10 things you need to know today: May 24, 2015

THE WEEK 1.Ireland legalizes same-sex marriage by popular vote Irish voters overwhelmingly said “yes” to same-sex marriage on Saturday, with 62.1 percent in support of amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage. The results make Ireland the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage with a popular vote. John Lyons, one of just… More 10 things you need to know today: May 24, 2015

SEEN ON THE INTERNET – 5-23-2015

Rainbows Are Forming Over Ireland After The Same-Sex Marriage Vote ~ BuzzFeed There’s a big gay rainbow over Dublin, if that’s not Jesus giving the Yes vote I don’t know what is pic.twitter.com/p38LKtLgOv — Karl (@karltims) May 22, 2015 Jesus shines his rainbow down on Dublin City this morning! #irelandreferendum#MarRefpic.twitter.com/uZSrcV63Il — LouiseMc (@louiedapalma) May 23, 2015… More SEEN ON THE INTERNET – 5-23-2015

Gay Marriage Appears Headed for Approval in Ireland

THE NEW YORK TIMES When Same-Sex Marriages Became Legal About 20 countries have already legalized same-sex marriages. Here is a list of when each did. 2001 The Netherlands 2003 Belgium 2005 Canada and Spain 2006 South Africa 2009 Norway and Sweden 2010 Argentina. Iceland and Portugal 2012 Denmark 2013: Brazil, England and Wales, France, New… More Gay Marriage Appears Headed for Approval in Ireland

10 things you need to know today: June 11, 2014

The Week Eric Cantor suffers a stunning primary defeat, insurgents take over Iraq’s No. 2 city, and more 1. Tea Party-backed challenger upsets Eric Cantor in GOP primary House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suffered a stunning primary defeat Tuesday at the hands of David Brat, a Tea Party-backed economics professor. Brat defeated the No. 2 House… More 10 things you need to know today: June 11, 2014

U.S. adults lag behind counterparts overseas in skills

  No surprise here.  The Obama administration has tried to carry out programs like the National Core Standard.  Resistance from the far right has limited the program to most states but Texas and Arkansas are adamantly against the program.   Many other states run by Republican governors have also limited the program dramatically. The Common… More U.S. adults lag behind counterparts overseas in skills

Paul Krugman: We’re In Big Trouble If Romney Elected

I believe that Nobel Prize winner for economics, Paul Krugman has been right since the beginning of the Obama administration regarding this country’s path toward economic recovery. At that time, Krugman warned Obama in an editorial, that his stimulus was too small and would only slow down the country’s economic comeback.  As it turned out,… More Paul Krugman: We’re In Big Trouble If Romney Elected

Salon: Our first Black Irish president

It’s true, our first Black President has Irish ancestry in his bloodline. Joan Walsh of Salon continues… Obama’s warm words about his Irish family could help him politically at home The cynical may dismiss it as just another campaign stop, but I found myself unexpectedly moved by President Obama’s visit to Dublin — the overwhelming adulation… More Salon: Our first Black Irish president

Nicholas Kristof – “Message to Muslims: I’m Sorry”

Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times  recently wrote this: Many Americans have suggested that more moderate Muslims should stand up to extremists, speak out for tolerance, and apologize for sins committed by their brethren. That’s reasonable advice, and as a moderate myself, I’m going to take it. (Throat clearing.) I hereby apologize… More Nicholas Kristof – “Message to Muslims: I’m Sorry”