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    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    * The ultimate experiment in GOP governance: Zachary Goldfarb has a long, instructive look at how Governor Sam Brownback tried to turn Kansas into a red-state nirvana, and instead created disaster. * Paul Ryan may have just destroyed his presidential hopes for 2016: “I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president […]
  • Sticking it to the GOP on deportations

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    Greg Sargent
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    If and when Obama announces his executive actions to ease deportations, Republicans are likely to portray it as a wholesale shredding of the Constitution done for no other reason than to reward a base constituency — Latinos. Which raises a question: Is it possible that Democrats could build some kind of coalition behind the coming […]
  • More good Obamacare news highlights why GOP alternative will never materialize

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    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    You may have noticed that the Medicare trustees have announced that the life of the program’s trust fund had been extended another four years to 2030 because of savings achieved through the Affordable Care Act. But you probably didn’t hear about this: The Obama administration has announced that because the ACA closed the Medicare prescription […]
  • Organizing For Action wanted us to evaluate them on their work. So we did.

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Organizing For Action has spent two months sending emails to the Post, trying to convince us of its effectiveness. (They were unhappy with this post asking how long the organization could survive.) So, we decided to look at what the group's executive director, Jon Carson, was sending us. To catalog it. To do exactly what Carson […]
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    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    * Remember when Ted Cruz convinced House Republicans to shut down the government, and how well that turned out for them? Well, he’s at it again: Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies. […]
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  • What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror?

    Chris Heller
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
  • When Is a Piano Not a Piano?

    Adrienne LaFrance
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When the piano was invented some 300 years ago, it was a technological marvel. The harpsichord could produce sound plucked at a single volume level, but the piano allowed for the kind of nuance you might expect from a viola or bassoon. A piano's hammer mechanism meant that a player could strike a key and vibrate the instrument's strings to produce a booming melody one instant and an almost imperceptible one the next.  This new layer of subtlety is what made the piano—short for pianoforte—different than its predecessors when Italian craftsman Bartolomeo Cristofori designed it in the…
  • Are the New Sanctions on Russia Really Working?

    Tim Fernholz
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    The EU and the U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia this week, with Europe banning a laundry list of activities and exports—no more pulsed electron accelerators or live Marburg viruses allowed—that the U.S. matched by expanding its sanctions across several sectors of industry. Short of Russian President Vladimir Putin halting his support for Ukrainian separatists, how can we tell if these measures are actually working? The U.S. Treasury secretary, Jack Lew, offered a simple formula in a statement on Tuesday: “We have seen sanctions bring the Russian economy to a standstill…
  • Dolley Madison Risked Her Life for a Portrait of Washington—With a Typo

    Tanya Basu
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    You’ve seen it: the iconic portrait of the first President, one hand clutching a sword, the other arm outstretched over an ornate table that is artfully mussed. Below this table are a few books: General Orders, American Revolution, and The Constitution and Laws of the United Sates. You read that right: The country is identified as the United Satesnot the United States Wikimedia Commons This masterpiece hangs in the East Room, the luxurious White House salon that holds social events and ceremonies, where the President hosts dignitaries from other countries and honors Americans for their…
  • Just How Likely Is Another World War?

    Graham Allison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years later. By 1918, each had lost what he cherished most: the kaiser dismissed, the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved, the tsar overthrown by the Bolsheviks, France bled for a generation, and England shorn of the flower of its youth and treasure. A millennium in which European leaders had been masters of the globe came to a crashing halt. What caused this…
 
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  • Suicide Bomber From U.S. Came Home Before Attack

    By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MARK MAZZETTI
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The difficulty learning about an American suicide bomber in Syria illustrates the problems law enforcement officials face in trying to identify the Westerners believed to have been trained by Islamic militants.
  • Businessman Says Governor’s Wife Sought Money

    By TRIP GABRIEL
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Jonnie R. Williams Sr. testified at the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, that Ms. McDonnell told him the couple were desperate for money.
  • House Votes to Sue Obama for Overstepping Powers

    By JEREMY W. PETERS
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    The vote angered some conservatives who believe it is insufficient, emboldened Democrats who say Republicans are being vengeful, and further eroded bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.
  • Air Force Plans Shift to Obtain High-Tech Arms

    By HELENE COOPER
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    An admission that the country may soon be unable to afford the military it has without making significant changes to the way it does business.
  • Investigators Warn of Possible Perils in Fall With Health Site

    By ROBERT PEAR
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    The federal health insurance marketplace and its site are over budget and behind schedule because of “new and changing requirements” imposed by administration officials, investigators said.
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    Daily Kos

  • House Republicans vote to sue Obama over hated healthcare law not implemented fast enough

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Yeah, we all think this is a masterful move, Joe. Via Think Progress: The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorize Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. You can't make this up. The same people who hate this law are suing because the…
  • Spotlight on green news & views: Arctic methane releases, meat inspections, unwise coal exports

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Leatherback turtles hatching on a Puerto Rico beach. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs on these posts, Spotlight on Green News & Views  (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here. So far, more than 18,825 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my…
  • Cartoon: John Kerry's Middle East travel tips

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Shame on Obama for suggesting his own impeachment, says Karl Rove

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Karl Rove, still recovering from the excitement of covering President Obama's razor thin 4-point victory in Ohio, appears on Fox to chastise the president for suggesting his own impeachment, of all things: "[Obama] wants nothing more than Republican and conservative leaders to step forward and say, ‘We agree, we ought to try and impeach him,’” Rove said on Fox News' "On The Record With Greta Van Susteren." [...] "This man is playing with the American people by suggesting a constitutional crisis where none exists," he said. "Shame on him, shame on those people in his administration who…
  • Renegade New York Democrats are already trying to back out of their bogus 'deal' to rejoin the party

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    David Valesky Last month, the renegade Democrats who've conspired to hand control of New York's state Senate to the GOP announced with great fanfare that they'd reached a "deal" to rejoin their mainstream colleagues and return to the fold. Most of the media, a lot of labor unions, and even supposed progressive exponents like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio bought into the hype, but there were plenty of reasons from the get-go to mistrust the Independent Democratic Conference, and now we have full proof of their bad faith. On Tuesday, IDC member David Valesky complained bitterly about the…
 
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  • Hospitals Training Staff To Be on Lookout...

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Hospitals Training Staff To Be on Lookout...(Second column, 13th story, link)Related stories:HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...MAN NEARLY REACHED USA...FEAR IN CHARLOTTE...Could go global...'Speeding up not slowing down'...If Ebola Hits America, Even Healthy Will be Quarantined...Doctor tells of his hell on ward...CDC issues airline advisory...Travelers could face flight restriction...Fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft...Rep: Close Border to Virus Countries...Peace Corps volunteers exposed...Doctor Quarantined in Canada...Woman treated in Hong Kong...Schools closed in…
  • Doctor Quarantined in Canada...

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Doctor Quarantined in Canada...(Second column, 14th story, link)Related stories:HUNT FOR 30,000 EBOLA 'VICTIMS'...MAN NEARLY REACHED USA...FEAR IN CHARLOTTE...Could go global...'Speeding up not slowing down'...If Ebola Hits America, Even Healthy Will be Quarantined...Doctor tells of his hell on ward...CDC issues airline advisory...Travelers could face flight restriction...Fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft...Rep: Close Border to Virus Countries...Peace Corps volunteers exposed...Hospitals Training Staff To Be on Lookout...Woman treated in Hong Kong...Schools closed in…
  • Feds Investigating DREAMWORKS Animation Writedown On Flop Film...

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Feds Investigating DREAMWORKS Animation Writedown On Flop Film...(Third column, 25th story, link)
  • GAGA GOES JAZZ...

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    GAGA GOES JAZZ...(Third column, 24th story, link)
  • Driverless cars heading onto British roads NEXT YEAR...

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Driverless cars heading onto British roads NEXT YEAR ...(Third column, 26th story, link)
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  • Repubs Pretend Impeachment Wasn't Their Idea

    Doc_Sarvis
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Congressional Republicans who've been calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment are now acting like they never had the idea, reports Dave Weigel of Slate. Just a few days after telling Breitbart News that Obama leaves Congress "no option" but impeachment if he doesn't support the Republicans on new border security measures, Yoho was asked by a Washington Post reporter if Obama should be impeached. "I'm not saying that," he replied.
  • U.S. Economy Grew at 4% Rate in Second Quarter

    lee_the_agent
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    The United States economy rebounded heartily in the spring after a dismal winter, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday, growing at an annual rate of 4 percent from April through June and surpassing economists' expectations. Economists, who had been hoping for a full reversal of the first quarter's decline, were cheered by the second quarter's numbers. The consensus forecast for GDP was 3 percent. The bigger-than-expected gain further cemented views that the decrease in America's overall output during the first quarter was most likely a fluke tied in large part to unusually stormy…
  • Economists Agree 2009 Stimulus Lifted Economy

    tonyroma
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Justin Wolfers, New York Times: The Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago -- hardly a hotbed of liberal or Keynesian thought -- regularly surveys a number of the leading American economists about a variety of policy issues. The economists surveyed constitute a good sample of the leading economists in the nation, and the panel was chosen to be geographically diverse, to include older and younger economists, and importantly, to include Democrats, Republicans and independents. The most important qualification is that these are top-notch economists: senior faculty at the…
  • Twins Sign Unknown with 100-Mph Fastball

    rcade
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The Minnesota Twins have signed a 24-year-old who throws a 100-mph fastball but has never been drafted. Brandon Poulson of the Healdsburg Prune Packers, a collegiate summer league team, got a $250,000 deal. He's a 6-foot-6 right-hander and fitness freak who was timed at a 6.6-second 60-yard dash in his socks and has a 40-inch vertical leap. "He's a physical specimen. He's got the best pure arm strength I've ever seen," said Twins scout Elliott Strankman.
  • No Punishment for Police Who Shot Dog, Lied About It

    rcade
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Two police officers in El Monte, California, walked into a family's yard past a "Beware of Dog" sign, fatally shot the family's two-year-old German Shepherd and changed their story of why it happened after learning a video existed of the incident. "Police said the officers shook the gate and proceeded cautiously only to be set upon by the dog. The video shows a very different scene," writes Jonathan Turley. The officers' actions were cleared by police, with Chief Steven Schuster stating there were "no sustained policy violations found."
 
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    Josh Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Truly must read look at the history of the state exchange/federal exchange part of Obamacare which now threatens to leave millions of recipients without their subsidies.
  • Shades of Tupac?

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Right wing blogger suggests he may be targeted for assassination over Cochran campaign coverage.
  • My Favorite Sentence In A While

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    AP: "Axon declined to answer questions about specifics in the suit, including whether the man had a penis when he left the hospital."
  • This is Excellent News for Charles Johnson!

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The James O'Keefian, reporter/freedom fighter Charles Johnson made a stir during the Mississippi Senate runoff with his story purporting to prove that the Cochran campaign paid operatives to buy the votes of African-Americans for $15 a pop. Now the state's Attorney General, Jim Hood, says the accuser was "paid $2000 [by Johnson] to lie" and he's investigating what happened. Hood notes that it is not a crime in Mississippi to pay someone to fabricate a claim about a purported crime. But his office does appear to be investigating where the money came from. So it seems we will likely not be…
  • I Must Be Missing Something

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    If I didn't know better I would almost think the President is goading GOP backbenchers into a race-drenched tyranny-derp freakout perfectly designed to crush the GOP for yet another generation among non-white voters and alienate a lot of white people who aren't part of the GOP base.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Quick notice: tomorrow we're interring my mother's ashes with her late husband Chuck at the V.A. National Cemetery, so Martin will be filling in with a couple of midday posts. Here are some remains of the day: * Exhaustive briefing by Irin Carmon on the Notre Dame "religious liberty" case, which she calls "the next Hobby Lobby." * OMG! Investigation of Wisconsin professor exposes "Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists." Another JournoList! And nobody thought to include me! * David Dayen interviews Rick Perlstein about the latest volume his chronicle…
  • The Return of Nick Ayers

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Bells may ring in the memories of some political junkies--particularly those familiar with Georgia politics--when the name "Nick Ayers" is mentioned. Ayers was a College Republican activist and student at Kennesaw State University in 2002 when he signed up for and played a surprisingly significantly role in the upset gubernatorial victory of Sonny Perdue. When Perdue ran for re-election, Ayers was his campaign manager. The next year, he became Executive Director of the Republican Governors' Association, and got a lot of credit for the boffo performance of GOP gubernatorial candidates that…
  • Lining Up For The New Immigration Reform Bus

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    As the drive for comprehensive immigration reform legislation has stalled, it's been replaced by the high likelihood of executive action to provide de facto legalization to millions of undocumented immigrants. And inevitably, various interests who have long hitched their grievances and aspirations to the former are now taking a long look at signing up for the latter. This potentially very important development is explained today by Greg Sargent: Is it possible that Democrats could build some kind of coalition behind the coming executive action that includes GOP-aligned constituencies —…
  • Can the Big Brains of the GOP Survive the Primaries?

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Not a day after I wrote some uncharitable things about the emerging 2016 GOP presidential field, John Dickerson suggested that field is just bursting with brains. No, really: What if they held a presidential campaign and a think tank broke out? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who is considering running for president, offered his thoughts on poverty last week. Sen. Marco Rubio has been giving regular policy speeches on poverty, college loans, and helping the middle class. Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is promoting a book of policy proposals on…
  • Lunch Buffet

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Want to know how slow a news day it is here in Georgia? Atlanta Journal-Constitution did write-up of Republican congressional staffer from Augusta who made The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful Washingtonians" list. Here are some newsier midday treats: * Justin Wolfers notes that among economists there's no longer any doubt the 2009 stimulus legislation lifted the economy. * The Hill's Alexandre Jaffe reports on disagreement among observers about November implications of bad primary turnout. * Satanists having fun with Hobby Lobby-based claims on behalf of their own "religious liberty." * Mark…
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    New Republic

  • The Next Big Fight in Income Inequality Is About to Go Down in California

    David Dayen
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Congress can barely name a post office without partisan rancor, so it’s light years away from taking any meaningful action on income inequality. That’s why hope has shifted to states and cities. Seattle led the way in June with a
  • How Ronald Reagan Rode America's Delusions to the White House

    Michael Kimmage
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rick Perlstein is becoming an American institution. In 2001, his account of Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus was
  • Retire the Dead Presidents and Put These Women on Our Nation's Currency

    TNR Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Matt Yglesias’ proposal on Wednesday that “It’s time to put a woman on the $20” was met in our newsroom with immediate enthusiasm—followed by furious debate. The problem (a problem we don’t mind having) is that
  • Israel Must Defeat Hamas, But Also Must Do More to Limit Civilian Deaths

    Michael Walzer
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    When it comes to the conflict in Gaza, the critical question, "Cui bono?"—"To whose benefit?"—suggests that this is Hamas's war. It is a reckless gamble by an organization that was in deep trouble, and the gamble (so far) is paying off, at terrible cost to the people of Gaza—though the terribl
  • James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy

    William Giraldi
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    James Franco has been working hard to make it difficult for serious people to take him seriously. There's his promiscuity with projects unworthy of his talent, on both the big screen and small, including his starring role in the circus of social media, all those preposterous selfies he seems so prou
 
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  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Shooting off his mouth…again Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city! by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away. I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.” Snotty…
  • Sen. Patty Murray authors ‘Not My Boss’s Business Act’ to exempt O-care from law she voted for in ’93

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Sen. Patty Murray has written the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” as a “fix” to get around the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision: Democrats and women’s health groups believe they have a powerful campaign weapon in pushing back on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit companies don’t have to comply with the health law’s contraceptive coverage requirement if it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The bill was drafted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a longtime women’s health…
  • Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act

    Michelle Malkin
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 The American Dream is dying for tens of millions of unemployed, underemployed and long-term jobless citizens. But the White House has guaranteed that one sector of the U.S. economy will thrive for decades to come: Open-borders immigration lawyers. Don’t believe the fibbing D.C. flacks. While the president’s spokesman Josh Earnest promised that “most” of the illegal immigrant youths from Central America flooding across our borders will “likely” be…
  • ‘Sobby Lobby’ rides again: Forget ‘it’s the law,’ Harry Reid pledges action against Hobby Lobby ruling

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Reid should be able to focus on this in the coming weeks thanks to all the extra time freed up by not worrying about a budget combined with the fact that he’s insane: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a…
  • Uh huh: Costco says decision to pull Dinesh D’Souza’s book from shelves not political; Update: Costco caves

    Doug Powers
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Word is that Costco has pulled Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “America: Imagine A World Without Her,” from store shelves. Costco reportedly said the decision to yank D’Souza’s book, which takes on progressivism head-on, was based on poor sales and was not political. Excuse me for a second… Just had to get that out of my system. Poor sales? Hillary Clinton’s book is currently #91 on Amazon and D’Souza’s is currently, er, #1. I think what Costco means is now that D’Souza’s book isn’t available there,…
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  • House Grants Boehner Authority to Sue Obama

    Alex Rogers
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday granting House Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue President Barack Obama, marking the first time the legislative branch has endorsed such a lawsuit. The measure, which passed 225 to 201 without a single Democrat “yea,” underscores the burning frustration of House Republicans, who believe that the President has failed to execute the law properly on a number of measures. Boehner has said that the lawsuit will focus on the President’s decision to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which…
  • House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

    alexishauk
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    (WASHINGTON) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans’ health care. MoreHouse Grants Boehner Authority to Sue ObamaJoe Lieberman: Obama Administration “Has Gone Off The Track” On IsraelFoster Dad Charged With Murder in Kansas Hot-Car Death NBC NewsPETA to Detroit: Go Vegan and We'll Pay Your Water Bill NBC NewsNot Just Ebola: What Diseases Could Threaten Americans? NBC NewsThe 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by Friday. Popular Among Subscribers Ending…
  • Third-Party Candidates Could Disrupt 2014 Midterms

    Jay Newton-Small
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    MoreCongresswoman Waters Urges Blacks to Vote in This Year’s MidtermsGallup Poll Sees Historically Ugly Midterm ElectionsDemocrats Induce Panic To Raise Money Before 2014 Election: “All Hope Is Lost”For most of modern era, third-party candidates were the crazy uncles of U.S. Senate elections, fun to watch and almost never relevant. In the 1990s and 2000s combined, only six Senate races were impacted by third party candidates. That is now changing. In the past four years alone, the outcomes of four Senate races have been impacted by outsiders, and this year is lining up to…
  • Report: Cost of HealthCare.Gov Approaching $1 Billion

    Kate Pickert
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Correction appended July 30, 9:22 p.m. ET MoreHouse Approves VA Health Care OverhaulMississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Will Stay Open After Court RulingFoster Dad Charged With Murder in Kansas Hot-Car Death NBC NewsPETA to Detroit: Go Vegan and We'll Pay Your Water Bill NBC NewsNot Just Ebola: What Diseases Could Threaten Americans? NBC NewsFederal officials badly managed the development of a website to sell health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, according to testimony that will be delivered to a…
  • Joe Lieberman: Obama Administration “Has Gone Off The Track” On Israel

    Zeke J Miller
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    After 24 years representing Connecticut in the Senate, Joe Lieberman left Washington in Jan. 2013 as a man without a party—a Democrat-turned-independent-turned-GOP-endorser. MorePresident of Honduras Expects Mass Deportations of Minors From U.S.Jim DeMint: Bank Reveals Washington’s ‘Rot and Corruption’Foster Dad Charged With Murder in Kansas Hot-Car Death NBC NewsPETA to Detroit: Go Vegan and We'll Pay Your Water Bill NBC NewsNot Just Ebola: What Diseases Could Threaten Americans? NBC NewsSpeaking to TIME 18 months later, Lieberman is content with his decision to quit the…
 
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  • House would block Obama from curbing deportations

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders say the House will vote to block President Barack Obama from extending relief from deportation to any more immigrants here illegally.
  • Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff.
  • War College to make final decision on Sen. Walsh

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas.
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.
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    Political Irony

  • What’s Wrong with American Business

    Iron Knee
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    You can’t get a much better example of why American business sucks. Forbes magazine just published an article “5 Reasons Why You Should Admire Comcast“. If I didn’t know better, I would think it was satire, but it isn’t. First, the article is so full of misinformation it isn’t even funny. Like one of their reasons to admire Comcast is because they have made lots of money while “waging war on competitors like Time Warner”. Hmmm, so that’s why when Comcast recently applied for federal permission to merge with Time Warner they claimed that it…
  • I wish the mainstream media was this aware

    Iron Knee
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow I look forward to seeing panel four more often, on the real news. Related posts: Prime evidence of why the Mainstream Media sucks The Mainstream Media is Worthless Mainstream Media loses last ounce of integrity
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Before the incursion that started yesterday the Israelis agreed to a five hour cease fire so the Palestinians could get supplies and food – how Jewish is that? ‘We’re going to attack you, but first you should eat.’” – Bill Maher “Marvel Comics announced that the next Captain America will be black. He has the same powers as white Captain America except he has to show ID when he votes.” – Bill Maher “New Rule: Americans who couldn’t get into the World Cup no matter how hard they tried have to stop feeling guilty about it. It…
  • Hillary Clinton

    Iron Knee
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I was recently invited to attend a private event, a live interview with Hillary Clinton followed by her answering questions from the audience. I had to think about it. I was never a huge fan of Bill Clinton’s presidency, and Hillary was a full partner in that. I was also dismayed by some of her tactics during the 2008 Democratic primary against Barack Obama. Not just that she ran a very aggressive campaign against him, but that she seemed to take it very personally, and by all accounts (even hers) had a hard time getting over it afterwards. I always prefer it when politicians are like…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “This week, our pal Rob Ford faced off against his four challengers in a debate for Toronto mayor. His opponents were, of course, pretty critical of his performance, but Ford said, ‘Hey, my record slurs for itself.’” – Jimmy Fallon “People love the new Pope, but I think it’s safe to say he’s gone crazy. Now he’s thinking about doing away with celibacy for priests. Are you like me? Are you thinking ‘Real Housewives of the Vatican?’” – David Letterman “I don’t know if this is a good idea or not. Do you really want…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Not Just Whistling 'Dixie': Peroutka Stands Up for Southern Secession

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Michael Peroutka, the Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council, stood up for secession and the white nationalist League of the South, at a hastily called, standing-room-only press conference on July 30 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement in and leadership of the League of the South, a white nationalist group that advocates conservative, Christian theocracy and secession to form a Southern Republic. Top Democratic and Republican leaders had called for him to resign from the group. Most prominently, Maryland Republican gubernatorial…
  • George W. Bush Finishes His Latest Masterpiece: A Biography Of His Father

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:27 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11. In 2010, Crown published the younger Bush's million-selling memoir, "Decision Points." "George H.W. Bush is a great servant, statesman, and father," George W. Bush said in a statement issued by Crown.
  • Children's Deaths Prompt New York Governor's Bold Medical Marijuana Move

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday called for faster implementation of the state's medical marijuana law, which passed last month but won't take effect for another year and a half. In a letter to the state Health Department, Cuomo cited the deaths of two children from complications of seizure disorders who could have been treated with medical cannabis. The Huffington Post reported last week that the death of 9-year-old Anna Conte prompted drug reform advocates to demand that Cuomo find a way to speed access to medical marijuana for patients with chronic conditions. "The deaths ...
  • World Bank Faces Pushback Over Leaked Safeguards

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    WASHINGTON -– The World Bank has been working to update safeguards intended to ensure that development projects it backs don’t hurt people or the environment. But environmental and civil activists are pushing back on a draft of proposed safeguards leaked last week, arguing they would weaken the standards and fail to adequately address climate concerns. Nezir Sinani, climate change coordinator at the Bank Information Center, a group that monitors the World Bank, criticized the climate portion of the draft. "There is sporadic mention of climate change, but nowhere lays out what governments…
  • Crisis at the Border: A Tragedy of Incentives

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    A picture by Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times perfectly captured the humanitarian crisis at the border. It has everything you need if you're looking for a way to get your heartstrings pulled at: It depicts a boy with a look of hope in his eyes handing over to a Border Patrol officer his birth certificate, which identifies him as Alejandro, age 8, and gives away his status as an unaccompanied minor of Honduran nationality who crossed the U.S. border illegally. The journeys across the desert of unaccompanied minors hoping to flee poverty and violence are not, by any means, a new fad. New…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Chris Cillizza's Fixation On Hillary Clinton's Wealth

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    In the past two months, Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza has used his platform at The Fix to obsess over the question of whether Hillary Clinton has sufficiently explained her family's wealth, dismissing Clinton's comments on income inequality while offering conflicting advice on how she should answer the question in a way that satisfies Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post.   Cillizza's latest post came in response to an interview Hillary Clinton gave to Fusion TV host Jorge Ramos that aired July 29. "Hillary Clinton still hasn't…
  • Conservative Media React To Domestic Violence Ad With Call For More Guns

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    Right-wing media reacted to an ad depicting gun-based domestic violence with the dangerous claim that keeping guns in the home would prevent such attacks. In fact, the presence of a firearm in a home where domestic abuse occurs increases the risk a woman will be murdered. In an ad released on July 29, gun violence prevention group Everytown for Gun Safety depicted the harrowing scene of a domestic abuser breaking into his estranged partner's home and shooting her with a gun. The ad was released to bring attention to a July 30 Senate Judiciary…
  • How Media's "Polarized" Voter Fixation Gives The Radical GOP A Pass

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Hitting on what has become one of the Beltway media's favorite narratives of 2014, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza this week bemoaned the fact that increased polarization within the electorate, fueled by spiraling partisanship, means "we are increasingly moving toward two entirely separate Americas, a liberal one and a conservative one." According to the writer, we're two separate, stubborn nations unwilling to communicate or compromise.   This type of analysis has been repeated often in recent weeks, in part because of an influential Pew Research study that fueled a larger media…
  • Mark Levin Lashes Out At Speaker Boehner For Claiming Republicans Don't Support Impeachment

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    From the July 29 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously: The Conservative War Over Impeachment Fox Host Claims Conservatives Aren't Talking About Impeachment 12 Days After One Called For Impeachment On His Show Fox's Sarah Palin: "Let's Get Going" On Impeaching President ObamaMark Levin: 'This President Deserves To Be Impeached"
  • Eric Boehlert On MSNBC's All In : Right-Wing Echo Chamber Is "An Incredibly Lucrative Business"

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    From the July 30 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:Previously: Sarah Palin Wants A Piece Of Fox's Audience (And She's Employed By Fox)
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Domestic Violence is Widespread in Arab Countries

    cesar chelala
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Gender violence, manifested essentially as violence against women, is one of the most significant epidemics in the Arab countries today. This kind of violence occurs in practically all countries in the region and affects families of all backgrounds, religions, and social spheres. It affects not only families but societies as a whole. Worldwide, violence is as common a cause of death and disability as cancer among women of reproductive age. It is also a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria put together. Public health experts increasingly consider violence against…
  • Giving Young Irish People Hope

    Lucy Fitzgerald
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    by Lucy Fitzgerald -Ireland- May was Mental Health Awareness month in Ireland. Key television ad campaigns encouraged those suffering from depression to reach out for help and high profile individuals shared their personal battles with depression. A month-long Green Ribbon campaign encouraged Irish people to openly discuss mental health and major events were held around the country raising vital funds for mental health organizations. The author and her friend participated in the Darkness into Light walk to raise much needed funds for charities. Photograph courtesy of the author. Despite this…
  • Building a Brighter Future for African Researchers

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    by Maina Waruru, Sci Dev, UK - For many years, Irene Wattanga has been one of only a handful of women working as a university mathematics lecturer in Kenya. She first worked as an assistant lecturer at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Nairobi, before becoming a fully-fledged lecturer in the late 1990s. Read More »
  • Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza refugee camp

    Reuters: World News
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, as Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal to try to halt more than three weeks of fighting.
  • Moscow fights back after sanctions; battle rages near Ukraine crash site

    Reuters: World News
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow-backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down.
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    Wonkette

  • Stalkers And Domestic Abusers Aren’t Allowed To Have Guns, Unfair!

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    OK, so if 26 dead children in Newtown, and a couple hundred dead kids since then, aren’t a good enough reason to pass gun control of some kind — even just an expansion of background checks to cover gun shows and private sales — maybe the specter of domestic violence would be enough to motivate lawmakers? In hearings today, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on the links between guns and domestic violence, and a new bill to restrict guns from suspects in stalking and domestic violence cases has been introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota). An editorial by…
  • George Zimmerman Goes On Patrol Again, ‘Guards’ Gun Store For Free, Gets Canned

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    So here’s the latest in the epic wanderings of George “Killer But Not A Murderer” Zimmerman: He got a great gig playing Night Watchman for “Pompano Pat’s,” a motorcycle-and-guns shop in DeLand, Florida, the very same gun shop that made some headlines last year when owner Pat Johnson offered Zimmerman a free gun just days after he was acquitted of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. And just to make things interesting, it’s not an actual job, but more of a hobby or something — Pat’s was robbed earlier this month, and then Zimmerman just…
  • This Victoria Jackson Story Has A Video Of A Butt That Opens Beers

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Wonkette Best Frenemy Victoria Jackson is, of course, running for a County Commissioner seat in Williamson County, Tennessee. But that’s not her only hobby! She is also using her influential voice to help other likeminded candidates, like Williamson County School Board member Mark Gregory, who’s seeking reelection to a fourth term. Mr. Gregory is just the sort of person Victoria Jackson wants making school policy: He opposes Common Core because he believes “there are federal fingerprints all over these standards,” and if the federal government says Thomas Jefferson was…
  • Rep. Steve King: Immigrants Loading Up On Slut Pills On ‘Rape Path’ To ‘Death Train’, Sure Why Not

    Kaili Joy Gray
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    If it is a day of the week, which it usually is, then you can bet Rep. Steve King, the self-proclaimed Jesus of Iowa, is choke-holding logic and reason and common decency and kicking puppies and torturing chickens because he is Steve King. And Steve King is awful, terrible, awfully terrible, terribly awful, and just plain stupid. Whether he’s talking about scary Messicans or scary ladyparts or scary Obama or scary voices in Steve King’s head, he is always striving to scrape the scum-covered bottom of the wingnut barrel to show us just how Steve King he can be. So it will surprise…
  • Wingnut Congressional Candidate Lady Simply Does Not Care For ‘Infected Poors’

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    This serious-looking lady surrounded by insane anti-immigrant signs (including one decrying the debunked “immigrant resort with Wi-Fi and a weight room” story) is Kathy Weppner, a Republican candidate for Congress from Buffalo, New York. She’s a birther who has stated that Bill Clinton once had a sexually transmitted disease, and she once had her own local rightwing radio show where she enthusiastically interviewed Orly Taitz. And she is definitely someone who needs to stay on Wonkette’s radar — just look at her brilliant email Q-and-A with The Buffalo News. But…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Organizing for Action asks WaPo to recognize its work, with hilarious results

    Mary Katharine Ham
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Grassroots. To be fair to Organizing for Action, the juggernaut grassroots organization born of the Obama campaign, let me first present what they’ve been up to today, via an e-mail to their list: Heads up: On Monday, President Obama turns 53 — and for his birthday this year, we’d like to try something a little different. […] Read this post »
  • S.E. Cupp: It’s a myth that conservatism is hostile to atheism

    Allahpundit
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    "I’d go so far as to say conservatism is far more intellectually honest and respectful of atheism than liberalism has been." Well, sort of yes and sort of no. She’s right that most conservatives welcome atheist fellow travelers. I remember telling a friend before HA launched that I’d be writing for a righty website and him telling me that I should hide my nonbelief, but I didn’t and it’s never been a problem. The most static […] Read this post »
  • Chuck Todd: Democrats and Republicans should be embarrassed by this impeachment nonsense

    Guy Benson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    "Cynical, ugly, disgusting!" Todd’s critique assumes a capacity for embarrassment, which rarely seems to be a feature of this crew’s modus operandi: “Josh Earnest is sitting at the podium trying to tick off names of, ‘Ooh, look at the Republicans who want impeachment.’ It’s not serious,” Todd said. “… I think the White House ought to be embarrassed for […] Read this post »
  • GAO investigation: Why, yes, the Healthcare.gov disaster was the result of terrible government management

    Allahpundit
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Huh. I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the same thing: “It seems so out of character.” We knew some of this before, but it’s nice to have an arm of the federal government itself acknowledge just how badly Team Hopenchange blew it on their big technocratic showpiece. It’s the perfect way to mark O […] Read this post »
  • Rand Paul calls out MSNBC… on MSNBC

    Noah Rothman
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Boom. Amid a bipartisan push to reform America’s drug sentencing laws, Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday to drum up grassroots support for this reform effort. While their proposal has a lot of merit, Paul seemed to me to be wasting his breath appearing on MSNBC where the message […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Insurance Do’s And Don’ts For The Average Person

    Randy
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    TIP! You can save money on insurance expenses by getting the latest quotes before you purchase or renew a policy. Each company uses a different method to calculate your premiums. Insurance can be tricky for many people. Finding the right balance between good coverage and affordable premiums is a challenge. Approach your insurance search in an organized manner to find the most affordable coverage that meets your needs. TIP! When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. Most policies over fairly wide coverage but, in the situation that you’re exposed…
  • Basic Tips On How To Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    TIP! Before getting into the stock market, carefully observe it. Before investing, try studying the market for a while. Investing is a subject where there is plenty to learn about. If you read all that is written about investing it would take you an extremely long time and leave you more confused than before you began reading. What do you need to comprehend before you start investing? This article will explain everything. “Keep it simple” can apply to stock market investment. Keeping trading activity, market predictions and data analysis simple, can help you to avoid making…
  • Simple To Follow Home Business Ideas That Work

    Randy
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    TIP! When it comes to your customer’s needs, make sure you go beyond the call of duty to satisfy their unique requirements. Always take the extra step. Running a online business is a smart way to work while spending more time at home. The best way to guarantee a successful home based business is knowing how to build it and run it. Keep reading to learn how to be successful. TIP! Join a few online forums and discussion groups that focus on the subject of home business. A search will lead you in the right direction and turn up plenty of sites that will provide plenty of useful…
  • Real Estate Tips That Will Save You Money

    Randy
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    TIP! When you have kids, or are planning to start a family in the future, make sure you buy a home that can accommodate everyone. Steep stairs or swimming pools are items to closely examine if you have children in the home. You just need to know the best ways to be a buyer in the market, whether you are an investor or a first time home buyer. Follow the tips laid out here if you wish to make the buying process an easy one. TIP! The Internet can be your best friend when house hunting, so remember to use the net to check out homes and neighborhoods. You can find out a good deal of information…
  • Navigating Insurance Information: Tricks Of The Trade

    Randy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    TIP! Get fresh quotes before buying or renewing an insurance policy, and save money. Each insurance company will differ in their criteria for premiums and discounts. Buying an insurance plan can be an aggravating experience, whether it’s for your apartment, home or car. However, there is no need for it to always be frustrating. Using the right advice, you may buy a policy stress-free. This article can be of assistance to you. TIP! Bundle together all of your insurance policies to save some money. The most common bundle you will come across is discounted home and auto insurances sold…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Best Reactions to the “50 Most Beautiful” List

    fdc
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    There have been a lot of reactions to The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful List, a tradition 11 years in the running, but we’ve collected a few of the best here. Enjoy. Best Use of Smarmy Sarcasm “Scientifically speaking, the most beautiful person on the hill would be a well-oiled sailor in wrinkled jeans, a tie, [...]The post Best Reactions to the “50 Most Beautiful” List appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #NATIONAL #DarthVader2016; 100 days until the election, can you make it?; Summer Vortex > Polar Vortex; Yelp trends: Chicken or the egg?; Nope nope nope nope; Could a Sharknado actually happen?; Type /ponystream into your gchat, just do it; Don’t just adopt a pet, adopt a best friend; there’s an out-of-control satellite full of procreating geckos in [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Reactions to Metro Could Only Be This Happy in Commercials

    fdc
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    The post Reactions to Metro Could Only Be This Happy in Commercials appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Review

    Wendell White
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Skinny (No Spoilers) Apes so real, you’ll feel like they ACTUALLY want to kill you! Solid film and sequel. The entire movie depends on the CGI and the effects don’t disappoint. The Apes steal the show, leaving humans as supporting cast and catalyst for the drama within the primate’s world. While nothing really shocked [...]The post Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Review appeared first on FamousDC.
  • What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane?

    Redneck Genius
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Nothing. Ben’s Chili Bowl just opened in DCA. Because nothing says, “hey, that’s me in the middle seat,” as you clutch a bowl of chili before a 4-hour flight. h/t ByersThe post What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane? appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Henry Siegman, Leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza: "A Slaughter of Innocents"

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Given his background, what American Jewish leader Henry Siegman has to say about Israel’s founding in 1948 through the current assault on Gaza may surprise you. From 1978 to 1994, Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Germany three years before the Nazis came to power in 1933, Siegman’s family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist…
  • "They Thought They'd Be Safe. They Were Wrong": 20 Gazans Killed in Israeli Bombing of U.N. Shelter

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed in the most intensive 48-hour bombardment of Gaza so far. At least 50 Palestinians have died over the past day, bringing the death toll from Israel’s three-week assault to more than 1,250. Earlier today, two bombs hit a school in the Jabaliya refugee camp used by the United Nations to house displaced Palestinians. Around 20 Palestinians were reportedly killed, including a medic and an infant. Scores were injured. The United Nations has accused Israel of bombing the school. It marks the sixth time a U.N. shelter has been attacked since…
  • Headlines for July 30, 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dozens Killed in Israel's Worst Bombardment of Gaza So FarU.N. Blames Israel for Deadly Shelling of School Housing Displaced GazansCivilians "Torn Apart" in Deadly Israeli Strikes on Jabaliya Refugee CampMost of Gaza Without Electricity After Israeli Bombing of Power Plant26 Peace Activists Arrested at Israeli Mission to U.N. in NYCU.S., EU Unveil Toughest Sanctions on Russia to DateAppeals Court Strikes Down Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law, Saving Lone Clinic from ClosureNLRB: McDonald's Can't Avoid Wage, Union Demands Through Franchisees
  • Mass U.S. Surveillance Targeting Journalists and Lawyers Seen as Threat to American Democracy

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    In a new report, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union warn that "large-scale surveillance is seriously hampering U.S.-based journalists and lawyers in their work." The report is based on interviews with dozens of reporters and lawyers. They describe a media climate where journalists take cumbersome security steps that slows down their reporting. Sources are afraid of talking, as aggressive prosecutions scare government officials into staying silent, even about issues that are unclassified. For lawyers, the threat of surveillance is stoking fears they will be…
  • Jeremy Scahill: Leaked U.S. Terrorist Watchlist Rulebook Reveals "Global Stop and Frisk Program"

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    The Obama administration has expanded the national terrorist watchlist system by approving broad guidelines over who can be targeted. A leaked copy of the secret government guidebook reveals that to be deemed a "terrorist" target, "irrefutable evidence or concrete facts are not necessary." Both "known" and "suspected" suspects are tracked, and terrorism is so broadly defined that it includes people accused of damaging property belonging to the government or financial institutions. Other factors that can justify inclusion on the watchlist include…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, July 27

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    A brief cease-fire in Gaza and a stalled investigation of the downed Malaysian flight will dominate the Sunday shows conversation.
  • 10 Questions for Hillary Rodham Clinton

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke Thursday with The Times's John Harwood about America’s current foreign policy crises, potential presidential rivals and her relationship with the press.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, July 20

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    The downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza will dominate the conversation on the Sunday talk shows.
  • New Batch of Clinton-Era Papers Is Released

    By THE NEW YORK TIMES
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    The National Archives on Friday unsealed about 1,000 pages of documents from the Clinton administration, the sixth such release in recent months.
  • What’s News in Washington: White House Faces Dual International Crises

    By ALAN RAPPEPORT
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    While President Obama has tried to keep focused on domestic issues this week, news out of Ukraine and Gaza has overshadowed what’s happening closer to home.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Scottish Independence Referendum A Nailbiter

    Chris Lawrence
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Scotland shown within the U.K. Image by Wikimedia user UKPhoenix79; licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.University of Southampton economist Arkadiusz Wiśniowski and his fellow researchers have been tracking the polls leading up to the Scottish independence referendum in mid-September, and estimate that while the polls generally have shown a ‘no’ vote narrowly leading, their model shows that the pro-independence side still has a good chance of winning: Our forecast suggests a close result, which might surprise some readers given that support for independence has never been ahead in…
  • So, Which Party Actually Brought Up Impeachment First Anyway?

