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Catholic School Fires Gay Teacher For Obtaining Marriage License  —  Michael Griffin taught French and Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania for twelve years.  During that entire time, he's been in a relationship with his same-sex partner.
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Gay Teacher Fired After Applying to Marry Partner  —  Griffin, an alumnus of the private all boys liberal arts Catholic high school, had taught Spanish and French at the school for the past 12 years.  —  High school teacher Michael Griffin was fired from his position at Holy Ghost Preparatory School …
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Nelson Mandela, Communist  —  IN 2011, the British historian Stephen Ellis published a paper concluding that Nelson Mandela had been a member of the South African Communist Party — indeed, a member of its governing Central Committee.  Although Mandela's African National Congress …
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Covered California gave consumers' contact info to agents  —  California's health exchange has provided insurance agents with names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn't ask to be contacted.  —  Covered California Executive …
The Hill:
GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers  —  House Republicans say they're proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama's regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years.  —  The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history.
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Immigration advocates bank on budget deal to rescue overhaul
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Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Venom between Obama and Rangel  —  They're two of the most powerful African-American politicians in the land.  And by most accounts, President Obama and Rep. Charles Rangel hate each other.  —  The most recently revealed salvo in their war of words — Obama's assertion that Rangel is a …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Paul: Unemployment benefits ‘disservice’ to workers  —  Democratic attempts to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million workers were a “disservice” to the unemployed, Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday.  —  “I support unemployment benefits for the 28 weeks they're paid for,” the Kentucky Republican said on “Fox News Sunday.”
James Hohmann / Politico:
E.W. Jackson launching PAC  —  HOT SPRINGS, Va. — E.W. Jackson, the controversial GOP nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor who lost by 11 points, is not going away.  —  The African-American minister, who won an upset victory on the fourth ballot at a May nominating convention …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
An Education in College Justice  —  Under pressure from the Obama administration, a university tramples the rights of the accused.  —  Joshua Strange will never forget the girl he met in May 2011.  —  Both were underclassmen at Alabama's Auburn University when a common acquaintance introduced them.
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Announces Expansion of Its Air Defense Zone  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Defying both China and Japan, South Korea announced on Sunday that it was expanding its air patrol zone for the first time in 62 years to include airspace over the East China Sea that is also claimed by Beijing and Tokyo.
Spero News:
Colin Powell wants US to adopt universal health care  —  Asks why single-payer systems in Europe have not been adopted in the United States.  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said universal health care should be available to all Americans.  He was speaking at a charity event for prostate survivors in Seattle.
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP governor ‘all in’ on ACA  —  In a Republican party that's gone all out against Obamacare, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval went all in.  —  Sandoval is the only Republican governor whose state is both running its own health insurance exchange this year and expanding its Medicaid program under the health law.
Associated Press:
Obama: Diplomacy Best Approach to Iran Nuke Crisis  —  President Barack Obama said Saturday he believed the chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50/50 or worse, yet defended diplomacy as the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Containing Iran is the least awful choice
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