Immigration battle, small town murder, 9/11 emotions resurface, and SD abortion loophole?

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With immigration rights activists outside the Capitol, senators are breaking from the House's approach and are refusing to make criminals of people who help illegal immigrants.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has adopted an amendment protecting church and charitable groups, as well as individuals, from criminal prosecution for providing things like food, housing, and medical care to undocumented immigrants.

Jenee at People Are Idiots says "For all the discussion of people wanting to come to America for a better life, many seem to forget that Mexico's not some wasteland ruled by a cruel dictator. It's a good country with great potential. If the US could succeed in sending even a few million illegal Mexicans home, their greatest revenge would be to turn their own country around to the extent that they have to expel illegal Americans.
Wouldn't that be nice?"

US President George W. Bush warned today that "tough choices" lie ahead and securing the nation's borders and determining the nation's immigration laws "is not going to be easy."

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Speaking through a friend who visited her in jail, the preacher's wife charged with murder in the death of her husband wants his congregation to know she is "sorry for everything she has done."

Mary Winkler has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, the preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ, 80 miles east of Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Helen says "Little surprise that this is what a church member said about her:
'They were the perfect family,' said Pam Killingsworth, a member of the church and an assistant principal at the elementary school attended by two of the children.

She was 'the perfect mother, the perfect wife. She brought her children to school every day. She volunteered at the school,'

I would have been shocked if a neighbor had said anything different."

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Emotions are raw after the mayor's office in New York began sending form letters this weekend to the families of 24 victims of the 9/11 attacks, informing them of unreleased recordings of 911 calls made by their loved ones.

DebsWeb writes "My heart is breaking for these poor people. Have we no class in this country?"

Letters began arriving Friday, sent by officials to the families offering them copies of the calls.

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Bitch Ph.D. has named Cecilia Fire Thunder, the President of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, her heroine of the week.

Fire Thunder says she will fight legislation in her state banning nearly all abortions saying "I will personally establish a Planned Parenthood clinic on my own land which is within the boundaries of the Pine Ridge Reservation where the State of South Dakota has absolutely no jurisdiction."

Stone Cupid Real notes the tribal president is making a storm.

The new law is scheduled to take effect November 1st.

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