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    As I noted yesterday, Republicans have taken the position that the current ongoing talk of the impeachment of President Obama is nothing more than a Democratic fundraising ploy in advance of the midterm elections. While it is true, as FiveThirtyEight points out today, that Democrats are currently talking about the issue more than Republicans, a little bit of research reveals the following: As early as 2011, Congressman Michael Burgess (R., Tx.) was quoted as saying that the GOP should use impeachment to stop the President from “pushing his agenda.”; More recently, in May…
  • Obama To Take New Executive Action On Immigration?

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    As Congress dithers on passing a bill to deal with the border crisis and the House makes exceedingly clear that it has no intention of acting on immigration of any kind before the midterm elections at least, and possibly not any time before the President is out of office, Talking Points Memo’s Erica Werner notes that the White House is contemplating broad executive action on the issue of immigration that will likely set up another confrontation with the Republicans in Congress: Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making…
  • Despite International Pressure, Israeli Public Supports Netanyahu On The War In Gaza

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    After a weekend cease fire, the war in Gaza has resumed in earnest over the past several days notwithstanding several efforts by people on both sides to stop the fighting for even a brief period of time for humanitarian reasons. On Sunday, for example, Hamas had announced that there would be a twelve hour cease fire, but then they were firing rockets into Israel less than an hour after it had been announced. Yesterday, the Palestinian Authority had announced that there would be a humanitarian cease fire only to have Hamas come out and say that there would be no cease fire at all. Israel has…
  • Economy Bounces Back From The Polar Vortex Slowdown

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    The first three months of 2014 were notable mostly for the cold, snowy weather that gripped much of the nation for an extended period of time, but they also marked one of the worst periods for the economy in some time. By the time the final estimate came out last month, the Commerce Department was reporting that Gross Domestic Product had shrunk nearly 3% in the first three months of the year. At the time, most analysts attributed the decline to the fact that the weather had slowed economic growth across the board, and the general consensus was that the Second Quarter would see a rebound from…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Is It a Ceasefire If You Don’t Cease Fire?

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com Israel called a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire on Wednesday, and then shelled a market in Gaza, killing 17 Palestinians and injuring 200 more, according to Palestinian authorities. NPR reports on the confusing nature of the ceasefire, which came with caveats that may not have been clearly communicated or understood: “The Israel Defense Forces declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday. But the army said it did not apply where soldiers were already engaged and that residents who had evacuated should not return to those areas.”…
  • A Venerable Jewish Voice For Peace

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    By Amy Goodman The Israeli assault on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip has entered its fourth week. This military attack, waged by land, sea and air, has been going on longer than the devastating assault in 2008/2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians. Related Entries July 30, 2014 Is It a Ceasefire If You Don’t Cease Fire? July 30, 2014 Bolivian President Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’
  • Bolivian President Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The South American country hasn’t had diplomatic ties with Israel since 2009, and announced Wednesday that Israeli citizens would need to obtain permission before crossing its borders. Anyone whose done any backpacking knows that young Israelis are avid travelers. It tradition to take an extended tour of the globe when done with mandatory military service. It’s doubtful that a visa requirement from one South American country will prompt Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cease his war on Gaza, but perhaps it speaks to Israel’s waning popularity on the world stage.
  • Palin’s Death Panel

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries July 30, 2014 Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video) July 30, 2014 ISIS Cocoon
  • And Now for a Little Good News About the Economy

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
      The Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, D.C. Shutterstock The Federal Reserve released some positive news Wednesday about the state of the U.S. economy, pointing to better figures than expected in the second quarter of 2014 while registering ongoing concern about unemployment (via USA Today): Citing an improving economy and labor market, the Federal Reserve agreed Wednesday to continue to wind down bond purchases intended to hold down long-term interest rates and spur growth. In a statement after its two-day meeting, the Fed acknowledged the recent rapid fall in unemployment and…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Prominent Conservative Pundit Tells Black Musician To ‘Shut Up And Play The Piano’

    Judd Legum
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    CREDIT: AP John Podhoretz, a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan with a regular column in the New York Post, told musician John Legend to “shut up and play the piano” in a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon. Podhoretz was prompted by a tweet that Legend sent criticizing Israel’s treatment of Secretary of State John Kerry. Podhoretz’s tweet was widely criticized for playing into racist stereotypes of African American entertainers. Rather than apologize or address the controversy, Podhoretz apparently deleted his Twitter account. He was an extremely active user of the…
  • House Republicans Vote To Sue Obama

    Josh Israel
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    CREDIT: White House/Pete Souza The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorize Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposing the measure. The resolution gives Boehner the authority to…
  • Texas Lawmaker Uses Ethnic Slur To Describe Child Victims Of Hurricane Katrina

    Nicole Flatow
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Rep. Dennis Bonnen CREDIT: AP Photo/Harry Cabluck A leader of the Texas House of Representatives referred to children who moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina using a term viewed by many as a deeply offensive ethic slur. In an exchange first publicized by Progress Texas, Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R) referred to the children as “coonass” at a hearing on the fiscal impact of migrants crossing the border into Texas. During a discussion on what resources would be needed in schools to accommodate migrant children, Bonnen, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, recalled Texas’ experience…
  • How Climate Denial Could Cost This Iowa Senate Candidate An Election

    Jeff Spross
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    State Sen. Joni Ernst waves to supporters after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. CREDIT: AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall Storm clouds are beginning to gather for Joni Ernst, the Republicans’ contender for Iowa’s Senate seat this November. Within the last month, several liberal and environmental groups have targeted her with campaigns aimed at highlighting her climate positions and the money she’s received from the Koch Brothers and other fossil fuel groups. The latest — a rather slick production from NextGen Climate — promises to be the first…
  • Virginia Elections Secretary Accidentally Mails 125,000 Erroneous Voter Registration Warnings

    Josh Israel
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Virginia State Board of Elections sent about 125,000 registered voters a notification last week telling them they appeared to be registered in another state. But the Board confirmed Wednesday that the letters accidentally went to voters who had merely moved within Virginia — not voters with registrations in multiple states. The letter, signed by Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary Donald Palmer, was sent out on June 23, 2014 in a mailer marked “Official Voter Information Request” and “Your Response Requested.” The letter stated: According to our…
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    Slate Articles

  • Urban Biking: A Love Story

    Mike Pesca
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Listen to Episode 60 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Washington Football Team Facts

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Here at WashingtonFootballTeamFacts.com (sponsored by online magazine/grass-roots movement Slate), we’re thinking football fans. We believe the team’s nickname needs to go—that “history” and “tradition” are no excuse for continuing to use a slur that offends so many Native Americans.
  • Ukraine’s War of Independence

    Lucian Kim
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The latest round of economic sanctions against Russia is an act of desperation by Western leaders, baffled by Vladimir Putin’s intransigence over the conflict in Ukraine. Pleas and threats—voiced in backroom meetings and countless phone calls with the Russian president—failed to move Putin to publicly disown the pro-Russian rebels. Even the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine didn’t sway the Kremlin leader. The sanctions announced by the U.S. and European Union on Tuesday are an admission that the diplomatic toolkit is officially empty.
  • An Evil Wind

    Brian Michael Jenkins
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Global terrorist enterprises inspired by al-Qaida’s ideology pose a continuing threat to the United States. That threat has been enhanced by the presence of thousands of foreign fighters who have joined al-Qaida offshoots Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, now known as the Islamic State.
  • Dear Prudence Live Chat

    Emily Yoffe
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Watch: UN Agency Spokesman Breaks Down In Tears While Talking About Gaza School Bombing

    AJ Vicens
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    United Nations Relief Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness has been talking to media outlets around the world about the situation in Gaza, "advocating passionately," as he puts it, "for Palestine refugees to enjoy all their rights to the full, including the right to a just and durable solution." On Wednesday, Gunness—whose agency runs schools in Gaza that are being used as shelters by Palestinian families, and have been attacked six times in the current conflict, was talking about Wednesday's school bombing that reportedly left 15 dead. "The rights of Palestinians, even their children,…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 30, 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The USS George Washington conducts flight operations east of Okinawa. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Beverly J. Lesonik.)
  • Fast-Food Workers Just Took McDonald’s Down a Notch

    Erika Eichelberger
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    On Tuesday evening, the federal government dealt a huge blow to McDonald’s, which has for over a year and a half been the target of worker protests and lawsuits over its low wages and questionable labor practices. McDonald’s has long maintained that as a parent company, it cannot be held liable for the decisions individual franchises make about pay and working conditions. On Tuesday, the general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that this is nonsense, saying that the $5.6 billion company is indeed responsible for employment practices at its local…
  • Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic Will Remain Open—For Now

    Molly Redden
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The last abortion clinic in Mississippi has been on the brink of closure for nearly two years. But the fight to shutter the Jackson Women's Health Organization may have ended Tuesday, when the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the strict anti-abortion measure that would have closed its doors forever. The court fight to save the clinic began in 2012, after state lawmakers passed a bill requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital—or else face criminal charges. Restrictive anti-abortion bills had already closed several clinics in the state,…
  • Anyone With a Concealed Carry Permit Can Now Come Dangerously Close to the White House

    Stephanie Mencimer
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A federal judge has ordered the District of Columbia to stop enforcing its restrictions on carrying handguns on the streets of the nation's capital. The decision also forced the District government to allow out-of-state concealed carry and open carry permit holders to wield their weapons within steps of the White House. Senior District Court Judge Fredrick Scullin Jr., ruling from his regular post in Syracuse, New York, said that the case is a no-brainer. Based on the US Supreme Court's 2008 ruling in DC v. Heller, which validated the individual right to bear arms, Scullin said the city's gun…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • McDonnell Trial, Day 3: Donor Says Gifts Were Exchange For Access

    karoli
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Today's drama in the McDonnell trial was provided by businessman Jonnie Williams, who testified that he bought gifts and provided trips in order to gain access to the McDonnells. In one exchange about his private plane, Williams said "If you are a Virginia company, you want to make sure you have access to those people [politicians] and the airplane accomplishes that." Williams also testified that he viewed his relationship with the former Governor and First Lady as a business relationship, and that he never considered McDonnell a friend. He wanted state authorization for research purposes,…
  • House GOP Unilaterally Votes To Advance Boehner's Lawsuit (Updated)

    karoli
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Coming as a surprise to no one ever, John Boehner's Republican majority voted to advance their lawsuit against President Obama for not implementing a law they voted to repeal over 50 times -- the Affordable Care Act. TPM: House Republicans officially gave Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) their seal of approval on Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama, marking the first time in U.S. history that a chamber of Congress has endorsed a lawsuit against a president. The House adopted the resolution by a vote of 225-201. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic conference to vote against the…
  • Bachmann: Obama Wants To Bring In Migrant Children For Medical Research

    karoli
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    [embed eid="9174" /] Right Wing Watch has the whole story, but the top level overview is that Bachmann has twisted the Justina Pelletier story into some nefarious plot by the government to use the unfortunate for medical experimentation. Which brings us to her newest theory about the migrant children at the border: Appearing on "WallBuilders Live" today to promote her law, Bachmann tied the issue to the debate surrounding the treatment of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border, claiming that President Obama and the medical community want to bring tens of thousands of children from…
  • Fox News' Bob Beckel Calls The Bachelorette Star 'A Slut'

    John Amato
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I think it's time for Fox News' Bob Beckel to retire or be retired. Lately, he's been on a crazy tear of racism and sexism and it only seems to be accelerating. While discussing the very influential season finale of The Bachelorette (just kidding), it was revealed that the star slept with the runner up and that revelation about sex made Beckel very mad indeed. Beckel: You're exactly right and she's a slut. Amanda Marcotte at Raw Story explains: Anyway, we all know the purpose of Fox News dwelling on this—to get their audience to gripe about girls these days and disingenuously pretend that…
  • Drunk Country Fans Videotape As 17-year-old Is Raped By Man At Keith Urban Concert

    David
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A Boston man was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl he met at a Keith Urban concert over the weekend. Country music singer Keith Urban's Boston concert made news earlier this week after at least 46 fans were treated for alcohol-related illnesses, and 50 people were taken in to custody by police. But on Monday, authorities disclosed that the booze-soaked fun turned violent in at least one case. According to The Sun Chronicle, Mansfield police determined that 18-year-old Sean Murphy began kissing the 17-year-old girl after meeting her at the concert on Sunday, and then took her away from her…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for July 30, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who was wrong on the internet. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 30, 2014
  • Scholars and Rogues Fiction: “Genuflection” by A.J. Huffman

    fiction
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    The obedient dancer enters, on pointe.  A sacrifice of white, she does not realize she is already a ghost of the star she should have become. Her veil flies behind her, wing to fuel her leaps.  Her eyes, already lost … Continue reading →
  • What if we treated our economy like a triage scenario?

    Frank Balsinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:39 pm
    $400 billion down the hole on the F-35, and that’s just one tip of one iceberg There’s been a horrible accident. One patient has a punctured lung. Another one has a grievous wound at the femoral artery and is bleeding … Continue reading →
  • Adam Wainwright, Derek Jeter & NY’s race for governor

    Rich Lee
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    America can’t handle the truth. In a pivotal scene of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, a tough and hardened Marine colonel named Nathan Jessup declares “You can’t handle the truth” to the young military attorney questioning him during a … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 29, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    “Half full”? I wish my glass was half full. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 29, 2014
 
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Similarities and more similarities: Turkey, Israel, and the Kurds, and the Palestinians

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Murat Cem MengüçNowadays, the similarities between Israel and Turkey are ever more striking. Both countries are populated by a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual demographic. And, both are ruled by governments/states which insist on a uniform national identity. The ruling elite in both countries consider themselves as chosen people who would realize a heavenly fiction. They both oppress a particular ethnic community more than the other ethnicities, to the extent that they murder them in thousands. And, both countries suffer from the consequences having toyed, or toying with…
  • Visions of Gulf Security

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Courting Fitnah: Saudi responses to the Arab UprisingsMARCH 20, 2014By Augustus Richard Norton, Boston University* This memo was prepared for the “Visions of Gulf Security” workshop, March 9, 2014.[Download this essay and a dozen others from the March 2014 conference.]The logic and impact of Saudi interventions in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria suggest a state pursuing confounding aims with improvised, if not impulsive policies. It is often asserted that the instability-averse Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a status quo power, but recent Saudi actions suggest that it seeks to undermine…
  • What do the Turks want?

    2 Jun 2013 | 8:17 am
    Until now, Turkey’s governing Islamist and conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) saw itself as immune to the political and economic turmoil which shook Europe, Americas and the Middle East. Having regulated its economy, especially its banking sector prior to the global meltdown of 2007-2008, AKP government believed it was on the right track. Having subsided the Kurdish insurgency in a rather peaceful manner, it thought it avoided a possible Kurdish Spring. And having dealt with the Syrian war in tandem with the international community, it was careful enough to avoid being sucked…
  • "The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Lessons from the Iraqi Refugee Experience"--a new report from the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University

    18 May 2013 | 8:16 am
    Download the free report (PDF) from the IIS website.  A Kindle version is due presently, and an iBooks edition is in progress.[Cross-posted with "From the Field"]From the Foreword:Credible estimates reveal that one of every six Syrians has fled their home, or what remains of their home, often with little more than what they might carry in their arms or wear on their back. Millions have sought safety in other towns and villages, and many have been forced to flee several times to escape the crossfire of rival opposition fighters and government forces. About one and half million Syrians now…
  • Obama’s Moment to Make the Case for Middle East Peace

    11 Mar 2013 | 6:10 pm
    Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace*[Cross-linked with From the Field.]If it were easy to do, an American president would have long ago shepherded Israelis and Palestinians into the negotiated two-state peace agreement that both peoples and their neighbors so clearly need — a peace that would greatly enhance U.S. interests.There are many reasons why it will be hard for President Obama to achieve, in his second term, the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord that has eluded him and his predecessors for so long. The rise of radical one-state nationalists and ideologically driven settlers in…
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I have only one thing to add to the endless news of Israel’s brutal, unrelenting onslaught in Gaza: and it’s at the very end of a live TV interview Chris Gunness did today. Gunness is the head of the UN’s Relief and Works Agency in Gaza. Israel bombed another of their schools today, killing children sleeping in a place they thought was safe. This seems to me to be the only human response: I’m trying to restrain my emotions for the sake of intellectual clarity. In that spirit, a reader rightly noted how the US, in Afghanistan, has also killed children in collateral…
  • Best Cover Song Ever?

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    No surprise about this hugely popular choice in the in-tray: I nominate Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”: The Leonard Cohen version was beautiful, no doubt, but Buckley’s version made it gorgeous! How another reader puts it: It’s a revelatory interpretation that takes a poetic, if unremarkably performed, slow dirge and turns it into a soul-incinerating prayer. It’s an amazing example of a good song finding its most powerful expression in the hands of another artist. Another notes, “I don’t even think ‘Watchtower’ has a whole book written about it.”…
  • Dish Shirts Are Here!

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    [Re-posted from earlier this week] Finally – after lots of your input – we’re psyched to offer you a choice of four custom Dish shirts. If you’re dying to take a look and want to skip the descriptions below, head straight to our storefront and buy your shirt now! We thought we’d start our store simply enough by offering two t-shirts. The first is a light blue one emblazoned with the Dish logo across the chest (see above on the left). Or if you prefer the baying beagle by herself, check out the gray Howler Tee (modeled by the dashing bear on the right). I love the…
  • Sullybait Extra

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Yes, from an AP story about a botched male genital mutilation: Axon declined to answer questions about specifics in the suit, including whether the man had a penis when he left the hospital.
  • Bearing Witness, Or Wearing Us Down?

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    #Gaza: More than 100 Palestinians said to have been killed in the last 24 hours http://t.co/4SCcrfLmt0 pic.twitter.com/37dxsYYBNA — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 29, 2014 The firehose of social media allows both reporters and citizen journalists to reach massive audiences in real time. David Carr weighs the ups and downs of this immediacy when it comes to war reporting: Bearing witness is the oldest and perhaps most valuable tool in the journalist’s arsenal, but it becomes something different delivered in the crucible of real time, without pause for reflection. It is unedited,…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Federal Contractors Will Face Rules on Labor Practices

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order Thursday requiring federal contractors to disclose any labor violations and giving federal agencies new guidance on how to consider those violations when awarding contracts, a White House official said.
  • Holder Expands Voting Rights Battle

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    The Obama administration filed court papers challenging Republican-backed election laws in Ohio and Wisconsin as the legal fights over voting rights spread beyond traditional Southern borders.
  • Russia Defiant in Face of Sanctions

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Russia reacted with defiance to the decisions by the U.S. and EU to impose the harshest sanctions yet on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.
  • Lawmakers Scramble to Pass Highway Bill

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The government will begin delaying and cutting payments to states for highway projects Friday unless Congress passes funding legislation.
  • Growth Rebound Stokes Fed Debate

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Federal Reserve officials delivered a modestly more upbeat assessment of the economy Wednesday amid a second-quarter growth rebound and deepening debate inside the central bank about when to start raising interest rates.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • War Is Coming

    Paul Craig Roberts
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be vaporized due to the US missile bases that Europe hosts to guarantee its “security.” As reported by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, the Russian response to the extra-legal ruling of a corrupt court in the Netherlands, which had no jurisdiction over the case on which it ruled,…
  • The Looting of Eurasia by the West

    Anne Williamson
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Kiev’s hastily assembled, post-coup coalitions couldn’t hold, and Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk threw in the towel last Thursday. On his way out, news stories said, the PM expressed his “disappointment with Ukrainian parliament’s decision to reject a bill that allows the government to hand over up to 49 percent of the country’s gas transport system to investors from the European Union and the United States.” In other words, what the U.S. and the E.U. have got themselves up to in Ukraine isn’t so much a demented, madhouse mirror set of policies built on bluster and gross deceit…
  • LRC Best-Selling Books

    No Author
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto - Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ - Roger Stone From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present - Jacques Barzun White House Call Girl: The Real Watergate Story - Phil Stanford The Break - Sean Gabb Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed - Jason L. Riley A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State - John Whitehead A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War - Thomas Fleming…
  • The Greatest Evil on Earth?

    David Stockman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Imperial Washington is truly running amuck in its insensible confrontation with Vladimir Putin. The pending round of new sanctions is a counter-productive joke. Apparently, more of Vlad’s posse will be put on double probation, thereby reducing demand for Harry Macklowe’s swell new $60 million apartment units on Park Avenue. Likewise, American exporters of high tech oilfield equipment will be shot in the foot with an embargo; and debt-saturated Russian state companies will be denied the opportunity to bury themselves even deeper in dollar debt by borrowing on the New York bond…
  • How Much Sugar Is in That Coffee Drink?

    Dr. David Brownstein
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    My daughter Jessi was complaining that there is too much sugar in many coffee drinks and other beverages sold at various restaurants. That started us on a search of how much sugar is actually in commonly ordered beverages. Keep in mind the American Heart Association recommends that women ingest no more than 25 grams of sugar per day and men ingest less than 37.5 grams per day. When I looked at how much sugar was in some of these drinks, I cringed. When I was a teenager, I used to love drinking Coke. However, in my adult life, I can state that I have not had a soda in a very long time—it…
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    ABC NEWS

  • Boehner v. Obama: House Approves Resolution to Sue President

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In a partisan vote that marks a new escalation in the Republican confrontation with President Obama, the House of Representatives approved a resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner to initiate litigation against the president. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic Caucus in opposition to the...
  • Watch: Obama Pushing Congress to Focus on the Economy After GDP Increased 4 Percent in the 2nd Quarter

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    President Obama is urging Congress to make the economy a high priority after the hefty increase in the 2nd quarter.
  • U.S. Has Sold Ammunition to Israel Since Start of Gaza Conflict

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    In the last week the U.S. has provided Israel with mortars and ammunition for grenade launchers requested as part of a foreign military arms sale.   The weapons came from a $1 billion stockpile of ammunition stored by the U.S. military in Israel for that country’s...
  • Watch: John McCain Says US, FIFA Should Reconsider Russian World Cup

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The Arizona senator says he'd like to see the US and others reconsider the location of the 2018 World Cup.
  • Inside the Lavish Life That Put Bob McDonnell and His Wife In Court

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are currently standing trial on federal corruption charges in what is already shaping up to be the juiciest political legal drama of the summer -- maybe even the year. The couple stands accused of accepting over $165,000 in lavish gifts and loans from a friend of the family. And just a few days into the trial, it turns out the friend, Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, was much more than that. Attorneys for McDonnell say the couple couldn’t have conspired to use his office for personal gain because they suffered “a…
 
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    town hall

  • I've been married 20 years

    Stephanie
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    and, it really doesn't feel like it.  Time flies when you're having fun, and our marriage has been lots and lots of fun.I remember when I was dating Wes and considering whether or not he was the kind of person I wanted to be married to, I seriously contemplated all aspects of our relationship.  And, although my heart and soul where deeply distracted with all sorts of twitterpated feelings, my mind was clear and I  spent some serious time studying it out in my head- whether Wes was not only a good match for me, but whether he was good person. Of course I was in no way perfect,…
  • Am I your hate-read?

    Stephanie
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    (Documenting my good hair day today.  Thank you good hair gods for giving me this sweet gift on my birthday.)I've been thinking for months that the one thing I'd like most for my birthday is to have a day where I could say whatever was on my mind and have no repercussions for doing so.  And, that's not realistic, I know, but still.  I like to fantasize about the possibility of it.  How freeing it would be.  How nice it would feel to not have to constantly filter everything I think, and just let the truth of the matter flow freely from my lips.But, the cost would be…
  • Personal Declaration of Independence

    Stephanie
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While rummaging through boxes of Cate's personal effects, we came across this gem.  Enjoy!2010Preamble  We The People of America declare our independence from The Emma Hall.  This child invades our privacy and personal space.  She also destroys our property and blackmails us.  The utterly worst part is, she gets away with it all without proper punishment, and therefore, she repeats her actions!Declaration of Nature Rights  We, us in America, would like the right to get revenge on The Emma Hall.  We would not exactly do what she has done to us; we only want…
  • hold me...

    Stephanie
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    When my babies were still babies I'd often struggle with feeling "touched out".  Meaning, I would get physically and mentally tired of being physically smothered by my children all day long.  Picture this:  I'm sitting on the couch nursing one child, while my pre-schooler and toddler were snuggled up to or strewn about the rest of my body, rubbing my face or playing with my hair as they watched another episode of Little Bear.  Or, we'd all be sitting on a pew at church and I'd have a child on my lap, another on one side of me, another on the other side and one pulling on…
  • The summer of fulfilling realistic dreams

    Stephanie
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Every summer my kids seem to compile a list of dreams they want to fulfill during the summer.  And, more often than not, those dreams include things like- walk on The Great Wall of China, adopt a miniature horse, or go on tour with One Direction (still loving that group, sigh.).  And, it's frustrating for me to constantly shoot down their dreams because of practicality and cost and everything else.  So, this year I proclaimed our 2014 summer theme to be: "The summer to fulfill realistic dreams!", and every Monday night we set out to do so.The first dream fulfilling night…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells GMO Critics to "Chill Out"

    Chris Mooney
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Cosmos star Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for defending climate science and the science of evolution. And now, in a video recently posted on YouTube (the actual date when it was recorded is unclear), he takes a strong stand on another hot-button scientific topic: Genetically modified foods. In the video, Tyson can be seen answering a question posed in French about "des plantes transgenetiques"—responding with one of his characteristic, slowly-building rants. "Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food," asserts Tyson. "There are no…
  • Paul Ryan Refuses to Talk About the Cost of His Anti-Poverty Plan

    Stephanie Mencimer
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released a detailed anti-poverty proposal in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. One of Ryan's top prescriptions seems to have been influenced by his previous career as a personal trainer. He has proposed that recipients of federal benefits get the services of a personal case manager who would help them craft long-term plans, find "opportunities for growth," and nudge them to make better choices that would lift them out of poverty and off the government dole. I did a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation about how much this might cost. Just…
  • These Gun Owners Oppose the NRA's Efforts to Allow Stalkers and Abusers to Keep Their Weapons

    Dana Liebelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding its first-ever hearing on domestic violence and guns, in light of several bills that aim to strengthen federal gun restrictions against abusers. Federal law bans felons, people subject to permanent domestic-violence protective orders, and certain people convicted of domestic-violence misdemeanors from owning guns. But it does nothing to keep firearms out of the hands of a wide range of potentially dangerous abusers, including convicted stalkers, dating partners convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors, and people under temporary…
  • Yet Another Man With a Gun Just Murdered His Wife and Children

    Hannah Levintova
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In Saco, Maine on Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith used a pump-action shotgun to kill his 35-year-old wife, Heather Smith, his 12-year-old stepson, and the couple's two biological children, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, before turning the gun on himself. The horrific scene was discovered on Sunday morning after a concerned family friend called the apartment complex where the Smith family lived and asked a maintenance worker to check on them. In a statement to the media, a Maine State Police official called the mass shooting "one of the worst cases of domestic violence in…
  • Conservatives Say Obama Is Fighting A “War On Coal.” They’re Wrong.

    Ben Adler
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story was originally published on Grist. It is common for the coal industry and its conservative allies in politics and media to complain that President Obama is waging a "war on coal." It is certainly true that the share of American energy that comes from coal is declining. Obama doesn't actually deserve much of the credit for that. It's mostly due to the natural gas boom, helped along by the rise of solar and grassroots organizing efforts such as the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. Still, Obama is trying to move the energy sector further away from coal in the years ahead through…
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    The Raw Story

  • Missing NC teen’s adoptive parents accused of taking federal benefits after she disappeared

    Arturo Garcia
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    A North Carolina teenage girl’s adoptive parents were indicted on Wednesday on charges of collecting federal benefits following her disappearance, which went unreported for nearly two years, the Charlotte Observer reported. Federal prosecutors accused Casey and Sandy Parsons of taking Medicaid, Social Security, food benefits and adoption assistance for their adopted daughter, Erica Parsons, despite her going missing in November 2011. They are also accused of listing the girl as a dependent in documents filed with the Social Security Administration in August 2012 and June 2013, as well…
  • Drone crashes while attempting to smuggle contraband into South Carolina prison

    Reuters
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON Fla. (Reuters) – A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since the wreckage was discovered in April outside the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, said state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stephanie Givens. Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens…
  • Dept. of Interior advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

    Reuters
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials have begun seeking public comment, is almost sure to draw staunch opposition from ranchers concerned about disease, competition for grass and property destruction from straying bison. Yellowstone is now home to more than 4,000 bison, or buffalo, constituting the bulk…
  • ‘There are no wild cows’: Neil deGrasse Tyson slams ‘fear factor’ over GMOs

    Arturo Garcia
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson blasted critics of genetically modified foods — often referred to as GMOs — in a video recently posted online, saying they are part of a longstanding process of humans altering the planet’s biology to serve our needs, Mother Jones reported. “I’m amazed how much rejection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public,” deGrasse Tyson tells a French interviewer. “It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don’t fully understand it or don’t…
  • Utah man fired after boss complains blog post about homophones made school sound gay

    Arturo Garcia
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A “social media strategist” for a Utah school serving foreign students said he was fired after his school’s owner reprimanded him for the allegedly gay connotations of a blog post concerning homophones, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported. “People at this level of English may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.” the owner, Clarke Woodger, allegedly told Tim Torkildson while firing him last week. Torkildson reportedly was hired as a teacher at Nomen Global Language Center in Provo this past April 1 before being…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Keir Starmer bid to become Labour MP

    Press Association
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The former director of public prosecutions has said he hopes to seek election in the Holborn and St Pancras constituencyFormer Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed he will put his name forward to stand as a parliamentary candidate for the Labour party.The human rights lawyer said he will seek selection in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency if the party does not run an all-woman shortlist. Continue reading...
  • Stephen Batess diary: The Christian Legal Centre racks up another defeat

    Stephen Bates
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Boris Johnson was within his rights to ban an anti-gay advert from Londons buses, rules the high court in a victory for common sense A small triumph for Boris Johnson against the wrath of conservative Christian lobbyists who took him to court in the long-running battle of the bus ads. You may remember that the gay rights campaigners from Stonewall were allowed to run an advert on the side of London buses two years ago saying: Some People are Gay. Get Over It. But when an evangelical body called Core Issues Trust wanted to retaliate with Not Gay. Post Gay. Ex-Gay and Proud. Get Over It, the…
  • Labour finally comes out fighting in a 'summer offensive'

    Rowena Mason
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ed Miliband's party of opposition is getting into an electioneering gear in the run up to next year's electionFirst, pour scorn on the Tory record. Second, identify the damage David Cameron could wreak with another five years in power. Third, set out Labour's plan to do things differently.It may be a formulaic recipe, but four speeches following this prescription by Ed Miliband and shadow ministers have begun to land some blows on the Conservatives over the past few days. Continue reading...
  • David Cameron hints at giveaway for higher-rate taxpayers

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Prime minister tells audience: 'I understand the problem with the 40p rate kicking in when people are not earning a lot of money'David Cameron has given his strongest hint yet that he may be preparing a giveaway for higher-income earners when he said he would "love" to raise the level at which people started paying 40% tax.Speaking to workers at a water company on Wednesday, the prime minister said many people "who don't see themselves as fundamentally wealthy" were paying the rate, which applies when people earn more than £41,865 a year. Stressing that he could not…
  • Lib Dems suggest putting forests in trusts to avoid privatisation

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    Party is committed to planting 3.5m trees if they stay in power in attempt to woo back voters from the Greens and LabourThe Liberal Democrats hope to place Britain's forests in a protected trust to stop them ever being sold off and have committed to planting more than 3.5m trees in towns, cities and villages over the next parliament if they remain in power, Dan Rogerson, an environment minister, has said.The measures would be introduced through a nature bill that is being drawn up by the party to bring in greater protections for the environment, including enshrining in law targets on clean…
 
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    * The ultimate experiment in GOP governance: Zachary Goldfarb has a long, instructive look at how Governor Sam Brownback tried to turn Kansas into a red-state nirvana, and instead created disaster. * Paul Ryan may have just destroyed his presidential hopes for 2016: “I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president […]
  • Sticking it to the GOP on deportations

    Greg Sargent
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    If and when Obama announces his executive actions to ease deportations, Republicans are likely to portray it as a wholesale shredding of the Constitution done for no other reason than to reward a base constituency — Latinos. Which raises a question: Is it possible that Democrats could build some kind of coalition behind the coming […]
  • More good Obamacare news highlights why GOP alternative will never materialize

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    You may have noticed that the Medicare trustees have announced that the life of the program’s trust fund had been extended another four years to 2030 because of savings achieved through the Affordable Care Act. But you probably didn’t hear about this: The Obama administration has announced that because the ACA closed the Medicare prescription […]
  • Morning Plum: On border crisis, Ted Cruz and Steve King are not outliers

    Greg Sargent
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Tomorrow, the House GOP is set to vote on its plan for the border crisis. It significantly scales back the funding Obama wants and focuses more on security than on humanitarian goals, and includes changes to the 2008 trafficking law to expedite deportations. Yet it’s unclear whether even this bill can pass the House, because […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    * Remember when Ted Cruz convinced House Republicans to shut down the government, and how well that turned out for them? Well, he’s at it again: Ted Cruz and other Senate conservatives are urging rejection of the House border security package, miffed that it excludes language prohibiting expansion of President Barack Obama’s deferred action policies. […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.I live in a state where the Governor made a big show of refusing to set up a state exchange. How was that possible? Because the Roberts court forced the system to become peacemeal, ruling…
  • Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Trigger Warning Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the…
  • About me/Refugees or Illegals?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals! My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant. That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest. In case you haven't been paying attention, thousands of unaccompanied children have left their Central American countries and headed for the United States, were caught by the Border Patrol and are currently in makeshift detention centers pending…
  • Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.From my point of view, and the view of many Americans, Cantor and the Tea Party aren't too far apart. Cantor and others, in fact, pushed much of the hard right stuff of the last two Congresses. He was part and parcel of the whole effort to obstruct the Obama…
  • Dependence and The Long Range Bet of Climate Change

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    If you've ever played a game like StarCraft, you'll be familiar with what they call a dependency tree, a set of things you have to develop, like buildings, units, or whatever before you can build better and more powerful units, buildings, and defenses. Game developers do this to help mirror one part of the reality of warfare in this simulation, the fact that having certain units depends on having certain facilities, certain kinds of expertise, and so on and so forth. A complex civilization, army, or whatever, doesn't just spring out from nowhere.Models, maps, equations... Critics of global…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Denials and Credibility Gaps

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Plausible deniability comes from the intelligence community and apparently the term was first put down in embryonic form during the early years of the Cold War. It allows people higher up the chain of command to deny knowledge of, and avoid responsibility for, actions performed by their subordinates. It was designed to allow US government officials to avoid criticism associated with covert actions carried out by intelligence agents in the field. It's understandable, to an extent, in the life and death world of the late 40's where nuclear war had suddenly become a real possibility thanks to…
  • The Wrong President at the Wrong Time?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Nuclear power plant operators in Germany have set aside 34 billion euros in anticipation of the cost of scrapping Germany's nuclear power program. It is estimated that it will be insufficient. As the world awaits some sort of response to Russia's role in the MH-17 tragedy, it is worthwhile to reflect on the importance of energy independence. Chancellor Merkel and the EU's response has, so far, been less than robust to put it mildly. Russian gas is of course to blame. It shouldn't be the case in a rational world, but the only rational response to Russian aggression is to place a high enough…
  • Super Pacs May Be Needed To Rein In Putin

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The downing of flight 17 could be a game changer as to how the world reacts to Putin's Ukraine adventures.In a previous post I had suggested that the corpocracy would keep their bank accounts at length in taking a stance on Putin. Now, there is a lot of pressure on the corpocracy to rachet up on Putin sufficiently to change his mind on reconstituting the empire. Likely, Putin will continue pushing until some really serious steps are taken. If little action has been taken prior to the midterms one might want to take their frustration to the voting booth. Better yet, get a couple of friends…
  • Finally

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism Finally, someone willing to express what a liberal believes. At least someone on the left has some guts.For someone not willing to run for president, she sure is getting a lot of face time in the press. That's nothing new to the left. They pick unknowns and project them into the center of the political struggle with a plan to anoint them for the job. They did it with Clinton, an obscure governor of a state with a population less than Chicago. They did it with Carter, the same. They did it with Obama, an even more obscure, unremarkable, state…
  • Hillary Deserves This and That's All You Have to Know

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Real Clear Politics has released polls on the Republican and Democratic New Hampshire Primaries and if you're a Democrat, it seems to be over already. Hillary is so far ahead, the rest of the Democratic field seem like rounding numbers. That should clear things up for GOP candidates who - as of now and with more than six months to go - face a very competitive race. While they may not be sure who among them will be the winner, they have a pretty good idea of who they will be facing. Why is Hillary so far ahead? In an interview with freelance reporter Samuel Rosales-Avila, he provoked her with…
 
 
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    New Republic

  • The Next Big Fight in Income Inequality Is About to Go Down in California

    David Dayen
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Congress can barely name a post office without partisan rancor, so it’s light years away from taking any meaningful action on income inequality. That’s why hope has shifted to states and cities. Seattle led the way in June with a
  • How Ronald Reagan Rode America's Delusions to the White House

    Michael Kimmage
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rick Perlstein is becoming an American institution. In 2001, his account of Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus was
  • Retire the Dead Presidents and Put These Women on Our Nation's Currency

    TNR Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Matt Yglesias’ proposal on Wednesday that “It’s time to put a woman on the $20” was met in our newsroom with immediate enthusiasm—followed by furious debate. The problem (a problem we don’t mind having) is that
  • Israel Must Defeat Hamas, But Also Must Do More to Limit Civilian Deaths

    Michael Walzer
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    When it comes to the conflict in Gaza, the critical question, "Cui bono?"—"To whose benefit?"—suggests that this is Hamas's war. It is a reckless gamble by an organization that was in deep trouble, and the gamble (so far) is paying off, at terrible cost to the people of Gaza—though the terribl
  • James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy

    William Giraldi
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    James Franco has been working hard to make it difficult for serious people to take him seriously. There's his promiscuity with projects unworthy of his talent, on both the big screen and small, including his starring role in the circus of social media, all those preposterous selfies he seems so prou
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Marines’ Self-Flying Chopper Survives a Three-Year Tour

    Alex Davies
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Back in 2010, the Navy decided it could use a self-flying helicopter, to take over dangerous missions delivering cargo to Marine Corps stations in Afghanistan. The work is usually done by human-driven ground vehicles that are susceptible to improvised explosive devices and insurgent attacks. Lockheed Martin landed the $45.8 million contract to make it happen. […]
  • The Iconic WWI Vehicle That Paved the Way for Modern Cars

    Alexander George
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    When the First World War began in June 1914, the automobile was in the middle of its awkward teen years. The vehicles had popped up in the hands of the wealthy and early adopters, and Henry Ford had just started mass production of the Model T. But getting around on horseback was still the go-to […]
  • How Designers Are Reinventing Trauma Care to Save Soldiers’ Lives

    Liz Stinson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Trauma bays and operating rooms are designed to run as smoothly as possible, but inefficiencies still plague the system.
  • Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It

    Betsy Mason
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones […]
  • Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy to Shoot Down a Passenger Jet

    Alex Davies
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whoever fired a missile at Malaysia Flight 17 could have learned to do so in less than a week.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Diverse Grade Inflation/Fraud

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    credit: heraldsun.com.au As a teacher of high school English, I am bombarded with all manner of lunatic initiatives. The idea of teaching well, of leaving teachers alone to provide the best possible educational opportunity their abilities and resources allow, is long past, a relic of pre-modern thinking. These days there are many destructive trends bedeviling those of us in secondary education. Mandatory, high stakes testing, tied to the ideals of Common Core–and in many ways, driven by it–is omnipresent and kills months of instructional time. “College Readiness,” is also…
  • A Dispatch From The Front

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    credit: bbc.co.uk Israel is the front line in the war for civilization. Too many Americans, including our President and Secretary of State don’t realize a global war is being waged for the very future of the human race. Or perhaps they do realize it, and want the barbarians to win. Nonetheless, there is a global Jihad, with each Jihadist group vying with the others to reach new lows of barbarian depravity. How depraved? Consider this story from Tabletmag.com:  As the death toll of Operation Protective Edge rises, the deaths of children are firmly in the spotlight—and rightly so. It pains…
  • Barack Obama: Allies and Enemies

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On August 20, 2012, I wrote an article in the “Saving the Republic” series, titled “Politics and Power Above All.” Considering Mr. Obama’s treatment of Israel in the current war against Hamas, a part of the Muslim Brotherhood and an organization recognized as terrorists by the American government, it may be time to review that article. Israel is on the front line of the war for civilization, a war that Mr. Obama steadfastly refuses to recognize and fight, but a war that is being steadily fought against us as terrorists and criminals flood over our southern border every day at Mr.
  • The Constitution Wins Another One

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
      D.C. Police Chief and losing plaintiff Kathy Laniercredit: caroljoyal.com It has been about five years in the making, but finally, there is a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, and amazingly, it actually adheres to the Constitution. Via Fox News:  A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists. Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the…
  • Barack Obama: He’s Just Too Darned Rational And Honest

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    On September 24, 2012, I posted “Saving the Republic; Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated: Reason 35It was subtitled “Delusions of Grandeur.” It’s an article I’ve reprised several times over the years, but now, as Russian backed-“separatists” shoot civilian airliners out of the sky and bodies rain down on Ukranian villages, as Iran once again pulls the wool over John Kerry’s eyes (OK, I admit that’s no real trick), As Mr. Obama offers praise for the terrorists of Hamas and nothing but scorn for Israel, as Mr. Obama fundraises rather than deal with deadly foreign provocations,…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    As the WSJ points out, not only does the IRS have a partisan streak, it also has a foreign policy. We see this in the case of Z Street, a non-profit that seeks to inform people about issues relating to Israel. So, for their own reasons, the IRS delayed its application for tax exempt status because they were "giving special scrutiny to groups whose missions might conflict with Administration policies." Sound a bit shifty to you? Of course. And so Z Street sued for viewpoint discrimination and the House Ways and Means Committee has obtained emails to demonstrate how the IRS was regarding a…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    Eliana Johnson got a leak of a Michelle Nunn campaign strategic memo. Nunn is the Democratic candidate for Senate in Georgia and probably the best hope that the Democrats have of a pick-up this Fall. There is nothing really new or even surprising in the memo. It just confirms how the Democrats regard their various constituent groups. They look to gays, Asians, and Jews as fundraising sources. So there is a warning to Nunn that she doesn't yet have a position on Israel yet her position will "largely determine the level of support here." As of the memo, her position on Israel was labeled "TBD."…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Charles C. W. Cooke summarizes the increasing embarrassment that the Obama administration is facing in trying to argue that the wording in the Affordable Care Act that limited federal subsidies only to states that established their own exchanges was just a typo. Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist regarded by many as the architect of Obamacare has been making that argument since the Halbig decision. But now video and audio have surfaced from 2012 with Gruber giving speeches telling people that states are going to want to establish their own exchanges because they won't get subsidies.The…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Now this is the true war on women.The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.The Washington Post editorial board doesn't have the same moral blindness of some other media outlets. They fully recognize how the evil of Hamas has brought this invasion on themselves.Hamas’s offensive tunnels should not be confused with the burrows it has dug under Gaza’s border with Egypt to smuggle money, consumer goods and military equipment. The newly discovered structures…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Daniel Henninger writes on the President's seeming insouciance about what is going on around the world.As the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's fundraising schedule "can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis."Alarmed? Who's alarmed? What false sense of crisis? Vladimir Putin's masked men in…
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    Riehl World News

  • Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?

