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I couldn’t let Independence Day without noting this irony. Today, while here in Washington DC and throughout the country, we are celebrating the independence we won from England to govern ourselves as we see fit, Washington DC is turning to England and Europe to get the same thing for themselves.

D.C. Voting Rights Push Gets Foreign Backing

A committee of European and U.S. legislators gave an overwhelming show of support to residents of the District yesterday, calling upon Congress to give them a vote on the nation's laws.

The unusual vote came at an annual meeting of an international group that promotes democratic principles and human rights. While also voting on resolutions that support fighting human trafficking, sexual exploitation and religious oppression worldwide, a committee of the group backed a resolution calling for equal voting rights for 560,000 residents of the city hosting the conference. The full assembly is expected to endorse the resolution this week.

from Saturday… Think Locally, Act Globally

from Thursday… Voting-Rights Activists in a Blue Mood