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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 …
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 …
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.”
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MLive.com:
Democrats react to Rand Paul visit, Detroit ‘freedom zones’ proposal
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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 …
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Obama to Congress: Extend jobless aid  —  President Obama is calling on Congress to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people in the United States.  —  “If Members of Congress don't act before they leave on their vacations, 1.3 million Americans will lose this lifeline,” he said in the White House weekly address.
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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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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Homeland Security chairman: Threat of terrorism spreading like ‘wildfire’ overseas  —  (CNN) - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the threat of terrorism overseas is “getting worse, not better.”  —  “I personally see it spreading like a spiderweb, like a wildfire …
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Newt Gingrich To Conservatives: ‘What Would You Have Done?’  —  A Message On Nelson Mandela That Conservatives Sorely Need To Hear  —  I think this is a fairly noteworthy statement from Newt Gingrich on Mandela's passing that should get some airing.  Gingrich is addressing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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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