3:52pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Monkey See

'That's Racist!' How A Serious Accusation Became A Commonplace Quip

Sort your laundry into whites and darks? "That's racist," quips one character on Parks and Recreation.
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My editor proposed this story about "that's racist" after hearing her young son's friends using it as a joke. Just the night before, it had been a punchline on one of my favorite sitcoms, Parks And Recreation. (Someone calls sorting laundry into whites and darks racist.)

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3:45pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Feds: States Can't Keep Fingerprints To Themselves

State and local law enforcement agencies cannot opt out of a federal program that uses the agencies' fingerprint samples to enforce U.S. immigration laws, according to federal officials.

One June 1, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order that the state would no longer participate in the federal Secure Communities program; Illinois took the same step a month earlier.

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3:16pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

FDA To Consumers: Don't Eat Evergreen Produce Sprouts

FDA: Skip the sprouts, if the bag says "Evergreen Produce"
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If you've got bags of sprouts — alfalfa or the spicy variety — from Evergreen Produce, throw them out, the Food and Drug Administration says.

The agency says the brand of sprouts may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella, including one bad enough to land a person in the hospital. The cases were reported in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington.

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3:16pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Jury Finds Blagojevich Guilty Of Corruption

A jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojovich guilty of corruption.

Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 of 20 counts against him. He was found guilty of trying to sell President Obama's vacated Senate seat.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

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3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Law

High Court Strikes Down Ariz. Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Tue June 28, 2011 12:22 am

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow, but not a fatal one, to public campaign financing, with a 5-4 decision striking down a central provision of an Arizona law.

The Arizona law offers public funds to state legislative and executive-branch candidates who abide by tight contribution and spending limits. Another provision gives additional dollars when publicly funded candidates face big-spending opponents or outside money groups — and that's what was rejected by Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority.

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3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Two Flooded N.D. Cities Face Different Outcomes

Two towns along the swollen Souris River in North Dakota have met different fates: In Burlington, residents fought day and night to build levees to protect their town, but the water just came in too fast. Hundreds of homes are lost. But farther downstream in Velva, N.D., residents seem to have beaten the clock and will get their levees high enough to hold back the flood waters.

3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Blagojevich Convicted On Nearly All Charges

Federal jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have reached a verdict: They convicted him on nearly all charges.

3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Politics

Bachman Makes It Official

Rep. Michele Bachmann was in Waterloo, Iowa, Monday, where she kicked off her campaign for president.

3:00pm

Mon June 27, 2011
Law

Supreme Court Overturns Calif. Video Game Ban

The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that bans the sale and rental of violent video games to children. In a 7-2 vote, the justices ruled that the law was unconstitutional and that it violated the free speech rights of children.

2:44pm

Mon June 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Federal Judge Blocks Parts Of Georgia's Immigration Law

Originally published on Mon June 27, 2011 3:08 pm

A federal judge granted a request to block parts of Georgia's immigration law.

The AP reports:

Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday blocked parts of the law that penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants. He also blocked provisions that authorize officers to verify the immigration status of someone who can't provide proper identification.

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