    Dan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps the better question is, is there a government agency Obama hasn’t exploited for political gain? Full pdf of the Landmark Legal release here. (LEESBURG, VA) — Landmark Legal Foundation today asked Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected Agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election.  Mark certainly has a way of turning a phrase. heh “The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the…
  • Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad Cochran

    Dan
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Seriously is the NRSC trying to give Republicans a reason to come out and vote against Cochran in the primary? Talk about out of touch. McCain is heading to the state to campaign for Cochran on Sunday, his campaign confirmed to The Hill. The Arizona senator is the latest in a parade of prominent establishment figures to throw their weight behind Cochran as he attempts to fight off a fierce primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) ahead of Tuesday’s vote. More via McCain to hit campaign trail for Cochran | TheHill. The post Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad…
  • Democrat Political Operative Running Thad Cochran’s GOTV effort

    Dan
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I know it’s not fun to pick on people for their age. Unfortunately, Thad Cochran’s refusal to let go of power all too long past his prime mitigates my concern in that regard. Sources on the ground in MS tell me the Cochran campaign is looking increasingly cartoonish in trying to eek out a win in what most are coming to realize is a lost cause. So, no, it doesn’t surprise me that Team Cochran would hire a Democrat named  “Scooby Doo” to work for him at this point. This is just getting sad…. A Democratic political operative says he is working with…
  • MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Hm. MailOnline, the world’s biggest English language newspaper website, today announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joins the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President & Chief Operating Officer for the past four years. More via MailOnline hires Jon Steinberg The post MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Video at link below. Bob has never impressed me as the sharpest tack in the pack. While interviewing Lindsay Graham on “Face the Nation” today, Bob Schieffer flubbed when he said Graham was seeking “path to citizenship for Hispanics.” Except one thing – hispanics aren’t banned from citizenship in America! Geez. via Another Gaffe | SOOPERMEXICAN. The post Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal appeared first on Riehl World News.
 
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  • Unions Scold School For Not Celebrating Cop Killer

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    A group of unions in California have gotten together to criticize the Oakland Unified School District for refusing to allow a lesson plan to appear on its website that compares murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal to civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The “Urban Dreams” lesson plan tells students to “critically examine a possible parallel […]
  • Wall Street Journal: Supporting Palestinians Means You Are a Blithering Idiot & Immoral, Too

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens has an excellent, clarifying piece explaining why if you support the so-called Palestinians that you are pretty much a moron, and an immoral moron at that. And he is dead on, too. In his July 28 piece, “Palestine Makes You Dumb,” Stephens made the salient point that in a […]
  • POLICE STATE: Border Patrol Attacks Americans, Lets Illegals Go

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Fox Business Network’s John Stossel released a very disturbing report on the abuses of Americans at the hands of Border Patrol agents who are stopping cars 100 miles inland from our borders all across the nation–not just in the southwest. They are breaking into cars, tazing Americans, detaining them, and then releasing them with no […]
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was a royal success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rick Adams) – 2) (yetanotherjohn) – “Wow, Elton John looks good for his age.” 3) (guido81_MA) – “Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl But she’s always getting in the way […]
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another monster success. I actually had an excuss for not getting the entries posted on time last week, I have been working on a site redesign. Don’t believe me? You can look at a development version here. Shoud be ready this week. Anyway, the assignment last week was to […]
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  • Schmaht as a whip

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Schmaht as a whipby digbyUhm:Here's a similar blast from the past:Sometimes I think Fox News is an elaborate practical joke..
  • The Brooks and Marcus Maui-Wowie comedy hour

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Brooks and Marcus Maui Wowie comedy hourby digbyOver on Salon today I wrote about the Brooks and Marcus Maui Wowie comedy hour on Meet the Press this past week-end:You’ll recall that last January, as the Colorado legalization took effect, both Marcus and Brooks wrote screeds denouncing the nasty practice after admitting that they too had partaken of the devil’s temptation themselves with apparently little effect. Brooks famously opened his piece with this fond recollection:For a little while in my teenage years, my friends and I smoked marijuana. It was fun. I have some fond memories…
  • QOTD: Rush talking about sex again

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    QOTD: Rush talking about sex againby digbyHere he's discussing a Washington Examiner story that blow the lid off of Sandra Fluke's campaign for office in which they expose the fact that she has given her campaign money.This is, apparently, a sign of ... well something. The article doesn't spell out what's wrong with it, especially considering the fact that her Republican opponent has loaned his campaign money.Be that as it may, this gave old Rush a chance toweigh in on something that cost him dearly in the past but which he just can't seem to stay away from. He recounts Fluke's testimony (in…
  • "Freedom of speech is fine but by God you don't do it publicly"

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "Freedom of speech is fine but by God you don't do it publicly"by digbySo, singer John Legend made a patriotic plea for the Israeli government to treat the United States' Secretary of State with more respect:So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shits on him— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 30, 2014Here's the patriotic right's answer:Shut up and play the piano. https://t.co/12ZzQPFPr7— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 30, 2014What a lovely guy.  It reminds me of the good old days, only then they took…
  • Venturing into the minefield

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Venturing into the minefieldby digbyI think this story in Salon about the Satanist strategy is a great way to challenge the Hobby Lobby ruling, although I have very little doubt that the most it will do is expose the utter hypocrisy of the "religious freedom" folks. But that's not nothin':[S]atanists are now using the Supreme Court’s sweeping Hobby Lobby decision to challenge coercive mandatory counseling laws by requesting a religious exemption for satanists (and non-satanists).“While we feel we have a strong case for an exemption regardless of the Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court…
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    Eschaton

  • Wednesday Night

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Tomorrow is new jobless day!
  • Assholes

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Not that it would justify it in any way, but I can sort of understand that cops could come to see drug dealers and other criminals as "the other" and basically less than human. But when they (allegedly) take the drugs and re-sell them themselves...The indictment alleges the officers falsified records, held people without arrest, stole drugs and shared in the proceeds.
  • Short Everything

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Grifters gonna grift.Sad thing is the grift can pay amazingly well.
  • Well He's Pretty Much Right About Everything And Not Responsible For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Deaths

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    I actually turned on CNN and Michael O'Hanlon was on my teevee.It never ends.
  • What's In A Name

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I admit to being a bit confused about just why the owner of that football team from Washington think it's so important to keep their current name. I'd think a big splashy name change would be a business win. Sell lots of merchandise, etc.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • U.S. Supplies the Munitions, Israel the Carnage: 1,371 Palestinians, 59 Israelis Die in Gaza Conflict

    fairleft
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Seven journalists and media workers killed, four media centers targeted by Israel in Gaza http://t.co/DRPG7nTCIN pic.twitter.com/YFcj9COlwt — Electronic Intifada (@intifada) July 31, 2014 Carnage at U.N. school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a U.N.-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza’s Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting. Israel’s security cabinet decided to continue its offensive in the enclave and there was no sign of a halt to a…
  • How Worshiping The Market Can Bring Ebola to the US

    spocko
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Anyone watching The Strain? It combines some real science with zombie/vampire stuff mixed in. What stuck me about the show was how realistic some parts were (like the first CDC team sweep of the plane) combined with ridiculous number of people carrying the idiot ball. But the part that seems craziest is actually more realistic than people realize. In this clip the CDC is overruled in a medical quarantine situation by the Director of Health and Human Services. There is no way this would happen in real life in the US. I just can’t suspend my disbelief when they get stuff like…
  • A Few Reasons Why Evan Bayh Needs to Stay Out of Indiana

    Doug Martin
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Bayh: Get out, stay out.With so many people saying Evan Bayh must come back to Indiana to “save” public education and many saying he is considering a run for governor,  it is time to set the record straight and let Hoosiers know about the real Evan Bayh. Here is just a glimpse (after only a few hours of research) into Indiana’s hero, Fox News’ on-air contributor, and former governor of and senator for Indiana, and it is not pretty. Anyone who thinks Evan Bayh is good for public education is either lying or has not been informed.  Let’s inform the unformed now and…
  • Medicaid Was Responsible for Most of the Newly Insured in California

    Jon Walker
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Roughly 3.4 million previously uninsured adult Californians say they have obtained health insurance since the beginning of the year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This means that 58 percent of the once uninsured population in the state now have an insurance policies of some type. The bulk of this increase was thanks to the expansion of the California’s Medicaid program Medi-Cal. It was responsible for almost half of the increase in coverage while people buying plans on the new exchange accounted for only about one sixth. People signing up for employer coverage played also…
  • Study Indicates Medical Marijuana Laws Don’t Increase Use by Teenagers

    Jon Walker
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Critics may be off base to suggest that legalizing marijuana for adults will cause youth usage to skyrocket We have gotten to the point where the most common arguments against marijuana reform often focus on children. The implication is usually that legalizing marijuana for adults will cause youth usage to skyrocket. Yet there is now more research that indicates even these fears could be misplaced. A new NBER Working Paper from D. Mark Anderson, Benjamin Hansen, and Daniel I. Rees examined what happened to marijuana use rates among minors after states legalized medical marijuana. They found…
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    TalkLeft

  • Exonerated Innocent Man Describes 21 Year Prison Nightmare

    Jeralyn
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Kenneth Ireland of Connecticut was 17 when he was arrested for raping and killing a woman. During his police interrogation, he maintained his innocence. He was 18 when he was tried and convicted. 21 years later, in 2009, he was freed after DNA... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Mass Massacre in Tikrit: "Down By the River"

    Jeralyn
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    I can't bring myself to watch (and won't link to) the ISIS video of the massacre of hundreds of Shi'ite Muslims and army deserters in Tikrit. Almost all are in their 20's and 30's. The video is 36 minutes long, and the real... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Our last open thread is full. Here's another one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Imprisoned Drug and Paramilitary Leader Claims His Brother Killed Pablo Escobar

    Jeralyn
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Former cartel and AUC right-wing paramilitary honcho Don Berna, aka Diego Murillo, who is serving 31 years in a Florida prison, has written a book. In it, he says it was his brother Rodolfo Murillo Bejarano, alias “Semilla,”, not the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Overblown Fears of Foreign Fighters

    Jeralyn
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    In a NY Times Oped, two scholars in Arab Studies debunk the myth that ISIS is coming after the West. They say homegrown terrorists are a bigger threat than foreign fighters returning from Syria. ...Contrary to what many counterterrorism experts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • The 2014 election polls are about to look better for Republicans. Here’s why.

    Peyton Craighill and Scott Clement
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Pretty soon, the country's top pollsters will make a subtle change that even some political junkies won't process: They will shift from reporting results of registered voters to only those most likely to vote in the 2014 election -- a.k.a. "likely voters." For those who follow polling closely the distinction between the two is key to understanding […]
  • Paul Ryan just nailed the impeachment question

    Aaron Blake
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) just gave the response to the impeachment question that GOP leaders probably should have been giving for days. Asked at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast about the chatter, Ryan offered this: I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, […]
  • President Obama promised a ‘year of action’ in 2014. Has he delivered? [VIDEO]

    Julie Percha
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    It's been six months since President Obama set out his 2014 goals in his State of the Union address. How far has -- or hasn't - he come?
  • Organizing For Action wanted us to evaluate them on their work. So we did.

    Philip Bump
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Organizing For Action has spent two months sending emails to the Post, trying to convince us of its effectiveness. (They were unhappy with this post asking how long the organization could survive.) So, we decided to look at what the group's executive director, Jon Carson, was sending us. To catalog it. To do exactly what Carson […]
  • Why it’s going to be hard for Democrats to win back the House this decade, in one chart

    Chris Cillizza
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Democrats have no chance at winning back the House in 97 days. (Well, that's not entirely accurate; they have a less than 1 percent chance, according to our Election Lab model.) And, in truth, it might be hard for them — short of a major electoral wave — to retake control for the rest of the decade. Why? […]
 
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  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr. scorches the Republican House for Obama hatred and wasting time

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    We don't generally report on the lonely moments that House members get for star-turns on their pet issues. There's nothing wrong with those speeches, and I'm grateful they're televised. They always seem so isolated to me, from the real-time work of Congress. But this time, the real-time work of Congress has largely ground to a halt because the Republicans have really stepped in it with the threat of a lawsuit against Obama, that constitutional scholars deem baseless and unjustifiable. And all their impeachment talk, which Boehner tried to snatch back when it became clear how well Dems used…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Quick! Quick! Look presidential. In August - Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Maine, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois. And a family vacation. And back to New Hampshire tomorrow. In Colorado, an accusation against Christie and RGA from Tom Tancredo, who says Christie funneled money to help his opponent through the Republican Attorney Generals Association despite its public pledge not to attempt to influence GOP primaries. Watchdog CREW tracked the money. Best CNN poll numbers since GWB scandal, back on top of the list.   Politico: Dead man walking or comeback kid? Katz: How Astorino angered…
  • #1More DCCC Mistake

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This diary is not specifically about New Jersey, but with an anti-environment governor who kowtows to the pollution industry, it's very relevant for the Democratic Party here. I guess you could say I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat. I'm an elected Democratic committeeperson and I honestly can't find any Republican worthy of consideration for my vote. But when the Democrats deserve criticism, I'll dish it out to them, too. In their latest gimmick to harvest voter names and e-mails and to increase interest in this off-year election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is asking people…
  • Bail Reform: A Better Course of Justice Needed Now

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    There has been broad agreement among Democrats and Republicans for years that our bail system requires reform - but less agreement on the precise changes to be enacted. After back-and-forth discussions legislators are nearing an agreement on two bills, but unresolved issues remain which might derail the reform. Also time is running out as one bill calls for a constitutional amendment to be placed on November's ballot requiring a 60% legislative majority vote by August 4. The Senate appears poised to meet the deadline, but the Assembly less so. Assuring that the most dangerous criminals have…
  • Saving New Jersey's children three zip codes at a time

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Cross-posted with Marie Corfield blog. - Promoted by Rosi. Yesterday the mayors of New Jersey's three largest cities, Ras Baraka of Newark, Jose Torres of Paterson and Steven Fulop of Jersey City, announced a bold move to collaborate on reducing violent crime in all three cities. The proposal evolved from the Passaic River Corridor Initiative along Route 21, which has involved as many as 80 municipalities sharing police intelligence, according to Tom O'Reilly, the head of the Police Institute at Rutgers University. State authorities have said the program has led to hundreds of arrests. But…
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  • What's the web got to do with it? -- the uninsured need human help

    Andrew Sprung
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I have an article forthcoming elsewhere (I hope) that examines why many people who visited healthcare.gov remained unaware that they were eligible for subsidies to defray the cost of health insurance. That article is mainly focused on website design, e.g., getting a quick subsidy calculation in front of site visitors. A new Urban Institute report* drawing on information from Health Reform Monitoring Survey data collected this June spotlights a different aspect of reaching the uninsured: For many, access to expert human assistance is vital.The report compares the experience of those who were…
  • Would you kill the Boys from Brazil?

    Andrew Sprung
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Professing himself a lifelong Zionist, Roger Cohen proclaimed a kind of apostasy yesterday:Jews, above all people, know what oppression is. Children over millennia were the transmission belt of Jewish survival, the object of what the Israeli novelist Amos Oz and his daughter Fania Oz-Salzberger have called “the intergenerational quizzing that ensures the passing of the torch.” No argument, no Palestinian outrage or subterfuge, can gloss over what Jewish failure the killing of children in such numbers represents.I am reminded of the conflict dramatized in Ira Levin's terror novel, The Boys…
  • The ACA provision that should have killed Halbig

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Ever since a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court found in Halbig v. Burwell that the ACA only authorizes subsidies to be paid for health insurance bought in state-run exchanges, not in state exchanges set up by the federal government, progressive reporters have been ransacking the record to prove what they always knew: that the law's creators never intended to exclude federally run exchanges from the subsidy regime.  Today, Greg Sargent and Jonathan Cohn both published compelling circumstantial evidence to that effect.It seems to me, though, that such circumstantial evidence…
  • If I forget thee, O Buffalo

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    But how could we, when there's the Garden Walk to draw us back every year? Pro tip: the city of legendary winters has delightful summers.  And gardening fever spreads block by block, year by year. Now there's almost 400 gardens to tour ( here's a few of them). No competition, and no admission fee, though donations are solicited.Some years ago, the city got itself designated an "All America City" -- a tagline that strikes me as rather fatuous. I have a belated alternative: Bee Balm City.As an added bonus, Buffalo has reclaimed a bit more of its ole industrial waterfront with a beautiful…
  • SCOTUS: Federal government can't *deny* subsidies to refusenik states?

    Andrew Sprung
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Yesterday, I suggested that if the conservative justices of the Supreme Court wanted to uphold the D.C. ruling in Halbig, denying the federal government the right to provide subsidies to people who buy health insurance on  healthcare.gov, they might deflect reluctance to upend the law by recourse to states' rights. That is, Roberts in particular  might actually approve on principle leaving it up to the states whether to fund subsidies offered on the ACA exchanges, as he did with respect to the Medicaid expansion. By email, TNR's Brian Beutler responded:Here's a fun thought. What if…
 
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  • A Mother’s Ambitions

    By YAEL CHATAV SCHONBRUN
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Both leaning in and leaning back have proved to be harder than I expected.
  • Detroit’s Drought of Democracy

    By JASON STANLEY
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The city's emergency powers are being exercised to maximize financial efficiency. But there is no obvious connection between financial efficiency and the public good.
  • The Battle of the Crater

    By RICHARD SLOTKIN
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    How a brilliant Union plan at the Siege of Petersburg turned into a disaster -- and why black troops bore the worst of it.
  • That Would Make a Good Novel

    By LILY KING
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Inspired by a true story, a writer makes a clean break with fact.
  • A Civil War Love Story

    By RICHARD F. WELCH
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    The wartime romance of Arabella Griffith and Frank Barlow.
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    KANSAS CITY Mo./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, imploring them to "stop just hatin' all the time" as they voted to sue him over charges he has overstepped the bounds of his office.
  • House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature healthcare law.
  • U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada on Pacific trade deal talks

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday said Japan's refusal to drop all barriers to farm imports under a Pacific trade deal was unacceptable and urged the U.S. administration to cut Japan and Canada out of the talks if they did not give ground.
  • Obama to order federal contractors to disclose labor violations

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday that would require potential government contractors to disclose past labor law violations, a White House official said.
  • U.S. bars Venezuelan officials accused of abuses in protests

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - Washington barred a group of Venezuelan officials, including government ministers and presidential advisers, from the United States on Wednesday after accusing them of abuses in a crackdown on protests against President Nicolas Maduro this spring.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

    timothy
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    necro81 (917438) writes "Gaza's only power plant (see this profile at IEEE Spectrum — duct tape and bailing wire not included) has been knocked offline following an Israeli strike. Reports vary, but it appears that Israeli tank shells caused a fuel bunker at the plant to explode. Gaza, already short on electricity despite imports from Israel and Egpyt, now faces widening blackouts."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

    Unknown Lamer
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a…
  • Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

    timothy
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    U.S. officials today made public satellite imagery which they say proves that Russian forces have been shelling eastern Ukraine in a campaign to assist rebel groups fighting Ukraine’s government. The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which released the civilian-taken satellite images Sunday, said they show visual evidence that Russia has been firing shells across the border at Ukrainian military forces. Officials also said the images show that Russia-backed separatists have used heavy artillery, provided by Russia, in attacks on Ukrainian forces from inside Ukraine.
  • VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

    Soulskill
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year…
  • States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

    Soulskill
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Labor has released data that some proponents of raising minimum wage are touting as evidence that higher minimum wage promotes job growth. While the data doesn't actually establish cause and effect, it does "run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, would cost 500,000 jobs." The data shows that the 13 states that raised their minimum wages in January added jobs at a faster rate than those that didn't. Other factors likely contributed to…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Dish of the Day: The importance of exercise

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Chef Dan Doherty discusses the importance of exercise - and how cycling has woken up his competitive sporting side
  • What’s really happening to rents?

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Rents have been rising in real terms according to HomeLet, even though the Office for National Statistics says they are becoming more affordable. Why the divergence?
  • Rising property prices are condemning nearly two million young adults to live with their parents

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    It's getting harder than ever for young adults to clamber onto the property ladder, leaving millions forced to remain in their parents' home
  • The Battle of Hastings

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Guest post by Tom Doran People like me know the script when it comes to defending Israel against its outright haters, the people currently attacking synagogues all over Europe in the name of Palestine. They are unhinged, implacable, terrifying… But for this very reason, a known quantity. We’ve been here before, again and again. We have [...]
  • Introducing: ‘68

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    ’68 are a duo from Atlanta, made up of vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin (formerly of The Chariot and Norma Jean) and drummer Michael McClellan (formerly of Becoming the Archetype). Taking Garage rock as a blueprint, the duo warp and twist the genre into a vicious new beast that is a sound all of their own making.
 
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  • Ed Krayewski Talking NSA Reform, Pay Days on The Jerry Doyle Show

    Ed Krayewski
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I’ll be on The Jerry Doyle Show in a few minutes (at 8:30p.m. ET) talking about the continued efforts to reform the National Security Agency (NSA) as well as former NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander’s million dollar a month consulting. Check here to find out where to listen on the dial or the Internet.
  • Is Amazon Evil Because It Wants to Charge You *Less* for E-Books?

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Folks interested in the publishing industry know that Amazon, the world's largest online bookstore, has been in a pissing contest with Hachette, one of the planet's largest publishing houses, over e-book sales. The details have long been murky but all of the reporting suggested that Amazon wanted e-book prices to be lower than Hachette and other major publishers did. In fact, Hachette and four other major publishers recently settled a case in which they colluded with Apple to hike the price of e-books. (Disclosure: the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has been a supporter of Reason Foundation,…
  • San Diego Comic-Con: It's Grown, It's Changed, It's Sold Out, It's Gone Hollywood, It's Still Great

    Brian Doherty
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    That the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), which happened last weekened, has jumped the shark, gotten too big, sold out, lost its soul, has been bemoaned for many years now. The reasoning is very similar to complaints that surround another West Coast festival that I started going to the same year I started going to SDCC, 1995: Burning Man. See me blogging yesterday on the latest explosion of "people who shouldn't be going to my little party are going to it, and I'm annoyed" vis a vis Burning Man, regarding Americans for Tax Reform leader Grover Norquist's highly publicized decision to set his…
  • Self-Driving Cars Are Coming to the U.K. Early Next Year

    Paul Best
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The U.K. government just announced that driverless cars will be hitting public roads less than half a year from now. The Department of Transport (DOT) had previously planned to allow autonomous cars on the road in late 2013, but they just announced that January 2015 will be the first time someone can take an autonomous car out for a spin. Vince Cable, the U.K.'s business secretary, recently unveiled the new plan at an automotive engineering firm called Mira, saying: "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this…
  • Woman Wasn't Told She Was Participating in an Active Shooter 'Drill'

    Robby Soave
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A Coloardo nursing home worker is suing her employer and the Carbondale Police Department for emotional distress after they staged an active shooter drill without telling her that the threat was fake. From NBC 9 News: In a complaint received by 9NEWS Tuesday, Meeker claims she was taken hostage by a man with a gun while at work at the assisted living center in Carbondale. Meeker says the gunman held her against her will while she begged for her life. According to the complaint, what she did not know at the time was that the man with the gun was a Carbondale police officer, and it was all a…
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  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
  • I have Been Searching

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
  • The Thing is Upon Us

    Randy Toman
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    June 3, 2014 The Thing is Upon Us: I have been listening to the intensity of the conversation increase as indicators from the talk show guys seem to sound like the danger (is upon us) with their voices getting louder and louder. The newsletter I get also seem to be getting sharper in their written words to tell us of the impending danger that is upon us——below are a couple of paragraphs from Andrew Hoffman and the milesfranklin.com blog. (bold below) Let’s face it wherever one looks the specters of stagnation, inflation and unrest are front and center; as the age of…
  • What is This Thing?—-Separation of church and State

    Randy Toman
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    All cultures with advanced intellect will have attraction to some authority and the only questions that need be ask are: What will be it’s religious authority?—-and/or—-What will be its Philosophy and Worldview? These types of questions are not being ask today—-as if the Constitution of old and this era of time did not hinge on any consideration of—or—formulation by a fixed thought process with a “Worldview” that guided the individual citizens and it’s culture. Was the United States formed with it’s “Constitution” as a Christian nation…
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    The American Prospect

  • Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Organizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising difficulty, has been having an extended disagreement with Philip Bump of the Washington Post over the organization's fundamental effectiveness, the latest installment of which is this article analyzing the group's activities and results on a range of issues. While I haven't followed every back-and-forth and I'm sure the OfA people would say Bump's article is unfair, what it comes down to is…
  • The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of "pro-Israel," like its mirror "anti-Israel," is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything. This is something I brought up a few months ago,…
  • Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online TV project with more Palin than you can shake a stick at. One's natural inclination is to just make fun of it, but let's not be too dismissive. Palin is charting a new path of political entrepreneurship, creating a lucrative model of ideological entertainment that could actually be good for everyone. You might think that anyone who would pay more than a Netflix subscription to watch Palin on their computer is a fool, but…
  • The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or…
  • A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Organizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising difficulty, has been having an extended disagreement with Philip Bump of the Washington Post over the organization's fundamental effectiveness, the latest installment of which is this article analyzing the group's activities and results on a range of issues. While I haven't followed every back-and-forth and I'm sure the OfA people would say Bump's article is unfair, what it comes down to is…
  • The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of "pro-Israel," like its mirror "anti-Israel," is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything. This is something I brought up a few months ago,…
  • Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online TV project with more Palin than you can shake a stick at. One's natural inclination is to just make fun of it, but let's not be too dismissive. Palin is charting a new path of political entrepreneurship, creating a lucrative model of ideological entertainment that could actually be good for everyone. You might think that anyone who would pay more than a Netflix subscription to watch Palin on their computer is a fool, but…
  • The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or…
  • A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the…
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    Wonkblog

  • Managers are nearly twice as likely as service workers to get paid time off

    Christopher Ingraham
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released fascinating data showing which occupations are most likely to come with paid vacation time. Overall, 77 percent of American workers get paid vacation time, unchanged since 2010. Perhaps not surprisingly, management professionals are the most likely to get paid vacation time — 96 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, only 55 percent of service industry employees get paid vacation days. This number has actually decreased slightly since 2010. As the Center for Economic and Policy Research noted last year, the U.S. is the only wealthy…
  • What the rapidly urbanizing Southeast could look like come 2060

    Emily Badger
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    More than 77 million people live in the Southeast, a part of the United States that began to grow rapidly in the latter half of the 20th century, thanks in no small part of the rise of air conditioning and automobiles (and some of the trends we discussed here). Development there looks notably different from urbanized parts of the Northeast that were built in a very different era (think Boston, Philadelphia). Southern cities and their suburbs tend to be lower-density and car-dependent, with more large-lot, single-family homes. Communities often leap-frog across the countryside, creating a kind…
  • Where do the latest U.S. sanctions leave Russian oil?

    Steven Mufson
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The Rosneft headquarters in Moscow. (Yuri Kochetkov/European Pressphoto Agency) When it comes to bolstering its oil exploration and production, Russia has repeatedly turned to U.S. and other Western companies for help. More than a decade ago, when Russia wanted to halt the steep decline in many of its older oil fields, it brought in Britain's BP, which revived output. When Russia’s oil giant Rosneft wanted to minimize the time needed for the construction of a certain kind of drilling well, it turned to the U.S. company Halliburton, which figured out how to shorten the time from 38 to 30…
  • GDP growth is the same it’s always been. That’s the good and bad news.

    Matt O'Brien
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The fundamentals of the economy are, well, about as strong as they've been since the recovery began. After a miserable start to the year, GDP grew a healthy 4 percent in the second quarter. And even better news is that the start to the year wasn't quite as miserable as we thought: first quarter growth got revised up from -2.9 to -2.1 percent. That's because job growth figures suggest economic growth wasn't that weak, and neither does Gross Domestic Income (GDI), which, in theory, should be the same as GDP, but was much better at -0.7 percent. But the bad news is that this latest upswing…
  • Fed more confident in job market but nods to pickup in inflation

    Ylan Q. Mui
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Building(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The Federal Reserve on Wednesday expressed growing confidence in the health of America’s job market and acknowledged that inflation is beginning to pick up. In a carefully worded statement, the central bank’s top officials noted that unemployment has fallen but abandoned the caveat it had delivered in previous communication that the jobless rate remains elevated. Instead, the Fed said there remains a “significant underutilization of labor resources” – a reference to the number of people who are underemployed. In…
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  • US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
       The United States on Wednesday condemned the shelling of a United Nations-run school in the Gaza Strip that Palestinian officials said killed about 20 people.The school was located in the Jabaliya refugee camp. It was reportedly...
  • Senators to FIFA: Russia unfit to host World Cup

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are calling on FIFA and the global community to reconsider holding the next World Cup in Russia in 2018.“If in the face of a downed airliner, in the face of crippling sanctions ...
  • GOP lawmaker warns of consequences if Obama takes further action

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Wednesday he's not trying to impeach President Obama, but he warned White House against staying on its current course for immigration.“I am not pushing impeachment. What I am doing is trying to deter the president from...
  • Bergdahl could face questioning next week

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to be questioned next week by a top Pentagon official about his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, according to multiple reports.Bergdahl has already been introduced to Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who is...
  • California governor open to shelter more migrant children

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said his state is open to providing additional shelter for migrant children but urged the U.S. to find a long-term solution to the border crisis."I would do everything I could to make sure California will do...
 
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    James Wolcott's Blog

  • From Here to Jeter-nity

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    New York, New York, Derek Jeter edition: If you can make it here, you can annoy everyone everywhere.
  • Beene and Gone

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Colin McDowell remembers and celebrates designer Geoffrey Beene.
  • Malice in Blunderland

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    No way to treat an ally.
  • The Last to Go

    13 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    And then there were none: saying goodbye to Tommy Ramone.
  • Paul Mazursky

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Reflecting on the life and laughs of the late Paul Mazursky.
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    SCOTUSblog

  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Steven R. Shapiro (Part Six)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    What civil liberties challenges we face next, the importance of Edward Snowden, the “newness” of technology and thinking about civil liberties in a climate of fear, and the qualities a Supreme Court Justice will need. In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Fisher challenges new college admissions ruling

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Lawyers for Abigail Fisher, who has been pursuing a lengthy court challenge to the use of race in admitting students to the University of Texas in Austin, on Tuesday asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reconsider a new decision upholding the policy.  En banc review is necessary, the new petition argued, because the majority of the three-judge panel disobeyed orders from the Supreme Court to rethink a prior ruling allowing some use of race. Last year, the Supreme Court returned the case to the Fifth Circuit, with instruction to apply a new and more restrictive…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: WorldCom, Inc. v. Internal Revenue Service 13-1269 Issue: Whether, contrary to the Federal Circuit’s decision in USA Choice Internet Services, LLC v. United States, the Internal Revenue Service can tax as “local telephone service” under 26 U.S.C. § 4251 the purchase of data services that do not enable the purchaser to make or receive telephone calls. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Last abortion clinic in Mississippi may be spared

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In a ruling that is likely to mean that the only abortion clinic still operating in Mississippi will not have to close, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday that a two-year-old state law regulating clinics cannot be enforced against that facility in the city of Jackson.  The ruling, dividing the panel two to one, is here. The ruling clearly limits, but does not totally bar, a state’s attempt to shift the practical availability of abortion services to its neighboring states.  Mississippi officials had argued that, even without a clinic inside the state,…
  • Appeals court rejects new test of health care mandate

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Ruling that the federal health care law’s mandate to buy health insurance is a law about a tax but not about raising government revenue, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday rejected a new constitutional challenge to that key part of the Affordable Care Act.  The three-judge panel’s decision in Sissel v. Department of Health & Human Services can be read here. Because the mandate was not designed primarily to bring in money to the Treasury, the court of appeals concluded, it was not a revenue measure that, under the Constitution, must have…
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Concerned Veterans for America: Says Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, "skipped an important VA reform hearing to attend three fundraisers."

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Ad says Bruce Braley was raising money during a veterans affairs hearing Attackers say U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, skipped an important Veterans Affairs Committee hearing to raise money for his campaign, but Braley says that’s not true. Braley "skipped an astonishing 79 percent of veterans affairs committee hearings. He even skipped an important VA reform hearing to attend three fundraisers," says the television ad from Concerned Veterans for America, an advocacy group with funding linked to the Koch brothers. Braley is running…
  • Concerned Veterans for America: Says Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, missed "79 percent of veterans affairs committee hearings."

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | How many veterans affairs hearings did Bruce Braley miss? Congressional oversight of veterans affairs isn’t looking so good in light of news about the VA and delayed access to health care. Now U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate in Iowa, is getting bad press for missing a large number of committee hearings. Braley is running against Republican Joni Ernst for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Tom Harkin. But the television ad attacking him comes from Concerned Veterans for America, an advocacy group with funding linked to the…
  • Facebook posts: "97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states."

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Are 97 of the nation's 100 poorest counties in red states? A meme circulating on Twitter and other social media recently caught our eye. Created by the liberal group Occupy Democrats, it said, "97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states. But tell me again how Republican policies grow the economy?" This was a variation on a few memes we’ve checked previously -- that nine out of the 10 poorest states are red states (we rated this Mostly True) and that Republican-leaning states get more in federal dollars than they…
  • Tom Cotton: Says Mark Pryor "continues to insist" that Obamacare is "an amazing success."

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Tom Cotton says Mark Pryor 'continues to insist' that Obamacare is an 'amazing success' Tom Cotton says Mark Pryor is out-of-touch on a lot of things, especially health care. Cotton, the representative from Arkansas running for Senate, ties the incumbent Democrat’s vote for the Affordable Care Act to an unbridled loyalty to President Barack Obama and his party, rather than to Arkansas. In numerous ads, interviews and releases, the Cotton campaign has blasted his opponent’s support of the health care legislation, frequently bringing up that…
  • Joe Biden: The Obama administration's policies "have reduced minority dropout rate by 25 percent."

