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  • Letter From Washington: Republican Problems Come From Within

    NYT > Politics
    ALBERT R. HUNT | BLOOMBERG VIEW
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Accomplishments as well as maturity have been in short supply during the first 200 days of the 114th Congress.
  • Michael Bay Made a Movie About Benghazi and It Looks Insane

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones
    Tim Murphy
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Anthropomorphic stick of dynamite Michael Bay, the director of The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and four Transformers movies (also Pain and Gain—don't forget Pain and Gain!), has made a movie about the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. The movie's release date is January 15, 2016—just in time for the Iowa caucuses. The film, 13 Hours, based on a book by the same name, is sure to prompt lots of discussion—intelligent and otherwise—on the presidential candidacy of former Secretary of State…
  • Out-Trumping Trump

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Republican politicians figured out a long time ago that running for president was a good way to get lots of publicity (often for free). This resulted in the 2012 Republican primary having a mind numbing total of 20 television debates and a slew of additional debate-like events, including a Twitter debate sponsored by TheTeaParty.net. The Republican party responded by changing their rules in an attempt to limit the number of politicians who could participate in an official debate to ten, based on their national polling results. But as we approach the first debate, the candidates who are in…
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    * It’s never too early for dueling cross-party campaign speeches: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took a swipe at Republican rival Jeb Bush here Friday before a mostly African American crowd where the national debate over race, violence and law enforcement was on full display. Speaking ahead of Bush, Clinton delivered a speech in […]
  • Will Prosecutors Charge Officers Who Lied to Protect Ray Tensing After He Fatally Shot Sam DuBose?

    Democracy Now!
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been released on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to the murder of Sam DuBose. Tensing, who is white, fatally shot the 43-year-old African-American man on July 19 after stopping him for not having a front license plate. Two additional officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, have been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, new information shows that Officer Phillip Kidd and another officer on scene during the DuBose shooting were involved in the death of an unarmed African-American man five years earlier.
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    The Atlantic

  • An Innovative Library in Oregon, and Other Reports From the Road

    James Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Ever wonder how the bison got its hump? Wonder no more. Explanation of this creature, shown at the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, coming up soon. (James Fallows) Over the past three months my wife Deb and I have been doing a lot of traveling, interviewing, and reporting for our American Futures series, for a set of posts that we haven’t published yet but will roll out in coming weeks. We’ve been (briefly) in Chico, California; then for an extended period in the Bend/Prineville/Redmond area of central Oregon; then along the Columbia River and Snake River gorges toward the twin towns…
  • A Library of Good Ideas

    Deborah Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    Photos Deborah Fallows In 2010, the administrators of the Deschutes Public Library system, in the beautiful high desert region of central Oregon, had a great idea. As part of their extensive research about their patrons’ library use and needs, they would also film some Q & As with community residents about the library. For Todd Dunkelberg, the director of the six-branch Deschutes (sounds like de-shoots) libraries, the results were a wake-up call about the library’s visibility and familiarity. “People felt guilty about not knowing about their library,” he told me. After visiting a…
  • Why the U.S. Can't Build an Opposition Army in Syria

    Matt Schiavenza
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey testify during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on "Counter-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) Strategy" on Capitol Hill in Washington, United Styates, July 7, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque /Reuters) Last week, the U.S. finally received some good news in Syria:.After months of prevarication, Turkey announced that the American military could launch airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria from its base in Incirlik. The development signaled that Turkey, a regional…
  • Between the World and Me: Saving the Next Generation

    Harold A. Pollack
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    Lee Celano / Reuters Over the next few weeks, The Atlantic will be publishing a series of responses to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me. (An excerpt is available online.) This is the fifth in a series. Readers are invited to send their own responses to hello@theatlantic.com, and we will post their strongest critiques of the book and the accompanied reviews. To further encourage civil and substantive responses via email, we are closing the comments section. You can follow the whole series on Twitter at #BTWAM, or to read other responses to the book from Atlantic readers and…
  • An Introverted Writer’s Lament

    Meghan Tifft
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Atlantic Whether we’re behind the podium or awaiting our turn, numbing our bottoms on the chill of metal foldout chairs or trying to work some life into our terror-stricken tongues, we introverts feel the pain of the public performance. This is because there are requirements to being a writer. Other than being a writer, I mean. Firstly, there’s the need to become part of the writing “community”, which compels every writer who craves self respect and success to attend community events, help to organize them, buzz over them, and—despite blitzed nerves and staggering…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Ever wondered why humanity's alone in the universe? It's because we don't exist

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hello aliens! We are naked, and also kind of lumpy. Author's Note—This is a piece about the universe, aliens, computers, bastards and why there may not be, but probably are, alien computer bastards. It's long, long enough that this is only part 1 of 3. And you know how much you hate things like that. It will not help anyone win the Iowa caucuses. Plus... there's math. It's simple math, but still. Math. On a Sunday. If I were you, I'd just skip it. If you do step past the great orange gate to see what's inside, expect to be confronted with possible answers to the Grand Mysteries of…
  • Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders is a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party that must happen

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    There is an epic battle being fought in the Democratic Party. While it is getting coverage, the context of the coverage is all wrong. The battle is not about who best serves Democrats. It is about the soul of the Democratic Party. It is about what it will mean to be a Democrat going forward. Democrats sold out their values over the last 30 years. Ronald Reagan successfully gave the country a semblance of supply-side economics success, using Keynesian economics with a supply-side facade. He slashed taxes mostly for the wealthy and supplemented the shortfall with deficit spending. When the…
  • The Holocaust, slavery, and the Republicans’ routinely repulsive rhetoric

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In the course of American and world history, slavery and the Holocaust are sui generis cataclysms. Any comparisons—especially casual ones—to the Nazi genocide of European Jewry and the bondage and oppression of African Americans necessarily diminish these unique and unparalleled horrors. To seriously equate the ordinary to the almost unimaginable is a special kind of blasphemy that rightly prompts most reasonable people to recoil in disgust. Sadly, the ranks of reasonable people apparently don't include many of the leading lights of the Republican Party and its amen corner in the…
  • The Hunting of Hillary: A conversation with Joe Conason

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Joe Conason, the editor in chief of National Memo, and who, with Gene Lyons, wrote the seminal book about the media's bizarre crusade against Bill Clinton, The Hunting of the President (also in documentary film format), is a man for the moment, given the media's second wind in applying the Clinton Rules. And he is stepping up, penning a new e-book with Lyons titled The Hunting of Hillary (It's FREE!). Conason was kind enough to give us a few moments to talk about the media and the Clintons, surely one of the strangest stories of the last 25 years, as discussed below. So Joe, do you feel like…
  • Ted Cruz again claims Obama works to the benefit of our enemies. And the movement loves him for it.

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    I would say that Sen. Ted Cruz has gone off the rails, but throughout his short career Ted Cruz has never been on them. He is rail-less. “If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz said during a round table Tuesday. And it Just. Keeps. Getting. Worse. [Speaking to conservative radio host Dana Loesch, Cruz] accused Obama, along with Secretary Kerry and former Secretary Clinton, of trying to “snuggle up to radical Islamic regimes who hate America,” adding that “this administration undermines…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • 9-Year-Old Bat Boy in Critical After Being Struck by Bat

    rcade
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    A 9-year-old bat boy was in critical condition after getting hit in the head with a bat by a baseball player taking practice swings in Kansas. The Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team, said Kaiser Carlile was wearing a helmet when he was struck during a game against the San Diego Waves in Wichita Saturday afternoon. A witness told NBC affiliate KSNW that the boy was running to bring back a bat after an out when he was hit by a batter taking a practice swing.
  • 'Anaconda' Becomes Protest Song in India

    rcade
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The music of the Nicki Minaj song "Anaconda" has been turned into a protest song in India against toxic mercury contamination caused by a Unilever operated thermometer factory in the country. Rapper Sofia Ashraf of Chennai, India, wrote the song to call attention to the conditions that led to the deaths of 45 workers and 12 of their children, according to Huffington Post India. The song promotes an online petition that states, "Malarkodi was exposed to mercury poisoning, along with a thousand others at Unilever's Kodaikanal thermometer assembly plant. The factory operators did not give its…
  • Trump Sought Visas for 1,100 Foreign Workers

    reinheitsgebot
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners. A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data reveals that this is business as usual in the New York property magnate's empire. Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Most of the applications were approved,…
  • 'Do Not Try to Approach the Turkey'

    rcade
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    A turkey living on the University of Michigan's North Campus has captured the attention of students, staff and police for the past month. The bird has been spotted roaming the open campus' wooded areas, chasing passers-by and even attempting to board buses. "He hasn't hurt anybody, but he's a very aggressive bird," University of Michigan Police Department deputy chief Melissa Overton said. "Do not try to approach the turkey. We've gotten calls from people who have been trapped and unable to move because he's cornered them."
  • Men Leave Dead Woman Behind at House Party

    rcade
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    Two Michigan men are facing criminal charges after they went to a house party with their friend, woke up to find she was dead and allegedly left her there without telling anybody. Austin C. Carruthers, 22, and another man and woman went to the party on March 25 with Heather Jo Campau, 25. "Campau went to bed. Some point later, (the other man) woke up, knew she was dead, could tell by looking at her she was dead, felt her and could tell she was dead, got Carruthers up, and they basically took off and left her there," Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Stroud said. "They did not contact…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Good Times At Stone Mountain

    Josh Marshall
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Despite calls for participants to refrain from using racial slurs at a rally on behalf of the Confederate flag at the Confederate memorial at Stone Mountain, Georgia (aka the Confederate Mount Rushmore), things apparently did not all go according to plan. While most of the roughly 800 participants professed to be focused on heritage not race, some got into heated arguments with a mixed race crowd of protestors there to voice their opposition to the flag and the monument. Read More →
  • Post-Cecil, Shit Gets Real

    Josh Marshall
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Texas man injured after bullet ricochets off armadillo he was trying to shoot.
  • Satisfied

    Josh Marshall
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Critic who launched right-wing/RNC freakout over AP History standards says he's satisfied with revisions/cave in.
  • Highly Instructive

    Josh Marshall
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    So it turns out Times editor Dean Baquet refused to publish the Clinton campaign's pushback email about the egregiously botched "criminal referral" story the paper published. I'm not going to get on the outrage bandwagon over that. This is high stakes Kabuki on both sides. The Clinton campaign may actually be happy they refused to publish - a better story than having their letter published in the paper. But ... there's still something highly instructive we can draw from this. It is a really good object lesson on how much more wildly the Times gets played by Republicans than it ever does by…
  • Shocking

    Josh Marshall
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Shocking photos of that Orthodox fanatic stabbing Israeli celebrants at the Jerusalem Pride parade.
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    Political Animal

  • The Tension Liberals Can't Avoid

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It is gratifying to see Glenn Greenwald - one of President Obama's harshest critics from the left - write in defense of the Iran nuclear deal against neocons who are trying to sabotage it. As usual with neocons, they are being deceitful about their actual intent. They don’t want a “better deal”: at least not one that’s plausible. They want to keep Iran isolated and demonized and ultimately to depose its leadership through war or other means of aggression. They hate the Iran deal precisely because it’s likely to avert that aggression and normalize the…
  • Debate Prep

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    As I'm sure you all know by now, the first Republican primary debate of the 2016 presidential race will take place this coming Thursday to be moderated by Fox News. We won't get final word on the participants and format until Tuesday, but here's an early look at what we know now. In terms of participants, it looks like the final two slots will come down to polling averages between Christie, Kasich and Perry. Unless something changes in the next few days, Perry is out. That means that the following group is in: Trump, Walker, Bush, Carson, Cruz, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio, Christie and Kasich.
  • Hamilton: A New Look at Our Founding Fathers

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    I have to admit to taking a certain amount of pleasure in the fact that - as tea partiers attempt to appropriate our "Founding Fathers" in support of their current political aspirations - the biggest thing on Broadway is a hip-hop musical in which Black and Brown Americans portray the lead characters in our country's origins. Have you heard the buzz about Hamilton? If not, here's how Chris Hayes introduces his interview with its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Six years ago, Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform during an evening of song and poetry at the White House. The writer, composer…
  • A Carrot and Stick Approach to Climate Change

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
    By now we all know that this Congress will do nothing to combat global climate change. And so, what we see happening is that President Obama will use his "pen and phone" strategy to institute both a carrot and stick approach to begin the process of addressing this issue. On the carrot side, this week the President's American Business Act on Climate Change initiative made a pretty big announcement. US corporate giants including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway and Goldman Sachs are looking to invest at least $140bn to shrink their carbon footprints, according to media reports...
  • Donald Trump and the Republican Id

    2 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    I have to admit that there are times I'm tempted to agree with George Will that Donald Trump is just trolling Republicans. But whether intended or not, he is demonstrating what happens when you take Republican rhetoric to its logical (?) conclusion. And it's definitely NOT a pretty picture. What is it that Trump is suggesting he would do on the issues the Republicans are so concerned about. When it comes to Obamacare, he'd "repeal it and replace it with something terrific." Sounds good, huh? And when it comes to the 11 million undocumented workers in this country, just round 'em up and get…
 
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    TIME

  • Obama to Unveil ‘Most Important Step’ Ever to Combat Climate Change

    Justin Worland
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The White House plans to unveil regulations on Monday to dramatically curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and eventually revamp the country’s energy industry. The regulations, billed by the President Obama as “the biggest, most important step” ever taken to address climate change, play a key role in the President’s aim to make combatting climate change a priority of his final months in office. The Environmental Protection Agency rules, finalized versions of 2012 and 2014 proposals, call for a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030…
  • Charles Koch Says U.S. Can Bomb Its Way to $100,000 Salaries

    philipelliotttime
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Conservative billionaire Charles Koch is predicting average American incomes of $100,000 annually in roughly a decade if government is scaled back and regulations are scrapped. One way to get there? Building and using more bombs, he jokingly told about 450 donors to the political network he backs. “I think we can have growth rates in excess of 4%. When I’m talking about growth rates, I’m not talking about that GDP, which counts poison gas the same as it counts penicillin,” the 79-year-old industrialist said, veering off his prepared remarks. “What a monstrous…
  • Rubio: Iran Could Nuke California Within a Decade

    philipelliotttime
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio warned Sunday the shores of California are only a decade away from being darkened by a nuclear mushroom cloud from Iran. Speaking to some of the most influential Republican donors in the country at an Orange County retreat organized by billionaires Charles and David Koch, the Florida Republican sounded the alarm that Iran proses a real and short-term threat to Americans at home. Before a crowd of 450 donors, Rubio said Americans need to realize the dangers posed by an unchecked Iran, as well as rising threats from China and Islamic terrorism. “Iran will be not just a…
  • Joe Biden’s Circle Takes Closer Look at 2016 Run

    Dan Stewart
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president. Recent conversations between Biden’s associates and Democratic donors and operatives have led to speculation that Biden will challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s nomination, and…
  • Donald Trump Holds Lead in New Poll as GOP Debate Nears

    Jack Linshi
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican primary field for the 2016 presidential nomination just days before the leading candidates debate for the first time, according to results from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday. The poll found that Trump was the first choice for 19% of Republican primary voters, surging ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 15% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14%. Trump’s lead, according to the Journal, is a “significant” jump from the previous WSJ/NBC poll conducted in June, when only 1% of surveyed Republicans…
 
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  • Koch warns conservatives must demand smaller government

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat this weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government.
  • Obama to unveil 'biggest step ever' in climate fight

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    US President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken" to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy. The White House will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on the pollution from the nation's existing power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions for the first time. Plants will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
  • Climate change: Obama orders steeper cuts from power plants

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.
  • Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran.
  • Obama's climate plan seeks to slash emissions from power plants

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The White House said it will launch the first ever rule on Monday to cut carbon emissions from power plants, a plan that opponents in the coal industry and their political allies will fight in the courts. In a fact sheet issued on Sunday, the White House said President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan will cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan cuts emissions about 9 percent deeper than a last year's draft, the White House said.
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    Political Irony

  • Corruption

    Iron Knee
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Techdirt has a stunning article showing how corrupt we have become. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was trying to force Google’s search engine to stop linking to content that MPAA didn’t like. Search engines are supposed to search for websites, but the MPAA wanted the power to make sites they don’t like simply disappear from search engines, as if they didn’t exist. Of course, the websites still would exist (if you know their domain name or IP address), but you couldn’t search for them to find them. Unfortunately for the MPAA (and fortunately for…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Donald Trump got in some trouble for saying that John McCain is not a war hero, and said, ‘I like people that weren’t captured.’ Not good. In fact, Trump’s people are telling him to lay low for a while until this all combs over.” – Jimmy Fallon “On Saturday Donald Trump had some unkind words for Arizona Senator John McCain. Can you imagine being tortured 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison camp, and then a man whose greatest war-time accomplishment was brokering a peace treaty on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ between Gary Busey and Meat Loaf…
  • Out-Trumping Trump

    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Republican politicians figured out a long time ago that running for president was a good way to get lots of publicity (often for free). This resulted in the 2012 Republican primary having a mind numbing total of 20 television debates and a slew of additional debate-like events, including a Twitter debate sponsored by TheTeaParty.net. The Republican party responded by changing their rules in an attempt to limit the number of politicians who could participate in an official debate to ten, based on their national polling results. But as we approach the first debate, the candidates who are in…
  • No to Transparency

    Iron Knee
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:35 pm
    As part of Obama’s effort to increase transparency and participation in government, the website whitehouse.gov allows people to submit petitions, and guarantees that if any petition receives more than 100,000 signatures, it will receive a response. It is somewhat ironic then that the response to a relatively popular petition was used to strike a blow against transparency. The White House, after a notable two-year delay, has finally responded to a petition that Edward Snowden be pardoned. That petition received 167,954 signatures, more than enough to require a response. The response…
  • The Party of Lincoln

    Iron Knee
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    © Pat Bagley That’s right, Rick Perry thinks that the proper response to the theatre shooting spree that left three people dead (including the shooter) and 11 injured is to have more guns in theatres. What would Lincoln think about that? Related posts: More Party of NO We need a new political party – the Small Party Tea Party Founder to Tea Party: Go Screw Yourself
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • The Revolt Against the Ruling Class

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:21 pm
    "He can't possibly win the nomination," is the phrase heard most often when Washington insiders mention either Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic billionaire and the socialist senior continues to build within each party, the political establishment is mystified. They don't understand that the biggest political phenomenon in America today is a revolt against the "ruling class" of insiders that have dominated Washington for more than three decades. In two very different ways, Trump and Sanders are agents of this revolt. I'll explain the two ways in a moment.
  • NASA's Latest Image Of The International Space Station Is Breathtaking

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    I spy with my little eye... Continuing an epic summer of celestial photography, NASA released a stunning image of the International Space Station on Sunday. The shot, captured by agency photographer Bill Ingalls, shows the ISS flying across the face of the moon at a breakneck five miles per second. There are currently six crew members on board the ISS, which orbits some 300 miles above Earth. The moon, meanwhile, is 238,900 miles away. Ingalls has served as the senior contract photographer for the U.S. space agency for 27 years. You can see more of his stunning work on his personal…
  • A Fair Way to Choose Candidates for Republican Debate: Learning from the Oscars

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    The Republican Party is holding its first presidential debate on August 6, to be televised on Fox News. Fox has decided against inviting all 17 declared presidential candidates to the main debate, and will limit inclusion to the 10 candidates with the highest average poll rating among five recent credible (if still undefined) national polls of Republican voters. The controversy over its decisions points to a better way: lessons from how the Oscars came to be nominated with the fair representation (or "proportional representation") form of ranked choice voting. With seven candidates to be…
  • Obama's 38th Camp David Tour: History of a Presidential Playground With a Vacation Count

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    How high must an American president get to escape the sweltering heat of the Washington summer? About 1,700 feet. That's how high Camp David, the official presidential retreat, sits in the relatively cool Catoctin Mountains, 62 miles from the White House. Maybe -- more on that later. How many times has President Barack Obama retreated there? 38. His mountain stays there have spanned all or part of 91 days -- including his overnight stay Saturday with some old high school and college friends in town to celebrate the president's 54th birthday this coming week. Obama and high school buddies from…
  • Malaysia Seeks Help In Finding More Possible MH370 Debris

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:05 pm
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris. A new piece of debris, meanwhile, found on Sunday on the French island of Reunion in the western Indian Ocean turned out to be a "domestic ladder," and doesn't belong to a plane, Malaysian Director General of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press amid media reports that a new plane part was found. Malaysian government officials will…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Carl Bernstein Rips NY Times For Erroneous Clinton Email Story: "It Was A Travesty"

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    From the August 2 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:Previously: NY Times Public Editor: Clinton Email Story Had "Major Journalistic Problems" That Damaged The Paper's Reputation Veteran Editors And Journalists Rip NY Times' "Ready-Fire-Aim" Approach On Clinton Emails The Atlantic's Ornstein: NY Times' Handling Of Clinton Email Story "A Direct Challenge To Its Fundamental Credibility"
  • Congressman Cummings Explains The Problem With Media's Rush To Trust Anonymous Congressional Leaks

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    The New York Times' latest botched story on emails from former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shows why reporters shouldn't trust leaks from anonymous partisan sources, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wrote in an August 1 op-ed in The Huffington Post. Cummings, the ranking minority member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, detailed how the Republican-led investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks "has been plagued by a series of inaccurate, partisan leaks designed to attack" Clinton. The Times' recent rush to rely on anonymous…
  • George Will Accuses Planned Parenthood Of Running "Meat Markets" With "Harvested" Organs

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Washington Post's George Will likened legal abortion to "barbarism" and "a limitless right to kill, and distribute fragments of, babies." Will cited the debunked notion that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue -- a smear manufactured from a conservative group's recent series of deceptively edited videos -- to accuse the women's health organization of running "federally subsidized meat markets" in a July 31 column. The Fox News contributor claimed that those who support women's ability to make their own reproductive choices see fetuses as lacking "a moral standing…
  • CBS' John Dickerson Fails To Question Huckabee On Suggestion That Military Force Could Stop Legal Abortion

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    In an interview with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Face the Nation host John Dickerson ignored new controversial comments from the former Arkansas governor and Fox News host about using the FBI or U.S. military forces to stop legal abortions throughout the country. On July 31, The Topeka Capitol-Journal reported that Huckabee stated that if he was elected president, he would stop legal abortions from being performed. When questioned by a reporters during two campaigns stops in Iowa if he would use federal troops or the FBI in order to…
  • NY Times Public Editor Acknowledges The Paper's Heightened Scrutiny Of Hillary Clinton

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:12 am
    New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan agreed with concerns that the paper subjects Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to tougher scrutiny than other 2016 contenders, promising to evaluate the Times' future coverage of Clinton for its fairness. Sullivan already strongly criticized the paper on July 27 for its now twice-corrected report that relied on anonymous sourcing to claim that two inspectors general had requested a criminal investigation into Clinton's email use. In reality, the probe was not criminal and was not focused on Clinton personally. The faulty report,…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • The WIP Editor Kate Daniels’ Farewell

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    In 2006, a handful of enthusiastic editors began a collaboration that would ultimately become The WIP. On our first day online, March 7, 2007, I posted my first editorial outlining our vision for The WIP. I imagined “a news website where women were the experts, the public intellectuals, the writers.” I shared with our new community “I am fascinated by the internet and by its potential ... by humanity and our potential,” and my thoughts on the media as force for social change. I value news because it is a source of education. I concluded, as purveyors of news, knowledge and insight,…
  • The Increasing Burden of Diabetes in China

    cesar chelala
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    China’s economic growth in the last three decades has dramatically transformed the nation’s economic landscape, removing 500 million people from poverty. This progress, however, has been accompanied by an increase in some diseases – such as diabetes – notably associated with increased urbanization and changed lifestyles. Twenty-five years ago, the number of people with diabetes in China was less than one percent. Today, China has more than 114 million people suffering from the disease, the highest number of any country in the world. It is estimated that 11.6 percent of Chinese adults…
  • Four Facts You Might Not Know About Housing Demolitions by Israel

    Caitlin Williams
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Annie Slemrod, IRIN, Switzerland - The small Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been drawn into the international spotlight this week, as the US, the UK and the EU condemned plans by the Israeli army to demolish it. The US State Department said its destruction would be “harmful and provocative.” So far the Israeli government has shown no sign it will back off, and activists and locals are sleeping in structures in the village in case the bulldozers come. Susiya, which sits in an Israeli army controlled section of the West Bank called Area C, is set…
  • South Sudan army crushed civilians under tanks: HRW

    Al Jazeera English
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Report by rights group accuses government troops of committing war crimes in rebel-held parts of the Unity State.
  • Texas arrest video ‘was not edited’

    BBC News - Home
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Officials in Texas deny editing police dashcam footage showing the arrest of an African-American woman who died three days later in custody.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWiBprime #722 | I’m Tired

    Shane Paul Neil
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the Samuel DuBose shooting, the public’s empathy in comparison to the death of Cecil the Lion, the extreme fatigue from battling opposition to the #BlackLivesMatter, and the actual killer of DuBose pleading not guilty. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Dara M. Wilson @daramwilson Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #722 | I’m Tired appeared…
  • #TWiBprime #721 | #EarnThisDamnVoteOrLose

    TWiB.FM
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses more stories from #TheEmptyChair, a ridiculous lion assassination, and why we must continue to demand more from those who call themselves “Progressive”. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady EAaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #721 | #EarnThisDamnVoteOrLose appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #720 | #TheEmptyChair

    TWiB.FM
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the New Yorker’s interview with Bill Cosy’s victims, the #TheEmptyChair hashtag, and the disappointing attacks on rape victims. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Emily Epstein White @emeps Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #720 | #TheEmptyChair appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief

    TWiB.FM
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    #TeamBlackness recaps their time at Netroots Nation, the #BlackLivesMatter action, how Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley’s responses, and how to make the progressive space safer for people of color. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Emily Epstein White @emeps Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM   The post #TWiBprime #719 | The #NN15 Debrief appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime #718 | Assorted Chicanery

    TWiB.FM
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses a judge sending children to jail, Attorney General Lynch being reasonable, Serena Williams being underpaid, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Dara M. Wilson @daramwilson Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #718 | Assorted Chicanery appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • Sass-Mouth Barack Obama Sasses The Republicans, Sassily. Your Weekly Top Ten.

    Evan Hurst
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hey Wonkers! It is Sunday, and whew, what a week we had! Your Wonkette got lost (broken because bad server was bad), but then was found (fixed with a shiny new server!), was blind but now it sees! And you all made that possible! If you have not had a chance, please read our heartfelt THANK YOU for all the moneys you gave us to help us in our time of need. Read more on Sass-Mouth Barack Obama Sasses The Republicans, Sassily. Your Weekly Top Ten…. The post Sass-Mouth Barack Obama Sasses The Republicans, Sassily. Your Weekly Top Ten. appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Deleted Comments: A Real Marine In National Security Warns Wonkette To Leave Iran

    Doktor Zoom
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Funny how it all works out: Even during a week when our little mommyblog, recipe hub, and ugly vile little snark mob was brought low by server issues for a day and then some, we had an astonishing number of deleted comments, mostly thanks to 1) an idiot dentist with blood lust (no, not Jack Nicholson in Little Shop of Horrors OR Lawrence Olivier in Marathon Man) and 2) A few really determined trolls on other stories. Let’s get straight to the latter, a garrulous fellow simply named “Ben,” who warned us that Morgan Freeman is lying to America about the Iran nuclear deal: Read…
  • Rick Scott Is Just Like Mother Teresa: Your Florida Roundup

    Florida Correspondent
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    We were worried for a moment there that after last week’s absolute and undeniable perfection, Yr Florida Roundup would have nowhere to go but down. And this turned out to be true, sorry. But we do have this wonderful picture of our dear pre-zombie governor for your edification and amusement, so yay? Read more on Rick Scott Is Just Like Mother Teresa: Your Florida Roundup… The post Rick Scott Is Just Like Mother Teresa: Your Florida Roundup appeared first on Wonkette.
  • None To Beam Up Just Yet: Your Saturday Nerdout

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Happy Saturday, nerdlings! We have all sorts of geeky goodies for you today, so warm up your Oscillation Overthrusters, make sure you have enough gigawatts for your flux capacitors, and have another cup of coffee. Also, you may as well give up on any hope that you’ll get a decent cup of tea from Zaphod Beeblebrox. It ain’t gonna happen. Read more on None To Beam Up Just Yet: Your Saturday Nerdout… The post None To Beam Up Just Yet: Your Saturday Nerdout appeared first on Wonkette.
  • The Snake Oil Bulletin: This Week Full Of Actual Snakes!

    Fare la Volpe
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Greetings and salutations, readers! It’s time once again for the Snake Oil Bulletin, your weekly dose of magical cure-all tonic to detox all the normal shit right out of your system. We have a bulletin bursting with bullshit this week, so let’s dive right into our first story about con artist and human snake Kevin Trudeau. Read more on The Snake Oil Bulletin: This Week Full Of Actual Snakes!… The post The Snake Oil Bulletin: This Week Full Of Actual Snakes! appeared first on Wonkette.
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    Hot Air

  • The Last Ship open thread: All the President’s Handlers

    Ed Morrissey
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Platform. It all comes down to the campaign, eh? Last week’s slam-bang episode of The Last Ship took place mainly on land, as the away team of the USS Nathan James infiltrated the Immunes to exfiltrate the man who may — may — be President of the United States, the former Secretary of HUD. Jeff Michener turned out to […] Read this post »
  • Should colleges be dumping the SAT?

    Jazz Shaw
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Standards CNN’s Stephen Burd and Joanne Zalatoris have an interesting analysis of a decision by George Washington University (among others) to do away with the requirement for applicants to provide their SAT or ACT scores as part of the college admissions process. Is this a good idea and will it improve the general pool of students […] Read this post »
  • CEO who raised workers’ minimum pay to $70K hits predictable problems

    Jazz Shaw
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    The best laid plans... Do you remember that millennial CEO from Seattle who raised the salaries of all of his employees to at least $70K to combat income inequality? That was a really inspirational story for many in the SJW movement and made Dan Price a sort of sainted figure among liberals as he paved the way toward a […] Read this post »
  • Sunday reflection: John 6:24–35

    Ed Morrissey
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Having all sweetness within it. “Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click here. This […] Read this post »
  • Gun used in Garland attempted terror attack may be from Fast and Furious

    Taylor Millard
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Thanks government! The gun used during the attempted terror attack on the “Draw Muhammad” event in Texas may have been bought from the Arizona store linked to Fast and Furious. Los Angeles Times broke the news yesterday which also included the nugget that Nadir Soofi’s purchase was known by the federal government (emphasis mine). Soofi’s attempt to […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Great Business Tips For People Starting One At Home

    Randy
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    TIP! It is fun to start a home business, but it’s also quite challenging. You must first find the business niche that you want to pursue. A home business enterprise is appealing but it is also very intimidating. How do you get started? You may also wonder how you will make it all work. There are so many questions that demand answers. Thankfully, this article gives some solid direction as to how to make a work from home business work for you. Don’t forget to deduct part of your Internet connection expense. Some of the cost from this service can be written off when it comes to…
  • Check Out These Fantastic Stock Market Tips!

    Randy
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    TIP! Utilize an intelligent, long-term plan to help you make as much money as you possibly can from the stock market. You will also be more successful if you have realistic expectations, rather than trying to predict things that are unpredictable. Stock market investments can be an rewarding way to help make your monetary future brighter. However, the only way you can be successful at it is if you know what you are doing. This article contains advice and tips that will enable you to take your stock market investing to the next level. Simple, straightforward strategies are best when investing…
  • Real Estate Advice On How To Buy A Home

    Randy
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    Many homeowners worry about whether their property will retain its value over time. These tips are here to guide you. TIP! Consider what the future may hold when you are in the market to buy a home. While you might not have kids currently, for instance, it’s a good idea to check into the local schools near a potential house if you are planning to have children down the road. You need a business partner you can trust, when purchasing an expensive parcel of commercial property. This makes the loan qualification process much easier when you go to purchase the property. This partner can…
  • Get The Most Out Of Any Insurance Plan

    Randy
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    TIP! Buy more than one kind of insurance from the same company to save on all of your premiums. Typically, companies offer discounts if you have more than one type of insurance policy with them. If you’re shopping for insurance, you want correct and easily understood information to help in the decision-making process. There are many people that claim to have the inside scoop on lots of insurance information, but you really need a concise summary of the key points that can help you the fastest. You will probably find useful advice in the below article. TIP! In choosing the best insurance…
  • Solid Solutions To Running A Successful Online Business

    Randy
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    TIP! If your business requires lots of driving, be certain to keep gas and mileage records. Whether your trip is a short 15 minutes or as long as a full day, you can deduct the trip costs fully on your taxes. It is exciting and rewarding to run your own business, but it comes with its own set of challenges. You should know that going in. The tips below, though, can help you get a running start. TIP! It is important to have different phone lines for your business and home use. When running a successful business, you need to have a dedicated line and message that pertains to the business.
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Paige Gress
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #HALLOFFAME FamousDC launches: DC Intern Hall of Fame! Do you have the absolute best intern in Washington DC? Show your rockstar intern some love by nominating them for the DC Intern Hall of Fame. All you need to do is to email your submission to sarah@famousdc.com. Please include: name of Intern, company/ boss, […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • 20 Totally Free Things to do in DC

    Paige Gress
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    Photo By: Michael Tompsett   #1: See one of the largest selections of portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. #2: Hit the books at the Library of Congress. #3: Rise sky high for the best view of DC at the Washington Monument. #4: Take in the unique works of art at The Phillips Collection Tuesday […] The post 20 Totally Free Things to do in DC appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sh*t DC Says

    Sarah Gunion
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    We pulled this from the vault because it’s too good not to repost. It can also be enjoyed as a drinking game- take a shot every time you’ve said one of these things. Be prepared to get sh*t-faced. The post Sh*t DC Says appeared first on FamousDC.
  • DC Intern Hall of Fame

    Sarah Gunion
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Interns are a unique breed in the human world. They’re at the bottom of the food chain, yet are crucial to its everyday functioning. They graduated with honors and are some of the brightest young minds in the industry, yet their hardest task of the day might be juggling 16 different Chipotle lunch orders while […] The post DC Intern Hall of Fame appeared first on FamousDC.
  • 11th Annual Brew at the Zoo

    Paige Gress
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The National Zoo certainly knows how to throw a party! A huge congratulations to the Smithsonian National Zoo for hosting their 11th annual wildlife conservation fundraiser, Brew at the Zoo. Hundreds of DC folk headed out to the Zoo in support of animal lives and to enjoy a fresh cold one. The beer fest featured over […] The post 11th Annual Brew at the Zoo appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • Switzerland's central bank makes a massive loss

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    ON FRIDAY, the Swiss National Bank (SNB), Switzerland’s central bank, reported second quarter losses of SFr20 billion ($20 billion). Following an equally bad first three months of the year, the SNB’s losses so far for 2015 now amount to a whopping SFr50.1 billion, equivalent to 7.5% of Switzerland's GDP.The SNB's losses were large but not unexpected. For years, the Bank has intervened in foreign exchange markets to prevent the Swiss franc from appreciating above its euro exchange rate cap, set at 1.20 francs per euro in September 2011. In January, the SNB abruptly abandoned its currency…
  • Moldova's bust banks, renewable energy and Turkey's flightless economy

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Moldova's economy: Gutted (Finance)Renewable energy: Puffs of hope (Leaders)Turkey's economy: Flightless (Finance)And don't forget to take a look at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at how ways of fighting poverty.
  • The bears growl

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    IT TAKES some guts to be a bear about the sector you cover if you are an investment strategist. Generally speaking, strategists are employed by banks and banks are in the business of selling securities, the clients are fund managers who do well when asset prices rise and thus tend to dislike a party pooper. Albert Edwards of SocGen is a long-standing bear of equities as a class and many owe his longevity to the entertaining way he phrases his opinions. Life is easier if you have independence. John Paul Smith was a strategist at Deutsche Bank but now gives advice from Ecstrat, a research…
  • Line up, line up

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    IN JUNE, a report revealed that undercover American government agents, posing as passengers, had repeatedly snuck weapons through security checks at the country’s airports. Of the 70 times they tried to smuggle fake guns and bombs past Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials, it was claimed, they were successful on 67 occasions. Unsurprisingly, an internal safety investigation prompted the ouster of Melvin Carraway, TSA’s acting chief. Peter Neffenger, Mr Carraway’s replacement, is pledging to tighten American airport security. Testifying before Congress this week,…
  • Will Britain or America raise interest rates first?

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    AMERICAN and British central bankers face a similar tough choice. On both sides of the Atlantic, the economy is growing moderately, and unemployment is closing in on 5%­­. As a result, wage growth is picking up. But inflation remains low: 0.2% in America and zero in Britain, according to the central banks’ respective preferred measures. And nobody is certain how much slack remains in labour markets­­—a key determinant of inflationary pressure. In this mixed environment, when is the right time to raise rates? And which rate-setters will go first?First, take growth. This week new GDP…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Will Prosecutors Charge Officers Who Lied to Protect Ray Tensing After He Fatally Shot Sam DuBose?

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing has been released on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to the murder of Sam DuBose. Tensing, who is white, fatally shot the 43-year-old African-American man on July 19 after stopping him for not having a front license plate. Two additional officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, have been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, new information shows that Officer Phillip Kidd and another officer on scene during the DuBose shooting were involved in the death of an unarmed African-American man five years earlier.
  • Exposed: The Faces and Fake Names of the People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    As the Senate prepares to vote to defund Planned Parenthood, we look at the Center for Medical Progress, the anti-choice group behind the attacks on Planned Parenthood. The group was founded by David Daleiden who is seen in the undercover sting videos using a fictional name. We speak to RH Reality Check’s Sharona Coutts, who wrote the piece, "Exclusive: The Faces and Fake Names of People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos."
  • Are Undercover Attacks on Planned Parenthood Part of a Broader Effort to Outlaw Abortion?

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Senate is planning to vote as soon as Monday to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in federal funding. The vote comes as Planned Parenthood is coming under fire from anti-choice activists after the release of a series of undercover sting videos were published online. The heavily edited videos suggest the organization profits from supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood said it broke no laws, because abortion providers are allowed to charge costs to cover expenses associated with fetal tissue donation. We speak to Dr. Willie Parker, a physician,…
  • Police Remove Greenpeace Activists from Portland Bridge After They Forced Shell Ship Back to Port

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    In Portland, Oregon, law enforcement officers have removed Greenpeace activists who spent 40 hours suspended from the St. Johns Bridge in order to block an icebreaking ship commissioned by oil giant Shell from leaving for the Arctic. Hundreds of activists have been gathering on the bridge and in kayaks since Tuesday night in efforts to stop Shell’s plans to drill in the remote Chukchi Sea. Early Thursday morning, the suspended Greenpeace activists successfully forced Shell’s ship to turn back to port in a showdown that grabbed international headlines. Joining us to discuss the…
  • Headlines for July 31, 2015

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cincinnati: Officer Ray Tensing Pleads Not Guilty, Freed on $1 Million BailGreenpeace Removed from Portland Bridge After Delaying Shell ShipAmerican Psychological Association Urged to Adopt Ban on InterrogationsIsraeli Settlers Firebomb Palestinian Home, Killing 18-Month-Old BabyJerusalem: Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabs Six During Gay Pride ParadeTaliban Names New Leader After Confirming Mullah Omar's DeathAfghanistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 20 Suspected ISIL MilitantsJudge: Gitmo Suit Denied Since U.S.-Afghanistan War "Has Not Stopped"Hawaii: TPP Negotiators Push for Deal by End of…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Donald Trump Leads In Latest Pre-Debate Poll, Perry Seems Likely To Miss The Debate

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    With just a few days left until the deadline for invitations to Thursday’s debate, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal puts Donald Trump at the top and seems likely to winnow several otherwise qualified candidates off of the main debate stage: Days before the first Republican debate, Donald Trump has surged into the national lead in the GOP primary race, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush following, a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll shows. Trump is the first choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters, while 15 percent back Walker and 14 percent back…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    The “You Stupid American Pigdogs” Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger) 21/112 ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First:Franklin – “Hey Macarena!” Second:OzarkHillbilly – Hey, at least we read it. Third:C. Clavin – Yes…we are marching Israel to the doors of the oven. Oh…wait…it was Huckabee who said that. Never mind. HONORABLE MENTION Tony W – After carefully studying Master Yoda’s techniques, he finally found just the right time to try his levitation trick in public. Disney was happy to sponsor…
  • Swearing in America: Big Data Edition

    James Joyner
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Jason Kottke points me to Stan Carey‘s summary of Jack Grieve’s study of regional variations in swearing patterns across the United States. Having spent the last thirteen years in the DC area, which is the swearing capital of the country in addition to being the political capital, I’m somewhat out of touch. As one might expect, swear words follow. Jack Grieve, lecturer in forensic linguistics at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, has created a detailed set of maps of the US showing strong regional patterns of swearing preferences. The maps are based on an 8.9-billion-word…
  • Backlash Against Boss Who Raised Minimum Salary

    James Joyner
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    Dan Price announced that he’d pay a middle class salary to all his employees. His clients, customers, and even the employees themselves are unhappy. NYT (“A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared“) [A] few customers, dismayed by what they viewed as a political statement, withdrew their business. Others, anticipating a fee increase — despite repeated assurances to the contrary — also left. While dozens of new clients, inspired by Mr. Price’s announcement, were signing up, those accounts will not start paying off for at least another year.
  • Joe Biden Is Thinking About Taking On Hillary Clinton

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The New York Times is reporting that Vice-President Joe Biden is reportedly taking a “new look” at running for President: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers. Mr. Biden’s advisers have started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton or who have grown concerned about…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • A Haven From the Animal Holocaust

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    By Chris Hedges Farm Sanctuary makes you ask: Do you want to abet brutal abuse and mass slaughter? Do you want to eat creatures that clearly have distinct personalities and emotions? Related Entries July 22, 2015 New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 July 20, 2015 VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought
  • The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt In the modern global banking system, all banks need a credit line with the central bank in order to be part of the payments system. Choking off that credit line was a form of blackmail the Greek government couldn’t refuse. Related Entries July 22, 2015 New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 July 20, 2015 VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought
  • Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    By Alex Kirby, Cilmate News Network Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century. Related Entries July 22, 2015 New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 July 20, 2015 VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought
  • Justice Is Blind

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    By Nick Anderson Related Entries July 22, 2015 New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021 July 20, 2015 VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought
  • Progressives Need to Be More Radical Than Bernie Sanders—Here’s Why

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
        Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. (David Becker / AP) None of the 2016 presidential candidates’ approaches to politics will fix this country; they won’t even come close, argues Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect. Kuttner then goes on to list all the issues that ail the economy and the “radical reform” that needs to take place. From The American Prospect: Nothing in mainstream politics takes seriously the catastrophe of global climate change. Few mainstream politicians have the nerve to call for a carbon tax. The budget deadlock and the…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Trump Says Americans Won’t Vote For Another Black President Because Obama Was So Bad

    Emily Atkin
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    President Obama has sort of ruined the whole concept of black presidents, according to Donald Trump. In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate said Americans wouldn’t elect another black president for a long time because of Obama’s “poor standard.” “I think that he has set a very poor standard,” he said. “I think that he has set a very low bar and I think it’s a shame for the African American people.” The statement has the potential to raise some eyebrows, as former white presidents who have been…
  • Donald Trump On Black Lives Matter: ‘We Have To Give Power Back To The Police’

    Emily Atkin
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Asked about growing concerns over police brutality toward black Americans, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday that more power should be given to the police. “It’s a massive crisis,” Trump said on Meet the Press, when asked about the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement. “Some horrible mistakes are made. At the same time, we have to give power back to the police, because crime is rampant.” The “horrible mistakes” Trump mentioned likely refer to the recent instances of brutality toward black Americans at the hands of…
  • Joe Biden Reportedly Considering Run For President

    Jessica Goldstein
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    Joe Biden — Vice President of the United States, celebrity crush of Leslie Knope, hero of The Onion — is reportedly considering a run for president. According to the New York Times, Biden is in the early stages of “actively explor[ing] a possible presidential campaign.” If he joins the race, this would be the third time Biden has sought the presidency. Biden’s advisers are in talks with Democratic leaders and donors “who have not yet committed to Mrs. Clinton or who have grown concerned about what they see as her increasingly visible vulnerabilities as a…
  • Amy Schumer Responds To Open Letter About ‘Trainwreck’ Shooting: ‘Don’t Worry. I’m On It.’

