12:41pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Politics

Identity Politics: A Brief History

The Tequila Party isn't the first organization formed to advance the politics of a specific racial or ethnic group. Here's a look at how other efforts have fared:

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party:

Formed in 1964 by civil rights activists to desegregate the Mississippi Democratic Party and the all-white delegation it sent to the Democratic National Convention that year.

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12:37pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

KY Records Third Mining Fatality of 2011

Officials are investigating another mining fatality in Kentucky. Twenty-six year old Ryan Thatcher of Salyersville died Monday while working at a mine near Inez in Martin County. According to the Energy and Environment Cabinet there were no apparent witnesses to the accident.

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12:31pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Opens Cooling Centers

With heat indices expected to be in the triple digits again today, the city of Lexington is opening two cooling centers across town to help folks beat the heat. The Dunbar Community Center on Upper Street will be open until 8 p.m. The Lexington Senior Center on the corner of Alumni and Nicholasville Road will stay open until 6 p.m. Lextran is offering free rides for senior citizens to and from the cooling centers. For more information on the free rides, call Lextran at (859) 253-4636. 

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12:15pm

Tue July 12, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Official Says U.S. Is Breaking Rules In Torture Investigation

While serving in Iraq, Manning was stationed 40 miles east of Baghdad. He was arrested after video shot from a U.S. military helicopter was posted online.
Frontline

The United Nations chief torture investigator said the United States was violating U.N. rules, after the country denied him unmonitored access to Bradley Manning, the Army private charged with leaking among other things classified diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

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12:01pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Politics

The 'Tequila Party' Hopes to Stir Latino Voters

A police officer, left, tries to keep the peace as immigrant rights protester Bobby DeVeaux, middle, and "Tea Party" supporter David Jones, right, argue as 450 immigrant rights protesters march on the Arizona Capitol last spring.
Ross D. Franklin ASSOCIATED PRESS

Just as the Tea Party drew heavily on a public backlash against government spending, another new political movement — the Tequila Party — aims to use the latest crackdown on illegal immigration to motivate Latinos to vote in 2012.

Arizona Republican DeeDee Garcia Blase formed the National Tequila Party Movement as an answer to a Tea Party influence she blames for increased political opposition to immigration.

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12:00pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Economy

Financial Recovery Looks More Like 'Man-covery'

In the last two years of financial recovery, women and teens have struggled as men steadily gained jobs. To learn why, host Michel Martin speaks with Employment Policies Institute Research Fellow Michael Saltsman and the National Women's Law Center's Joan Entmacher.

11:54am

Tue July 12, 2011
News

Obama Cracks Down On Medical Marijuana

Ryan Cook reaches for a jar of medical marijuana at one of his clinics in Denver, Colo. on June 24.
Ed Andrieski AP

In many ways, things have been looking up for supporters of medical marijuana. Opinion polls now suggest that the American public is swinging behind the idea — and it's already legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. But the Obama administration has been taking a very different view lately.

Marijuana has been cropping up all over the country, becoming legal for medical use in places like Montana and Colorado, where the drug's so available that it became a target on Saturday Night Live this year.

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10:49am

Tue July 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

The Fix Analyzes RGA’s Kentucky Ad

The Washington Post blog The Fix says the Republican Governors Association‘s attack ad targeting Democratic Governor Steve Beshear in the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election is meant to assess whether Republican challenger David Williams has a chance this November. On Monday, the group launched the 30-second commercial criticizing the governor’s record in an effort to buoy Williams, who is trailing Beshear by 21 points in the latest poll.

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10:32am

Tue July 12, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: All Homework And No Play

Several schools across the country are making decision to lessen the homework load on students.
iStockphoto.com

Britney Wilson is a writer, best-known for her poetry which was featured on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in English at Howard University.

In an era when many schoolchildren are "waiting for superman" to save them from the inadequacies of the education system, some people seem to think that students are working too hard.

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10:27am

Tue July 12, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Let The Little Light Shine

Indian workers pull a rope to tug an electrical cable at a construction site in New Delhi, India on Sunday.
Gurinder Osan AP

Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.

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