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  • Rush Limbaugh’s Ratings Are So Bad That Radio Stations No Longer Want His Show

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    Jason Easley
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    The ratings have gotten so bad for Rush Limbaugh that radio stations no longer want to carry his show. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fiorina's Using Up Somebody's Opportunity

    Political Animal
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The one thing you can be sure of in Republican coverage of all the Republican presidential cattle calls is that Carly Fiorina is going to get a big thumbs-up, pretty much no matter what she says or does. It's no secret that the main reason for this phenomenon is twofold: (a) she's not in any way a threat to win the nomination, since her career has been punctuated by failure in her peak business (CEO of HP, where she was fired) and political (a ten-point loss in a Senate campaign in the best Republican year since Bob Taft was the party leader) experiences, and (b) she's a woman, and therefore…
  • Iran compromise hangs in balance

    POLITICO - TOP Stories
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Democrats are demanding Republicans help them rebuff hot button amendments.
  • Senator Gillibrand pushes for comprehensive online voter registration

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    Jon Green
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    In a press conference yesterday, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced a new bill, the Voter Registration Modernization Act, that would require the 25 states that do not currently have online voter registration to implement it. It would also create a national online registration system, building upon the online registration capabilities at the state level. If passed, the bill would expand online registration to the approximately 100 million Americans who currently have to register to vote on pen and paper, a requirement that contributes to low registration rates nationwide. In the…
  • Jeb Bush Backs Defunding Planned Parenthood

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    Corky
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Jeb Bush supports efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, according to one of his senior advisers. "We have got to defund Planned Parenthood, by the way, and Gov. Bush supports those efforts," said Jordan Sekulow, a prominent Christian evangelical attorney who joined the former Florida governor's team last month as a senior adviser.
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    The Atlantic

  • Nonviolence As Compliance

    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Jim Bourg / Reuters Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death which my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley, but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order.  And yet the mayor of that city and the commissioner of that city's police still have no idea what happened. I suspect that this is not because the mayor and police commissioner are bad people, but because the state of Maryland prioritizes the protection of police officers charged with abuse over the…
  • Images of Violent Protests in Baltimore

    Alan Taylor
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:27 pm
    On Monday afternoon the funeral for Freddie Gray took place in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray died last week from spinal injuries suffered while in Baltimore Police custody. After the funeral, against the wishes of the Gray family, some peaceful demonstrations took place, but other protests became violent, devolving into chaotic clashes, and resulting in numerous injuries to police officers, smashed storefronts, burned cars, and widespread looting. Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency, activating the Maryland National Guard, and the scheduled baseball game between the Baltimore…
  • A State of Emergency in Baltimore

    Matt Ford
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Sait Serkan Gurbuz / Reuters Updated on April 27, 2015, at 9:16 p.m. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard on Monday night, "to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City." Later Monday night, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that a week-long curfew would be imposed on the city. Maryland State Police said they would request an additional 5,000 officers from the mid-Atlantic region to restore order. Earlier in the day, police clashed with demonstrators during protests over the death of a young black man in…
  • What Does It Mean to Be Fashionably Modest?

    Chris Heller
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/391583/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fashionably-modest/
  • 'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

    David A. Graham
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    A police van stands open at a march in Baltimore on Saturday, April 25. (Alex Brandon / AP) Updated on April 27, 2015, at 5 p.m. A rough ride. Bringing them up front. A screen test. A cowboy ride. A nickel ride. Police say that intentionally banging a suspect around in the back of a van isn't common practice. But the range of slang terms to describe the practice suggests it's more common that anyone would hope—and a roster of cases show that Freddie Gray is hardly the first person whose serious injuries allegedly occurred while in police transit. Citizens have accused police of using…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. De Blasio pushes economic and eco justice in sustainability plan

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Katherine Bagley at Inside Climate News writes NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio pushes environmental and economic justice in sustainability plan: Environmental justice advocates may have found a climate champion in Mayor Bill De Blasio, who this week made income equality the centerpiece of his sweeping sustainability plan for New York City. The plan, known as OneNYC, is a rebranding and revamping of the city's eight-year-old sustainability agenda PlaNYC, but the emphasis on economic justice came as an unexpected swerve. Urban development and environmental experts told InsideClimate News that OneNYC…
  • Which movies and TV shows would you recommend to a friend?

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Naomi Watts and Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Instead of just focusing on one issue, movie or TV show, I'm going to open up the floor and ask a question. If a friend asked for a recommendation of a movie or TV show, what would you tell them? What should people try giving a chance? I'm gonna make a few suggestions and do some quick reviews of recent shows and movies that might be worth taking a look at. Continue below the fold for more.
  • Baltimore city officials call for calm, urge citizens to 'stand up' for their neighborhood

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Just a little before 8:00 p.m. eastern Monday, the mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, addressed reporters about the violence that had taken hold of her city. "What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing. It's very clear there is a difference between what we saw over the past week with the peaceful protests," she said, "and the thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city." Mayor Rawlings-Blake, looking shellshocked from the day's events, noted she was a life-long resident of Baltimore and added, "Too…
  • Baltimore facts and a message from 'The Wire' creator David Simon

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    A Baltimore resident trying to restore order in his neighborhood speaks to a protester during clashes in Baltimore, As the city of Baltimore erupts into chaos tonight, here are a few facts about the city of Baltimore: The population is 622,793. There are approximately 16,000 abandoned homes. An estimated 3,000 are homeless each night, an estimated 30,000 each year. The Baltimore City high school graduation rate is 68.5%. The national average is 80%. The median per capita income is $23,333. Nationally that is between $32,140-$39,509. Many of the people that manage Baltimore City don't even…
  • Baltimore erupts into chaos: Governor activates National Guard

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as protests and confrontations with the police have swept through the city today in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray, according to the Baltimore Sun, and unrest is anticipated throughout the night. Multiple stores have been looted, a CVS was engulfed in flames, cars have been burned and several people have been dragged out of their cars. Chaos. Violence and looting overtook much of West Baltimore on Monday, seriously injuring several police officers and leaving a store and several vehicles in…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Riots in Baltimore

    rcade
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Seven police officers were injured Monday afternoon in riots that began near Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore and were spreading toward downtown. One officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones, police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said. Smoke filled the air as police responded with shields and a tactical vehicle. Demonstrators pelted officers with rocks, bricks and bottles and assaulted a photojournalist, and officers fired back with tear gas and pepper balls.
  • 'Clinton Cash' Author: I Don't Have Evidence

    corky
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer appeared on This Week and faced a very skeptical George Stephanopoulos, who argued that his accusations that Hillary Clinton exchanged favorable treatment from the U.S. State Department for multimillion dollar donations to the Clinton Foundation were unsubstantiated. Pressed by Stephanopolous, Schweizer admitted, "We don't have direct evidence. But it warrants further investigation because, again, this is part of the broader pattern.
  • Jeb Bush Backs Defunding Planned Parenthood

    Corky
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Jeb Bush supports efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, according to one of his senior advisers. "We have got to defund Planned Parenthood, by the way, and Gov. Bush supports those efforts," said Jordan Sekulow, a prominent Christian evangelical attorney who joined the former Florida governor's team last month as a senior adviser.
  • Unarmed Teacher Tackles High School Shooter

    rcade
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    A teacher is being credited with stopping a student who allegedly fired multiple shots at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington, Monday morning. "All I heard was some guy running through a hallway saying he has a gun. He has a gun. And then I saw a whole bunch of people just running," a student said. History teacher Brady Olson tackled the shooter and said later, "I reacted in a way that any other teacher would react and at the sound of a gunshot had three other adults, including Tim Brown, Dean of Students, Principal Steve Rood, and Security Officer, Jim Beltico, going toward the…
  • GoFundMe: No Dough for Anti-Gay Bakers

    726
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The owners of a bakery found guilty of anti-gay discrimination have had their fundraising campaign canceled, and believe the devil is behind it. Friday, after nearly two years in court, an Oregon judge recommended Aaron and Melissa Klein be fined $135,000 for discriminating against a same-sex couple. The Kleins, who own Sweet Cakes by Melissa, had refused to bake a wedding cake for the couple. On their Facebook page yesterday, the Kleins posted a link to a GoFundMe fundraising campaign set up for them. In just four hours it had reached over $20,000. It quickly increased to a reported $109,000…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Images: Baltimore Erupts

    Josh Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Images from looting and riots breaking out tonight in Baltimore, after the jump ... (Ed.Note: There appears to have been more than one fire in Baltimore this afternoon and evening. The largest is at a senior center that was under construction. But there are conflicting reports about whether the fire was connected to the rioting and protests.] Read More →
  • Descent

    Josh Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Baltimore erupts into rioting, looting and fire. Governor declares curfew and state of emergency. Here's the latest.
  • Police: Seven Officers Injured

    Josh Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Baltimore police say seven officers have been injured in confrontations with protestors this afternoon. Running updates on the situation on the ground here.
  • Standoff In Baltimore

    Josh Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    We're monitoring a stand off unfolding in Baltimore on the day of the funeral of Freddie Gray whose death in police custody has sparked a round of protests. The police are saying they have credible threats of some sort of youth gangs targeting police. There already appear to be some police injuries do to protestors throwing bricks and stones.
  • How Could This Happen?

    Josh Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    I mentioned yesterday that a guy went public to the Las Vegas Sun claiming that he had made up a baseless rumor/conspiracy theory and tried to peddle it to a rightwing site to see just how credulous or irresponsible they would be. Turned out, pretty credulous and irresponsible! The story was that Harry Reid didn't get those injuries in an accident. It was his drunken brother beating him up. And John Hinderaker of Powerline Blog ran with it based on no evidence at all. This afternoon Brendan James talked to Hinderaker to understand how this could happen. You've really got to read this.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Well, think we managed to wring all we could from today's presidential speculation. Maybe some more hard news will pop up tomorrow, aside from the ongoing tragedy in Baltimore and the disaster in Nepal. Here are some remains of the day: * Check out Baltimore Sun live-blog on protests and police reaction in wake of Freddie Gray's death. * Paul Krugman indicts conservatives who won't admit past factual errors, in what many are reading as a thinly veiled criticism of his New York Times colleague David Brooks. * Ron Fournier pitches a temper tantrum over failure of everybody to agree with him on…
  • Fiorina's Using Up Somebody's Opportunity

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The one thing you can be sure of in Republican coverage of all the Republican presidential cattle calls is that Carly Fiorina is going to get a big thumbs-up, pretty much no matter what she says or does. It's no secret that the main reason for this phenomenon is twofold: (a) she's not in any way a threat to win the nomination, since her career has been punctuated by failure in her peak business (CEO of HP, where she was fired) and political (a ten-point loss in a Senate campaign in the best Republican year since Bob Taft was the party leader) experiences, and (b) she's a woman, and therefore…
  • Koch Brothers As Thurston and Lovey Howell

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    I'm happy to report that at Ten Miles Square Seth Masket provides a nice moment of closure--for the moment, at least--to all the talk of what the Kochs are doing in the presidential primaries, complete with a Gilligan's Island metaphor! His main substantive point is a very good one: So while the Kochs may signal a preference for one candidate over the other, the one thing they bring to the table — hundreds of millions of dollars — will not be used in the nomination process. That money, rather, will be devoted to the general election, where the Kochs will undoubtedly spend it to…
  • What Happened in Vegas

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Since I gave a pretty full account this morning of the Faith and Freedom Coalition cattle call in Waukee, IA, I guess I should give equal time to the other big conclave of the weekend with significant implications for the 2012 cycle, the Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas. It did not (best I can tell from the cryptic reports available; unlike the FFC event, the RJC conference was totally closed to the press) draw remotely as many presidential candidates as the Christian Right cattle call; Ted Cruz and Rick Perry were there, as were minor and potential candidates Lindsey Graham,…
  • Lunch Buffet

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Got into an extended Twitter conversation with Nate Cohn and Jonathan Bernstein after my post on the relevance of early polling data. My schedule puts me at a big inherent disadvantage in such exchanges, but they are still fun. Here are some more regularly scheduled midday news/views treats: * George W. Bush says some things about his brother's presidential campaign handicaps that Jeb probably could have done without. * Very good--perhaps definitive--Ezra Klein take on Obama's jokes at the Nerd Prom. Yes, POTUS was angry. * Sandhya Somashekhar preview for WaPo of SCOTUS oral arguments…
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    The New Republic

  • Deal With It

    Danny Vinik
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    If you only casually follow politics, you probably don’t know much about Senator Patty Murray. She's rarely on TV or in the headlines. She’s not inclined to tear into her Republican colleagues or give floor speeches that go viral, like Senator Elizabeth Warren does. But Murray has become one of
  • Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor

    Rebecca Leber
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Over the course of this year, Pope Francis will ramp up his foray into the politically charged debate for action on climate change. It begins unofficially with Tuesday’s Vatican sum
  • What Loretta Lynch Must Do Now

    Jamil Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Loretta Lynch, who waited more than five months to be confirmed as U.S. attorney general, was finally sworn in late Monday morning. “Well, here we are!” she said with a smile, giving a rhetoric
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Is Putting Everyone Through Hell

    Petra Bartosiewicz
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    BOSTON, MA.—When a defendant stands trial for a crime that carries a possible penalty of death, what is the extra bar a jury must reach in order to decide that a lifetime of imprisonment is not enough? What damning facts must a prosecutor present, what heinousness of the crime and what painful det
  • America Has Not Reached a Transgender Tipping Point

    Eric Sasson
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Without a doubt, it was an extraordinary week for the transgender community. Model Andreja Pejic made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be profiled in Vogue. Laverne Co
 
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    TIME

  • What the Flap Over a Ted Cruz Fundraiser Means

    Alex Altman
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    This is a short parable about the polarized state of American politics. A Republican candidate holds a fundraiser one Monday evening at the home of two gay businessmen. It is an unusual pairing: the businessmen are prominent gay-rights activists, while the politician is a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage. But they have similar views on Israel and decide that’s enough to set aside those differences. By Thursday, the politician, under pressure from supporters, releases a defensive statement. His spokesman says the venue was an error. By Sunday both businessmen, facing boycotts and…
  • Loretta Lynch Sworn In as 83rd Attorney General

    Maya Rhodan
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    After a historically long wait, Loretta Lynch officially became the 83rd Attorney General of the U.S. on Monday. “It’s about time this woman is being sworn in,” Vice President Joe Biden said Monday at Lynch’s ceremony. With her husband and father — who recently celebrated his 83rd birthday — by her side, Lynch took the oath of office to become the first African-American woman to hold the position. And despite the lengthy wait that defined her nomination process and led to harsh words from President Obama for congressional Republicans, Lynch came across as…
  • Meet the Critics of President Obama’s Trade Deal

    Alex Rogers
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Republicans in Congress are poised to give President Obama broad powers to cement a legacy-defining free trade deal with Pacific countries. Backed by major conservative and business groups, bills to grant the president fast-track authority passed through Republican-led House and Senate committees last week with enough Senate Democratic support for eventual passage, unless the bill changes dramatically on its way to a final vote or Republican support crumbles. Not every member of the GOP on Capitol Hill is gung ho about the idea. It’s unclear exactly how many, but estimates of GOP…
  • Clinton Foundation CEO Admits ‘We Made Mistakes’

    Sam Frizell
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    The Clinton family’s controversial charity foundation on Sunday defended its transparency and overall track record amidst growing scrutiny of its donors, even while conceding in a statement that it made “mistakes” in its operations. A soon-to-be-published book by conservative author Peter Schweizer claims that some foreign and corporate donors benefitted from special treatment by Hillary Clinton’s State Department after donating millions to the philanthropy, and attention has turned recently to misfiled tax forms. In a statement posted on the Clinton Foundation’s…
  • Jeb Bush Claims to Have Raised Record Funds

    Sam Frizell
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Jeb Bush, a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, told donors at a Miami fundraiser over the weekend that he believed his allies have raised more money in 100 days than any other modern political operation in his party. Citing unnamed sources who heard his remarks, the New York Times reports that Bush offered no specific figure but the total is expected to be in the “high tens of millions of dollars.” Though he has not officially announced his candidacy, the former Florida governor has a deep network of donors and is set to be a daunting contender in the…
 
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  • Italy looks to Milan Expo for taste of recovery

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Expo Milan 2015, the first world fair since Shanghai's groundbreaking event five years ago, opens its doors on Friday amid optimism that the six-month nutrition and gastronomy-themed fest will help lift the host country out of the economic doldrums. "We can say with great satisfaction that the Expo gamble has paid off," Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Monday, underlining the high hopes invested in an event expected to draw more than 20 million people to Italy's economic capital. With more than 50 countries hosting exhibitions in purpose-built national pavilions and a…
  • US, Japan widen defense ties in historic sea change

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway. Under the revised guidelines, Japan could come to the aid of US forces threatened by a third country or, for example, deploy minesweeper ships to a mission in the Middle East. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter revealed the new rules alongside Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Gen Nakatani after talks at a New York hotel. Although officials said the…
  • Filmmaker among 4 Americans killed on Everest

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:12 pm
    A documentary filmmaker from Colorado was among four Americans killed in a Mount Everest avalanche triggered by the earthquake that shook Nepal.
  • In US-Japan talks, China is the elephant in the room

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:11 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet on Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions will be the world leader not in the room — Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • Yemen crisis spills into new Iran-US nuclear talks

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    US top diplomat John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart Monday hoping to push forward tough nuclear negotiations as they reach the final phase, but also aiming to ease unrest in Yemen. The secretary of state huddled with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for the first time since they hammered out the groundbreaking parameters for a final deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions during marathon eight-day talks in Switzerland earlier this month. Since the talks under the aegis of the P5+1 group resumed in earnest in the fall of 2013, the US has insisted they are solely focused…
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    Political Irony

  • Anger Translator

    Iron Knee
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I loved the Key and Peele skit from a few years ago, but here’s a new version, this time starring the real Obama: It gets off to a slow start, but I loved the ending, so watch the whole thing. And if you never watched the original, click the link above. Related posts: Maybe we can harness the energy of anger? Misplaced Anger
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Yesterday Hillary Clinton made the big announcement we all knew was coming. She’s going to join the all-female cast of ‘Ghost Busters’.” – Conan O’Brien “Hillary Clinton is now driving from New York to Iowa. It’s been called the least-exciting spring break trip in history.” – Conan O’Brien “Marco Rubio announced he’s running for president. Fun fact: Marco Rubio’s wife is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader. In other words, she knows how to generate fake enthusiasm for someone who’s not going to…
  • We’re Number One!

    Iron Knee
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    This is a map showing incarceration rate (number of prisoners per 100,000 population). Note that it doesn’t even include all prisoners in the US — it leaves out prisoners in juvenile detention, prisoners held in US Territories (which I presume includes Guantanamo), jails contracted by the US Marshals Service, and jails in Indian country. Actually, the title of this post is ever so slightly wrong. There is one tiny country – so small and low in population that you might not have even heard about it – that has more prisoners per capita than we do. But if I announced that we are…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Yesterday President Obama traveled to Jamaica, where he will meet with students and Caribbean leaders. Jamaica’s such a beautiful place, Obama says he can’t wait to just take it all in, hold it for several seconds, and then exhale.” – Jimmy Fallon “In a recent interview, Michelle Obama said that the Secret Service taught Malia how to drive. In exchange, Malia taught the Secret Service how to throw a party when her parents are away.” – Conan O’Brien “In a new interview, the president discussed the upcoming election. He said that Hillary…
  • Guilty until proven Innocent?

    Iron Knee
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The Washington Post has a very scary article about the FBI forensic unit, the people like those we have all seen in movies who analyze hairs and other physical evidence to establish guilt or innocence. This kind of evidence is frequently used in capital cases, such as rape or murder. Unlike in the movies, the work that real FBI forensic unit workers have done is deeply flawed, and has sent many innocent people to prison for decades, or even to be executed. How big a scandal is this? A review of the cases shows that in a stunning 95% of cases so far reviewed, workers gave testimony that…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Challenging American Exceptionalism

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    President Barack Obama stood behind the podium and apologized for inadvertently killing two Western hostages - including one American - during a drone strike in Yemen. Obama said, "one of the things that sets America apart from many other nations, one of the things that makes us exceptional, is our willingness to confront squarely our imperfections and to learn from our mistakes." In his 2015 state of the union address, Obama described America as "exceptional." When he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, he said, "Some may disagree, but I believe that America is…
  • John Kerry Meets With Iran Foreign Minister As Senate Begins Debate On Nuclear Pact Review

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met at the residence of Iran's ambassador to the United Nations in New York for the first time since April 2, when world powers and Iran sealed a framework agreement that would limit Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon. They now have little…
  • Same-Sex Couples At Center Of Supreme Court Case Get Ready For Big Day

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:32 pm
    WASHINGTON -- A Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality is still months away, but there was an air of celebration Monday among the advocates, attorneys and couples who have been fighting for decades. On Tuesday morning, the court's nine justices will hear arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case expected to settle the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage. The dozens of plaintiffs hail from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Some are fighting to marry their loved ones in their home state. Others want their state to recognize their legal marriage…
  • Why The New York Times Is Naming Names In CIA Drone Story

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    NEW YORK –- The New York Times reported across the top of Sunday’s front page that Congress is doing little to oversee the CIA’s targeted killing program. In the process, the paper identified three high-ranking CIA officials with key roles in secret drone operations. The CIA asked the Times to withhold the names in its report, a request that executive editor Dean Baquet told The Huffington Post on Monday that he took seriously, but decided not to honor. Baquet said the officials are not undercover agents carrying out clandestine operations in the field, but rather figures with…
  • Why Europeans and Asian Communities Shake Their Heads at How Americans Choose a President

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Now that I'm back after some travels, I often wonder what my European and Asian friends will think of the upcoming 2016 Presidential race. On the Democratic side, they believe that Hillary Clinton appears to have the upper hand. However, somewhere out in Iowa, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is trying to build an insurgency to Clinton's left. On the Republican side, it appears that everybody under the sun is off and running, including moderates Jeb Bush, evangelicals like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, Tea Partiers like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Libertarians like Rand Paul. In…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • The First Rule For Interviewing An Anti-Gay "Hate Group"

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    On CBS' Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer accurately identified one of his guests as the president of an anti-gay "hate group," providing his audience with valuable context often missing from mainstream media interviews with anti-LGBT extremists.  On the April 26 edition of Face the Nation, Schieffer invited Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), and Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, to discuss this week's Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality. Scheiffer began the interview by noting that Perkins' group has been labeled an…
  • Fox Wonders If Muslim Faith Would Keep Military Veteran From Saluting The Flag

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Fox News echoed an unfounded suggestion that a black female Miami police officer who followed military service guidelines by standing at attention during the Pledge of Allegiance might be "Muslim," and therefore disloyal to the United States. On the April 27 edition of Fox & Friends, the hosts reported on a controversy in Miami over a police officer, Assistant Chief Anita Najiy, who did not put her hand over her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. Co-host Steve Doocy noted that military guidelines require that military personnel "stand at attention, remain silent, and face the…
  • Fox Personalities Blame Obama For Baltimore Violence

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and Fox News contributor Keith Ablow blamed President Obama and his administration for violence in the wake of the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, who died a week after suffering an unexplained injury while in the custody of Baltimore police officers. On April 19, 25-year-old Freddie Gray died of a reported spinal cord injury that he mysteriously suffered after being arrested on April 12 by police officers. After Gray's funeral on April 27, the governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency in Baltimore and activated the National Guard to respond to violence…
  • What The New York Times' Murdoch Alliance Means For 2016

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Just one month after Fox News' Bill O'Reilly brazenly threatened a New York Times reporter, warning her he'd go after her "with everything" he had if he didn't like the article she was writing about him, Times reporter Jo Becker happily cooperated with Fox News for its 60-minute special, The Tangled Clinton Web, which aired April 24. Based on the pending book Clinton Cash, which is being published by Rupert Murdoch's HarperCollins and heavily promoted by Murdoch's Fox News, Murdoch's Wall Street Journal and Murdoch's New York Post, The Tangled Clinton Web represented a mishmash of half-baked…
  • Shep Smith Rebukes Fox Hosts' Insistence On Blaming Civil Rights Community And Parents For Baltimore Violence

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    From the April 27 edition of Fox News' The Five:Previously: Seven Times Shep Smith Was Fox News' Voice Of Reason Watch: Shep Smith Rebuts Fox News' Rush To Judge Bowe Bergdahl Fox's Shep Smith Mocks Media Coverage Of Clinton Documents Release
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Meeting the Global Challenge of Children with Disabilities

    cesar chelala
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Between 500 and 600 million people worldwide are living with a disability. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 10% of children and youth in the world (about 200 million) have a disability. There are many causes of disabilities in children. These include genetic factors, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, and those affecting newborns. In addition, there are those conditions related to the different types of violence experienced by children, particularly in times of war. In young children, the deficiency of certain minerals such as iodine…
  • Obama Has Been Leading By Engaging

    Hamzah Hussain
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    By Anne Marie Slaughter, Times of Oman, Oman- In his first inaugural address, US President Barack Obama offered an invitation to the world's most closed countries. "We will extend a hand," he said, "if you are willing to unclench your fist." This statement encapsulated the foreign policy of "engagement" that he endorsed during his first term — an approach that, despite some shortcomings, has a lot of merit. From the beginning, however, the Obama administration has made clear that engagement is not an end in itself, but a means to various goals, both bilateral and regional. In Myanmar, the…
  • Why Surrogacy Has Nothing To Do With Same-Sex Marriage

    Hamzah Hussain
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    By Carol Coulter, The Irish Times, Ireland- Recent days have seen posters from those against marriage equality urging people to vote No to surrogacy. However, there is no evidence to link surrogacy to gay marriage. At the moment surrogacy is not legal in Ireland. Legislation to regulate it has been promised by the Government, but it is unlikely to be enacted before the election. It will then be up to the Oireachtas to restrict surrogacy in any way it chooses. Even where surrogacy is regulated, there is little reliable data on who is using it, who is providing it, and what ethical, legal and…
  • Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread, medicine run short

    Reuters: World News
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    ADEN (Reuters) - The humanitarian situation in Yemen has become catastrophic, the Red Cross said on Monday, as Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units for a second day, dashing hopes for a pause in fighting to let aid in.
  • Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief, many flee capital

    Reuters: World News
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    KATHMANDU, Nepal (Reuters) - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #682 | Poor Treatment

    TWiB.FM
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:31 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses the Freddie Gray funeral, the Baltimore uprising, Imani’s defection from feminism, Eddie Huang sticking his foot in his mouth, and Don Lemon to the rescue. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUMThe post #TWIBprime #682 | Poor Treatment…
  • Academic Shade #15: The Rogues Gallery

    TWiB.FM
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Dr. Butler discusses the Freddie Gray funeral, the flawed self-blaming narrative Black people sometimes create, the big Mayweather-Paquiao fight, and why Stephen A. Smith is … problematic. Featuring: Anthea Butler @antheabutler Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @AcademicShade: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]The post Academic Shade #15: The Rogues Gallery appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #681 | White Lies Black Truth

    TWiB.FM
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses our new Attorney General, David Petraeus sentenced for disclosing classified information, a Louisiana man arrested for sagging pants dying in his jail cell. a terrible reaction to Laverne Cox’s Allure cover, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Do you give a f***? Because #TeamBlackness is fresh out! Find out how you can help here: f***s.twib.me…
  • #HistoricalBlackness #23: Historical Beef

    TWiB.FM
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Dr. Kelley takes a look at the precedent previously set when historical figures have feuded in the wake of the MED article. Featuring: Dr. Blair Kelley @profblmkelley Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @HistoricalTWiB?: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE]The post #HistoricalBlackness #23: Historical Beef appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • Academic Shade #14: The Big Payback

    TWiB.FM
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    Dr. Butler, Elon, and Dr. Carl Hart discuss MED’s piece about Cornel West, the emotion tone of the article, the critiques surrounding the article, and what Cornel West will do going forward. Featuring: Anthea Butler @antheabutler Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @AcademicShade: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]The post Academic Shade #14: The Big Payback appeared first on #TWIBnation.
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    Wonkette

  • Pat Robertson: It’s Cool If Your Husband Gets Drunk And Blows That Guy Just The One Time

    Kaili Joy Gray
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Mark your calendars, kids, because today is one of those rare occasions when we are shocked and awed by scamster televangelist and occasional speed demon Pat Robertson. Usually, we find his half-cocked-and-mostly-senile word meanderings predictably amusing, but darn it if that silly fella doesn’t keep us on our toes, by sometimes saying things we would never have expected. Read more on Pat Robertson: It’s Cool If Your Husband Gets Drunk And Blows That Guy Just The One Time…
  • Now Rand Paul Wants Congress To Find Dirt On Hillary Clinton For Him

    Kaili Joy Gray
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    This is just getting sad. After promising A Big Reveal in the coming weeks about how the Clinton Foundation did Something Bad, only to beg the internet to try to find some Something Bad stuff and fax it to him please, now Rand Paul wants Congress to do his opposition research for him: Read more on Now Rand Paul Wants Congress To Find Dirt On Hillary Clinton For Him…
  • Creflo Dollar Knows Real Reason He Didn’t Get His Private Jet. Spoiler Alert: It’s Demons.

    Fare la Volpe
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Your favorite megachurch megalomaniac is back, y’all! And this time he’s tracked down the demonic powers who are keeping him from everlasting salvation and also too maybe a private luxury jet. Read more on Creflo Dollar Knows Real Reason He Didn’t Get His Private Jet. Spoiler Alert: It’s Demons….
  • George W. Bush Emerges From Spider Hole To Trash-Talk Obama’s Middle East Strategy. Really.

    Kaili Joy Gray
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    Ever since leaving the White House, the worst president in America’s history has mostly kept his stumbling idiot wordhole shut, because he is a man of integrity, and he would never stoop so low as to criticize President Obama, as he explained in 2009: Read more on George W. Bush Emerges From Spider Hole To Trash-Talk Obama’s Middle East Strategy. Really….
  • Loretta Lynch Is Finally Your New Attorney General, IMPEACH!

    Kaili Joy Gray
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Well, that wasn’t so hard! After waiting for a nearly record-setting 166 days to be confirmed, Loretta Lynch was finally sworn in as U.S. Attorney General by Vice President Joe Biden, who presumably saved his congratulatory groping for after the ceremony. Read more on Loretta Lynch Is Finally Your New Attorney General, IMPEACH!…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Boycott. I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake. I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with [Ted] Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of […] Read this post »
  • Baltimore ends day with burning church senior center, Hero mom delivers slap heard ’round the news

    Mary Katharine Ham
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Terrible. The fire in East Baltimore. Dozens of people out here crying and in disbelief: "This is our church!" pic.twitter.com/2DTf1m7sia — Yvonne Wenger (@yvonnewenger) April 28, 2015 CNN reports the senior center was newly built, part of Baltimore’s Southern Baptist church. That massive fire in Baltimore confirmed by CNN reporter as a Southern Baptist Church's […] Read this post »
  • Rand Paul: Let’s face it, it was a mistake to topple Saddam Hussein

    Allahpundit
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “I’m worried [Iran] is twice as strong as it was before the Iraq War.” Interesting, not because it’s a surprise that Ron Paul’s son feels this way — remember this? — but because this is a subject that every Republican in the field, Rand included, would probably prefer to avoid during the primaries. Or am I wrong about that? Could this be a smart play for Paul, especially given […] Read this post »
  • By the way, Hillary has answered…seven media questions since announcing White House run

    Guy Benson
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:41 pm
    "We have lots of time to talk later." Hillary Clinton has been an official candidate for the presidency of the United States for 16 days. Over that span, according National Journal’s tally, she has answered precisely seven questions from the media.  Total.   Pay special attention to her “answers:” Question 1: “Secretary Clinton, your reaction please to these book allegations? Did foreign entities receive any […] Read this post »
  • Report: The six-figure link between the Clintons and Goldman Sachs

    Noah Rothman
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Inauthentic. Writing in Mother Jones on Monday, the liberal columnist Jonathan Chait has some bad news for Republicans: Attacks on Clinton’s populist credentials are, he reveals, doomed to failure. Pay no mind to the fact that a variety of Wall Street veterans have gone on the record confessing that they care little for Clinton’s base-assuaging progressive […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

    Peter Overby
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential run, her family's foundation has been scrutinized. The Clintons responded, calling it the most transparent organization of its kind. But is that true?» E-Mail This
  • 3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

    Mara Liasson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    The Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex-marriage bans Tuesday. And even though Republicans are the traditional-marriage party, they just could welcome a pro-same-sex marriage ruling.» E-Mail This
  • U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

    Jackie Northam
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The updated 18-year-old guidelines reflect concern over China's growing influence and North Korea's nuclear capability. They also call for Japan to take a more active role in the Asia Pacific region.» E-Mail This
  • President Obama Relaxed Drone Rules For CIA Operations In Pakistan

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    In 2013, President Obama tightened rules for drone strikes in order to reduce civilian casualties. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Wall Street Journal correspondent Adam Entous who learned that the president secretly waived the new rules for CIA operations in Pakistan.» E-Mail This
  • Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

    Krishnadev Calamur
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Lynch's nomination was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, five months after President Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder.» E-Mail This
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Insurance Tips For A Secure Future

    Randy
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    TIP! If you have a small business, make sure you have all of your options covered. Most policies cover you for a wide range of risks, but if you have a certain type of risk that is not covered in that policy, you should look elsewhere or consider adding on another insurance policy that covers that specifically. From medical and car insurance to homeowners, dental, vision and even life insurance, there are a wide range of insurances available. Read this article to find out more about different types of insurance, and learn how to select the best policies. TIP! Before buying an insurance…
  • The Best Advice Around For Home Businesses

    Randy
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    TIP! You should always be willing to take extra steps to leave your customers with a positive impression. For example, you could include a free gift with their order to show them that you value their business. Being your own boss and owning your own business is something many people dream of. Learn as much as you can to achieve a great level of success. Use the tips contained in this article to help make your home business profitable and efficient. TIP! It is important to take breaks when running a home business, but don’t let these breaks distract you for long. Don’t engage in…
  • How To Keep Your Shirt In The Stock Market

    Randy
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    TIP! If you invest using the stock market, it is a good idea to keep it simple. Keep all your investment activities simple so that you don’t take unnecessary risks in the market. It is possible to generate real profit by making use of the stock market. That being said, you won’t be successful unless you have the correct knowledge. This article will give you some great advice so you can earn a solid profit from your investments. TIP! Maintain realistic expectations for your stock investments portfolio. There is no such thing as overnight success with the stock market if you follow…
  • Read This Advice Before Searching For Your Home

    Randy
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    TIP! When you are negotiating the price of real estate, it is best to have a moderate approach. Many people want to be aggressive and get the best deal, and they wind up shooting themselves in the foot. Purchasing a piece of real estate can be a large decision, particularly if a buyer is new to the process. Committing so much money can be a huge stress in your life. The tips in the article below can help you succeed in real estate, and give you peace of mind. TIP! Look for a new home that has enough room if you plan on starting a family or already have children. There are safety issues, too,…
  • Save Money When Selecting Insurance With These Suggestions

    Randy
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    TIP! Explain exactly what happened to help your insurance take care of your claim. Make sure you take pictures of any damages. Lots of various kinds of insurance exists, ranging from life, car, dental, vision, medical, and home owners, and more. If you want a little advice that can help you understand insurance, shop for it wisely, and use it effectively, take a look at these handy tips. TIP! As you seek out an insurance policy, take the time to see what kind of insurance information your state provides. If you do this, you will know how much insurance should cost you. Make sure to stay…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Amos Snead Launches Bryant Row

    The Editors
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    We started FamousDC to talk about the awesome things all of you are doing in Washington, D.C. Well, every now and then one of our own goes out and does something incredible. Please join us in congratulating FamousDC co-founder, Amos Snead, on the launch of Bryant Row, LLC, a strategic public affairs firm focused on […] The post Amos Snead Launches Bryant Row appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Scene from Metro Confirms Faith in Humanity

    fdc
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    The Washington Post reported on something that could have been a terrible accident but that actually turned out to be a story of anonymous heroism. A man in a wheelchair rolled off the platform and onto the tracks at the U Street Metro station Tuesday afternoon, and was rescued by two brave bystanders. Surveillance footage […] The post Scene from Metro Confirms Faith in Humanity appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Famous Friday Round Up   ROUNDUP PRESENTED BY The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Walked down the beer aisle recently? How do labels from all around the country and the world make it to your local store shelf or beer menu? The answer is America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors. Check out NBWA’s new mobile-friendly […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Every Female Hill Staffer’s Fear: Lobbyists Who Hug

    fdc
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    While we all know it is not unusual for some male lobbyists to lack serious boundaries with female Hill staffers, there is a growing trend among K Streeters that seems to circumvent professionalism…and enraged me enough to delay writing a constituent letter or two, and write this. In the past two weeks, I have been hugged […] The post Every Female Hill Staffer’s Fear: Lobbyists Who Hug appeared first on FamousDC.
  • “What Not To Write,” or, Lessons from Rolling Stone

    fdc
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Tomorrow at 2PM EST, the National Press Foundation is hosting a live webinar on the topic of what  can be learned from the infamous UVA rape story that was published to much fanfare and almost immediately discredited and taken down. The NPF will dive into the story with a top media critic and the author […] The post “What Not To Write,” or, Lessons from Rolling Stone appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • The John Bates Clark Medal goes to Roland Fryer

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    ON APRIL 24th the American Economic Association (AEA) announced that it would award this year's John Bates Clark Medal to Roland Fryer (pictured) of Harvard University. The professional body for academic economists gives out the prize each year to the "American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge". This year's prize was given to Mr Fryer, a 37-year-old, for his innovative work on economics, education and racial inequality. As the AEA notes on its website:His innovative and creative research…
  • Watch and wait

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    THE launch of the new Apple Watch has unsurprisingly attracted the attention of travel-service providers. But those assuming there has been a stampede by airlines and hotel groups to rush out tailored programs would be wrong. Barely more than half a dozen travel apps were announced after the watch’s launch in March. Although that number has now doubled, plenty of notable travel firms remain absent. Some are working on it. Others are watching and waiting.The current crop of Apple Watch travel apps can be split into two areas. The first is logistics: those which purport to smooth…
  • The great disconnect

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    THE NASDAQ may have passed its record high, although like London's FTSE 100 it took its time about doing so; 15 years, to be precise. So much for the mantra that shares are always the best long-term investment; Japan's Nikkei 225 just celebrated its achievement in reaching 20,000, just over half its 1989 peak.Share are being propped up by the lack of decent alternatives; investors think bonds are overvalued and cash yields zero, or less. They may also worry that shares are overvalued, but while monetary policy remains supportive, they are not worrying too much.But what is the value of a…
  • Unwound

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:27 am
    ON THE eve of Valentine’s Day last year Comcast announced its intention to enter a surprise union with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Together the two firms were to form the largest cable company in America. But not everyone loves a power couple. This newspaper was early to point out that the $45 billion deal would give Comcast too much market dominance, particularly when it comes to internet delivery. According to Moffett Nathanson, a research firm, the combined firm would have controlled around 30% of the national pay-television market and 40% of high-speed broadband—even after it had…
  • On the edge of Grexit, trade and scrip tease

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Greece: On the Gredge (Leaders)Greece and the markets: Hellenic bruises (Finance)The politics of trade: Fighting the secret plot to make the world richer (United States)And don't forget to take a glance at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at the feasibility of using scrip currency.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Nobel Laureates Call on "Militaristic" United States to Renew Pledge to Protect Human Rights

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    As we broadcast from the World Forum at The Hague, a statue has just been dedicated to Dutch suffragist Dr. Aletta Jacobs, who 100 years ago organized an extraordinary meeting known as the International Congress of Women that took place as World War I raged across the globe. We are joined by three women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize and are gathered to mark the anniversary and discuss how to build peace in the future. Mairead Maguire was awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for her actions to help end the deep ethnic and political conflict in her native Northern Ireland. Leymah Gbowee…
  • Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Launches Campaign to Stop Killer Robots After Winning Ban on Landmines

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    In 1997 Jody Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 2013 she helped launch the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. "Who is accountable? Is it the man who programmed it? Is it Lockheed Martin, who built it?" Williams asks in an interview at The Hague, where she has joined 1,000 female peace activists gathered to mark the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Williams notes how some "spider-like" robots that spray tear gas are now used for crowd control, but could be stopped before…
  • Liberian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee: How a Sex Strike Propelled Men to Refuse War

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    Liberian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, one of the 1,000 female peace activists gathered to mark the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, recalls her work in leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. "We were constantly trying to imagine strategies that would be effective," Gbowee says. "The men in our society were really not taking a stance. … We decided to do a sex strike to kind of propel these silent men into action." Gbowee notes the idea for the strike came…
  • No to Violence, Yes to Dialogue: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire on Path to Peace Today

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    We broadcast live from The Hague, where over 1,000 female peace activists gathered from around the world 100 years ago this week to call for an end to war. The extraordinary meeting, known as the International Congress of Women, took place as World War I raged across the globe. Today, as wars rage on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and other countries, women from around the world have gathered again in The Hague to call for peace and to mark the 100th anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. In a Democracy Now! exclusive, we speak with three Nobel…
  • Headlines for April 27, 2015

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nepal: Toll from Worst Earthquake in 80 Years Nears 4,000Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Resumes Airstrikes in Sana'aIsrael Launches Airstrike on Syrian BorderMaryland: Freddie Gray to Be Laid to RestNew York: Police Kill Mentally Ill African-American ManBurundi: 5 Killed amid Protests over President's Re-election BidIndonesia Poised to Execute 10 Prisoners for Drug CrimesNew York: Parents of 43 Missing Mexican Students March to U.N.Uruguay: Former Guantánamo Prisoners Protest Outside U.S. EmbassyJapan: Man Admits Flying Radioactive Drone as Anti-Nuclear ProtestPakistan: Leading…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Baltimore Under Siege

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Just under ten days ago, a 25 year old man in Baltimore died after being taken into custody by police for reasons that still haven’t been made clear. What has been even less clear to date have been the circumstances of his death, which resulted from a broken neck and possibly other injuries that he sustained some time after being taken into custody but after he was out of the view of the cameras that recorded his initial encounter with police. There have been protests in Baltimore virtually from the day that Gray’s death became public and, on Saturday they became violent enough…
  • Once Again, It’s The Eve Of History At The Supreme Court

