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Today Think Progress published an article titled “Top Pennsylvania Republican Admits Voter ID Helped Suppress Obama Voters.”
The article’s author Igor Volsky writes:
Last year, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) admitted that voter identification efforts were designed to suppress Democratic votes, telling a Republican Steering Committee meeting that Voter ID “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”
Romney ended up losing the state, but Republicans still believe that they successfully kept Democrats from supporting President Obama. As Pennsylvania’s GOP Chairman Rob Gleason told Pennsylvania Cable Network earlier this week, the party “cut Obama by 5 percent” in 2012 and “probably Voter ID had helped a bit in that.”
Today Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a report titled “Fewer See Events in Egypt as Critical to U.S. Interests.”
According to the report:
Public interest in news from Egypt has plummeted since the early weeks of the Arab Spring in February 2011. And the share of Americans saying what happens in Egypt is “very important” to U.S. interests have fallen by 10 points – from 46% to 36% – since then.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today The Raw Story published an article titled “Everything you need to know about how Congress is debating patent reform.”
The article reads:
The tech industry has been vocal in the immigration debate, which took a major step forward when the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that, if signed into law, would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and enact a number of tech-friendly measures, including upping the cap on high-skilled immigrants under the H-1B visa, and introducing a “startup visa” for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start companies in the US. Now that immigration reform has moved onto the US House of Representatives, some tech parties are pushing forward with the next legislative priority: patent law reform – the subject of our special report this month, “Patent Troll Smackdown.” (This is the first post in that series.)
In June, President Obama signalled his support for sweeping reforms by signing an array of executive orders and legislative recommendations that would make it harder for patent-holding companies — “patent trolls,” in particular — to embark on spurious litigation. “While no single law or policy can address all these issues, much can and should be done to increase clarity and level the playing field for innovators,” the White House said in a statement at the time.
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