    Jessica Goldstein
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    Days after a shooting at a screening of Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck at a Lafayette movie theater, the daughter of a Sandy Hook shooting survivor posted an open letter to Schumer on Medium. Sarah Clements, whose mother lived through the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting, shared a letter that both supported Schumer’s work — she called the film an “an honest, unapologetic celebration of women’s rights to our bodies, decisions, and independence ” that is “so well-received, so brilliant, so you” — and implored Schumer to be an active, vocal leader…
  • Obama Sends ‘Memo To America’ On The Biggest Thing A President’s Ever Done On Climate Change

    Ryan Koronowski
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Early Sunday morning, the White House shared a video message narrated by President Obama that announced the Monday release of the final version of the Clean Power Plan. Under the plan, the EPA will adopt a rule that regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time, and in the video, Obama called it “the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.” Compared to the proposed rule, the new final version cuts more carbon pollution from the power sector, does it with more renewable energy and less natural gas, while providing…
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    Slate Articles

  • The “How Does a Debate Moderator Work?” Edition

    Aisha Harris
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Listen to this episode of Working with guest John Donvan:
  • “Protect Us Against Our Enemies”

    Julia Harte
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey—Lt. Farhan al-Jassem is not a reluctant soldier, but sadness lurked behind his smile and deep brown eyes when he talked about the last 2½ years he spent trying to fight what he considers the good fight in Syria.
  • The National Politics Edition

    Cathy O'Neil
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Listen to Episode No. 64 of Slate Money:
  • Not Fit to Lead

    William Saletan
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    If Republicans win the White House next year, they’ll almost certainly control the entire federal government. Many of them, running for president or aspiring to leadership roles in Congress, are trying to block the nuclear deal with Iran. This would be a good time for these leaders to show that they’re ready for the responsibilities of national security and foreign policy. Instead, they’re showing the opposite. Over the past several days, congressional hearings on the deal have become a spectacle of dishonesty, incomprehension, and inability to cope with the challenges of a multilateral…
  • The Man Behind Cabin Boy Sails On

    Mike Pesca
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Listen to Episode 310 of Slate’s The Gist:
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Huckabee Says He'd Consider Using Federal Troops to Stop Abortions

    Tim Murphy
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told supporters in Iowa on Thursday that if he were elected president he would consider using the FBI or National Guard to end abortion by force. Per the Topeka Capital-Journal: "I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this," Huckabee said at the event, where a Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent was present. At his next stop, in Rockwell City, Huckabee answered follow-up questions from the correspondent, saying: "All American citizens should be protected." Asked by another reporter how he would stop abortion, and whether this…
  • A Supermarket Tabloid Company is Funding Chris Christie's Super PAC

    Tim Murphy
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    The pro-Chris Christie super-PAC America Leads raised $11 million in the first quarter of 2015, according to filings released by the Federal Election Commission on Friday. Controversial hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen gave $1 million. Cleveland Cavaliers owner (and Quicken Loans chief) Dan Gilbert gave $750,000. Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone and WWE magnate Linda McMahon each dropped $250,000. New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon dropped $100,000 that his team's fans dearly wish he'd spent on an outfielder. Oh, and it's hardly the biggest donation on the list, but America Leads also got…
  • Marco Rubio Uses Cecil the Lion to Shame Planned Parenthood Supporters

    Inae Oh
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Today, Marco Rubio couldn't resist attempting to conflate two recent controversies—an American dentist's admission he killed Cecil the lion and a sting operation currently targeting Planned Parenthood—for the following take: Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2015 The tweet, aside from demonstrating a clear lack of grammar skills, mirrors similar statements from the likes of Rush Limbaugh asserting the same blend of crazy. Rubio should probably lay off of…
  • Michael Bay Made a Movie About Benghazi and It Looks Insane

    Tim Murphy
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Anthropomorphic stick of dynamite Michael Bay, the director of The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and four Transformers movies (also Pain and Gain—don't forget Pain and Gain!), has made a movie about the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. The movie's release date is January 15, 2016—just in time for the Iowa caucuses. The film, 13 Hours, based on a book by the same name, is sure to prompt lots of discussion—intelligent and otherwise—on the presidential candidacy of former Secretary of State…
  • Mark Cuban Has the Dumbest Reason For Supporting Donald Trump

    Ben Dreyfuss
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Mark Cuban is a famous billionaire. He owns the Dallas Mavericks. He also appeared on a few episodes of the terrible TV show Entourage. He apparently is quite the fan of Donald Trump's presidential campaign! Why, you ask? Let him explain: I don't care what his actual positions are. I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years. He doesn't care what his actual positions are? You can never know what is in a politician's heart. Literally all you can go…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • 'Something Has To Happen': Jack Hanna Makes Case For Prison Time For Dentist Who Killed Lion

    David
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Beloved animal expert Jack Hanna, emeritus director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, called for the Walter Palmer to be punished for killing Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, and noted that Americans had been jailed for less severe poaching crimes. During an interview on ABC's This Week, Hanna explained that the world's lion population was declining rapidly. "In 1947 when I was born, there were about 450,000 lions, the mid-70s when my kids were born, there were about 100,000," he told ABC's Jonathan Karl. "Today, there are less than 30,000." Even though Hanna said that he was not there when the…
  • Chris Matthews Distorts Bernie Sanders' Democratic Socialism

    LeftOfCenter
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Chris Matthews wants infighting in the Democratic Party, naturally because it's good for ratings to have more melodrama. He wants a drastic distinction between Hillary Clinton, who is not far enough to the right for Tweety, and Bernie Sanders, who he'd like to portray as a radical Socialist. Unfortunately for him, the Democratic candidates largely agree on matters of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Equal Rights and Immigration Reform. They are markedly different from the GOP clown car which would like to privatize absolutely everything with disastrous consequences. On Meet The Press,…
  • John Dickerson To Mike Huckabee: Has Anyone Ever Won A Debate Using A Nazi Analogy?

    David
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee admitted to CBS host John Dickerson on Sunday that he did not know of any modern debate that had been won by invoking Nazis. In an interview with Breitbart News late last month, Huckabee had suggested that President Barack Obama's administration would trigger a second Holocaust by negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran. "It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians,” Huckabee complained. “By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Dickerson began his interview with Huckabee on Sunday by asking if his…
  • Former Walker Aide Gets Slammed In Her Own Lawsuit

    capper
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Leading into the week of the first GOP presidential debate, Scott Walker had a visit from an old friend he hoped to never see again - John Doe. At the beginning of July, Walker's long time aide and right hand woman, Cindy Archer, filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Milwaukee County District Attorney, claiming her rights were being violated by being investigated for the illegal politicking she took part of during Walker's stint as Milwaukee County Executive. Archer claimed in her lawsuit that she was the victim of District Attorney John Chisholm's alleged vendetta against Walker for his…
  • Trump On Black Lives Matter: ‘We Have To Give Power Back To The Police’

    Heather
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    GOP 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump appeared on this Sunday's Meet the Press and when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement in America, proved he was just as clueless as the rest of the talking heads on the right with this response to host Chuck Todd. CHUCK TODD: And, again, I know we're going to get into a lot more issues with you in a couple weeks. But I want to ask you about Black Lives Matter. The latest shooting of a white police officer shooting an unarmed black man. Do you see this as a crisis in America? DONALD TRUMP: It's a massive crisis. It's a double crisis. What's happening…
 
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    Power Line

  • Moral Clarity of the Past

    Steven Hayward
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    (Steven Hayward) Scott reminded us this morning of Winston Churchill’s notice of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, suggesting that we ought to take seriously the statements of murderous purpose whether they come from a seemingly implausible Austrian-born corporal, or a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iranian ayatollah. Of course, Mein Kampf was mostly ignored in the 1930s or dismissed as the unimportant or irrelevant thoughts that Hitler would discard once he assumed the “responsibilities” of high office. As background research for one of my longer writing projects currently under way I have been…
  • Debbie Doubles Down (on Socialism)

    Steven Hayward
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    (Steven Hayward) The other day John noted that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stumbled badly when Chris Matthews asked her the difference between a Democrat and a socialist, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Today Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” renewed the question, and Schultz doubles down on her clueless non-answer. This has gone from embarrassing to stunningly incompetent. It’s one thing to be unprepared for Chris Matthews asking the question in his typical machine-gun fashion, but she’s had several days to come up…
  • The fight against AFFH comes to the Senate [With Comment by John]

    Paul Mirengoff
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    (Paul Mirengoff) We’ve covered the efforts of House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Gosar, to block the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation — Obama’s hook for controlling local governments and dictating how Americans shall live. The House has passed Gosar’s amendment to defund AFFH, and he has written stand-alone legislation to repeal the rule. Now, Mike Lee has introduced a bill in the Senate to defund AFFH. Lee’s co-sponsors are Tom Cotton, Mike Enzi, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter, and Marco Rubio. Rubio apparently…
  • When Life Imitates Art: Donald Trump vs. Montgomery Burns

    Steven Hayward
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    (Steven Hayward) Just when you think The Simpsons is finally going to run out of material, along comes Donald Trump with a tolerably accurate real life imitation of Montgomery Burns. The Washington Post helpfully assembled this “Who Said It?” quiz of statements that could plausibly have come from either person, such as: “By building a casino, I can tighten my stranglehold on this dismal town!” And: “In life you have to rely on the past, and that’s called history.” I guessed eight out of ten correctly. But then I’ve watched way too many episodes…
  • Zebra Lives Matter!

    John Hinderaker
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    (John Hinderaker) I don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of Cecil the lion. A friend emailed me this reminder of an alternate perspective on the lion’s demise: STEVE adds: The contrarian memes are coming in fast and thick–almost enough for a “Cecil’s Week in Pictures” feature: And finally, for the reductio file:
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    WSJ.COM

  • Clinton Opens Up on Health, Money

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Hillary Clinton released a flurry of documents Friday that included a physician’s declaration of her personal health and a batch of financial information, in a bid to rebut accusations of secrecy surrounding her presidential campaign.
  • EPA Emissions Rule to Mandate Tougher Cuts Than Expected

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The EPA on Monday will set the nation’s first-ever limits on power-plant carbon emissions, mandating ambitious cuts that exceed the targets laid out in a proposal released last year.
  • Republican Candidates Vie for Center Stage

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Republican presidential candidates, in an 11th-hour scramble to get onto the main stage of the coming week’s debate in Cleveland, are resorting to attention-grabbing ploys and creating a frantic start to the 2016 campaign.
  • Texas Attorney General Paxton Indicted, Sources Say

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm
    A county grand jury indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony charges that he committed securities fraud, people familiar with the matter said.
  • The 2016 Presidential Campaign Runs on Fighting Words

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:50 pm
    To hear the presidential candidates tell it, they’re all fighters—every single one of them.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Destruction of World Moral Values

    Doug Casey
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Recently, high-ranking officials at FIFA, the world’s governing soccer (aka “football”) body, were charged with corruption and fraud. The US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is deeply involved in the case. Doug Casey weighs in on the real scandal… the one you’re not reading in mass media. The truth be known, I really don’t give a damn about soccer. Nor do most Americans. Indeed, until recently, all that most Americans knew about “football” was that Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey, to display a great physique, after she scored the winning goal for the US in the…
  • MH-17 Shootdown After One Year

    No Author
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The US still claims Russia bears some or all of the responsibility for the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 last July, however the Obama Administration still has not released any information to back its claims. Yesterday a resolution to set up a UN tribunal to investigate the crash was vetoed by Russia, which prompted the US to again suggest that Russia was behind the attack. What do we know and what should we know now that a whole year has passed since the tragedy? The Liberty Report discusses the issue with former CIA officer Phil Giraldi:
  • The Currency Cage Match

    Peter Schiff
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    While the world can count dozens of important currencies, when it comes to top line financial and investment discussions, the currency marketplace really comes down to a one-on-one cage match between the two top contenders: the U.S. Dollar and the Euro. In recent years the contest has become a blowout, with the Dollar pummeling the Euro into apparent submission. Based on the turmoil created by the European Debt Crisis and the continuing problems in Greece and other overly indebted southern tier European economies, many investors may have come to assume that Euro boosters will be forced to…
  • Forget Usain Bolt

    Simon Black
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    July 30, 2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Usain Bolt has got nothing on Leonidas of Rhodos. Born nearly 2,000 years ago, Leonidas holds the record as the greatest sprinter of all time, winning more Olympic titles than anyone else in human history. At four straight Olympic games, Leonidas dominated all three sprinting events– the Stadion (roughly 200 meters), Diaulos (roughly 400 meters), and the bizarre Hoplitodromos– a 400 meter dash carrying 50 pounds of military gear. Bear in mind that he competed at a time when there was only a prize for first place. Second place was first loser. (And they…
  • Creative Destructionism

    Charles Hugh Smith
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    When do we get to exercise democracy and fire every factotum, apparatchik, toady and lackey in the state who has abused his/her authority? Everyone lauds “creative destruction” when it shreds monopolies and disrupts private enterprise “business as usual.” If thousands lose their middle-class livelihoods– hey, that’s the price of progress. Improvements in productivity and efficiency can’t be stopped, and those employed making buggy whips and collecting horse manure from fetid streets will have to move on to other employment. This raises an obvious…
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    ABC NEWS

  • Donald Trump Says ???I???m Not a Debater???

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The GOP frontrunner spoke to ABC News' Jonathan Karl on 'This Week.'
  • Bernie Sanders Responds to Possible Joe Biden Run

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    The Democratic candidate spoke with ABC News' Jonathan Karl
  • 'This Week' Transcript: Donald Trump

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) ANNOUNCER: Starting right now on ABC's THIS WEEK, breaking news -- new debris found. Is it from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and will it help pinpoint where the plane went down? Crunch time -- Donald Trump surging in the polls, ahead of the crucial first GOP debate. Will he keep up his momentum? Donald Trump is here live. 2016 shocker -- is Joe Biden about to jump into the presidential race? Plus, hunting outrage -- will Cecil the Lion's death spark new bans on trophy hunting? And why that American dentist may face criminal charges overseas. From ABC News, THIS WEEK WITH…
  • Rick Santorum Says GOP Debate Rules ???Arbitrary???

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    Rick Santorum said early national polls don't predict electoral success.
  • Lindsey Graham Quips About Cellphone on Trip With BFF McCain

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    The two senators go on an epic road trip ahead of Debate Week -- but is McCain's popularity enough to swing the Granite State?
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    Political Wire

  • Kasich Makes Quick Rise in Polls

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    “It could have been embarrassing: The sitting governor of Ohio left off the primetime Fox News debate stage in his home state because of low poll numbers,” The Hill reports. “But in the two weeks since he launched his presidential campaign, John Kasich has bypassed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans who have been in the race longer.”
  • Walker Still Not Sure Obama Is Christian

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still isn’t sure President Obama is Christian, Time reports. Said Walker: “I don’t know. I presume he is.” He added: “You’re not going to get a different answer than I said before. As someone who is a believer myself, I don’t presume to know someone’s beliefs about whether they follow Christ or not unless I’ve actually talked with him.”
  • RNC Set to Vote on Anti-Gay Resolutions

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    “In the same week Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to slug it out in their first official debate, the Republican National Committee is set to vote during its summer meeting on resolutions against same-sex marriage and in favor of anti-gay sex education in schools,” the Washington Blade reports.
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:41 pm
    “Let’s all take a deep breath. You know, four years ago, Herman Cain was winning right now. Eight years ago, Rudy Giuliani was winning right now.” — Gov. Chris Christie, in an interview on CNN.
  • Trump Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “If I’m treated fairly … and don’t win, but if I’m treated fairly by the Republican Party, I would have no interest in doing that. If I’m not treated fairly by the Republican Party, I very well might consider that.” — Donald Trump, on This Week, on whether he would run for president as an independent.
 
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    CBS News: Politics

  • Does Donald Trump have any friends in the GOP?

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:44 pm
    The bombastic businessman leads the GOP field heading into the first debate, and his fellow presidential candidates are being asked to pick sides
  • How 2016 turned into a game for billionaires

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Experts are warning campaign spending is shaping up to make the presidential election about "one billionaire talking to another billionaire"
  • FTN: Page 2

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Missed the second half of the show? The latest on the GOP race for the presidential nomination and the influence of donors in the campaign process.
  • 8/2: Trump, Huckabee, Sullenberger

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    The latest news on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 and a deep dive into the 2016 presidential field.
  • Trump campaign fires aide over Facebook posts

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    The presidential campaign terminated its relationship with political adviser Sam Nunberg, effective "immediately," for his "offensive" writings
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    Mother Jones

  • Jazz Heavyweight Terence Blanchard Won't Turn a Blind Eye

    Jacob Blickenstaff
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Terence Blanchard Fifty-three year-old New Orleans-born trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard is a heavyweight among his musical peers, and not only for his passion as an amateur boxer. As a bandleader, he has released 20 albums over the past three decades. A prolific composer for film and television—he created the soundtracks for every Spike Lee film since Jungle Fever—Blanchard has a gift for constructing narrative and nuanced mood in his music. His new album Breathless, released this past May, is his first with the electric E-Collective band and features vocal contributions…
  • Marco Rubio Gets a Big Boost From Two Loyal Billionaires

    Pema Levy
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Two billionaires—one an eccentric ex-CEO with a striking resemblance to Tony Stark, the other a car dealer with a low public profile—have led the way in bankrolling the super-PAC backing Marco Rubio's presidential bid. Conservative Solutions PAC brought in a total of nearly $16 million in the first half of the year, putting Rubio's unlimited-donations group in third among super-PACs backing Republican presidential candidates, behind just Jeb Bush's Right to Rise PAC, which raised a towering $103 million, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Unintimidated PAC, which brought in $20…
  • The State Department Just Released a New Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails. Read Them Here.

    Allie Gross
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
    On Friday afternoon, the State Department released a new batch of 1,356 emails from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. The emails are part of over 55,000 pages of correspondence that had been stored on Clinton's private email server and were subsequently turned over to the State Department. Clinton's emails have provided a revealing glimpse at her State Department tenure, including her team's aggressive efforts to manage the media and her image and some humorous moments that could have been ripped from the HBO comedy series Veep. You can read the latest round of Clinton emails…
  • Four Years Ago Scott Walker Promised This Woman He'd Bust Wisconsin's Unions

    Russ Choma
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    The super-PAC backing Scott Walker has many wealthy backers, but its single biggest contributor is Diane Hendricks, who ponied up $5 million. A billionaire through the roofing supply business she and her late husband founded, Hendricks has been one of Walker's top benefactors since he first ran for governor. In 2012, Hendricks was the biggest donor to Walker's campaign to stave off a union-led recall effort, and now she's stepped up for him again. Out of the $20 million raised by the pro-Walker group Unintimidated PAC, 25 percent came from Hendricks. If there was any question that Walker and…
  • Ted Cruz Super-PAC Has Just One Donor

    Russ Choma
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    A super-PAC backing Ted Cruz called Keep the Promise II just filed its campaign disclosure, and it stands rather in contrast with the filing this morning from Jeb Bush's super-PAC. Right to Rise, the Bush-backing super-PAC, revealed a list of donors that included anonymous shell corporations, 28 former ambassadors, and hundreds of wealthy and moneyed elite from around the country, requiring this reporter to do plenty of math to determine how much came from big donors and how much came from very big donors. Keep the Promise II's disclosure is much simpler. One…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Iain Green on the athletics doping allegations – cartoon

    Iain Green
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
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  • Corbyn to unveil 'Vision 2020' to end austerity with public investment plan

    Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Frontrunner in Labour leadership contest will flesh out his policy plans this week as Neil Kinnock and Peter Mandelson line up together to warn of Corbyn victoryJeremy Corbyn will brush aside warnings that he risks a return to the divisions of the 1980s when he outlines plans to end “the years of political and economic austerity” to help create a high-skilled workforce in Britain.As Neil Kinnock and Peter Mandelson found rare common ground over the weekend to warn of the dangers posed by a Corbyn victory, the leftwinger made it clear that he would focus on the future as he pledged a…
  • The Labour party and the shifting centre ground of politics in the UK | Letters

    Letters
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    In reading the views of those defeated Labour candidates (‘We lost touch with the country’: beaten candidates round on Labour’s campaign, 28 July), what struck me was yet further confirmation that the British public (and the English public in particular) seem to be in an ugly mood at present, happy to blame their ills on those less fortunate than themselves. Inequality, precarity and social division are the causes of our new callousness, helped by the rightwing press, but the real point is that Labour has only two choices in response: either continue to cringe before the prejudices of…
  • Maajid Nawaz: how a former Islamist became David Cameron’s anti-extremism adviser

    David Shariatmadari
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Essex schoolboy who clashed with skinheads, joined an Islamist group and spent four years in jail seems an unlikely government ally – and he’s not short of criticsOn 10 September 2001, a young British man stepped off a plane in Egypt for a year abroad studying Arabic. When news of the most spectacular terrorist attack in history reached Maajid Nawaz the next day, he sensed it might play badly for the Islamist group of which he was part. By April 2002, he had been picked up by the security services for his membership of Hizb-ut-Tahrir – the “Party of Liberation” – and ended up…
  • Calais will haunt Cameron – it gives EU ‘outs’ the perfect showreel | Matthew d’Ancona

    Matthew d'Ancona
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Footage of young men running at lorries, trying to make it to England at any price, will be abused by those who think Britain has lost control of its destinySo ends the honeymoon: the turmoil in Calais and its consequences in Kent have finally dragged David Cameron from the election winner’s podium down to political ground level and a harsh audit of his response to the cross-Channel crisis.Labour, of course, is distracted to the point of irrelevance, squirming in a chrysalis that occasionally assumes the shape of a fossil. The most that the party’s interim leader, Harriet Harman, has…
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    Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:36 am
    Enjoy.  
  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    All yours.  
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    * It’s never too early for dueling cross-party campaign speeches: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took a swipe at Republican rival Jeb Bush here Friday before a mostly African American crowd where the national debate over race, violence and law enforcement was on full display. Speaking ahead of Bush, Clinton delivered a speech in […]
  • Medicare at 50: Looking back, and looking forward

    Greg Sargent
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Fifty years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson signed into law Medicare, the first truly ambitious realization of the long-harbored liberal goal of securing a role for the federal government in providing health care to the poor and the elderly. He declared: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer […]
  • If Jeb Bush wants to be a different kind of Republican, he should end GOP war on voting

    Paul Waldman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    Jeb Bush appears before the Urban League today — the only other Republican candidate who accepted their invitation was Ben Carson — where he will tell them that antipoverty programs have failed, and the path to greater success for African-Americans is the one the GOP wants to pave. Politically, Bush surely wants credit for showing […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Final Deal with Iran Announced

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the final agreement reached by the 6 negotiation partners with Iran. I have not had time to look at the agreement itself nor have I read much commentary regarding its details, so I am withholding judgement for now.Back in April, I discussed the announced parameters regarding the current negotiations with Iran. I still hold the same opinions that I did then. Most important in my approach is the fact that in the absence of a deal, economic pressure on Iran is probably going to be decreased. Note what the British, French and…
  • A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced an already-uphill battle for re-election before Ted Kennedy announced he would challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination. This mobilized over 7 million liberal Democrats to the Kennedy camp, which eventually proved to be the final knockout punch to Carter's chances of a second term. In…
  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State. Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.These are both huge wins for liberty. My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the winning sides in both cases as well as the millions of Americans who have had their freedoms restored by their tireless work.
  • No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.Being a bad person is not a capital crime, nor is being a bigot who pushes her luck trying to lure in terrorists to attack her. The latter certainly demonstrates faulty judgment and morals, but it doesn't amount to the kind of atrocity that ISIS commits. I got particularly annoyed when I read about…
  • Paranoia Bites The Hand that Feeds It

    9 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    When I see things like these conspiracy theories get taken seriously, I worry for this country. The Framers founded the Republic on the notion that people could rationally manage their own affairs, that we wouldn't need "gently" born aristocrats to manage the great unwashed masses. We've come along way, but there's always going to be somebody who wants to mess things up.When it comes to conspiracy theories, I dislike them all. Wasn't always that way. between about the age of 8 and 13, I was a big believer in things like UFOs, government conspiracies, and all those other things I'd lump under…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • The Spotlight Is on Majority Leader McConnell

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Since Harry Reid began filling up the amendment tree on a regular basis - a procedural tactic that converts the Senate Majority leader into the near-absolute gate keeper of amendments and thus debate in the upper chamber - the Senate has been transformed from a forum for open debate to a less democratic institution with emphasis on party discipline. The Senators' two traditional freedoms: unlimited debate, and unlimited opportunity to offer amendments, are now carefully controlled by the majority leader. Now, because current majority leader McConnell has recently engaged in similar tactics,…
  • Bring Back Kasich's Root-Canal Fiscal Policy

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Does anyone remember when Kasich - House Budget Committee Chairman at that time - threatened to eliminate the Commerce Department back in the 90's? Live on TV? In the heat of the budget battles that the new crop of GOP House members had with Clinton's White House, Kasich suggested the nation could get by fine without the services of the Commerce Department. Right next to him was Pete Domenici, at that point already one of the longest serving senators from New Mexico. And Domenici tried to rein in the - then - feisty young fellow Republican before some serious budget cuts actually did away…
  • You want to ban this flag?

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    They lost, sure, ban it. Then you must accept the consequences. He lost. NO MORE MONUMENTS FOR YOU! He went to war against the U.S. Government. He killed many Americans. He resisted Government tyranny. He lost! His monument must GO! Mexico went to war with this country! They lost! We Won! It's flag must never fly in this country, either! BAN IT! BOYCOTT products from Mexico! Japan brutally attacked the U.S. They starved many soldiers protecting our homeland. It's fanatical, suicidal tactics terrorized this country for 5 long years! BAN all products that have "MADE IN JAPAN" on them. The same…
  • Thanks to the Iran Deal, the Middle East Is Now M.a.D.

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Israel's nuclear ambiguity is no longer a sustainable policy, thanks to the Iran deal. The so-called "bomb in the basement" needs to be brought above ground, both metaphorically and literally, and Iran has to know the consequences of any action it may take at some point in the future against the state of Israel. That's where Israel, it's leaders, and it's people now find themselves thanks to the Obama administration and it's partners in the recently announced deal to ease sanctions and provide some sort of control over Iran's nuclear program. The Middle East is now entering a period of…
  • We the Sheeple of the U.S. of A.

    10 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    ... need to start forming our own opinions and making decisions based on our own beliefs and values. This Donald Trump nonsense has gone way too far and a majority of people don't have a clue how it started. To be totally honest, I read what he said shortly after it happened and I kind of laughed to myself because I understood the point he was making and the cause, but was it politically incorrect? Yes. Donald Trump was speaking of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, which is primarily over the border of Mexico in this country. Fact. That's not debatable. Illegal immigration is a CRIME. If your commit a…
 
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  • Better, Faster, Stronger

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    2015 has been one of the most exciting years in Engage’s history.  We’ve settled in to our shiny new Old Town offices, we’ve continued to add to our diverse roster of clients, and today, we’re greatly expanding our core capabilities as a firm. I’m thrilled to announce that David Almacy has joined Engage as partner.  David brings two decades of experience in public affairs, media and digital from the White House and Congress to C-SPAN, and most recently as senior vice president at Edelman Public Relations.  Most importantly, he is an old friend and one of the most widely-respected…
  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Internet has become the primary source for citizens to learn about and communicate with Congress. That’s why now, more than ever, simple, streamlined design that accurately represents a member or committee’s mission and goals is key. We’re proud to have contributed design and development services to help advance the mission of two key committees on Capitol Hill: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Ways and Means. The newly redesigned sites connect citizens to the work of each committee through beautiful, intuitive design. With an active…
  • A Culture of Possibilities

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking for the perfect internship to gain experience and new skills? Although you’ll learn on the job, you can also prepare beforehand and kick off your internship with the right impression and mindset. Here is our advice: the secrets for success that we (Alex, Colleen, Franny and Lindsay) wish we knew when we started at Engage. These tips will give you a headstart on making the most of your internship from day one. 1. KNOW THE COMPANY’S VIBE Observe how the other employees interact, read the mission statement of the business, know how the upper management interacts with the staff, and…
  • Engage Client Wins Big at PR News’ Nonprofit PR Awards Program

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Engage is proud to announce the Illinois Policy Institute, a longtime Engage partner, won PR News’ “Nonprofit PR Award” in the “advocacy campaign and lobbying efforts” category last week. Illinois Policy won this competitive category based on their success in stopping the so-called “fair tax”, that was anything but. Engage proudly designed and managed the digital home for the effort, UnfairforIL.com, which allowed Illinois citizens to see exactly how much this proposed tax hike would affect them and their families. After using the custom tax calculator, users could sign the…
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • I was commissioned to write a play about finance. Then I met Cookie, the psychic | Lally Katz

    Lally Katz
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Lally Katz’s documentary, Stories I Want to Tell You, premieres at Melbourne International Film Festival this week. But it’s not the film she set out to makeAll my life I had worried that I couldn’t have the two things I really desire: to be a writer and to find love. In early 2011 I met a psychic named Cookie in New York City who told me that a curse was keeping me from having it all and all I had to do was pay a large sum of money and she would get rid of the curse for me. I thought it seemed like a good idea. However, I was thwarted from paying her because I didn’t have any cash on…
  • Never mind driverless cars – we need intelligent transport systems | Paul Mason

    Paul Mason
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Rather than apply advanced technology to redesign the car, wouldn’t it be more revolutionary to fully realise the potential of automated road transport?I can picture now every strange quirk of the cars I rode in as a kid. The Ford Popular had indicators that were levers, jerking out to signal at the pull of a wire. The Morris Minor had a hole in the floor, beneath the carpet, so a child could pee without stopping on the overnight drive to Cornwall. The Ford Anglia was like a science-fiction vehicle made of chrome, rust and cream paint.But in all of them there was one constant: the driver,…
  • The Guardian view on Amnesty International’s call to legalise sex work: divisive and distracting | Editorial

    Editorial
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Irrespective of whether the sex trade should be legalised for adults, this is not a policy question for human rights organisationsAmnesty International is one of the great organisations of the modern world. Few can have done more to establish the simple propositions that human rights matter and that they matter for everyone. It has exalted the lowly and brought down the mighty from their seats. And it is poised to make a serious mistake.The organisation’s international council meeting in Dublin which starts on Friday this week will consider a motion urging that sex work be…
  • The Guardian view on population control: empowering women may not save the environment | Editorial

    Editorial
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Rich people have smaller families but consume more resources. Curbing population growth is not on its own going to help the planetThe United Nations has published its latest projections for world population. It predicts that the current 7.3bn people on the planet will reach 8.5bn in 2030, and could be 11.2bn at the end of the century. India is expected to overtake China as the most populous country.The annually updated forecasts are fuel for a strengthening argument that growing population is a critical environmental issue. The logic is simple: increasing numbers of people multiplied by…
  • With miscarriage, there are many routes to shame | Zoe Williams

    Zoe Williams
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    Mark Zuckerberg is right to challenge the taboos surrounding pregnancy. But the pressure on women remains intense‘Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you – as if you’re defective or did something to cause this,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg, announcing his wife’s pregnancy, after three miscarriages. In the open letter, he continued: “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.” It is not…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Paul Rudd: One of the Really Good Guys

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    credit: medseycare.com Gentle readers: Hi there. Sorry I haven’t posted anything yesterday and today, but I’ve been absolutely laid low with a bout of flu. And of course, when more or less incapacitated, pretty much everything that could fall apart around the Manor has, well, fallen apart. The air conditioner started malfunctioning, a shower drain clogged, and a toilet clogged. So it’s pretty much been lay around moaning, fix the toilet, vomit, lay around moaning, call the A/C guy, do the preliminaries for his visit, vomit, lay around moaning, etc. Still working on the shower drain, but…
  • The Sickness Of The National Soul

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Kitty Genovesecredit: checkthisyo.com During my yearly media unit, I usually bring up the case of Kitty Genovese. In 1964, 28 year-old Genovese was attacked three times over 35 minutes, brutally stabbed, robbed and raped. While media accounts are now known to be inaccurate, what is unmistakable is that multiple people saw at least part of what was happening, but few called the police. There is also evidence that the police dispatchers didn’t understand what was happening. By the time the police did arrive after the final attack, it was too late. Genovese died on the way to the hospital. It…
  • Global Warming: Icy Irony

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Global warming scientists caught in ice that has already melted… One of my favorite articles of all time was titled: Icebreaker Irony.  It began: You’ve heard of the ship stuck in the Antarctic–the MV Akademik Schokalskiy–and the unsuccessful attempts of Chinese and French icebreakers to reach her?  What a tragedy…but hey, what was that ship doing so far out in the Antarctic this time of year anyway?  Are you ready for this?  Sit down… The ship is full of climate scientists and assorted supportive greenies on a mission to prove global warming due to melting Antarctic…
  • Barack Obama: Transforming Kenya?

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    On July 25, President Obama traveled–for no apparent reason other than spending millions in taxpayer money–to Kenya, a nation he had hitherto ignored. Following his diplomatic triumph as Iran’s lawyer he was in a particularly haughty mood. As is his usual practice, he harangued the Kenyans on topics that reflected his personal whims, and as always, he got in a few good jabs at America. The Miami Herald Reports: President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates: Means Of Knowing Nothing

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    Ta-Nehisi Coates Upon occasion, I come across a statement from a progressive that so perfectly illuminates their muddled, nearly incomprehensible thinking as to be nearly breathtaking. Have they no idea they’ve descended directly into self-parody? I think. Of course, they have no idea; this really is the way they think, and what passes for reason and intellectual discourse in progressive circles. I speak primarily of academia and politics. The man spouting the assertion that inspired this brief article is one Ta-Nehesi Coates, who is an editor for The Atlantic. As well as being an obviously…
 
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  • Food Thread: The Tastes of Summer [CBD]

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Great tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are a fantastic combination; one that is distressingly difficult to find. I won't rant about the dearth of great tomatoes, except to say that the reputation of New Jersey as the mecca of great...
  • Norman Lear: Patriot [CBD]

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    When you've lost Norman Lear, is there anything left to say? For the youngsters out there, Lear was a hard-core leftist during the culture wars of the 70s and 80s, and founded an organization called "People For The American Way,"...
  • Sunday Morning Book Thread 08-02-2015: Defectors [OregonMuse]

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:03 am
    Library at El Real Monasterio de El Escorial - Madrid, Spain Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday...
  • EMT 08/02/15 Opulence edition [krakatoa]

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sunday. Big plans today. Price checking pressure washers at Sam's Club, and coming home with a rotisserie chicken. I know, I know. "Stop flaunting your fancy lifestyle in our faces, krak/t!" What can I say? I has it....
  • Overnight Open Thread (1 Aug 2015)

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Crime levels rise to highest level in 43 years in Baltimore. It's not just Baltimore either. The number of murders in 2015 jumped by 33% or more in Baltimore, New Orleans and St. Louis. Meanwhile, in Chicago, the nation's...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    The new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History course is out and, of course, College Board submitted it to Newsweek before teachers. We have to wait our copy in the mail. One thing they've done is cut down on the learning objectives from 50 to 19. That's good, because it was ridiculous before. And they've responded to conservative critics by adding more on the Founding and American exceptionalism.http://www.newsweek.com/revised-ap-history-standards-will-emphasize-american-exceptionalism-358210They've tried to eliminate language that critics felt was anti-American or a bias against…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Myron Magnet writes about what has happened to New York City under Mayor de Blasio as he describes a couple of random attacks on tourists.A few more incidents like this will stop tourists from coming to Gotham and choke off a rich growth industry, as top cop Bill Bratton recognizes. So while Mayor Bill de Blasio blathers about raising taxes on “the rich” to fight his chimera of inequality (which some days seems like his version of Kryptonite), his heavy anti-cop rhetoric, and the ongoing efforts of his city council allies to decriminalize quality-of-life offenses like fare-beating and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    Steven Groves of Heritage explains what John Kerry doesn't understand about what a treaty is and what the role of the Senate is.At a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked why the administration did not submit the Iran nuclear agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent as an Article II treaty.Kerry responded that the agreement wasn’t treated as a treaty “because you can’t pass a treaty anymore.”So, since getting 2/3 of the Senate is difficult and needs consensus, the solution is just to ignore the Constitution. It's no…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
    We still don't know how Chuck Schumer is going to vote on the deal with Iran. Yet, by his own standards, the deal fails five of the issues he laid out in May that should be necessary for a deal. We'll see if Schumer was just saying what his audience of Orthodox Jews wanted to hear or he really meant what he said.And I'd be fascinated to hear the logic by which any Democratic senator would defend this.Pompeo says they asked whether they could see those agreements. He says IAEA officials replied, “ ‘Oh no, of course not, no, you’re not going to get to see those.’ And so everybody on our…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    Sean Trende, who is one of the sharpest people going when it comes to analyzing polls, explains why we shouldn't put a lot of trust polling today. First of all, the refusal rate is so very high. Then there is all the problems that pollsters have in creating their model of who will be in the electorate this time.For most election analysts, the raw material for a prediction comes in the form of polling data. In theory, polls represent random samples employing uniform methodologies that are lightly weighted. In reality, pollsters use a variety of sampling methods, and then heavily weight the…
 
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  • Fools for Scandal redux

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Fools for Scandal reduxby digbyThere have books written about the New York Times' vendetta against Bill and Hillary Clinton but apparently nobody in Washington or New York ever read them. It's not as if it's anything new. Neither is the paper's willingness to swallow whole every story they're handed by congressional wingnuts and conservative career bureaucrats. They cannot seem to help themselves. Nonetheless, it's taken an excessively long time for the political establishment and other members of the media to admit/notice this phenomenon. Margaret Sullivan, the paper's public editor, took…
  • The primary revolution

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The primary revolutionby digbyGo read this piece by Rick Perlstein about how the political press is covering the presidential contest completely bass-ackwards. They don't seem to recognize that something very, very revolutionary is happening with Big Money just blatantly taking over the process. If anything they've become quietly complicit:To see how consequential the handing over of this kind of power to nonentities like these is, consider the candidates’ liabilities with another constituency once considered relevant in presidential campaigns: voters. Chris Christie’s home state approval…
  • Kindergarten teachers deserve to be beaten

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Kindergarten teachers deserve to be beatenby digbyThis is what the Republicans define as "presidential" these days.  They hate foreigners and hippies and uppity black people, of course. But that's not all:Jake Tapper: “At the national level, who deserves a punch in the face?"Chris Christie: "The National Teachers Union"At least he didn't compare them to ISIS as Scott Walker did.Update: And then there's this ...KARL: Would President Trump authorize waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques, even torture?TRUMP: I would be inclined to be very strong. When people are…
  • Your betters get together to save the little people from themselves

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Your betters get together to save the little people from themselvesby digbyThe Koch pageant is in full effect:Koch, speaking on a low stage in front of an elaborately manicured lawn at the St. Regis Monarch Beach luxury resort, warned about 450 assembled donors and a slew of Republican elected officials – including Sens. Cory Gardner, Mike Lee, Ben Sasse and Dan Sullivan – of a “life or death struggle for our country.”“One of the things I ask you to think about over this weekend is will you stand together with us to help save our country. It can’t be done without you and many,…
  • Clinton's tax release: No whining by @BloggersRUs

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Clinton's tax release: No whiningby Tom Sullivan Tax records released this week show that since leaving the White House the Clintons have done pretty well for themselves. Jonathan Allen explains at Vox, comparing Hillary's finances to Jeb!'s: Friday's disclosures make clear that Clinton has made a lot more money than Bush. She's paid $57.5 million in taxes since 2007, well more than the $38 million Bush made between 1981 and 2013. In 2013, the most lucrative year for which he has provided information, Bush made $7.36 million. That year, the Clintons pulled in $27.47 million. They also earned…
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  • Sleepy

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Got a bit too much sun today.
  • Fustercluck

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    Leaving aside the question of what security precautions should be in place ideally, if this is the level of coordination fail that's going on then it's just going to be a complete mess. In other words, it isn't really about security. It rarely is. I just don't know what it's really about.On Thursday, the federal agency issued an unusual release denying that it dictated SEPTA limits on rail service for that weekend or that it had ordered Philadelphia businesses to shut down.The blame game continued Friday afternoon, with SEPTA challenging the Secret Service, saying it had no choice but to shut…
  • America's Worst Humans

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    William Lewinski
  • Morning Thread

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:52 am
  • Saturday Night

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:57 pm
    It's alright.
 