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:57 am
    By this time tomorrow, we should have at least some idea how the arguments regarding the challenges to bans on same-sex marriage in four states — Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee — went for both sides of the issue, thanks to the fact that both the transcript of the argument and the audio of the proceedings will be released, according to the Clerk’s office, as early as possible after the arguments themselves have concluded. From that point forward, until what will likely be the last day of the current Supreme Court term when the Court’s opinion in this issue is…
  • George W. Bush Attacks Obama On Foreign Policy

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    For the most part, former President George W. Bush has followed the example set by his father and remained quiet regarding the policy decisions made by his successor in office, something that has set him apart from the rest of his part and, of course, his brother, who is now in the process of running to succeed President Obama. That came to an end over the weekend, though, when President Bush apparently decided to open up on the sitting President at a private event in Las Vegas: In a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors on Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his…
  • Kazakhstan Overwhelmingly “Re-Elects” Nursultan Nazrabayev

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Nursultan Nazarbayev has been the leader of Kazakhstan since it became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991, and before that he had served in pretty much every high-level position in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic dating back to 1984. This weekend, he was overwhelmingly “elected” to his fifth term in office: Election officials in Kazakhstan announced on Monday that voters had re-elected an incumbent who has governed the country since the Soviet Union collapsed, in an election that only ever had one likely winner. Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, 74, won his fifth successive…
  • OTB Caption Contest

    Rodney Dill
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett) 21/26 Winners for this contest will be announced next weekend.
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Native American Actors on Adam Sandler Film Told to Leave ‘if Overly Sensitive’

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    In a cellphone video taken on the set of “The Ridiculous Six,” actors complain about “disrespectful” jokes targeting Native Americans. Related Entries April 26, 2015 Shocking News December 12, 2014 Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print
  • Congress Intercepts Iran Deal Gyrocopter

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    By RJ Matson, Roll Call, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries April 26, 2015 Shocking News December 12, 2014 Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print
  • Florida Medicaid Expansion

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    By Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com Related Entries April 26, 2015 Shocking News December 12, 2014 Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print
  • Bruce Jenner

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    By David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries April 26, 2015 Shocking News December 12, 2014 Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print
  • Writers’ PEN Protest Reignites Charlie Hebdo Debate

    editor@truthdig.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Valentina Calà (CC BY 2.0) In a move that’s sparked renewed debate over Charlie Hebdo, six novelists have withdrawn as hosts of a PEN American Center event, saying they took the action to protest against PEN’s annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award being given to the controversial French publication. PEN announced Sunday that the writers, who include Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje and Francine Prose, were offended by the French satirical newspaper’s depictions of Muslims and “the disenfranchised generally.” Quoted in The New York Times, Carey said in reference to the January…
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    ThinkProgress

  • The Powerful Scene On The Streets Of Baltimore Monday Night That No One Is Talking About

    Judd Legum
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    CREDIT: WBAL Screenshot Violent rioting erupted on the streets of Baltimore on Monday, the day that a 25-year-old man who was killed while in police custody, Freddie Gray, was laid to rest. Cars were burned, more than a dozen police were injured and people raided stores across the city. The Governor of Maryland declared a State Of Emergency, the Mayor of Baltimore imposed a curfew and the Maryland National Gaurd was sent to patrol the streets. But chaos and violence were not the only things happening on the streets of Baltimore. Hundreds of Baltimore clergy linked arms and took to the streets…
  • How To Run For President And Win 98 Percent Of The Vote

    Justin Salhani
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:56 pm
  • Maryland Police Union President Says He’s Never Heard Of ‘Rough Rides’

    Kira Lerner
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Demonstrators protest in the streets as they march for Freddie Gray to Baltimore’s City Hall, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Protests escalated in Baltimore on Saturday over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a serious spinal cord injury while in police custody. The mysterious injury raised suspicions that he was taken on a “rough ride,” in which officers deliberately drive erratically to injure unbuckled and handcuffed passengers. But the…
  • Skype Calls To And From Nepal Now Free In Earthquake Aftermath

    Lauren C. Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Skype calls to and from mobile and landline phones in Nepal are now free to make so earthquake victims and their families can reach one another, the Microsoft company announced Monday. “Since no one knows the full extent of the devastation, we want to help provide people with alternative methods of communication to reach friends and family in the region during this difficult time,” Skype wrote in a blog post Monday. Microsoft’s effort is the latest move from U.S. tech companies to help Nepalese affected by the 7.8 earthquake over the weekend as the death…
  • When Police Indifference Is As Deadly As Police Brutality

    Nicole Flatow
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Protests in Baltimore on Saturday, April 25. CREDIT: AP Photo/Alex Brandon Freddie Gray’s death may have been different. It’s still unclear just what happened to him between the time he was stopped by police and the moment he sustained a fatal spinal cord injury 45 minutes later. But what we do know is that officers dragged him violently to their police car, as bystanders can be heard to say on a cell phone video “that boy’s legs look broke. His leg’s broke and y’all are dragging him like that.” Ultimately, despite his apparent medical distress,…
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  • The Riots of ’68

    Leon Neyfakh
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    As smoke continues to rise above Baltimore, some are wondering whether the day’s events will prove as devastating to the city as the long and deadly riot that engulfed it in the spring of 1968. That uprising, which cost six people their lives, injured 700, and destroyed about 1,000 small businesses, was initially set off by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Not unlike the chaos we’ve seen Monday night, it began as a peaceful demonstration, and grew into something much more dangerous on the night of Saturday, April 6th, after a few fires were set, some windows were broken, and an…
  • Photos of Protest, Violence, Anger, and Fire in Baltimore  

    Lisa Larson-Walker
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:02 pm
  • Spooning With Dan Pashman

    Mike Pesca
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Listen to Episode 244 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • A Smorgasbord of Excuses

    Seth Stevenson
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    BOSTON—On Monday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team launched the case for not killing their client. How will they convince jurors to spare the defendant? With simultaneous appeals to their capacities for mercy and for vengeance, it appears.
  • A Free Kick In

    Mark Joseph Stern
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    In the eyes of the law, Michael Kingsley was an innocent man. Although he had been arrested in April of 2010, Kingsley had been convicted of no crime. He was awaiting trial at a small county jail when the guards came to his cell and demanded he remove a sheet of paper covering a light. Kingsley refused, insisting that someone else covered the light. So the officers moved him to a new cell, placed him face down on a cement bunk, and crowded around him, blocking the cell’s only camera. Then, later claiming that Kingsley resisted the removal of his handcuffs, the officers shocked him with a…
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Here's What the Nepalese Earthquake Devastation Looks Like From a Drone

    Edwin Rios
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Over the weekend, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks wiped out buildings, infrastructure, and historic sites in Nepal, killing more than 4,000 people, injuring thousands more, and leaving tens of thousands homeless. As fatalities continue to rise after the worst earthquake to hit the country in more than 80 years, the Wall Street Journal reports that the disaster could cost the country $5 billion to rebuild over the next five years. So far, rescue teams have struggled to reach remote villages, and news orgs are having a hard time getting reporters into the country. This…
  • Here's How Elizabeth Warren Is Holding Clinton's "Feet to the Fire" on Liberal Policies

    Inae Oh
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) may have officially ruled out a bid for the White House, but she might as well be a shadow candidate. That's according to a report by Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker today, which describes the Massachusetts senator and her advisers working in the background to ensure Warren's populist agenda is embedded into Hillary Clinton's campaign. Judging by Clinton's recent embrace of a number of key Warren issues, the strategy seems to be working pretty well—and Warren's team appears to know it. In the New Yorker today: One of Warren’s advisers believes that if…
  • Ted Cruz's Princeton Years Included Jokes About a Woman's Hymen

    Inae Oh
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    During his days as a member of Princeton University's debate team, Ted Cruz earned a reputation as a spirited orator. But when an opponent would try to poke fun at him, Cruz's rhetorical skills couldn't compensate for his complete lack of a sense of humor. According to a story in the Times today, the situation would get even worse when he actually tried to be funny himself: Mr. Cruz’s own attempts at humor sometimes missed the mark. In one debate, he proposed a method to detect infidelity, in which God should "give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a…
  • Former Walker Aide Blasts Walker for Immigration Flip-Flop

    Sam Brodey
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Liz Mair, the GOP operative who resigned from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign-in-waiting after a day on the job, is in campaign mode again—and this time, she's targeting her former boss. On Tuesday morning, Mair sent an email detailing Walker's "Olympic-quality flip-flop" on the issue of immigration. On Monday, Breitbart reported that Walker is the only declared or likely GOP candidate so far to support rolling back legal immigration to the United States, including for highly skilled workers. In her email, Mair pointed out that, historically, Walker has hardly been an immigration…
  • Here's What You Need to Know About the Trade Deal Dividing the Left

    Gabrielle Canon
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Senior lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would let the Obama Administration keep negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pact that could be the most far-reaching free trade agreement in American history. Now in its fifth year of negotiations, the TPP is intended to bolster free trade among 12 participating countries and set the tone for future trade deals. Getting it done before campaign politics interfere hinges on the passage of the new legislation, a Trade Promotion Authority bill (a.k.a. "fast track") that limits congressional participation to a up/down…
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  • Jon Stewart Rips CNN For Covering WHCD During Baltimore Protests

    Heather
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    The Daily Show's Jon Stewart laid into CNN this Monday for telling their audience they could find out about the Baltimore protests on Twitter rather than interrupt their blathering about the White House Correspondents' Dinner. CNN took a great deal of heat on Saturday evening for going all-out in its White House Correspondents’ Dinner coverage at the expense of ongoing protests in Baltimore. [...] “Once again, Washington’s best and brightest stayed home as the rest of Washington got together to walk the red carpet and dish about the red carpet walk in their finest evening wear,”…
  • Open Thread - Stephen Hawking On Something Important

    Bluegal aka Fran
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Stephen Hawking answers a young lady's question about...One Direction. Hilarity ensues. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Afasi & Filthy

    Ryan Pressman
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I have no idea what he's saying, but I sure do like the sound of it. I'm no expert on Swedish hip hop, but these guys have been around long enough to the point where they've put together a pretty good sound. Afasi & Filthy have since split up, but they each have their own projects in the form of Maskinen and Filthy's career as a music producer. However, they left enough material behind to satisfy any new fans of Swedish hip hop. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Oath Keepers Come Out To Heckle Oregon Residents Who Want Armed Gathering To Disband

    David Neiwert
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    [Cross-posted at Hatewatch.] Perturbed by the influx of armed militiamen bristling with guns and angry rhetoric into their normally quiet little town, residents of rural Josephine County, Oregon, are fighting back, asking the assorted “Oath Keepers” and other “Patriots” who have arrived recently to ostensibly defend a local miner to pack their bags and leave. As if to prove their point, a number of Oath Keepers showed up on the scene last week and heckled local residents, intimidating them into retreating through the courthouse where they had stood to hold a news conference on Friday.
  • LIVE STREAM: #FreddieGray Protests Turn Violent

    Karoli
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:02 pm
    [live stream via NBC Philadelphia] This is an update to Susie's earlier post on the Freddie Gray protests going on in Baltimore after police apparently threw rocks at protesters and protesters threw them back. Conor Friedersdorf: What's crucial to understand, as Baltimore residents take to the streets in long-simmering frustration, is that their general grievances are valid regardless of how this case plays out. For as in Ferguson, where residents suffered through years of misconduct so egregious that most Americans could scarcely conceive of what was going on, the people of Baltimore are…
 
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  • Justices Set to Grapple With Gay-Marriage Question

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in one of the most direct constitutional issues to cross its docket in recent memory, involving no convoluted policy questions or detailed volumes of precedent.
  • Congress Pressed on Baby-Formula Vouchers

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    The food-assistance program known as WIC is up for renewal in Congress this year, and the biggest maker of baby formula would like to change some eligibility requirements.
  • Violence Erupts in Baltimore After Freddie Gray Funeral

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Riots, looting and violent unrest engulfed swaths of Baltimore after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.
  • U.S., Japan Announce New Security Agreement

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:22 pm
    The U.S. and Japan unveiled a new defense agreement aimed at overhauling the two countries’ security arrangements.
  • Obama Presses Case for Asia Trade Deal

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:46 pm
    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Obama warns that China would step into the economic vacuum if the U.S. fails to complete and enact a proposed free-trade deal with Asia.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Will the Feds Take-Down Alternative Medicine?

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The FDA has been on a crusade against natural medicine that has spanned decades. Their skepticism and perhaps disdain for natural medicine could simply be because at the moment, they are untouchable. In 1938, a U.S. senator (and homeopath) named Royal Copeland passed a law classifying homeopathic treatments as drugs. Since then, these products are deemed wholly natural and cannot be patented or regulated in any way, thus acting as a thorn in side for the FDA. In fact, under the law, the FDA is required to regulate homeopathic remedies as drugs, but at the same time acknowledges that…
  • Order Without Law

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    US Marshal Dee Harkey at 92-years old The western is the great drama of man in nature. The frontier reveals man’s true character, stripped of state and civilization, for better or worse. Over the decades, Hollywood screenwriters have influenced our view of the old West. Current perceptions owe more to 1950s westerns than actual history. Watching those old movies, it seems there was a lynch mob in every town, murderous gangs constantly preying on helpless pioneers. Only the cavalry or lawman could impose order on frontier chaos. As Ryan McMaken notes in his excellent Commie Cowboys,…
  • From the Fall of Saigon to the Death of the Empire

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly — and it won’t be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission. Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall,” while managing to absolve us of our primary responsibility for creating the…
  • Thanks, Armed Civilians

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    California - -(Ammoland.com)- I mentioned that gun owners are now considered mainstream in most of America.  Yes, gun owners have finally archived.. ordinary.  Yawn.  Measured across the nation, about one in eight adults have a concealed carry permit.  More than a third of American families admit they have guns at home.  This is significant because criminals act differently when citizens are armed.  My neighbor who carries is obviously able to protect herself, but she makes the rest of us safer as well.  This is more than theory.  We have experience to prove it. This is how the theory…
  • Will California Die of Thirst?

    Walter E. Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. Headlines read: “Current California Drought Is Driest In State’s History; Scientists Fear ‘Megadroughts’ On Their Way.” “Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought.” Then there are scientific claims such as, “There’s a rapidly growing body of scientific research finding that California is in the midst of its worst drought in over a millennium (and) global warming has made the drought worse.” A Stanford University study said, “Human-caused climate…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Landrieu Won’t Run for Governor

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) officially ruled out a run for governor in the October election, saying Monday his focus remains on his home city, the AP reports.
  • Aggressive Effort Underway to Recruit Elizabeth Warren

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The New York Observer “has obtained private email correspondence among a small group of Democratic insiders that reveals a plan to recruit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.” “The email, sent by Niko Elmaleh to a group that includes Andy Tobias, who has been the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee since Bill Clinton was president, and Jim Dean, the chairman of the nation’s largest political action committee, Burlington, Vt.-based Democracy for America.”
  • Walker Plan Cedes Early Momentum to Bush

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Gov. Scott Walker (R) “has put campaign plans in motion that cede early momentum to his chief rival, Jeb Bush, in favor of beating Mr. Bush and other opponents with a long-game strategy designed to achieve financial and political success next winter,” the New York Times reports. “The strategy, described in interviews with advisers and donors to Mr. Walker, is an acknowledgment that despite leading in some early polls and earning praise from party kingmakers, Mr. Walker faces serious obstacles — money, readiness, stature — to becoming his party’s standard-bearer……
  • Cuomo Suggests He’ll Run for Third Term

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “signaled that he intends to run for a third term in 2018,” Bloomberg reports. Said Cuomo: “We are in the midst of a phenomenal transformation in the state of New York. There’s nothing else that I would rather do than what I’m doing. I plan to stay as long as the people will have me.”
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    “I don’t think you need to spend $1 billion to be elected president of the United States in 2016. I don’t think it’s necessary if you run the right kind of campaign, you don’t need to have these massive amounts of money to spend.” — Jeb Bush, quoted by Bloomberg.
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Labour to pledge immigration action

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    A Labour government will set out the action it intends to take on immigration within 100 days of assuming office, Ed Miliband to say.
  • Plaid call for 'truly national NHS'

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Plaid Cymru pledges to end the postcode lottery that it says patients in Wales can face in getting new medicines on the NHS.
  • Bank fines to 'fund apprenticeships'

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Tories will use fines imposed on Deutsche Bank for its involvement in Libor rate-fixing to fund 50,000 apprenticeships, David Cameron will say.
  • Pensions to feature on campaign trail

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson will say that her party will protect pensions with a "triple lock" as campaigning continues ahead of 7 May.
  • Is the IFS right about the SNP?

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Institute for Fiscal Studies has come under attack from the SNP over its assessment of its policies, but has the think-tank got it right?
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Video: Protestors Clash With Police as Baltimore Demonstrations Turn Violent

    Sam Brodey
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Update, Monday, April 27, 7:35 pm ET: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has declared a "state of emergency" in Baltimore. Clashes between Baltimore Police and protesters turned violent Monday afternoon following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black Baltimore resident who died in police custody earlier this month. Baltimore Police say that at least seven officers were wounded when groups of people, mostly young men, began throwing bricks and other objects at officers. Officers have responded with tear gas and pepper balls. Drug stores and other businesses, primarily in Northwest…
  • America Officially Lost the Vietnam War 40 Years Ago This Week

    Christian Appy
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it's a pretty safe bet that they will end badly—and it won't be the first time. The "fall of Saigon" in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we've since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission. Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the "fall," while managing to absolve us of our primary…
  • Book Review: "Bringing Down Gaddafi" by Andrei Netto

    Bryan Schatz
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bringing Down Gaddafi By Andrei Netto PALGRAVE MACMILLAN Andrei Netto snuck into Libya in 2011, during the heady days of the Arab Spring, and found rebels of "noble, almost poetic aspirations." He stayed long enough to see the revolution's moral downfall, culminating in the execution of deposed dictator Moammar Gaddafi. This riveting account is a tale of mercenaries and freedom fighters, corrupt politicians, and war crimes on all sides. But Netto also highlights the humanity of the civilians caught in the middle, and their ongoing struggle for a stable and peaceful nation.
  • Pepsi Is Ditching One Fake Sweetener, But What About The Rest?

    Tom Philpott
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Alexei Vella Junk-food giant PepsiCo is preparing to make the biggest change to its Diet Pepsi brand in three decades, Bloomberg News reports: it's nixing the controversial low-calorie sweetener aspartame. In its place, Diet Pepsi will get its sweet jolt from a mix of sucralose and acesulfame potassium. The apparent reason for the shake-up: Diet Pepsi sales plunged 5.2 percent last year, Bloomberg noted. Rival Diet Coke fared even worse, enduring 6.6 percent drop in sales (though Coke is clinging fast to aspartame). What gives? Even with the recent consumer turn away from these…
  • This Video of the Moment the Avalanche Hit Everest Base Camp Is Terrifying

    James West
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    "The ground is shaking," a man's voice says, sounding incredulous. "Shit," he says, amid giggles of disbelief from others. Then, seconds later, the camera swings around to see something truly horrifying: a wall of snow and debris descending from all directions, about to engulf a collection of tents. The video was uploaded to a YouTube channel operated by Jost Kobusch, a German mountaineer attempting to climb Mount Everest, on Sunday. The title suggests that the footage captures one of the avalanches that struck Everest during the massive quake that hit Nepal on Saturday, killing more than…
 
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    * Patrick Healy and Nicholas Confessore have an interesting report from inside the Scott Walker campaign: He’s developing a long-view strategy premised on an acknowledgment that, despite what poll boomlets show, Jeb Bush is likely to be well-positioned as GOP frontrunner over the long haul. One interesting tidbit: Advisers said that Mr. Walker, conceding that […]
  • Is TPP trade deal a massive giveaway to major corporations? An exchange between Obama and Sherrod Brown

    Greg Sargent
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    One way to make sense of the bewilderingly complex debate over the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — which involves a dozen countries around the Pacific and could impact some 40 percent of U.S. trade — is to understand that there are a number of separate arguments about it proceeding on different tracks. There’s the […]
  • Back to basic facts in latest Hillary Clinton ‘scandal’ story

    Paul Waldman
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    The Clinton Foundation has now acknowledged mistakes in its accounting and has pledged greater transparency into its foreign donations, after the author of a forthcoming book on the foundation’s finances — and their alleged connections to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State — did a tour on the Sunday shows promoting his forthcoming revelations. […]
  • Morning Plum: The GOP plot to undermine Obama’s push for global climate deal

    Greg Sargent
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Who says the new GOP Congress isn’t interested in getting anything done? The Wall Street Journal reports that Senate Republicans are hard at work hatching a new strategy to accomplish a key piece of their agenda: Undermining President Obama’s chances of reaching an international deal in which major countries agree to curb climate emissions, by […]
  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Enjoy.  
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Iran Deal Parameters Reached

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Last Thursday, the US State Department released a set of parameters that will define the upcoming deal with Iran that will be finalized at the end of June.On first inspection, these parameters appear to be much more favorable to US interests than even I had hoped. If the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) resembles these parameters it will be a huge win for Israel, the USA and anyone else interested in reducing the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Firstly, the parameters make it impossible for Iran to utilize its existing nuclear infrastructure to construct…
  • "Corruption of Blood," and other Constitutional Sins

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I get lectured by conservative commenters all the time about how little regard I have for the Constitution. They assume that they love it more than I do, more than other Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives do. But beneath all that boasting, I've found they have a tendency to disregard the Constitution entirely when it suits them. We can start this discussion with this week's rather poor bit of conservative judgment, the open letter from the 47 Senate Republicans to Iran.The framers deliberately concentrated the power of foreign policy into the President's hands. Just as it rarely works out…
  • Selma: 50 Years Later

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    It's been a while since I was genuinely impressed by a politician's speech. President Obama's speech in Selma, Alabama is the most steadfast defense of American Exceptionalism that I have ever heard. I think it even surpasses Ronald Reagan's Farewell address, which has been a longtime favorite of mine. Clearly, it is intended was direct response to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's accusation that Obama does not love this great country. My life is very busy nowadays, I will not be available to respond to comments until Friday.
  • Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Why not call it Islamic Extremism, or talk about Radical Islam? Why does Obama choose his words so carefully on it? Republicans and Conservatives complain about it, thinking he's not confronting these people with robust enough terms. Yes, like they'll run scared if we use the right jargon. No, it's not about them. It's about the tens of millions of Muslims in the region.Here's the way I figure it: In Islam, you are supposed to defend the faith, and you are not supposed to make war against your fellow Muslims. Of course, like many groups of people in the world, they will come to blows from…
  • Starting From A Foundation

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    You don't have to know a lot to live in a world like ours. You just have to know a lot to build one like it. That is the paradox that lies at the center of our dilemma as an advanced civilization. There's so much knowledge, so much training needed to grasp it that it's beyond the ability of any one person to take it all in. Unfortunately, some are still trying to live as one could do that, as if we can just wing it in our world, and only work from our own personal experiences and beliefs.I was a genuine bookworm, back in the day. I carried around a backpack everyday filled with more than just…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Byron and Ted and Manhattan Scandals

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:10 am
    Ted Cruz cleaned up in the American Whig-Cliosophic Society's debating events. For those of us un-burnished by that aristocratic institution, it was founded by a few founding fathers or those near to the founding fathers and still operates at Princeton. Byron York of the Washington Examiner and still the proud owner of foppishly elegant hair, had graduated from the University of Alabama and from the University of Chicago with a master's degree by the time Ted was destroying his opponents over at the AW-CS in the early 90's. But Byron knows a thing or two about sniping. It's part of the craft…
  • Neville, Barack and Iran

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    It's getting hard not to start thinking about British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain waving that piece of paper as he stepped off the plane celebrating the Munich Agreement with Nazi Germany in 1938. In 2015, it will not be any mere piece of paper that Obama will wave however. It will be one massive check - or more likely an account notification - worth up to 50 billion dollars in unfrozen funds that will be waved discreetly at the Iranians who can then grab it and collect what for any nation, never mind a barely mid-level economy like Iran's, is a monstrous amount of money. Unless they…
  • How State Controls Spending on Stemware

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    $5 million on stemware - as in really nice glasses for all sorts of beverages - for US embassies is actually reasonable, if you consider that there are hundreds of embassies around the world. And one has to assume that breakage or missing-in-action drains the embassies' inventory of fine crystal and other fancy glass stemware. Over $26,000 for North Face parkas is, however, a little puzzling. Don't ambassadors get well paid and briefed on where they're going. As in the weather in Ulan Bator or Helsinki or Moscow? And don't their salaries and allowances generously cover expenses on an…
  • Why Ben Carson Chose Detroit

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Three days after May 1, Ben Carson will be giving a speech in Detroit and presumably announcing his run for the presidency. The ex-neurosurgeon and best-selling author is from Detroit, so it makes sense through the prism of storytelling. To return to the city that you grew up in to launch your presidential campaign is hardly surprising on the part of Ben Carson. But there is more than that one suspects in the good doctor's choice of location. For all the wrong reasons, Detroit has been notorious for decades now and in fact, Ben Carson's life, one of struggle and astonishing achievement,…
  • Corpocracy vs Inequality

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    An article in today's WaPo, America's Middle -aged Capitalism, While the article doesn't present any new information one can easily see how corpocracy and one of it's byproducts, inequality, has ramped up excessively.The writer presents the information in a tone that 'business is just doing what is good for business. I agree, that is a fair characterization for some companies. It's also true, that many corporations have a 'rape, pillage and burn' mentality when it comes to 'their' survival/growth. What with Citizens United, foreign campaign donations and the like, gov't plays an outsized…
 
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    The New Republic

  • Deal With It

    Danny Vinik
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    If you only casually follow politics, you probably don’t know much about Senator Patty Murray. She's rarely on TV or in the headlines. She’s not inclined to tear into her Republican colleagues or give floor speeches that go viral, like Senator Elizabeth Warren does. But Murray has become one of
  • Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor

    Rebecca Leber
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Over the course of this year, Pope Francis will ramp up his foray into the politically charged debate for action on climate change. It begins unofficially with Tuesday’s Vatican sum
  • What Loretta Lynch Must Do Now

    Jamil Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Loretta Lynch, who waited more than five months to be confirmed as U.S. attorney general, was finally sworn in late Monday morning. “Well, here we are!” she said with a smile, giving a rhetoric
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Is Putting Everyone Through Hell

    Petra Bartosiewicz
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    BOSTON, MA.—When a defendant stands trial for a crime that carries a possible penalty of death, what is the extra bar a jury must reach in order to decide that a lifetime of imprisonment is not enough? What damning facts must a prosecutor present, what heinousness of the crime and what painful det
  • America Has Not Reached a Transgender Tipping Point

    Eric Sasson
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Without a doubt, it was an extraordinary week for the transgender community. Model Andreja Pejic made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be profiled in Vogue. Laverne Co
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Whose–Or What’s–Turn Is It Now?

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Isn’t “the conventional wisdom” wonderful? No, no–not that “conventional wisdom.” That’s what the common folk would call “common sense.” I mean the considered opinion of the self-imagined elite, usually denizens of the Washington DC Beltway, or perhaps NYC or LA or thereabouts. Surely no flyover country bumpkins, those pathetic little people that lead meaningless, drab, unenlightened little lives out there, somewhere beyond the boundaries of civilization. People like that actually shop at WalMart or eat at McDonalds! Terrifying! The conventional wisdom to which I refer…
  • Kindergarten Corruption

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    photo credit: she knows.com A substantial element of any teacher’s rationale for being worthy of the public trust is that they, due to their education and experience, their humanity and their common sense, know what is and is not appropriate for their students—of any age. When teachers prove that the public’s trust is misplaced, they lose the argument against privatizing education, to say nothing of any claim to professional integrity. As education, at the mandate of legislatures and the federal government becomes more and more a money making windfall for Pearson and other…
  • English Teachers, And Other Dubious Characters

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    As regular readers know, my father recently died, and as I write this, I am one fitful sleep from driving 18 hours to attend the funeral, which will be held on Saturday, the 18th.  Because I’ll be traveling when I’m usually writing my weekly education article, I thought it appropriate to reprint this article, if for no reason other than to give Bookworm the credit and notice she so richly deserves.  I’ll be back with original articles next week. My favorite Bookworm has, once again, taken teachers of the mother tongue (no, English, not Latin) to task.  Blessedly, she has…
  • Rocky Mountain High

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Barack Obama, model for American youthcredit; news busters.org I learned to play the guitar in the late 60s, the days of marijuana, hippies, the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, the birth of the counterculture. “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” said the LSD marinated Harvard Professor Timothy Leary, and many took his advice. Particularly in rock musician’s circles, marijuana was common. Those that used it thought it made them soooo much more insightful and creative. In actuality it made them lazy, completely unreliable, and utterly destroyed their sense of meter and tempo. They…
  • Barack Obama: Messianic Murder

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    In ignoring the constitution, Barack Obama has not only violated the law, he has usurped the powers of the Congress, spat on the rule of law, and torn the fabric of the body politic. But most importantly, he has caused harms that radiate outward like concentric rings in a pool of water. There is no way to tell who will be damaged, when or where, but damaged they will be. By issuing a royal decree to ignore the immigration laws of the nation, Mr. Obama has prioritized the establishment of a permanent, voting Democrat majority of illegal aliens over national sovereignty, national security and…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    Jonah Goldberg sure can coin a phrase. The Clintons are like the Tudors of the Ozarks. They believe they are royalty, but they also understand that even monarchs need friends. The Clinton Foundation is the perfect vehicle for their ambition. Like the medieval Catholic Church, it blurs the lines between ideals and interests. On the one hand, it does yeoman’s work in the Church of Liberal Dogoodery, but it also provides a conduit for business interests, foreign governments, academics, activists, and journalists to gain access to the imperial court-in-waiting. Even if Hillary hadn’t…
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    Betsy Newmark
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    In my A.P. Government and Politics class, one of the themes that comes up throughout the year is whether political parties are becoming weaker, particularly in their ability to control who the nominee of the party will be whether for president or other down-ballot positions. If parties still decided things in back room deals, the Democrats would have chosen Hillary in 2008 without those pesky primaries. And disastrous candidates like Todd Akin, Sharron Angle, or Christine O'Donnell would never have seen the light of day. So think of the Democratic Party today. They have their desired…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    You might not have noticed it, but recently Congress has worked together in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish some things.Suddenly, Congress is actually doing things. Making compromises. Passing legislation. Confirming people.In short order, Congress has passed the "doc fix" to close a Medicare payment loophole that had been kicked down the road dozens of times, moved toward giving President Obama fast-track negotiation authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, scheduled a vote on the long-delayed confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general and, with it, struck a deal on legislation…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    The Obama administration once again chooses symbolic moves instead of substance as it pretends to support Saudi Arabia in Yemen but doesn't do enough to truly upset their new best friends in the region - the Iranians. The WSJ writes,Shortly after the Iranian revolution in 1979, Jimmy Carter dispatched two squadrons of F-15s to Saudi Arabia to reassure the Kingdom that America had its back. Only when the fighters were in mid-flight did the President announce they were unarmed. Mr. Carter wanted to send a signal of resolve—but not too much resolve.Here’s guessing the Saudis are experiencing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Well, this doesn't augur well for Obama's deal with Iran.nternational nuclear inspectors will be barred from all Iranian military sites under any deal with world powers, a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard said Sunday, setting up a possible standoff as negotiators try to reach a final deal.But, hey, all Obama cares about is getting a deal. There isn't any indication that Iran plans to abide by any of it. The deal is what matters, not the details.And why won't the White House insist on the release of Americans being held by Iran as part of their negotiations over arms? The fact that…
 
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  • Law Officer Who Protected Sheriff’s Buddy Forced Out Of Job

    David Robertson
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    “… deputies at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office raised concerns about Reserve Deputy Bob Bates’ training for years, but were intimidated to keep quiet.” -newson6.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Hurricane Force Winds In New Orleans Blow Train Off Track (Video)

    Kevin
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    WGNO reporter Jabari Thomas captured an amazing video this morning in New Orleans during a severe, hurricane force storm. Pulling out of a parking spot he captured video the strong winds blowing several moving train cars off of the Huey P. Long Bridge. Here’s the video: Amazingly no one was hurt. Source: WGNO
  • Please Support My Difficult Decision to Come Out as an African American

    Warner Todd Huston
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    First of all let me say that this isn’t an easy decision and I hope that everyone will support me in my time of need. That being said, I want to admit that growing up I always felt different from everyone else around me. Things always seemed so colorless to me and I was always aware that I felt darker than other boys. Now, at long last, I must admit the truth. I must stop living a lie. I must come out and admit that I was born an African American. Oh, sure, I “look” white. But so what? I
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Sarahconner2
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:51 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ brought about a deluge of great responses. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rick Adams) – ““I’m with stupid.” “I’m with stupid.”” 2) (Brian Brandt) – “To the left, to the left, to the left left left!” 3) (retired military) – “Meanwhile Putin wrestles a tiger with his bare hands.” 4) (Par4Course) – “But first a dance.” 5) (rodney dill) – “The Time Warp scene from…
  • Hypocrite Liberals Silent on Muslims Murder of Gays While Christian Cakes Raise Their Fury

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here is a fact: liberals and militant gays hate Christians more than they hate actual, real oppression of gays. This isn’t hyperbole, it is a foregone conclusion in light of the jihad that gays have launched for Christian bakeries while at the same time utterly ignoring the near daily murdering of gays in the Muslim world. Take the newest outrage, for instance. In ISIS controlled territories Islamists are going undercover as gays in order to identify gays to be murdered later. The story from International Business Times “ISIS is carrying out sting operations,” the news read,…
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  • Baltimore troubles we ignored

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Baltimore troubles we ignoredby digbyThe local press did their job. Nobody cared apparently:The city has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects. One hidden cost: The perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police...Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations. Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a…
  • It ain't Vegas

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It ain't Vegasby digbyI guess you can't call them a No-tell Motel:City police have arrested four people staying at the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard as a result of the hotel chain's agreement to provide police with a daily guest list, Mayor Scott Avedisian said Tuesday.The names of Motel 6 guests, which police then check for outstanding warrants, is one of five steps Motel 6 corporate managers agreed to take in response to a string of high-profile incidents and concerns the establishment was becoming a haven for passing criminals.The other measures listed in an agreement Motel 6 executives…
  • Accountability free politics

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Accountability free politicsby digbyJacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have written an epic piece for the American Prospect in which they look at the question of why Republicans don't pay for for their extremism. One little piece of it:Whatever the form of participation—voting, working for candidates, contributing to campaigns—the GOP base does more of it than any other group. At the same time, the ideological distance between the party’s most active voters and the rest of the party’s electorate is greater on the GOP side than the Democratic side. Democratic activists are moderate as well…
  • Right wing flights of fancy. (Yo journalists, this is a thing)

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Right wing flights of fancy. (Yo journalists, this is a thing)by digbyOk, so we have two excellent examples in the last few days of right wing operatives using the same rationale for mudslinging without proof: "I'm just asking questions, I'm not an investigator. The ball is in the media's court." And like the good little lapdogs they are too many members of the press go haring off chasing the ball. First example is, of course, "Clinton Cash" author Peter Shweizer:SCHWEIZER: No, we don’t have direct evidence. But it warrants further investigation because, again, George, this is part of the…
  • QOTD: Steny Hoyer

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    QOTD: Steny Hoyerby digby“I’m thankful to all of you for what you do because I think what you do is critically important to what I do and to what our people expect us to do, and that is to understand the issues that confront us and them and make the decisions that help them.”Was he talking to academic researchers? To his staff? To his fellow congressional representatives? No. He was talking to a group of lobbyists. .
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  • Pictures

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Here are pictures of riots.Baltimore.Northern Ireland.Surfers.  Charlie.
  • Late Night

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Rock on.
  • Evening Thread

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Somehow missed the afternoon.
  • Wanker of the Day

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Taegan Goddard.
  • The Age Of Celebrity

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    From the 90s through the Bush years there was a degree of celebritization of the DC press. The White House Correspondent's Dinner became the annual representation of that. Too often "the news" wasn't about the news, it was about the people providing the news. Even as journalists clung to their "objectivity," they (#notalljournalists) eagerly embraced their role as power brokers, an obviously contradictory position.For various reasons I think that era is fading. Not gone, quite, but fading. Mark Halperin is still with us, but I'm not sure anybody really cares.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: Big Shot

    CTuttle
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Billy Joel – Big Shot Billy will be playing his 32nd gig at Nassau… New York’s famed Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum will soon undergo a major renovation to update its facilities, but before that happens, it’ll get one final concert—from Billy Joel. Joel will play the coliseum on Aug. 4 for its final show before a year-long renovation that, at the moment, will see it reopen in December 2016, the singer announced via his website. The show will mark quite a bit of familiarity for those who have been attending concerts there in the past; the concert will mark Joel’s 32nd…
  • US Marshals Service Whistleblowers Allege Officials Use Freedom of Information Act to Retaliate Against Them

    Kevin Gosztola
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allegedly using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to retaliate against them for seeking to report systemic abuses of power. In a letter to the Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the Justice Department, Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote, that “many whistleblowers” have now “come forward in the last month” to provide information suggesting the Assets Forfeiture Division of the US…
  • What to Do if You Think You’re on the No-Fly List

    Peter Van Buren
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It has come to this. There is a self-help guides from the ACLU on what to do if you think you are on the U.S. government’s no-fly list. Oh, and the TSA says 99 percent of the people who contact them about no-fly have been denied boarding only because their names are similar to a real bad guy. In most applications, a 99 percent failure rate is cause for alarm for an organization. In America, it is cause for alarm for us. Background On September 10, 2001, there wasn’t any formal no-fly list, though the FBI held a folder of 16 names of suspicious flyers. Among the many changes pressed on a…
  • Defense Opening Statement for Tsarnaev in Penalty Phase as support for the death penalty drops to 15%

    Masoninblue
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    David Bruck gave the Opening Statement this morning for the defense in the penalty phase of the Tsarnaev trial.* He began by emphasizing that each juror must decide for himself or herself what the punishment should be. This is an “individual choice,” he said, not a group effort to arrive at consensus. As I’ve said before, this is a major difference from the way deliberations are conducted in the guilt phase. Anything short of unanimity is a verdict for life without possibility of parole; whereas, anything short of unanimity in the guilt phase would be a hung jury. The…
  • Podcast: Questions That Should Be Answered About FBI’s Conduct Before & After Boston Bombings

    Kevin Gosztola
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Surveillance photo of Tsarnaev brothers which FBI distributed after bombings. The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of thirty offenses stemming from his role in the Boston Marathon bombings, will enter the sentencing phase this week. Tsarnaev’s defense will focus on showing why Tsarnaev should not be executed, and part of the defense is likely to involve a focus on Dzhokhar’s brother, Tamerlan, and his possible relationship with the FBI—something the press and law enforcement have mostly ignored. However, Kade Crockford, the director of the ACLU’s Technology…
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    TalkLeft

  • Monday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:53 pm
    After spending my non-working hours today reading and and writing about death penalty trials and riots, I'm switching gears. Unimas tonight begins re-airing El Cartel de los Sapos aka Cartel of Snitches -- the Narcodrama that started the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Riots in Baltimore After Freddie Gray Funeral

    Jeralyn
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Baltimore was in chaos today when riots erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young African American who died in police custody. Gray's family was shocked by the violence... they hoped to organize a peace march later in the week, said... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tsarnaev Defense Begins Making Case for Life

    Jeralyn
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team began making the case for life instead of death today. From David Bruck's opening statement: (Taken from WBZ reporter Jim Armstrong's live tweets in court.) [More...] Jahar was a lost teenager, raised... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Live Opening Statements in James Holmes Case

    Jeralyn
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler is giving the opening statement for the prosecution in the trial of James Holmes. It's being televised on Channel 7 in Denver (thankfully no commentary so far.) Above is the streaming version... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Radio Iran Claims Al Baghdadi Dead

    Jeralyn
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    ISIS denies the claim by Radio Iran that al Baghdadi is dead, as a result of injuries he sustained in a U.S. airstrike last November. Another network played a video of the convoy being hit, claiming Baghdadi is in the video, but others say the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • April 27, 1994 - Big day in voting history

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Somewhere in my house, there's a little, creased yellow Post-It note with words quickly scrawled on it in my handwriting. From 1994. It doesn't really have a place; it doesn't live in a desk drawer or file cabinet. Part of the reason is my sloppy housekeeping. Most of the reason is that every time I find it, I have to sit down and remember all over again one of the most incredible things I've ever seen on the news. Things I wrote down on the first little scrap I could get to, so I'd never forget. On April 27, 1994, South Africa held the first multi-racial election in its history. Nelson…
  • Et tu, Mary Pat?

