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Black dogs are last to
picked at shelters because
of the color of their fur

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 1/14/2014 10:41:03 AM

Black dogs don´t get as adopted as easily as others animals of other colors. The reason is largely because of some common misconceptions about them. Black dogs are mischaracterized as mean and potentially violent and according to NBC News. Black Dog Syndrome is a phenomenon in which dogs with black fur often go unadopted because of misinformed stereotypes. Black dogs are are euthanized at a much higher rate than dogs with different complexions. Many owners of black dogs say they are sweet, lovable, but also unwanted. The chances of being adopted are poor if you´re a black dog.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: abuela10, 1/14/2014 10:45:49 AM     (No. 9691468)

Baloney. We have adopted a black rottweiler and a black lab. Both were beautiful and desired dogs

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 1/14/2014 10:46:36 AM     (No. 9691470)

My family has owned a long line of black Labs. We loved them all.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/14/2014 10:56:27 AM     (No. 9691482)

Our late, much-loved Chow/mix, Jolie, was adopted from the Arlington shelter at the age of three months. She was solid black and a treasure.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 1/14/2014 10:57:01 AM     (No. 9691484)

Black greyhounds are often the first to be picked at our rescue kennel. So sharp looking!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dallasdude, 1/14/2014 10:57:51 AM     (No. 9691485)

What a load of black crapolla.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Quigley, 1/14/2014 11:01:40 AM     (No. 9691496)

Arrest every dog owner who doesn´t have a black dog.

Regulations setting out the shades constituting "black" and the percentage of the dog´s body covered by such shades required for the dog to be "black" will be issued next year. But that will not delay enforcement.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jasmine, 1/14/2014 11:03:11 AM     (No. 9691499)

Life is better with dogs, no matter what color they are. To any L-Dotters "thinking about" adding a dog to your family, drop by a shelter today and prepare to fall in love.

Dogs have a way of delivering unexpected love and hilarity when it´s least expected. Heaven knows we could use more of both these days.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 1/14/2014 11:08:03 AM     (No. 9691508)

What a cockeyed story this is. If that was a fact that black dogs are unwanted they would be extinct by now and in fact would have had the black gene bred out of them. Black horses are the preference of most men so what do we say to that? And it´s probably because they are more majestic.

I see hidden messages in every story I read, perhaps I should stop reading.

Black Labs are among the most popular dogs in the country, probably next to Golden Retrievers.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: pomom, 1/14/2014 11:09:18 AM     (No. 9691511)

Aww.. the photo of the black dog in the article looks exactly like my Rikki Mae. She wandered up to our building one rainy day and my boss brought her in. I took her home, loved and raised her to a ripe old age of 14. Best dog I ever had.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/14/2014 11:17:37 AM     (No. 9691520)

I would think it would be white dogs because they always look kind of dirty at the shelter. We adopted a white/light brown dog and she looked particularly skeevy. Her personality overcame all.



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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/14/2014 11:20:21 AM     (No. 9691525)

I personally rescued my minpin/ozzie mix (discovered through DNA test) and he is the biggest sweetheart. He is so peaceful my cats chase HIM around.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: civilservant, 1/14/2014 11:20:47 AM     (No. 9691526)

Went to the pound to adopt a small white terrier type of dog. Cage 1(the worst one to be in in a pound, it is the last stop)had the saddest, sweetest looking little black dog.
Spike and I had 16 years together and I am tearing up just thinking about her.
Got Maggie a couple of weeks after Spike passed; Maggie could pass for Spike´s twin sister.

Dog people love dogs. We don´t care about colors.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: richwill, 1/14/2014 11:26:10 AM     (No. 9691533)

Racism strikes pooches. Time for a NAABP. National Association of Black Pooches.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 1/14/2014 11:30:50 AM     (No. 9691541)

When I was a kid we had a little black dog - some sort of Terrier. Later (after I was no longer at home) they got a little white dog. Next dog was black.

Black dog hair doesn´t show as much as white dog hair does on carpet, furniture and clothing!



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Reply 15 - Posted by: maryann4629, 1/14/2014 11:39:42 AM     (No. 9691555)

We have had two black lab mixes. The first, Missy, was the "stray who came to stay." She found us when she was four months old, and we had her for the next 15 years. I never even once heard that dog growl. Our next, Sammi, stole my heart the first time I saw her at the shelter. She checked me out, decided I was okay, and immediately flipped over for a tummy rub. We only had her for five years. She became very sick, and in spite of our best efforts, a vet specialist, and hospitalization, we had to have her put to sleep. She was also sweet and gentle, and is deeply, deeply missed.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: skedaddle, 1/14/2014 11:40:55 AM     (No. 9691558)

I think #14 is on to something, especially nowadays when people cruise online for shelter dogs. I know from current experience that it´s extremely hard to photograph a black dog to show their detail and personality. But then I guess I didn´t get the memo about not getting a black dog (does the white on his chest negate the whole thing?)

