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*'''[[Debate: Israeli blockade of Gaza]]''' has been in the news with the attempts of a 10-boat flotilla of activists to break the blockade and provide humanitarian aid.[http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/15439/World/Region/US-Gaza-flotilla-out-of-its-port-but-stopped-by-Gr.aspx] *'''[[Debate: Israeli blockade of Gaza]]''' has been in the news with the attempts of a 10-boat flotilla of activists to break the blockade and provide humanitarian aid.[http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/15439/World/Region/US-Gaza-flotilla-out-of-its-port-but-stopped-by-Gr.aspx]
*'''[[Debate: Gay marriage]]''' Gay marriage was legalized in New York state on June 24th, 2011. It became the sixth and largest state in the United States to do so, supporting the case for gay marriage and reinvigorating the debate on the subject.[http://www.seattlepi.com/national/politico/article/Gay-marriage-backers-hope-for-national-boost-from-1440303.php] *'''[[Debate: Gay marriage]]''' Gay marriage was legalized in New York state on June 24th, 2011. It became the sixth and largest state in the United States to do so, supporting the case for gay marriage and reinvigorating the debate on the subject.[http://www.seattlepi.com/national/politico/article/Gay-marriage-backers-hope-for-national-boost-from-1440303.php]
-*'''[[Debate: Corn ethanol]]:''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/opinion/25Rattner.html?_r=1&hp Steven Rattner. "The Great Corn Con." NYTimes. June 24th, 2011]+*'''[[Debate: Corn ethanol]]:''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/opinion/25Rattner.html?_r=1&hp Steven Rattner. "The Great Corn Con." NYTimes. June 24th, 2011][[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]]
*'''[[Debate: Natural gas]]:''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26gas.html?_r=1&hp "Insiders sound an alarm amid a natural gas rush." New York Times. June 25th, 2011] *'''[[Debate: Natural gas]]:''' [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26gas.html?_r=1&hp "Insiders sound an alarm amid a natural gas rush." New York Times. June 25th, 2011]
*'''[[Debate: Puerto Rico statehood in America| Puerto Rico statehood in America]]''' [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june11/puertorico2_06-14.html "Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuno on Obama Visit, Ongoing Statehood Debate." PBS.org. June 14th, 2011] *'''[[Debate: Puerto Rico statehood in America| Puerto Rico statehood in America]]''' [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june11/puertorico2_06-14.html "Puerto Rico Gov. Fortuno on Obama Visit, Ongoing Statehood Debate." PBS.org. June 14th, 2011]
-*'''[[Debate: Pre-selecting sex of children| Pre-selecting sex of children]]''' [http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/dahl20110517 "FDA Bans Gender Selection Procedure." Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. May 11th, 2011][[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]] +*'''[[Debate: Pre-selecting sex of children| Pre-selecting sex of children]]''' [http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/dahl20110517 "FDA Bans Gender Selection Procedure." Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. May 11th, 2011]
*'''[[Debate: War on Drugs| War on Drugs]], [[Debate: Legalization of Marijuana| Legalization of Marijuana]], [[Debate: Legalization of drugs| Legalization of drugs]].''' The executive summary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy report announced in early June: “The global war on drugs has failed,” reigniting the debate on whether the "war" should be abandoned or dramatically changed.[http://homertribune.com/2011/06/drug-war-failing/] *'''[[Debate: War on Drugs| War on Drugs]], [[Debate: Legalization of Marijuana| Legalization of Marijuana]], [[Debate: Legalization of drugs| Legalization of drugs]].''' The executive summary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy report announced in early June: “The global war on drugs has failed,” reigniting the debate on whether the "war" should be abandoned or dramatically changed.[http://homertribune.com/2011/06/drug-war-failing/]
-*'''[[Debate: Abortion| Abortion]]''' The abortion debate has gained increasing attention in recent weeks as Republicans, empowered across the US after the 2010 election, push for stricter abortion laws: [http://iowaindependent.com/57176/house-amended-abortion-bill-passes-without-debate Meghan Malloy. "House-amended abortion bill passes without debate." The Iowa Independent. June 8th, 2011] 
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