FPL Daily News Reel: July 31, 2012
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Obama, Jewish tradition agree on universal health care
By Ezekiel J. Emanuel — Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Opinion
Because he led, millions of families will now be part of the health care system and Jewish doctors will better be able to fulfill their obligations to help save the world. And Jewish mothers can be prouder still that their sons — and daughters — can care for all Americans.
Fussbudget: How Paul Ryan captured the GOP
By Ryan Lizza — New Yorker
To envisage what Republicans would do if they win in November, the person to understand is not necessarily Romney, who has been a policy cipher all his public life. The person to understand is Paul Ryan.
The Morality of Migration
By Seyla Benhabib — New York Times, Opinion
Punishment implies responsibility and accountability for one’s actions and choices; clearly, children who through their parents’ choices end up on one side of the border rather than another cannot be penalized for these choices.
Chicago: Aurora all the time
By Murtaza Hussain — Salon
Since 2001, more than 5,000 people have been killed by gunfire in the streets of Chicago, a staggering number that is more than double the number of American soldiers who have been killed fighting in Afghanistan during the same period.
U.S. slams Europe for anti-Muslim laws, hits Egypt over treatment of Christians
By Hannah Allam — McClatchy Newspapers
The State Department’s annual compilation highlighted a few narrow openings in unlikely places – transitional Libya and closed-off Myanmar, for example – but it also criticized some traditional U.S. allies for backsliding when it came to protecting the freedom to worship.
Marcus Druery: Another questionable Texas execution
By Rania Khalek — Salon
Marcus Druery, a 32-year-old Texas death row inmate, suffers from schizophrenia so severe that his lawyers argue he is not competent enough to be put to death.
Will Women Get Pushed Off the Fiscal Cliff?
By Bryce Covert — The Nation
The sequestration cuts may have morphed into an election-year football, but they have real consequences for Americans who are already struggling to get by. And women, who have really suffered from the sluggish recovery, are going to be hit fastest and hardest.
Saudi Woman Allowed to Compete in Headwear
By Cassell Bryan-Low and David Enrich — Wall Street Journal
The judo federation had said last week that [Shaherkani] needed to remove her head scarf, known as a hijab, for the match. Her father and Saudi officials have said she can’t compete without her head covered.
For-profit colleges bilking public, U.S. Sen. Harkin says
By Ryan Randazzo — Arizona Republic
A U.S. senator’s examination of for-profit colleges paints them as dropout factories, where billions of dollars are squandered on financial aid and the schools’ emphasis is more on attracting students than educating them. The result, according to the report: Too many students are left with bad debt and no degree.