FPL Daily News Reel: August 15, 2012
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Young immigrants can apply for Dream Act-like protections starting Wednesday
By Steve Hendrix — Washington Post
“This is single largest opportunity we’ve had since [the amnesty program of] 1986 to bring people out of the shadows and into documented status,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.).
The Difference a Century Makes: A Tale of Two Ryans
By Maria Mazzenga — Religion & Politics
Many of those protesting Paul Ryan’s budget measures cite the name of another Ryan in their arguments. In Catholic circles, the name Ryan in relation to the economy usually brings to mind another important figure: Monsignor John A. Ryan (1869-1945), arguably the most influential American Catholic social and economic thinker of the twentieth century.
Ryan’s abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states
By Sam Baker — The Hill
Rep. Paul Ryan’s record on abortion and contraception could help widen a gender gap that is already hurting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in several key states.
Some below poverty line don’t qualify for Medicaid
By Associated Press
Many working parents like Pico are below the federal poverty line but don’t qualify for Medicaid, a decades-old state-federal insurance program. That’s especially true in states where conservative governors say they’ll reject the Medicaid expansion under Obama’s health law.
Ryan hailed by Jewish GOPers, organizations see him as a face of budget confrontations
By Ron Kampeas — Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Jewish groups see Ryan’s plan threatening Medicare and Medicaid, programs that are cornerstones of care for the Jewish elderly — a population growing faster than among most other religious and ethnic groups.
Pennsylvania Voter ID Decision: Judge Refuses To Grant Injunction To Halt Law
By Marc Levy — Associated Press
A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday refused to stop a tough new voter identification law from going into effect, which Democrats say will suppress votes among President Barack Obama’s supporters.
Overt Discrimination in Ohio
By New York Times, Editorial
In Ohio, as in other states, the Republican Party is establishing a reputation for putting short-term political gain ahead of the most fundamental democratic rights.
Unprosecuted Hate Crimes
By New York Times, Editorial
…too often bias-motivated violence is underreported to state and local police departments, even when states and cities have hate crime laws on the books. In many cases, such violence is prosecuted as conventional crime.
Missouri ‘Right to Pray’ Law Could Limit Teaching Evolution
By Krystnell A. Storr — Science
Those words give students the legal right to skip assignments related to evolution if the subject matter conflicts with their beliefs, Rosenau says. And that exemption could extend throughout their scholastic career, he adds, since evolution is not just taught in one lesson but remains a recurrent theme throughout science education.
PNBC addresses prisoner reentry
By Bob Allen — Associated Baptist Press
The Progressive National Baptist Convention has set out to raise $100,000 to establish its first national center to aid churches in helping individuals re-enter and reintegrate into communities after being released from prison.