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Keeping up-to-date: From the June issue of Harper's (magazine) Index:
- Rank of Texas among states with the nation's highest teen-pregnancy rates: 3.
- Percentage of Texas public-school districts that teach abstinence as their only form of sex education: 94.
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Sweetness from Norm Coleman, who has obtusely held his state of Minnesota hostage for seven months while refusing to concede his defeat in last November's Senate race by Democrat Al Franken. He has issued a statement saying that when he is "re-elected" he will be fair in judging President Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor! All of this nonsense despite polls showing about two-thirds of Minnesota voters want him to pack up and head for wherever losing senators go.
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With the certain uproar from the right's Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan and the GOP's backup crew of choristers over Obama's Supreme Court nominee, it would be well for him to recall the words of Joe Greene, the fearsome all-pro Pittsburgh Steelers tackle, who once spoke of the pathway to success: "When you have your opponent down, you keep 'em down." The president's critics need only to do the math from the November election.