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“Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the last of the possible Republican presidential candidates to address CPAC on Friday, strode to the podium at tonight’s Ronald Reagan Banquet and turned back the clock to the 1980s: the thing we have to fear, he said, is the growing Red Threat.
“In our nation, in our time, the friends of freedom have an assignment, as great as those of the 1860s, or the 1940s, or the long twilight of the Cold War,” he said. “As in those days, the American project is menaced by a survival-level threat.”
“I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence,” he added. “It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink.””
“The Idaho state legislature is on the verge of enacting an unconstitutional bill nullifying the Affordable Care Act. Yet, while Idaho’s proposed act of nullification would have no impact whatsoever on the ACA itself, the Idaho Attorney General’s office warns that it could lead to a serious unintended consequence for the people of Idaho.
Medicaid is an entirely voluntary program in which the federal government provides generous grants to the states on the condition that the states comply with certain conditions. Yet, by attempting to nullify the ACA, Idaho would be refusing to comply with the voluntary conditions on its Medicaid funding spelled out in the ACA itself. Accordingly, nullification could have the effect of withdrawing Idaho from the Medicaid program altogether.”
“Last month, the world was shocked as the Tunisian autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who had ruled his country for 23 years, was overthrown in a protest movement that lasted only 29 days. The event was soon dubbed the “Jasmine Revolution,” a symbolic reference to a blooming flower. While many doubted that this revolution would spread, it was only days later that massive protests rocked Cairo, resulting in the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who had been in power for more than 30 years. While the fate of both countries is still unresolved, one thing is clear: the people are demanding democracy, and they have forced massive changes in their government to get it.
Now, many are wondering if this pro-democracy movement that swept Tunisia and Egypt will spread throughout the rest of the Arab world. ThinkProgress has assembled a short list of other autocratic regimes in the region that are facing protests, particularly today, and which may soon be the next to go in the Middle East’s next “Jasmine Revolution”.”
“As Steve Benen and others in the progressive blogosphere have repeatedly noted, the bookers for the Sunday shows lazily turn to John McCain with alarming frequently to fill their guest lineup. Benen noted last month that McCain “has been on 27 times” on Sunday shows since Obama was inaugurated. And this would at least his sixth appearance on Face the Nation over that period of time. “
“More economists are calling for an end to the mortgage interest tax deduction as a way to help reduce the federal deficit. But real estate professionals worry the move could put a damper on homeownership. With the housing market still shaky, it’s unlikely the government will act right away.”
“The story of Egypt's historic uprising has a lot to do with the organizing power of the Internet. Perhaps the movement's greatest force, however, was the strength of a generation of young Egyptians who overcame fear, economic hardship, the memories of countless crushed demonstrations and wave upon wave of state-sanctioned violence to occupy the streets of their capital for 18 consecutive days.”
Read More: How the War of Words Was Won in Cairo
“Analysts say traditional home buyers, who rely on financing in order to purchase homes, will find it harder and more costly to get a mortgage under a proposal to lessen the government’s role in the housing market. Without those home buyers, real estate professionals say, there won’t be a full rebound in the market.”
“With Hosni Mubarak out of power, there are growing calls for an accounting of his family’s wealth.”
“As companies rush to develop Australia’s natural resources, Aboriginal leaders are leveraging their rights as landowners to negotiate profitable deals.”
Good News: Deaf Team’s Standout Season Draws Cheers
“Gallaudet University’s Lady Bison come with the same hoopla as any other college basketball team: Cheerleaders rustle fistfuls of pompoms; wild male fans in nothing but face paint and brightly colored Speedos rile up the crowd; and frustrated coaches lob high-pitched advice from the bench.
It’s not until the team huddles that you notice anything different about the Lady Bison. All the Gallaudet players are deaf or hard of hearing. The university, located in Washington, D.C., is the premier school for deaf students. Its women’s basketball team competes against mainstream — hearing — teams, and this year, it’s making a surprise run up the national rankings.”
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