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LGBT Groups: "Utterly Betrayed"?

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Politico reports that gay rights groups say they were "utterly betrayed" by key Senate Democrats who have long-standing records of support for LGBT issues when those same senators declined to put forward an amendment designed to include gay couples in the immigration reform compromise that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee two days ago. These same senators, incidentally, support same sex marriage, that is, "front door" federal recognition of gay marriage.

Apple's Tax Bill

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An editorial in the Washington Post this morning hits the nail on the head. Apple did not apparently break the law by diverting $30 billion in profits to Ireland where the company paid no taxes on that profit. The problem is not with Apple, but with a byzantine tax code that makes such tax avoidance schemes possible. It is time for Congress and the administration to get busy with a real overhaul of the tax code.

Nuns On The Bus Are Back

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From the press release from our friends at NETWORK:

Joining with labor, civic and fellow faith leaders, NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” are hitting the road for a 6,500-mile, 15-state tour to raise their voices for bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform. The trip is scheduled to begin across from Ellis Island at Liberty State Park in New Jersey on May 29 and conclude with a rally in the shadow of San Francisco’s Angel Island on June 18.

What Do Egypt's Youth Want?

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If you work at the Mideast desk at the State Department, one of the most useful pieces of information to know would be the attitudes of young Egyptians. The revolution that toppled longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak has produced a fast-changing political climate in which the long-term problems afflicting the society are not susceptible to quick solutions, but revolutions produce expectations in abundance.

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