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August 9, 2013   

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This week's issue highlights these key developments here and in the Middle East:
  • Throwing rocks at cars is really not a hobby. 
  • Phony science should not dictate abortion access.   
  • A Pennsylvania bill would put creationism back in science class.
  • Every vote counts. New research shows GOP primaries influenced greatly by Tea Party turnout.  
  • The NRA wants to sell guns to teenagers
  • Israeli apps are mapping your next trip.
  • and so much more! 
This week's EZ Read brings you these stories and some that may have slipped past your news feed.
Israel & The Middle East 
Erekat to US Representative: PA curriculum not perfect, but working on teaching mutual respect
No group on earth has been subjected to more discrimination and hate than the Jews, and the US will not fund curriculum in the Palestinian Authority that does not teach tolerance and mutual respect, US Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said on Wednesday.


rocksWhat's Wrong With Throwing Rocks?
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/11/4287441/israel-hasnt-given-up-on-persuading.html#storylink=cpy
Muhammad Abu Hashem is the protagonist in Monday's front-page article in the New York Times about the culture of rock throwing among West Bank youth. He has two hobbies: (1) "Children have hobbies, and my hobby is throwing stones"; (2) "One of his hobbies is rescuing abandoned bird eggs and nurturing them in cages warmed by light bulbs until they hatch.".

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/11/4287441/israel-hasnt-given-up-on-persuading.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/06/11/4287441/israel-hasnt-given-up-on-persuading.html#storylink=cpy
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Abbas pledges: There will be no Israelis in Palestine
"In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli - civilian or soldier - on our lands," Abbas said following a meeting with interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour in Cairo.
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Iron Dome is a game changer, but it's just the beginning, by Reps. Peter Roskam & Ted Deutch

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
For well over the past decade, Israel has been terrorized by indiscriminate rocket fire from Hamas, Hezbollah and other neighboring terrorist entities. Thousands of rockets aimed at schools, nursing homes and city centers within Israel have killed or injured hundreds of innocent Israelis.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
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Seven Reasons Kerry's Mideast Talks Are Delusional

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
Just to be clear, this is what will need to happen by next April, in time for the White House signing ceremony:

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
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U.S. says it awaits Iran's 'credible steps' on nuclear issue

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
The inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is a chance for that country to move quickly to resolve concerns about its nuclear program, but the United States wants to see actions from Tehran, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
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Preventing Artists from Performing in Israel Prevents Peace

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to undermine Israel's legitimacy as a sovereign Jewish and democratic state. As a movement, it attempts to isolate Israel, condemn it as a pariah state and, under the guise of seeking peace, urges the rejection of a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is the established goal of the United States, European Union and United Nations.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/09/4031477/islamic-cleric-in-gaza-rejects.htmlstorylink=cpy
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Reproductive Rights
Antiabortion legislation endangers lives
Over the past two years, conservatives have successfully maneuvered around Roe v. Wade to enact sweeping abortion restrictions across the country. In the first half of 2013, lawmakers enacted 43 pieces of legislation restricting abortion access - as many as were enacted during all of 2012.  

State-Funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers Talk Women Out Of Birth Control, Condoms: Report  
When a woman walked into a state-funded "crisis pregnancy center" in Manassas, Va., this summer and told the counselor she might be pregnant, she was told that condoms don't actually prevent STDs and that birth control frequently causes hair loss, memory loss, headaches, weight gain, fatal blood clots and breast cancer.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
fetalpainFetal pain is a lie: How phony science took over the abortion debate       
New laws banning abortion after 20 weeks are based on pseudoscience -- and real research proves it conclusively.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy


Top 10 Problems With a 20 Week Abortion Ban
The same Congress that failed to popularize rape, can't stop themselves from attacking immigrants, and votes to shut down government funds for food stamps and cut Medicare while shoveling subsidies to agribusiness and drug companies - they have a new plan to divide and conquer: the 20 week abortion ban. What could be wrong with that? Plenty!

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
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Texas Bill Would Require Women To Take Adoption Class Before Abortion
A new bill being advanced in the Texas state Senate would require women to take a three-hour class on adoption before legally being allowed to have an abortion.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
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Wisconsin says Catholic hospitals can't deny abortion providers admitting privileges
Efforts by three Catholic hospital systems to deny abortion providers admitting privileges are "in active violation of federal law," according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
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Half of Michigan Residents Oppose Abortion Rider Effort
An effort spearheaded by Right to Life of Michigan would require everyone in the state who wants insurance coverage of abortion care to purchase a separate rider-and it is proving unpopular with many state residents. New polling shows that roughly half of Michiganders disapprove of the idea of abortion riders.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/20/4133089/kansas-abortion-bill-is-cruel.html#storylink=cpy
Separation of Religion & State
schoolPa. lawmaker's education bill reignites creationism debate

A Republican state representative calls it a matter of academic freedom. Science-education advocates claim it's nothing but a backdoor attempt to allow public schools to discuss Bible-based creationism.

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SD joins other states in legislative prayer case

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/03/3540465/sd-joins-other-states-in-legislative.html#storylink=cpy

Attorney General Marty Jackley has given South Dakota's support to a legal defense of prayer at government meetings.The U.S. Supreme Court decided in May it will hear a challenge to the widespread practice of opening federal, state and local government meetings with prayer.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/03/3540465/sd-joins-other-states-in-legislative.html#storylink=cpy.  
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Political Byte

Is Ginni Thomas' Expanding Activism a Problem for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas?

Her fierce political advocacy with Groundswell revives conflict of interest questions surrounding her husband.
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North Carolina's rightward turn could be boon to Kay Hagan

The legislative session that just ended in North Carolina was a conservative bonanza - and Tar Heel State Democrats think that may be just what Sen. Kay Hagan needed to save her seat.

Tea party troops start August offensive against Obamacare

While normal human beings are spending sunny August days at the beach or the lake or on the road with the kids, tea party activists are crowding into town hall meetings with members of Congress and screeching at the top of their lungs about the imagined evils of Obamacare.

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teapartyTea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries

A Pew Research survey in July found rank-and-file Republicans in agreement that their party needed to address major problems in order to do better in future presidential elections, but there was division over exactly how the party needed to change.

Gun Violence Prevention

Senate confirms Todd Jones to lead ATF   

After a five-hour cloture vote that had to wait for Heidi Heitkamp to arrive from North Dakota, President Barack Obama finally got his man to lead the ATF.  

teensNRA asks Supreme Court to lift ban on handgun sales to teens  

The National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to strike down decades-old regulations prohibiting the sales of handguns to those under the age of 21.  

A Civil Disagreement About Jews and War 

On his second to last day as executive director of the American Jewish Historical Society, Jonathan Karp is patrolling the galleries of the Center for Jewish History. "Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War" is on exhibit here until August 11, at which point the majority of it will move to the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
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appsTop 10 Israeli apps that are revolutionizing your journeys 

Whether it's a navigation aid you're seeking, or a city bus or parking, these apps have you covered. One will check your tire pressure and another checks your breath to gauge if you're too tipsy to drive - and it'll even hail you a cab if you are.

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