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Dead wrestlers

The suicide of Chris Benoit is causing people to raise their eyebrows at the death rate among wrestlers and former wrestlers. About.com has an article on wrestling’s dirty secret, and TMZ has put together some images of wrestlers who have died relatively young.

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Immigration reform bill moves forward in Senate

From this AP article:

The Senate voted Tuesday to jump-start a stalled immigration measure to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants. President Bush said the bill offered a “historic opportunity for Congress to act,” and appeared optimistic about its passage by week’s end.

The pivotal test-vote was 64-35 to revive the divisive legislation. It still faces formidable obstacles in the Senate, including bitter opposition by GOP conservatives and attempts by some waverers in both parties to revise its key elements.

Click here to see who voted Yes & No today.

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Wrestler kills family…violence all too real.

The AP is reporting pro wrestler Chris Benoit strangled his wife and smothered his son to death before taking his own life. Authorities are claiming its still too soon to determine why he did it, but among the theories:

Authorities also said they are investigating whether steroids may have been a factor in the deaths of Benoit, his wife and their 7-year-old son. Steroid abuse has been linked to depression, paranoia, and aggressive behavior or angry outbursts known as “roid rage.”

Chris Benoit wrestled for WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).  Today they released word that they are concerned “… with the sensationalistic reporting and speculation being undertaken by some members of the media following the press conference held by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney. “

Read their full statement here.

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Ruper Murdoch close to deal with Dow Jones for Wall Street Journal…New York Times responds by publishing another exposé

As negotiations between Rupert Murdoch and Dow Jones & Co. Inc. , bring them closer to finalizing a deal that would give Mr. Murdoch control of the Wall Street Journal newspaper, the New York Times has  published two pieces on  Mr. News Corp. himself.

Coincidence???

Monday’s story: Murdoch Reaches Out for Even More

Tuesday’s story: Murdoch’s Dealings in China: It’s Business, and It’s Personal

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The fairness doctrine

This sunday, while talking to Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”, Senator Diane Feinstein opened up a can of worms when asked about ‘the fairness doctrine’. She said,

“Well, I’m looking at it, as a matter of fact, Chris, because I think there ought to be an opportunity to present the other side. And unfortunately, talk radio is overwhelmingly one way.”

Also:

“I remember when there was a fairness doctrine, and I think there was much more serious correct reporting to people.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the fairness doctrine, here’s a few links to take a look at that may help familiarize you with the subject.

Fairness Doctrine. By The Museum of Broadcast Communications

The Fairness Doctrine, How we lost it, and why we need it back. By Steve Rendall

Why The Fairness Doctrine is Anything But Fair. By Adam Thierer 

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Washington post obsesses over Dick Cheney

The Washington Post has a mammoth four part series titled Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.  The series focuses on Cheney’s role in the Bush bureaucracy, his role in the war on terror,  budget decisions, and environmental policy.

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Supreme court news…looser restrictions on issues ads near elections…*attention* anyone with a ‘bong hits 4 jesus’ sign

Court allows issue ads near elections

Here’s my favorite part of the article:

The case involved advertisements that Wisconsin Right to Life was prevented from broadcasting. The ads asked voters to contact the state’s two senators, Democrats Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, and urge them not to filibuster President Bush’s judicial nominees.

Can you guess which way chief justice Roberts & justice alito voted in the matter?

Read the transcripts of the oral arguments here.

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Court tightens limits on student speech  

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 

The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech Monday, ruling against a high school student and his 14-foot-long “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner.

Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court in a 5-4 ruling.

Read the full article here.

Read the transcript of the oral arguments here.

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Over at Slate.com, Walter Dellinger & Dahlia Lithwick posted their email conversation/commentary on these decisions. Read it here.

 Also, visit SCOTUSblog (Supreme Court of the United States blog) for more commentary and information.

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