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  • The Last Late Late Night FDL: When The Music’s Over

    Suzanne
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Doors — When The Music’s Over, live in Copenhagen, 1968. What a long strange trip its been, eh? I’m so thankful to Jane for allowing me to host Late Night/Late Late Night lo these past many years. I’d also like to thank Tut for stepping up and hosting so I didn’t have to host every night. Thanks dood!!! I can’t forget RBG, Lurk, Ellie, Dakine, EG, and the rest of the backstage crew who toiled so hard behind the scenes to make these front page posts look effortless. Finally, I want to thank you, the lurkers and commenters, for everything —…
  • Arizona Apache Mobilize Against Bill Which Hands Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company

    Derrick Broze
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Originally published at MintPress News.   OAK FLAT, Arizona –— The San Carlos Apache Tribe held a celebratory dinner on July 27 to welcome back members of the Apache Stronghold caravan after a two-week journey from the tribe’s reservation in Bylas, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. The dinner menu featured a traditional Apache acorn soup and juice squeezed from skunkbush sumac berries — both of which are threatened by a proposed $6 billion mining operation. The Apache Stronghold formed in December in response to a last-minute legislative provision included in the the…
  • Media ……. my last entry at FDL

    cmaukonen
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Nurse listening to a radio during World War II John Atherton – Flickr creative commons From the very first the media – newspapers and such – has been first and foremost about selling stuff. And that means advertising. And the more people read these first newspapers and then magazines, the more advertising could be sold and the more could be charged for it. It’s as simple as that. Even as the technology improved this aspect of the media – in this country at least – has not changed. And to get people to read and in the case of broadcasting watch and/or…
  • An Appreciation of FDL Contributors

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As Firedoglake goes offline this weekend, those of us who are launching Shadowproof would like to take the time to show appreciation for all the contributors, who helped make FDL special through the years. Keeping FDL online and filled with daily content during hiatus was a struggle. It would have been even more impossible without the regular contributions of Ruth Calvo, Crane-Station, Frederick Leatherman, Lawrence Hudetz, and CTuttle. Ruth kept up the “Saturday Art” series, which has highlighted something wonderful and magnificent each weekend. Lawrence continued his weekly…
  • Camera Work: Some FDL Final Thoughts

    Lawrence Hudetz
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Since this will be my last post on FDL, and at the encouragement of folks on Ruth’s Saturday Art, I decided I would run it. The photo shown is a pivotal image, and has been my splash screen on my Desktop since 2008 or 09. It is there because the look evolved while I was listening to an opera aria: “Marietta’s Song” from an opera called “The dead City” by Eric Korngold. Now Korngold is mostly known for his music accompanying Errol Flynn sagas, and others as well. I discovered it quite by accident, and was listening to it while I was working on this image. I…
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    TalkLeft

  • Joe Biden's Plans Have Long Roots

    Jeralyn
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    The latest news about Joe Biden considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination is hardly a surprise. Joe Biden has always considered running for President in 2016. A year and a half ago, in February, 2014, he told ABC he couldn't... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • El Chapo's Lawyers Obtain Suspension of Arrest Order for Extradition

    Jeralyn
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A court in Mexico has granted a request filed by El Chapo's lawyers to suspend the order of detention for purposes of extradition entered Wednesday. (Use google translate). The request for a writ of amparo against the detention order was filed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Morning Open Thread.

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    All persons welcome here. Open Thread. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hillary Clinton Letter to New York Times

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Clinton campaign writes letters: I feel obliged to put into context just how egregious an error this story was. The New York Times is arguably the most important news outlet in the world and it rushed to put an erroneous story on the front... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mexician Court Approves Detention Order for El Chapo's Extradition

    Jeralyn
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Mexican Attorney General's office (PGR), issued a statement today (available here in Spanish) saying that a federal judge has approved an order of detention for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman-Loera for the purposes of extradition to the U.S. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • News Roundup and Open Thread for Sunday, August 2, 2015

    2 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20): who has served in the legislature since 1983 says he will not run again for state senate, but with sufficient support he will campaign to become governor. An articulate, out-spoken senator who has led on many social and economic issues and currently has advocated strongly against the Exxon settlement, serves as chair of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Christie PAC Revenue: America Leads which recently reported $11 million in contributions got $2 million from Steve Cohen and his wife. Cohen recently pled guilty to…
  • Science Policy Friday: Eyes of the Skies, Drones on the Rise - Part 2

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is the second in a series of articles or news gathering of science and technology policy issues facing New Jersey or the nation. Thanks to my science and environment intern Arcadia Lee for research and drafting this article.  Cross-posted at DanBenson.com Last week, I discussed my legislation (A-1039/S-2310) that sets standards for law enforcement and other government agency use of drones.  This week, I'm highlighting legislation (A-4344) sponsored by Assembly Homeland Security Chair Annette Quijano and myself that seeks to protect infrastructure from drone surveillance and…
  • Burning House: A Parable

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    From Rosi: I'm grateful to my friend, journalist and poet Hank Kalet, who posted this short parable at his own excellent blog Channel Surfing. The words are his: As the fire trucks screamed down the road heading toward the burning house, she ran out to the curb hoping to flag down at least one. Her house was quiet -- neatly cut lawn, roses adding a touch of red to the picture. Quiet. Clean. Her block a model of stability. She could smell the fire, the burning wood. It was faint, wafting in from at least two blocks away. "Stop!" she screamed. She waved her arms. The trucks whizzed past. Police…
  • News Roundup and Open Thread for Friday, July 31, 2015

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    Exxon Mobil Giveaway Exxon attorney Christie's Acting Attorney General John Hoffman defends the 3¢ on the dollar settlement while environmentalists are shut out for now. Judge Michael Hogan will decide by the end of August whether the people will be heard. Governor Lesniak? Ray Lesniak announces that 37 years in the legislature is enough. Will he run for governor? Will Joe Cryan return to Trenton to occupy Lesniak's seat? Public Worker Pensions in the News - Again This time, the State Supreme Court will decide if the Governor acted illegally by nixing cost of living adjustments for retired…
  • Poor Acting

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    For the past two years, New Jersey has not had an Attorney General. John Hoffman was elevated to the post of Acting Attorney General when Governor Christie appointed Jeff Chiesa to the United States Senate to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg. The Attorney General is supposed to be the people's top government attorney, not the governor's. The Governor has his own chief counsel whose office is in the same State House suite as Christie's. Government is based on checks and balances, and in New Jersey the Senate vets the governor's nominee for AG. But Christie has circumvented the state…
 
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    Truthout Stories

  • Still Boxed Out: NYU Discriminates Against Students Who Have Faced Arrest

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's time to abolish application questions that require an individual to disclose documented interaction with the criminal legal system when applying to college or university. Reformist approaches to this problem are tacit acceptances of the violence that this discriminatory practice inflicts on communities disproportionately targeted by the criminal legal system.(Image: Check box via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)"Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a felony? Check yes or no." For over two years the Incarceration to Education Coalition at New York University (NYU) has been organizing…
  • Post-Migration Trauma and Evaluating Children in Texas Immigration Facilities

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Luis Zayas, PhD, is the Dean and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work. He is also a member of Migrant Clinicians Network’s External Advisory Board. For about a year, Luis has been regularly visiting the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s South Texas Residential Center in Dilley and Karnes County Residential Center, two Texas facilities housing many of the women and children who came to the US during the US-Mexico “border surge” last year. (You can read more about MCN’s coverage and…
  • Rural Challenges, Real Solutions

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The ongoing paucity of public and private investment in the rural South has caused outsized harm to African-American women and girls. In a study published this week titled "Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South," the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI) found "on nearly every social indicator of well-being - from income and earnings to obesity and food security - Black women, girls and children in the rural South rank low or last." According to the survey, the unemployment rate for African-American women is four times that of white women in the…
  • ALEC, Where Corporations Are "People" Like You and Me

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Also see: Blowing the Whistle on ALEC's Little Brother ACCE - for Local Officials (Image: Empty suit via Shutterstock)Unlike other political organizations of locally elected public officials, corporations, business associations, and think tanks are full voting ALEC members, referred to as the private-interest partners. From talking to one private-interest member, the cost of joining ALEC is just over $1,000 but to vote in one of ALEC’s task forces that make policies, the cost goes above $3,000. I suspect that a higher contribution allows for greater participation: sort of a pay-to-play…
  • Black Unionists Try to Save South Africa From Becoming a Failed State

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Image: South African flag via Shutterstock)Irvin Jim, the general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest union in South Africa, and Zwelinzima Vavi, the former general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) visited Washington, DC, this month to discuss the crisis within South African trade unions. They spoke of the betrayal by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in failing to implement the 1955 Freedom Charter [that contained the core values of the coalition that fought against the apartheid regime] and the…
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  • Rejoice, Uticans! A shower of silver shall rain upon you in 2016.

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I'm afraid I have to retract the gist of this post, which comes mainly near the end.  Looking at the spread between the silver-plan prices posted by the different insurers, it escaped me that a given insurer could put up the cheapest and second cheapest silver plan in a given area -- so the difference between insurers' average silver prices, as reported by the state, is not the spread between benchmark and cheapest silver. The posted averages do not reveal the benchmark. I apologize to anyone who absorbed the misinformation.P.S. I discovered the error when I went to check…
  • New York's ACA exchange publishes takeup rates for Cost Sharing Reduction

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    NY State of Health, the state's ACA health insurance marketplace, released detailed enrollment data today (hat tip to who else but Charles Gaba?). With regard to my own little preoccupation -- the degree to which those private plan buyers eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies access the benefit by buying silver plans -- New York is (as far as I know) the first state to do the basic math for me:The majority of QHP consumers who completed the enrollment process and were eligible for APTC with cost-sharing reductions chose Silver plans in which they can use costsharing reductions.
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion enrollment jumps; have newly Medicaid-eligible 2014 private plan enrollees jumped with it?

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Pennsylvania's somewhat rocky Medicaid expansion, for which enrollment began on December 1 and coverage on January 1, seems now to be firing on all burners. The state's Department of Human Services reported last week that enrollment is up to 439,000, more than two thirds of the state's target of 605,000.The expansion began slowly. After Pennsylvania declined to expand in 2014, then-Governor Tom Corbett negotiated with HHS to create the kind of "private option" expansion popular with Republican governors. The "Healthy Pennsylvania" plans that were hastily constructed in fall 2014 had different…
  • Some sidelights on Covered California's modest rate increases for 2016

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Covered California, the state's ACA health insurance exchange, is boasting today with some justice that the state held 2016 rates down to an average weighted increase of 4%. Other talking points: the average (unweighted) increase of the cheapest silver plan in each region went up just 1.5%, and the average consumer can save 4.5% if she switches to the cheapest plan in the same metal tier.That last point is somewhat...selective: the apples-to-apples question is what will happen to current holders of the cheapest plan in each metal tier if they switch to 2016's cheapest plan.  On the other…
  • The source of Huckabee's Holocaust porn

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    President Obama quite rightly read Mike Huckabee's disgusting, inflammatory assertion that the nuclear deal with Iran "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” as "an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines. "  Most observers see it in that context: Trump is leading GOP contenders on a dive to a new bottom.But where did the hysteria compressed in Huckabee's sound byte come from? Who writes the GOP's tune on dealings with Iran and middle east policy generally?Netanyahu, natch.To mark Holocaust Memorial Day back in April, "in a speech," The Washington…
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  • I was commissioned to write a play about finance. Then I met Cookie, the psychic | Lally Katz

    Lally Katz
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Lally Katz’s documentary, Stories I Want to Tell You, premieres at Melbourne International Film Festival this week. But it’s not the film she set out to makeAll my life I had worried that I couldn’t have the two things I really desire: to be a writer and to find love. In early 2011 I met a psychic named Cookie in New York City who told me that a curse was keeping me from having it all and all I had to do was pay a large sum of money and she would get rid of the curse for me. I thought it seemed like a good idea. However, I was thwarted from paying her because I didn’t have any cash on…
  • Never mind driverless cars – we need intelligent transport systems | Paul Mason

    Paul Mason
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Rather than apply advanced technology to redesign the car, wouldn’t it be more revolutionary to fully realise the potential of automated road transport?I can picture now every strange quirk of the cars I rode in as a kid. The Ford Popular had indicators that were levers, jerking out to signal at the pull of a wire. The Morris Minor had a hole in the floor, beneath the carpet, so a child could pee without stopping on the overnight drive to Cornwall. The Ford Anglia was like a science-fiction vehicle made of chrome, rust and cream paint.But in all of them there was one constant: the driver,…
  • The Guardian view on Amnesty International’s call to legalise sex work: divisive and distracting | Editorial

    Editorial
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Irrespective of whether the sex trade should be legalised for adults, this is not a policy question for human rights organisationsAmnesty International is one of the great organisations of the modern world. Few can have done more to establish the simple propositions that human rights matter and that they matter for everyone. It has exalted the lowly and brought down the mighty from their seats. And it is poised to make a serious mistake.The organisation’s international council meeting in Dublin which starts on Friday this week will consider a motion urging that sex work be…
  • The Guardian view on population control: empowering women may not save the environment | Editorial

    Editorial
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Rich people have smaller families but consume more resources. Curbing population growth is not on its own going to help the planetThe United Nations has published its latest projections for world population. It predicts that the current 7.3bn people on the planet will reach 8.5bn in 2030, and could be 11.2bn at the end of the century. India is expected to overtake China as the most populous country.The annually updated forecasts are fuel for a strengthening argument that growing population is a critical environmental issue. The logic is simple: increasing numbers of people multiplied by…
  • With miscarriage, there are many routes to shame | Zoe Williams

    Zoe Williams
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    Mark Zuckerberg is right to challenge the taboos surrounding pregnancy. But the pressure on women remains intense‘Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you – as if you’re defective or did something to cause this,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg, announcing his wife’s pregnancy, after three miscarriages. In the open letter, he continued: “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.” It is not…
 
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  • Obama's climate plan seeks to slash emissions from power plants

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said it will launch the first ever rule on Monday to cut carbon emissions from power plants, a plan that opponents in the coal industry and their political allies will fight in the courts.
  • Trump campaign fires staffer over controversial Facebook posts

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    (Reuters) - Donald Trump's presidential campaign has fired a staffer after racially charged and insulting Facebook posts under his name came to light, a person close to the campaign said on Sunday.
  • Trump says won't be 'throwing punches' in U.S. Republican debate

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater."
  • U.S. Democrats see 'fire wall' holding to preserve Iran deal

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.
  • Obama to unveil tougher climate change plan

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle against federal environmental regulators by the coal industry and its political allies.
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  • Microsoft Taps PBS To Advance Its National Talent Strategy With 'Code Trip'

    timothy
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the…
  • Clinton Promises 500 Million New Solar Panels

    Soulskill
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Hillary Clinton, widely regarded as most likely to win the Democrat nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has unveiled her campaign climate plan. Speaking at Iowa State University, Clinton said she would set up tax incentives for renewable energy to drive further adoption. She also set a goal of installing half a billion new solar panels within her first term, if elected. Her plan would cost roughly $60 billion over 10 years, and she intends to pay for it by cutting tax breaks to the oil and gas industry. According to The Guardian, "Clinton has…
  • EU May Become a Single Digital Market of 500 Million People

    timothy
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    RockDoctor writes: The Guardian is reporting that the EU is becoming increasingly vociferous in its opposition to "geo-blocking" — the practice of making media services available in some areas but not in others: "European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channel of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU." That adds up to a block of nearly 500 million first-world media consumers. They don't necessarily all speak the same language, but English is probably the most commonly understood single language. And the important thing for American media companies to…
  • The Science and Politics Behind Colony Collapse Disorder; Is the Crisis Over?

    samzenpus
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:33 pm
    iONiUM writes: An article at the Globe and Mail claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurrence (caused by neonics or nature — the debate is still out). The data used is that from Stats Canada which claims "the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high [in Canada]." Globally, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization says that "worldwide bee populations have rebounded to a record high." The story reports: "I have great news for honey lovers everywhere. The Canadian honeybee…
  • IT Workers Training Their Foreign Replacements 'Troubling,' Says White House

    Soulskill
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    dcblogs writes: A top White House official told House lawmakers this week that the replacement of U.S. workers by H-1B visa holders is 'troubling' and not supposed to happen. That answer came in response to a question from U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that referenced Disney workers who had to train their temporary visa holding replacements (the layoffs were later canceled. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said if H-1B workers are being used to replace U.S. workers, then "it's a very serious failing of the H-1B program." But Johnson also told…
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  • Her Outdoors: August is here

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Last weekend I put down my Japanese razor hoe and went to judge other people’s plots in the finals of Britain’s Best Allotment. The results will be revealed during National Allotment Week next week, so I can’t say too much here, apart from thanking the lovely people who invited me and my fellow judges onto [...]
  • Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]
  • Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]
  • Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.
  • Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]
 
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  • Loathsome Federal Drug Warrior Melinda Haag Is Retiring. California's Cannabis Community Rejoices.

    Alexis Garcia
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    When Northern California U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced her retirement this week, the Bay Area's medical cannabis community rejoiced.  Haag was a renegade drug warrior, shutting down over 600 state-compliant medical marijuana centers (she claimed they were too close to schools, parks, and playgrounds) and threatening their landlords with property seizures. She continued going after the cannabis industry long after the Obama administration had backed off. But Haag's anti-weed campaign faltered in 2012 when she targeted Harborside Health Center, the largest medical cannabis…
  • Speech Police Back Down at University of New Hampshire, But War on Words Is Not Over

    Robby Soave
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    The University of New Hampshire’s outrageous Bias-Free Language Guide seems to have struck a nerve. The guide, which purports to help UNH students and faculty purge their vocabulary of dozens of offensive words and phrases—really hateful stuff, like “obese” and “midgets” and “elders”—was removed by the university’s president late last week after all corners of the internet expressed universal outrage at such an over-the-top display of political correctness. The Bias-Free Language Guide is indeed nauseating. But, as I argue in a recent column for The Daily Beast people…
  • Morrissey: An Airport Security Agent 'Groped My Penis And Testicles'

    Alexis Garcia
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Singer and famed English grump Morrissey claims that a security agent sexually assaulted him while going through security at San Francisco International Airport on July 27th.   Morrissey wrote on the True to You fan news website that the security officer “[S]topped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles.” Morrissey says he lodged a complaint, but doesn’t expect that it will go anywhere. It should also be noted that San Francisco International is part of a program that allows screeners from private companies that are supervised by the Transport Security…
  • Camille Paglia: Emma Sulkowicz's Feminism Is About 'Perpetually Lugging Around Bad Memories'

    Alexis Garcia
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The always provocative Camille Paglia recently sat down with Salon, and among other things she explained why she thinks Bill Clinton has a lot in common with Bill Cosby—and it's not just that their names are so similar. She explains: So I say there is a big parallel between Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton–aside from their initials!  Young feminists need to understand that this abusive behavior by powerful men signifies their sense that female power is much bigger than they are!  These two people, Clinton and Cosby, are emotionally infantile–they’re engaged in a war with…
  • Jon Stewart Nostalgia Trip: The 2010 'Rally to Restore Sanity'

    Anthony L. Fisher
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With just one week left in Jon Stewart's tenure as host of The Daily Show, it's a good time to revisit the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," a three-hour live show on the Washington, D.C. National Mall, meant to satirize and/or provide a counter-point to Glenn Beck's months earlier "Rally to Restore Honor." Reason TV was on the scene. To watch our coverage, click above. Here's the original writeup: Reason.tv was on hand for the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in Washington on Saturday, October 30, 2010. The…
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  • Trump Hits a Nerve

    Randy Toman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a must read article : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3343/Donald-Trump-Is-Right-About-John-McCain.aspx The Republican Party had better wake-up to what is really going on these past 30+ years—-even as I might add—it’s been going on for a Hell-of a lot longer.   I would suggest people——take Trump seriously—-for he holds a couple of Trump Cards—-(no joke meant)——if in fact the Republican Party wants to play hard ball.  This thing could get real serious—–real quick. I believe the question coming into play…
  • WHEN?

    The Outsider
    2 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In view of the recent riots across the country—-When are the blacks going to be held responsible for their criminal behavior? When are they going to marry the women they impregnate? When are they going to pay for their children they are responsible for? When are they going to act civilized instead of living as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago? When are they going to stop killing their own and destroying our cities? And when is the mainstream news media going to cover those unreported stories? When is Al Sharpton going to stop working for the Democrat party to keep racial…
  • 2015 Something Isn’t Right

    Randy Toman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have been going through my past articles in an attempt to see if I was close to getting anything right——as I looked into the future back then.  What I find is things had moved forward with a smoothness that is surprising to me—-even as the same symptoms seem to be prevailing in the culture today as they did then.  The indicators with symptoms and issues seem to be worse today than in the past but somehow things and life seem to move along with smoothness and not seem that bad.  Therefore few notice anything of a serious nature that is wrong and few seem to care one way…
  • What is to Happen?

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
 
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  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
  • Racism on Camera

    Peter Dreier
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project, Thursday, December 11, 2014.  If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans…
  • Can the University of Cincinnati Police Learn From the City's Police?

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    (Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester outside the Hamilton County Courthouse following the announcement of murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29. The Cincinnati Police Department has taken long strides since 2001. Once infamous for provoking a riot that rocked the city for days, the department has created a civilian review board that handles complaints against police officers, and has made citizen engagement the number one priority for police officers. In recent years, the…
  • Bernie Learns His Lesson -- But Have the Rest of Us?

    Adele M. Stan
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    (Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via AP) Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders waits to speak to federal contract workers during a rally on Capitol Hill on Wedneday, July 22. We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,” Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential…
  • Zephyr Teachout on Getting Big Money Out of Politics

    Justin Miller
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    AP Photo/Mike Groll Activist Zephyr Teachout speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Albany, New York.  In 2014, the campaign finance reform activist and Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC—the super PAC to end super PACs. The group raised about $11 million and targeted support for candidates who were committed to reforming the role of money in politics. While its efforts in the 2014 election were largely unsuccessful, Lessig did succeed in jumpstarting a conversation about how to combat the private campaign financing of our elected officials,…
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  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
  • Racism on Camera

    Peter Dreier
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project, Thursday, December 11, 2014.  If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans…
  • Can the University of Cincinnati Police Learn From the City's Police?

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    (Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester outside the Hamilton County Courthouse following the announcement of murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29. The Cincinnati Police Department has taken long strides since 2001. Once infamous for provoking a riot that rocked the city for days, the department has created a civilian review board that handles complaints against police officers, and has made citizen engagement the number one priority for police officers. In recent years, the…
  • Bernie Learns His Lesson -- But Have the Rest of Us?

    Adele M. Stan
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    (Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via AP) Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders waits to speak to federal contract workers during a rally on Capitol Hill on Wedneday, July 22. We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,” Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential…
  • Zephyr Teachout on Getting Big Money Out of Politics

    Justin Miller
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    AP Photo/Mike Groll Activist Zephyr Teachout speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Albany, New York.  In 2014, the campaign finance reform activist and Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC—the super PAC to end super PACs. The group raised about $11 million and targeted support for candidates who were committed to reforming the role of money in politics. While its efforts in the 2014 election were largely unsuccessful, Lessig did succeed in jumpstarting a conversation about how to combat the private campaign financing of our elected officials,…
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  • Excited about an upcoming raise? Don’t be.

    Matt O'Brien
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    One day, American workers will get a raise. Today, though, wasn't that day. After months of wages maybe, possibly, don't-jinx-it, starting to rise, any momentum disappeared on Friday. The Employment Cost Index rose at its slowest pace since records began in 1982, just 0.2 percent. In the past year, the ECI is only up an anemic 2 percent, down from the 2.6 percent it was three months ago. And it's the same story no matter what wage measures you look at. Average hourly earnings are also up 2 percent the past 12 months, after zigging and zagging around that level for basically six years now.
  • What the GOP debate and baseball’s trade deadline have in common

    Jim Tankersley
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    The Toronto Blue Jays traded several promising young players to the Detroit Tigers for standout pitcher David Price this week. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Every year at the end of July, Major League Baseball teams look at their rosters and their records and make a choice. Do they go out and acquire talented veteran players, who would improve their teams as they make a playoff run this year, even if that means giving up promising young players who might improve their teams even more several years from now? Those decisions come to a head on the last day in July, the deadline for easily…
  • Why China’s Olympic win might not be a cause for celebration

    Ana Swanson
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    A child makes a face while having her photo taken with the snow covered slopes of the Nanshan ski resort in Beijing on Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) Skiing outside of Beijing has long been an icy and treacherous affair. Like everywhere else in China, the hills tend to be packed with people. And most seemed to spend their time sprawled out on the hill, forming a human obstacle course. China’s winter sports abilities are sure to improve a lot before 2022, when Beijing is now slated to host the Winter Olympics Games. On Friday, the International Olympic Committee voted 44-40 to…
  • Have an IUD? Thank Warren Buffett

    Danielle Paquette
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    That ground-breaking program in Colorado? Warren Buffett's family paid for that. (Seth Wenig/AP) Bloomberg Businessweek just ran a fascinating piece about how Warren Buffett’s family quietly donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the research and expansion of long-term, reversible birth control. The one-sentence summary: A stream of money from the Wizard of Omaha apparently helped spark a significant increase in the number of American women using intrauterine devices, or IUDs. Buffett, a businessman to his core, was just thinking economically, according to a 2008 interview with Judith…
  • The White House is trying to introduce Wall Street to rural America

    Lydia DePillis
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The run down main street of tiny Las Animas, Colorado. (Matthew Staver for the Washington Post) On Tuesday, the White House hosted a sales event of sorts: The Department of Agriculture brought in about 100 investors and venture capitalists to tell them about the golden opportunities they’ve been missing in the nation’s heartland. These aren’t the usual ways you might think of for Wall Street types to make money, like backing industrial dairies or grain processing facilities. Rather, they’re the projects that the government might previously have simply financed itself — sewer…
 
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  • Huntsman: US needs to deal with China hacks

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
     Jon Huntsman, former ambassador to China, on Sunday said the government has to face the fact that China was hacking the U.S. “Yes, they do it. Yes, the state is behind it,” he told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New...
  • Texas attorney general reportedly indicted

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
     Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple felony charges, according to reports. The charges will be unsealed Monday in McKinney, Texas, around noon, WFAA News said. A Tarrant County judge has...
  • Sunday shows preview: 2016ers push as first debate looms

    1 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
     In the last weekend before the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 race, the party head and many candidates will make their case on this week’s Sunday talk shows. Fox News is dividing the party’s crowded field of 17 contenders into...
  • Bin Laden family members killed in plane crash

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Three relatives of the late Osama bin Laden were killed Friday when a private plane crashed in southern England.The Associated Press reported Saturday that local police believed the mother, sister and brother-in-law of the plane’s owner were all...
  • State Department probe: Agency improperly overpaid Clinton aide

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    State Department investigators reportedly determined that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closet aides, was overpaid by roughly $10,000 during her time at State.The Washington Post reported Friday that Abedin was overpaid as a government...
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    SCOTUSblog

  • Symposium: Ideology, partisanship, and the new “one person, one vote” case

    Richard Hasen
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Richard L. Hasen is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He blogs at Election Law Blog. It is tempting to think of the plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott as conservatives. After all, the brainchild behind this new “one person, one vote” lawsuit, Ed Blum and his Project on Fair Representation, brought us the demise of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder case and continued attacks on affirmative action in the second coming of the Fisher case. But the theory the Evenwel plaintiffs…
  • U.S. appeals major insider trading case

    Lyle Denniston
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Seeking to overturn a major setback in its power to punish trading of stocks based on insider tips, the Obama administration on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to revive one of the highest-profile prosecutions in years on Wall Street.  The petition in the case of United States v. Newman was sent to the Court just days before a filing deadline.  (Attached to the government’s petition is the December ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.   That court refused a government rehearing plea in April.) The case grew out of federal prosecutors’ broad…
  • Symposium: Misguided hysteria over Evenwel v. Abbott

    Richard Pildes
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Richard H. Pildes is the Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU. As soon as the Court decided to hear Evenwel, a barely suppressed anger emerged in many quarters, on grounds of both process and substance. On process: how dare the Court address this issue, when a 1966 precedent seemingly settled the issue, and no conflict existed in the lower courts, to boot. On substance: how disturbing for the Court to consider any change in the legal status quo, in which states are perfectly free to define the “one person, one vote” baseline (total population or eligible voters) for…
  • October arguments, day by day

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday released the schedule of oral arguments for the opening session of its next Term, beginning on Monday, October 5.   The daily schedule, with a brief description of the issues involved in each hearing, follows the jump. Arguments begin each morning at 10 a.m.   No afternoon arguments are scheduled for this sitting. Monday, October 5: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs — right to sue U.S. agent of a foreign government for overseas accident involving a foreign state agency Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymond –– validity of Federal Reserve Board…
  • Symposium: Taking voter equality seriously

    Ilya Shapiro
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute. He filed an amicus brief supporting the jurisdictional statement in Evenwel and will be filing another at the merits stage. Shapiro became a U.S. citizen just last year. Like most immigrants, he does a job few native-born Americans will: defending the Constitution. The issue in a nutshell The “one person, one vote” standard (OPOV) has become an axiomatic part of election law: Whatever mischief happens during the decennial redistricting process, states can’t draw districts with wildly disproportionate…
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  • Rick Perry: Says Donald Trump is for a single-payer health care system.

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Is Donald Trump still 'for single-payer' health care? For all his success firing up the GOP base, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump may be a Republican in name only when it comes to health care, says former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry -- at 11th place in the polls and currently just shy of making it into the first Republican debate Aug. 6 -- has been trading jabs with Trump for weeks. Trump mocked Perry’s glasses in July, and Perry responded by calling Trump "a cancer on conservatism" and challenging him to a…
  • Donald Trump: Under President Barack Obama, income levels and unemployment numbers "are worse now than just about ever" for African-Americans.

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump: Black income, unemployment 'worse now than just about ever' Just days before the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, billionaire real-estate developer and current polling leader Donald Trump  criticized President Barack Obama’s record on ABC’s This Week. At one point, Trump zeroed in on Obama’s status as the country’s first black president, arguing that he had failed his black constituents. The topic came up when ABC’s Jonathan Karl referred to a tweet by Trump that said, "Sadly,…
  • Harry Reid: Planned Parenthood is "the only health care that a significant number of women get. About 30 percent of women, that's their health care."

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Harry Reid is way off on claim that 30% of women rely only on Planned Parenthood for health care An anti-abortion group recently released several secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue, and that has given opponents of the abortion-providing health organization new momentum to shut off federal funding. During Senate floor debate on July 30, 2015, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urged lawmakers to focus on consequences for women who rely on Planned Parenthood for health care beyond abortions if the…
  • Cory Booker: "We built a new prison every 10 days between 1990 and 2005 to keep up with our mass incarceration explosion of nonviolent offenders."

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Was a prison built every 10 days to house a fast-growing population of nonviolent inmates? With criminal justice reform in the national spotlight, first-term Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., commented on the growth of the prison system in recent years. "We built a new prison every 10 days between 1990 and 2005 to keep up with our mass incarceration explosion of nonviolent offenders," Booker said in a post to his Instagram account on July 27, 2015. Before joining the Senate, Booker served as mayor of Newark. Is Booker’s claim correct?  We…
  • Facebook posts: Says Hillary Clinton "refuses to testify before Congress" about the 2012 attack in Benghazi. 

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Meme says Hillary Clinton 'refuses' to testify on Benghazi attack A meme critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has recently been making the rounds on social media. The meme is headlined "I’m not ready for Hillary" -- a takeoff on the PAC that supported Clinton during the months leading up to her official announcement -- and proceeds to list five reasons to oppose the former secretary of state. In this article, we’ll check one of those claims -- that Clinton "refuses to testify before Congress about what…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Danger is His Middle Name

    John Cole
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I love the No Fucks to Give White House– White House spokesman Josh Earnest belittled Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas as an “international man of mystery” Thursday following the lawmaker’s claim to have uncovered a secret side deal of the Iranian nuclear accord while on a mission to Europe – information Mr. Earnest contended was readily available on the Internet. “I hope that Senator Cotton had a pleasant trip to Vienna, but his travel was not necessary to learn the information he claims to have obtained,” said Mr. Earnest, dubbing the freshman senator “Tom Cotton,…
  • Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
      Nope, not a Levenson post. I snapped a photo of this painting in a museum a short while ago. Now off in search of cocktails to round out our Sunday indolence. Open thread! Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Surf’s Up (Open Thread)

    Betty Cracker
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    A persistent low has turned our normally bathtub-placid shoreline stormy:   Open thread. Share
  • Sunday Garden Chat: SoCal Update (Part I)

    Anne Laurie
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:37 am
    From indominable garden correspondent Mary G: Two years ago, my driveway had only a few things in it – on the very sunny side there was a 15’ brick flower bed with a foot or so wide growing area, and three trash cans. On the very shady side, there was the gas meter and the water heater in its little shed, and what used to be another brick flower bed. Someone who owned the house before my mom apparently got frustrated with low-light gardening and filled it up with concrete, so my mom slapped some flagstone over the top to make a ledge. Smokers were exiled there occasionally, but otherwise…
  • Late Night Open Thread: “My Outrage Is Better Than Your Outrage”

    Anne Laurie
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    New Daily Show is going to take on internet outrage culture, because what that needs is more amplification. — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) July 30, 2015 All across the valley, tech startups are asking one question: how do we monetize these online mobs? — Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) July 30, 2015 Well, the hardworking staff of the Atlantic will be right there, taking notes! Share
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    Oliver Willis

  • Jan Casmir Sieski: Second US Hunter Allegedly Killed Zimbabwe Lion

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    Jan Casmir Sieski, an American, has been named as a hunter who killed a lion in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe government said it had shut down the safari business operated by Headman Sibanda, Nyala Safaris, and named Sieski as a hunter who had used his services to hunt and kill a lion in April. Parks authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said, “Headman Sibanda’s case is in connection with a lion that was killed by the other American (Sieski) in April.” The post Jan Casmir Sieski: Second US Hunter Allegedly Killed Zimbabwe Lion appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • WATCH: Kansas Cop Threatens Man With Jail For Asking A Question

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    A police officer in Harper, Kansas, unleashed a profane tirade on a man who asked him why a woman was being questioned. The cop escalated the situation, demanding the man present identification and threatened him with a night in jail for simply asking him something. Apparently this officer forgot: the police work for us. Tracy Chance, Harper County Sheriff released a statement about the video: “I would like to take this opportunity to address the video of the Harper County Sheriff Deputy this morning. This was an unfortunate incident that needed to be immediately addressed. We at the…
  • Media Lets Trump Just Phone In Sunday Morning “Appearances”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    I’ve never seen something this weird from a presidential candidate before. Donald Trump was booked to appear on ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet The Press, and CBS’ Face the Nation. He was on those shows, but he never appeared. Instead, the big three television networks allowed Donald Trump to phone-in his interviews. In the past presidential candidates showed up in studio, or at least via satellite at one of the hundreds of affiliates these networks have around the country. I’ve never seen a presidential candidate, especially one leading in the polls, call in to a…
  • WATCH: President Obama: “Biggest Step” USA Has Ever Taken On Climate Is Coming This Week

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    President Obama refuses to accept that his so-called lame duck presidency isn’t going to continue to be consequential. On Sunday morning, the Obama White House released a social media video previewing the upcoming EPA rules that will limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In the video Obama notes, “Climate change is not a problem for another generation — not any more.” The lame duck continues to quack, and it sounds like a roar. Watch Obama’s climate video: BREAKING: On Monday, @POTUS will release his #CleanPowerPlan—the biggest step we've ever…
  • TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP: The Donald Surges In New NBC/WSJ Poll

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    Donald Trump Once again, the elite consensus that smearing John McCain’s war record would hurt Trump is DEAD WRONG. In a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Donald Trump dominates the entire Republican field. Trump gets 19% of the vote, ahead of Scott Walker at 15%, and Jeb Bush at 14%. Bush is down 8% from the NBC poll in June, while Walker is down 2%. The biggest tumble is Marco Rubio, gone from 14% support to 5%. So far, rude, ignorant xenophobia is the key to leading the Republican nomination for president. It’s Trump’s World right now. The post TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP: The…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Cartoon: Cecil the Lion

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: Cecil the Lion appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • For the Undocumented, Sanctuary Doesn’t Equal Lawlessness (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    An Special Response Team from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deporting a Mexican fugitive. Courtesy ICE For the Undocumented, Sanctuary Doesn’t Equal Lawlessness By Everard Meade and Enrique Morones The tragic death of Kathryn Steinle had nothing to do with the apparent killer’s immigration status or San Francisco’s status as a “sanctuary city.” The assertion that the alleged murderer, Francisco López Sánchez, had committed “seven felonies” is misleading at best. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, describes him as a “repeat felon” because…
  • Another Survey Puts Trump Atop GOP Pack

    Guest Voice
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    The real estate mogul Donald Trump is moving on up: to the top of the Republican polls. According to a new poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, the candidate is in the penthouse among GOP primary voters, with 19% selecting him as their choice for the presidential nomination in the 2016 election. Despite… The post Another Survey Puts Trump Atop GOP Pack appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Chris Christie Tells Fox News He Is “Not Mad, Just Stop Citing Stupid Poll Numbers” (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Chris Christie Tells Fox News He Is “Not Mad, Just Stop Citing Stupid Poll Numbers” by The Nil Admirari NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (The Nil Admirari): Earlier today, Republican presidential candidate and Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie told Fox and Friends that he was “not mad, just stop citing stupid poll numbers.” Christie has consistently been polling lower than the margin of error in most national polls of likely Republican primary voters, and will not be eligible to participate in the first Republican debate being hosted by Fox News next week if that continues.
  • Joe Biden, a Good Man, Considering a 2016 Run

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III died of brain cancer on May 30, 2015. Beau Biden was an attorney, an Army officer, Iraq War veteran, Delaware Attorney General, a husband, a brother, a father and the son of Vice President Joe Biden and Mrs. Jill Biden. In my opinion, Beau Biden was a good man. His father said, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.” In my opinion, Joe Biden is also a good man. On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote about how a longtime Biden supporter said the vice president had been deeply moved by Beau’s…
 
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  • Palestinian toddler dies in “price tag” fire set by Jewish extremists

    Jon Green
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Four Jewish settlers set fire to two Palestinian homes last night, killing an 18 month old child and injuring four others, The Washington Post reports: The arson assault was quickly labeled a “price tag attack” in the Israeli media — a phrase used to describe violence and vandalism carried out by settlers and their supporters to extract “a price” for any actions against them, either by the Israeli government or Palestinians… …Palestinian authorities said the attackers came to the village of Duma, a 20-minute drive northeast of Ramallah, smashed windows and tossed…
  • Republicans threatening to shut down government over doctored Planned Parenthood videos

    Jon Green
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Riding a nonexistent wave of public outrage over videos that have been edited to appear to show Planned Parenthood employees discussing how to profit from abortion procedures, Republicans in Congress are aggressively pushing for all federal funding to be pulled from the organization. And they want Congress to do “everything within its power” to make it happen, including blocking all appropriations and omnibus bills until they have gotten what they want, shutting down the government if necessary. Of course, defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t as easy as cutting a line…
  • A $15 minimum wage for fast food workers would raise the price of a Big Mac by 17 cents

    Jon Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    The conservative warning that minimum wages are guaranteed to destroy consumer purchasing power by forcing businesses to raise prices doesn’t hold up under academic scrutiny, according to a new study from Purdue’sSchool of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Per the study, raising the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 would cause a small but incredibly modest uptick in prices — an increase that would be more than offset by the increase in disposable income that workers would have. From The Washington Post‘s write-up of the study: [Researcher Richard] Ghiselli…
  • Repeat offender suspected in ultra-Orthodox stabbing at Jerusalem pride parade

    Jon Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Six people were stabbed at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem earlier today in what appears to be a religiously-motivated attack from a repeat offender. Israeli police have taken Yishai Shilissel into custody following the attack. Shilissel was released from prison three weeks ago after serving ten years of a twelve year sentence for stabbing gay pride marchers in 2005. JERUSALEM PRIDE PARADE: Suspected stabber arrested by police is ultra-Orthodox man http://t.co/zDNDIarWQa pic.twitter.com/XwlkHtka7L — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) July 30, 2015 Shilissel had reportedly circulated a…
  • Colorado GOP walks back State Rep. Klingenschmitt’s hate speech on Boy Scouts, not on trans military service

    Jon Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    On Tuesday, Colorado State Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt took to YouTube to discuss the military and the Boy Scouts. Namely, the ending of the bans on transgender servicemembers and gay scout leaders. He was quite distressed: There’s a lot of nasty, vile stuff in there. Klingenschmitt, who was previously best-known for comparing President Obama to a demon, repeatedly denies the existence of transgenderism; calls transgender servicemembers sick, confused and possessed; and cites my least favorite Bible verse to argue that transgender servicemembers should be kicked out of the…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Bernie Sanders Talks to Vox

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In a wide-ranging discussion, Bernie Sanders discusses his views on socialism, single payer, open borders, Zionism, and more with Vox Editor-in-chief Ezra Klein. 0:00 – Socialism 3:20 – Universal health care 5:50 – Global poverty & open borders 9:29 – Unions 11:31 – Grassroots organizing 16:04 – Race 17:56 – Oligarchy and campaign finance 21:14 – Foreign policy 23:10 – Iran 25:12 – Rwanda 26:04 – Zionism & Israel 27:24 – Climate change 31:33 – China 34:04 – Greece 35:24 – Universal basic income
  • Graham 1, Trump Nil

    bareboards2 (/politics/member/bareboards2)
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Trump gave Graham's personal cell phone number to the public. Graham's response.
  • american empire:an act of collective madness-trailer

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    An expansive and provocative documentary covering the Federal Reserve, U.S. foreign policy, corporate collusion and destructive agriculture, weaving together interviews with top thinkers to deliver an urgent yet hopeful message.
  • 6Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on on Twitter

    bobknight33 (/politics/member/bobknight33)
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Published on Jul 15, 2015 Man Faces 6 Months in Jail For Disagreeing With Feminists on Twitter A Canadian man faces 6 months in jail for disagreeing with feminists on Twitter, a case that one journalist warns "could have enormous fallout for free speech."
  • The Troubles: First televised debate with Gerry Adams

    moodonia (/politics/member/moodonia)
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Arguably the best televised political debate of the 1990s in Ireland. Gerry Adams (Sinn Fein), alleged senior figure in the P.I.R.A., debates against a hostile host and panel on the RTE programme "The Late Late Show" shortly after the first IRA ceasefire in 1994. Its clear why the Irish and British governments didnt want Sinn Fein to be allowed to be broadcast. A decision that in my opinion prolonged violence by preventing an informed public debate. (Colour comes in later, looks copied from VHS)
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    The American Prospect

  • The Revolving Door Is Spinning Out of Control. Can It Be Slowed?

