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  • U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance

    Reuters: Politics
    24 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America's unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own.
  • The New Head of the U.S. Pacific Command Talks to TIME About the Pivot to Asia and His Asian Roots

    TIME
    Liam Fitzpatrick
    24 May 2015 | 9:46 pm
    On May 27 Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. becomes the U.S. Navy’s highest-ranking Asian American ever when he assumes leadership of the U.S. Pacific Command at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Harris will be responsible for all military operations in a region stretching from California to the Indian Ocean, and from the Arctic Sea to Antarctica. He takes over at a critical time, as the U.S. “rebalances” to Asia and confronts an erratic and nuclear-armed North Korea and an increasingly powerful and assertive China. It’s a job that takes Harris, 59, full circle. He was born in Japan to…
  • Introducing 'My Conservative Inbox'

    Editor's Blog
    David Kurtz
    22 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Today we launch a new semi-regular TPM feature: My Conservative Inbox. It's the best of the emails from the right-wing fever swamps, unredacted and unedited. These won't be emails from random trolls, but actual emails from various organizations, committees, advocates, and hustlers engaged in raising money, inciting action, and generally perpetuating The Crazy. The first installment in the series is a real doozy. Take a look, my fellow patriots.
  • Billions of Dollars ‘Making Mockery’ of Federal Law and Taxpayers at VA

    PJ Media
    Bill Straub
    24 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    “These unlawful acts may potentially result in serious harm or death to America’s veterans."
  • McCain urges more U.S. forces in Iraq

    POLITICO - TOP Stories
    24 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    For the Obama administration, "there is no strategy.
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    The Atlantic

  • The Man With the Winged Hand-Grenade Tattoo

    Jason Novak
    25 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    Jason Novak Jeff Slater, an Army Infantry veteran who served in Iraq, is featured in an online exhibit called War Ink that focuses on the tattoos of American combat veterans. Tattoos often express experiences that are too painful or complex to put into words, but they can also be a signal that someone is willing to share a story. Jeff Slater's story grabbed my attention because when I was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, there were a lot of cadets, myself included, who couldn't wait to see combat. Many were later deeply scarred by the realities of military life. I was moved by Jeff's…
  • John Nash's Beautiful Life

    Matt Schiavenza
    24 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    In this Oct. 11, 1994 file photo, Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the school in Princeton, N.J., after being named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for economics. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP File) John Nash, a Nobel laureate and mathematical genius whose struggle with mental illness was documented in the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a car accident on Saturday. He was 86. The accident, which occurred when the taxi Nash was traveling in collided with another car on the New Jersey Turnpike, also claimed the life of his 82-year-old…
  • Superman's Dark Past

    Charles Moss
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Warner Bros. Pictures Since the official teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted online in April, fans and critics alike have been discussing the kind of Superman Zack Snyder is going to depict in his Man of Steel sequel. The controversy stems from Snyder’s decision to cast Superman as a brooding, Dark Knight-like character, who cares more about beating up bad guys than saving people. The casting split has proved divisive among Superman fans: Some love the new incarnation, citing him as an edgier, more realistic version of the character. But Snyder’s is a different…
  • Taking Off the Uniform, but Retaining the Drive to Serve

    Ken Harbaugh
    24 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    Courtesy of Team Rubicon It is four o’clock in the morning. The cot on my office floor beckons. But this place is bustling. In the ready room next door, the medical team will soon be assembling. Cal Verdin, a former Army paratrooper, checks gear and reviews the latest damage reports from Kathmandu. The recon team is already en route to Nepal, and will touch down in a few hours. Another will follow tomorrow, led by Bob Obernier, a former Navy corpsman turned firefighter. Since Saturday’s massive quake, there have been dozens of aftershocks. Over the coming days, waves of military vets and…
  • 'This Is Straight Murder': a Troubling Acquittal in Cleveland

    Matt Schiavenza
    23 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Protesters link arms and hands as they walk near where the county prosecutor lives in Cleveland on Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Tony Dejak/AP) On November 29, 2012, police officers and witnesses heard what appeared to be gunshots coming from a car driving near a police station in Cleveland. A high-speed car chase ensued, drawing in over 100 officers on duty, before the police managed to corner the car. Thirteen police officers then fired 137 rounds of ammunition at the vehicle, whose occupants Cleveland police suspected were armed. After the other officers stopped firing, 31-year-old Michael…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. A reprise: 'Lies, Damned Lies, a Searchable Database of Lies'

    24 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Most wars are started or joined because of lies. The Mexican-American War of 1848, the Spanish-American-Cuban War of 1898 and the Vietnam War are all good examples. Lately, thanks to Judith Miller's whiny piece seeking to whitewash her own role in conveying the lies that got us into Iraq War, Jeb Bush's flubbing and flipping what should have been a simple answer about whether he would have done as his brother did in Iraq, Hillary Clinton's Senate vote in 2002 on the authorization to use military force against Iraq and the current situation with ISIL, discussion of the entry into that…
  • American reality distorted by media coverage and police response

    24 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In the last few days America witnessed something many have been stating for decades. The media coverage and interpretation of events is demonstrably race based. I walked into my home from after blogging for five hours at Starbucks. My daughter was in the couch with her face pasted on her Twitter feed on her phone. "Dad, what is going on at Twin Peaks?” She asked. "I don't know?" I replied. "Nine people got killed in Waco," she said. "There are rival biker gangs shooting and stabbing each other and shooting at police." "Really?" I replied. "Turn on CNN." We turned on CNN and they were doing…
  • The promise of NewSpace

    24 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ceres as revealed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 4, 2015, from a distance of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers). The bright spots may be water ice. We throw a lot of terms around here on Daily Kos, mostly in politics, sometimes in science. One of the latter is NewSpace, which can mean different things to different people: NewSpace—formerly alt.space; also "new space", and entrepreneurial space—are umbrella terms for a movement and philosophy often affiliated with, but not synonymous with, an emergent private spaceflight industry. Specifically, the terms are used to refer to a community of…
  • Memorial Day and Flanders Fields

    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I often struggle to write about Memorial Day. It is about more than barbecues, picnics, and the kick-off to summer. It is not a time to debate whether our country was right or wrong to send our children to war. No, it is a solemn day to reflect upon those who have died in service to our country, for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice four our nation. I am reminded of my dad and uncles who served in World War II. None of them talked about their war experiences—I am sure that those experiences were horrifying for them as young men. When I knew them they all seemed older than the…
  • $15 minimum wage in L.A. is great. But it was only necessary because a Democratic Congress blew it

    24 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If national Democrats had done their job, she'd have had a living wage years ago. Before she was the tart-tongued grande dame on Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith was the tartan-clad elder stateswoman of Hogwarts. In the sixth Potter film, after Harry saved his friend Ron Weasley from poisoning, Smith's Professor McGonagall quipped: "I think we all agree that Mr. Potter’s actions were heroic. The question is: Why were they necessary." As great a triumph as was the passage of a minimum wage hike in Los Angeles—one that will raise the floor to $15 an hour by 2020 and index it to inflation going…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Hillary Clinton Appoints DREAMer for Latino Outreach

    rcade
    24 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Sandra Lilley, MSNBC: Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has named prominent DREAMer and immigration activist Lorella Praeli as Latino Outreach Director, a Clinton campaign official told NBC News. Praeli, who was undocumented for almost 13 years and became an outspoken advocate during that time, will be the Clinton campaignÂ’s main point person with Latino communities around the country. She will also be one of the campaign’s surrogates with the press on Latino issues, including immigration. PraeliÂ’s appointment sends a strong signal that the Clinton campaign…
  • Hillary Has 'Real Concerns' with TPP Trade Deal

    Corky
    24 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Hillary Clinton said Friday that although she has "real concerns" about the major trade pact President Barack Obama is currently negotiating, she will not take a formal position on the agreement until she has reviewed the final deal. "I do have concerns," Clinton told reporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. "I have concerns that the standards will not be tough enough or enforceable. I have concerns about currency manipulation, which has been a big problem in the impact our companies and workers. I have concerns about the investor settlement dispute mechanism allowing them to challenge…
  • Comedian-Actor Anne Meara Dies

    rcade
    24 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, died Saturday. She was 85. The couple performed as Stiller and Meara on The Ed Sullivan Show and other programs in the 1960s, Meara was twice Emmy-nominated for her role on Archie Bunker's Place and got her fifth Emmy nomination in 1997 for her guest-starring role on Homicide. She was also the mother of the actor Ben Stiller. "Anne's memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she…
  • West Allied with Islamists in Syria, Helped Create ISIS

    rcade
    24 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    A declassified secret U.S. government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad ... According to the newly declassified U.S. document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the "Islamic State" as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it could…
  • What 'As Seen on TV' Products Do You Own?

    rcade
    24 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Emily Guy Birken, Christian Science Monitor: My first experience with an "As Seen on TV" products was the mid-'90s Miracle Thaw Defrosting Tray. The infomercial claimed you could defrost completely frozen steak and chicken in minutes. When we finally received our Miracle Thaw, we discovered that it was in fact, miraculous -- when we were melting ice cubes. Defrosting meat, not so much. Even today, it can be difficult to separate the works-in-real-life wheat from the infomercial chaff. Here are four "As Seen on TV" products that actually work — and that you can feel comfortable purchasing.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Your Hitchhiking Story

    Josh Marshall
    24 May 2015 | 8:46 pm
    A couple weeks ago, as apart of our End of the Road series on the American car and the open road, we published 'The End of the Open Road: The Inside Story of How Hitchhiking Died'. If you're over 40 you probably remember during your own lifetime that there was a time when hitchhiking was a normal thing people did. Not everybody did it. But it wasn't something that seemed crazy or marginal. And then over a few years, probably less than a decade, it was something almost nobody did. At least it was something no one did without other people thinking they were reckless or crazy. Here's a letter…
  • Boom

    Josh Marshall
    23 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Ireland votes overwhelmingly to legalize same sex marriage.
  • Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed Yesterday

    Josh Marshall
    22 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Josh Duggar's police records were destroyed yesterday according to spokesman for the Springdale police.
  • Introducing 'My Conservative Inbox'

    David Kurtz
    22 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Today we launch a new semi-regular TPM feature: My Conservative Inbox. It's the best of the emails from the right-wing fever swamps, unredacted and unedited. These won't be emails from random trolls, but actual emails from various organizations, committees, advocates, and hustlers engaged in raising money, inciting action, and generally perpetuating The Crazy. The first installment in the series is a real doozy. Take a look, my fellow patriots.
  • Live Chat: Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, Thursday May 28th, 2:30 PM Eastern

    Joe Ragazzo
    22 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Elizabeth Green is the CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, a news site devoted to educational change. Elizabeth has years of experience in education reporting, having written for The New York Sun, New York Times Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Last year, she published Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone). Elizabeth will be answering questions about her book, the Common Core, teacher evaluations, and the opt-out movement. Drop your questions here (sub req) before or at 2:30 PM EST on Thursday 5/28.
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    Political Animal

  • Odds & Ends

    24 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Get ready for another round of "Obama the Tyrant" from Republicans. Coral Davenport reports that the President plans to issue new EPA rules that strengthen the federal role in clean water regulation. A TPM reader fills us in on what led up to the Nebraska legislature's decision to end the death penalty. It strikes me that this is yet another example of how criminal justice reform will continue to advance. It's not a federal issue (yet), but it's clearly a hot item at the state and local level. Since Chief Justice John Roberts thinks we're living in a color blind society, perhaps someone…
  • Obama and Warren: A Contrast in Analytic Styles

    24 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Andrew Sprung has written a fascinating article in which he lays out the different ways President Obama and Senator Warren talk about the roots of income inequality. He does so by contrasting a speech the President gave in December 2013 on the topic and one Senator Warren gave recently (which he taped and transcribed). Sprung sees a difference in rhetorical styles. She sees the forests; he knows the trees -- and perhaps sees more overlapping, interlocking forests. Whatever your preference, the contrast is striking. I think his comparison shows that the differences between the two of them go a…
  • Acting Director of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ: Vanita Gupta

    24 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    I've made the case previously that the turn-around of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ after it was politicized and decimated by the George W. Bush administration is one of President Obama's most unsung accomplishments. Initially, the President and AG Holder appointed Thomas Perez to head that division. When he became the Secretary of Labor, Debo Adegbile was nominated to be his successor. You might remember that his nomination was derailed when the Fraternal Order of Police objected because he had worked as part of a legal team on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal. Since then, the position has…
  • President Obama is "Deeply in Touch With the Heart and Spirit of the Jewish People"

    24 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jeffrey Goldberg has conducted yet another fascinating interview with President Obama. They spent time discussing three topics: ISIS, Iran and the President's relationship with Israel and the Jewish people. I was particularly struck by the depth with which the President addressed the last one. I said in a previous interview and I meant it: I think it would be a moral failing for me as president of the United States, and a moral failing for America, and a moral failing for the world, if we did not protect Israel and stand up for its right to exist, because that would negate not just the…
  • Raising the College Graduation Rate

    24 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    During this time of year when students are donning their caps and gowns to walk across the stage and accept their diploma, we can forget that too many who embark on the journey of getting a college education don't complete it. That is the topic of an op-ed at the Washington Post's Answer Sheet Blog by Paul Glastris, Editor in Chief of the Washington Monthly. The problem is much more serious than many of us realize. Nationally, 41 percent of students who start at four-year colleges as full-time freshmen fail to graduate after six years. That’s an astonishingly high failure rate. Imagine…
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    The New Republic

  • The Philosopher Novelist

    Nick Romeo
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Milan Kundera has a strikingly capacious vision of the novel. In an interview with Philip Roth from 1980, he enumerated some of the elements of his fiction: “Ironic essay, novelistic narrative, autobiographical fragment, historic fact, flight of fancy.” The novel that made him famous, The Un
  • How to Write About Fashion

    Anne Hollander
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks. “Ugly” becomes “conceptual”; “looks like grandma’s nightie” becomes “a return to old-fashioned femininity.” The fashion writer and scholar Anne Hollander—who pinpoint
  • Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic

    Pauline Kael
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The most revolutionary thing about Pauline Kael was her voice: wild, undisciplined, impassioned, and, above all, personal. And for that reason, she didn’t last long at the comparatively rigorous New Republic. “[The readers] thought of me as an impertinent snip,” she later said. Sh
  • Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst States for Working Moms

    Esther Breger
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Re
  • The Real Democratic Primary: Hillary Versus the Media

    Suzy Khimm
    22 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Beth Lilly, 29, remembers the first time she felt like the media was doing Hillary Clinton wrong: It was in 1992, when she was just about six years old, and remembers that people weren’t happy about Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie recipe.The incident was actually one of the most
 
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    TIME

  • The New Head of the U.S. Pacific Command Talks to TIME About the Pivot to Asia and His Asian Roots

    Liam Fitzpatrick
    24 May 2015 | 9:46 pm
    On May 27 Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. becomes the U.S. Navy’s highest-ranking Asian American ever when he assumes leadership of the U.S. Pacific Command at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Harris will be responsible for all military operations in a region stretching from California to the Indian Ocean, and from the Arctic Sea to Antarctica. He takes over at a critical time, as the U.S. “rebalances” to Asia and confronts an erratic and nuclear-armed North Korea and an increasingly powerful and assertive China. It’s a job that takes Harris, 59, full circle. He was born in Japan to…
  • U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ ISIS After City’s Fall

    Dan Hirschhorn
    24 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    (WASHINGTON)—The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital. Iraqi forces outnumbered their opposition in the capital of Anbar province, but failed to fight and pulled back from the city in central Iraq, Carter said on CNN’s “State of the Union” which aired Sunday. The Iraqis left behind large numbers…
  • Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

    julieshapiro2015
    23 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    (WASHINGTON)—Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act to expire at midnight May 31. He said he would call the Senate into session that day, a Sunday, and seek action before the deadline. Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky’s other senator and a…
  • Senate Approves Trade Bill in Victory for Obama

    julieshapiro2015
    23 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    (WASHINGTON)—In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate’s 44 Democrats backed a president of their own party on legislation near the top of his second-term agenda. Obama hailed the vote in a…
  • Hillary Clinton Unloads on GOP Over Export Bank

    philipelliotttime
    22 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hillary Clinton is out of patience for her Republican rivals and their opposition to an export-assistance program. But she still isn’t taking a position on a Pacific trade deal that has become politically linked to the Export-Import Bank’s renewal. The Democratic Presidential candidate on Friday unloaded on her GOP foes, calling them cowards who do not make up their own minds and default to the loudest and most extreme voices in the party. The former Secretary of State told an invite-only crowd in Hampton, N.H.. that Americans’ jobs are in the balance, and Republicans would…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • UK PM Cameron outlines who can vote in referendum on EU

    25 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister on Monday outlined who will be allowed to vote in a referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union, opting to exclude most voters from the 28-nation bloc who live in the U.K.
  • Africa's economy to strengthen in 2015 despite Ebola, oil price

    25 May 2015 | 3:29 am
    Africa's overall economy should advance in 2015, expanding by 4.5 percent, showing resilience despite weak commodity prices and the devastating Ebola epidemic, an annual report published Monday said. "Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to strengthen to 4.5 percent in 2015 and 5.0 percent in 2016 after subdued expansion in 2013 (of 3.5 percent) and 2014 (3.9 percent)," said the report, co-authored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the African Development Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The continent has…
  • Obamacare exchanges help, but confused consumers are still spending too much

    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Commentary: consumers pleased with Obamacare coverage, but choices still daunting
  • Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions

    25 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.
  • Skimpy insurance seen by Democrats as next health care issue

    25 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections.
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    Political Irony

  • The Only Thing That Matters

    Iron Knee
    24 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Ruben Bolling I can’t fault Bolling’s somewhat cynical assertion that when a prominent Republican says or does something, they are pretty much only considering whether it will give them a political advantage. Whether or not it is a good idea or what kind of effect it will have on the country is largely immaterial. It is a big game, and they are playing to win. Unfortunately, we are often the losers. And of course, it isn’t just Republican politicians who are susceptible to this disease… © Tom Tomorrow Related posts: Family Matters
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    24 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Even the White House is weighing in on the Deflategate scandal. Yesterday they encouraged Tom Brady to ‘be mindful of the way he serves as a role model.’ And then President Obama stuffed out his cigarette and went golfing at noon on a weekday.” – Jimmy Fallon “The White House encouraged Tom Brady to be more of a role model. They would’ve said more, but there was a drunken Secret Service agent streaking across the Rose Garden.” – Jimmy Fallon “I have nothing against the North Koreans but this Kim Jong Un has got a screw loose. A member of…
  • Executive Disorder

    Iron Knee
    23 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Last month, Indiana passed a strong anti-gay-rights law and it caused a national backlash against the state. So you might think that other states would think twice before doing something similar. But that logic doesn’t apply to Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana and likely presidential candidate. Instead of thinking twice, he is doubling down. Jindal has been pushing a “religious liberty” bill that allows people to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against gays. Possibly mindful of what happened to Indiana, the legislative committee considering the bill defeated…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    23 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “In celebration of Mother’s Day yesterday, President Obama called three moms who had written him letters. Then kids who made their mom a macaroni necklace said, ‘Thanks, Obama’.” – Jimmy Fallon “Happy Mother’s Day. Yesterday, President Obama personally called three mothers who had written him letters recently. Man, do I feel sorry for any of their kids who forgot to call.” – Seth Meyers “The mother would say, ‘Oh, you didn’t have time to call. Do you know who did have time? The president — of the United States of America…
  • Fifty Shades of Grayson

    Iron Knee
    22 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I usually try to stay out of the personal lives of politicians. In addition I will admit that I have a bit of a soft spot for Alan Grayson, who as a Congressman was willing to say things that other politicians would not dare. But what can I do when his big mouth blurts out something crazy about his personal life? Grayson is likely running for Marco Rubio’s Senate seat, but has been going through a nasty divorce. In case you haven’t heard, Grayson was married to a woman named Lolita (you can’t make this stuff up), who was still married to someone else when she married…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Morocco's role in supporting human development in Africa

    25 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Moroccan King Mohammed VI arrives in the Senegalese capital Dakar Moroccan King Mohammed VI has returned to sub-Saharan Africa -- beginning his tour in Senegal, with destinations in the today to follow including Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. From an American standpoint, his ongoing efforts to intensify cooperation with the region present new opportunities: In the realm of commerce, Morocco maintains a free trade agreement with the United States and is poised to serve as a gateway to Africa. In terms of security, the kingdom's partnership with African states in the struggle…
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison For Corruption

    25 May 2015 | 1:07 am
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. Olmert was convicted in March in a retrial in Jerusalem District Court. The sentencing comes in addition to a six-year prison sentence he received last year in a separate bribery conviction, ensuring the end of the former premier's political career. Olmert's lawyer, Eyal Rozovsky,…
  • The ``Who Lost Iraq?'' Issue

    24 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Republicans have plenty of candidates running for President but not many issues. President Obama won't be on the ballot. The economy is improving. Social issues no longer work for conservatives. What else is there? Answer: foreign policy. Republican contenders are ready to stage a full-scale assault on President Obama's foreign policy record. To hell with the Nobel Peace Prize. They will argue that under President Obama, the United States has lost power and influence in the world. Moreover, the Democratic nominee is almost certain to be President Obama's first secretary of state. Foreign…
  • U.S. Military And Civilians Are Increasingly Divided

    24 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Despite civilians' widespread admiration for troops, there's little overlap between their worlds. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • Kentucky Conflict? Paul, McConnell Start To Clash

    24 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Mitch McConnell stood at his desk on the Senate floor after 1 a.m. Saturday, the eyes of his colleagues trained on him. He seemed bewildered. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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    NBC News Politics

  • Senators Sound Off on Favorite TV Shows

    Rachel Witkin
    25 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    It's rare for the Senate to agree on just about anything these days, and that includes what to watch on television.
  • Everything You Didn't Know About Common Core

    Leigh Ann Caldwell
    25 May 2015 | 3:44 am
    Erin Tuttle didn't think of herself as an activist, until her son came home with math work that looked unfamiliar and confusing.
  • Where You Live Drives Memorial Day Celebrations

    Dante Chinni
    25 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off of summer for many Americans - marked with a backyard BBQs and/or trips to beach and to car dealerships.
  • Ben Carson Wins Early GOP Straw Poll

    23 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    He won the presidential straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday with 25.4% of the vote.
  • Senate Blocks NSA Bulk Collection of Data

    Frank Thorp V and Halimah Abdullah
    23 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Senate blocked a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act during a marathon session that earlier saw them pass a bill giving President Barack Obama "fast-track" trade power.
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • On Reliable Sources , Bruce Bartlett Explains How Conservatives Are "Brainwashing" Themselves With Fox News And Other Right-Wing Media

    24 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    From the May 24 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources: BARTLETT: I think many conservatives live in a bubble where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people. When they go on to the Internet, they look at only conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily, and so they are completely in a universe in which they are hearing the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data…
  • AP's Own Report Undermines Claims Of "Ethics Concerns" Around Nonprofit Exemptions

    22 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    The Associated Press suggested it was unethical for then-first lady Hillary Clinton to push for tax breaks for those who donated to nonprofit organizations while the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for the Clinton administration's presidential library -- but its own article later undermined those claims, outlining how the proposed measure had been building momentum since 1997, three years prior to the alleged conflict of interest. In fact, as the AP admitted, the proposal in question would provide no "direct" benefit to the foundation.  Hillary Clinton endorsed a…
  • Watch This Atlanta TV Station Expose ALEC's Influence On Local Legislators

    22 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    From the May 21 edition of WXIA-TV's 11 Alive News Tonight:Previously On the Ropes: Inside ALEC's Annual Meeting The ALEC Problem Is Even Worse Than John Oliver Thinks
  • "War On Cops": Fox News Abandons Its Catchphrase When Bike Gangs Threaten Police

    22 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    After African-American communities in Baltimore and Ferguson, MO came together to demonstrate against the deadly and racially disparate policies of law enforcement, Fox News branded the protests a "war on cops." But when the story became a mostly white Texas biker gang plotting to kill police with grenades and car bombs, the network took a decidedly less sensationalist approach in its reporting. Fox host Sean Hannity declared on May 12 that there is a "war on police in America" and tied recent statistics on law…
  • Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces, And The College Mental Health Crisis Media Coverage Ignores

    21 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan criticizes the "Trigger-Happy Generation" in her latest column, adding to the increasingly wide range of media figures questioning the merits of "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" on college campuses. But her attacks in particular reveal a troubling element largely missing from this debate: an honest assessment of the crisis of mental health support for students.  Trigger warnings and safe spaces, in theory, attempt to warn and shield students from material that might remind them of past trauma or reinforce…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • TWIBprime #695 | Now Add Oppression

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses topless activists in San Francisco, the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case indicted, Jay-Z and Beyonce paying protestors’ bail, and we read reviews for 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 ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post…
  • Academic Shade #16: The “Altercation”

    TWiB Staff
    21 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Dr. Butler discusses the “altercation”, the “fracas”, the “incident”, the “argument” in Waco, Texas, Jay-Z becoming mortal again, and our summer movie highlights. 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 #16: The “Altercation” appeared first on…
  • #TWIBprime #694.5 | #ThrowbackEp: Michael Eric Dyson

    TWiB.FM
    20 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    #TeamBlackness is scattered. Elon is out. Imani is sick. And all we have is an old episode of Blacking It Up from the Leadership 500 conference in 2013 where Elon had a sitdown with then nemesis Michael Eric Dyson. 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 | PREMIUM The post…
  • AfterDARK #56 | Still Children

    TWiB.FM
    20 May 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Jaila and Aaron discuss attempts to police sex workers on the internet, starting with Twitter and ending with its refusal to deal with harassment, cannabis and moisture, and what qualifies as lubricant. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch 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 @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE] The post AfterDARK #56 | Still Children appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #694 | Wanted: Executioners

    TWiB.FM
    20 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses the Duke professor under fire for racism doubling down on racism, spider rain in Australia, overreaction to spider rain in Australia, and a shortage of executioners in Saudi Arabia. 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…
 
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    Wonkette

  • Step Right Up And Get Your Vaginal Probe: Your Florida Roundup

    Florida Correspondent
    24 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    So you guys already know how dumb Florida is. But can you imagine how dumb Florida’s community colleges are? No you cannot. Here, have a gander: Two Florida college students say they were forced to submit to vaginal probes as part of a medical training program and were threatened with blacklisting if they declined. Read more on Step Right Up And Get Your Vaginal Probe: Your Florida Roundup…
  • The Snake Oil Bulletin: Deepak Chopra Has Derp Thoughts About Evolution

    Fare la Volpe
    24 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Greetings, grifters! It’s time again for the Snake Oil Bulletin, your weekly installment of the latest and greatest in quantum woo woo and pseudoscience. This week we have a return guest! Our favorite Oprah-approved king of quackery. No, not that one. The other one. No, not the guy with the muppet mustache. The OTHER other one. Yeah, Deepak Chopra! That “wholeness regulates dimensional reality” asshole. He has some thinking thoughts for all you naysayers who say he’s full of … nay, and he’s going to blast those Deep Thoughts right atcha. Let’s…
  • How Not To Counsel Your Daughters When They’ve Been Molested By Josh Duggar

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s okay to feel sorry for Josh Duggar — we as liberals know teenage boys’ brains haven’t finished developing yet, which is why we don’t like sending them to the electric chair. Liberals also know we are molded by our circumstances: He was so young (assuming — assuming — his sexcrime spree has ended). Plus, he’s got those parents, and all that sexual dysfunction, and the bizarre patriarchal bullshit, and the constant lessons that Eve (even in the form of his preteen sisters, apparently) is there to tempt him from righteousness, I mean my god.
  • DuPont Chemical Plant Kills 4 Employees, Pays $99,000 Fine. That’ll Learn ‘Em.

    Doktor Zoom
    24 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Just in case you were wondering, the official worth of a chemical-plant worker’s life is just a skosh under $25,000. That’s the word from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in its decision to fine a Dupont chemical plant in La Porte, Texas, a whopping $99,000 for safety violations that killed four workers in November 2014. At the time of the accident, which involved a release of poisonous methyl mercaptan gas used in the making of insecticides, people were astonished that the plant management seemed to have no idea exactly what was going on or just how…
  • The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Says Stop Trying To Make ‘Hillary’ Happen. It’s Not Going To Happen.

