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FPL Daily News Reel: June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012, 11:50 am | Posted by Casey Schoeneberger

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Wisconsin gives progressives something to build on
By Katrina vanden Heuvel — Washington Post, Opinion
On Tuesday, all eyes will be watching to see whether Wisconsin voters will keep labor-bashing right-winger Scott Walker (R) in the governor’s mansion. But win or lose, the real story is the 15 months of people power leading up to this day. The real lesson lies in more than a year of progressive organizing, petitioning, canvassing and campaigning for the cause.

How Republicans Are Preventing Thousands Of Wisconsin Students From Voting Today
By Scott Keyes — Think Progress
Voter ID will not be in effect for today’s recall vote in Wisconsin, but that won’t stop last year’s anti-voter bill from disenfranchising thousands of students across the state.

Ending voter suppression
By Karen Finney — Hill, Opinion
As the 2012 election nears, an estimated 5 million Americans could again be disenfranchised by new waves of suppression tactics.

Vatican censors nun’s book on sexual ethics, and some see a bid to muzzle women’s voices
By Alessandro Speciale — Religion News Service
Coming just days after U.S. nuns rejected the Vatican’s reasoning for a wholesale makeover,and a year after U.S. bishops sanctioned another nun theologian, the condemnation of Farley is the latest example of what critics see as a top-down attempt to muzzle women’s voices and an obsession on sexual ethics.

Why the Church Should Fight Anti-Gay Bigotry
By Micheal Sean Winters — National Catholic Reporter, Opinion
I do not believe that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is bigoted against gays. But, I do believe that when one takes public policy positions that are the same as those espoused by bigots, it is incumbent upon one to explain why and how one’s positions comes not from bigotry but from elsewhere.

Alabama Pastor’s Take on Latest Anti-Immigrant Legislation
By Tommy Morgan — Sojourners, God’s Politics
The legislature not only failed to include but also voted down the amendment to exempt churches from the harboring provision. As the law stands, people of faith are forced to choose between honoring Alabama law and honoring the commandments of God.

Mo. bill targets parents facing ‘poverty trap’
By Associated Press
To address the problem, the legislature passed a bill on the final day of the session that creates a pilot program geared toward parents who often have to turn down raises because the loss of child care help would be devastating.

Leaked NYPD Document Lists Watched Mosques, Islamic Schools
By Elizabeth Flock — US News & World Report
A former police reporter leaked a list of monitored areas the NYPD watched as part of a questionable program used to spy on Muslims.

Abortion foes push for ban before legislators’ recess
By Catherine Candisky — Columbus Dispatch
With one or two sessions remaining before members of the General Assembly scatter for their summer break, abortion-rights foes are…hoping to persuade Republican leaders in the Senate to vote on a bill that would essentially ban abortion in Ohio.

Presbyterians, other faith leaders meet with White House chef
By Jerry L. Van Marter — Presbyterian News Service
Sam Kass, White House head chef and senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, addressed 19 national faith leaders this morning May 31 at an unprecedented meeting to bring greater attention to the nationwide childhood obesity epidemic.

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