Here is a seven-minute excerpt from Democracy Now's coverage of Thursday's Senate hearings on John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director. In his analysis, author Jeremy Scahill says "the conversation that took place was as though they were talking about adding a wing onto a school in Idaho.”
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2005—Abstinence-only education budget increased:
|Remember when Bush promised to cut only those federal programs that were "ineffective" or "duplicative"?
He should've added "or are demanded by my base" to that list.
Abstinence-only sex education programs have had "little impact" on Texas teenagers' behavior, according to an ongoing study funded by the Texas Department of Health and presented to state officials last week, the Dallas Morning News reports. Buzz Pruitt, professor of health and kinesiology at Texas A&M University, and colleagues examined five abstinence-only sex education programs at more than 24 schools across Texas.
For the study, junior high and high school students filled out an anonymous 10-page questionnaire on their sexual behavior. The study found that 23% of ninth-grade girls reported having had sexual intercourse before they received abstinence education, a percentage below the national average.
However, the study found that 28% of the same girls reported having had sexual intercourse after receiving abstinence education, a percentage that is "closer to that of their peers across the state," according to the Morning News. In addition, the study found that the percentage of ninth-grade boys reporting having had sexual intercourse remained unchanged before and after abstinence education; however, the percentage of 10th grade boys reporting sexual activity "jumped" from 24% to 39% after participating in abstinence education, according to the Morning News.
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On today's Kagro in the Morning show
, we wrap up the week with visits from Greg Dworkin
. Topics: the LAPD nightmare; super-early horse race numbers in the jockeying for 2016, analysis of recent gun polling. And we all have our say on drones. Plus, I yell about the wacko smoothie shop guy in Utah, whose stunt of charging liberals more for their drinks recently made the news, and preview of the next #GunFAIL news.
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