    Dan Weber
    23 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Sarah Palin Channel started Memorial Day weekend a bit early this year, publishing two videos in the last week with a combined run time of just three minutes 38 seconds. Both videos were clearly shot back-to-back, with Palin wearing the same clothing, in front of the same backdrop. You wish you thought of this idea, you wish you were as good at making money as Sarah Palin. Read more on The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Says Stop Trying To Make ‘Hillary’ Happen. It’s Not Going To Happen….
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    24 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Values. Voters in Ireland overwhelmingly chose to change their nation’s constitution Friday, becoming the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote… Voter turnout in the majority Catholic nation was more than 60%, according to Fhlanghaile. Despite speculation in the run-up that opposition to the measure might have been understated because people […] Read this post »
  • Disarming the PC police: Chris Pratt’s pre-apology

    C.T. Rex
    24 May 2015 | 3:31 pm
    "See it's all about control with you." It seems ever since #GamerGate kicked off last August the PC police have begun lashing out in every direction as if to compensate for their inability to cower gamers back into line.  Just a few days ago Jazz covered how an implied rape scene in the most recent Game of Thrones episode created an uproar, […] Read this post »
  • Is sex abuse by UN Peacekeepers finally under examination?

    Jazz Shaw
    24 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sending in the monsters to help If you don’t live in some alternate fantasy world where the United Nations has been pure as the driven snow, you’ve likely heard more than a few horror stories about UN Peacekeeping forces being involved in some decidedly bad behavior over the years. The details of most of these allegations are unsuitable for publication here, […] Read this post »
  • Hey, let’s create a national database of gun owners!

    Jazz Shaw
    24 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    What could possibly go wrong? There’s one refrain which the Democrat choir always breaks out whenever they propose new gun restrictions: Oh, we’re not trying to establish some national registry of gun owners. Perish the thought! But when you look under the covers of these various proposals, they all seem to come suspiciously close to doing just that. (Not that […] Read this post »
  • Is man inherently evil?

    Jazz Shaw
    24 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Original sin and the monsters inside Well, here’s a light, breezy topic for us to tackle over a long weekend. Is mankind essentially good and noble at his core with a few outlying, sick individuals messing things up for the rest of us? Or is man prone to evil on a genetic level, only managing a facade of civilization and goodness […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

    Mara Liasson
    25 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

    23 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

    L. Carol Ritchie
    23 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.» E-Mail This
  • Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

    The Associated Press
    22 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.» E-Mail This
  • Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

    Christopher Dean Hopkins
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.» E-Mail This
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • How To Build A Strong Work From Home Business

    Randy
    23 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Home businesses require good planning, a strong basis and lots of information. This article will help you by showing you what you need to make a successful business plan. TIP! A P.O. If you are having difficulty deciding on a product for your work from home business, think about what you could use in your life. Identifying a specific need is the first thing to do when creating a product to market to consumers. If it improves your way of life, it stands to reason others can benefit from it as well. TIP! Either talk with your family and friends, or send them a friendly email when you start your…
  • What You Need To Know About The Stock Market

    Randy
    22 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    TIP! Before handing any money to an investment broker, you need to make sure that they have a good reputation. You can investigate the reputation of various brokers by using free online resources. A lot of people would like to invest in stocks, but it shouldn’t be done on a whim. In this article, you will find helpful tips and tricks to make the most out of your investments. Keep reading to further your understanding of this fascinating topic. TIP! Stay realistic with your investment expectations. It is widely known that success and riches from the stock market do not happen overnight…
  • Use These Tips To Help You Buy Your Next Home

    Randy
    21 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    TIP! Use the Internet to your advantage by studying up on your new neighborhood online. Using the web, you can nearly become an expert on the area without even leaving your home. Most people let real estate agents make decisions for them when buying a home. These are the very same people who were present during the housing crash. Check out these tips to help you navigate the waters of the real estate game. TIP! Oftentimes, homes that need major improvements are offered at lower prices. This enables you to pay less initially, while letting you decide how best to upgrade your new home. If you…
  • Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Insurance Polices

    Randy
    18 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    TIP! Get fresh quotes before buying or renewing an insurance policy, and save money. Each company is different in exactly how they price your quote. Buying insurance can be frustrating, whether it’s for your home, vehicle or your apartment. Fortunately, it can be less stressful than you think. Some helpful advice can make it much easier to find the right policy for your needs. The below article will get you in the right direction. TIP! Insurance companies will usually lower your premiums if you use them for your life, home and auto insurance. A lot of insurance companies give discounts,…
  • Sick Of Your Boss? Try These Solid Work From Home Business Ideas

    Randy
    16 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    TIP! Joining home business discussion groups is a great way to learn more about running a home business. Search the internet and you will find a lot of great forums that you can become a part of. More and more people find financial independence through home businesses. Although this definitely happens, most people have no clue where to start. Remember, if you want your business to succeed, you need to learn everything there is to know about operating a successful work from home business. This article can help you learn how to get started. TIP! Don’t get too distracted, but you do want…
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    22 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #WEEKEND If you’re staycationing in DC, beautiful days ahead: Saturday 72 °F and sunny; Sunday 83 °F and sunny; Monday 91°F and sunny;   #NATIONAL Beautiful places that could soon disappear forever; ICYMI Letterman’s final top 10; you can now officially play the word “LOLZ” in Scrabble; Does color even […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sir Michael Steel Send-Off

    fdc
    22 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Last night Washington, D.C. royalty gathered together at Bobby Van’s Grille to send off Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel as he takes his talents to South Beach. From the desk of Mary Kathryn Steel: “Michael and Mary Kathryn want to thank everyone who came out last night, especially the all-star host committee of B-Buck, Xtine, […] The post Sir Michael Steel Send-Off appeared first on FamousDC.
  • President of JAM Strategies Also Jams, Acoustically

    fdc
    21 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    John Murray of JAM Strategies had an amazing acoustic set with the band entertaining at S-3 Group’s party last night, and let us tell you, this guy can sing. For a bonus, check out the box bongo action going on in the photos below. The post President of JAM Strategies Also Jams, Acoustically appeared first on FamousDC.
  • America’s Pastime is Serious Business

    fdc
    21 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Jonathan Grella, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs at the U.S. Travel Association censured the Presidents’ Race to let D.C. know that travel is more than just a pastime, as their ginormous new Nats Park ad says. It’s also serious business. As part of a massive, multi-year industry positioning campaign, you’ll be hearing more about the […] The post America’s Pastime is Serious Business appeared first on FamousDC.
  • S3 Rocks Stanton & Greene

    fdc
    21 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    S-3 Group out does themselves again for their 4th annual firm party welcoming Rob Collins by turning Stanton and Greene into a rock venue featuring Detached Retina Music.  Ask John Murray when he is going on tour with Pearl Jam. Jeff Gordon can’t parallel park on Pennsylvania Avenue. Spotted: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chief […] The post S3 Rocks Stanton & Greene appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Nash's Nobel prize

    24 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Our coverage on the award of the Nobel prize for economics to John Nash in 1994The games economists play | Oct 15th 1994  Game theory is now part of almost every economist's tool-kit, as this week's Nobel economics prize recognisesIT SOUNDS like a sports fan's dream. In Stockholm on October 11th, three men shared a $1m prize for their skill at analysing games. They are not television pundits, or armchair critics of Manchester United or the Miami Dolphins, but economists. Two Americans, John Harsanyi and John Nash, and a German, Reinhard Selten, have won this year's Nobel prize…
  • Financial crime, Ukraine's economic mess and "basic income" policies

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Why America's approach to punishing financial crime is muddled, lenient and self-defeating (Leaders)Why the West should do much more to help Ukraine's economy (Leaders)And don't forget to take a glance at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at why introducing a "basic income" for all is unaffordable.
  • Slipping away from the West

    21 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    IN A LEADER this week we argue that the West should treat Ukraine like it treated Poland in the early 1990s. Poland has had bucketloads of aid and economic assistance thrown at it since the 1990s, its economy booming as a result. Ukraine, on the other hand, has recieved hardly any at all. Now both its politics and its economy are in a mess.Here are a few charts that show how the West has got it wrong with Ukraine. Firstly, as we argued in this week's leader:In the early 1990s Poland wanted a European, not a Russian, future. The West saw its chance. From 1990 to 2000 Poland received a…
  • Unsettling settlements

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    THE scene was familiar: regulators meting out vast penalties to banks, scathing statements about gross misconduct, yet no individuals charged with any crimes and some confusion as to what exactly the banks were admitting to and what effect that would have. On May 20th a consortium of American and British government agencies announced settlements with six international banks regarding claims that they had manipulated currency markets. The six—Bank of America, Barclays, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS—agreed to pay $5.6 billion in penalties. All but Bank of…
  • Waste not, harm not

    21 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    BLUNDERS in economic policymaking abound, but among the worst are energy subsidies. They stoke waste, squeeze other spending, enrich middlemen and help the comfortably-off more than the poor, who use little energy.Include the cost of pollution and the bill is even higher. A new IMF working paper puts it at a stonking $5.3 trillion, or 6% of global GDP—more than all government spending on health care. The+ biggest subsidies are in the poorest countries (where they can reach 18% of GDP) and the lion’s share goes to coal, the dirtiest fuel, which no country taxes properly. By contrast,…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Legendary Native American Singer-Songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie on Five Decades of Music, Activism

    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to the Democracy Now! studios. Her song "Universal Soldier" became one of the classic antiwar songs of the 1960s. Buffy Sainte-Marie once said, "It’s about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all." Buffy Sainte-Marie wrote the song in 1964. A year later, just months after U.S. ground forces invaded Vietnam, the British singer Donovan turned it into a hit. She has also written and sung about the struggles of Native American and First Nations people for decades.
  • State of Emergency in California as Santa Barbara Cleans Up from Another Major Oil Spill

    22 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    A cleanup effort residents say was slow to start is now underway off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, where crude oil from a broken pipeline leaked into the Pacific Ocean and washed ashore at Refugio State Beach. The company that operates the pipeline first said 21,000 gallons had leaked, but then increased their estimate to 105,000 gallons. On Thursday, The Santa Barbara Independent revealed the ruptured pipeline operated by Plains All American is the only pipeline in the county that is not required to be equipped with an automatic shutdown valve in case of a leak, because it operates…
  • Neil Young Premieres New Anti-GMO Song "Rock Starbucks" from Forthcoming "The Monsanto Years" Album

    22 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Watch an excerpt from Neil Young’s newest video for his song "Rock Starbucks" from his forthcoming record, "The Monsanto Years." Young recorded the album with Willie Nelson’s sons, Micah and Lukas. "I want a cup of coffee, but I don’t want a GMO," Young sings on "Rock Starbucks." "I love to start my day off without helping Monsanto."
  • Indicted: Grand Jury Brings Charges Against Baltimore Police Officers Tied to Freddie Gray Death

    22 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    A grand jury has indicted six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, clearing the path for a criminal trial in the Maryland courts. Freddie Gray died on April 19 from his injuries suffered in police custody. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby first announced her decision to bring criminal charges against the officers. While some of the charges have been amended, the most serious ones — second-degree murder against Officer Caesar Goodson and involuntary manslaughter against four of the officers — remained…
  • Headlines for May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    ISIL Seizes Last Government-Run Border Crossing in SyriaU.S. Admits Strike in Syria Killed 2 ChildrenYemen: Saudi Shells Kill 5 Ethiopian RefugeesReport: Both Sides in Ukraine Committing War CrimesTPP Fast-Track Bill Clears Hurdle in the SenateSenate Scrambles to Act on Bulk Phone Spying Before It ExpiresIreland Holds Historic Same-Sex Marriage ReferendumBoy Scouts President Calls for End to Ban on LGBT Scout LeadersBaltimore Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Freddie Gray's Death"Say Her Name" Protests Nationwide Honor Black Women Killed by PoliceAkai Gurley's Partner Sues…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • John Nash, Mathemetician And Inspiration For ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ Dies At 86

    Doug Mataconis
    24 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician who won a Nobel Prize in Economics and became the subject of the Academy Award winning film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a car accident in New Jersey along with his wife: John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared aNobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose decades-long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a 2001 film, “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed in a car crash Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86. Dr. Nash, and his…
  • Ben Carson Wins Meaningless Straw Poll

    Doug Mataconis
    24 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Ben Carson won the straw poll conducted at this weekend’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City: OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Carson won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday, demonstrating his popularity among conservative activists at one of the party’s traditional presidential cattle call events. Carson, a former surgeon who formally launched his underdog campaign this month with an appeal to the GOP’s tea party wing, finished first with 25 percent. He was followed by Scott Walker, who received 20 percent, and Ted Cruz…
  • Saudi Arabia Wants To Be The Head Of The U.N. Human Rights Council

    Doug Mataconis
    24 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to make a bid to head the United Nations Human Rights Council: Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to make a bid to head the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, in a move that has been described as the “final nail in the coffin for the credibility” of the HRC. Reports of the bid come just days after Saudi Arabia posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners. This year it has already put 85 people to death in what has been branded by Amnesty International a “macabre spike” from the 87 people it killed in total…
  • Irish Voters Overwhelmingly Vote In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

    Doug Mataconis
    23 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Irish voters have overwhelmingly approved a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in that country, making Ireland the first nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriage via popular referendum: DUBLIN — Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the gay rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change. With ballots from 34 out of the 43 voting areas counted, the vote was almost two to one in favor of legalizing same-sex…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    23 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    The Needs More Cowbell Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland) 6/28 ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First:Franklin – Fans everywhere are confused by Disney’s movie adaptation of The Lone Ranger. Second:DrDaveT – The latest in British fetish wear, plus a guy wearing black. Third:OzarkHillbilly – Clear a path there! Coming through! Coming through! Suicide bomber coming through! HONORABLE MENTION Tony W – “Designed for the discriminating Islamic man, the “Murqua” is the latest trend from Iranian designer Mamoud Issouring.
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Thomas K. Jones, Arms Negotiator of Derided ‘Enough Shovels’ Remark, Dies at 82

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    Alex Medvick / (CC BY-ND 2.0) Thomas K. Jones, a high-ranking Reagan administration “hawk who evoked Dr. Strangelove” when he suggested in a 1982 interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer that Americans could survive a Soviet nuclear attack by digging residential trenches, died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease on May 15. The New York Times reports: His “enough shovels” assurance was largely derided, but his faith in the efficacy of civil defense, his certitude that the Soviets were better prepared to rebound from a nuclear strike and his fears that the…
  • Rising Temperatures Mean Fewer but Fiercer Hurricanes

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Climate change brings mixed prospects for people threatened by hurricanes: they are likely to occur less often, but when they do they will be even more destructive. Related Entries May 14, 2015 The American Military Uncontained May 11, 2015 Narkomfin: A ‘Six-Story Blueprint’ for the Emancipation of Women
  • Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 May 2015 | 8:29 pm
    By Chris Hedges Our corporate masters know that our obsession with hope—the irrational belief we are headed toward some glorious future—causes us to ignore reality and remain disempowered. And this is why they peddle the myth of inevitable progress across the cultural and political spectrum. Related Entries May 14, 2015 The American Military Uncontained May 11, 2015 Narkomfin: A ‘Six-Story Blueprint’ for the Emancipation of Women
  • Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Things a Warrior Knows

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    By Ron Kovic This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig republishes one of Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic’s reflections on the awful truth about war. Related Entries May 14, 2015 The American Military Uncontained May 11, 2015 Narkomfin: A ‘Six-Story Blueprint’ for the Emancipation of Women
  • After Pat’s Birthday

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    By Kevin Tillman This Memorial Day weekend, Truthdig commemorates the legacy of deceased U.S. infantryman Pat Tillman by republishing our most popular piece, “After Pat’s Birthday,” written by his brother, Kevin Tillman (pictured with his arm around Pat). Related Entries May 14, 2015 The American Military Uncontained May 11, 2015 Narkomfin: A ‘Six-Story Blueprint’ for the Emancipation of Women
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    ThinkProgress

  • Ohio Governor After Cop Acquitted: ‘The People Of Cleveland Should Be Proud’

    Beenish Ahmed
    24 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    CREDIT: AP “[T]he people of Cleveland should be proud of what’s been happening here in the last 24 hours,” Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) told ABC News on Sunday. Seventy-one people were arrested in the city when protests broke out following the acquittal of a white police officer in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black people in 2012. When asked if he believed justice was served by the verdict, Kasich told ABC’s Jonathan Karl, “Well, look, the verdict is the verdict, John. What I will say is that I think the people of Cleveland handled this, I mean, they…
  • Qatar Won’t Let Nepalese World Cup Workers Go Home For Earthquake Funerals

    Travis Waldron
    24 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Workers on a construction site of one of Qatar’s World Cup stadiums. CREDIT: (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo) Nepal’s labor minister this week blasted the government of Qatar for not letting Nepalese migrant workers return home for funerals of those who died in the earthquake that rocked the country in late April. Qatar has allowed some workers to return to Nepal briefly, but has denied that opportunity to those working on construction projects related to the 2022 World Cup, The Guardian reported. “After the earthquake of 25 April, we requested all companies in Qatar to give their…
  • ICE Agent Allegedly Probed U.S. Citizen Child About ‘Inappropriate Touching’ During Surprise Visit

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    24 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over the past two weeks, at least three immigrant families in the Latino-heavy Washington neighborhood of Columbia Heights stated that they received disturbing, early-morning home visits from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. One 11-year-old child, a U.S. citizen, said she felt uncomfortable when an immigration agent reportedly asked if she had been inappropriately touched and made her 17-year-old brother take his shirt off to inquire about his tattoos. A grandmother with legal status said that agents submitted her and her family to photographs,…
  • Ireland Overwhelmingly Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage In Historic National Referendum

    Samantha Page
    23 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Yes supporters celebrate as first results in the Irish referendum start to come through at Dublin castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. The people of Ireland voted a resounding “yes” Friday in the world’s first national voter referendum on same-sex marriage. The referendum passed by a large margin — winning as much as 72 percent of the vote in Dublin, according to early counts Saturday. The Ireland Constitution will now be amended to say that two people can marry, “without distinction as to their sex.” Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Ireland’s minister of…
  • Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted For Firing 49 Shots At 2 Unarmed Victims

    Nicole Flatow
    23 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    The car driven by Timothy Russell after it was pummeled with 137 bullets. CREDIT: AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk A judge found Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo not guilty Saturday morning for the fatal shooting of two unarmed black victims fleeing police in their car. Brelo was part of an unauthorized 59-car police chase in which 137 shots were fired, leaving Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams dead. Protests were immediate in the wake of Judge John O’Donnell’s public announcement. Investigators found that 13 officers had fired shots in what started as a routine police drug…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Inside Van Gogh’s The Night Cafe

    Jim Festante
    24 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    While most virtual reality seeks to take us on more realistic adventures, one programmer wants to take us on some abstract ones: like actually visiting Vincent van Gogh’s The Night Cafe. One can only hope this technology will eventually give us the ability to play poker with dogs.​
  • The Off the Books Edition

    Cardiff Garcia
    22 May 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Listen to Episode No. 54 of Slate Money:
  • Why Karaoke Carries a Torch for 1984

    Mike Pesca
    22 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Listen to Episode 263 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • The Strong, Loud Type

    John Dickerson
    22 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    OKLAHOMA CITY—Chris Christie doesn't give speeches so much as engage in performance art. How he speaks is as much a part of his message as what he says. At the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Friday, after explaining his plan to manage the growth of entitlements, the New Jersey governor said he knows that Social Security is a “third rail of American politics,” but that's why he's meddling with it. “I just grabbed it and hugged it, everybody, because that’s what leadership is.” 
  • How to Green the U.S. Government

    Daniel Gross
    22 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Big defense contracts awarded to big defense contractors are usually a big cause for concern. They tend to go over budget, often for things we don’t really need (like a certain type of fighter plane). But a couple weeks ago, the Pentagon announced a contract with a big-time defense contractor that good-government and energy-efficiency types should cheer—and demand grow more common. Honeywell Building Solutions, a unit of the conglomerate Honeywell, got a $22.4 million contract to overhaul the energy system at Rock Island Arsenal—an ancient military outpost on an island in the…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Kansas Republicans Have Come Up with a Disgraceful New Way to Screw the Poor

    Inae Oh
    22 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Starting in July, a new law in Kansas will restrict the amount of cash a welfare recipient can take out of ATM's to just $25 a day—a move that critics say introduces a whole new host of financial burdens—including high ATM fees and travel costs—when they access cash. Max Ehrenfreund at the Washington Post explains: Since most banking machines are stocked only with $20 bills, the $25 limit is effectively a $20 limit. A family seeking to withdraw even $200 in cash would have to visit an ATM 10 times a month, a real burden for a parent who might…
  • Josh Duggar Resigns From Family Research Council Amid Molestation Allegations

    Edwin Rios
    21 May 2015 | 7:56 pm
    On Thursday, Josh Duggar resigned as head of the Family Research Council's lobbying arm amid allegations from a sealed police report obtained by In Touch Weekly that he sexually molested multiple underage girls when he was a teenager. Duggar, the eldest son of the reality TV family on TLC's 19 and Counting, expressed regret for his actions in a statement on the Duggar family's Facebook page: Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took…
  • Could LA's $15 Minimum Wage Sweep the Nation?

    Josh Harkinson
    21 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    On Tuesday, Los Angeles became the third major West Coast city to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance. Though the law won't fully go into effect until 2020, it's a huge deal. LA is larger than San Francisco and Seattle, the two other $15-an-hour cities, combined. It also has a much larger contingent of low-wage workers. The ordinance will give a raise to an estimated 750,000 Angelenos, or about 46 percent of the city's workforce. LA's wage hike points to the potential for a major minimum wage boost to sweep the country. Although experts disagree about the LA measure's impact on growth and…
  • Job-Seeker Hillary Clinton Posts Resume on LinkedIn

    Inae Oh
    21 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Have you heard the news? Hillary Clinton is on the hunt for a new gig. And in an effort to attract prospective employers, the former secretary of state just joined LinkedIn with her very own profile. She even dressed up her page with an article on how to "jump-start small business."  Enjoy the imminent deluge of spammy messages, Hillary! Everyone deserves a distraction from "sensitive but unclassified" emails.
  • Here's What Osama bin Laden Wrote About Climate Change

    Jenna McLaughlin
    20 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    On Wednesday morning, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a trove of newly declassified documents discovered during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. Among the many letters, videos, and audio recordings is an undated document apparently written by bin Laden discussing the "massive consequences" of climate change, a phenomenon he describes as having more victims than wars. The newly released document is very similar in content and language to a recording released in 2010, in which the Al Qaeda leader expounded on climate change and criticized the…
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  • Open Thread - How Not To Be Seen

    Bluegal aka Fran
    24 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    And now for something completely different. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Vår

    Ryan Pressman
    24 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I know what some of you are thinking. You are looking at the genre description I put in and thought, "Punk? They don't sound very punk." Well, I went ahead and looked these guys up and respected their wishes to identify as a punk band. See for yourself, here's the description of the band on their "unofficial" Facebook page: Vår is a Danish punk band comprised of Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Sexdrome's Loke Rahbek (who co-runs the label Posh Isolation). So there you have it. A punk band with a dance sound and an "Iceage frontman." What more could you possibly want from a band?
  • 'Maybe We Differ On What True Means': Activist Confronts CNN Host For Assuming Cops Tell The Truth

    David
    24 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Social activist Deray McKessan criticized the media over the weekend for the way they had handled a white biker shootout in Texas with "nuance," but black rioters in Baltimore who did not kill anyone were not "humanized" in the same way. In an interview on Sunday, McKessan explained to CNN host Brian Stelter than he had quit his job as a school administrator after Michael Brown was killed. "The reason that I quit was that I want to figure out how to use my skills and talent to fight in this space because you just can't kill people," he said. "All the work that I did in education was…
  • Former Reagan Adviser: Fox News Is A 'Self-brainwashing' Bubble That Is Destroying The GOP

    David
    24 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Economist Bruce Bartlett, a former adviser to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, warned over the weekend that Fox News had damaged the Republican Party by creating a bubble for conservatives to brainwash themselves. In his paper "How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics" published earlier this month, Bartlett theorized that watching the network was essentially "self-brainwashing" for viewers, making them believe that the United States was a more conservative nation than it actually was. And so the Republican Party had responded by running radical…
  • CBS Helps John McCain Celebrate Memorial Day With Call For Ground Troops In Iraq

    Heather
    24 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    McCain never met a war or military conflict he didn't want to escalate and this Memorial Day weekend was no different. Here's soon to be retired Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer's last big wet kiss for Sen. McCrashy on this Sunday's show. SCHIEFFER: And for more on this, we`re now joined by the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, John McCain. Well, you heard what Clarissa just said. You have called this a strategy a disaster, but what can, what should we be doing about this? SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: I think there`s a lot of things we can do. First, have the president recognize…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • How can we best honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day?

    Samuel Smith
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today America honors its fallen heroes, those who gave their lives in the service of freedom – not only ours, but in many cases they died to save innocent people in far-flung corners of the globe. This isn’t idle rhetoric, … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Derail this Train Wreck by Daniel Forbes

    Jim Booth
    24 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    What Forbes is after is not easily achieved: he seeks to portray both a society in crisis and the life of a person who, in crisis himself, still strives to draw public attention to the social crisis in hopes of … Continue reading →
  • The impact of a glancing blow of light: ArtSunday

    greg stene
    24 May 2015 | 6:27 am
  • Eight seconds — why the NYT caves, and Facebook wins

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    22 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    An impatient audience wielding smartphones says, ‘We want it NOW.’ Eight seconds. Count with me, please: one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four, one thousand five, one thousand six, one thousand seven, one thousand eight. … Continue reading →
  • End of the semester writing professor blues

    Patrick Vecchio
    22 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Here’s how it feels at the end of the spring semester for a longtime-journalist-turned-college-writing instructor: I love working with college students, and I hope the feeling is mutual, for at least some of them, anyway. There’s no workplace I’ve ever … Continue reading →
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    Power Line

  • America’s honor

    Scott Johnson
    25 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    (Scott Johnson) On Memorial Day 2007 the Wall Street Journal published a characteristically brilliant column by Peter Collier to mark the occasion. The column remains accessible online here. I don’t think we’ll read or hear anything more thoughtful or appropriate to the occasion today. Here it is: Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day: those who had given all their tomorrows, as was said of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, for our todays. But in a world saturated with selfhood, where every death is by definition a death in vain, the notion of sacrifice…
  • Cleveland police department not repeating the mistakes of Baltimore

    Paul Mirengoff
    24 May 2015 | 8:53 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) On Saturday, a Cleveland judge ruled that Officer Michael Brelo was not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a 22-mile car chase. The judge found that although Brelo did fire many shots at Russell and Williams, so did other officers. Thus, he could not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Brelo’s bullets — and no others — killed Williams and Russell. The judge also found Brelo not guilty of the charge of felonious assault. He ruled that Brelo’s decision to use force was…
  • Obama admits to bias against Israel

    Paul Mirengoff
    24 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) During his speech last week at a Washington, D.C. synagogue, President Obama admitted that his treatment of Israel is based on bias against the Jewish State. He didn’t put it that way, of course. Instead, he said he has “high expectations” for Israel — higher than for other foreign nations. As discussed below, that’s an admission of a bias that operates to the detriment of Israel. Obama’s bias explains a lot. It explains why he has consistently demanded greater concessions from Israel than from the Palestinians. And it explains why he…
  • New Explanation for The Warming Pause

    Steven Hayward
    24 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    (Steven Hayward) We’ve reported before on various explanations for the current “pause” in global warming that we’re told is not happening, now going on for nearly 18 years. According to a study published last week in Nature Geoscience, the culprit may be the Indian Ocean: The Indian Ocean may be the dark horse in the quest to explain the puzzling pause in global warming, researchers report on 18 May in Nature Geoscience. The study finds that the Indian Ocean may hold more than 70% of all heat absorbed by the upper ocean in the past decade. Scientists have long…
  • How Is “Liberation Theology” Still a Thing?

