Patt Morrison for October 11, 2011

U.S. Implicates Iran In Terror Plot To Assassinate Saudi Ambassador, Attack Saudi, Israeli Embassies In DC

US Justice Department accuses Iran of terror plot on American soil

Today the Justice Department accused two officials of the Iranian government of being involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and to bomb the embassy of Saudi Arabia.

Happy ballot initiative anniversary, California

Under Hiram Johnson 100 years ago, Californians decided they would let direct democracy make the rules. The idea was to allow voters to propose statutes and make amendments to the state’s constitution through a petition process.
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Is art only for the elite?

A new report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy raises some important questions about the way we fund the arts.
A lot of things can be rented by the hour, and now General Motors wants your car to be one of them.

Reconsidering US ban on gay men’s blood donation

Should men who have sex with other men be allowed to donate blood?
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$705 million short in revenue, is California headed toward trigger budget cuts?

California has taken in less revenue than expected for the fiscal year that began three months ago, bringing the state closer to the possibility of trigger spending cuts to higher education and caregivers for the elderly and disabled.
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