractors with criminal histories from receiving federally funded work.
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Guns DO Kill People

I'm really tired of that NRA slogan. Guns DO kill. That's what they're for. They aren't a multi-purpose machine - they're a killing machine. And when they're in the hands of the unbalanced, they're going to be used for their sole purpose.
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Medicaid Expansion Would Save Lives in Missouri

Until now, the Medicaid debate has been about budgets and states' rights. But a statistical study by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law.
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