I wish someone would trace these memes back to their origin and find out where all this stupidity starts from - kind of a modern-day search for the source of the Nile.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 1/14/2014 11:43:01 AM     (No. 9691562)

´...according to NBC News...´---say no more!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 1/14/2014 11:46:26 AM     (No. 9691566)

What a meaty title! And this sentence: "Black dogs are mischaracterized as mean and potentially violent and according to NBC News." Mischaracterized?

Seems to me there was a movie long ago, "The Dam Busters," in which there was a beloved black dog.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 1/14/2014 11:56:43 AM     (No. 9691590)

Our latest, mostly black dog, is a rescued Shi Tzu named Gus, and our 1st small dog. He´s quiet, and very affectionate. Even though he´s mostly black, we plan on keeping him!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: KingBubo, 1/14/2014 11:57:47 AM     (No. 9691593)

Some of my favorite dogs are black. Maybe people don´t want to have black fur on their furniture or clothes.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: gillyo, 1/14/2014 11:58:17 AM     (No. 9691594)

We recently had a 3 month old black chihuahua mix show up on our doorstep. She was terrified and emaciated. My husband brought her in and we called our local shelter. The woman I spoke to asked if there was any way we could keep her. At our local shelter they have a hard time getting black dogs adopted, and the fact that she was a chihuahua mix made it worse, (they´re a dime a dozen out here in California). Anyway, after an unsuccessful search for her owners, she´s become a part of our family.

Best thing we ever did! We had a six year old rescue Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, and a two year old feral cat that had been born in our yard. They did not get along. Here comes our new puppy and she´s managed to bring them together. The older dog has a companion, and the cat and puppy play together. The cat will even lie with her tummy up to try to entice the puppy to pounce on her. I bought a large dog bed and the three of them sleep together most of the time.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: jalo1951, 1/14/2014 11:59:00 AM     (No. 9691597)

The dog that went with Louis and Clark was black. His name was Seaman. He was a Newfoundland. Guess they didn´t have time to worry about such foolishness. I have a black cat. Does that count?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/14/2014 12:04:08 PM     (No. 9691608)

2 of our 3 dogs have been black lab mixes. Other was a yellow lab/boxer mix. We got them because they had lab in them. All 3 great dogs. But yes, I have seen studies that claim people are afraid of black dogs. Stupid.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mizzmac, 1/14/2014 12:14:42 PM     (No. 9691617)

Government subsidies for everyone who adopts a black dog! Tax penalties, IRS audits and NSA surveillance for every racist who adopts a non-black dog! This will right the obvious racial inequality. (Please send my government goody-bag. My rescue dog is black. And quite precious to me.)

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/14/2014 12:25:28 PM     (No. 9691637)

I´d like to know more about #4´s rescue kennel. We have two greyhounds, a black and white and a brindle. Both are elderly and I imagine we´ll probably be looking for another hound in the not too distant future, as sad as it is. I´ve always loved black greyhounds and would jump at the chance to adopt one.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/14/2014 1:08:38 PM     (No. 9691696)

As most true dog lovers know, your dog picks you, not the other way around. Anyone dispassionate enough about the selection to eliminate a dog due to it´s color probably wouldn´t make much of a dog owner to begin with. A dog is not an accessory.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: bobn.t, 1/14/2014 1:15:05 PM     (No. 9691706)

Maybe our infamous halfrican can sign an executive order demanding that black dogs be adopted first.
Do black dogs kill each other at the same rate as do black humanoids?
Should we call black dogs "african-canines?"


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Reply 28 - Posted by: harper, 1/14/2014 1:31:21 PM     (No. 9691731)

I had a black-white mix. Strange coat, white one side, black the other with a faint yellowish tinge at the spine. Big ears.

