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Saturday, June 27, 2009
  • "As the debate over health care reform unfolds, a centrist group of seven Senate Finance Committee members headed by the panel's chairman, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), is emerging as a decisive force in shaping legislation intended to garner bipartisan support. According to Politico, this "coalition of the willing" does not endorse the "public option" for health insurance that President Obama supports and which pharmaceutical companies, doctors' groups and insurers oppose."
  • "The Stonewall rebellion, which took place on June 28th, 1969, was the opening salvo of a radicalization of the gay liberation movement. The New York City police, in an attempt to shut down the mafia-controlled Stonewall Inn, entered the bar, expelled all of the patrons and began dismantling the furniture. Unlike other, all too common police raids, this night, people did not slink off into the night, but got increasingly agitated until a riot broke out, White, black, and Puerto Rican, gay, lesbian, and transgender, all fought back against the police over three nights of fighting throughout New York’s Greenwich Village. The symbolic meaning of the riots, an attack on both the NYPD and the mafia that controlled the gay bar scene in New York, cannot be understated. Within a matter of weeks, radical gay liberation organizations sprang up in New York and around the country."
  • "Hossam el-Hamalawy investigates the expansion of the use of capital punishment in Egyptian courts."

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