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Joe Biden says Obama policies have cut minority dropout rate by 25 percent During a recent address in Las Vegas to the NAACP, Vice President Joe Biden touted the Obama administration’s role in helping students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Calling the right to vote central to so many other human needs, Biden asked, "How else, were it not the right of all those folks to vote, do you think we would have been able to expand Pell grants for 2.5 million more students? How else would we have put in place the educational policies…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Now more than ever

    Kay
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    This was big news yesterday: The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators — a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide. Business groups called the decision outrageous. Some legal experts described it as a far-reaching move that could signal the labor board’s willingness to hold many other companies to the same standard of “joint employer,” making businesses that use…
  • Quick Heads Up For Some Spooky Action At A Distance Talk

    Tom Levenson
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Late, late, late I am in getting this out to you, but I’m doing another webcast/podcast for Virtually Speaking Science today. I’ll be talking to my MIT colleague, David Kaiser, who is a physicist and a historian of science in our Science Technology and Society program.  He’s also an excellent popular science writer, and we’ll use the hour today (and whenever you might choose to listen) to talk Higgs, Bicep2 and gravitational waves (did the very early universe inflate? Are there butt-loads of universes?  How freaking hard is it to make cosmological measurements?*).
  • Someone keeps putting politics in the politics that political reporters report on

    Tom (TBogg) Boggioni
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    While not as earthshaking as some late breaking news exclusives, some political reporters have had their worldview shaken to its molten core by political gamesmanship being played by political parties.  When the hell did that shit start? With some Republicans  coyly floating the idea of impeachment of the Obammer in much the same way they drop hints to their wives  about wanting to try anal, it seems only natural that political parties would not let the opportunity pass to open the hot and cold spigots of rage and fill their coffers with some sweet sweet cash. This has given some…
  • Ronald Reagan Was “Anti-Israel” And Obama Isn’t (But Should Be)

    Zaid Jilani
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It is a common meme among the American Right that Obama is anti-Israel. This despite Obama giving huge military aid to the Israelis, just like every recent American president, defending them at the UN, and doing little to nothing to stop anything the Israelis have done over the past few  years. A lot of these memes seem to be based on Obama sometimes saying that Israel should maybe stop colonizing the West Bank, and maybe move towards making a just peace (nothing out of the ordinary for American presidents, but this one is black and has a foreign-sounding name, so that probably makes the…
  • Follow Up Post, Michael Behenna

    Soonergrunt
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    Former Army 1LT Michael Behenna was paroled four months ago from the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS.  You’ll remember that he was convicted by General Court-Martial of 2nd degree murder, and sentenced ultimately to 15 years.  He served 5 years of that sentence before parole.*  The Daily Oklahoman caught up with him to see how and what he’s doing these days.  He’s a ranch hand.  From the article: It stung that the military courts didn’t believe his self-defense claim against what he said was a known Al Qaeda operative. “That kind of stuff is so…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • PhotoShop Fun

    RON BEASLEY
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Well WordPress seems to have eaten my last serious post so how about a picture. Yes, if you don’t have a life and your really bored you can combine photos and create some really strange images using Photoshop.
  • In 1938: Mahatma Gandhi on the Jewish homeland

    BRIJ KHINDARIA, Foreign Affairs Columnist
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    ‘THE JEWS’, BY GANDHI – FROM HARIJAN, NOVEMBER 26, 1938 (http://www.gandhiserve.org/information/writings_online/articles/gandhi_jews_palestine.html#’The Jews’, by Gandhi – From Harijan, November 26, 1938) Several letters have been received by me asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa. Some of them became…
  • Nixon

    RON BEASLEY
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    I graduated from college in June of 1968 in the middle of the Vietnam war.  The day after Nixon was elected I reported to the Army.  Fortunately for me following basic training I was recruited by the Defense Intelligence Agency and spent my entire army career sitting behind a typewriter in downtown Munich, Germany usually wearing civilian clothes and living in an apartment.   I saw the multiple scars on one of my roommates who had served in Vietnam and saw him dive under the bed when one of those powerful Munich thunderstorms would roll out of the alps at night.  I read the Pentagon…
  • The impeachment thing

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    There is no impeachment thing. Both sides are using it as a vote-catching threat. All this impeachment bluster also may be laying down the terms of engagement for another battle, should Obama soon — as many expect — take executive action to protect millions of illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation. Republicans are saying that such a move would far exceed the president’s constitutional authority. But whether they will go so far as to begin impeachment proceedings remains to be seen. “This is the ultimate test of Lucy and Charlie Brown,” Gingrich said, referring to the…
  • Exodus: Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again

    Guest Voice
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Exodus: Europe’s Jews Are Fleeing Once Again
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival thinks trans women aren’t real women, or something

    John Aravosis
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Far be it for me to be an expert on what it is to be transgender, but how hard is it to understand that a trans woman is a woman, and she should be allowed to do, you know, woman-things like attending music festivals for women? Apparently, real hard. The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is finding itself yet again in hot water for expressing its “intention” that only “womyn born womyn” attend the annual shindig. We’ve written before about “safe women’s spaces.”  A friend of mine who is lesbian was uninvited from a women’s dance in…
  • Die Verdammte Spielerei (cute series of videos of some Belgian musicians)

    John Aravosis
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    It seems that I’m on the verge of becoming an honorary citizen of Ghent, Belgium. You see, my earlier photo-essay declaring Ghent to be quite possibly the most beautiful town in the world made it into one of the biggest papers in Belgium. And as a result, the post has now gone viral on Facebook, and the Ghentians have even found me on Twitter, where they’ve been quite appreciative. (It’s funny, but after ten+ years of blogging, it’s still neat to have things like this happen.) In my piece, I posted a short video of a funny marching band that we stumbled upon, roaming…
  • Support Chang in HI-01 – Don’t let Dems elect a Koch-friendly pro-nukes oil-funded anti-choice candidate

    Gaius Publius
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s definitely primary season here at La Maison, and as I’ve said many times, the election action on the Dem side is in the primaries. We don’t just have to defeat the Republicans. We have to defeat the Steve Israels of the world, as well as their Koched-up and corp-controlled candidates. Thanks to all of you who are helping Nancy Skinner in MI-11 get her pre-election mailings out the door. If you haven’t done so already, you can donate here. Her election is Aug 5, precious few days away. Support Stanley Chang in HI-01 Which brings me to the other House candidate…
  • Larry King gets confused by Anna Paquin’s “non-practicing” bisexuality

    John Aravosis
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know from bisexual friends that people who are bi often get a bad rap. I’ve personally never understood the problem — some people are gay, some are straight, some are in between, so why can’t someone be exactly in between? Nonetheless, the existence of bisexuality sows confusion among gays and straights alike. Our own Becca Morn has written about the conundrum that is bisexuality: Everybody assumes that either I’m actually a lesbian, or that I’m constantly jonesing to be with a man. I’m not. Unless that man is George Clooney, in which case all bets are off. (It’s…
  • Nigerian doctors strike as Ebola descends on the region

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The first case of Ebola may have arrived, and died in Nigeria. A Liberian national entered the country by air.  After landing, he became severely ill, began vomiting and sought medical aid.  He was admitted to a hospital, tested for a variety or diseases.  He appears to have had Ebola, pending confirmation from a WHO lab. He died a few days ago. The government has tried to find and isolate everyone he was in contact with, a difficult task. Difficult for two reasons.  It’s very hard to find everyone who was in contact with a person, especially if that person was traveling through…
 
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    VideoSift.com

  • Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry

    Taint (/politics/member/Taint)
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Saudi Arabia tries, three times, to stop Center For Inquiry representative Josephine Macintosh from delivering a statement critical of their repeated assaults on freedom of religion, belief, and expression at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on June 23, 2014.
  • to prison for poverty-making the poor a commodity

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This is the story of Hali Wood, a seventeen-year-old from Columbiana, Alabama who is deeply in debt to the private probation company, JCS. To learn more go to http://www.bravenewfilms.org/toprison... Produced in collaboration with the ACLU.
  • TYT - Is It Ever Okay To Criticize Israel?

    billpayer (/politics/member/billpayer)
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Current Gaza death toll 190 Gazan's , 1 Israeli... Yet all we hear about is how many Gaza rockets (they might as well be fireworks) vs how many Israeli missiles (hi-tech death) 80% of Gaza casualties are innocent civilians, WOMEN & CHILDREN
  • Why Republicans Don’t Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    When astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson dropped by Real Time tonight, Bill Maher couldn’t resist showing him a National Review cover story about Tyson called “Smarter Than Thou,” about the cult of Tyson and “puffed-up ‘nerd’ culture” in America. And Maher had a simple question for Tyson: why does he think the right dislikes him so much?
  • untold history of the US-bush and obama-the age of terror

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    episode 10 of oliver stones showtime documentary series "the untold history of the united states".along with historian peter kuznick stone reveals many facets of the bush and obama presidency that may not be common knowledge to most americans.
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    The American Prospect

  • Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Organizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising difficulty, has been having an extended disagreement with Philip Bump of the Washington Post over the organization's fundamental effectiveness, the latest installment of which is this article analyzing the group's activities and results on a range of issues. While I haven't followed every back-and-forth and I'm sure the OfA people would say Bump's article is unfair, what it comes down to is…
  • The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular points Chait makes, but because of the broad framing. The idea of "pro-Israel," like its mirror "anti-Israel," is the enemy of rational thought and debate on this topic. Unless you're talking about whom you're rooting for in the Olympics, talking about who's pro-Israel and who isn't, and to what degree, almost never helps illuminate anything. This is something I brought up a few months ago,…
  • Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

    Paul Waldman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    If you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel, an online TV project with more Palin than you can shake a stick at. One's natural inclination is to just make fun of it, but let's not be too dismissive. Palin is charting a new path of political entrepreneurship, creating a lucrative model of ideological entertainment that could actually be good for everyone. You might think that anyone who would pay more than a Netflix subscription to watch Palin on their computer is a fool, but…
  • The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 am
    AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo U.S. Army soldiers salute American flags at a ceremony at Camp Liberty in Baghdad on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.  This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or…
  • A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Paul Waldman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times editorialized for the first time in favor of a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, and did so in dramatic fashion, with a statement on the front page of the Sunday Review section and two more pieces going into greater detail. It wasn't particularly surprising, given the generally liberal bent of the Times editorial page and the fact that support for legalization has moved firmly into the mainstream. But it's still important, because the Times remains the most influential news outlet in the country, and they have an unrivaled ability to set the agenda for the…
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In mid-June, the NBC/WSJ poll found that 63% of us think the country is on the wrong track. This is about the same as has been found each month since December, 2013. The official BLS unemployment rate for May 2014 is 6.3%, unchanged from the previous month. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full- time work, the rate is 12.2%. This is down from 13.8% a year ago. In the 3rd week of June, Gallup found an unemployment rate of 6.1%. This is down from an average of 7% for the month of May. It also found…
  • President Obama

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 6/26-28/14) is 43% approval/51% disapproval. In mid-June his approval rating was at 41%, just a point higher than his all-time low of 40% in mid-January. Of the 6 most recent, two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating continues to be better than George Bush II and Richard Nixon. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. The list of 6 follows:   Approve Disapprove Reagan 63 28 (7/14/86) Clinton 61 34 (7/8/98) Eisenhower 52 32 (7/15/58) Obama 43…
  • The Congress

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Public confidence in the Congress has hit a new low, with only 7% expressing a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Congress. The high point in the last decade was 19% in 2006. This 7% confidence figure compares to confidence of 74% in the military, 53% in the police, 30% in the Supreme Court, and 29% in the Presidency. [Gallup 6/14] 14% approve of the way that Congress is handling its job, 78% disapprove. [NYT/CBS 6/14] In June, surveys conducted by Fox, Gallup, and CBS/NYT show that approval of the job being done by Congress ranges from 13-16% approval. Three surveys…
  • The Races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, President

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    The U.S. Senate Democrats 53 Republicans 45 Independents 2   Democrats Republicans Seats not up in 2014 34 30 Safe in 2014 10 13 Leaning in 2014 1 3   Shaheen (NH) Walsh (MT)     West Virginia     South Dakota Total 45 46 Toss-ups 7 Democrats 2 Republicans Iowa Mcconnell (KY) Landrieu (LA) Georgia Hagan (NC)   Pryor (AR)   Michigan   Begich (AK)   Udall (CO)   There is nothing particularly exciting to report in the contest for control of the House of Representatives. Republicans will maintain control. Based on the number of current…
  • This and That

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Recently WW engaged in a discussion with one of its readers: WW: Here are the latest performance numbers for Obama. Reader: What happens when the main stream press stops covering up for Obama in its ongoing coverage? WW: That part of the press that appears to cover his back won’t change, but their impact is less because there is an increasingly active more conservative press. Reader: The difference is that the negative, right-wing press reinforces opinion, whereas the mainstream media helps form opinion. Right-wing media only serves those who are looking to reinforce their preconceptions.
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • PAC at the heart of Dark Money Scandal Shuts Down

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    PAC received $11 million of anonymous money for Prop 30 and Prop 32. by Brian Leubitz It turns out that everything comes around in the end. The political arm of the Small Business Action Committee (SBAC) filed official termination papers on Monday, six months after agreeing to hand over $300,000 in campaign cash to state officials for accepting what turned out to be the largest anonymous donation to a political effort in California history. (KQED / John Myers) If you don't remember exactly what happened, check the dark money tag. Long story short, a few payments, totaling over $10 million,…
  • George Will Thinks Kashkari is Goldwater 2.0. Goldwater 1.0 Rolls Over.

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari seems to be a bright man doing his best Don Quixote for the California GOP. He knows he isn't going to win without some sort of major Jerry Brown catastrophe. But, the party apparatus is thrilled that he defeated right wing nativist Tim Donnelly. Apparently so much so that GOP scribe George Will took to the pages of the Washington Post to declare that he is Goldwater 2.0: Today, in this state where one in eight Americans lives, and where Democratic presidential candidates can reap 55 electoral votes without spending a dime or a day campaigning, the Republicans'…
  • Californians Want Action on Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New poll shows Californians want to lead on responding to climate change by Brian Leubitz In a PPIC poll just released this evening, Californians said that they want action on the environment. As you can see from the graph, Californians think the time to act is now. About two-thirds of Californians (68%) support the state law, AB 32, which requires California to reduce its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Strong majorities have favored this law since the survey first asked about it in July 2006, but a partisan divide has emerged on the question. While most Democrats, Republicans, and…
  • Actually, Top 2 Doesn't Make Government Better

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Senator called for nationwide adoption of the failing electoral system by Brian Leubitz A few days ago, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had something to say about California, which probably mirrors the diversity of America more than any other state, was racked by polarization until voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 that adopted a "top-two" primary system.  ... While there are no guarantees, it seems likely that a top-two primary system would encourage more participation in primaries and undo tendencies toward default extremism. It would remove the incentive that pushes our…
  • Brown Picks Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for Supreme Court

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Stanford Law Professor is first of two picks that Brown will make by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown will replace Justices Baxter and Kennard this year, and today he announced his first pick, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar . Cuellar, 41, was born in Matamoros, Mexico, and for years crossed the border by foot to attend school in Texas. He moved with his family to the Imperial Valley when he was 14 and obtained his bachelor's degree from Harvard College, his law degree from Yale Law School and a doctorate in political science from Stanford. In selecting Cuellar, Gov. Jerry Brown…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins the battle against Hamas’s rocket arsenal, and even as it destroys the tunnels meant to convey terrorists underground to Israel (and to carry Israeli hostages back to Gaza).  This is not the first time Israel has found itself losing on the battlefield of perception. Why is it happening again? Here are six possible reasons: 1. In a fight between a state actor and a non-state actor, the non-state actor can win merely…
  • Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (and Most Everything Else)

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the present tense.) Then there are the messages from those who seek the elimination of Israel. These run along the lines of, “Jeffrey wants blood, give him more Palestinian blood!” (I’m not sure if this tweet was riffing off the blood libel or not.) Like many people, I am legitimately shocked (not “shocked,…
  • Understanding What Hamas Wants

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    1. We can thank former President Bill Clinton for perfect clarity in his comments about the chaos and horror of Gaza. In an interview on Indian television, Clinton—who told us in his memoir that Palestinian self-destructiveness (in the form of Yasir Arafat’s various delusions and prevarications) undid his effort to bring about a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict—blames the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gaza affiliate, Hamas, for adopting a policy of deliberate self-murder in order to present Israel with a set of impossible dilemmas. “Hamas was perfectly well aware of what would…
  • Netanyahu's Mistake

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    David Horovitz, the editor of the indispensable Times of Israel, noticed something on Friday that other observers did not. At a press conference, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been on record for several years now supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, essentially said, "Never mind." Here's Horovitz: [Netanyahu] spoke only in Hebrew, and we are in the middle of a mini-war, so his non-directly war-related remarks didn’t get widely reported. But those remarks should not be overlooked even in the midst of a bitter conflict with…
  • What, Exactly, Is Hamas Trying to Prove?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” The Gaza-based Hamas has recently fired more than 500 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. This has terrorized the citizenry, though caused few casualties, in large part because Israel is protected by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. In reaction to these indiscriminately fired missiles, Israel has bombarded targets across Gaza. Compared with violent death…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Democrat Says Bill to Grandfather In Canceled Insurance Plans Reminds Her of 'Whiners'

    Michael Warren
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    A Democratic congresswoman told her colleagues at a House hearing Wednesday morning that the debate over a bill that would grandfather in otherwise canceled group plans under the Affordable Care Act reminded her of a comedy skit about "whiners." "I don't know how many of you recall years ago on Saturday Night Live, there was a segment entitled, 'The Whiners.'" said Anna Eshoo of California. "You know, they sat on the sofa and all they did was whine. They were a broken record. And I can't help but think of that segment on Saturday Night Live."…
  • Tom Cotton Narrowly Leads Mark Pryor in New Poll

    John McCormack
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    The latest Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College poll shows Republican congressman Tom Cotton leading Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor 44 percent to 42 percent in the Arkansas Senate race: Two previous Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polls showed the race within the margin of error but with Pryor in the lead. In October 2013, shortly after Cotton entered the race, Pryor held a 42-41% lead. In April 2014, Pryor had a 45.5-42.5% lead. The Libertarian and Green party candidates each settled at 2% in the April survey. In every other public poll conducted since May, Cotton…
  • How 'Explanatory Journalism' Gets Medicare Wrong

    Mark Hemingway
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    As I've made pretty clear, I am not a fan of the "explanatory journalism" trend that purports to take an empirical approach to explaining complex issues. Its chief practitioners are a bunch of young, terribly biased journalists who tend to treat politics and policy as some sort of game, even as they broadcast their ignorance. Anyway, if you want a concise example of why explanatory journalism is bad—so pure and crystalline it could have been produced by Walter White—let me direct you to this Vox.com piece on Medicare.  Right off the bat, the headline is not encouraging:…
  • Fixing the DOT's Air-Brained Scheme

    Ethan Epstein
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Casual dining establishment TGI Fridays, you may have heard, is advertising what it bills as “endless” appetizers for a mere $10. Yet if you dine at Fridays here in the District of Columbia, you can expect to spend $11, not $10, on the “endless apps,” once DC’s 10 percent dining tax is included. (Nor are the medical bills incurred from eating endless TGI Fridays appetizers included in the $10 figure.) The extra $1 on the tab, I would imagine, come to the surprise of precisely zero diners. People have long grown accustomed to adding taxes to advertised prices. Likewise, when the…
  • It Would Be a Shame If Something Happened to That Reputation of Yours

    Jonathan Marks
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Recently National Journal’s Ron Fournier published this story, “Why Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very, Very Worried.” Fournier’s strange line is that the Israelis until recently enjoyed a “near-monopoly” over “the mind share of public-opinion elites.” Partly because those elites “embraced and amplified the Israeli case,” “public opinion in the West, and particularly in the United States, firmly supported Israel.” But now, gee whiz, we have the Internet and “democratized media.” And so, Fournier strangely concludes, although Israel “has the absolute right to…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Barefoot Running—The Videos

    James Fallows
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Over the years I've mentioned the famous and fascinating running-related videos from Daniel Lieberman's Skeletal Biology Lab at Harvard. But I haven't done so in a while, and in the context of recent finger-shoe news it's worth highlighting them again. This is also a way of thanking people who keep sending me links to them. Videos like the ones below are slow-mo studies of how a runner's legs and feet look, and how the body absorbs stress, with different running styles. The main contrast is between landing on the front part of your foot, as almost anyone naturally does when running…
  • California High-Speed Rail: Some Views From the Valley

    James Fallows
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    For those joining us late: California's controversial High-Speed Rail project is worth paying attention to, no matter where you live. While everyone moans about America's decaying infrastructure, this is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project anywhere in the country. Its outcome has a bearing on Jerry Brown's current campaign for a fourth term as governor. It also shows something about our governments' ability to undertake big, complicated efforts—and our public ability to discuss and decide on these issues. But the place where people are already paying closest attention is…
  • Interesting News on the Finger-Shoe Front

    James Fallows
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    I am a fan of Vibram Five Fingers running shoes, as I have made clear every so often. I was wearing my trusty Vibrams when I passed the "Haynesworth Test" four years ago. I've worn them as I evolved past an uncomfortable era of Achilles tendon problems into a time of happily injury-free running. Two months ago I was among those saying that a highly publicized court settlement, in which Vibram set aside $3.75 million to compensate people who felt they'd been misled about health benefits of the shoes, showed more about our legal system than it did about this footwear.  The point about these…
  • California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    As a reminder: California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project now being contemplated anywhere in the United States. It has also become one of the most controversial. Jerry Brown, now running for an unprecedented fourth term as governor, has stuck with HSR as his signature/legacy project. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more He is opposed by Republicans, probably most significantly in the form of Representative Kevin McCarthy, Eric Cantor's successor as House Majority Leader, who is trying to…
  • You Think Your Summer Travel Plans Are Rough? Spare a Thought for People in China

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    The point of my book China Airborne was that just about everything involving China's potential, and its challenges, could be seen in its ambition to become an all-fronts aerospace power. Chinese scientists and officials are trying to advance their civilian space program, and also their network of military satellites. Their state planners and their industrial companies are trying to build big airliners, like Boeing and Airbus. They are trying to build smaller jet and piston airplanes, like Gulfstream and Bombardier and Cessna and Cirrus (the last of which the Chinese aerospace corporation…
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    The American Scene

  • Obfuscation Form 700

    Gabriel Rossman
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby but among the many things that are not widely understood is that the decision did not actually result in the firm’s employees losing insurance coverage for IUDs. The actual result is that the employees will still have coverage for IUDs, but the insurance processor rather than Hobby Lobby will have to pay for it (at least in theory). That is, Hobby Lobby was seeking to take advantage of the Obama administration’s own proposal for faith-based nonprofits. As Julian Sanchez at Cato observed, the entire case turns on an entirely…
  • Rape Culture/Structure

    Gabriel Rossman
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In Sunday’s column, Ross provided three proposals for reducing campus rape. (1. Lower the drinking age, 2. End the party school system, 3. Loco in parentis lite for dorms). For the most part it was well received (including by many people who generally disagree with Ross), but sampling on the derpendent variable reveals no shortage of people saying some version of “how about we just tell men not to rape” which in its more concrete version takes the form of some sort of sexual consent education class as part of orientation. What I find interesting about this is that this…
  • Sticky demand

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox) has an op-ed at Time about rising college tuition, subsidies, and the high implicit marginal tax rates the means-tested subsidy regime implies for students like herself who have relatively high earnings during college. But rather than focus on her (quite reasonable) argument about the abuses of an industry in which I am objectively a member of the exploitative class, let’s change the subject to exegesis of a tangential sentence about another industry: “Demand for education, kind of like demand for porn, is pretty inelastic.” This glib remark…
  • The Internet of Selves (Elliot Rodger)

    Matt Feeney
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    When the Columbine massacre happened one of the first things I thought of, thanks to Hegel and Nietzsche, was the internet.The internet was just then becoming this participatory thing, for everyone, and I had the Hegel-inspired bad feeling that one effect of this new technology of self-assertion would be a nagging and widespread condition of abstract discontent. In the olden days of Aristotle summoned by Hegel in the Phenomenology, it was only rich guys, who’d proven themselves in battle and owned slaves they’d taken in battle, who had the freedom to make a huge deal about their…
  • Star Trek: Into Dumb

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    17 May 2014 | 1:05 am
    Yeah, yeah, old news. What can I say, I have a family, so I only get to watch movies once in a while, after they’ve been on on-demand TV for a long time. “Star Trek: Into Darkness”: wow. What a dumb, dumb movie. “Star Trek” has a big place in my life, and I don’t care who knows. I learned English by watching Star Trek. Star Trek, to me, will always be one of our greatest pop cultural sensations, because it is, as best as I can tell, the only space adventure show for a popular audience that takes ideas seriously; and, starting with TNG, characters. The first…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • On Tolerance

    Sebastian
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:22 pm
    -by Sebastian In light of Hobby Lobby and the surprising and welcome storming of the gates by gay marriage advocates in recent years, there seems to be quite a bit of talk about the virtue of tolerance.  I'm not philosophically trained but much of it seems confused.  The proximate causes of this post are this post by John Holbo and this post by Damon Linker.  Both seem to be confused about the nature of the civic virtue of tolerance. Tolerance has at least two facets of civic importance.  First it lets people of somewhat differing moral values live together in peace.  Second it…
  • V-boat: V stands for...

    liberal japonicus
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    by liberal japonicus I've often threatened to write a post about Japanese sexuality, but after several tries, I never really was able to actually explain anything. Below the fold is the Daily Show's take on one recent news story which kind of gets at my confusion. I will never understand this country... The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook
  • Japanese education in three pictures: an education open thread

    liberal japonicus
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    by liberal japonicus Take a look at these three pictures and tell me what you see What you are seeing is my youngest daughter's kokugo jiten, or Japanese dictionary.  No, she doesn't have a condition that has her obsessively using post-its. This is the latest thing. Elementary school students are encouraged to, when they use their Japanese dictionary, mark the work and write it on the post-it. I'm not precisely sure when they start, but I'm thinking that this is going on at least a year or two of post-it-ing. The aim is to then make it a competition, so that kids compare…
  • Don't bring back the draft, bring back war taxes

    SuperUser
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    by Doctor Science One thing we agree on about the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars is that the (American) human costs were borne by only a small part of the population. For people in the military and their families the war was a constant and excessive burden, but most Americans felt no direct consequences at all. And I think we all agree that one reason these wars dragged on so long -- the longest of *any* of this country's wars -- was because the burden was so very unevenly distributed, so that the public -- and their representatives, and the media -- could basically forget about the wars for weeks…
  • O-hisashiburi open Friday thread

    liberal japonicus
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    by liberal japonicus Which is basically, 'long time, no see' in Japanese. Though the formality marker at the end is probably too much. I hope this article, pulled from the LGM thread, is of interest. I loved it and don't skip over the footnotes at the end.  What is everyone else reading?
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

    Deidre
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Ahead of the 4 July holiday in the States, we’ve compiled a list of publications, articles, and other interesting links to keep you up-to-date on recent happenings related to budget work, participatory budgeting initiatives, budget websites, and much more. Enjoy! Research and publications ODDC Dissemination of the Uganda/Kenya Case Study: Highlights (Development Initiatives) This post reviews the findings of a study “How open data could contribute to poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda through its impacts on resource allocation.” Book Review: Public Financial Management and Its…
  • The Hidden Corners of Public Finance: Where Can CSOs Look, and for What?

    Ryan Flynn
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative Budget transparency, the mantra goes, is key for citizens to hold governments accountable for how they spend public money. But what if public spending does not happen through the budget, or if a good share of public resources are not captured in budget documents? Time and time again, the Open Budget Survey has shown that many governments keep certain corners of public finance hidden from public view. Questions in the Open Budget Survey that are linked, for example, to extra-budgetary funds,…
  • Unlocking Budget Data in Australia: the BudgetAus Collaboration

    Jay
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post was written by Rosie Williams of InfoAus. Budget transparency in Australia has recently taken a big step forward with the first ever release of federal budget data in machine readable format. Prior to this year, budget data in Australia had been locked away in PDF and Word documents. While these publications met the broad guidelines for reporting government spending to the public, analysis of government spending remained a difficult and time consuming process. Providing information is one thing, making it usable is yet another. Unlocking the data As a novice programmer with a degree…
  • What’s new in budget work and research around the world

    Jay
    30 May 2014 | 8:42 am
    We’ve compiled a list of news articles, blog posts, publications, and other materials from this week related to budgets and civil society work, as well as governance and development issues more generally.   Top News Working with Budgets and Spending Data (School of Data) The School of Data, whose goal is to empower CSOs, journalists, and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively, has an online course on working with budget and spending data. Does transparency improve governance? Reviewing evidence from 16 experimental evaluations (Journalist’s Resource) This…
  • Elections in India: Transparency, Accountability, and Corruption

    Jay
    14 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    This post was written by Ravi Duggal, Program Officer at the International Budget Partnership. Elections are underway in the world’s largest democracy. With over 800 million voters spanning 543 political constituencies, voting will last until mid-May. And transparency and accountability are shaping up to be key issues for voters. Turbulence in the last few years The last two years have seen major upheaval in Indian politics and the general mood is against the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) – a centre-left coalition led by the Congress party. Many believe the UPA has…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Parsing McConnell’s Job Description

    Robert Farley
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A laid off coal miner in an Alison Lundergan Grimes TV ad poses a question to Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” McConnell doesn’t dispute saying it and no recording exists; but he claims that he misunderstood a reporter’s question and his words have been misinterpreted. What’s a fact-checker to do? Look at the facts. McConnell was quoted as saying, “Economic development is a Frankfort issue. That is not my job.” But the comment came on the same day that he was in his home state to speak about — jobs. McConnell…
  • More Carbon Tax Distortions

    Lori Robertson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Crossroads GPS claims that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall “voted to enact a carbon tax.” Udall did no such thing. Republican Thom Tillis claims that Sen. Kay Hagan “supported a carbon tax” that would destroy “up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.” That’s not accurate, either. In fact, Congress has never voted on a specific carbon tax proposal. Udall couldn’t have voted to enact such a tax even if he wanted. And the figure on North Carolina jobs comes from a scenario presented by a group opposed to such a tax. To make these…
  • Wisconsin Trek-ery

    Brooks Jackson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his wealthy Democratic opponent is “sending jobs overseas.” But Mary Burke says the family company, Trek Bicycle Corporation, is “making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone.” Both are at least partly correct, but neither is telling the whole story. Walker’s Attack Walker started the latest round with a TV spot July 16 claiming Burke “[made] millions” sending jobs “that could have been done in Wisconsin” to “countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only $2 an…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

    Eden Everwine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.” AFP blames Pryor’s vote to ban drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for higher gas prices. But the Energy Information Administration says drilling in ANWR would translate to little, if any, drop in prices at the pump. As for higher grocery bills, AFP cites Pryor’s vote to increase ethanol production, which raised the demand for corn and the price of livestock. But the Department of Agriculture says the impact on…
  • Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

    Lauren Shapiro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Q: Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration? A: Yes. There’s been a sharp increase in unaccompanied children from Central America since FY 2012, and the U.S. projected a bigger increase this year. FULL QUESTION Is it true that the US government advertised for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” back in January, 2014. And, if so, how did they know there would be this influx of children from Guatemala? (Or, some other country?) FULL ANSWER The…
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Costs

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Estimated the costs of the NSA surveillance scandal; shifts in the politics of net neutrality; new tools for encrypting mobile phone communications, and much, much more.
  • [Op-Ed] Civic Tech and Engagement: How City Halls Can Help Construct Stronger Neighborhoods

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Last week, the UN reported that more than half of humanity now lives in cities; by 2050 two-thirds of people will, up from just 30% in 1950. Given the grave challenges facing the world's booming urban areas—including global warming, economic dislocation, and crumbling basic infrastructure, among other torments—tomorrow's mayors will need to take bold steps to ensure their constituents live in dignity and safety. But public distrust of dysfunctional, faceless government is profound, resources are limited, gaps between groups are widening, and many are unaware of the role of government in…
  • First POST: Experiments

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Lessig's MayDayPAC announces its first targets; Pierre Omidyar explains where First Look Media is going; OKCupid shares some experiments it's done on users; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Unlocking

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Why the GOP is having trouble catching up to the Dems on tech; how the cellphone unblocking bill shows the Internet's power (or not); civil rights groups "sell out" on net neutrality; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Software for Good

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Is the Internet not "Ready for Hillary"?; Streisand, the new anti-censorship tool; how Benentech develops software for good; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Really excellent interview with Rick Perlstein on Ronald Reagan by David Dayen

    lambert
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Body:  This passage caught my eye, even though it's not about Reagan: You talk about Jimmy Carter as just this smile, someone who was an empty vessel for everyone’s beliefs that they projected onto him. You use this phrase, “they yearned to believe,” to describe liberal feelings toward Carter. Could you believe that Dems could be attracted like iron filings to a magnet to a blank-slate candidate where everyone sees what they want to see? Yes, how about Barack Obama? It’s very similar. Of course, there’s this old adage, Republicans fall in line, Democrats fall in love. But I…
  • Hopefully nothing nuclear

    lambert
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Body:  In addition to 120mm mortar & 40mm grenade ammo from prepositioned US stockpile, Israel requests unspecified resupply of "likely" artillery. — shootersix (@shootersix) July 30, 2014
  • I found this on the Internet

    lambert
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Body:  A cat in a shark suit riding a vacuum:
  • Why US Propaganda Goose-Step to Nuclear War with Russia?

    libbyliberal
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Body:  David North and Alex Lantier in a provocative article entitled “Are you ready for nuclear war?” insist that we all should be asking ourselves that question especially since the mysterious but war-mongering propaganda-useful destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17!
  • In the garden: I do believe the cukes are starting to be ready

    lambert
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Body:  46 days from the second week in June, and they were from flats.... IIRC, last time I ate with sliced and spread with crème fraîche and some good salt. Extravagant, but not extravagant for a complete meal. Unfortunately, I also spotted a Japanese beetle sitting comfortably on one of the cucumber leaves. Presumably, they won't go for the cukes since they have a whole raspberry patch and some roses for decoys, but, what if:
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    susiemadrak.com

  • ‘We are in the realm of accountability’

    susie
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    UNRWA Christopher Gunness breaks down in tears on live TV after attack on UN school in Gaza. Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. called for Gunness’ immediate suspension. Link: STATEMENT BY UNRWA COMMISSIONER-GENERAL PIERRE KRÄHENBÜHL Jerusalem Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced. We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have analysed fragments,…
  • ‘The tank shells fell like rain’

    susie
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Link: “There was no mercy,” says Wael Abu Irgala, a 24-year-old resident of Khuzaa. “We saw things you couldn’t imagine.”
  • Cubs catcher makes history

    susie
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    In marathon game. God, I love games like this!
  • Happy Hour : George Cables – In A Sentimental Mood

    Boohunney
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • House Democrats wants GOP governors to explain rejecting Medicaid expansion…

    Boohunney
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    TPM… House Democrats are demanding that some Republican governors, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, provide the documents behind their decision to reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. House Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent requests Wednesday to Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R). “In order to better understand the basis for your opposition, I request that you provide … copies of any state-specific analyses, studies, or reports that you ordered, requested or relied on to inform your decision,” Cummings said in…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Dominican Republic’s Butterfly Biodiversity Center

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Dominican Republic’s Butterfly Biodiversity Center by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Dominican Republic’s Butterfly Biodiversity Center Butterfly Biodiversity Center Kelly Freeman is a Peace Corps volunteer and has teamed with Dr. Jose G. Maldonado-Rivera the founder/executive director of the Dominican Republic’s first public Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) magnet school –…
  • VIDEO: The child immigration crisis in 10 numbers

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. VIDEO: The child immigration crisis in 10 numbers by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Recent reports indicate that the swell of undocumented children is easing and that many of those who have arrived have either been reunited with long absent parents or deported back to the countries they fled. However, there are still thousands in the care of the American government. Being denied access to the children, journalists can’t easily report on the individual stories…
  • Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens, Especially Hispanics

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens, Especially Hispanics by Latina Lista SaludToday A growing number of U.S. teens—especially Hispanic teens—are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, according to a new survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, HealthDay News reports. Overall, 11% of teens admitted using hGH in 2013, up from 5% in 2012. About 13% of Hispanic teens and 15% of black teens…
  • Rep. Gutierrez decries plan to deport immigrant children

    Latina Lista
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Rep. Gutierrez decries plan to deport immigrant children by Latina Lista By Alex Hernandez Extra News Rep. Luis Gutierrez is against a bill aimed at restricting the rights of children captured at the U.S. border. “Right now, there is an urgent humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Children are risking their lives, in the hands of drug cartels. Some are dying. Communities are being overrun, and government resources are being strained,” said Rep. Senator…
  • Video: Dad & Daughter Duo Share “A Dicho A Day”

    Latina Lista
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Video: Dad & Daughter Duo Share “A Dicho A Day” by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Loida Casares is a loving mom, talented writer and blogger and an enterprising entrepreneur. Yet, of all the hats Loida balances these days, it’s her role as daughter that has unexpectedly brought new meaning into this 40-year-old Latina’s life. About a year ago, Loida’s elderly father, Nicolas, came to live with her and life as daughter/caregiver has…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • None Dare Call It Impeachment

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you’ve surely heard the utterance of the I-word recently.
  • Age of Identity

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The struggle against conformity and control is a shared, unifying experience.
  • ‘Maybe in America’

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Madagascar is an example of a combination of global pressures coming to the fore.
  • Night at the Opera?

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As the clock ticks down on union negotiations, the Met plays out its most painful opera.
  • Zionism and Its Discontents

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Israel's new war in Gaza and the failures behind it are a betrayal of the Zionism in which I still believe.
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    New York Observer

  • Bridge and Tunnel: ‘Jersey Boys’ Buy $13.25 Million 730 Park Ave. Co-op

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Mike and Mary Wallace. (Wiki) A one-time model and muse for the Italian fashion designer Emilio Pucci—whose eponymous brand is now under the purview of LVMH—Mary Wallace, who died two years ago at 83, went on to work at Vogue and then as a booking agent for Tex McCreary and Jinx Falkenberg in television’s dawning days. Subsequently, she married NBC news correspondent Ted Yates, who died on assignment covering the Six-Day War, and later, the legendary Mike Wallace. (Betwixt and between she managed to become a journalistic executive producer and a documentary filmmaker in her own…
  • Creative Influencers Gather to Share Intimate New York Stories

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    “New York is a city of misfits,” says designer Prabal Guraug. (From left to right: Prabal Gurung, Joe Zee, Paul Haggis, Stacy Engman. Photo: Daniel Cole/Observer) Perched atop white leather couches in the Living Room at W New York-Times Square, creative industry leaders discussed the mutual dependence of New York and artistry. The intimate and lively panel was moderated by Yahoo Fashion’s editor-in-chief and creative director Joe Zee and featured supermodel Karen Elson, the filmmaker Paul Haggis of Million Dollar Baby and Crash fame, designer Prabal Gurung, world-renowned…
  • Jason Diamond Leaving Flavorwire for Men’s Journal

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Jason Diamond. (Photo via Twitter) Flavorwire literary editor Jason Diamond is heading over to Men’s Journal, where he will be associate editor of the Wenner Media men’s magazine’s website, Mr. Diamond announced yesterday on social media. “I’m really excited to go over to Mensjournal.com as an Associate Editor. I love what Gus Wenner has been doing at Wenner Media, and the Men’s Journal team is a great one to be joining,” Mr. Diamond told the Observer in an email. “I look forward to the things we’ll be doing, and think it will be a fun…
  • Wu Also Thinks Cuomo’s Office Broke the Law on Moreland, Compares It to Bridgegate

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Zephyr Teachout with Tim Wu. (Photo: Facebook) Tim Wu and Rob Astorino may not have a ton in common, but they both charged Wednesday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office had broken the law in dealing with the Moreland Commission. Mr. Wu, running to secure the Democratic nod for lieutenant governor on the Zephyr Teachout ticket, told reporters in a conference call he believed the governor had committed “official misconduct.” His call came just hours after Mr. Astorino held a press conference to accuse the governor of breaking the law. It’s not the first time the campaigns…
  • Pepé Le View: After Failed Bid from France, River House Duplex Is Back on the Market

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The drawing room of the Farkas duplex features velvet-lined walls. This duplex in the northern tower of River House—the famed Art Deco co-op and one-time pillar of society at 435 East 52nd Street—doesn’t lack for drama. The 14-room apartment, which has striking East River views, was done over by Valerian Rybar when owner Arlene Farkas and her then-husband, department store heir Bruce Farkas, bought it in the 1970s. And it bears all the opulent, if somewhat time-smudged fingerprints of Mr. Rybar, who in 1972 was dubbed “the most expensive designer in the world.” Walls are lined in…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Libya and Hawkish Revisionism

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Max Boot indulges in some convenient revisionism: Saturday was the day the State Department ordered the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya. Only three years ago, Obama helped NATO allies overthrow Moammar Kadafi as part of his “lead from behind” doctrine, but he has done little to help the resulting democratic government secure its authority. Not only did the U.S. not support sending international peacekeepers [bold mine-DL], it didn’t mount a serious program to train a new Libyan army. This is the standard hawkish critique of the Libyan intervention, which pretends that the…
  • The “Middle Course” of Increased Hawkishness

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    George Will proposes a “middle course” between Bush and Obama on foreign policy: Obama has given Americans a foreign policy congruent with their post-recoil preferences: America as spectator. Now, however, their sense of national diminishment, and of an increasingly ominous world, may be making them receptive to a middle course between a foreign policy of flaccidity (Obama) and grandiosity (his predecessor). As Will’s own column acknowledges, however, Obama hasn’t given Americans a foreign policy in which the U.S. acts only as a spectator. The main example that Will…
  • Gaza and Self-Defense

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Jonathan Chait explains why the latest Gaza military operation has made him less “pro-Israel” in certain respects: Viewed in this context, the campaign of Israeli air strikes in Gaza becomes a horrifying indictment. It is not just that the unintended deaths of Palestinians is so disproportionate to any corresponding increase in security for the Israeli targets of Hamas’s air strikes. It is not just that Netanyahu is able to identify Hamas’s strategy — to create “telegenically dead Palestinians” — yet still proceeds to give Hamas exactly what it is after [bold mine-DL].
  • Mead’s Ridiculous Linkage Argument

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Walter Russell Mead must be kidding: Unhappily for the Obama administration, the best way for the U.S. to hasten the arrival of a durable cease fire in Gaza is to promise a more robust and hawkish policy in the rest of the region. The Israelis will be more willing to make concessions on a Gaza cease fire if they believe that the U.S. will back them more effectively against Iran, and the Saudis and Egyptians are more likely to give ground in Gaza if the U.S. offers real support in the rest of the region [bold mine-DL]. Mead’s argument is just another version of the “linkage”…
  • Saakashvili’s Fan Club vs. the Rule of Law

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Mark Adomanis comments on the charges filed by Georgian prosecutors against the former president, Mikheil Saakashvili: It is, of course, entirely possible that the Georgian authorities are engaged in a “witch hunt” against their political rivals. It is, however, also entirely possible that they are engaged in the legitimate pursuit of justice. How do I know this? Because Saakashvili’s government really was responsible for some pretty serious legal and civil rights violations [bold mine-DL]. Predictably, the last remaining members of Saakashvili’s Western fan club (e.g., the WSJ,…
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, Dead at 71

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Dick Wagner who played guitar with Alice Cooper Lou Reed and Kiss at various points in his career died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale Arizona for respiratory failure Two weeks earlier he had undergone a cardiac procedure according to Detroit Free Press He was 71 How Dick Wagner...
  • Peter Travers: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Is a Blast of Summer Fun

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    When he first learned about the Marvel superhero flick Guardians of the Galaxy Peter Travers reflexively reached for his handy Scum Bucket But now our trusted critic is eating his own words saying the film "might be the most fun I've had so far this summer at any movie"  The Rise of...
  • Miranda Lambert to Co-Write and Star in Feature Film

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Add screenwriter and movie actress to Miranda Lambert's résumé According to Deadline the "Somethin' Bad" singer is working with music video director Trey Fanjoy ("Somethin' Bad" "The House That Built Me") on a proposed theatrical film Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood Are Breaking 'Bad' in New Video Presently titled Something in the Water...
  • Lucy Hale Films 'Lie' on the Opry Stage

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Lucy Hale's new "Lie a Little Better" video is a big step towards separating her Hollywood and Nashville lives Instead of acting out the lyrics to the clever love song the Pretty Little Liars star chose to film the majority of the music video on the hallowed stage of the...
  • Beastie Boys' Mike D on How Grunge Killed 'Big, Fluffy Long Hair'

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Beastie Boys' Mike D has been revisiting the 1990s as part of a video series for Vanity Fair with the rapper touching on everything from the Biggie/2Pac beef to the Arsenio Hall Show On Wednesday Mike D briefly touches on the grunge scene that changed the look and sound...
 
