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  • Arizona’s Immigration Law May Become Model for Other States

    By McKay Coppins Critics throughout the country are decrying Arizona’s tough new immigration law as “misguided,” “racist” and just plain “stupid”—but not everyone hates it. A voter poll in Utah published Thursday shows that a whopping 65 percent of Utahans would support their state modeling its immigration laws after Arizona’s. With such strong support, it’s not surprising that a local politician has already pledged to craft a bill and bring it to Utah’s 2011 legislative session.The Beehive State isn't alone: activists in California are calling on lawmakers to adopt an Arizona-inspired immigration policy, and a state representative in Texas said she will introduce a similar measure to the legislature come January. Utah is unique, however, in that it’s not a border state, and substantial immigration reform was just implemented there less than a year ago. So why so much support for the law?For one thing, Utah is about as red a state as they come, and the national immigration...
  • Quote of the Day: Rush Limbaugh

    "What better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I'm just noting the timing here." —Radio host Rush Limbaugh, subtly implying that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just might be a liberal conspiracy. (h/t Kevin Drum)
  • Quote of the Day: Lindsey Graham

    "They said, 'You would vote against your own bill?' And I said yes. I care equally about immigration and climate change. But if you stack them together this year you'll compromise climate and energy." —Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, to The Washington Post's Ezra Klein
  • The Vanishing Role of Women in Church Readings

    By Lisa Miller  Response to my April 12 article "A Woman's Place Is in the Church" was overwhelming. Maureen Dowd cited it in her New York Times column. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, critiqued it in an op-ed. But one of the questions most often asked in e-mails from readers concerned the last paragraph, which asserted that Bible stories about women have slowly disappeared from the Sunday lectionary. Regular women who go to mass only on Sundays rarely have the opportunity to hear stories of women from the Bible. If they don't see or hear themselves reflected in church, I argued, they will leave: and they'll take their children with them. People wanted to see proof. Which stories have been left out? Over what period of time? A good place to start is this article from a 1996 issue of Liturgy magazine, by Ruth Fox, OSB, which explains how women have been revised out of the readings.
  • Quote of the Day: Gordon Brown

      "She was just a sort of bigoted woman. She said she used be Labour. I mean it's just ridiculous." —U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, providing an example of how not to campaign for politicians everywhere, not just Britain. He made the remark after speaking with a constituent, apparently unaware that he was on microphone.
  • Quote of the Day: Tim James

    "This is Alabama. We speak English. Learn it." —Tim James, a Republican candidate for governor of Alabama. James' campaign posted this ad on YouTube last week (with disabled comments, presumably to avoid any commentary in languages other than English), getting at the most important issues in his state, which has 11 percent unemployment and among the lowest educational attainment rates in the nation.
  • Quote of the Day: Tom Tancredo

    "I do not want people here, there in Arizona, pulled over because you look like [you] should be pulled over." —Tom Tancredo, former Colorado congressman and staunch immigration hawk, on how a new Arizona immigration law goes too far
  • By The Numbers: The Clean Energy Race

    China passed America for the first time ever in terms of total investment in clean energy in 2009, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which expressed concern that U.S. investment efforts ranked only 11th among the 20 largest industrial nations as a percentage of GDP: $18.6BILLIONS invested by America, the second-highest amount globally $34.6BILLIONS invested by China, the highest amount globally 0.13PERCENTAGE of GDP invested by America, placing it 11th in relative rankings 0.39PERCENTAGE of GDP invested by China, placing it third in relative rankings
  • NEWSWEEK Columns Win at National Magazine Awards

    NEWSWEEK and Fareed Zakaria, International Editor, were big winners at the National Magazine Awards, the preeminent awards ceremony for the magazine world. Three of Zakaria's columns ('Worthwhile Canadian Initiative,' February 16; 'The Way Out of Afganistan,' September 21; and 'Theocracy and Its Discontents,' June 29) won the 'Columns and Commentary' category. Other finalists included, The Atlantic, The Economist, Popular Science and Travel + Leisure.Glamour magazine was chosen as magazine of the year. Other winners for general excellence (which is given to several magazines with different circulation sizes) included: National Geographic, Men’s Health, GQ, Mother Jones and San Francisco.
  • Quote of the Day: BFD Embarrassed Biden