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    This was the week that Mary Pat Christie quit her $475k/year job, a sign the Christie family White House dreaming goes on. I guess the Christies can afford to be a one-income family. Christie protests he's not a wealthy man, despite pulling in about $700k family income (2013 figures). But when you're trying to connect to Iowa voters it doesn't do to rub their faces in how fancy you really live. So this is Christie - who lives very well indeed - trying to make out like he's a regular Joe. I guess Ms. Christie quitting means we'll see more ofMary Pat's nasty gotcha smile whenever candidate…
  • Safety Problems Identified at Oyster Creek Nuke

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township is the oldest operating plant in the United States and is scheduled to be shut down in 2019. Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission identified some serious safety hazards at the plant. While the NRC findings (below the fold) try to assuage any worries, remember that every plant (with the possible exception of Chernobyl) that has experienced significant problems had previously been deemed "safe." Let's hope that Congressman Tom MacArthur, in whose district this plant is, puts the NRC's and the operator's feet to the fire and works to ramp up…
  • New Jersey's Department of Exxon Protection

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    On the surface, today's New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee hearing on the Department of Environmental Protection seemed boring and unproductive, even by Trenton Standards. NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin refused to answer questions about the Exxon giveaway settlement but did spout out a lot of statistics about specific remediation projects, allocation of money, and the high-level plans for the Department. Questions from panel members included the status of in-district projects and where some of the funds are going, but Martin referred any questions on the Exxon deal to the Attorney General…
  • Teacher Tackles Shooter in High School - Whew, Good thing it didn't happen in Chris Christie's NJ

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    The wind-up: Another shooter opens fire in another high school in America. Good thing this happened in Washinngton State and not New Jersey. Because it's a teacher being hailed as a hero for risking his life to save his students.  Might have been embarrassing to New Jersey's White House dreamer if he had to publicly thank one of those union thugs he's always trying to make an example of ... Gee, remember that time when Gov. Christie refused to meet with parents of Sandy Hook Elementary students another school shooter mowed down? Right after he vetoed that bill limiting gun magazines to…
 
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  • "Fast Track" Flouts the Constitution

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    If the Obama administration gets its way, Congress won't even get a chance to really debate the Trans-Pacific Partnership before it becomes the law of the land. (Photo: Backbone Campaign) Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn't backing down one inch in her fight with President Obama over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). On Saturday, just a few days after the president accused her of spreading "misinformation," about the TPP trade deal I like to call SHAFTA, the Massachusetts senator hit back hard in a letter to the White House. While the Obama administration has, she pointed out, given 500 or so…
  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: We Spend $2 Billion a Year on Congress

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In today's On the News segment: We spend about $2 billion every year on our dysfunctional Congress; one woman in Texas says that she can use a so-called religious freedom law to feed the homeless; Senator Warren and her colleagues sent a letter to the FCC asking that agency to reject the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of Economic and Labor News... You need to know this. You may be surprised to learn that we spend about $2 billion every year on our…
  • Arab-American and Muslim-American Opposition Could Stop "Fast-Track" Trade Bill

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in Washington, March 2, 2015. Long before the latest election in Israel, Netanyahu was a polarizing figure among US Jews, but even many of his supporters said they were appalled at the prime minister's warning about Arab voters and his renunciation of a two-state solution. (Doug Mills/The New York Times). In 2010, the Census Bureau estimated that there were 1.7 million Americans of Arab descent. The Arab American Institute thinks this was an undercount, and puts the number now at about 3.7 million. The Pew Research Center says that there are about…
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government."  - Article IV, Section 4, US Constitution A republican form of government is one in which power resides in elected officials representing the citizens, and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In The Federalist Papers, James Madison defined a republic as "a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people..." On April 22, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee approved a…
  • A Chronicle of Woe: US Policing Culture From Iraq and Vietnam to Jon Burge's Chicago

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Given the recent report from The Washington Post on the number of people killed in US police shootings over the last decade, there is an obvious need for police training and the culture of policing to move beyond current practice and operations.It is perhaps time for a broader national discussion about the culture of policing and law enforcement practices that have fostered the distrust and unease between police and increasingly diverse communities. (Photo: Amnesty Finland) The Washington Post newspaper published a feature article titled "Thousands Dead, Few Prosecuted" on April 11, which…
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  • ACA customer satisfaction: it's the prices

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    J.D. Power released a health insurance satisfaction survey this past week in which a headline finding was that customers who bought private insurance plans on ACA exchanges expressed slightly higher average satisfaction than people in employer-sponsored plans* - 696 to 679 on a 1000-point scale.Power polled plan holders both on their satisfaction with the plan itself and with the enrollment process.  A few notes on specific findings:1. Regarding the sources of satisfaction with the plans themselves, Power reports, "Cost is the most influential attribute driving satisfaction among…
  • Scrap the ACA's awkward dual subsidy system?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    I have devoted a lot of blog space to trying to figure out what proportion of low-income private health plan buyers on ACA exchanges have availed themselves of powerful Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR)  subsidies by buying silver plans -- silver being the only metal level at which CSR is available. I'd like to step back and ask knowledgeable readers: why is CSR sold separately, so to speak? As the ACA is now constructed, these subsidies are vital for buyers with incomes under 200%  of the Federal Poverty Level in that they lower out-of-pocket costs to something approaching…
  • Program note: Kevin Drum festschrift

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    I will be contributing to the Kevin Drum festschrift organized by Mother Jones as Kevin undergoes treatment -- thankfully, going quite well so farm and endured with grit and good humor --  for multiple myeloma. Kevin has perhaps been surprising himself with pretty active blogging through his chemo rounds, while Mother Jones staff and outsiders pitch in. Work on my contribution (finished, and running next week) along with this project has left this blog pretty fallow this week.I note in the Mother Jones piece that I've always appreciated that Kevin's commitment to economic justice is…
  • New York to make health insurance *really* affordable for low-income residents

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Very quickly, as I'm leaving the house in 40 minutes, big news (via Charles Gaba, natch)  from New York: it's becoming the second state to offer a Basic Health Plan (BHP) for lower-income insurance seekers, as enabled by the Affordable Care Act. A BHP is a low-cost, low-premium offering for buyers with incomes between the Medicaid eligibility cutoff (100% or 138% of the Federal Poverty Level*) and 200% FPL.   The premiums and cost-sharing compare very favorably with the mainstream private health plans offered on ACA exchanges as previously priced for low-income buyers. New York's…
  • Preview: Lots of Medicaid-eligible Pennsylvanians re-enrolled in QHPs

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    I have drafted and am now shopping an article positing that tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who renewed private plan coverage on healthcare.gov for 2015 are now eligible for Medicaid -- and so, theoretically at least, are ineligible for the private plan subsidies they obtained last year and are counting on this year. Pennsylvania launched a "private option" Medicaid expansion (now in process of being converted back to traditional Medicaid) effective Jan. 1, 2015.Here's the calculation.  Of the roughly 318,000 Pennsylvanians who were enrolled in private coverage via healthcare.gov as…
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
  • Stage set for landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:29 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views.
  • Kerry says Iran, world powers closer than ever to historic nuclear deal

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and five other major powers are closer than ever to a deal with Iran that would end a 12-year-old nuclear standoff, though more tough negotiations lie ahead, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
  • Republicans reach deal for budget plan, target Obamacare

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican budget negotiators on Monday reached a compromise deal for the first joint House-Senate budget in six years, one that seeks to boost military spending while calling for deep cuts to social programs to eliminate deficits in a decade.
  • Republicans seek new limits on Guantanamo prisoner transfers

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers have unveiled plans to make it harder to transfer inmates from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, stepping up a campaign to slow President Barack Obama's efforts to close the controversial detention center.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

    samzenpus
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    An anonymous reader points out that Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year. Some of President Obama's email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House's unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation. The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department's unclassified system, do not appear to have…
  • Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law

    Soulskill
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    theodp writes: The NY Times' Eric Lipton was just awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that shed light on how foreign powers buy influence at think tanks. So, it probably bears mentioning that Microsoft's 'two-pronged' National Talent Strategy (PDF) to increase K-12 CS education and the number of H-1B visas — which is on the verge of being codified into laws — was hatched at an influential Microsoft and Gates Foundation-backed think tank mentioned in Lipton's reporting, the Brookings Institution. In 2012, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings…
  • Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

    timothy
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    mask.of.sanity writes: Super-worm Stuxnet could have blown its cover and failed its sabotage mission due to a bug that allowed it to spread to ancient Windows boxes, malware analysts say. Stuxnet was on the brink of failure thanks to buggy code allowing it to spread to PCs running older and unsupported versions of Windows, and probably causing them to crash as a result. Those blue screens of death would have raised suspicions at the Natanz nuclear lab.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

    samzenpus
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Petraeus, a now-retired U.S. Army General, has already agreed to plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. As part of the agreement with prosecutors filed in March, the government will not seek any prison time. Instead, Petraeus will agree to pay a $40,000 fine and receive two years of probation, according to court documents. The recommendations are not binding on the federal judge who will preside at the hearing Thursday afternoon in Charlotte.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Security Companies Accused of Exaggerating Iran's Cyberthreats Against the US

    samzenpus
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    An anonymous reader writes: A widely-read report accusing Iran of hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks against the U.S. is being criticized as hugely inaccurate as well as motivated by marketing and politics, according to a new whitepaper and critics around the security industry. The original report, solicited by a conservative think tank and published by Norse in the lead up to the RSA Security Conference, hit the front page of the New York Times by calling handshakes and network scans "sophisticated cyberattacks."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Majorca 312 Cycle Sportive – a must for any distance cyclist

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    As far as bike crashes go, it was pretty minor but it still shook me up. As I lay on the pavement along the main drag in Palma I realised I was lucky to be relatively unscathed and not to have wiped out any fellow riders taking part in what was a truly spectacular cyclesportive [...]
  • Nepal’s disaster has been building for centuries – with effects worsened by modern apathy

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Nepal’s devastating earthquake, with over 4,300 people dead was, as has been widely commented over the weekend, a disaster waiting to happen. This small and impoverished country of 28m people lies in a prime earthquake zone – international experts were in Kathmandu just over a week ago predicting an imminent disaster. And it happened in [...]
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian: Cheats Risotto with Beetroot Crisps

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    A risotto traditionally takes a lot of love and care and a fair bit of attention but fear not, this offers a great alternative option which is low on demands and handiwork. You can simply roast your veg and cook the rice then combine and taste the results. Fresh herbs give this dish extra fresh flavours and the beetroots chips offer a variation of textures. This has to be an all time simple favourite. Keep your veg seasonal, fresh and ripe and you won’t go wrong.
  • Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    My four-year-old daughter, Girl Outdoors, has a see-saw attitude to our allotment -a very up and down view of Plot 35a. Sometimes she loves it, wants to dig up potatoes that aren’t ready, can spend hours down there arranging her picnic chairs outside her playhouse and setting out tea and grass sandwiches as I work [...]
  • Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    For now at least, talk of an "exodus" from UK debt and a "Gilts strike" looks premature.
 
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  • Resistance Isn't Always Rational

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I agree with Robby Soave that non-defensive violence is not a good solution, both for moral and tactical reasons. But I nonetheless find myself filled with empathy for the people—rioters? protesters?— who have been engaging in acts of violence against police property, corporate property, and police themselves this afternoon and evening in Baltimore. That's not to say I condone their acts, but I find them understandable. Resistance isn't always rational, nor necessarily kind. Or, to say it another way, desperate people do desperate things. And it is very clear that there are a lot of…
  • State of Emergency in Baltimore, Governor Calls Out National Guard

    J.D. Tuccille
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    In response to riots in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency at about 7pm Eastern Time. The official announcement reads: ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today, at the request of Baltimore City, has signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City. The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh, will hold a press conference at the Maryland…
  • Rioting Is a Threat to Public Safety. Police Unions Are a Worse One.

    Ed Krayewski
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Protests in Baltimore over the Freddie Gray's unexplained death while in police custody from a fatal spine injury are turning violent. As usual, authorities blame outsiders for the violence, a spurious claim. In a press conference Saturday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well." Today, her spokesperson insisted the mayor didn't mean she give room for vandals to destroy, but that in providing space for peaceful protests, space is inevitably provided, too, for rioters. Another spurious claim. Nevertheless, it ought to…
  • New Study Indicates New York Might Be Better Off Cooling it With Petty Ticketing of Citizens

    Brian Doherty
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I have griped often here about the grim effects of what I call "petty law enforcement" on the life of citizens, particularly less well-to-do ones. The Wall Street Journal discusses a report from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that might open the eyes of lawmakers and law enforcers to the trouble such enforcement creates for them. Of course, so far NYPD chief William Bratton wants to keep basically treating being in public as a young man as a ticketable offense, as the Journal notes.  There is already an encouraging trend in the amount of mass ticketing declining in New York City:…
  • End the Violence in Baltimore: Rioting and Looting Never Justified

    Robby Soave
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Violence has engulfed Baltimore, Maryland, in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black 25-year-old who died while in police custody last week. It’s a confusing scene, but CNN is reporting that high school students started throwing rocks at police. Later, a CVS was looted by protesters, and someone lobbed a Molotov cocktail at a police car. It erupted in flames. Several police officers have already been injured in the attacks, and arrests are being made. This kind of violence is always wrong, even when it arises out of legitimate concerns about police brutality. That the criminal…
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  • 2015 Something Isn’t Right

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

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

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

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
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  • The Wealth Problem

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue The postwar boom was a time of broadly shared prosperity, when working- and middle-class people not only enjoyed steadily increasing incomes but were also able to accumulate lifetime wealth. The measures that made possible this wealth-broadening included expansion of homeownership under a reliable, well-governed system of mortgage finance; the development of a retirement system, with Social Security…
  • How Gilded Ages End

    Paul Starr
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue Rising inequality seems to pose an insurmountable political problem. If the underlying causes are technological change and globalization, the forces appear to be unstoppable. Alternatively, if the causes are primarily political and involve the power of corporate and financial interests, the forces driving inequality may also appear to be overwhelming. Some people may conclude in despair that, for all practical…
  • The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

    Robert Reich
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue For the past quarter-century—at least since Bob Kuttner, Paul Starr, and I founded The American Prospect—I’ve offered in articles, books, and lectures an explanation for why average working people in advanced nations like the United States have failed to gain ground and are under increasing economic stress: Put simply, globalization and technological change have made most of us less competitive. The tasks…
  • Pity the Purist in the GOP Primaries (A Tear for Bobby Jindal)

    Paul Waldman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    It's the season for pandering to the base, which is as good a time as any to ask whether the glorious, fascinating mess that is today's Republican Party can ever unify enough to win back the White House—or whether unity is something they should even be after. Because it may well be that a fractured, contentious GOP is the only kind that can prevail next November. You probably missed it, but over the weekend nearly all the Republican presidential candidates (with the notable exception of Jeb Bush) hotfooted it back to Iowa to participate in the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Forum,…
  • What We Know Now

    Paul Starr
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Victor Juhasz This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue In 1990, when the two of us started this magazine with Robert Reich, we saw a need and an opportunity. The Democrats had lost three presidential elections in a row, national policy had moved sharply to the right, and liberalism was in dire need of new ideas about the direction of the country. Some of the publications that we once looked to (and wrote for) had grown ambivalent about…
 
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  • The Wealth Problem

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue The postwar boom was a time of broadly shared prosperity, when working- and middle-class people not only enjoyed steadily increasing incomes but were also able to accumulate lifetime wealth. The measures that made possible this wealth-broadening included expansion of homeownership under a reliable, well-governed system of mortgage finance; the development of a retirement system, with Social Security…
  • How Gilded Ages End

    Paul Starr
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue Rising inequality seems to pose an insurmountable political problem. If the underlying causes are technological change and globalization, the forces appear to be unstoppable. Alternatively, if the causes are primarily political and involve the power of corporate and financial interests, the forces driving inequality may also appear to be overwhelming. Some people may conclude in despair that, for all practical…
  • The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

    Robert Reich
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue For the past quarter-century—at least since Bob Kuttner, Paul Starr, and I founded The American Prospect—I’ve offered in articles, books, and lectures an explanation for why average working people in advanced nations like the United States have failed to gain ground and are under increasing economic stress: Put simply, globalization and technological change have made most of us less competitive. The tasks…
  • Pity the Purist in the GOP Primaries (A Tear for Bobby Jindal)

    Paul Waldman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    It's the season for pandering to the base, which is as good a time as any to ask whether the glorious, fascinating mess that is today's Republican Party can ever unify enough to win back the White House—or whether unity is something they should even be after. Because it may well be that a fractured, contentious GOP is the only kind that can prevail next November. You probably missed it, but over the weekend nearly all the Republican presidential candidates (with the notable exception of Jeb Bush) hotfooted it back to Iowa to participate in the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Forum,…
  • What We Know Now

    Paul Starr
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Victor Juhasz This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue In 1990, when the two of us started this magazine with Robert Reich, we saw a need and an opportunity. The Democrats had lost three presidential elections in a row, national policy had moved sharply to the right, and liberalism was in dire need of new ideas about the direction of the country. Some of the publications that we once looked to (and wrote for) had grown ambivalent about…
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  • Why Pepsi’s decision to ditch aspartame isn’t good for soda—or science

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) PepsiCo Inc., the maker of Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and many other popular soft drinks, is changing the formula of one of its offerings for the first time in decades. The company said Friday it will stop sweetening Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi with aspartame, a controversial artificial sweetener. Beginning in August, the drinks will instead come sweetened with Sucralose, better known as Splenda, and acesulfame potassium, which is often called Ace K and is currently used in Coke Zero. The move is a momentous one. Amid one of the most…
  • Poll: Most Americans believe fast food workers should be able to unionize

    Lydia DePillis
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Looks like America supports the struggle. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) As unions become a more forceful voice in the political discourse leading up to next year's elections -- both in their fierce opposition to the White House trade agenda and as a proposed solution to rising inequality -- it's important to know what the public thinks about them. We don't get that kind of data very often, but Pew Research just came out with a bunch of numbers that show a few important things: Opinions of unions have mostly recovered from a low point during the Detroit auto bailout, and strong…
  • The disturbing differences in what men want in their wives and their daughters

    Danielle Paquette
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    This dad probably wants his daughter to grow up strong. (iStock) When asked what qualities they want in in a wife, American heterosexual men said they value "attractive" and “sweet” women, a national survey recently found. Only 34 percent, however, said they wanted a romantic partner who is "independent." But the story changes when respondents considered the qualities they want to see in their daughters. Beauty and a pleasant disposition, for example, mattered much less than strength and intelligence: Screenshot from the Shriver Report The results, gleaned from a survey of 881 men…
  • School drug tests: Costly, ineffective, and more common than you think

    Christopher Ingraham
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    Readin', writin' and random drug tests. (iStockphoto) Twenty-thousand dollars could do a lot for a typical cash-strapped school district. You could renovate a classroom, or hire a part-time teacher's aide, or buy some computers or a whole bunch of text books. The school district in Carroll County Georgia -- about 25 miles west of Atlanta -- has $20,000 to spend, but it won't be on any of those things. Instead, they're implementing a random drug testing program for their public high school students. They plan to test up to 80 students each month, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta. With school…
  • The entire history of the world, in 1 chart

    Ana Swanson
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    The 5-foot-long chart below has an ambitious goal: To record 4,000 years of history in a single graphic. Drawn by John B. Sparks of Rand McNally and Company in 1931, the chart traces world history from the Egyptian Empire through the Assyrians, Persians, Romans and Huns through the early 20th Century. It’s clearly a Eurocentric and dated view of the world’s history: The colors represent different racial groupings, as they were perceived in the 1930s – “Mediterranean People,” “Alpine People,” and “Mongolian People.” (Click on the image for a higher-res version that you can…
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  • Baltimore Police Commissioner: 'Take control of your kids'

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:26 pm
    In a late-night press conference, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts blamed the violence in his city on high school students who "thought it was cute to throw cinder blocks at police."An admittedly exhausted Batts claimed that a meeting...
  • Lynch: Justice Dept. officials will go to Baltimore

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Department of Justice will send two officials to Baltimore amid clashes in the city between police and citizens, new Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday night.Vanita Gupta, who head's the Civil Rights Division, and Director of Community...
  • Maryland governor glad Baltimore mayor 'finally' requested state aid

    27 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said at a Monday night press conference that his administration was glad that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had "finally" requested that the National Guard step in as police and citizens clashed in parts of...
  • O'Malley: 'I’m saddened that the City I love is in such pain'

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has canceled the rest of his five-day European tour and will be returning to the states amid increasing violence in the city of Baltimore.O'Malley, who was slated to make a series of paid speeches across the...
  • Baltimore mayor orders citywide curfew

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared a citywide curfew on Monday as protests over the death of a black man in police custody turned violent.The curfew will go into effect Tuesday at 10 p.m. It will remain in place for a week...
 
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The petition of the day is: Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco 14-704Issue: Whether San Francisco’s attempt to deprive law-abiding individuals of immediate access to operable handguns in their own homes is any more constitutional than the District of Columbia's invalidated effort to do the same.  
  • Photos from the plaza

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:59 pm
  • Same-sex marriage, in Plain English — Part II

    Amy Howe
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Two years ago, the Supreme Court issued its decision in United States v. Windsor.  By a vote of five to four, with Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the Court’s four more liberal Justices to form a majority, the Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage, for purposes of over a thousand federal laws and programs, as a union between a man and a woman.  In Windsor, the Court made clear that it was not deciding whether states can prohibit same-sex marriages. But – as I explained in the first part of my preview of tomorrow’s oral arguments in…
  • Same-sex marriage, in Plain English — Part I

    Amy Howe
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse have lived together for ten years, own a home together, and have three children.  Laws in Michigan, where they live, prevented them from jointly adopting their children, so DeBoer adopted one child on her own, while Rowse adopted the other two.  This also means that Rowse can’t cover DeBoer’s child on her health insurance, and vice-versa.  And if one of them were to die, the other would not automatically get custody of her children.  So the two women want to get married – but they can’t, because Michigan laws specifically prohibit them from doing so.
  • Argument analysis: Debating excessive force in the pre-trial setting

    Richard M. Re
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Today, the Court heard argument in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, a case about excessive force claims raised by pre-trial detainees. The basic question is whether a subjective or objective standard should govern these claims, but the Court spent a significant amount of the argument just trying to identify the practical ramifications of this choice. At times, it seemed that the Court was trying to choose between clarifying the fundamental principles in this area and simply dispensing with the case at hand on narrow doctrinal grounds. At the end of the argument, the result seemed uncertain. Wendy M.
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  • Marco Rubio: "I can tell you with certainty (cap and trade) would have a devastating impact on our economy."

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | 'With certainty' cap-and-trade would wreck the economy, Rubio says It’s no secret that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is skeptical of human-caused climate change. While he’s unsure of the effect humans have on the climate, Rubio is certain that addressing the problem would wreck the economy. "If we do the things they want us to do, cap and trade, you name it, how much will that change the pace of climates change vs. how much will it cost to our economy?" Rubio asked rhetorically on CBS’ Face the Nation April 19. "Scientists…
  • Martin O'Malley: "We're not allowed to read it (the Trans-Pacific Partnership) before representatives vote on it."

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Martin O'Malley says Congress won't see Pacific trade deal before they vote on it President Barack Obama’s efforts to pursue a landmark trade agreement with countries on the Pacific Rim has split his own party. Obama is seeking to finalize an agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal has been in negotiation since 2009 between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Combined, these countries account for roughly 40 percent of the world’s economy.
  • Hillary Clinton: "The United States invented the community college. Nobody else had ever done anything like it."

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Hillary Clinton says U.S. was first to create community colleges In her bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton is lavishing attention on community colleges. She met with groups of community college students in both of the early caucus and primary states -- Iowa and New Hampshire -- and during those roundtables, Clinton sang the praises of how community colleges give a new generation of students skills to succeed in a changing job market. At a session with students and teachers at NHTI-Concord’s Community College on April 21, 2015, she said,…
  • Barack Obama: Says Loretta Lynch’s nomination "has been now sitting there longer than the previous seven attorney general nominees combined."

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Is Loretta Lynch nomination delayed longer than 7 other attorneys general combined? Democrats have recently been accusing Senate Republicans of obstructing the nomination of Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general. Lynch, currently the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, would become the first African-American woman to head the Justice Department, but she’s been awaiting a confirmation vote by the full Senate for several months. While observers expect Lynch to win confirmation, the Senate’s Republican majority…
  • Bernie Sanders:  "99 percent of all new income today (is) going to the top 1 percent."

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bernie Sanders says 99 percent of 'new' income is going to top 1 percent When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., finds a microphone these days, you can expect him to harp on the erosion of the American middle class. Sanders, who has said he is considering a 2016 presidential run and caucuses with Democrats, made a striking point about the country’s income inequality over the last 40 years in an April 19 interview on Fox News Sunday. "What we're seeing, Chris, right now is that for 40 years, the American middle class has been disappearing.
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    Balloon Juice

  • Late Night Open Thread: Another Win for Private Enterprise

    Anne Laurie
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:34 pm
    On the one hand, good riddance (we can hope) to an inhumane and thoroughly worthless “policy”… Families of American hostages who communicate with foreign kidnappers or raise money and pay ransoms will no longer have to fear prosecution for aiding terrorist groups, a White House-ordered advisory group on U.S. hostage policy is expected to recommend, senior officials told ABC News last week. “There will be absolutely zero chance of any family member of an American held hostage overseas ever facing jail themselves, or even the threat of prosecution, for trying to free…
  • For Posterity

    John Cole +0
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I’m reasonable sure that between 9:45 and 9:55 pm, CNN’s Joe Johns interviewed a chaplain thinking he was the fire chief at the scene of a fire in Baltimore. I say this because the person he interviewed was wearing a helmet that said “Chaplain” and because the guy had no answers to rudimentary questions. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Someone Gets It

    John Cole +0
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:58 pm
    While many will not understand why the protests sometimes turn violent, the COO of the Baltimore Orioles, John Angelos, does: Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protest and the observance of the rule of law is of utmost importance in any society. MLK, Gandhi, Mandela and all great opposition leaders throughout history have always preached this precept. Further, it is critical that in any democracy, investigation must be completed and due process must be honored before any government or police members are judged responsible.
  • Baltimore Riots

    John Cole +0
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Things are getting ugly in Baltimore. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Libertarian Superheroes (Open Thread)

    Betty Cracker
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Rationally self-interested Superboy: Even Superboy was susceptible to the influence of Ayn Rand’s master-race bodice-rippers…until he hit puberty. We’ve got a storm brewing north of our undisclosed location: It’s been windy as hell all day, and I hear the rip currents at the beach are unusually strong. (I wouldn’t know since I don’t set foot on the beach this time of the year. I need shade, which is notably lacking at our nearby beaches.) What’s happening in your part of the world on this fine Monday afternoon? ETA: Spare a thought for faithful…
 
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  • Here’s The Truth

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Make sure you check out my new section The Truth Files. The first few entries are: Republicans & The Poor: The Truth Marco Rubio: The Truth George W. Bush: The Truth The Koch Brothers: The Truth Conservative Economics: The Truth Scott Walker: The Truth Republicans And Race: The Truth Sheldon Adelson: The Truth Mike Huckabee: The Truth Democrats & Religion: The Truth Ted Cruz: The Truth Republicans On LGBT Issues: The Truth The post Here’s The Truth appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • Why The Right Blames The Liberal Media For Its Own Screw-Ups

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    According to the right, America is a center-right nation. To hear them tell it, there isn’t a single issue that the American mainstream disagrees with them on, from domestic policy to international relations and beyond. So, if this is the case, how can the back to back presidential elections of Barack Obama, coupled with the fluid state of the Senate leadership — along with a House that was in the hands of the Democrats just five years ago — be explained? The media. Yes, the all powerful, all omniscient mainstream media. According to conservatives the media is so in the tank…
  • There Is No Liberal Fox News. Thank God.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Liberal Fox News, On Earth 2 Imagine that on an alternate earth somewhere in another dimension, the Democratic Party has lost the majority of the presidential vote in three out of the last four elections. After a two-term Republican president, the party stands ready to adjust to the times and re-capture the White House. Now imagine that the Fox News Channel on this alternate earth is the same as our Fox News, but liberal. Though nominally an ally of the Democratic Party, Earth-2’s Fox is most interested in attracting liberal eyeballs. And the way to do that is to be as liberal as…
  • Shut The Hell Up About What Hillary Clinton Is Wearing

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    The media is obsessed with getting into the weeds of what Hillary Clinton is wearing. Why? Because she is a woman. There is no other reason for it. Hillary Clinton has been First Lady of Arkansas, First Lady of The United States, a United States Senator and Secretary of State. She’s written five books, which is five more than most of us. The least important thing about Hillary Clinton is whether she’s wearing a dress or pantsuit, letting her hair down or going with an up-do. What matters about Clinton is her ideas for taking America forward, whether she can execute on those ideas,…
  • The Road We’ve Traveled: Economy Edition

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    For perspective, here are the last 6 jobs reports for 2008. December 2008: -696,000 November 2008: -765,000 October 2008: -476,000 September 2008: -452,000 August 2008: -259,000 July 2008: -210,000 That negative trend continued until March of 2010 when the jobs number went back into positive territory. It dipped and came back up a few more times after that until October of 2010. From that date until April of 2015, the private sector has added jobs. 61 straight months of job growth, a record in U.S. history. There are all sorts of problems that still exist in our labor market: not enough…
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  • No Baltimore Riots (Guest Editorial)

    Guest Voice
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    No ‘Baltimore riots’ The following editorial is to appear in the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, April 28: ——— Our hearts go out to the family of Freddie Gray, who not only had to bury a loved one but also to cope with the fact that a small number of the thousands who have marched in the streets of Baltimore… The post No Baltimore Riots (Guest Editorial) appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Cartoon: Bruce Jenner

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: Bruce Jenner appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • ‘State Of Emergency’ In Baltimore

    Guest Voice
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Maryland’s governor declared a state of emergency Monday evening as clashes in Baltimore turned increasingly chaotic. Gov. Larry Hogan called the National Guard into action and Baltimore police urged parents to get their children off the streets as groups of teenagers wielding bricks, sticks and bottles swarmed parts of downtown. Hogan condemned the looting and acts… The post ‘State Of Emergency’ In Baltimore appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • U.S. Disaster Relief Teams Head for Nepal

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    As reported here, the death toll from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has risen to nearly 3,900 people, a number that is expected to rise. As is typical when such tragedies strike anywhere around the globe, the U.S., civilian disaster response teams and the military are there. The Department of Defense reports that the United States has sent an Air Force aircraft to Nepal to deliver personnel and cargo in support of disaster-relief operations. “This morning at approximately 11:18 a.m., a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster departed from Dover Air Force Base bound…
  • Death Toll Nears 3,900 in Nepal Earthquake

    Guest Voice
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Death Toll Nears 3,900 The death toll from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that ravaged Nepal on Saturday has risen to nearly 3,900 people, CNN reported Monday morning. The number is expected to rise throughout the day as rescuers reach more remote villages where the extent of the destruction is unknown. Meanwhile, a magnitude-5.1 earthquake was reported Monday morning on the border… The post Death Toll Nears 3,900 in Nepal Earthquake appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Senator Gillibrand pushes for comprehensive online voter registration

    Jon Green
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    In a press conference yesterday, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced a new bill, the Voter Registration Modernization Act, that would require the 25 states that do not currently have online voter registration to implement it. It would also create a national online registration system, building upon the online registration capabilities at the state level. If passed, the bill would expand online registration to the approximately 100 million Americans who currently have to register to vote on pen and paper, a requirement that contributes to low registration rates nationwide. In the…
  • It’s OK if Bruce Jenner is a Republican, but not for the reason she gave

    Jon Green
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friday saw the airing of Diane Sawyer’s landmark ABC interview with Bruce Jenner, who confirmed tabloid speculation that the former Olympic gold medalist identifies as a woman. The interview offered a glimpse into Jenner’s life and identity, deconstructing the oft-blurred distinctions between gender and sex, and between gender identity and sexual orientation. The interview represented massive progress for transgendered people and their struggle for acknowledgement, let alone acceptance, in American society. The ABC interview noted that there are an estimated 700,000…
  • Bob Schieffer introduces Tony Perkins by reminding viewers that he runs a hate group

    Jon Green
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of state-level same-sex marriage bans on Tuesday. And in light of the upcoming debate in the Court, Bob Schieffer invited Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, along with Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, to appear on ABC’s Face the Nation to discuss the likelihood that marriage equality will soon be the law of the land. But before Schieffer let Perkins speak, he reminded viewers that the FRC has been classified by the Souther Poverty Law Center as a hate group, and that many viewers objected to Perkins…
  • Hillary the Hawk

    Raghav Sharma
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    Much ink has been spilled regarding Hillary Clinton’s 2002 vote supporting the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. Many news outlets mention it merely as an aside, as if only to pay lip service to the serious questions such a stance raises. To be fair, Mrs. Clinton herself admits her mistake: in her 2014 memoir Hard Choices, the former Secretary of State and current Presidential frontrunner writes “I wasn’t alone in getting it wrong. But I still got it wrong. Plain and simple.” Such a candid admission of one’s mistakes is certainly refreshing. But…
  • America is not an honest broker in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    Lucas Ropek
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Throughout the varied and violent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, American reporters have consistently characterized the US’s involvement by way of a kind of national superhero: he is…the Honest Broker! Who is this Honest Broker, you ask? A real stand-up fella, that’s who! The Honest Broker is a measured, impartial mediator — simply helping the Israelis and the Palestinians get along, and very much dedicated to facilitating a swift, and efficient peace-process! Back in March, The Honest Broker hit the headlines again, as a supposed confrontation…
 
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  • The Wealth Problem

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue The postwar boom was a time of broadly shared prosperity, when working- and middle-class people not only enjoyed steadily increasing incomes but were also able to accumulate lifetime wealth. The measures that made possible this wealth-broadening included expansion of homeownership under a reliable, well-governed system of mortgage finance; the development of a retirement system, with Social Security…
  • How Gilded Ages End

    Paul Starr
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue Rising inequality seems to pose an insurmountable political problem. If the underlying causes are technological change and globalization, the forces appear to be unstoppable. Alternatively, if the causes are primarily political and involve the power of corporate and financial interests, the forces driving inequality may also appear to be overwhelming. Some people may conclude in despair that, for all practical…
  • The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

    Robert Reich
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue For the past quarter-century—at least since Bob Kuttner, Paul Starr, and I founded The American Prospect—I’ve offered in articles, books, and lectures an explanation for why average working people in advanced nations like the United States have failed to gain ground and are under increasing economic stress: Put simply, globalization and technological change have made most of us less competitive. The tasks…
  • Pity the Purist in the GOP Primaries (A Tear for Bobby Jindal)

    Paul Waldman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:26 am
    It's the season for pandering to the base, which is as good a time as any to ask whether the glorious, fascinating mess that is today's Republican Party can ever unify enough to win back the White House—or whether unity is something they should even be after. Because it may well be that a fractured, contentious GOP is the only kind that can prevail next November. You probably missed it, but over the weekend nearly all the Republican presidential candidates (with the notable exception of Jeb Bush) hotfooted it back to Iowa to participate in the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Forum,…
  • What We Know Now

    Paul Starr
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Victor Juhasz This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us by clicking here for a free download of this special issue In 1990, when the two of us started this magazine with Robert Reich, we saw a need and an opportunity. The Democrats had lost three presidential elections in a row, national policy had moved sharply to the right, and liberalism was in dire need of new ideas about the direction of the country. Some of the publications that we once looked to (and wrote for) had grown ambivalent about…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • A Sunset Fit for Earth Day

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    by Brian Leubitz Because I love the beauty of this state, how about a series of photos of a coastal sunset.
  • STUDY: Prevailing Wage Adds 17,500 Jobs to California Economy

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Prevailing Wage policies add 17,500 jobs and $1.4 billion in output across California's economy, according to a new study released by Smart Cities Prevail - a leading construction industry education and research organization.   Entitled, Building the Golden State-The Economic Impacts of California's Prevailing Wage Policy, the first-of-its-kind report was co-authored by Colorado State University-Pueblo Economist Dr. Kevin Duncan and Smart Cities Prevail Researcher Alex Lantsberg. The study was conducted using IMPLAN software (the industry standard for analyzing the effects of government…
  • What Color is the Sky in Joel Fox's Fantasy World?

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    by Steve Smith There's been a lot of attention lately on California's turnaround. As it turns out, that nonsense about all our jobs moving to Texas was a just Texas-sized whopper. Last year California created about 500,000 jobs to lead the nation in job growth, outpacing the conservative darling Texas. Basically, the corporate narrative about California has gone up in smoke. In the last several years, California has done a litany of things that the corporate crowd claims kill jobs. We raised the minimum wage. We raised taxes on the rich with Prop 30 to better fund schools and public safety.
  • New website reveals billionaire's campaign to dismantle retirement security

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    by Carolyn Constantino A new website reveals that Enron-billionaire John Arnold has spent up to $50 million of his own fortune to dismantle retirement plans for firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees. The website - Truth About John Arnold - is sponsored by the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC) and Californians for Retirement Security and traces the wide financial influence that one billionaire has on public pension fights. John Arnold amassed his fortune as an Enron trader, where he earned an $8 million bonus as the company's collapse decimated $1.5 billion in public…
  • Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by Rachel Johnson There's trouble brewing in Washington D.C. for American workers. In the coming weeks, our congress will decide whether or not to pass Fast Track legislation that will allow trade deals to be made behind closed doors and without any oversight from the people most impacted: American workers. In a recent opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, cautioned against turning a blind eye to Fast Track: In the case of pending legislation authorizing fast-track authority for trade agreements, politicians and…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • David Cameron on Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP When I met not long ago with David Cameron, the prime minister of Great Britain, I knew that he had repeatedly and publicly professed concern about the safety of his country’s Jewish citizens, but I did not know that he was thinking deeply about the nature of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism—in a similar manner to Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, who is Europe’s leader in combating anti-Zionism and Judeophobia. (You can read more about Valls and his opposition to anti-Zionism here.) In my conversation with Cameron, parts of which appeared in my April cover…
  • Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Tom Cotton strikes me as the most interesting Senate freshman for any number of reasons, not least of which is his uncanny ability to draw attention to himself, most notably when he convinced 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. In the letter, Cotton, the extremely junior senator from Arkansas—he's the youngest member of the Senate, at 37—and his co-signers warned Khamenei that Congress might use its power to overturn or, at the very least, modify whatever agreement the Iranian regime eventually chooses…
  • Bibi's Secret Weapon, If He Chooses to Use It

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset in January 2014 (Ariel Schalit/AP) The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spent part of his weekend appearing on American news shows, denouncing the framework nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. "I'm not trying to kill any deal. I'm trying to kill a bad deal," Netanyahu told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. Netanyahu will most likely fail in his attempt to kill the deal, assuming Iran can bring itself to sign off on its still-undecided requirements (right now, the deal is much more…
  • On Iran, the Least-Worst Option

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Switzerland (Brendan Smialowski//Reuters) Three years ago, President Obama, in a discussion about the threat of a nuclear Iran, bluntly rejected a policy of containment. It would be dangerous, he suggested, to believe that the United States could contain Iran in the same way it contained a nuclear Soviet Union. In an interview with me, and then in a speech before AIPAC, he argued that a nuclear-armed Iran would represent an acute threat to Israel, as well as a “profound” national-security threat to the United…
  • Should They Stay or Should They Go? On Europe's Jews

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Davide Monteleone/The Atlantic I've spent the past couple of weeks writing about the consequences of Israel's complicated politics (I don't know if you've heard, but they recently had an election), but I've also been working at the American Academy in Berlin, mainly on my next book about the Middle East. The book will address, among other topics, the happy-go-lucky relationship between the Israeli prime minister and the American president (working title: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?). But I hope to turn soon (meaning, now, more or less) to the discussion surrounding my cover story for the…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Asheville Just 'Happened' to Develop a Nice Downtown—Or Did It?

    James Fallows
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Downtown Asheville. Did this just happen by mistake? (City of Asheville) Here's how we got to today's post: through the past few weeks, I've done a variety of items on the attempts of long-challenged Fresno to rebuild its historic downtown. Then a reader from Seattle explained how his town had pulled off a comparable feat. He  pointed out that visitors assumed Seattle just "naturally" looked the way it does now, but in fact the downtown revival was the fruit of at least 30 years of deliberate planning and effort. Then another reader said that planning and effort had only a loose connection…
  • Bennett Beach Runs in Boston, Gary Heyne's Influence Lasts in Shanghai

    James Fallows
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Somewhere in the throngs of people running this year's Boston Marathon is Bennett Beach, who extended his consecutive-races record (Dominick Reuter/Reuters) This is an update on two people whose achievements I've noted in this space over the years. 1) Back in 1969 and 1970, I ran the Boston Marathon with my college friend Bennett Beach. He had first run the race a year earlier, in 1968 — and the amazing fact is that he has run and finished the race every single year since then. I explained the  origins of this achievement, and the special counting rules applied during the bomb-disrupted…
  • Equal Time for Tampa, and More on Asheville Too

    James Fallows
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Tampa Riverwalk by night (Downtown Tampa) Hey, watch what you say about Tampa! In a post from China on Tuesday, I quoted a reader on the unpredictability of downtown-recovery efforts. Asheville, North Carolina, now has a famously vibrant downtown now, and according to the reader, it just sort of evolved that way, Topsy-style. But Tampa, also according to this reader, had tried and tried to revive its downtown, using all the strategies that had paid off in Seattle and elsewhere. And it had failed and failed. Kevin Wiatrowski of Tampa begs to differ. In a minute I'll give him the floor. I won't…
  • More on Nice Downtowns: Do They Just Happen? Or Are They Made?

    James Fallows
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    On the Albert Speer-esque Century Avenue in Pudong, Shanghai yesterday: young passers-by in front of government poster reminding them that Chinese values include filial piety and respect for age (James Fallows) Yesterday I quoted a reader in Seattle who recounted the long, purposeful process through which that city's now-lively and attractive downtown was willed into existence. Reader mail on this point: 1) The wisdom of Jerry Brown. From a reader in the East Bay: One to the things that Jerry Brown emphasized when he was Mayor of Oakland was a campaign to get 10,000 new residents downtown. I…
  • Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

    James Fallows
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    Pike Place market in Seattle, not far from site of the original Starbucks and a core element of the city's successful downtown (Wikimedia commons) I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention. An unexpected reward has been the chance to get a time-capsule view, a kind of real-life time-line diorama, of how the downtown areas of cities look through all the stages of a decline-and-rise cycle. The declining phase includes hollowing-out and pawn-shop-dominated decay. Then there is spotty and tentative…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Your Obergefell v. Hodges Oral Argument Open Thread

    Ugh
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    by Ugh On Tuesday we have the oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges regarding whether states can constitutionally discriminate on the basis of sex when it comes to granting certain contract rights and obligations to consenting adults.  Some call this "same-sex marriage." As usual, SCOTUSblog will be live blogging here beginning at 10:45am Eastern.  I look forward to seeing whether Scalia explodes like that guy in Big Trouble in Little China (which is awesome, BTW (the movie, not Scalia exploding)). I maintain my prediction of a 6-3 vote in favor of those attempting to get…
  • Broken Windows - Friday Open Thread

    SuperUser
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    by wj The "broken windows" theory of policing was made widely known by the policies implemented in the 1990s by William Bratton in New York City. Basically, it suggests that small crimes (e.g. vandalism, public drinking and toll-jumping) going without response leads to major crimes. And that dealing visibly with small crimes helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening. But does it? On one hand, when that approach was implemented in New York City, the crime rate dropped. On the other hand, the crime rate was also…
  • Congratulations to Castalia House's Marketing Department!