    Justin Miller
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    (Photo: Office of Tammy Baldwin) Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announce the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act on July 15. Five years to the day after the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Act, Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland gathered for a press conference in the Capitol to announce legislation that would strengthen ethics in the executive branch and work to reduce Wall Street influence in Washington, D.C. “We can’t afford to have a revolving door working to stack…
  • Racism on Camera

    Peter Dreier
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    AP Photo/Matt Rourke Philadelphia Police officers demonstrate a body-worn cameras being used as part of a pilot project, Thursday, December 11, 2014.  If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans…
  • Can the University of Cincinnati Police Learn From the City's Police?

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    (Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell speaks with a protester outside the Hamilton County Courthouse following the announcement of murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing on July 29. The Cincinnati Police Department has taken long strides since 2001. Once infamous for provoking a riot that rocked the city for days, the department has created a civilian review board that handles complaints against police officers, and has made citizen engagement the number one priority for police officers. In recent years, the…
  • Bernie Learns His Lesson -- But Have the Rest of Us?

    Adele M. Stan
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    (Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via AP) Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders waits to speak to federal contract workers during a rally on Capitol Hill on Wedneday, July 22. We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,” Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential…
  • Zephyr Teachout on Getting Big Money Out of Politics

    Justin Miller
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    AP Photo/Mike Groll Activist Zephyr Teachout speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, in Albany, New York.  In 2014, the campaign finance reform activist and Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig launched Mayday PAC—the super PAC to end super PACs. The group raised about $11 million and targeted support for candidates who were committed to reforming the role of money in politics. While its efforts in the 2014 election were largely unsuccessful, Lessig did succeed in jumpstarting a conversation about how to combat the private campaign financing of our elected officials,…
 
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  • Progressives Didn't Cause the San Francisco Housing Crisis

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you know that San Francisco is facing an affordable housing crisis. This crisis is not new. It's been around for at least 40 years, and the city has faced a housing shortage for at least 70 years. The question that many are asking is not only "how do we fix this?" but, in order to jockey for position in how to answer it, they're also asking "whose fault is this crisis?" Too often, the SF housing crisis is used to attack progressives from the right, in the service of free market solutions - even though, as the historical evidence makes clear, this…
  • Gov. Brown quickly signs Vaccines Bill

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Bill eliminates most non-medical exemptions by Brian Leubitz While SB277 may have drawn a lot of attention and vocal minorities to the Capitol (and anywhere else legislators congregated). But after the recent passage of the legislation, Governor Brown wasted no time in signing the bill yesterday. SB 277 requires all children entering day care, kindergarten or 7th grade to be vaccinated, although the legislature included a specific exemption if a child's physician concludes that immunization is not recommended for reasons including family medical history. ... Sen. Pan, speaking on KPCC's…
  • Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Decision makes marriage equality the law of the land across the nation. by Brian Leubitz You can find many words on the marriage decision plastered all over the interwebs. But I wanted to point out the closing of Justice Kennedy's decision in the 5-4 Obergefell decision. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.
  • Budget Deal Reached?

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Legislature passed bill yesterday with $750mil over Gov.'s budget by Brian Leubitz Yesterday, the Legislature passed a budget as was required by the Constitution (and 2010's Prop 25) to keep their paychecks coming. Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno acknowledged there's no deal yet with Gov. Brown but says he'd challenge anyone who calls this spending plan a "sham." "This budget, fiscally responsible, pays down more debt - faster; puts more money in our rainy day fund; puts more money into public education; and begins - if minimally - to reinvest in the needs of the people of the state of…
  • Legislative Recap on Health: #Health4All; Out-of-Pocket Costs; Medi-Cal, Etc.

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Senate and Assembly adjourned Thursday, one day ahead of the June 5th deadline to pass all bills out of the first legislative chamber. The good news is that most key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed out of the house of origin, while one bill, opposed by public health groups, was defeated. Bills moving forward deal with limits and protections against unfair out-of-pocket costs; efforts at improving Medi-Cal; and most notably a significant expansion of access to coverage for all regardless of immigration status. These bills now head to the second half of the…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Is There a Viable Alternative to the Iran Deal?

    Peter Beinart
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    A portrait of former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters) How to make sense of the nuclear deal with Iran? Is it a necessary compromise that’s preferable to the alternatives and potentially beneficial for the Middle East? A feeble and indefensible sop to Iranian leaders bent on further destabilizing the region? A practically satisfying but morally troubling gamble, born of bad options? The Atlantic’s Peter Beinart, David Frum, and Jeffrey Goldberg debate the new agreement—and the swift and fierce reaction to it. Peter Beinart: David and Jeff,…
  • Israeli Opposition Leader: Iran Deal Will Bring Chaos to the Middle East

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    A billboard featuring Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog (left) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Baz Ratner / Reuters) Last December, when I interviewed the leader of Israel’s left-leaning Labor Party, Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum, he said, in reference to nuclear negotiations with Iran: “I trust the Obama administration to get a good deal.” In a telephone call with me late last night, Herzog’s message was very different. The deal just finalized in Vienna, he said, “will unleash a lion from the cage, it will have a direct…
  • The Single Most Important Question to Ask About the Iran Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters “Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this.” – President Barack Obama, May 21, 2015 The theocratic regime that rules Iran—a regime that is a committed and proficient sponsor of terrorism, according to John Kerry’s State Departmentwill be more powerful tomorrow than it is today, thanks to the agreement it has just negotiated with the Obama administration, America’s European allies, and two U.S. adversaries as well. This sad conclusion is unavoidable. The lifting of crippling…
  • A Former Israeli Ambassador Takes Aim at Obama—and American Jewry

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Benjamin Myers / Reuters In a recent post, I suggested that the intervention of two men, the former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon and the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, might help improve the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time I wrote this, both men had reputations as people who were concerned about preserving the extraordinarily complicated, and extraordinarily close, U.S.-Israel relationship, and both had spent a good deal of time calming the…
  • 'Israel Cannot Absorb 3.5 Million Palestinians and Remain a Jewish and Democratic State'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Dan Balilty / AP Last week, I spent an illuminating hour with Yair Lapid, the former Israeli finance minister and now a leader of the opposition. Lapid, a voluble former television broadcaster, is the head of the Yesh Atid party—the name translates as, “There is a future.” This, of course, is a very Jewish thing to name a political party, for a large number of reasons I’ll let you figure out. Lapid is a leader of the great mass of disillusioned centrists in Israeli politics. He could conceivably be prime minister one day, assuming Benjamin Netanyahu, in whose previous cabinet he…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • An Innovative Library in Oregon, and Other Reports From the Road

    James Fallows
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Ever wonder how the bison got its hump? Wonder no more. Explanation of this creature, shown at the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, coming up soon. (James Fallows) Over the past three months my wife Deb and I have been doing a lot of traveling, interviewing, and reporting for our American Futures series, for a set of posts that we haven’t published yet but will roll out in coming weeks. We’ve been (briefly) in Chico, California; then for an extended period in the Bend/Prineville/Redmond area of central Oregon; then along the Columbia River and Snake River gorges toward the twin towns…
  • What an F-16 Pilot Sees—and Misses

    James Fallows
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon, shown in a ground trainer. ( Wikimedia ) For background discussion of the tragedy early this month, when an Air Force F-16 hit a civilian Cessna 150 at low altitude near Charleston, South Carolina, please see: “Why Would an F-16 and a Cessna Be in the Same Part of the Sky?”, “Why an F-16 Hit a Cessna,” “Civilian and Military Aviation Styles,” and “Can the ‘Right Stuff’ Become the Wrong Stuff?” For now I intend to wrap this discussion up, until the National Transportation Safety Board or other authorities offer additional facts or news,…
  • The Real Test of the Iran Deal

    James Fallows
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who like other GOP presidential candidates opposes the Iran nuclear deal, with anti-deal protesters in Washington (Jim Bourg / Reuters) A week ago I volunteered my way into an Atlantic debate on the merits of the Iran nuclear agreement. The long version of the post is here; the summary is that the administration has both specific facts and longer-term historic patterns on its side in recommending the deal. On the factual front, I argued that opponents had not then (and have not now) met President Obama’s challenge to propose a better real-world alternative to the…
  • Can the 'Right Stuff' Become the Wrong Stuff?

    James Fallows
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Tom Cruise as 'Maverick' was one example of military-aviation cool; Tom Wolfe gave us others in 'The Right Stuff.' ( From Top Gun / YouTube ) Early this month an Air Force F-16, under the command of an experienced Air Force pilot, rammed into a small-civilian Cessna 150 propeller plane, not far from Charleston, South Carolina. The Air Force pilot ejected to safety; both people aboard the Cessna were killed. The next three paragraphs are background for the pointed and interesting reader-messages I am about to quote. If you’re already up to speed with previous installments (one, two, three),…
  • Civilian and Military Aviation Styles: Do They Explain Anything About the F-16 and Cessna Crash?

    James Fallows
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    An F-16 like one of these ran into a little civilian Cessna 150 near Charleston, South Carolina this month. Why? (Ints Kalnins / Reuters) Earlier this month an Air Force F-16 and a little single-engine Cessna 150 collided at low altitude near Charleston, South Carolina. The Air Force pilot ejected to safety; the two people aboard the Cessna both died. I wrote about the original episode here, and yesterday I mentioned the “preliminary information” from the National Transportation Safety Board. Although it takes the NTSB months or years to come up with its definitive analyses, I said that…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • It's getting better all the time?

    liberal japonicus
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    by liberal japonicus A strange title, considering all the crap that is coming down, but this, from an interview with Nancy Lieberman, who is being hired as the second female NBA assistant coach, had me thinking about that: You’ve been an instructor at Grgurich’s camp in the past. You had the Texas Legends job. You visited with Mike Tomlin. What are some of the other things you have done to prepare yourself for this job? I can give you the list of coaches I’ve called. Alvin Gentry let me come in with thePhoenix Suns before I started to coach (the Legends). Vinny Del Negro let me…
  • BRICS and SCO and AIIB! Oh my!

    liberal japonicus
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    by liberal japonicus Another article that flirts with the tl:dr boundary, but it was pretty interesting to me. Sadly, I'm not getting to Bishkek this year, but the SCO mentioned took place when I was there 2 years ago, and it certainly seems plausible. I give you the first graf: Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: From now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of…
  • Bottom of the Barrel, Scraping the

    Ugh
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    by Ugh Just when you thought it was safe to go take a peek at the GOP Primary Presidential candidates after Trump's, uh, comments about immigrants, we have former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) saying this about his Commander-in-Chief/Leader of the Free WorldTM: He would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven. Golly.   Also, too, Trump's spokespersonthingie ("special counsel at The Trump Organization") saying that "And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse."  By definition. So, I ask you,…
  • Weekend Open Thread

    SuperUser
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    by wj This was just too good not to share: "We wouldn’t get on a plane if there was a 5% chance of the plane crashing, but we’re treating the climate with that same level of risk in a very offhand, complacent way." -- Nick Robins Also: “Investors currently face a stark choice. Either they will experience impairments to their holdings in fossil-fuel companies should robust regulatory action on climate change take place, or they will face substantial losses across the entire portfolio of manageable assets should little mitigation of climate risk be forthcoming." -- Brian Gardner Mr…
  • Sandra Bland

    Ugh
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    by Ugh First let me say that I of course have no idea what actually happened to Sandra Bland in prison after being pulled over for failing to signal a lane change.  To me it seems that it should simply not be physically possible to hang oneself in a prison cell, but I'm guessing that's not doable absent other objectionable measures for people not on suicide watch.  Moreover, the idea that you can't get bail because it's a weekend is rather unconscionable, if not unconstitutional, but apparently that's just fine and dandy.  Don't get arrested on a Friday (or…
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    International Budget Partnership

  • Reflections on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

    Jay
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    After months of intense negotiations, world leaders have finally agreed to an agenda for financing global development over the next 15 years. A non-binding but critical agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, was finalized late last week at the third Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Ethiopia. It is the culmination of an intergovernmental process that began in October 2014. The conference set out to assess the challenges and the progress made in the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2001 Doha Declaration, and to address new and emerging issues in development…
  • The Road to Addis Ababa: What’s Next for Budget Transparency and Participation?

    Ryan Flynn
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    This year has been an exciting one so far. We’ve been working with civil society organizations around the world to ensure greater accountability in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development and Financing for Development (FfD) agendas. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe What has the work entailed? We’ve been engaging governments, UN bodies, and other players, including debt relief campaigners and private-sector investors, to call for greater budget transparency and participation. We’ve drawn on a rich body of evidence, including lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and multiple…
  • Bridging the Gap between Opening Budgets and Transforming Lives

    Deidre
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report IBP’s tagline is “Open Budgets. Transform Lives.” We believe that if citizens have access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process, they can better engage with their governments and hold them accountable for their management of public resources. This, in turn, can lead to better budgeting and better service delivery that improves lives. Our country work tests this theory by providing deep and sustained support to specific CSO efforts to influence  government budgets in three pilot countries:…
  • Budget Analysis: A Tool for Effective Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    For years, governments throughout the world have adopted commitments to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of millions of women, men, and youth. But governments have not always followed up these commitments with the policies and funds needed to effectively implement them. As a result, maternal mortality and teen pregnancy rates are still unacceptably high. As citizens, we must hold our governments accountable to their commitments. Budget analysis is a powerful tool to determine whether governments have allocated sufficient financial resources to fulfill their promises and…
  • What Have We Learned from Tracking Budget Transparency More Frequently?

    Deidre
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report. Since 2006 IBP has published the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the only independent, regular, and comparative assessment of budget transparency and participation worldwide. Over the years, users of the OBS — including civil society, donors, and the private sector — have asked us to update it more frequently. However, producing the full Open Budget Survey in less than the current two year schedule would be challenging, given the investment of time and resources required to conduct such comprehensive research. That said, IBP recognizes…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time work. The Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made youth unemployment a key part of his populist campaign, frequently citing statistics from a June report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. In a recent Vox interview, Sanders referred to the EPI report…
  • Wisconsin’s Trumped Up Deficit

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t. Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. It’s true that state fiscal officials had earlier projected that revenues would fall about $2.2 billion short of what agencies were requesting for the new cycle. But agencies don’t always get what they want. The current budget cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin…
  • Mistaken Tax Facts

    Brooks Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724. Dragging Anchor We offer this as an example of how political groups sometimes lose their anchor in reality as they strain for partisan effect. The league could have made a respectable argument by citing accurate information. But instead, the very first words in this ad are wildly inaccurate and based on a gross…
  • Huckabee’s Hot Air on Volcanoes

    Dave Levitan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined. In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News (beginning at the 5:14 mark), the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate said he thinks “the climate’s been changing over the entire history of the earth.” Couric asked him if he believes that…
  • Sanders’ PTSD Statistic

    Lori Robertson
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Sometimes politicians are right, but their campaigns can’t prove it. And we do. That’s what happened when we decided to take a look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. His campaign pointed us to a 2013 Senate hearing as its source — a hearing in which a Veterans Affairs official told Sanders that the number was less than half that. But it wasn’t a case of Sanders exaggerating. We discovered more recent VA reports that put the number with PTSD at…
 
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    susie
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
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  • Happy fucking birthday to you, Warner/Chappell

    susie
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Warner’s been collecting about $2 million a year in royalties off the Happy Birthday song. They can’t sing it on TV or in a movie without paying for it — now it turns out they never owned it in the first place, and they knew it! It was in the public domain: The filing also notes that while the copyright on the compilation for the 1922 and 1927 publications could only cover the overall compilation, rather than the individual works, even so both copyrights have long since expired, so Warner/Chappell can’t even claim that the copyrights for either compilation now lead to…
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    2 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Mexican anti-litter campaign strives to shame offenders with mug shots plastered on city billboards

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Mexican anti-litter campaign strives to shame offenders with mug shots plastered on city billboards by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Jaime Antonio Molina Martínez will probably think a long hard time before littering the streets again of San Nicolás de los Garza, a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico. And if he doesn't, chances are there will be plenty of people around who can remind him what happened the last time he littered. Molina Martínez had the unlucky fortune of…
  • Guest Voz: It will take innovative education to solve the talent dilemma

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: It will take innovative education to solve the talent dilemma by Latina Lista By Veronica Vargas Stidvent LatinaLista Employers know that the challenges businesses face finding workers who are skilled, educated and ready to succeed in some of the high-demand fields such as health care, high tech and STEM fields tempers the good news of a strong economy. Many existing jobs are evolving and changing, too, with employers needing to keep their workers’…
  • Study: Age and Fear, Factors for Low Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Study: Age and Fear, Factors for Low Cancer Screening Rates Among Latinas by Latina Lista SaludToday Compared to the general women population in the U.S. the rate of breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings are low among Latinas. In a new study published in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, researchers attribute the low rates among Latinas to age and fear of cancer diagnosis. The research was conducted by analyzing and…
  • Dancer Unites Flamenco and Doctors without Borders

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Dancer Unites Flamenco and Doctors without Borders by Latina Lista By Mimi Pollack La Prensa San Diego Dancing flamenco and giving back to others have been part of Sonya [Sonny] Burton’s life since she was a child. These two passions will come together for one evening at The Abbey restaurant in Hillcrest. Sonny’s school, Flamenco with Roots Performing Arts, with the help of Hornblower Cruises and Events, will host a fundraiser for Doctors without Borders on…
  • Crowdfunder: Throwing a summer prom for LGBTQ youth

    Latina Lista
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Throwing a summer prom for LGBTQ youth by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: 11th Annual Out in the City Youth Prom Over the last 10 years, thousands of LGBTQ youth and their friends have attended an amazing Summer Prom in St. Louis hosted by Growing American Youth and held at the City Museum. In 2004, Growing American Youth set out to redefine what a prom could be by creating an inclusive and welcoming event intended to lift up the lives of young…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The British Empire and WWII. William Dalrymple reviews Yasmin Khan’s The Raj at War (a.k.a. India at War). Will Republicans fall for the Iran trap? Robert Merry warns the GOP of the pitfalls of opposing the nuclear deal. The costs of the nuclear deal debate. Michael Cohen fears that the benefits of the deal will be obscured by a “torrent of hand-wringing and threat-mongering.” Yemenis starve, and Saudis are accused of war crimes. Vice‘s Samuel Oakford reports on the latest developments in the war on Yemen. The return of the Venezuelan boundary dispute. Nick Miroff…
  • Will’s Unpersuasive Case Against the Nuclear Deal

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    George Will makes a wholly unpersuasive case against the nuclear deal. This was probably the weakest part of his argument: The best reason for rejecting the agreement is to rebuke Obama’s long record of aggressive disdain for Congress — recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess, rewriting and circumventing statutes, etc. This isn’t the “best reason” to reject the deal. It’s not even a good reason. If one wants to rebuke Obama for ignoring and going around Congress in other situations, it would make sense to rebuke him directly on those. Obama has been…
  • Iran Hawks and Preventive War

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Norman Podhoretz makes a number of risible claims in his recent op-ed on the Iran deal. This was the most preposterous: For in allowing Iran to get the bomb, he is not averting war. What he is doing is setting the stage for a nuclear war between Iran and Israel. None of this is true. Iran isn’t being “allowed” to get a nuclear weapon. Even when all the additional restrictions imposed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action are lifted, Iran will still be a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and will still be bound by its commitments under that treaty not to build…
  • Rubio’s Costly, Confrontational Anti-Iranian Policy

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Marco Rubio wants to remind us just how reckless and aggressive he would be if he were president: The U.S. should undertake a systematic effort to isolate Iran in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic, its clients and proxies, should find no sanctuary in the region. The U.S. must do all it can [bold mine-DL] to counter Iran’s nefarious plots in places like Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Syria or Yemen. It is striking that Rubio’s vision of an aggressive and ambitious U.S. policy in the region never really touches on how any of this serves American interests. He says that the U.S.
  • Iran Hawks and the Loathing of Diplomacy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This quote about the deal with Iran from a Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was quite revealing: “You can’t do a good deal with a bad guy,” said David Trott, a Republican representative from Michigan. That’s a ridiculous thing to say, but it sums up very well the main objection that many Iran hawks have to any deal with Iran: they are offended by the fact that it has been negotiated with the Iranian government. Like Rep. Trott, they take it as a given that there can be no “good” deal negotiated with this government on the weird, ahistorical…
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    TIME

  • Obama to Unveil ‘Most Important Step’ Ever to Combat Climate Change

    Justin Worland
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The White House plans to unveil regulations on Monday to dramatically curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and eventually revamp the country’s energy industry. The regulations, billed by the President Obama as “the biggest, most important step” ever taken to address climate change, play a key role in the President’s aim to make combatting climate change a priority of his final months in office. The Environmental Protection Agency rules, finalized versions of 2012 and 2014 proposals, call for a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030…
  • Charles Koch Says U.S. Can Bomb Its Way to $100,000 Salaries

    philipelliotttime
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Conservative billionaire Charles Koch is predicting average American incomes of $100,000 annually in roughly a decade if government is scaled back and regulations are scrapped. One way to get there? Building and using more bombs, he jokingly told about 450 donors to the political network he backs. “I think we can have growth rates in excess of 4%. When I’m talking about growth rates, I’m not talking about that GDP, which counts poison gas the same as it counts penicillin,” the 79-year-old industrialist said, veering off his prepared remarks. “What a monstrous…
  • Rubio: Iran Could Nuke California Within a Decade

    philipelliotttime
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio warned Sunday the shores of California are only a decade away from being darkened by a nuclear mushroom cloud from Iran. Speaking to some of the most influential Republican donors in the country at an Orange County retreat organized by billionaires Charles and David Koch, the Florida Republican sounded the alarm that Iran proses a real and short-term threat to Americans at home. Before a crowd of 450 donors, Rubio said Americans need to realize the dangers posed by an unchecked Iran, as well as rising threats from China and Islamic terrorism. “Iran will be not just a…
  • Joe Biden’s Circle Takes Closer Look at 2016 Run

    Dan Stewart
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president. Recent conversations between Biden’s associates and Democratic donors and operatives have led to speculation that Biden will challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s nomination, and…
  • Donald Trump Holds Lead in New Poll as GOP Debate Nears

    Jack Linshi
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican primary field for the 2016 presidential nomination just days before the leading candidates debate for the first time, according to results from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday. The poll found that Trump was the first choice for 19% of Republican primary voters, surging ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 15% and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 14%. Trump’s lead, according to the Journal, is a “significant” jump from the previous WSJ/NBC poll conducted in June, when only 1% of surveyed Republicans…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Rand Paul: Time for Media to Get Serious with Donald Trump

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul tells The Brody File that the media will eventually correct themselves after giving Donald Trump plenty of attention in the presidential race. “I think eventually the media will come back to covering some of the issues of the day and if people want to complain that it’s not serious and we are not having a serious debate, then the media needs to be out there asking serious questions and talking about serious issues," he said. "I think the debates will help to focus that.” Watch the answer below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
  • Cecil The Lion vs. Cecile The Planned Parenthood President

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    It’s Cecil vs. Cecile. Cecil, the African lion vs Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. Surely these horrifying undercover videos of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies would receive more media coverage than a famed lion right? Yea, right. The lion wins and isn't Cecile Richards jumping for joy? Read below from the Media Research Center. The headline of the article is titled: Nets Covered Cecil the Lion More in 1 Day Than Abortion Videos in 2 Weeks America’s anchors have spoken: the shooting of one lion vastly outweighs the…
  • And Then There Were Four....

    David Brody
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    And then there were four…. Yet another undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies. Watch below. You would think the bill to defund Planned Parenthood coming up for a vote in the Senate this Monday would have the support of EVERY Senate Republican. Not so. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk will vote no. Why you ask? Here is Kirk’s explanation: “I do not plan to cut access to basic health care and contraception for women, the majority of whom have no other resources.” Here’s the problem with that theory: the bill in front…
  • The Brody File on the Campaign Trail in Iowa With Lindsey Graham

    David Brody
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:38 pm
    The Brody File goes inside Iowa’s famous Machine Shed Restaurant. We also catch up with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on the campaign trail in Iowa.
  • The Brody File on the Campaign Trail in Iowa With Ted Cruz

    David Brody
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    The Brody File goes inside Iowa’s famous Machine Shed Restaurant. We also go one-on-one with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the Family Leadership Summit.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Pub Quiz: Political Quotes

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Some Sunday afternoon fun for political mavens. Below are ten quotes and an alphabetic list of the political figures who said them. Match the quote to the quoted. Answers after the jump. Please post your scores and any comments (including if I misattributed anything — very possible with quotes). 1. The people have spoken…the bastards 2. I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived 3. Something is wrong with America. I wonder sometimes what people are thinking about or if they’re thinking at all. 4. Take criticism seriously, but not…
  • Peace March, North Lawndale Chicago, Illinois

    Harold Pollack
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pretty awesome pic See if you can spot Joakim Noah   Cool tee-shirt   The original Sears Tower in Homan Square
  • The Iron Bank

    James Wimberley
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    The European Central Bank is failing abjectly in [update: what should be] its core mission to protect the common currency through shared prosperity as well as price stability. It no longer deserves its name and logo. So here are my proposals for a new name and logo. The new logo: And new name: The Iron Bank of Frankfurt There is a fine episode in The Game of Thrones where Stannis and Davos travel to the Iron Bank of Braavos and are forced to sit on low benches at the end of a huge and intimidating hall apparently designed by Albert Speer. They beg for a loan, in vain. The ambience would be…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Game Change

    Johann Koehler
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    The most remarkable thing about Tina Fey’s SNL skit about Sarah Palin’s notorious Couric interview wasn’t the accuracy of her impersonation. It was the fact that the joke spoke for itself so plainly in the verbatim repetition of Palin’s words. If there’s a joke in this week’s film recommendation, it’s of a similar form. Julianne Moore plays Palin in Game Change, the HBO adaptation of the “high risk, high reward” selection of a running mate capable of shoring up the McCain campaign’s lack of popularity with younger—and especially female—voters. A skin-headed Woody…
  • More climate sausage

    James Wimberley
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Follow-up to my post on the Paris climate agreement. To help you out – and to check for myself whether I hadn’t got the whole thing wrong – I’ve had a go at redrafting the Vice-Chairs’ non-draft in their non-paper, shrinking all options to one. It’s now comprehensible and of reasonable length (11 pages). Link to downloadable version. The selection was entirely personal and has 0 promises of votes. I just took whichever option that seemed strongest, clearest or shortest. So what you have is in the top decile of the large universe of possible texts that could…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Weekend open thread: Implausible Hillary Clinton narratives edition

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? Ten days after the New York Times published a train wreck of an exclusive about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, the fallout continues. Kurt Eichenwald walked through many factual errors and "fundamentally deceptive" frames in the report about a "criminal referral" that never existed. The Times' Public Editor Margaret Sullivan dug into how a story "fraught with inaccuracies" ended up on the front page. Matt Purdy, the "top-ranking editor involved with the story," told Sullivan, "We got it wrong because our very good sources had it…
  • One pro-choice Democratic woman's question for EMILY's List

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon was the first Congressional candidate endorsed this cycle by the influential political action committee EMILY's List. The PAC's mission is straightforward: "We elect pro-choice Democratic women to office." EMILY's List did not get involved in the 2014 primary to represent Iowa's first district, in which three of the five candidates were pro-choice women. But the PAC's leaders have signaled they will fight to help Vernon win the IA-01 nomination in 2016. As in the last election cycle, Vernon's main competition for the right to face Republican Rod…
  • State Senator Mark Chelgren "seriously" considering IA-02 campaign

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    State Senator Mark Chelgren is looking "seriously" at running against five-term Representative Dave Loebsack in Iowa's second Congressional district, he told Bleeding Heartland yesterday. He said he has no timeline for making a decision. If he runs for Congress, his key issues would include: • The economy. Chelgren said our country's manufacturing base "has been deteriorating over the past 50 years." He added that he doesn't support how the U.S. has negotiated trade agreements. Asked whether he would support giving the White House trade promotion authority, which Congress passed last month,…
  • Calling Iowa's young leaders on clean energy

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Midwest Energy News, a non-profit news website supported by non-profits focused on energy policy, is launching an award to recognize "emerging leaders throughout the region and their work to accelerate America's transition to a clean energy economy." The site will accept nominations for the "40 Under 40" designation here "until either 250 nominations are received or 10:00 p.m. CT on Monday, August 10." Eligible candidates include "midwest-based leaders and innovators from all sectors -industry, government, regulatory, business, academic, and advocacy." I learned about the 40 Under 40…
  • Branstad vetoes will stand: not enough support for Iowa legislative special session

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Governor Terry Branstad's vetoes of education and mental health funding will stand, as the two-thirds majority needed to call a special legislative session has failed to materialize in either the Iowa House or Senate. A special session always looked like a long-shot, given that Iowa House Republican leaders didn't want to spend extra money on education and only reluctantly agreed to extend funding for mental health institutions. In addition, 23 of the 24 Iowa Senate Republicans voted against the supplemental spending bill. They had no stake in the compromise the governor blew apart. Still,…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Casual Observation

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I never got into professional wrestling. You could go so far as to say that I hate professional wrestling, and for about a billion reasons. But I've always had a soft spot for Rowdy Roddy Piper because he was in the classic movie They Live. And to say he was awesome in that flick would be a massive understatement. I hope Rowdy Roddy rests in peace. I was a big fan. Discuss
  • Casual Observation

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I actually turned Sean Hannity's radio show on in the car yesterday. It was the first time I'd listened to his radio show in, I'm guessing, about 15 years. There was a period before the 2000 election when I'd listen to WABC out of New York on the way home from work, and that's when Hannity was airing back then. I wanted any information on the election, and WABC was the only place that was talking about it 24/7. The show hasn't changed, but other things have. Hannity's guest yesterday was Al "Sore's" old running mate "Loserman." He came on right after Hannity spent about five minutes…
  • Casual Observation

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. Discuss
  • Small Ball on Hillary

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Bitching about Huma Abedin's timesheets while she worked at the State Department isn't very interesting or consequential, although I guess I'd call it fair. I think it's a small part of a greater strategy of death by mosquito bite. Hillary Clinton is well known, and there aren't going to be any screaming revelations of outrageous wrongdoing. But they'll be able to chip away at her a little tiny bite at a time until there is a cumulative effect that shows up in her "trustworthy" and "cares about you" polling numbers. It seems to be working fairly well already, as her numbers have come down…
  • Trump is Classy, Tells the Truth

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Bloomberg Politics held a focus group of supporters of Donald Trump in New Hampshire and let me tell you that the resulting article is dangerous because nearly ever word threatens to leap off the page and taser you with Stupid. But before I get into all that let me just clear something up. What have I been saying about these folks? Well, I am right. Trump’s remarks about whether McCain, the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee, should be described as a war hero rubbed some in the group the wrong way. “I thought that was disrespectful,” said Jean, a banker.
 
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Hillary Needs to Hit Jeb Harder

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Yes, Hillary preemptively kneecapped Jeb Bush today in a speech before the National Urban League, before Bush himself took the stage to give his whitewashed speech. And yes, Jeb's boys were seething afterward. Good. But until Hillary reminds black audiences that it was Jeb who signed "Stand Your Ground" into law, ushering in a slew of white vigilante scum like George Zimmerman, and reminds black voters that Jeb and Katherine Harris aggressively purged black voters from the rolls to help elect his brother back in 2000, then she's just pussy-footing with him.
  • What Email Scandal?

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Several short items of note: The Email Scandal That Wasn’t Commenter Ten Bears somehow dismissively labeled my concerns about anti-Hillary bias by the New York Times as a mea culpa. Please note the Times’ Public Editor yesterday castigated the NYT for bad work in that story. Bernie’s Poll Numbers As we’ve been asking and demanding for weeks now, it’s about time Bernie Sanders be treated as a legitimate presidential contender, and be included in national head-to-head polls. Finally, CNN is the first media outlet to report the results of such head-to-head matchups, yet they did their…
  • The New York Times Reveals Its Bias Once Again

    Deacon Blues
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Now that we are on Day Two of the alleged Clinton classified information scandal, let's peel the onion back a bit before any more hot air comes out. In its breathless, headline-grabbing story Friday, the lead paragraph in the New York Times' story stated: Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems. Then buried down in Paragraph 7 is this: The two…
  • One Stupid Decision May Knock Her Out

    Deacon Blues
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    I suspect that with developments like this, Joe Biden is quietly preparing to run for president.
  • Sanders Still Not In Head-to-Head Polls

    Deacon Blues
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Graphic courtesy of PollingReport.com With the news yesterday that the latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll shows Hillary Clinton beating Jeb Bush in two-way and three-way races, and that Donald Trump now tops the GOP field, I still ask: Why don't the national polls test Bernie Sanders in head-to-head matchups against GOP contenders? MSNBC is doing all it can to take Sanders' Iowa and New Hampshire poll results, and his crowd sizes to build a narrative that he is a serious challenge to the loathed Hillary. Fair enough. As I said last week, let's test that proposition and see how Sanders…
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    Zennie62.com

  • Links for 2015-08-01 [del.icio.us]

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Art & Soul Festival Oakland 2015 Entry - YouTube Entering the Art & Soul Festival Oakland on Saturday August 1st 2015. Mayor Schaaf's Booth At Art & Soul Festival Oakland - YouTube I stopped by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's booth at the Art & Soul Festival and met two of her booth representatives! Ellie Rossi On The Ropes At Art & Soul Festival Oakland - YouTube If you like Cirque du Soleil watch Ellie Rossi on the ropes at Art & Soul Festival Oakland! "Anybody Can Paint" At Art & Soul Festival Oakland - YouTube This wall is set up to encourage people to paint while…
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    1 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
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    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
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    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Eric Grubman Met With Raiders Officials Just Now - YouTube NFL EVP Eric Grubman just met with Oakland Raiders Officials at Raiders Headquarters. I caught up with him at Oakland Airport Southwest Terminal where he politely said "no comment". It seemed like a small meeting and Raiders President Marc Badain gave Grubman a ride to the airport. I didn't see any c Eric Grubman Met With Oakland Raiders Officials Just Now Eric Grubman Met With Oakland Raiders Officials Just Now - Video NFL EVP Eric Grubman just met with Oakland Raiders Officials at Raiders Headquarters. I caught up with him at…
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    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tom Cruise, Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battle Tom Cruise, Jimmy Fallon Lip Sync Battle - Video Jimmy Fallon and Tom Cruise had an epic lip sync battle that was a hallmark moment in pop culture. In this Vlog I explain why. Tom Cruise not only nails Meatloaf and the Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" but serenades a woman in the audience with Jimmy Fa Jen Welter Deserves a Shot in the NFL - Ants Rants - YouTube Jen Welter First Womens Coach in the NFL - Ants Rants Hey everyone! In this episode I talk about the monumental moment of Jen Welter and her becoming the first womens coach in the NFL, hired by…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Flooding alfalfa fields to recharge aquifers

    Bob Morris
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo by TepeyacFarm When the rains return to California and the Southwest, and they will, a promising way to recharge aquifers is by deliberately flooding alfalfa fields, as well as fallow fields. Deliberately recharging groundwater allows aquifers to be managed more like surface reservoirs, and has the potential to increase the state’s water storage capacity by millions of acre-feet. During periods like the current drought, there’s little or no extra water available for groundwater recharge. But in wet years, it may be possible to devote substantial volumes to replenishing…
  • Parowan UT Half Marathon

    Bob Morris
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s 7 AM in Utah and the Parowan Half Marathon just started. This will be my fourth time running it. Don’t be fooled by the sylvan scene in the photo with the level road. The course starts at 8,200 feet elevation and goes down a steep canyon road for 13.1 miles ending in Parowan at 6,000 ft elevation. The scenery is spectacular much of the way, with big red cliffs on both sides. Woo-hoo!
  • Robotics and AI are taking over, not necessarily a good thing

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    What could possibly go wrong with autonomous killer robots? Robots do many useful things. However, they are replacing jobs once held by carbon-based lifeforms. This may be one reason the employment rate isn’t recovering. The standard argument here is those displaced people will find new jobs created by new technology. However, jobs making robots just aren’t going to be that plentiful. This trend emerged during the most recent recession (February 2008 – February 2010) and isn’t stopping any time soon. According to data from the Associated Press on the labor market during the…
  • Grexit requires immense software changes. It took EU 11 years

    Bob Morris
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Photo by quapan Grexit, with a return to drachma, cannot be done overnight or even within months, especially not for a financially devastated country like Greece that has no extra money. A primary reason is ancient software needs to be studied line-by-line to look for references to euros and then to make sure the code will reflect the new drachmas. This, to non-coders, may seem easy. It’s anything but. References to euros may be hardcoded or difficult to find because the programmer used cryptic variable names. Worse, if there is data in tables referring to euros, then the data may need…
  • Utility-scale solar is considerably cheaper than rooftop

    Bob Morris
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    Rooftop solar, especially when leased, is much more expensive than grid-scale solar, plus carbon savings are less. Economies of scale for big solar produce electricity cheaper and with less carbon. And unless a rooftop solar system has battery storage, it won’t help in a power outage. The savings from utility-scale solar are considerable. “Most of the environmental and social benefits provided by PV systems can be achieved at a much lower total cost at utility-scale than at residential-scale,” is how the study puts it. “The biggest two takeaways were surprising,” Fox-Penner…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Last Post on Trump Before the Debate

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    My previous post on Trump, “Serious Discussion on Trump,” basically said that the upcoming debates on August 6 could make or break Trump’s candidacy and I warned him to be prepared. Ben Stein posted an article today in The American Spectator, “My Thoughts on Iran and Trump.”  He perfectly outlines some examples of the issues […]
  • Huckabee: Snake Oil Salesman and RINO

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is highly likely we will be spared a Huckabee presidency, for which I can only give thanks.  There are however, about 6% of Republicans that poll for him and he did pretty well in a few areas the last time he ran. His religiosity is the center piece of his rhetoric.  While commendable, that […]
  • A Serious Discussion on Trump

    indianaoracle
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The Basics Donald Trump: leads the Rep polls by a good margin; excels at staying in the news; speaks bluntly and loudly about things considered taboo by the Rep establishment as his mentor Roy Cohn would have done; and is fearless and self-funding I could go on a bit, but the key point here is […]
  • The End of the Climate Change Flimflam

    indianaoracle
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Climate Change Movement (or whatever it is called these days) to save the planet from man and to, of course, “remake world economies,” is dying.  Another loss for Marxism. Al Gore, call your office. Martin O’Malley: Man of the Moment Martin O’Malley, Democrat candidate extraordinaire for POTUS, apparently did not get the memo.  In […]
  • Democrats Trying to Rollback Voter ID

    indianaoracle
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    As mentioned in a previous post, “The Illegal Immigrant Sham”, July 9, 2015,   Democrats are using illegal immigration to import their own voting bloc because they are consistently unable get a majority of American citizens to vote for them in national elections. In conjunction, they are actively attempting to rollback state voter ID laws in […]
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Protect Your Organization from Cyber Attacks with New Technology: Device FingerprintingAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Why You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big DataThe Cost of Doing NothingRequest Free!
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • Data Gov Event Programme

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the UK Government’s first ever Chief Data Officer taking the lead, it's clear that data driven transformation is the path to radically improved processes and services across the Public Sector.For local governments, Big Data insight has already proved to have a huge impact across diverse projects and smart city applications. In the UK, Harrow Council have already announced savings of over £4m using Big Data mapping information to streamline waste collection and grounds maintenance.The government’s digital revolution is now turning from focusing on individual online…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • Integrating Compliance with Business Strategy

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Compliance training is a necessity to reduce the liability and legal risks businesses face on a daily basis. But how do businesses integrate compliance training with their business strategy? Skillsoft has developed the Skillsoft Compliance Maturity Model to help organizations identify the right learning content and approaches that will enable a shift from a training-focused approach to one focused on behavior and culture to reap the full business benefits of investments in compliance programs.Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • Paul Hollrah Analyzes Upcoming GOP Presidential Debates

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Editorial cartoon courtesy David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com. The Republican National Committee plans to conduct at least nine debates in the 2015-16 presidential primary season, the first of which will be…
  • Off-The-Radar Presidential Candidates Placed in Spotlight

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    As of today, more than 500 candidates — many more than the nation’s major news outlets are telling you about in articles like this one and this one — have filed the Federal Election Commission paperwork necessary to run for president of the United States. Included among them are some very colorful characters as well as several top names who are not eligible to serve. Below, I offer a glimpse of some of those male and female candidates from across the political spectrum who have, for the most part, remained off the radar of most Americans. Click on image above to see the…
  • Joe Biden Misses Opportunity for Another ‘Big F—in Deal’

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com On Friday evening, the Fox News Channel interrupted regular programming for a short newsbreak. In one of the news briefs, the Fox reporter announced that Barack Obama had arrived in…
  • Military Injustice: Remembering Michael Behenna’s Story

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Though I lost many of the dozens of articles I wrote about a Soldier from my home state of Oklahoma and the tragic situation that consumed his life (See paragraph six of this piece for details about the losses), I managed to save the article below which I share again, only slightly modified since being published three years ago today. Please read and share. Then-1st Lt. Michael Behenna I’m on the road right now, but when I came across some terrible news this afternoon that I simply had to share:  The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the appeal of Michael C.
  • Flashback: Did Obama Recycle Words in 2008 Berlin Speech?

    admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Seven years ago today, I shared news that seems more true today than it did in 2008. Please read and share the piece as it appears below with only minor modifications. Caricature of Barack Obama by David Donar at http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com. After reading the transcript of the speech Barack Obama delivered in Berlin July 24, 2008, I concluded that at least two parts of his speech appear to have been “recycled” (i.e., they were used by others first). In the seventh paragraph of the transcript, Obama said this: “On that day, much of this continent still lay…
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Ignoring The Christian Persecution

    admin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The world we live in is a maddening place. We live in a place where we have to tip toe around every single thing. We are not supposed to call a spade a spade. We are instead asked to consider the possibility that the spade is actually a clover and that what we perceive to be black is probably yellow. Obviously I am speaking about the politically correct garbage that we are all subjected to on a daily basis. When did it become okay to ignore the facts? We live in a nation where we are asked to console and befriend the Muslim. We are asked to overlook the atrocities their faith pulls off and we…
  • Teaching Kids about Religious Persecution

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    When I had kids, I knew that there would be many things that I would have to teach my children. From riding a bike and tying their shoes to how to drive and fill the car up with gas, I knew the list was long. But there was one thing that I guess I never expected to have to talk to my kids about and that is religious persecution. We should learn in our history classes about how many different religions were persecuted in the past and how it still takes place in a lesser form today. But is it really any less of an issue today. I thought so, but I am learning that that may not be the case. What…
  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    How can it still be that a person cannot practice their religion freely without someone else telling them what they believe is not correct? And that is not even the extent of how badly some people are treated because of their beliefs. Certainly times have changed and things have gotten better in many ways, but it is not even close to being a safe world for every kind of religious group. There are so many different religions out there that it is hard to believe that any religion is right in what they think. Of course it is not important who is right in their beliefs, just that we all have the…
  • Christian Rights Around The World

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    We live in a day where the average religious person is required to follow a certain standard. What I mean by that is that the religious people of the world, especially the United States, are asked to keep their faith quiet and their ideas to themselves. In the United States the rights of Christians are typically left alone. However the past few years have seen a huge spike in the number of religious liberties that are being denied. However the bigger issues that we find in the United States have to deal with the Islamic faith. In the United States it is a problem for many folks if you share…
  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This ISIS thing is out of control and we as Christians need to do something about it. The Christian persecution by ISIS is bad and is getting worse. The Pentagon has issued a statement warning of the severity of this issue and the danger that ISIS poses. This group by the name ISIS is much more than a terrorist group and they are letting everyone around them know that. They are beheading Christians, men, women and children. No one is off limits to this group of horrible people. I hope that they will be stopped before it is too late. I have heard rumors that ISIS members are crossing American…
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    Hit & Run

  • Loathsome Federal Drug Warrior Melinda Haag Is Retiring. California's Cannabis Community Rejoices.

