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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Sens. Lee and Hatch make themselves unpopular ...

Sen. Lee, you’re no Bob Dole — George Pyle | The Salt Lake Tribune ... For the rest of my life, I can say I met Bob Dole once or twice and be proud of a very meager connection to a truly great American. None of my fellow Utahns can say that about either of our senators.

Sen. Hatch joins Lee on the low road — Paul Rolly | The Salt Lake Tribune ... Orrin, you broke my heart. ... I had high hopes for a return to your statesman’s persona. Instead, at least so far, you have chosen to take the low road.

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Anderson Cooper Calls Out GOP Senator: You Have ‘Very Scary Hypotheticals’ But No Proof — Josh Feldman | Mediaite (h/t Political Cornflakes) ... Cooper pressed Lee to explain how approving the treaty would change U.S. law, despite legal claims to the contrary that it would not. Lee cited a provision in the treaty granting international "entitlement rights," and another provision that he believed would "undermine the rights of parents." When Lee said that there is an abortion plank in the treaty, Cooper challenged him by saying it only grants the same health care rights to the disabled as everyone else overseas. ...

The problem with Mike Lee — Charles Pierce | Esquire (h/t Utah Policy) ... There are no "decent Republicans" any more, ... There are only empowered crackpots and their cowardly enablers. Chief among the former is "constitutional scholar" Mike Lee, the rookie senator from Utah, who was still crowing on his website this morning about the great victory he won over the onrushing hordes of UN curb-cutters, and his signature triumph over common sense. ...

Stewart Rips GOP: ‘They Hate The United Nations More Than They Like Helping People In Wheelchairs’ — Mediaite

Parsing Republican paranoia on the disability treaty — Michael McGough | Los Angeles Times ... Paranoia strikes deep. That’s the bottom-line explanation for the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. ...

Profiles in cowardice — James Downie | The Washington Post/sltrib.com... These senators shook Dole’s hand, looked him in the eye and, once he left the floor, turned their backs on him, on his fellow disabled veterans and on disabled people throughout the world. They did not stand tall and proud against the treaty. No, these senators "whispered their opposition" or "gestured from their chairs." (Remember that senators, no strangers to C-Span, know that the network’s microphones can pick up their votes if they wish to be heard.) These were not the actions of men and women who were proud of their vote. These senators knew, privately, that their vote was wrong.

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