FILE - In this May 13, 2004 file photo, clouds swirl around Mount Sopris as the peak hangs over a subdivision south of Glenwood Springs, Colo. A movement to name a Colorado mountain peak after the late John Denver has hit a snag.
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A college professor says she has collected a couple of thousand signatures to name the eastern peak of Mount Sopris after musician John Denver. The would mean the second peak of Sopris, which sits at the northwest end of the Elk Mountains in western Colorado, would be known as "John Denver Peak."
Republican Wisconsin Sens. Luther Olsen and Shelia Harsdorf leave the Senate chambers Wednesday, March 9, 2011, after Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers after discovering a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. On Tuesday Wisconsin will hold recall elections for state senators.
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John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.
A voter in Glendale, Wis., casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on Thursday, July 12, 2011, as part of recall efforts against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling. Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted for recall for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill this winter. The recall election is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.
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John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.
Former Sen. Alan Simpson spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep this morning and the conversation was wide-ranging and spirited, but one thing was crystal clear: Simpson, who served as a Republican senator from Wyoming, was not happy about the Congressional "horror show" that lead to Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt.
Protestors outside the White House rally against Shariah law. More than two dozen states have recently proposed legislation to ban Shariah law in their courtrooms.
In the past year, more than two dozen states have considered legislation that would prevent the use of Shariah, the Islamic code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions, in courtrooms. Several prominent Republicans, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann have all recently warned about the threat of Shariah law. In Tennessee, lawmakers recently debated whether to classify suspected Islamic terrorist groups as "Shariah organizations."
After a day that saw historic drops in the U.S. markets, the world markets continue their volatility today. The FTSE is up slightly while Japan's Nikkei was down 1.68 percent. Stock futures are forecasting another dramatic day in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reports that in trading before opening, the Dow was up 167 points after a 300-point swing in the other direction.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been holding multiple campaign events each day, in preparation for next week's Iowa straw poll.
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Rep. Michele Bachman officially threw her hat into the presidential ring on June 27. Since then, the Minnesota congresswoman has emerged as a Republican front-runner, riding on a wave of Tea Party support and national media appearances.
Dalit Christians, or India's lowest-caste "untouchables" who converted to Christianity, hold placards as they march to the Indian parliament in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 28, 2011. The protesters demanded that the government reclassify them as members of the lowest caste, allowing them to benefit from government quotas in higher education and government jobs.
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Charles Kenny is a weekly columnist for Foreign Policy, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.