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Young Hispanic population key to futures of Texas and U.S., demographers contend | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Young Hispanic population key to futures of Texas and U.S., demographers contend | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog.

Young Hispanic population key to futures of Texas and U.S., demographers contend

Texas’ young and rapidly-growing Hispanic population is the key to the state’s long-term growth – and policy makers should find a way to prepare the demographic group to replace older, retiring workers.

Demographic scientists pitched that conclusion at a presentation and discussion Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The presentation, entitled “Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse America,” was hosted by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress.

The presenters pointed to data obtained from the 2010 Census, which showed a large increase in the Hispanic population, especially among children and a rapidly-aging white population.

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How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans – Magazine – The Atlantic

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans – Magazine – The Atlantic.

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans

An insider’s six-step plan to fix Congress

By Mickey Edwards

Angry and frustrated, American voters went to the polls in November 2010 to “take back” their country. Just as they had done in 2008. And 2006. And repeatedly for decades, whether it was Republicans or Democrats from whom they were taking the country back. No matter who was put in charge, things didn’t get better. They won’t this time, either; spending levels may go down, taxes may go up, budgets will change, but American government will go on the way it has, not as a collective enterprise but as a battle between warring tribes.

If we are truly a democracy—if voters get to size up candidates for a public office and choose the one they want—why don’t the elections seem to change anything? […]
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Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com

Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Signing Away the Right to Govern

It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that
no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican
interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges
shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates
are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic
principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.

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They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com

They, Too, Sing America – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Columnist

They, Too, Sing America

Last week I spent a few days in the Deep South — a thousand miles from the moneyed canyons of Manhattan and the prattle of Washington politics — talking to everyday people, blue-collar workers, people not trying to win the future so much as survive the present.

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Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com

Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com.

July 7, 2011, 8:30 pm

Sex and the Supremes

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Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff – The Washington Post

Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff – The Washington Post.

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Opinion Writer

Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff

On its current course, the United States is four weeks away from defaulting on its debt for the first time in its history. If that happens, businesses will fail. Financial institutions will fail. Home values will decline. Mortgage rates will skyrocket. Spending and investment will all but disappear. Social Security checks will stop being mailed. Everything from military pay to food inspection will be compromised, if not fully cut off. The millions upon millions of Americans who are unemployed or underemployed will be joined by millions more.Across the world, America’s second financial collapse in three years will drag down already fragile economies in Europe, Latin America and Asia, potentially creating a “worldwide depression,” as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid described it. In short, we would be thrown back deep into economic turmoil — only this time with even fewer tools to crawl our way out.In theory, this is unthinkable, and it will be remedied by reasonable political parties making reasonable concessions across the negotiating table. But Republicans have been negotiating in bad faith, unwilling to compromise even an inch on their extremist and absolutist positions. Some are no longer willing to come to the table at all.

With that backdrop, President Obama may find that there is only one course left to avoid a global economic calamity: Invoke Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, which says that “the validity of the public debt of the United States … shall not be questioned.” This constitutional option is one that the president alone may exercise.

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With Republicans majority, House loses its resolve for symbolic legislation – The Washington Post

With Republicans majority, House loses its resolve for symbolic legislation – The Washington Post.

Something is off in the House of Representatives: It’s already July 4, and the House still has not yet registered its opinions on bald eagles, motherhood or the American flag.By last Independence Day, the House had already voted to approve Resolution 1409, which declared the bald eagle “an inspiring symbol.” It had approved Resolution 1295, saying that American mothers “have made immeasurable contributions.” Resolution 1429 affirmed that “the United States flag is universally honored.”

Bills such as these — whose only purpose is to commemorate, congratulate or celebrate — are the legislative equivalent of empty calories. And last year, the House was on a binge.

It passed more than 250, honoring everything from the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C. to the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon at Penn State University.

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Political groups, now free of limits, spending heavily ahead of 2012 – The Washington Post

Political groups, now free of limits, spending heavily ahead of 2012 – The Washington Post.

A contentious special election in Upstate New Yorkhas quickly become a test run of sorts for 2012 as outside political groups pump more than $2 million into an obscure three-way House contest.Republican and conservative groups, led by the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads, have flooded the airwaves with ads attacking the Democratic and tea party candidates vying to replace former Republican congressman Chris Lee. Democratic groups and unions have scrambled to catch up, with their own ads attacking the official GOP nominee, though they remain outspent by conservatives in the days ahead of the Tuesday election.

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New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post

New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post.

One commercial accuses the president of worsening the deficit and says, “It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check.” Another attacks Republican tax and Medicare policies, saying, “We can’t rebuild Americaif they tear down the middle class.”So begins the shadow campaign of 2012, in which a new breed of “super PACs” and other independent groups are poised to spend more money than ever to sway federal elections.

The first major ads look as if they came from a regular campaign. But they were produced and aired by groups independent of Obama and his GOP rivals.

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– The Washington Post

Scalia and Thomas disagree about children and free speech

The Washington Post

The First Amendmentdoes not convey a free-speech right when minors are involved.
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“The Framers could not possibly have understood ‘the freedom of speech’ to include an unqualified right to speak to minors,” Thomas wrote. “Specifically, I am sure that the founding generation would not have understood ‘the freedom of speech’ to include a right to speak to children without going through their parents.”

Thomas’s argument was the logical extension of his “originalist” position that the Constitution’s provisions be discerned by the most likely public understanding at the
time it was adopted.

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