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • House Grants Boehner Authority to Sue Obama

    Alex Rogers
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday granting House Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue President Barack Obama, marking the first time the legislative branch has endorsed such a lawsuit. The measure, which passed 225 to 201 without a single Democrat “yea,” underscores the burning frustration of House Republicans, who believe that the President has failed to execute the law properly on a number of measures. Boehner has said that the lawsuit will focus on the President’s decision to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which…
  • House Approves VA Health Care Overhaul

    alexishauk
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    (WASHINGTON) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans’ health care. MoreHouse Grants Boehner Authority to Sue ObamaJoe Lieberman: Obama Administration “Has Gone Off The Track” On IsraelFoster Dad Charged With Murder in Kansas Hot-Car Death NBC NewsPETA to Detroit: Go Vegan and We'll Pay Your Water Bill NBC NewsNot Just Ebola: What Diseases Could Threaten Americans? NBC NewsThe 420-5 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by Friday. Popular Among Subscribers Ending…
  • Third-Party Candidates Could Disrupt 2014 Midterms

    Jay Newton-Small
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    MoreCongresswoman Waters Urges Blacks to Vote in This Year’s MidtermsGallup Poll Sees Historically Ugly Midterm ElectionsDemocrats Induce Panic To Raise Money Before 2014 Election: “All Hope Is Lost”For most of modern era, third-party candidates were the crazy uncles of U.S. Senate elections, fun to watch and almost never relevant. In the 1990s and 2000s combined, only six Senate races were impacted by third party candidates. That is now changing. In the past four years alone, the outcomes of four Senate races have been impacted by outsiders, and this year is lining up to…
  • Report: Cost of HealthCare.Gov Approaching $1 Billion

    Kate Pickert
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Correction appended July 30, 9:22 p.m. ET MoreHouse Approves VA Health Care OverhaulMississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Will Stay Open After Court RulingFoster Dad Charged With Murder in Kansas Hot-Car Death NBC NewsPETA to Detroit: Go Vegan and We'll Pay Your Water Bill NBC NewsNot Just Ebola: What Diseases Could Threaten Americans? NBC NewsFederal officials badly managed the development of a website to sell health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, potentially costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns, according to testimony that will be delivered to a…
  • Joe Lieberman: Obama Administration “Has Gone Off The Track” On Israel

    Zeke J Miller
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    After 24 years representing Connecticut in the Senate, Joe Lieberman left Washington in Jan. 2013 as a man without a party—a Democrat-turned-independent-turned-GOP-endorser. MorePresident of Honduras Expects Mass Deportations of Minors From U.S.Jim DeMint: Bank Reveals Washington’s ‘Rot and Corruption’Foster Dad Charged With Murder in Kansas Hot-Car Death NBC NewsPETA to Detroit: Go Vegan and We'll Pay Your Water Bill NBC NewsNot Just Ebola: What Diseases Could Threaten Americans? NBC NewsSpeaking to TIME 18 months later, Lieberman is content with his decision to quit the…
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    The Brody File

  • Washington Post Blasts Hamas

    David Brody
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    I know it may seem shocking to you but The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted Hamas for their “tunnel vision.” Read below. It’s refreshing to see The Washington Post “intellectuals” understanding the real problem. Washington Post Editorial THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last…
  • Video: Marco Rubio Stands Up For Traditional Marriage: Calls Gay Americans Out For Their Hypocrisy

    David Brody
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Sen. Marco Rubio didn’t hold back today at Catholic University when talking about traditional American values. Instead of shying away from the now controversial topic of marriage (ridiculous), Rubio had the following stern rebuke for homosexuals who seem to think anyone who is against gay marriage is a bigot. Sen.Marco Rubio: This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage. And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry then Barack Obama was a bigot until just before…
  • The Brody File Show: The Immigration Reformation

    David Brody
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    This week on the Brody File we take a look at the political sparring over immigration reform as thousands of undocumented minors enter the United States. We also explore the different ways evangelical Christians are responding to the border crisis.
  • Brody File Exclusive: Todd Akin Says 'Legitimate Rape' Comment Became A Spiritual Warfare Moment

    David Brody
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Todd Akin, the former Congressman who angered the Republican establishment when he uttered the words, “legitimate rape” during his campaign for the Senate two years ago, tells The Brody File that during that time he felt a spiritual warfare battle going on saying, “I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil.” Watch below and read the partial transcription below the video. Todd Akin: I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and…
  • The Brody File Show: White House Calling?

    David Brody
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    This week on the Brody File we look at how three presidential hopefuls plan to make their way from the Capitol building to the White House. We're breaking down the views, strategies and potential stumbling blocks of Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Free Lunch here

    James Wimberley
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Yet another blue-ribbon report on the high costs of delaying action on climate disruption, this one from the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers. It won’t change closed minds. I suppose the drip-drip effect may bring round a few waverers, or shift some real journalists away from false balance. What it should do is prompt a rethink on strategy among the reality-based. A money graf from page 14 (italics added): Recent research shows, however, that even if a delay in international mitigation efforts occurs, unilateral or fragmented action reduces the costs of delay: although…
  • The “dear Harold” advice card

    Harold Pollack
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    My friend Dylan Matthews is starting/resuming an advice column. He’s a busy person. I thought I would save him some time by encapsulating the sum total of wise advice on the below index card. I could only fit half of the world’s wise advice on one card. So I suppose Dylan’s column is still needed. Regular readers will be shocked that it tilts in the direction of #dadtweet advice…. 50% of new human knowledge 1900-2014. Copyright Harold Pollack
  • Two Unknowns of a Guaranteed Minimum Income

    Keith Humphreys
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Two people I respect, Dylan Matthews and Mark Kleiman, have both endorsed a guaranteed minimum income as a poverty fighting tool. Here is Dylan’s conclusion, which he draws after discussing the findings of negative income tax experiments undertaken by the Nixon Administration: A negative income tax or basic income of sufficient size would, by definition, eliminate poverty. We still don’t know if there’d be much of a cost in terms of people working and earning less. If there is, the effect is almost certainly small enough that a negative income tax can offset the lost…
  • How to improve teaching

    Michael O'Hare
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Elizabeth Green has a fascinating long read in the NYT today, from her forthcoming book.  The best thing about it is her attention to quality assurance practices: she’s much less about this or that cool classroom hack than about a program that improves teaching, whatever practices the latter turns out to entail.  Here are the key paragraphs, in my view: When Akihiko Takahashi arrived in America, he was surprised to find how rarely teachers discussed their teaching methods. A year after he got to Chicago, he went to a one-day conference of teachers and mathematicians and was perplexed…
  • Cannabis legalization: not whether, but how

    Mark Kleiman
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    The New York Times comes out for cannabis legalization. David Frum is still against it. Neither deals seriously with the balance of advantage and disadvantage; the Times simply blows off the question of substance use disorder and pretends that passing a law forbidding sales to minors takes care of the problem of increased use by minors, while Frum never mentions the damage done by the $40-billion-per-year illicit market created by cannabis prohibition and proposes nothing that would shrink that market. And neither the Times editorial board nor David Frum seems interested in the question of…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Who's right about impeachment prospects: John Boehner or Steve King?

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner doesn't want to impeach President Barack Obama. His plan to sue the president is a gambit to appease Republicans bent on fighting the president's alleged failure "to faithfully execute the laws." At this week's meeting of the House GOP caucus, both Boehner and Greg Walden, head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, urged colleagues not to talk about impeachment, saying such talk only helps Democrats. Today, Boehner assured a roomful of reporters, "We have no plans to impeach the president," claiming that such speculation was "all a scam started by…
  • "Quality care" is in the eye of the beholder

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The nursing home industry already had too much political power in Iowa before Terry Branstad returned to the governor's office. Since late 2010, Branstad has repeatedly demonstrated that he prefers a more lax inspection regime for residential care facilities, with fewer nursing home inspectors than state lawmakers are willing to fund. But Branstad may have hit a new low this month, according to a story by Clark Kauffman in Monday's Des Moines Register. Kauffman has reported extensively on substandard care in Iowa nursing homes. Following up on this year's winners of the "Governor's Award for…
  • Republicans nominate Jonathan Lochman in Iowa Senate district 17

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    After fielding candidates in every Iowa Senate district in 2012, Republicans left a bunch of low-probability seats uncontested this year. One of those districts now has a GOP candidate, however: a special convention on July 24 selected Jonathan Lochman to run in Iowa Senate district 17. I don't see a website for his campaign, but Lochman's on Facebook here. During 13 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, he served wartime tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He's now the Iowa coordinator for Team Rubicon (the Iowa chapter is on Facebook here). Iowa Senate district 17 is open because State…
  • Weekend open thread: Cashing in

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. Most political campaign staffers are overworked and underpaid, and the prevalence of unpaid internships in Congressional offices leaves few opportunities for people who are not independently wealthy. Now two veterans of Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign have come under fire for launching what looks like "a 'pay to play' system for would-be campaign staff." Participants pay $5,000 for five days of intensive training, followed by five weeks of unpaid work on a campaign. Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird…
  • Martin O'Malley: Presidential candidate? Maybe. Clinton rival? No way.

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    It makes perfect sense for potential Democratic presidential candidates to visit Iowa, meeting activists and keeping their options open. That doesn't mean any of them would run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Case in point: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. Having keynoted the Iowa Democratic Party's state convention last month, he's coming here again this weekend, headlining events for State Senator Rita Hart and state Senate candidate Kevin Kinney on Saturday, then Council Bluffs and Sioux City events for gubernatorial nominee Jack Hatch on Sunday. Politico's Maggie…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Debating a Dining Room Table

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The other day, I joked about the pointlessness of having Sheldon Whitehouse debate Louie Gohmert. Well, we got something almost as good: Whitehouse debating (refuting, more accurately) Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma: I also suspect that Whitehouse stole my material. Discuss
  • Telling the Truth

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I have to laugh at the spectacle of the House Ways & Means Committee chairman releasing emails from Lois Lerner in which she refers to Republicans as "a-holes" and "crazies." Ms. Lerner, of course, was the director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These email revelations may stir up the Republican base, but if you look at everyone's email, there are approximately 150 million people who have called the GOP a-holes and crazies in this country. It's not even an insult. It's a simple observation, like "it's raining here." Discuss
  • Douthat is Right That They Should Try

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Steve M. is basically correct that the GOP is a party that represents the rich and the people who like to root for the rich, but he's missing something when he says that white working class voters see people who are using public assistance as them rather than us. We're all familiar with the way the right has pitted poor whites against poor blacks, and poor whites against darker immigrants. Yes, it's a very effective strategy. But there's also the pitting of the undereducated against the intellectuals, and the southerners against the northerners and the rural against the urban, and the…
  • Casual Observation

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Paul Ryan says he will mull a presidential bid after the midterms. I hope he runs. He would get slaughtered. Discuss
  • There is No Wave

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I keep pointing this out, as Nate Cohn observes: One of the big questions of this election cycle is whether it will turn out to be a “wave” election, like the one in 2010, when an upswell of anti-Democratic sentiment carried Democrats out of the House. One of the best measures of whether there’s a wave is the “generic ballot” question. Pollsters ask: Do you want Democrats or Republicans to control Congress? Unfortunately, generic ballot polling has been sparse so far this cycle. Last week, however, there were three national polls, by Fox News, CNN and Pew Research, asking the…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Texan Bipartisan Pair: American Public Wants an ‘Orderly Border’

    Alisa Wiersema
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    With just five days until Congress adjourns for summer recess, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, are attempting a bipartisan, last-ditch effort to address the border crisis in their home state – but there are few signs of support in Congress. “The American public wants us to have an orderly border,” Cuellar told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl on “This Week” Sunday. “They’re seeing chaos at the border.” The Cornyn-Cuellar bill aims to change the existing 2008 law that differentiates between the process undocumented…
  • New York Times Editorial Board Backs Legalizing Pot

    Benjamin Bell
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    After The New York Times editorial board came out in support of the U.S. legalizing marijuana, the paper’s editorial page editor told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl this morning on “This Week” that he has smoked pot. “I’ve never asked the people that work for me whether they smoke pot, and I’m not going to ask. I have smoked pot in my life. I went to college in Colorado in the 1970′s, you figure it out,” Andrew Rosenthal told Karl Sunday on “This Week.” The Times editorial board published its endorsement of the legalization of…
  • Former Clinton Labor Secretary ‘Impressed’ by Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan

    Benjamin Bell
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Former Secretary of Labor to President Bill Clinton told “This Week” he’s impressed by Paul Ryan’s poverty plan ahead of his appearance on the show’s roundtable Sunday. We asked UC Berkley professor Robert Reich about Ryan’s plan, and he also discussed Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” comment and how she and Sen. Elizabeth Warren may differ on some issues – if both decide to run for president in 2016. 1) What was your reaction when you first heard former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” comment that…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Crisis in the Middle East

    ABC News
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Nasser Ishtayeh/AP Photo This Sunday, “This Week” reports the latest on the crisis in the Middle East. Plus, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas – two key players in the last-ditch efforts to address the border crisis – come to “This Week” Sunday. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, CNN “Crossfire” co-host S.E. Cupp, and UC Berkley professor and former Clinton Labor secretary Robert Reich. See the…
  • Former NASA Boss: Russia Has US Space Program in ‘Hostage Situation’

    Camille Squires
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Forty-five years ago today, the world watched as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. The historic Apollo 11 landing established the U.S. as the leader in the Space Race against the Soviet Union, a key victory at the height of the Cold War. Today, in contrast, with the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, NASA has to pay for space aboard Russian rockets to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Political tensions between the two…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Passing the Buk by William Bowles

    dandelionsalad
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    by William Bowles Writer, Dandelion Salad williambowles.info July 22, 2014 Well, aside from a few comments I’ve posted on Moon of Alabama, I’ve spent most of the time reading (when I’ve not been compiling) just about everything I could on the subject of the downing of Malaysian Airlines #MH17 and I think it’s pretty obvious […]
  • Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation July 21, 2014 In a devastating twist to emerge over the weekend it now seems that the Malaysian civilian airliner downed over Ukraine was most probably brought down as a result of sabotage by the US-backed Kiev regime. The purpose of this […]
  • US Aims at Blowing EU-Russia Rift with Downed Airliner by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who perished. ~ Lo by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation July 20, 2014 The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine with the loss of all 298 onboard comes amid mounting frustration between Washington and its European allies […]
  • Lawrence Lessig: Break the Hold of Big Money Over American Elections, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges paul jay on Jul 15, 2014 Chris Hedges interviews Lawrence Lessig about his plans to break the hold of big money over American elections * Transcript *** Hedges and Lessig on Money and Politics, Part 2 TheRealNews on Jul 15, 2014 Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig continue their discussion about how […]
  • A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

    dandelionsalad
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Dandelion Salad by Jason Farbma socialistworker.org July 14, 2014 ISRAEL’S RELENTLESS pounding of a trapped civilian population in Gaza entered a frightening new phase as its bombing campaign continued into its seventh day. On July 13, the Israeli military dropped leaflets warning the residents of northern Gaza that whoever stayed behind risked being caught in […]
 
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  • The Statesmen

    Roberto
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
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  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, Arizona, hilarity ensued.A Republican sheriff who takes a hard line against immigration and aspired (aspires?) to political office.A few busloads of undocumented minors (who never arrived).A Republican congressional primary candidate who tried to use the protest to his advantage.A busload of YMCA campers who happened to be driving by.A mariachi band.In other words, just another day in Arizona politics.
  • School's Out for Summer

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is worried Israeli kids won't be able to have a "normal summer vacation" unless Israel occupies the Gaza Strip.School's out for summer ... roll the tanks!
  • The Blame Game

    Roberto
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
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  • Giustificazione

    Roberto
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
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    The Left Coaster

  • It's Not Heartlessness

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watching the MSNBC coverage of the migrant children "crisis" would lead you to believe that the GOP's alleged callousness in demanding the children be sent back to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will backfire on them. The various progressive commentators tell us that the American public will see this as a humanitarian crisis, and not victimize these kids by treating them as illegals trying to get into country. We're told the GOP's reaction will hurt them this fall and it 2016. Don't count on it. American compassion and empathy are wonderful things. But when many Americans wonder why…
  • Plain Speaking, Please

    Deacon Blues
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Yes, the world is an ugly place, both here and overseas. Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine shoot down a civilian airliner with Russian assistance, and Vladimir Putin rides his domestic poll numbers to double down and ready for war against a sovereign neighbor, unworried about any economic sanctions that might come. Israel asserts that it is attacking Hamas’s tunnels and ability to fire rockets into the country, yet is attacking hospitals and power plants. I wasn’t aware that Hamas was firing rockets from the hospital and tunneling from the downtown power plant. And with all this…
  • Make Corporate Tax Dodgers Pay a Price

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    As Paul Krugman notes this morning, corporations seemingly want all of the benefits of being individuals, including free speech translated as buying elections, and freedom of religion so they can discriminate against their employees. But when it comes to taxes, corporations refuse to act as individual citizens and instead reserve to themselves the right to scam the US treasury through tax avoidance schemes like the current move by Walgreens, which wants to call itself Swiss so they can dodge billions in legally-owed taxes. This same company has made billions from the Medicare Part D program,…
  • Hello Public Option?

    Deacon Blues
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Image courtesy of Talking Points Memo Those of us who track and know something about health care policy have been tracking the Halbig v. Burwell case for months, knowing that it (and not the Hobby Lobby case) represented the biggest legal threat to Obamacare's long-term viability. Those chickens came home to roost this morning when a three-judge panel of the DC Court of Appeals (DCA) ruled 2-1 to eliminate the federal subsidies for individual insurance purchased in states with federally-run health benefit exchanges. The DCA's reasoning was that the law passed by Congress provided subsidies…
  • Hot Air For Nothing

    Deacon Blues
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I think it’s safe to say that given the mood of the likely 2016 electorate, foreign policy may not be a determinative issue. Americans seem to generally be more focused on pulling back overseas and wanting more engagement on domestic issues like the overall economy and jobs. As such, the upcoming presidential election will turn on which candidate can effectively address that mood and speak to those issues, while demonstrating to voters their aptitude to handle the job based on their experience to date. This makes the GOP effort to tear down Hillary Clinton on Benghazi all the more…
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  • The Big Obamacare Typo or Lie?

    HowTheWorldWorks
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The Big Obamacare Typo or Lie? Please Enroll Responsibly: http://amzn.to/ojtR7E Only 99 cents By Lee Doren Subscribe to the iTunes Podcast of The Lee Doren Show: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lee-doren-show/id549725021... From: HowTheWorldWorks Views: 3721 324 ratings Time: 05:36 More in News & Politics
  • Border Patrol Harassing People Far From Border, Just Ask Snoop Dog & Willy Nelson

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Border Patrol Harassing People Far From Border, Just Ask Snoop Dog & Willy Nelson "Carlota Wray squints against a sharp afternoon sun and navigates her pickup along Arivaca Road's jutting curves and over rattling metal cattle guards. Wray, 56, has been driving this route,... From: The Young Turks Views: 51342 1229 ratings Time: 06:30 More in News & Politics
  • AP Top Stories July 26 P

    Associated Press
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    AP Top Stories July 26 P Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Here's the latest news for Saturday, July 26th: US Embassy evacuated in Tripoli; Gaza ceasefire extended; Final cargo plane... From: Associated Press Views: 1689 16 ratings Time: 01:08 More in News & Politics
  • Actress Convicted For Sending Obama Ricin-Laced Letters

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Actress Convicted For Sending Obama Ricin-Laced Letters "A Texas actress who tried to blame her husband after sending ricin-laced letters to officials including President Barack Obama was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison. A federal judge... From: The Young Turks Views: 77600 2896 ratings Time: 04:46 More in News & Politics
  • More Anti-Obamacare Ad Spending = More Obamacare Signups. FAIL!

    The Young Turks
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    More Anti-Obamacare Ad Spending = More Obamacare Signups. FAIL! "Sacha Baron Cohen's movie Borat was, to say the least, not very flattering to the nation of Kazakhstan: the title character, presented as a cultural emissary from the Central Asian country,... From: The Young Turks Views: 45259 1220 ratings Time: 04:11 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Twitter stock soars on make-believe earnings

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Don’t believe the hype. Twitter did not make money in Q2. The “earnings” they reported were non-GAAP, which translates to Making Sh*t Up, ignoring the bad bits, and paying no attention to accounting standards. This is what passes for corporate accounting today. “Analysts” expected Twitter non-GAAP earnings to be -0.02. Instead, Twitter just blasted through and reported a whopping 0.02 per share, which translates to a nosebleed P/E of 2347 at the current stock price. However non-GAAP numbers are garbage as they simply ignore anything inconvenient. I do apologize…
  • 35% of Americans with credit files have delinquent debt

    Bob Morris
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Delinquent debt nationwide is at a staggering 35%, according to a study by the Urban Institute. In Nevada, it is a whopping 47%. The more you are in debt, the higher the interest rates. Lots of people make lots of money grinding debtors for payments. Banksters securitize the debt. Entire industries have vested interests in keeping people in debt. The South has the highest percentage of people with debt in collections, however the amounts are low compared to other parts of the country. Debt is collection is only moderately correlated to low income. Higher income people can have debt problems…
  • Self-service key-making machines: Keys are no longer secure

    Bob Morris
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    New technology makes it much easier to duplicate keys, which is definitely both a plus and a minus. It is also inevitable.The best security for your house key is to not give it to anyone. Valets should only get a car key. House keys can be duplicated by scanning them with a smartphone. So can some car keys. MinuteKey kiosks, available across the country, don’t care if your key says ‘Do Not Duplicate.’ MinuteKey never even sees the inscription. Stick the key part in the slot and it’ll make a perfect key in about a minute. It’s completely self-service. I’ve…
  • UN against War Crimes, US not so much

    William Boardman
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    U.S. alone in vote against investigation of crimes against humanity   Is there any doubt that Israelis and Palestinians have been committing war crimes and crimes against each other’s humanity for decades? Objectively, that seems to be a plain fact, with particular relevance to Israel, whose existence was made possible by, among other things, acts of terror. Nowadays Israel objects, with no apparent sense of irony, when Palestinians seeking their own state also resort to acts of terror. Terrorism is a tactic of the relatively weak (as is non-violence) that sometimes seems to produce the…
  • Drought reduces California hydropower, forcing use of natural gas

    Bob Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Folsom Lake, CA. Credit: Robert Couse-Baker. Flickr California utilities are being forced to use natural gas plants to create electricity as drought cuts down on hydropower generation. Lakes and dams where hydropower is used are sometimes less than 50% full. Without ample water, the energy can’t be created. Increasingly, utilities are using natural gas power plants as fallbacks. However natural gas creates more emissions than hydro and is also more expensive. California has an ambitious plan to generate 33% renewable in-state energy by 2020. A continued dry spell will certainly impact…
 
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  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    These capabilities start with SoftLayer data centers in Texas (open now) and Virginia (opening Fall 2014). Each center is designed and built to comply with demanding federal standards, and each device in each center — from servers to power supplies — is connected to a single integrated management system. This design enables automated deployment and control of the entire platform, including both bare metal and virtual components, and extends that control to you through one web portal and API for on-demand scalability and management. The highly secure SoftLayer data centers will initially…
  • Mitigating the DDoS Threat

    28 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper covers:Likelihood of attacks for different industriesTop business concerns of DoS/DDoS attacks2013 notable attack vectors and landscapeDoS/DDoS protection best practicesRequest Free!
  • Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

    15 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Ask one technologist and he or she might say that lethal autonomous weapons — machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention — are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today's remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), or the Law of Armed conflict. The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms…
  • The Future of Drones: Sky-High Hopes vs. Regulatory Realities

    15 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Raphael Pirker needed overhead shots for a commercial he was filming at the University of Virginia, instead of spending thousands of dollars to rent a helicopter, he attached a camera to a 5-lb. (2.3 kilograms) model airplane, creating a custom drone to capture high-flying aerial views of the campus. A year earlier, the 29-year-old photographer piloted a similar drone around the Statue of Liberty in New York, buzzing the monument's iconic crown and recording stunning close-up views of Liberty Island and downtown Manhattan. Drones have been used by the military for decades, but Pirker's…
  • Fierce Mobile Government

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Discover the latest news and controversies surrounding agency adoption of mobile technologies in their free, weekly email newsletter. Sign up for FierceMobileGovernment today!Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • Welcome

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some would have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Ed Krayewski Talking NSA Reform, Pay Days on The Jerry Doyle Show

    Ed Krayewski
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I’ll be on The Jerry Doyle Show in a few minutes (at 8:30p.m. ET) talking about the continued efforts to reform the National Security Agency (NSA) as well as former NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander’s million dollar a month consulting. Check here to find out where to listen on the dial or the Internet.
  • Is Amazon Evil Because It Wants to Charge You *Less* for E-Books?

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Folks interested in the publishing industry know that Amazon, the world's largest online bookstore, has been in a pissing contest with Hachette, one of the planet's largest publishing houses, over e-book sales. The details have long been murky but all of the reporting suggested that Amazon wanted e-book prices to be lower than Hachette and other major publishers did. In fact, Hachette and four other major publishers recently settled a case in which they colluded with Apple to hike the price of e-books. (Disclosure: the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has been a supporter of Reason Foundation,…
  • San Diego Comic-Con: It's Grown, It's Changed, It's Sold Out, It's Gone Hollywood, It's Still Great

    Brian Doherty
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    That the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), which happened last weekened, has jumped the shark, gotten too big, sold out, lost its soul, has been bemoaned for many years now. The reasoning is very similar to complaints that surround another West Coast festival that I started going to the same year I started going to SDCC, 1995: Burning Man. See me blogging yesterday on the latest explosion of "people who shouldn't be going to my little party are going to it, and I'm annoyed" vis a vis Burning Man, regarding Americans for Tax Reform leader Grover Norquist's highly publicized decision to set his…
  • Self-Driving Cars Are Coming to the U.K. Early Next Year

    Paul Best
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The U.K. government just announced that driverless cars will be hitting public roads less than half a year from now. The Department of Transport (DOT) had previously planned to allow autonomous cars on the road in late 2013, but they just announced that January 2015 will be the first time someone can take an autonomous car out for a spin. Vince Cable, the U.K.'s business secretary, recently unveiled the new plan at an automotive engineering firm called Mira, saying: "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this…
  • Woman Wasn't Told She Was Participating in an Active Shooter 'Drill'

    Robby Soave
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A Coloardo nursing home worker is suing her employer and the Carbondale Police Department for emotional distress after they staged an active shooter drill without telling her that the threat was fake. From NBC 9 News: In a complaint received by 9NEWS Tuesday, Meeker claims she was taken hostage by a man with a gun while at work at the assisted living center in Carbondale. Meeker says the gunman held her against her will while she begged for her life. According to the complaint, what she did not know at the time was that the man with the gun was a Carbondale police officer, and it was all a…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    A little over four years ago, I ran an article about Jason Brockman, a newcomer to Wilson Co. (TN) politics. At the time, he was running for County Commission in the 16th District hoping to upset the long-time incumbent, Gilbert Graves, who had held the seat for 40 years. Brockman shocked everyone upsetting Graves with 60% of the vote (see the results here). Now, four years later, Graves' daughter, Diane Weathers, is challenging Brockman in his re-election bid.  Even though he is a first-term commissioner, Brockman has accomplished much during the last four years including :Jason…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
  • 2014 Tennessee Governors Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
  • A Second Chance for District 17

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do you live in the Tennessee counties of Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, DeKalb, or Smith? If so, you are in Tennessee State Senate District 17 and are currently represented by an entrenched, incumbent, career politician who's been in the Tennessee Legislature for the last 20 years (8 years in the House and the last 12 in the Senate). Prior to that, she was on the Wilson Co. Commission for 4 years. In other words, she has held some political office for 24 consecutive years. Do you realize that is 6 presidential terms? In fact, she's been in office since early in George H.W. Bush's only term in…
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Zionism and Its Discontents

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Roger Cohen, New York TimesMy great-grandfather’s brother, Michael Adler, was a distinguished rabbi who in 1916 compiled the “Prayer Book for Jewish Sailors and Soldiers” at the front during World War I. As “chaplain,” he toured battlefields administering last rites. At the end of the war he asked if British Jews had done their duty.
  • Another Mom Arrested for Letting Kid Go to Park

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Lenore Skenazy, ReasonA Port St. Lucie, Forida, mom has been arrested and charged with child neglect for daring to let her son, 7, play in the park half a mile from home. He was happily walking there when a busybody noticed him and asked where his mommy was. Then the busybody called the cops, since apparently no child should ever be outside without a private security detail.
  • NLRB Hands Fast-Food Workers a Victory

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Alec MacGillis, New RepublicThe news for America’s low-wage workers has been pretty bleak these past, oh, 30 or 40 years or so. Their pay has stagnated and their bargaining power has atrophied, even as their corporate overlords have seen their own profits and compensation soar. But there are signs of a brightening underway, and the latest one arrived Tuesday in the form of a possibly consequential finding against one of the most iconic low-wage employers of all, McDonald’s.
  • Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan Sure Can't Hurt

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Megan McArdle, BloombergOver at Slate, both Jamelle Bouie and Jordan Weissmann argue against Representative Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan on the grounds that it is unnecessarily concerned with the small percentage of the population that is chronically poor. Here’s Weissmann:
  • Republicans' Problem w/Black People

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Jonathan Capehart, Washington PostOverall, I agree with Ron Christie’s argument in the Daily Beast on “how to really empower black voters nationwide.” The former special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney says, “Republicans need a positive message for people of color, and they need to state that message clearly, and with conviction.”
 
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    New Republic

  • The Next Big Fight in Income Inequality Is About to Go Down in California

    David Dayen
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Congress can barely name a post office without partisan rancor, so it’s light years away from taking any meaningful action on income inequality. That’s why hope has shifted to states and cities. Seattle led the way in June with a
  • How Ronald Reagan Rode America's Delusions to the White House

    Michael Kimmage
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rick Perlstein is becoming an American institution. In 2001, his account of Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus was
  • Retire the Dead Presidents and Put These Women on Our Nation's Currency

    TNR Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Matt Yglesias’ proposal on Wednesday that “It’s time to put a woman on the $20” was met in our newsroom with immediate enthusiasm—followed by furious debate. The problem (a problem we don’t mind having) is that
  • Israel Must Defeat Hamas, But Also Must Do More to Limit Civilian Deaths

    Michael Walzer
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    When it comes to the conflict in Gaza, the critical question, "Cui bono?"—"To whose benefit?"—suggests that this is Hamas's war. It is a reckless gamble by an organization that was in deep trouble, and the gamble (so far) is paying off, at terrible cost to the people of Gaza—though the terribl
  • James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy

    William Giraldi
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    James Franco has been working hard to make it difficult for serious people to take him seriously. There's his promiscuity with projects unworthy of his talent, on both the big screen and small, including his starring role in the circus of social media, all those preposterous selfies he seems so prou
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Crying wolf on impeachment

    E.J. DIONNE JR.
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s stale ideas on poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. Read full article >>
  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. U.S. politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Read full article >>
  • A conservative judiciary run amok

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. Read full article >>
  • Can you be a pro-business populist?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Prominent Conservative Pundit Tells Black Musician To ‘Shut Up And Play The Piano’

    Judd Legum
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    CREDIT: AP John Podhoretz, a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan with a regular column in the New York Post, told musician John Legend to “shut up and play the piano” in a tweet sent on Wednesday afternoon. Podhoretz was prompted by a tweet that Legend sent criticizing Israel’s treatment of Secretary of State John Kerry. Podhoretz’s tweet was widely criticized for playing into racist stereotypes of African American entertainers. Rather than apologize or address the controversy, Podhoretz apparently deleted his Twitter account. He was an extremely active user of the…
  • House Republicans Vote To Sue Obama

    Josh Israel
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    CREDIT: White House/Pete Souza The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorize Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of those Republicans voting for a lawsuit to force faster implementation of the healthcare reform law have repeatedly backed its full repeal. Five Republicans joined every Democrat present in opposing the measure. The resolution gives Boehner the authority to…
  • Texas Lawmaker Uses Ethnic Slur To Describe Child Victims Of Hurricane Katrina

    Nicole Flatow
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Rep. Dennis Bonnen CREDIT: AP Photo/Harry Cabluck A leader of the Texas House of Representatives referred to children who moved to Texas after Hurricane Katrina using a term viewed by many as a deeply offensive ethic slur. In an exchange first publicized by Progress Texas, Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R) referred to the children as “coonass” at a hearing on the fiscal impact of migrants crossing the border into Texas. During a discussion on what resources would be needed in schools to accommodate migrant children, Bonnen, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, recalled Texas’ experience…
  • How Climate Denial Could Cost This Iowa Senate Candidate An Election

    Jeff Spross
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    State Sen. Joni Ernst waves to supporters after winning the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. CREDIT: AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall Storm clouds are beginning to gather for Joni Ernst, the Republicans’ contender for Iowa’s Senate seat this November. Within the last month, several liberal and environmental groups have targeted her with campaigns aimed at highlighting her climate positions and the money she’s received from the Koch Brothers and other fossil fuel groups. The latest — a rather slick production from NextGen Climate — promises to be the first…
  • Virginia Elections Secretary Accidentally Mails 125,000 Erroneous Voter Registration Warnings

    Josh Israel
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The Virginia State Board of Elections sent about 125,000 registered voters a notification last week telling them they appeared to be registered in another state. But the Board confirmed Wednesday that the letters accidentally went to voters who had merely moved within Virginia — not voters with registrations in multiple states. The letter, signed by Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary Donald Palmer, was sent out on June 23, 2014 in a mailer marked “Official Voter Information Request” and “Your Response Requested.” The letter stated: According to our…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Money enables us to get what we want instead of what others think we want. (G. Shaw) — It's easier when we want is free! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Your friend is your needs answered. (K. Gibran) — A hole in your life, filled even before you realized that it existed! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    The trouble with life in the fast lane is you reach the other end in an awful hurry. (J. Jensen) — Take the scenic route! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    You can not perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself. (Z. Ziglar) — Or WANT to see yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. (E. Roosevelt) — It is a lifestyle, an attitude, a daily habit. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • GOP Impeachment Intentions Denial Increasingly Ridiculous

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Regarding our post below about Republican leaders denying their party is pushing toward impeachment, do check out this link-rich post, "GOP's base Clamors to Impeach Obama" by Drew Courtney at People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, documenting the growing number of Republicans guzzling the impeachment Kool-Aid. Here are some of Courtney's examples (click on the article for the links -- there are more than 30 links, too many to include here for now): In a radio interview last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann said that she believed the president has "committed impeachable offenses" but that…
  • GOP Impeachment Talk Looks Like a Game-Changer, Alright

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    From Nick Corosaniti's "Impeachment, on G.O.P. Lips, Animates Democrats' Base" in the New York Times: Democrats cannot get enough of Republicans talking about impeaching President Obama. They are using it to raise money and claim to have collected $1 million on Monday alone. They are using it to add supporters, with 74,000 new contributors. And, to animate their base, they would like to goad Republicans into debating impeachment in close races in the midterm elections...The talk of impeachment has had a catalytic effect on fund-raising for the Democratic campaign committee, which raised $7.6…
  • Lux: Early Predictions on Presidential Elections Usually Wrong

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    From "Presidential Politics and Predictions: Be Ready to Be Wrong" by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of "The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be": ... If you look at the history of presidential politics in the modern era, the last half-century-plus, the strongly favored frontrunner almost never cruises easily to victory. Big stuff, little stuff, insurgencies popping up out of nowhere, scandals, stumbles -- frontrunners, even the dominant ones, have lost a lot more often than they won, and generally even when they have won, they had a hell of a tough road getting…
  • GOP's Short-Sighted Strategies

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Political parties often face choices between strategies that create (or promise to create) a short-term advantage, and those that address long-range challenges. One of the GOP's problems right now is that it is developing a real habit of sacrificing the long game to immediate opportunities. I briefly discussed five recent examples today at the Washington Monthly: The first example involves the many, many lies told by GOP pols and affiliated gabbers about the alleged horrific impact of the Affordable Care Act on old folks. These ranged from deliberate mischaracterization of the Medicare "cuts"…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Dan Balz's "If voter turnout is key, why is it so low?" rounds up the reasons and possible cures for low voter participation in mid term elections. Brendan Nyhan has a good post at The Upshot on the folly of the 'Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency." Long-term unemployment is plummeting. The GOP appears ready to squander many millions of taxpayer dollars on a doomed impeachment effort ---even though 65 percent of voters think it is a bad idea, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday. How many millions would the Republicans spend? One clue is that they spent more than $40…
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  • Mayawati and Mulayam should come together to defeat BJP, says Lalu Prasad Yadav

    Gautam
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Patna, July 30: RJD chief Lalu Prasad is determined to spoil BJP’s party – In an interview to Economic Times, Lalu said RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance will result in the rout of BJP in the forthcoming by­polls and assembly polls next year. The RJD-JD(U) alliance is the need of the hour, said Lalu. “Mandal forces will have to unite to trounce kamandal”, he told ET ion the interview. Lalu also slammed BJP for being ‘communal’.”Our apprehension that the country might disintegrate is turning out to be true. The whole country has seen how a fasting Muslim…
  • Former CJI was Adamant on Elevating Corrupt Judge: Katju

    Gautam
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    NEW DELHI: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju Monday again complained of interferences in the appointment of judges, saying former chief justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan tried his best to elevate a judge to the apex court despite allegations of corruption against him.Katju said in his blog post that he told Justice Kapadia that the said judge had a “very bad reputation about his integrity”.“I told Justice Kapadia that a chief justice of a high court, who had earlier been a judge of the Madras High Court, had a very bad reputation about his integrity,” Katju…
  • A New Team for Amit Shah: BJP, RSS Leaders Discuss Names

    Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    New Delhi: Amit Shah is firmly in the driving seat as BJP president. Now for a team for him. Mr Shah is at former party president Nitin Gadkari’s home in Delhi today in a crucial meeting with top leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor. Also at the meeting is Mr Shah’s predecessor Rajnath Singh. At the top of the agenda is putting together a new team of BJP officeholders for Mr Shah, who is building strategy for assembly elections in four states later this year. The BJP hopes to extend in these state elections, its spectacular…
  • Railway Minister Gowda to seek Bihar CM’s help for patrolling of railway tracks in Aurangabad

    Gautam
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Railways Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Wednesday that he will be contacting Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to seek more help in the patrolling of railway tracks in that state’s Aurangabad District, where Maoists blew up the Delhi-Howrah railway track late on Tuesday night. Expressing grief over the incident, Gowda said that though it was unfortunate, but he was relieved to hear that there were no casualties.”Fortunately, no causalities have been reported. My officers detected the blast while patrolling. My officers and the state government, both took great care…
  • For Rise in Rape Cases, Akhilesh Yadav ‘Punishes’ Officers

    Gautam
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Lucknow:  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered action against officers and bureaucrats for lack of progress in rape cases. A tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office today said, “CM instructs CS to take action against those delinquent DMs/ SSPs (District Magistrates and Senior Superintendents of Police) who haven’t followed-up prosecution in rape cases in their monthly review.” Mr Yadav and his Samajwadi Party have been battling criticism over a series of rapes and killings in India’s most populous state. Commenting on the incidents, the…
 
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  • The Sino-American Trust Deficit

    Stephen S. Roach
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The recently concluded Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the US and China was a major disappointment. Most significant, it failed to address an increasingly corrosive trust deficit that poses the most serious threat to Sino-American relations in 25 years.
  • China’s High-Income Hopes

    Zhang Jun
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is widely agreed that economic development means more than GDP growth. Unless China’s leaders upgrade the country’s growth strategy to stimulate technological progress and structural transformation, high-income status will continue to elude the world’s second-largest economy.
  • Can Investment Save Europe?

