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In the fall of 2013, I gave a TED talk on what I learned as a progressive, on-air talking head at Fox News, where I worked for two years before leaving and joining my current home, CNN. After all, one of the most frequent questions I was asked during my time at Fox was how I did it, how I was a fox in the henhouse or a hen in the Fox house, if you will. The questions came mostly from fellow …
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Three years after the fall of Laurent Gbagbo, justice has still not been done as presidential elections loom into view Alassane Ouattara was sworn in as president of Ivory Coast in May 2011, after a short, sharp post-electoral crisis in which 3,000 died, according to the United Nations. But three years later justice has still not been done, permanently jeopardising the reconciliation process …
Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who keeps mostly silent on social issues in favor of focusing on the economy, is stepping carefully on the issue of gay marriage after a judge’s declaration that the state’s ban is unconstitutional.
While Snyder supported traditional marriage in the 2010 campaign, his penchant since then has been to deflect questions about his personal views and defer to the ban Michigan voters passed with almost 60 percent support in 2004.
He’s not pushing to drop the state’s appeal, as GOP governors have done in New Jersey and Nevada. Nor is he saying if the state will recognize same-sex marriages conducted over the weekend, preferring to wait for word from an appeals court. The appellate court put an indefinite halt to them Tuesday while taking a longer look at the judge’s decision.
Snyder’s office describes it as a “complex, unusual situation,” and says it’s “sensitive to feelings on this issue.”
His detachment is exasperating critics who say he should take more of a leadership role, even if it’s an issue he would prefer go away. His dogged neutrality also reflects the challenge for Republican leaders nationally whose opposition to gay marriage is becoming less visible as the party works to improve its image and polls suggests most Americans support same-sex marriage.
“It’s clear that the Republican Party is going to have to make a strategic decision whether it’s worth fighting a fight a political, cultural and social fight that’s already been lost,” said Dennis Lennox, an under-30 GOP strategist and Michigan precinct delegate. “If you’re running for office this November as a Republican, setting aside deeply held religious beliefs if you have them, do you really want to be talking about gay marriage?”
Michigan’s more conservative attorney general, Republican Bill Schuette, is leading the state’s appeal. Democrats and even some within Snyder’s own party say he could distance himself from Schuette or file his own briefs in the case that names the governor who’s up for re-election this fall and has generated quiet buzz as a 2016 presidential contender as a defendant.
Schuette, who’s also up for re-election and has an eye on the governor’s office in 2018, is actively fighting to keep the gay marriage prohibition in place. His office went outside the state, and even to Canada, to find conservative social scientists and economists to defend Michigan’s ban in a trial before Friedman.
“I took an oath as attorney general to protect and defend the constitution. And I’m going to fulfill that oath,” Schuette said. “The constitution is not like a buffet line at some restaurant where you can pick and choose which item you might wish.”
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia issue licenses for gay marriage. Since December, bans on same-sex marriage have been overturned in Texas, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and now Michigan, but appeals have put those cases on hold. More than 300 gay and lesbian couples were issued marriage licenses on Saturday before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals similarly put on hold U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman’s decision from a day before.
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Three generations of hardship finally had a happy ending for Lily Truong, a 25-year-old West Bank resident entering LSU Medical School this fall. Her journey and the journey of her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents began in China, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Truong’s maternal and paternal great-grandparents were from China. Her grandmother was born and raised in Cambodia. Her grandfather was adopted and brought to Cambodia by a Chinese mother. They grew up learning Chinese in a Chinese school in Cambodia.
Truongs mother and her siblings were born in Cambodia. Her grandparents worked as merchants, selling everything from bicycles to fine china. To increase their sales, her grandparents bought items in Cambodia to sell in Vietnam. When the war broke out in 1975, her grandparents were stranded in Vietnam while her mother and siblings were in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge, the new government and the name given to followers of the Communist Party of Kampuchea in Cambodia, asked the residents to leave the city for at least three days,
They told my family the United States planes were going to bomb the cities, she said. (The Khmer Rouge killed approximately 2 million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979 while controlling the country.)
Truong’s grandmother, mother and siblings walked for 23 days to get to Vietnam. Her mother told Truong how they ate snails found on the side of the road and salt while walking from Cambodia to Vietnam.
My mom who was a child actually picked up a grenade mistaking it for a weird-looking snail, Truong said.
The Vietnam War broke out within a matter of weeks after their arrival. The Khmer Rouge then pushed into the border of Vietnam and confiscated everything including her familys belongings.
During that time, my grandparents were put in jail for two years and accused of aiding the Vietnamese to escape from Vietnam into the surrounding countries, she said. During that time, her mother and siblings and her grandmother lived in Saigon. They had to bribe someone to get her grandparents out of jail.
In 1980, the family moved to Kien Giang and tried to establish a normal life. In April 1981, they left Vietnam by boat to Thailand. For three days, they sailed to Thailand on a boat that was 6 feet by 30 feet long and carried 19 people.
My family lived in the Thailand refugee camp for three months. They were then transferred to Indonesia for 6 1/2 months, Truong said.
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Originally Published: March 16, 2014 12:15 AMModified: March 16, 2014 5:46 AM Nathan Skid / Crain’s Detroit Business Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman, pictured, along with Bruce Dickinson, are bringing the Detroit Institute of Music Education to downtown Detroit this fall. Farmington Hills-based Beringea LLC will invest $3 million in a new music college that will open this fall in one of Dan Gilbert’s buildings in downtown Detroit.
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Artist’s rendering of a new entertainment complex at Jack London Square that will occupy the long-empty Barnes & Noble bookstore. The venue will offer dining, entertainment, live music, a pub, bowling, bocce and arcade games.