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The latest constitutional amendment being floated by some Senate Republicans - to deny citizenship to children born in the United States to unauthorized immigrants - is not new.
Calls for modification of the 14th Amendment's birthright citizenship guarantee have appeared during other moments of immigration-related hand-wringing. The question is whether the idea is a good one.
And the reform is not unthinkable from a democratic point of view. In fact, the United States and Canada stand apart from other major immigrant-receiving societies in the breadth of birthright rules. The United Kingdom amended its laws in 1981 to provide that only children born to citizens, or permanent residents born in the U.K., are citizens at birth.
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At least 48 people were killed and scores were wounded Tuesday morning when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest in central Baghdad as men were queuing up outside an Iraqi army recruitment center, the interior ministry said.
The attack took place in the Bab al-Moudham commercial area. It comes amid the country's political crisis and the U.S. troop drawdown ahead of President Barack Obama's August 31 deadline for ending all combat operations.
At least 129 people were wounded in the blast.
The Iraqi government has been pushing to increase security ahead of the drawdown, which would leave a residual U.S. force of 50,000 troops focused on stability operations as well as advising and assisting Iraqi security forces.
Tom Foreman | BIO
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Reporter's Note: President Obama is a Christian and so am I. So maybe we need some more input when we talk about the religious freedoms of others, or as I suggest in my daily letter to the White House perhaps we should make sure that is what we are talking about.
Dear Mr. President,
As I have watched the wildfire debate over this planned mosque near New York's Ground Zero, I have been struck by how, especially when it comes to religion, the more things change the more they don't. Once again, just as we have so many times we find ourselves debating precisely what freedom of religion does mean or should mean. And for me, it's like high school algebra: none of the answers come easy.
So I'm doing what I often do in such cases. I'm considering the opposite; as in, what does freedom of religion not mean?
For starters, it doesn't mean you can stand up and yell Jesus in a crowded theater. Or Buddha, or Allah, or Abraham. In other words like most rights, it is not absolute. Polygamy is illegal whether or not some twisted founders of new age cults or anachronistic followers of old sects (and yes, I noticed the pun) like the idea. And Big Love aside, all indications are that it is not the cupcake party that some might expect.
CNN Wire Staff
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A new report set to be released Tuesday renews concerns about the long-term environmental impact of the Gulf Coast oil disaster, and efforts to permanently plug the ruptured BP oil well have been delayed again.
Researchers at the University of South Florida have concluded that oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill may have settled to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico further east than previously suspected - and at levels toxic to marine life.
Initial findings from a new survey of the Gulf conclude that dispersants may have sent droplets of crude to the ocean floor, where it has turned up at the bottom of an undersea canyon within 40 miles of the Florida Panhandle. The results are scheduled to be released Tuesday, but CNN obtained a summary of the initial conclusions Monday night.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, on August 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Update: Beat 360° Winners
“Take it down a notch, Sanchez.”
Jenny from Los Angeles
"Entertaining the religiously diverse crowd at Daughter's wedding, Sec. of State Hilary Clinton conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a rendition of 'When a Man Loves a Woman'"