    Alexis Garcia
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    When Northern California U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced her retirement this week, the Bay Area's medical cannabis community rejoiced.  Haag was a renegade drug warrior, shutting down over 600 state-compliant medical marijuana centers (she claimed they were too close to schools, parks, and playgrounds) and threatening their landlords with property seizures. She continued going after the cannabis industry long after the Obama administration had backed off. But Haag's anti-weed campaign faltered in 2012 when she targeted Harborside Health Center, the largest medical cannabis…
  • Speech Police Back Down at University of New Hampshire, But War on Words Is Not Over

    Robby Soave
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    The University of New Hampshire’s outrageous Bias-Free Language Guide seems to have struck a nerve. The guide, which purports to help UNH students and faculty purge their vocabulary of dozens of offensive words and phrases—really hateful stuff, like “obese” and “midgets” and “elders”—was removed by the university’s president late last week after all corners of the internet expressed universal outrage at such an over-the-top display of political correctness. The Bias-Free Language Guide is indeed nauseating. But, as I argue in a recent column for The Daily Beast people…
  • Morrissey: An Airport Security Agent 'Groped My Penis And Testicles'

    Alexis Garcia
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Singer and famed English grump Morrissey claims that a security agent sexually assaulted him while going through security at San Francisco International Airport on July 27th.   Morrissey wrote on the True to You fan news website that the security officer “[S]topped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles.” Morrissey says he lodged a complaint, but doesn’t expect that it will go anywhere. It should also be noted that San Francisco International is part of a program that allows screeners from private companies that are supervised by the Transport Security…
  • Camille Paglia: Emma Sulkowicz's Feminism Is About 'Perpetually Lugging Around Bad Memories'

    Alexis Garcia
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The always provocative Camille Paglia recently sat down with Salon, and among other things she explained why she thinks Bill Clinton has a lot in common with Bill Cosby—and it's not just that their names are so similar. She explains: So I say there is a big parallel between Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton–aside from their initials!  Young feminists need to understand that this abusive behavior by powerful men signifies their sense that female power is much bigger than they are!  These two people, Clinton and Cosby, are emotionally infantile–they’re engaged in a war with…
  • Jon Stewart Nostalgia Trip: The 2010 'Rally to Restore Sanity'

    Anthony L. Fisher
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With just one week left in Jon Stewart's tenure as host of The Daily Show, it's a good time to revisit the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," a three-hour live show on the Washington, D.C. National Mall, meant to satirize and/or provide a counter-point to Glenn Beck's months earlier "Rally to Restore Honor." Reason TV was on the scene. To watch our coverage, click above. Here's the original writeup: Reason.tv was on hand for the Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the National Mall in Washington on Saturday, October 30, 2010. The…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Do You Love Your Husband?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.Here are some of the replies:Who…
  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of…
  • How Would The Sheepdog Deal with ISIS?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down.Source : Wikimedia.org - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting non-stop in…
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The GOP is one heck of a dysfunctional family

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can’t even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership.Read full article >>
  • Americans are polarized but ambivalent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.Read full article >>
  • Trump has the GOP establishment’s number

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.When Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cellphone number on Tuesday at an event in the South Carolina senator’s home state, he did it to show he wasn’t backing down after his outlandish attacks on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) status as a war hero. But he was also making clear to the Republicans assailing him that he really does have their number.Read full article >>
  • Walker, Kasich and the GOP’s Midwest bracket

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.Both won reelection in 2014. The one from the state with more electoral votes won with 64 percent of the vote with wide appeal to Democrats and independents. The one from the smaller state got just 52 percent of the vote after a divisive campaign.Read full article >>
  • Obama echoes Reagan on Iran

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader: “I bet the hard-liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands.”Reagan had a point. His inclination to negotiate with the Evil Empire left many of his conservative friends aghast. In an otherwise touchingly affectionate assessment of the 40th president’s tenure, my Post colleague George F. Will said that Reagan had “accelerated the moral disarmament of the West . . . by elevating wishful thinking to the status of political philosophy.” Read full…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015

    Ramona
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    There is no trap so deadly as the one you set for yourself. (R. Chandler) — No one knows your weaknesses as well as you. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015

    Ramona
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Man never gets too old to be stupid in some new way. (H. Prochnow) — Sapiens and their infinite capacity for dumbassedness! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-2-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015

    Ramona
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s easier to fight for one’s principles than live up to them. (A. Stevenson) — Harder to be a example than a mouthpiece! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-1-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-31-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Nothing is so exhausting as indecision. (B. Russell) — Committing to a course of action is like a shot of Red Bull! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-31-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-30-2015

    Ramona
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    All the fun is locking horns with impossibilities. (C. Oldenburg) — Then shoving those suckers right off the mountainside! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • NYT grossly libels Hillary Clinton on front page, runs inadequate corrections on back pages and then tells Clinton campaign: "we don't plan to comment further." Perhaps they should change their corporate slogan to "all the smears that fit the print."

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    The New York Times screwed up badly on July 22nd, when 'the newspaper of record' ran a disastrously-flawed story saying that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been targeted by criminal referrals from two inspectors general relating to her e-mail usage during her tenure as Secretary of State. The Times report included some astounding errors, and the newspaper's clumsy walkback compounded the mess exponentially. Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri responded with a devastating letter to executive editor Dean Banquet. The Eric Wemple blog at The…
  • Clinton's Wide Net Strategy to Win Labor Support

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Those who follow the role of American labor unions in politics will find "Hillary Clinton's multi-step strategy to woo labor: Before winning over AFL-CIO, she hopes to gain backing of individual unions" by Brian Mahoney and Gabriel Debenedetti of interest. Writing in Politico, the authors explain: ...The Democratic front-runner's machine is turning its attention to individual leaders one by one, looking to methodically win over unions as she faces off against an insurgent Bernie Sanders -- a longtime union ally whose fiery rallies have riled up rank-and-file labor members across the country.
  • Let's Debate Mass Deportations

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:19 pm
    One of the frustrating things about the immigration debate is that many conservatives have gotten into the habit of complaining about any solution to the problem of 11 million undocumented people that involves citizenship or even legalization. But when it comes to an alternative the Right typically changes the subject to "securing the border," which does nothing about the 11 million already here. Mitt Romney articulated the implicit position of many Republicans in 2012--"self-deportation"--favoring harassment of suspected undocumented people and immigrants generally until they choose to go…
  • Political Strategy Notes - Medicare 50th Anniversary Edition

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    It was fifty years ago today (July 30, 1965) that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law. Pictured above with LBJ are: fellow Democrats former President Harry S. Truman; Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey; First Lady Lady Bird Johnson; former First Lady Mrs. Bess Truman and other Democrats: "At the bill-signing ceremony President Johnson enrolled President Truman as the first Medicare beneficiary and presented him with the first Medicare card." From a DCCC e-blast: "Before Medicare was signed into law 50 years ago, fewer than 50% of seniors had insurance; 35% of seniors lived in…
  • Antichoice Impatience With the GOP

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The heavy maneuvering among Senate Republicans to get a vote on a symbolic, sure-to-be-filibustered-and-if-necessarily-vetoed amendment cutting off all federal funding to Planned Parenthood in response to the series of videos an antichoice sting operation is generating sure looks like Kabuki theater to most Democrats. But it reflects a bit of a panic among Republicans dealing with the fury of antichoicers over the failure of the GOP to keep its promises. I wrote about this at Washington Monthly yesterday. [W]ho really cares how far down the road to perdition the [Planned Parenthood defunding}…
 
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  • Can the Euro Be Repaired?

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    When Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, recently tabled the option of a Greek exit from the euro, he wanted to signal that no member country could abstain from the monetary union's rules. But his initiative triggered a much broader discussion of the euro’s governance and the very rationale for its existence.
  • The Profit-Sharing Economy

    Laura Tyson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    As the income of the top 1% of US households soars, wages for the majority of American workers continue to stagnate, which is undermining long-term economic growth and prosperity. The introduction of more broad-based profit-sharing arrangements could be a key step toward ameliorating this trend.
  • Still Too Big to Fail

    Simon Johnson
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Nearly seven years after the global financial crisis erupted, and more than five years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial-reform legislation in the US, the cause of the crisis – banks that are “too big to fail” – has yet to be uprooted. As long as that remains the case, another disaster is only a matter of time.
  • Polio’s Last Stand

    Seth Berkley, et al.
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    Nigeria has not has a single case of wild polio in the last 12 months. This important achievement provides grounds for optimism, not only in the fight against polio, but for global health efforts in general, showing that it is possible to bring modern medicine to the world’s most marginalized and hard-to-reach children.
  • Rule, Germania

    Harold James
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A persistent feature of the discussions about how to address Europe's debt crisis has been German leaders' insistence that the rules must be followed. Germany's obsession with rules reflects the way its federal system of government has shaped its decision-making, as well as its historic experience with debt crises.
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    News - AllGov

  • Because Homeland Security Allows Chemical Plants to Self-Report Toxic Releases, 44% are Wrong

    2 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that hundreds of chemical plants are incorrectly reporting the “Distance of Concern” which defines how large an area may be subject to toxic effects of a chemical release.   The Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) of the Department of Homeland Security requires plants to use a web-based tool to report what their Distance of Concern is and thus define the area in which exposure to a toxic chemical cloud could cause serious injury or fatalities from short-term exposure. The GAO report (pdf)…
  • 700,000 U.S. Seniors Owe $18 Billion in Student Debt; Fed Taps Retirees’ Social Security Checks

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Hundreds of thousands of seniors are having their already-small Social Security checks reduced because they owe money on student loans.   Among the 41 million people making student loan payments, there are 706,000 households headed by someone 65 or older still paying off student debts. Those senior debtors collectively owed a whopping $18.2 billion in 2013.   Ninety-one thousand seniors with student loan balances are in default, putting their Social Security payments at risk of being garnished. The government can garnish up to 15% of a Social Security check to repay a student loan,…
  • Prosecutions of White-Collar Crimes Drop to Lowest in at Least 20 Years

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Dress for success is a maxim that apparently holds true even for criminals, as the federal government’s prosecution of white-collar crime has fallen dramatically over the past 20 years. Statistics compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University show that prosecutions for crimes such as mail fraud, healthcare fraud and other such offenses are off almost 37% from their peak during the Clinton administration. In 1995, the number of prosecutions was about 11,000 and that number has dropped steadily since then, with the exception of a spike during the…
  • As Economy Improves, Army has Trouble Meeting Recruiting Goals…and so Does FBI

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    With more competition from a growing private-sector economy, the Army has come up short in filling its available slots for recruits.   The Army has recruited 14% fewer soldiers, according to USA Today. For the first 10 months of the fiscal year, only about 50,000 have signed up. The Army hopes to have 59,000 new recruits by September 30, the end of the fiscal year.    “It is a challenging mission, and we’re not going to get around that,” Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, who’s in charge of recruiting, told USA Today. “And there are indications that the…
  • Bureau of Prisons Agrees to Recognize Humanism as a Religion, Darwin Day as a Holiday

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Being sentenced to federal prison no longer means an inmate can’t identify as a humanist and practice that belief system, according to a settlement reached with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The American Humanist Association went to court on behalf of Jason Holden, who’s imprisoned for armed robbery at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon. Holden wanted the right to hold humanist study sessions and to be categorized as a humanist for official assignment purposes.   “As humanists, we believe in the ability of mankind to transcend their differences…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Arizona Republic: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    Bob Lord
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
    I thought reporters who cover the courts for big city newspapers were supposed to understand how America’s justice system works. Apparently not, based on my reading of the Republic’s Michael Kiefer article, Debra Milke’s new world after a half-life on … Continue reading →
  • The GOP campaign to dismantle the Voting Rights Act of 1965

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    This coming Thursday, August 6, is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in American history. Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times in a lengthy exposé, “A Dream … Continue reading →
  • Political Calendar: Week of August 2, 2015

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page … Continue reading →
  • Cartoon of The Week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
  • Talks for Trans-Pacific trade deal deadlock

    AZ BlueMeanie
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    This is quite unexpected news given the rush in the U.S. Congress earlier this summer for fast track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Trade negotiators from the United States and 11 other Pacific nations failed to reach … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Sour Grapes of Wrath: After Marriage Equality Case, the Christian Right is Calling for a Theocracy

    Kevin Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being” That’s the message that was quickly churned out from Mike Huckabee’s campaign for President in the form of a graphic that was shared by thousands over Facebook and other social media sites, following the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.  Huckabee, the candidate of choice thus far in polling of the Christian Right, is boldly asserting that the rules of his religion trump the laws of the United States, and should be followed in place of the laws of the land.  It certainly isn’t much of a stretch to…
  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • BART Riders: Prepare for Weekend Transbay Closure

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    If you are planning on crossing The Bay this weekend, bad news: BART will not be an option. After some months of warning, BART will close the Transbay Tube this weekend in order to conduct major track maintenance. Service will be halted from West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday. West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials. Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to resume as usual. While transportation will be…
  • Friday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    BART TRANSBAY CLOSURE TO AFFECT 80,000 WEEKEND RIDERS Plans to head across the bay this weekend? Unfortunately, Saturday and Sunday commuters will have to count BART out as a transit option. BART will be halting service from its West Oakland Station to the Embarcadero station in San Francisco and vice versa all day this Saturday and Sunday for critical track maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. The West Oakland BART will also be completely closed during that time, according to BART officials. Closures will be in effect from the end of service on Friday, and Monday service is scheduled to…
  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Jail Inmate Dies In Apparent Suicide An inmate in the San Francisco County Jail died Tuesday evening in an apparent suicide, Sheriff’s Department officials said Wednesday. Sheriff’s Department officials identified the inmate Wednesday afternoon as Alberto Carlos Petrolino. Petrolino is 50 years old and does not have a listed city of residence, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office. Petrolino’s family has been notified and an investigation by San Francisco police, the Sheriff’s Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and the San Francisco…
  • Wednesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Firefighters Extinguish 2 Small Fires Today at Residential Hotel in Telegraph Hill San Francisco firefighters responded to the Golden Eagle Hotel in the city’s Telegraph Hill neighborhood twice Tuesday afternoon to extinguish small fires, a fire spokeswoman said. A small grass fire was reported at about 2:40 p.m. in a backyard behind the residential hotel at 402 Broadway, according to San Francisco spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge. Firefighters responded to the hotel and brought the small blaze under control, Talmadge said. But at 3:21 p.m., firefighters responded to the hotel for the second…
  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Search Continues For Missing SF Teacher The search for a San Francisco teacher who went missing 10 days ago while dirt bike riding in El Dorado County is still underway with crews from four counties participating in the search, according to sheriff’s officials. Edward Cavanaugh, 46, a teacher at the San Francisco Unified School District’s Downtown High School, went missing on July 17, according to school and El Dorado County sheriff’s officials. Cavanaugh teaches math and science integrated with outdoor education at the continuation high school, according to SFUSD…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Will Your Social Networking Past Hurt Your Political Future?

    Online Candidate
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    More and more candidates running for office today are dealing with the issue of social networking activities coming back to haunt them. Will it hurt you, too?
  • Keep Your Campaign Material Original – And Avoid the Consequences

    Online Candidate
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Here's a reminder to make sure that you have rights and permission for anything you use on your political campaign website.
  • Have You Seen Our New Download Store?

    Online Candidate
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    We updated our Download Store this month. Completely re-designed in design and layout, the updated store makes it easier to find our political campaign-related downloads. It features a variety of campaign e-books, political print and campaign logo templates available for immediate download. The categories include: Campaign E-Books Word Political Print Templates Political Logo Templates Special […]
  • 7 Things About Starting A Political Campaign That You Want To Know

    Online Candidate
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Whether running for federal, state or even local office, starting a political campaign is no small undertaking. A political campaign committee must be created, hiring a campaign staff, putting together a campaign budget and crafting the right message and strategy to win. As online has emerged as a pillar of successful campaigning, here are some […]
  • What’s Your Big Question?

    Online Candidate
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We get a lot of questions from clients looking to get their campaigns started online. Some are experienced with working online while others are brand new to the idea. While we provide articles and resources to help navigate the world of online campaigning, there’s always something new to cover. We want to put together a […]
 
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  • Which CLPs nominated who in the 2015 Labour leadership contest?

    New Statesman
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The race now moves onto supporting nominations from constituency Labour parties: who will emerge the strongest? 24-hour party people. Photo: Getty Images Now that four candidates have advanced to the Labour leadership contest proper, local Labour parties can offer supporting nominations.   Although the nominations have no direct weighting, they provide an early indication of how the four candidates are doing among party members.   Constituency Labour parties have until 31 July to nominate. Scottish local parties are organised around Holyrood constituencies, not Westminster constituencies.
  • Andy Burnham is in third place - and the beneficiary is Jeremy Corbyn

    Stephen Bush
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    The Welfare Bill has dealt lasting damage to Andy Burnham, and further boosted Jeremy Corbyn's chances of victory.  The loser now, will be later to win. Unless it's Andy Burnham. Photo: Getty Images Politics is not fair. I thought that Andy Burnham’s position on the Welfare Bill was perfectly reasonable: he made it clear that a Burnham-led Labour party would have opposed the Bill, but demonstrated the loyalty that he will expect from his own frontbenchers. In any case, his position was identical to that adopted by Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, although both made less noise about it. But I…
  • The NS Podcast #107: Corbyn's Coming

    New Statesman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    #JezHeCan. This week, Jason Cowley, Stephen Bush and Stephen Brasher assess the Labour leadership race and Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise surge to the front of the race. You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes here or with this RSS feed: https://audioboo.fm/channels/1814670.rss, or listen using the player below. Want to give us feedback on our podcast, or have an idea for something we should cover? Visit newstatesman.com/podcast for more details and how to contact us.
  • Cuts to council tax benefits have gone largely unreported - but the consequences are big news for Britain's poorest

    Megan Jarvie
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    The axe has been devolved, with big consequences for Britain's poorest families.  A child plays outside a house in Glasgow. Photo: Getty Images Next to headline- grabbing cuts like the ‘bedroom tax’ and the ‘benefit cap’, council tax benefit cuts have gone largely unnoticed.  But the 2.3 million people paying on average £167 per year more as a result of the cuts have noticed.   Big time - as new research published this week by Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K finds.   Just over £3 per week might not seem like a lot to most people, but for households on the very lowest…
  • If we’re going to confront male violence, perhaps we need a Jack the Ripper museum

    Glosswitch
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Jack the Ripper was not the only man to see women as meat; he merely took this to its logical conclusion. A street near Spitalfields market where Jack the Ripper killed most of his victims. Photo: Getty Jack the Ripper was cool, wasn’t he? The top hat, the swish of the cape, the glint of the surgeon’s knife through the smog – that’s Ripper style! There hasn’t been one like him since. The Yorkshire Ripper is, by contrast, a disappointment. So ordinary. Almost as though those who slaughter women are men, not monsters. As Joan Smith wrote in Misogynies, “the world is full of men who…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Live: Inauguration of 5 Star Track #Trazzeraora

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    AT 11:30 WE ARE INAUGURATING THE FIRST ROAD BUILT USING THE MONEY FROM THE REDUCED SALARIES OF THE M5S SPOKESPERSONS: FOLLOW THE LIVE BROADCASTS ON LA COSA Our “bulldozers” have just finished the road. It was built in Sicily to join the island back together again after the umpteenth collapse of a bit of motorway. We financed it. It was the M5S deputies of the Sicilian Regional Council that put up the money - 300,000 euro - by cutting their own salaries. To build it, we entrusted the work to Sicilian companies. We promised that it would be finished by the end of July. Well here we are…
  • The 5 Star green lane that mends Sicily #TrazzEraOra

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The inauguration takes place tomorrow, 31 July starting at 11.30 in Caltavuturo. Luigi Di Maio will be with us too! Bring friends, relatives, and misbelievers!” “It’s well known that the problem in Sicily is “traffic“. That’s been especially true for the last 4 months after a pillar supporting the Palermo - Catania motorway gave way and thus literally split the island into two. Straight away (well it’s a way of speaking) the government was to be seen in action. Minister Delrio went to inspect the scene and promised that in three months they would have resolved the problem and…
  • Committee of Enquiry into MPS in Tuscany

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Yesterday morning, the regional councillors of the 5 Star MoVement, together with the 5 Star spokespersons Carlo Sibilia and Carlo Martelli and the M5S councillors for the city of Siena, held a press conference in the Sala Affreschi in the building of the regional council. The press conference presented the Committee of Enquiry into the Monte dei Paschi Foundation, the Monte dei Paschi Bank and the murky connections between these organisations and the Region of Tuscany. We announced this during the election campaign and we have set it up. For the first time ever, the regional council of…
  • Inauguration of the 5 Star Track #Trazzera5Stelle

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    “The Minister Of Infrastructure has announced that if all goes well, work could start on the link road for the A19. If all goes well ... Meanwhile we’ve completed the “country track“ financed by giving back part of our salaries as regional councillors. We have donated 300 thousand euro for the creation of a short-cut that improves the access where an electricity pylon crashed and split Sicily into two. VIDEO All together we are celebrating the “Trazzera 5 Stelle” {the 5 star track}! The politics of doing things LATER is dead.We do the things right NOW! The inauguration will take…
  • Passaparola - The Ageing Society and the future of the elderly, by Prof Fabrizio Cumo

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    New Twitter Gallery 30% of our population is over 65 years of age, but by 2050, 15% of the population in Europe, North America and Asia will be more than eighty years old. Obviously this phenomenon raises a number of challenging problems that society will have to overcome. The biggest of these is the increase in the economically inactive population and the overturning of the demographics pyramid, which will no longer have a large base at the bottom and a narrow point at the top, but is beginning to resemble an upside-down pyramid. This means that a sizeable portion of the population, already…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have a Look: Hillary and Jeb Offer Climate Opinion

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic.  Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. This week, the royal families of Clinton and Bush offered up their 2016 campaign insights on climate change.  People have been very interested in what they would say because, as Secretary of…
  • Reserve Requirements Basel Style: The Liquidity Coverage Ratio

    Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    Over the last couple of decades, reserve requirements all but vanished as a means of bank regulation and monetary control. But now a new variation on reserve requirements is being introduced through the capital controls of the Basel Accords. Canada, the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong have all abolished traditional reserve requirements. In many other countries, reserve requirements have become a dead letter. In the U.S., for instance, the Fed under Alan Greenspan reduced all reserve requirements to zero except for transactions deposits (checking accounts), while permitting…
  • Boston Beats Beijing in Olympics Contest

    David Boaz
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    News comes this morning that Beijing has been awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating out Almaty, Kazakhstan. Which touches on a point I made in this morning’s Boston Herald: Columnist Anne Applebaum predicted a year ago that future Olympics would likely be held only in “authoritarian countries where the voters’ views will not be taken into account” — such as the two bidders for the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Fortunately, Boston is not such a place. The voters’ views can be ignored and dismissed for only so long. Indeed, Boston should be celebrating…
  • Of Rotten Eggs and Guilty Minds

    Ilya Shapiro, Randal John Meyer
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    It isn’t every day that a person can go to his or her job, work, not participate in any criminal activity, and still get a prison sentence. At least, that used to be the case: the overcriminalization of regulatory violations has unfortunately led to the circumstance that corporate managers now face criminal—not just civil—liability for their business operations’ administrative offenses. Take Austin and Peter DeCoster, who own and run an Iowa egg-producing company called Quality Egg. The DeCosters plead guilty to violating certain provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because…
  • Mission Creep in Syria

    Emma Ashford
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    This week, the United States and Turkey agreed on a deal to expand cooperation in the fight against ISIS, in part through the creation of an ‘ISIS-free zone’ in Northern Syria. The scope of the agreement is unclear, not least because Turkish officials are hailing it as a ‘safe zone’ and a possible area for refugees, while U.S. officials deny most of these claims. U.S. officials are also explicit that the agreement will not include a no-fly zone, long a demand of U.S. allies in the region. But what’s not in doubt is that the United States and Turkey plan to use airstrikes to clear…
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    A View from the Right

  • To Bee Worried, or Not to Bee Worried

    sirrahc
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    “By engaging in simplistic and sometimes misleading environmental narratives — by exaggerating the stakes and brushing over the inconvenient facts that stand in the way of foregone conclusions ­­ — we do our field, and our subjects, a disservice.”  — Hannah Nordhaus, environmental journalist and author of The Beekeeper’s Lament No one likes to get […]
  • Executive Actions, Orders, Memos, and Proclamations

    sirrahc
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    “And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to […]
  • Sustainer of the Universe

    sirrahc
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I published “The Right to Refuse Service” a day earlier than usual this week, so I decided to do a “bonus” post today. Besides, I hadn’t done anything science apologetic-y in a while. This is an excerpt from The God Abduction: How Scientific Discovery Strengthens the Case for a Creator by Ron Londen, writer, photographer, […]
  • The Right to Refuse Service

    sirrahc
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” – signs posted on restaurants nationwide I’m sure you have all heard about the “Sweet Cakes” case, in which Aaron and Melissa Klein were recently ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to a lesbian couple because they refused to […]
  • On This 4th of July

    sirrahc
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Happy Independence Day, everyone! I hope y’all are enjoying your long holiday weekends! If you have been fortunate enough to have good weather, fantastic! My family didn’t plan any activities, and it’s just as well, because it has been raining on and off here all weekend. Even got a brief thunderstorm Saturday. But, rain or […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • The Kurdish Elephant in the Middle East

    John Feffer
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    In their latest deal to fight IS, the US and Turkey are treating the Middle East’s largest stateless minority like pawns. Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are […] The post The Kurdish Elephant in the Middle East appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • How Puerto Rico Could Emerge From a Default

    KnowledgeWharton
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    With Puerto Rico likely to default on its debt, protection under US bankruptcy laws could help contain the resulting chaos. As Puerto Rico braces for a debt default on August 1 and is being dubbed as “America’s Greece,” it is also staring at a long list of all that went wrong over the last 40 […] The post How Puerto Rico Could Emerge From a Default appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Half the World’s Refugees Come From Three Countries

    Fair Observer
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    An equivalent of a small-city population flees war and conflict every day. The world over, people are fleeing war, ethnic conflict and natural disasters. The numbers are staggering. Some 59.5 million people were forcibly displaced in 2014 alone, up from 37.5 million in 2005. With nearly 14 million newly displaced people—11 million within their own […] The post Half the World’s Refugees Come From Three Countries appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Learning Lessons From the Iranian Nuclear Problem

    Peter Jenkins
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:33 pm
    The Iran deal presents an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the NPT to international peace and security, says former British Ambassador Peter Jenkins. The journey to a comprehensive agreement offering the US and its European allies an opportunity to feel more confident about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program has been a long […] The post Learning Lessons From the Iranian Nuclear Problem appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Iranian Filmmakers Defiant in Face of Censorship and Control

    Debra Kamin
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Despite censorship, female directors are determined to join with their male counterparts to bring Iranian cinema to the world. *[This article was originally published by Glammonitor.]  Female filmmakers in Iran are taking incredible risks in the face of censorship and government control to create documentaries chronicling social and political issues in the country. Blocked at every turn […] The post Iranian Filmmakers Defiant in Face of Censorship and Control appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Ulei obtinut prin presare la rece sau ulei rafinat?

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Ce tip de ulei de susan este mai bun? Atunci cand cumparam un anumit tip de ulei nu prea ne gandim la modalitatea de procesare si tindem sa credem ca toate uleiurile sunt la fel. Gresit. Uleiurile obtinute prin presare la rece sunt mult mai santoase, au substante nutritive si pot fi folosite si in alimentatie, in terapii de tot felul si in cosmetica. Uleiurile rafinate sunt mult mai periculoase decat cele obtinute prin presare la rece pentru ca se folosesc tehnici chimice si substante sintetice. De regula, intalnim pe piata o gama mult mai mare de uleiuri rafinate si destul de putine…
  • Reciclare

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    Cei doi oameni, un barbat si o femeie, betivi notorii, au casa langa un tomberon in care arunca resturile, gunoaiele, oamenii de la blocuri. Dimineata, inainte de rasaritul Soarelui, cind nimeni nu misca in zona (nici macar oamenii strazii!) cei doi rascolesc tomberonul de-a fir a par, recuperind coji de piine, fragmente alimentare si diverse lucruri. Femeia pune cojile de piine intr-o galeata, adauga apa, un pachetel de drojdie, apoi framinta totul pina obtine o pasta similara cu aluatul. Cuptorul, in care introduce tava cu acest continut, este incins cu lemne gasite tot la gunoi. Dupa o…
  • Denimul, un material care se poate asorta usor

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    Haina il face pe om, spune o vorba din popor. Modul in care alegi sa te imbraci si felul in care iti asortezi hainele poate spune multe despre cat de mult tii la tine si la imaginea pe care si-o pot face ceilalti despre tine. Cand e vorba de un barbat, hainele sunt cu atat mai importante cu cat garderoba sa nu e asa de bogata ca in cazul doamnelor, evenimentele la care participa fiind diferite, drept pentru care se preteaza si tinute in trend cu nota definita de acestea.Stilul casual pe care il adopta majoritatea barbatilor, in afara momentului cand merg la o intalnire foarte importanta, pare…
  • Jenant

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    Gratiela, venise la intilnire (era foarte suspiciosa in privinta barbatilor! ) cu verisoara sa Marta, sperind sa nu-mi treaca prin minte alte idei. Demobilizat ( dar si incintat, pentru ca Marta era mai frumoasa decit dinsa! ) am mers cu ele la o terasa. Ospatarul ne avertizase ca nu serveste afara, motiv pentru care mi-am luat in serios ( cum altfel!) rolul de chelner, mergind inauntru restaurantului si intorcindu-ma ( destul de nesigur!) cu o tava cu sucuri, prajituri si alte delicatesuri. Operatiunea ar fi decurs perfect daca la usa de la iesire n-ar fi existat un prag inalt ( pe care nu-l…
  • Program inedit pentru detinutii din penitenciarul Aiud

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Reintegrarea sociala este o misiune destul de grea pentru cei care au petrecut ani buni dupa gratii pentru diverse fapte, infractiuni care intra sub incidenta codului de procedura penala. Multi, dupa ce ies din penitenciare se reintorc la vechiurile obieciuri si comit si alte infractiuni, astfel ca ajung din nou in celule. Pentru a se evita un astfel de comportament, Asociatia Filantropia Ortodoxa Alba Iulia a demarat un program pentru eficientizarea procesului de reintegrarea sociala a detinutilor care urmeaza sa fie eliberati din penitenciar Aiud. Cei vizati de acest program sunt…
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  • Sanders Overstates Unemployment Rate

    Eugene Kiely
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes from a think tank report on underemployment — which includes not just the unemployed, but also part-time workers who want full time work. The Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has made youth unemployment a key part of his populist campaign, frequently citing statistics from a June report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute. In a recent Vox interview, Sanders referred to the EPI report…
  • Wisconsin’s Trumped Up Deficit

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Donald Trump says that Wisconsin has a $2.2 billion budget deficit. It doesn’t. Actually, the state finished its most recent two-year budget cycle with a small surplus. And the new cycle that began July 1 is covered by a bill providing for another balanced budget, which Gov. Scott Walker signed into law. It’s true that state fiscal officials had earlier projected that revenues would fall about $2.2 billion short of what agencies were requesting for the new cycle. But agencies don’t always get what they want. The current budget cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin…
  • Mistaken Tax Facts

    Brooks Jackson
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    In a TV ad attacking GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the League of Conservation Voters claims the average Wisconsin family pays $7,500 a year in federal income tax. Not so. For the family pictured in the ad with the income specified by the league, the tax would be $724. Dragging Anchor We offer this as an example of how political groups sometimes lose their anchor in reality as they strain for partisan effect. The league could have made a respectable argument by citing accurate information. But instead, the very first words in this ad are wildly inaccurate and based on a gross…
  • Huckabee’s Hot Air on Volcanoes

    Dave Levitan
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Mike Huckabee claimed that a single volcanic eruption “will contribute more than 100 years of human activity” toward global warming. This is far from accurate. Humans actually pump upward of 100 times as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year than all the world’s volcanoes combined. In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News (beginning at the 5:14 mark), the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate said he thinks “the climate’s been changing over the entire history of the earth.” Couric asked him if he believes that…
  • Sanders’ PTSD Statistic

    Lori Robertson
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Sometimes politicians are right, but their campaigns can’t prove it. And we do. That’s what happened when we decided to take a look at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ talking point that 500,000 veterans came back from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. His campaign pointed us to a 2013 Senate hearing as its source — a hearing in which a Veterans Affairs official told Sanders that the number was less than half that. But it wasn’t a case of Sanders exaggerating. We discovered more recent VA reports that put the number with PTSD at…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Eli Mitchell: Harvard Football Doesn’t Stop

    RP Nation
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Harvard’s football players have been challenged for over 100 years to balance not only academic excellence, but excellence on the field as well. Even during the summer, over 40 players stay in Cambridge to work out and either attend summer school or work a full-time job. “There’s something special about the history of playing for Harvard football, it’s one of the first college football teams to ever exist, to think about the guys to come before you, who put in the same kind of hard work and dedication,” said senior defensive back Sean Ahern. “It’s nice to see the rewards…
  • Josh Bowen: How to Really Read a Food Label

    Josh Bowen
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    A couple of years ago it became crystal clear to me. A concept that I had taken for granted for so many years as a trainer. It was not until I sat down at my parents’ dinner table, with the intention to discuss nutritional habits and my mother (who has been a nurse for like 90 years) drops a bomb on me. “I have no idea what the labels that are on the back of foods, no clue what it means.” WHAT! “You don’t know how to read a food label?” “You are a nurse!” Now before all the nurses out there decide to bomb my house, I am in no way saying that nurses lack knowledge in any way.
  • Josh Bowen: Death by Stress

    Josh Bowen
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Stress kills, and here are the statistics from the American Institute of Stress: Stress increases the risk of: Heart disease 40% Heart attack 25% Stroke 50% Also… 44% of overstressed people overeat and 44% lose sleep every night. Extreme stress events (i.e. divorce, jobs loss) reduces grey matter in regions tied to emotional and psychological functions leading future psychiatric problems. And finally…stress causes up to 60% of all human diseases. Wow. Our stress is killing our bodies. So lets look at the main culprit in our physiology that is causes havoc on our bodies, cortisol.
  • Eli Mitchell: Patrick Towles – the Key to Kentucky’s Success

    RP Nation
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Throughout the year, Mark Stoops has been adamant that the quarterback competition is still ongoing. The competition features redshirt freshman Drew Barker and redshirt junior Patrick Towles. Throughout UK’s fifteen spring practices both quarterbacks took reps with the first and second teams. Coach Stoops has admitted that Towles has the advantage over Barker but would still not name him the starting quarterback. If Stoops wants to see improvement in SEC play, he needs to name Patrick Towles the starting quarterback. Patrick Towles comes from legendary Highlands High School where he started…
  • Josh Bowen: Your Stubborn Shoulders

    Josh Bowen
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    My blogs/newsletters/fit tips/whatever you want to call it, are usually meant to educate and inform and not concentrate highly on the technicalities. It is difficult to show form and function of movements in an email and have them received on a great level. However, today I thought we would try it and see how it turns out. So here we go. This week I shot a video on proper shoulder warm-up. My friend and chiropractor Dr. Tim Rogers has been working with my left shoulder for months now to get it to behave. We have put these distinct shoulder warm-ups into my workouts to ensure my shoulder…
 
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    All Stories

  • Miami-Dade Adding WiFi to School Buses, Pushing STEM Programs in Schools

    Allison Nielsen
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    When school starts in Miami-Dade County Aug. 24, students can expect a whole lot of changes. Earlier this week, the Miami-Dade Public School Board members and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced 53 new programs for students beginning in the 2015-2016 school years. The additions bring the total number or programs offered by the district to over 500. The list of programs includes adding 16 magnet programs to 12 schools as well as 37 choice programs in 30 schools. Carvalho called the news "Christmas in July" and "Hanukkuh in August."
  • If 'Black Lives Matter' to Patrick Murphy, Now's the Time to Show Us

    Nancy Smith
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    By: Leslie WimesDate: July 31, 2015 - 11:45pmU.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy should be congratulated for urging the Coast Guard to continue its search for Palm Beach County teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. Though the search has officially been called off, urging authorities to go the extra mile to save children is the right thing to do.
  • Jon Stewart, Reagan-Mocking Obama Hack

    Caitlin
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim GrahamDate: August 1, 2015 - 7:00amIn November of 2002, Washington Post reporter-editor Bob Woodward unveiled excerpts of his latest book, "Bush at War," and created a big stir by revealing that Fox News boss Roger Ailes had sent a "back-channel message" to the Bush White House shortly after 9/11. He had insisted the president talk tough against the terrorists.
  • Bigger Than All the Others

    Caitlin
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    By: Henry PayneDate: August 1, 2015 - 4:45pm
  • Weekly Roundup: Get the Message?