    Steven Hayward
    24 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    (Steven Hayward) The New York Times reports on the front page today Pope Francis’s revival of “liberation theology”—a radical creed from the 1970s and 1980s that at the time I summarized as “Marxism with salsa.” Quoth the Times: [Pope Francis] is directly engaging with a theological movement that once sharply divided Catholics and was distrusted by his predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. . . Liberation theory includes a critique of the structural causes of poverty and a call for the church and the poor to organize for social change. Mr. Lee…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • U.S. Signals Possible Iraq Strategy Shift

    24 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter held open the possibility of a strategy shift by the White House on Iraq.
  • Senate Approves Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    24 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Senate passed major trade legislation that would pave the way for President Barack Obama’s signature Pacific trade deal, sending the bill toward an uncertain fate in the House.
  • Emails Warned Clinton on Benghazi

    23 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received emails warning about conditions in Benghazi, Libya, in the run-up to terrorist attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in 2012.
  • Strategy Against Islamic State Under Scrutiny

    23 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    President Barack Obama’s strategy against Islamic State is under increasing scrutiny after setbacks this week in Iraq and Syria.
  • U.S. Senate Blocks NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension

    23 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    The Senate defeated a string of efforts to extend the Patriot Act as lawmakers splintered over its contentious phone surveillance program and left town with no plan in place to prevent the law from lapsing.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Grilling Red Meat

    No Author
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There’s no better way to cook meat, in my opinion, than outdoors over a charcoal grill. (Is there a better way to cook anything? Soup, I suppose, is better handled differently.) Lots of people act weird at a barbecue, though – lots of men, I should say, as the behavior I’m about to describe is particularly male. Something about red meat on a grill brings out the worst, most domineering, blow-hard, control-freak qualities in certain men. You know the stereotype: a Flintstonesque fellow, standing front-and-center at the Weber with a spatula in one hand and a massive set of tongs in the…
  • The US Created ISIS

    Tyler Durden
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas…
  • Government Debt Lunacy

    No Author
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Over the past few years, many experts have been warning of a crisis heading our way. More specifically, the concerns have centered on the inevitable collapse of the U.S. dollar. One of these individuals is former Congressman Ron Paul, who has stated that he believes the U.S. financial system is on the road to disaster. In this article, I’ll share some of his views and discuss what could happen if such a crisis materialized. Currency Crisis According to Congressman Paul, a U.S. currency crisis is inevitable. At one point in the 1980s, while riding on Marine One with President Reagan, the…
  • Putin is Telling the Truth

    No Author
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago. Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from…
  • Criminal Disaster in the Middle East

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback for U.S. policy. When President Obama declared that we shall “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State, he willed the ends, but not the means. The retreat from Ramadi makes clear that the Iraqi army, even backed by 3,000 U.S. troops, cannot drive ISIS out of Anbar and Mosul and back into Syria. Baghdad cannot alone reunite Iraq. Republicans are almost gleeful in charging that Obama’s withdrawal of…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Shapiro Declines Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Josh Shapiro (D) has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) next year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Senior Democrats had been encouraging Shapiro to jump into the primary against Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral and former Delaware County congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010 but who also has a strained relationship with members of the party establishment.”
  • Which Speeches Were for Charity?

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Politico: “The Clintons earned more than $25 million in 2014 from speech income, but a second list released this week from the Clinton Foundation showed that an additional at least $12 million was directed to the family charity since 2001 from 97 speeches made by Bill, Hillary or Chelsea Clinton to various universities, businesses and foreign entities. The Clintons have offered no explanation for how they decided which speeches to donate to their charity and which to take as income.”
  • GOP Candidates Have Few Answers on Islamic State

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    New York Times: “As President Obama grapples with the unnerving territorial gains of the Islamic State last week, the Republicans eyeing the White House are struggling to put forward strategies of their own. The most detailed ideas have come from Mr. Graham, a United States senator from South Carolina who is on the Armed Services Committee, yet he ranks so low in polls that it is unclear if he will qualify to participate in the coming candidate debates. Mr. Bush, a former governor of Florida, and Mr. Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, draw more support from voters at this point, yet…
  • Clinton Emails Highlight Problem with Private Server

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Associated Press: “The prospect for political complication in Clinton’s choice to use a personal email account, rather than one issued by the government, was evident in the messages released Friday. They included several that were deemed sensitive but unclassified, contained details about her daily schedule and held information — censored in the documents as released — about the CIA that the government is barred from publicly disclosing.” “Taken together, the correspondence provides examples of material considered to be sensitive that Clinton received on the…
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    23 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    “With today’s vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.” — Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny, quoted by the Washington Post, after Irish voters legalized same-sex marriage.
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • NI leader has suspected heart attack

    25 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Northern Ireland's first minister Peter Robinson is admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack.
  • Carmichael rejects calls to resign

    25 May 2015 | 2:47 am
    Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael rejects calls for him to resign over a leaked memo and says he wants to "get on with" being an MP.
  • No referendum vote for EU citizens

    25 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    EU citizens living in the UK will not be eligible to vote in the "in/out" referendum on Europe, except those from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus, the government says.
  • Rennie backs Carmichael over memo

    24 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Willie Rennie offers his backing to former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, who is facing calls to resign over a leaked memo.
  • Labour party in its 'deepest crisis'

    24 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    Former Labour minister Kim Howells says the party is in the "deepest crisis" he can remember and it needs fresh thinking if it is to come back from election defeat.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • California Farmers Have Agreed to Water Cuts. What Exactly Does That Mean?

    Julia Lurie
    22 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown imposed the state's first-ever water restrictions last month, ordering cities and towns to cut water by 25 percent. But the vast majority of water in California goes not to homes and businesses but to farms, which so far have suffered minimal cuts. On Friday, the state's Water Board approved a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in which some farmers will voluntarily reduce water use by 25 percent in exchange for…
  • These Are the Jobs Robots Will Take From Humans, According To Researchers With Jobs…For Now

    Dave Gilson
    22 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The coming robot invasion is suddenly a hot topic again. This week, Fresh Air interviewed Martin Ford, whose book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future was just reviewed in the New York Times by Barbara Ehrenreich. The Harvard Business Review published a long article with advice for protecting your career from super-smart robots. And NPR's Planet Money has been producing a series of stories on how machines are getting really good at doing tasks from serving food and writing news articles to reading emotions. As MoJo's Kevin Drum, who's been following this rapidly…
  • These Photos of Sea Creatures Soaked by Oil in California Will Break Your Heart

    Tim McDonnell
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Volunteers fill buckets with oil near Refugio State Beach. Michael A. Mariant/AP On Tuesday, an oil pipeline burst near Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara, California, sending an estimated 105,000 gallons of oil onto the beach. Up to a fifth of that oil is believed to have reached the ocean, Reuters reports. Now, volunteers and private contractors are racing to clean up the oil. About 6,000 gallons have been collected so far, according to the AP. But damage has already been done. At least two pelicans have been found dead, and five more pelicans and one sea lion were sent for…
  • How Scott Walker and His Allies Hijacked the Wisconsin Supreme Court

    Pema Levy
    22 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    For three years, Wisconsin prosecutors have been investigating whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker broke campaign finance laws as he battled a 2012 recall effort sparked by his push for a law that undercut the power of public-sector unions. Prosecutors allege that Walker and his aides illegally coordinated with conservative groups that were raising money and running ads to support Walker and his Republican allies. At least one group at the center of the probe, the Wisconsin Club for Growth, has gone to court to stop the investigation. Its fate now rests with the Wisconsin Supreme Court,…
  • Does Mike Huckabee Know Where the Ark of the Covenant Is Buried?

    Tim Murphy
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Harry Moskoff wouldn't immediately strike you as the guy to discover the true location of the Ark of the Covenant, the chest that supposedly once held the stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. He was born in Canada, studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, worked in IT, and started a company that specialized in copyright infringement claims when he moved to Tel Aviv 10 years ago. But in his free time, the ordained rabbi has dabbled in biblical archeology, poring over ancient texts and contemporary works, in search of any unturned stone that might help him track down the…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Labour's EU referendum U-turn: realistic or feeble?

    Michael White
    25 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Does interim leader Harriet Harman have the authority for such an important policy shift, and is it the right move? Harriet Harman got Labour back on some front pages on Sunday by announcing that the party would no longer oppose David Cameron’s plan to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU in 2016-17. Good or bad move by the interim leader?My own instinct is to say the shift – or U-turn, as we say only in Fleet Street – was a bad move. That’s not just because I’m not quite sure where Harman and her new shadow foreign secretary, Hilary (“A Benn, but not a…
  • Lib Dem leadership rivals unite to save Human Rights Act

    Frances Perraudin
    25 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    Tim Farron and Norman Lamb speak out against Conservative plans to replace the act with a British bill of rightsThe two rival candidates to replace Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats have united to launch a campaign to stop the Conservative government from scrapping the Human Rights Act.While in coalition with the Tories, the Liberal Democrats blocked an attempt to get rid of the act, but David Cameron has revived the plans since securing a parliamentary majority in the general election. Related: The arguments against the Human Rights Act are coming. They will be false | Keir…
  • Our government must talk to Muslim teens – and be honest about its mistakes

    Deborah Orr
    25 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    The burden to stop radicalisation is placed on Muslim parents. Instead, our politicians need to build an honest narrative and acknowledge catastrophic errors Continue reading...
  • Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson suffers suspected heart attack

    Henry McDonald
    25 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    Democratic Unionist party spokesman says 66-year-old leader is undergoing tests in hospital after feeling unwell on Monday morningNorthern Ireland’s first minister, Peter Robinson, has been taken to hospital with a suspected heart attack.The 66-year-old was initially admitted to the Ulster hospital in east Belfast on Monday morning after feeling unwell. He was transferred to the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast, where his family are at his bedside and have asked for privacy.Concerned to hear First Minister Peter Robinson has been admitted to hospital.My thoughts & prayers are with…
  • EU referendum voting rights will not be extended to all UK citizens living abroad

    Frances Perraudin
    25 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Despite Grant Shapps’ promise last year, the government rules out giving voting rights to British nationals living overseas for 15 years or more Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    24 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Enjoy.  
  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    23 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    All yours.  
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    * Haven’t had enough Benghazi? Well here you go: The State Department on Friday released nearly 900 pages of e-mails on Libya and the Benghazi attacks from the private account Hillary Rodham Clinton used while she was secretary of state. The messages have been turned over to a select House committee investigating the Sept. 11-12, […]
  • Getting past the noise in the raging debate over Fast Track

    Greg Sargent
    22 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    As early as today, the Senate may vote to grant President Obama the “Fast Track” authority he’s seeking to negotiate the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. From there it’s over to the House, where its prospects are uncertain. So what’s the real deal with the Fast Track process? My view: While some concerns about the […]
  • The political media don’t like Hillary Clinton. But what if she doesn’t need them?

    Paul Waldman
    22 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    Hillary Clinton doesn’t like the media, and they don’t like her. Both have legitimate reasons for feeling as they do, but there’s no getting around that simple fact. Clinton’s grievances go back two and a half decades, and what has reporters agitated at the moment is that Clinton is making it difficult for them to […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Paranoia Bites The Hand that Feeds It

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

    4 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    At a recent Staff Development event, we had a speaker from the Federal Reserve over to talk about the Demographics of the city we serve. What he had to say was pretty astounding, even to someone like me. This report contains much of the surprising information about Houston and it's Metropolitan area, and it should suprise you, too.The speaker's presentation, which went beyond the information in there, said that the current reality of Houston, with it's incredibly diverse population, reflects the future of our country. He backed what he said by showing us the percentage of Americans in terms…
  • 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.
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  • Give Josh Earnest Another Job

    20 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    As Ramadi falls to Islamic State militants - or ISIS or ISIL or whatever the next name they think up is - one hears cautious detachment and outright concern from the Pentagon. The worry is that Iranian-backed Shiite militants might pre-empt other groups in re-taking Ramadi and have Iraq finally fall under control of it's long time rival Iran. Or that fighting between anti- Islamic State groups will be as bad as the fighting against Islamic State itself. So, according to the Pentagon, the latest fall of Ramadi is merely a case of a small percentage of the city not already under IS control…
  • GOP Debates - March Madness??

    15 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The GOP is starting to worry about how to have a series of televised debates with an estimated 16 contenders having announced or expected to in the next few weeks or so. How can you squeeze all these people in during, say, a 90 minute televised debate? Some are frankly hoping that more than a few drop out before the debates even begin. But perhaps there is another solution that Republicans haven't considered: March Madness. Think about it. If the NCAA can handle 68 teams in a little over a month and keep a substantial portion of America fixated on the celebrated annual tourney, maybe they can…
  • The Glorious Core of Academic Freedom

    12 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    While it's hard to argue against the overall success of charter schools at the elementary and high school levels, one wonders about tenure at the post-secondary level. Is academic tenure at a junior college, or university, a vital defense against those who would erode academic freedom? Or is it a nice cozy union benefit for very well paid workers? Furchtgott-Roth and Meyer's book Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America's Young certainly takes aim at teacher unions at the first two levels of schooling and how they protect mediocre, incompetent, or outright abusive teachers who may do…
  • Federal Officials Assault Times Square!

    7 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    When you have a federal transportation bill called MAP-21, you can imagine more than a little ambition on the part of it's creators. The 2012 bill seems to be saying they're going to upgrade everything until it's as 21st century as feasibly possible. And you will comply with whatever that means. The full name is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - which has a nice Maoist or Stalinist tone to it. It just needs a 5-Year-Plan attached as a final amendment to make it perfect for a central planner. It's a funding and authorization bill that takes care of federal surface…
  • No One Wants to Own Spending Cuts

    1 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    No one really seems to want to cut spending. A bipartisan deal to lift sequestration, spending caps in other words, is soon coming to the halls of Congress. The 2011 Budget Control Act which is an attempt at reasonably significant cuts to government spending spread out over a decade, will soon be eroded and/or evaded as Republicans and Democrats in the House work out an agreement on spending bills. No one wants to own spending cuts it seems. And in part, voters share some of the blame. Because it's way easier for the GOP to own tax cuts as an issue, and they do, than to own spending cuts. The…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Getting Comfortable With Marco Rubio

    19 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    At the Weekly Standard's Broadmoor Summit, Marco Rubio's name supposedly stood out along with Scott Walker's. This may be interesting in as much as attendees at the so-called Summit reflect the views of GOP money men and women. Because as a statistical poll, the sample in Colorado Springs is just a touch small. But the available cash that might flow from those predisposed to give the young Florida senator an earnest listen, is another matter. So the question is: can Rubio start to attract anywhere near the kind of cash that his erstwhile mentor Jeb Bush has been able to? And the reasonable…
  • Pollsters: Let the Voters Speak

    14 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Is the end of polling at hand? Perhaps not, but polling seems to have entered a slow and steady decline in accuracy and in participation rates. Apparently less than 10% of those who receive a call from some organization doing a poll actually answer the call. And moving from landline and cellphones (where people are even less likely to respond) to online surveys brings up serious credibility problems as to how accurate online polling results are. Pollsters nowadays seem to be frantically adjusting their methodology and hoping to present more accurate polling results - look at the May 7 (or…
  • A Shy Sociopath From Birmingham UK

    11 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A once shy kid in Birmingham England, make that a loner and soon-to-be psychopath, fled the UK in 2013 after jumping bail over charges of cyber mischief to put it politely. Where did he go? Syria. And yes, he's now another ISIS recruit. That he is apparently married to a much older ex-rocker also from the UK who now vows to cut Christians heads off with a blunt knife is just another detail in the increasing litany of unhinged people who are joining the terrorist group. ISIS recruits in places like the UK and Texas in fact don't even fit the term recruits. They are anyone crazy enough to heed…
  • Will Jeb Have a Debate on Immigration?

    6 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Jeb Bush thinks America needs millions of skilled workers and that his ideas on immigration reform are the right ones. In an interview with National Review's Rich Lowry, he did not seem overly flexible on this issue. As if he has thought the thing through and come to a well-reasoned decision, and he just needs to explain his reasoning for voters to get it. Jeb Bush did not respond with many specifics to Lowry's baiting of him - justified baiting by the way - when stating how much of the Gang of Eight's immigration plan he agrees with. But Jeb Bush's own ideas on immigration reform are quite…
  • Ben Carson Better Speak Up in Detroit

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Less than a week before his planned speech in Detroit, Ben Carson gave an interview to GQ magazine and the topic was Baltimore. Carson spent 36 years in the city of Baltimore working as a surgeon and becoming an inspiration to African-Americans there for his life story and his work speaking in inner-city schools and conveying a message of the possibilities that exist and one of hope. But if Ben Carson had to speak this weekend say, before heading to Detroit, at a Baltimore inner-city school, what would he say? The GQ interview was perhaps one way to reach those kids, even if the specific…
 
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  • The Philosopher Novelist

    Nick Romeo
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Milan Kundera has a strikingly capacious vision of the novel. In an interview with Philip Roth from 1980, he enumerated some of the elements of his fiction: “Ironic essay, novelistic narrative, autobiographical fragment, historic fact, flight of fancy.” The novel that made him famous, The Un
  • How to Write About Fashion

    Anne Hollander
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks. “Ugly” becomes “conceptual”; “looks like grandma’s nightie” becomes “a return to old-fashioned femininity.” The fashion writer and scholar Anne Hollander—who pinpoint
  • Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic

    Pauline Kael
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The most revolutionary thing about Pauline Kael was her voice: wild, undisciplined, impassioned, and, above all, personal. And for that reason, she didn’t last long at the comparatively rigorous New Republic. “[The readers] thought of me as an impertinent snip,” she later said. Sh
  • Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst States for Working Moms

    Esther Breger
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Re
  • The Real Democratic Primary: Hillary Versus the Media

    Suzy Khimm
    22 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Beth Lilly, 29, remembers the first time she felt like the media was doing Hillary Clinton wrong: It was in 1992, when she was just about six years old, and remembers that people weren’t happy about Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie recipe.The incident was actually one of the most
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    Roll Call: Politics Archive

  • Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

    22 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.
  • What Happens If Coffman Says No

    20 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016.
  • Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

    20 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.
  • Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

    20 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.
  • NRSC Raised $4.2 Million in April

    20 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee will report raising more than $4.2 million in April and ending the month with $5 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Pot Principal

    Mike McDaniel
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Krista Morton There are stories that make one exclaim in dumbfounded wonder: “Good Lord! What could they have been thinking?!” This, courtesy of the Daily Mail, is such a story: A Florida principal of a high school of last resort was found smoking marijuana in her car with her shirt unbuttoned alongside a male student, police say. A “high school of last resort” is a last chance, usually self-paced school for kids that are severe discipline problems, and/or cannot fit into a normal high school environment, because–for instance–they’re far more interested in smoking pot…
  • Of White Privilege and Peanut Butter And Jelly

    Mike McDaniel
    23 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    credit: dactionforchildren.org I believe in what I do. I believe in the value of the public schools, not only as a means of providing children with vital American values and socialization, but as one of the fundamental instruments of American democracy, working from the bottom up. It is therefore anguishing when I come across articles like this one from Steve Gunn at EAGnews:  The Pacific Educational Group (PEG) espouses a lot of controversial and stereotypical concepts regarding minority students in K-12 schools. For instance, the organization teaches that black kids are less likely to…
  • On This Memorial Day, Anno Domini 2015 (Updated)

    Mike McDaniel
    23 May 2015 | 3:58 pm
    A Navy Seal’s Loyal Dog Waits On His Mastercredit: buzzfeed.com They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. From For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon, published, 09-21-1914. On this Memorial Day, let us remember Americans that gave the last, full measure of devotion in the cause of liberty. Let us remember all those that served in that cause, yet survived, some whole in body and spirit, some not. Let us be thankful for them, and let us demonstrate our…
  • Movie Review: 2Fast 2Furious (2003)

    Mike McDaniel
    23 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Director: John Singleton Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Fary Scott Thompson (Story) Michael Brandt, Derek Hass (Screenplay) Brian O’Connor: Paul Walker Roman Pearce: Tyrese Gibson Monica Fuentes: Eva Mendes Carter Verone: Cole Hauser Tej: Ludacris Suki: Devan Aoki Agent Bilkins: Thom Barry Agent Markham: James Remar In my review of The Fast And the Furious (2001) I pointed out several highly implausible plot elements. In fact, the plot was so shot full of holes, it was hard to tell what was or was not implausible in that particular cinematic universe. 2 Fast 2 Furious follows in that…
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 6: Our Time Is Now

    Mike McDaniel
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    credit: time.com In the Freddie Gray case, little of import will likely be known for some time. As I noted in past articles, Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby would be likely to bunker up, desperately trying to find evidence that could possibly support her hastily concocted and preposterous charges. Previous articles in this series are: The Freddie Gray Case: Initial Impressions  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 2  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 3: Ludicrous Speed  The Freddie Gray Case, Update 4, Belt Me The Freddie Gray Case, Update 5: Probable Causeless  And so she has. Mosby has, hilariously and…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    Dan Balz has read the advice of Republican pollster Whit Ayers for the GOP. Ayres is now the pollster for Marco Rubio and before that had written a book of advice for Republicans on how to win future elections, 2016 and Beyond: How Republicans Can Elect a President in the New America. Ayres has meticulously studied poll data and demographics to advise Republicans that Republicans can't win in 2016 if they just capture the same percentage of the white vote that they've captured in previous elections. As Balz recapitulates,Put another way, if the 2016 nominee gets no better than Romney’s 17…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    Well, all right then. The President doesn't think we're losing in the struggle against ISIS. In fact, losing Ramadi is just a setback in what President Obama says he's always thought would be "a multiyear campaign." While Obama isn't worried, the Islamic State is moving successfully across the region. As the WSJ writes,Meanwhile, back on Planet Middle East, an opposition monitoring group estimates that after taking Palmyra Islamic State now controls about half of Syria, including most of its oil fields. The West is fretting about Palmyra because of its 2,000-year-old cultural treasures, and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute sums up what Obama's real approach to foreign policy is. In his memoirs, Duty, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates tells a story that could only have occurred in the Obama White House. In February 2011, as crowds occupying Tahrir Square in Cairo demanded the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a debate swirled over the proper American response: should the U.S. force Mubarak to abdicate, or support his plan to manage an orderly transition of power over the next seven months?On one side stood Gates and the other principal members of the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Hillary gave her irritating phony laugh yesterday as she assured reporters that Sidney Blumenthal was simply an old friend with whom she enjoyed staying in contact while she's in the bubble of public life. This was in response to the NYT story that he was sending her more than two dozen memos while she was at State advising her about Libya while he was receiving money from groups in Libya and being paid by the Clinton Foundation, Media Matters, and the liberal Super PAC American Bridge. The WSJ isn't buying her "he's just an old friend" defense.The Blumenthal memos also deserve Justice…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    Marc Thiessen argues, quite reasonably, that we shouldn't be spending so much time asking candidates impossible hypotheticals about what they would have done in 2003 if they knew then what we know now and start asking about what to do now that we're losing so much ground in Iraq to ISIS. Meanwhile, Kimberly Kagan and Frederick Kagan argue that the fall of Ramadi was not inevitable.This defeat was avoidable. Neither the Islamic State nor any other al-Qaeda offshoot has ever taken a major urban area actively defended by the United States in partnership with local forces. This is what happens…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners February 13 2015

    Sarahconner2
    24 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    The caption contest for February 13 Weekend Caption Contest™ captured the president in all his glory. The assignment that week was to caption the following iconic picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Pretzel_Logic) – “The first sitting president who had someone take a picture of him taking a picture of himself.” 2) (FormerlyAnonymous) – “In engineering terms, this would be called an unstable feedback loop.” 3) (David Robertson) – “Obama tries out the perfect gift for him. It is a combination golf club/teleprompter/selfie-taking…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners May 22 2015

    Sarahconner2
    24 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smashing success. There were way too many excellent captions to honor, so go read the rest of the entries. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Stephen_Macklin) – “Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the door and see all the right wing bitter clinging racists.” 2) (cathymv) – “A pretend President is staging a pretend duel with a pretend Putin, with pretend guns, pretending to be Denzel Washington” 3) (yetanotherjohn) –…
  • Democrats Tweet Us Another Reason to Loathe Them on Memorial Day

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Democrats really know how to celebrate Memorial Day, don’t they? We get another prime example of the hate Democrats have for America with the Party’s Tweet featuring Barack Obama eating ice cream in front of a gaggle of adoring “reporters.” And the troops, you ask? What troops? At this point, if you are a real American, about all you can muster for Democrats is contempt and this Memorial Day Tweet wholly justifies that contempt. Without further ado, here is that inappropriate Democrat Tweet… So, I’m guessing that when you think of Memorial Day YOU don’t think of King…
  • Crackpotism in the GOP

    David Robertson
    22 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    “Republicans have their own problem: They tolerate far too many crackpots.” – Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Did Mike Huckabee just go out on a limb?

    David Robertson
    22 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    “Huckabee slams media for ‘blood-thirsty’ coverage of Duggar molestation report.” – TheHill.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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    Hullabaloo

  • Bipartisanship at last

    24 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Bipartisanship at lastby digbyI have always said that the only way to achieve bipartisanship in the modern era is for President Obama to enlist the Democrats to pass the conservative's agenda unchanged and without compromise. It would especially good if he could twist some liberals' arms to get it done so the Villagers would see it as legitimately mainstream. Looks like we might see this in action at long last:House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and GOP leaders have turned to some unlikely allies to rally support for a key trade bill: Tea-Party conservatives, including some…
  • Yes, our police torture citizens who are in the midst of medical emergencies

    24 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Yes, our police torture citizens who are in the midst of medical emergenciesby digbyDavid Washington crashed into a car and a street sign after having a medical emergency, but the officers just assumed he was disobeying orders. They tasered him, blasted a long shot of pepper spray directly in his eyes and when he fell out of the car they let it run over his foot. And then the cop asked the sick citizen if he understood why he had to be sprayed. I've been writing about this for years. They torture people who cannot respond. They don't bother to even try to ascertain if there might be something…
  • Chart 'O the Day "L" word edition

    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Chart 'O the Day "L" word editionby digbyKevin Drum:Here's a fascinating tidbit of research. A pair of grad students surveyed 2,000 state legislators and asked them what they thought their constituents believed on several hot button issues. They then compared the results to actual estimates from each district derived from national surveys.The chart on the right is typical of what they found: Everyone—both liberal and conservative legislators—thought their districts were more conservative than they really were. For example, in districts where 60 percent of the constituents supported…
  • First they came for the Clintons and I did nothing ...

    24 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    First they came for the Clintons and I did nothing ...by digbyUh huh:Roger Eugene Ailes (born May 15, 1940) is president of Fox News Channel, and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign (1989)...Days after the 9/11 attacks, Ailes gave President George W. Bush political advice indicating that the American public would be patient as long as they were convinced that Bush was using the harshest measures possible. The correspondence was…
  • So everyone just noticed that Marco Rubio looks good on paper?

