The Common Good

Afternoon News Bytes: March 30, 2012

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Clinton, Saudi Arabia Explore Syria Crisis
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to work out a unified strategy on the crisis in Syria in talks with Saudi officials on Friday as further violence stymied U.N. efforts to convince Damascus to implement a cease-fire.
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USA TODAY: Anti-Government 'Sovereign Movement' On The Rise In U.S.
Gary Thomas will never forget the letter he received in early 2000. It was from John Joe Gray, a suspect in a felony assault case, offering a not-so-subtle warning to the area's chief criminal investigator: He had no intention of answering charges that he had attacked a state trooper.
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WALL STREET JOURNAL: Occupy Common Ground
Today's political debate seems frozen in time, pitting the party of social justice against the party of economic liberty. The contours of the debate were set as early as the first half of the 20th century, with the Progressive and New Deal challenges to laissez-faire economics, though some people might locate the roots of the debate much earlier—say, in Karl Marx's critique of commercial society, or even Rousseau's. To discover when this debate took its modern form, we need look no further back than the 1970s.
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THE GUARDIAN (UK): Time To Move Beyond 0.7% Aid Debate
The UK should abandon the UN target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid, says the House of Lords economic affairs committee. The aid agencies are outraged. The Daily Mail is over the moon. Who is right?
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THE NATION: Fresno To Homeless People—Get Out
In 2008, the City of Fresno and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) paid a hefty settlement of $2.3 million for seizing and destroying homeless residents’ personal property and signed an agreement on how to deal with homeless encampments in the future.
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SALON: Still A 1 Percent Recovery
Luxury retailers are smiling. So are the owners of high-end restaurants, sellers of upscale cars, vacation planners, financial advisors and personal coaches. For them and their customers and clients the recession is over. The recovery is now full speed.
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THE ATLANTIC: Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College?
The phrase "dropout factory" is ordinarily applied to America's failing high schools -- the ones where students are expected to fall through the cracks, where those who make it past graduation and on to college are considered the exceptions, the lucky survivors. But by that definition, another level of U.S. education counts as a "dropout factory": our entire higher education system.
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THINK PROGRESS: Allen West Claims Congressman In Hoodie Created Security Threat
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) was kicked off the House floor this week after he donned a hoodie in solidarity with Trayvon Martin. Tea Party Rep. Allen West (R-FL) thinks that was the right move, telling radio host Laura Ingraham that Rush’s stunt caused a security concern because police were unable to recognize Rush.
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