    “Damn, I was just thankful my mother couldn’t hear it or see it. It was a little embarrassing … I realized there was a microphone, but I had no idea it was that sensitive … And after it was over, we walked out and we got in the limo to go over to another event, and he was laughing like the devil.” —Vice President Joe Biden, explaining his BFD gaffe during the health-care bill signing and President Obama’s humorous take on the situation. 
  • The Rime of the Ancient Stockbroker

    By Jerry Adler It is an ancient stockbrokerHe’s drinking Coke and Jacks.“Hey, I know you,” the banker said.“You worked at Goldman Sachs.“You swung a big one, so I heardWay back in the day.But here I came to watch the gameAnd now you’re in my way.”The stockbroker held up a handAnd ordered J&BHe fixed the banker with a stare“There was a bond,” quoth he.“Something called a CDOA total sack of doodyBut anyway, a Triple-AFrom S&P and Moody.”“I fear you, ancient stockbroker!I fear you’ll get me fired!You’re in the tank with Barney Frank.I think you might be wired.” “We flogged it up and down the StreetAnd lots of other placesAnd no one thought that what they’d boughtMight blow up in their faces.”“Chill out, ancient stockbroker!Get up off the floor!Why look’st thou so?” “That CDO—I sold to my brother-in-law! “And when the housing boom went bustI had nowhere to hide.Instead of a bow, the CDOAround my neck was tied.“Houses, houses everywhereAnd the market sure did stinkHouses, houses...
  • Obama Won't Pull Punches on Wall Street

    Over at Wealth of Nations, Gaggle pal Sarah Ball's got a previewer of the president's speech to Wall Street today. After rounding up thoughts from the blogosphere, a very clear take on what he'll have to convey: Read the piece here.
  • Quote of the Day: President Obama

    "I don't have litmus tests around any of these issues, but I will say that I want somebody who is going to be interpreting our Constitution in a way that takes into account individual rights, and that includes women's rights, and that is going to be something that is very important to me." —President Obama on whom he'll nominate for the Supreme Court slot being vacated by John Paul Stevens. Read more about the Court at The Gaggle's Race for the Robe.
  • Quote of the Day: Protecting Free Speech

    "The First Amendment itself reflects a judgment by the American people that the benefits of its restrictions on the Government outweigh the costs. Our Constitution forecloses any attempt to revise that judgment simply on the basis that some speech is not worth it." —Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority in U.S. v. Stevens, which struck down a previous law banning animal-cruelty videos as unconstitutional.
  • Quote of the Day: Bill Clinton

    "Hillary's going to live to be 110. I joke with her all the time. She might have three husbands after me. You know, she's going to live forever." —Former President Bill Clinton, on whether his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would be a good pick for the Supreme Court.
  • Senators Seek Ways to Fix Afghan Police Training Program

    By Ryan Knutson, ProPublicaState and Defense department officials took a tongue-lashing today, trying to explain to a Senate subcommittee how the government has poured $6 billion since 2002 into building an effective Afghan police force with disastrous results. ProPublica and NEWSWEEK examined the problems with police training in Afghanistan in a story published last month. The program, managed under a contract with DynCorp International, has faced challenges on every front, from recruitment to inadequate training periods to corruption to poor officer retention. "Everything that could go wrong here, has gone wrong," Gordon S. Heddell, the Defense Department's inspector general, told an ad hoc subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In January his office, together with that of the State Department's inspector general, completed a six-month audit that found significant lapses in the program.Subcommittee chair Sen. Claire...
  • By The Numbers: Health-Care Woes

    China's ever-widening wealth gap has been pegged as a major source of the country's domestic instability, but a new study from Beijing-based Horizon Research shows that inequality is the least of China's worries: 14.7Percentage of Chinese who cited the wealth gap as their biggest concern in 2009. 28.5Percentage who cited real-estate and housing prices. 31.5Percentage who cited layoffs and employment. 34.8Percentage who cited health-care reform and costs.
  • Quote of the Day: Robert Gibbs

    "A lot of Republicans get to church; very few of them have made it to the altar." —Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, describing Senate Democrats' efforts to reach a deal with several successive Republican counterparts on financial regulatory reform.