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Links of the Week 17 July 2009

Top Five
(In Order)
Report Identifies Characteristics of Sustainable Nonprofits

Hello From Havana
A very interesting breakdown of the ruling style of Raul Castro that includes his speaking style, sense of humor and policy changes since coming to power in 2008.

Vice Presidency Has Changed Over The Years

Interesting look at the position of the Vice Presidency and what has been done in recent administrations to change that role.

What Gov. Palin Forgot (Sen. John Kerry)
Sen. Kerry discusses a recent op-ed that Gov. Palin wrote showing that global warming is indeed a problem using examples from the state of Alaska.

Solutions: Help Madison Avenue find FauxBama Girls
This is an interesting blog search plus a chance to give little Black and Mixed girls a chance of exposure. Read post for details and disregard dates as this was tweeted this week.

Quote of the Week

“Being white and male is seen instead as a neutral condition, the natural order of things. Any “identity” — black, brown, female, gay, whatever — has to be judged against this supposedly “objective” standard. Thus it is irrelevant if Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. talks about the impact of his background as the son of Italian immigrants on his rulings — as he did at his confirmation hearings — but unforgivable for Sotomayor to mention that her Puerto Rican family history might be relevant to her work.” from A Sotomayor Sense of Justice.

Photo of the Week

Source: Keith Knight via

If I Lived Inside the Beltway…

I would go to National Geographics DC African Diaspora Film Series from 23-25 July. Only $10 General Admission and $8 for Seniors/Students. Click Here for Details.

The Future of U.S. Policy in Iraq
The first 30 minutes contain the speech and the rest is question and answer.

Quotes of the Day from the Sotomayor Hearing
These quotes are from the first day of the hearing.

Amtrak unveils first rail car funded by stimulus

The House Releases Its Health-Care Reform Bill

Emily’s List: Read My Lipstick

Emily’s List now has a blog. Check it out.


Top 10: Subtle Ways to Tell Her She’s Fat
I found this article horrendous but I have to admit that a few of the suggestions were clever. Please don’t try these “tips” at home!

Colleges Could See Decline in Number of Large Gifts

PETA Playmates Hit Capitol Hill to Dish Vegan Hot Dogs

Movie Studios Make Strides in Diverting Waste, Recycling Sets

Kmart’s Christmas in July: Inspiration or Desperation?

My vote is for desperation but it is a pretty crafty idea but what are they going to do come November and December to get people in their doors if they have done all their shopping in July?

Oldies But Goodies
Obama Watch Special: Back to Africa

Convention Committees: Sectors & Industries

Another useful document from

You Want To Run For Office. Now What?

A story about a woman who decided she wanted to run for political office that participated in The White House Project’s political training program for women.


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