    SuperUser
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    by Doctor Science That would be the Sad Puppies. I sent a summary of my previous post to the Sasquan Hugo Committee, and they wrote back very promptly: Thank you for your concern and suggestion. We have reviewed the nominations received this year thoroughly and are convinced that the nominations did not violate the rules governing the Hugos. If you feel the rules should be changed, then that is something to be addressed at the Business meeting at Sasquan. Kevin Standlee is chairing the meeting this year and he can advise you of the procedures for initiating that discussion.In that case, we…
  • Vox Day is exploiting the Sad Puppies for personal gain

    SuperUser
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    by Doctor Science As the Hugo flustercluck continues (Mike Glyer continues to keep track at File 770), I have come to a realization: The Sad Puppies 3 slate was hijacked by Vox Day for his direct personal profit. I think (hope) that there may be a way to salvage something -- including community good will -- from this year's competition, and to prevent a re-run or worse next year. My solution: remove Castalia House, specifically, from eligibility, on the grounds of ballot-stuffing for profit. What I think happened John O'Neill's statement about Black Gate's withdrawal from Hugo consideration…
  • Pension Reform -- The Wisdom of Crowds Weekend Open Thread

    SuperUser
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    by wj One of the on-going problems for numerous governments, from Chicago to Greece, is that they have made big pension commitments without setting aside sufficient funds to meet them. (As distinct from those, like Social Security, which were basically designed to pay-as-you-go.) Pensions are funded based two parameters: demographic data on how long people will live and some assumptions on what returns they can get on their money over time. If the rates of return are wildly optimistic (as they so often have been, because it reduces current costs), the money won't be there. The Economist…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • More Than Numbers: Open Budgets and the Data Revolution

    Jay
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:59 am
    This post was written by Jamison Crowell and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership Last week hundreds of representatives from governments, CSOs, and academia met up at the Cartagena Data Festival to discuss ways to implement a “data revolution.” The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which jointly hosted the event, also published a new report which takes a comprehensive look at what the data revolution means for sustainable development. ODI’s report has a welcome emphasis on the imperative of data serving the needs of citizens. Drawing on IBP research, the report also…
  • Developing Social Audit and Citizen Monitoring Practices in South Africa

    Ryan Flynn
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    This article was written by Keren Ben-Zeev, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa. The South African government spends almost half of its budget each year on education, health, and welfare services. A further 20 percent of the budget goes to the provision of housing, water, electricity and sanitation. By some measures, though not all, these levels of expenditure compare favorably to similar economies and should be sufficient to provide quality public services to the majority of the population. Despite these significant investments, however, public education and healthcare are both in…
  • The Post-2015 Agenda: Good Progress but Room for Improvement

    Ryan Flynn
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    This article was written by Claire Schouten and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership. Source: Flickr/Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are now more or less finalized. However, two big questions remain: How will the SDGs be paid for? And how should progress towards their achievement be measured? In the last few weeks, two draft documents speaking to each of these questions have been published. On the first, the United Nations General Assembly released a “zero draft” of the Financing for Development Outcome Document. On the second,…
  • Myanmar Needs Better Governance, Not Just a Stronger Government

    Ryan Flynn
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This article was written by Anjali Garg and Ryan Flynn, International Budget Partnership. Source: Flickr/Tom Godber   Myanmar is a country in the midst of enormous change. In 2011 the country embarked on a series of reforms that have helped pull it out of decades of isolation. The transition from military rule toward more open governance has included establishing a parliament, implementing a more market-based economic system, relaxing media censorship, and negotiating ceasefire agreements aimed at ending some of Asia’s longest-running conflicts. The government has also signaled a…
  • Links Roundup: News and Analysis on Transparency, Budgets, and More

    Jay
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
      Transparency Counties Not Giving Enough Information, Study Shows (Standard Digital) This article talks about the dearth in the budget information that counties in Kenya are making available to the public online, citing primarily a recent IBP Kenya brief. SEND-Ghana Gives Government a Thumbs up on Budget Transparency (SPY Ghana) At a recent event in Ghana on post-2015 and the OBS Tracker, SEND-Ghana commended the government for its budget transparency and called for greater public participation and expenditure monitoring. Transparency in Brazil (Development Initiatives) This brief…
 
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    Newsvine - politics

  • As Riots Follow Freddie Gray's Death in Baltimore, Calls for Calm Ring Hollow - Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Plantsmantx
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order. And yet the m …
  • White House Blasts George W. Bush After Former President Criticizes Obama Foreign Policy

    Viewer01
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Politicus USA By: Jason Easley  more from Jason Easley  Monday, April, 27th, 2015, 9:44 pm White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest hammered George W. Bush the facts about his failed presidency after Bush arrogantly criticized President Obama’s foreign polic …
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: Send U.S. troops to topple Assad

    krishna-167929
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Specific proposals to end the appalling violence in Syria, Yemen, and territories controlled by the Islamic State group are scarce in the nascent presidential campaign. That is about to change.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina -- who tells Yahoo Finance he’ …
  • TRP News - Progressive News & Information - April 27, 2015

    James Andre
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:22 pm
      This week Loretta Lynch is finally confirmed and sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, and the Comcast/Time Warner merger finally gives up the ghost. An update on what is happening in Yemen and the arrival of ISIS, and a report on the global refugee crisis. An in-depth discu …
  • Republicans reach deal for budget plan, target Obamacare|

    jfxgillis
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Instead, it will focus on the use of budget procedural tools on repealing or replacing President Barack Obama's signature health reform legislation, the aides said. Passing a budget will allow Republicans the opportunity to use budget "reconciliation" procedures to dismantle " …
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    FactCheck.org

  • Another Webby Win for FactCheck.org

    FactCheck.org
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    FactCheck.org has been awarded the 2015 Webby for best Political Blog/Website by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. And thanks to our amazing readers, we also won the People’s Voice Webby in the same category. This is the second consecutive year that FactCheck.org has won both awards, which honor the best of the Internet. We are now a six-time winner of the judge’s Webby award and an eight-time winner of the People’s Voice award as voted by the public. The other finalists for best Political Blog/Website were Politico, New Zealand-based On the Fence, the…
  • Clinton on Global Domestic Violence Laws

    Eugene Kiely
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Hillary Clinton repeatedly has said “more than half the nations in the world” have no laws on domestic violence. That’s wrong. The United Nations reports that 125 countries — two-thirds of all nations — had such laws on the books as of April 2011. Clinton, who has made women’s rights a central theme of her nascent presidential campaign, gave her first speech as a presidential candidate at the Women in the World Summit on April 23. She talked about the progress women have made in recent decades, citing improvements in Tanzania, Nepal and Rwanda. “There has…
  • Is Marijuana Really a ‘Gateway Drug’?

    Dave Levitan
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled. In an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on April 14, Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said he would crack down on marijuana sales and use in Washington and Colorado, which in 2012 were the first two states to…
  • Fact-Checking Is More Popular than Politicians

    Brooks Jackson
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    New research shows that the public views political fact-checking journalism — the sort of thing we do here — far more favorably than it does most politicians. Fact-checking is also a measurably effective tool for correcting political misinformation regardless of whether or not a ratings scale is used, the research shows. Fact-checking increases the audiences’ political knowledge, and it is growing at a dramatic rate. But the research also shows Republicans view it less favorably than do Democrats. And it found that, overall, those with less education and knowledge viewed…
  • Chris Christie Spins Economic Data

    Eugene Kiely
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a couple of economic claims at a recent forum in New Hampshire that may seem startling at first — until placed into context: Christie said it is “outrageous” that there have been “some months” during the Obama administration “where more people have gone on to Social Security Disability than have gotten a job.” But that’s true of every administration since 1986, which is as far back as disability data are available online. He also said New Jersey went “an entire decade without job growth,” from 2000…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Targeted

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    The digital humanitarian response to the earthquake in Nepal; the NYPD monitors children as young as age ten on social media; how Wikileaks crossed the line between transparency and an invasion of privacy by posting the Sony Pictures emails; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Overreaching

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    Why the FCC balked at the Comcast-TimeWarner deal; Sheryl Sandberg wants Hillary Clinton to lean into the White House; the UK's Democracy Club brings a lot more information to election season; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Ownership

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    "Tell us more about your bog"; the shrinking role of public participation on campaign websites; "Aaron's Law" has been reintroduced in Congress; is the Comcast-TimeWarner merger on its last legs?; and much, much more.
  • Democracy Club Finally Lets Brits Know Who Is Running for Parliament

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    May 7, 2015 is the date of the next British general election. On that day, everyone who cares to vote will go to their local polling station, pick up a small piece of paper, and mark on it, with a stubby pencil, their choice of candidate for Member of Parliament. The person with the most votes in each district wins. If one party wins a majority of the 650 Parliamentary seats, that party can form a government. If no party wins a majority, there will be a lot of dickering to form a coalition, as there was at the last election, in 2010, when the Liberal Democrats emerged as kingmaker and chose…
  • First POST: Bush League

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Presidential candidates hiding behind Super PACs; what this means for American democracy; demos at the White House; a demand for Facebook to be more open about news in the newsfeed; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Baltimore

    lambert
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Body:  NOTE Meditating changing the headline to "Baltimore: Day One." Nah. Let's be optimistic. I'd hoped to re-introduce myself a bit more gracefully, but needs must. My Twitter list exploded, so a quick sitrep. Times are when I posted the info, not when the event described occurred. I'll go back and link in a bit after I survey matters: UPDATE on Baltimore. From various sources I read: 1) Very heavy police presence today, including county police in addition to Baltimore’s. (This is often a very bad sign, since poor coordination between different forces leads to violence, certainly…
  • Indicting the Trans – Pacific Partnership: Even One of These Counts Is Sufficient to Vote to Kill It!

    letsgetitdone
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Body:  To really appreciate what a travesty the TPP is, and the scandal of the failure of our Congress to reject it, and the “Fast Track Authority“ sought for it, out of hand, I'm going to list 23 negative consequences that would likely follow from it. Any one of these, would, by itself be sufficient for any representative of the people, Senator or Congressperson, to vote to kill it. I'll offer this list in the form of stanzas appropriate for a chant, except for the starting point in the list. The tune of the chant that might be used is the tune used for Dayenu, the passover seder…
  • Water wars come to Baltimore

    DCblogger
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Body:  Baltimore Water Shut-Offs, People's Survey Unpaid Corporate Bills Weigh Heavily on Baltimore's Looming Water Shutoffs Baltimore Cutting Water to Hundreds of Residents and Zero Corporations Analysts Say Wall Street Fees Costing Baltimore Water Bureau Millions
  • How Can Our Senators and Representatives Vote for Giving Away Our Monetary Sovereignty?

    letsgetitdone
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Body:  Right now the US fulfills the three essential conditions for monetary sovereignty: 1) it issues its own non-convertible currency, 2) which it allows to float on international currency markets; and 3) it owes no debts in any currency other than dollars. Because it is monetarily sovereign, and can always meet its obligations the US can never be forced into insolvency. It can become insolvent due to Congressional decisions such as failing to raise or repeal the debt ceiling, or Executive decisions such as failing to use its platinum coin minting authority to fill the public purse and…
  • Bernie Sanders on the Republican budget

    DCblogger
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Body:  Sanders Community Town Hall on Devastating Republican Budget
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    Attytood

  • Did a 'nickel ride' kill Baltimore's Freddie Gray?

    Will Bunch
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Rough, abusive rides in the back of a police van went on in Philadelphia for decades? Did that play a role in the killing of Batimore's Freddie Gray?
  • The night the news died

    Will Bunch
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    TV's inability on Saturday to break away from the self-congratulatory fluff of the White House Correspondents Association to cover real news felt like the death of something that once brought us together.
  • We killed some folks

    Will Bunch
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    The U.S. continues to drop bombs from flying death robots when it has no idea what we're doing. How is this legal...or moral?
  • Here's a crazy idea: Let's read the book first

    Will Bunch
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    A new book on Hillary Clinton causes clucking.
  • You say it's your Earth Day....

    Will Bunch
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    We've taken everything this ol' earth can give, and we ain't put back nothing, whoa, whoa.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • HBO’s Vice takes in-depth look at Alabama after harsh 2011 anti-immigrant bill

    Latina Lista
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. HBO’s Vice takes in-depth look at Alabama after harsh 2011 anti-immigrant bill by Latina Lista By Obed Manuel LatinaLista “Them Hispanics work hard as hell,” Jesse Durr tells Vice correspondent Thomas Morton during a segment of Friday's new episode titled “Sweet Home Alabama.” Durr was one of the few people in Alabama who took on one of the thousands of agricultural jobs that undocumented immigrants left vacant after 2011, when the state's governor…
  • National campaign strives to get Latinos to know their cholesterol count

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. National campaign strives to get Latinos to know their cholesterol count by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Cholesterol is a word that most have learned that having too much of it is a bad thing but is it really understood? And if a person does have high cholesterol, do most people know how to lower it? Or even how they got it in the first place? It would seem that not too many Latinos understand cholesterol or take it seriously enough. According to the American Heart…
  • Legislative proposal to benefit hundreds of thousands of Mexican families living in the U.S.

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Legislative proposal to benefit hundreds of thousands of Mexican families living in the U.S. by Latina Lista By Nancy Landa LatinaLista Mexico City - Legislators and experts detailed the urgency of approving a reform to the Mexican Foreign Service law that enables the Mexican Consulate offices in the United States to register Mexican children and adults who emigrated without a birth certificate, thus becoming vulnerable to deportations because of lack of…
  • Crowdfunder: Bringing early childhood education to the urban slums of Colombia

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Bringing early childhood education to the urban slums of Colombia by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Tu Mundo Periodicals & Organi Co. Baby Food One of the world's largest slums known for its rampant levels of violence is Colombia's Ciudad Bolivar. Families who come to live there have been displaced from their rural homes. The shift to an urban environment is a shock for the families, as they need to adjust to the new lifestyle. Faced with…
  • Mexico’s organized crime targets higher education

    Latina Lista
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Mexico’s organized crime targets higher education by Latina Lista Frontera NorteSur Thousands of students with dreams of higher education have had their educational careers seriously disrupted in the northeastern border region of Mexico. In the state of Tamaulipas, for instance, extortion and threats of violence attributed to the Zetas and Gulf Cartel have forced the closure of the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) in Nuevo Laredo and the suspension of…
 
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    Gawker

  • Rand Paul Will Gay-Marry a Drone If That's What You Really Want, America

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Rand Paul, the great white hope, presumed enemy of extrajudicial killings from the air, shocked and disappointed his libertarian disciples today by embracing drone warfare and defending President Obama’s use of flying death machines to immolate two hostages held by Al Qaeda.Read more...
  • Remember When Bush and Cheney Fought Over Bombing Iran?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    There was Dick Cheney , as always, arguing that the only way to deal with Iran was to bomb it back to 1953. But President George W. Bush, on the unanimous advice of his generals, decided such a campaign would be a disaster—and Cheney began an end run that’s working wonders with today’s top Republicans. Read more...
  • Mike Huckabee Tells Patriots: Don't Join Military Until Obama's Gone

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    In 2007, folksy war addict Mike Huckabee told Meet the Press viewers that it’s dangerous “to oppose a sitting commander in chief while we’ve got people being shot at on the ground.” But it’s election time! So now, willing Americans, stay out of the military until you have a commander in chief that pleases Huck. Read more...
  • Ferguson Residents to Vote in First Election Since Michael Brown's Death

    Jason Parham
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    Since making national headlines last summer—after police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown—Ferguson will hold its first election Tuesday: three city council seats are up for grabs. Read more...
  • Are Mark Udall and Other Endangered Democrats Liberals, or Not?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In the leadup to today's votepocalypse , I've been pretty harsh to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a terrible campaigner who's blown a pretty sure thing in his limp, cynical reelection campaign . But one reader wrote to me with a counterpoint——one strong enough that it's worth publishing here.Read more...
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The “Obvious” Lessons of the Vietnam War

    Daniel Larison
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:22 pm
    William McGurn wants Americans to feel bad about ending the unnecessary wars their government has waged on their behalf: In the 40 Aprils that have come and gone since, Vietnam has become shorthand for a political orthodoxy built on the idea that American military intervention overseas creates more problems than it solves. This thinking feeds an entire industry pumping out tedious lectures about “The Lessons of Vietnam.” Still, the most obvious lesson of Vietnam is the one hardly ever acknowledged: the terrible price paid—human as well as strategic—when America loses a war. If this…
  • Cotton and the Iran Hawks’ Loathing of Diplomacy (II)

    Daniel Larison
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Daniel DePetris criticizes the irrelevant amendments that Republican hawks, including Tom Cotton, would like to add to the Corker-Cardin Iran bill: The issue is not Israel-bashing, human rights or terrorism, but stopping Iran’s nuclear program from being left unchecked without any international inspections or verification. Cotton’s amendments, if passed, would make that impossible. Tom Cotton isn’t fooling anyone: either he doesn’t support diplomacy, or he doesn’t know what the concept of diplomacy means. As we already know, Cotton doesn’t support diplomacy, and in fact has…
  • The Iran Hawks’ All-or-Nothing Mentality

    Daniel Larison
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Iran hawk Marc Thiessen wants the Corker-Cardin bill to fail: The Iran deal is a disaster. No, I’m not talking about the nuclear agreement President Obama is negotiating with Tehran (though that is a disaster, too), but rather the Iran deal that Obama cut with Congress. Thiessen’s problem with the bill is that it does not include enough of the deal-killing provisions that Iran hawks want. He and the senators that agree with him want to “blow up” the Corker-Cardin bill. If that happens, it ought to help block further Congressional meddling on this issue. Obama will be able…
  • The English Threat to the U.K.

    Daniel Larison
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Janan Ganesh sees English impatience with Scotland as a bigger threat to the U.K. than the SNP: Unionists pretend otherwise but their cause is itself a kind of nationalism: its premise is that the British are a people. And while most unionists are temperate, some show a hectoring impatience with those on the English right who are not willing to submit their interests and ideology to the transcendent cause of the UK, forever. They say Mr Cameron puts the union in peril by seeking English votes for English laws in Parliament, and invoking the SNP as a wedge issue to save his electoral hide. But…
  • No End to the War on Yemen in Sight

    Daniel Larison
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:22 am
    The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war on Yemen keeps going: In addition to the bombings in Sana, the capital, which struck a military base and the presidential palace, the coalition carried out airstrikes in several other provinces, suggesting a broadening, rather than a scaling back, of the month-long Saudi air offensive against Houthi rebels [bold mine-DL]. The Saudis are no nearer their original goals than when they began, but it seems that they have trapped themselves into persisting with a campaign that no one expects to succeed for fear of having to admit that the intervention was a mistake…
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    TIME

  • What the Flap Over a Ted Cruz Fundraiser Means

    Alex Altman
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    This is a short parable about the polarized state of American politics. A Republican candidate holds a fundraiser one Monday evening at the home of two gay businessmen. It is an unusual pairing: the businessmen are prominent gay-rights activists, while the politician is a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage. But they have similar views on Israel and decide that’s enough to set aside those differences. By Thursday, the politician, under pressure from supporters, releases a defensive statement. His spokesman says the venue was an error. By Sunday both businessmen, facing boycotts and…
  • Loretta Lynch Sworn In as 83rd Attorney General

    Maya Rhodan
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    After a historically long wait, Loretta Lynch officially became the 83rd Attorney General of the U.S. on Monday. “It’s about time this woman is being sworn in,” Vice President Joe Biden said Monday at Lynch’s ceremony. With her husband and father — who recently celebrated his 83rd birthday — by her side, Lynch took the oath of office to become the first African-American woman to hold the position. And despite the lengthy wait that defined her nomination process and led to harsh words from President Obama for congressional Republicans, Lynch came across as…
  • Meet the Critics of President Obama’s Trade Deal

    Alex Rogers
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Republicans in Congress are poised to give President Obama broad powers to cement a legacy-defining free trade deal with Pacific countries. Backed by major conservative and business groups, bills to grant the president fast-track authority passed through Republican-led House and Senate committees last week with enough Senate Democratic support for eventual passage, unless the bill changes dramatically on its way to a final vote or Republican support crumbles. Not every member of the GOP on Capitol Hill is gung ho about the idea. It’s unclear exactly how many, but estimates of GOP…
  • Clinton Foundation CEO Admits ‘We Made Mistakes’

    Sam Frizell
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    The Clinton family’s controversial charity foundation on Sunday defended its transparency and overall track record amidst growing scrutiny of its donors, even while conceding in a statement that it made “mistakes” in its operations. A soon-to-be-published book by conservative author Peter Schweizer claims that some foreign and corporate donors benefitted from special treatment by Hillary Clinton’s State Department after donating millions to the philanthropy, and attention has turned recently to misfiled tax forms. In a statement posted on the Clinton Foundation’s…
  • Jeb Bush Claims to Have Raised Record Funds

    Sam Frizell
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Jeb Bush, a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, told donors at a Miami fundraiser over the weekend that he believed his allies have raised more money in 100 days than any other modern political operation in his party. Citing unnamed sources who heard his remarks, the New York Times reports that Bush offered no specific figure but the total is expected to be in the “high tens of millions of dollars.” Though he has not officially announced his candidacy, the former Florida governor has a deep network of donors and is set to be a daunting contender in the…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Lindsey Graham's Message To Republicans Who Want To Ditch Social Issues: "You don’t know what you’re talking about"

    David Brody
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Here’s Lindsey Graham’s message to all the republicans in the GOP who think the party should stop talking about social issues so they can start winning elections again: “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Watch him say it in my one-on-one interview in Iowa this past weekend. Graham is going to run for President of the United States. Many pundits don’t give him a chance and I know a lot of constitutional conservatives don’t like him. But you know what? He actually has a lot of smart things to say when it comes to fighting radical Islam and social conservatism. Watch the…
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: Media Fears Him; New York Times Doing "Hit Pieces" On Him

    David Brody
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File in Iowa, Ted Cruz says that The New York Times is out to get him by doing multiple hit pieces on him. “The media will tell you who they fear. The New York Times in the last week, has run a series of three hit-pieces all directed at me. It’s almost like The New York Times is a little bit nervous seeing a strong conservative getting incredible grass roots support, rising in the polls, raising money.” The NYT has come out with pieces that question how he can be against gay marriage and yet attend the fundraiser of gay republican donors. Look…
  • Scott Walker To Brody File: Jeb Bush Is Frontrunner

    David Brody
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells The Brody File that he won’t get into the presidential race until at least June and also says Jeb Bush is the GOP presidential frontrunner because he’s got the most money. “I still think we are a bit of an underdog because Governor Bush is a friend and good guy but I think ultimately is going to be the frontrunner because of the money. He’s going to have a lot more money than anybody in this case. If we get in, we are going to try to make a case on the ground. Walker made the comments to us behind the scenes in a private interview room at the Iowa…
  • Marco Rubio To Brody File: There Is No Constitutional Right To Gay Marriage

    David Brody
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File in Des Moines Iowa this weekend, GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio says there is NO constitutional right to gay marriage. “It doesn’t exist. There is no federal constitutional right to same sex marriage. There isn’t such a right. You have to have a ridiculous reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex.” The Brody File has a front row seat to this GOP Primary as we get exclusive interviews and behind the scenes access with the presidential campaigns. Watch the clip…
  • Changing The Constitution

    David Brody
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    You won't hear it too much from official Washington, but America's finances are in big trouble. When you add up $18 trillion of debt, a dysfunctional Congress and activist judges taking power from the people, you get frustration and an attitude of enough is enough. Now one group is taking action in the form of a project called Convention of States. Watch my story on The 700 Club.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Why Do Political Actors Overplay Their Hands?

    Keith Humphreys
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Time to go all in?Ted Kennedy was an extremely effective Senator, but he correctly identified as a disastrous decision his refusal to work with President Nixon on universal health insurance. At the time, Kennedy assumed that the liberal wave that had started under LBJ (who of course created Medicare and Medicaid with Kennedy’s support) was about to become a post-Watergate tidal wave, making a much more generous health care reform package possible very soon. Imagine Senator Kennedy’s pain seeing liberalism’s subsequent retreat and enduring a more than three decade wait before a…
  • Pastis channels Humphreys

    Michael O'Hare
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2015/02/15 Next up from Keith: fully produced music video
  • Flea markets

    James Wimberley
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    One of the local sports round Perpignan, where we’ve just bought a house, is going to village flea-markets on Sundays. They don’t go in for car boots: trestle stalls are rented cheaply by the organising villages, so the atmosphere is pleasant, even for a reluctant shopper like me. This is Latour-bas-Elne. On a given Sunday, there are half-a-dozen such dos. How do flea markets by amateurs match up against the idealised markets of Walras and Arrow? There are no real barriers to entry – the stall space goes for €5 or so, barely enough to cover the cleanup. The goods are all…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Prowler

    Keith Humphreys
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    This week’s film recommendation is an unusual, disturbing film noir that has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years: 1951′s The Prowler. Made by left-wing artists who were being harassed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, it’s a dark take on class resentment, sexual repression and the ruthless pursuit of the American dream. Many film noirs feature cops who are half-witted or on the take, but The Prowler is the only one I know where the central character is both a police officer and a calculating, manipulative psychopath. Van Heflin is mesmerizing as Webb Garwood,…
  • Congratulations to Dr. Vivek Murthy, our 19th Surgeon General

    Harold Pollack
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Just a nice moment. Congratulations to Dr. Vivek Murthy, our nation’s nineteenth Surgeon General. Here’s a nice article in Vox about what he hopes to do in the position. Here’s another on why I am especially gratified by the outcomes of the successful nomination fight. Also congrats to Dr. Alice Chen, with whom I worked closely at Doctors for America, which I advise.  I remember especially fondly sharing a burger with Alice and my brother-in-law Vincent while Vinnie and I were on a Hollywood vacation. Alice is a whirling dervish of energy. And she does it all with a…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Iowa Congressional voting catch-up thread: Banking, taxes, and cybersecurity

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:51 pm
    It's been a while since Bleeding Heartland checked in on how Iowa's four U.S. House members have been voting. After no House roll calls for more than two weeks, the second half of April has been unusually busy. Follow me after the jump to see how Republicans Rod Blum (IA-01), David Young (IA-03), and Steve King (IA-04) and Democrat Dave Loebsack (IA-02) voted on more than a dozen bills that reached the House floor this month, covering a range of economic, fiscal, and security issues. Incidentally, I'm always intrigued by how rarely members of Congress comment on bills they vote for or against…
  • Public's Business in the Public's House

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:09 pm
    A little Iowa House dustup surfaced in social media last week. Susan Staed, who clerks for her husband, Rep. Art Staed, reported on her Facebook page and on Bleeding Heartland about complaints from the chief clerk of the House that she was taking pictures from the House floor - in violation of a House rule. Seems the House has a seldom-enforced rule that - while photos may be taken from the gallery or press box at virtually any time - they may not be taken from the House floor without permission of those in the photo, and never during a vote. My, aren't we sensitive. It is difficult enough to…
  • Weekend open thread: Latest Steve King publicity stunt edition

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. Iowa's own Representative Steve King (R, IA-04) grabbed national attention this week by introducing a bill to "prevent federal courts from hearing marriage cases," thereby stopping the U.S. Supreme Court from "destroying traditional marriage." After the jump I've posted King's official statement about the "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act" as well as the full text. President Barack Obama would surely veto this bill, even if it quickly passed the U.S. House (unlikely) and Senate (less…
  • Say Cheese

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    When I was a child, I hated getting my picture taken. An infamous family photo taken at an older sister's wedding is of the entire family grouped together, grinning for the professional photographer - except 10-yr-old me. I have a scowl on my face big enough to scare away the Dalai Lama. Not sure how old I was before I quit hiding when mom or dad yelled, "Family picture time!", but eventually I overcame the low self-esteem and painful shyness that dominated adolescence. 40 years later, it's more than a little ironic that one of my duties as Art's clerk is to photograph his legislative day.
  • Adventures in wishful thinking

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Longtime Republican Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell apologized this week for calling Democratic State Senator Tony Bisignano names in an e-mail to seven Iowa House Republicans. Such classless behavior is unbecoming an elected official, but Brownell's faulty political analysis is perhaps more shocking. In the controversial e-mail, Brownell speculated that Republicans could retake the Iowa Senate majority in 2016 if State Senator Matt McCoy decides to run for Congress. Sorry, no.   Timothy Meinch posted the full text of Brownell's e-mail in this piece for the Des Moines Register.
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • The Other Side of the Argument

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Check out these Crips and Bloods: Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations [by the Baltimore police department]. Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson. According to state law, the Baltimore cops cannot be sued for more than $200,000. Evidently, they…
  • Casual Observation

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    If he wants to be active office holder when he seeks the presidency, Andrew Cuomo will probably have to win two more terms (in 2018 and 2022) as governor of New York. Of course, he'll be positioned for a challenge in 2020 should the Democrats unexpectedly lose in 2016. But it might not be until 2024 that he has a real shot. In that case, though, he'd be vying for a fifth straight term for the Democrats in the White House. And he'd have a very long record as governor of New York to defend. Discuss
  • Mike Huckabee is So Far Out on the Fringe

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    This may strike you as a bit unhinged. “I think it’s fair to say that Christian convictions are under attack as never before. Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great nation. We are moving rapidly toward the criminalization of Christianity.”- Mike Huckabee, cited in Politico, from a conference call organized by the Family Research Council It’s actually quite a bit more crazy than it may seem at first. Huckabee is under the impression that the Supreme Court in on the verge of making a ruling on gay marriage that will have the effect of making it a…
  • Bullied Teen Breaks Silence

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    This is the video Dana Hamrick originally posted to YouTube last Monday about the bullying she endures every day at Truman High School in Taylor, MI. I know that was hard to watch. It was hard for me to watch. It is so visceral, so painful, hearing Dana describe her situation. When the video went viral, and it came to the attention of school authorities, they told her to her and her parents to a "take it down." Now it is back up, and the girl and her parents are making damning accusations regarding the failure of the school's staff and administration to address the issue of bullying at Truman…
  • Way Too Many Republican Candidates

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    With Michigan and Ohio governors Rick Snyder and John Kasich thinking seriously about throwing their hats in a ring that already includes Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, I am beginning to feel a little left out. Why can’t Tom Corbett run, too? Then there are Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. I wonder what’s wrong with Govs. Paul LePage of Maine and Rick Scott of Florida. I mean, this is a lot of governors. And until three minutes ago it looked like Indiana governor Mike Pence might join the fun. Instead, he’s just hiring a Koch Brothers…
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Getting into Bed with The Great Satan

    Roberto
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

    Roberto
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The 2015 Miura International Marathon was unpleasant (due 5C temperatures, cold rain and lack of fitness), but at least I got a comic out of it ...
  • Black Like Me

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Japan-based writer Baye McNeil recently waged a successful one-man campaign against the (re)appearance of blackface on Japanese television, raising enough hell to persuade Fuji Television to remove the offending segment from its "Music Fair" broadcast.You've got a long way to go, though, Japan.In February, conservative former politician Ayako Sono wrote in a newspaper column that although rapidly aging Japan badly needs to import workers, people of different races should live separately. Sono wrote, "Ever since I learned of the situation in South Africa 20 to 30 years…
  • School's Out Forever!

    Roberto
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE. Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to Arizona's education spending. The state is poised to cut $255 million from its K-12 schools budget over the coming two years, and plans to stop funding community colleges in Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa Counties. Universities will be hit by a $104 million cut in fiscal year 2016. Ducey said, “We’ve got a budget deal. We’re excited about where we are.”
  • The New (G.O.P.) Math

    Roberto
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:17 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE. Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to Arizona's Medicaid spending, triggering even larger cuts from federal programs that offer matching funds. The state is poised to cut $127 million from its budget over the coming two years, which would mean the loss of another $508 million in funds from the federal government for AHCCCS.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Like Last Poll, Hillary Still Clobbers GOP Field

    Deacon Blues
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    CNN released its latest large sample, national head-to-head poll on the 2016 presidential race yesterday. And if the GOP was hoping that months of negative stories and attacks against Hillary Clinton would have knocked her down far enough to lose, they are disappointed this morning. Like a similar ABC News/Washington Post poll late last month showed, the email “scandal”, Benghazi, and the alleged pay-to-play scandal between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department haven’t dented the public’s preferences for president. In fact, it could be argued that even with her negatives…
  • Watching The Gulf With Alarm

    Deacon Blues
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Despite my initial optimism about the first-stage outline between Iran and the P-5 over Tehran's nuclear program, I’ve now reconciled myself to the reality that things are about to get bad, and perhaps really bad in the region. First, even though the Corker legislation from last week, and Obama’s acceptance of a congressional role in negotiation oversight was in fact a victory for the administration, it was a short-lived one. Over the weekend, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard did whatever it could to signal defiance of any negotiated solution, something that wouldn’t have happened without…
  • Where's the Real Drought Solution?

    Deacon Blues
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    I’ve been very busy of late without a chance to stay up on events. Nonetheless, let me throw out two short items for discussion over the weekend. Hillary and the GOP Pack It truly helps Hillary to have the likes of Chris Christie and Scott Walker attacking her for foreign policy and other failures. Both of these GOP governors have done so much damage to their states, in lackluster job growth, bad fiscal policies, terrible cronyism, attacks on education and the safety net, and their own whoring to the Koch’s and other GOP oligarchs that any attacks by them can be swiftly rebutted with the…
  • A Good Iran Deal The GOP Will Try and Kill

    Deacon Blues
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I’ve expressed my previous misgivings about the impending nuclear deal with Iran, given the news earlier in the week that Iran was insisting at the 11th hour to hold onto their spent nuclear fuel rather than ship it out to Russia. Now that the broad outlines of the actual deal were revealed yesterday, let me say it is better than what was (mis)reported in the days and weeks leading up the announcement. Yes, there will still be weeks of tough final negotiations ahead over the implementing details behind each major element of the agreement. And yes, either the Iranian hardliners or GOP “War…
  • Hillary Still Clobbers GOP Rivals

    Deacon Blues
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Yes, she's taken a pounding over her stupid and ill-advised decision to "go private" on her business emails while at Foggy Bottom. Yes, her favorable ratings and her "honesty" ratings have understandably taken a hit as a result. Yet even after a bad two months of media coverage from inside the Beltway, what does it tell you about Hillary's chances in 2016 when after all this she still clobbers potential GOP rivals by double digits? The latest national, large-sample poll by the Washington Post/ABC News shows that although Hillary may be less popular and seen as less trustworthy than she was…
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  • Americans Watch India's Times Now For The First Time

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    31 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Americans Watch India's Times Now For The First Time He just called him dumbo!” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo MUSIC Get at me Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music Inc. GET MORE... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 981629 16033 ratings Time: 02:46 More in Entertainment
  • Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition From time to time, we give celebrities a chance to read some of the mean things people tweet about them. We extended that same offer to our Commander in Chief, who happily agreed. This is an... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 23765523 167918 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Comedy
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler

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    11 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler Here are 10 surprising facts about the former German dictator, Adolf Hitler! Subscribe to Plethron's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/plethrons Visit our site: http://TopTrending.com... From: Top Trending Views: 3161946 33081 ratings Time: 03:13 More in Education
  • Civilians Guess Military Phrases

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    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Civilians Guess Military Phrases These poor civvies don't stand a chance with these military terms. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome BuzzFeedYellow videos! http://bit.ly/YT... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 802092 15141 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Entertainment
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  • Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World

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    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World Let's all have babies in Sweden. Check out more awesome videos on BuzzfeedVideo https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo MUSIC Ten Finger Boogie Licensed via Warner Chappell ... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 1056232 15996 ratings Time: 02:20 More in People & Blogs
  • Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much

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    9 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration... From: TED Views: 366136 4750 ratings Time: 09:17 More in Science & Technology
  • Jim Parsons and Ellen Discuss 'The Normal Heart'

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    22 May 2014 | 11:27 am
    Jim Parsons and Ellen Discuss 'The Normal Heart' It's an important work in the history of the gay rights movement. Jim talked about the impact it's had on him and the world. From: TheEllenShow Views: 618621 5967 ratings Time: 03:52 More in Entertainment
  • The tree of forty fruits | Sam Van Aken | TEDxManhattan

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    24 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The tree of forty fruits | Sam Van Aken | TEDxManhattan http://tedxmanhattan.org http://samvanaken.com Sam Van Aken's art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. Van Aken's projects cross boundaries between artistic... From: TEDx Talks Views: 247386 1329 ratings Time: 05:18 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

  • Christian T-shirts Will certainly Assist You Share God’s Word

    thylow
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    If you simply recognized exactly how much individuals are interested and also are in requirement of God, if you would certainly reveal him in the means you dress. The most means of doing it as well as having individuals ask you concerning him, is to put on something the represents him. Lots of statements we have actually listened to of individuals that open themselves and also ask regarding God due to the fact that of a Christian tee, they themselves open up the door for you to address to them as well as inform them exactly what the certain t-shirt suggests. We view young individuals in our…
  • Time To Obtain The Knowledge About Golden You Will Need

    thylow
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    If you’ve invested a bulk of your life working a 9 to 5 task for a mid to economy size company, you likely have some kind of retired life or 401k strategy. Many economic advisors will propose establishing this kind of strategy as well as diversifying by buying numerous stocks as well as bonds. These advisors commonly have both very little interest as well as understanding pertaining to the worth of gold-backed investing as well as a valuable metals IRA (individual retired life account). When retired life comes to be a fact, numerous individuals follow this strategy hoping to have…
  • Superb Advice For Extracting Genuine Worth From Rare metal Market segments

    thylow
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    If you have actually invested a bulk of your life working a 9 to 5 job for a mid to big size company, you likely have some kind of retired life or 401k strategy. A lot of economic consultants will certainly reveal developing this kind of strategy and also expanding by purchasing numerous stocks and also bonds. These consultants often have both extremely little interest and also understanding pertaining to the worth of gold-backed investing and also a gold and silvers IRA (individual retired life account). Lots of people follow this strategy wanting to have established a substantial nest egg…
  • Genital Warts Therapy – Why Wartrol Is an Excellent Remedy to Manage Genital Blemishes

    thylow
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Are you wanting to find out how to use Wartrol? When it comes to the process of just how to use Wartrol, well let me be the very first to inform you there are a married couple of points you have to take into factor to consider. Of all just what is Wartrol? In case you don’t understand currently, Wartrol is in truth a homeopathic treatment composed from ingredients which all have actually recovering homes associated to genital warts. These ingredients are then greatly weakened to a degree risk-free for human bodily consumption. How you can use Wartrol? In order to use Wartrol, there a…
  • Nail disorder

    thylow
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The most usual source of infection associated to the toenail is due to fungi, which is clinically rated in up to twenty percent of all conditions concerning toe nails. Due to the scope of such condition, afflicted individuals are continuously in search of toenail fungi residence remedies. A toenail that is had an effect on by such a fungus infection will certainly have a thickness, in uniformity. Its irregular appearance will certainly range, in discoloration, from yellow to cloudy-like and even brown. The make-up of such contaminated nails will certainly be rugged and also crumble-like, in…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • California is so over, says a Californian

    Bob Morris
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Photo by m_e_mccarron Oh baby, the thrill is gone for California, says Joel Kotkin, replaced by an increasingly feudal arrangement dominated by the monied class, with growing numbers of poor. As for the middle class, they are studiously ignored by coastal elites, who live in mansions, fly in private jets, and lecture the rest about living green, low-carbon, and simply. Their vassal politicians are happy to do their bidding. Kotkin, executive editor of New Geography, has lived in California for thirty years. My wife and I left California recently for many of issues he discusses; gaping and…
  • Our economy specializes in creating assholes, not good and services

    Bob Morris
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    In many jobs, especially low-level ones, employees are treated like robots or cattle who must conform and obey to whatever mad strictures are devised by assholes in the executive suites. Independent thinking is suspect. Do not go beyond the strictures of what your operating instructions are. You are a profit-making machine, nothing more. Jobs like these can rapidly turn one into an asshole, and that’s because they were designed by assholes. This fine rant titled ‘The Asshole Factory” is from Umair Haque, London-based consultant, author, contributor to Harvard Business…
  • Obama Retirement Fund: The Trans Pacific Partnership

    Bob Morris
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Photo by AFGE Obama is pushing the Trans Pacific Partnership harder than anything before. The TPP is viciously anti-Democracy noxious turd of an agreement that lets corporate interests overrule and even sue governments should their precious profits be in any way imperiled. Yes, TPP really is that bad. Oh, I’m sorry Sovereign Government, but we here at Amalgamated Chemicals will be suing you because you banned our cancerous additive. And the government will have no recourse. When Obama says the terms of TPP are freely available and that it “gets on my nerves” when people say…
  • Manufactured outrage over Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s middle finger

    Bob Morris
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Mainstream media wets its panties at a bored Tsarnaev giving the finger to a video camera, as this totally shows how Hideously Evil he is and clearly he must be the first inmate ever in the history of U.S. prisons to do such a thing. Oh, wait, he wasn’t actually giving the finger to anyone, just amusing himself. Sadly, uncritical lapdog rubbish is what we’ve come to expect from amusement companies / propaganda cheerleaders like CNN,who long ago (with scattered exceptions now and then) stopped being journalists. Happily, The Intercept still is, and doesn’t mindlessly…
  • The end of California drought? The blob is back

    Bob Morris
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    I am Blob and have come to slay the drought A persistent blob of warm water in the Pacific thought responsible for the California and southwest droughts has moved. Scientists think this could herald the beginning of a desperately needed El Nino with an accompanying Pineapple Express. This year it looks like El Nino will be a genuine force, unlike the “El Wimpo” of 2014. In a true Pineapple Express, rainstorms line up in the Pacific and come barreling into California, one after another, dumping rain there and throughout the southwest. And in 2015, it looks like this really might…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • About ISIS and the Middle East

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound. During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 2

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Demographics & the Situation of the Main Players Country-Population-Sect Total estimated Muslim population in the Middle East: 410 million (all country figures below are rounded up).  It is estimated there are 1.5 bil Muslims around the world. Over the 40 Muslim-dominated countries in the world: 85% are Sunni. Egypt: 88 mil; 53% Sunni Iran: 79 […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 3

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Of Sunni – Shia Overview The two main things occurring now in the Middle East are, 1) a boiling Sunni v. Shiite (Saudi Arabia v. Iran) situation presently focused in Syria; and 2) expanding aggression by ISIS, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi Arabia v. Iran situation, if not checked somehow, will lead […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 4

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Middle East Foundations Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations. Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam and the […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 5

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    What Caused ISIS The underlying reason there is an ISIS today is the Saudi Arabia (Sunni)-Iran (Shiite) cold war. The conflict is often portrayed as being based only on religion.  In reality it is more about power and the ability of each country to exert influence over the region. That said, one cannot escape the […]
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  • Going 'Hands On' At the US Army Virtual Reality Game Studio

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Andre Infante had the opportunity to tour the offices of the Army Games Studio, developers of “America’s Army,” and to see firsthand how the Army is using new technology in their outreach programs.Most game studios are pretty tight-lipped, much less one run by the government. The experience was fascinating, and he’s ready to share his experience with you in this FREE ebook.Contents Include:The Army Game StudioThe TourVideo GamesMotion Capture & AcquisitionsComic BooksVirtual RealityAugmented RealityImmersive ExperiencesThe Army in the 21st CenturyRequest Free!
  • New Cyber Security Federal Regulations: How This Is Impacting Application Network

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Chief among the respondents were CIO/CTOs representing the financial services industry with global annual sales of $5 billion or more.DOWNLOAD THIS SURVEY NOW to read how new federal regulations on Cyber Security lead to:Revenue LossBusiness DisruptionLoss of ProductivityIt is imperative that companies, not just the financial services industry, do everything in their means to not only mitigate cyber threats, but also to comply with emerging industry regulations in order to optimally protect their networks, applications and data – and most importantly, their customers.Request Free!
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    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    As mobile technology has evolved, healthcare organizations are seeing that mobile health, or mHealth, is a tremendous opportunity for healthcare workers to communicate and share information with co-workers, administrators, payors, and patients. But with great opportunity comes great responsibility. And the stringent demands of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), particularly the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule, means that providers must go to great lengths to ensure the protection of private patient health information (PHI).Request Free!
  • Building a More Efficient Government with eSignatures

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    This complimentary Ombud analyst report examines and identifies the implementation of eSignature technologies as a reinvention strategy to benefit your constituents and:Provide transparency and accountabilityAchieve a more efficient governmentMinimize process timeRequest Free!
  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Spring 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Spring 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions. The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:New Cyber Security Federal Regulations: How This Is Impacting Application NetworkExecutive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Preparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and…
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  • ‘SUDDEN JIHAD’ SYNDROME? Missouri Bust Station Murder Shares Much in Common with Boston Marathon Bombing

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Boston Marathon Bombing trial garnered a lot of media attention in recent days, in part, because the men suspected of committing the attack were Muslims and the attack itself bore earmarks of Islamic terrorism.  Conversely, a deadly shooting that took place in Missouri almost four years ago involved a Muslim man as the alleged shooter but has received little news coverage beyond the Show-Me State. Mohamed H. Dawod Less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, witnesses say then-25-year-old Mohamed H. Dawod shot to death Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon,…
  • National News Media Outlets Ignore Current Oklahoma City Bombing Trial During Week of 20th Anniversary Milestone

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Thanks to our nation’s news media paying scant attention to the case, few Americans are aware that a second Oklahoma City Bombing trial has been taking place in federal court in Salt Lake City for several years. Even during the week leading up to the 20th anniversary of the deadly man-made disaster, I could find only three minor media outlets mentioned the plaintiff attorney in their coverage. Only three. In this trial exhibit, two Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building surveillance cameras are shown, circled in red. Despite the fact Judge Clark Waddoups, the federal judge handling the case,…
  • Limited-Time Offer: Download Free Copies of My Books

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    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Beginning Monday, and for a very limited time, I’m giving away free downloads of the ebook versions of my first three books. Click on image above to order Bob’s books. To take advantage of this offer, simply visit my Amazon author page during the first three days of this week and download electronic versions of my books per this schedule: For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Monday, you can download the electronic book version of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011); For 24…
  • FLASHBACK: Attorney Says Unedited Versions of Oklahoma City Bombing Surveillance Tapes Are ‘Somewhere’

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was originally published Sept. 30, 2009. I share it again today with only minor modifications. I share it again today with only minor modifications and the addition of some new graphics as I continue my six years of coverage on this earthshaking event that changed the lives of so many in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised. “Someday, somewhere, somebody is going to have the guts to release that stuff,” said David P. Schippers, speaking to me by phone from his office in downtown Chicago Tuesday afternoon. Click image above to read other…
  • FLASHBACK: Best-Selling Author, Investigative Journalist Breaks Silence About OKC Bombing Videotapes

    admin
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below was originally published as a three-part series Sept. 28-30, 2009. I share it again today, in one piece, with only minor modifications and the addition of some new graphics as I continue my six years of coverage on this earthshaking event that changed the lives of so many in Oklahoma, the state where I was born and raised. Click image above to read other OKC Bombing-related articles. In an editor’s note Sept. 27, 2009, I informed my readers I had attempted to contact Jayna Davis for her take on a breaking news story related to the bombing of the Alfred P.
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Resistance Isn't Always Rational

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I agree with Robby Soave that non-defensive violence is not a good solution, both for moral and tactical reasons. But I nonetheless find myself filled with empathy for the people—rioters? protesters?— who have been engaging in acts of violence against police property, corporate property, and police themselves this afternoon and evening in Baltimore. That's not to say I condone their acts, but I find them understandable. Resistance isn't always rational, nor necessarily kind. Or, to say it another way, desperate people do desperate things. And it is very clear that there are a lot of…
  • State of Emergency in Baltimore, Governor Calls Out National Guard

    J.D. Tuccille
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    In response to riots in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency at about 7pm Eastern Time. The official announcement reads: ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today, at the request of Baltimore City, has signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City. The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh, will hold a press conference at the Maryland…
  • Rioting Is a Threat to Public Safety. Police Unions Are a Worse One.

