Daily Archive: August 20, 2013

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Opinion

Haunting lesson of Nazi Olympics

by LZ Granderson (CNN) — Usually when we talk about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin we focus on two men — Adolf Hitler and Jesse Owens — and rightfully so. They are the two with an undeniable impact on history, albeit in vastly different ways. But in light of President Barack Obama’s recent remarks on “The Tonight Show” denouncing Russia’s new anti-gay laws, laws that have led to bloodshed in the streets, it is important that we remember Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller.

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International

Billionaire cell phone magnate calls for more equitable Africa

Mo Ibrahim speaks at a press conference in London. (AP Photo/File) by Carley PeteschAssociated Press WriterJOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world and more needs to be done here and in Africa to follow the example set by former President Nelson Mandela to build bridges, the founder of an organization that recognizes excellence in African leadership said Saturday.

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National

Rand Paul sees no evidence of voter discrimination

Senator Rand Paul appears on a special edition of Starting Point live from Chez Vachon restaurant in Manchester, NH on Monday. (CNN Photo/Edward M. Pio Roda) by Kevin Liptak (CNN) — As new voter ID laws take effect in states across the country – to the objections of civil rights leaders and Democrats – GOP Sen. Rand Paul says he doesn’t see evidence African-Americans are facing obstacles casting ballots.

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National

AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing

Burgess-Peterson Elementary School principal Robin Robbins, center, meets with students during an after-school study program in Atlanta, in preparation for state standardized testing, soon to begin. (AP Photo/David Goldman) by Jennifer Agiesta and Philip ElliottAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students’ and schools’ performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

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Opinion

A real clown wouldn’t mock Obama

by Judy Quest (CNN) — It was a sad day in the clown world when a “clown” at the Missouri State Fair put on a mask in the likeness of President Barack Obama and wore a broomstick attached to his behind to perform in a rodeo in America’s Heartland.