    24 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    So everyone just noticed that Marco Rubio looks good on paper?by digbyApparently.  This article in the New York Times has everyone all atwitter. Apparently everyone just noticed that Republicans need to attract at least a few Hispanics and that the Great Whitebread hope Scott Walker is unlikely to be that guy (and not just because he's an obvious boob but because he's actually come out against legal immigration.)Anyway, I'll just take this moment to reprise my Salon piece from months ago about why Rubio makes the most sense.Recognizing his obvious presidential timber after he boldly led…
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    Eschaton

  • Morning Thread

    25 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
  • Late Night

    24 May 2015 | 8:04 pm
    enjoy
  • America's Worst Humans

    24 May 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Chris Satullo.
  • Haters Gonna Hate

    24 May 2015 | 4:06 pm
    One thing which will never stop entertaining me is the suburbanites who spend their days on my local newspaper site trashtalking the urban hellhole. I think it's hilarious! I don't care if people are city mice, country mice, or suburban mice. People make choices based on their preferences and constraints, financial and otherwise, and good for them! I have some opinions about public policy related to such things, but that's not a knock on individual preferences and choices.I don't know what motivates them, but I hope they never stop. It's always a source of merriment. It's a weird hobby, I…
  • Afternoon Thread

    24 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Holiday weekend program-related activities for me.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night FDL: Paradise By The ‘C’

    CTuttle
    24 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Bruce Springsteen – Paradise By The ‘C’ The Boss will release a new album this year… Bruce Springsteen has already recorded his next album and it will be released before the end of the year. Springsteen fansite blogitallnight.com posted the first news as rumour of the next record over the weekend, ‘Here is a great way to start out the weekend. I heard that Bruce Springsteen has finished recording his new album and it is now in the mixing stage. The best part of it all was that I was told it would be released this summer! It seems unprecedented for Springsteen to…
  • The West and ISIS

    CTuttle
    24 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By Jim Wight Far from the boasts made by the US, British, and French governments that IS would be destroyed, they have been unable to even contain the extremist jihadi group as it marches from city to city and town to town in Syria and Iraq, seemingly without constraint, sowing chaos and carnage in the process. There are a number of reasons why the West has made a virtue of failure and disaster in the region. The first, of course, is the determination to prosecute a hegemonic strategy regardless of the consequences. We can trace the modern incarnation of this strategy to the 2003 war in Iraq,…
  • Scaremongering About the Patriot Act Sunset

    CTuttle
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    As Section 215 nears its expiration date, the standoff over civil liberties is imminent, writes ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer. By Jameel Jaffer In a last-ditch effort to scare lawmakers into preserving unpopular and much-abused surveillance authorities, the Senate Republican leadership and some intelligence officials are warning that allowing Section 215 of the Patriot Act to sunset would compromise national security. (One particularly crass example from Senator Lindsey Graham: “Anyone who neuters this program is going to be partially responsible for the next attack.”) Some media…
  • Why do people persist in voting against their self-interest?

    Frederick Leatherman
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If people voted in their own self-interest, the Republican Party would never come close to getting 1% of the vote. It would fade away into an obscure footnote in history. That will be its destiny, if people make it their business to find out what is going on in this country. The simple truth is the rich and the corporations they own, including the thieving Wall Street banks, are looting this country, eliminating the middle class and enslaving everyone in debt. Trickle-down economics is not working, never has worked, and never will work. Anyone who believes that it will is willfully ignorant,…
  • Has the west given up on democracy?

    CTuttle
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tunisian General Rachid Ammar announces his resignation on TV, June, 2013. Demotix/ Chedly Ben Ibrahim. All rights reserved. Authoritarians are methodically cracking down on opposition elements, restricting civil society activity, swapping surveillance and censorship tips and technologies to keep domestic dissent at bay. By Mathew Burrows and Maria Stephan Authoritarianism is on the march. Aggregate Freedom House scores on political rights and civil liberties have declined each of the past nine years. A third of all democratic regimes since the ‘third wave’ of democratization began forty…
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    TalkLeft

  • Sunday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    24 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Time for a new open thread. Here it is, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sunday TV Watching

    Jeralyn
    24 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    It's been raining and cold in Denver for days. Perfect activity for being indoors on a holiday weekend: Watching the final 24 episodes of Season 1 of El Cartel, aka Cartel De Los Sapos (Cartel of the Snitches.) Unimas has been re-airing episodes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • India Prepares 28k Chargesheet Against Shami Witness

    Jeralyn
    24 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The Bangladore Police say they will file charges against Mehdi Masroor Biswas, aka @Shami Witness, next week. We have finally received the MHA’s approval. Now, we will file the chargesheet against him next week. We have built a solid case.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. Blames Ramadi on Iraqi Forces

    Jeralyn
    24 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the Iraqi Forces are to blame for ISIS' recent takeover of Ramadi. He says they lack the will the fight. They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • To Christie: "When you call me that, smile"

    24 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Washington, DC, has its own annual correspondents' dinner. It is not off the record. In fact it is televised live, with clips and comments that quickly appear in the media. There are plenty of jabs back and forth. Many with considerable bite speak to an element of truth. They garner plenty of laughter. They are not, however, overly malicious, nasty, nor crude. They are not harshly accusatory and they avoid foul language. Governor Christie last week set a low bar for this type of event. As the Jaffe Communications Morning Briefing reported, "In what will forever be remembered as his 'I don't…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for May 23-24, 2015

    24 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Mourning the loss of A Beautiful Mind - two of them, actually. Princeton University's John Nash and wife Alicia Nash were killed in a New Jersey Turnpike crash Saturday. Outstanding detective work by Deciminyan What's wrong with Christie's campaign twitter? The Imperial Governor of New Jersey Christie's hold on attorney general riles critics. "Presidential" Stile: And now Christie's moment of Zen. Christie's attempt to break from the clown car: Pretty meh unless Steve Sweeney and the Christiecrats make themselves available to follow him around and agree to everything he says. In wake of…
  • Hard to Believe, but Chris Christie is Breaking the Law

    23 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Governor Christie has at least two Twitter accounts. One, @GovChristie, is his official State of New Jersey account and is managed and operated by taxpayer-funded social media experts. Even though he uses this account primarily for self-promotion, it's difficult to make the case that he's misusing taxpayer funds. It may be unethical, but it's legal. His other account, @ChrisChristie, is for his Presidential campaign. On that site, it reads, "This is the official political account for Chris Christie." Use of government assets to maintain this site is illegal. Google Maps has a feature that…
  • QoTD - Jersey Girls are Perfectly Competent to Pump their own Gas Edition

    23 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    Usually, Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon and I are on opposite sides of political arguments. But recently, he and I are in sync on two issues. First, he's a sponsor of the compassionate Death with Dignity Act. But secondly, what attracts the attention of more New Jerseyans, is that he is in favor of changing our laws to allow self-service at gasoline pumps. When asked about the opponents to self-serve, he is quoted in the New York Times as saying, "The only way to win that argument is if you make a legislative argument that New Jerseyans are more flammable than other people." "They…
  • Biggest Student Walkout in Newark History - and All of New Jersey Should Be So Proud

    22 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    "Look, If Governor Christie can disrupt traffic to make a political point, well, so can we."                                              - Walkout participant "The schools in Newark are in chaos."                                              - Mayor Ras Baraka It is refreshing to the soul to see thousands of students put their bodies on the line to defend their…
 
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  • Obamacare's Health Plan Choice Benefits Are Vastly Overrated

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It is well documented that many other countries have created health care systems that are more popular than ours, cover everybody, are more effective as measured by better health outcomes, are better able to restrain increases in costs and, therefore, have per-capita costs that are a fraction of ours. One of the reasons for the popularity of universal health care systems elsewhere in the developed world is that when everybody is in the same system, everybody has an incentive to make that program work. The people of those countries have a sense of ownership and responsibility for their common…
  • Mexican Auto Workers Fired for Protesting Sexual Harassment

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At the new Mazda assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, 20 workers were fired in March for supporting a co-worker who was being sexually harassed by their supervisor. According to workers, the accused supervisor would use the cultural practice of a kiss on the cheek as an excuse to get sexual. He would stalk women at work and force himself on them physically. While traditionally most Mexican auto industry workers have been men, in the state of Guanajuato, where the Salamanca factory is located, women make up about half the auto workforce. They tend to be single—as in the maquiladoras, the…
  • Shot and Gassed: Thousands of Protected Birds Killed Annually

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sandhill cranes are among more than 300 species of migratory birds that have been killed legally across the US since 2011 to protect a wide range of business activities and public facilities under what's called the "depredation permit" program. (Photo: Tom Knudson/Reveal) Truthout combats corporate power by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Every spring, bird-watchers from across America gather in Nebraska for one of the continent’s great avian…
  • The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months — that’s three and half years — behind bars. The feds had convicted Sterling on nine felony charges, including seven counts of espionage. He didn’t sell secrets to the Russians. He didn’t trade intelligence for personal gain. He made no attempt to disrupt the American way of life. What did he do, then? He reported to the Senate Intelligence Committee that the CIA had botched an operation to feed false information about nuclear technology to Iran…
  • Hijacking the Anthropocene

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How the anti-green Breakthrough Institute misrepresents science to advance a technocratic agenda and undermine grassroots environmentalism. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass What can lobbyists do when science contradicts their political messages? Some simply deny the science, as many conservatives do with climate change. Others pretend to embrace the science, while ignoring or purging the disagreeable content. That’s what the…
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  • Mysteries of underinsurance in the Commonwealth Fund survey

    Andrew Sprung
    23 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    A Commonwealth Fund survey released this week found that among those American adults under age 65 who were insured throughout 2014, 23 percent were underinsured – that is, their deductibles and copays were high enough to cause severe financial strain. That top line is almost unchanged since 2010; the real damage on this front was done from 2005 to 2010, when employers started shifting costs en masse to employees.I have several questions about the report, to which I'm seeking answers from the authors. If you have any insight, please let me know (email address is in profile to right).In…
  • Commonwealth and Kaiser on underinsurance

    Andrew Sprung
    22 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    This week, the Commonwealth Fund put out a new survey of underinsurance among American adults under age 65, while Kaiser released a new survey of buyers in the individual market, both on- and off-exchange. Over at healthinsurance.org, I find that Kaiser indirectly indicates that Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies are somewhat leveling the underinsurance playing field. CSR is a leaky vessel, but it's carrying maybe 6 million souls across the underinsurance chasm. Hope you'll have a look.
  • Your money or your life

    Andrew Sprung
    20 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Last September, the Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal spotlighted the manifold ways in which hospitals impose out-of-network billing charges on patients even when the patients have contracted with an in-network physician in an in-network hospital.Rosenthal documented how hospital ORs and EDs operate as free-billing zones in which an array of doctors, physical therapists and other service providers can insinuate themselves in a procedure without the patient's prior knowledge or consent, whether they're in the patient's insurance network or not -- and then relentlessly pursue either the insurer or the…
  • Post-King fallout: Waiting for Superwaiver?

    Andrew Sprung
    18 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    I have a post up at healthinsurance.org that recounts opposing forecasts from two moderate conservatives about likely Republican behavior if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.  invalidating subsidies credited through healthcare.gov.First up is Stuart Butler, generally considered the father of the individual mandate, long at Heritage, now at Brookings. The other is Christopher Condeluci, a former Republican Senate Finance Committee staffer who was involved in that committee's efforts to report out a bill with bipartisan backing (he has said that there was…
  • Obama and Warren: A contrast in rhetorical styles

    Andrew Sprung
    16 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Over the years, I've on several occasions been moved to summarize Obama's economic master narrative. Here's one more pass:America has at various key points in its history committed itself to investments in shared prosperity and to widening the circle of opportunity to groups previously excluded. These include Lincoln's investment in railroads and infrastructure, FDR's in social welfare and education, and Eisenhower's in the interstate highway system.  In the Reagan years -- or in some speeches, in the Bush Jr. years -- the country took a wrong turn and the gains of economic growth…
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  • Senate rejects action on Patriot Act; NSA spying powers likely to lapse

    23 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is likely to expire with the Senate paralyzed over what to do about the Patriot Act.Click to Continue »
  • Senate passes trade bill

    22 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate voted 62 to 37 Friday night to pass a bill that would give the White House fast-track trade promotion authority, approving…Click to Continue »
  • Clinton “glad” emails being released

    22 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Hillary Clinton said Friday she was “glad” her emails were out and “I want people to be able to see all of them.”Click to Continue »
  • Fed gets subpoena on leak docs

    21 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Back and forth with Congress over leak probe triggers congressional subpoena.Click to Continue »
  • NSA spying powers on brink of lapsing

    21 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives leaves for a 10-day Memorial Day…Click to Continue »
 
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  • U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance

    24 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America's unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own.
  • Fate of U.S. domestic surveillance program uncertain after Senate vote

    23 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate blocked a measure to extend spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone records early on Saturday, leaving the fate of the program uncertain days before its June 1 expiration.
  • Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch

    22 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate early on Saturday passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season.
  • Senate votes to grant Obama fast-track power on trade deals

    22 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama scored a major victory on Friday when the U.S. Senate voted to give him "fast-track" powers that would help wrap up negotiations on a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal central to projecting American influence in Asia.
  • Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

    22 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed.
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  • Bank of England Accidentally E-mails Top-Secret "Brexit" Plan To the Guardian

    timothy
    23 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    schwit1 writes: The first rule of "Project Bookend" is that you don't talk about "Project Bookend." In retrospect, maybe the first rule should have been "you don't accidentally e-mail 'Project Bookend' to a news agency," because as the Guardian reports, one of its editors opened his inbox and was surprised to find a message from the BOE's Head of Press Jeremy Harrison outlining the UK financial market equivalent of the Manhattan project. Project Bookend is a secret (or 'was' a secret) initiative undertaken by the BOE to study what the fallout might be from a potential 'Brexit', but if anyone…
  • NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

    timothy
    22 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    New submitter Steven King writes with a link to The Daily Dot's report that the U.S. Senate has rejected the controversial USA Freedom Act, thus "all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire"; had it passed, the bill would have allowed continued use of some mass data-collection practices, but with the addition of stronger oversight. From the article: The Senate failed to reach agreement on passage of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reauthorize and reform Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which the government has used to conduct bulk surveillance of Americans'…
  • California Votes To Ban Microbeads

    timothy
    22 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    New submitter Kristine Lofgren writes: The California Assembly just passed a vote to ban toxic microbeads, the tiny flecks found in toothpastes and exfoliants. Microbeads cause a range of problems, from clogging waterways to getting stuck in gums. The ban would be the strictest of its kind in the nation. As the article notes, the California Senate would need to pass a bill as well, for this ban to take effect, and if that happens, the resulting prohibition will come into place in 2020. From the article: Last year, Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to pass a ban on the usage of…
  • WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

    timothy
    22 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    PvtVoid writes: The Wall Street Journal now has a page up that encourages readers to sift through and tag Hillary Clinton's emails on Benghazi. Users can click on suggested tags such as "Heated", "Personal", "Boring", or "Interesting", or supply their own tags. What could possibly go wrong? I'm tagging this story "election2016."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Battle To Regulate Ridesharing Moves Through States

    timothy
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    New submitter jeffengel writes: The push to regulate services like Uber and Lyft has spread through state legislatures nationwide. At least 15 states have passed ridesharing laws in 2015, joining Colorado, California, and Illinois from last year. More could follow, with bills pending in Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, and others. All this activity has led to new clashes with companies, city leaders, and consumers. Ridesharing bills have stalled or been killed off in Texas, Florida, New Mexico, and Mississippi. Meanwhile, Uber has exited Kansas and is threatening to leave New Jersey…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Scottish Book Trust: Ask the Illustrator with Debi Gliori

    22 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Most parents with children under the age of five, and every librarian, will be familiar with award-winning Scottish author and illustrator Debi Gliori’s work.  Born in Glasgow, she is well known both for her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award [...]
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian: Caponata

    22 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    Instagram – @annabarnettcooks This is my version of the traditional Sicilian aubergine and vegetable stew. Typical serve as a warm side dish or served cold as an antipasto which means it keeps really well if you want to make a big batch and serve it across several meals. This is such a delicious dish packed full [...]
  • Appleblim and Second Storey, also known as ALSO

    21 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    ALSO is an alias that has been adopted by Appleblim and Second Storey, AKA Laurie Osbourne and Alec Storey respectively. As a duo they started out with a release back in 2010, and moved create a live set, which they debuted at Space in Ibiza. Out of the many studio sessions and live performances that [...]
  • A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an

    21 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    Just last week I caught with Ralph Lawson and Subb-an ahead of Ralph’s 20/20 Vision party here in London this weekend.  The party runs through the day and night and is FREE entry, thanks to a sponsor getting involved! Find out more here. I began by quizzing them about their first meeting and, right away, [...]
  • Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India

    18 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Make in India has been the main slogan drummed out by Narendra Modi and his ministers and bureaucrats for many months, but it is surely time for that to be turned around into a reality by India’s prime minister adopting a personal slogan to Make Things Happen. There are few significant results from the Make [...]
 
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  • Steve Chapman on Harvard's Asian-American Quota

    Reason.com
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, nearly 5 percent of Americans have Asian ancestry, tracing to countries from India to Japan. The Pew Research Center reports that they are "the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States."  They are overrepresented in fields like medicine, engineering and computer science. In Silicon Valley, they hold half of the tech jobs. For immigrants once associated with menial or subservient work, the transformation has been titanic.  But some things have stayed the same—such as the representation of Asian-Americans at Harvard, the nation's oldest and…
  • Brickbat: No Parking

    Charles Oliver
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Manchester, England, city council has promised to rescind a parking ticket after finding that a city crew had it towed from a legal parking spot and moved it to a location where parking is illegal so they could paint the street.
  • No Parking

    Charles Oliver
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Manchester, England, city council has promised to rescind a parking ticket after finding that a city crew had it towed from a legal parking spot and moved it to a location where parking is illegal so they could paint the street.
  • Harvard's Asian-American Quota Turns Diversity on Its Head

    Steve Chapman
    24 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Asian-Americans are one of the nation's most astonishing success stories. In 1960, they accounted for less than 1 percent of the U.S. population but had a rich history of persecution—from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Back then, no one could have imagined what lay ahead.  Today, nearly 5 percent of Americans have Asian ancestry, tracing to countries from India to Japan. The Pew Research Center reports that they are "the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States."  They are…
  • The Border Patrol's Unconstitutional Drug Dragnet

    Jacob Sullum
    24 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If you want to know how Jessica Cooke ended up on her back, screaming in pain as the barbs from a stun gun delivered incapacitating electricity into her body, there are several possible answers. You could say this indignity was caused by her own stubbornness, her refusal to comply with the seemingly arbitrary dictates of a Border Patrol agent who was detaining her for no apparent reason at an internal immigration checkpoint in upstate New York. Or you could blame the agent's insistence on obeisance to his authority, which led him to assault an unarmed 21-year-old woman who posed no threat to…
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  • WHEN?

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

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

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

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

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
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  • How Solar Is Lighting the Way for Recovery in Nepal

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
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  • Fed chair affirms plans for rate hike this year

    Ylan Q. Mui
    22 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Economic Conference on Inequality of Economic Opportunity in Boston in October. (Reuters/Brian Snyder) Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday reaffirmed the central bank’s plans to raise interest rates this year despite new concerns that the nation’s economic recovery may be slowing down. In a speech in Rhode Island, Yellen dismissed disappointing data from earlier this year. Government figures showed growth came to a halt during the first quarter, and many private economists believe the revised numbers…
  • France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away edible food

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    22 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Just because it's ugly doesn't mean it isn't edible. (Mario Proenca/Bloomberg News) Leave it to France to lead the way again in the food world. In an effort to curb food waste, which accounts for roughly one-third of all food produced worldwide, France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away any food that is considered edible. The European country's parliament voted unanimously for the new law, which will force grocers to either donate the food to charity or make sure that it is used as animal feed. "It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along…
  • With victory in L.A., the $15 minimum wage fight goes national

    Lydia DePillis
    22 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Supporters applaud this week as the Los Angeles City Council votes to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour by 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes ) On Labor Day last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti went to a celebration in a park on the south end of the city and announced what he called “the largest anti-poverty program in the city’s history”: boosting the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour by 2017. It was an ambitious move for a town that hadn’t recovered quite as strongly from the recession as two of its northern neighbors — Seattle and San Francisco. Legislators in…
  • Everything that’s wrong with high heels

    Danielle Paquette
    22 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    (istock) Earlier this week, a group of women in their 5showed up at the Cannes Film Festival in France and were turned away. The reason? They weren't wearing high heels. One woman's partial foot amputation prevented her from following the black tie dress code. The festival director later apologized and then further irritated critics by asking why people don’t get mad about fashion expectations at the Oscars. Some film stars angrily spoke out. “We shouldn’t wear high heels, anyway,” British actress Emily Blunt declared at a news conference. “I prefer wearing Converse sneakers.”…
  • Banks say practices that led to conspiracy charges will continue

    Max Ehrenfreund
    22 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    (AP/Mark Lennihan) Several major banks pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to manipulate currency prices this week, agreeing to pay some $6 billion in fines. In letters to their clients Thursday about the plea, those banks then said that they would keep right on doing the very same things they'd been fined for. The banks are permitted more or less to do what they want -- as long as  their clients know they're doing it, explains Bloomberg's Matt Levine: Whenever a wave of bank scandals breaks -- mortgage-backed securities, Libor, FX, "bond lies" -- an important theme is always the mutual…
 
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  • Authorities detonate pressure cooker found in car on Mall

    25 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    A Capitol Police bomb squad detonated a pressure cooker found in a car on the Mall late Sunday, according to media reports, raising security concerns amid the long holiday weekend.The bomb was found in an unattended car that reportedly smelled of...
  • Cleveland police: 71 arrested as protests turn violent

    24 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Authorities in Cleveland say dozens of people were arrested late Saturday following the acquittal of a police officer in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black couple.Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says protesters became more “aggressive”...
  • Cleveland Dem: Acquittal in police shooting case a ‘stunning setback’

    24 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is criticizing a judge’s decision to acquit a Cleveland police officer in a 2012 police shooting case involving an unarmed black couple, calling officers’ actions “extreme, excessive, and unnecessary.”“The decision of...
  • Jindal: Liberals, big business bullying states on religious freedom

    22 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
     Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal defended his decision to issue a religious freedom executive order during a speech Friday, bashing liberals and corporations for teaming up to “bully” conservative governors on similar proposals. “The left...
  • Clinton joked about ‘cracked head’

    22 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Hillary Clinton joked in one of the emails released by the State Department on Friday that she had a “cracked head” thanks to a fall and ensuing concussion that forced her to skip a Capitol Hill hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attacks.  “I’m...
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  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    22 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    On Monday the Court will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the Court’s May 20 Conference, followed by one or more opinions at 10. We will begin live-blogging shortly before 9:30.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    22 May 2015 | 7:32 pm
    The petition of the day is: Evenwel v. Abbott 14-940Issue: Whether the three-judge district court correctly held that the “one-person, one-vote” principle under the Equal Protection Clause allows States to use total population, and does not require States to use voter population, when apportioning state legislative districts.
  • Updating the Court on the birth-control mandate

    Lyle Denniston
    22 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    The Obama administration notified the Supreme Court on Thursday of two more of its appeals-court victories in the running legal battles over religious groups’ protests against the new birth-control mandate in the federal Affordable Care Act.   It did so in a letter submitted in two cases that have been in a kind of legal limbo at the Court for the past month. The letter by Solicitor General Donald F. Verrilli, Jr., noted new rulings by two federal appeals courts that extended a trend of decisions rejecting claims that the government is trying to coerce religious groups such as…
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    22 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    Briefly: At his eponymous blog, Lyle Denniston reports that a “federal judge in Mobile ruled on Thursday that same-sex marriage must be available throughout Alabama, for any gay or lesbian couple wishing to apply for a license — but not yet.” At the Special Education Law Blog, Jim Gerl discusses this week’s denial of review in Ridley School District v. M.R., a case involving the “stay put”provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. At ACSblog, Gene Nichol criticizes the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence. At his eponymous blog, David Boyle discusses the…
  • Relist Watch

    John Elwood
    21 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    John Elwood reviews Monday’s relisted cases. Well readers, it’s come and gone. This week’s Mad Men finale signified “the end of an era,” and was, depending on your point of view, ironic, clever, pat, ambiguous, happy and cynical, existentially brilliant, or disturbing, unsettling, and thrilling (presumably all at once). Or, if you didn’t see it at all, perplexing. (For those who missed Sunday night’s episode, you can watch an abridged version here.) That unhappy news, coupled with Letterman’s sign-off this week, is probably going to leave an entertainment void in your lives…
 
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  • Late Night Movies Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    25 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Jurassic World — as with any film involving animals eating people — is absolutely in our wheelhouse, so the Spousal Unit & I will no doubt make an effort to see it opening weekend, IMAX upgrades & all. I personally have a soft spot for a well-meaning knucklehead who knows his limitations, so I was also kind of charmed by the Chris Pratt tongue-in-check “pre-apology” that is now outraging a certain sliver of outrage junkies across the interwebs. As quoted in EW… I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the…
  • Open Thread: The Worst Will Find Each Other

    Anne Laurie
    24 May 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I found it: the perfect tweet pic.twitter.com/0LhD2xP9WG — Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) May 24, 2015 Explication, from Charles Johnson at LGF: The news of the morning is that sociopathic stalker Chuck C. Johnson has finally crossed the line again, and been suspended from Twitter for the fourth time. The reason this time: he posted what many construe as a threat to black activist DeRay McKesson [soliciting donations ‘if you want to give money to taking out @deray’]… Was it a serious threat of violence? Chuck will no doubt argue that he was only talking about writing about…
  • RIP John Nash

    Tom Levenson
    24 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
      Sad news out of New Jersey today: John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86. Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a taxi crash Saturday, state police said. A colleague who had received an award with Nash in Norway earlier in the week said they had just flown home and the couple had taken a cab home from the airport. Nash was the subject of Sylvia Nasar’s wonderful…
  • Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    24 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Here’s a view from a bridge we crossed during today’s hike:   The water looks low, but we’ve had plenty of rain. We didn’t see any wildlife aside from a little black snake, assorted wading birds and a swallow-tailed kite. I guess all the other critters had enough sense to stay in a cool spot during the heat of the day. The sun kicked my ass, and I’m happy to be home with my feet up. What are you up to this Sunday? Any plans for tomorrow, or do you have to work? We’re off and playing it by ear. Definitely avoiding the beach and waterways, which…
  • This Would be Such a Shame

    John Cole +0
    24 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    I don’t know how I would sleep were this guy to be convicted: A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and organised crime ties to casinos owned by the multibillionaire and Republican party funder, Sheldon Adelson, will be heard in the US. The decision raises the prospect of Adelson facing difficult questions about his business practices following allegations by a former chief executive of his highly profitable casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau that a well-known triad crime figure was used to bring in high-rolling gamblers and of influence…
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  • Media Matters For My Mom & Family

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    I just wanted to write a public note of appreciation for Media Matters for America for their help and understanding during this time of my mom’s passing. Media Matters has been generous with time and caring as my family has dealt with this unexpected blow. They have personally been there for me with an open heart. Media Matters also helped to alleviate the financial burden of giving my beloved mom the sendoff she so deserved. I want to thank everyone there for helping, but particularly our CEO Bradley Beychok as well as Matt Gertz, Ben Dimiero and Julie Millican for their generous…
  • My Mom And The Gift Of Knowledge

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    17 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    I am a voracious reader, to the point of near-addiction and compulsion. This is thanks to my mother. One of mom’s favorite stories is how she started to teach me words when I was still in the womb. She read the dictionary to me, and we always joked that she said, “A is for agnostic.” This was even more ironic because my mom was extremely religious and faithful. Throughout my entire life, Mom was the biggest backer of my reading and writing. While some parents looked askance at comic books, Mom believed that if it was something I was reading, what difference did the medium…
  • Paulette Willis, 1951-2015, My Mom

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The world needs to know who Paulette Rosemarie Lowe-Willis was. She was my mommy, first of all, but she was also a kindhearted, loving, giving, sensitive, caring, intelligent, funny, brilliant woman. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. Sometimes when someone passes away, you have to dig deep to see what their legacy is, wondering if they left the world better off than they found it. You don’t have to do that with my mother. Her giving heart touched the lives of hundreds, and through the ripple effect, thousands. My mother made this world of ours better off in her 64 years…
  • What Percent Of America Supports Abortion Rights? Really.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    6 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    For years the right has tried to claim that the Democratic Party’s position on abortion is more out of touch with the American mainstream than the Republican Party’s. They make this claim even though an unabashed supporter of a woman’s right to choose has won a plurality of the votes in five out of the last six presidential elections. WASHINGTON – JANUARY 22: Pro-choice advocates participate in protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building January 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. Activists from across the nation gathered to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the Roe…
  • Operation Jade Helm 15: A Letter From Behind Enemy Lines

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    5 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    My dearest Eliza, It has been three days since Barack Obama authorized the invasion of the Republic of Texas using the U.S. Army in Operation Jade Helm. At first, our loosely organized band of open carry patriots held off the attack. We set up our forward base camp in the parking lot of Whataburger, and while Buford lost a toe due to improperly holstering his weapon, we were otherwise without casualty in the first hour. Upon awakening to the traditional sound of Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue” we were immediately ambushed by a squadron of New Black…
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  • The right: flip flops, shape-shifting and political correctness

    E.J. DIONNE, JR., WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST
    24 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    WASHINGTON — Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out. Sheer brilliance! Other than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Walker’s major rivals at the moment are Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.
  • Uptown Funk and The Time

