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  • Our 'Misplaced' Faith in Technology and 'Fix-It' Culture  The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal writes of our struggle to contain the oil spill in the Gulf, "Americans have long had an unswerving belief that technology will save us — it is the cavalry coming over the hill, just as we are about to lose the battle. And yet, as Americans watched scientists struggle to plug the undersea well over the past month, it became apparent that our great belief in technology was perhaps misplaced."
  • In GOP, Civil War Between West and South  Slate's Jacob Weisberg sees a battle for the party between Southern and Western conservative movements. "Western conservatism is hawkish, hates government, and embraces individual freedom. Southern conservatism is populist, draws on evangelical Christianity, and plays upon racial resentments." Weisberg predicts "a shift away from Southern-style conservatism to more of a Western variety."
  • Pakistan Needs Separation of Church and State  On Friday, gunmen killed 80 members of the Ahmadi minority religion in the Pakistan city of Lahore. Juan Cole writes, "The horrifying assault on the Ahmadi congregations underlines why Pakistan needs a separation of religion and state. The problem with using Islam as the state ideology (as the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah clearly foresaw) is that there is no generic Islam. If a strict Sunnism of a revivalist or Salafi sort is the orthodoxy, then Twelver Shiites, Ismailis, Ahmadis and Sufis will be disadvantaged."
  • How States Abuse Illegal Immigration  In the Los Angeles Times, Richard Greener and George Kenney state censuses count illegal immigrants to get more votes in Congress. They demand, "This awards some states more representatives than they deserve. The census should, instead, count citizens separately, and Congress should reapportion representatives only on the basis of citizen populations. That would ensure that the votes of citizens in all parts of the country are as nearly equal as possible." They argue that illegal immigrants cannot vote and thus should not be counted.
  • How School Policy Shapes Kids' Lives  The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Jordan explores the lives of two students who "shared their first kiss" at age 13, split to attend different high schools, and now at 18 have very different lives. "The divergent paths taken by Laura and Ivan were shaped by many forces, but their schools played a striking role." Jordan explores how Ivan's decision to attend a charter school is already changing his life and why "the charter-school movement is booming as an alternative to underperforming public schools."

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