    Chris Moran
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of FloridaDate: July 31, 2015 - 6:15pmThe number of ways to send or receive a message in today's world is almost limitless. You can shoot off an email, bang out a tweet or -- if you want to go old school -- write a letter. But one of the best ways to send a message remains filing a lawsuit.
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  • Miami-Dade Adding WiFi to School Buses, Pushing STEM Programs in Schools

    Allison Nielsen
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:09 pm
    When school starts in Miami-Dade County Aug. 24, students can expect a whole lot of changes. Earlier this week, the Miami-Dade Public School Board members and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced 53 new programs for students beginning in the 2015-2016 school years. The additions bring the total number or programs offered by the district to over 500. The list of programs includes adding 16 magnet programs to 12 schools as well as 37 choice programs in 30 schools. Carvalho called the news "Christmas in July" and "Hanukkuh in August."
  • If 'Black Lives Matter' to Patrick Murphy, Now's the Time to Show Us

    Nancy Smith
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    By: Leslie WimesDate: July 31, 2015 - 11:45pmU.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy should be congratulated for urging the Coast Guard to continue its search for Palm Beach County teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. Though the search has officially been called off, urging authorities to go the extra mile to save children is the right thing to do.
  • Jon Stewart, Reagan-Mocking Obama Hack

    Caitlin
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim GrahamDate: August 1, 2015 - 7:00amIn November of 2002, Washington Post reporter-editor Bob Woodward unveiled excerpts of his latest book, "Bush at War," and created a big stir by revealing that Fox News boss Roger Ailes had sent a "back-channel message" to the Bush White House shortly after 9/11. He had insisted the president talk tough against the terrorists.
  • Bigger Than All the Others

    Caitlin
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    By: Henry PayneDate: August 1, 2015 - 4:45pm
  • Weekly Roundup: Get the Message?

    Chris Moran
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of FloridaDate: July 31, 2015 - 6:15pmThe number of ways to send or receive a message in today's world is almost limitless. You can shoot off an email, bang out a tweet or -- if you want to go old school -- write a letter. But one of the best ways to send a message remains filing a lawsuit.
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Ambassador Tom Fletcher’s Farewell Letter to Lebanon

    Michel
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The following is the farewell letter of British ambassador Tom Fletcher to Lebanon. Too bad he is not Lebanese Maronite, I would have supported him to become the next Lebanese president. Dear Lebanon, Sorry to write again. But I’m leaving your extraordinary country after four years. Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term. When I arrived, my first email said ‘welcome to Lebanon, your files have been corrupted’. It should have continued: never think you understand it, never think you can fix it, never think you can leave unscathed. I dreamt of Beirutopia and Leb 2020 , but…
  • No one picking up the garbage?

    Michel
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It seems that Lebanese people are feeling the effect when you elect the wrong person to do the job. They are feeling the effect of electing people because they belong to their sect, town, political party … Without checking their history or how this person can help the country. They feeling it not because the deputies can’t elect a president, appoint an army commander, …. They feeling it because there is no one picking up the garbage from the streets. Do I need to repeat why the country reached this low-level? I wouldn’t. I just leave you with what George Orwell once…
  • Quote of the day or best Lebanese quote

    Michel
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Five minutes after your birth, they will decide your name, your nationality, your religion and your sect. You will spent your entire life stupidly defending things that your never chose.
  • Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction

    Michel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Travel section on CNN website, there is a photo article by Jacopo Prisco, published on July 1, 2015 . You can figure out what’s about from its title: “Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction”. Picture # 11: Old Buildings of Beirut: “As if decades of civil war and bombardments weren’t enough, the remaining old buildings of Beirut are now under threat by property developers who are looking to create new luxury blocks on real estate currently occupied by traditional structures. Many have been hastily deemed unfit for living,…
  • No respect ….

    Michel
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Couple of days ago, I attended a dinner fund-raising for my friend Faycal El-Khoury who is running on the Liberal party ticket in the region of Laval-Les Iles in the next Canadian elections. Faycal is originally from Lebanon. He settled in Canada in 1976. Faycal graduated from Concordia University as civil engineer. He led a great career in Canada and abroad. My friend Faycal is a soft-spoken man, who enjoys laughing and serving the community. I was amazed of the turn-out of the fund-raising. It was a melting pot: Quebecers, major key players in the Liberal party, Lebanese from all sects,…
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    Washington Wire

  • Christie Says Springsteen’s Music Still His Favorite

    Victoria McGrane
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Rest easy, Bruce Springsteen fans. Chris Christie has not abandoned his love for the Boss.
  • Rules Take Center Stage Ahead of First Debate

    Ian Talley and Victoria McGrane
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Ahead of the first major debate among Republican presidential candidates Thursday, the pre-fight rhetoric isn’t so much about the most important policy issues facing the country as it is about the rules of the debate itself.
  • Trump Commands Rivals’ Attention on Talk Shows

    Victoria McGrane and Ian Talley
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Trump was the name on every Sunday show host’s lips, forcing a number of other GOP presidential hopefuls to field questions about the real-estate magnate. Several of his rivals opted for a soft approach on the billionaire, who has jumped to the front of the Republicans’ 2016 field, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
  • Countering the Islamist Violence Rising in Egypt

    Mokhtar Awad and Brian Katulis
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Mokhtar Awad and Brian Katulis: The Egyptian government’s policies of repression are motivating a new generation of Islamists to turn to violence. The spectrum of the opposition's zero-sum politics on one end and regime repression on the other has hindered possibilities for national reconciliation.
  • Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders–and Voter Dissatisfaction

    Linda Killian
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    Linda Killian: Mr. Trump's negatives among Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, at 40%, are close to his positive ratings, 51%, according to Gallup's most recent data.
 
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  • Bernie Sanders Has "No Magical Solution" To Fox News And The "Corporate Media"

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:13 pm
    In New Hampshire, Sanders tells a worried supporter that Fox News is a problem, but it isn’t the problem — that’s “the mainstream corporate media.” Dominick Reuter / Reuters EXETER, N.H. — Near the end of a packed, sweaty, boisterous campaign meeting in the historic and un-air conditioned Old Town Hall here, a Bernie Sanders supporter stood and told the candidate he was scared. "I'm deeply worried about your candidacy and I'll tell you why. Fox News will come out and attack you in every conceivable way. Those billionaires own the media. And they own NBC…
  • Ted Cruz Defends His Dad's Comments About Sending Obama "Back To Kenya"

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Cruz said a video shows his father, Rafael Cruz, reacting to something an audience member called out. A video from 2012 shows Rafael Cruz making the remarks unprompted. Olivier Douliery / Getty Images Ted Cruz defended his father on Thursday from charges that his father had said President Obama should go back to Kenya — something his father did say in a 2012 video — saying that it was a response to someone in the audience. The video of the exchange taken in September 2012 at a gathering of the North Texas Tea Party, shows pastor Rafael Cruz telling the audience (unprompted) that…
  • Is Rand Paul Following Dad's Advice On How To Prepare For The Coming Economic Collapse?

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Ron’s golden boy. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images Is Rand Paul taking his dad's advice on how to prepare for the alleged coming economic collapse? The Kentucky senator's father, Ron Paul, has appeared in radio, television, and Internet ads suggesting impending economic doom and offering (for a one-time payment of $49.50) a survival guide. Part of Ron Paul's investment strategy to prepare for the collapse of paper currency is to invest heavily in precious metals like gold and silver. According to his latest financial disclosure filed Thursday with the Federal Election…
  • Huckabee Says Holocaust Survivors Hugged And Thanked Him After "Oven" Comments

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    “The support from the Jewish community has been overwhelmingly positive.” Denis Poroy / AP Mike Huckabee said on Thursday that Holocaust survivors and descendants of those who survived the Holocaust "hugged" and "thanked" him for saying that, by trusting Iran, the Obama administration's nuclear deal "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Huckabee has received widespread criticism for the remark. Hukcabee told the Jan Mickelson Show that "the Jewish community" expressed its appreciation for his outspokenness when he visited the home of a Jewish doctor…
  • Thousands Of Pages Of Hillary Clinton's Email Are Out

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    It’s the third release of the year, as questions continue about how Clinton handled sensitive information with her personal account. View Entire List ›
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  • You Can Trust Scientific Research Reports (We Think; We Hope)

    Gary L. Welton
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    A recent story in the Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that Michael LaCour, a UCLA graduate student, has fabricated data for another journal article. Science magazine has retracted the article, due to “the misrepresentation of survey incentives, the false sponsorship statement, and Mr. LaCour’s inability to produce original data.” Unfortunately, this is only the latest in a long string of integrity issues in research publications. The scary reality, though, is not the articles that have been found to be questionable, but the possibility of many other fabricated articles that have…
  • Is Obama to Blame for Weak Economic Growth?

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. A political science colleague sent me an article documenting President Obama’s dismal economic record, and he asked me for added details and perspective. Here goes: True, economic growth under Obama has been sluggish, fitful, faltering, historically weak, etc. However, if you look at the charts in the article—especially the second and third—you can see that U.S. economic growth has been trending downward for several decades. Conclusion: Our economic woes did not begin with Barack Obama. However, he has done nothing to reverse…
  • Keep Your Hands Off My Raisins: Court Invalidates Antiquated Raisin Grab

    John A. Sparks
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    Laura and Marvin Horne are raisin farmers. Early one morning in 2002, a truck appeared at their business and the drivers demanded a whopping 47 percent of their raisin crop. The truck was sent by the federal government and those demanding Horne’s raisin crop claimed to be operating under a “marketing order” first put in place in 1937 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s effort to shore up agricultural prices. Amazingly, this antiquated scheme lasted for over 65 years—well past the agricultural crisis of the Great Depression. By 2002, the Hornes had endured enough of these…
  • “The Righteous Mind” – Understanding Conservatives and Liberals

    R.B.A. Di Muccio
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has cracked the code on why it’s so hard for liberals and conservatives to find common ground. That’s a big deal. But an even more important benefit of his book, “The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” is its value in helping conservatives understand liberals, and vice versa. Haidt’s book and the body of work it encompasses are all that’s good and noble about true social science. In seeking to understand the roots of moral reasoning, it integrates a huge swathe of disciplines, is meticulously empirical, and…
  • An Individual Christian Response to Terrorism

    Gary L. Welton
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    On 9/11, 2,977 people were killed by terrorists. In response, the American government, after a bipartisan vote, decided to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. As a consequence, a huge number of countless thousands of Middle East civilians have been killed by the Western military, a result that cries for soul searching and serious discussion. Nevertheless, I am willing to yield to the argument that the proper role of our government is to protect its citizens. This column seeks not to evaluate our federal response, but instead seeks to consider my own individual response, given my Christian beliefs.
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  • Gifts From LaDavia: Hillary Clinton Mows Down Jeb at the Urban League

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Why couldn’t Jeb Bush say the words “racism” or “discrimination” at one of the blackest conventions of the year — the National Urban League’s National Convention? As to be all too careful to tip-toe through the tulips of not pissing off bigots — Jeb just couldn’t bring himself to do it.  What voting block he’s afraid of losing by saying “racism” is anyone’s guess.  I suspect that block is voting R anyway.  That being viewed as someone who cares about the concerns of Black Americans is soooo calculated and tricky…
  • On Dems Who Say They’re Against Mandatory Minimums But Keep Voting For Them

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    So what have we long known — based on studied facts and data — about mandatory minimums?  That they are, 1. Racially applied, 2. Waste tax money, 3. Drive over-incarceration.  These facts are well established.  And now we’ve got the Koch Brothers and the NAACP agreeing to justice reforms.  But for too many Democratic lawmakers, the “it” thing right now when it comes to criminal justice reform, is to do interviews and fly around the country saying you’re against mandatory minimums while repeating — without details — that you favor much needed…
  • Trump: deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants

    Adriana Maestas
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered some specifics about what his immigration policy would be after launching his presidential candidacy last month insisting that many undocumented Mexican immigrants were “rapists.” Trump told CNN that he would deport all of the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. and that he would consider letting “the good ones” back into the country. As for undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. as infants and children, Trump expressed that he was unsure if he…
  • Mollohan, Murtha, Lewis, Young, Weldon, Dicks, Kanjorski… Fattah Indicted

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Let’s take a look at who the Department of Justice has recently investigated for reasons similar to the allegations alleged in the indictment of Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA). Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV) was investigated by DoJ for four years. In 2010, the case was dropped. Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) was investigated for corruption. He died in 2010 while DoJ was still investigating. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) was investigated for years. In 2010 the FBI dropped the case. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) was being investigated by the FBI for steering money to a campaign donor. No indictment. Rep. Kurt Weldon…
  • Sen. Tim Scott Talks Justice Reform and Outlines His Police Body Camera Bill

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Yesterday, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a bill that would provide local jurisdictions with $100 million per year in body cameras. Though there is no specific set of standards for states to receive money for the cameras, Sen. Scott pointed out that the details are best worked on a local level given the intricacies of each jurisdiction.   “Most departments and most agencies will start talking to other agencies and the quality of their policies increases faster than if I try to go through the process of 535 of us to get on one page on these policies,” the South Carolina Senator…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Obama strikes deal with Iran but U.S. and Israel lose

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    President Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration had reached a deal that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons and defended its provisions for verifying Tehran’s compliance. “Every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage A key tenet of jurisprudence is that no judge ruling on a case should have a personal bias or have taken a personal role in a matter before a court. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allies run out of bullets, but there’s always time for golf

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy doesn’t work. Even if you think there’s some validity to the strategy, you’d have to acknowledge that it could only work if while hiding in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

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    10 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It used to be that our colleges and universities were places of learning; today these schools are bastions of left-wing political indoctrination. Just one day after announcing that it would not allow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama is incapable of addressing radical Islam

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    18 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We are at war with radical Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for other GOP…
  • Obama Goes to Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The US and its coalition partners finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program last week. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for provisions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment…
  • Super-Duper PAC’s

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In the 2010 Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court decided that campaign contributions were a form of free speech and that corporations and labor unions were allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates of their choosing. A separate court decision two months later allowed for the creation of “independentexpenditure-only” groups which have become commonly known as Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s raised about $700 million in the 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum for an off-year election. More staggering yet is the sum some people estimate is going to be raised in the…
  • Our New Partner Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In the 1950’s US and British Intelligence agencies overthrew the democratically-elected government in Iran and replaced it with the government of the Shah of Iran. The Shah’s government, one of the most corrupt and oppressive in recent memory, was overthrown in the late 1970’s by a religious revolution. The revolution culminated in the hostage-taking of US Embassy personal for 444 days. The US and Iran have been estranged since. There are intense negotiations going on between the US and Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Delays notwithstanding, an agreement seems more…
  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
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    US Daily Review

  • The Global Crisis of Religious Persecution

    usdr
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    By The Bipartisan Group, Special for USDR A bipartisan group of national thought leaders has called upon Congress to take action now to develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious freedom. With the current catastrophic state of international religious persecution, violence and terrorism, a deficient foreign policy will have dire consequences for religious minorities worldwide as well as for U.S. national security. The letter was hand delivered Thursday, July 16, 2015, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate…
  • Religious Liberty Battle in Rowan County

    usdr
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    By Liberty Institute Yesterday evening, Liberty Institute, along with nationally recognized Liberty Institute volunteer attorney Allyson Ho, filed a brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case of Lund v. Rowan County, defending the right of the Rowan County commissioners to open their meetings in prayer. (Read about Allyson Hobelow.) A copy of the brief may be viewed here:   https://www.libertyinstitute.org/rowan. For many years, the Rowan County Commissioners opened their meetings with an invocation. They allowed each commissioner, on a rotating basis, an…
  • Abortion Tissue Broker’s BONUS PLAN: Mileage, Expenses, More for High-End Baby Parts

    usdr
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    By MRCTV StemExpress, a company that sells fetal tissue from aborted babies provided by Planned Parenthood has an employee bonus plan that includes mileage reimbursement, expenses, and bigger bonuses for high-end products – such as brains, livers, and  lungs. Exposed today by the Center for Medical Progress along with its release of a third Planned Parenthood sting video, the StemExpress document details the company’s “Tissue Bonus Structure” paid for each of three different categories of tissues, based on their profit  potential. Bonuses range from $75 per issue for “Category…
  • USDR Newsstand: What We are Reading

    usdr
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    By Kelly Leung, Associate Editor, USDR. Our periodical feature of what our editors, contributors, and readers are recommending. ‘Impossible’ rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours– New British space technology could have us on the Moon in about four hours. It has even been proved to work. Source:telegraph.co.uk What China has been building in the South China Sea– China’s seven new man-created islands in the South China Sea are straining “already taut” geopolitical tensions. This article includes large detailed maps to further show…
  • How to Fix the Congressional Budget Process

    usdr
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Bipartisan PolicyCenter The following is being released by the Bipartisan Policy Center: Calling the current congressional budget process “broken and in need of drastic repair,” Dr. Alice M. Rivlin and former Senator Pete V. Domenici (both pictured above), released recommendations that would create a budget process that allows the government to function with less uncertainty and more efficiency. Their report, Proposal for Improving the Congressional Budget Process, recommends tough reforms to ensure Congressional and White House agreement on all federal spending and revenues,…
 
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    American Patriot »

  • Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake calls it a day

    The American Patriot
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This is a surprise. Via FireDogLake: As many of you know, Firedoglake has been on hiatus for eight months while I recovered from hip replacement surgery. During that time I’ve been contemplating what the next chapter should be for the website. After some personal reflection, I have decided to pass the torch on to Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein, who will launch their own media organization called Shadowproof that will build on the success of FDL. […….] The dogs and I have really loved being a part of the FDL community for over a decade, and are so very thankful for all of…
  • If you came looking for the #cuckservative posting

    The American Patriot
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    I pulled it. Family issues, that I cannot discuss. Sorry.
  • Yeeeessh………..again?

    The American Patriot
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This is starting to become a regular thing. Another “lone wolf” has howled and his name was John Russell Houser. The stories: Medium:Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of Hitler, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies Associated Press: The Latest: TV host says theater gunman advocated violence David Weigel / Washington Post: TV hosts remember alleged Lafayette gunman as anti-tax, anti-feminist ‘gadfly’ Saeed Ahmed / CNN: Gunman kills 2, then himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater *sigh* I just do not understand it, I really do not. Look, I am as ardent of a gun…
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder lands well

    The American Patriot
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Well, who says being a progressive or should I say in this man’s case; a corporatist, Internationalist Democrat does not pay well? I will let a well-known populist explain, take it away Jim Hightower: A snippet of Hightower on the subject, But please, go read the rest: Novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote: “You can’t go home again.” But Eric Holder has proven him wrong. Holder, who was President Obama’s Attorney General until stepping down earlier this year, recently returned to his old home place – Covington & Burling. Where’s that? Well, it’s…
  • Mixed feelings about Donald Trump’s comments about John McCain

    The American Patriot
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    First what “The Don” said: (via Youtube) Now, the reactions: Montel Williams: Jazz Shaw at HotAir: I will not pretend to know what’s been up with Donald Trump from the beginning of this road show he’s currently on. Perhaps he truly wanted to be President. Perhaps it was all part of his ongoing circus. Only the man himself can know which when he looks in the mirror each day. But this is one gigantic bridge too far. Whether he said that out of ignorance, a desire to cause a stir or – and I pray this isn’t true – because he really feels that way, I am done with him.
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    Compete Pulse

  • June Top 50: Movies and Media Make Their Mark

    Brian Murphy
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Image from: Movies / Shutterstock Get Out Your Popcorn: Everyone loves a good movie – especially when it includes a trip to the theater with cushy seats and an overwhelming amount of popcorn! Let’s dig in: For the month of June, IMDB.com (24) grew 15% month over month (MoM) in Unique Visitors. With several major movie releases, I don’t think the growth comes as a surprise to anyone. Films like Jurassic World, Ted 2, Entourage, Insidious, and others had fans running to their nearest theaters, but not before some quick research into the films. The hype around Jurassic World was big…
  • Domino’s Dominates The Social Game

    Brian Murphy
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Image from: Pizza / Shutterstock In today’s digital environment, we crave convenience, simplicity, ease of purchase (and pizza, of course). Brands are challenged to provide a convenient experience and ultimately simplify the path to purchase for consumers. Demonstrating the importance of an easy purchase process, pizza delivery powerhouse Dominos.com saw a large spike in Unique Visitors for the month of June: +14% over May, and +37% YoY (year over year). That increase may stem from a recent social media campaign which has made the Domino’s ordering process nearly effortless. Take a look…
  • Amazon Prime Day Grabs Consumer Attention

    Katie Hrdy
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Image from: Ecommerce / Shutterstock Was Amazon Prime Day successful? As we mentioned last week, many products sold out but there was still a largely negative reaction on social media, leaving some confusion as to whether or not the promotion was a success. As is often the case, the answer depends on how success is defined. One measure is to look at how many people Amazon reached and how well it captured consumer attention. Looking at how many people visit Amazon as a percentage of all US users online in a given day (reach) and how much time was spent on Amazon as a percentage of all the time…
  • Will Amazon Prime Day Be Seen As A Success?

    Aaron Peterson
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    Image from: Ecommerce / Shutterstock Is Amazon Prime Day going to be deemed a success? That might depend on your perspective, given that many products sold, but consumer outcry on social media has been mostly negative. Jason Caine, VP, Client Services-CPG/Retail spoke with Bloomberg Radio on “Prime Day” and provided a perspective based on what Millward Brown Digital has seen from years of tracking Amazon’s activity via our Compete Clickstream data. https://blog.compete.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/0715-Poonam-Goyal-and-Jason-Caine.mp3 Check out the recording, and share your thoughts…
  • YouTube’s Targeting Potential is Higher Than You Think

    Matt Redmond
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Image from: Videos / Shutterstock When I think of “Moms using YouTube” my first instinct is to think of my mom and, to be completely honest, I have a hard time imagining her turning to this platform with any degree of regularity. But then I realize that, as the father of two, my wife is also a mom! With that in mind the pieces start to fall into place around how this platform could provide unprecedented reach into this extremely important demographic group. Moms Really Do Use YouTube A recent research piece from Think with Google highlights the opportunities for brands as more and more…
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    The Nationsmith

  • Arctic Central to Russian Grand Strategy

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    What: According to BBC, the Russian Navy has a new naval doctrine that will focus on the Arctic for its rich mineral supply and utilize Icebreakers in the Arctic to allow Russian ships to access both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Russians will seek to continue their important partnerships with both the Chinese and Indian naval forces in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean respectively. Furthermore, the Russians will develop strategies to counter NATO in the Atlantic and develop a naval presence in Mediterranean. Why: It’s no secret since the Russians had annexed Crimea and its naval…
  • Donald Trump, the Political Icarus

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Donald Trump, whether people like him or not, may be the Kingmaker (or the Queenmaker) for the 2016 US Presidential elections. Gruff, confident, and obnoxiously persistent Trump has been the thorn at the side of the Republican establishment and its favored son Jeb Bush’s ambitions to capture the presidency. Because of his business success or his infamyy, Mr. Trump is leading among conservative, likely voters, a constituency whose blessing is needed by anyone wishing to be anointed as the party’s candidate. Trump has threatened the establishment that if they don’t play nice…
  • Political Culture in the United States and the Eleven Nations that Define It.

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Political culture is something many Americans choose not to make as an observation in their everyday political thinking. In this Tufts Magazine article the author strikes that America isn’t simply about red versus blue states but a greater divide between eleven political nations with their own culture, history, norms, value systems, and level of political tolerance. I’ve always said one of the hardest parts of making centralized legislation or public policy decisions or implementation is that the one-size fits all model isn’t optimal at the Federal level and this article…
  • The Political Ostriches

    Kent David Du, M.S.
    7 Oct 2013 | 11:39 am
    The political ostriches on the Hill need to get their heads out of their holes and resolve their playground antics maturely. I’d even wager to say our Federal Government looks to be run by King Joffery – both viciously and stupidly. WARNING – Political gut-check here and in essay form: House Republicans need to understand their mathematics, it’s impossible to repeal Obamacare or defund it with a Democratic President and Senate. Instead of fighting political battles of the past every year look for ways they can match or relate with Obama on domestic policy. It’s…
  • “The Shutdown” or “Retards in the Legislature”

    P. Voelp
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:06 am
    I am not a fan of Obamacare. It’s not its much-vaunted permanency problems, nor the hesitant start-up the initiative has been going through. It’s something else. Jesus, it’s like every week since they passed the damn bill into law there has been some weighty challenge to it. There’s no doubt it’s been pushed this way, that way, up and down, left and right, “blather blather blather” (to take a quote from Ted Cruz). But that’s not it. I don’t care for it because it seeks to penalize people who don’t have healthcare. It destroys a…
 
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    BizPac Review

  • ‘Thank you for being bold and badass'; waitress’s gratitude to firefighters takes heartwarming turn

    Carmine Sabia
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    When a New Jersey waitress showed her gratitude to two firefighters by paying for their meals, she never expected they would return the favor in such a big way. Liz Woodward, 24, was serving the two men at the 130 Diner in Delran on July 23 when they asked for the biggest cup of coffee she could get them as they had been battling a warehouse fire all night, TODAY reported. Woodward, overhearing the men, Tim Young and Paul Hullings, discussing the fire and how they hadn’t had a meal in a while,  decided to pay for their entire meal. “I had been following the New Brunswick fire on the…
  • Obama’s negotiating partner, Iran’s leader, wrote the book on DESTROYING ISRAEL

    Carmine Sabia
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    While President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were busy capitulating to the every demand of the Iranian regime Iran’s supreme leader had something else on his mind. Writing a book on how to outsmart the U.S. and destroy Israel. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a 416 page tome on destroying the Jewish state which he says in the book has no right to exist, according to the New York Post. Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established…
  • Trump has NO APOLOGIES for feuds with GOP rivals; ‘I didn’t start the attacks!’

    Carmine Sabia
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Donald Trump wants Americans to know he is not to blame for his attacks on other Republicans. The 2016 Republican presidential front-runner appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and told host Jonathan Karl his shots on his opponents are merely self-defense. “Every attack I made was a counter punch,” Trump told Karl. “They attacked me first and I hit them back, and maybe harder than they hit me, but the fact is I’ve been attacked pretty viciously by some of these guys.” Trump was quick to assert that he has a “tremendous amount of respect” for many of his Republican opponents, but…
  • Young girl gets astonishing answer to ‘letter to heaven’ for deceased dad

    Tom Tillison
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    There are times when things can’t be explained. There are other times when there can only be ONE explanation: divine intervention. You can be the judge which applies in the story of a Oklahoma widow and her daughter, who released balloons at the grave of their beloved husband and father — the “letter to heaven” had a note attached asking whoever found it to contact the family. Dad shoots down drone hovering over sunbathing daughter; felony arrest sparks privacy debate When the balloons were released, they got caught in some power lines. The mother, Sandy Seibold,…
  • Confederate rally draws throng of supporters, and protesters itching for a fight

    Tom Tillison
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    Hundreds of people turned out Saturday in support of a pro-Confederate flag rally in Stone Mountain, Ga., and their numbers overwhelmed the handful who turned out to protest. But that didn’t stop the flag protesters from trying to start trouble. Traffic was backed up for miles leading to Stone Mountain Park, which features a carving in the side of the mountain of three Confederate generals. Organizers made it clear their goal was a respectable event, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A Facebook event page was set up for the rally and organizers stressed that they rejected…
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    Sparking The Left

  • What Obama Says, What the Right Hears

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
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    Kleier
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    If anyone here is living in the Kentuckiana area (Louisville and the surrounding area), here is something your interested in. Some friends and I will be meeting at Shelby Park in Old Louisville at 1:30pm, Sunday, for a General Assembly of the new Louisville Socialists​ political group. Come for a great discussion of some new ideas for collective action. You can RSVP at Meetup.com and become a new member. Hope to see you there!
  • Social Protest Lit.: Carlos Marighella, Brazilian Guerrilla Fight

    Kleier
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mao Tse-Tung

    Kleier
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A writing by  Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” The revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street…
  • McKinney PD Should Award Commendation Medals, Just Not to Their Officers

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    As the situation in McKinney continues to play out over the disgusting and disgraceful assault on a minor by former officer Eric Casebolt, I couldn’t help but notice there was an act of bravery seen in the now viral video.  No, it wasn’t Casebolt and he clearly was not in danger of losing his life, as one recently removed principal suggested.  It was a reflexive reaction of courage.  It just wasn’t performed by any of the people in uniform. The country has watched the number of incidents of police brutality continue to mount across the country as cellphone and security…
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    The Daily Signal

  • How to Make the Case to Liberals That Conservatives Have Hearts, Too

    Ed Feulner
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Being conservative in a politically correct culture has never been easy. Whether you’re a politician trying to explain a controversial sound-bite or a voter attempting to defend your stance on a hot-button issue to co-workers, you either grow a thick skin—or learn to keep quiet. Sadly, you get used to having your motives impugned by people who assume that no one could possibly believe what you believe. You must have some ulterior motive, right? Say, for example, we need less regulation, and you’ll be accused of shilling for some corporation. Call for more defense spending, and you’re…
  • How the Iran Deal Complicates Israel’s Approach to Iran

    James Carafano
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Vienna Agreement overseeing Iran’s nuclear program brought no joy to Tel Aviv. “Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran,” declared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “because Iran continues to seek our destruction.” He then added pointedly, “We will always defend ourselves.” Of course, Netanyahu is right. Israel, like all nations, has the inherent right of self-defense. The crucial question is: How will Israeli choose to exercise that right? The right of self-defense does not demand that a country wait until it is physically attacked before…
  • What We Can Do to Boost Graduation Rates

    Matthew Ladner
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    High school graduation remains a crucial rite of passage. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that in 2013, the median earning for workers with a high school diploma was 26 percent higher than for those without it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently finds higher rates of employment for high school graduates than for high school dropouts. For example, in 2014, the Bureau reported that the unemployment rate among high school graduates averaged 6 percent. By contrast, the unemployment rate among those who had not completed high school was 9 percent. >>> Read…
  • Why Mark Levin Says the GOP Needs a Facelift

    Diana Stancy
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Mark Levin is fed up with the Republican leadership in Congress. A day before Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., filed a motion to remove House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post, Levin called on Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resign. Posted by Mark Levin on Monday, July 27, 2015   At the Young America’s Foundation’s National Student Conference in Washington, D.C.,, the popular talk-radio host and author spoke with The Daily Signal about the future of Republican Party. Levin’s new book, “Plunder and Deceit,” comes out Tuesday. Levin was quick to…
  • Lindsey Graham and John McCain Team to Deride Obama’s ‘Feckless’ Foreign Policy

    Kate Scanlon
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:04 pm
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – At a campaign stop here, Sen. Lindsey Graham brought along a longtime friend and fellow foreign policy hawk to double-up on deriding President Obama’s policies. Graham, a Republican nominee for president, was joined by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain was the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2008, and he won the New Hampshire primary during both of his presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008. .@SenJohnMcCain introducing @LindseyGrahamSC pic.twitter.com/hVmcUXZKIL — Kate Scanlon (@scanlon_kate) August 1, 2015 “I believe that this election will have more…
 
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    FreakOutNation

  • Man Open Carrying Reaches For Gun On Confederate Flag Rally Counter-Protester

    Anomaly
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Armed Confederate flag supporters, including militia members, gathered at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia, on Saturday.  Many of them Openly Carried rifles. One of them almost pulled a gun on a counter-protesters who burned a Confederate flag.                                 The gun nut […]
  • Erick Erickson Threatens ‘Violence In The Polling Booths’ Over Planned Parenthood

    Anomaly
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Sorry for the longish title, but when Erick Erickson posts one of his late night psycho rants, it’s hard to nail down just one meme. We have passed the point where Nazi comparisons are inappropriate. In the latest video about Planned Parenthood, if you want to watch it, you will see an admission that some […]
  • Boy Playing With Mom’s Firearm In The Backyard Second Amendments The Boy Next Door

    Anomaly
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    An 11-year-old Iowa boy was playing in his backyard with family and friends while another boy (not pictured) was apparently shootin’ his Mom’s weapon next door.                                     A bullet grazed the 11-year-old’s  head, nearly hitting his left eye. […]
  • Texas Man Shoots Armadillo, Bullet Ricochets, Hits Him In The Face

    Anomaly
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:45 pm
    An East Texas man fired a gun at an amarillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back and stuck him in the face, the county sheriff said on Friday.                         The unidentified man fired three shots at the armadillo. At least one ricocheted […]
  • Confederate Flag Supporters In Georgia Arrive Open Carrying Rifles (Images)

    Anomaly
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    Confederate flag supporters are holding what they describe as a massive “flag rally” at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia. Hundreds have arrived, some bikers, many open carrying rifles. Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) with WSB-TV has been posting photos in his timeline.                           The armed […]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • CPI demands total prohibition of liquor in India

    Niti PTI Bot
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
      Coimbatore, Aug 2 (PTI) A day after extending support to the August 4 bandh call in Tamil Nadu by some political parties on the issue of prohibition, CPI today demanded a nation-wide ban on liquor and said the Centre should immediately bring in an ordinance in this regard.   "Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, hailing from Tamil Nadu and other senior BJP leaders from the state should prevail upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a total ban on liquor in India," CPI leader D Pandian told reporters here.   By an ordinance…
  • Fluent English to be essential for UK public sector jobs

    Niti PTI Bot
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
      From Aditi Khanna  London, Aug 2 (PTI) People in Britain who do not speak fluent English will be barred from public sector jobs which involve working directly with the public, the government announced today as part of its new tough immigration laws.   From September, National Health Service (NHS) staff and council workers will be among those required to have language skills equivalent to GCSE grade C or above, the announcement said.   It will also include police officers, social workers, teaching staff and assistants. Managers will have…
  • NHAI floats tender for Rs 3,064 cr Delhi-Dasna NH-24 project

    Niti PTI Bot
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
      New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has invited tenders for widening of the 28-km national highway 24 from Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi to Dasna, a move which will help decongest the stretch.   The estimated cost of the project is about Rs 3,064 crore and the construction period is two-and-a-half years, an official statement said.   "Six of these 14 lanes (three on either side) will be an access control expressway while the remaining eight lanes (four on either side) will be normal highway," it…
  • UDF govt’s Vizhinjam project bumps into Latin church

    Niti PTI Bot
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:02 pm
      Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 2 (PTI) The Latin Catholic Church in Kerala today said it would oppose the Rs 7,500 crore Vizhinjam deep sea port project as it would adversely impact livelihood of over 50,000 fishermen in 32 coastal villages.   In a Pastoral letter read out in the churches of the diocese in the district, it was stated that the project would be stalled if the government went ahead with it as per the current plan which, the letter claimed, would pose a threat to environment and rob fishermen of their livelihood.   The protest by the…
  • India making efforts for release of captive nationals in Libya

    Niti PTI Bot
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    New Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) India is making all efforts to ensure the safe release of two teachers still held captive by Islamic State terror group (ISIS) in Libya, even as the two others freed were on their way to Tunis. According to sources, government was making efforts to get the two Indians released from captivity. The two nationals released earlier had reached the Indian embassy in Tripoli on Friday night. From there, they headed to Tunis today. "Four Indians abducted in Libya – I am happy we have been able to secure the release of…
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS)

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    “Most industries compete on value. U.S. healthcare does not. But that is about to change.” -Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky, The Volume-to-Value Revolution . Traditional health IT is failing — and this is good news.  Ten years ago, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems were heralded as the great cost-saving revolution in healthcare IT. By most […] The post Healthcare IT is Failing (And It Needs AWS) appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry

    Gathering Clouds
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The launch of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006 revolutionized the concept of technology infrastructure. AWS Marketplace is marching along the same path to transform the way software is sold and deployed. As Amazon consistently pushes out innovative products on AWS, the enterprise software world sees the AWS Marketplace as a thriving environment for their […] The post Why AWS Marketplace Is Changing the Software Industry appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise

    Gathering Clouds
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Complexity is a huge security risk for the enterprise. While security is always a top priority during the initial build phase of a cloud project, over time security tends to slip. As systems evolve, stacks change, and engineers come and go, it’s very easy to end up with a mash-up of legacy and cloud security […] The post Security and Advanced Automation in the Enterprise appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, […] The post Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The infrastructure […] The post Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Fri, July 31

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Malaysian Officials: Part Number CONFIRMS Debris From Boeing 777 Was Flight MH370 – The Gateway Pundit “From the part number, it is confirmed that it ... The post Show Prep: Fri, July 31 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday, July 30 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
      Michigan Supreme Court ruling on union shop fees for government workers Obama administration to investigate killing of Cecil the lion   The post Thursday, July 30 – Hour 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday, July 30 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
      McDonald’s kiosks are becoming a reality Today is the 70th anniversary of the USS Indianapolis disaster Top Gear cast signs with Amazon Prime   The post Thursday, July 30 – Hour 2 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday, July 30 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
      Zimbabwe thinks outrage over Cecil the lion is stupid Waitress fired for describing black couple as ‘black couple’ 4th Planned Parenthood video released   The post Thursday, July 30 – Hour 1 appeared first on The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, July 30

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Zimbabwe Thinks Outrage Over Cecil The Lion Is A “First World Problem” – The Burning Truth “Are you saying that all this noise is about ... The post Show Prep: Thurs, July 30 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with guest Allan Johnson

    Liberal Fix
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Eve Spangler

    Liberal Fix
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Eve Spangler is a sociologist and a human and civil rights activist. She is the Assistant Chair of the Boston College Department of Sociology.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Irene Hernandez-Blair

    Liberal Fix
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Chino Valley Unified School District (CA) President Irene Hernandez-Blair. We discuss local politics and the need for school board officials to value inclusivity and to put children first. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Ira Chaleff

    Liberal Fix
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Ira Chaleff’s Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told to Do Is Wrong: Torture at Abu Ghraib. Corporate fraud. Falsified records at Veterans Administration hospitals. Teachers pressured to feed test answers to students. These scandals could have been prevented if, early on, people had said ‘no’ to their higher-ups. In his timely book, Chaleff—one of Leadership Excellence magazine’s “100 Best Minds on Leadership”—uses dozens of vivid examples of historical events and everyday situations, and offers advice on judging whether intelligent disobedience…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Duane Burghard

    Liberal Fix
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our guest is Duane Burghard. Duane is a former U.S. Navy Officer and two-time candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri. He was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Missouri's 9th Congressional District in 2006.  Duane has started over 15 businesses and is a self-proclaimed "recovering serial entrepreneur". He is an effective and entertaining writer and public speaker. Duane's written essays can be read at duaneburghard.blogspot.com. He is also the author of GOPTO, his first novel. He currently lives with his family in Tucson, Arizona. In this episode, Duane…
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    21st Century Wire

  • SUSPICIOUS: Bin Laden Plane On Sophisticated Guidance Systems Crashed in Perfect Conditions

    Stuart Hooper
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Catastrophic accident or foul-play? You decide.Watch a video of this report here:The Saudi-registered Embraer Phenom 300 private jet carrying Osama bin Laden’s stepmother, half-sister and her husband crashed into a number of vehicles parked at a car auction site in Blackbusche, Surrey, England killing all on board.The jet was a regular visitor to the airport, coming to-and-fro a number of times in recent months. It was also fitted with a highly sophisticated, fly-by-wire flight guidance system. The airport’s runway is also equipped with with precision…
  • Episode #95 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Brzezinski’s Odyssey’ with host Patrick Henningsen and guest Jay Dyer

    21wire
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Episode #95 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday August 2, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE from the American Heartland, as host Patrick Henningsen returns this week to cover the planet’s increasingly audacious news and global affairs. In the first hour, we’ll discuss this week’s leading stories, explore the mind of GOP…
  • Cecil’s Lament: Big Game Meets Big Media – Both Are Out For An Easy Kill

    21wire
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    21st Century Wire says…International shock and outrage after Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe was shot last week by a big game trophy-hunting dentist from Minnesota. But what does this really mean? There are a number of other underlying issues which the big media aren’t talking about…21WIRE Analyst Patrick Henningsen speaks to RT International from Kansas City about this story which has all but dominate the US media over the last 72 hours, provide yet another glorious distraction away from a deteriorating situation in the Middle East and elsewhere. Listen to the interview…
  • Unrest in Jerusalem, West Bank After Jewish Settlers Arson Burns Alive Palestinian Child

    21wire
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    21st Century Wire says…As we reported here yesterday, the IDF began a massive military personnel call-up before the weekend. It appears as if Israel’s agent provocateurs have some advanced knowledge about unrest and a possible conflict in Palestine’s occupied territories. The last few days has seen one Palestinian baby burned alive by violent Jewish settlers in an apparent openly racist Jewish ‘price tag’ revenge killing, and two other Palestinians boys shot and killed by IDF snipers.Violent Jewish settlers attacking native Palestinians is nothing new for…
  • Israel Preparing For War? IDF Calls Up Hundreds of Thousands For Drills

    Stuart Hooper
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Is something big on the horizon?Watch a video of this report here:Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are being called up on extremely short notice by the IDF to participate in emergency readiness drills.An IDF source has said: ‘We want to ensure that the system is well-oiled and working.’The Israeli Navy and Air Force are also participating in the drills and are looking to test emergency intelligence gathering for purpose of conducting air strikes. Perhaps Iran is the would-be target.Ready for war? (Photo Credit: IDF)The drills are expected to also…
 
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    The Politic

  • Showdown, Throwdown: Liveblogging the GOP Debate

    admin
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Join editors from The Politic as we discuss the debate - the winners, the losers, the zingers, the shade, and maybe even the public policy proposals - all in real time.
  • For Republican Candidates, Any Publicity Is Good Publicity

    Gabriel Groz
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Struggling presidential hopefuls have realized that in a crowded field, the only comments and actions that make headlines do so because of their shock value.
  • Boston Says No Thanks to 2024 Olympic Bid

    Alexander Gerszten
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The fact that the USOC chose Boston in the first place highlights the clear disconnect in the selection process between the committee and the city’s citizens.
  • Book Review: Blueprint for Revolution

    Yifu Dong
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    After receiving a copy of Blueprint for Revolution, my top concern was bringing the book home. If the customs officials at the Beijing airport chanced to order my luggage into the X-ray machine, they would surely ask what books I was carrying. Last December, I told them, “textbooks,” smiling a little, looking confident, a Beijing...
  • Who Are the Rohingya?