    TONY CAMPBELL, Columnist
    24 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It’s been a while sine I last penned a column for TMV. I hope to blend politics with a few other items of interest a few times a week. Last year, a catchy song hit the airwaves from Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars entitled Uptown Funk. It’s fun, contagious and very danceable with a nice hook to it. For music folks, who love to dance, the hook is the part of the song that makes you want to get up and boogie down. My two year old daughter loves the song and everything Taylor Swift does as well. I hear the peculiar sounds of money flowing out of wallet already for T-Swift concert tickets…
  • Please think this Memorial Day about its real meaning (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    24 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Please think this Memorial Day about its real meaning By Rabbi Ben Kamin BATH, Maine –Turns out we may have sacrificed hundreds of American lives just to have ISIS swallow up Baghdad. I’m not buying anything today but the fact that it’s about souls, not sales. Walking the streets of this definitive Maine village, with its decorous frame houses, classic churches, sweet bed-and-breakfasts, and rare book stores, I detect a sad stillness beneath the elms and pines and under the hanging flags. Last week, it was hard not to choke back tears while watching the naval honor guard solemnly follow…
  • Hillary: friends vs. politics

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    24 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty has interesting insights into Hillary Clinton’s propensity to muddle friendship with politics — loyalty with discretion. Her work as Secretary of State was “an archetype of crisp managerial efficiency.” As distinct, the Post notes, from how her presidential campaign was managed. It was a mess. But her time at State does show ongoing problems, lapses in judgment … even defiance. Her side-stepping of the policy when it came to her private email account is only one example, it seems. …A trove of newly released e-mails…
  • Cartoon: Republican Science

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    24 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune 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: Republican Science appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
 
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  • The next American revolution has already begun

    Raghav Sharma
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    There is a phenomenon in political philosophy described as a “revolutionary wave.” Time and again throughout history, revolutions in one country have spread beyond its borders and influenced upheaval in neighboring lands. The Enlightenment ideals of liberty and justice which so famously motivated the American Revolution of 1776 did not remain constrained within America’s borders. Rather, they spread to Mexico and Haiti and Argentina and Bolivia, liberating much of Latin America from Spanish imperialism. The year 1848 is often referred to as “the Spring of…
  • Scott Walker and the return of the physiocrats

    Skye Winspur
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    “The descendants of the first slaves, attached at first to the cultivation of the ground, change their condition. The interior peace among nations, not leaving wherewithal to supply the consumption of slaves, the masters are obliged to take greater care of them. Those who were born in the house, accustomed from their infancy to their situation, revolt the less at it, and their masters have less need to employ rigour to restrain them. By degrees the land they cultivate becomes their country, they become a part of the nation, and in the end, they experience confidence and humanity on the…
  • Irish referendum on gay marriage underway

    James Neimeister
    22 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    At this very moment, voters in Ireland are headed to the polls to determine whether same-sex marriage will be a constitutionally protected right for all citizens. If the referendum passes, it would mark the first occasion ever for same-sex marriage to be approved by a national referendum in any country. That means that this represents a historic test to advance the rights of LGBT people that should command attention whether or not one follows politics on the Emerald Isle. Voting in Ireland ends at 10pm, which means preliminary exit polls may be released as early as 5pm EST. We’ll…
  • Democrats’ path to victory in the House: Illinois 10

    Jacob Hopkins
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This post is the first in what will be a series of articles on Congressional Democrats’ best chances for gains in the 2016 election cycle. The first step to any Democratic majority in the House of Representatives runs through Illinois’ 10th congressional district. The seat, located in the suburbs of Chicago, voted for President Obama by a remarkable 17 point margin in the 2012 election. However, the seat has always proved more difficult to win on the congressional level. Prior to 2012, the seat had been reliably Republican since Ronald Regan’s election in 1980. 2012 was the…
  • Looking back on the benefits of a liberal arts education

    Charles Kinnaird
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s been over 30 years since I received my first graduate degree, and I have no regrets about the liberal arts foundation of my higher education. While the question “How can I get the best job?” has encouraged much of higher education to become glorified technical schools, to limit one’s education to employability for employability’s sake is to miss out on what education is supposed to be. What’s more, even in the context of employment, it limits ones opportunities down the road. In my professional life, I have been involved in teaching, social services and…
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  • M. Taibbi: Largest Banks Admit to Massive Crimes, Still TBTF

    radx (/politics/member/radx)
    24 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Five of the world’s top banks will pay over $5 billion in fines after pleading guilty to rigging the price of foreign currencies and interest rates. Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland pleaded guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. dollars and euros exchanged in the $5 trillion FX spot market. UBS pleaded guilty for its role in manipulating the Libor benchmark interest rate. No individual bank employees were hit with criminal charges as part of the settlements. We are joined by Matt Taibbi, award-winning journalist with Rolling Stone magazine. -- DN
  • TRNN-sy hersh talks about the lies of the bin laden capture

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    sy hersh's controversial book on the capture of bin laden has been widely criticized by both the obama administration and the CIA.hersh has also been criticized by people in his own profession:investigative journalists: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/30828-the-misfire-in-hersh-s-big-bin-laden-story the main criticism is hershs use of anonymous sources and his refusal to reveal who they are,but when we consider that the obama administration has declared war on whistleblowers,prosecuting more than any other president combined,hershs decision to keep his sources anonymous makes perfect sense…
  • everything about the drug war and addiction is wrong

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    21 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his new budget, we talk to British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong. Over the past four years Hari has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to research his new book, "Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War of Drugs." His findings may surprise you — from the U.S. government’s persecution of Billie Holiday, to Vancouver’s success in addressing its heroin epidemic, to Portugal’s…
  • 300 Foreign Military Bases? WTF America?!

    newtboy (/politics/member/newtboy)
    19 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    The US has about 800 military bases in other countries, according to David Vine in his forthcoming book Base Nation. And it costs a lot of money to keep them open. Why are they there in the first place? Why are we so afraid of nations that are our allies that we are willing to bankrupt ourselves to keep watch over them?
  • mass incarceration-why does the US jail so many people?

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    17 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. With 2.2 million people behind bars and millions more on probation or parole, 1 in 35 American adults is caught up in the prison system. For people of color, it’s even worse, with 1 in 3 African-American males expected to go to jail or prison at some point in their lives. AJ+ teamed up with the Marshall Project to find out why.
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  • How Solar Is Lighting the Way for Recovery in Nepal

    Tara Lohan
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Photo: Milap Dwa) Milap Dwa and Chij Kumar​, technicians from Gham Power​, installing a 120-watt solar PV system kit on top of one of the few houses in Barpak, Gorkha, that are still standing. In the days following Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25, as massive power outages complicated relief efforts, Sandeep Giri and his coworkers were shaken but determined to help. Giri, who was born and raised in Nepal, is the CEO of Gham Power, a solar company that’s been operating in Nepal for the last five years. After the earthquake, Gham Power’s employees sprung into action to…
  • It's All About the Money

    David L. Kirp
    21 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    AP Photo/Orlin Wagner A student in line for his diploma wears a cap decorated with the cost of his education during graduation ceremonies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, May 16, 2015. This is a pivotal moment in American higher education—a crisis, you might say, if the term hadn’t been debased by overuse. The criticisms come from every corner and the bill of particulars is lengthy. The financial cost gets most of the attention. Since 1980, tuition has more than doubled at private universities and tripled at public institutions. Students have accumulated more than $1.2…
  • Elizabeth Warren on The American Prospect and the Prospects for America

    The American Prospect
    21 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Joe Gallant On May 13, Senator Elizabeth Warren keynoted our 25th anniversary celebration here in Washington, D.C., where she laid out her vision of American economic policy that that works for all Americans. Introducing herself as a longtime reader and one time writer for the Prospect, Warren praised the magazine for its foresight and boldness. She declared: "When the top 10 percent gets 100 percent of the income growth over the course of a generation, then the America of opportunity is vanishing." Warren reminded her audience that in the postwar era we had both growth and equity, and we…
  • How Big Money Lost in Philly’s Mayoral Race

    Justin Miller
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum) Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney, center, celebrates after winning Tuesday's primary election in Philadelphia. Broad union and progressive support gave the former city councilman more than half the votes in the six-candidate race. On Tuesday, Philadelphia city council veteran Jim Kenney won the Democratic mayoral primary with 56 percent of the vote—a commanding victory in a crowded campaign of six candidates. Kenney’s win is not only a step in the right direction for the progressives who supported his candidacy; it’s also a refreshing reminder that heavy…
  • The Radical Inclusiveness of Black Lives Matter

    Sam Ross-Brown
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams Linda Sarsour, director of the Arab American Association of New York, poses for photos in front of a canvas painted by the association's youth group at its headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  For the nationwide movement against police violence, the news of charges being brought against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray has been a welcome development. Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York and an organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, is cautiously optimistic. “It’s…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    1 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    An average of four surveys taken from April 1 through April 22 found that 60% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, while 28% of us think the country is on the right track. The official BLS unemployment rate for March 2015 is 5.5 %, showing no change from February. The rate is down 1.1% points from a year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is 10.9 %. This is down from 11.0% in February 2015. 2.4% have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer, down from 2.6%…
  • President Obama

    1 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on President Obama’s job approval (as found by Gallup 4/24) is 47% approval/48% disapproval. His approval rating did hit 50% in January of this year. When Obama took office, his approval rating among Republicans was 23%. At the end of the Presidents 6th year in office it was 10%. Here are other approval scores going back 2+ years. Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS FOX April 2015 xxx xxx 48/47 xxx 42/53 Mar. 2015 46/50 46/49 46/51 45/46 (CBS) 45/50 Jan. 2015 46/48% 47/48% xxx xxx 45/51 Nov. 2014 44/50% xxx 44/53% xxx   2014 Election Oct. 2014 xxx 42/56%LV 45/53%…
  • Congress

    1 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Based on the Real Clear Politics average, currently 72% of Americans disapprove of the job being done by Congress, while 18% approve. This represents a tiny change since a year ago, when 77% disapproved and 13% approved. The public’s confidence in Congressional leaders “to do or recommend the right things for the economy,” is also up. Confidence in the Republican Congressional leaders is up by 14 point, to 38%, and of Democratic Congressional leaders it is up by 9 points, to 44%. [Gallup 4/15] Since 2001, the number of women in the Congress as a whole has grown from 73 (13.6%) to 104…
  • Looking Ahead to 2016 – Contest for President

    1 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    The 2016 election seems “a long way off” or “just around the corner,” depending on your point of view. If you are a sports fan, the election seems “a long way off,” given that before the 2016 election you will experience two World Series of baseball, one Super Bowl of football, and two National Basketball Association finals. If you are not into sports, or even if you are, between now and the election there are over 550 bedtimes, wake-ups, breakfasts, lunches and dinners to be had; 4,400 hours of sleep; and over 13,200 hours of news on the 24-hour news channels. If you are a…
  • Restaurant: Marcel's

    1 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Marcel's 2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20037 202-296-1166The two restaurants written about in this issue of WW very much operate at opposite ends of the dining spectrum, from formal to informal, fancy to plain, and expensive to inexpensive. Yet, each in its own way offers an enjoyable dining experience. Marcel's opened in DC in 1999. I have driven past it hundreds, if not thousands of times. Yet, until March 26th of this year, I had never gone there for a meal. That was a mistake. Karen, Larry, Debbie, and I had dinner at Marcel’s, the only meal for which the restaurant is open.
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Fast Food Owners and Workers Unite to Strengthen Jobs, Business

    13 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    By Kathryn Slater-Carter and Jon Youngdahl News headlines often depict the growing economic divide in our nation as a tug of war between workers and business, but in one critical sector of our economy - franchise enterprises -- entrepreneurs and workers are both being pushed into economic peril.  Workers and franchise business owners are both being squeezed by giant corporations like McDonald's, having critical decisions that affect their livelihoods and their dignity forced on them by a faceless corporate headquarters.  Workers and franchise owners alike face retaliation and the…
  • State Budget Preview: Medi-Cal, #Health4All, other health investments needed

    12 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    The annual state budget process, which began in January, comes into focus later this week when the Governor releases the May Revision of his proposed 2015-16 budget. Health and community advocates are urging the Governor and the Legislature to include funding for critical health programs in upcoming budget negotiations. These investments continue the Affordable Care Act's momentum by removing barriers to coverage, ensuring those covered in Medi-Cal get access to care along with important benefits, and extending coverage to the remaining uninsured. The deadline for the Legislature to pass and…
  • What is Carly Fiorina Running for?

    5 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Pundits already discounting the failed Senate candidate by Brian Leubitz It is never good when an officer in your own party in your home state says this about your candidacy: California GOP Vice Chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon said Monday she could envision Fiorina's campaign propelling her to a cabinet post or even a vice-presidential nomination. "But I don't know a single person who thinks she'll be our presidential nominee," Dhillon said. (Josh Richman/BANG) Perhaps she is using the campaign as a way to elevate her national profile for a cabinet gig. But that seems an awfully expensive and…
  • 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…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 'Look ... It's My Name on This': Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Pedro Santana / AFP / Getty On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry. “A majority of American Jews want to support the Iran deal,” I said, “but a lot of people are anxiety-ridden about this, as am I.” Like many Jews—and also, by the way, many non-JewsI believe that it is prudent to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of anti-Semitic regimes. Obama, who earlier in the discussion had explicitly labeled the supreme leader of Iran,…
  • The Dangerous Myths About Charlie Hebdo

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    5 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Eric Gaillard / Reuters Two recent eventsthe spectacle of Garry Trudeau, the Doonesbury creator, attacking a group of murdered cartoonists for offending his sensibilities, and the protest organized by a group of bien-pensant writers against the PEN American Center for planning to honor those cartoonists tonight in New Yorkhave brought the Charlie Hebdo controversy back to public consciousness. So has the failed attack Sunday in Texas on a group of anti-Islam militants staging a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, though, unlike Charlie Hebdo, the organization that sponsored the Texas event is…
  • A Skeptic's Guide to the Iran Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    AP / Cliff Owen As the great (and not-so-great) powers approach a June 30 deadline—putatively the mother of all deadlinesin the march toward a final nuclear agreement with Iran, I find myself relying on the analysis of a handful of experts to help me understand the intricacies of the technical and political aspects of the so-called framework agreement“so-called” because the framework agreement has appeared, so far at least, to be more framework than actual agreement. These experts include Gary Samore, formerly the Obama administration’s chief Iran nuclear expert (now at Harvard’s…
  • 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…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • 'Mayday! Emergency Landing. We're on Fire.'

    James Fallows
    22 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    At this instant, the pilot of a World War II-vintage plane was turning to fly past the Lincoln Memorial. Five seconds later, his plans entirely changed. (YouTube) Two weeks ago today, on the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, workaday life in downtown Washington came to a momentary halt during a dramatic flyover by World War II-era aircraft right along the National Mall. It was surprisingly moving to see wave after wave of these large, ungainly-but-graceful antique aircraft lumber through the capital’s skies. I was not in range to hear any of the official announcer’s commentary, but with no…
  • San Bernardino Votes to Move Past Bankruptcy, Plus Pandas and the Finale to the Boiled Frog Saga

    James Fallows
    20 May 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Pandas at the former Wolong Panda Reserve in Sichuan Province, later destroyed in an earthquake. Were these pandas eating what they really liked? Read on to find out. (Reuters) A harvest of updates: - On Monday I described the choice that the city council of San Bernardino, California, faced in considering a plan to move out of its current bankrupt status. That evening, the council voted 6-1 to approve the plan. More coming up, on Friday, about people trying to improve prospects in the town. Congrats on this step! - In our chronicles of Fresno, California, we’ve mentioned the role that…
  • The Right and Wrong Questions About the Iraq War

    James Fallows
    19 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    George W. Bush with part of his national security team at Camp David on September 15, 2001. "Knowing what we know now," the decision to invade Iraq can be traced back to that day. (Reuters) First some operating principles, then a little history lesson. The principles: 1) No one ever again—not a news person nor a civilian, not an American nor one from anyplace else—should waste another second asking, “Knowing what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq?” Reasons:     a) It’s too easy. Similarly: “Knowing what we know now, would you have bought a ticket on Malaysia Air flight…
  • Today a Bankrupt City Votes on Its Next Steps

    James Fallows
    18 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Max Whittaker / Reuters Last week I mentioned that a civic-bankruptcy drama was about to reach a climax in the beleaguered city of San Bernardino, California. At 4 p.m. today Pacific time, 7 p.m. in the East, the city council will vote on a formal “Plan of Adjustment” to present to the federal judge overseeing its bankruptcy. City logo, suggesting brighter days aheadHere’s a little salt-in-the-wound aspect that San Bernardino officials will not have missed. Their city was once the center for state and federal legal activities in this “Inland Empire” region of southern California.
  • How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans

    James Fallows
    17 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    January 30, 1995, the beginning of modern media political history: Rupert Murdoch (right) announcing that Roger Ailes will run the newly launched Fox News. (Peter Morgan / Reuters) Let me recommend for your weekend reading, or for your weekday reading if you’re seeing it then, a detailed study by Bruce Bartlett called “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.” You can download the 18-page PDF from this site of the Social Science Research Network. The idea that Fox News operates with different aims and by different norms from those of, say, the BBC is familiar. But…
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    The American Scene

  • Lacedaemonia: Disrupt

    Gabriel Rossman
    13 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I was reading the house rules of Startup Castle and thought it sounded familiar. And then I realized the reason was because this. is. Sparta. Here’s a comparison of a few Startup Castle house rules (in bold) with parallel passages from Plutarch’s Life of Lycurgus (in plain text). Prefer organized systems and common rules Things being in this posture at his return, he applied himself, without loss of time, to a thorough reformation and resolved to change the whole face of the commonwealth; for what could a few particular laws and a partial alteration avail? He must act as wise…
  • Caesaropapism is Our Greatest Strength

    Gabriel Rossman
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    A few months ago I read TAS alum Alan Jacobs’ book The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and it was truly fascinating. Probably the most entertaining bit was how early on the English attempted to impose their (high church) liturgy on the Scots and a Scotswoman hurled a chair at a priest, after which the bishop of Brechin “read his first service from the prayer book, he did so with two loaded pistols placed on the desk before him, in plain sight of the restive congregation.” Less entertaining, but ultimately more worthy of reflection is the story of George C. Gorham, a priest…
  • Evolutionarily Stable Strategery

    Gabriel Rossman
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Yesterday somebody asked Governor Walker if he believes in evolution and he ducked the question. As Ramesh argued, this was a mistake, and there was a fair amount of snark directed at this. Then there was a wave of counter-snark, stemming from the same impulse as Cooke’s recent NR cover story about how the NdGT “I love science” fan club is really about mood affiliation, much of it semi-sublimated anti-clericalism, and not really very much about scientific knowledge. I totally understand the impulse to call out the extent to which affirmation of science is 99% mood…
  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    A long, long time ago I said on Twitter that there is a 50/50 chance that Obamacare will “destroy America.” This has been throwing Twitter maven Richard Yeselson into conniptions for literally months now so I figure some clarification is in order. Obviously I did not mean that Obamacare will cause a destructive meteor shower, or an alien invasion, or the second coming. So, what did I mean? Quite simply this: I think most observers, whatever their political outlook, would agree that there is something unique or at least different to the political economy of the United States.
  • Have I Stopped Beating My Wife?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Neoconservatives and noninterventionists look at the world from radically opposite perspectives, and unlike the realists in the middle, we have a tendency to view the world through a moralized lens. One very unfortunate tendency of this is that each side has a tendency to impugn the other’s motives, rather than his view of reality. Neoconservatives just want Iraq’s oil, or they are just White Man’s Burden 2.0. Noninterventionists think the US should cut Israel loose because seeing Jews massacred would tickle their jollies. I think noninterventionists are somewhere in the…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • It's The Stuff You Know That Ain't So -- Friday Open Thread

    SuperUser
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    by wj “There is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these [factual] questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” [emphasis added] If you're thinking that was written by stalwart Democratic partisan, you can be forgiven; but you are flat wrong. Bruce Bartlett is a veteran of the Reagan and Bush-41 administrations. It appears he may have moved beyond the GOP, but only as far as "independent". A Democratic partisan he simply is not. What makes his paper fascinating is that his conclusion (above) applies even after controlling for…
  • Pure invention

    SuperUser
    19 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    by liberal japonicus The title is a shout out to Oscar Wilde, who wrote "The whole of Japan is a pure invention. There is no such country, there are no such people." This article "Is Japan becoming extinct?" may prove him right. Two grafs: After years of paying limited attention to academic and media warnings about the declining birthrate, aging population and complaints from the rest of the country about the overconcentration of people and resources in Tokyo, political and corporate leaders in Japan were jolted by the conclusions of a 2014 book by Hiroya Masuda, a former Iwate prefectural…
  • Appliancing myself

    SuperUser
    18 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    by Doctor Science Ugh, we're at the point in the kitchen-design process where we have to pick appliances. We need a new fridge, probably a bottom-freezer, a dual-fuel range (stove-top+oven), and a dishwasher. Our kitchen designer doesn't do appliances much, she hands you off to an agent she works with at one of the two good local independent appliance stores. I spent like an hour and a half talking to him, and he's sent me two groups of suggestions: one set of Jenn-Air appliances, and one set of GE Cafe Series appliances. I guess you get better prices when you buy them as a…
  • The Demolished Puppy

    SuperUser
    15 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    by Doctor Science Last week, before I went on my road trip, the ongoing Hugo Awards wank led to the single most surreal conversation of my internet career -- which goes back to about 1990, years before the World Wide Web even existed, so that's a *lot* of surreality. The setting: An Account of Juliette Wade's Withdrawal from Sad Puppies 3, at File770. Background: Juliette Wade's story "Mind Locker" was on the Sad Puppies 3 slate when Brad Torgersen first announced it, but she quickly asked for her story to be removed, and it was. There've been all kinds of rumors about how she got on the…
  • Synergy

    SuperUser
    14 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    by wj Synergy can be defined as the interaction of two inputs to produce a greater impact than either alone. Or, to put it another way, as two phenomena which reinforce each other. Earlier this week, there was a Conversation on Poverty panel discussion at Georgetown University. It included religious leaders, who seem to be making a push to make the problems of poverty back into the kind of moral issue that they were in the past. (At least joining abortion and gay rights as one of their publicly raised moral concerns.) It included liberal and conservative thinkers. Rather uniquely for a panel…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Why Finance Ministries Should Be Good Story-Tellers

    Jay
    22 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    This post was written by Shakira Mustapha, Overseas Development Institute If government ministries were characters in a play, the ministry of finance would likely be cast as the villain. Far from being the underdog, the finance ministry is often at the center of modern government, wielding a great deal of (formal and informal) power and influence over a country’s public resources by virtue of its control over the budget. Given this critical role, it is often the finance minister who becomes collateral damage when things go bad. Yet some finance ministers and ministries have managed to…
  • Monitoring Spending in a Post-2015 World: How Can It Work?

    Ryan Flynn
    7 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership. Two big meetings related to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in the coming months: the Financing for Development conference, and the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This has shifted focus to the short-term negotiations that will decide the shape and content of the SDGs, what the targets and indicators will look like, and what resources will be available to try and achieve them. We have been following this debate very closely at IBP, calling for transparency,…
  • 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 post was updated on 20 May 2015 to reflect updated links and language. Please contact the authors if you have any questions about these changes. 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…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Clinton’s ‘Secret’ Email Accounts

    Eugene Kiely
    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn’t. The RNC made its claim in a May 18 blog post hours after the New York Times published copies of emails that Clinton had sent and received when she was secretary. The emails displayed two accounts: hdr22@clintonemail.com and hrod17@clintonemail.com. That seemed to clearly contradict Clinton’s claim that she used only hdr22@clintonemail.com while in office, which was from January 2009 to February 2013. But the…
  • Jeb Bush Off on Contributions to Warming

    Dave Levitan
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jeb Bush claimed that the science is unclear as to how much humans contribute to global warming. The United Nations climate change research organization, however, has deemed it “extremely likely” that more than half of the observed temperature increase since 1950 is due to human activities. At an event in New Hampshire, Bush was asked about climate change. He acknowledged that climate change is occurring, but questioned its causes. Bush, May 20: I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. I just don’t —…
  • Clinton Misuses Stat on CEO Pay

    Robert Farley
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Hillary Clinton said the “average American CEO” makes 300 times more than the typical worker, but she was referring to a study that looked at pay disparity between CEOs and average workers only at the top 350 companies — a fraction of the 246,240 chief executives in the U.S. Clinton is a repeat offender on this statistic. Our colleagues at the Washington Post Fact Checker dinged Clinton in April when she said, “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.” And the Wall Street Journal noted that two days earlier, Clinton had…
  • FlackCheck Video: Fiorina on Student Loans

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    This FlackCheck.org video summarizes our May 7 story “Fiorina Misleads on Student Loans.” Carly Fiorina, a Republican presidential candidate, claimed that the government had “nationalized” the college loan industry and was charging 6.5 percent interest on loans.
  • FlackCheck Video: Huckabee Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Mike Huckabee is making another run at the presidency after a failed attempt in 2008. This video from FlackCheck.org looks at some of the old, discredited lines on the economy, health care and tax cuts that he repeated during his May 5 announcement speech.
 
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    TechPresident

  • Hello, World! Civicist Is Born

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’re very excited to announce the launch of Civicist, a hub for news and analysis of the civic tech world. We will cover the growing ecosystem of people and projects using tech for civic purposes, building on the community-organizing and network-weaving we’ve done every June since 2004 during Personal Democracy Forum, and now year-round at Civic Hall. With this announcement, we’re also going to mothball techPresident, the group blog and news site that we started in 2007 to focus on how tech is changing politics. If you are a loyal techPresident reader, don’t worry—we are still…
  • First POST: Catalysts

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Bernie Sanders is running for president; will the sun set on the Patriot Act June 1?; legacy media and technology platforms have crawled into bed together and nobody knows what will happen next; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Bubbling

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Social media is for news (in case you didn't already know); glimpses into our bright, shiny future; also, Bernie Sanders expected to announce his run soon; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Rising

    28 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Why #FreddieGray hasn't trended nationally on Twitter, yet; American whistleblowers support the Surveillance State Repeal Act; dueling foundations on transparency; and much, much more.
  • 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.
 
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    Corrente

  • TPP propaganda: John Thune's Neoliberal Realism

    lambert
    24 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Body:  Let's playfully take the artwork that pro-TPP traitor Senator John Thune (R-SD) tweeted as representative of an entire stylistic school, and let's call that school "Neoliberal Realism," and let's compare it to old-school "Socialist Realism." Take a look at Figure 1 and Figure 2 and see if you can spot the similarities and differences, formally and thematically. Figure 1: Neoliberal Realism Renewing TPA helps ensure America, not China, writes the rules on trade deals. #TPA4USjobs and a stronger America. pic.twitter.com/9iuAN0gPQm — Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) May 21, 2015
  • Common Household Remedies Request

    lambert
    24 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Body:  This is one of my garden projects for this year: the water feature. Here is a diagram of one implementation, obviously more buttoned-up than anything I would do: The stacked stones are actual stones ( New York Bluestone flagstone, whatever that is) and not resin (ugh). And here is a cutaway diagram showing the assembled fountain:
  • In the garden: Moar bleeding hearts!

    lambert
    24 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Body:  I don't know what I did to make this patch of Bleeding Hearts such a roaring success (if color can be said to roar) but whatever it is, I hope it happens again!
  • Waiting for the attack on Fort Sumter

    DCblogger
    23 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Body:  LEAKED REPORT PROFILES MILITARY, POLICE MEMBERS OF OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS Nuclear power plant technicians, senior military officers, FBI contractors and an employee of “a highly-secretive Department of Defense agency” with a Top Secret clearance. Those are just a few of the more than 100 people with sensitive military and government connections that law enforcement is tracking because they are linked to “outlaw motorcycle gangs.”
  • Good news on TPP, as Senate passes Fast Track bill with human trafficking poison pill

    lambert
    22 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Body:  Remember, passing Fast Track in the Senate was supposed to be the easy part, and not only did Fast Track get rejected on its first try -- "Welcome aboard the S.S. Lame Duck, Mr. President!" -- now we get this. Ryan Grim explains:
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Human

    susie
    24 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Christina Perri: Bookmark It
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    susie
    24 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    The Black Keys: Bookmark It
  • Pale blue eyes

    susie
    24 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Elizabeth Cook: Bookmark It
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    susie
    24 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Amy Winehouse: Bookmark It
  • Will the circle be unbroken

    susie
    24 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Mark O’Connor and Amos Lee: Bookmark It
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • China, India overtake Mexico as top source of immigrants to the U.S.