    Ed Krayewski
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Protests in Baltimore over the Freddie Gray's unexplained death while in police custody from a fatal spine injury are turning violent. As usual, authorities blame outsiders for the violence, a spurious claim. In a press conference Saturday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well." Today, her spokesperson insisted the mayor didn't mean she give room for vandals to destroy, but that in providing space for peaceful protests, space is inevitably provided, too, for rioters. Another spurious claim. Nevertheless, it ought to…
  • New Study Indicates New York Might Be Better Off Cooling it With Petty Ticketing of Citizens

    Brian Doherty
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I have griped often here about the grim effects of what I call "petty law enforcement" on the life of citizens, particularly less well-to-do ones. The Wall Street Journal discusses a report from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that might open the eyes of lawmakers and law enforcers to the trouble such enforcement creates for them. Of course, so far NYPD chief William Bratton wants to keep basically treating being in public as a young man as a ticketable offense, as the Journal notes.  There is already an encouraging trend in the amount of mass ticketing declining in New York City:…
  • End the Violence in Baltimore: Rioting and Looting Never Justified

    Robby Soave
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Violence has engulfed Baltimore, Maryland, in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black 25-year-old who died while in police custody last week. It’s a confusing scene, but CNN is reporting that high school students started throwing rocks at police. Later, a CVS was looted by protesters, and someone lobbed a Molotov cocktail at a police car. It erupted in flames. Several police officers have already been injured in the attacks, and arrests are being made. This kind of violence is always wrong, even when it arises out of legitimate concerns about police brutality. That the criminal…
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • An Exclusive Q&A Webinar on In Defense of Selfishness with Author Peter Schwartz

    27 Apr 2015 | 10:13 am
    If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust and Destructive, by Peter Schwartz, to be published on June 2, 2015, please do so today. As a special inducement to those who pre-order the book on or before May 8, ARI is arranging an exclusive Q&A webinar, to be held in August. You’ll have the opportunity to ask Mr. Schwartz questions about the material in his book.
  • This Sunday: Yaron Broadcasts Live from Copenhagen

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Don’t miss an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show this Sunday, April 26. Yaron will broadcast live from Copenhagen, Denmark, where ARI Europe will officially launch next week. Tune in to hear Yaron discuss the fight for free markets in Europe and Ayn Rand’s growing presence throughout the continent.
  • ARI Encourages Greater Educator Awareness of Ayn Rand’s Ideas

    21 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The month of March proved to be an eventful one at ARI in the area of educator outreach. With the goal of increasing awareness of ARI’s Free Books to Teachers and Essay Contest programs, representatives from the Institute attended two national conferences aimed at high school teachers, administrators and school board members.
  • Wednesday on The Yaron Brook Show: The Climate Science Article Greenpeace Doesn’t Want You to Read

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Don’t miss an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show this Wednesday, April 22. ARI’s Keith Lockitch and Amanda Maxham will guest host this special Earth Day episode.
  • Tomorrow on The Yaron Brook Show: Policy Issues with No Easy Answers

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Don’t miss an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show tomorrow, Friday, April 17, for Yaron’s take on the breaking headlines of the day. Tune in here at 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific.
 
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • O'Malley's Attacks Can Help Clinton

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Jonathan Bernstein, Chicago Tribune
  • Why Roberts Might Support Gay Marriage

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Joseph Landau, NY Times
  • What Evangelicals Say About Hillary

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Melinda Henneberger, Bloomberg
  • Eric Holder's Legacy

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Gregg Jarrett, FOX News Channel
  • GOP Candidates Against the Tide on Marriage

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Eugene Robinson, WPWASHINGTON -- No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see -- except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.Actually, the very fact that the court is hearing arguments on the issue this week seems to telegraph how the justices are leaning. Prior rulings have been read by lower courts as a mandate to throw open the courthouse doors, with the result that same-sex marriage is now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The main arguments against gay marriage,…
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    The New Republic

  • Deal With It

    Danny Vinik
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    If you only casually follow politics, you probably don’t know much about Senator Patty Murray. She's rarely on TV or in the headlines. She’s not inclined to tear into her Republican colleagues or give floor speeches that go viral, like Senator Elizabeth Warren does. But Murray has become one of
  • Big Oil to Pope Francis: We Know What's Best for the World's Poor

    Rebecca Leber
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Over the course of this year, Pope Francis will ramp up his foray into the politically charged debate for action on climate change. It begins unofficially with Tuesday’s Vatican sum
  • What Loretta Lynch Must Do Now

    Jamil Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Loretta Lynch, who waited more than five months to be confirmed as U.S. attorney general, was finally sworn in late Monday morning. “Well, here we are!” she said with a smile, giving a rhetoric
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Is Putting Everyone Through Hell

    Petra Bartosiewicz
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    BOSTON, MA.—When a defendant stands trial for a crime that carries a possible penalty of death, what is the extra bar a jury must reach in order to decide that a lifetime of imprisonment is not enough? What damning facts must a prosecutor present, what heinousness of the crime and what painful det
  • America Has Not Reached a Transgender Tipping Point

    Eric Sasson
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Without a doubt, it was an extraordinary week for the transgender community. Model Andreja Pejic made history by becoming the first transgender woman to be profiled in Vogue. Laverne Co
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Fracturing democracies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    The world’s democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties.There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. A broad desire for governments to reduce the levels of economic insecurity and expand opportunity is constrained by a loss of confidence in the capacity of government to succeed. Intense demands for change are accompanied by fears that much of the change that is occurring will make life worse for individuals and families.Read full…
  • The Gingrich-Adams lesson on federal spending

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Let us now praise Newt Gingrich. Yes, Newt Gingrich.There he was, the scourge of Big Government, on the op-ed page of Wednesday’s New York Times calling for a doubling of the National Institutes of Health budget. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” he wrote, noting that government investments in preventing and curing disease could save the government money in direct health-care costs.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP learn from California?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    LOS ANGELESJim Brulte, California’s Republican state chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s 2016 candidates now focused on winning over a homogenous and very conservative primary electorate.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP learn from California?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    LOS ANGELESJim Brulte, California’s Republican state chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s 2016 candidates now focused on winning over a homogenous and very conservative primary electorate.Read full article >>
  • Rubio’s familiar fountain of youth

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    In all of rock-and-roll history, one of the most misguided if entirely memorable lines came in an otherwise excellent 1965 song by the Who. “I hope I die before I get old,” they declared in “My Generation.” I doubt that many people who joyfully sang along with those lyrics 50 years ago really believed them, except perhaps metaphorically. Read full article >>
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. (D. Carnegie) — And spread a little of that joy around! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony. (M. Gandhi) — Harder to accomplish at some times than others! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from the average man. (C. Schwab) — While still being yourself. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. (E. Hoffer) — Loudest, most convincingly, and without anyone to contradict us! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:22 am
    Most triumphs and tragedies are caused not by people being good or evil, but by being people. (N. Gaiman) — Our fatal flaw! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 4-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Political Strategy Notes

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Despite gushing reports about Marco Rubio's presidential candidate debut, like this one, somehow, his epic water-break, depicted here in slo mo, still resonates: At The American Prospect Heather Hurlburt spotlights what may be a transformative election for American women, especially Democratic women: "The number of visible women in the pipeline behind Clinton and Warren is also unprecedented. Women hold one-third of Democratic Senate seats up for election in 2016. At least seven GOP incumbents also have potential Democratic women challengers, from party stars like Tammy Duckworth in Illinois…
  • Galston: Why Dems Should Advocate for Growth, Rather Than Redistribution

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    William Galston's latest Wall St. Journal column "A Better Campaign Theme Than Inequality: Income disparity doesn't much worry America. Advocating for growth holds more promise" encapsulates a viewpoint gaining support among centrist Democrats. Galston notes polling data which indicate that, despite all of the media buzz about economic inequality as a growing concern, it really doesn't rank all that high as a public priority: Hillary Clinton was reportedly struck that no one had asked her about inequality. She shouldn't have been surprised... Recent opinion surveys show inequality well down…
  • Mythbusting: No, Governors Aren't Always Better Presidential Candidates

    23 Apr 2015 | 5:42 pm
    We're far enough into the 2016 election cycle to hear the sound of a few myths exploding. A notable one is the idea that governors are inherently better presidential candidates. I took a jaundiced look at that one at TPMCafe this week: This ancient trope is based partly on statistics, notes Five Thirty Eight's Nate Silver: Throughout American history, about twice as many governors as senators have been chosen to be standard bearers by the major parties, even though at any given moment there are only half as many sitting governors as sitting senators. Statistics aside, it's plausible that…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Jonathan Bernstein explains "Why Clinton is pushing campaign-money reform" in his Bloomberg syndicated column: "Campaign-finance reform is a safe subject. It's hard to see how events will make current talking points on it look silly or embarrassing in the future. Restricting money in politics is broadly popular (especially with a lot reporters and their editors), even if it isn't something that will sway a lot of votes in the general election next year." Amy B. Dean, a fellow of the Century Foundation, rolls out a compelling argument that "Democrats must have a concrete plan to empower…
  • Earth Day Used To Be Bipartisan--But Not Any More

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Today is Earth Day, which led me to some ruminations on the lost bipartisanship of this commemoration at Washington Monthly: It's Earth Day, and also the 45th anniversary of the annual event identified with the modern U.S. environmental movement. But for the people running for the GOP presidential nomination, it's just another day to run away from Mother Earth. At Bloomberg Politics, Mark Drajem has a useful round-up of the views of all the major presidential candidates on global climate change and associated issues.... In terms of current positions, though, there's less disagreement than…
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  • The Narrative Roots of Public Policy

    Ricardo Hausmann
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    At the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama, Cuban President Raúl Castro chose to break with the agreed protocol. Instead of speaking for eight minutes, he took six times longer to present a potted political history of his country. There was good reason for him to do so.
  • Did US Drone Strikes Lose Yemen?

    Amrit Singh
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Yemen’s recent descent into crisis has prompted debate about America’s counterterrorism strategy, which is centered on drone strikes in the country. In fact, as a new report shows, even if the current crisis had not erupted, the harm to Yemeni civilians caused by the strikes should be enough to force policymakers to change course.
  • Turkey’s Historical Responsibility

    Aryeh Neier
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Turkey’s government should stop responding angrily to those who use the word “genocide” to describe the killing of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago. The best way for a country to rehabilitate its reputation is to accept responsibility for the misdeeds of the past.
  • How Iran Is Winning

    Shlomo Ben-Ami
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The recent framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has placed Iran on a stronger footing than ever. In order to bring some semblance of stability to the Middle East, the US must think beyond the agreement and develop, with all stakeholders, a collective security regime.
  • The AIIB and Global Governance

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Despite official American and Japanese opposition, 57 countries have opted to be among the founding members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Regardless of what naysayers believe, this remarkable turn of events can only benefit global economic governance.
 
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    News - AllGov

  • Obama Administration Releases Heavily Censored Version of 6-Year-Old Secret Report Casting Doubt on Legality and Effectiveness of Bush’s Warrantless Spying

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the George W. Bush administration ordered the National Security Agency (NSA) to ignore the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 by beginning the secret warrantless surveillance of international phone calls, emails and data without going through the Judicial Branch of government. This surveillance evolved into a program called Stellarwind. Now, newly declassified documents show that the data obtained from Stellarwind was so secret that it was not useful in tracking terrorists.   The report was prepared jointly in 2009 by the…
  • Who are the 8 Americans Killed by Drone Strikes?

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Since drones have been employed to kill terror suspects overseas, at least eight Americans have died in such attacks, seven during the Obama administration. Only one was specifically targeted, according to the U.S. government.   The one American targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency was Anwar al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico. The Islamic cleric plotted to blow up a Detroit-bound plane in 2009, which made him the focus of a drone strike in Yemen on September 30, 2011. The same strike also killed Samir Khan, who was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up in New York. Obama…
  • What Happened to $1.3 Billion of Taxpayer Money Sent Directly to U.S. Military Officers in Afghanistan? Pentagon won’t Say

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    The Department of Defense (DOD) refuses to detail what it did with $1.3 billion that was supposed to be used on urgent humanitarian and reconstruction projects.   A report (pdf) from Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko pointed out that $2.26 billion had been put into the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP). That funding is meant to be used primarily for small projects estimated to cost less than $500,000 involving such issues as transportation, electricity and education. This year, most of the money will be used for condolence payments…
  • Wildlife Services Killed more than 2.7 Million Animals Last Year

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Wildlife Services is an ambiguously named division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The name sounds benign enough—someone might assume that the agency somehow protects animals from harm.   That’s not the case though. Wildlife Services killed 2,713,570 animals—mostly birds—in 2014. The previous year it had set a record for wildlife kills: 4 million. In nearly two decades the agency has destroyed more than 27 million animals.   “It’s sickening to see these staggering numbers and to know that so many of these animals were cut down by…
  • Sen. Inhofe Goes for Hypocrisy Record, Saying Climate Change is a Hoax, but Nuclear Power is Good because it Avoids “Dangerous Climate Change”

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    Republican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s tenuous grip on reality is no secret. When the Alfred E. Murrah building in his state’s largest city was bombed at 9:02 in the morning on April 19, 1995, Inhofe said on national television that there wouldn’t be many casualties because most government workers would be out drinking coffee at that time. He’s also said that President Obama is supporting enemies of the United States.   But much of his criticism is directed at those who say that climate change is real and is a danger to our planet. Inhofe is now the chairman…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Civil Rights after same-sex marriage in Arizona

    AZ BlueMeanie
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I posted about these issues the other day. Before anyone sings the praises of Governor Ducey …. The Arizona Republic reports today, Arizona gay-rights groups look beyond high court: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in lawsuits … Continue reading →
  • The GOP Adelson Primary

    AZ BlueMeanie
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, the GOP contenders in the “Koch Primary” had to audition and kiss the ring ass of the Koch brothers for their billion dollar campaign war chest. This past weekend was the “Adelson Primary” in Las … Continue reading →
  • Pope Francis to host conference on climate change on Tuesday

    AZ BlueMeanie
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    On Tuesday, Pope Francis will host major conference on climate change entitled “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development“: The conference will feature famous American economist, Jeffrey Sachs, who is the director of … Continue reading →
  • Scott Walker takes his act to Minnesota, fails by comparison

    AZ BlueMeanie
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    This past week Wisconsin  Gov. Scott Walker was in the state of Minnesota.  His road trip was best summed up by former Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak: “He promised a ‘road to prosperity,’” Rybak said. “About the only road to prosperity … Continue reading →
  • The feckless media falls back on old ways: The Clinton Rules

    AZ BlueMeanie
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Well that didn’t take long. Just days after announcing an “exclusive” arrangement with Peter Schweizer for his upcoming book on Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, both the New York Times and Washington Post ran “hint of scandal” stories this … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

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

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
  • Republican Congresswoman From WA Asks for Obamacare Horror Stories on Facebook… And Then Becomes One

    Kevin Davis
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Virtually everyone who posts something online wants it to go viral.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  It has happened to me in the past, and it’s exhilarating.  Watching your hit counter skyrocket, seeing the Facebook likes and Twitter retweets pile in, hearing that something you write is ranked #1 on Reddit… it can make a person forgo a night’s sleep, just to keep hitting “refresh” and watch the numbers climb.  A few days ago, a Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, went viral. She posted a graphic on her Facebook…
  • Setting the Record Straight About Young Skeptics

    Kevin Davis
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    On February 2nd, a Christian website, eternalplanner.com, published a video podcast called “Evangelical Christians React to Young Skeptics After School Club.”  In the video’s description, it read, “What should our stance be toward secular clubs like Young Skeptics, which teach evolution to young people?  The creators of Young Skeptics clearly have a goal to convert children to atheism.”  As a co-founder and the Communications Director for Young Skeptics, I responded to the owner of the site with this comment: After a brief online discussion, Rob invited me…
  • Rev. Mark Creech Uses ‘The Bible is True Because the Bible Says It’s True’ Argument to Call Out Ron Reagan

    Kevin Davis
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Rev. Mark Creech, a columnist at the Christian Post, published an article this morning addressing Ron Reagan’s participation in last year’s FFRF.org ad. The 30-second spot continues to be aired on TV and shared on the internet.  Most notably, it has been shown on CNN and during the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  In the video, Reagan identifies himself as an “unabashed atheist” and proclaims that he’s not afraid of burning in hell (because he doesn’t believe it exists). Rev. Creech decided to voice his opinion on the ad, essentially using Bible verses to…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Monday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    WOMAN TIED UP, ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN INGLESIDE HOME EARLY SATURDAY A woman was tied up and robbed at gunpoint inside her home in San Francisco’s Ingleside neighborhood early Saturday morning, according to police. The robbery was reported at 2:52 a.m. Saturday at the woman’s home in the 700 block of Holloway Avenue, police said. The male suspect entered the home through a window and pointed a handgun at the 26-year-old victim, then tied her around the wrists and ankles, according to police. The suspect then took two safes and the woman’s smartphone before fleeing. He remained…
  • San Francisco on Track to End Veteran Homelessness by the End of This Year

    Andrew Cullen
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    BCN- U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald expressed his support in San Francisco today for additional Bay Area resources to help get homeless veterans into stable housing. McDonald, along with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and other Bay Area community leaders, gathered at the Veterans Memorial near San Francisco City Hall today to announce a 33 percent national decrease of homeless veterans since the White House and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a 2010 plan to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Last month McDonald announced that…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    2 MEN INJURED IN BAYVIEW SHOOTING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON Two men were injured in a shooting in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Wednesday afternoon, according to police. Officers responded at 12:45 p.m. to the first block of Osceola Lane after receiving an alert from the department’s ShotSpotter gunshot detection system, police said. The officers saw multiple people leaving the area and found shell casings and a handgun at the scene, but did not locate any victims. However, two victims later walked into San Francisco General Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg and back, police…
  • Wednesday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    COMPETENCY OF MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL UNDER EVALUATION A 31-year-old man accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl by her neck and pinning her up against a building in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood last week is being evaluated to determine whether he is mentally competent to participate in criminal proceedings. The suspect, Andras Kosdi, remains in custody following his arrest on April 15. A mental competency report has been ordered and he is set to return to court on April 30, prosecutors said. The attack occurred at about 7:40 a.m. on April 15 as the 5-year-old…
  • New Bill Could Legalize Paid Carpooling

    Andrew Cullen
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Did you know that paid carpooling is prohibited by law in California? Reset San Francisco founder Assemblymember Phil Ting has introduced legislation to change that. Getting more cars off the road with not only reduce traffic, but also it helps our environment! Read more in the Los Angeles Times article below. New bill could legalize paid carpooling By Tracey Lien Los Angeles Times April 20, 2015 Carpooling is one of the most popular services transport network companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar offer, but it faces a problem. Under California law, paid carpooling is prohibited. Assemblyman…
 
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • 5 Misconceptions About Local Online Campaigning

    Online Candidate
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    Q: My political campaign is very small, it will be over fairly soon, and our voter turnout is low. Do I really need to bother with online campaigning? A: Absolutely. In fact, online campaigning can more important for smaller, local elections. Using the web to get out the vote can make all the difference when […]
  • What Local Candidates Can Learn From Botched Presidential Launches

    Online Candidate
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    As the United States presidential election race gears up, several candidates have already stumbled out of the gate. If you are a local candidate running for office, you can learn a thing or two from these presidential candidate gaffes. Ted Cruz Hopes You Can Type The Right Address In March, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced […]
  • 5 Reasons Why Voters Don’t Trust Your Online Campaign

    Online Candidate
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Trust. It can be hard to gain and very easy to lose. Here are five reasons why voters might not trust your online campaign - and they have nothing to do with your existing online reputation...
  • Spring Campaign Social Media Cleanup Tips

    Online Candidate
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    As winter ends and spring approaches, now is a good time to do a review of your campaign social media accounts. Here are some tips to get your new or existing social media profiles in shape for election season. These tips apply to both your campaign accounts and personal accounts. Update your profile information When […]
  • Campaign Writing Can Make or Break a Vote

    Online Candidate
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    First impressions will make or break a voter's support. The campaign material you distribute should always be your best work.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Congratulations to Bruce Jenner for Coming Out As a Conservative!

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    In the much anticipated interview of Bruce Jenner by Diane Sawyer, Bruce bravely admitted to being a conservative Republican! [Gasp!] This was extremely brave to do and I fully support and congratulate him!He also mentioned something about turning into a women.I wasn't planning on watching this interview but, when I noticed it was about to come on while surfing the channels I decided - why not? I have actually always liked Bruce Jenner. Out of the Kardashian-clan Bruce was the one to be admired and most respected. After all, he's the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner and they are…
  • Book Review - Surviving Puberty Erecting Your Future and Making the Breast Decisions

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Surviving Puberty – Erecting Your Future and Making the Breast Decisions by Chad Bishoff is a book that asks the question, “Does puberty really end?”Chad introduces himself as a young man who grew up in Omaha, NE from a middle-class home and a Catholic upbringing.There is something that goes on during the ages of puberty that our minds do not quite understand. Even as adults it’s hard to really grasp all these changes and explain all the “why’s” concerning our thoughts, our actions, and even our behaviors. Chad Bishoff’s book is one-of-a-kind since he actually reverts back in…
  • Robert Downey Jr.Walks OUT on Rude Interviewer

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Let me just first say that I have always, always LOVED Robert Downey Jr. Ever since I was a young kid I have adored him because he has always been so incredibly talented. Even in his dark days, I really liked this guy. I always had hope for him and to watch him climb from the gutters of addiction and become the star he is today is just incredible and makes an American proud.This interview that was done by some dullard from the UK starts off with asking questions about the new movie coming out for Iron Man.Finally the guy decides to badger Downey about a quote that was from Downey several…
  • Thinking Critically - Maddox Debunks Wage Myth

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:15 pm
    The Obama years have brought us controversy. One issue after the other is discussed in such a way to divide Americans. We now have more animosity between blacks and whites, illegals and citizens, criminals and law enforcement, and of course women and men.Yes, one can argue that Americans do need to discuss many difficult issues. Certainly it is better to discuss things than to sweep them under the rug. We can also argue that these discussions could be more productive if we are more willing to deal with real facts and real issues rather than propaganda and entirely made up statistics for the…
  • Idiocy That People Like and I Cannot Stand

    19 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    SourcePulp Fiction For years people around me have glorified this movie, demanding I watch it and go on and on ad nauseam about how great it is, how original it is, etc. I remember when it first came out. The hype of this movie was over the top, even before it was officially released.Read more »
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    Politics

  • Is Russell Brand ready to vote at last - for Ed Miliband?

    Media Mole
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Ed Miliband has been snapped leaving Brand's flat. Photo:Getty Ed Miliband has been snapped leaving Russell Brand's flat. The comedian and activist has recently praised Miliband on his programme The Trews after the Labour leader's appearance in the televised debates.   It came in stark contrast to Brand's previous criticisms of politicians and the political process. Writing in the New Statesman, Brand said: I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more…
  • What is Trident?

    New Statesman
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    The UK's nuclear fleet. Trident is the name of our nuclear submarines. Photo: Getty Britain's fleet of nuclear submarines is called Trident. There are four submarines (called Vanguard-class submarines), each with the capability of carrying 16 nuclear missiles. It's the missiles themselves that are actually called Trident (Trident II D-5 ballistic nuclear missiles). Each missile has the ability of delivering eight warheads. The missiles are capable of reaching targets 7,500 miles away. Like a relay system, at any one time there is always one submarine constantly patrolling the seas, while…
  • What is Right to Buy?

    New Statesman
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    A policy brought in by Margaret Thatcher to allow council tenants to purchase their houses. Right to Buy allows council tenants to buy the homes they occupy. Photo: Getty Right to Buy is the name of a policy brought in by Margaret Thatcher's government in 1980. It allows council tenants to purchase the home they live in at a significant discount. It was a very popular policy, with one in three purchasing their property. Labour initially opposed the policy but ended up dropping its opposition to it in 1985. Ed Miliband recently stated, "We’re not in principle opposed to Right to Buy."…
  • How sound is Britain's recovery?

    Peter Kenway
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Unbalanced, uneven, and fragile. The recovery isn't all it's cracked up to be. The future's for discoverin'. Photo:Getty “The single biggest issue affecting the country at the moment”, Ken Clarke told the New Statesman the other day, is that “we still have not created a rebalanced, modern, competitive economy, which can start producing sustainable rises in living standards”. How can that be? On the face of it the economy looks to be into a good recovery phase – growth at its highest since 2006, record employment levels and the public sector deficit under half what it was at its peak…
  • What does Plaid Cymru mean?

    New Statesman
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    And how do you pronounce Plaid Cymru? Plaid Cymru means the "Party of Wales". Photo: Getty Plaid Cymru is a Welsh political party. It is a nationalist party that advocates an independent Wales. Its name is the Welsh for "party of Wales" (Plaid = Party; Cymru = Wales). It is pronounced Plyed Kumree.
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Passaparola - The violence of the Bulgarian edict, by Carlo Freccero #RAI

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    New Twitter Gallery "Obviously a big hello to all the friends, or rather the nutcases of Grillo’s Blog. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be hung, drawn and quartered, not to mention insulted, but all in all I love it because somehow I always seem to love a good fight more than I love consensus, so I’m going to give you all a heartfelt and passionate hello. Above all, remember that I’m a Ligurian and therefore a bit of a masochist, so I enjoy getting beaten up a bit, and secondly, let’s try and a good discussion because I’m certain that something good is bound to come out of…
  • Pizza served to you by M5S parliamentarians

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    “Tomorrow you’ll get pizza served to you by our parliamentarians. We do not want public financing. We finance ourselves with donations from those who believe in this project. On 27 April, the 5 Star MoVement is waiting for you in Naples, to eat yummy pizza together. You just have to get settled and you’ll get your pizza served to you at your table, by our parliamentarians. Yes, you have understood correctly. The serving staff for the evening are: Luigi Di Maio, Alessandro Di Battista, Roberto Fico, Vito Crimi, Nicola Morra, Carlo Sibilia, Angelo Tofalo, Vega Colonnese, Carla Ruocco,…
  • Equitalia’s multiplication of debt #Equitalia

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    Cartoon: TheHand Let’s close down Equitalia! In an earlier article we asked you to tell us about your dealings with Equitalia. Today we are publishing the ninth. Use the comments to tell us the story of your experience with Equitalia, if you’ve been unlucky enough to have had one. Remember that the testimony you give will be gathered together to create a book that will be downloadable for free. From the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to the multiplication of debt by Equitalia. “The amount I’m talking about is very low, but the principles of application are what I find to be…
  • The new arrivals

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:29 am
    On 9 August 378, the Roman Empire started its decline that was then followed by its collapse with the defeat at Hadrianopolis at the hands of the Goths and their allies. History doesn’t always repeat itself, but it often has strong associations with the past. What happened then in Rome’s Europe with the uncontrolled inflow of so called "barbarians" from the East, could happen today in the EU with an invasion from the South. Now, as then, the management of these gigantic migrations is said to be "humanitarian". The Goths were fleeing from the advance of the Huns and they asked the Romans…
  • Clandestine: secret, hush-hush, undercover

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Clandestine: secret, hush-hush, undercover The 5 Star MoVement is calling for the immigrants that reach Italian soil in an improper manner and that are do not have refugee status, to be expelled. In every country in the world illegal immigrants are expelled. It’s a matter of civilized common sense. The word is spreading all over Africa that you can get into Italy and then disappear into nothingness. A million people could be coming into Italy in the next few months thanks to a faint-hearted government. And then what? It’ll no longer be a matter of immigration, but a state of war. We’ll…
 
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  • The Scandal in Wisconsin

    Tim Lynch
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:19 am
    Over at National Review, David French has a chilling article about politicized ‘John Doe’ investigations and police raids directed against persons and organizations who are suspected of challenging union power and/or supporting Scott Walker. Here is an excerpt: [After the early morning police raid came] the warnings. Don’t call your lawyer. Don’t talk to anyone about this. Don’t tell your friends. The kids watched — alarmed — as the school bus drove by, with the students inside watching the spectacle of uniformed police surrounding the house, carrying out the family’s…
  • Martin O’Malley’s Tax Increases

    Chris Edwards
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    As scandals continue to swirl around Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is positioning himself for a run for the Democratic nomination. He is relatively young, telegenic, and well-spoken. However, O’Malley has a record that includes tax hikes so large that they turned off even Democratic-dominated Maryland.   As I discuss in the Daily Caller today, O’Malley: Raised the top personal income tax rate from 4.75 to 5.75 percent. With local taxes on top, Maryland’s top rate is 8.95 percent. Raised the corporate tax rate from 7.0 to 8.25 percent. Raised the sales tax…
  • Wisconsin’s Criminalization of Political Speech

    Roger Pilon
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Just when you thought the long-running “John Doe” prosecution/persecutions in Wisconsin couldn’t get any worse—SWAT teams conducting pre-dawn raids on family homes, gag orders on the victims, and the prosecutor’s recusal motion directed against no fewer than four state supreme court justices, all over politically driven campaign finance allegations—Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm suggested over the weekend that Gov. Scott Walker could be criminally charged for lying. Walker’s “crime”? In Iowa on Saturday, he questioned whether the prosecution’s tactics…
  • For Ronald Reagan Peace through Strength Did Not Mean War at Any Price

    Doug Bandow
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Alzheimer’s robbed Ronald Reagan of his memory. Now Republican neocons are trying to steal his foreign policy legacy. Reagan likely would have been appalled by the aggressive posturing of most of the Republicans currently seeking the White House. Ronald Reagan’s mantra was “peace through strength.” Peace was the end, strength the means. He focused on the Soviet Union and its advanced outposts, especially in the Western Hemisphere. Restraining the hegemonic threat posed by an aggressive, ideological Soviet Union led to Reagan’s tough policy. Still, Reagan avoided military…
  • Throw out Massachusetts's Sedition Act

    Ilya Shapiro, Gabriel Latner
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    John Adams left his state a conflicted legacy. As a young man in 1765, Adams took to the Boston Gazette to protest censorship, reminding his readers that “liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people,” and for that reason “none of the means of information are more sacred, or have been cherished with more tenderness and care by the settlers of America, than the press. Care has been taken that the art of printing should be encouraged, and that it should be easy and cheap and safe for any person to communicate his thoughts to the public.” Fifteen years later,…
 
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  • Collins and Chesterton on The Fall

    sirrahc
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:05 pm
    “Man’s greatness is so obvious that it can even be deduced from his wretchedness…. Man’s greatness and wretchedness are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us that there is in man some great principle of greatness and some great principle of wretchedness. It must also account for such amazing contradictions.”  — Blaise […]
  • The Case Against Jeb Bush

    sirrahc
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    “Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is today’s mushy moderate candidate who may well follow in the footsteps of a whole string of similar losers, from Mitt Romney and John McCain in recent elections, all the way back to Thomas E. Dewey, who managed to lose even in an election where three different Democrats were on […]
  • Sowell on the Discrimination of Women in the Workforce

    sirrahc
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:40 pm
    As I work my way slowly, intermittently through Thomas Sowell’s rather large text, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, (4th ed., 2011), I find myself wanting to share, well, almost all of it. Of course, that’s not going to happen, but I will probably post on a few more topics from this […]
  • On Jesus’ Burial: 9 Reasons the Gospels Are Credible

    sirrahc
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “It appears unfounded to doubt the fact of Jesus’ honorable burial — even historically considered.”  — Wolfgang Trilling, distinguished NT scholar and German redaction critic Burial As a modern-day Westerner, when I think of burial of a person’s remains, I picture them usually in a coffin/casket, which is lowered into a large rectangular hole, which […]
  • On Jesus’ Death, part 4 of 4: Swoon Theory and Substitutionary Atonement

    sirrahc
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    “Except for the romantic few who think that Jesus did not die on the cross but woke up in the tomb and ran off to India with Mary Magdalene, most scholars accept the uniform testimony of the Gospels that Jesus died.”  — Raymond E. Brown, distinguished (though somewhat controversial) Catholic scholar and emeritus professor of […]
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  • Russell Brand on “Icebergs of Filth”

    Fair Observer
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    What does porn do to both men and women and the way we relate to each other? Sex is something we need and want because of our biological make-up. But has the notion of sexuality become warped and perverted as a result of a confused acculturation of love and physical closeness? According to Russell Brand, […] The post Russell Brand on “Icebergs of Filth” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Drinking Jack From a Coke Can While Holding Your Gun

    Larry Beck
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Larry Beck outlines his observations from a recent visit to Texas. I decided to go to Texas for a few weeks to commune with nature and talk to some Texans. So I headed for Southwest (SW) Texas, Big Bend National Park and a few Texas State Parks to camp, hike and fish a little. Let me […] The post Drinking Jack From a Coke Can While Holding Your Gun appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Run to Tell a Different Story in Palestine

    Sophia Akram
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Runners in Palestine exercise their right to movement as marathon season gets underway. On April 26, over 30,000 runners will participate in the annual London Marathon. On the same day, the Madrid, Hamburg and Siracusa marathons will also take place. Popular long distance races occur all year long throughout the world, and they provide countrymen […] The post Run to Tell a Different Story in Palestine appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Triumph of South Africa’s Spirit Against Adversity

    Atul Singh
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Even as economies slow down and jobs dry up, South Africans march against xenophobia to demonstrate admirable solidarity. News on Africa is usually about violence, corruption and poverty. When positive developments occur, they are often ignored. Such is the case this week as well. Every major media outlet covered the post-Charlie Hebdo killings march in […] The post The World This Week: Triumph of South Africa’s Spirit Against Adversity appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • 7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of Prophet Muhammad

    Yasmina Blackburn
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Khadija was one of history’s most remarkable women. I often get into debates with people about women in Islam. How we dress. How we don’t dress. What we think or don’t think or should be thinking. I also get into debates about feminism. What it is and what it isn’t. I think I’ve spawned permanent […] The post 7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of Prophet Muhammad appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Full-time sau part-time? Avantajele si dezavantajele unui astfel de loc de munca Timisoara

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Cand esti tanar si plin de energie iti doresti sa lucrezi cat mai mult si sa faci cat mai multi bani. Corect? Depinde insa foarte mult si ce fel de loc de munca Timisoara iti alegi si cat timp ii aloci acestuia. Daca nu vrei sa cazi in capcana unui job full-time sau a unuia part-time ar fi bine sa analizezi cu atentie avantajele si dezvantajele unui loc de munca Timisoara full-time sau part-time. Locurile de munca full-time sunt bune pentru cei care isi doresc stabilitate, siguranta zilei de maine intr-o companie, un salariu fix, fara sa existe dependenta de comisioane sau alte forme de plata…
  • ReCell, un nou tip de tratament vitiligo da speranta bolnavilor de aceasta afectiune

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    Pe Pamant exista o multi de boli autoimune care ne afecteaza mai mult sau mai putin. Printre cele mai raspandite boli cu baza autoimuna, dobandite, se afla vitiligo.Vitiligo este usor de depistat pentru ca se manifesta prin depigmentarea unor zone din diferite parti ale corpului, mai precis a stratului de suprafata. Depigmentarea se produce la nivelul ochilor, gurii, mainilor, organelor de reproducere sau zona inghinala, iar tratament exista. Boala in sine nu are efecte atat de grave asupra pielii, se poate trai cu ea, nu e foarte periculoasa, dar distruge psihic persoana care are parte de ea…
  • Limbi care ascund ciudatenii lingvistice cel putin bizare

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    Limbile australiene ale aborigenilor sunt ca un fel de jazz nebun. Datorita izolarii celor care le vorbesc, limbile sunt unice si foarte interesante. Desi pare cam ciudat, multe dintre ele seamana cu engleza veche, avand si radacini germanice si latine. In limbile australiene nu exista un loc fix al cuvintelor in propozitie. Asta inseamna ca o conversatie poate suna ca un jazz nebun, cuvintele aparand unde le vine mai bine sau ii vine mai bine vorbitorului.Ciudatenia si mai mare este ca oricum ar fi aranjate cuvintele, cel din fata ta intelege perfect ce vrei sa spui. Ca si in jazz, regulile…
  • Ai nevoie de un AUDIT SEO?

