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Sri Srinivasan Going to D.C. Appeals Court, Perhaps U.S. Supreme Court

by: Edward Garris

Fri May 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

Score one for the Obama administration and a minor triumph of merit over cheap political gamesmanship.  The Washington Post is reporting that Sri Srinivasan, President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia - the most important appellate court in the land, save for the U.S. Supreme Court - has been confirmed to the bench by a 97-0 vote in the U.S. Senate.  This followed closely on the heels of the Senate Judiciary Committee recommending Srinivasan for confirmation with an 18-0 vote.  

To see how it happened and what's left, read below the jump.

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Quran Burning

by: bartholoviews

Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 01:09 PM CDT

Pastor Terry Jones burns Quran twin towers.

Copyright © 2012 Richard Bartholomew, All Rights Reserved

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Keystone: A Pipeline to Texas Jobs

by: jackrafuse

Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM CDT

The State Department's public meeting in Austin tonight will give Texans a chance to weigh in on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. This massive infrastructure project-stretching from Hardisty, Canada to Houston and Port Arthur-has the potential to really boost our economy and give us a big leg up in securing our future energy supply from a close, friendly ally. And while tonight's meeting at UT will likely showcase a wide range of views, I hope that in the end actual facts rather than inflated fears prevail.

What facts? Well, Keystone XL's economic benefits for Texas cannot be overstated, especially in this bad economy. According to the Perryman Group in Waco, construction and development of Keystone XL throughout the lifetime of the project will inject more than $2.3 billion in increased business activity into the state. Additionally, a $1.6 billion jump in personal income will result. And the pipeline will pump $7.7 million and $41 million into local and state government treasuries respectively.

Since the recession hit, Texas' unemployment rate has almost doubled-skyrocketing from 4.4 to 8.5 percent. Luckily, with Keystone XL expected to immediately create 20,000 jobs and another 118,000 indirect jobs nationwide, unemployed Texans along the 371 miles that the pipeline would stretch through the state will be dealt a good card.

Public meetings like these are a great part of our democracy. And pipelines like Keystone XL are a fantastic way to jump start our economy and get people back to work. Therefore, hopefully there won't be too many Robert Redford-types in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium tonight to smear this very important project. Texas deserves better, and America at-large sorely needs better.

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