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. China, India overtake Mexico as top source of immigrants to the U.S. by Latina Lista By Obed Manuel LatinaLista Mexico no longer occupies the top post as the largest provider of immigrants to the United States, according a 2013 U.S. Census Bureau project published earlier this month.  Of the 1.2 million recent immigrants counted in 2013, China and India were the top two immigrant-sending countries with 147,000 and 129,000 immigrants, respectively. Mexican…
  • International Day for Biological Diversity highlights global challenge to conserve biodiversity in pictures

    Marisa Treviño
    22 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. International Day for Biological Diversity highlights global challenge to conserve biodiversity in pictures by Marisa Treviño LatinaLista — These days, it seems among the daily news headlines there's always one about how some species of animal, insect, plant or marine animal is under attack from the environment, climate change or man. A report in the journal Nature estimates that "approximately 41 percent of amphibian species, 26 percent of mammal species and 13…
  • New pre-Inca tomb discovered in Peru

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New pre-Inca tomb discovered in Peru by Latina Lista By Corey Watts Peru This Week Archaeologists, road workers, and villagers have discovered what they believe to be a pre-Inca burial site made of hewn stone, inland from Chimbote. Residents and officials of the Moro district, inland from Chimbote, believe they have found a pre-Inca tomb with unique properties. Engineer Ramon Cribillero Almonds who led the team that made the discovery consulted with archaeologist…
  • Guest Voz: Former criminal judge — Rehabilitation is the key to turning lives around

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Former criminal judge — Rehabilitation is the key to turning lives around by Latina Lista By Hon. Lena Levario LatinaLista I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was one of the most horrific crimes perpetrated on a child I had ever encountered. The child I was reading about was now an adult, who had a criminal case pending in my court. The report I was reading had been prepared by the Dallas County probation department. The county has counselors…
  • Crowdfunder: Helping Heydi keep her pupusa business in El Salvador

    Latina Lista
    22 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Helping Heydi keep her pupusa business in El Salvador by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Kiva loan to Heydi from El Salvador Kiva provides micro loans to the indigenous in developing countries. Heydi is 27 years old and owns a house where she lives with her husband and three children. She works hard to pay for their studies. Four years ago, she realized she needed to start selling pupusas [thick corn tortillas] to help her husband with the home…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • The Great Unease

    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Access to everything and certainty about nothing. The Day of Judgment has given way to days of endless judgment.
  • Restoring Memoriam to Memorial Day

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Our country keeps drifting further away from the spirit behind the holiday because fewer of us have served or have family members who serve in the military.
  • The Big Meh

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A growing number of economists, looking at the data on productivity and incomes, are wondering if the technological revolution has been greatly overhyped.
  • Weary of Relativity

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Outrageous incomes? Obscene fund-raising? As long as you’re more awful, I’m O.K.
  • Driving Uber Mad

    23 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The tragic saga of how Cinderella’s Uber coach turned back into a judgmental pumpkin.
 
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    Gawker

  • Bobby Jindal Is Less Popular Than Even Barack Obama in Louisiana

    Adam Weinstein
    18 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Bobby Jindal launched a presidential exploratory committee today, because hey, that’s what you do. Presumably he’ll be exploring outside the state he governs, because as much as Louisianans hate Democrats and Obummer, they hate Bobby more, a new poll shows. Read more...
  • The Three Ways Marco Rubio Proved He's a Corrupt Loser Idiot This Week

    Adam Weinstein
    18 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Faithful Gawker readers and generally literate Americans already know Marco Rubio is a mouth-breathing spoiled moron who will not be president . But do they know the glorious ways in which he illustrated his crass ineptitude and cynicism this week? Let us count them:Read more...
  • John Bolton Doesn't Wanna Be the President of You Weak-Ass Nancies

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Adam Weinstein to Gawker
    14 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Come on, America, you knock-kneed purty little princess. Did you really think you could handle being ruled by a POTUS so potent he grows surplus pubes on his stiff upper lip? Read more...
  • Does Anybody Know How to Fix This Busted Protocol Droid?

    Adam Weinstein
    1 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    “I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish,” Mike Huckabee, once and future presidential pork product, told a Hispanic group in a speech Wednesday night. “But I do speak a common language. I speak Jesus.”Read more...
  • 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...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    22 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The new lie about Iraq. Jon Basil Utley recalls how the Bush administration made its deceptive case for war. Why soldiers lie. William Lind describes the problem of institutional lying in the U.S. military in the current issue of TAC. The real Iraq war debate’s lessons. Michael Cohen explains why the invasion was a terrible idea based on what was known at the time. Time to sober up about the Iraq war. A.J. Delgado refutes the arguments of Iraq war dead-enders. Why the Iraq war happened. James Fallows explains that the “WMD claims were the result of the need to find a case for the…
  • Why Congress Shouldn’t Authorize the War on ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    22 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    The New York Times calls for passage of an authorization resolution for the war on ISIS: As the war intensifies, it is more urgent than ever for Congress to approve a new Authorization for Use of Military Force that would provide adequate oversight and clearly articulate the long-term strategy for the fight against the Islamic State. The new mandate should replace the ones the administration is currently relying on and set clear limits that would preclude future administrations from using military force around the globe, anytime, anywhere, without consulting Congress. The editorial makes a…
  • Yemen and “Humanitarian” Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    21 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Four years ago, the U.S. and a handful of other governments launched an air war in Libya that eventually led to the collapse of the old regime and contributed significantly to the ongoing violence and disorder in that country over the last few years. The official justification for the intervention was the “protection of civilians,” which was supposedly going to be secured by escalating a foreign civil war into an international conflict. As far as I’m concerned, “humanitarian” military intervention is a contradiction in terms, as the Libyan war has shown.
  • The Strangling of Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    21 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Lama Fakih reports on the cruel strangulation of Yemen by the Saudi-led blockade: The harsh and arbitrary restrictions imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on importing vital supplies, including fuel, have slowed to a trickle the flow of life-saving assistance and basic goods needed for survival. The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has managed to ship some 300,000 liters of fuel and other supplies into the country during the humanitarian ceasefire. But this shipment is only a fraction of the amount needed for the WFP’s operations in one month. In a rare joint public statement, the…
  • Graham’s Odd 2016 Campaign

    Daniel Larison
    21 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Jim Antle considers the effect that Lindsey Graham’s odd presidential bid could have on the race: Yet Graham is, in some respects, a perfect foil for Paul. It’s a lot easier for a libertarian-leaning presidential candidate to make a case against aggressive military intervention when the poster boy for the neocon cause is a cartoonish, blustery senator who never met a hyperbole he didn’t like. Graham’s candidacy is an unusually odd one, since he is running mainly to promote the hard-line foreign policy views that are already overrepresented in the current field. It…
 
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  • The New Head of the U.S. Pacific Command Talks to TIME About the Pivot to Asia and His Asian Roots

    Liam Fitzpatrick
    24 May 2015 | 9:46 pm
    On May 27 Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. becomes the U.S. Navy’s highest-ranking Asian American ever when he assumes leadership of the U.S. Pacific Command at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Harris will be responsible for all military operations in a region stretching from California to the Indian Ocean, and from the Arctic Sea to Antarctica. He takes over at a critical time, as the U.S. “rebalances” to Asia and confronts an erratic and nuclear-armed North Korea and an increasingly powerful and assertive China. It’s a job that takes Harris, 59, full circle. He was born in Japan to…
  • U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ ISIS After City’s Fall

    Dan Hirschhorn
    24 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    (WASHINGTON)—The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital. Iraqi forces outnumbered their opposition in the capital of Anbar province, but failed to fight and pulled back from the city in central Iraq, Carter said on CNN’s “State of the Union” which aired Sunday. The Iraqis left behind large numbers…
  • Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

    julieshapiro2015
    23 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    (WASHINGTON)—Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act to expire at midnight May 31. He said he would call the Senate into session that day, a Sunday, and seek action before the deadline. Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky’s other senator and a…
  • Senate Approves Trade Bill in Victory for Obama

    julieshapiro2015
    23 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    (WASHINGTON)—In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate’s 44 Democrats backed a president of their own party on legislation near the top of his second-term agenda. Obama hailed the vote in a…
  • Hillary Clinton Unloads on GOP Over Export Bank

    philipelliotttime
    22 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Hillary Clinton is out of patience for her Republican rivals and their opposition to an export-assistance program. But she still isn’t taking a position on a Pacific trade deal that has become politically linked to the Export-Import Bank’s renewal. The Democratic Presidential candidate on Friday unloaded on her GOP foes, calling them cowards who do not make up their own minds and default to the loudest and most extreme voices in the party. The former Secretary of State told an invite-only crowd in Hampton, N.H.. that Americans’ jobs are in the balance, and Republicans would…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Jeb Bush Iowa Style

    David Brody
    22 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    The Brody File sits down one-on-one with future presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Iowa to talk about the battle over religious freedom. Plus, we also talk with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., about the GOP's so-called war on women, as well as the 20-week abortion ban recently approved by the House. Finally, Kirsten Powers talks with us about her new book, The Silencing: How the Left Is Killing Free Speech. Watch below:
  • Ted Cruz To Liberal Reporter: "Do you have a personal animosity against Christians, sir? "

    David Brody
    21 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    The video below explains perfectly why many evangelicals like Ted Cruz as a presidential candidate. He’s bold and has no problem taking on the liberal media and defending traditional values. Video and transcription below. Ted Cruz:  “Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left -- and I am going to put the media in this category -- that is obsessed with sex? OK, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're reading questions from MSNBC, that you're wincing. You don't want to talk about foreign policy. I recognize that you want to ask…
  • Donald Trump Says He Will Compete in Iowa Straw Poll if He Runs for President

    David Brody
    20 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says he’ll compete in the Iowa Straw poll if he decides to run for president. “I would do that. Absolutely. I believe the straw poll. I think the straw poll is a terrific thing. It’s an institution in Iowa. All over the world, people are waiting for the Iowa straw poll. So I assume they’re going to have it and we would certainly participate," he said. Watch below with full transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY; CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE David Brody: If you do decide to run and you compete here in Iowa, an Iowa straw poll, would…
  • Donald Trump's Presidential Promise to America: 'We’re going to become rich again'

    David Brody
    20 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Donald Trump says if he’s president of the United States he wouldn't cut social security, Medicaid or Medicare and says under his leadership America will "become rich again." Watch below with a transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE Donald Trump: You know this better than anybody. I get the biggest standing ovations. Last week in South Carolina, on Saturday, I get by far the biggest crowds and standing ovations than anybody. I don't think it's because they like me. They like what I am saying. They like my message. Nobody is…
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump on Southern Border: 'Nobody can build a fence like me'

    David Brody
    20 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    In an exclusive interview, Donald Trump says he would build a top notch fence along the southern border and have Mexico pay for it. “Nobody can build a fence like me,” Trump tells The Brody File. “I would build a wall like nobody can build a wall. And nobody comes in illegally anymore…I build great buildings all over the world. I would have Mexico pay for it. Believe me. They will pay for it because they have really ripped this country off,” he said. Watch below with a transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE Donald Trump: Now the southern border everybody comes…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Omphaloskepsis Will Not Redeem Defeated Political Parties

    Keith Humphreys
    24 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    The British Labour Party is going through an internal debate process right now that seems de rigeur after an electoral thrashing. Long-time party members are saying the party must move to the centre, or to the left, or reach out to business more, or be tougher on business, or improve its broadcast communications and stop worrying so much about retail politics, or improve its retail politics and stop worrying so much about broadcast communications etc. Every proposed course is contested by another party faction, and a long period of internecine conflict and introspection has begun. There is…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Keith Humphreys
    22 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Political paranoia month continues with my recommendation of a film that is at once a sci-fi chiller, a B-movie classic and an utterly unnerving destruction of any ability you may have to trust the people around you. It’s the legendary original adaptation of Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Made for peanuts in 1956, the film tells the story of a seemingly peaceful small California town where nothing ever happens. In the only starring role of his career, Kevin McCarthy plays town doctor Miles Bennell, who begins encountering a number of patients claiming that their…
  • Water

    Michael O'Hare
    21 May 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Nestlé, for whom I have no brief regarding any of their businesses, is being attacked for bottling water in California during our historic drought; right perp, wrong charge.  I guess water conservation needs symbolic, inconsequential rituals, but I worry that doing silly things in the name of a good cause can be ill-advised. Restaurants are making a big show of not serving water unless requested; this isn’t completely off-base, considering the additional water used to wash the glass, but it’s totally de minimis. Every drop of water that Nestlé doesn’t bottle in our…
  • Templeton Prize for an Advocate for People with Disabilities

    Keith Humphreys
    19 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    At a joyful and moving ceremony last night at St Martin-in-the-fields, the extraordinary Jean Vanier accepted The Templeton Prize. I have heard a number of people say that after meeting him they wanted to become a better person. I now understand why. Over a half century ago, he visited a horrid psychiatric institution in France, and a resident with intellectual disabilities asked him “Will you be my friend?”. What would you have done in this situation? I think I would have engaged in an awkward interaction and then moved on. Vanier in contrast invited two residents to come live with him,…
  • Gunpowder and alcohol don’t mix

    Michael O'Hare
    18 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    That was a bromide the NRA spammed around in its literature back when I was learning about firearms as a pre-teen.  Having no interest in or experience with booze, I found it confusing; now it makes a lot of sense, whether or not the slogan actually affects anyone’s behavior.  Gun violence is mostly just one form of alcohol violence. Why is this relevant? Well, those carefree college years in Texas are about to get a lot more bracing and focused, as the state is ready to allow guns everywhere on campus, open and concealed.  I take my opinions about firearms and risk from Mark, pretty…
 
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    Krusty Konservative

  • The Iowa Statesman Pisses Me Off

    12 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Let's be honest, every once in a while we are all guilty of kruising through neighborhoods that we would not necessarily want to been seen in.This morning as I was perusing the internet I stumbled upon a post on The Iowa Statesman that was written by me, Krusty Konservative. I didn't even read the diatribe, which I'm sure sucked, because I DIDN'T WRITE IT. Needless to say I'm a little worked up over this.To kope with my frustration I decided to publish the top ten reasons why Krusty would NEVER EVER EVER write for the pathetic Iowa Statesman.10. Why would a ever publish an article on a…
  • This is not a test...

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  • Two Face Chet Culver

    25 Mar 2009 | 8:38 am
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  • Kevin McCarthy’s Night Court

    20 Mar 2009 | 8:28 am
    Many times leaders prophetic, they have an uncanny ability to see into the future. Iowa has its own prophetic leader, Democrat Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.You see, last fall Leader McCarthy was so concerned about the safety of people at the State Capitol he alerted the Des Moines Register by giving them every speeding ticket and misdemeanor committed by various Republicans seeking office.Read More Here.
  • I’m with Chet, Bring on the Sponsors!

    19 Mar 2009 | 6:54 am
    I know a lot of Republicans want to make hay over Culver wanting to sell sponsorships to cover the cost of Obama’s Health Care forum. I say, have at it. Why should my tax dollars be used to pay for what is basically going to end up being a Democrat rally for socialized medicine?In fact, I’m so supportive of Culver’s sponsorship idea; I’m going to offer a few more suggestions.
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Memorial Day weekend open thread

    24 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    What's on your mind this holiday weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. For Memorial Day-related links, click here or here. My social media feeds have been blowing up with comments about the Josh Duggar molestation allegations. The story has evoked strong emotions in many women, whether or not they've ever watched Duggar-themed reality tv. Sad to say, my friends who grew up in conservative Christian patriarchal households were not surprised by what Duggar allegedly did as a teenager. Some have shared appalling accounts of how girls and women are…
  • Iowa Senate confirms all but one Branstad appointee during 2015 session

    22 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Iowa legislature's 2015 session drags on amid unresolved conflict over various budget issues, especially K-12 school funding. But one aspect of the lawmakers' work is complete for this year. The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has confirmed all but one of Governor Terry Branstad's more than 200 nominees. The overwhelming majority of those votes were unanimous or nearly so. In recent years, senators have voted against confirming one or two Branstad nominees. This year no nomination failed on the Iowa Senate floor, and only one department head was ever in real danger of not being…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Bishop's cap (Two-leaved mitrewort)

    20 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Iowans who venture to wooded areas this Memorial Day weekend will likely see many mid-spring wildflowers. Wild geranium and Virginia waterleaf are still going strong in my corner of the world, and you may find False rue anemone, May apples (umbrella plants) or Columbines in bloom. This week I saw the first flowers on black raspberry plants. If you see those, check back in late June or early July to pick the berries (technically, compound drupes). Wear jeans to avoid getting torn to pieces by the thorns. This week's featured wildflower was new to me on a recent visit to Dolliver Memorial State…
  • Fantastic new resource launched on Iowa Administrative Rules

    20 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Iowa policy wonks have every reason to be discouraged lately about the frozen-in-place, do-little state legislative session. Looking on the bright side, a fantastic new resource on state administrative rules appeared this week. The Office of the Chief Information Officer launched the Iowa Administrative Rules website on Monday. The site is easy to navigate. A FAQ page explains the basics about the rulemaking process and public comments. Rules currently open for comment are right there on the front page. Clicking on any specific rule brings up the full text, contact information for the…
  • A Steve King triumph over DREAMers and how the Iowans voted on Defense Authorization bill

    19 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Catching up on Iowa Congressional news, on May 15 the U.S. House approved a $612 billion Defense Authorization bill for fiscal year 2016 by 269 votes to 151 (roll call). Not surprisingly, all four Iowans supported the bill on final passage. Votes on several amendments were the most interesting part of the process, as was the case during House debate of the first two spending bills to clear the lower chamber this year. Follow me after the jump for details on last week's defense-related votes by Iowa Republicans Rod Blum (IA-01), David Young (IA-03), and Steve King (IA-04), and Democrat Dave…
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  • Hillary wants to be our “Champion”!! \o/

    commontater
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Hillary wants to be our Champion! She’s gathering her breakfast of champions, one flake at a time. Perhaps some people say she’s looking for a slogan for use on the campaign trail (mix) . Well, let me take the first stab at it and  hereby offer her my slogan for her personal use. Since dog-whistle politicking has found favor among demoreps alike, my slogan should escape being misconstrued by diehard analysis-paralysis practitioners. *tricksy titters* Welcome back, Tater!  Filed under: Bite me!, Daily dare, Humor Tagged: campaign slogan nominee, demoreps, dog whistle for…
  • NEWSWEEK vs. The Atlantic: Dueling Data wonks

    commontater
    25 Oct 2013 | 8:19 pm
    Newsweek‘s “Hit the road, Barack: Why we need a new president” written by conservative historian Niall Ferguson vs. The Atlantic‘s article “A Full Fact-Check of Niall Ferguson’s Very Bad Argument Against Obama” by senior associate editor Matthew O’Brien are good reads. The only problem going on here is with me and my frustration in knowing who to believe anymore without having to do my own research to ferret out the truth.  If I have to devote one more minute to fact-checking the supposed ‘fact-checkers’ on facts (not to mean the…
  • Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate, vice-president of CGI Federal, the Healthcare.gov contractor

    commontater
    25 Oct 2013 | 6:31 pm
    Michelle-O’s Princeton classmate, Toni Townes-Whitley, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, the no-bid contractor that built the $678 million Healthcare.gov according to The Daily Caller. This is my answer to those, myself included, who wondered why in the he!! would our .government give a no-bid contract of that size to a non-American contractor when so many Americans are out of work. And by the way, what’s up with the no-bid contracts these days?Filed under: Change we can deceive in, Current events, Mock-n-Obamasnare, The Unscrupulous Amongus, Unbelievable!, Wordpress…
  • NSA website down

    commontater
    25 Oct 2013 | 3:04 pm
    Oops.  RT reports NSA down, Friday afternoon, due to DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attack).  Unbelievable.  But true?Filed under: Current events, So you know Tagged: BREAKING NEWS!, NSA down Friday afternoon, NSA website down
  • House votes to delay Health Care Law out to 2015

    commontater
    28 Sep 2013 | 10:58 pm
    U.S. House votes to delay the Health Care Law for One Year, 231-192. The House also voted to continue military pay during any possible shutdown, making it very clear they don’t want a shutdown. Filed under: Current events, PoliGov.co Tagged: House votes to delay Health Care Law until 2015, Votes to continue military pay in the event of possible shutdown
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • What is McConnell Trying to Do?

    25 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    It’s easy to get confused by the swirling politics surrounding the Patriot Act, the NSA, and the USA Freedom Act. Earlier in May, the White House gave its stamp of approval to the USA Freedom Act, saying that it “strikes an appropriate balance between significant reform and preservation of important national security tools.” Here’s how Joan McCarter described things at Daily Kos on May 12th: With the White House now supporting the House bill, there’s really no way McConnell is going to get his way in the end, even if he can somehow manage to cobble together a…
  • Cops Attack Student Art Exhibit

    25 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    Many, many police officers and their supporters are going ape shit very upset at a group of student artists at Westfield High School in New Jersey for daring to exhibit their artwork. Why? Because the art in question is based on the theme "Law Enforcement - Police Brutality." I guess cops can give a punch (or a taser shot, "rough ride" or a bullet) but they can't stand to see any artistic expression of that behavior, symbolic or otherwise. And so they are lambasting the high school and the student artists whose only crime, as far as I can tell, was using their own life experience of…
  • They'll Build a Statue of You

    25 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    There are things that you can do as a state legislator that will save lives, and I'm sure that the typical state senator will see charts and presentations on all kinds of topics where there is an estimate of how many lives will be lost or saved by various tweaks to the budget. Rarely is it as clear cut as it is in the case of Andrew Dinniman. Because we know precisely how many doses of Naloxone (Narcan) are administered by state officials, police officers and emergency response teams, we can get a very precise count of how many lives Andy has saved. Last fall, Dinniman pushed to pass Act 139…
  • The TPP is in Trouble

    25 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    You may have heard that the U.S. Senate passed a bill last night that gives the president fast-track (or trade promotion) authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. I wouldn’t assume, however, that this was a solid step forward towards eventual passage of the treaty. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is serving in the Senate under indictment for corruption, successfully added an amendment to the bill that would bar Malyasia from being a party to the treaty because of their record on using slave labor. The whole story on the amendment and its likely effect is a lot more…
  • Wanker of the Day: David Brooks

    25 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    I've really been pressed for time this week but I will hopefully return to a normal schedule tomorrow, at least for a little while. I have about five minutes of spare time to write this post, which is why I will resort to quoting someone else saying what I'd rather say myself. Scott Lemieux: David Brooks starts off his apologia with some stoned-dorm-room stuff about how if Hitler had been strangled in the crib we wouldn’t have the GI Bill or as many women in the workforce, which means that nobody can really held responsible for Iraq. It does not improve from there. Things turn out the way…
 
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    The Diary of a Geek in Oxfordshire

  • Cameron Is Sending in the Jackbooted Fascist Thugs

    15 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    ....which headline is a direct quote from this article. The other day I wrote about soundbites, and how they can be divisive and misleading, drawing you away from the truth of something towards the impression the user wants to convey.And clearly politicos and journalists aren't listening to me, because they're using exactly the same methodology to try and convince people that the NASTY EVIL TORIES are coming to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.The quote in question, currently being wailed throughout a lobby that have suddenly become devoutly pro-freedoms despite trying to introduce ID…
  • Labour Leadership Campaign: Staggerers and Fallers

    13 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So today brought us news that in the 'rats in a sack' race that is the 'Labour Leadership' election, we have two new runners - Andy Burnham, and Yvette Balls Cooper. Well, that's a challenge of all the talents there. But in the spirit of political blogging, one has to assess the chances of the various contenders and their chances for capturing the 100-odd seats (an 11% swing) from the Tories they would need to win back power in 2020.Andy Burnham:Leaving aside that increased media appearances would pay off the national debt in mascara purchases, prepare yourselves for five years of…
  • Guess Who's Back...

    11 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    So today brings the news that having resigned on Friday morning, UKIP's Nigel Farage has this afternoon un-resigned. Apparently he's so awesome that UKIP can't do without him.This puts a song in my heart....Nigel Farage: Without Me"Nigel Farage/Real Name No Gimmicks" two illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsidetwo illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsideGuess who's back, back againNigel's back, tell a friendGuess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's backguess who's backGuess who's…
  • It's the Ideology, Stupid

    11 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    There's a reshuffle under way as David Cameron constitutes his first majority Cabinet, but if you listen to Radio 4 or watch the news you wouldn't hear about it, as all the discussion is about the future of the Labour Party. And I guess that makes sense, because they'll have 5 years to talk about the Government and the Labour leadership is going to be far more dramatic in the short term. As all the analysis, navel-gazing and careful positioning of potential candidates so far shows, what we're seeing is a massive ideological schism within the Labour Party. Back in the 90's, the big discussion…
  • Soundbites make Hate

    10 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Normally by this point after a General Election, we'd be seeing the Internet returning to normal sanity levels, with the return of the usual banalities and cat videos. Obviously this one's been slightly different with three Leader resignations so far* (plus Harriet Harman) and the speculation about the next Labour Leader, whether we'll have New New Labour or New Old Labour etc etc...And yet it hasn't calmed down. Quite the opposite, in fact. In the short span of hours since the Prime Minister went to the Palace, we've had outraged screams that the Election result wasn't proportional AND…
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Losing the Best Reasons to Watch TV

    Deacon Blues
    20 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    My television viewing habits are already quite limited to begin with. I hate reality TV shows and avoid them, and I only watch certain news programs on broadcast and cable TV, staying away from the propganda seen on Fox "News". And my type of television dramas aren't the flashy or trendy ones, but the ones that do stories and characters well, even if they are considered boring by others. And I greatly appreciate comedy along the lines of John Oliver, John Stewart, and especially David Letterman. So you can imagine the disappointment I feel over the last week with "Mad Men" and "The Late Show…
  • Is Jeb Up To It?

