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White House Apology for Lack of Web Services

Federal Agency Shutdowns Leave Many in the Dark

Most federal agency operations shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations effective Tuesday, Oct. 1. Agency services will remain idle until Congress passes a continuing resolution to resume funding the government. The budget matter is still under debate. Political negotiations by all appearances remain at an impasse. Anticipation of the need to adjust the federal […]
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Wendy Davis Looking Upward

Wendy Considering Run for Governor of Texas

Dallas — State Sen. Wendy Davis (D- Fort Worth), a new star in Texas politics, is considering a run for governor of Texas. She aims to dispel the idea that Texas is permanently red. She gave no timetable for a decision to run. Davis, a Harvard trained Fort Worth lawyer, has mostly been associated with […]
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OECD Tertiary Graduation Rate Chart

Stagnation Leaves U.S. Lagging in World Education Achievement

Educational achievement in the United States is slipping significantly behind compared to advances in other developed countries according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “Education at a Glance 2013”, a compilation of 2011 education statistics for the world’s most developed countries. Statistics reflect a stagnation in U.S. educational achievement levels extending now into […]
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A doctor looks at medical images

Federal Health IT Aid Offers Rural U.S. Job Gains

Representatives of the Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Education have teamed up to work on a pilot initiative to expand support for health information technology infrastructure and workforce needs. Operating under the umbrella of the White House Rural Council, the inter-agency effort focuses on improving HealthIT for Critical Access Hospitals and other […]
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Hoodies for Travyon Martin

Zimmerman Acquitted but May Face Civil Rights Charges

SANFORD, Fla. — July 13, George Zimmerman was acquitted on second degree murder and manslaughter charges related to the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. Purportedly, Martin was walking home from a store when he was killed by Zimmerman, a member of a “civilian patrol”. The judgment incensed many, including The National Association for […]
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Members of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement Meeting at the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center

Race May Be an Issue in Texas Woman’s Execution

Dallas — Early morning June, 26, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied a motion by Kimberly McCarthy’s attorney to stay her execution. Later that day, she became the 500th person Texas put to death since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. She was pronounced dead from execution by lethal injection at […]
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Wendy Davis Addresses a Political Rally

Lone Star Wendy Davis Fends off Bill to Strip Women of Choice

DALLAS — Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis won admiration and praise from millions of women across the country this week for taking a successful stand against limitations on women’s health choices in the state Senate. June 25, the Fort Worth native, and single mother, stood for over eleven hours in a back brace in a […]
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Thank God for Dead Soldiers

Pride Day 2013 Hallmarks Big Gains for LGBT Americans

June 30, America’s LGBT communities and activists appear to have an abundance of reasons to celebrate as merry-makers joined in Pride Day celebrations nationwide. In just a few short weeks, Americans have witnessed the closure of Exodus International, the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8, and a variety of […]
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Thea Spyer (left) and Edie Windsor (right)

U.S. Joins the World: Gay Marriage Now Law of the Land

Wednesday, June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5–4 decision in the case of U.S. v. Windsor the federal Defense of Marriage Act was in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, declaring section 3 of the federal statute invalid. The ruling found DOMA’s principal effect was to serve to identify and […]
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