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    Auditul SEO stabileste exact modul in care se pot imbunatati performantelor site-ului tau.Ce presupune un audit SEO?Serviciul de auditare SEO propus de Oseom Media vizeaza atat aspectele SEO on-page, cat si cele off-page.In urma acestui audit SEO, veti primi un raport complex ce detaliaza toate aspectele analizate, impreuna cu recomandari punctuale de imbunatatire, astfel:- o analiza a codului din punct de vedere al indexarii, vitezei de incarcare a site-ului, meta-taguri, recomandari punctuale privind structura navigatiei si arhitectura informatiei.- sfaturi generale privind optimizarea…
  • MyProjekts – reteaua sociala care te ajuta sa iti indeplinesti proiectele personale

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    MyProjekts este o retea sociala care are scopul de a-i ajuta pe oameni sa realizeze proiecte nascute din pasiuni sau hobby-uri.Myprojekts este o platforma sociala care uneste oameni si branduri cu interese comune si le ofera uneltele necesare pentru a-si realiza proiectele din online in offline.Platforma se afla in stadiul de beta, urmand sa fie stabilite si ultimele detalii. Va fi promovata atat in Romania, cat si in Statele Unite, Marea Britanie si Franta, dezvoltatorii proiectului dorind sa atraga cat mai multi oameni cu idei sau in cautare de idei. Platforma functioneaza si ca sursa de…
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  • Another Webby Win for FactCheck.org

    FactCheck.org
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    FactCheck.org has been awarded the 2015 Webby for best Political Blog/Website by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. And thanks to our amazing readers, we also won the People’s Voice Webby in the same category. This is the second consecutive year that FactCheck.org has won both awards, which honor the best of the Internet. We are now a six-time winner of the judge’s Webby award and an eight-time winner of the People’s Voice award as voted by the public. The other finalists for best Political Blog/Website were Politico, New Zealand-based On the Fence, the…
  • Clinton on Global Domestic Violence Laws

    Eugene Kiely
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Hillary Clinton repeatedly has said “more than half the nations in the world” have no laws on domestic violence. That’s wrong. The United Nations reports that 125 countries — two-thirds of all nations — had such laws on the books as of April 2011. Clinton, who has made women’s rights a central theme of her nascent presidential campaign, gave her first speech as a presidential candidate at the Women in the World Summit on April 23. She talked about the progress women have made in recent decades, citing improvements in Tanzania, Nepal and Rwanda. “There has…
  • Is Marijuana Really a ‘Gateway Drug’?

    Dave Levitan
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled. In an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on April 14, Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said he would crack down on marijuana sales and use in Washington and Colorado, which in 2012 were the first two states to…
  • Fact-Checking Is More Popular than Politicians

    Brooks Jackson
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    New research shows that the public views political fact-checking journalism — the sort of thing we do here — far more favorably than it does most politicians. Fact-checking is also a measurably effective tool for correcting political misinformation regardless of whether or not a ratings scale is used, the research shows. Fact-checking increases the audiences’ political knowledge, and it is growing at a dramatic rate. But the research also shows Republicans view it less favorably than do Democrats. And it found that, overall, those with less education and knowledge viewed…
  • Chris Christie Spins Economic Data

    Eugene Kiely
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a couple of economic claims at a recent forum in New Hampshire that may seem startling at first — until placed into context: Christie said it is “outrageous” that there have been “some months” during the Obama administration “where more people have gone on to Social Security Disability than have gotten a job.” But that’s true of every administration since 1986, which is as far back as disability data are available online. He also said New Jersey went “an entire decade without job growth,” from 2000…
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  • Maryland Congressman: Police Department Needs a ‘Top to Bottom’ Review

    Ethan Brown
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:04 am
    Maryland Congressman: Police Department Needs a ‘Top to Bottom’ Review Has Been Optimized Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland discussed the ongoing turmoil in his home city of Baltimore in a news appearance on CBS’s Sunday morning news program “Face the Nation” on April 26. Citizens protesting the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old African American who died while in police custody, have been increasing in violence over the last week. At the Baltimore Orioles baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on April 25, protestors outside the stadium because too violent to…
  • Rand Paul Criticizes Republican Party for ‘Retreating’ on Abortion

    Ethan Brown
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    Rand Paul Criticizes Republican Party for ‘Retreating’ on Abortion Has Been Optimized 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul stirred up the abortion debate on April 25 when he publicly criticized his Republican colleagues over their current positions on the controversial topic. Speaking at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa, the Kentucky Senator told the conservative crowd that he was “tired of us retreating on this issue." “I’m going to push back. I’m going to be a key part of this and keep talking about it,” Paul reassured the crowd of mainly…
  • Clinton Foundation CEO On Tax Scandal: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes'

    Ethan Brown
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Clinton Foundation CEO On Tax Scandal: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes' Clinton Foundation CEO On Tax Scandal: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes' Has Been Optimized The CEO of the Clinton Family Foundation was forced to apologize to donors and the public for the discrepancies and mistakes surrounding the foundation’s tax forms. In conservative author Peter Schweizer’s new book “Clinton Cash,” the author alleges that the foundation misfiled their tax reforms to cover up millions of dollars of donations from foreign donors, specifically those linked to Russia. Interim CEO Maura Pally…
  • Supreme Court Expected To Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality

    Sean Kelly
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    Supreme Court Expected To Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality Supreme Court Expected To Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality Politics supreme court, gay marriage, equality, lgbt, ruling, unconstitutional, anthony kennedy, justice Has Been Optimized In anticipation of Tuesday’s oral arguments on marriage equality in the Supreme Court, many are predicting a majority decision in favor of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide. Following a 5-4 ruling in 2013 that rejected marriage being defined legally between a man and a woman for federal benefit purposes, many states took it as a sign of the…
  • George W. Bush Makes Rare Remarks Bashing Obama On Iran, ISIS

    Sean Kelly
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    George W. Bush Makes Rare Remarks Bashing Obama On Iran, ISIS George W. Bush Makes Rare Remarks Bashing Obama On Iran, ISIS Politics george w bush, obama, remarks, critic, republican, gop, iran, isis, terrorist, foreign policy, middle east Has Been Optimized During a closed-door meeting, former President George W. Bush made rare remarks criticizing President Obama for his handling of foreign policy matters like the nuclear deal with Iraq and the growing threat of ISIS. In the meeting, Bush told a crowd of 700 Republican Jewish Coalition supporters that he would not criticize Obama, though he…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Stop Relying on Cardio

    Josh Bowen
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    I have been to hundreds of gyms. All over the country and even in England. And no matter what gym I am in, I always see the same scene. No matter the time, no matter the weather, every cardio piece will be occupied. Every treadmill, every elliptical and every stair master all taken with people who are busting their butts for 30, 40, 50 minutes, all in hopes they lose the elusive body fat. I hate to break the news to you but it doesn’t work. Long term anyways. But why do gyms pay thousands of dollars for 50-100 pieces of cardio if the activity is all for not? An why do gym patrons get…
  • Lauren Mayer: First Name Celebrity

    Lauren Mayer
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    One indication of super-sized celebrity is being so famous that your first name alone is enough to identify you.  Think of such iconic performers as Madonna, Cher, or . . . actually, those are the only clear examples I can think of (okay, maybe ‘Giselle,’ as in the super model, but that’s stretching it).  But now they can welcome a new member to this very small club.  Hillary Rodham Clinton is starting her campaign much more humbly than in ’08, doing small events, featuring mostly other people in her announcement video, and encouraging everyone to call her Hillary…
  • Josh Bowen: The Art of the Comeback

    Josh Bowen
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    A few names… Donald Trump, Magic Johnson, Britney Spears, Apple, Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey, Jr. and George Foreman. What do they have in common? All wealthy? Successful? Dedicated to their craft? Yes but they all have had to make a comeback. In a variety of ways they had to dust the dirt off and come back stronger than ever. Were they burnt out a some point? Of course, but they kept plugging away. The came back from adversity and made the most of their 24 hours they are allotted everyday. Ok. Let’s put this in our terms. We are talking fitness, nutrition and lifestyle. We are…
  • Liz Roach: Bourbon Classic, Round 2

    Liz Roach
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When “pixie dust” is a featured part of a dish, you know you’re in for an amazing taste experience.  Sprinkled atop smoked oysters, the magical ingredient conjured up an award for “Best Classic Small Plate” for Chef Levon Wallace at this year’s Bourbon Classic event.  Chef Wallace (formerly of Proof on Main in Louisville, Kentucky) has now moved to Nashville, Tennessee to work for Cochon Butcher, but the memory of his and other bournon-tinged creations lives on. Set at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, this year’s Classic again…
  • Lauren Mayer: Rand Paul Isn’t Sexist (He’s A Jerk To Everyone)

    Lauren Mayer
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Senator Paul’s presidential campaign got off to a rocky start last week, with his constant issues with the media (and reminding everyone of the episode several weeks ago where he patronizingly ‘shushhed’ a female journalist).  He may not have been quite so patronizing to male reporters, but at least he managed to prove that his obnoxious behavior wasn’t limited to women. I’m far more offended by his actual policies than his behavior – for a supposedly libertarian renegade, he hews quite closely to the far-right agenda of trampling on reproductive choice,…
 
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  • Most Americans Don't Like Obama's Health Care Law

    Allison Nielsen
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    Most Americans still don't feel too great about President Barack Obama's new health care law and want more freedom in their health insurance options than the law allows, according to a new poll released Monday from Rasmussen Reports. Over half of likely American voters (54 percent) view the health care law unfavorably, a percentage which includes 37 percent who have a very unfavorable opinion of the law. Only 19 percent have a very favorable opinion of Obamacare. read more
  • Jeb Bush Hits Hillary Clinton's Comments on Religious Freedom

    Kevin Derby
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., came out swinging on Sunday against former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments on religious freedom. Clinton is the favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination. Bush started an exploratory bid for the presidency in December and is expected to officially enter the race soon. Bush took aim at comments Clinton made last week that women in Africa and less developed parts of the world need more health care and legal protection.read more
  • Rob Bradley Named by GOPAC as 'Emerging Leader'

    Kevin Derby
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    Florida Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, was named on Monday by GOPAC as part of its “Class of Emerging Leaders,” which the Republican PAC defines as “talented state legislators who have demonstrated potential to have a positive impact in their state and in the Republican Party.” Bradley is one of less than 25 Republican state legislators from around the country to be named to the program which will hold a summit in June. read more
  • Ander Crenshaw Goes to Bat for Veterans ID Card Act

    Kevin Derby
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    From his seat on the U.S House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., showcased his support of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s, R-Fla., “Veterans ID Card Act,” a bill ensuring every honorably discharged veteran receives an ID card from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.read more
  • Florida Representatives Push Condemnation of Iran

    Kevin Derby
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., the ranking Democrat, teamed up on Thursday to bring out a bill condemning Iran for continued violations of the International Covenant on Human Rights and persecution of the Baha’is.read more
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  • Wendy Davis in Tallahassee: Politicians Can't Hold Women Down

    Allison Nielsen
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Allison Nielsen Posted: April 27, 2015 8:49 PM read more
  • Claims Bills Likely Headed to Gov. Scott

    Nancy Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Dara Kam News Service of Florida Posted: April 27, 2015 7:30 PM read more
  • About Those Smoking Guns

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Mona Charen Posted: April 28, 2015 7:00 AM In January, Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption. He, and especially his wife, behaved badly. But it's worth taking a closer look at what was considered criminal in McDonnell's case, because, at least so far, some in the press are suggesting that Hillary Clinton's conduct must meet a much higher threshold to be considered problematic.read more
  • Need a Bigger Rug

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Posted: April 28, 2015 2:00 AM read more
  • Water Policy: Profit from Mistakes Rather than Repeat Them

    Nancy Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Lloyd Brown Posted: April 27, 2015 5:30 PM California's mismanagement of its water -- and government in general -- is benefiting Florida, but the Sunshine State needs to make sure it doesn't begin making the same errors.read more
 
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  • Father Selim Abou a school of intellectual resistance

    Michel
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    On April 30, 2005, the Syrian army declared its full withdrawal from Lebanon. From October 1976 to April 2005, Lebanese experienced what occupation means. What “brotherly” love of Arabism and Baathism really mean. On October 13, 1990, the Syrian army took over the last free region in Lebanon. The political leaders who chose to defy the occupation were either assassinated, jailed or exiled. The majority of Lebanon leaders chose to bow to the Syrians and work with the occupation. Resistance was left to students, mainly from the Lebanese Forces and Tayyar movement. Their leaders…
  • Wait a second Mr. Jumblatt

    Michel
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    In an interview with Egyptian Magazine, MP Walid Jumblatt said: “I don’t classify the Nusra Front as a terrorist organisation, because in Nusra Front there are Syrian citizens who were forced to join it due to the Syrian regime terrorism”. Jumblatt words  might surprise many people but not us. We are used to his flip flop positions. He is eager to negotiate with Nusra Front because there are Lebanese Druze soldiers hostages with Nusra Front. In addition, he is riding the wave that is trying to rebrand the Nusra Front as “moderates”. Maybe the link behind his…
  • Où son mes filles ? Noyées ?

    Michel
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    In August 1989, at dawn, Syrian gunners tried to sink a vessel that used to shuttle people between the port of Jounieh and port of Larnaca in Cuprus. They fired dozens of rockets into the sea. Two Lebanese sisters, aged 17 months and 3 years, drowned when a boat ferrying 16 passengers out to the hovercraft capsized in the waves churned up by the barrage. The following is a french article published by Lebanese french newspaper L’orient Le Jour, written by the mother of the two girls. R.I.P Maya & Rouba Azar. Mon souvenir le plus marquant de la guerre civile en une dizaine de phrases…
  • Where were you on April 13, 1975?

    Michel
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Many tweeted the past 2 days about April 13, 1975. Others wrote on their Facebook pages and blogs. Many of them where too young to remember that day or were born after it. Those who remember it, will never forget it. The events of April 13, 1975 are engraved in the memory of those who lived in Ain al-Remmeneh at that time. I remember where I was on that day. I lived few meters from where the spot that started the Lebanese civil started. It was Sunday and I was home. I heard few shots. I gathered outside our building with the young guys of our streets. Soon we found out that a car passed in…
  • The Flower Seller

    Michel
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    The Flower Seller paintings was painted in 1941 and depicts a young woman kneeling with a very large bundle of calalilies. In Lebanon we have different flower sellers. Ours are young kids who are forced to sell flowers on the streets. Our flower sellers are not something you look at and enjoy. Our flower sellers are a real tragedy. The tragedy of displacement, poverty, social destruction, child abusing, child prostitution …. The latest victim is Fatima, the flower seller in Saida. Fatima was 11 years old when she passed away. She died in a car accident. Fatima was forced to leave her…
 
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  • An Argument To End The Nation's Long Fight For Marriage Equality

    27 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    “The world will be watching tomorrow.” Chris Geidner/BuzzFeed WASHINGTON — A dozen years ago, a lawyer at a small Boston-based legal group was going to ask a state's top court to do what no court had ever done before: grant same-sex couples the right to marry. "Before the argument, I went up to this … law library that I used to go to all the time," Mary Bonauto told BuzzFeed News in 2013 about that day. "I just went in there and I was just trying to steel myself, thinking, 'Mary, you know, you are right. You're right. This is correct. You are on the right…
  • Caught Up In The Marriage Moment, April DeBoer And Jayne Rowse Are Going To The Supreme Court

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    “It wasn’t part of the list of the things that I might do in my lifetime,” April DeBoer says of her trip to the Supreme Court for Tuesday’s marriage arguments. Jayne Rowse, left, and April DeBoer, right, pose with their adopted children Jacob, 5, from left, Nolan, 6, Ryanne, 6, and Rylee, 2, at their home in Hazel Park, Michigan, Sunday, April 12, 2015. Paul Sancya / AP WASHINGTON — A little more than 40 hours before their case was set to be heard at the Supreme Court, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, in matching gray and orange polo T-shirts and jeans, were…
  • Hillary Clinton Raises California Money

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    During a May trip to California, Clinton will fundraise at the homes of top Democratic fundraisers — one a longtime backer and one a former Obama supporter. Saul Loeb / Getty Images Hillary Clinton has made clear it will focus on the four states that begin the presidential primary. Following a trip next week to one of them, Nevada, she will take a brief detour to California for a series of private fundraisers. The fundraisers will be small in size — and part of the "Hillstarters" program that asks supporters to find 10 donors to give $2,700, the maximum amount each individual can…
  • Meet The Univision Radio Host Attacking DREAMers And Republicans Alike

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Fernando Espuelas made his name in LA radio during the 2012 campaign, interviewing the likes of Obama, Biden and Axelrod. But the hyper-partisan is a figure of controversy within the immigration activist world. AP images Jacquelyn Martin and Jose Luis Magana. Courtesy Fernando Espuelas Last year, when the prominent leader of a Latino group called President Obama the "deporter-in-chief," he had a defender — the Spanish-language radio host Fernando Espuelas. He fired off a missive very similar to what Obama was then saying: Espuelas accused NCLR's Janet Murguia and other activists of…
  • Rand Paul Missed Multiple Committee Hearings On Ebola

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    A BuzzFeed News review found Paul did not attend any of the three Ebola related hearings held by committees of which he was a member. Chris Carlson / AP Republican Senator Rand Paul was extremely critical of the Centers for Disease Control and the Obama administration's response to the Ebola outbreak throughout the fall of 2014, but a BuzzFeed News review of Paul's committee attendance shows he missed all three Ebola-related hearings held by committees of which he is a member. Paul missed a joint hearing last September of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (of…
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • The S-300 Slap Down

    Earl H. Tilford
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    The Russian-built S-300 anti-aircraft/anti-ballistic missile (AA/ABM, carrying the NATO designation SA-10, codenamed “Grumble”), while not the world’s most advanced surface-to-air defensive weapon, roughly equates to the American Patriot system. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decree promptly lifting former President Dmitry Medvedev’s 2007 ban on exporting the Grumble to Iran constitutes a slap down for American diplomacy. It also makes it less likely Washington can achieve a viable treaty with Tehran, one that might—at best—delay Iran’s acquisition of nuclear…
  • Negative Interest Rates: A Brilliant Concept!

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. I have to admit that initially I was uninterested, even close-minded, about the negative yield being offered on a growing share of European sovereign debt. “It must be a short-term aberration,” I thought at first. “Completely nutso,” I sniffed dismissively as the phenomenon spread. “Who in their right mind would invest in a financial instrument that would guarantee a loss of principal?” Upon calmer reflection, I would shrug and think, “Well, to each his own, but none of those topsy-turvy debt instruments for me.”…
  • Faith & Freedom, Calling & Classroom: Grove City College’s Commitment to the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge for the Common Good

    Editor
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
     
  • The Inauguration of The Honorable Paul J. McNulty ’80 the Ninth President of Grove City College

    Editor
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Honorable Paul J. McNulty ’80 is a former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. He oversaw the prosecution of terrorists in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, set policy for prosecuting corporate fraud and is considered a leading expert on business ethics, corporate governance and internal investigations. McNulty is the fourth alumnus to serve as President of the College, where he studied history and met his wife, Brenda (Millican ’80). To view the Inauguration Program please visit Grove City College’s website here.
  • Hollywood’s Blacklist and Agents of Stalin—and Hitler

    Paul G. Kengor
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Few subjects have been as addled, muddled, and befuddled as the issue of communist penetration of the American film industry. Thanks to liberals and their control of Hollywood, media, and academia, the typical take is that Hollywood in the 1940s was graced by a bunch of good-hearted “progressives” looking to make nice movies and a better world until Joe McCarthy, “HUAC,” and a swarm of red-baiting vultures descended upon some really sweet people fighting for the New Deal, for civil rights, for better government, for “social justice,” and for planting daisies all along Sunset…
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    Politic365

  • Ferguson: Members of Congress, DOJ to Meet on Death in Custody Bill Tuesday

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Even though the law was signed into law by President Obama in December 2014, the Death in Custody Reporting Act has not been put into effect. But tomorrow on Capitol Hill, at least five members of Congress who contacted the Department of Justice in writing in March, will meet with representatives from the Department of Justice on how the Death in Custody Reporting Act will move forward. The legislation not only mandates that police departments who receive federal funding must report the deaths of deaths in custody to DOJ but also that DOJ must collect that data and make policy…
  • Six Behind the Scenes Photos From Loretta Lynch’s Swearing-In

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Loretta Lynch Becomes Attorney General. The 83rd Attorney General of the United State, and the first Black female AG, was sworn-in today at the Department of Justice in a packed conference room decorated with large portraits of past Attorney Generals.  After the swearing-in concluded, the new Attorney General greeted friends, co-workers from New York, and advocates who lined up on a long receiving line. Lynch’s family, including her father, Rev. Lorenzo Lynch of North Carolina, was in attendance. A group of friends and advocates were packed into a adjacent room off the conference room the…
  • Rep. Alma Adams + @RepByrne to Lauch First #HBCU Caucus in Congress

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    There’s a Bike Caucus There’s a Tea Party Caucus. There’s a Chicken Caucus. Now, finally, thanks to new Black Caucus member Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne, there will be a Congressional Caucus focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU Caucus will be formally announced this Tuesday. The HBCU Caucus already has 28 members.  That number is certain to get much larger. The need to focus specific attention on issues impacting HBCUs comes at an important and crucial time.  Why?  Because the Obama Administration has…
  • A new class of criminals: when will police quit being above the law?

    Guest Contributor
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
    By Joe Maestas During the past few years, our news media has been full of reports of incidents where citizens are being subjected to beatings, assaults, and shootings by a new class of criminals.  What is the most disturbing aspect of these crimes is that the perpetrators get away with no punishment and their actions are explained away as actions required by these new criminals in the line of duty.  And, their brutality is justified under the guise of protecting the very persons they are assaulting.  Explain to me how several armed and uniformed large criminals in Los Angeles are…
  • CBC Members Watch Lynch Vote from Senate Floor, Greet McConnell

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Lynch Confirmed 56-43: Nine female members of the Congressional Black Caucus were on the Senate floor as the Senate completed the historic vote to confirm the first Black female Attorney General in history.  In a unexpectedly bi-partisan moment after the vote, the group was greeted by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-MO) in a hallway as he departed the floor after the vote. To the great surprise of reporters in the gallery and pretty much everyone else, McConnell voted in favor of Lynch’s confirmation. The members of the Black Caucus who sat — and sometimes…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

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

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

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Boston Globe columnist and noted novelist James Carroll told Salon Magazine that, “The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does and that boils... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The once renown economist Jonathan Gruber has become something of a pariah since numerous videos became public showing Gruber bragging how he and his cohorts deceived the “stupid”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    An African topic, not related to the current Ebola crisis, once again appeared in the largest global media outlets; this time, devoted to a friendly settlement agreed upon by the U.S. Department of... [[ 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

  • Loretta Lynch Gets Confirmed

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    Loretta Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote in the Senate for the better part of five months, more than the previous five Attorney General nominees combined. The reason for her delay is one of the more bizarre episodes in recent history in the Senate that revolves around abortion and missed language in a sex-trafficking bill. We discuss the issue in today’s program that is a classic example of how the main goal of both parties in Washington is leverage over the other. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • A Third Term for Obama or Clinton?

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States in 2016. Most candidates have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the nation during a presidential election, but that is an opportunity that Hillary Clinton, who has been in public life for more than 30 years, does not have. The nation does not usually grant three consecutive terms to the same the party; it has happened only once since 1980. Being that a potential Clinton presidency will likely be associated more with a recent democratic presidency, which one would be more advantageous for her to be connected with: her…
  • Fast Track on Trade

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was signed into law in 1993. Since then it has been blamed for much of the exodus of US manufacturing jobs to overseas countries. The debate on free trade is once again heating up this week with the president seeking fast track authority in order to approve the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. What is the TPP and are critics of the deal justified in their fears that it will do even more harm than NAFTA? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on…
  • Iran Deal Reached with Congress

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A framework agreement was reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran two weeks ago regarding their nuclear program. Immediately after the agreement was announced all eyes turned to the US Congress and what role they would play in approving or rejecting the deal. The administration warned that any effort by Congress to scuttle a broad agreement would be met with a presidential veto. But a deal was reached this week, with broad bipartisan support, that would allow Congress to play a role in the negotiations but still allow the administration the space and time they need to reach a final…
  • How Far Can Marco Rubio Go?

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Marco Rubio has declared himself a candidate for president in 2016. He has been labeled a rising star in Republican politics since his arrival in the US Senate in 2010. What are his chances in the 2016 presidential election? Did his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” group on immigration reform irrevocably harm his chances with the conservative base of his party? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
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    US Daily Review

  • Baltimore is on Fire

    usdr
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    From CNN: Chaos and violence erupted on the streets of Baltimore late Monday as protesters clashed with police, several of whom were  injured. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. The mayor of Baltimore said every possible resource was being deployed to “gain control of this  situation.” “What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters. “Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who —…
  • Trends, Waves, and Windows

    usdr
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    By USDR After winning more than 11 different awards since its release in 2014, Ken Thurber’s book Trends, Waves, Windows & Bubbles, has racked up another award when it received Honorable Mention in the category of Business/Sales/Economics from Reader Views.  This latest win brings the number of awards to twelve since the book’s inception in 2014. Dr. Kenneth Thurber is an Amazon best-selling author, and Trends, Waves, Windows and Bubbles continues to impress the critics as it talks about spotting and profiting from the opportunity a trend can create. Trends is the third…
  • Josh Groban Announces Fall North American Tour In Support Of New Album Stages, To Kick Off September 12

    usdr
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    By USDR Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban has announced that he will launch a Fall 2015 North American tour in support of his upcoming album Stages. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin on Sept. 12 inAtlanta and continues through early November. THE STAGES TOUR will visit specially selected theaters around the country, giving fans accustomed to seeing Groban perform in arenas (as he did on his 2013 “In The Round” and “All that Echoes” tours) a more uniquely intimate experience. Tickets go on sale April 24 at www.livenation.com. With every ticket…
  • United States to host 2021 IAAF World Championships

    usdr
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    By USDR The IAAF’s crown jewel of track and field, the World Championships, will be held in the United States for the first time in 2021. In a special vote Thursday at its meetings in Beijing, the 27-member IAAF Council awarded the 2021 IAAF World Championships tothe United States and the state of Oregon. USA Track & Field, the City of Eugene and local organizing committee TrackTown USA will host the meet at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field. It marks the first time in the 33-year history of the IAAF World Championships that the meet will be contested on…
  • EPA’s War on States?

    usdr
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    By NMA, Special for USDR National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today issued the following statement on the escalating impacts on households and manufacturers of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) regulation, effective today, and the agency’s pending “Clean Power Plan” for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants expected this summer: “Today the most costly and unbalanced regulation in EPA’s history takes effect and guarantees Americans will pay substantially more for their…
 
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    American Patriot

  • What’s wrong with Santorum? This

    The American Patriot
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:53 pm
    (H/T Hot Air) The following reasons are why Rick Santorum is not working as a potential for the white house: Santorum is what I like to call, “A Soft Statist.” When it comes to big business and business in general, he is all down with the federalists. However, when it comes to the libertarians he is totally against them and has made some very disparaging comments about them too. Santorum is Catholic and the Middle America and the Midwestern states are not that trusting of the Papists like Santorum. It goes back to the protestant/catholic mistrust thing that goes back a very long…
  • This is why I always verify before I hit publish

    The American Patriot
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:43 pm
    This is almost sad, I saw this and didn’t publish it. This is why you verify everything. I guess ol’ neocon hindrocket didn’t think of that.  What a freakin’ moron! A Las Vegas man claims he started a false rumor that the injuries suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid several months ago were the result of an attack by Reid’s brother, not an exercise accident.Larry Pfeifer, a 50-year-old former consultant in the nightclub and entertainment industry, said he fabricated the story after becoming appalled that right-wing political blogger John Hinderaker…
  • Comcast’s futile bid for media domination fails after gov’t pushback

    The American Patriot
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    This is some good news. NEW YORK (AP) — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV.A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof, along with NBCUniversal, giving the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download.Competitors, consumer groups, and politicians have criticized the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices and less…
  • Sawyer Sweeten of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ dies at 19

    The American Patriot
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    This is some terribly bad news to report: New York — Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano’s twin sons in the CBS comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died. He was 19.Sweeten committed suicide, his sister Madylin Sweeten, said in a statement. There were no other details. Madylin, and Sawyer’s twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom’s fictional Barone family.The hit comedy aired for nine seasons before ending in 2005. Sawyer Sweeten was a toddler when the series began.In a statement Madylin, who is four years older than Sawyer, said the family was…
  • Democrat Police State in Wisconsin

    The American Patriot
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    If you are one of those people that believes that we are headed towards a police state; then I VERY HIGHLY recommend that you click this link here, to read an article by David French, who is a lawyer and does write for the National Review. The link will open in a new window, so, turn off your popup blocker, because sometimes that will keep a new window from opening. Now, I do realize that National Review is a Republican Establishment publication, but this article here;  is something that EVERY American should read; it shows just how dangerous that partisan Government and the use of law…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Salespeople: Find the Right Opportunities

    Sarah Friedman
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
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  • Bridging the Gap: Desktop Behaviors for Smartphone Insights?

    Lincoln Merrihew
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
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    Drew Katz
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
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  • Amazon Prime’s Disruptive Impact on the Path to Purchase

    Jason Caine
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Image from: Brand Loyalty / Shutterstock There are countless examples of how Amazon has disrupted the consumer path to purchase and altered the competitive retail landscape. One of the most visible examples is Amazon Prime. The program launched as a way for consumers to get unlimited two-day shipping for fixed annual fee, but has since morphed into a program full of so many benefits that it is both changing consumer perception of what value looks like, and leaving other retailers to figure out how to compete. New Millward Brown Digital research suggests that the percentage of Amazon traffic…
  • Space Jam: A Search Referral Slam Dunk

    Drew Katz
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Image from: Space Jam / Shutterstock What do the massive blockbuster hit movies Batman, Harry Potter, The Matrix, The Hangover, Argo, and Magic Mike all have in common? Well they were all distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. And you’d think that given the popularity of these movies, at least one of these would be driving the most traffic to warnerbros.com. If that’s what you think then think again, because that title belongs to the 1996 film and emotional rollercoaster of the ages, Space Jam. “Space Jam”-related search terms drove 17.3% of search traffic to warnerbros.com, while…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Lexington & Concord (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ After reviewing eyewitness accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress summarized events in an address to the citizens of Great Britain: “By the clearest depositions… it will appear, that, on the night preceding the 19th of April… a body of the king’s troops, under command of colonel Smith, were secretly landed at Cambridge, with an apparent design to take or destroy the military and other stores, provided for the defense of this colony… at Concord[.]   …the town of Lexington… was…
  • The Midnight Ride (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ The “Mechanics“ was the first patriot intelligence network.  Paul Revere, a member of this spy ring, rode to Lexington with William Dawes (who was sent by a different route) to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movement.  Here is Revere’s account: “… I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics [skilled workers], who formed ourselves into a Committee for the purpose of watching the Movements of the British Soldiers…  We held our meetings at the Green-Dragon Tavern… we frequently took Turns, two and two, to…
  • Swan Song

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
  • ISIS Ad Campaign Calls For Homegrown Terror

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    ~ by Julie on Politics ~ The newest product from the sick and twisted minds of ISIS is an ad campaign to encourage radical Islamists in the West to launch more attacks like the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. ISIS released a series of videos last week featuring jihadists calling on their supporters in the West to rise up. In one of the videos, the jihadist says: “Don’t give up and particularly don’t lower your weapons, don’t surrender – kill. Today, it’s our darwa – kill them.” Although the videos are in French, they also have English subtitles and are targeted toward…
  • Give Me Liberty! (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Lord Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, had allowed the Virginia Militia act to lapse.  Should Virginia raise a new Militia?  Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “… This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?  … For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • “Professors for Israel” Try To Shut down The Lancet

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Academia is far from the bastion of free thinking and free speech it would like to claim for itself, as a newly confected “row” involving the leading medical journal The Lancet confirms.Recently Southampton University in the UK caved in on hosting an important conference examining Israel and international law, following an intensive campaign of intimidation from Israeli apologists.Now some 400 medical professors are blackmailing Reed Elsevier, publishers of The Lancet, by threatening to boycott its publications unless the company sacks editor Richard Horton – or as they duplicitously…
  • Thousands Attend Funeral For Palestinian Accused Of Stabbing Israeli Soldier

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of Mahmoud Abu Jheisha on Sunday, after the 20-year-old was shot dead by Israeli forces outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron when he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.The funeral procession began at the Amari Mosque in Abu Jheisha's hometown of Idhna, west of Hebron, where family and friends paid their final respects, before he was taken to be buried in the town cemetery.Participants reportedly chanted slogans condemning Israeli crimes and calling for an end to Israeli practices as part of the occupation.Abu Jheisha was shot dead by Israeli…
  • Palestinians march in Israel to mark historic displacement

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel marched in protest on Thursday as their Jewish compatriots partied, each group in its own way marking the 67th anniversary of the State of Israel's founding.The anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948 is celebrated according to the Jewish calendar, this year falling on April 23.Palestinians usually mark the day on May 15 by commemorating what they call the Nakba -- or "catastrophe" -- of Israel's creation.But thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel, many waving Palestinian flags, gathered Thursday in the Galilee for a…
  • Sony CEO on Middle East: Let Them All Kill Each Other (Except Israel)

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    The CEO of Sony called the Middle East a "gigantic mess," and said if it was not for Israel's presence in the region, the United States would "let them all kill each other," according to emails published by WikiLeaks.The secrets-spilling group last week republished hundreds of thousands of documents and emails from the hack last fall of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The massive collection includes emails CEO Michael Lynton wrote in response to an October 2014 Washington Post article about President Barack Obama's foreign policy in Syria. A relative forwarded Lynton the article with the comment…
  • Cartoon Of The Day: Clinton and Bush Dynasties

    21 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Clinton and Bush Dynastiesby Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.comCartoon of the day: Clinton and Bush Dynasties @HillaryClinton @JebBush pic.twitter.com/fkaQB4Ajdg— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) April 15, 2015
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • A Letter to Socialists

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:16 am
    The 1990s was a decade without enemies for The United States. The Soviet Union fell, China was now our friend and Cuba was just an afterthought in the minds of most Americans. In this world without war capitalism evolved.
  • Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    From the 24th of April to the 2nd of May, you can experience 9 days where science and technology will come to life in Las Vegas. You can join this fantastic show, which offers something for everyone and it's a free event.
  • Top Gear fans are idiots

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    Yes, you, and you, and you there sending death threats to the producer, Oisin Tymon, as well as the BBC director general Tony Hall and his wife. How else could one explain the threats made to those people?
  • Impulse TV

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    A certain frenzied logic takes over five days before the Super Bowl: I presently have a 37" television screen. A 37" screen just will not do. Therefore, I need a bigger TV.
  • Why we don't need religion

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    For many years religion has been seen as a bastion of hope for many people of faith. My experience is quite the opposite. Growing up I never really believed that there was a god, I wanted to, but I didn't.
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    BizPac Review

  • Riots in Baltimore escalate into war after funeral; gangs issue death threats for cops

    Carmine Sabia
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Baltimore police have issued a warnings of a “credible threat” against police officers from street gangs in the wake of the funeral of Freddie Gray while riots ravage the city. “The Baltimore Police Department / Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers,” Baltimore Police Department Media Relations wrote in a press release. “This is a credible threat,” it said. “ Law enforcement agencies should…
  • Ice cream made with human breast milk launches in London; would you try it?

    Carmine Sabia
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    How bad would your sweet tooth have to be to eat human breast milk ice cream? It sounds like a gag, but British ice cream manufacturer The Licktators are teaming up with breastfeeding advocate Victoria Hiley to launch Royal Baby Gaga ice cream made with human breast milk. This isn’t Hiley’s first attempt at the launch. In 2011, The Icecreamists, a London-based store, was selling Baby Gaga ice cream before it was forced by officials to stop. World renowned pop star Lady Gaga threatened to sue them over the name at the time, calling the ice cream “nausea-inducing,” according to The…
  • College Professor reaches breaking point, FAILS entire class out of disgust!

    Carmine Sabia
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    A college professor was so disgusted with the unseemly actions of his class he decided to fail them all! Irwin Horwitz, a professor at Texas A&M-Galveston, emailed his management class to inform them of his decision telling them he had reached his “breaking point,” according to KPRC-TV. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach,’ [been] called a ‘f****** moron’ to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one…
  • Only in Texas! Supporters hold prayer vigil for Blue Bell ice cream company

    Michael Dorstewitz
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Since Blue Bell ice cream announced a massive recall of its product, ice cream lovers have voiced their support for the company in a number of highly unusual ways. A listeria outbreak that health professionals traced to some of the Texas creamery’s product prompted Blue Bell to pull all of its ice cream from grocers’ shelves and engage in a thorough cleaning of its equipment. In the interim, the ice cream’s fans are waging a company support program worthy of a presidential campaign — including lawn signs and prayer vigils. And they’re using social media to call out the troops.
  • Who needs parents? ‘Full-Service’ schools open on weekends, give kids meals, health care, more

    Michael Dorstewitz
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Four Madison, Wisc. public schools may soon use a $300,000 grant to offer full-time services to its students. Not only with they continue to educate the students enrolled in the program, but they’ll also provide all meals, homework help and even doctors’ visits. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Funding comes from the Madison Community Foundation, which would cover the first three years of the program’s implementation, aimed at low-income families, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. “Our goal is to raise student achievement for all and narrow and close achievement…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • To Vote or Not to Vote?

    Kleier
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    One weekend about a month ago, on MSNBC’s weekend roundtable show “Up with Steve Kornacki”, Mr. Kornacki interviewed former liberal Representative from Massachusetts Barney Frank. They were discussing the difference between the liberal “Occupy” movement vs. the conservative “Tea Party” movement and their affect on Washington. During the discussion Rep. Frank  stated something I found profound: “The Left march, the Right votes.” This statement shook me because I have never voted. I feel that no politician has yet to earn my vote. Both the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Leo Tolstoy “Robbers and Governments”

    Kleier
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    “Robbers and Governments” from Leo Tolstoy. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” The robber generally plundered the rich, the governments generally plunder the poor  and protest those rich who assist in their crimes. The robber doing his work risked his life, while the governments risk nothing, but base their whole activity on lies and deception. The robber did not compel anyone to join his band, the…
  • 18 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am

    Kleier
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    We just wanted to re-post that we have provided the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective. Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them. It is an academic…
  • New Work: A Social Movement Theory Primer

    Kleier
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Today I am providing the inaugural paper for our “New Work” section here at Sparking The Left: a brief primer on social movement theory from a sociological perspective. Social movement theory is an important topic, and all those engaged in activism stand to learn a great deal from it. There is a vibrant academic community rigorously analyzing social movements and much is still to be learned. Yet, this is only a primer that will get you thinking about social movements and the dynamics present within and inside of the milieu around them. It is an academic paper with cited sources…
  • New STL Feature: In-Depth Works

    Kleier
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Here at Sparking The Left we are proud to announce that we are unveiling a new feature on the STL blog. We will begin today to publish more in-depth works as a supplement to our usual posts to provide our readers with better analyses in an effort to fan the flames of action. We begin this new feature for many subjects often necessitate more than a short-length post to cover properly. And according to our statistics, our longer posts gain more attention than our short posts. So we will be filling a need. In terms of these new works, some will be academic and some will not. Many submissions…
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    The Daily Signal

  • Kentucky Court Says Printing Business Has Right to Deny Service for Religious Reasons

    Kelsey Harkness
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    A Kentucky court ruled on Monday that a Lexington printing business does not have to print messages that are in conflict with its religious beliefs. The decision runs contrary to recent high profile rulings, including ones against Oregon bakers and a Washington florist who were punished for refusing to serve same-sex weddings. >>> Bakers Facing $135K Fine Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple Speak Out The Kentucky ruling signals that states and local governments are still divided on the question about whether public places have the right to refuse service based on religious…
  • Citizens, Not Judges, Should Determine Future of Marriage

    Ryan T. Anderson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about gay marriage Tuesday, it’s important to realize what the justices are actually being asked to settle. Here’s the bottom line: Whatever people may think about marriage as a policy matter, everyone should be able to recognize the U.S. Constitution does not settle this question. Unelected judges shouldn’t insert their own policy preferences about marriage and then say the Constitution requires them everywhere. There simply is nothing in the Constitution that requires all 50 states to redefine marriage. After all, the overarching…
  • Should Texas Require Hair Stylists to Have Over 2,000 Hours of Training to Legally Braid Hair?

