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Tuesday, June 20

The Real Issues at Stake.

Earlier this month, "I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one," said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. "I think this debate is very healthy, and it's winning a lot of hearts and minds. I think we're going to show real progress." (Senate set to reject gay marriage ban)

On Saturday, Governor Blanco signed a law that would ban all abortions in Louisiana: "The ban would apply to all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, except when the mother's life is threatened."

This morning's breaking news from Louisiana: National Guard ordered to New Orleans

Gov. Kathleen Blanco ordered National Guardsmen to help police patrol the city for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, following a bloody weekend that brought fears of crime disrupting the city's delicate reconstruction.


Frustration over a rise in crime reached a tipping point on Saturday when five teenagers in an SUV were shot and killed in the city's deadliest attack in at least 11 years. Police said the attack was apparently motivated by drugs or revenge. Also, a man was stabbed to death Sunday night in an argument over beer.

The killings brought this year's murder toll to 53, raising fears that violence was back on the rise in a city that was plagued by violent crime before Katrina drove out much of the population last year.
See what happens when you don't ban abortion soon enough? Look what happened after the Senate rejected the gay marriage ban. If you don't stay on top of the pressing issues of the day, crime runs rampant.

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