    Cassandra Lignelli
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority native to the Rakhine state of Buddhist-majority Myanmar (formerly Burma), are referred to by some area experts as “the most persecuted minority on Earth.” This year, persecution from the Rakhine Buddhists has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to jam themselves on unsafe boats, often putting their lives in...
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Visit Berlin

    guanyinmiao
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the German city of Berlin? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • Throwback: My First And Last Marathon

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Did my first and last marathon in December last year, right before our annual Model United Nations conference. Was quite the experience. Continue reading →
  • Reach Employees – Not Just Employers – To Boost SkillsFuture

    guanyinmiao
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet, absent in this discourse is the role of the employee, who - to a large extent - determines the success of the SkillsFuture initiative. If the workers are not convinced of the importance of the initiative, and as a consequence use the credits or sign up for activities because they are obligatory, then any undertakings, however ambitious, will come to naught. Continue reading →
  • Inevitable Disruption Of Department Stores

    guanyinmiao
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    While the department stores in Singapore are eager to keep up with its rivals on the Internet, the advent of these disruptive technologies may be the preface to an inevitable elimination of these big players in the long run. "Retail experts believe department store chains should differentiate themselves from online competitors" (ST, Jul. 18), but the inherent business advantages held by the latter - for instance, of convenience, the absence of lease challenges (especially in geographically constrains Singapore) and perhaps the low inventories necessary) - might be too hard to overcome.
  • Throwback: A Cautious Start to the SAFVC

    guanyinmiao
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    After the the new Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) was announced in 2014, I thought the initiative was reasonable, even though I thought hard figures would determine the success of the SAFVC. The letter – “Initial Success Depends on Applicants” – was published in ST, and its commander Colonel Mike Tan Cheow Khai penned a reply, “SAF Volunteer Corps Allows More to Contribute to National Defence", a few days later. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for other GOP…
  • Obama Goes to Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The US and its coalition partners finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program last week. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for provisions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment…
  • Super-Duper PAC’s

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    In the 2010 Citizens United case, the US Supreme Court decided that campaign contributions were a form of free speech and that corporations and labor unions were allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to the candidates of their choosing. A separate court decision two months later allowed for the creation of “independentexpenditure-only” groups which have become commonly known as Super PAC’s. Super PAC’s raised about $700 million in the 2014 election cycle, a staggering sum for an off-year election. More staggering yet is the sum some people estimate is going to be raised in the…
  • Our New Partner Iran

    Mike Dakkak
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    In the 1950’s US and British Intelligence agencies overthrew the democratically-elected government in Iran and replaced it with the government of the Shah of Iran. The Shah’s government, one of the most corrupt and oppressive in recent memory, was overthrown in the late 1970’s by a religious revolution. The revolution culminated in the hostage-taking of US Embassy personal for 444 days. The US and Iran have been estranged since. There are intense negotiations going on between the US and Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Delays notwithstanding, an agreement seems more…
  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Discovery of Earth 2.0 - Weekly News Awards

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    After major discoveries from the New Horizons spacecraft this past week from Pluto. Now It seems we may have a sister planet. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Not Sleeping at the Wheel’ AWARD goes to… The ’Humanitarian’ AWARD goes to… A Special AWARD for Bravery, Loyalty and our Heartfelt Thanks’ goes to… The ‘Kids will be Kids’ AWARD goes to… ’There’s No Place Like Home’ the AWARD goes to… The ’Quote of the Week' AWARD goes to… The ’Extinction of Life' AWARD goes to… …and for the…
  • OUT LOUD NEWS & COMMENT

    18 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Raisin Farmers in California Investigation in to 1969 Moon Landings FIFA Investigation related Amazon informs Congress of intent to deliver with Drones Presidential Race Health Care Crisis Tele-medicine
  • Happiness Comes From....

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ever notice that when a well-known, respected personality has a run of bad luck – the news media will turn on them in an instant! People are attracted to brutal and violent movies and television shows. Reality shows that focus on defeat. A culture of violent video games are feeding young minds. All of these sources feed the negative mindset. Now - Scientists have created a four-step, 10-week program that changes your mindset. Dr Sood led the research for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that help train people’s minds into choosing happiness.
  • Amazon’s Postmodern Experiment - Weekly News Awards

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    They were calling it 'Prime Day’… Consumers were using other descriptive words to explain it! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Mountains of Trash’ AWARD goes to… The ’Olive Branch’ AWARD goes to… The AWARD of ‘Determination & Courage’ goes to… The ’No Comment' AWARD goes to… The ‘Failed Grace’ AWARD goes to… The ’Pay-Back Humanitarian' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Get Loud America!
  • Grande Not So Grand - Weekly News Awards

    11 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Are military cuts weakening America? Licking donuts to flying balloons! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Superiority & Contempt’ AWARD goes to… The ’Dismantling of American Leadership’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Blame Game' AWARD goes to… The ‘Wreaking Havoc on Commerce’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Flag of Consequences' AWARD goes to… The ’Flying High Trip of a Lifetime' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Out Loud America!
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

    Joël Valenzuela
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Ron Paul started a revolution, a mass movement of Americans fed up with politics as usual. That movement survived both of Paul’s recent presidential campaigns, and is alive and stronger than ever in the 2016 election, under the banner of …
  • Death Musings

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Some ask, “What is the meaning of life?” I ask, “What is the meaning of death?” Is it the end of flesh and breath and blood? Or is it the conclusion of spirit? Is death absolute and solid, or a …
  • Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

    Joël Valenzuela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day? No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could …
  • Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
  • The 5,000-Life Question

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the …
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    Citizens News

  • Huffington Post Launches Arabic Edition Headed By Muslim Brotherhood Partners

    Liberty Bell
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia via Huffington Post Launches Arabic Edition Headed By Muslim Brotherhood Partners By gmbwatch A Lebanese news portal is reporting on the Muslim Brotherhood connections of Huffington Post’s new Arabic language edition. The NOW report begins: July 29, 2015 ‘Don’t be shocked if you expect one thing and find something entirely different,’ writes […]The post Huffington Post Launches Arabic Edition Headed By Muslim Brotherhood Partners appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Muhammad Turns Up On A Toilet Wall In Mali

    Liberty Bell
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Written by The Jawa Report The one miracle of Muhammad is to hang out in a bathroom. Um, okaaaay… Locals insist the mark gets up and wanders around the bathroom. I’m just wondering, is it a men’s bathroom, a women’s bathroom, or one of these new fangled anything goes bathrooms? From the BBC: Thousands of […]The post Muhammad Turns Up On A Toilet Wall In Mali appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Remember the CEO who set a $70,000 minimum wage? That didn’t turn out so well.

    Liberty Bell
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell Earlier this year, Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, decided to raise the minimum wage in his company to $ 70,000 a year. It’s not going very well. Price attempted to pay for the new wages—which he extended to every clerk and sales rep on […]The post Remember the CEO who set a $70,000 minimum wage? That didn’t turn out so well. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Tom Cotton Lays Into Hanoi John Kerry Regarding Iran Nuke Sellout

    Liberty Bell
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery At least when the nuclear mushroom clouds start sprouting where our cities used to be, it will be on the record who is responsible — assuming we still have electricity to watch videos like this one of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) raking John Kerry over the coals over his secret agreement with […]The post Tom Cotton Lays Into Hanoi John Kerry Regarding Iran Nuke Sellout appeared first on Citizens News.
  • McArdle (and the Pope) on air conditioning, by Alberto Mingardi

    Liberty Bell
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Written by EconLog Megan McArdle has a most enjoyable piece on air conditioning. It is true that when we Europeans are traveling, sometimes it is more difficult to “adjust” to air conditioning than to the time zone. We have the impression that Americans like their buildings to be chilly in the summer, and comfortably hot […]The post McArdle (and the Pope) on air conditioning, by Alberto Mingardi appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Stephen Harper Makes A Mockery Of Our Democracy - Tell Your Grandma !!!

    leftdog
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is nothing nice about Stephen Harper.  I am sure his mom still speaks well of him, but for the rest of us he is a vile, sneaky, conniving little weasel of a man. His arrogance and petty vindictiveness is stunning in scope. He has achieved the office of Prime Minister of Canada while in possession of utter disgust for most of his fellow Canadians. He does not deserve re-election because he has not served Canadians in any way that has improved the nation and the lives of its citizens during his watch.And yet your own mother or father, perhaps your grandma or grandpa are going to cast…
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomics' Do NOT Work !!!

    leftdog
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
     The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the 1980s. The theory is simple enough: If you concentrate capital (money) at the top of the economic ladder (among the wealthy and corporations), that money will be more productive than it would…
  • How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......

    leftdog
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...May 20, 2013:When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's…
  • How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

    leftdog
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    ... just sayin'
  • "We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

    leftdog
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Canada drops out of top 10 most developed countries listThe United Nations human development index now ranks Canada as 11thCanada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: San Francisco Tackles Public Urination

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    San Francisco might be onto something when it comes to public urination. It’s not just the Tenderloin that carries a waft of homeless and/or strung out eau de toilette, but now San Francisco’s Public Works Department is all over the stench.
  • July Recap: Looking for an Optimistic August

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    July, like June, didn’t do much for fighting our collective apathy. What can we say? Statists stated. Nothing new there.
  • Fall Fashion 2015: German Modesty

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Sounding like something stitched together by the writers of Allo’ Allo’ Martin Thalhammer, the Head Teacher of Wilhelm-Diess-Gymnasium in Pocking, Germany issued a decree that due to the sensibilities of the Syrian refugees in their area, all female students should take extra care to not appear provocative in their school wear.
  • Ace Marries OPI with Clark+Kensington

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    If you, like Michelle Obama, love conducting a remodel, and unlike Michelle do not have $600,000 in taxpayer funds for new curtains and paint, then you might want to check out OPI’s inexpensive new venture.
  • From Iwo Jima to Band of Ballers

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    Under Armour might have thought they had a winning concept tee when put their gray Band of Ballers short-sleeve number on the sleeves, but apparently it’s still too soon to invoke the shores of Iwo Jima.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Security Council Resolution, Building Block for Lifting of Sanctions

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    An interview with Gholamali Khoshroo, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, published at Iranian Diplomacy on July 23, 2015Based on the statement made by Dr. Zarif, “For the first time, the Security Council has recognized the enrichment program of a developing country”. Peaceful use of nuclear energy by Iran is also mentioned in the draft of the proposed resolution. Through this resolution, Iran’s enrichment is no longer considered as an activity which threatens international peace and security and could not be used to impose sanctions against Iran.The adoption of the…
  • The BRICS Grouping Launches Its New Development Bank

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:51 pm
    By Oliver Stuenkel, Post-Western World, July 25, 2015Less than a month after the signing ceremony of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing, another global financial institution was launched 1200 kilometers further South. Based in Shanghai, China's financial hub, the New Development Bank's creation marks a remarkable step in the history of the BRICS grouping. After being a mere investment category between 2001 and 2007 and an informal platform between 2008 and 2014, the launch of the NDB is the beginning of a new era for an unlikely grouping that has been…
  • Crises and Discord Undermining European Project

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    By Nat Parry, Essential Opinion, July 22, 2015The near collapse of the Greek economy and the harsh austerity package forced on Athens by the European Union has led to increasing commentary in recent weeks on what the developments might mean for the “European project” – the one-time seemingly inevitable drive on the European continent for an “ever closer union” based on principles of economic, social and territorial cohesion and solidarity among EU member states.
  • 10 Life Lessons We Learned from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The Times of India, July 27, 2015Former President of India and eminent scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday. Kalam collapsed during a speech at IIM Shillong.Here are some of Kalam’s inspirational sayings through which he will be remembered forever…“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”“My message, especially to young people is to have…
  • The Eurasian Big Bang

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    How China and Russia Are Running Rings Around WashingtonBy Pepe Escobar, TomDispatch.com, July 23, 2015Let’s start with the geopolitical Big Bang you know nothing about, the one that occurred just two weeks ago. Here are its results: from now on, any possible future attack on Iran threatened by the Pentagon (in conjunction with NATO) would essentially be an assault on the planning of an interlocking set of organizations -- the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), the EEU (Eurasian Economic Union), the AIIB (the new…
 
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  • Campaign Website: How to Rank in Google Searches

    ngpvanadmin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Using SEO to Boost Your Campaign Website So, you’ve put together a flashy new campaign website. You’ve written all of the content and made it live. But a couple days later, you discover that your campaign website still isn’t showing up in Google searches, or it’s so far down in the results that it barely registers on the first page. How could this be? Well, making it to the top of Google searches can be a tricky business and there’s no set formula that works for every campaign. We do have a few tips to help you get your website to show up in Google searches.
  • What USPS Mail Form is Right for You?

    ngpvanadmin
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What Mail Form Do You Need to Get Your Direct Mail Out? The USPS can be confusing on many levels. One area where mail lingo gets confusing for people in direct mail is in dealing with the USPS mail forms.
  • My Employee is Leaving—What Now?

    ngpvanadmin
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    How to Act With Class and Style When an Employee Is Leaving When an employee is leaving your business, as the proprietor, there is an instinct to feel rejected and think “I must have done something to make them leave."  When people leave my business, I have these thoughts as well. An employee moving on is never easy, but having good employees ultimately means opportunities will come knocking. With that said, here are a few tips I have used over the years when an employee is about to leave.
  • Campaign Job Descriptions

    ngpvanadmin
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before you start your campaign for office, be sure to hire the right people for the job. But even before that, it’s important you know the campaign job descriptions for all of your staff. Below, you’ll find a complete list of campaign job descriptions that you might find in a race of moderate size.
  • Non-Profit Web Presence

    ngpvanadmin
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Your Non-Profit Web Presence and Learning from Big Think Tanks CAP, Urban Institute, the Economic Policy Institute, and others are well-respected organizations that have a lot of authority with the press and on the web. We can learn a lot from big think tanks when it comes to your non-profit web presence.
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Egypt’s Cardinal Problem In Sinai – OpEd

    Hakim Khatib
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    Terrorism has torn Egypt’s Sinai since 2011 and turned it into a military operations area. Since the group of the “Supporters of the Holy House in Jerusalem” (In Arabic: Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdes) pledged allegiance to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), its terrorist attacks against the Egyptian state have dramatically increased, especially against the … Continue reading Egypt’s Cardinal Problem In Sinai – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Who’s In Favour Of A Middle East Peace Conference? – OpEd

    Neville Teller
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    For nearly fifty years the accepted mantra has been that only direct face-to-face negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can yield a mutually acceptable settlement. That formula has been tested to destruction. It founders on two jagged obstacles. One is the basic Palestinian ethos, consistently promulgated through the media and in the classroom, that the … Continue reading Who’s In Favour Of A Middle East Peace Conference? – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Hindu Group Says Australia Should Be Ashamed Of Racist Abuse Of Footballer Goodes

    Eurasia Review
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Expressing shock, a US-based Hindu group is asking for an immediate end to derogatory slurs and constant racial jeering and abuse of Indigenous Australian Rules footballer star Adam Goodes, which has reportedly caused him to take a leave of absence. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed that anti-racism initiatives … Continue reading Hindu Group Says Australia Should Be Ashamed Of Racist Abuse Of Footballer Goodes To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • India’s Crumbling Judicial System – Analysis

    Observer Research Foundation
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    By Deepak Sinha* One can be forgiven for thinking that we live in Africa, once known as the dark continent – where rape and violence and loot are not only endemic, but are also used as a tool by the politicians. We are inured to not only read horrific cases of rape and violence against … Continue reading India’s Crumbling Judicial System – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • United Arab Emirates: Learning To Pay More For Gasoline – OpEd

    Arab News
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:09 pm
    By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh* The move by the United Arab Emirates to raise the price of gasoline at the pump by 24 percent from Aug. 1 was a brave one and is a sign of the times. Once again the UAE is being a trailblazer among the Gulf countries, realizing that despite our vast reserves of … Continue reading United Arab Emirates: Learning To Pay More For Gasoline – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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  • President Obama in Kenya

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    President Obama made a historic trip to Kenya this week where he visited his fathers homeland for the first time as sitting President.  Not long after touching down in Nairobi, he was taken to a hotel where he met fellow Obamas including his half-sister and step-grandmother. The President was seen smiling at a table between Mama Sarah Obama, whom he calls ‘granny’, and Auma Obama, who was born to his father’s first wife. For the president, the mission to encourage growth in Africa is a personal one, he said while speaking at a business summit in Kenya designed to help…
  • Daddy Daughter Weekend NYC

    Barack loves Michelle
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    President Barack Obama is enjoying a father-daughter weekend in New York with Sasha, Malia (who has an internship for the hit TV show, ‘Girls” and some of their friends. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was “looking forward to a rare opportunity he’ll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York.” The President’s sister Maya and her husband also joined the family while in NYC. According to reports, the trip to Daddy Daughter weekend was President Obama’s idea as he’s talked about how the girls…
  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The daughters of Barack Obama have been in the public eye their entire lives, but nothing can compare to the pressure they must feel as children of the President of the United States. It’s been four years since the historic election of President Obama, in that time we have watched Malia go from a young 10 year old girl to a now 17 year old young lady entering that “coming of age” phase in her life. The First Lady has said in the past that their girls understand that when in front of the media, they are to be “seen and not heard” – so we can only imagine and…
  • First Lady Covers More Magazine & Europe

    Barack loves Michelle
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A little over a year ago, we started tossing around ideas about how we could collaborate with Mrs. Obama. At the time, having her serve as the first-ever guest editor of More seemed like a crazy dream, but it was at the top of my list. We knew that partnering on an issue would be a lot of work—I’m not sure the White House understood exactly how much!—but we were thrilled when they said yes. This is truly the First Lady’s issue. From the beginning, she said she didn’t want the whole magazine to be about her. It was hard to take off my editor’s hat and not focus all of my attention…
  • First Lady King College Prep High School Commencement

    Barack loves Michelle
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional commencement address to the graduating class of King College Prep High School in Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year old young lady who was shot dead in 2013 was also a student at King College Prep High School, she would have been a graduating senior this year. The school won a contest promoting student applications for financial aid and according to reports all 177 of the schools graduating seniors have been accepted to college. See the full video of First Lady’s speech below. MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.)…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Teenager stabbed during Jerusalem Pride march dies

    Michael K. Lavers
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed during a Jerusalem Pride march last week, succumbed to her injuries on Aug. 2, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Jerusalem Open House)A 16-year-old teenager who was stabbed during a Jerusalem Pride march last week has died. The Jerusalem Post reported officials at a local hospital announced that Shira Banki passed away on Sunday afternoon. The newspaper said Banki’s family has agreed to donate her organs. Banki died three days after Yishai Shlissel allegedly stabbed her and five others with a butcher’s knife as they were taking part in a march that…
  • RNC set to vote on anti-gay resolutions at summer meeting

    Chris Johnson
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    Dave Agema is proposing an anti-gay resolution for the RNC. (Photo pubic domain)In the same week Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to slug it out in their first official debate, the Republican National Committee is set to vote during its summer meeting on resolutions against same-sex marriage and in favor of anti-gay sex education in schools, the Washington Blade has learned. The Blade obtained text of two proposed anti-gay resolutions and a third relatively pro-gay counter-proposal on the table for discussion during the upcoming meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. If the RNC were to…
  • Gambian men charged under anti-gay law acquitted

    Michael K. Lavers
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:26 pm
    A Gambian court on July 30, 2015, acquitted three men who had faced charges of “aggravated homosexuality.”A Gambian court on Thursday acquitted three men who had been charged under the country’s law against “aggravated homosexuality.” Fatou Camara, a journalist and President Yahya Jammeh’s former press secretary who fled to the U.S. in 2013 after Gambian authorities accused her of seeking to undermine the government, broke the news on her Twitter page. She told the Washington Blade that the three men who were held at a maximum-security prison in the Gambian capital of…
  • Mayor of Jamaican capital to speak at Pride event

    Michael K. Lavers
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Kingston, Jamaica, Mayor Angela Brown Burke, center, with J-FLAG Executive Director Dane Lewis, right, and Kate Spring of UNAIDS during a human rights forum earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of J-FLAG)The mayor of the Jamaican capital on Friday said she has “a responsibility” to represent all of her city’s residents, including those who are LGBT. “I come from the point of view that I, as mayor, have a responsibility to all the individuals of Kingston,” Angela Brown-Burke told the Washington Blade during a telephone interview. Brown-Burke, who is also a member of the Jamaican…
  • Slashing of gay Hill staffer likely not a hate crime

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Ben Fishel was slashed by an unknown assailant on July 19. (Photo courtesy of Fishel) Gay congressional staffer Ben Fishel says he has no reason to believe the unidentified man who grabbed him by the neck from behind in a choke hold and then slashed his face about 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 19, targeted him because he’s gay. But the attack that unfolded on the front steps of Fishel’s condo building in the 2100 block of 11th Street, N.W., after he had just walked home from the nearby Town gay nightclub, has become a mystery to D.C. police and people who learned about the incident from reports…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • After Cecil, Walter Palmer Wanted to Kill an Elephant

    Nina
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    The more we learn about the bloodthirsty dentist Walter Palmer, the less there is to like. According to The Telegraph, Cecil was just one in a string of exotic animal shootings. Next on Palmer’s agenda? An elephant. But thankfully for these gentle animals, he couldn’t find one large enough to fit his ego. Palmer reportedly asked his guide, professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst, to find him an elephant that had tusks weighing at least 63 pounds each. That’s a “very large elephant,” Bronkhorst said. But Bronkhorst couldn’t find an elephant of that…
  • Watch: A Baby Elephant Meets a Flock of Swallows, and Wants to Fly, Too

    Nina
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Here’s your daily dose of adorable. In this video, a baby elephant is surrounded by a flock of low-flying swallows, and seems to want to join in the aerial fun. Maybe if he flaps his ears hard enough… The post Watch: A Baby Elephant Meets a Flock of Swallows, and Wants to Fly, Too appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Federal Prisons Will Now Recognize Humanism as A Religion

    Newsedge
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Steven Dubois, Associated Press Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in a deity. The federal Bureau of Prisons agreed in the settlement of a lawsuit to add a section on humanism to its manual on inmate beliefs and practices. Officials in the prison system will also consider requests from humanist inmates for access to study materials, observance of holy days, and time and space for religious activities. Inmate Jason Michael Holden and the American Humanist Association filed the lawsuit…
  • Ted Cruz Willing to Shut Down Government Again to Rob Planned Parenthood of Funding

    Newsedge
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    United Press International Senate Republicans are turning up the heat on Planned Parenthood — taking a step Wednesday that could lead to the group losing its federal funding — as controversy continues over newly released undercover videos that include group personnel discussing fetuses. The Senate scheduled a vote for Monday on whether the longtime pro-abortion group should lose the millions in federal fiscal support it has received for decades. Republicans and even some Democrats have criticized the videos, and conservative Sen. Ted Cruz suggested Planned Parenthood should be…
  • 600 Baby Sea Turtles Beat the Odds at Life, Thanks to Coast Guard Rescue

    Newsedge
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Associated Press It was a turtle emancipation. Over 600 baby sea turtles got a second chance at life Monday when they were released into the ocean off of Boca Raton by Ft. Lauderdale Coast Guard and local nature center officials. With the odds against them — only about 1 in 1,000 sea turtles survive to adulthood — the hatchlings had missed their instinctual dash to the ocean and had been collected after routine beach nest inspections by the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Stored in several plastic bins and cramped on top of each other as when they first hatch, the tiny turtles…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Urban Resurgence Is A Double-Edged Sword For Democrats

    David Wasserman
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    For the first time in the post-World War II era, cities are growing at about the same rate as their suburbs, which for decades grew at a much faster clip. That’s good news for Democrats (especially Hillary Clinton) nationally: Their party’s recent Electoral College victories have been fueled by huge vote margins in urban cores.But presidential success may come at the expense of Democratic candidates at the congressional and state legislative levels: The increased clustering of Democratic votes in central cities has diminished the party’s fortunes in the large swath of…
  • How The NYPD Abused Citizens In The Name Of Data, And How One Cop Exposed It

    FiveThirtyEight
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Exposing police misconduct can be risky, even for a cop.“Crime By The Numbers,” a short documentary directed by Don Argott for FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ Signals series, tells the story of Adrian Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft, as a New York Police Department officer, blew the whistle on the NYPD’s abuse and misuse of CompStat, a system to track crime trends in New York City.But in trying to fix the injustices of New York’s policing system, Schoolcraft experienced that injustice personally.
  • John Kasich: A Jeb Bush In Jon Huntsman Clothing

    Harry Enten
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    It reads like a dream résumé for a Republican presidential candidate: nine-term congressman, six-year Fox News host and now twice-elected governor of a crucial swing state. His record puts him snugly in the mainstream of the Republican Party. Oh, and he won re-election as governor in 2014 by 31 percentage points.And yet, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who officially kicks off his campaign today, is currently in 12th place in national primary polls with a net favorability rating of just +3 percentage points, according to the latest Monmouth University survey. Kasich’s problem: Voters who have an…
  • Donald Trump Is The World’s Greatest Troll

    Nate Silver
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    “A troll,” according to one definition, “is a person who sows discord … by starting arguments or upsetting people … with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”The goal of the troll is to provoke a reaction by any means necessary. Trolls thrive in communities that are open and democratic (they wouldn’t be invited into a discussion otherwise) and which operate in presumed good faith (there need to be some standards of decorum to offend). Presidential nomination contests are highly…
  • The Bernie Sanders Surge Is About Bernie, Not Hillary

    Nate Silver
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    “The recent rise of Bernie Sanders,” wrote Vox’s Jonathan Allen last week, “points as much to [Hillary] Clinton’s vulnerability as Sanders’s strength.” Allen went on to argue that Joe Biden should run for president. “The Sanders surge shows that Democratic activists want an alternative to Clinton,” he explained.We’ve seen this idea before. For at least a year, journalists have been urging, sometimes almost begging, Biden to enter the race. The more elaborate versions of the idea liken the 2016 campaign to 1968, a year in which the incumbent president, Lyndon B. Johnson,…
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    kai arzheimer

  • The Assets of Lucke’s New Alfa Party

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Athos fotografias A mere two weeks after being sacked as the AfD’s supreme leader, Bernd Lucke is back as presumably undisputed chair of the new “Alfa” (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch ~ Alliance for Progress and a New Beginning) party. Apparently, he already envisions a resounding success in the 2017 election and a possible role for Alfa/himself in a new centre right coalition. Taking a more short-term view, what are Alfa’s assets? During the first week after the Essen conference, about 10 per cent of the AfD’s 22,000 members have left the party. Let’s assume that…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    BBC News: Varoufakis ‘taped confidential EU meeting’ Interesting, but a wee bit pricey: “France and Fascism” monograph RT @BarnabyEdwards: Mum… Dad… I can’t keep it secret any longer: I’m Chinese. The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Public Radio International has an interesting segment on Greek migrants living in Germany. I’m quoted on German public opinion towards Greece & Greeks. The post Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Aljazeera America did some digging and found support for Syriza amongst members of Germany’s LEFT party. I provide some perspective on the LEFT, and on Germany.   Photo by Abode of Chaos The post Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • What the Upcoming AfD Conference is About

    Kai Arzheimer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In my recent article on the Alternative für Deutschland party, I stress the fact that the AfD is built on an alliance of assorted right-wingers. With no upcoming election campaigns in sight, things have come to a head over the last months, and the various factions have set up Photo by pilot_micha within the party. The fault lines run mostly along the lines of state-level parties, with the Eastern parties and Hesse taking the most clearly xenophobic/immigration sceptic positions, Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein subscribing to Lucke’s “liberal” line, and the very large NRW…
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    Conservative Read

  • Gun Used in Terror Attack on Mohammed Cartoon Contest Sold Through Operation Fast and Furious

    chris
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Katie Pavlich,   On May 4, 2015 Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson drove from Phoenix to Garland, Texas to carry out a terror attack against conservatives hosting a Mohammed cartoon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Judge Who Blocked Planned Parenthood Videos Is Obama Appointee And Raised $230,000 For Obama

    chris
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    The Federalist | Mollie Hemingway A Federal Judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trump To Aide Accused of Racist Posts: ‘You’re Fired’

    chris
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Donald Trump fired a political aide Sunday over alleged racist Facebook postings, a sign that the new Republican presidential front-runner is working to add a professional patina to his campaign. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris

    chris
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Malaysian officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Report Confirms Findings of Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi

    chris
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    Roger Aronoff, Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) member Clare Lopez believes that in 2011 Hillary Clinton’s State Department was orchestrating its own gun running operation to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-31, Friday

    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, July 31 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into a study confirming what we've been telling you for years: cell phones can cause cancer. The meta-study reveals that holding a phone up to your head for several minutes a day can drastically increase the risk of brain tumors. We'll also discuss the numerous gruesome ways a baby is aborted with knives, chemicals and forceps. Alex also reports live from Spain to reveal just how totalitarian the country is, and how it can happen here in the U.S. You don't want to miss today's show.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-30, Thursday

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, July 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the ongoing war against American culture as the University of New Hampshire attempts to encourage censorious codes of political correctness on campus and activist journalists responsible for exposing the tissue and organ harvesting activity of Planned Parenthood announce they have nine more videos ready to release. We also cover an MTV documentary encouraging white guilt, the failure of immigration laws to protect Americans, a move by the United Nations to clamp down on private schools, and a sick “contest” by Los Angeles…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-29, Wednesday

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, July 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the media works liberals into a frenzy over the death of a lion in Zimbabwe, while outrage over Planned Parenthood's reported sale of aborted fetal tissue is still relatively tepid. Also, New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie vows to perpetuate the failed war on drugs, and stay tuned for a special classic report from the Infowars vault. On today's show, we'll check in with radio host and authorSteve Quayle discusses the fallout over the Planned Parenthood sting videos and the overarching eugenics…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-28, Tuesday

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, July 28 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we continue our coverage of the imploding economies in both Europe and the U.S. Alex is reporting live from London to explain how the the global elite are using the Eurozone crisis to establish a "regional government" to eradicate the national sovereignty of nations. Paul Joseph Watson also breaks down how this economic meltdown will affect America. And pro-life activist Abby Johnson explains how you can take part in the #WomanBetrayed rallies being held in 50 cities to protest Planned Parenthood for harvesting aborted baby organs. You…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-27, Monday

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, July 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex reports from England on the globalist takeover of Europe. Also on today’s worldwide broadcast we report on the willingness of liberals to sign a petition to impose a “male privilege” tax, the persecution of Christians around the world as religious hatred intensifies, Ron Paul’s warning about internment camps following a statement by Retired General Wesley Clark about “disloyal” Americans, and the fall of the stock market as the Dow plunges 500 points and economists warn the decline is a preview of things to come.
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    Vox - All

  • It's shockingly easy to exploit legal immigrant workers

    Dara Lind
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    In the eyes of the US government, most of the people who come from other countries to work in the United States aren't actually immigrants at all. "Immigrant" refers to someone who's intending to settle in the United States permanently, and is free to work wherever he or she wants. Most people who come to the US through their employers, on the other hand, are on "nonimmigrant visas" — they're tied to a single employer for a certain amount of time. If that employer refuses to renew the visa, or sponsor them for permanent residency, they're gone. That's a tremendous amount of power. It's not…
  • Read Buzz Aldrin’s hilarious travel request form to the moon

    Margarita Noriega
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    In 1969, Buzz Aldrin became the second person to walk on the moon. Aldrin was not, however, the second person to fill out boring paperwork. We may never know who holds that humble accolade, but now we know that everyone has to do it, even humanity's greatest explorers. The retired astronaut had to document the type of vehicle he used between the moon and Cape Kennedy, Florida: a "government spacecraft." #TBT My mission director @Buzzs_xtina's favorite piece of my memorabilia. My travel voucher to the moon. #Apollo11 Posted by Buzz Aldrin on Thursday, July 30, 2015 Here's a closer shot of…
  • What Halt and Catch Fire understands about men and women that few other shows do

    Todd VanDerWerff
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    In the middle of "Working for the Clampdown," the seventh episode of AMC 1980s tech drama Halt and Catch Fire's stellar second season, wünderkind programmer Cameron (Mackenzie Davis) is told she makes too many of her decisions for her fledgling online gaming company, Mutiny, based on her emotions. She's not seeing clearly, nor logically enough, and she's ignoring the greater good of her employees, based on a personal vendetta against ex-boyfriend Joe (Lee Pace), who wants to acquire Mutiny. Related Why Halt and Catch Fire's second season is perfect summer TV What no one in the show seems to…
  • This was inevitable: an animal psychic relays Cecil the lion's final message for humanity

    Max Fisher
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    The internet firestorm over Cecil the lion has culminated in its perfect and inevitable climax: an animal psychic, in an astoundingly popular Facebook post, has relayed Cecil's final message for humanity. And that message is this: "Raise your vibrations and allow this energy to move us forward." Yes, even the animal psychic who says she communicated with Cecil from beyond the grave thinks that the reaction to Cecil's death has become tiresome and counterproductive. "What happened does not need to be discussed as it is what it is," Cecil told animal psychic Karen Anderson,…
  • In which language do you Google? Tracking 135 languages in 9 cities since 2004

    Margarita Noriega
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Something as simple as tracking Google searches can reveal the rise and fall of the world's many languages, as this new Google Trends interactive reveals. The interactive includes data since 2004 in nine cities: Berlin, Delhi, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Toronto. There are a couple of things to consider when looking at this data. First, the interactive does not use a list of the most populous cities in the world — that would need to include Tokyo, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Beijing, and this isn't even a complete list of urban hubs with more than 10 million…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Destruction of World Moral Values

    Doug Casey
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Recently, high-ranking officials at FIFA, the world’s governing soccer (aka “football”) body, were charged with corruption and fraud. The US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is deeply involved in the case. Doug Casey weighs in on the real scandal… the one you’re not reading in mass media. The truth be known, I really don’t give a damn about soccer. Nor do most Americans. Indeed, until recently, all that most Americans knew about “football” was that Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey, to display a great physique, after she scored the winning goal for the US in the…
  • MH-17 Shootdown After One Year

    No Author
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The US still claims Russia bears some or all of the responsibility for the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 last July, however the Obama Administration still has not released any information to back its claims. Yesterday a resolution to set up a UN tribunal to investigate the crash was vetoed by Russia, which prompted the US to again suggest that Russia was behind the attack. What do we know and what should we know now that a whole year has passed since the tragedy? The Liberty Report discusses the issue with former CIA officer Phil Giraldi:
  • The Currency Cage Match

    Peter Schiff
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    While the world can count dozens of important currencies, when it comes to top line financial and investment discussions, the currency marketplace really comes down to a one-on-one cage match between the two top contenders: the U.S. Dollar and the Euro. In recent years the contest has become a blowout, with the Dollar pummeling the Euro into apparent submission. Based on the turmoil created by the European Debt Crisis and the continuing problems in Greece and other overly indebted southern tier European economies, many investors may have come to assume that Euro boosters will be forced to…
  • Forget Usain Bolt

    Simon Black
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    July 30, 2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Usain Bolt has got nothing on Leonidas of Rhodos. Born nearly 2,000 years ago, Leonidas holds the record as the greatest sprinter of all time, winning more Olympic titles than anyone else in human history. At four straight Olympic games, Leonidas dominated all three sprinting events– the Stadion (roughly 200 meters), Diaulos (roughly 400 meters), and the bizarre Hoplitodromos– a 400 meter dash carrying 50 pounds of military gear. Bear in mind that he competed at a time when there was only a prize for first place. Second place was first loser. (And they…
  • Creative Destructionism

    Charles Hugh Smith
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    When do we get to exercise democracy and fire every factotum, apparatchik, toady and lackey in the state who has abused his/her authority? Everyone lauds “creative destruction” when it shreds monopolies and disrupts private enterprise “business as usual.” If thousands lose their middle-class livelihoods– hey, that’s the price of progress. Improvements in productivity and efficiency can’t be stopped, and those employed making buggy whips and collecting horse manure from fetid streets will have to move on to other employment. This raises an obvious…
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    Gaura Rader

  • Why not Kill All Sharks?

    Gaura
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In honor of shark week 2015 I suggest that we actively pursue eradicating sharks from the face of the Earth. Okay, well maybe that’s hyperbole but I think the question of whether we ought to or not raises some interesting questions. The first thing that strikes me is that I really wouldn’t mind it if there were no more sharks. Especially after the recent spate of shark attacks in North Carolina. I don’t feel the same way about lions and tigers but I literally have no emotional response that would make me want to preserve their existence. If I could push a button and…
  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Arc of History Continues to Bend Towards Justice

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    With the Supreme Court’s five-to-four ruling today in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states the fight for marriage equality is now over. Justice has prevailed. And in an even more rapid and stunning reversal confederate flag will no longer be flown on state or federal property. In the wake of these stunning developments I think it is so important that we take time honor the activists that have worked for years, and in many cases decades, on these issues. And also to remember the victims of hatred, intolerance, and violence. It seems unlikely that we would have seen the…
  • Should the Confederate Flag be Banned?

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Take down the flag. Take it down now,” writes Ta Nehisi Coates, referring to the fact that the confederate flag flies in the state capital Charleston South Carolina. And since those initial days after the recent mass murder in Charleston there has been a sea change in American public opinion and political calculation. Republicans across the South are passing bills to remove the confederate flag from state property. This is an incredible victory for African Americans, for the civil rights and social justice movements, and for humanity. Now, that we’ve accomplished removing the…
  • Hillary Thinks Money is More Real than People

    Gaura
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    In this video I talk a bit about an exchange Sanders and Clinton had many years ago in which he tried to convince her that a single payer healthcare system was the way to go. She said it would be impossible because of the money that the healthcare industry would use to fight against a single payer system. Sanders suggested that Bill travel around the country to rally support for a single payer system. And her response was “Tell me something real.” You can read about that exchange and more on their relationship here.
  • Basic Income and Possibilities for the Radical Transformation of Humanity

    Gaura
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:13 pm
    As I was watching a video of a dog and dear who are best friends I got to wondering about why it was that the dog had absolutely no interest in eating the helpless little fawn that would certainly be a delicious treat for the dog. There are various factors at work that make the situation possible. Dogs have been bred to be less violent over many thousands of generations since humans first domesticated wolves. But there is also the not insignificant fact that the above dog has probably never had to kill to eat. He may never have even killed in his entire life! He has also probably never even…
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    Pension360

  • New Jersey Supreme Court Will Hear Frozen COLA Case

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Did New Jersey act illegally when it froze cost-of-living adjustments as part of a 2011 pension overhaul? The state’s high court will soon decide — it was announced on Thursday that the state Supreme Court will hear the lawsuit, brought by retirees, that challenges the legality of the frozen COLAs. The central question is whether cost-of-living adjustments are part of public workers’ contractual rights; a lower court in 2012 said no, but an appeals court later said yes. More from NJ.com: The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the state violated hundreds of…
  • Pension Pulse: The Changing Landscape of Private Equity

    Leo Kolivakis
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Devin Banerjee of Bloomberg reports, Rubenstein Says Private Equity’s Fees, Investors Have Changed: The private equity industry has changed the most in decades as its investor base evolves and clients demand more fee concessions, Carlyle Group LP’s David Rubenstein said. “The industry has changed more in the four or five years since the crisis than in the previous 45 years,” Rubenstein, Carlyle’s co-founder and co-chief executive officer,…
  • Top NJ Lawmaker Proposes Restructuring Pension Debt With Federal Loan Program

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney on Wednesday took another stab at paying down the state’s pension debt: he proposed restructuring the state’s pension debt by creating a federal loan program. Democratic lawmakers in recent months have come out with a laundry list of different pension proposals; they are trying to offer countermeasures to Chris Christie’s plan, which involves cutting benefits. More from NJ.com: The government aid program — which Sweeney stressed would not be a bailout — would allow financially strapped New Jersey to shed its $50 billion unfunded liability…
  • Pension Pulse: California Dreamin’?