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Jean-Claude Juncker, the president-elect of the European Commission, wants to mobilize an additional €100 billion for public and private investment each year for the next three years. But, at a time when private income has shrunk and public resources are scarce, plans to stimulate investment should be carefully scrutinized.
  • The End of the Arab State

    Christopher R. Hill
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests something bigger: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the fragmentation of Sunni Arabia. And, as state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen.
  • The Dark Side of Physics

    Maria Spiropulu
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Almost a century ago, the first galaxy beyond our own was discovered, and within a decade the theory that the universe is expanding was first proposed. Since then, astounding technological developments have contributed to revolutionary progress in science, and physics now stands at a new threshold.
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  • Some thoughts on Black Liberation, Palestine & the Angry Black Woman Open Letter

    mrDaveyd
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    For the past couple of days an article written by ‘An Angry Black Woman‘ has been making he rounds.. It’s an open letter to Palestinians telling them to stop referencing  Black ‘Freedom struggle‘ when speaking about their own struggle. It goes on to make the claim about how Martin Luther King , Coretta Scott King and others were all Zionists…That article can be found here–> http://bit.ly/1mYL90V A few things to keep in mind.. First understand the article/letter which is being championed by Zionist backed publications and outlets and the Israeli…
  • Malcolm X Gives a Great History Lesson & Breakdown on Zionism

    mrDaveyd
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    During these troubled times where all eyes are focused on the ongoing assaults and massacres in Gaza via Israel,  there are some that like to run around and pull up an erroneous quote from Dr Martin Luther King that says critique of Zionism is anti-Semitic. We all know that was wrong-headed, just like King should not and is not considered anti-American for criticizing this country for her war policies in Vietnam, even though some called him a traitor the time he spoke out. One can speak on the very public, impactful far-reaching policies of a nation especially one supported by our tax…
  • Be Patriotic & Reflect on Frederick Douglass’ Independence Day Speech

    mrDaveyd
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    So today is July 4th Independence Day for the Good Ole USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ..This is the beloved place where we have written before the statue of Liberty.. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This is the land where in spite of this eloquent, compassionate writing we have ugly, racist Americans who stand on US freeways blocking the paths of frightened desperate children and women who have…
  • How Some Black Members of Congress Are Selling Out to Telecom Companies

    mrDaveyd
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Big phone and cable companies are attacking the free and open Internet – and some Black members of Congress are helping them do it. Ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently signed a letter to the FCC attacking net neutrality, the principle that prevents Internet service providers from discriminating online. All of these members have taken thousands in campaign contributions from the telecom industry. We’ve seen this before – but this summer is a crucial time when the FCC will choose to either protect Internet freedom, or allow phone and cable companies to take…
  • Phil Agnew and the Dream Defenders are No Joke

    mrDaveyd
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    We recently sat down with Phil Agnew of the Dream Defenders which is an incredible organization based in Florida. They were the first on the scene kicking up dust and doing all that they could do to bring attention to the grave injustice that befell 17-year-old  Trayon Martin who racial profiled and then shot by self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. During our interview, Phil walked us through all the direct action the Dream Defenders executed leading up to the Trayvon Martin saga getting national attention. These activities included blocking the doors to the Standford…
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  • Outside Political Money Groups Seen as “Shadow Party” that Supplants the Candidates Themselves

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Spending by outside political groups has grown so large this election that politicians running for Congress find themselves playing second fiddle while these shadowy organizations dictate the messages bombarding voters.   Overall, money pouring into television advertising for congressional campaign spots is expected to eclipse $2 billion this year. The number of commercials appearing on TVs across the country is expected to increase 70% over the midterm elections of 2010.   “By November, swing voters won’t know whether they’re voting for a Republican or saving…
  • $730 Million in Back Taxes Owed by U.S. Defense Workers with Security Clearances Viewed as Posing Risk

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Tens of thousands of federal workers with security clearances owe millions in back taxes, putting the information at their disposal or the facilities in which they work at risk, a government watchdog says.   The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found more than 80,000 employees and contractors at the Department of Defense holding security clearances owed the Internal Revenue Service $730 million in unpaid federal taxes as of 2012. And 31% of those people owed back taxes at the time they were granted clearances. That again raised concerns about what kind of job is being done to vet…
  • Thousands of U.S. Weapons Provided to Afghan Forces Are Unaccounted For

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The United States’ now decade-plus of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan may have been hampered by allowing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of weapons to go missing and possibly fall into enemy hands.   This possibility was reported this week by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), whose office said many of the 747,000 weapons given to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) can’t be accounted for.   “U.S. and Coalition-provided weapons are at risk of theft, loss, or misuse,” the report (pdf) said.  …
  • Mystery Surrounds U.S. Justice Department Move to Wrap Anti-Iran Group in Shroud of Secrecy

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    The U.S. Department of Justice has drawn attention to itself for helping an organization opposed to Iran maintain secrecy of its records, which are caught up in a defamation lawsuit filed against the group.   United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) was founded six years ago and is operated by and gets advice from a who’s who list of American and foreign politicos, including former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman; Frances Townsend, the former homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush; Dennis Ross, a former Middle East adviser to both Republican and Democratic presidents; plus…
  • Lack of Federal Policy for Paid Maternity Leave May Contribute to Decline of Women in U.S. Workforce

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    There has been a decline in the number of women in the U.S. workforce, and a new study suggests it might be a result of this country’s backward maternity leave policies.   The White House Council of Economic Advisers recently reported (pdf) a small reduction in women who are working or who want to work, while pointing out that the U.S. is the only developed nation not to adopt laws such as paid family leave and subsidized child care.   Betsey Stevenson, an economic adviser to President Barack Obama and economics and public policy professor at the University of Michigan, told…
 
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  • Democrats’ emergency funding bill for refugee children crossing the border clears Senate hurdle

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Well this is interesting. The GOP broke ranks today in the Senate and failed to filibuster the Democrats’ emergency funding bill to deal with refugee children crossing the border. The Hill reports, Emergency border bill advances in the Senate: The … Continue reading →
  • GOP Impeachment Denialism

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The headline of the L.A. Times story reads Boehner rules out impeachment: House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) insisted Tuesday there were “no plans” for impeachment, calling talk of the subject a “scam” designed by Democrats to raise money. Oh … Continue reading →
  • Attend PAAW (Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare) community meeting

    Carolyn Classen
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
  • Happy 49th Birthday, Medicare!

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    The Medicare program turns 49 today, despite the best efforts of the GOP since its inception to kill the program. Dr. Richard Propp of the Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare has a good editorial on Medicare on the occasion … Continue reading →
  • $14.92 to Say “Adios, Thucky”

    Bob Lord
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ole Thuckarooskie is in the race of his life, thanks in part to his exposure as a Latino bashing late-night internet troll who expresses disdain for the students he purports to “serve” and for the public schools he was elected … Continue reading →
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  • Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help

    Melissa Morrone
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo courtesy of Super Furry Librarian / Flickr. A woman was trying to apply for a job at a major retailer. She had to fill out an online form that prompted her to create a username and password, and then enter personal information down to the last four digits of her Social Security number. Knowing how to use the Internet safely is an ever more important skill. “How do you know if it’s real?” she asked me, already agitated because her computer session was about to time out. The last time she tried to do something like this, she…
  • Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See

    Mark Engler
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo by Marc Love / Flickr. Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one—a third-rail issue that could end the career of any politician foolish enough to touch it. The idea that gay and lesbian couples would be able to legally exchange vows in the United States was regarded, at best, as a far-off fantasy and, at worst, as a danger to the republic. “Anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land ... isn’t living in the real…
  • “I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees

    Christa Hillstrom
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    "You matter.""We are working hard to make sure you are able to stay in this country.""Come and live in California!" It's not exactly the incendiary rhetoric we've grown accustomed to in the last few weeks, as American leaders clash over the question of what to do with tens of thousands of child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The messages above—along with more than 1,800 others—have flooded the website TheyAreChildren.com since it was launched last week by the California Endowment and partner organizations. The aim is…
  • Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project

    Kali Swenson
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Photo of Japanese Americans, including the Kitamoto family, being taken from their homes on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Photo from Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. “A lot of my cultural background was probably taken away or hidden,” says Frank Kitamoto in a video interview recorded by Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Like many Japanese Americans, Kitamoto and his family were incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. For many of those who were incarcerated, their stories remained locked away as difficult personal memories. Densho is preserving those…
  • Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)

    Miriam Axel-Lute
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce blog at Rooflines.org. Photo by Daniel Parks / Flickr. Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country people carry machine guns through the baby products aisle and want to cut both food stamps and millionaire’s taxes, while in others we’re extending marriage equality and trying to build decent mass transit and celebrating diversity. It’s a deep, unbridgeable rift, and…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Peacock-Panache.com) Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Dershowitz vs. Chomsky

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In 2012 a debate took place at Harvard between Alan Dershowitz and Noam Chompsky; the topic was Israel. Considering the current situation in the Middle East, I am posting this debate for those that have not seen it before or those who would like to see it again.
  • Loving Joan Rivers!!!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I've always loved Joan and I love her even more after watching this. I could not have said it better myself! G-d bless you, Joan!!!
  • Dear Eddie Vedder,

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    I have been a huge fan of yours for years. The first time I heard you play was at The Peony Park Ballroom in 1991 here in Omaha, NE. Pearl Jam opened for Red Hot Chile Peppers. I, like many of my friends had never heard of your band; we only saw the name of your band on our concert ticket. After that concert, you gained many fans here, including myself and to this day that concert is spoken about in legendary terms.Read more »
  • Knox and Sollecito - Are They Finally Beginning to Crack?

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    Recently Raffaele Sollecito held a press conference. He and Amanda Knox have been recently convicted again in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher.This murder case has been carrying on and on since 2007 when the two were originally arrested. Unlike the United States, Italy allows for the state to appeal three (3) times, the same amount of times that a defendant may appeal. Oh how I wish we had this back when this country witnessed Casey Anthony walk off after being tried for killing her precious baby Caylee.I digress....Read more »
  • Tuberculosis - Making a Comeback!

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    A high school in Sacramento, CA is now reporting students infected with tuberculosis.A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said.Meanwhile in a totally unrelated story, the famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio in…
 
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    Politics

  • Will the rise in GDP hand the Tories the election?

    Harry Lambert and Robert Macquarie
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    The recovery may be feeble, but voters are rewarding the Tories as GDP rises – and the 'cost-of-living' is half the issue it was in 2011. Cameron and Osborne are benefiting after three years of a crippled economy. Photo: Getty. What issues will decide next year’s general election? For the major parties, the challenge is making their issues the topic of national debate. For the Tories that means focusing on the economy, immigration and crime. For Labour, it means steering every news agenda towards health, education and housing. The Tories are the more trusted stewards. Voters back them to…
  • Tulisa and the “fake sheikh”, FBI’s home-grown terrorists and why Gove had to go

    Peter Wilby
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column Harmlessly naive: Tulisa Contostavlos arrives at Southwark Crown Court, 15 July. Photo: Getty The News of the World may be dead and so, one hopes, may the phone-hacking habits of its journalists. But one of its star turns, Mazher Mahmood – called the “fake sheikh” because he has often dressed up as one – is still employed by the NoW’s successor, the Sun on Sunday. His chequered career has just suffered another reverse. The trial of the singer Tulisa Contostavlos on charges of setting up a cocaine deal collapsed on 21 July because, the judge…
  • Miliband may use Labour reshuffle to achieve half-female shadow cabinet

    George Eaton
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Lucy Powell and Luciana Berger tipped for promotion.  Shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell, who previously served as Ed Miliband's deputy chief of staff. After David Cameron's Night of the Long Knives, talk in Westminster is turning to the changes Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg may make to their top teams ahead of the election.  Miliband is not expected to carry out a major reshuffle, with key figures such as Ed Balls, Douglas Alexander, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham all remaining in their current posts, but he is keen to "freshen" Labour's line-up in the words of of one source. One…
  • Life after crash: why have hard times made us harsher?

    Tom Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In contrast to previous recessions, after Lehman Brothers crashed the belief that excessive benefits bred indolence spread. This view was endorsed by 61 per cent by 2009.  Two Britains: a gulf separates the poor from the "squeezed but safe". Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters George Osborne caps some benefits, time-limits others and invites inflation to eat into them all for years ahead. It amounts to an assault on the welfare state defying all precedent. Despite the recovery, the effect is evident in London’s resurgent rough sleeping and the preponderance of food banks in market towns. Where…
  • A reply to Jason Cowley on Gaza

    Prof Alan Johnson
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Alan Johnson responds to the NS editor’s article about Israel, Gaza and the left. A picture taken from the Israeli border shows the sun setting over the Gaza strip. Photo: Getty I write in reply to Jason Cowley’s blog in which he referenced my Daily Telegraph blog about Jon Snow. My blog claimed that Jon Snow has three illusions about Hamas: he thinks Hamas are a negotiating partner-in-waiting being ignored by Israel, but they aren’t; that Hamas grew as a popular reaction to the blockade, but it didn’t; and that the ordinary people Snow talks to in Gaza can speak freely about Hamas,…
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  • House Rules Committee Considers King Amendment

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In order to obtain more conservative votes some provisions might be added to the House border bill, according to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions. “I think the issue is whether there will be provisions added to get their vote, not provisions added that would diminish the bill,” he told reporters Wednesday. Sessions said that a provision targeting President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – which allows certain illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. – could be one such provision added. “I would…
  • Court Ruling Implies States Must Have at Least One Abortion Clinic

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    A U.S. Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that the state of Mississippi may not require abortion doctors in that state to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The court said the requirement “imposes an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose an abortion.” Earlier this year the same court, though with a different set of judges, let stand a similar law in Texas. The issue in Mississippi seems to be that there is only one abortion clinic left in the state and that no local hospital is willing to give admitting privileges to its abortionists. The result would be that the…
  • Nancy Pelosi: Use Border Crisis to 'More Quickly' Pass Amnesty Bill

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Congress should use the border crisis to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation.  At a Congressional Progressive Caucus hearing on the border crisis, Pelosi said the influx of illegal immigrant juveniles is more reason to pass an amnesty bill that Democrats in the Senate like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have said they want to attach to the House's border bill.  "We should move quickly to pass comprehensive immigration reform," Pelosi said.  Pelosi has previously said that she would rather pass comprehensive…
  • Exclusive: Illegal Alien Crime Victims Invite Boehner, His Family to Border, Plead for Enforcement

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Several family members of victims of horrific crimes committed by illegal aliens have invited House Speaker John Boehner to visit the U.S. Border with Mexico with them in a fiery letter provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “As you leave Washington, D.C. to vacation with your families, our families invite you and your entire family to spend the weekend in McAllen, Texas,” the victims' family members wrote to Boehner and other lawmakers Wednesday. “We invite you to see firsthand the invasion and lawlessness that is destroying our beloved country, and how you (and others)…
  • Dem. Rep: 'Not a Cost' if Illegal Children are Turned Over to Families in U.S.

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern argued Wednesday that once unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors are turned over to their family members in the United States, they are no longer a burden on the United States.  “You talk about the costs of these children, if they are reunited with their families here in the United States, there is not a cost, so,” McGovern said at a House Rules Committee hearing on the emergency supplemental appropriations bill dealing with the border crisis.  Texas Republican Rep. Kay Granger — who heads House Speaker John…
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  • The perfect storm

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    While Renzie is amusing himself with the abolition of the Senate and in exchange Berlusconi is saving his “cash", the only thing he cares about, thanks to the “Pact of Nazareno” that citizens know nothing about, Italy is undergoing economic collapse. And anyone raising this issue is considered to be bringing bad luck. But facts are facts and not slogans and they cannot be contradicted with quips befitting a silly child. Anyway, it’s better to have bad luck than to have   profiteering. “Figures are figures. And you cannot even accuse them of bring bad luck or of hindering things or…
  • Parliament in the open air - poll

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Yesterday in Rome I met up with the parliamentarians and I put to them the proposal of having a Parliament in the open air and a big majority was in favour of the idea. What follows is the transcript of my speech and at the end signed up M5S members can vote on the proposal. “Time has (nearly) run out. We have made use of all the tools of democracy. We thought we could improve the country by using the Clean Up Parliament popular law, the first true reform of the electoral law. That was back in 2007 (the law was never discussed in two legislatures in spite of having collected 350,000…
  • Immigrants, cause and effect

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The expressions of piety paid to the clandestine immigrants that are drowning in the sea while escaping from their own countries towards the big unknown, are always hiding the reasons why these people are leaving their homelands and all they have, to take a leap into the dark. We are both executioners and saviours with hearts of stone. We like to get noticed by turning up at Lampedusa or by making speeches about providing a welcome, speeches that are always disregarded. When these poor souls arrive, they are not welcomed, but left to fend for themselves or locked up in some facility.
  • Aridatece er puzzone - Bring back Mussolini

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    A Parliament elected via an unconstitutional law, a President of the Republic that appoints people like a monarch does, three Presidents of the Council without going via elections, a pact to change the Constitution that no one knows anything about, a pact that was created by a convicted criminal. Now they want to eliminate the elected Senate and stuff it with local party top dogs and they want a Lower House of appointees. This is called coup d'état. Mussolini had more discretion. He didn’t talk about “reforms". The guy directing this act of destruction is Napolitano who should resign…
  • Economy without government

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Apart from the optimistic announcements and the song and dance about prospects of recovery that brings to mind a film that we have unfortunately already seen (protagonist: Berlusconi when he said there was no crisis because the restaurants were full ...), what is the economic situation of Italy in the time of Renzi? If one looks at the main economic parameters, there’s little to cause joy and the current government has indeed failed to change direction in relation to the inauspicious austerity policies put in place by previous governments. Let’s start with the public debt that has…
 
 
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  • Ukraine Crisis Reminds Americans Why NATO Should Not Expand

    Doug Bandow
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Doug Bandow The bitter conflict in Ukraine drags on.  Russia continues to destabilize Kiev and NATO remains divided on how to respond. Washington has taken the lead against Moscow even though America has little at stake in Russia’s misbehavior.  In fact, the crisis has generated a spate of U.S. proposals to take military action and expand NATO. For instance, Sen. John McCain urged adding Ukraine to the “transatlantic” alliance.  Former UN ambassador John Bolton suggested including Georgia and Ukraine.  Other proposed candidates for the alliance include Armenia,…
  • Playing Tourist in Beijing: Communing with the Greatest Mass Murderer in History

    Doug Bandow
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Doug Bandow It isn’t often that I get to spend time with mass murderers, let alone the greatest mass murderer in history.  But in playing tourist in Beijing I had a chance to hang out with the Great Helmsman himself, Mao Zedong. His mausoleum sits at the center of Tiananmen Square, facing the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its famous Mao portrait.  The facility’s hours of operation are few and the number of visitors many.  When I joined the line mid-morning it began at the building’s side, headed to the rear, then reversed course back toward the front.  The line moved…
  • The EU’s Anti-Austerity Hypocrites

    Steve H. Hanke
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Steve H. Hanke The European Union (EU) is still in the midst of an economic slump. Many members of the political class in Brussels claim that fiscal austerity is to blame. But, this diagnosis is wrong. The EU’s problem is one of monetary, not fiscal, austerity. Money matters. Just look at the accompanying chart. Private credit in the Eurozone has been shrinking since March 2012. Never mind. The EU fiscal austerity bandwagon keeps rolling on with Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister and current President of the EU, holding the reigns. Indeed, Renzi recently went so far as to form an…
  • Raising Big Money to Fight Big Money?

    David Boaz
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    David Boaz In the latest of many enthusiastic National Public Radio reports on Professor Lawrence Lessig and his efforts to remove money from politics, Lessig outlines big plans: In 2016, we want to raise a substantially larger amount of money - could be 200 million, could be 800 million - so that we can win a Congress committed to fundamental reform in the way campaigns are funded. Well, if spending $800 million in billionaires’ contributions to “win a Congress” won’t knock out big money, what will? But even if he does raise this kind of money, Lessig might find himself…
  • Second Verse, Same as the First

    Jim Harper
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Jim Harper Twitter fight! Yesterday morning, a line in a New York Times article by Nick Confessore offered me the opportunity for mirthful needling that turned into a full-blown, impossibly brief exchange of views on Twitter. The article was on Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig’s plan to elect candidates who are committed to his version of campaign finance reform. It quoted Lessig saying, “Inside-the-Beltway people don’t think this issue matters, they don’t think voters vote on the basis of this issue, and they advise their politicians not to talk about it.” So I…
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  • Hugh Ross: In the Beginning

    sirrahc
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This post is a little different — a break for me (since I wasn’t sure I’d have something else ready in time) and, hopefully, a treat for you. It is a video from a conference held not long ago at Woodcrest Worldwide Church called “In the Beginning” — not to be confused with another conference […]
  • Before You “Claim” II Chronicles 7:14, Read This

    sirrahc
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    II Chronicles 7:14 is a passage beloved by many Christians. It is particularly popular when churches and parachurch organizations want to encourage people to pray for “national revival” — e.g., during the National Day of Prayer. Just the other day, I came across an Associated Press announcement of a rally in Iowa launching a prayer […]
  • Defining Patriotism and Acts Thereof

    sirrahc
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    I cried. I’m man enough to admit it. I was watching a recent episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” [SPOILER ALERT!] in which an entrepreneurial young Afghan immigrant aids the NCIS team. At the end, he unnecessarily risks his life to help stop jihadist suicide bombers. As a reward, Hetty (the team’s boss) arranges to have […]
  • God, Science, and Christianity

    sirrahc
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The other day, I was listening to a Christian podcaster by the name of Joe Messina — the first time I’d ever heard him. His normal topics are, I think, politics and culture. But, he had on a guest who was explaining his skepticism of the validity of radiometric dating. At one point, they were […]
  • Does the Treaty of Tripoli Disprove a “Christian” Founding of America?

    sirrahc
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:49 pm
    “The general Principles on which the Fathers achieved Independence were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their Address, or by me in my Answer. And what were these general principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Syria’s Salafi Awakening: Existential Psychological Primers (Part 2/2)

    Zach Goldberg
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The constant fear of death has transformed Syria’s secular Sunnis into warriors of God. [Read part one here.] Whether it is the thump of barrel bombs, the indiscriminate artillery barrages or the sniping of innocent bystanders — to name only a few — Syria is rife with testaments of human mortality. For Syrians, the contemplation of […] The post Syria’s Salafi Awakening: Existential Psychological Primers (Part 2/2) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Negotiating With Terrorists: Pros and Cons

    Josef Olmert
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Despite the slogan “never negotiate with terrorists,” sometimes it is clever to negotiate. From Nigeria via China and Afghanistan to Israel, the world is preoccupied with the question of whether or not it is useful and justified to negotiate with those who are responsible for some of the most heinous crimes of all: terrorism directed against unarmed civilians in the […] The post Negotiating With Terrorists: Pros and Cons appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • When is Negotiating With Terrorists Acceptable?

    Michael Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Throughout history, negotiating with terrorists has become a contentious issue for international security.  Background Nearly two months have passed since the Taliban exchanged captured US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. Prominent conservative politicians and pundits have criticized the Obama administration for the swap, accusing the president of negotiating with […] The post When is Negotiating With Terrorists Acceptable? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Rehabilitating Young Offenders: Youth Employment in Kenya

    Vickie Wambura Wamonje
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    The lack of access to gainful employment is a cause of frustration and disappointment for many young people in Kenya. Vickie Wambura Wamonje is the founder of Nafisika Trust, a prison rehabilitation program that seeks to reduce recidivism rates among prison inmates in Kenya. She was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2013 in recognition and […] The post Rehabilitating Young Offenders: Youth Employment in Kenya appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Who Wins and Who Loses in Gaza?

    Drew Holland Kinney
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It is important to look ahead at the possible consequences of the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to lose the trust of his Palestinian constituency, and possibly Israeli lawmakers, while Hamas will not only emerge from this conflict intact, but probably stronger and more […] The post Who Wins and Who Loses in Gaza? appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Din aeroport direct pe sosea

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Cu siguranta nu sunt putini oamenii care in prezent lucreaza in strainatate si vin in tara pentru mici concedii, poate chiar numai in zilele de weekend, insa de la aeroport trebuie sa se deplaseze cu ceva rapid pentru a nu pierde vremea. Daca aterizezi in Bucuresti ideal ar fi sa apelezi la o firma de inchirieri auto Sibiu aeroport, insa nu toate firmele au un parc auto atat de dezvoltat incat sa aiba disponibile tot timpul masini.Asadar  - pentru siguranta ta trebuie sa iti faci din timp o rezervare la o masina pe care o poti prelua chiar de la aeroport, mai ales daca te grabesti. De…
  • Insule misterioase si povestile lor incredibile

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Insula North Brother. Epava „General Slocum”. Insula North Brother a fost locul unde s-a petrecut ce mai costisitoare tragedie a New York-ului. Pe 15 iunie 1904, mai mult de 1.000 de membri ai congregatiei luterane-evanghelice St. Mark s-au imbarcat pe nava General Slocum pentru a ajunge la un picnic important, unde urmau sa se discute probleme legate de spiritualitate si alte lucruri interne ale bisericii luterane-evanghelice. Multi dintre pasagerii navei erau femei si copii, imbracati foarte frumos. La jumatate de ora dupa ce a parasit portul, nava a luat foc. In acea zi, 1.358 de…
  • De la zidul Berlinului la Turnul de Televiziune

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    E greu sa te decizi unde sa mergi in Germania daca vrei pur si simplu sa o vizitezi, insa daca vei gasi un transport persoane Germania ieftin, cu siguranta nu va mai fi la fel de dificil. Ce sa faci insa acolo este cu totul alta problema, avand in vedere ca unii merg sa se plimbe iar altii merg la munca, mai ales pentru ca economia Germaniei este una dintre cele mai puternice din lume, iar daca tot ofera multe variante atunci de ce sa nu profitam cu totii de ele?!Iata cateva obiective pe care le poti vizita cel putin in Berlin si de care cu siguranta nu te vei plictisi: poarta Brandenburg,…
  • Compozitori faimosi si excentricitatile lor

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Alexander Scriabin-teosofie si misticism. Compozitorul rus Alexander Scriabin, care a trait prin secolul al XX-lea, avea o boala ciudata: sinestezia, o afectiune neurologica ce permitea „amalgamarea” a doua sau mai multe simturi. Scriabin auzea muzica sub forma de culori si a inventat un instrument care era capabil sa proiecteze lumini colorate in timp ce era actionat intocmai ca in cazul unui pian. Toata viata sa, Scriabin a incercat sa ajunga la o comuniune deplina cu Divinitatea, ajungand sa ia parte la experimente de zbor sau chiar sa incerce sa mearga pe apa. Dupa ce a descoperit…
  • Cea mai buna investitie in sine - masajul

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Chiar daca tehnica masajului este una destul de greu de invatat si in nici un caz nu este usor de copiat, fiecare avand propria lui tehnica, chiar daca unii incaseaza mai putin decat altii insa ofera servicii mai bune, cert este ca la final nu ai de unde sa stii unde sa mergi data viitoare decat in functie de rezultat.Asadar, daca te-ai simtit bine in cursul unei sedinte de masaj nu trebuie decat sa inregistrezi cu sfintenie numarul si sa memorezi adresa ca sa mai mergi si data viitoare. Iar daca nu iti permiti acest lux de a ajunge la un spa sau macar un salon modest, atunci poti incerca…
 
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  • Parsing McConnell’s Job Description

    Robert Farley
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A laid off coal miner in an Alison Lundergan Grimes TV ad poses a question to Sen. Mitch McConnell: “Why’d you say it’s not your job to bring jobs to Kentucky?” McConnell doesn’t dispute saying it and no recording exists; but he claims that he misunderstood a reporter’s question and his words have been misinterpreted. What’s a fact-checker to do? Look at the facts. McConnell was quoted as saying, “Economic development is a Frankfort issue. That is not my job.” But the comment came on the same day that he was in his home state to speak about — jobs. McConnell…
  • More Carbon Tax Distortions

    Lori Robertson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Crossroads GPS claims that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall “voted to enact a carbon tax.” Udall did no such thing. Republican Thom Tillis claims that Sen. Kay Hagan “supported a carbon tax” that would destroy “up to 67,000 jobs in North Carolina over the next ten years.” That’s not accurate, either. In fact, Congress has never voted on a specific carbon tax proposal. Udall couldn’t have voted to enact such a tax even if he wanted. And the figure on North Carolina jobs comes from a scenario presented by a group opposed to such a tax. To make these…
  • Wisconsin Trek-ery

    Brooks Jackson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his wealthy Democratic opponent is “sending jobs overseas.” But Mary Burke says the family company, Trek Bicycle Corporation, is “making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone.” Both are at least partly correct, but neither is telling the whole story. Walker’s Attack Walker started the latest round with a TV spot July 16 claiming Burke “[made] millions” sending jobs “that could have been done in Wisconsin” to “countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only $2 an…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

    Eden Everwine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.” AFP blames Pryor’s vote to ban drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for higher gas prices. But the Energy Information Administration says drilling in ANWR would translate to little, if any, drop in prices at the pump. As for higher grocery bills, AFP cites Pryor’s vote to increase ethanol production, which raised the demand for corn and the price of livestock. But the Department of Agriculture says the impact on…
  • Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

    Lauren Shapiro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Q: Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration? A: Yes. There’s been a sharp increase in unaccompanied children from Central America since FY 2012, and the U.S. projected a bigger increase this year. FULL QUESTION Is it true that the US government advertised for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” back in January, 2014. And, if so, how did they know there would be this influx of children from Guatemala? (Or, some other country?) FULL ANSWER The…
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  • Who’s really waging the ‘war on science’?

    Paul Driessen
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    When it comes to attacking climate scientists, the alarmist Left has the market cornered. Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative “war on science.” They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, documentaries and conference sessions devoted to “protecting” global warming alarmists from supposed “harassment” by climate chaos skeptics, whom they accuse of wanting to conduct “fishing expeditions” of alarmist emails and “rifle” their file cabinets in search of juicy material (which might expose collusion…
  • The Next Great War

    Alan Caruba
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    In the July 24 edition of The Wall Street Journal there was a commentary, “Wanted: Converts to Judaism” by the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Arnold M. Eisen. I thought to myself that this was an extraordinary time to be suggesting conversion to a faith that is literally under attack in Israel and being attacked by the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Europe. Here in America we are witnessing the most pro-Islamic and anti-Semitic administration in the history of nation. In the wake of the Holocaust following World War Two what anti-Semitism existed in the U.S. gave way to…
  • A Great Plan to Replace the EPA

    Alan Caruba
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    For years now I have been saying that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be eliminated and its powers given to the fifty states, all of which,have their own departments of environmental protection. Until now, however, there has been no plan put forth to do so. Dr. Jay Lehr has done just that and his plan no doubt will be sent to the members of Congress and the state governors. Titled “Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency” it should be read by everyone who, like Dr. Lehr, has concluded that the EPA was a good idea when it was introduced in 1971, but has since evolved…
  • Defending Liberty

    David Huntwork
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    We exist in a vast sea of ignorance and lack of understanding in regards to history, politics, and ideology. Not to mention the implications of each upon our nation and civilization. Perhaps we should not be surprised that large segments of society can’t put the Civil War in the correct century or begin to find major countries on a map. There are entire political ideologies that rely on that mind-numbing, and sometimes frightening, misunderstanding and basic ignorance that a significant portion of society manifests as a source for their power and strength. I find liberalism/progressivism to…
  • Killing marine life with ethanol

    Paul Driessen
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals. Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet. Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate…
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  • Florida-Born Suicide Bomber Tells Obama "We Are Coming For You" (VIDEO)

    Amanda Schallert
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Florida-Born Suicide Bomber Tells Obama "We Are Coming For You" (VIDEO) Florida-Born Suicide Bomber Tells Obama "We Are Coming For You" (VIDEO) Politics Barack Obama, terrorism, Syria terrorism, Al-Qaeda, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, Obama, suicide bomber Has Been Optimized An American suicide bomber who carried out a May terrorist attack in Syria is shown threatening President Barack Obama and ripping up his American passport in a video released Friday. The 31 minutes of footage, which were reportedly sent out by fighters associated with Al Qaeda in Syria, allegedly shows…
  • Federal Government Places Hundreds of Illegals In Tennessee Without Telling Governor

    Paul Brown
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Federal Government Places Hundreds of Illegals In Tennessee Without Telling Governor Feds Drop Hundreds of Illegals In Tennessee Without Governor's Knowledge Has Been Optimized Over 700 illegal immigrants, all of them children, were just placed in Tennessee by the federal government. Incredibly, the federal government did not notify the state government of Tennessee that the children would be placed there. The governor of Tennessee simply found out via a notification on the Department of Health and Human Services' website. Inquisitr reports, "Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam claims that he…
  • IRS May Have Discriminated Against Conservative Groups, Reports Show

    Paul Brown
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    IRS May Have Discriminated Against Conservative Groups, Reports Show New WSJ Report Suggests IRS May Have Discriminated Against Conservatives Economy Politics Has Been Optimized The Wall Street Journal has just published a report that has some dire implications concerning the accusations made last year that the IRS was targeting conservative groups. One instance mentioned in the report is the treatment of pro-Israel group Z Street. When the organization applied for tax exemption in 2009, their path to this goal was made intentionally difficult. The article states, "In 2010 an IRS agent told Z…
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann Claims Obama Wants Medical Experiments on Immigrant Children (Audio)

    Michael Allen
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Rep. Michele Bachmann Claims Obama Wants Medical Experiments on Immigrant Children (Audio) Rep. Michele Bachmann Claims Obama Wants Medical Experiments on Immigrant Children (Audio) Health Politics Rep. Michele Bachmann Has Been Optimized Rep. Michele Bachmann warned today that President Obama wants undocumented immigrant children to be placed into U.S. foster homes in order to use them in medical experiments against their will. During an interview with debunked Christian historian David Barton on his "WallBuilders Live" radio show today, Rep. Bachmann laid out the plot, noted…
  • Georgia Republican Says American Laws Must be God's Laws (Video)

    Michael Allen
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Georgia Republican Says American Laws Must be God's Laws (Video) Georgia Republican Says American Laws Must be God's Laws (Video) Nation Politics Religion Pastor Jody Hice Has Been Optimized Pastor and radio talk show host Jody Hice, who is the GOP nominee for a U.S. House seat in Georgia, stated that God's laws must govern the U.S. during an interview with the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 2003. According to his website, in 2003, Hice opposed an "ACLU lawsuit against the Barrow County Board of Commissioners to force removal of a Ten Commandments display from the…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Will Meyerhofer: Caregive. Caretake.

    Will Meyerhofer
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    It seems oddly fitting that the words “caregiving” and “caretaking” mean precisely the same thing.  Perhaps that linguistic oddity reflects the salient characteristic of care itself:  a tension between our desire to receive it and our countervailing feeling of obligation to provide it.  Human relations, generally, can be summarized as an on-going battle between those who provide care and those on the receiving end. As a human child, you started out your life as the ultimate care-collection machine.  Children are designed to make you want to provide them with care – and you’re…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Early Intervention

    John Y. Brown III
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Early intervention for children who may have a developmental issue is important and can be extremely helpful.But, in my opinion, too often the teachers or counselors are too quick to pounce on a diagnosis and to “treat” something as a problem that isn’t a problem at all and will work itself out in time. We are all on our own individual timetables and much of childhood development can’t –and shouldn’t–be forced. Vigilence is constructive as long as it doesn’t become hyper-vigilance and over-diagnosis. One of my favorite stories that led me to…
  • Lauren Mayer: Everything Old Is New Again

    Lauren Mayer
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The 1960s are retro cool these days, thanks to hit shows like Mad Men and Masters of Sex (not to mention all the Austin Powers movies).  And while we admire the cool fashions (skinny ties! pillbox hats!), it’s all too convenient to dismiss the less-admirable aspects of the era (segregation, no effective birth control not to mention how women were treated in general, childhood diseases like polio & measles).   But many of those phenomena are returning along with the fashions – setbacks in voting rights, civil rights, and reproductive rights, not to mention the anti-vaccine…
  • Jason Grill: JGrill Media One of Kansas City’s Top Companies

    Jason Grill
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    From ThisisKC.com: Superstar Service: JGrill Media   Whether he’s interviewing local innovators on KMBZ’s “Entrepreneur KC” radio show, writing a piece for The Huffington Post explaining why our burgeoning Midwestern tech hub is “not flyover country,” or helping a tech firm gain exposure through his PR firm JGrill Media, Jason Grill is your quintessential Kansas Citian who keeps his hometown close to his heart. Through a unique combination of media and government relations, business consulting, and local and national commentary, JGrill Media helps establish mutually…
  • Brooke Masters: On-site supervisors a good start for ECB

    Brooke Masters
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Banking union is the flavour of the month. Faced with investors who doubt the ability of some eurozone sovereigns to make good on their debts, the 17 members of the single currency have agreed to work together to channel aid directly to troubled lenders. But the deal is conditioned on the creation of a single banking supervisor, empowered to crack down on risky banks, no matter where they are located. Setting up an impartial expert to oversee the banks could well be a key step toward restoring trust. Freed from local political concerns, a central supervisor might well have a clearer view of…
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica Goes Analog

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Join Guernica as we celebrate summer and our forthcoming print edition at the Guernica Summer Benefit.
  • Call for Submissions: American Empires Special Issue

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Guernica is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming American Empires special issue.
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics Appoints Lisa Lucas as Full-Time Publisher, Announces Investment in Long-Term Growth

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    “To my mind, Guernica is the most important online intellectual and literary journal in America today.”
—Claire Messud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 New York, NY — The board of Guernica Magazine—an award-winning, free online magazine of art & politics, now in its 10th year as an entirely volunteer-driven, nonprofit publication—today announced the appointment of Lisa Lucas as Publisher and the magazine’s first full-time, paid employee. Michael Archer, co-founder of the magazine, will remain Editor-in-Chief. Archer, along with fellow board members Joel Whitney and…
  • Ain’ts

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Most summers my sister and I were taken along to family reunions and also to cemetery meetings, where the family discussed the upkeep of a fenced-in plot of graves on a bald hilltop in a valley we’d peppered with ourselves since the 1800s at least. It seemed to me then that the chief purpose of these gatherings was to figure out how we were all related to one another, that if we could just figure it all out then we wouldn’t have to keep meeting this way, year after year, always on the hottest day of the summer.
  • Silence and Southern Men

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This was an age of great social upheaval—desegregation and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, labor issues, the birth of the youth movement, a time when conversation might have opened on any number of relevant and important topics—but in my hometown in the American South, the region of the country known for its storytelling, men rarely said a word.
 
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  • David Jolly Backs VA Reform Agreement

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    From his seat on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., said he supports the VA reform agreement crafted by his chairman, U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “The emergency legislation unveiled today helps clear the veteran wait lists and eliminating those waits must be a priority, which is why I’m calling on Congress to act this week and approve this bill before the start of the August district work period,” said Jolly on Tuesday. read more
  • NFIB Endorses Jay Fant Over Paul Renner

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) endorsed banker Jay Fant over attorney and veteran Paul Renner in one of the most competitive Republican legislative primaries in Florida. Fant and Renner are running for the Florida House seat currently held by Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, who did not run for a third term so he could lead the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The seat represents parts of Duval County, including Jacksonville's Westside. read more
  • RPOF Ad Features Charlie Crist Debating... Himself

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) released a digital ad on Wednesday which has former Gov. Charlie Crist debating himself. The ad showcases Crist, the favorite to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in next month’s primary despite spending most of his political life in the GOP, taking both sides of positions on Obamacare, taxes, the Cuba embargo, same-sex marriage and other issues. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content. read more
  • Rick Scott Gets the Backing of Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    On Wednesday, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) endorsed Gov. Rick Scott for re-election. “There is no question this governor understands the importance of tourism and the vital role the hospitality industry plays in job creation and economic development,” said Carol Dover, the president and CEO of the FRLA. “On behalf of our more than 10,000 members representing hoteliers, restaurateurs and suppliers, we are thrilled to give our strongest of endorsements to Gov. Rick Scott and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera this election cycle.”read more
  • Thad Altman Wants Pam Bondi to Look at All Aboard Florida Lease

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    Florida Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, wants answers on All Aboard Florida’s lease with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Altman is asking Attorney General Pam Bondi for her opinion on the lease, especially as the senators says the lease ensures All Aboard Florida’s trains won’t stop in Brevard and Indian River counties.read more
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    The Conference Channel Blog

  • Must See on FORA.tv: Mark Zuckerberg’s Knowledge Economy, Lean In vs. Lean Back, and More

    Liam Curley
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg Explains the Knowledge Economy in 30 Seconds Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg chooses sides between Democrats and Republicans and explains why the new “knowledge economy” is all that matters. What Your Home Will Look Like In 2025 The kitchen of the future has long piqued curiosity. Will we ever have that Jetsons-like experience where meals materialize at the push of a button? It’s closer than you may think.  Arianna Huffington’s Advice: Lean Back to Lean In Better Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and author of Thrive,…
  • Up For Debate: Does Unrestricted Political Spending Constitute Free Speech?

