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01/09/2013 09:32 am ET Updated Mar 11, 2013

The Morning Run Down: News And Notes On Diversity

A federal judge dealt a blow to what officials insist is one of New York City's most effective but also widely criticized crime-fighting tools. Stop and Frisk can't continue as is in the Bronx.

As Barack Obama prepares for a second term the nation's first black President may be building a team of nearly all white and male cabinet officials and top-level staff leading some to make alarming comparisons between Obama and George W. Bush.

A South Carolina Mexican Restaurant forces it's employees to advertise it's troubling brand of immigration enforcement -- on their uniforms. Let's just say there's an image of a taco and an allusion to a rat trap involved.

The nation's fast-growing and largely affluent Asian population is exerting new levels of philanthropic and cultural influence, according to the New York Times. What does the pattern mean for larger population groups for whom economic struggles remain a common experience?

Since the November election a movement that started with a small group of bold and fully bi-cultural and bilingual undocumented immigrant students has caught fire and spread.

New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat with rumored national political ambitions, plans to propose one of the nation's most restrictive assault weapons bans today.

Turns out Stand Your Ground Laws, policies that grant some legal protection to people who use deadly force to defend themselves or others, are as dangerous as they sound. States with stand your ground policies in place have seen homicides grow nearly 10 percent.

The ideological war between those who think that taxes and government should always be reduced and those who believe that public revenue needs to be marshaled for long term public needs has taken on new meaning in Texas. Lawmakers are debating what to do with the state's projected $8.8 billion surplus. Some object to calls to restore $5.4 in education funding cut during the economic downturn. What happens matters. Texas' population is not only large, but young and exceedingly diverse in ways that will soon characterize the rest of the American population. What happens with education funding matters.

As the nation moves slowly towards more "ordinary" levels of unemployment black joblessness remains at 14 percent. The Loop 21 took a look at what that means in Oakland. Remember unemployment is a measure of those looking for work but unable to find it. It doen't include the very-long term unemployed and those who have given up the hunt.

Latinos' limited buy in on Pan-Hispanic identity clashing with a U.S. Census proposal to reclassify Latino as a race rather than an ethnicity. Where will Afro-Latinos classify themselves? What about Latinos who self-identify as white?

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's illness has forced officials to push back his scheduled Jan. 10 inauguration and some are now contemplating just what a post-Chavez Venezuela will look like.

Finally, a hat tip to a city close to my heart where I lived for almost five years. Nashville is having a moment. How? The city has finally embraced it's own unique cultural stew. "On a Venn diagram, the place where conservative Christians and hipsters overlap would be today's Nashville." - The New York Times

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