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Earlier today the Senate passed with very broad-based support a bill allowing the FDA to regulate tobacco products. Now, this was not token broad-based support, but in fact the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed by an overwhelming margin of 79-17.

Not too shabby, right?

The bill will...

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As an infrequent reader of non-fiction, I was skeptical about the persistent praise of Jeffrey Toobin's The Nine.  While intrigued by the subject matter that Toobin was tackling, I expected to be bored by a simple story laced with indigestible legal jargon.  I could not have been more wrong.  Toobin brought the Justices to life.  With his narrative style and amusing anecdotes, he opened the door to our nation's highest court and introduced us to the interesting characters who work inside. 

The Nine tells the story of the Rehnquist Court and, with its non-linear approach, provides...

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It seems we haven't heard from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's former pastor, for quite some time. After the media frenzy that surrounded a number of his offensive and controversial past remarks, he mostly fell off the campaign season radar and had yet to return. Until now. In a recent interview at the annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference, Rev. Wright said, "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he'...

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Rabbi Saperstein has invited rabbis across North America to join him in a water-only fast for Darfur next week, from dusk June 17th to dusk on June 18th. These rabbis will be joining a long line of politicians, celebrities and activists in carrying on a fast begun by actress Mia Farrow to call for the restoration of humanitarian aid to the people of Darfur.

Know a rabbi who you think would want to help carry the torch and raise awareness about the urgent situation in Darfur?...

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The passage and signing of marriage equality in New Hampshire was yet another exciting victory for the LGBT community and advocates across the country. With the realization of full marriage equality now in 6 states, the movement is gaining momentum and being put in the national spotlight. While we are still waiting and hoping that the New York State Senate will kick into gear and pass...

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