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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Morning Newsdome: Electoral reform a few elections too late

click to enlarge ELECTORAL REFORM: Atlanta, in all its blue glory
  • ELECTORAL REFORM: Atlanta, in all its blue glory

>> The rate of teen pregnancy rose for the first time in over a decade, according to figures from 2005-2006. Some blame Bush's abstinence only programs, but I blame Lifetime. (the Washington Post)

>> The grassroots Tea Bag movement may be crumbling after an official convention next month is hosting Sarah Palin for a speaking fee of $100,000, making tickets nearly $560. Administering spending isn't so easy, is it, Tea Baggers? (the New York Times)

>> Speaking of money: President Barack Obama will propose a spending freeze in his state of the union address. The freeze, to begin in 2011 and last three years, will not affect the Pentagon, veterans programs, foreign aid or Homeland Security. In an effort to deal with the economy, he may be slashing thousands of government worker's jobs. (the Atlantic)

>> Though Americans feel really good about themselves for donating money through texting and buying the Help for Haiti album on iTunes, earthquake victims are still receiving little help even after more than a week. (Voice of America)

>> And finally: A map of equal regions of 5.6 million people is making the rounds online right now as a revision to make the electoral college more democratic, with Atlanta being it's own region. But that negates the purpose of the electoral college, doesn't it? (FakeIsTheNewReal.com)

(Photo courtesy FakeIsTheNewReal.com)

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