– New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer, in an article on yesterday's vote on Capitol Hill: falling 5 votes short of the need 2/3 majority, the Senate rejected U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, notwithstanding a from-his-wheelchair plea by 89-year-old Bob Dole, formerly the Senate's majority leader and a Republican candidate for President. The 2006 treaty, which entered into force in 2008, has 155 states parties. By yesterday's vote the United States – though it signed the treaty in July 2009, as Hope Lewis then posted – remains a nonparty state.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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