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Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. listens at left as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speak during a news conference on on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, to urge Senate approval of an international agreement for protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Editorial Sampler: Utah. Utah’s evil twin.

First Published Dec 07 2012 02:38 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2012 02:46 pm

Utah’s pride ... : Shurtleff promotes humane reforms — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial... The fact that one of our elected officials, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, is a leader in the move to bring the Republican Party around to the need for immigration reform that is not only comprehensive, but humane, brings honor on the entire state of Utah. ...

— ... Utah’s shame: Lee, Hatch destroy a humane treaty — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial... The fact that one of our elected officials, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, was a leader in the move to block Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty promoting the rights of disabled people world-wide brings shame on the entire state of Utah

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An irrational vote against disability treaty — Kansas City Star Editorial... Ratification would simply affirm the dignity and fair treatment of disabled people, including veterans. It would give the United States a chance to show its exceptionalism. All of that should have appealed to Republicans. But as has been made painfully obvious, this is not Bob Dole’s Senate anymore.

Disabled Senate rejects U.N. rights treaty — USA Today Editorial... Despite GOP efforts to recalibrate after last month’s election losses, the treaty vote reflected the continuing influence of a fringe that gets frantic about anything involving the United Nations. ...

Treaty backers can’t have it both waysSen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, for USA Today... If the treaty cannot be used to force changes in American law, how can it then be used to change the laws of other countries? ...

Lesson on leadership: George W. Bush was right to support treaty for those with disabilities — Anniston Star Editorial... Call him Bush the Barometer, a handy guide to how far one side of the political equation has slid off the deep end. In Thursday’s offering, we reminded Republicans how the former president was a measured and tolerant voice amid a sea of his fellow Republicans itching to amp up the rhetoric against illegal immigrants. Today, he’s back for a lesson on U.S. leadership. Or better explained, an illustration of how too many elected Republicans in Washington are prone to tinfoil-hat conspiracies. ...

Jon Stewart: Have Republicans Hit ‘Rock Bottom’ With Failed United Nations Disability Treaty? — The Huffington Post (with video of Jon Stewart)... Show us something in size crazy....

Hutchison-Kyl bill a welcome GOP immigration step — Dallas Morning News Editorial... Is a softening of the GOP’s traditional hard line a political calculation? Quite possibly. Still, movement is movement and should not be slapped down reflexively. ...

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