    Leo Kolivakis
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee reports, California pension funds saw $100 billion gain in 2013-14: California’s state and local government pension systems saw their assets climb by more than $100 billion during the 2013-14 fiscal year, outpacing the national trend by several percentage points, according to a new Census Bureau report. Although payouts from the systems to retirees rose by $3 billion, additional contributions from government…
  • Pension Overhaul Gets On Phoenix Ballot For Third Straight Year

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    On August 22-25, Phoenix voters will get a chance to approve or throw out a ballot measure that would overhaul the city’s pension system. Residents are getting used to this routine: it’s the third consecutive year a major pension reform proposal has been on the ballot. The measure, Prop. 103, would funnel new, highly paid hires into a defined contribution/hybrid system and cut them off from the current defined benefit system. More from the Arizona Republic: Phoenix voters may be discouraged over how annual pension payments are squeezing out city services. Some worry that the pension fund…
 
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    Message President

  • I need your help! Hundreds of AIDS patients need your help!

    2 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Dear President Obama: I recently sent you an invitation to attend our fundraiser on August 29th. My letter also included a plea for funding the event. Someone in your office called to let me know you were unable to attend, but no mention was made of my request for funding. This event is to benefit our Circle of Life AIDS Food Pantry. Its success will make or break our organization (Amigos Sin Barreras/Friends Without Barriers----www.amigosonline.org.. On our website, you will see that Congress assessed all the food pantries in California, and found that Amigos was one of the top three…
  • 1 Millon dollar funding forEntrepreneurship from the pearl of Africa Uganda to Global Village via ht

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:27 am
    Your Excellency Sir, Recently your visited Nairobi Kenya in the hood on Global Entrepreneurship Summit. I endeavored to attend yet couldn't talk to you as a matter of very tight security round your excellency.You announced 1 Billion dollar to benefit the youth, women and innovation, yet Uganda, my country was not among the beneficiaries. The innovation via http://www.marketdue.com is detailed in the catalog. The purpose of this massage is to request for 1 Million US dollar from you to invest in software, hardware, and equipment. Prof. Maxwell Adriko, PhD (Information Systems & Technology)…
  • Printing 2016 Campaign Promotional Materials

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    Your Excellency Sir, I & My company Maxwellian International Limited would like to interest you in printing campaign posters,fliers, caps, banners and online promotional campaigns via www.marketdue.com, Skype, whats-up, desk top publishing via personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as: All Computers connected to the internet, phones, direct mail, facsimile (Webcasting) globally. The massage could be: "Vote Kaguta Museveni Yoweri for president 2016 - 2021" prosperity for all. Also, to reprint the Food and Agriculture in Uganda Information Hand Book 30,000 copies for free…
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    2 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    Hey oboma you don't go around it, you don't circumvent it, and you don't try to change the Constitution. You Protect it. This is what you swore to do on your inauguration.
  • Dear Mr. President

    2 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    I am truly an advocate against sport hunting. What happened to Cecil and his brother recently are beyond words. The guides should be on charges, the hunters, and even the preserve as they are not protecting the animals. I realize this is not a priority, however, I wish you could help. Do not allow Cecil and his brother back into the US unless they are properly buried at the Smithsonian Zoo. They should not have their heads hanging on anyone's den wall. They should be respected. They were the kings of the Jungle. Most majestic animals on the planet. Short of the African Elephant.Yes, I know…
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    The Vision Times » World

  • ‘Educational Poster’ Gets People (Sorta) Talking About Race in Thailand

    James Burke
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Hmmmm. Racism. Tricky thing to cover. But it’s big thing, at least in the West where it is now pretty doctrinally loaded these days—i.e., political correctness. One thing about Thailand, there’s no such thing as P.C. here. That can be seen as good or bad depending on your standpoint. As opposed to P.C., Thais have their own codes on how to live and view the world. Both good and bad, again depending on your own world views. But according to the 2007 World Values Survey, 28 per cent of Thai respondents said that they would not like to people of another race as next door neighbors.
  • Criminals Beware! Lt. Clay Higgins is the Real Deal, and He’s Gone Viral

    James Burke
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    If I had to choose any man to be my local police officer, it would be Lt. Clay Higgins. I can only say that the people of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, are lucky to have him as one of their local law enforcement officers. He’s like something out of a John Wayne film, but better. The 54-year-old is the real deal, and as you can tell by the above video, he has an old school way with words. Lt. Higgins also served as a SWAT officer for 11 years. His weekly Crime Stoppers segments on ABC affiliate KATC have quite a following where he calls out criminals wanted for local crimes, such as…
  • Are These the Safest Countries to Be in If World War 3 Breaks Out?

    James Burke
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    This is probably something you don’t ponder on much, but if World War 3 was to break out, where would you feel safe? Or for that matter, how safe would you be in your home country if things got nuclear? The above video offers a list of 10 countries that they think would have a good chance of surviving an apocalyptic nuclear war. While this is not the most cheery of subjects, if you currently live in any of those places listed, I rate you already as being pretty lucky—war or no war. Fiji, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland. They’re pretty special places to live in. I don’t think the…
  • Ai Weiwei Denied 6-Month U.K. Visa While China’s President Xi Jinping Visits

    Troy Oakes
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been refused a 6-month visa by the British government, which claims that he had lied on his visa application form.  Ai has posted the letter he received from the visa section of the British embassy in Beijing on Instagram, with it stating that his entry into the U.K. has been restricted because he had failed to declare his “criminal conviction.” Ai was detained in China for 81 days back in 2011, but he was held without charge and was never convicted of a crime in China. The artist was however granted a 20-day visa to attend the opening of his London…
  • War or Diplomacy? Morgan Freeman and Jack Black Support Obama’s Iran Deal

    James Burke
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    For a moment, I thought the above video was a mere parody on world politics. With Hollywood actors Jack Black, Morgan Freeman, Iranian-American Farshad Farahat, and Natasha Lyonne hamming it up, it begins like something from Saturday Night Live until it gets serious. That’s when Queen Noor Al Hussein of Jordan, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and once C.I.A operative Valerie Plame Wilson join in. Then it becomes about why they think President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is the way forward. Reached early July, the agreement seeks to prevent Iran from building a…
 
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    The National Memo

  • Jon Stewart Started Small, Became Voice Of A Generation

    Neal Justin
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    By Neal Justin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) It’s not easy to startle Jon Stewart, but it happened one evening shortly after he had finished taping his program in front of a New York audience. “Are you serious with all these questions about talk shows?” said Stewart while tossing a baseball in the air and chain-smoking Camels in an office whose decor appeared to be inspired by Frat Boy magazine. “People don’t usually ask me about these kind of things.” These days, anyone would ask Stewart how he became the most award-winning, influential political…
  • Firefighter Dies Battling Northern California Wildfire

    Joseph Serna
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times (TNS) California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Friday for Northern California counties hit by wildfires, and officials announced that a U.S. Forest Service firefighter had died on the front lines in Modoc County. David Ruhl, a South Dakota firefighter who had been working in California for several weeks, died Thursday while fighting the Frog fire, according to a statement on InciWeb. Few details were immediately provided, but the statement said Ruhl’s body was found by search and rescue personnel. “This loss of life is tragic and…
  • Big Banks Paid Hillary Clinton Nearly $1.6 Million To Speak In 2013

    Greg Gordon
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    By Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton earned nearly $10 million in speaking fees in 2013, including almost $1.6 million from major Wall Street banks, she disclosed Friday as she released eight years of personal income tax returns. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, collected $13.2 million in speaking fees that year, the only year for which the couple had not previously disclosed their income from the talk circuit since leaving the White House. That included a $700,000 fee from Amway to the former president for a speech in Japan.
  • Million-Dollar Donations Fuel Super PACs’ New Dominance

    Tim Higgins
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    By Tim Higgins, Bloomberg News (TNS) Nearly 60 people have already donated at least $1 million each to independent political committees supporting Democratic and Republican presidential candidates in what promises to be the most expensive election ever. Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of this year, according to filings with the U.S. Federal Election Commission. That amount far exceeds what was raised during the comparable period before the 2012 election and is fast approaching the $374 million spent by super PACs on the presidential…
  • Trump: Documentary The Donald Suppressed, Free At Last

    David Cay Johnston
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    A documentary that Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, killed 25 years ago with threats of litigation is now available for all to view on the Internet. Trump: What’s The Deal paints a powerful and disturbing picture of a financial Dorian Gray whose public image bears little resemblance to his conduct away from the cameras, including hiring actors for $50 each to applaud at his campaign announcement. In public, Trump presents himself as a businessman so skilled his deals are an art form. The 80-minute documentary peels back this façade. Hidden from public view, the documentary shows…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Artificial Empathy

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Under each leaf hiding away from the light camouflaged caterpillars chew. In silhouette a guileless face against a bland background radiates unctuous urbanity. Pretensions of honesty and fake bonhomie by predatory politicians with minds designed to lie. A concert for the deaf enigmatic ethics shotgun blasts to the head and each one a suicide.Filed under: […]
  • Ghoul Days

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Beckoned by a phobia fear appears inside the mind where images of trampled earth mix with melancholy in a playground filled with children. Life shies away from myths of eternity and bliss distracted by thoughts that float away careless of ambiguity before they decay compromised by lies in alcoves where alibis hide. The avenue to […]
  • Dealing with Demons

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Thoughts escape as silent echoes of wistful yearnings that ebb and flow pause then slip back again fretful and forgetful. Waves grow with the wind currents change and passions incandescence begins to fade a fragile love that failed to last and passed with the coolness of a kiss. The glittering strobe mouths open and close […]
  • Flashbacks

    Ken W. Simpson
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    I remember the fear and the cold inside an old annex at a guesthouse with a long corridor made of wood. I hoped to ride a horse while we walked down a track bordered by tall eucalypts to a shop made of logs. At a golf house Mrs Renee Sullivan screamed with laughter and talked […]
  • Digital Lives

    Ken W. Simpson
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    A bird sings in the tranquillity of a moment as the sun rises over canned compliments alienation scrambled egos and lonely words. Deliriously domesticated ordinary people collectively deluded and programmed by propaganda and the dirty tricks of politics. Ideas sprout like mushrooms after rain and fade like echoes that merge as thoughts or memories before […]
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    Political Wire

  • Kasich Makes Quick Rise in Polls

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    “It could have been embarrassing: The sitting governor of Ohio left off the primetime Fox News debate stage in his home state because of low poll numbers,” The Hill reports. “But in the two weeks since he launched his presidential campaign, John Kasich has bypassed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republicans who have been in the race longer.”
  • Walker Still Not Sure Obama Is Christian

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker still isn’t sure President Obama is Christian, Time reports. Said Walker: “I don’t know. I presume he is.” He added: “You’re not going to get a different answer than I said before. As someone who is a believer myself, I don’t presume to know someone’s beliefs about whether they follow Christ or not unless I’ve actually talked with him.”
  • RNC Set to Vote on Anti-Gay Resolutions

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    “In the same week Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to slug it out in their first official debate, the Republican National Committee is set to vote during its summer meeting on resolutions against same-sex marriage and in favor of anti-gay sex education in schools,” the Washington Blade reports.
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:41 pm
    “Let’s all take a deep breath. You know, four years ago, Herman Cain was winning right now. Eight years ago, Rudy Giuliani was winning right now.” — Gov. Chris Christie, in an interview on CNN.
  • Trump Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “If I’m treated fairly … and don’t win, but if I’m treated fairly by the Republican Party, I would have no interest in doing that. If I’m not treated fairly by the Republican Party, I very well might consider that.” — Donald Trump, on This Week, on whether he would run for president as an independent.
 
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    OpedSpace

  • A Journey Into The Central African Republic (PHOTO ESSAY)

    William Clowes, UK
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    Arguably the most striking aspect about the violence that the Central African Republic has witnessed in recent years is the extraordinary levels of demographic upheaval. The bloodletting which stretched from late 2012 to early 2015 has led to the displacement, both within the CAR and beyond its borders, of almost 1 million Central Africans. The population of the country is only about 4.5 million! These Central Africans have been the victims of a conflict which unfurled in several stages. First, in December 2012, a mainly Muslim alliance of rebel groups – the Seleka – ripped through the…
  • Central African Republic: What We Can Learn From Civil War

    William Clowes, UK
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    A reporter with a license to report should probably do some reporting. After only six weeks, I didn’t yet feel equipped to take on Kinshasa, a pretty unfathomable metropolis of more than 10 million. The political complexity, the mix of Machiavellianism and crude oppression, the relationship between the restless streets and the seats of power were still way beyond my grasp. I needed something unsubtle, something more event-driven, something where the sides were more clear-cut, something fewer rivals had already covered. The answer I came up with was the war in the Central African Republic…
  • Why California’s New Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt/USA
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    On Saturday June 13, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, following the success of similar legislation in San Francisco and Seattle. Few people seriously dispute the principle that those who choose to work (as opposed to simply collecting benefits) should be rewarded by earning wages that afford them a minimally decent life. However, an increase to $15 an hour over just a few years is a radical move that will irreversibly hurt small and medium-size businesses and result in perverse incentives for…
  • A Case for ‘Europe’

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    Today we stand on the precipice of a European implosion. A popular referendum on July 5th may determine if Greece will leave the monetary union, and perhaps, according to its Central Bank, also the EU. A Syriza look-a-like party, Podemos, has captured the hearts of voters in Spain and now rules its two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Britain’s Tory party, bowing to its rightist fringe, threatens a “Brexit.” Anti-immigrant, far right parties are winning elections from Denmark to France to Italy. In the face of these twin populist insurgencies of the far-left and the far-right…
  • Why Removing The Confederate Flag Is Not Enough

    Sebastian Johnson, US
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    “Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding clouds, pregnant with the force of an awful history, a terrible miasma. Each name, each place a peal of sorrowful thunder. And last week, another muzzle’s flash and a hail of bullets. Nine dead at Bible study. Nine empty seats at dining room tables. The vacant spot in a pew; the silent desk in the well of the state senate; the stolen dreams of a community, carefully and lovingly tended,…
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    Time To Change

  • Perihal Buku dan Kemanusiaan

    2 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    Kisah seorang posmen membantu impian seorang budak lelaki di Utah, Amerika memiliki buku untuk dibaca, sementelah si posmen yang bernama Ron Lynch telah bertemu dengan Mathew Flores yang sedang membaca keratan iklan-iklan lama ketika dia menghantar bungkusan ke apartmen Mathew, menjadi begitu viral.Si Mathew meminta pada si posmen itu kalau-kalau dia masih punya keratan-keratan akhbar lama untuk dia baca. Terkesima dengan permintaan Mathew, posmen tersebut terus menulis sepotong permintaan umum kepada rakan-rakan Facebook untuk membantu Mathew mendapatkan buku-buku yang mampu memenuhkan…
  • Mengapa Peduli Politik?

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Sering kali kita mendengar luahan rasa kecewa, benci dan menyampah pada politik dan segala permainan sekitarnya, terutamanya oleh golongan belia sekarang. Politik Malaysia yang serba caca merba, siapa yang tidak rasa menyampah. Rasa begini adalah normal. Kalaulah saban hari media tidak putus menayangkan segala kebodohan orang politik, siapa tidak sakit jiwa.Barisan Nasional memang pun sudah lama gila, kini Pakatan Rakyat pula menjadi gila meroyan. Rasa menyampah dan benci itu bertitik tolak apabila kita merasa mual pada setiap kali kata janji dan kepercayaan yang dipertaruhkan telah…
  • Angkuh

    31 Jul 2015 | 2:01 am
    Najib Razak adalah contoh terbaik untuk kategori politikus angkuh. Angkuhnya bertingkat-tingkat. Dalam pada dirinya begitu terhimpit kiri kanan atas bawah, dia masih lagi merasa bahawa dunia ini dia yang punya. Sebab itu tiadalah pelik dengan segala macam kenyataannya yang begitu angkuh kedengaran selepas peristiwa kudeta beberapa hari lepas.Kamu boleh lagi mendendangkan rasa bangga dengan barisan kabinet baru itu, yang kata kamu akan lebih diyakini rakyat jelata. Siapa rakyat jelata yang begitu bengap, yang masih lagi boleh meletak barang setitik pun rasa yakin pada kepimpinan kamu lagi,…
  • Impian Muzik di Malaysia

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    Tahun pertama bergelar mahasiswa di UKM, saya tinggal sebilik dengan seorang rakan dari Kelantan yang terlibat aktif dalam sebuah band muzik. Daripada beliaulah, saya mengenal dunia muzik dengan lebih dekat. Kalau sebelum ini cuma tahu genre muzik dan beberapa nama alatannya, tinggal sebilik dengannya membolehkan saya merasa petikan jari sendiri pada tali gitar miliknya.Daripada dia juga, saya berkenalan dengan dunia muzik bawah tanah. Perihal wujudnya band muzik bawah tanah, yang bergerak sendiri, dengan tiada campur tangan produksi besar, atau penerbit popular. Mereka merancang acara-acara…
  • Kunang Pesisir Morten

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    Tulisan Kak Raiha Bahaudin membuatkan saya melekat dengan buku ini sepanjangan hari raya ketiga, sehinggakan beberapa kali disiku abang kerana tidak betah untuk berenggang dengannya walaupun tika itu sibuk melawat rumah saudara ke sana ke mari. Saya fikir, orang lain melekat dengan telefon pintar mereka, maka biarkan aku melekat dengan buku serba cinta ini.Mengapa disebutkan cinta?“Apa di belakang kau tu, Adi?” Lim sudah tidak sabar.Aku mengeluarkannya. Tabung ayam seramik itu walaupun hodoh amat telah menyimpan keringat lelahku berbulan-bulan. Simpanan upah menolong ibuku menjual kuih…
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    The Political Insider

  • BOOM: Sarah Palin Just Let Everyone Know Why America LOVES TRUMP!

    TPIWriter
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a hero to every American patriot. She speaks boldly on behalf of conservative principles, and is always fighting to expose the Obama agenda. Now, in an exclusive op-ed for Breitbart, she let the world know just what’s behind presidential candidate Donald Trump’s historic rise in the polls. Palin notes it’s because Trump speaks for working class people who want to hear the truth about business and our manufacturing base. Trump is saying things no other candidates would dare, and it’s working! As Sarah Palin opined: Trump has tapped…
  • Breaking: Woman Ready to Come Forward About Bill Clinton MAJOR Sex & Drug Scandal!

    TPIWriter
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Former President Bill Clinton is unable to control his interest in women not named “Hillary.” Now, according to a bombshell media report, Hillary Clinton’s biggest fear will likely come true very soon! That’s because Gennifer Flowers, Bill Clinton’s former mistress of 12 years, is ready to come forward with explicit details of her years spent with Bill. Among the details include Bill Clinton being blindfolded, and how he repeatedly referred to Hillary Clinton as “Hilla the Hun.” Clearly, Bill and Hillary have never been in a real marriage, but this…
  • This Newly Unearthed Video Could Get Obama IMPEACHED – The White House Is SCARED

    TPIWriter
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    President Barack Obama didn’t want anyone to see this video. But now that it’s back and trending on YouTube, millions have seen and shared it! Watch carefully (below) as the secrets to Obama’s corruption are exposed for the world to see. While some statements in the video are questionable, this could be a big deal. What do you think of this? Please leave us a comment (below) and tell us your opinion on impeaching Barack Obama. The post This Newly Unearthed Video Could Get Obama IMPEACHED – The White House Is SCARED appeared first on The Political Insider.
  • President Obama’s Brother Just SLAMMED Barack in a HUGE WAY!

    TPIWriter
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    President Barack Obama’s family still lives in poverty in Kenya. And it’s very clear that his family is not pleased with his visit. In fact, his brother Malik is so FURIOUS with Obama, that he told news outlets that Barack Obama is “not an honest man.” WHOA! According to the Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman, the relationship between the Obama brothers has soured since then 25-year-old Barack, “began his search for the Kenyan family members he’d never met” back in 1986. Malik — who has attempted a political career of his own in his home province — said in a recent…
  • This Cartoon PERFECTLY Explains why Donald Trump Is Leading in Every Poll!

    TPIWriter
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    You can’t stop Donald Trump. A successful businessman and master negotiator, he has the winning conservative message for 2016. He is speaking the truth about President Obama’s amnesty agenda in ways that no other candidate would. That’s why Donald Trump is leading in every Republican primary poll… especially among Hispanic voters. Trump knows what it takes to win in a big way! He will carry this lead through the Fox News debate next week, as more of America gets to see what a principled conservative he is. Too many Republicans have enabled the Obama agenda, while Trump…
 
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    The Grapevine

  • What’s the (Green) Deal?

    Ian Keyte
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    Ian Keyte explains why the scrapping of green initiatives is literally throwing money out of the window. The Conservatives used the last couple of days before the Parliamentary recess to quietly pull the plug on the Green Deal, its much troubled energy efficiency retrofitting scheme. This comes hot on the heels of a spate of cutbacks in green policies that has seen on-shore wind and solar subsidies cut, zero-carbon homes standards scrapped and plans to largely privatise the green investment bank. It is very clear that the next five years of a Cameron-Osborne led economy will hit environmental…
  • What is the sound of no MPs clapping?

    Evan Byrne
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    Evan Byrne argues that Mhairi Black’s attack on one of Westminster’s more arcane rules is misguided. Mhairi Black doesn’t seem to like that “you’re not allowed to clap like an ordinary person, but you’re allowed to bray like a donkey” in the House of Commons. The SNP have been called out on clapping several times now. The SNP are doing a fantastic job of being the anti-Westminster establishment party. They keep breaking all the rules, including -funnily enough- actually showing up en masse. Mhairi Black in particular has become quite prominent – she’s only 20 years…
  • The Greek financial crisis – what the Eurozone and Greek philosophers illustrate about European freedom and democracy

    Jack Longman
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
        Jack Longman demonstrates there’s more than one way to look at contemporary events, here applying the work of ancient philosophers to the Greek crisis. It is perhaps fitting, like many commentators have suggested, that a turbulent crisis at the heart of Europe – transcending more than just economics – should involve a nation that’s known as the cradle of democracy. Of course this refers to Greece, the Mediterranean nation whose tumultuous bailout and debt reforms, sought after by the far-left incumbents of the Greek government Syriza, has captivated the attention…
  • How do you solve a problem like The Donald?

    George Reeves
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
      George Reeves considers the potential threat Donald Trump poses to the Republicans’ credibility, and what they can do about it. It’s crunch time for the Republican Party. After six years of railing against the Obama administration whilst aimlessly drifting around the political spectrum, American conservatives must now work out where they want their party to be heading, and next year’s presidential election offers Republicans the perfect opportunity to revitalise their ailing brand and regain the White House. 2016 is a must-win election for Republicans – failure…
  • The Future of the Euro

    Scott Hutchings
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
      Scott Hutchings argues radical reform of the Euro is the only way to save the single currency and the European Union. It’s safe to say that when the Euro was first introduced it had its critics -quite a few in fact- and over the years that number has increased significantly. But their voices were drowned out, with the proponents of the Euro promoting the single currency as a symbol of European enlightenment. There seemed a time when the Euro was the future and any nation that shunned the single currency like the UK was made to feel very much like the odd-one-out in the European…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Donald Trump: President Obama Has “Done Very Poorly” for Blacks in America

    Mira Hutchinson
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Donald Trump: President Obama Has “Done Very Poorly” for Blacks in America (Photo Credit: Wikipedia) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said blacks in America are “worse now than just about ever.” He added that President Obama has “done very poorly for the African-Americans of this country.” Donald Trump vowed that he will win both the black and Hispanic votes. That’s despite calling undocumented Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Of course, this is coming from the same person who demanded Barack Obama’s birth certifcate and…
  • Officer Sean Bolton Murder: Memphis Police Dept. Director Says “All Lives Matter”

    Joy Blake
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton Killed During Traffic Stop Black Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says “all lives matter” following murder of Officer Sean Bolton. A manhunt is underway for the suspect who fatally shot Memphis police officer Sean Bolton during a traffic stop Saturday night. Bolton, a 10-year veteran of the department, was shot multiple times by a person in the car he pulled over, police say. Sean Bolton is the third Memphis police officer to die in the line of duty in the past four years, Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said. Armstrong told CNN,…
  • VP Joe Biden Exploring 2016 Presidential Run as Hillary Clinton Underwhelms

    Mira Hutchinson
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    VP Joe Biden Exploring 2016 Presidential Run as Hillary Clinton Underwhelms (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab) Vice President Joe Biden is said to be exploring a 2016 presidential run, as Hillary Clinton continues to underwhelm and the email scandal continues to dog her campaign. The New York Times reports that advisers said Biden has started to reach out to Democratic leaders and donors who are concerned about her viability as a candidate or who have not yet committed to her campaign. Here’s an interesting take from Maureen Dowd about the possibility Beau Biden wanted his father to…
  • Bobbi Kristina Brown Funeral: Leolah Brown Says Pat Houston is a “Phony”

    Janet Shan
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Bobbi Kristina Brown Funeral: Leolah Brown Says Pat Houston is a “Fraud” (Photo Credit: Hinterland Gazette) I ventured out to do a bit of celebrity watching on Saturday outside St. James United Methodist Church, the site of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral. I was shocked to see Leolah Brown walk over to the reporters and tell them about the chaos that erupted during Bobbi Kristina’s service, saying she told Pat Houston that “Whitney is going to haunt Pat Houston from the grave.” Wow, this drama was totally uncalled for. The feud between the Browns and the…
  • Ray Tensing Backers UC Cops Phillip Kidd, Eric Weibel, Named in Death of Psychiatric Patient

    Janet Shan
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Ray Tensing Backers UC Cops Phillip Kidd, Eric Weibel, Named in Death of Psychiatric Patient [Pictured: Ray Tensing]Two University of Cincinnati officers who “corroborated” Ray Tensing’s false claims of being dragging in the deadly traffic stop of Sam DuBose, were named in a 2010 lawsuit in the death of mentally ill Kelly Brinson, who was a patient at UC Medical Center. According to a federal suit, Phillip Kidd and Eric Weibel participated with five other UC officers in wrestling and subduing an agitated patient, 45-year-old Kelly Brinson, in a psychiatric ward seclusion…
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    The Mandarin

  • Paul Shetler: think big, start small

    Tom Burton
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    New CEO of the Digital Transformation Office, Paul Shetler, sets out his approach for the rapid roll out of products to meet the needs of citizens to APS executives. Click here Paul Shetler: think big, start small to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Australia-Indonesia partnership lacks ‘genuine resilience’

    Peter Varghese
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    Officials in more than 20 federal agencies partnering with Indonesia have failed to bring the Australian public with them, says DFAT secretary Peter Varghese. Cooperation between the two countries, such as anti-terrorism and education, would better survive policy differences if ballasted by stronger community and business ties. Click here Australia-Indonesia partnership lacks ‘genuine resilience’ to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Percy Allan: reforming the Australian federation like dominoes

    Percy Allan
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Some hope a Hawke-style grand bargain can bring about reform to our federal-state tax problems. It's more likely change will come in the form of domino-like self-interested reactions, says former NSW Treasury secretary Percy Allan, and indeed it's already underway. Click here Percy Allan: reforming the Australian federation like dominoes to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • ‘We’ve got people in call centres, almost none of the data is used’

    David Donaldson
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:42 pm
    There are no quick wins when it comes to improving public services — technology solutions often fail when the organisational and cultural change is lacking. But the private sector has shown that when data is used well and non-CIO executives become champions, it creates a better customer experience and increased productivity. Click here ‘We’ve got people in call centres, almost none of the data is used’ to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Put the human back into human services: Paul Shetler

    Stephen Easton
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    In the rush to radically redesign service delivery to make it quicker, simpler and cheaper, public servants must also be kinder and more understanding, listen humbly to the public's needs, and treat people with humanity. Click here Put the human back into human services: Paul Shetler to read the full article on The Mandarin.
 
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Lyric Meets Liberty Sharpe!

    Jim Sharpe
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • The 52 GOP Presidental Candidates

    Marina Sharpe
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Ok. We don’t have 52 Republican candidates seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2016. But we have not had a race this crowded since 1863 – the year President Lincoln won during the Civil War. How will candidates distinguish themselves and what actually makes them different. Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • Racism Is Okay…If It’s Coming From The Left

    Jim Sharpe
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    At a time we are trying to stamp out racism in this country, we’re told by liberal voices that an old, white woman of privilege is the leading voice on issues of race and that a conservative candidate of color can have his ethnicity questioned. Who knew? Racism’s ok – if you have the right political ideology. Read more at Jim Sharpe On Point
  • McKinney,Texas: Everything’s Racist Part 2

    Jim Sharpe
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Beńet Embry, a black resident of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas said he didn’t think an incident involving a white cop and black teens was racial in nature. In case you need your memory jogged, Craig Ranch is the community where that cop went nutso (even doing a shoulder roll) on some pool-party-crashing teens. When Jim Sharpe tried to interview Embry on America Continues, he declined – citing death threats made against him. Welcome to America 2015, where an African-American who doesn’t view an incident as racist – at least one that the race baiters do –…
  • Jim Sharpe Returns to the Phoenix Airwaves

    Jim Sharpe
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    (PHOENIX, AZ) June 1, 2015 – Jim Sharpe, a longtime Phoenix radio talk show host, who started his broadcast career in Arizona, is set to rejoin the Phoenix media landscape this week after a seven-month absence. Phoenix radio station Independent Talk 1100 (KFNX) will begin carrying Sharpe’s nationally-syndicated show, America Continues with Jim Sharpe, starting Monday, June 1. The show will air from 9 to 11 PM weekdays in Phoenix. “Crazily, we had already been in talks with KFNX about the possibility of carrying the show when I randomly ran into the station’s owner,…
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    Yabberz: Top Stories

  • Dylann Roof Wasn’t Charged With Terrorism Because He’s White

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Dylann Roof Wasn’t Charged With Terrorism Because He’s White And his murderous rage was aimed at black people Julia CravenStaff Reporter The Huffington Post Posted 07/23/2015 ....
  • A Princeton Study Concludes That The U S Is No Longer An Actual Democracy

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    There are several people on Yabberz who keep repeating that the U S is the greatest country in the world no matter what evidence is produced to prove that it is not on so many global indexes and scales It might have the highest GDP at the moment ....
  • Jeb Bush Suggests Phasing Out Medicare

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Jeb Bush Quietly Suggests ‘Phasing Out’ Medicare GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush suggested that the United States should figure out a way to “phase out” Medicare the federal program that provides insurance to more than 50 million elderly and disabled people at a political event on Wednesday night ....
  • Poll US Views Of Francis Dim; A Plunge In Approval Ratings

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    THIS is amazing Political conservatives and Roman Catholics dont like the pope Is this a bad reflection of the pope or on political conservatives and Roman Catholics I wonder how these groups of people feel about God and His approval rating has plummeted as well http//www msn com/en-us/news/us/poll-us-views-of-francis-dim-a-plunge-in-approval-ratings/ar-AAdltjo ....
  • What Do U S Conservatives Think Causes Poverty

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    What do U S conservatives think causes poverty Im liberal and Id like to try to understand how conservatives think Especially when it comes to causes of and answers for poverty -- especially urban poverty in the United States ....
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    Let Freedom Ring » Let Freedom Ring

  • Satanic statue secretly unveiled in Detroit, drawing Christian protest

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    Satanists secretly unveiled a nine-foot, one-ton statue of Baphomet, the horned devil god of satanic practice in an undisclosed location in Detroit this past weekend. This has spurred on heavy protest from the city’s Christian community. Hundreds gathered at Detroit’s St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit in protest. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – “Dedicated to Satanic practice and the promotion of Satanic rights,” the Satanic Temple that organized the unveiling did so in an undisclosed location. There had been threats to blow up the statue. “Baphomet…
  • Meeting Unions, Clinton Offers Support for $12 Minimum Wage

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday offered some support for a proposal in the Senate that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, hinting that the higher rate sought by labor unions doesn’t have enough support. Congressional Democratic leaders have backed legislation sponsored by Washington Sen. Patty Murray that would increase the rate to $12 an hour by 2020, which is several dollars less than the $15 backed by labor and anti-poverty activists. “Whatever (Murray) advocates I pay a lot of attention to, because she knows how to get it through the Congress,” Clinton said…
  • Information in classified Clinton emails came from multiple intelligence agencies, source says

    Let Freedom Ring
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Classified emails stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server contained information from multiple intelligence agencies in addition to data connected to the 2012 Benghazi attack, a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News. The information came from the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National-Geospatial Agency, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency, the source said. A random sampling of emails by the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General has…
  • Man Cited for Playing the National Anthem on the Fourth of July Rejects Community Service Deal: ‘To Me, That Is Admitting Guilt’

    Let Freedom Ring
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:25 pm
    On July 4, Lane Pittman was issued a citation to appear in court after police said he ignored their request that he stop playing his electric guitar on public property in Neptune Beach, Florida. Pittman, who amassed a large crowd while he played “The Star-Spangled Banner” argues he did nothing wrong and received permission from another officer to move his performance from the street to the sidewalk.  Pittman rejected a plea deal in court on July 27 that would drop charges if he agreed to do community service.  “To me, that is admitting guilt. I would be admitting a guilt that is…
  • Judicial Watch: Kerry Stalling in Clinton Email Response

    Let Freedom Ring
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    (Newsmax) – Secretary of State John Kerry asked for a delay of nearly 40 days regarding his required response to a lawsuit surrounding the Hillary Clinton email scandal, according to newly released information. Judicial Watch reports Kerry, who already had been given 60 days to respond to a lawsuit filed by the organization, sought to extend that by 38 days. The lawsuit asked for Clinton’s emails during her time as secretary of state (2009-2013); she has admitted to using a private email address and a private, home-based server to conduct her official government business, a breach of the…
 
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    The Illogical Seminary

  • Bombs All Over Baghdad

    Ron
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    The other Republican with bad hair, Ron Paul, is in the middle of a shit sandwich. Oh sure, he’ll probably get to sit at the big kids table come August 6, but he hasn’t exactly been lighting up the crowds out there. He’s supposed to have a little gravity as the “libertarian” in the race, but he’s been hard at work disabusing people of the idea that he is one. This makes you wonder what his use in this contest is. He’s even crankier than Chris Christie, and who the fuck needs that? I have no idea what makes people want to run for president when they…
  • Not To Nitpick, But…

    Ron
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I think Bernie Sanders is a mensch. But even the “left” wing in this country is sometimes, well, right-wing. It appears that Sanders is an isolationist and a protectionist: As Sanders has climbed in the polls… the (more) pro-capitalist and nationalist content of his politics (have) become increasingly clear. An interview with Sanders released Tuesday by former Washington Post writer Ezra Klein for the Vox web site is particularly revealing in this regard. About halfway through the interview, Klein asks Sanders about his attitude towards immigration. “You said being a…
  • Tyranny Of The Majority

    Ron
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Those who do not have a god are not often taken seriously. My own family has insinuated that I am going through “a phase”. I’m 43. I don’t have any phases left. I don’t even think I will go through an easy listening or country music phase as I get longer in the tooth. I’m about the most complete me I can be. And you can go get fucked if you don’t like it. I have said that no one, if given the choice, would sign up to be a minority(unless you have the chutzpah that say, a Rachel Dolezal has). However, I guess that’s what I have done. And maybe I…
  • Enjoy While It Lasts

    Ron
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    So far, Donald Trump is made of Teflon. It seems that he can say whatever he wants-no matter how outrageous it is and somehow maintain a commanding lead in most Republican polls. I don’t have anything to add on this subject that hasn’t already been said. But it’s worth noting how easy it is to be a egomaniacal lunatic and still score points with Republican voters. Trump is having the time of his life fucking with the system, and people hate the system so much that they’re ready to elect anyone who shits on it. Sadly, the Donald is cooked in the long game. Republicans…
  • Educate Me Some More

    Ron
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Every day I learn something. Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I get answers to any question I have. You know who I learn the most from? Wingnuts. They reference a ton of bullshit that requires further analysis. I’m about to pick on Ben Carson again. I know, I risk going to the well so often, but he’s so full of shit I can’t help examining the dumbfuckery he traffics in. Planned Parenthood is in conservative crosshairs after an undercover sting that showed a PP representative dispassionately talk about the donating and acquisition of fetal tissue. Now the liberal media…
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    Only Slightly Biased

  • New Website Could Finally Democratize the Legal Process

    Daniel
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You can find anything on the Internet, right? With a seemingly infinite supply of cat videos and a surprising bounty of freestyle canoeing exhibitions, it’s safe to say the entire breadth of the human experience gets a chance to shine somewhere on the ‘net. But despite being the greatest compendium of knowledge ever assembled, the Internet still has gaps. You just wouldn’t think that one of those gaps would be something as critically important as the law. Justice is (Mostly) Blind The basis of the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage can be summed up with one of the more…
  • Bernie Sanders on Trickle-Down Economics and Other Lies

    Daniel
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is on the warpath. Not against Hillary Clinton—who he both likes and respects—but against America’s aristocracy. And if he has his way, this all-out class war will become one of the defining moral issues of our time. It’s been clear for quite a while that something’s not quite right in America. The divide between the middle class and the ultra-wealthy casts a long shadow, but it’s probably not something that the average citizen witnesses or even thinks about on a daily basis. But the fact remains: if we closed…
  • Canada Joins America in Turning Back the Clock on Environmental Regulations

    Daniel
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I tend to think of our vast northern neighbor as a huge tract of unspoiled land, filled with pure mountain streams and untouched wildlife. Unfortunately, this idyllic picture may not be long for this world—if Canada’s federal government has anything to say about it. During Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tenure, Canada has been slowly but surely chipping away at the country’s environmental regulations, and is now actively putting his country’s drinking water at risk. The news broke back in March, thanks to the Council of Canadians. I regret that I didn’t cover the story sooner, so…
  • How We Measure Poverty Is Half the Problem

    Daniel
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Democracy is a process that relies quite a bit on semantics and cleverly-worded definitions. I believe it was a wizened Jedi who once said that “Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” Someone a little more real once told me that we’re “Entitled to our own opinions but not our own facts.” Nowhere in politics is the semantic divide more evident than in the world of poverty and welfare programs. No two politicians seem able to agree on the definition of poverty, or on where the poverty line should be drawn in the sand. It should come as no surprise,…
  • Why Food (Not Food Stamps) Is an Essential Human Right

    Daniel
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    It is perhaps rarer than a blue moon that both major US political parties agree on something. However, on one point at least, there is consensus between Democrats and Republicans: The food stamps program must change. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—referred to colloquially as “food stamps”—offers 46 million Americans government assistance for food. According to the program website: “SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the…
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    Unphotogenic Philosophy

  • Race Vs. Prejudice

    Michael Richards
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    A friend recently sent me the article, I, Racist, by John Metta. I copy my initial email response to her below. These were my initial thoughts after reading the text, and I will follow them up with further remarks and greater consideration in a later post to this website.Dear ...Thanks for the article. It’s certainly very powerful.The article calls white people racist when they fail to actively work against racism and actively benefit from racist institutions. In my research, I have found it important [useful] to distinguish between being racist and being prejudiced. On this…
  • Does Global Poverty Make Minimum Wage Struggles Trivial?

    Michael Richards
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In his July 2015 budget, George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, unveiled a new National Living Wage for the UK to replace the current minimum wage. The Living Wage would pay more than the current minimum wage (7.20GBP rising to 9GBP/hr, compared to the current 6.50GBP/hr), but, notably, would not apply to persons under the age of 25.I’m reflexively troubled by the exemption of persons under 25 from the new Living Wage for a number of reasons. Firstly, if Justinian is right that justice requires that “each get his due,” then these persons under 25 are due the…
  • When Should Vegetarians Eat Meat?

    Michael Richards
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    I think that eating meat is subject to moral and ethical considerations. My grandma thinks I’m crazy for believing that. As far as she’s concerned, animals are food; it is therefore sufficient reason to kill and eat an animal that you’re hungry. Now, she doesn’t believe it’s acceptable to eat cats or dogs. And she believes - well, I bloody-well hope so, anyway - that it’s not acceptable to torture an animal, such as a cow, before eating it. But the fact that moral questions do not generally arise for her when it comes to eating meat suggests a few things.Firstly, there is a…
  • Daily Self-Affirmation #127: Thomas Jefferson Edition

    Michael Richards
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    I’ve been picking up and putting down Jon Meacham’s biography of Thomas Jefferson for the last few months. I wonder whether he purposefully broke the book up into short chapters for exactly that reason, as I find myself reading it for 20 mins, finishing two or three chapters, then patting myself on the back for being such an impressive reader. In this regard, it’s like a slightly higher brow Da Vinci Code! When I publish, I’m committing myself to a maximum of 4 page long chapters; nothing longer than a blog post. I'm sure it’s the key to commercial success! Ever so…
  • Thinking about Walt Whitman's America on this Fourth of July.

    Michael Richards
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am