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Foot-dragging charged in struggle for military soles

There’s apparently more trouble brewing in an ongoing struggle over the soles of America’s military.The U.S. Department of Defense last year finally ruled that a 1941 law requiring American-made products “where possible” applied to athletic footwear used for training — really, running shoes.

Obama acknowledges transgender people in State of the Union

[embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/15215884889/[/embed]Of the 6,718 words President Obama used during his State of the Union address last week, three had the distinction of making history.“We … condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” said Obama, becoming the first sitting president to ever use the term transgender (as well as lesbian and bisexual) in such a significant forum.

Think more, tweet less

One expects a column, or at least a column that is framed somewhere between pop culture and politics, to be timely and reflect on the events of the recent weeks. This demand, which has existed since the invention of the printing press, has only increased with its digital mutation. Opinions on the latest crisis appear as quickly as recaps of our favorite TV shows — and social media has only democratized the real-time analysis. Status…

Why didn't Portland ever build that Martin Luther King Jr. monument?

Plans to erect a monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Portland have been all but forgotten, erased by a series of missteps after a promising start.But back in April 2008, 40 years after the assassination of one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, the Portland City Council passed an order to establish the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, with the goal of identifying and evaluating public sites in Portland and…
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