September 5th, 2012

Politics

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"So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation... it's who we are as Americans... it's how this country was built.

"And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us... if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button... then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.

"And if so many brave men and women could wear our country's uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights... then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights... surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.

"If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire... if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores... if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote... if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time... if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream... and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

"Because in the end, more than anything else, that is the story of this country – the story of unwavering hope grounded in unyielding struggle."

-First Lady Michelle Obama (text, video)

News

Gay rights, food prices, and a second term

SOME LATE NEWS:
* Mapping a future where extreme weather worldwide dramatically affects food prices.
* Good read: "If women are treated poorly, men will always be punished for behaving 'like women' and women for behaving 'like men.'"
* Nearly 18 million households in America suffered food instability last year.
* Interesting: Kevin Drum theorizes on what President Obama could accomplish in a second term.
* How the Democratic party platform has evolved over the years.
* Follow-up: the CIA's secret report that they screwed up about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
* "Police learned College Park is known throughout the East Coast as a place to engage in prostitution because it is a safe community with a lot of hotels."
* When twenty-nine iconic scientists sat down for one picture.