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Birthright citizenship fight looms as next battle on immigration.
Publisher announces new edition of Mark Twain’s "Huckleberry Finn" will replace word "nigger" (which appears 219 times) with "slave."
As "death panel" chant starts to grow again, Obama revises new healthcare Medicare rule to stem (unfair) protest.
New cable via Norway paper’s WikiLeaks cache: Israel told US in 1968 that it would keep Gaza "in a state of collapse."
The new Vanity Fair with Justin Bieber on the cover has a big Assange article but also a probe of Huff Post‘s founding—two are suing over it—and here is Huff Post response today: "It’s a great story—if you read it backwards. At the end of the article, the writer takes apart Boyce and Daou’s case piece by piece, leaving it in tatters—and rendering everything that has come before it pointless. The only question is, why, when the writer’s own reporting makes it clear that there is no there there, Vanity Fair not only went ahead and published this nonstory but decided to promote it on the cover? The proper response would have been to kill it. And, as we’ve said before, it defies reason and human nature, if they really believed they had created the Huffington Post, that they would wait six years before speaking up. At some point over the last 72 months, they would have contacted us to complain or asked us to credit them somewhere on the site or insisted on getting stock. Something. Anything! But they didn’t, because they know that they have absolutely no claim to ownership."
Econ blogger Barry Ritholtz rips Rep. Issa for sending letters to business interests asking which regulations they’d like cut. "Whoring."