    Jordan Richardson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Did you know Texas imposes stringent license regulations in order to open an African hair braiding business, including a requirement to attend more than 2,000 hours of barber school? Now the Texas Legislature is moving forward on a bill that gives their citizens the freedom to pursue a career in this field without onerous regulatory burdens. This issue received prominence in 2007 when Isis Brantley, owner of the Institute of Ancestral Braiding and founder of the Naturally Isis Natural Hair Parade and Festival, sued the Texas government for requiring her to complete 2,250 hours of barber…
  • Don’t Silence the 50 Million Who Voted for One Man-One Woman Marriage

    Jennifer Marshall
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in cases involving the freedom of states to make marriage policy, thousands gathered Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the third annual March for Marriage. The event’s largest crowd to date called on the Court to respect the voice of the American people, urging the justices not to impose a redefinition of marriage on the entire country. More than 50 million Americans have voted for laws affirming the definition of marriage as one man and one woman (representing more than 60 percent of those voting on the matter). But…
  • The Justice Department’s War on Texas’ Voter ID Law

    Hans von Spakovsky
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    On Tuesday, April 28, Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller will be up before a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals again, his second appearance there in two weeks. But this time, instead of arguing over the unconstitutionality of President Obama’s immigration amnesty plan, he will be arguing that the Texas voter ID law that was effective in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 state and federal elections is both constitutional and not a violation of the Voting Rights Act. The Texas voter ID law was passed in 2011 and the state has gone through a long litigation fight with the U.S.
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    FreakOutNation

  • Fox’s Stacey Dash: No One Would Have Been Beheaded Under Bush

    Anomaly
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Sssh! Don’t mention to Stacey Dash the thousands that were murdered in a terrorist attack on 9/11 under Bush’s watch. Also, there were beheadings while George W. Bush was President.                     In addition, there’s that Iraq invasion where 4,486 U.S. soldiers lost their lives. That number [...]
  • Unarmed Teacher Tackles Student Gunman, Averts Tragedy

    Anomaly
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After a 16-year-old student gunman fired off two shots inside a Washington state high school on Monday, he was tackled by an unarmed teacher before anyone was hurt, averting a potentially deadly tragedy, according to police and students.                         Stop me if this sounds [...]
  • Conservatives Clutch Their Pearls Over Obama’s Jokes At WHCD

    Anomaly
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    They’ve been waiting for nearly eight years for that moment when they could finally point to President Obama and call him an angry black man. It has finally arrived, and boy are they milking it for everything it’s worth. One of the funniest moments in Obama’s White House Correspondents Dinner speech Saturday night was the [...]
  • New Video Footage Shows Cops Laughing, Celebrating After Beating A Black Man

    Anomaly
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    Inkster, Michigan Police didn’t want this video to be seen and there’s a very good reason for that.                     A police officer was fired after dash cam video surfaced of him repeatedly punching a suspect pulled over on a traffic stop three months ago but in this [...]
  • Watch: Social Experiment Displays The Ugliness Of Intolerance In America

    Anomaly
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:56 am
    Signe Pierce, a performance artist, was featured in American Reflexxx, a short film documenting a social experiment that took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s a must see, displaying mob mentality.                         Pierce, dressed in a short dress and high heels, wearing a [...]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • JP Nadda, Ananth Kumar to visit Bihar

    Niti PTI Bot
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:31 pm
      New Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) Union ministers J P Nadda and Ananth Kumar have been deputed by the government to visit Bihar to take stock of relief and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake.   Nadda and Kumar will visit quake-hit areas of Bihar, particularly the northern part of the state, and assess the situation there, official sources said.   The two Union ministers are expected to hold a meeting with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and will take stock of the rescue and relief efforts.   Nadda and Kumar are likely to…
  • Narendra Modi pushes for streamlining quake relief, rescue efforts

    Niti PTI Bot
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
      New Delhi, April 26 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight took stock of the rescue and relief efforts in quake-hit areas at home and in Nepal and pushed for streamlining the operations and greater coordination among the stake-holders.   Chairing a follow-up meeting to review the progress of relief and rescue operations following the major earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, Modi took stock of the evacuation of stranded people from Nepal both by air and road and provision of relief supplies and material to affected areas.   The Prime…
  • #NetNeutrality Digital Activism degenerated into Digital Anarchism

    Niticentral Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:24 pm
    The TRAI’s release of comments yesterday in response to its public consultation on OTT Apps and Net Neutrality ended up as a fiasco for both the Regulator and the Activists with Anarchists having the last laugh. #NetNeutralitydebate: TRAI reveals email IDs of everyone who sent a response on OTT paper: http://t.co/uPbmEYMuDZ pic.twitter.com/TZvdEV8AR7 — The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) April 27, 2015 With a million odd email addresses becoming public as a result of the comments release by TRAI the resulting backlash soon degenerated into Digital Anarchism with a DDOS attack…
  • West Bengal: Three more districts to be freed of open defecation

    Niti PTI Bot
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:10 pm
      Kolkata, Apr 27 (PTI) After Nadia becoming the first district in the country to be freed of open defecation, West Bengal would soon have three other districts Hooghly, East Midnapore and North 24 Parganas falling under the same category.   "Hooghly, East Midnapore and North 24 Parganas are fast approaching towards the Open Defecation Free status," West Bengal Panchayats and Rural Development Department Commissioner Dibyendu Sarkar said here today.   State Minister In-Charge Public Health Engineering and Panchayat and Rural…
  • BJP’s Harshdeep Malhotra elected new East Delhi Mayor

    Niti PTI Bot
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
      New Delhi, Apr 27 (PTI) BJP continued its triumph in the mayoral polls as the ruling party's candidate Harshdeep Malhotra today defeated Congress rival Rekha Rani by a margin of 17 votes to be elected the mayor of East Delhi.   While Malhotra polled 40 votes, Rani could only get 23. Out of the total of 64 votes, one was declared invalid, officials said.   The elections for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and three members of the standing committee in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation were held today at the EDMC's headquarters…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    When start-ups and enterprises first evaluate cloud providers, they often choose an out of the box solution that fits their immediate needs. Their hosting provider promises great customer service, but they have essentially the same stack as thousands of other customers and still need a large SysOps staff to monitor their infrastructure. This solution may […] The post Your Cloud Needs More than Great Customer Service appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    While it is possible to deploy a highly available Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment without configuration management tools like Puppet, doing so significantly increases the risk of error and downtime. AWS provides many tools for managing the configuration and deployment of your AWS resources, such as CloudFormation and ElasticBeanstalk, but these tools only cover the […] The post AWS and Puppet: DevOps Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Logicworks is honored to be one of a few Premier level AWS partners in the world. After 20 years focusing on complex managed hosting, we invested early in developing our AWS practice, including an extensive team of DevOps and AWS-certified cloud engineers.  As a result of our expertise in both traditional IT and AWS, Logicworks […] The post Why Logicworks Sells Managed Cloud Services, Not Consulting Services appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    As more healthcare organizations and software applications move to the cloud, each must discover the right use of resources, networking features, and security protections to protect ePHI and address HIPAA compliant hosting requirements. However, the HIPAA Security Rule is not specific about the exact set of best practices and tools to protect data at rest; […] The post How to Encrypt Data at Rest in HIPAA Compliant Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    The vast majority of healthcare organizations are migrating some IT infrastructure to the cloud in 2015. Unfortunately, the risk of bungling the transition has never been greater: A new round of HIPAA audits are on their way, the healthcare market is more fiercely competitive than ever, and IT departments are feeling pressure to capture smarter […] The post Why HIPAA Compliant Data Storage Belongs in the Cloud appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Monday, April 27 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:26 pm
      Anti-beer advocates mad that Ben & Jerry’s flavored beer being brewed NBC finds Brian Williams lied 11 times, want him back in anchor chair ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, April 27 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
      Two gay men meet with Ted Cruz, are forced to apologize for it by radical gay activist bullies Religious leaders to protest changes to ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, April 27 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
      Protesters outside Cafe Navarre over foie gras Study shows e-cigs are less dangerous than smoking Baltimore mayor allowed rioters to destroy Freddie Gray’s death ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, April 27

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Animal rights activists protest Cafe Navarre about foie gras – 953MNC.com Animal rights activists gathered outside of a South Bend restaurant Sunday evening, April 26, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Conservative Artist Sabo: “My focus was to be mean, nasty, and just as bad as Bill Maher”

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:28 am
    Conservative Artist Sabo: “My focus was to be mean, nasty, and just as bad as Bill Maher” – Hit & Run : Reason.com.   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio w/ Guest Professor Joel Westheimer

    Liberal Fix
    1 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is University of Ottawa Democarcay and Education Professor Joel Westheimer, author of What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join…
  • Liberal Fix Radio Talks Income Inequality With Guest Lorraine Chavez

    Liberal Fix
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Guest Lorraine Chavez is an educator, policy analyst and economic justice advocate based in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013 she was the campaign spokesperson for the Fight for 15 campaign as it launched in Chicago and nationally. She is a doctoral candidate in the political science department at the University of Chicago, a National Academy of the Sciences and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow, and a Diversifying Illinois Faculty Fellow. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or…
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE Victor Pickard, Author of Americas Battle For Media Democracy

    Liberal Fix
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our special guest is Victor Pickard. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest John Sheirer

    Liberal Fix
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features, John Sheirer, friend of the show, and author of Tales of a Real American Liberal. Keith and Naomi will join John in discussing the hot political topics of today. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with HIV/AIDS Dr. Susan Ball

    Liberal Fix
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features a pre-recorded interview with Medical Doctor Susan Ball. She is author of Voices in the Band: a Doctor, her patients, and how the outlook on AIDS care changed from doomed to hopeful. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Iran Skoolz Israel: ‘If you really want a nuke-free Middle East, then turn yours in’

    21wire
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Already this year, we’ve seen how Israel, its lobby, and US Republicans on their payroll, have constantly obsessed over Iran’s supposed ‘nuclear program’. They’ve also actively undermined international P5+1 accords with Iran ever since negotiations began in 2014. But who is the real nuclear threat in the region?Despite the severe lack of any evidence, the Israeli-led axis insists that Iran either has, or is building a nuclear weapons program, which will one day be used to “wipe Israel off the map”. That’s the…
  • Worse Than Williams: NBC, Richard Engel and Their Fake Syrian Kidnapping Story

    21wire
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    21st Century Wire says…“Syria is one of the biggest propaganda schemes of our time. When the dust settles, if it does, it will be revealed”- Professor AbuKhalil“Journalists are never real journalists if they are agents of power no matter how they disguise that role.”- John PilgerAs bad as those ‘war theater’ lies by Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly are, this howler by NBC and their ‘trusted’ reporter Richard Engel – is much worse by far. Keen to help Washington in its all-out campaign for regime change in Syria, we can now see very…
  • Petraeus Gets Slap On Wrist For Leaking State Secrets, As Others Face Jail For Lesser Offenses

    21wire
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Former CIA director and retired general, David Petraeus, finally (and quietly) got his day in court this week. Surprise, surprise – he’ll do no time for violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and just about every other state secrets law on the books. Back in 2012, both Petraeus and fellow US General John Allen were caught in a double honey trap, with Petraeus taking the brunt of the fall-out after it was revealed that he had divulged, or ‘leaked’ classified information relating to US national security, during pillow-talk sessions with his then…
  • SUNDAY WIRE – APRIL 26, 2015 – OFF-AIR FOR MAINTENANCE

    21wire
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    21st Century Wire says…We’re sorry, THE SUNDAY WIRE SHOW is OFF-AIR this week for essential maintenance. We are working hard to improve the hyper-trust and firepower delivery systems of this program… TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED LIVE SHOW:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PST Direct Download of Last Week’s Show:http://traffic.libsyn.com/sundaywire/acr_sw_ep_81.mp3Sunday Wire Radio Show Archives  Tweets by @21WIRE
  • Head of Google X Research Labs Killed in Nepal Quake, Hundreds More Tourists Missing

    21wire
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The Nepal quake has claimed over 1,500 lives and death toll is climbing, including some high-profile victims too…RT.com The head of privacy at the secretive Google X facility was one of the 18 people killed in an avalanche at Mount Everest, triggered by the Nepal earthquake. Hundreds of foreign nationals are also feared dead or are missing. Dan Fredinburg, 33, was part of the Jagged Globe expedition team that was tackling Mount Everest when the 7.9-magnidue quake shook Nepal, according to Jagged Globe and his family. He died of fatal head injury.Fredinburg…
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    The Politic

  • Black, Gay, and “Elite” in Mobile, Alabama

    Jackson Beck
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The show sheds light on serious issues, but can it really change anything?
  • A Grateful Guest: How Yale Gives Back to its Host City

    Mikaela Rabb
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    Greeted by the high-pitched giggles of students and the whirring of pencil sharpeners, Hannah Greene ‘18 enters the office at New Haven Reads, a place that truly has become a second-home for her. In the cramped, but cozy space, filled with cubicles of eager students and teachers, she awaits patiently for the twins she has...
  • Student Activism in the Elm City

    Jonathan Coutinho
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Some students sang, “Whose Side Are You On, Yale?” Others sat on the staircase of Woodbridge Hall, simultaneously drafting essays and social media updates.  The atmosphere grew tenser as 5 PM approached. Checking their watches, students put away their laptops and prepared to stand their ground. Outside, others formed a human chain around the building....
  • Floggings, Beheadings, and the Western Narrative

    Kyle Ranieri
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    In front of the busy Al-Jalafi Mosque in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a short, pixelated cellphone video captures the graphic scene of a man being mercilessly flogged in front of hundreds of onlookers. A policeman shouts at the crowd that no cellphones are allowed and recording is forbidden, but the mob’s rhythmic chants of “Allahu akbar”...
  • Syria Re-Visited

    Jackie Salzinger
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    The fourth anniversary of the Syrian civil war passed by in silence as the world and its leaders looked on. At the beginning of Syria’s fifth year of violent turmoil, the Michael Gordonof the New York Times described the country as “dismembered” and lamented “a Syrian peace process that no longer exists.” The paper then accused...
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Evidence-Based Approaches To Increase Financial Literacy

    guanyinmiao
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The evidence-based pilot programme by the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) to help low-income households clear their debts sets a good precedent for other voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) to track the efficacy of their endeavours, and the finding that "there was not enough evidence to suggest that the programme had worked" (TODAY, Apr. 25) could suggest the need to increase financial literacy beyond the reactive debt management, for instance, which are offered by most VWOs at present. In the past helping families increase their net worth by an average of S$2,500 would have been hailed…
  • The Trouble With Measuring Happiness

    guanyinmiao
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Measuring happiness is difficult, and the characterisation of Singaporeans across different reports in this regard has been inconsistent. For instance a Gallup survey in 2012 found that residents in Singapore “are the least likely … to report experiencing emotions of any kind on a daily basis”. The least emotional, in other words. It therefore comes as no surprise that the recent ranking of Singapore as the 24th happiest country out of 158 around the world (ST. Apr 24) – according to the World Happiness Report 2015 published by the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions…
  • Broaden Conversation On Smoking Ban

    guanyinmiao
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Of the suggestions to curb smoking in Singapore - such as the designation of smoking points or the extension of prohibitions to include “home balconies and at their windows” (ST, Apr. 19) - the proposal for a ban of sales to those born after a certain date, while radical, appears the most comprehensive. For some time the “Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore” movement has campaigned to deny Singaporeans born after 2000 access to tobacco, and since the health and social benefits associated with smoking are far and few between it would therefore make sense for such implementation. In this…
  • Diverse Internet Cannot Be Dichotomised

    guanyinmiao
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Reading about how “the Internet has brought out the best and worst in Singaporeans” (TODAY, Apr. 18) – with the sparking of positive societal change on one side and the proliferation of lynch mobs and vigilantes on the other – was disappointing, because this dichotomised characterisation of the Internet space in Singapore is hardly accurate. Moreover such diversity in opinions is not unique to the Internet too. Stringing together disparate anecdotes the commentary also provided few valuable insights, besides a survey which reaffirmed the high rates of Internet penetration and usage in…
  • Ridiculous Sponsored Awards At The Star Awards

    guanyinmiao
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The first show of the 2015 Star Awards – which “affirms and recognises the contributions” of artistes and production members – happens this Sunday, and at the event two of the three sponsored awards will include the “BottomSlim Gorgeous Legs Award” and the “Tokyo Bust Express Sexy Babe Award”. Unlike the other competitive categories which are (at least) contingent upon the acting abilities of a performer or the skills of a crew member, as well as the critical acclaim garnered, these two awards are just lazy attempts to appease its sponsors. In addition, individuals who vote…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Loretta Lynch Gets Confirmed

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    Loretta Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote in the Senate for the better part of five months, more than the previous five Attorney General nominees combined. The reason for her delay is one of the more bizarre episodes in recent history in the Senate that revolves around abortion and missed language in a sex-trafficking bill. We discuss the issue in today’s program that is a classic example of how the main goal of both parties in Washington is leverage over the other. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • A Third Term for Obama or Clinton?

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States in 2016. Most candidates have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the nation during a presidential election, but that is an opportunity that Hillary Clinton, who has been in public life for more than 30 years, does not have. The nation does not usually grant three consecutive terms to the same the party; it has happened only once since 1980. Being that a potential Clinton presidency will likely be associated more with a recent democratic presidency, which one would be more advantageous for her to be connected with: her…
  • Fast Track on Trade

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:18 am
    NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was signed into law in 1993. Since then it has been blamed for much of the exodus of US manufacturing jobs to overseas countries. The debate on free trade is once again heating up this week with the president seeking fast track authority in order to approve the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. What is the TPP and are critics of the deal justified in their fears that it will do even more harm than NAFTA? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on…
  • Iran Deal Reached with Congress

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    A framework agreement was reached between the P5+1 nations and Iran two weeks ago regarding their nuclear program. Immediately after the agreement was announced all eyes turned to the US Congress and what role they would play in approving or rejecting the deal. The administration warned that any effort by Congress to scuttle a broad agreement would be met with a presidential veto. But a deal was reached this week, with broad bipartisan support, that would allow Congress to play a role in the negotiations but still allow the administration the space and time they need to reach a final…
  • How Far Can Marco Rubio Go?

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Marco Rubio has declared himself a candidate for president in 2016. He has been labeled a rising star in Republican politics since his arrival in the US Senate in 2010. What are his chances in the 2016 presidential election? Did his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” group on immigration reform irrevocably harm his chances with the conservative base of his party? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Mars. Why Not?

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    Ever since the caveman… we’ve been searching for the truth and looking for the next big breakthrough. Our curiosity allows us to ask the question…. Why Not? A survey which questioned whether we will place humans on Mars within our lifetime indicates that a “majority of Americans” do not think “technological capabilities and motivation” will stop us from finally visiting our closest planetary neighbor. In fact, 71% of Americans believe human beings will step on the surface of Mars by the year 2033. That just proves how curious, optimistic and determined Americans are!
  • This is the America I love!

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Every time I watch his steps and I see the outpouring of support from people who didn’t know James… and probably will never meet him – I am moved beyond words.  James Robertson is 56 years old, makes $10.55 an hour, and he is determined to work even if it means six hours on foot - in the dead of the night - through some of Detroit’s roughest neighborhoods — spring, summer, fall and winter. James walks 21 miles round trip to his job every day. His roundtrip commute also includes a bus ride for part of the journey - all of this consumes 22 hours a day - and James has the same 24…
  • Let Go Of My Raisins - Weekly News Awards

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The Good Samaritan AWARD goes to… The Plan B AWARD goes to… The Let Go Of My Raisins AWARD goes to… The All Bets Are Off AWARD goes to… The Big Stick AWARD goes to…
  • Out Loud America: Chipotle Politics

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    This was the most newsworthy trip to a swanky little fast-food mexican restaurant since Plácido Domingo began his opera career at the local Taco Bell. The news coverage and free publicity that the Hillary Clinton machine received compliments of the Republican presidential candidates sounded like an incessant jealous chant. It was an onslaught of Hillary this and Hillary that! Hillary messed up. I would have done it this way. And what was she thinking?
  • Out Loud News & Comment: 47 Seconds & 102 Stories Up

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:17 pm
    515 years of history appear right before your very eyes. 47 seconds, 102 stories up and thousands of memories. Video link: http://nyti.ms/1bhSieX | Even more important - we hope she makes history by being the most effective attorney general who just happens to be a Black American. | This explains a great deal as to why the team is challenged in chasing down the White House fence jumpers. | Claims of police brutality and targeting young black men continue to dominate headlines in America. | The outcome could also redefine the hard-fought peace on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
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    The Desert Lynx

  • The 5,000-Life Question

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

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There’s a hero’s story sweeping the hearts and minds of America. The legend of a righteous warrior who piled enemy bodies high. A marksman whose heroism saw no equal. The legend of Chris Kyle. A legend that we must crush.…
  • I Am Pro-Suicide

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s a delicate subject, but after the passing of a dear friend by his own hand, I feel I have to say something. Too many have suffered in silence and indignity, so I must speak: I am pro-suicide. No, I’m …
  • To the Other One Who Got Away

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’m scared. Have been for a while. Ever since I met you I’ve feared losing you. Even though I never really had you, and never really will. I recognized early on that we were different. That we had separate life …
  • I Always Got Along With Cuba

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    According to news reports, we, as Americans, are finally going to start getting along with Cuba. Apparently, I’m now on speaking terms with the denizens of the island nation off the coast of Florida. This is news to me: …
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    Citizens News

  • THE GUNNY IS ON THE ROAD

    Liberty Bell
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE (“JE SUIS CHARLIE!”) so posts will be sporadic. Normal anti-liberal operations to resume ASAP.The post THE GUNNY IS ON THE ROAD appeared first on Citizens News.
  • So-called “moderate” Muslim imam in Tennessee advocates extermination of all other religions

    Liberty Bell
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM If you ever wondered why the citizens of Murfreesboro, TN fought so long and hard  against construction of a mega-mosque in their city, but sadly lost, this is why. A prominent Muslim Imam in Tennessee teaches students that “Jews & Christians … Continue reading →The post So-called “moderate” Muslim imam in Tennessee advocates extermination of all other religions appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Riot erupts after funeral for man hurt in police custody

    Liberty Bell
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics Baltimore police officers push back demonstrators who are throwing rocks at the police, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. […]The post Riot erupts after funeral for man hurt in police custody appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Breaking: Rioting, Burning, Massive Looting Explodes in Baltimore (Updated: National Guard Called Out)

    Liberty Bell
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Written by The PJ Tatler Following the funeral of a young black man, Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, several hundred rioters confronted police and began to tear up West Baltimore. I’ve been watching the WJLA live coverage of the rioting and the scenes being shown are incredible. “Like a war zone” said the […]The post Breaking: Rioting, Burning, Massive Looting Explodes in Baltimore (Updated: National Guard Called Out) appeared first on Citizens News.
  • UH-OH Watch Out Baltimore: Here Comes Al Sharpton

    Liberty Bell
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Written by “The Lid” If there was unrest in Baltimore, you ain’t seen nothing yet..because here comes the race card version of an ambulance chaser, the faux reverend Al Sharpton According to the NY Daily News, Sharpton the supposed preacher who has never heard about the commandment about bearing false witness. will schedule a march […]The post UH-OH Watch Out Baltimore: Here Comes Al Sharpton appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......

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

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

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

    leftdog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Premier Brad Wall continues to hold firm to the base ideology of a 'businesses over persons' ideologue and says he may invoke the Canadian Constitution's 'notwithstanding clause' to suppress a working persons right to strike in Saskatchewan. CBCThe notwithstanding clause was used previously in Saskatchewan by Wall's former employer, disgraced Conservative Premier Grant Devine.  "In 1986, the Saskatchewan legislature introduced back-to-work legislation to end a strike by public service employees. The government introduced the legislation based on the grounds it needed to…
  • Sask Premier Brad Wall Trivializes Supreme Court Ruling That Protects A Person's Right To Strike In Canada ...

    leftdog
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    "... while Friday’s ruling could embolden the union moment, Wall senses that the rest of the public will be indifferent or even resentful of the unions’ legal win. At least, that sure seemed the case Friday afternoon, when he quite literally laughed off the potential multi-million loss by posting on Twitter that re-signed Rider Weston Dressler “was one essential service the Supreme Court can’t take away.”It was an ill-thought tweet, considering Wall’s own political game-playing and anti-labour partisanship may have just cost us millions. But he’ll likely get away with it.If…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Memory Lane Monday: The Armenian Genocide

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “100 years ago, the world was too silent as the Armenian people suffered a horrific genocide. Today, we commemorate more than a million souls who were extinguished by the Ottoman Government. Sadly, many today are still unaware of this 20th century atrocity… We cannot neglect the brutality carried out on these innocent souls, because we cannot leave any room for them to occur again. If we forget the annals of history, we will not honor those who suffered in the death camps of the Holocaust, Soviet Union, Cambodia, and many others. That is a tragedy we can and should prevent.”
  • Genius Idea: EPA Doesn’t Want Your Kiddos to Bathe

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    The EPA has brought America quite a few brilliant ideas, so with a special program called, WaterSense Kids you can rest assured that it’s chockfull of nonsense.
  • 4 Tons of Tusks

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    The price of ivory just jumped a bit, thanks to Bangkok Customs Officials seizing 4 tons of tusks weakly disguised in bean sacks from Congo.
  • Summertime Shades: Another Year of the Ray-Ban?

    22 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    If you’re in the North Hemisphere the allure of the summer sun is currently calling and demanding you up your sunglass game. Whether it’s a pair from Cartier or Chanel, let’s take a look at 2015’s favorites.
  • 20 For Morsi

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    Do you recall a few years back when the Western media swore up and down that Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood were cooler than Menudo?
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Secularism in a Philosopher’s View

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A Review of a new book by Akeel Bilgrami Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment, The Hindu, April 13, 2015In a recent conference on minorities in India in Punjab University, I tried hard to highlight the need to correct our collective intellectual failure to put forward the obvious connection between secularism and democracy in India’s public discourse. A connection that should be apparent to everyone has become almost non-existent in India’s public debate; consequently creating enough space for the Hindu right in India and religious right elsewhere to argue that secularism is trivial and…
  • Jokowi Calls for Reform of UN at Asian-African Conference

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:18 pm
    By Jakarta Globe and Reuters, April 22, 2015Jakarta. President Joko Widodo has criticized the United Nations and the world’s financial institutions for leading an imbalance of economic and political power.Joko’s speech in Jakarta opened a meeting of Asian and African nations to mark the 60th anniversary of a conference that was seen as a united stand by the developing world against colonialism and led to the Cold War era’s non-aligned movement.The Indonesian president said that 60 years on, many countries in the two continents have gotten rid of their colonial masters and become…
  • We’re Teaching our Kids Wrong: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Do not Have the Answers

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Our kids worship wealth and celebrities. We’ve lost track of school’s real purpose - exciting the mindBy Susan Engel, Salon, April 18, 2015Between 1848, when Andrew Carnegie arrived in Pennsylvania, and 1983, when “A Nation at Risk” was published, schools had made a 180-degree turn. No longer a privilege and a respite from work, formal education had become a necessity, considered essential to individual success. What had once been a luxury for those who could afford enlightenment was, by the second half of the twentieth century, a requirement for anyone who hoped to get a job and earn…
  • Statement by H.E. Mr. G. Khoshroo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran before the UN Security Council on the Role of the Youth in Combating Violent Extremism

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    23 April 2015In the Name of God, the Compassionate the MercifulMr. President,I would like to begin by thanking you for convening this meeting on this very critical issue facing the world and our youth. Today, the young people are in a paradoxical situation in relation to Islam and the West. This critical situation is rooted in two realities that are seemingly contradictory but inherently complementary. On the one hand, we witness the expansion of extremism and terrorism which could be observed as much in some western capitals as in villages in some Islamic countries. On the other hand,…
  • The West Gambles Peace in Europe Away

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Willy Wimmer, Current Concerns, №11, April 21, 2015In the two years 2014 and 2015 the whole horror of the past century has been passing by before our eyes, once again. These are the years that tell of devastation: 1914 and 1919, 1939 and 1945. It is a terrible chain of events that might be perpetuated, because it determines our lives today and will go on to do so far into the future. In this particular calendar of misery there was one bright spot, that were the two years in 1989 and 1990. Both a good reason not only to commemorate solemnly but to increase talents then received in the…
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Public speaking: Connecting with vulnerability

    Joe Fuld
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    A certain amount of nervousness and vulnerability in public speaking is a good thing. Every time I  do any type of public speaking, I get nervous. When I was younger and I was nervous, I would even stutter. Even today, I sometimes hear myself repeating a word as I get animated. Throughout my life, I work hard to conceal these flaws, but the reality is that it is a part of who I am. And I’m hardly alone. It’s a natural instinct to be nervous in public speaking and something that many of us can relate to. When I’m speaking, my nervousness and vulnerability is part of what makes me…
  • Announcing Your Campaign Digitally

    Lizzie Kendrick
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Having a strong digital Presence is a vital campaign strategy. Jeb Bush’s recent announcement that he will “actively explore the possibility of running for President” was certainly not the first time a candidate has announced they are running (or almost running) digitally, but it brings up a few key points to be taken into consideration. First, I think Jeb Bush missed a huge opportunity by announcing on Facebook and not including any sort of call to action. Running for President requires a HUGE amount of supporters who have your back. If he had asked people to go to a website, sign up…
  • Digital Advocacy Webinar Series

    Campaign Workshop
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Campaign Workshop Launches Digital Advocacy Webinar Series Sponsored by EveryAction We are happy to announce that we are launching The Digital Advocacy Webinar Series sponsored by EveryAction. This four part webinar series will cover advocacy topics ranging from digital ad buying, developing a winning advocacy strategy, and goal setting for digital advertising campaigns. The first webinar in the series will be on content marketing for advocacy campaigns. These webinars will take place from April – June 2015, with the first on April 21, 2015 at 1pm EST. Each webinar will also be…
  • Don’t Let Proofing Errors Derail Your Direct Mail

    Michele Hermanson
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Using the best practices to make sure your Direct mail is accurate. Printing errors can turn your message into a crisis overnight. Whether it is a mailing of your company holiday card or official ballots in an election, it is imperative to implement the best protocols and practices to ensure that your direct mail job gets into mailboxes without a hitch. This election saw several high profile printing errors that probably could have been prevented with better planning and proofing—one example was a ballot printing problem in Arizona that cost the state tens of thousands of dollars. With…
  • The “Why are you running for office” question

    Joe Fuld
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Why are you running for office? For some, “why are you running for office “is an easy question to answer because you feel innately passionate about your political pursuit. For others, they may have a murkier answer. But knowing why you are running for office and what you want to do when you get there is critical to being a successful candidate. And having a canned answer to the question is not good enough. Ted Kennedy’s famous non-answer to the why he was running for office in his 1980 presidential campaign is a historical lesson about not having your heart in the race. …
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Obama Fights to Spread GMO Foods Throughout Europe

    Eric Zuesse
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Eric Zuesse One of the major barriers blocking U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign for his mammoth international trade deals — the TTIP with Europe, and the TPP with Asia — is: other countries want the freedom to make up their own minds about the safety or dangerousness of the foods they allow to be sold […]
  • Who Needs Neil Young When We’ve Got Monsanto?

    Colin Todhunter
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:37 am
    Neil Young is reportedly about to release a new album called, ‘The Monsanto Years’. Don’t expect the lyrics to be music to the ears of the company’s executives over in St Louis, however. With falling profits and glyphosate being reclassified by the WHO as ‘probably’ causing cancer, Monsanto needs Neil Young like it needs a hole in the head. […]
  • What’s Obama Up to, with His TPP & TTIP?

    Eric Zuesse
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Eric Zuesse The motivation behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s trans-Pacific trade-deal TPP, and his trans-Atlantic trade-deal TTIP — the motivation behind both of these enormous international trade-deals — is the same, and Democratic U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are correct: it is not at all progressive. It is instead to transfer political power […]
  • JP Morgan stockpiling physical silver: Are you getting ready for what is coming?

    User Submitted
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Michael Snyder RINF Alternative News Why in the world has JP Morgan accumulated more than 55 million ounces of physical silver?  Since early 2012, JP Morgan’s stockpile has grown from less than 5 million ounces of physical silver to more than 55 million ounces of physical silver.  Clearly, someone over at JP Morgan is convinced that […]
  • Legacy of War

    Robert Burrowes
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Robert J. Burrowes As the world continues to engage in various commemorations in relation to World War I, Australia approaches the centenary anniversary of a defining event in the nation’s history: ANZAC Day. On 25 April 1915, and for many days after, Australia suffered savage losses at Gallipoli in Turkey. Sometimes when we reflect on […]
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Migration In Africa: A Growing Religious Market

    Eurasia Review
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    With the tightening of borders in Europe over the last fifteen years or so, and in the absence of real migration policies driven by the Global South, people coming from Sub-Saharan Africa and seeking to migrate are settling more permanently in the countries of Mediterranean Africa. Faced with these new settlements, numerous religious or denominational […] The post Migration In Africa: A Growing Religious Market appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Armenia Could Reap Rewards From Iran Agreement

    IWPR
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    By Arshaluis Mghdesyan* The prospect of an end to international sanctions on Iran is good news for Armenia, according to analysts, who predict a boost for their country’s economy. The framework agreement reached by Iran and six international powers in Lausanne on April 2 envisions a gradual lifting of sanctions in return for cuts to […] The post Armenia Could Reap Rewards From Iran Agreement appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Canadian Judge Grants Bail To Former Guantánamo Prisoner Omar Khadr – OpEd

    Andy Worthington
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Over two and a half years since Canadian citizen and former child prisoner Omar Khadr returned to Canada from Guantánamo, a judge in Alberta, Justice June Ross, has granted his application for bail that was argued in Edmonton last month. “He has a 12½ year track record as a model prisoner, and a release plan […] The post Canadian Judge Grants Bail To Former Guantánamo Prisoner Omar Khadr – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Salesian Missions Launches Emergency Appeal To Nepal Earthquake Victims

    Eurasia Review
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, has launched an emergency fund to assist Salesian missionaries in Nepal who are working to provide aid and emergency relief to those affected by Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has devastated Kathmandu and surrounding villages. To raise money for the fund, the Catholic […] The post Salesian Missions Launches Emergency Appeal To Nepal Earthquake Victims appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Northern Cyprus Presidential Victory Revives Hopes Of Reunifying Island – Analysis

    Elcano Royal Institute
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:53 pm
    By William Chislett* The overwhelming victory of Mustafa Akinci in the Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus presidential election raised hopes of progress finally being achieved in reunifying the ethnically divided island, split since Ankara’s 1974 invasion in response to a Greek-engineered coup seeking union with Greece. Akinci, a former mayor of the Turkish-Cypriot part of the capital […] The post Northern Cyprus Presidential Victory Revives Hopes Of Reunifying Island – Analysis... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Marriage plaintiffs gather to celebrate on eve of arguments

    Chris Johnson
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Evan Wolfson hosted a reception for plaintiff same-sex couples in the marriage cases. (Blade photo by Michael Key)John Sullivan had a singular quote in mind on Monday when asked about his internal thoughts the day before oral arguments in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court that could enable same-sex couples to marry across the nation. “I think I’ll quote my spouse, who, before he died, and he didn’t know he was going to die when he said it, but prophetically said, ‘You know I could die before this is settled,’ but he said, ‘I know now we’re…
  • Universal Gear anniversary

    Damien Salas
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Universal Gear had an anniversary celebration on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) Universal Gear held an anniversary party at its 14th Street store on April 25. (Washington Blade photos by Damien Salas)  
  • Marriage supporters hold vigil outside Supreme Court

    Michael K. Lavers
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Members of the School Without Walls Gay-Straight Alliance held a vigil for marriage equality outside of the Supreme Court on Monday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Supporters of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Monday held vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the eve of oral arguments in four gay nuptials cases. Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance at the School Without Walls, a public magnet school on the campus of George Washington University in Northwest Washington, were holding a banner that read “#unite4marriage” with candles placed around them on the sidewalk. They…
  • Gay hoteliers apologize for hosting Ted Cruz reception

    Michael K. Lavers
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The two gay hoteliers who hosted a reception for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week have issued apologies. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)The two gay hoteliers who hosted U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at their Manhattan apartment last week have issued apologies. Ian Reisner on Sunday wrote on his Facebook page that he is “shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days.” He added he made a “terrible mistake” in “accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his…
  • Judge won’t stay order granting gender reassignment to inmate

    Chris Johnson
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A judge won’t stay his order granting gender reassignment surgery to a trans inmate.A federal judge on Monday denied a request from California Attorney General Kamala Harris to place a hold on an order requiring the Golden State to offer gender reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate convicted of second-degree murder. In an eight-page decision, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, an Obama appointee, says the state demonstrated it may suffer irreparable injury if the denial of a stay deprives officials of appellate review, but ultimately decides in favor of Michelle Norsworthy, a trans…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Graphic: What We Now Know About the BP Oil Spill

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Five years later, the National Resources Defense Council’s magazine (onEarth) has released this infographic of the BP oil spill’s impact on the gulf. It’s awful for the environment and the animals  – if this isn’t a message to stop the drilling, I don’t know what is. The post Graphic: What We Now Know About the BP Oil Spill appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Sign to Get Nutrition in Schools, and Junk Food Lobbyists Out

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Brace yourself: Just when you thought you’d had enough with Big Pharma, Big Tobacco and Big Ag, here comes Big Junk Food to further skew Washington toward corporate interests. And this time, it’s at the expense of our children’s health. As a recent Reuters article put it, “In the political arena, one side is winning the war on child obesity. The side with the fattest wallets.” Thanks to those wallets, Congress has declared pizza a vegetable, and killed a bill that would have curbed marketing of sugary foods to kids. And the dubiously titled School Nutrition Association (SNA), a…
  • New Study: Why Zebras REALLY Have Stripes

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Why do zebras have stripes?” is more than just the lead-in to a corny punchline – it’s a question that’s perplexed us, well, probably since the first human ever laid eyes on one of these fascinating cousins to the horse (and did you know that each zebra’s stripe pattern is as unique as a fingerprint?). Even zoologists have long been stymied. And while we don’t have a definitive answer quite yet, we do have a very probable cause for these black-and-white striations, coming from new study by researchers at UCLA. The research team wanted to know if environmental factors were…
  • Watch: The Myth of the American Dream, Explained with Legos

    Lady Freethinker
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    What’s your chance of striking it rich in America? Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves will tell you — using Legos. Colorful toys aside, the message here is pretty grim. If you’re born poor – particularly if you aren’t White – the American dream is probably out of grasp. “We have a big problem,” says Reeves, ” and we need big solutions.” Agreed. The post Watch: The Myth of the American Dream, Explained with Legos appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Activism Worked! An Anti-Whistleblower Bill, Defeated

    Lady Freethinker
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s not often that I get to post a happy update, so this is pretty special. If you’ve been following my blog lately, you know that the Arkansas House proposed a bill to block audio recording in the workplace. That’s not just bad news for employees needing evidence of discrimination, harassment or safety hazards – It would spell doom for organizations like the one I work for, Last Chance for Animals, which relies on workers’ recordings to expose brutal abuse at factory farms and other horrifying places. This little-known bill was moving fast, so we rushed to create a…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Six Things I Learned While Traveling The United Kingdom In An Airstream Trailer

    Nate Silver
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    If you take a data-driven approach to election forecasting, it’s not immediately clear how much you might expect to learn by traveling around the country talking to voters. Polls can reach far more voters (and a far more representative sample of them) than a reporter might by knocking on doors or accosting voters at the shopping center. And if you’re not careful, it can be easy to cherry-pick the anecdotal evidence and read the “vibrations” in a way that confirms your biases.But last month, I spent a week and a half on the ground in the United Kingdom. I visited a number of locations…
  • An Ex-Cop Keeps The Country’s Best Data Set On Police Misconduct

    Carl Bialik
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    When Talking Points Memo, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post needed data on how often police officers are charged with on-duty killings, they all turned to the same guy: Bowling Green State University criminologist Philip M. Stinson.Phil Stinson.BGSU Marketing & CommunicationsStinson, 50, has become an indispensable source for researchers and reporters looking into alleged crimes and acts of violence by police officers because he has built a database tracking thousands of incidents in which officers were arrested since 2005. His data has shown that even the few police…
  • The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

    Harry Enten
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign, which officially kicks off Monday, has so far attracted paltry support from Republican voters, according to polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as nationally. He’s down near Chris Christie! Yet, when we talk about him in the FiveThirtyEight office, we usually put Rubio in the top tier, in front of everyone except Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, the two candidates at the top of the polls.Why? Rubio is both electable and conservative, and in optimal proportions. He’s in a position to satisfy the GOP establishment, tea party-aligned voters…
  • Clinton Begins The 2016 Campaign, And It’s A Toss-up

    Nate Silver
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    There’s already plenty of bad punditry regarding the chances of Hillary Clinton — who officially announced her candidacy on Sunday — to become the 45th president. You can find Democrats boasting about their “blue wall” in the Electoral College and how hard this will make it for any Republican to win. Or Republicans warning that the Democratic Party rarely wins three elections in a row.Most of this analysis is flimsy. So is the commentary about the ups-and-downs in early swing state polls. And when you see some pundit declaring a minor misstep to be a “game changer,” find…
  • The Hillary Clinton Steamroller Rumbles To Life

    Harry Enten
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Let’s do something a little unusual. Instead of going through all the reasons that Hillary Clinton is so likely to win the Democratic nomination (and she is) and then tucking a caveat-laden paragraph at the bottom of this article, let’s start with one big caveat:Presidential elections aren’t baseball. They take place just once every four years, so we don’t have thousands of at-bats to analyze. Clinton, who will reportedly officially announce her campaign Sunday, could lose the primary. Perhaps there’s some scandal we’re unaware of. Perhaps she’ll have…
 
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  • Linkfest: MOOC 1935, AfD, Russian Media & Loony Parties. Comics, too

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    Back to the future MOOC: A university proposal for teaching classes remotely via television, 1935 PHD Comics: How To Write An E-mail To Your Instructor Or Teaching Assistant Some more information on Henkel’s resignation from the AfD board General Election 2015, Far Side Edition: We’ll lose votes to UKIP, say Loony Party Anton Shekhovtsov: The Russian Mass Media and the Western Far Right The post Linkfest: MOOC 1935, AfD, Russian Media & Loony Parties. Comics, too appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Five AfD Party Conferences

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Over on his blog, Andreas Kemper has an interesting piece (in German) on the five state-level party conferences the AfD has held last weekend. According to him, the outcomes of the conferences demonstrate that the party has shifted further to the right in four (Hesse, Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt) of these five cases. A sixth party in Northrhine Westphalia conference, which was scheduled for this weekend, has been cancelled today. It had been widely expected that his opponents would try to overthrow Marcus Pretzell as state party leader at the conference. Now it would seem that both…
  • How Germany’s Far Right Could Come in from the the Cold (or Not)

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:56 am
    I’m guest-blogging over at the Disclaimer Magazine We live under the impression that the extreme right in Germany is weak. While it is less visible than equivalents in France or the Netherlands, there is a rich undercurrent of rightist dissent that could rise to the surface to enter the mainstream of German politics. More …   Photo by opposition24.de The post How Germany’s Far Right Could Come in from the the Cold (or Not) appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Seven Links: Wittgenstein, Hillary, Greece, Norman Nie, and More

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    This is cool: A Corpus-Based Analysis of REF Output Titles for Politics & International Studies Why austerity is not #Greece’s problem University of Surrey’s Politics department under threat Obituary: Norman Nie, inventor of SPSS Ouch: Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal Hillary onesies and ‘Rand on a stick’: the best and worst campaign merchandise Wittgenstein: meta-logic is bonkers The post Seven Links: Wittgenstein, Hillary, Greece, Norman Nie, and More appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on…
  • Interview mit web.de / Welt online zum Prozeß gegen die Goldene Morgenröte in Griechenland

    Kai Arzheimer
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Link zum Artikel hier: http://web.de/magazine/politik/goldene-morgenroete-gericht-griechenlands-rechtes-problem-30587432   Photo by BenL   The post Interview mit web.de / Welt online zum Prozeß gegen die Goldene Morgenröte in Griechenland appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
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    Conservative Read

  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch: “We Can Restore Trust and Faith”

    chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Daniel Doherty,  After months of waiting and a close vote, Loretta Lynch was confirmed as... Attorney General Loretta Lynch: “We Can Restore Trust and Faith” Conservative Read [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2016: Yes, It’s Early, But Pay Attention Now

    chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Byron York,   It’s conventional wisdom that the 2016 Republican presidential race is at such an... 2016: Yes, It’s Early, But Pay Attention Now Conservative Read [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Racist Obama pledges “assistance as needed” for Baltimore riots

    chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
     President Obama pledged late Monday to provide assistance “as needed” to stop the roving gangs... Racist Obama pledges “assistance as needed” for Baltimore... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • EPA spends $84,000 to study churches that preach climate change

    chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
     The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used... EPA spends $84,000 to study churches that preach climate change Conservative Read [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Md. gov calls up National Guard after roving gangs attack police, torch patrol car and store

    chris
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:57 pm
     DEVELOPING:  Maryland’s governor called up the National Guard late Monday hours after rioting gangs attacked... Md. gov calls up National Guard after roving gangs attack police,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-27, Monday

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, April 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the latest on the civil unrest and race riots in Baltimore, Maryland over the weekend, and the prospect of further violence and strife in the near future as the social and cultural underpinnings of America continue to erode and the National Guard and police prepare for more violence. We also cover an interview by Infowars editor and host Paul Joseph Watson on recent military drills in America aimed at dealing with domestic dissent. On today’s worldwide broadcast, we talk with economist, political commentator, and Second…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-26, Sunday

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-24, Friday

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, April 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, former CIA head General David Petraeus gets a slap on the wrist for leaking highly-classified information, while whistleblowers get major jail time for far less, and what doesMcDonald's shuttering of nearly 1,000 storessay about the economy? We'll also see how car aficionados react to driverless cars, and Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson joins the show today to discuss the Soros-funded Southern Poverty Law Center's accusations that Oath Keepers are fomenting an armed standoff with federal authorities over the Sugar Pine Mine in Oregon.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-23, Thursday

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Apr-22, Wednesday

    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, April 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look at the war on personal freedom and cash as the banksters ban the storage of cash in safety deposit boxes. We also look at the Veterans Administration sending medical information to the FBI as part of an effort to grab their guns and deny their right to the Second Amendment. Other important topics covered on today’s worldwide broadcast include the propaganda war on vitamins by Big Pharma and the scary breakdown of the US food supply.
 