    Zain Iqbal
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    How has unlimited political spending changed the political landscape in the United States? Just ask the “politicos” themselves. A story on MSNBC last week details a report on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, which effectively struck down any limits on campaign contributions by corporations. Coupled with another recent provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, some Americans believe politics awash with money could mean the end of democracy. But is independent political speech both the linchpin of our democracy and its…
  • GSummit Live on FORA.tv: Don’t Miss Smart Fun with Jane McGonigal and More

    Liam Curley
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:37 pm
    At this year’s GSummit: San Francisco, the gamification industry’s best thinkers and gamers will demonstrate how to mute the marketing noise and conquer low attention spans by bringing exciting, interactive design back to business. A gamified world–fully stocked with gizmos and goods like loyalty programs, prize purses, badges, iBeacons, and wearbles–is better at motivating everyone of us to get up and move, buy and play. Miss day one of GSummit? No problem. We’ve got some choice highlights below, featuring Stanford’s B.J. Fogg and serious gamers from IBM, X…
  • EPA Carbon Pollution Guidelines Put Climate Change Policy Front and Center

    Zain Iqbal
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:14 am
    President Obama’s vow to make the United States a leader in the global fight against climate change moved to the front and center of national headlines yesterday following a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. The proposal, which will be under public comment for a year before being finalized, cuts emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA announcement comes less than a month after the Obama administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment; described by the White House as…
  • The Next Billion: Seattle Hosted by Quartz Live on FORA.tv!

    Liam Curley
    28 May 2014 | 1:30 am
    By 2016, global internet traffic is expected to double. This fundamental change in online habits is occurring largely on mobile devices, with rapid growth in emerging markets, specifically. The creation of this connected world will profoundly impact society, politics, technology, education, commerce, and finance. Quartz will explore this seismic shift and its implications for how we conduct business and lead our lives at The Next Billion: Seattle. Watch June 2 right here on FORA.tv.  Topics will be explored in curated conversations, demonstrations, and debates from the most prominent…
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Hobby Lobby Backfires As Satanic Temple Demands a Religious Exemption

    Rmuse
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:34 pm
    A Satanic Temple based in New York is demanding a religious exemption based on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling that allowed artificial legal instruments (corporations) to eliminate contraceptives from employee's prescription plans because they contravene the corporation's deeply-held religious beliefs. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House Democrats Want Texas Governor Rick Perry To Explain His Refusal To Expand Medicaid

    Justin Baragona
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This week Democrats in the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry demanding that he explain his decision to not expand Medicaid in his state [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House Republicans End Their Day of Disgrace By Passing Resolution To Sue Obama

    Jason Easley
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    House Republicans embarrassed the entire country today by voting to sue President Obama. The good news is that five House Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the resolution. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House Republicans Make Shameful History By Voting 227-195 To Sue President Obama

    Jason Easley
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By a vote of 227-195, the House voted to move forward with John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When We Fight We Win! Detroit Wins Major Victory In Water Battle

    Black Liberal Boomer
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    It just goes to show you that sometimes when you fight for what's right, and you fight hard, then good things begin to happen. In Detroit, there is no more important fight right now than the fight to prevent water shutoffs to poor and working families struggling to get by in a vicious and unforgiving economy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • “Noun” to support the Christians of Mousl – Iraq?

    Ang Lebs
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Mousl in Iraq has been emptied of its Christians. They fled amid threats to convert or die. Mosul is considered the second largest city in Iraq. It housed around 60,000 Christians. Today no Christian is left in Mosul. Muslim extremist group ISIS ordered all Christians to convert to Islam or get killed.  They left. The end of Christianity in Iraq is very near. Two million Christians called Iraq home before operation desert storm. Many have left during the wave of attacks against them in Baghdad and other regions years ago and the rest have been forced to flee today. Who is to blame? We can…
  • 260 Arab intellectuals against ISIS

    Ang Lebs
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Bravo to these 260 intellectuals. They stood up against the expansion of ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham ). There is always hope in this Arab world. There will be a better future if regional and international country support the intellectuals and not radical groups to make political or geographical changes in the region.  The Intellectuals saw in the expansion of ISIS and their declaration of the Khilafa, as a serious threat to the rights to freedom, justice and peace of the people of the Levant.  To read parts of the statement in English, follow this link. The Arabic…
  • The Logic of Lebanese Minister of Justice

    Ang Lebs
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    Many voices started to demand that Lebanon should impose a visa entry on the population of the Gulf area. This demand came after the bombings of the past few days in which several Saudis were involved in. The reply of the Minister Rifi, the Minister of Justice was: “there is no need to impose an entry visa on Gulf States and if we do so, we must impose it on the Iranians too.” So far, the bombers are Saudis. No Iranian was found guilty of these bombings. Any state, that respects itself and the lives of their citizen, after knowing the nationality of the bombers, the least thing it…
  • What if …

    Ang Lebs
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    What If … STOP Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon posted on their facebook page this picture. They said it’s circulating on Facebook with a caption “What if…” It would be nice to live on an Island but I am pretty sure the Lebanese will make sure to mess it up. In addition, don’t you think we will need inside waters to separate different communities?    
  • Jumblatt to save what he fought the Christians of Lebanon against

    Ang Lebs
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    On September 1, 1920, French General Henri Gouraud proclaimed the birth of the State of Greater Lebanon, with Beirut as its capital. The process began at the end of WWI. The French and the British divided the territories of the Ottoman Empire. The Christians of Lebanon were the first to sell the idea of Phoenician heritage and defend the Lebanese identity as different than Arab identity. Not all Lebanese felt the same.  The Arab nationalist in the country fought this idea since the creation of Lebanon. Couple of uprising occurred in the country and the latest in 1975 which led to a 15…
 
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    Washington Wire

  • What Happens If the Border Funding Bill Fails?

    Laura Meckler and Kristina Peterson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Key agencies did not cite any particular consequences if Congress fails to pass emergency spending to address the surge in child migrants.
  • ‘It’s the Economy, Stupid’ Doesn’t Mean GDP

    Dante Chinni
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The oft-repeated axiom in U.S. politics that “It’s the economy, stupid,” hasn’t held up very well in recent elections, particularly midterms.
  • Tracking Lobbyist Spending So Far in 2014

    Rani Molla
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Money spent lobbying the government is a good indication of the biggest issues at stake in politics--and who's trying to influence their outcomes.
  • Revising the Recovery

    Salim Furth
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Salim Furth: With Wednesday's revised GDP numbers, we can look back at the uneven, disappointing progress of a recovery that to many Americans still feels like a recession.
  • Obama Knocks House Republicans for Plan to Sue Him

    Colleen McCain Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    President Barack Obama mocked House Republicans’ plan to file suit against him, saying the action wasn’t a productive thing to do.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Republicans Vote To Sue President Obama

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    House authorizes lawsuit over the employer mandate. Joshua Roberts / Reuters House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to move forward with their lawsuit against President Obama. The resolution, which passed 225-201, authorizes a lawsuit against the president over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The idea of impeaching Obama, rather than suing him, has been floated by a few Republicans, and ruled out by Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan. View Entire List ›
  • We Never Tried To Impeach Bush, Says Democratic Lawmaker Who Co-Sponsored Bush Impeachment Bill

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    “We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority.” View Video › Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee argued Wednesday the Republican effort to sue President Obama is nothing but a veiled attempt to impeach him — something Democrats never did to President George W. Bush: I ask my colleagues to oppose this resolution for it is in fact a veiled attempt at impeachment and it undermines the law that allows a president to do his job. A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with…
  • Mystery Campaign Publishes Names, Addresses Of Opponents Of LGBT-Discrimination Ban

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    “If you’re embarrassed that your political views are on public display, then maybe you should rethink your political views,” one Houston LGBT advocate says. A new website has made available all of the names and addresses of those who signed petitions calling for the repeal of a new Houston nondiscrimination measure. Via heropetition.com WASHINGTON — Since the Houston City Council passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, opponents have been gathering signatures to reverse the measure. Now, a new, anonymous campaign is…
  • President Obama Is "Not Confident Enough" To Order Lavender Iced Tea

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    FYI? Magone/Magone President Obama is apparently "not confident enough" for lavender iced tea. During a Wednesday stop in Kansas City, Missouri, at Parkville Coffee, the president bought patrons beverages and ordered an iced tea, but then declined one with lavender. According to the White House pool report: The president offered to pay for all of the patrons' drinks, and eventually they took him up on it -- five refills and a chai tea -- after much pressing: "It's not that often the president buys you a cup of coffee," Mr. Obama said. When the president ordered an iced tea, an…
  • Activists Stage Capitol Hill Sit-In Demanding LGBT Inclusion In Immigration Reform

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    The group of six activists say they won’t leave the offices of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus on Capitol Hill until it issues a statement urging President Obama to include LGBT people in potential action on immigration. Update: Activists have ended the sit-in, saying they have reached an agreement with the Equality Caucus. Activists during the sit-in. Courtesy SONG A group of at least six LGBT activists said Wednesday they won't leave the office of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus on Capitol Hill until the caucus agrees to issue a statement urging President Obama to…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

    Paul G. Kengor
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians downed a Korean passenger airliner, flight 007, which had left New York City for Seoul via Alaska. In both cases, the Russian government vehemently denied any involvement, disparaging anyone who dared to accuse it of prior knowledge. Both planes were Asian with similar numbers of dead. KAL had 269 passengers; the Malaysian flight nearly 300. They were…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Economic Freedom in the Early American Tradition: The Economic Thought of the Founders

    American Founder Luncheon Series
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Dr. Shawn Ritenour, professor of economics at Grove City College, speaks before more than 120 guests at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 3, 2014.
  • The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

    Gary L. Welton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More recent reports, as announced by CNN, indicate that at least seven times in the last year, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care were altered or rewritten by someone else; the changes listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths. In another report, CNN said that one veteran with a…
  • Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament

    Daniel Brown
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the “Reset the Net” campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, are urging individuals to act now to reclaim their technology privacy. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden released a statement to correspond with the beginning of the campaign.Modern privacy concerns, of course, predate Snowden by more than a century and we find evidence of similar concerns even…
  • President Obama’s Environmental Purity Agency

    Marvin J. Folkertsma
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis. Call this part of the agency’s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity. The fact that this figure is fiction,…
 
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    Politic365

  • Midterm GOTV: DCCC Chair Says GOP Impeachment Plays Will Boost Dems

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Speaking at a press briefing Tuesday morning with reporters, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and “Red to Blue” chief Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) spoke to reporters on their efforts to reach African American voters. In three months. the midterm elections will decide the who controls the U.S. Senate and the balance of power in the House. Given the predictable dip in voting for midterm elections, the DCCC is planning to focus on a strategy that will motivate black voter turnout.  Black voters are a key demographic in several states with…
  • New poll: Latinos continue to worry about unemployment & face economic challenges

    Adriana Maestas
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    Last  week a new poll was released by the National Council of La Raza and Latino Decisions showing that Latinos are still feeling the effects of the recession even though the economy has been improving. Despite their worry about the economy, Latinos are still optimistic about achieving the American dream. Some of the key findings from that poll include: Only 37% of Latino voters say that their personal finances have improved over the last five years, while 25% of Latino voters say that things have become worse for their personal finances and 37% say that things have remained the same. 53%…
  • #NC: Butterfield Joins GOP Mayor at End of Medicaid Expansion Walk

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    North Carolina Congressman G. K. Butterfield joined Republican Mayor Adam O’Neal during the final leg of O’Neal’s 300-mile walk from Belhaven, North Carolina to Washington, DC. The Republican Mayor walked for two weeks in protest of North Carolina’s failure to expand Medicaid. As a result, a local hospital in Belhaven closed.  Rep. Butterfield, who is the co-chair of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus in the House, joined O’Neal’s at the end of his walk. “Mayor O’Neal’s support for Medicaid expansion shows that this is a non-partisan issue.  Poor democrats…
  • House Floor Tonight: CBC to Speak Against GOP #Obama Impeachment Moves

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    CBCTalks. Tonight members of the Congressional Black Caucus will take to the House floor in opposition to legislation offered by House Republicans to sue President Obama. “Tonight, during the first hour of Special Order time, members of the Congressional Black Caucus will speak on halting House Republican Leadership’s efforts toward impeachment of President Barack Obama,” a press release read. The hour long House floor session should begin around 7 p.m. unless Republicans who have the majority play floor games and bump back the time.  The Black Caucus’ talk against what…
  • Legislators, Civil Rights Leaders Remain Front and Center in Tech/Telecom Space

    Kristal High
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    In 1995, digital inequality based on race, gender, income and geography captured the nation’s attention:  the “digital divide.”  Over the next two decades, legislators of color and civil rights organizations have been focused on ways to address the #1 civil rights imperative of the 21st century – ensuring affordable access, adoption, and informed use of broadband technologies.  As social media, online video streaming, and the app economy have taken the world by storm, civil rights advocates have sought to ensure that people of color and members of low-income communities are able to…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • The Social Security Administration’s $300 Million Debacle

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Lois Lerner email debacle is a testament to the government’s inability to manage technology and yet the U.S. government spends more money on technology than any other organization worldwide. If... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    No one doubts that President Obama’s primary job is track the movement of golf balls; we’ve seen that image hundreds of times. What you probably don’t realize that since he took the oath of office in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • While rockets rain down on Israel, Obama suggests restraint

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Israel Launches Ground Invasion in Response to Hamas Rockets In the midst of Israeli civilians being relentlessly bombed by the internationally recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Liberals deface sign of African-American woman Republican

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    You can bet that if a campaign sign of a Liberal African-American was vandalized to paint the candidate’s face white there would be an outrage voiced on virtually every media outlet; but when Florida... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thousands of drones over American airspace

    admin
    12 Nov 2013 | 8:28 pm
    The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration predicted Thursday that U.S. airspace could be crowded with as many as 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years, as he unveiled a long-... [[ 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

  • President John Wayne

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Recent events throughout the world have tested America’s influence over world events and the extent to which we can influence them. There has been a lot of the criticism of both action taken and action not taken, most of which has fallen squarely on President Obama’s shoulders. The president’s opponents have accused him of being cowardly and leading from behind, for example. Are these legitimate criticisms? Are there actions the US can take in these conflicts that will both show our resolve and keep them from escalating further? Or have this administration’s strategies…
  • Immigration Reform is Dead - Rebroadcast

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    One year ago the US Senate passed a bill that would grant 11-12 million undocumented immigrants legal status and a pathway to citizenship to this country. The bill never made it out of the House and comprehensive immigration reform has stalled ever since. The defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was pro reform, has doomed passage of any kind of a bill this year. President Obama has vowed to use executive authority to move reform forward, but a history of executive orders has created bad blood with House Republicans and an emerging crisis on the southern border is threatening to put any…
  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The world is shocked over the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the skies of eastern Ukraine. Many world leaders have pleaded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to exert influence over Russian separatists operating in the region to bring hostilities with the central government in Kiev to an end. These please have gone largely ignored. In this episode we explore the vital national security interest that Ukraine represents for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, and discuss why a peaceful resolution to this conflict may be a ways off. This episode is a bit of a…
  • Earmarks and Filling Potholes

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Earmarks were once considered to be what greased the wheels of government.  They have been done away with but is our political system more corrupt without them than it was with them? The Highway Trust Fund is set to run dry this summer.  The president sent a 4-year $302 billion proposal to Congress earlier this year but was deemed DOA by Congress.  Instead, the House has approved a 1-year $10 billion bill that is paid for by so called “pension smoothing.” What is pension smoothing and who decides what sources of funding are “workable” and what are…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution says “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  It’s believed that the Founding Fathers left the wording deliberately vague trusting subsequent generations to know impeachment-level offenses when they saw them. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Somewhere along the way our concept of a qualified person became horribly skewed.  Reputations used to be something built upon achievement.   Today, perception is more important than tangible results.  Strangely, we have begun to place our faith in people who have done nothing to deserve it.  An unsubstantiated persona of prominence reigns supreme when we pick our leaders.  With great fanfare and a sense of inevitability we hold them up as legends in their own time.  Since none of them have done anything worthy of this distinction, the story’s unhappy…
  • Independence Day

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Two hundred thirty-eight years ago yesterday greatness was born.  A nation forged in revolution not just against the rule of an empire, but against an accepted fate devoid of choice.  Thirteen colonies united in the defiant cause to cast off the oppression that pervaded the old world.  An audacious Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed self-determination as an inalienable right of all.  Centuries of darkness were swept away as the light of a new beacon of hope was ignited.  The new world was no longer just a geographic term it was now a legitimate expectation…
  • Global Power Vacuum

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The world is a better place with the United States as the preeminent global power.  As Americans are famous for, we boldly redefined the role.  Historically a position seized with an eye toward creating or expanding an empire, we have done neither.  In fact, our actions are more in line with those of a comic book superhero than dominant world power.  Regardless of the completely baseless propaganda of some of our detractors, we have not embarked on any great campaign to colonize other nations nor have we used our unparalleled military might as a hammer to subjugate the…
  • The Great Democratic Deception

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    To make one believe you are helping them all the while siphoning away their desire and ability to resist is a most devious charade.  Only those truly obsessed with power or lacking a soul would lead another down this destructive path for if left unchecked, the result is a descent to the often dark place of dependence.  Dependence is the ultimate tool of subjugation for it changes want to a perception of need.   This deception is the core of Socialism and ironically the reason it will always fail, for a people wholly dependent on a national government will never be able to…
  • The Politics of Racism

    25 Nov 2013 | 11:01 pm
    How ironic that the election of President Obama was supposed to herald in a new age of racial harmony.  Through the election of a biracial president, we as a nation had finally made a grand enough gesture to show our sincerity about the notion of all men being created equal.  The United States was now a sufficiently color blind nation that we were able to look beyond skin in the selection of our national leader.  The problem is, however, we didn’t look beyond skin.  Instead of being the reason why someone wasn’t considered, it became the main reason they were. …
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    US Daily Review

  • Why Fight for America

    csalima
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    by Candace Salima, Senior Contributor at US Daily Review I was asked an interesting question this week: “Candace, why do you fight so hard for America? What are you trying to accomplish?” I paused just for a moment to marshal my thoughts, for a flood of information poured into my brain. But it boiled down to this, to protect American exceptionalism. I could see puzzlement, so I expounded on the matter. American exceptionalism is unique to this nation. Oh yes, there are amazing people in other nations, no question. But only in America can you fight, fail, get up and fight again,…
  • The Best and Worst States for Teen Drivers

    brionnamuyco
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    By USDR 2014’s Best States for Teen Drivers 2014’s Worst States for Teen Drivers 1 New York 41 Arizona 2 Hawaii T-42 Missouri 3 Illinois T-42 South Carolina 4 Oregon 44 Montana 5 Rhode Island 45 Arkansas 6 Massachusetts 46 Wyoming 7 Maryland 47 Oklahoma 8 Delaware 48 Nebraska 9 Washington 49 Mississippi 10 Nevada 50 South Dakota Key Stats The percentage of the teen population with driver’s licenses is 19 times higher in Iowa than in the Indiana. There are 33 times more teen driver fatalities per licensed teen drivers in Indiana than in Utah. The percentage of major roads that are in…
  • Obama’s “Shining” Accomplishments

    brionnamuyco
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Joe Messina Special for USDR         President Obama is our perfect president. He makes no mistakes and no bad decisions. Just ask him. He will tell you! Bad decisions are due either to “misspeaks” or to the GOP.     This president has no business making decisions. His leadership skills are nonexistent. And before you go there (though many of you will anyway,) it has nothing to do with his skin color, where he was or was not born, his sexual preference or non-preference, his love for Muslims, illegal aliens, his evolutions on same sex relationships or any…
  • The Worst Recovery in Obama’s Lifetime is his Own

    brionnamuyco
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    By USDR     Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman of the congressional Joint Economic Committee responded to today’s report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.0% during the 2nd-quarter 2014.       “Given the poor results of the last quarter, today’s report is worth applauding, but the reality is that the worst economic recovery of President Obama’s lifetime continues to be his own.”       “Economic growth essentially flat-lined during the first half of this year.  Today’s report…
  • EDN Asks: Why Major in Computer Science?

    brionnamuyco
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    By USDR         For interns slaving away, or high school seniors thinking about college, getting the right degree in order to land the best job is something to be thinking about this summer. For those wanting to land a coveted position in Silicon Valley at Google, Twitter, or Facebook, a computer science degree seems the right fit.     However, science writer Ransom Stephens says: Wait just one minute.     On EDN, Stephens offers five distinct reasons why college students, as well as high school graduates getting ready to head off to the university of…
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    The American Patriot

  • Dick Wagner of Michigan Band “The Frost” dead at 71

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    We lost the man who made “The Frost.” It’s a sad day for classic Rock and Roll in Michigan. The Story: It was a final medical battle Dick Wagner couldn’t win. Wagner, the Michigan-bred guitarist renowned for his work with Alice Cooper, the Frost, Lou Reed and others, died this morning in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 71. Wagner succumbed to respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, where he had been in intensive care for the past two weeks following a cardiac procedure. The guitarist had famously overcome a series of medical issues during the past…
  • A perfect reason why I cannot stand Michael Goldfarb

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Because quite frankly; the guy is an sniveling a-hole; that he is a trust-fund Jewish kid, makes it even worse. Click here to read this moronic idiot’s tripe about people he disagrees with. My support of Israel as a Country is without measure; but my disdain of some American Jews is also without measure. Perfect example of that, is at the link above. Update: I wanted to come back here and revise this posting a bit. I was very ticked off, when I wrote what I wrote here originally. But, this piece by this guy was quite galling to me. This part here really steamed me to the high heavens:…
  • PORTLAND Oregon Child Evangelism Fellowship under fire for preaching basic fundamental Christian truths

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I saw this earlier and I was not going to blog about it. However, I felt lead to write something about it. The Story via The Christian News Network: PORTLAND, Ore. — A chapter of a nationally-recognized Christian group that seeks to reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ is under fire for teaching kids the biblical doctrine of sin and eternal judgment, in addition to sharing about the love and mercy of God. The Portland chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is facing resistance from some area residents as they conduct voluntary summer camps in the area and plan on hosting…
  • Anti-Israel protesters show just how smart they really are….

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    These people are goofier than the leftists protesting the Iraq war. But, then again, I repeat myself. (H/T The Jawa Report)
  • Israel’s Ambassador blasts media for biased coverage

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    For the drive-bys, here is my position on this subject. (via The Jawa Report)
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • The Need To Strengthen Anti-Reprisal Protections Within The SEC Whistleblower Program

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Introduction         You all have probably been wondering where the blog posts have been since my last brief entry back in March. Unfortunately, I do not have any at my disposal to post right now. Fortunately, I will be getting back into writing regular entries fairly soon. What I do have today is the first of a series of entries that I have written on behalf of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). I was recruited by GAP to lead a six-week social media & advocacy effort to push the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen anti-reprisal…
  • Rachel Canning: A Microcosm for Society's "Blame-Game" Complex

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
            I first heard about this story one day after switching on CNN in Washington. I couldn't believe the story upon first glance. Eighteen-year old Rachel Canning returns to her Lincoln Park, New Jersey home after attempting to sue her parents for not paying her college tuition. Even with this development, she is still in the process of suing her parents for college tuition and legal fees. While her return home is "not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," this may be the first signal of a potential break in the case. Hopefully, she will end this…
  • "The Inner Man? Who Cares?" I Care

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Jan 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The quoted text in the following post is sourced from the article "The Inner Man? Who Cares," which debuted on October 15, 1999 in the Washington Post; pages 90 to 92 in the Crown Forum edition of the book.             Charles Krauthammer is one of the only people that I can bear on Fox News. Yes, he is a conservative, but he is the only one that seems rational, down-to-earth, and whose argument seems grounded in reality and fact. This does not mean that I agree with every view that he displays. Hence, the following instance. I read one of the articles from…
  • My Brief Trip to Reality: Southeast Washington

    Kyle Graczyk
    28 Dec 2013 | 12:58 pm
            As I look back on what I have done in the past semester, it seems pretty self-explanatory. I made numerous trips to the monuments, the Washington Monument, Jefferson, seen the Capitol Building, and both reflecting pools. I walked around Dupont Circle, entering and exiting bookstores, preoccupied with the urge of purchasing every text in sight. Being an avid baseball fan, I ventured over to Nationals Park, including one game where the Nationals honored American Armed Forces; a special treat that hit closer to home being down in Washington. One of the more fulfilling…
  • Fossil Free AU & The Divestment Movement

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:56 pm
            Since arriving on campus for the first time in August, I have become involved with a group on campus. Fossil Free AU (FFAU) is a student led coalition that has the support of over twenty clubs on campus. The movement aims at making American University divest their endowment from fossil fuel companies. To make this point clear, let's define some terms first. At the most basic level, an endowment is a university's fund contributed by donors, who include alumni and/or supporters of the university and/or its mission. As part of the agreement, the university…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Getting Digital Right with Kelly Johnson

    Kristen Luongo
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. “Bringing digital into the brand conversation is something that I focus on every day.” In the video, Kelly Johnson of ESPN shares her…
  • Sunday Series: Blogs & Beach Bods

    Laura Cantwell
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Image from: Fitness/Shutterstock After a brief hiatus, our Sunday Series is back! Our June data is officially live, and with the change in season comes a change in trends. One category to skyrocket in popularity this month was health and fitness blogs. As norms transition to skimpier clothing and frequent beach days, it comes as no surprise that this topic would have a major spike. Seriously, the summer bod is real. From May to June the traffic to these sites more than doubled. (It’s worth noting that traffic to these sites tends to increase in November as well, but presumably for different…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Have you seen the video of Charlie the dog apologizing to an infant for taking away her toy? Well, it’s awesome, and it’s gone viral. The video got massive attention on Facebook and Twitter this week, proving yet again the power of the retweet. Last week social media didn’t get a ton of love, so today’s Weekly Pulse includes three of our favorite articles on how to develop your social media marketing plan. Pair that with new findings concerning the “digital generation gap” and some insight on the CEO-SEO dynamic, and this edition of the Weekly Pulse will have you feeling like the…
  • June’s Top 50: Successes, Socials, and Struggles

    Laura Cantwell
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    Image from: Social Media/Shutterstock #FlashbackFriday to June: the weather is warm, the living is easy, and summer data is still to be determined. Now flash forward to the present month where there’s excellent news! You can continue to sip that iced coffee daiquiri by your cubicle pool, but now you can do so with this season’s digital insight! You lucky dog. Take a look at how the other guys fared last month. Successes: With regard to MoM statistics, there were two sites that absolutely crushed it last month. Microsoft experienced close to 40% growth in the month of June, while Adobe is…
  • Getting Digital Right with Sargi Mann

    Kristen Luongo
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. In this video, hear from Sargi Mann of Carat on the importance of reaching consumers across screens… “It’s not about getting…
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    Tea Party 911

  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Maybe three percent of the adult population become addicted gamblers. Yet private gambling is illegal in most cities and states, except for government gambling schemes called lotteries. Less than eight percent of the adult population has a drug-addiction problem they can’t control. Yet all drugs are illegal for all adults in this country. Only a small number of men are sex addicts who can’t stop themselves from going to prostitutes. Yet prostitution, the combination of sex and free enterprise between consenting adults, is illegal in most parts of the country. The vast majority of adults…
  • Discrimination — The Politically Incorrect Guide

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Some time ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed Arizona religious business owners to refuse to serve gay people. She was wrong, because any business owner has the inherent right to “discriminate” against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want. Gov. Brewer, a ‘conservative,’ does not seem to understand the meaning of property rights. Choose the car you like, the woman you marry, or the supermarket you shop at, and you “discriminate.” We all discriminate every minute of our lives—to discriminate means to…
  • Race Baiters Make Appeal to Low Information Voters

    Terrell AronSpeer
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    In an election year delivered to Republicans and tied up neatly with a bow, what else could we expect?  The mass of illegal entrants at the border is not a shock to this administration.  It is a plan well executed.  I know, we are supposed to believe that the poverty and narco-violence south of our border is a new thing; that this new pressure has pushed populations of babies into Texas.  Really, we are told they are just walking across the border and that now the border patrol is all tied up changing their diapers.  WOW!  Really?  Where do I begin?   Well, first let me remind…
  • People or Principles

    Terrell AronSpeer
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    It must be human nature which causes us to support a person when we mean to support a principle.  Writers encourage this because without readers the whole exercise of writing is rather pointless.  Readers encourage it too because, in all honesty, there is a lot written which is an insult to ink.  Once a reader finds a writer who can be depended upon for well reasoned argument, he doesn’t want to sift through the rabble.  All this is understandable, but when the author stumbles or disappoints, the entire message can be lost.  It is not just authors, but public figures, persons holding…
  • The First Libertarian President

    Terrell AronSpeer
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    There is little about our current President which is libertarian.  Using the mechanisms of the state to punish political enemies, rewarding political allies with contracts and gifts from the treasury, the affinity for “public-private partnerships,” and “Crony-Capitalism,” are all hallmarks of fascism, not libertarianism.  However, the favorite foreign policy stance of the current administration, isolationism, has been a cornerstone of the Libertarian Party from its inception.   Isolationism was embraced by a significant population of Republicans prior to WWII.  During this…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Libya Updates | The Forgotten Conflict in Libya

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    The  bloody conflict is going unreported in Libya. Militias were named as either 'revolutionaries' or rebels in the main stream media. NATO-GCC() alliance supported Libyan rebels to overthrow Col. Gaddafi to acquire vital oil resources, under pretext to support Libyan civilians against Gaddafi regime. Now a days, a bloody regional and tribal conflict is running unreportedly in the main stream media, because oil flow is maintained to NATO countries, particularly Italy and France.Two Gulf monarchies (UAE and Qatar) contradictory support Libyan factions, the UAE Sheikhdom support liberal…
  • Norman Finkelstein arrested in New York

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The well-known American anti-Zionist intellectual and activist, Norman Finkelstein was arrested today in NY, during pro-Palestine rally.“I don’t believe in individual acts of martyrdom,” Finkelstein wrote on Monday, on his website. “It’s got to be a collective action. If one hundred people either sign up to get arrested or to be there in solidarity, I’ll be there too.”Zionist propaganda machines have aggressively attacked Finkelstein since he is Jewish-origin and descendant of Holocaust survivors.
  • Recent Israeli public opinion on Gaza

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    (Click on the image to enlarge)This month's poll finds that only 4% of Israeli Jews think the IDF has used excessive firepower in Gaza, 95% of Israeli Jews think Operation Protective Edge is just, and four out of five Israelis oppose a unilateral Israeli ceasefire.Source: "The Israel democracy institute"
  • Gaza | Updated Statistics

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Last updated | Jul., 29,2014, 01:35PM, Jerusalem local time
  • Gaza updates| Hospitals are targets again

    Mohammad Tomazy
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Israeli forces bombarded outpatient department of Al-Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in Gaza Strip."10 people, including nine children under the age of 12, were killed and 46 wounded in the blast at a park in the Shati refugee camp on the outskirts of Gaza City."...""The children were playing and were happy, enjoying Eid, and they got hit," said Nidal Aljerbi, a witness"".Five people were also killed during heavy shelling in Jabalia, including 3 children, and wounding 50, according to AFP.On the other hand, Palestinian resistance killed 10 Israeli soldiers in an operation east of shajaia,…
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    BizPac Review

  • Paralyzed Marine brutally attacked, thrown from chair becomes an inspiration to all

    Amanda Shea
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Photo Credit: Surfer Magazine A paralyzed Marine, running a surf camp for children with disabilities recently became the victim of a brutal assault, was robbed of his custom surfboards, before the assailants ripped him from his wheelchair, reported local San Diego news KUSI. Randy Abbott, has received an outpouring of support from individuals disgusted by the horrific crimes perpetrated on a man who’s made it his life’s mission to serve others. A GoFundMe account has been created to replace the specially designed surf boards stolen from him. The fund has already raised $3,421…
  • Restaurant invites scorn with ‘no loud kids’ sign; is it offensive?

    Amanda Shea
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    A California restaurant has managed to offend plenty of customers with restrictions on an unlikely group — children. Old Fisherman’s Grotto, located in the popular family tourist town of Monterey, recently posted a sign prohibiting strollers, high chairs, booster seats, loud kids and crying babies, according to local NBC affiliate KSBW. Tots in violation of the eatery’s noise rules will be asked to leave. Some prospective patrons are less than pleased. “I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants, and if you don’t take them to them, they don’t…
  • Lois Lerner calls conservatives expletives, ‘crazies,’ & ‘teRrorists,’ in just-released emails

    Richard Berkow
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Lois LernerPhoto: US House Comm. on Oversight In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., included newly-discovered emails sent by Lois Lerner, which irrefutably demonstrate her animosity towards Republicans and tea party members. The woman at the center of the tea party targeting scandal and former head of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organization Unit referred to conservatives as “a**holes”in one email, and wrote in a Nov. 9, 2012 email, that they will ruin the United States: “So we don’t need to…
  • Man’s claim of accidental amputated penis is totally false, says attorney

    Amanda Shea
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Attorneys for two Alabama physicians have filed motions to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of malpractice for amputating a Birmingham man’s penis in a botched circumcision, according to the Alabama media website, AL.com. “On behalf of the two physicians named in the lawsuit, the allegations in the complaint are completely untrue,” Mike Florie, an attorney representing the doctors, said in a statement published on AL.com. “They have no basis in fact.” Florie has filed sanctions against the 59-year-old patient’s attorney, John Graves, and his law firm,…
  • ‘Lone Survivor’ Luttrell vents over Ventura suing ‘American Sniper’ widow; others follow

    Tom Tillison
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Based on a photo posted on his Facebook page Tuesday, former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell did not think very highly of Jesse Ventura prevailing inhis defamation lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. A federal jury Tuesday awarded Ventura more than $1.8 million for damage to his reputation and unjust enrichment over a passage in Kyle’s book involving a bar fight that Ventura said never happened. Ventura has faced fierce criticism since continuing his lawsuit against Kyle’s estate, now in the care of his widow Taya Kyle – Kyle was shot to…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Latest Thoughts On Israel/Gaza Strip Conflict

    Kleier
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I was reading the front page story on the NYT’s website about the Israel/Gaza Strip conflict and found five bits of information that drew my interest. First, Israel’s aerial assaults on targets in Gaza broadened on Tuesday, with barrages that destroyed Hamas’s media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant, plunging the enclave of 1.7 million into deeper deprivation with no power, running water or sewage treatment. Second, Israel’s military made clear it had widened the scope of the bombing campaign in Gaza to…
  • Social Protest Lit: George Bernard Shaw, Preface to “Major Barbara”

    Kleier
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The preface to “Major Barbara” from George Bernard Shaw from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: The thoughtless wickedness with which we scatter sentences of imprisonment, torture in the solitary cell and on the plank bed, and flogging, and moral invalids and energetic rebels, is as nothing compared to the stupid levity with which we tolerate poverty as a if it were either a wholesome tonic for lazy people or less a virtue to be embraced as St. Francis embraced it. If a man is indolent, let him be…
  • Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

    Kleier
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading for days it’s so interesting). Evolution of Mandate Palestine and…
  • Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

    Kleier
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” say thy mountains; “No!” thy skies;…
  • Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

    Paul Phillips
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign of a “clean energy” or “renewable energy” group in the rankings.  Yet, they are one…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • In IRS Emails, Lois Lerner Calls Conservatives ‘Crazies’ and … Worse

    Melissa Quinn
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    The House Ways and Means Committee today released emails from Lois Lerner, former head of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt organizations division, in which she uses a vulgar anatomical expletive to refer to conservatives and says “it’s our own crazies that will take us down.” Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., details the Lerner emails in a letter to the Department of Justice. The messages, he said, provide additional information for a criminal referral sent to the Justice Department in April. In his letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dated today, Camp writes…
  • Megyn Kelly ‘Sets Record Straight’ on Comparing Cop Killer to MLK

    Ken McIntyre
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Labor activists continue to press a school district in Oakland, Calif., to teach that a notorious cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is a civil rights hero worthy of honor alongside Martin Luther King Jr.  On Tuesday night, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly allowed that case to be made by Johanna Fernandez, coordinator for the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, but also – in Kelly’s words – “set the record straight.” In the video, Kelly loses patience with comparisons to King after her guest defends the convicted killer of Philadelphia police officer…
  • HTF: Lame Duck Would Deprive Congress of Real Debate

    Emily Goff
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The U.S. Senate must be suffering from lame duck amnesia. In last night’s debate on a Highway Trust Fund (HTF) patch, it approved an amendment that sets the patch to expire in December 2014—the lame-duck session of Congress and significantly sooner than the May 31, 2015, date approved by the House. Lame ducks are hurried, politicized, and lacking in accountability and transparency—qualities that lend themselves to policies that increase the size of government. Under a lame-duck effort to pass a multiyear transportation reauthorization bill or yet another HTF patch, the motorists,…
  • The Fall of a Former Chinese Domestic Security Chief Is a Major Event

    Dean Cheng
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Reports from China indicate that retired senior leader Zhou Yongkang is under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the equivalent of the “Internal Affairs” division of a police force. The investigation into Zhou constitutes a major event in Chinese politics. No other Politburo Standing Committee member has been placed under investigation, at least not publicly, in recent memory. Zhou rose to the CCP Central Committee in 1997 and was elevated to the CCP’s Politburo (the core of power in the Chinese system) in 2002. In…
  • Cartoon: Democrats on Impeachment Talk

    Glenn Foden
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Is Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., really that outraged about the supposed impeachment chatter? >>> If Conservatives Try to Impeach Obama, He’ll Have the Last Laugh The post Cartoon: Democrats on Impeachment Talk appeared first on Daily Signal.
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • GM crops debate can do without Swadeshi paranoia

    Surajit Dasgupta
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    There is broad scientific consensus that food on the market derived from GM crops poses no greater risk than conventional food. Yesterday’s development of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh pressuring Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar to deny our agricultural scientists the opportunity to try genetically modified (GM) seeds on Indian soil reminds one of the mediaeval Church refusing to check out the Galilean telescope lest it should be found that celestial objects do not revolve around the earth. It is ironical that KN Govindacharya, a postgraduate in…
  • Odisha BJP desperately needs a revival plan

    Saswat Panigrahi
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
      Odisha BJP president KV Singhdeo, who led the party to a humiliating defeat, is yet to put in his papers. When TsuNaMo swept the country and the nation voted for development and good governance in 2014 general election, Odisha chose to vote back the scam-tainted BJD Government. Though the BJP managed to end its dry season in the State by winning a measly one Lok Sabha seat and 10 Assembly seats and gave the BJD a run for its money in 6 Parliamentary constituencies and 56 Assembly constituencies in the general election and Assembly election respectively, it was too little. It may be…
  • Uttar Pradesh feels the heat

    Manoj Kureel
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
  • Mulayam’s family-centric politics ruining Uttar Pradesh

    Mrityunjay Kumar
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Mulayam’s family-centered politics has left UP voters hopeless. Dynastic politics has done the greatest harm to our country. The Gandhi-Nehru family at the national level and Mulayam Singh’s family on a State level in Uttar Pradesh — the country’s most populous State — are preserving this most regressive tradition in Indian politics. In yet another instance of promoting nepotism, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has fielded another one of his nephews, Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, as the SP candidate for the by-election for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat. All…
  • Narendra Modi’s Challenge –  Test Match Mandate with T-20 Expectations

    Shashi Shekhar
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:25 pm
    In the past two weeks, there has been palpable disquiet within the core base of the BJP manifesting itself as angst in social media. The United News of India on the October 7, 2001 carried a story titled ‘Narendra Modi readies for his ODI’ to describe the challenges staring Narendra Modi in the face as he was sworn in as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Putting in perspective the political context to his ascent to office in Gujarat, the UNI report said that Narendra Modi was left with less than 500 days to revive the flagging fortunes of the BJP in Gujarat as the next Assembly…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business.

