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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Inouye will not accept Earmark requests for Next Two Years
By Selected News Articles @ 7:13 PM :: 7683 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

“The President has stated unequivocally that he will veto any legislation containing earmarks, and the House will not pass any bills that contain them,” Inouye said in a statement. “Given the reality before us, it makes no sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law.”

The move also comes after House and Senate Republicans have agreed not to seek earmarks for the two years of the 112th Congress.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Senate set to vote on Obamacare Repeal
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 4915 Views :: National News, Ethics

It looks as though Sen. McConnell has determined a way to force Sen. Reid to allow a full repeal vote in the Senate today or tomorrow.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
ProPublica evaluates Honolulu Medical Examiner
By Selected News Articles @ 6:28 PM :: 10086 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In detective novels and television crime dramas like "CSI," the nation's morgues are staffed by highly trained medical professionals equipped with the most sophisticated tools of 21st-century science. Operating at the nexus of medicine and criminal justice, these death detectives thoroughly investigate each and every suspicious fatality.

The reality, though, is far different. In a joint reporting effort, ProPublica, PBS "Frontline" and NPR spent a year looking at the nation's 2,300 coroner and medical examiner offices and found a deeply dysfunctional system that quite literally buries its mistakes.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
No Hawaii Beverage Tax: “Leave our grocery budget alone”
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 6018 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Hawaii: Islam Day is OK but Celebrating Christianity is Verboten
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 PM :: 4763 Views :: Energy, Environment

And Knight laments that while the Hawaii Senate has bought into the "separation of church and state argument," it does not seem to have any trouble promoting Islam.

"In 2009, the Hawaii Senate chamber approved an Islam Day resolution, and it shows that there's a double standard here," the senior writer decides. "Something that celebrates or acknowledges Christianity, it's verboten. But when you celebrate Islam or anything else, then it's OK. That's multiculturalism; that means anything but Christianity."

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Another Victory on the Road to Repeal
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:26 PM :: 4844 Views :: National News, Ethics

"It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place. If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain for it would be ‘difficult to perceive any limitation on federal power’ and we would have a Constitution in name only."

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