Could not break him of the desire to play with local coyotes. One day he ran off to see what a passing pack of wolves was howling about. Haven´t seem him since.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Videodrone, 1/14/2014 2:10:24 PM     (No. 9691791)

sitting here typing one handed as the 25lb "doxie-something" year old rescue (Glossy black except for the white blaze on her chest and the tips of her toes) doesn´t quite understand she is larger than my lap.

what a crock of an article




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Reply 30 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/14/2014 2:22:48 PM     (No. 9691801)

#27 try the Greyhound rescue site, or Petfinder.org and type in the breed you are interested in, and your zip code. It will probably break your heart, but rescue people know their breed and do a very good job of matching dog and new owner.

Our first black dog was a purebred dog, a wonderful boy. The other 4 were the same breed from the rescue group, although most of them held onto the breed label by a dog´s toe nail. All our black dogs were the best ever. Such good dogs, I miss every single one of them and can´t wait to meet up with them across the Rainbow Bridge.

Love the dog in the first picture, just my kind of dog.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: KTWO, 1/14/2014 2:29:08 PM     (No. 9691805)

Oh yeh? Well I have plenty of black dog friends.

But I admit that when the whites colonized Africa the first thing they did was kill off all the black lions. Reparations are long overdue.

#14 has a good point about photography. Contrasts help the photographer.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/14/2014 2:33:03 PM     (No. 9691813)

All I know is...

Need a woman gonna hold my hand, won´t tell me no lies, make me a happy man.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/14/2014 3:17:49 PM     (No. 9691850)

The country loved Barney and Ms. Beasley.

My family loved our two black dogs.

Our niece loved her big black Lab. A favorite dog that she still talks about to this day, as do we about our beloved dogs.

OP´s observation of the absurdity nails it.

If a black dog isn´t chosen, it is probably because of something other than the color of its fur.

I´ve had to deal with being attacked by a former neighbor´s big white dog. I never thought for a minute that the dog´s demeanor had a thing in the world to do with the color of its fur. Ridiculous.

The fact that one white dog attempted to attack me on a number of occasions didn´t cause me to think all big white dogs are mean. The same is true of any color of fur. Good grief!



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Reply 34 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/14/2014 3:32:11 PM     (No. 9691873)

As a child, I had a beautiful little black short-haired mutt. I´ve had a soft spot for black dogs ever since. A neighbor had the most lovely black lab. I can´t imagine not liking a dog for its color.

I do think #14 makes a good point. When our shelter runs photo ads, the black dogs often look like blobs, with no definition to their faces.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/14/2014 3:44:56 PM     (No. 9691899)

We have had two consecutive black lab Second Chance shelter dogs,
with great success. They are fun and well-behaved.

Isn´t this artickle a Dog Whistle... ?

We need a dog to visit Chrissie Matthews´ leg so Chrissie will feel
a trickle running down his leg, and then he can wake up and yell...
"Dog Whistle!"

It´ll make his otherwise boring and colorless day.
(I have a black lab that´s available and ready... )

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Reply 36 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 1/14/2014 4:05:33 PM     (No. 9691927)

Now that so many conservatives have confessed to "owning" a black dog, PETA will certainly consider that proof that conservatives want to "own blacks." ("A boy is a dog is a rat")

You can´t win!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/14/2014 4:13:08 PM     (No. 9691935)

#30 "I had a black-white mix. Strange coat, white one side, black the other with a faint yellowish tinge at the spine. Big ears."

Your dog´s name didn´t happen to be Barack, did it? From the description it sure sounds like it.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/14/2014 5:53:58 PM     (No. 9692039)

I am owned by a black Miniature Schnauzer. She´s so sweet!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/14/2014 5:56:25 PM     (No. 9692042)

I guess I´m "color blind" when it comes to dogs. I think mostly black German Shepherds look awesome! When we go to the dog park I have no greater sense of insecurity with a black dog than a white one, although the big Rotties are sometimes a bit challenging.

Worse than being a ´black dog´ is being a ´black cat´. Every year I hear horrific stories of black cats being tortured and killed because morons believe their Satanic, or evil. I´d like to beat the crap out of anyone who´d do that to a cat.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Pasann, 1/14/2014 7:41:17 PM     (No. 9692167)

Had 3 black dogs and 3 mixed color........Dogs are my kind of people.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: CaptainLibra, 1/14/2014 9:43:40 PM     (No. 9692314)

#27. We rescued our black greyhound from the Southern Arizona Greyhound association. Check them out at:

http://sagreyhoundadoption.org/

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/14/2014 11:06:06 PM     (No. 9692396)

Rubbish. All of my pets have been black or black and white with the exception of my first two gray cats.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: nihtwael, 1/15/2014 8:27:43 PM     (No. 9693693)

Didn´t take long, ´fore I found out, what people mean by down and out...

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
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To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this


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