    Deacon Blues
    14 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Jeb Bush backtracked today from his statement earlier this week, wherein he said that knowing what he knows now, if president himself he still would have invaded Iraq, just as his brother did in 2003. Republican Jeb Bush reversed field on Thursday after a week of criticism and said that based on information known now, he would not have launched the Iraq war carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush. Jeb's flip-flop baffled Rick Santorum, after Bush's original statement raised eyebrows amongst other GOP contenders. Clearly, Jeb isn't ready for prime time. But if the GOP…
  • Obama Loses Senate Democrats on TPP

    Deacon Blues
    12 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    This is what happens when a 7th-year president spends too much time pleasing the opposition and Wall Street in getting a trade bill rammed through the Senate without full disclosure of what the hell is in it, and then commits the cardinal sin of slamming an expert and conscience of his own party for opposing him. Senate Democrats stopped the TPP from proceeding today, forcing Mitch McConnell to cut some deals to get it out of the Senate and on to a House that already wasn't sold on it. Obama should have known better, and his shots at Warren were sexist and dismissive of someone who knows this…
  • The Shrinking Jeb

    Deacon Blues
    12 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    The only reason for independents and crossover Democrats to vote for Jeb Bush was his (alleged) appeal as the “smarter Bush”, the adult who wouldn’t do his brother’s stupid stuff. Well after yesterday, that reason is now gone, no matter how much Jeb tries to walk it back today. When Laura Ingraham can see right through your flaws and thinks you’re stupid, she’s usually attacking Democrats. Not now with Jeb, who made the asinine statement that he like his brother would still invade Iraq today even with what we know now about WMD’s and what the toppling of Saddam has done to world…
  • We Need A Twelfth Fleet

    Deacon Blues
    11 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    I’ve said this before, and I will continue saying it, in the hope that Hillary Clinton or a GOP president act upon it: we need to re-commission the Navy’s Twelfth Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean. I suggested such a thing months ago in the immediate aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and backdoor attempt to turn Ukraine into a client state, and it’s even more necessary now that Russia and China are engaging in joint naval maneuvers in the region. Of course, neither country has any coastline in the Mediterranean. Not only would a Twelfth Fleet in the Eastern…
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    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
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    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
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    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    NFL Spring League Meeting Update - YouTube NFL Spring League Meeting Update I am in the lobby with a gaggle of media at the NFL Spring League Meeting's second day. The Raiders and Chargers are presenting this morning and the session is to end at 11 am. NFL LA Oakland St Louis SD Stadium Report By Eric Grubman - YouTube NFL LA Oakland St Louis SD Stadium Report By Eric Grubman This is a report from NFL SVP of Business Affairs Eric Grubman. This is part one from the NFL Spring League Meeting in San Francisco. Roger Goodell Says Oakland Has Not Submitted NFL Stadium Proposal - YouTube Roger…
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    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
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    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Gov. Jerry Brown's Policies Chase Blacks Out Of California - YouTube Gov Jerry Brown's Policies Chase Blacks Out Of California California Governor Jerry Brown has in acted policies that have gotten rid of affordable housing programs, and redevelopment law, and as a result caused blacks to leave the state in large numbers. Oakland Raiders Future In Oakland Topic Of NFL Owners Meeti - YouTube Oakland Raiders Future In Oakland Topic Of NFL Owners Meeting The San Francisco NFL Owners Meetint is this Tuesday and Wednesday. The Oakland Raiders future in Oakland is one of the topics of the gathering…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • California mandating water cuts for those with senior rights

    Bob Morris
    23 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Photo by genphyslab California water law is a convoluted mess of senior and junior rights, special exemptions, and insanely, voluntary reporting of water use coupled with no regulation at all of groundwater pumping. The drought is now so severe that for the first time in decades, California is mandating senior water rights (pre-1914). This won’t help as much as you might expect because these  water users may well just pump more groundwater and then report voluntarily on how much they use. Aquifers will become further depleted. California regulates water using a system that encourages…
  • Obama delusional, says US not losing to ISIS

    Bob Morris
    22 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    In the fantasy land of D.C. spin and optics, two major cities falling to ISIS as they march towards Baghdad and control 50% of Syria, is not losing but merely a “tactical setback.” These wee little speed bumps, the talking heads of DC assure us, will be overcome by more training of militias and course, shipping in more weaponry and ammo. Some of the weaponry will fall into the hands of ISIS when the Iraqi military and militias retreat yet again. This will please the diseased twisted hearts of defense contractors in the US, as they’ll just have to ship in more weapons,…
  • Mongols Nation trial. Can feds revoke trademarked name?

    Bob Morris
    21 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    First they came for the motorcycle club patches and I said nothing because I was not a biker. A Mongols Nation trial starts soon, with a key issue being whether the US government has the right to revoke the Mongols trademarked name just, because. The prosecution seems arbitrary, selective, and deliberately punitive. If the government wins, then maybe “Tea Party” or “Socialist Worker’s Party” will be next to be prosecuted for having a name deemed Unacceptable by the government. Among such hideous crimes mentioned by the government were some Mongols armed…
  • Government as protection racket for corrupt banks

    Bob Morris
    20 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Oh goodness, more fines for banks that engaged in criminal behavior. Surely some of their executives will be going to prison, right? Ha ha ha. Of course not. With our pretend justice system, federal and state agencies pretend to enforce laws against banksters but instead settle for fines. No one is inconvenienced by criminal prosecutions, governments gets a steady cash flow, the corrupt institutions pretend to reform, and nothing changes. This is a protection racket. The government gets paid off and allows criminal behavior to continue. Citi, J.P. Morgan, Barclays, RBS plead guilty to…
  • Waco bikers were killed by police, not other bikers

    Bob Morris
    19 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    The Aging Rebel, a site for 1% bikers, says the bikers killed in Waco were shot by police. His article on Waco and the comments are intelligent, if sometimes heated, and show how 1% clubs view what happened. The fight started in the bathroom and spilled over into the parking lot. Law enforcement said bikers pulled guns. If so, then IMO, police were justified in shooting. I do find it curious though so many different law enforcement agencies, including federal, were on the scene when it happened. The scuffle became a knife fight and several men were stabbed. When one of the combatants produced…
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  • Does your code of conduct program hit the mark?

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    To compete in today’s global marketplace, employees at every level of your organization need to understand the risks associated with a broad spectrum of compliance issues and feel empowered to make the right decisions — even when no one is watching. Many companies struggle to meet this challenge, but an effective compliance training program can foster a culture
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  • Integrating Compliance with Business Strategy

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Compliance training is a necessity to reduce the liability and legal risks businesses face on a daily basis. But how do businesses integrate compliance training with their business strategy? Skillsoft has developed the Skillsoft Compliance Maturity Model to help organizations identify the right learning content and approaches that will enable a shift from a training-focused approach to one focused on behavior and culture to reap the full business benefits of investments in compliance programs.Request Free!
  • Government Web Security and the OWASP Top 10: The Big Picture

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Security on the web is becoming an increasingly important topic for organisations to grasp. Recent years have seen the emergence of the hacktivist movement, the increasing sophistication of online career criminals and now the very real threat posed by nation states compromising personal and corporate security. The Open Web Application Security Project gives us the OWASP Top 10 to help guide the secure development of online applications and defend against these threats. This course takes you through a very well-structured, evidence-based prioritisation of risks and most importantly, how…
  • Why You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big Data

    18 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    At a time when public sector resources and budgets are shrinking and citizens are demanding improved services, big data promises much needed relief for government agencies. Now is the time for your agency to capitalize on its data.Read the newly published report “Why you Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big Data”, for an overview on:How big data is reshaping governmentThe challenges agencies face in extracting value from this informationHighlights solutions to help organizations leverage their data in new waysHow managing big data can be used to mitigate the risks of insider and…
  • Gain Situational Awareness Needed To Mitigate Cyberthreats

    18 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Despite world-class technology, cyber attacks and breaches on government networks are inevitable. To become more resilient against cyberthreats, agencies must improve visibility and understand events happening on their networks.The report introduces you to a platform approach to connecting disparate data to gain the desired network visibility. By understanding all your data, you gain a complete operational view of organizational data, to improve your organization's security posture. Specifically the report provides insights to:Help organizations find value from their data to reduce the impact…
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  • Educate Yourself About Memorial Day

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As an Air Force veteran, I’m convinced that what I did while wearing the uniform of my country pales in comparison to the sacrifices made by those who truly deserve recognition on Memorial Day. If you don’t get my point, please educate yourself about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is NOT just another holiday to provide business owners a collective excuse for holding a three-day extravaganza sale and offer 10 percent discounts to military veterans and their families. Memorial Day is NOT a holiday during which we should thank all veterans. Memorial Day IS a day of remembrance to honor those…
  • ‘Winning Life’s Lottery’ Requires Hard Work

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. Westward view of St. Louis skyline in September 2008, 75 years after Paul Hollrah’s birth. I realize that it may be a bit uncool to dwell too much on one’s own life experiences, but I have a point to make and I hope…
  • ‘The Financial Coach’ Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Federal Judge Ronnie L. White sentenced Bryan C. Binkholder to nine years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release during a sentencing hearing Friday at 10:30 a.m. inside a 10th-floor courtroom at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. In addition, the judge ordered Binkholder to make full restitution of more than $3 million the court said he owes his victims . If the name rings familiar, it’s because Binkholder hosted “The Financial Coach Show” on Saturday afternoons on FM Newstalk 97.1, St. Louis’ only conservative FM radio…
  • Gone Writing, But I’ll Be Back

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again. I’m taking a break from writing online in order to focus on my “bread and butter” — that is, writing more fiction and nonfiction books and more screenplays. Don’t worry, though. Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the 1984 film, The Terminator, “I’ll be back.” Though I won’t be online much, I’m still open to hearing from you. If you have an idea for a book, a question about something I’ve written or something else, send an email message to me at…
  • Who’s Telling Truth About Nation’s Job Numbers?

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Today, I ran across conflicting numbers about the nation’s employment situation. You decide who’s telling the truth. One set of claims (above) comes from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). In a graphic on her Facebook page. She shares this: “ICYMI: The economy has added 12.3 million private sector jobs in the last 62 months.”  In case you missed it, Claire, the economy is in the toilet thanks to you and your president’s misguided and dangerous policies and actions. A second set of claims comes from the popular website, Zero Hedge, and is accompanied by the an…
 
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  • Teaching Kids about Religious Persecution

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You hear all sorts of things on the news these days but none of them have anything to do with Christian persecution. You may wonder why this is true and so do I. The fact is that the world seem to care more about what gadget is hot and who is dating whom than who is being killed for their religious beliefs. It’s sad but true that neither the media nor anyone else these days cares about you, but it’s time to shed some light on things. The fact is things like a seven year old slave boy in Sudan being crucified on a board and left for dead by his owner simply because he snuck out to go to a…
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  • Steve Chapman on Harvard's Asian-American Quota

    Reason.com
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today, nearly 5 percent of Americans have Asian ancestry, tracing to countries from India to Japan. The Pew Research Center reports that they are "the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States."  They are overrepresented in fields like medicine, engineering and computer science. In Silicon Valley, they hold half of the tech jobs. For immigrants once associated with menial or subservient work, the transformation has been titanic.  But some things have stayed the same—such as the representation of Asian-Americans at Harvard, the nation's oldest and…
  • Brickbat: No Parking

    Charles Oliver
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Manchester, England, city council has promised to rescind a parking ticket after finding that a city crew had it towed from a legal parking spot and moved it to a location where parking is illegal so they could paint the street.
  • 70 Arrested in Cleveland Protests After Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting

    Ed Krayewski
    24 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    More than 70 people were arrested in Cleveland in protests over the acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo in the shooting death of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams at the end of a 20 minute car chase that started over a cop mistaking backfire for a gunshot. Russell and Williams were shot at 137 times while in their car, but Brelo was the only officer charged for the killing. He was the one who jumped on the hood of Russell’s car to fire at the windshield. The judge pointed to that as part of the reason he decided to acquit Brelo. That led to protests and what protesters say was a heavy…
  • Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Fast, So Why Should We Spend a Dime Rebuilding Amtrak?

    Jim Epstein
    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    “It’s like they’re designing the pony express in the world of the telegraph,” Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes (R-Dist. 22) told Fortune, explaining his opposition to a plan to build a light rail system in Pinellas County. "I absolutely believe that technology is going to transform mass transit in a way that very few people can see...It'll definitely be within 15 or 20 years, which is right when the light rail system…would be coming online." Brandes' logic applies to all sorts of rail infrastructure schemes; the $68-billion high-speed rail line planned between San Francisco and…
  • Benjamin Lawsky, Wall Street's Latest "Sheriff," Trades in His Badge To Take Money From the Companies He Used To Regulate

    Jim Epstein
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of New York State's Department of Financial Services, announced on Wednesday that he's leaving to start his own consulting firm—a move that will likely make him a very wealthy man. Lawsky has spent his entire career up until this point working in government—he started his career as an aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y)—so he won't have many business insights to share with his clients. But his Rolodex should come in handy. Lawsky was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in 2011 and he quickly earned a reputation for elbowing his way into…
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

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

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • No Rest for Arlington's Minders of Details

    24 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Mikayla Bouchard, NY TimesARLINGTON, Va. — Darrell Stafford inspected a freshly dug grave at Arlington National Cemetery recently and nodded. The burial plot, 5 feet by 10 feet, was ready for the coming ceremony. It was just one of 28 funerals that he would help oversee that day.
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s Lesson on Forgiveness

    24 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Mark Hemingway, FederalistIn a recent piece for The New Yorker, critic Richard Brody purports to offer “Advice for Robert Downey Jr.” I honestly couldn’t make it past the second paragraph without letting my eyes wander off the page in a heady fog of annoyance and bewilderment:
  • Huckabee Also Wanted to Forgive Mel Gibson

    24 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Asawin Suebsaeng, DBOn Friday, 2016 Republican presidential hopeful and professional Beyoncé opponent Mike Huckabee took to Facebook to publicly convey his support for accused sexual predator Josh Duggar.“Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable,’” the former Arkansas governorwrote. “No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do…
  • When the Rapist Doesn't See It as Rape

    24 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Nicholas Kristof, New York TimesBrian Banks was one of America’s best high school football players when, in 2002, at age 16, he was accused of rape.The accuser, Wanetta Gibson, said that Banks had forced her into a stairway at their high school in California and raped her.
  • Can Feingold Come Back?

    24 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal SentinelFor almost two decades, Russ Feingold had a winning image in Wisconsin politics — the liberal maverick. He galvanized Democrats, won independents and made small but critical inroads among Republicans.That election formula abandoned him in the conservative wave of 2010, when the three-term senator lost his seat to Republican newcomer Ron Johnson.
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    The New Republic

  • The Philosopher Novelist

    Nick Romeo
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Milan Kundera has a strikingly capacious vision of the novel. In an interview with Philip Roth from 1980, he enumerated some of the elements of his fiction: “Ironic essay, novelistic narrative, autobiographical fragment, historic fact, flight of fancy.” The novel that made him famous, The Un
  • How to Write About Fashion

    Anne Hollander
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks. “Ugly” becomes “conceptual”; “looks like grandma’s nightie” becomes “a return to old-fashioned femininity.” The fashion writer and scholar Anne Hollander—who pinpoint
  • Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic

    Pauline Kael
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The most revolutionary thing about Pauline Kael was her voice: wild, undisciplined, impassioned, and, above all, personal. And for that reason, she didn’t last long at the comparatively rigorous New Republic. “[The readers] thought of me as an impertinent snip,” she later said. Sh
  • Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst States for Working Moms

    Esther Breger
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Re
  • The Real Democratic Primary: Hillary Versus the Media

    Suzy Khimm
    22 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Beth Lilly, 29, remembers the first time she felt like the media was doing Hillary Clinton wrong: It was in 1992, when she was just about six years old, and remembers that people weren’t happy about Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie recipe.The incident was actually one of the most
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The right’s political correctness

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out.Read full article >>
  • Progressive frenemies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from those involved in the rumble.Read full article >>
  • Jeb Bush’s brotherly bind

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Am I the only person outside the Bush family who has a smidgen of empathy for Jeb Bush’s roller-coaster ride in trying to answer a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do?Read full article >>
  • Something is stirring in the religious world

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will the focus groups continue to tell politicians of all stripes to talk only about the middle class because mentioning the poor is politically toxic?Read full article >>
  • Watch President Obama discuss the costs of poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., I will be moderating a discussion of poverty with President Obama as part of Georgetown University’s Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty. Also on the panel will be Harvard professor Robert Putnam and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks. You can watch the livestream below or check back later for video of the event. I invite you to join the discussion by responding to the panel’s thoughts down in the comments section.Read full article >>
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-24-2015

    Ramona
    24 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The easiest person to deceive is oneself. (E. Lytton) — Because you're the least likely one to suspect yourself of lying. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-24-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-23-2015

    Ramona
    23 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Every time we say 'Let there be!' in any form, something happens. (S.T. Mann) — We need to exercise that power more often! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-23-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015

    Ramona
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    The way I change life is to act as if I'm the person I want to be. (A. Montague) — What I assume about myself becomes true. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-22-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015

    Ramona
    21 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate to buy shit we don't need. (Fight Club) — Had enough? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-21-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015

    Ramona
    20 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Two roads diverged in a wood. I took the one less traveled by. That has made all the difference. (R. Frost) — No highways! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 5-20-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • GOP Winnowing Field By Debates

    22 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Want to know one reason GOP presidential candidates are not rushing to participate in this year's Iowa Republican Straw Poll, traditionally the first "scorable" event of the cycle? Other ways are emerging to "winnow" the very large field, as I discussed today at the Washington Monthly. I first quoted Craig Robinson of The Iowa Republican: There is...another dynamic at work here that didn't exist in previous cycles. The large field of 2016 Republican candidates is making the debate stage really crowded. Both CNN and FOX News recently said that they would limit the debate stage to the top ten…
  • Sanders, Krugman: Why Overreaching TPP Should Be Defeated

    22 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Imagine for a minute that you don't really have a strong opinion one way or the other about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). You are concerned about trade agreements in general, and you get it that the TPP is an especially big deal. But you are keeping your mind open, recognizing that in economic theory, at least, there is a chance that expanded trade can actually add to the stock of stable jobs in your country. It's likely that many Americans feel this way, and are waiting for a good briefing which touches on all of the key points from both sides of the argument. For the time-challenged,…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    21 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    The meme that Hillary Clinton is too centrist/moderate for progressives gets a thrashing from Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky, who writes: "If you are a 40-something Democrat who has voted over the years for Bill Clinton and Al Gore and John Kerry and Barack Obama, it's looking like you are about to cast a vote next year for the most liberal Democratic nominee of your voting lifetime." Tomasky then reports that Hillary Clinton's positions on the minimum wage, immigration, family and medical leave, criminal justice reform, child care, and hedge fund taxation loopholes are substantially…
  • The Earliest-Ever "Brokered Convention" Fantasy!

    20 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    It arrives every four years, so long as there is any chance of a competitive nominating process: the primaries could be inconclusive and we could have a Brokered Convention! With that phrase comes an array of more distinct fantasies, mostly from fictionalized or dimly remembered conventions of the past when multiple ballots or smoke-filled rooms full of deal-makers or wild gyrations on the floor between rival coalitions produced a dramatic outcome. It's kind of important, however, to get real about "brokered conventions," particularly in a year when the odds of it happening seem higher, as I…
  • Overexposure and Peaking Too Soon vs. Advantages of an Early Start

    20 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    The media, traditional and otherwise, are all abuzz with discussion of Hillary Clinton's huge lead in the polls in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. What seems to be lurking in the shadows of the chatter is a concern that Clinton may peak too early or become boring from overexposure. Indeed, her campaign seems to be aware of the problem, carefully limiting her appearances and statements. It's probably a wise strategy. American voters can be pretty fickle. Plus the more public participation, the more opportunities for a momentum-destroying gaffe or blunder. There's also a…
 
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

    Yanis Varoufakis
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Greece's government is eager to implement an agenda that includes all of the economic reforms that its creditors expect, and is uniquely able to maintain the public’s support for a sound economic program. What it will not do is embrace a cure – deeper austerity – that kills the patient.
  • Capital Markets for Development

    Ethiopis Tafara
    22 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity in the developing world are noble goals; but they are also expensive ones, requiring financing on a scale far greater than what governments in developing countries can provide. But if the proper conditions are created, capital markets will be well positioned to meet those needs.
  • New-Model Development Finance

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    China’s establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is the latest sign of a broader move away from the view that aid to developing countries is best provided in the form of massive government-to-government transfers. Ironically, it may be the US, which opposed the AIIB’s creation, that is leading the shift.
  • The Return of the Balkan Question

    Dominique Moisi
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The recent violence in Macedonia is a reminder that the Balkans region remains a volatile mix of nationalism and economic frustration, underpinned by disillusionment about progress toward membership in the EU. But the EU continues to be the only alternative to a future as bad as the worst of the past.
  • Global Finance and Global Warming

    Naina Lal Kidwai, et al.
    22 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Since 2008, financial reform has been among the top items on policymakers’ agendas. But, as leaders move from fixing the problems of the past to positioning the financial system for the future, they must also grapple with new threats to its stability, particularly those stemming from climate change.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • A Look Back at Consolidated & Their Song ‘Friendly Fascism’

    mrDaveyd
    11 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    This song Friendly Fascism, comes courtesy of one of my favorite groups Consolidated, who released this song back in 1991 or 1992… The song back then was pretty powerful, although at the time it went over many people’s heads especially with the defeat of George Bush Sr and the election of Bill Clinton.. With the 92 election, many thought that the worse which was personified via 12 years of Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr were behind us…Unfortunately the fascist direction this country was headed continued just with a friendly face, starting with Clinton who was dubbed the…
  • The Baltimore Curfew…Was an Abuse of Power

    mrDaveyd
    4 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    One of the most important things folks can and should be doing with regards to the Freddie Gray situation is pay close attention as to how and why a city wide curfew was allowed to be imposed on the entire city of Baltimore… That’s serious biz. It was a the manifestation of a police state.. It was an over reach that last night (Friday) resulted in abuse of power and gave those institutions responsible for killing Freddie Gray, who expressed open and public hostility at the indictment of its officers, a working blueprint on how to contain folks in 2015. These police agencies now…
  • What LBJ Really Said About Selma

    mrDaveyd
    4 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    For those who saw the movie Selma, this clip may give a bit more insight into the thinking of President Lydon Johnson (LBJ). There was a bit of controversy when the movie dropped because some felt that Johnson was shown as being too deferential to Martin Luther King. Others saw King as a strong leader who pushed aggressively and didn’t compromise..people should listen to the clips provided in the documentary above..     The post What LBJ Really Said About Selma appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • Which Side Are You On? REMIX – Rebel Diaz ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Iriscience

    mrDaveyd
    1 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The homies from Rebel Diaz team up with dead prez and Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples to go in on their hit song Which Side Are You On? Nice intro from the Blastmaster KRS-One.. The post Which Side Are You On? REMIX – Rebel Diaz ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Iriscience appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • Thoughts on the Baltimore Mom & Youth Fighting Police Terror

    mrDaveyd
    1 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    There are a number of folks who have been critical of the Baltimore mom (Toya Graham) who stepped to her kid after she lost it and swapped him in front of nationwide cameras..The mom said she lost it when she realized it was her son and went after him.. She said she didn’t want him to be the next Freddie Gray.. Since this happened, I’ve heard all sorts of folks say the mom was wrong and she was ‘killing the revolutionary spirit’ of her son who had ‘righteous anger’ and was standing up to the police.. Lets just say for the moment that was true.. From the…
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  • University Students from 37 Nations Rank George W. Bush less Popular than Josef Stalin and Genghis Khan, but more Popular than Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden

    24 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Sorry, President Bush. It doesn’t look like you’re going to be invited to many frat parties anytime soon.   Researchers of “‘Heroes’ and ‘Villains’ of World History across Cultures,” looking at the ability of the reputation of historical figures to transcend national boundaries, found that former President George W. Bush was one of the most reviled figures surveyed. Out of 40 names given to the 6,902 university students in 37 countries who participated of the study, Bush ranked 37th, ahead of only Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden and Adolf…
  • Secret U.S. Space Plane Launches for Fourth Time in Five Years

    24 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Not all U.S. drones are flying over Southwest Asia. At least one of them is in space.   The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday launched an X-37B space plane from Cape Canaveral. It went into space aboard an Atlas V rocket and it will orbit the earth for an unknown amount of time, but it could be a year or more.   The Air Force has two X-37Bs that, like the Space Shuttle, take off like a rocket and land (video) like a plane. They’re unmanned, about a quarter of the size of the now-retired Space Shuttle and have cargo bays about the size of a pickup truck bed. This is the fourth known…
  • Women over 50 most Common Victims of Online Romance Scams

    24 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Online scammers know their target audience. And when they’re making a pitch based on romance, women older than 50 are their most frequent victims, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).   A report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) shows that women in that age group lose the most money in scams based on online romance.   A common scenario is that a caring-sounding man strikes up a friendship with a woman on an online dating site and very quickly wants to take the relationship off the site and to communicate by email or…
  • Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration: Who Is Chuck Rosenberg?

    24 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    On May 13, 2015, Chuck Rosenberg, a longtime federal prosecutor, was named by Attorney General Loretta Lynch as acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, taking over from Michele Leonhart, who was pushed out because of a sex scandal within the agency.   Rosenberg was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Long Island’s Nassau County. He attended Tufts University, graduating in 1982 with a B.A., and Harvard, earning a Master’s in public policy. He initially went to work in Washington for then-Rep. Matt McHugh (D-New York), but left there after two years to attend law…
  • Director of the Minority Business Development Agency: Who Is Alejandra Castillo?

    24 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    On April 17, 2014, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker appointed Alejandra Y. Castillo to lead the Minority Business Development Agency, which aims at increasing the growth and competitiveness of minority-owned business, toward the goal of entrepreneurial parity.   Castillo was born in New York City to immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Her father was a small business owner in the Bronx and Castillo often relates his experiences to audiences. When she was 11 years old, her family moved to the Dominican Republic and she lived there until she was 19, with a year in Portugal in a study…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • As Kansas Approaches Bankruptcy, Both Financial and Moral, Are the Rest of Us Far Behind?

    Bob Lord
    24 May 2015 | 3:26 pm
    The geographic center of the country is in Kansas. If memory serves me correctly, it’s the town of Lebanon, Kansas. If Kansas is the moral center of our country as well, we’re closer to the end than even I would … Continue reading →
  • Il Duce decrees ‘no new taxes’ for education, after gutting education funding

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I have previously made the case that Gov. Ducey has a pattern and practice of abuse of authority. Il Duce‘s penchant for acting like a dictator was evident again at a meeting of business leaders on Friday. Howard Fischer reports, … Continue reading →
  • Political Calendar: Week of May 24, 2015

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page … Continue reading →
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    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 May 2015 | 5:44 am
  • Are Storm Clouds Gathering?

    Bob Lord
    23 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    My friend Sam Pizzigati’s op-ed, The Cutting Edge of Waste, is well worth reading for the point he intended to make: We’ve reached a juncture where obscenely rich American’s are dumping money into enterprises that don’t even need the money, … Continue reading →
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • #SayHERName: SF Demonstration Brings to Light Overlooked Police Killings of African-American Women

    Christo Lopez
    21 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Protestors gathered in San Francisco’s Financial District early Thursday morning blocking traffic to speak out against the ongoing police controversies across the United States as part of a string of Black Lives Matter protests crossing the nation. The protest began at 8:30 a.m., blocking off Market Street, one of San Francisco’s busiest streets, during morning rush hour traffic. Protestors stood united across Market Street between Davis and Front Street for two hours, causing city wide commute and public transit delays. Muni buses and trollies were trapped behind the group, unable to…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Reset Team
    21 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH APRIL HOMICIDE San Francisco police arrested three people early Wednesday on suspicion of homicide and other offenses for allegedly striking and killing a woman during a pursuit in the city last month. Robert Pelesauma, 19, Hunter Sagaiga, 19, and Faavesi Koka, 18, all San Francisco residents, were arrested on suspicion of homicide, conspiracy, evading police, possession of a stolen vehicle and multiple counts of robbery, police said. Police said the trio had committed several armed robberies in the days before April 10, when they were fleeing police shortly…
  • Wednesday News Roundup

    Reset Team
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    ROUTING PROBLEM CAUSES SYSTEMWIDE BART DELAYS BART trains are experiencing major systemwide delays this morning because of a routing problem between the West Oakland, Lake Merritt and 12th Street Oakland City Center stations. The problem was first reported shortly before 6 a.m. and is causing delays of up to 20 minutes. Trains traveling from San Francisco to the East Bay are particularly affected, according to BART officials. Because of the delays, there will be no connection between Richmond and Pittsburg/Bay Point trains at the 19th Street station. BART officials said they will not send…
  • Monday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    18 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    MAN IMPERSONATING CITY EMPLOYEE BURGLARIZES WOMAN’S SUNSET HOME A man impersonating a city employee stole valuables after conning his way into the home of a 75-year-old woman in San Francisco’s Sunset District on Saturday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. The suspect, described as a man in his mid 40s, went to a home in the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue around 4 p.m. Saturday and told the elderly resident that he was a city employee and needed to check on a gas leak, according to San Francisco police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan. The man quickly went inside the home,…
  • Thursday News Roundup

    Reset Team
    14 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    ATTORNEY GENERAL SETS NEW GUIDELINES TO HANDLE UNIVERSITY SEXUAL ASSAULTS California Attorney General Kamala Harris Wednesday released new guidelines for the handling of campus sexual assault cases spelling out the need for universities to notify and collaborate with local law enforcement in all such cases. The model memorandum-of-understanding, released with University of California President Janet Napolitano, victim advocates and law enforcement officials including Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, is intended to help universities and local law enforcement coordinate…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Why Your Domain Name(s) Really Matter

    Online Candidate
    19 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    To paraphrase The Bard, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to acquiring domain names for political campaigns, it can mean a lot. Choosing the wrong name or failing to get the right name can cause problems for many candidates. Cybersquatting is pretty common, with speculators hoping to cash in buying domain names. Sometimes this […]
  • Why Running Your Campaign From Your Facebook Page Is A Bad Idea

    Online Candidate
    5 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    “Everybody’s on Facebook. I can just run my online campaign through my Facebook Page.” We’ve heard that idea before. But as online strategies go, it’s not a good one. Social media is important for political campaigns in creating an online presence and building support. However, a social networking profile is not a substitute for a […]
  • 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...
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Jameis Winston Files Counterclaim in Rape Case

    17 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
  • Jameis Winston Rape Case Dropped Due To DNA, Witness Claim Accuser Was Sexual Aggressor

    17 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Jameis Winston Rape Case Dropped Due To DNA, Witness Claim Accuser Was Sexual Aggressor
  • I'm Calling Fraud - Until It's Confirmed

    2 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    This photo was posted on a friend's social media account and while it's interesting, something screamed out fake to me. See for yourself.I say it's fake and here's why:1) The position of this officer's arm is not one that would facilitate a full force swing that would be required to break glass. His arm is not even fully extended and his other arm is not being utilized.2) Glass does not go flying on a car window like that. It is a matter of safety and it's required by law that windows on vehicles meet certain standards. Side and back windows have tempered glass.Watch for yourself what glass…
  • A Look Back - William F. Buckley vs. Hugh Hefner

    2 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    A debate in 1966 between Buckley and Hefner discussing the "Playboy philosophy" turns out to be quite intriguing.Buckley does his best toward the end of the interview by pointing out the seemingly contradictory way in which Hefner instructs his bunnies to refrain from sexual relations with patrons and what Hefner advocates in general as it pertains to sexuality or sexual behavior.What are your thoughts as you watch this debate and compare with the current world we live in? How much has changed? What do you feel has been positive vs. negative?
  • Baltimore Mother Disciplines Son For Participating in Riots

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:04 pm
    I want to know more... is she really doing the right thing here? I don't know. Did her son think violence was okay because he gets beat at home normally or did he turn to riot because he is a follower? Did this woman not discipline her son enough? Why or why not? Where is the father? Why are so many young men lacking wisdom to know these types of actions are destructive, not just for their own lives but for the lives of their community? How do we repair this? How do we break this mentality? There seem to be no simple answers.How do we teach people or compel them to become involved in their…
 
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    Politics

  • Why David Cameron may not have long to savour his success

    Simon Heffer
    25 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    Cameron must manage a majority even smaller than John Major’s while delivering an inevitably divisive referendum. The forthcoming EU referendum may cause trouble for David Cameron's party. Photomontage by Dan Murrell. The Tories who witnessed the Major years still bear some scar tissue and David Cameron is no exception. The absence of triumphalism with which he greeted his and his party’s victory this month (and that has been sedulously maintained since) was conditioned by memories of 1992: another result that almost no one, apart from some who were fighting for it, expected. That…
  • Seven times a loser: what's next for Nigel Farage and Ukip?

