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Here are some issues that could use your voice!

Ready to change the world? Here are some quick ways that you can make a difference right now.

Ask Tide to take the cancer out

Have you heard that there are ingredients in Tide laundry detergent that are known to cause cancer? The unnecessary chemical known as 1,4-dioxane is even present in the Tide “Free and Gentle” brand, which many parents use for their families. Click here to ask Tide to remove this chemical from their products and share the information with your friends on Facebook.

Quick clicks for a better world

Take action for these causes you care about.

Like clicking around and supporting causes you care about? Check to see if any of the following interest you, then take action!

Save funding for disability programs

Congress has loved its ability to gut programs that help people (without gutting their own pay and free federal health care, of course!), but we need to tell them enough is enough. Did you know that most federal programs are being cut by more than eight percent unless Congress gets busy on making some changes before the end of the year? Help save disability programs and other important programs by clicking here and telling Congress to reduce the deficit by cutting unnecessary spending—not crucial costs.

Stand with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Mr. Nye has been in the news a lot lately for his support of evolution—which, let’s face it, should not need support since it’s a proven fact, and it’s embarrassing that so many people in our country still fiercely claim it’s “not true”—but he’s also trying to save space exploration programs. Click here to read Mr. Nye’s plea for voters to urge the president to continue supporting NASA’s planetary exploration program and to add your voice to the campaign if you agree.

Senate Race Update: MA, CT, ME

Crazy races continue in the Northeast

The Northeast continues to be an unlikely hotbed in the battle for the U.S. Senate.

Massachusetts ... well, everyone knew that its contest between Sen. Scott Brown (R) and challenger Elizabeth Warren (D) would be a slugfest, especially once Brown opened up the issue of Warren's use of uncertain Native American heritage to apparently further her academic career.

Senate Race Update: ND, MT, NE, MO

Heitkamp in ND keeps it close ... Akin hangs on

U.S. Senate races combine local issues and candidates with national trends, so, sometimes, a candidate can buck the tide.

Maybe that's what's happening in North Dakota, where, despite the national trend toward the Republicans this week, Democratic nominee Heidi Heitkamp is running even with Repubulican congressman Rick Berg in the latest poll.

Respect and your vote

A note to my black friends

I can’t tell you how to vote.  I suspect a large number of us will vote for Barack Obama because we believe him to be a good President, one who has served our country in an honorable and decent way, who champions the public interest over special interests, who has wound down two wars, found and eliminated America’s public enemy number one, and who has delivered on his promise to reform the broken health care system, something no other politician has been able to do for the past 45 years.   

The American economy still needs work

Translation: Job creation + a safety net

Disputes abound about the job numbers recently released by the Obama campaign and stories of the unemployed and not counted remain in full force. (This does not mean, of course, that someone who believes that the American public does not deserve food would do any better, however.) Many American citizens who are ready, willing and able to work are still left without jobs.

The latest story that I read was written by a man in his 50s with terrible lay off stories and suicidal tendencies in his all-too-recent history. His story is common. The people who are suffering do not always stand up to be counted in the ranks of those who are not doing as well as others because of pride and the judgment bestowed upon them by others who are doing well.

Will Romney's post-debate bounce affect Senate races?

Definitely, maybe.

Polls are now starting to show what many expected after Wednesday's presidential debate: a bounce for Mitt Romney.  Instant polls and commentator consensus (even among many Democrats!) gave Romney a convincing win in the debate.  Now the "horse race" polls are starting to show the impact, with Romney appearing to make solid gains in interviews conducted after voters had a chance to process the debate and its aftermath.

Research shows that the analysis of the debate can have as much impact as the debate itself, as "gaffes" and "body language" and the like are sometimes micro-analyzed to the point of absurdity.  But it can also matter what from the debate soaks into popular culture (late-night comedians, drive-time radio jocks, social media, etc.).

Sometimes the reaction changes the viewers' initial impressions (Gerald Ford made a comment in 1976 about "Soviet domination of Eastern Europe" that barely made a ripple in viewers' reactions at the time, but its importance grew from the reaction following the debate).  But when the fallout reinforces what the voters think they saw at the time, it can have a cumulative effect.   In this case, it was pretty much all negative for the president.

But how will the debate fallout affect Senate races?

Act for human and civil rights

Scan through these quick actions and sign on in support of causes you care about.

Even though the year is 2012, so many egregious violations of human rights are occurring all around the world—at home and abroad—that it makes you wonder what progress we’ve had at all. What good is an iPhone or 3D television when we still haven’t eradicated war, rape, and other violence? Click below to take action on human rights violations around the world.

Help the children of Syria. Syrian violence continues to escalate, and thousands of children have already died in the country’s brutal civil war. (No war is ever “civil” and I’ll never stop crying over the irony.) Please click here to write to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and ask him to make sure he is doing all in his power to help the children of Syria and that every crime against children is being recorded to give those who are committing these atrocities swift justice.

Vote the bum out!

We're on the wrong path.

John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are names that conjure up inspiration, optimism and confidence. To hear them speak was to just know in your soul that things were manageable and will turn out fine. Patriotism was at its peak during the time these leaders were in office.

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