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Celeb birthdays for Aug. 4, 2012

Singer Frankie Ford is 73. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 68. Actor Billy Bob Thornton is 57. Actress Kym Karath (“The Sound of Music”) is 54. Actress Lauren Tom (“Joy Luck Club,” “Men in Trees”) is 53. Drummer Rob Cieka of Boo Radleys is 44. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 44. …

Latin America’s new authoritarians

CARACAS, Venezuela – More than two decades after Latin America’s last right-wing dictatorships dissolved, a new kind of authoritarian leader is rising in several countries: democratically elected presidents who are ruling in increasingly undemocratic ways. Unlike the iron-fisted juntas of a generation ago, these leaders do not assassinate opposition figures …

Scouting’s Gay Founder? – NYTimes.com

WITH more and more American institutions becoming inclusive and even openly gay-friendly, the Boy Scouts of America has just reaffirmed its unregenerate straights-only status: a special committee, formed in 2010, recently announced the organization’s intention of sticking with the 2000 Supreme Court decision that it is within its constitutional rights …

Mitch McConnell: Covering 30 million uninsured is `not the issue’ – The Plum Line – The Washington Post

Mitch McConnell’s appearance today on Fox News Sunday was remarkably revealing — it showed as clearly as you could want that the Supreme Court decision is finally forcing Republicans to declare what, exactly, they would replace Obamacare with if they realize their goal of repealing it entirely. Pressed by Chris …