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    Vox - All

  • At least 4,400 dead after devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

    Lauren Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:55 pm
    A 7.8-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks hit Nepal over the weekend, killing at least 4,400 people and injuring at least 8,000, according to the Associated Press's Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle. The earthquake triggered avalanches that killed at least 18 people at a Mount Everest base camp, the AP reported. Most of the fatalities occurred in Nepal, but there are also reports of victims in India, Bangladesh, and Tibet and along the Nepal-China border. Dharahara Tower, a popular historical landmark in Kathmandu, built in 1832 and recognized by UNESCO, collapsed in the quake.
  • Hillary Clinton demands answers over Freddie Gray's death as unrest continues in Baltimore

    German Lopez
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Hillary Clinton on Monday called for answers over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19, a week after he was rushed to the hospital with a fatal spinal cord injury while under police custody. Clinton, who's considered the leading Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential race, tweeted: Tonight I am praying for peace & safety for all in Baltimore, & for Freddie Gray's family - his death is a tragedy that demands answers. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 28, 2015 Baltimore police are conducting an investigation into Gray's death that's expected…
  • The important thing everyone calling for nonviolence in Baltimore fails to say

    Dara Lind
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:16 pm
    As violent protests broke out in Baltimore on Monday, resulting in some destroyed businesses and at least 15 injured police officers, longtime Baltimore reporter and creator of The Wire David Simon put up a blog post calling for peace. In the post, Simon tried to separate the ostensible cause of the protests — the death of Freddie Gray in police custody earlier this month — and the violence that's arisen as the civil unrest has continued through this week: There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his…
  • Why bedbugs are making a comeback

    Brad Plumer
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    For 60 years after World War II, Americans thought they'd finally eradicated bedbugs once and for all. They were wrong. Bedbugs have been a horrible staple of American life since the Mayflower. In 1926, infestations in hotels and apartments were so common that experts couldn't recall a time when they weren't a problem. People absolutely hated being bitten in the night by these tenacious bloodsuckers hiding in mattresses and cracks in the wall, but the bugs were seemingly impossible to wipe out. Then, in 1939, a Swiss chemist named Paul Hermann Muller discovered the pesticide DDT, which proved…
  • Protests in Baltimore escalate over death of Freddie Gray after arrest

    German Lopez
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died on April 19 from a spinal cord injury, a week after he was rushed to the hospital while under police custody. Investigators still haven't revealed how Gray received the fatal injury, or if police caused it while arresting him. Baltimore has been roiled by escalating protests since Gray's death. Riots broke out on April 27, after Gray's funeral, when demonstrators began throwing objects at police and looting, and police reportedly responded with tear gas. In response to the violence, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed a city-wide…
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    LewRockwell

  • Will the Feds Take-Down Alternative Medicine?

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The FDA has been on a crusade against natural medicine that has spanned decades. Their skepticism and perhaps disdain for natural medicine could simply be because at the moment, they are untouchable. In 1938, a U.S. senator (and homeopath) named Royal Copeland passed a law classifying homeopathic treatments as drugs. Since then, these products are deemed wholly natural and cannot be patented or regulated in any way, thus acting as a thorn in side for the FDA. In fact, under the law, the FDA is required to regulate homeopathic remedies as drugs, but at the same time acknowledges that…
  • Order Without Law

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    US Marshal Dee Harkey at 92-years old The western is the great drama of man in nature. The frontier reveals man’s true character, stripped of state and civilization, for better or worse. Over the decades, Hollywood screenwriters have influenced our view of the old West. Current perceptions owe more to 1950s westerns than actual history. Watching those old movies, it seems there was a lynch mob in every town, murderous gangs constantly preying on helpless pioneers. Only the cavalry or lawman could impose order on frontier chaos. As Ryan McMaken notes in his excellent Commie Cowboys,…
  • From the Fall of Saigon to the Death of the Empire

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly — and it won’t be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission. Our most popular Vietnam end-stories bury the long, ghastly history that preceded the “fall,” while managing to absolve us of our primary responsibility for creating the…
  • Thanks, Armed Civilians

    No Author
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    California - -(Ammoland.com)- I mentioned that gun owners are now considered mainstream in most of America.  Yes, gun owners have finally archived.. ordinary.  Yawn.  Measured across the nation, about one in eight adults have a concealed carry permit.  More than a third of American families admit they have guns at home.  This is significant because criminals act differently when citizens are armed.  My neighbor who carries is obviously able to protect herself, but she makes the rest of us safer as well.  This is more than theory.  We have experience to prove it. This is how the theory…
  • Will California Die of Thirst?

    Walter E. Williams
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. Headlines read: “Current California Drought Is Driest In State’s History; Scientists Fear ‘Megadroughts’ On Their Way.” “Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought.” Then there are scientific claims such as, “There’s a rapidly growing body of scientific research finding that California is in the midst of its worst drought in over a millennium (and) global warming has made the drought worse.” A Stanford University study said, “Human-caused climate…
 
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    Pension360

  • Charlie Baker’s Ultimatum to Pension Fund: Submit to More Rigorous Audit or Funding Will Be Halted

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has proposed a piece of legislation that would mandate a more rigorous independent audit of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) “T” pension fund. If the fund declines the audit, then the state would halt pension contributions for new hires. From the Boston Globe: The measure, which would need to be passed by the Legislature, says the MBTA will not make pension contributions for new T employees until the retirement fund has an independent audit that meets the widely followed Governmental Accounting Standards Board requirements. The…
  • San Francisco Retirees Get Voter-OKed Pension Cut Overturned

    Ed Mendel
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Reporter Ed Mendel covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Find more of his stories at CalPensions.com. A retiree group won a big victory last month. Reversing a superior court ruling, an appeals court overturned part of a voter-approved San Francisco pension reform in 2011 that ended higher payments to retirees when investments have “excess earnings.” But the feisty retiree group, Protect Our Benefits, is unhappy because the appeals court ruled higher payments can be ended for city workers who retired on or before Nov. 5,…
  • Christie Lawyers: The Word “Contract” Means Little In Context of Pension Payments

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    New Jersey lawyers were in court last week attempting to convince a judge that the state should not have to pay about $1.5 billion worth of slashed pension contributions. In February, a court sided with unions who argued that the state was contractually obligated to make approximately $1.5 billion in missed pension payments. Lawyers for the Chris Christie administration are appealing that decision, and arguing that “contract” isn’t a magic word that allows laws to subvert the constitution, according to a brief filed Friday. From NJ.com: Christie’s lawyers argued in the brief that…
  • Video: NJ Union President Talks Reform Negotiations, Pension Funding Policies

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    In this segment, New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer talks about the union’s pension reform negotiations with the Christie administration, and why those talks fell apart. The discussion also touches on policies that could be implemented to help fund the state’s pension system, and a recent court decision regarding state pension contributions.   Video credit: New Jersey Capitol Report Photo credit: “New Jersey State House” by Marion Touvel. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
  • Big Pensions Against Big Payouts?

    Leo Kolivakis
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    Leo Kolivakis is a blogger, trader and independent senior pension and investment analyst. This post was originally published at Pension Pulse. Euan Rocha of Reuters reports, Fresh opposition to Barrick Gold Corp’s executive pay structure from Canada’s largest pension fund manager: The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the country’s largest pension fund manager, on Friday joined a slew of other investors opposing Barrick Gold Corp’s executive pay structure. Toronto-based CPPIB said it plans to come out against the advisory vote on executive compensation that Barrick will be…
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    Message President

  • IRS SITUATION

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    I WANT TO KNOW WHY THE IRS HASN;T SENT MY REFUND TO ME. I FILED 3 MONTHS AGO AND THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND NO ONE SEEMS TO DO A DAMN THING ABOUT IT. IT HAS CAUSED A MAJOR HARDSHIP ON ME AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF YOU WOULD DO ANYTHIKING ABOUT THE IRS TO START MAILING OUT REFUNDS. I KNOW IT DOESN;T MATTER TO YOU, BUT IT IS A HUGE PROBLEM ON ME. THANK YOU MARC CINICOLA
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  • Broke

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:06 pm
    I'm not legally divorced, but pay half of my income voluntarily every pay period, to my ex whom I no longer live with. I made some mistakes on my taxes last year due to this change, four Kids whom I can no longer claim, even though I'm still supporting them and Her. So now I have the added burden of taxation, on money I don't actually get to keep. Sir I'm very close to being homeless, just one setback away. I don't know why I'm writing this I don't actually believe you will read it. Not because that's who you are, but I know there are many more important issues to deal with. If you can't…
  • How to obtain an audience with President Barack Obama

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    Dear Mr.President, Barack Obama, my name is Catherine Fazio . I have a diploma in Criminal Justice and also from the Police Academy for Seniors, Newport News, Virginia. The reason I pursued Criminal Justice is for the mere reason, I have always felt, "the victim suffers and the criminals go free." I should know I have been a victim. By the way, have I told you lately that you are doing a great job as President of the United States? I had never cast a vote in my entire life until you ran for President. I heard you speak on national television prior to being elected, and I knew you…
  • EDUCATION

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    MY HONEST POOR FATHER MR DAVID CAMERON.I AM VERY HAPPY TO SEE YOU IN GOOD CONDITION, MY NAME IS DAWIT MINASSIE I AM LIVING IN ETHIOPIA, I AM 57 YEARS OLD I LIKE TO COUNTENANCE MY EDUCATION SECOND DEGREE, I HAVE BA. IN ACCOUNTING IN ETHIOPIA AND ENGLISH, BOOKKEEPING IN BRITAIN JERSEY,I HAVE INTEREST IN EDUCATION,MY PROBLEM IS I AM VERY POOR MY SALARY IS 200 DOLLAR FOR MONTH EVEN I CANNOT HELP MY FAMILY, MY BROTHERS LIVE IN ENGLAND GEBERU YOHANES ASFAW AND PROF, GIRMA SELASSIE ASFAW DIED NO ONE CAN HELP ME, PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF GOD YOU ARE THE SOLUTION MAKER, HELPER , HONEST AND GENTLE TRY TO…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • See the Terrifying Moment When an Avalanche Hit Mount Everest Base Camp

    James Burke
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    This point of view video is full on and I’m sure glad the guy filming it is still alive. There is some language being used—plenty of ‘F’ words flying about—but given that this guy and others were just hit by a wall of snow and ice, you’ll have to excuse it. The video captures the awful scene as a 7.9 magnitude earthquake occurred, sending an avalanche down upon the South Base Camp on Everest on Saturday. The avalanche killed at least 18 people at the base camp and injured over 60. Among the dead are three Americans, including Google executive Dan Fredinburg, 33, and Marisa Eve…
  • In China, Pregnant Women Are Traveling to Buyers to Sell Their Babies

    Cecilia Kwan
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Police in China have arrested 171 suspects and rescued 64 babies, after a crackdown across six provinces uncovered six baby-trafficking groups. An investigation is underway to track down the babies’ parents. The operation revealed a new trend in the baby-selling trade whereby pregnant women stay near buyers until delivery. Some expectant mothers would even stay in pig sties to avoid police patrols. Zhang Qing, a 30-year-old villager in Henan, has a 4-year-old daughter, but was desperate for a son. Through agent Qin Yunxiu, she met with a heavily pregnant woman, and agreed to buy the…
  • I See Great Dignity Among These People Who Have Been Severely Persecuted

    Jane Tseng
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Sixteen years is a long time, and many things have happened during that time. While being brutally persecuted, how strong would someone have to be to persist in protecting their faith? April 25 marked the 16th anniversary of a remarkable appeal for freedom of belief in China that occurred in 1999. That date evokes strong memories for those among the 10,000 who went to the appeals office near Zhongnanhai, the central government compound in Beijing, to ask the authorities to release Falun Gong practitioners arrested in the nearby city of Tianjin, and to allow people to practice their beliefs…
  • The Massive Problem South Africa Has With Crime

    James Burke
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Two years before South Africa’s first multiracial elections in 1994, I spent a month or so traveling through parts of the country as a 22-year-old backpacker. My time there was part of a year’s backpacking around the globe, during which I saw four instances of violence committed in public, and three of them were in South Africa. Two of these incidents were black women fighting each other, while the third was a white night club bouncer who lost his cool against some white patrons. Luckily, in none of these instances did anyone appear to be seriously hurt, but it reflected the tensions in…
  • A Drone Flew Over the Old Battlefields of Gallipoli and This Is What It Saw

    James Burke
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    This drone footage gives you a good idea of what the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey looks like today. It’s quiet, rugged and dotted with over 30 war memorials and cemeteries. A hundred years ago it was the site of an important World War 1 military campaign that pitted allied forces against the Ottoman Empire. More than 140,000 men were killed on the two sides. Over 85,000 of that figure were from the Ottoman side. Fighting against the Turkish defenders were the British Army, soldiers from Commonwealth countries (i.e. Australia, New Zealand and India) and France. See the images further below.
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    The National Memo

  • Maryland Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Baltimore Amid Street Violence

    Michael Muskal and W.J. Hennigan
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    By Michael Muskal and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times (TNS) BALTIMORE — Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires, and rock throwing erupted Monday afternoon, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency as night fell and activated the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in the city that has been racked by increasingly tense protests since the weekend. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox was…
  • Widow Of U.S. Hostage Lashes Out At Obama Policy Toward Captives

    Hannah Allam
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The wife of an American hostage who was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan blames his al-Qaida captors for the death, but she also lashed out Thursday at what she called “inconsistent and disappointing” assistance from the Obama administration during an ordeal of more than three years. The criticism from the wife of 73-year-old development expert Warren Weinstein, who along with Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto was killed in a U.S. strike on an al-Qaida compound in January, adds to a chorus…
  • Baltimore Police Injured During Protests After Freddie Gray Laid To Rest

    Michael Muskal
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Police and angry teenagers faced off in Baltimore on Monday, hours after thousands of mourners called for justice and peace during the funeral of Freddie Gray, the latest flash point in the continuing unease between parts of the African-American community and police. Television images showed protesters throwing rocks and other debris at police. In a message on Twitter, Baltimore police said several officers were injured. At least one injured officer was shown being taken from the scene. Several vehicles were attacked. The unrest slowly built up steam…
  • Clashes After Funeral Of Baltimore Man Who Died In Custody

    Fabienne Faur
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Baltimore (AFP) — Violent street clashes erupted in Baltimore on Monday after friends and family gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose death in custody triggered a fresh wave of protests over police tactics. Police said at least seven officers were injured — one of them was unresponsive — as youths hurled bricks and bottles and destroyed at least one police vehicle in the vicinity of a shopping mall not far from the church where the funeral took place. Local and state police in riot gear were struggling to restore order, with rioters…
  • Strong Looks Sharp At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    Steve Johnson
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    By Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune (TNS) Whatever Cecily Strong was going to say about President Barack Obama at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, there was no way it would sting as much as what he inadvertently said about her. Trying to establish a bond, Obama hailed the Saturday Night Live cast member as a “Chicago girl,” but then he called her, repeatedly, “Cecily.” So maybe Strong is not the most famous comic to ever stand at the podium during the annual commingling of reporters, their Washington sources and celebrities ranging from…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Rearranged Days

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Silence inside a train is the only sound of the outside. Along a road a melody grows flirting with the countryside. The river wide and turgid flows to a relentless rhythm. Sometimes a flute plays to the rays of sunshine and whispering winds. Clouds swell in a darkening sky to the groans of a sombre […]
  • Familiarity

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    Our first home a depression style bungalow was like the others with roses in front and a vine behind. I remember my mother’s violin which she couldn’t play a relic of her school days. She didn’t read but loved to socialise screaming with laughter when playing cards. I had two brothers like strangers and a […]
  • Greetings

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:23 am
    As I strolled casually by I heard a low, sweet voice and saw a smile so tender and charming. I smiled shyly back and exchanged a few words as I thought a deposit on the future. She accompanied me like blissful music that matched the euphoria inside my mind. Terrestrial and botanical delights enveloped me […]
  • Looking Back

    Ken W. Simpson
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Thoughts escape as silent echoes memories of wistful yearnings for soft, warm hands and a slender waist. A fragile love that failed to last but reappears sometimes in blissful dreams as fantasies or variations on a theme.Filed under: Articles
  • Carved from Clouds

    Ken W. Simpson
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Liz fleetingly glimpsed ethereal, alone between shades of blue the sky and lake canopies of sheltering trees song birds and a mountain stream where the image of her smiling face reappears inside my mind as true as love and memory can ever be.Filed under: Articles
 
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    Political Wire

  • Landrieu Won’t Run for Governor

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) officially ruled out a run for governor in the October election, saying Monday his focus remains on his home city, the AP reports.
  • Aggressive Effort Underway to Recruit Elizabeth Warren

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    The New York Observer “has obtained private email correspondence among a small group of Democratic insiders that reveals a plan to recruit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.” “The email, sent by Niko Elmaleh to a group that includes Andy Tobias, who has been the treasurer of the Democratic National Committee since Bill Clinton was president, and Jim Dean, the chairman of the nation’s largest political action committee, Burlington, Vt.-based Democracy for America.”
  • Walker Plan Cedes Early Momentum to Bush

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Gov. Scott Walker (R) “has put campaign plans in motion that cede early momentum to his chief rival, Jeb Bush, in favor of beating Mr. Bush and other opponents with a long-game strategy designed to achieve financial and political success next winter,” the New York Times reports. “The strategy, described in interviews with advisers and donors to Mr. Walker, is an acknowledgment that despite leading in some early polls and earning praise from party kingmakers, Mr. Walker faces serious obstacles — money, readiness, stature — to becoming his party’s standard-bearer……
  • Cuomo Suggests He’ll Run for Third Term

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “signaled that he intends to run for a third term in 2018,” Bloomberg reports. Said Cuomo: “We are in the midst of a phenomenal transformation in the state of New York. There’s nothing else that I would rather do than what I’m doing. I plan to stay as long as the people will have me.”
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    “I don’t think you need to spend $1 billion to be elected president of the United States in 2016. I don’t think it’s necessary if you run the right kind of campaign, you don’t need to have these massive amounts of money to spend.” — Jeb Bush, quoted by Bloomberg.
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    OpedSpace

  • How Iranian Gas May Change the Course of Nuclear Negotiations

    Tara Shirvani, US
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    The annexation of Crimea and the consequent threats of gas supply cuts by Russia have been a reminder of an inconvenient truth: when it comes to politics, Europe will always be influenced by its dependency on Russian gas. According to the European Parliament, in 2013 Russia provided 43.2 percent of the European Union’s gas imports, 31.38 percent of its oil imports, and 26.7 percent of its coal imports. But the dependency runs both ways. As oil and gas exports to Europe account for almost 52 percent of Russia’s federal budget income (US$515 billion), the EU acts not only as crucial trade…
  • What 100 Years of Denying Genocide Means for A Survivor’s Descendant

    Lisa Kharpoutlian, Lebanon
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    I was once asked, when I was in my 6th grade class in Lebanon, to present about my hometown. I was stumped. Where was my hometown? Was it in Lebanon? Sure my parents were brought up there. My grandparents had moved to Lebanon and lived there. Despite those facts, there was a missing link. Why did we speak Armenian at home? Why did we cook Armenian food, celebrate Armenian feasts, and enjoy Armenian dance shows? My heritage originated from somewhere else, across the Lebanese mountains and beyond the Syrian Desert. I had been told that my ancestors came from a part of my homeland that did not…
  • How Companies Are Giving Patients Back Their Dignity

    Stephanie Marton, US
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Atul Gawande’s recent publication of “Being Mortal” made waves in the medical community, hitting number one by last month on the New York Times’ best-selling list. Gawande is a talented storyteller and no stranger to commercial success, but the extraordinary reception of “Being Mortal” lies not in his diagnosis of what makes life worth living for the old, but what make lives worth living for us all. His case study in eldercare has broad reaching implications for how we design patient experiences across the healthcare spectrum. Gawande makes the case that medicine has failed to…
  • Don’t Expect Erdogan To Recognize The Armenian Genocide Anytime Soon

    Andrew Novo, US
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is no stranger to controversy. Having vilified Shimon Peres at Davos in 2009 and announced that women are not equal to men in 2014, he has now chastised the head of the Catholic Church, warning the Pope to not repeat his “mistake” of condemning the mass killing of Armenians during the First World War. The “mistake” occurred at a Mass in Rome attended by the president of Armenia and the head of the Armenian Church. During the service, Pope Francis spoke about three unprecedented tragedies which took place during the twentieth century: the crimes of…
  • Why We Should Speak Up About the Armenian Genocide

    Khatchig Karamanoukian, Lebanon
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    My great grandfather’s brother, Avedis Baboyan, used to carry a shiny pocket watch. On a hot day in the Summer of 1915, that watch saved his life – he bought his life with it. The Ottoman soldier who was set to kill him with his rifle chose to spare him, after he took the watch. The story is real, and so is the story of Avedis’s sister, Satenik, who chose to throw herself into and drown in the Euphrates River. It would either be a clean death in the currents of the river, or a short existence scarred by rape, starvation and eventual death. This year, Armenians around the…
 
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    Raajneeti.guru

  • Rampur : Valmiki Conversion Drama to Save Houses

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:42 pm
    RAMPUR: More than 800 Valmikis Pretend “Converting to Islam” to save their illegal houses from demolition thinking government will spare them if they belong to minority.They said they have no option but to change their faith, they choose Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary to embrace Islam. Panic had gripped the Valmiki families here after civic authorities allegedly painted red marks on their houses a few days ago. According to them, demolition of their houses would pave the way for building a shopping mall which is said to have the backing of UP minister and Rampur…
  • Amit Shah : 0+0=0 On Lalu And Nitish Allaince

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Patna: BJP will form the next government in Bihar, said party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday while launching his party’s campaign for the assembly polls scheduled for later this year.”BJP is going to form the next government in Bihar. It is clear from the upbeat large gatherings of party booth level workers here,” Shah said in his short speech in Hindi after formally sounding the Bharatiya Janata Party’s poll bugle in the state. “Zero plus zero is nothing. Nitish and Lalu by joining hands would have no impact on BJP’s goal to form the next government in…
  • Save the Internet

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The internet’s success in fostering innovation, access to knowledge and freedom of speech is in large part due to the principle of net neutrality — the idea that internet service providers give their customers equal access to all lawful websites and services on the internet, without giving priority to any website over another. Due to intense lobbying by telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to allow them to block apps and websites to extort more money from consumers and businesses — an extreme violation of net…
  • GHMC Elections

    admin
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad high court on Monday gave a week’s time to the state government to come out with a revised schedule.Refusing to give time till December, 2015, as sought by Telangana authorities for conducting the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections, The bench, comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Sanjay Kumar, issued the order while hearing a plea by M Padmanabha Reddy of the Forum for Good Governance who challenged the state’s decision to postpone the elections even though the Constitution allows for no such provision. The…
  • Greenpeace Foreign Funds to India Blocked

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:49 pm
    NEW DELHI: Greenpeace’s registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act or FCRA has been suspended. Sources said it has been asked to explain why that penalty should not be made permanent. Seven of its bank accounts have been frozen with the government alleging that the organization deliberately under-reported foreign contributions and used them in part to fund legal cases. The government has barred Greenpeace India from receiving foreign funds, alleging that it has “prejudicially affected the economic interest of the state”. An internal report of the Home…
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    Time To Change

  • Melankolik KLIA

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:50 pm
    “Pernah, masa kami dalam perjalanan ke KLIA, kereta yang kami naiki kehabisan minyak di tengah-tengah jalan Banting,” aku bercerita kepada Saufi, dalam kereta menuju ke KLIA, “bayangkan, flight jam 11 dan masa tu kebetulan kami bertolak dari Putrajaya selepas Isyak...”“Habis minyak?” soal Saufi, mencelah.“Gila. Dah la jalan Banting...”“Jap, tunggu aku habis cerita dulu,” sampuk aku tergelak. Cerita itu bukan biasa-biasa. “Yup, di tengah-tengah Jalan Banting yang gelap gelita, tidak berlampu dan langsung tiada rumah manusia! Kau bayangkanlah, macam mana harunya kami masa…
  • A Closet Homosexual

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    It’s interesting, to read a recent story about Anwar Ibrahim and his closet homosexual thing, as accused by the I-Knew-Everything-You-Didn’t lawyer, Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah – albeit that old man already heavenly prisoned at Sungai Buloh, the talking about him never settle.Paradoxically, when the terms of ‘closet homosexuality’ being popularized by someone important (depend on your self-intellectual interpretation) – lately – and sensationalized by media, the public in Malaysia especially is like being waking up by something new, that they never heard before.For someone who never…
  • Mencari Irfan

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Kelas maqasid syariah (maqasid al shari’ah) bersama Ustaz Wanji minggu lepas sangat menarik. Sebenarnya, itu sudah masuk siri kedua kuliah beliau seputar perbahasan maqasid syariah, yang diaturkan sepenuhnya untuk kumpulan +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café. Seperti biasa, Ustaz Wanji tidak mengecewakan. Terdapat 2 perkara yang menarik perhatian saya pada kuliah kali ini, yang semuanya membuka suatu lembaran baru dalam dimensi saya berfikir dan melihat sesuatu. Pertama Ustaz Wanji memperjelaskan mengapa perlunya umat Islam belajar keempat-empat Imam mazhab utama iaitu Hanafi, Maliki,…
  • Memperingati 5 Tahun Pemergian Aminulrasyid Amzah

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    Hari ini, 26 April genap 5 tahun pemergian Aminulrasyid Amzah. Moga roh beliau aman dan tenang di sana. 5 tahun sesudah pemergian arwah, kes ini masih belum mendapat keadilan yang sewajarnya. Malah tidak mustahil jika rakyat Malaysia yang menangisi pemergian arwah dan mencela kekejaman polis pun sudah makin melupai kes ini.Mengapa terus menyebut perihal yang sedih dan sayu begini? Saya memulakan peringatan ini dengan memikirkan soalan bernada begini. Tidak lain, supaya kita kekal ingat, bahawa pemergian Aminulrasyid tidaklah sia-sia, berlalu sepi dari kotak ingatan kita pada kezaliman yang…
  • Untuk Anwar Ibrahim

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Kerap juga, saya beranggapan, pemenjaraan Saudara Anwar Ibrahim akan membawa banyak kebaikan umum kepada Malaysia dan politiknya. Telahan sebegini mungkin kedengaran bias dan keterlaluan. Dan juga amat simplistik – kerana tiada sandaran padanya analisis yang kritikal.Mudah sangat untuk merasa begini, bahkan saya tidak berkecuali. Mudah sangat kita menghukum sebegitu. Mudah sangat kita menyuruh orang lain berehat di dalam bilik berjeriji besi. Diterbalikkan soalan, kalau kita di tempat Anwar, apa pula perasaan kita?Ah, begitu senang kita menanggapi penjara itu seumpama rumah kediaman yang…
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    The Political Insider

  • Bolling: Liberals Have No Logic Or Common Sense

    Rusty Weiss
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Fox News host Eric Bolling used the fate of California and their massive water problem to point out that heavy-handed liberal policies are not only causing issues for the Golden State’s farming production, but causing prices to rise across the board for everyone. Why? “40 years of almost uninterrupted, heavy-handed (liberal) control,” Bolling said. “And liberals don’t possess logic, common sense or business sense.” Via Fox News Insider: On “Cashin’ In” today, Eric Bolling said that California’s massive water problem isn’t…
  • WHOA! Fox News Judge Jeanine: Hillary Clinton Would be THE “ABSOLUTE BEST” At… (VIDEO)

    Writer
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Fox News legal analyst Judge Jeanine is no fan of Hillary Clinton’s. She opened her show with an epic rant, explaining how cold blooded and pure evil Hillary is. Hillary is scary on a level we have never seen in American politics. “She doesn’t care about you. This woman only cares about herself, money, her next step up the political ladder and, if president, will only care about her legacy,” Judge Jeanine said. “And if you don’t see that from the events of this past week, then you’re exactly the kind of tuned out voter that Hillary is hoping to turn…
  • Newt Gingrich Has Harsh Words About Hillary’s “Illegal” Activities

    Rachel Mullen
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Newt Gingrich appeared on ABC News’ This Week With George Stephanopoulos to discuss the impact Peter Schweizer’s book “Clinton Cash” will have on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. The former Speaker of the House didn’t hold back when discussing how the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from foreign governments during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. “I mean, look, this isn’t a political problem, this is a historic problem. “The Constitution of the United States” says you cannot take money from foreign governments without explicit…
  • Investigative Series: Is There a Frightening Political Witch Hunt Going on in Wisconsin?

    Rusty Weiss
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    It is the stuff of Hollywood thrillers. The kind of thing you read about happening in other countries, in third world dictatorships, in Communist-controlled nations. But, not here in America. We’re investigating allegations that political advocates are having their homes raided by well-armed and armored police officers, their personal items ripped from them, physical threats shouted by law enforcement officials while neighbors look on in curiosity and dismay in Wisconsin. What’s the crime allegedly committed by those facing criminal charges and persecution? They are…
  • Baltimore City Mayor Allows Rioters “Space to Destroy” During Weekend Violent Protests [VIDEO]

    Wayne Dupree
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    On Saturday afternoon, amid the violent protests demanding justice for Freddie Gray in downtown Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took to the microphone to answer questions on how the city is handling the protests. Blake told a reporter that she “worked with the police” on how she wants them to handle the situation. “It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we work very hard to keep that balance and to…
 
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    The Grapevine

  • What Challenges Lie on the Horizon for Britain’s Big Banks?

    Oscar Warwick Thompson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:17 am
    Oscar Warwick Thompson looks ahead to see what risks the big banks must negotiate. While the general election is now well under way, Britain’s major banks are focused on tackling the latest pressing issues facing them irrespective of the outcome. Colloquially known as the ‘Big Four’- HSBC, Barclays, RBS and Lloyds Banking Group- they now face four chief challenges that need to be addressed in the immediate future. Firstly, and most obvious, is the continuing necessity to rebuild a dire reputation which has showed no signs as yet of rehabilitation. This is in large part due to the…
  • Film Review: Woman in Gold

    Ian Keyte
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    Ian Keyte offers his opinion on the true-story film, Woman in Gold Stars : Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds Dir : Simon Curtis There’s something to be said for a simple story told well. Films that aim to achieve this tend not break box office records or be garlanded with awards. However, these films are in fact a surprisingly pleasing and increasingly rare commodity in modern cinema. A case in point is Woman in Gold, where a combination of skilful writing, good direction and a strong lead performance help bring an astonishing true story to the screen. The film depicts the true story of Maria…
  • What the SNP could do for an incoming Labour government

    Scott Hutchings
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:34 am
    Scott Hutchings argues that the SNP should be welcomed, not feared, for their possibility in helping Labour produce a new line of progressive politics. In recent weeks we’ve heard a lot of the brimstone and fire about the threat that the SNP pose to the future of the UK, but what would actually be the impact of the SNP supporting and influencing a minority Labour government? Would it really be so bad, as bad as the doom mongers maintain? I’m going to put myself out on a limb here and argue that actually we have nothing to fear from the SNP. On the contrary the SNP could prove itself…
  • Insurgency in Southern Thailand

    Nick Flintoff
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:37 am
    Nick Flintoff details the cultural and religious conflicts afflicting the Thai government and people. Shortly after returning itself to power via a coup last year, Thailand’s military government vowed to bring peace to the country’s restive southern region within twelve months.  Today the prospect of peace seems further away than ever, with regular reports of attacks against the security forces and civilians followed by retaliation from the authorities.  It is a conflict which has claimed the lives of more than 5000 people to date, with a death toll that is rising by the week. …
  • Voter Uninterest and the Close of Parliament

    Finian O Mahony
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    Finian O’ Mahony argues there is a close link between our falling interest in politics and the growing digitalisation of our lives. Parliament ends and election season begins. At the closing of parliament one can hear the collective groan of a disinterested nation casting a shadow over the clowns of the closed circus. This week a Poll by Yougov shows that only 48% of the electorate have committed themselves to voting in this election.  Such low figures do not surprise: the nation is barely interested in the work of our rulers and legislators. Compare the post war elections of 1983 when…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Gov. Hogan Declares State of Emergency as Freddie Gray Protests Turn Violent

    Joy Blake
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Gov. Hogan: National Guard on Standby as Freddie Gray Protests Turn Violent (Photo Credit: Twitter via @cmcampbell6) #BaltimoreBurns: Freddie Gray protests turn violent Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement decrying the violence in Baltimore stemming from the police custody death of Freddie Gray. The Maryland State Police has also been dispatched to Baltimore. “Today’s looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated. In response, I have put the Maryland National Guard on alert so they can be in position to deploy rapidly as needed. I strongly condemn the actions of…
  • ‘Clueless’ Actress Stacey Dash Wrongly Claims No-One Beheaded Under Bush

    Mira Hutchinson
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    ‘Clueless’ Actress Stacey Dash Wrongly Claims No-One Beheaded Under Bush Stacey Dash on beheadings “Clueless” actress Stacey Dash claims that no-one would have been beheaded under a George W. Bush presidency during her appearance on Fox News’ “Outnumbered.” Um, one problem….Danny Pearl was beheaded on GWB’s watch. Dash’s comments came after George W. Bush trashed Persident Obama’s foreign policy during a closed-door event on Saturday. In remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Bush said, “Just remember the guy who slit…
  • 15 Baltimore Police Officers Injured in Violent Clashes with Freddie Gray Protesters

    Janet Shan
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Several Baltimore Cops Injured in Clashes with Freddie Gray Protesters Freddie Gray protesters in clash with police Several Baltimore police officers were injured in clashes sparked by student protests over Freddie Gray’s death. At one point, a police car was surrounded by a mob of people, who were jumping on the car and using bats to break out the windows. Bricks, rocks, glass, etc., were being thrown. Civilians were also hurt. WBAL-TV reports the officers were injured at Mondawmin Mall, “where a large group of juveniles converged and began to throw bricks and other items at…
  • Poll: Majority of Americans Back Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

    Mira Hutchinson
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Poll: Majority of Americans Back Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey) Obama’s Iran nuclear deal Contrary to what former president George W. Bush thinks, the majority of Americans back the preliminary agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program by a wide margin, 58% to 33%, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Bush trashed President Obama on Iran and ISIS at a closed door event on Saturday, saying America was retreating on the world stage. He also said an effective leader means what he says. I guess Bush really did capture Osama bin Laden as he said…
  • Irony: George W. Bush Trashes President Obama on Iran and ISIS

    Janet Shan
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Irony: George W. Bush Trashes President Obama on Iran and ISIS George W. Bush trashes Obama on foreign policy Oh, the irony.  Iraq invasion engineer George W. Bush trashed President Obama on Iran and ISIS during a meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday. He opined that President Obama had America in retreat mode on the world stage and that he was too soft on Iran and ISIS. More from Bloomberg: According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask…
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    The Mandarin

  • Australia has a ‘false understanding of privacy’, says Europe’s top rated CIO

    David Donaldson
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:59 pm
    One of the world's most digitally advanced governments, Estonia put all of its public services online over a decade ago. Its CIO, Taavi Kotka, says it makes no sense to give vast amounts of data to Google but prevent government using your information. The post Australia has a ‘false understanding of privacy’, says Europe’s top rated CIO appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Forced out: review finds no error in DET hire of UK scandal official

    The Mandarin
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    Education deputy secretary Dr Sonia Sharp is "seeking opportunities outside of government", a Victorian government minister has confirmed, despite a review clearing her appointment over a UK child sexual exploitation scandal. The post Forced out: review finds no error in DET hire of UK scandal official appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Gamification-lite: leveraging Minecraft and its legion of fans

    Stephen Easton
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Engagement through gamification is difficult to execute successfully. Minecraft, on the other hand, is already exceedingly popular and can be put to a variety of interesting 3D-modelling uses, as demonstrated in South Australia. The post Gamification-lite: leveraging Minecraft and its legion of fans appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • What costs society more: cars or trains?

    Alan Davies
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:31 pm
    The private cost of driving is much higher than taking public transport, but negatives like traffic congestion and road casualties mean the social cost of driving is similar to the public subsidy for trains and buses. The post What costs society more: cars or trains? appeared first on The Mandarin.
  • Federal ICAC case strong, despite anti-bribery measures

    Stephen Easton
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Anti-corruption processes across key federal entities, led by the Australian Federal Police, have been enhanced in recent years in response to major foreign bribery cases. But no matter how good these measures are, they do little to weaken the case for a federal ICAC. The post Federal ICAC case strong, despite anti-bribery measures appeared first on The Mandarin.
 
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • DEA: Maybe the Biggest Argument Against The War on Drugs

    Jim Sharpe
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The post DEA: Maybe the Biggest Argument Against The War on Drugs appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. The post DEA: Maybe the Biggest Argument Against The War on Drugs appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point - On-Air. Online. On Point.
  • Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door

    Jim Sharpe
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    The post Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. Hillary Clinton is trying to make everyone believe she is the average Joe, errr Jane. Let’s be honest: if you are running for President, you aren’t normal. Please stop pretending! The post Hillary Clinton – The Prez Next Door appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point - On-Air. Online. On Point.
  • Would You Let The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? The Obamas Did

    Jim Sharpe
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The post Would You Let The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? The Obamas Did appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? Malia Obama is 16 years old – and driving! It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. But this bad dream may be way worse because the Obamas let the Secret Service teach her to drive. The same Secret Service whose agents have been caught up in scandal after scandal after scandal… The post Would You Let The Secret Service Near Your 16 Year Old? The Obamas Did appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point - On-Air. Online. On…
  • Anti-Gay Wedding Cakes

    Jim Sharpe
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The post Anti-Gay Wedding Cakes appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. In a bizarre new twist on the religious liberty front, Colorado officials have determined that bakeries must cater to proponents of gay marriage but are not legally obliged to decorate cakes with Bible verses. Christian activist Bill Jack has denounced a decision by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which found Azucar Bakery in Denver not guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake adorned with Bible quotes condemning sodomy. Last March, Jack went to Azucar Bakery and requested…
  • Hoosier Hate: Riding The Coattails of Indiana’s RFRA Law

    Jim Sharpe
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    The post Hoosier Hate: Riding The Coattails of Indiana’s RFRA Law appeared first on Jim Sharpe On Point. The Discriminatory Freedom and Restoration of 2015 How come Indiana is getting all the attention? We think we came up with a better law: the Discriminatory Freedom and Restoration Act of 2015 (authored by the legislative body known as Sharpe On Point) discriminates against the discriminating discriminators.  A law that ticks off just about everybody. It’s offensive to groups as far-flung as Star Trek fans, lovers of Nickelback and Presbyterians. So there. The post Hoosier…
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    Yabberz: Top Stories

  • Rapture Me This Rapture Me That The Idea Of The Rapture Is A Load Of

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Of all the nonsense that is out there regarding the crazy ideas that come from the bible the misinterpretations that make those of No faith look upon this one Idea and think Damn right Kid There is a frightening ....
  • Cruz Leads The Fight Against Loretta Lynch Until The Vote No Show!

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    Washington CNN Sen Ted Cruz led the Republican charge against Loretta Lynchs confirmation arguing vehemently for months that her support for President Barack Obamas executive orders on immigration disqualified her from being the top law enforcement officer of the land But when ....
  • RETHINK 2016

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:53 pm
    RETHINK 2016 I forget when I first heard an expression applied to the Clintons;" They suck up all the oxygen in the room" MEANING they take all the spotlight resources headlines so much that there is little to none left for anyone else ....
  • God Has Put Men To Control The World!

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Ladies it is what it is! God has put men before us and Jesus before men and God is before Jesus Women are created to be nurturers of our household Men are created to be the provider of his household Now-a-days I see a lot of ....
  • The U S Is The World Leader In Child Poverty

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:17 am
    "THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING US IS THE WORLD LEADER IN CHILD POVERTY" Americas wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years by over $30 trillion In approximately the same time the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 ....
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