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June 17th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Opinion: Arizona citizenship bill targets children

Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a member of the San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board, a nationally syndicated columnist and a regular contributor to CNN.com.

San Diego, California (CNN) - And then they came for the children.

Just when you thought Arizona lawmakers couldn't stoop any lower, these cowardly and shameful politicians grab a shovel and put in a basement.

This fall, the Arizona legislature is expected to debate a bill that would deny birth certificates to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants - the "anchor babies" that some Republicans have been trying to marginalize for years.

The lawmakers are cowards because, first, they go after illegal immigrants who don't vote, lobby or contribute to political campaigns. And now they're going after children who don't vote, lobby or contribute to political campaigns.

Whom are they not going after? Employers of illegal immigrants. You know why? Because they vote, lobby and contribute to political campaigns.

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Filed under: Arizona • Ruben Navarrette Jr.
June 17th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

My son's grieving family deserves more from BP

Keith D. Jones
Special to CNN

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Editor's note: Keith Jones has been a practicing trial lawyer for 32 years, and is admitted to practice in the Middle, Western and Eastern Federal District Courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a lifetime member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, and spent several years on the Board of Directors of O'Brien House, a halfway house for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. He is the father of three (one now deceased) and grandfather of seven.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (CNN) - My son, Gordon, died aboard the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, 2010.

That statement, standing on its own, might say everything about my life these days. But in truth it says little. Although I am consumed with grief over the loss of Gordon, because I am a lawyer, I am needed elsewhere.

Gordon's older brother Chris and I are directing all our energies to try to make right an outdated law that would deprive my daughter-in-law, Michelle, and her two boys, my grandsons, of "more nearly fair compensation" for the loss of their husband and father.

I make careful use of the term "more nearly fair compensation" because no amount of money could ever compensate any of us for Gordon's loss. Our loss, and the loss of everyone who ever knew Gordon, is incalculable in mere dollars. But our system provides that money damages must be paid by wrongdoers when they cause the death of another. Judges and juries do their best to arrive at the "most nearly fair" amount to try to compensate loved ones for their losses.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

BP agrees to oversee safety issues for fishermen, letter says

Scott Zamost
CNN

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - BP has formally agreed to take responsibility for ensuring fishermen and other contract workers comply with federal safety guidelines as the massive oil spill clean-up continues in the Gulf, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

The letter, dated June 16, states that BP is "committed to the safety and well-being of all employees and contractors who are performing clean-up activities in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident."

Specifically, the company said it "will comply with all applicable OSHA and (Coast Guard) regulations, and to the extent it enters into contracts with such response contractors, BP will require those contractors and their subcontractors to comply" with the same regulations.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
11:10 AM ET
June 17th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Trace Adkins on AC360° tonight!

AC360°

Country music star Trace Adkins will be joining Anderson tonight to talk about the Gulf oil spill.

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Trace, who is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana, worked as a pipe fitter on an offshore drilling rig before becoming the country music star he is today. He is also the author of the book, A" Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck". See the full interview tonight on AC360° at 10 pm ET.


Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Little-known pancake batfish could be one of oil spill's early victims

Kelly Lynch
CNN

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has already claimed many victims - from pelicans to oyster beds and precious marshland. But there may be one more: a species only just recently discovered.

Scientifically known as halieutichthys aculeatus, it is not a thing of beauty. But it lives an anonymous sort of existence on the seabed of the Gulf, some 1,500 feet below the waves and - like all marine life in the gulf - plays its role in the food chain.

Its more digestible name is the Louisiana pancake batfish. And if oil stays deep under water, the gulf could lose it before it's even officially recognized as a species.

While scientists are uncertain what the long-range effects of the massive spill will be on the gulf's delicate balance of life and death and its complex food chain, the little-known Louisiana pancake batfish is a case in point of one species whose very existence is in that balance.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Israel to change rules for civilians bringing aid to Gaza

Michal Zippori
CNN

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Jerusalem– Israel's security Cabinet said Thursday it would "liberalize" the system that allows civilians to bring aid to Gaza.

The decision comes after an international outcry over Israel's handling of ships carrying aid to Gaza last month.

A flotilla of ships trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza was stopped by naval vessels on May 31. Nine people on one of the ships were killed when the Israeli military boarded it and gunfire broke out.

Israel says its troops were attacked with knives, metal poles and other objects.

The security Cabinet said it would "continue existing security procedures to prevent the inflow of weapons and war materiel." Palestinian officials quickly dismissed Israel's move.


Filed under: Israel • Palestine
June 17th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Democrat: Lawmakers going to take Hayward's 'hide off'

CNN Wire Staff

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Washington (CNN) - Democratic lawmakers will try to build the case of a corporate culture which chose riskier, cheaper methods over safety concerns as they grill BP CEO Tony Hayward on Capitol Hill Thursday.

"Members are angry. Members are frustrated," Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, told CNN's Dana Bash. "They're going to take his hide off, as they should."

Stupak, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, outlined evidence his committee has put together from thousands of pages of internal BP documents.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

Video: Is the BP escrow account enough?

Ed Henry | BIO
CNN Senior White House Correspondent


Filed under: Ed Henry • Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

Transitions: change is the constant, and things are going to be different from now on

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

Transitions

Do you ever have the feeling that you’re leaving somewhere to which you’ll never return? You’ve been coasting along in the present, then all of a sudden—the future! Is here! There’s no going back, no matter how much you want to.

You walk out of the apartment and shut the door for the last time. You leave the university campus after years of study. You change jobs and say farewell to the workspace.

That place was so important to you, but now it’s no longer part of your life.

If you ever do go back, it’s never the same. You might feel like a conquering warrior (“I remember when I first arrived here, and look at me now!”) You might feel sad or regretful (“I wish I had…”), or you might have only good memories. Either way, change is the constant, and things are going to be different from now on.

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