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Feeling overwhelmed by Spanos cards blaming debate for Karl Rove?  Well this may be the post for you.


Former debater Ahilan Arulanantham has been awarded a MacArthur genius grant 


The fellowship prize announcement, which was made public on Thursday, comes at a bittersweet moment for Arulanantham. It was just days after the U.S. Appeals Court rejected the class action lawsuit he is working on to guarantee legal representation to immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America. That was a significant setback for the case, and he says the grant is no consolation prize.

“Honestly I would trade the award to win appointed council for children in a heartbeat,” Arulanantham, 43, told me in a phone interview. “It is definitely difficult to work on immigrant rights. At the same time, it gives me great encouragement when a foundation of this stature recognizes the importance of your work.”


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