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The Associated Press Has a Bad DREAM

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By Doug Powers  •  December 19, 2010 10:36 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Tom Blumer at Newsbusters passes along this Associated Press headline/story about the DREAM Act being voted down yesterday:


Republicans block youth immigration bill

Senate Republicans on Saturday doomed an effort that would have given hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military

Sponsors of the Dream Act fell five votes short of the 60 they needed to break through largely GOP opposition and win its enactment before Republicans take over the House and narrow Democrats’ majority in the Senate next month.

“Mom! Republicans are being mean to poor, helpless kids again!”

A) It wasn’t entirely a “youth” bill (one of many misrepresentations), and B) Back in the real world, with 60 votes needed to pass, the DREAM act received 55 “yes” votes. Five Democrats voted “no” (there’s your 60, AP — I know you majored in journalism and not math, but come on) and Democrat Joe Manchin didn’t vote due to more important Christmas party obligations. To provide what would have been a safety buffer, three Republicans and two Independents votes “yes.”

The Republicans weren’t in a position to block anything, up to and including bias from the Associated Press.

**Written by Doug Powers

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