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July 29, 2008 5:00 PM
Laura's Daily E-Blast - July 29, 2008
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P2TP VICTORY! Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn's fearless leadership, the Democrats' $11 billion pork-filled monstrosity ironically titled the Advancing America's Priorities Act has gone down in flames! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fell eight votes short of the 60 needed to break the Republican filibuster. To the consternation of clueless Democrats everywhere, this means such pressing "priorities" as funding Polish museums, creating a commission on the War of 1812, and regulating the interstate transport of apes and monkeys will just have to wait.

So don't forget to say thanks. If your senators voted the right way, take a moment to send them an 'atta boy.

THE DUMBEST GENERATION? Emory University English professor Mark Bauerlein (author of "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future") appeared on today's show (365ers, click here to listen) to confirm what many of us have already started to notice: The Digital Age is wreaking havoc on young Americans' reading and writing abilities. Of course, the Internet offers countless opportunities for learning, but Mark's research found that kids are using it for vanity rather than intellectual enrichment. Spending endless hours texting, chatting, and posting every intimate detail of their lives online, kids today suffer a new kind of peer pressure -- one that keeps them locked in a state of immaturity. Far from using the 'net for mental enrichment, Bauerleins discovered that average high school students spend an hour per week studying for their classes online and nine hours on social networking sites. No wonder kids' standardized test scores for reading comprehension have been falling since the birth of the 'net.

Worried about your kids? Here's an easy solution: Get the computer and television out of their rooms and set limits! Trade online time for time spent reading and writing. The study and work habits your kids learn during their teenage years will stick with them for years. They'll thank you for it later.
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