Unsilent Generation - In their zeal to show that she is a "moderate," Sotomayor's liberal supporters are downplaying all her most compelling qualities, while lauding her most conservative decisions. She has rejected the majority of racial discrimination claims, they crow, and sent most immigrants packing. On criminal justice matters, she is somewhere to the right of the man she will replace, Daddy Bush appointee David Souter. . . The most barefaced example of this rhetoric came on the eve of the hearings from New York Senator Charles Schumer, considered one of the Judiciary Committee's most liberal members. Declaring Sotomayor a "slam dunk," Schumer bragged: "She has agreed with Republican colleagues 95 percent of the time. She has ruled for the government in 83 percent of immigration cases, against the immigration plaintiff. She has ruled for the government in 92 percent of criminal cases. She has denied race claims in 83 percent of the cases and has split evenly on employment cases between employer and employee."
Raw Story - Defense Secretary Robert Gates is weighing a possible temporary expansion of the
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Scientific Blogging - With as many as 24 million people worldwide afflicted with dementia, researchers are looking for correlations in genetics, diet and environment. Since many of these people live in low- and middle-income countries, the solution to reducing instances of dementia may be a cost-effective one: more oily fish , according to a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. . . To examine the fish connection, a group of international researchers studied older people in 7 middle- to low-income countries. Data from 14,960 participants were analyzed. Dietary habits were assessed by using standard, culturally appropriate face-to-face interviews, and dementia was diagnosed by using validated culturally and educationally fair criteria. In each of the study countries, except
Christian Science Monitor - According to the Anchorage Daily News, hunters on
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