    JG
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When it comes to HIPAA compliant solutions, security,  and cloud adoption, what most find frustrating is how to sort the myths from reality.  The “addressable” requirements of the security rules tend to be the most difficult to meet.  Thus, these addressable requirements have a tendency to fall off the radar, and could therefore create issues […]The post HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices

    JG
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There is an interesting report by Accenture on the benefits of leveraging cloud computing for healthcare.  The report states that “Given the diverse, fragmented and highly dispersed nature of the healthcare industry and value chain, the effect of cloud computing on healthcare will be magnified by the convergence between cloud, mobility and data analytics. It […]The post Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.?

    JG
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a […]The post Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms

    JG
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
      Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud.  “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favor of this strategy?’ […]The post Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Wednesday, July 30 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
      Hamas did kill those kids with a failed rocket attack Lois Lerner email shows she hates conservatives Is it ok for a man to hit a woman after she’s hit him   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 30 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Jesse Ventura proves he’s a dick in interview after lawsuit win, also he lies a lot Should we drug test politicians   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 30 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
      It’s now a crime to let your kid walk to the park Whoopi Goldberg says women should expect a man to hit back if they attack him   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Wed, July 30

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Port St. Lucie mom arrested after allowing her 7-year-old son to go to a nearby park alone – wptv.com undefined Florida mom charged with felony child neglect for … letting her son walk to the park alone « Hot Air Via Reason. Their house is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, July 29 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
      What are your relationship deal breakers   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Massive anti Illegal Immigration Rally today in Boston and Charlie Baker wasn't with US

    Jon Norsu
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Five to Eight Thousand protesters stormed the Boston State House to protest Deval Patrick's plan to allow the Feds and Obama to transport and house more illegals in Massachusetts. In yet a long list of betrayals to the Republican base, Charlie Baker supports Mini Me on dumping Illegals in Mass and was a NO show at today's rally. Baker also has been MIA at the #FreeJustina rally, the Goal #2a rally, Respect for Life walk and now snubs today's Kuhner protest event. Kuhner made a point of calling out Charlie Baker who was Boo'd through ought the protest.Also speaking today was Conservative…
  • #MAgov candidate Mark Fisher at Goal Rally supporting #2a versus ever absent Charlie Baker

    Jon Norsu
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Conservative Republican Mark Fisher again showed his support for the Constitution and Second amendment rights by attending today's GOAL #2a Rally. Gun rights activists from across the state took to the State House to protest yet more draconian and sweeping gun control measures being pushed by Speaker DeLeo and the Democrat caucus. Mark Fisher has taken a hard line in support of law abiding gun owners. Regarding the DeLeo Bill MAgov candidate Mark Fisher said he wouldn’t sign it and opposes additional gun control measures in the state.That is a strict contrast to the Liberal…
  • Charlie Baker lays out his Liberal agenda at #MAgop Forum and Mark Fisher boldy contrasted

    Jon Norsu
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Charlie Baker is infamous for running in 2010 self described as left of Obama on Social Issues. Brushing off his 2010 defeat, Charlie Baker showed up today to show off his 2014 Liberal chops. With his Social progressive stances pro abortion and gay marriage intact Charlie has flip flopped on a variety of issues to Dem friendly positions for his 2014 campaign. Teaparty Conservative Mark Fisher was quick to contrast and offer Conservative, Republican solutions at today's forum in Boston. Charlie Baker is already on thin ice with Republican voters over his anti #2a pro gun control platform,…
  • Why is Charlie Baker (R) giving Deleo enormous credit on more Gun Control? Says he can support it

    Jon Norsu
    27 May 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Charlie Baker is supportive of yet more Dem Gun Control "I give the Speaker enormous credit" Baker also commented on Deleo's Gun Control Bill saying "Having looked through it, there's a bunch of things in it I can support." See linked interview and comments here > http://buff.ly/1kcJYJyYet more reason Charlie Baker can't be trusted as our nominee, agreeing with Democrats on Gun Control yet again... It's time For #MAGOP Unity and > Vote Conservative and Pro #2A @MarkFisher2014 #magov and wash our hands of this liberal afront called Charlie Baker.
  • Mark Fisher tweets today he's pressing forward w June lawsuit against #MAgop

    Jon Norsu
    18 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Brad Jones, Hughes, Prunier & Kaufman Saturday vote to backdoor fund Charlie Baker in primary just may have backfired...Mark Fisher ‏markfisher2014  MT worcgop markfisher Norsu2 http://www.telegram.com/article/20140518/NEWS/305189990/1020/opinion … … pic.twitter.com/Gf9ms5GpvA magov magop mapoli tcotBoom!#MAgop voted Sat to Endorse: Income Inequality, Raising Minimum Wage, gun control, gay marriage, abortion, South Shore Rail, Cape Wind, Climate Change, Quinn and Bathroom Bills, Prop 2 1/2 overide spending and casino's. The #MAgop is effectively running a Full…
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. 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 tackle those 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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Remembering Sandy Hook w/ Sarah Clements

    Liberal Fix
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode first aired December 13, 2013. 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 tackle those 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…
  • Liberal Fix: Joe Scarborough Says What? and Jeez It Sure Is Hot

    Liberal Fix
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight's episode is hosted by Dan Bimrose. He will be discussing Joe Scarborough's having to eat crow, the hottest June on record, a heartwarming rally in Texas about the influx of undocumented minors and homophobe Tony Dungy. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. If you…
  • Liberal Fix Radio-Keith and Naomi Talk Campaigns and What it Will Take to Win

    Liberal Fix
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will talk about 2014 campaign season as both are currently working on Democratic campaigns. We also may open up the phone lines and invite calls from fellow progressives and people attending the Netroots Nation convention in Detroit. 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 tackle those 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…
  • Liberal Fix: Dan Bimrose Focuses In On Income Inequality

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight Dan Bimrose talks about income inequality. He discusses Nick Hanauer's recent article "The Pitchforks Are Coming For Us Plutocrats." at politico.com, and another article which suggests that the Bush tax cuts cost all of us a lot of money. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • Bloodsport: Israelis Gather, Watch, Cheer, Celebrate Over 1,200 Dead in Gaza

    21wire
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    21st Century Wire says…Before the start of Israel’s siege of Gaza, we predicted that the government of Israel would not relent until approximately ’1,500′ Palestinians were dead. That looks to be the case this time around, as the death toll in Gaza reaches 1,200 today. Tel Aviv made noises to the effect that they want to continue their military campaign until they feel that Gaza is ‘disarmed’, or crippled with the inability to resist, in any way, Tel Aviv’s strangulation of Gaza.Previous over-the-top bombing campaigns and ground incursions in Gaza and…
  • ‘A Feast in Time of Plague’ – Obama’s $32,000 a plate Silicon Valley fundraiser

    21wire
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s little wonder that Barack Hussein Obama has a lower approval rating as George Bush Jr, thus putting his legacy in contention with some of history’s worst US Presidents. As Rome burns and wars are being waged halfway around the globe in the name of working Americans, Obama only has time to raise money for his party, courting the bold and the beautiful (and wealthy) residents of California this week. If only Caligula were here to witness and revel in the farce that has become the once great Republic of the United States:Tiberius: Serve the state,…
  • After Failed MH17 False Flag, Washington Attempts Bold New Moves to Frame Russia

    21wire
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    21st Century Wire says…After their total failure to blame eastern Ukrainian Rebels and Moscow for what appears to be Kiev forces shooting down Fight MH17 on July 17th, Washington and its NATO allies have shifted their propaganda strategy in a new attempt to implicate Russia for international war crimes…Over the weekend, Washington used its US ambassador to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, to launch another fabricated social media post designed to blame Russia for “firing artillery over its border into the Ukraine”. Twitter Bombed: Pyatt’s tweeting turned out to…
  • Britain’s Plague of Pederasty and Power

    21wire
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    21st Century Wire says…As the bombs drop in Gaza and in eastern Ukraine, another siege has been underway in Great Britain. A sustained barrage of a different kind of bombshell continues to rain down on the centre of power in Westminster…An epidemic of paedophiles, or to be more accurate, of ‘Pederasts‘, has for decades, freely festered in and around the governing institutions, as well as inside media and entertainment in the UK. Given the establishment’s insistence on maintaining a coordinated cover-up of their crimes, will we ever truly know the full scale…
  • Episode #44 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Declassified: The MH17 Files’ with Patrick Henningsen, Dean Ryan and Basil Valentine

    21wire
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Episode #44 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday July 27th, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music broadcast live on GMN from 9am to 12pm PST…This week’s theme: “Declassified: The MH17 Files“LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the Valley of the Sun, as host Patrick Henningsen presents a declassified stack of additional new material after…
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • #21stCenturyIdioms, and Hiatus

    Jin Yao Kwan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I end my internship next Friday, and will be taking the next two weeks to do some reading and clear some work (mainly work for UNASMUN). In the meantime, I leave you with some brilliant #21stCenturyIdioms from a good friend. Continue reading →
  • Legitimising Petitions

    Jin Yao Kwan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Activists constantly jostle for public space, and the online petition is one of many tools. It gives visibility and credibility. With nothing to fill the void left by the Our Singapore Conversation, and the apprehension towards street protests – Hong Lim Park notwithstanding – it comes as no surprise that online petitions has complemented the traditional approaches of mailing (and emailing) parliamentarians or decision-makers. By using a central platform to legitimise petitions which have attained a number of signatures, the government can not only engage more people in conversations, but…
  • Do We Ever Learn?

    Jin Yao Kwan
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Take the Media Development Authority (MDA) for instance. For this financial year the AGO found lapses in the administration of grants: applications which were rejected and the reasons for rejection were not recorded, there was no requirement for independent checks on rejected cases, and the documentation and tracking of projects were poor. Auditor-General Mr. Willie Tan rightly explained that the MDA officers could “unilaterally reject an application without valid reasons, and there would be no documentation trail to detect such cases”. In the last financial year the AGO’s checks…
  • Seven-Oh-Oh

    Jin Yao Kwan
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    So over 699 articles in the last five years, I thank you – the reader – for bearing with my ego. That is more than 300,000 words you had to plough through (without cringing). Continue reading →
  • Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

    Jin Yao Kwan
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    And if sex with minors was a concern, there could have been a probe of whether there is correlation between stricter laws and the number of suspected or actual cases of under-aged sex. How do the numbers compare over the years? Singaporeans now hold the media to higher standards, and with this lazy commentary My Paper does itself no justice. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • President John Wayne

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Recent events throughout the world have tested America’s influence over world events and the extent to which we can influence them. There has been a lot of the criticism of both action taken and action not taken, most of which has fallen squarely on President Obama’s shoulders. The president’s opponents have accused him of being cowardly and leading from behind, for example. Are these legitimate criticisms? Are there actions the US can take in these conflicts that will both show our resolve and keep them from escalating further? Or have this administration’s strategies…
  • Immigration Reform is Dead - Rebroadcast

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    One year ago the US Senate passed a bill that would grant 11-12 million undocumented immigrants legal status and a pathway to citizenship to this country. The bill never made it out of the House and comprehensive immigration reform has stalled ever since. The defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who was pro reform, has doomed passage of any kind of a bill this year. President Obama has vowed to use executive authority to move reform forward, but a history of executive orders has created bad blood with House Republicans and an emerging crisis on the southern border is threatening to put any…
  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The world is shocked over the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the skies of eastern Ukraine. Many world leaders have pleaded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to exert influence over Russian separatists operating in the region to bring hostilities with the central government in Kiev to an end. These please have gone largely ignored. In this episode we explore the vital national security interest that Ukraine represents for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, and discuss why a peaceful resolution to this conflict may be a ways off. This episode is a bit of a…
  • Earmarks and Filling Potholes

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Earmarks were once considered to be what greased the wheels of government.  They have been done away with but is our political system more corrupt without them than it was with them? The Highway Trust Fund is set to run dry this summer.  The president sent a 4-year $302 billion proposal to Congress earlier this year but was deemed DOA by Congress.  Instead, the House has approved a 1-year $10 billion bill that is paid for by so called “pension smoothing.” What is pension smoothing and who decides what sources of funding are “workable” and what are…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution says “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  It’s believed that the Founding Fathers left the wording deliberately vague trusting subsequent generations to know impeachment-level offenses when they saw them. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against…
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… ‘Licking Me To Death, But Actually Saving My Life’

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Selling weapons to terrorists and dumb people and then acting all innocent AWARD goes to...  The I'm finally telling the truth award since I don't have to answer to the Paper AWARD goes to... For having the persistency and consistency in fighting the bad guys and never losing hope AWARD goes to... Using your product to conceal other products to make the company a wad of money AWARD goes to... Buy a business, slash the workforce, and add to the dismal unemployment numbers AWARD goes to... Thanks for almost licking me to death, but actually saving my life AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Destructive Economics 101

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Disappearing middle class, Minimum wage, Income inequality… Are these factors destroying America as an economic power? Nick Hanauer has made a ton of money from a capitalistic society that is now under attack… he is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and civic activist who gets Out Loud real quick! “I’m all about some economic inequality, I think it’s fabulous… but runaway economic inequality is a catastrophe for capitalism, because it really represents a death spiral of falling demand,” says Nick Hanauer.
  • The Award Goes To… 'The Smoking Email'

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    ‘I’m Just Telling The Truth Now—I’m Not Running For Office Anymore’ Award goes to...  The Shut Up Already Enough Award goes to... The I'm Getting Paid Way Too Much & Have No Experience Award goes to...  The Headline Of The Week Award goes to...  We Make Crappy Products And Put Your Life At Risk Award goes to...  You Can't Make Me Go, I've Done Nothing Wrong Award goes to...  The Don't Go Pass Go - Go Straight To Jail Award goes to...  This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the second week of…
  • Israeli Headlines Tell Story

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Israeli headlines tell it all. “PM Netanyahu speaks with Ban, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, Harper - but not Obama.” Netanyahu proclaims that he will not back off this time around. As tensions escalate, what will the U.S. role be? How did we go from a peace negotiation being brokered by Secretary State John Kerry to the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers to the escalation of a major war in the Middle East? Early predictions indicate that this may very well be a protracted war.  Colonel Jim Waurishuk, USAF, has been a career senior intelligence and political-military…
  • Dinesh D'Souza On America

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Thought provoking, intellectual and profound... listen in as Malcolm and Dinesh D'Souza discuss the dangers of the progressive movement and the vital need for American world leadership. An immigrant from India who epitomizes the pursuit of the American Dream, Dinesh vigorously espouses American exceptionalism. His new movie America Imagine a World Without Her debuts as we celebrate 238 years of American Independence. Dinesh is on a crusade to “blow the whistle” on the people and policies responsible for the decline and potential end of America’s leadership position in the…
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
  • I Am Bowe Bergdahl

    Joël Valenzuela
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    When reading the story of American POW Bowe Bergdahl, I couldn’t help but think: that could’ve been me. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like this article? Show him some love and send him some Bitcoin!…
  • Activism vs. Slacktivism

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 May 2014 | 12:38 pm
      “The winner in a political contest is determined by the number and the effectiveness of the activists on the respective sides.” -Morton Blackwell Activism is a great way to effect social and political change. Unfortunately, it’s often confused with …
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    Citizens News

  • Scientists discover genetic marker that predicts suicide risk

    Liberty Bell
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Written by Al Jazeera America Scientists find a mutation in SKA2 gene in people who committed suicide; hope to develop a blood test to predict riskThe post Scientists discover genetic marker that predicts suicide risk appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Newt Gingrich, FOX News host believe Obama might use amnesty to provoke impeachment

    Liberty Bell
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics AP Photo/Isaac Brekken  We’ve seen the Democrats spin impeachment talk into dollars, but now one longtime Washington insider believes the left will try to spin it into something even bigger. While House Speaker John Boehner tried to quash the issues on Tuesday, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich gave his own interpretation […]The post Newt Gingrich, FOX News host believe Obama might use amnesty to provoke impeachment appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Mosab Hassan Yousef, whose father helped found Hamas, says the group is looking beyond the destruction of Israel to a global Islamic state

    Liberty Bell
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of Hamas’s founders Sheikh Hassan Yousef, has said that the current conflict illustrates how the Islamist group’s disregard for human life is central to its ideology. “Hamas does not care about the lives … Continue reading →The post Mosab Hassan Yousef, whose father helped found Hamas, says the group is looking beyond the destruction of Israel to a global Islamic state appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Video of Hamas Raid Shows Why Israel Is So Freaked Out About Gaza Tunnels

    Liberty Bell
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Written by Foreign PolicyThe post Video of Hamas Raid Shows Why Israel Is So Freaked Out About Gaza Tunnels appeared first on Citizens News.
  • PRESIDENT BYSTANDER NOW CERTIFIED “TOTALLY INSANE”

    Liberty Bell
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE and demented beyond all measure. EXCERPT: “On Sunday, President Obama and First Lady Michelle released a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions… to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.” The comments were made to mark the celebration […]The post PRESIDENT BYSTANDER NOW CERTIFIED “TOTALLY INSANE” appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
  • As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy ... They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

    leftdog
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should bear considerable responsibility.'Mike Duffy's defence could put Harper on hot seat' - Kady O'Malley, CBC News
  • Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

    leftdog
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...Colorado Washington
  • Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

    leftdog
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP…
  • Leader Cam Broten Receives Massive Endorsement At Sask NDP Convention

    leftdog
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party conventionMOOSE JAW, Sask. – The leader of Saskatchewan’s Opposition has received an overwhelming endorsement at his party’s convention in Moose Jaw.NDP delegates voted 98.7 per cent to approve Cam Broten’s leadership on Saturday.The leadership review by secret ballot was required by the party’s constitution. Broten says the party will continue to focus on what is important to Saskatchewan families, including health care and education.A detailed platform will be released closer to the next provincial election…
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Amendment V: Right Against Self-Incrimination and Double Jeopardy

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Next up on our tour of the Bill of Rights is by far Lois Lerner’s favorite amendment. That’s right, the fifth. So, you’ve heard Lerner plead the fifth, along with most B-List actors on Lifetime movies, but what exactly does that mean?
  • Just Sayin’: Enjoy that Mascara in Hell

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Ah, Instagram--- land of a million lunches, brunches, and self-obsessed mascara monsters. What? You’ve never heard of them? Well, front and center is this Russian Separatist psycho that couldn’t wait to hop on her social network to brag about her special “new” to her mascara.
  • 2,245,343.30 Reasons to Roll Your Eyes at the State

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    For an administration that supposedly doesn’t like photo-ops, the American taxpayers sure have been forking over a lot of money for them the last six years.
  • Memory Lane Monday: 100 Years From the Start of WWI

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    As today is the 100 year anniversary of what would come to be known as the Great War, and later World War I, we decided that for today’s Memory Lane Monday PD would look at part of the grand speech given three long years into the conflict by KKK favorite President Woodrow Wilson that slapped Americans into the thick of it.
  • Genius Idea: FreeDOOM

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Nelson Mandela is rising in the ranks of communists with perhaps the weirdest post-death history at a break neck space.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • MH 17: Who Stands to Gain?

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    By Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST), July 26, 2014From Tonkin to Ghouta there is a discernible pattern when it comes to the fabrication of evidence to justify some nefarious agenda or other. As soon as the event occurs before any proper investigation has begun, blame is apportioned upon the targeted party. This is done wilfully to divert attention from the real culprit whose act of evil remains concealed and camouflaged.
  • Europe Awake!

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”In this year, 2014, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, that ferocious war in which “Old Europe” - the Europe of the “Belle Epoque”, the Europe of traditional monarchies and dynasties - was destroyed. For the peoples of Europe it was an immense bloodletting, epitomized by trench warfare and the battle of Verdun. The war also laid the foundation for subsequent catastrophes. While dubbed “the war to end all wars”, the concluding treaties of Versailles and Trianon ushered…
  • The End of Liberal ‘Dialogue’ and the Difference of Debate: Renewing the Promise of the Axial Age

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.org1. Introduction: the current crisis of meaningThere is little doubt that the contemporary world faces a crisis of meaning. After the end of the Cold War, the relative stasis of bi-polarity gave way to a global dynamic that was increasingly unpredictable and volatile. Europe’s ‘multilateral moment’ was quickly supplanted by American hegemony, but the last ten years have witnessed the rise and fall of…
  • War in Ukraine / Tragedy of Flight MH 17: Urgent Call for Independent International Investigation

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:45 pm
    International Progress OrganizationInformation ServiceChisinau / Vienna, 26 July 2014In a statement issued today, the President of the International Progress Organization, Dr. Hans Koechler, who is presently on a fact-finding visit to Eastern Europe, has called for the establishment of an impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of the crash of Malaysian Airlines 17 over rebel-controlled territory in Eastern Ukraine. Between 2000 and 2002, Dr. Koechler served as international observer of the criminal trial following the destruction of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie,…
  • The Nature of the EU and Its External Projection

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Raffaele Marchetti, Professor of International Relations, LUISS University, Italy, specially for wpfdc.orgWhat is the EU? This is a question that has occupied the debate in the European Union and beyond for many years. Of course the political significance of the question is high because it constitutes a precondition for interpreting its foreign policy action and hence to understand its role in global politics.One way of addressing the question would simply be to associate the EU to the American superpower. The EU as the closer (and relatively loyal) ally of the US would be the answer. This…
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    Michael Tomasky

  • What You Don’t Know About Obama and Jobs

    Michael Tomasky
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.
  • Hill’s Golden Ticket: Paid Family Leave

    Michael Tomasky
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Forget about liberals—by pushing the issue in a 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton can galvanize women and show everyone she has guts.
  • You Can Turn the Supreme Court Liberal

    Michael Tomasky
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There will be more Hobby Lobbies and Citizens United if Democrats don’t get a lock on the White House and pack the bench for a generation.
  • You Lost One, Tea Party. Deal With It.

    Michael Tomasky
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Democrats had their own intraparty upset in 2006, courtesy of Joe Lieberman. They moved on, unlike the ‘real American’ Tea Partiers who are still blubbering over Thad Cochran’s victory.
  • Sanity Caucus Strikes Back

    Michael Tomasky
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.
 
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • A Libertarian in the Senate, What is the World Coming to?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP) makes his maiden speech to the NSW Parliament on the 9th of July, 2014, establishing his Libertarian credentials and philosophy. We discuss the speech in our podcast, along with the repeal of the carbon tax the shooting down of a Malaysian Airline in Ukraine, the slaughter in Gaza and much more. Listen as David lopez and Bazra Parsons break down the current paradigm that we live under.    DOWNLOAD MP3 or listen using the player by clicking read more. Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Americans Demand that President Obama Intervene in Detroit Water Crisis

    User Submitted
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    WASHINGTON – Representatives John Conyers and Shelia Jackson Lee joined progressive leaders from Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Food & Water Watch, People’s Water Board, RH Reality Check and Working Families Organization to deliver more than 150,000 petition signatures demanding that President Barack Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services intervene in the Detroit water crisis. Thousands of families have had their water service cut off by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, in violation of the internationally recognized human right to water. Petition…
  • NSA sued over fears that former director is selling secrets

    User Submitted
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The National Security Agency has received its fair share of lawsuits since former contractor Edward Snowden began to disclose secret documents last year, and now the NSA is being taken to court for failing to produce files about its former director. Motherboard reported on Wednesday this week that journalist Jason Leopold has filed a complaint against the NSA because the agency has refused to honor his request for public financial disclosure statements pertaining to Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of the NSA who now offers cyber-consulting to corporations for the cost of $1 million a…
  • Wikileaks Defies Australian Court’s ‘Blanket Censorship Order’ by Publishing It

    User Submitted
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Founder Julian Assange says unprecedented government gag order is ‘blindfolding the Australian public’ Nadia Prupis Wikileaks has revealed a secret court order in Australia to censor reporting on a massive, years-long political bribery and corruption scandal in the country involving its central bank and several international leaders. Described as a “superinjunction,” the order blocks reporting on the order itself, as well as the content of the investigation, in a case of censorship that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange called “the worst in living memory.”…
  • Exclusive: Leader of Scout Troop Confronted by Armed Border Patrol Speaks Out

    User Submitted
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    In an exclusive interview,  Jim Fox, the scout leader of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111, explained what happened earlier this month at a checkpoint along the Alaska – Canada border. At the check point, one of the boys took a picture of the border agent and “threw the agent into a frenzy.” According to Fox, the agent immediately confiscated the camera, told the boy that he could be subjected to 10 years of prison or a $10,000 fine. The boys and driver were escorted inside the border patrol station. “The border agent tried to bait me. He wanted to get a reaction out of me and I did…
  • Bipartisan US veterans’ health deal provides $10 billion for private care

    User Submitted
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Kate Randall US House and Senate negotiators on Monday unveiled a $17 billion emergency package in response to a scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that erupted earlier this year. The deal between Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent of Vermont) and Rep. Jeff Miller (Republican of Florida), who head the Senate and House panels overseeing the VA, will allow veterans to seek care outside the system. The bipartisan compromise was struck in the wake of revelations by VA whistle-blowers of the falsification of data and long wait times, resulting in patient deaths in the VA system. On…
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    Eurasia Review

  • Mexico: Human Rights Activists Targeted In Attacks

    Latinamerica Press
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    From 2011 to 2013, at least 27 human rights activists (11 women and 16 men) were assassinated, according to “The Right to Defend Human Rights in Mexico: Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, 2011-2013,” released July 3 by the National Network of Human Rights Organizations “All Rights For Everyone,” known as RedTDT. In […] The post Mexico: Human Rights Activists Targeted In Attacks appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Strong Inventory Accumulations And Car Sales Boost US 2nd Quarter Growth – Analysis

    Dean Baker
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    US GDP grew at a 4.0 percent annual rate in the second quarter after shrinking at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter. Much of the shift was due to a considerably more rapid pace of inventory accumulation. Inventory changes, which had subtracted 1.16 percentage points from first quarter growth, added 1.66 percentage points […] The post Strong Inventory Accumulations And Car Sales Boost US 2nd Quarter Growth – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • US Army Ponders 3D Printed Warheads

    MINA
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, is inherently creative. Materials are layered together and built up, constructing an object from powder and heat and code. In the future, the U.S. Army wants to turn this innovation to far more destructive ends, by printing new warheads. The latest issue of Army Technology focuses on […] The post US Army Ponders 3D Printed Warheads appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future? – OpEd

    Press TV
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:28 pm
    By Paul Craig Roberts The Russian government has finally realized that it has no Western “partners,” and is complaining bitterly about the propagandistic lies and disinformation issued without any evidence whatsoever against the Russian government by Washington, its European vassals, and presstitute media. Perhaps the Russian government thought that only Iraq, Libya, Syria, China, and […] The post Does Russia (And Humanity) Have A Future? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Building Bridges: The Role Of Culture In South Asia – Analysis

    Eurasia Review
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    By Nilanjana Sen To understand a society by becoming a part of it is to undergo a process of self-realisation and often transformation. I spent the summer of 2014 with the Tibetan Exile community in Dharamshala. I was intrigued by the ease with which the Tibetan community had assimilated itself in the Indian society, though […] The post Building Bridges: The Role Of Culture In South Asia – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • Obama Photos 7/30

    Barack loves Michelle
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama watches from the Red Room as Alicia Keys delivers remarks prior to a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama joins students and parents for lunch at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with Partnership for a Healthier…
  • Obama Photos 7/29

    Barack loves Michelle
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    President Barack Obama greets Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes during a White House event honoring the team and their 2013 World Series Championship, April 1, 2014 President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Elsa Smith, age 5, and Sage Smith, age 6, Lincoln’s cousins. President Barack Obama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April…
  • Obama Photos 7/28

    Barack loves Michelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an interview with Vanessa Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, in the East Reception Room of the White House, May 27, 2014 President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014.  first lady Michelle Obama arrives to deliver gives the keynote address during Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education…
  • Obama Photos 7/27

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, slides across a counter to pose for photos with staff following lunch at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,…
  • A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

    Barack loves Michelle
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kan. on  May 16, 2014 when White House photographer Chuck Kennedy captured this poignant image below.  The First Lady is speaking with Stephanie Kyriazis, who is the Chief of Interpretation and Education. The imagery will give you goose bumps. The two women stand perfectly aligned with the “white” and “colored” signs that hang above their heads. It’s been 50 years since the landmark decision of Brown vs Board of Education. A lot of progress has been made, yet…
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    A Michigander

  • If It Isn't Obvious Yet...

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This blog is on hiatus for an undetermined period.Thanks for your support!
  • Maps of the Day - Kentucky Has Never Cared Much For Barack Obama

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The only thing that seems to get some white Americans more riled up than being accused of racism by non-whites is the same accusations coming from fellow whites. So do not be surprised if Jonathan Chait's well-stated trolling of Appalachian's seeming love for Bill Clinton and hatred for Barack Obama starts to gain some steam. And while it's not surprising that, given his "war on coal" that Obama would tank in the region in 2012, given that signs like these are common (taken by me this following summer, the former at a coal mine in Logan County, WV and the latter in Lynch, Kentucky)People…
  • Politicians Sometimes Do Lie To You, But Are Unmatched By The Lie You Tell Yourself

    7 Feb 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As much as I love politics, including many of those aspects which cause other people to cringe, there is something about taking an incriminating tone in political discourse which always makes it sound petty. In particular, something which makes me really cranky is the tendency of liberals and progressives to go on and on about how policies and concepts such as the Affordable Care Act, freeing people from job lock and personal responsibility are "conservative" or "Republican" priorities that were shamelessly abandoned merely because a Democrat is in office.Is this true for many rank-and-file…
  • Things You Might Have Missed

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Efforts To Get Minimum Wage Raise on Michigan Ballot Gain Support.If you want to read the whole New Yorker profile where L. Brooks Patterson made an ass of himself, you can find it here.Though Cannabis Now Legal In Some Areas, Localities Still Resisting It.Corruption Not As Rampant As It Might Seem.Feds Charge Bitcoin Start-Up Founder With Money Laundering.Karzai Suspects U.S. Is Behind Insurgent-Style Attacks, Afghan Officials Say.Egyptian Military Commander Set to Run for President. Or, in other news, Military Dictator Who Overthrows Democratically Elected Leader Wants To Hold Onto…
  • The One Time I'll Probably Praise Rand Paul

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Not the devil, but also not a saint who erredThe most recent Facebook/Twitter/Upworthy/etc. liberal cause de jour is Rand Paul's comments on Meet the Press that Bill Clinton "... took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office," calling his behavior "predatory." Luckily for him, this outrage has so far overshadowed his ignorant and Sheen-esque comments that, because women are making "... great strides..." and "... now make up more than half the students at medical and law schools," which in his mind somehow negates any complaints they might have about…
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    Washington Blade | Gay News | Washington, DC | LGBT

  • EXCLUSIVE: Miss. mayor has ‘no problem’ with same-sex marriage

    Michael K. Lavers
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Yazoo City, Miss. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) YAZOO CITY, Miss. — Yazoo City Mayor Diane Delaware told the Washington Blade earlier this month she has “no problem” with same-sex marriage. “Marriage is a legal thing,” she said during an interview in her office inside Yazoo City Hall on July 10. “It is a passionate, deeply rooted thing in our culture and that’s very personal to the individuals and the tribes if you will — and I call us tribes — or communities who see it a certain way. I have no problem with same-sex marriage.” Delaware did not overtly back the…
  • Hobby Lobby plans D.C. Bible museum

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    A Bible museum is scheduled to open in 2017 in a sprawling building at 300 D St., S.W., that was the home of the Washington Design Center. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The evangelical Christian family that owns the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores plans to open a Bible museum in Washington two blocks from the National Mall, prompting outrage from some LGBT advocates. The concern expressed by LGBT advocates comes just one month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s contention in a controversial lawsuit that corporations with religious owners cannot be…
  • Ryan White’s mother, others urge Congress to continue AIDS programs

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Jeanne White-Ginder (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of Ryan White, the Indiana teenager who became an internationally recognized advocate for people with AIDS until his death in 1990, urged Congress this week to continue funding the AIDS program that bears her son’s name. At a news conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, White-Ginder joined leaders of the AIDS Institute, a national AIDS advocacy organization, in calling on Congress to approve a $2.3 billion funding package proposed by President Obama for the Ryan White CARE Act program for…
  • Are D.C. officials content to do only small stuff?

    Mark Lee
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    This week, a Council-approved ban on Styrofoam-style polystyrene containers was signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray, to take effect in 2016. (Photo by Phyrexian; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) In a city possessing only a thin and increasingly fragile veneer of economic robustness amid weakened prospects for maintaining the recent pace of private sector growth, the annual D.C. Council summer recess should provide legislators with time to reflect on their intentions upon returning in the fall. There is scant expectation, however, that longstanding behavior is likely to improve. Most striking…
  • Uniform Party

    Kevin Majoros
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Team D.C., the umbrella organization for LGBT-friendly sports teams and leagues in the D.C. area, held a Uniform Party at Nellie’s Sports Bar and Grill sponsored by the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club on Tuesday. Uniforms for Team D.C. members competing in the upcoming Gay Games in Cleveland were given out to athletes. (Washington Blade photos by Kevin Majoros)  
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • The Real Differences Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Real Differences Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
  • Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic)

    Lady Freethinker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of our trash may go into landfills (and, unfortunately, the ocean), but as this infographic shows, there’s also a surprisingly massive layer of space junk orbiting the planet right this second. The facts here are so interesting, I’m forgiving the author for referring to Gene Roddenberry’s remains as “junk.” The post Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Determining the Body Count in Gaza

    Clare Malone
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The modern media coverage of war and conflict is a grim numbers game. As tensions escalate, so do the body counts. In Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and on other battlefields, the most visceral articulation of despair is a statistic: How many dead?The fighting in Gaza, now in its second week, already has its own trove of casualty databases. The New York Times has kept a running tally of fatalities, and there are charts available to those who want to see all the deaths in the conflict since 2000 broken out by ethnic group, month and year. The Times put the death toll since July 8 at 556 Palestinians…
  • Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate

    Ben Casselman
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    In 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson aired television ads showing people scrambling across the Mexican border near San Diego. “The rules are being broken,” a narrator intoned. “Pete Wilson has had the courage to say enough is enough.” Wilson, who at one point trailed in the polls, ended up cruising to an easy re-election.Two decades later, the rhetoric around immigration hasn’t changed much — just look at Virginia, where long-shot challenger Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in part by promising to “secure the border” and “reject any proposal that grants amnesty” to…
  • What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat

    David Wasserman
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone. Doug Heye, Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, had a “quibble” with an analysis I had written for the Cook Political Report on the state of play in the GOP primary for Cantor’s congressional district.In my analysis I wrote, “Economics professor [and Cantor's primary opponent] Dave Brat has forced Majority Leader Eric Cantor to take his primary very…
  • Brazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than Pelé

    Sebastian Saiegh
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    When Brazil returned to democracy in 1985 after almost 20 years of military rule, many observers were rightly pessimistic about whether the country’s political institutions could function. Brazil’s previous experience with democracy, during the so-called Second Republic (1946-1964), was characterized by executive-legislative deadlock. At that time, the immobility of chief executives contributed to a breakdown in the democratic process. In addition to the challenges produced by this legacy, the newly established Brazilian democracy of the 1980s took the form of a multiparty…
  • Americans’ Faith in Government Shapes How They Feel About Obamacare — Trust Me

    Dan Hopkins
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are still of two minds about the health care reform law. When pollsters break Obamacare apart, nearly all of the individual pieces are well regarded. But when they ask about Obamacare as a single, hulking policy, it’s derided. Americans trust the parts, but not the whole.In a March 2014 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 1,504 adults about nine components of the law and found that only the individual mandate lacked majority support. In fact, even among Republicans, all but two of the surveyed elements enjoyed…
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    kai arzheimer

  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Today, I’m guest blogging on the #EP2014 results at the LSE’s execellent EUROPOPP blog. Click here for a number of opinionated and short “expert reactions” to yesterdays’s train wreck election. The post Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective appeared first on kai arzheimer.
 
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    Conservative Read

  • America’s Domestic Enemy-In-Chief Lights The Fuse

    chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Terresa Monroe-Hamilton  The border crisis is going from horrid to explosive. One shot could set the whole thing ablaze. And it will only get worse as patriots converge on the border to protect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Israeli strikes hit UN school, Gaza shopping area

    chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
     Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees Wednesday in the deadliest of a series of air... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Islamic Jizya: ‘Protection’ from whom?

    chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Raymond Ibrahim  Is jizya—the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors—meant to buy them “protection,” including from outside enemies, as modern... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Troops Told to Refrain from Eating, Drinking in Front of Muslims

    chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
     Do not eat or drink in front of Muslims, and learn more about their religion. That’s the directive that has gone out to active duty military personnel at the Uniformed Services University... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Conservative Case Against Boehner’s Border Bill

    chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Conn Carroll  Capitol Hill conservatives are not happy with Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) $659 million response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border. They are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
  • Liberal Campaign Money Hypocrisy

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Everyone reading the news today can be inclined to believe that the all the GOP campaign contributions aimed at destroying the Democrats flow from just two people - Edward and Charles Koch.Charles KochEdward KochThe rich industrialist brothers are the favorite target of everyone on the left. A recent article in the New York Times does actually a lot to dispel the myth of the heartless tycoons bent on destroying the working class. They both are very active philanthropists and civic leaders and employ thousands of well paid workers in Wichita,…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
  • China and the Market Experiment

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The free enterprise economy remains the best tool for lifting people our of poverty. In fact between 1970 and 2006 the share of people living on less than $1 a day plummeted by 80 percent. Was this a result of government redistribution? The answer is a resounding "No".http://www.voxeu.org/article/parametric-estimations-world-distribution-incomeChina as one of the most populous countries in the world is an example of this notion. After the cruel Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong, Den Xiaoping advanced the idea that "socialism does not mean shared poverty". Indeed in the 1970's…
 
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  • Why the House of Representatives just voted to sue President Obama

    Andrew Prokop
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    On Wednesday evening, the US House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama over the delayof Obamacare's employer mandate. The resolution, which you can read here, passed on a vote of 225 to 201, with every Democrat voting against it. 5 Republicans also voted no, including some of the chamber's most conservative members, Reps. Paul Broun (R-GA) and Steve Stockman (R-TX) — likely because the measure doesn't go far enough.Here's our explainer as to whether there's any precedent for this, whether the suit has a chance, and how it will proceed. Has the House of Representatives ever sued…
  • The biggest benefit of pre-K might not be education

    Libby Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    One of the most common arguments in favor of universal pre-K is the argument that it will actually save money: $7 for every $1 invested, according to President Obama's proposal for expanding pre-K access. Some studies have found an even higher return — as high as $16 to $1 — on investment from sending 4-year-olds to school. This isn't because of the educational benefits of pre-K. Some studies have found that gains in test scores gradually fade out as children continue through public school. Instead, the cost-savings reflect an unexpected side-benefit of early education: children who…
  • Ted Cruz is killing the GOP’s border bill

    Dara Lind
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On Tuesday, House Republicans finally unveiled their bill to respond to the child migrant crisis. The plan: pass the bill Thursday, then pressure the Senate and White House into accepting it, rather than allowing no bill to pass at all. By the time House Republicans went home for the August congressional recess, they'd either be able to brag about having fixed the crisis — or they'd be able to blame Barack Obama and Harry Reid for blocking their attempts to do so. Here's the problem with that plan: Ted Cruz, a Republican who's not even in the House, is trying to ruin it. Cruz wants any…
  • Seriously. I love Star Trek.

    Matthew Yglesias
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke is the kind of dim bulb who likes to write "the Left" with a capital L, and he also has a rambling and incoherent essay about Neil deGrasse Tyson and contemporary liberalism out that levels a very scurrilous allegation at me and some other media figures (emphasis added): One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume…
  • The most important sentence to come out of the latest Fed meeting

    Danielle Kurtzleben
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    If you want to analyze the Fed, you of course want to know economics, but being an English major helps as well. Every word of each Fed statement is carefully chosen (and closely scrutinized), and this latest statement from the Federal Open Market Committee said something very important: while the unemployment rate has fallen off, they wrote, "a range of labor market indicators suggests that there remains significant underutilization of labor resources." That's a change from June's statement, when the central bank noted that the job market had improved but that the jobless rate was still…
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  • On Flight MH17

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
         Much like Jon Stewart, I was really surprised to get home from vacation and learn that the world had gone to crap while I was lounging on the beach. This post was originally going to be about my vacation by the ocean, but I think we can all agree that there are some much more important matters to be discussed, namely - Flight MH17.Read more »
  • On the FIFA World Cup

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