Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Two-thirds of Americans approve of President Obama’s job performance, a New York Times/CBS News poll finds. “By contrast, just 31 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest in the 25 years” of the poll. Sixty-three percent thought President Obama was most likely to make the right decisions for the economy, versus 20 percent who said Congressional Republicans were more likely.
The poll also indicates that “almost three-quarters of Americans think it is a good idea to raise taxes on people making more than $250,000 per year.”
Yesterday evening, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) “vetoed legislation…to grant marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.” Senate Democrats, who control both chambers of the legislature, plan to attempt an override of the governor today.
Today, the D.C. Council will consider “whether to recognize domestic partnerships granted in other states and countries — a decision that could serve as a prelude to the city’s own attempt to legalize same-sex marriage.”
An Afghanistan law that effectively legalizes marital rape “is on hold” after “provoking an outcry in the West over concerns about women’s rights.” “The Justice Ministry is working on the law, and on those articles which were problematic, and for the time being the law is not going to be published,” an Afghan spokesman said.
The U.S plans to “step up its use of drones to strike militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas and might extend them to a different sanctuary deeper inside the country.” The Pakistani government has “expressed concerns that the missile strikes from remotely piloted aircraft fuel more violence in the country.”
A long-secret International Committee of the Red Cross report found that medical officials were deeply involved in the torture of terrorist suspects held overseas, constituting a “gross breach of medical ethics.” The report found that the “medical professionals’ role was primarily to support the interrogators, not to protect the prisoners, and that the professionals had ‘condoned and participated in ill treatment.’”
“The traditional teaching career is collapsing at both ends,” a National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future report says. One in three new teachers is leaving the profession within five years and “over the next four years, more than a third of the nation’s 3.2 million teachers could retire.”
And finally: Shortly after throwing out the first pitch at the Yankees-Orioles Opening Day game yesterday, Vice President Biden “went up to the announcers booth and brought the house down, poking fun at the anonymity of his office, mocking his own baldness, and making a well-timed joke about former V.P. Dan Quayle’s failures as a speller.” When the announcers told the Vice President that he was handling his job well, Biden jokingly replied, “No one ever remembers your name. It’s okay

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