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Topic - Jose E. Serrano
Twenty members of Congress have sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America, urging it to drop its ban on gay youth and adults.
The death of Hugo Chavez evoked an outpouring of sympathy and even admiration from many on the left, who can't decide whether fidelity to socialism, as Mr. Chavez defined it, is more important than human rights, freedom and democracy.
Making history by breaking another color barrier, the Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic, third woman and 111th justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"There are consequences to the fact that we are cutting this budget, your budget, all the time," said Jose E. Serrano, the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee.