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World media hearts Obama

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I love this compliation of President Obama (the first time I’ve written that title–how good it feels!) gracing the front pages of newspapers around the world (from Gawker). More specifics about global newspaper takes on the new adminstration is available on the Newseum website.

For all the naysayers (yes, they’ve already started), it’s nice to see that many of the world’s media are providing President Obama with a few pages of optimism before the inevitable doubt.

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Letterman tops himself

I laugh a lot when I watch Letterman. But this video, a compilation of his great, ongoing series of “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches,” had me cracking up. When you watch him, you sometimes just feel the pain he’s feeling as a poor public speaker.

Bush just doing what Bush does.

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Obama may repeal abortion restrictions on Thursday

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CNN reports that one of President-Elect Obama’s first executive orders will be to reinstate federal funding for family planning groups that provide information, counseling, or referrals about abortion. When President Bush took office eight years ago, he reversed the policy on abortion of his predecessor, President Clinton.

Thursday marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. An Obama administration in support of women’s rights? What a refreshing change after the Bush’s disastrous, closed-minded administration.

As they say, change is on its way.

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SF’s new measure of immigration openness

I just heard about San Francisco’s new policy of issuing legal identification, regardless of immigration status. As Councilman Ammiato states in the video, the measure attests to the city’s policy of openness to all residents.

Critics argue “cities have no business declaring people residents if they are not in the country legally.”

However, isn’t the definition of a “resident” someone who resides in a place? Regardless of legal status, she or he is entitled to open participation in our communities; in fact, residents are already participating in our schools, our tax structures, our labor force. It’s damaging to view non-documented workers as criminals; rather, they are folks who work beside us, often in our restaurants and factories, our construction sites and low-wage jobs.

Is there a workable solution to illegal immigration? The conversation has seemed to die down because of the focus on the economy. It’s nice to learn that San Franciscans believe in equality for all.

On a related note, ABC recently aired an interesting report called “What Would You Do?” on the variety of American attitudes toward others. Some folks are discriminatory while others are appalled.

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More Terrifying News: Emulate Hitler Youth, says Obama’s Pick for Inaugural Pastor

This one is jaw-dropping.

Citing the revolutions of Hitler’s Youth, then Chairman Mao’s followers’ blind devotion to Communism, and finally–to top it all off–proudly introducing the notorious, genocidal president of Rwanda, Pastor Rick Warren urges thousands of his religious followers to give themselves to Jesus in the same, blind way. “What would happen if North American Christians said, ‘Jesus, we are yours.’?”

Are these appropriate analogies for Christians? Should Christians devote themselves to the cause like Hitler’s Youth?

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