Saturday, June 06, 2009

Quick News Highlights

Here's some articles from what I've been reading the past few days...
On President Obama's speech in Cairo:
On other stuff:
  • As we all knew would likely be true (at least, those of us who have been reading about her), Sotomayor's speeches have been laced with her views on ethnicity and gender.
  • A charter school is opening up near New York that is going to be testing the value of hiring genuinely, demonstrably good teachers for a whopping $125,000 per year.
  • Today is the 65-year anniversary of D-Day, the day that started the "invasion" that liberated France from Nazi control during World War II. President Obama marked the occasion with a speech from the cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, France-- a beach where many Americans died during the landing.
  • Generally speaking, 2009 is an off-year for elections. However, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia will be held this year. The WaPo makes the case that these races can be harbingers of things to come politically nationwide.
  • The next big domestic priority on President Obama's plate (aside from getting Judge Sotomayor confirmed) is pushing health care reform through Congress. Although he had planned to leave details to Congress, NYT now reports that he is working towards a much greater role than that-- complete with town hall meetings and speeches.
  • How much alike are Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor? NYT explores-- and it seems that in terms of background, they are quite similar, but in terms of ideology, they couldn't be more different.

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