    Tim Wigmore
    25 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    Like Clegg on tuition fees, Farage now risks being mocked for a broken promise. Nigel Farage in London following the reversal of his resignation. Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images “On your bike, Nigel,” the hecklers mocked. It was not meant to end this way for the Ukip leader. Standing in South Thanet, Nigel Farage expected finally to become an MP ­after six failed attempts. When his rejection by the electorate was made official, he gave a terse speech, stressing his “relief” at the result. He then marched out of the count before the other losing candidates had made their speeches.
  • Why I'm backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader

    Ivan Lewis
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Liz Kendall is the only candidate who can bring about the change Labour needs to win. Liz Kendall at the launch of Labour's NHS manifesto. Photo: Getty Images My decision to nominate Liz Kendall for the leadership of the Labour Party will be greeted with "Quelle Surprise?" by the usual suspects. They will attempt to explain my support for Liz as to be expected from a "Blairite." These out-dated, misleading labels are not only a nonsense they allow people to promote extraordinary views. Some are even suggesting that advocating Labour’s historic and enduring mission to help people get on in…
  • "I had hours of uncertainty": Ed Balls recalls the pain of his election night defeat

    Anoosh Chakelian
    22 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former shadow chancellor reflects on Labour's defeat and losing his seat. Ed Balls reflects on losing his seat. Photo: BBC screengrab Labour's former shadow chancellor Ed Balls has given an exclusive interview to the BBC about Labour's defeat and losing his seat. He recalls how he came to realise his precarious position on election night, when he eventually lost Morley & Outwood to the Tories after an agonising recount: I didn’t know that I was actually going to lose my seat until the returning officer gave us the result at 7.30 in the…
  • Mark Field MP on the Tories' failings in London, and why they need a "quasi-celebrity" for London mayor

    Anoosh Chakelian
    22 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster on why his party's message didn't work in London, and how it can enhance its prospects in the capital. Mark Field on BBC News urging the PM to drop his net migration pledge. Photo: YouTube screengrab It may be cold comfort to the party, but Labour bucked the national election trend in London. It gained seven seats, increasing its number of London MPs to 45 out of 73. The Conservatives have 27 seats in London, and are down one MP since the last election. It is rare that the party that wins the election loses London. In 1992, the Tories were…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The temporary redundancy fund is riddled with holes, #inps

    24 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    article by the lawyer Dario Rossi “A judgment of the Genoa Tribunal (272/2015 dated 3/4/2015) has declared illegitimate the sacking of an employee from a call centre company. The sacking happened in June 2013 and it was part of an action affecting 100 operators working in the Genoa office that closed up shop. The company, Call & Call has a lot of offices all over Italy. The office in Genoa was formally a separate company of the type defined by the letters (s.a.s) whereas the others were of the type defined by the letters (s.r.l.). But there was no basic difference between the different…
  • Anti Equitalia Help points

    22 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    In Cagliari we have started up the place to “Get help dealing with Equitalia”. This is the first of many in Italy. Anyone who feels oppressed by the burden of taxes can turn to one of these places. A place where tears can be brushed away and people are given the strength to start again. Carlo Sibilia, M5S spokesperson in the Lower House: OK. Here we are at last. We have set up this first listening point that we’ve called an "Anti Equitalia Help point". It’s here where citizens can come with their queries about their tax demands and learn about how to decipher what’s written and…
  • Salvini and the Citizen’s Income - #RedditoDiCittadinanza

    21 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    In the last few days Salvini has been making proclamations worthy of an election campaign and last week he came out against the Citizen's Income, but now he has changed what he’s saying and has declared: "I’m in favour of the Citizen's Income, but only for Italian citizens". We’d like to thank Matteo Salvini for this bit of "assistance" that allows us to give a bit more clarity about certain aspects of how the Citizen's Income will work in practice. The restriction of the Citizen's Income to only Italian citizens would be in violation of international treaties and so would open up Italy…
  • 22 May, at 6:00pm, Padua, piazza delle erbe: #NotteDellOnestà - Night of Honesty

    20 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    "Second #NotteDellOnestà Night of Honesty: first - Rome, now - Padua. Words are no longer enough. Now it’s up to us to administer the region. About four months ago, on 24 January at the same time as the Night of Honesty in Rome’s piazza del Popolo, the 5 Star MoVement in the Veneto region also organised a Night of Honesty. Hundreds of us marched to the chant of "honesty“and we went as far as Galan’s villa in the village of Cinto Euganeo, to shout out "resign". OK, since then, four months have gone by. But the former governor of Veneto Galan has done a plea bargain and has received a…
  • Everybody out in the streets with the M5S for Education!

    19 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Today, Tuesday 19 May, starting at 11:00 am, we’ll be in piazza Montecitorio to say "no" to the “Destruction” draft law. The live broadcast is in streaming on La Cosa. You are all invited to participate: teachers, students, head teachers, parents and all of you that hold public education close to your hearts. Come along - but without banners and logos and let’s make sure they can feel our breath down their necks. Out there in the square, we want a single protagonist: the world of education. “Above all, we want to remind everyone that they are messing around with public education.
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Whatever Happened to Antitrust?

    24 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling...
  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent...

    21 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent EducationSenator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free.I couldn’t agree more. Higher education isn’t just a personal investment. It’s a public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce and better-informed and engaged citizens. Every year, we spend nearly $100 billion on corporate welfare, and more than $500 billion on defense spending. Surely ensuring the next generation can compete in the global economy is at least as important as subsidies…
  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #4: Bust Up Wall Street When...

    18 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #4: Bust Up Wall Street When Americans think of how the economic rules are stacked against them, they naturally think of Wall Street.  When the Wall Street bubble burst in 2008 because of excessive risk-taking, millions of working Americans lost their jobs, health insurance, savings, and homes. But The Street is back to many of its old tricks. And its lobbyists are busily rolling back the Dodd-Frank Act, intended to prevent another crash. The biggest Wall Street banks are also much larger. In 1990, the five biggest banks had 10 percent of all of the nation’s…
  • The Revolt of Small Business Republicans

    18 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Can it be that America’s small businesses are finally waking up to the fact they’re being...
  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #3: Expand Social SecurityAmerica...

    14 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #3: Expand Social SecurityAmerica is on the cusp of a retirement crisis. Millions of Americans are already in danger of not being able to maintain their standard of living in retirement, and the problem is getting worse.You hear a lot about how corporations are struggling to make good on their pension promises, and how Social Security won’t be there for you in retirement.Baloney on both counts. Corporations are awash in money, and they could afford to provide their hourly workers with pensions when they retire. Years ago, they routinely provided “defined…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Four Lessons to Ponder Before Going to War

    David Boaz
    24 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    In about 30 seconds this morning on Fox News Sunday, George Will laid out the prudential case for proceeding very cautiously when contemplating a war: WALLACE: So George, with that as trailer, what’s the lesson that we should take from Iraq, and particularly as it comes to future U.S. policy? WILL: Four lessons, I think. First, the government has to choose always on the basis of imperfect information. I agree with Bob [Woodward]. There were no lies here [in the Bush administration’s incorrect claims about WMD]. It was a colossal failure to know what we didn’t know. Second, the failure…
  • You Ought to Have a Look: The Case Against Modern Science

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    22 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. In this issue of You Ought to Have a Look, we focus on what we think is an extremely important article, written by Richard Horton, long-time editor of The Lancet—a British medical journal considered…
  • Follow Panama: Dollarize

    Steve H. Hanke
    22 May 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Most central banks do one thing well: they produce monetary mischief. Indeed, for most emerging market countries, a central bank is a recipe for disaster. The solution: replace domestic currencies with sound foreign currencies. Panama is a prime example of this type of switch. Panama adopted the U.S. dollar as its official currency in 1904. It is one of the best-performing countries in Latin America (see the accompanying table). In 2014, economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean was a measly 0.8 percent. In contrast, Panama’s growth rate was 6.2 percent. Not surprisingly, it was…
  • Social Liberalism in the U.S. on the Rise, Fiscal Conservatism Remains Strong

    Emily Ekins
    22 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Gallup’s latest report of American ideology shows the public is becoming increasingly socially liberal but not more economically liberal. Putting these trends together, you have an increasing number of Americans who are both socially liberal and fiscally conservative. This is probably why pundits are talking about a libertarian impulse trending in the United States. America is not becoming more liberal across the board, we are becoming more libertarian on social issues. In sum, the country is more libertarian today in 2015 than it was 10 years ago. Social Liberalism on the Rise Since the…
  • Jeb Bush Almost Criticizes His Spendthrift Brother, Again

    David Boaz
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    In New Hampshire yesterday, Jeb Bush found something to disagree with his brother’s presidency—sort of: “I think that, in Washington during my brother’s time, Republicans spent too much money,” Mr. Bush said Thursday when asked to describe where there was a “big space” between himself and his brother George W. Bush. “I think he could have used the veto power. He didn’t have line-item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C.” As Peter Suderman noted in Reason, there’s some weaseling in there—it’s “Republicans” who spent too much,…
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    A View from the Right

  • Should This Guy Sue the IRS?

    sirrahc
    24 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    “It’s not fair to the American people who work for a living that one day they can knock on the door, walk in their businesses, and say, ‘We just took your money.’ … I always thought your money was safe in the bank, but I wouldn’t say that now.”   — Lyndon McLellan, entrepreneur and victim […]
  • When Minimum Wage Laws Hit Home

    sirrahc
    17 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    “It would be comforting to believe that the government can simply decree higher pay for low-wage workers, without having to worry about unfortunate repercussions, but the preponderance of evidence indicates that labor is not exempt from the basic economic principle that artificially high prices cause surpluses. In the case of surplus human beings, that can […]
  • Florida as an Example of Free Trade

    sirrahc
    10 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I confess, I am still getting caught up with “things” since returning from my recent vacation and am not able to complete my planned article for tonight. (For one thing, it’s Mother’s Day, and I have to pick up my mother at the airport.) So, instead, I would like to share a few facts about […]
  • Christianity and the “Modern” Society

    sirrahc
    3 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    “[T]he history of modernity is the history of secularization, of the retreat of Christian belief to the private sphere.”  — David B. Hart, author and professor I am a bit pressed for time this week, as I prepare to drive up to Maryland to spend several days with family. (Hiding from the downtown riots in […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • The World This Week: The Middle East’s Thirty Years’ War

    Atul Singh
    22 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    As Sykes and Picot toss and turn in their graves, the Middle East is going through its own version of the Thirty Years’ War. In 1916, Sir Mark Sykes and Monsieur François Georges-Picot got together to divide the carcass of the rotting Ottoman Empire. Post-Versailles, the British and the French would carve up the Middle […] The post The World This Week: The Middle East’s Thirty Years’ War appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Foreign Policy Bazaar With Ian McCredie

    Landon Shroder
    22 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Ian McCredie, a former senior British foreign service official. Any conversation with Ian McCredie reveals that he has been at the epicenter of world events, many of which continue to captivate our collective imagination. Whether it was developing sources in Zambia at the height of […] The post The Foreign Policy Bazaar With Ian McCredie appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Cutting the Flab From Delhi’s Polluted Air

    Hem Dholakia
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It is time for cities like Delhi to cut their pollution so that India can become a cleaner country. Cutting air pollution is akin to losing weight. Everyone wants it, many make New Year resolutions, but few do anything about it. In India, Delhi’s new government could take a leaf out of exercise routines to […] The post Cutting the Flab From Delhi’s Polluted Air appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Problem With Young Dictators

    John Feffer
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. The classic image of the dictator clinging to power, resisting the world’s entreaties to resign and fending off internal attempts at ouster is that of an old man, stubborn and long past caring what others think. He’s been on the throne for […] The post The Problem With Young Dictators appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Qatar Backtracks on Engagement With Critics

    James Dorsey
    19 May 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Will Qatari backtracking squander the Gulf state’s unique opportunity with the 2022 World Cup? After four years of engagement with its critics in a bid to turn its hosting of the FIFA World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the Middle East’s tendency to intimidate those who don’t […] The post Qatar Backtracks on Engagement With Critics appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • Despre Grecia Turistica si Culturala

    22 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Pentru multi dintre noi, vara a fost departe, insa avand in vedere ca luna Mai devine tot mai scurta si de domeniul trecutului, trebuie sa ne gandim la concediul de vara, care se apropie. Pentru unii simplul fapt ca vine caldura este un lucru bun si PonticTour Grecia vine cu oferte de vacanta tot mai favorabile.In Grecia nu numai ca ai ce vedea ca si peisaje si te poti distra de minune pe plajele incredibil de curate, cu marea azurie, insa daca ajungi prin luna Iunie, s-ar putea sa ai parte si de evenimente impresionante, extrem de frumoase, evenimente specifice lumii grecesti sau lumii…
  • Sistemul limfatic functioneaza mai bine daca luati TOTAL CLEANSE LYMPH 60CPS

    15 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Omul este o fiinta foarte fragila, simpla, dar in acelasi timp complexa. Este un paradox pe care-l intalnim la nivelul fiecarui organ al corpului uman. Sangele si limfa sunt doua lichide circulatoare care asigura functionarea optima a fiecarui organ din corp. Daca despre sange s-a tot vorbit si se cunosc mai multe decat ne-am fi dorit sa stim vreodata, limfa nu este chiar asa de comuna in studiile despre lichidele din corpul nostru.Limfa este deosebit de importanta pentru imunitate si detoxifierea organismului, pornit din ganglionii limfatici, un fel de depozite de limfa. Ea sta la baza…
  • Azi. 15 Mai. Nicolae Grigorescu

    15 May 2015 | 9:45 am
  • Ai probleme cu parul? Aplica un tratament cu keratina

    14 May 2015 | 12:50 am
    Ca orice organ din corpul nostru, si parul are nevoie de o ingrijire speciala pentru a rezista cat mai mult timp si pentru a ne ajuta sa aratam bine in orice situatie. In timp, din cauza varstei, mediului in care ne desfasuram activitatea, spalarilor prea dese cu sampoane pline de chimicale, vopsirilor repetate, parul incepe sa se usuce, firele de par devin fragile, iar rezistenta sa scade.Singura metoda naturala testata care poate regenera parul distrus este un tratament cu keratina, o modalitate revolutionara de a reface structura si compozitia firului de par fara substante chimice.
  • Ape tulburi

    14 May 2015 | 12:43 am
    La citeva zile dupa despartire, Bogdan, reflectase indelung daca era bine sa-i duca sau nu hainele, care ramasesera la dinsul. Lucrurile acelea ii faceau rau, ii aminteau despre ea, traisera clipe de neuitat impreuna (nu puteau fi sterse, asa, deodata, cu buretele!), trebuia sa se descotoroseasca cit mai repede de ele, fie ca i le ducea el, fie ca venea ea, nu mai avea nicio importanta.In cele din urma se hotarise sa i le duca el. Sunase la usa (destul de emotionat!), ea ii deschise degajata, distrata chiar, si-l privise intr-un fel ciudat, ca pe un un strain (ca pe baiatul care-i aducea…
 
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  • Clinton’s ‘Secret’ Email Accounts

    Eugene Kiely
    22 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The Republican National Committee thinks it has the smoking gun that proves Hillary Clinton used “multiple secret email addresses” as secretary of state. It doesn’t. The RNC made its claim in a May 18 blog post hours after the New York Times published copies of emails that Clinton had sent and received when she was secretary. The emails displayed two accounts: hdr22@clintonemail.com and hrod17@clintonemail.com. That seemed to clearly contradict Clinton’s claim that she used only hdr22@clintonemail.com while in office, which was from January 2009 to February 2013. But the…
  • Jeb Bush Off on Contributions to Warming

    Dave Levitan
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Jeb Bush claimed that the science is unclear as to how much humans contribute to global warming. The United Nations climate change research organization, however, has deemed it “extremely likely” that more than half of the observed temperature increase since 1950 is due to human activities. At an event in New Hampshire, Bush was asked about climate change. He acknowledged that climate change is occurring, but questioned its causes. Bush, May 20: I don’t think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. I just don’t —…
  • Clinton Misuses Stat on CEO Pay

    Robert Farley
    21 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Hillary Clinton said the “average American CEO” makes 300 times more than the typical worker, but she was referring to a study that looked at pay disparity between CEOs and average workers only at the top 350 companies — a fraction of the 246,240 chief executives in the U.S. Clinton is a repeat offender on this statistic. Our colleagues at the Washington Post Fact Checker dinged Clinton in April when she said, “There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker.” And the Wall Street Journal noted that two days earlier, Clinton had…
  • FlackCheck Video: Fiorina on Student Loans

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    This FlackCheck.org video summarizes our May 7 story “Fiorina Misleads on Student Loans.” Carly Fiorina, a Republican presidential candidate, claimed that the government had “nationalized” the college loan industry and was charging 6.5 percent interest on loans.
  • FlackCheck Video: Huckabee Announcement

    FactCheck.org
    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Mike Huckabee is making another run at the presidency after a failed attempt in 2008. This video from FlackCheck.org looks at some of the old, discredited lines on the economy, health care and tax cuts that he repeated during his May 5 announcement speech.
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  • Hillary Clinton: ‘No Role Whatsoever’ For American Troops In Iraq

    Ethan Brown
    24 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Hillary Clinton: ‘No Role Whatsoever’ for American Troops In Iraq Hillary Clinton: ‘No Role Whatsoever’ For American Troops In Iraq Has Been Optimized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is speaking out on America’s current policy in Iraq, saying she supports President Barack Obama’s administration for using diplomatic relations rather than boots on the ground. Clinton clearly stated her views on U.S. troops returning to Iraq in the wake of the Islamic State (ISIS) making significant gains in the region and moving closer to controlling the largest city in the…
  • Hillary Clinton Attacks Republicans on Export-Import Bank

    Ethan Brown
    24 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton Attacks Republicans on Export-Import Bank Has Been Optimized Speaking from another campaign stop in Hampton, New Hampshire on May 22, Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton attacked conservatives in the Republican Party for not supporting a trade program that assists the economies and citizens in coastal states. The Export-Import Bank, a federally run government program, provides financing for U.S. exports which are primarily carried out on the east coast in states such as Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. While most Republicans have no problem with the…
  • Republican Representative From Texas Makes History By Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    24 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Republican Representative From Texas Makes History By Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Optimized Texas Rep. Sarah Davis of West University Place is the first Republican to openly support same-sex marriage in the state’s history. Davis, who had previously endorsed civil unions, decided against signing an anti-gay marriage letter which was issued by House Republicans. “I just don’t agree with the sentiment of the letter,” Davis told the Texas Observer. “I don’t feel the need to pass legislation or vote for legislation that prohibits two adults who love each other to be able to…
  • Lindsey Graham's Tumultuous Relationship With The Tea Party

    Alexander Rubinstein
    24 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Lindsey Graham Expected To Run For President, But Will He Have The Tea Party's Support? Lindsey Graham's Tumultuous Relationship With The Tea Party What You Need To Know About Lindsey Graham And The Tea Party Lindsey Graham Expected To Run For President, But Will He Have The Tea Party's Support? Politics Lindsey Graham, Senator, Presidential Race, 2016 Elections, South Carolina, Immigration, Foreign Policy, Republican, Tea Party Has Been Optimized Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina plans to announce his candidacy for his party's primary on June 1. But having faced…
  • Obama's Clean Water Rule Will Increase Federal Authority On Pollution

    Kathryn Schroeder
    24 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Obama's Clean Water Rule Will Increase Federal Authority On Pollution Obama Administration Aims To Curb Pollution With New Clean Water Regulation Obama Set To Strengthen Federal Authority On Clean Water Regulation Obama's Clean Water Rule Will Increase Federal Authority On Pollution Environment Headlines Health Politics Has Been Optimized A clean water regulation is expected from the Obama Administration very soon that will restore the federal government’s authority to restrict pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands. Support for the new rule, known as…
 
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  • Unemployment Rate Back Down to 5.6 Percent in Florida

    Kevin Derby
    22 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the state unemployment rate stood at 5.6 percent in April as 25,800 new jobs were created. The rate had been at 5.6 percent in February before moving up to 5.7 percent in March.read more
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: DNI Should Release Bin Laden Documents

    Kevin Derby
    22 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a leading congressional Republican on foreign policy and the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, thinks the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) should release documents seized during the raid when American forces killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.read more
  • Florida Chamber Pushes Tax Cuts for Special Session

    Kevin Derby
    21 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    While Medicaid expansion will be front and center in the special legislative session next month, the Florida Chamber of Commerce offered a reminder on Thursday that legislators should also cut taxes.read more
  • Ted Yoho: End Mandatory COOL Labels on Meat Products

    Kevin Derby
    21 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who sits on the House Agriculture Committee, backed a bill on Wednesday to end mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements on meat products. The World Trade Organization (WTO) noted earlier this week that COOL requirements violate trade agreements and Canada and Mexico have threatened to retaliate against the U.S., leading to a possible trade war. The House Agriculture Committee passed the bill on a 38-6 vote on Wednesday and Yoho weighed in afterward.read more
  • Marco Rubio Introduces Florida Fisheries Improvement Act

    Kevin Derby
    21 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out the “Florida Fisheries Improvement Act” on Wednesday. As Congress plans to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act on marine fishing, Rubio’s proposal gives the Regional Fishery Management Councils more flexibility, will ensure the Commerce Department reports to Congress on collecting data and speeds up declaring fishery disasters and provides more transparency. read more
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  • Survey: Obamacare Strains Emergency Rooms

    Nancy Smith
    23 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    Jim Waters Bluegrass Institute Posted: May 23, 2015 7:30 AM Three-quarters of the 2,099 doctors responding to the nationwide survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians indicate they have seen an increase in emergency room (ER) visits since Jan. 1, 2014.read more
  • Weekly Roundup: Feds Give the Word on LIP

    Nancy Smith
    22 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida Posted: May 23, 2015 12:30 AM read more
  • Who's the Studliest of Them All?

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    22 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Kathleen Parker Posted: May 23, 2015 7:00 AM WASHINGTON -- Because so many Republicans want to be president -- or at least pretend they do -- debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.read more
  • Tell It Like It Is

    Caitlin@sunshinestatenews.com
    22 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Posted: May 23, 2015 2:00 AM read more
  • FSU Researchers First to Use Drones to Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Nancy Smith
    22 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Sunshine State News Posted: May 22, 2015 7:00 PM read more
 
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  • TLC Finally Gets It. Duggars (At Least For Now) No Longer Welcome On Their Airwaves

    Dennis S
    24 May 2015 | 5:57 pm
    How this punk stayed out of juvenile detention up to age 21 (and perhaps well beyond as an adult) is a mystery. A young black kid, accused of the same aberrant behaviors, wouldn't see the sun for two decades at the very least. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CNN Highlights How Fox News Is Brainwashing The Republican Party

    Jason Easley
    24 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The conservative author of a paper that concluded that Fox News is promoting a culture of self-brainwashing in the Republican Party, Bruce Bartlett, was featured on the only Sunday show that would discuss the damage that Fox News is doing to the Republican Party. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • John McCain Celebrates Memorial Day By Calling For More Americans To Die In The Middle East

    Jason Easley
    24 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Sen. John McCain celebrated Memorial Day weekend by going on CBS' Face The Nation and calling for Americans to be sent to die in a new war in the Middle East. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bernie Sanders Slams The Media For Their Biased Presidential Campaign Coverage

    Jason Easley
    24 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called out the media for their biased coverage of presidential campaigns, and refusal to inform the American people during an interview on CNN's Reliable Sources. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fox News Turns On Mike Huckabee And Tries To Kill His Presidential Campaign

    Jason Easley
    24 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Fox News has decided that Mike Huckabee should not be the Republican nominee, so Chris Wallace went on the attack against Huckabee's flat tax plan on Fox News Sunday. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • A Quote that fits Lebanese People

    Michel
    23 May 2015 | 5:40 pm
    “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices” George Orwell
  • Violence against Women: He shot her 20 times

    Michel
    19 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    She filled charges against her husband for allegedly beating her over 20 years so he emptied 20 bullets in her body. Ali al-Zein killed his wife, Sara al-Amin, using an AK47 in the suburb of Dohat Aramoun, about 10 kilometers south of Beirut. One of the sons told Al-Jadeed TV his father had kicked his mother out of the house over the weekend following a quarrel presumably linked to her pressing domestic violence charges against him earlier this month. He said his mother returned overnight before the murder and got into a fierce argument with her husband, adding that he and his siblings woke…
  • Under Pressure: the impact of Syrian refugees on Lebanon

    Michel
    15 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    The continuous deterioration of the security in Syria as a result of the ongoing crisis has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to Lebanon. According to UNHCR estimates, by December 2015 Lebanon will host 1,846,150 Syrian refugees. In 2014, UNHCR had 1,435,840 Syrian refugee registered with them. Lebanon population is around 4.3 million. By the end of 2015, the Syrian refugees will represent around 43% of Lebanon population. The figures can be higher, many refugees sneak into the country without getting registered by the authorities. Recently, the Lebanese government has established an…
  • My Two cents on Samaha Verdict

    Michel
    14 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    The Lebanese military court on Wednesday convicted former minister Michel Samaha on charges of plotting a wave of bombings at the behest of neighboring Syria and sentenced him to four-and-a-half years in prison. The court also stripped former Information Minister Michel Samaha of his civil rights in its verdict, meaning that after serving his sentence he cannot take up any government jobs or run in elections. Lebanon’s intelligence chief, Wissam al-Hassan, who helped uncover the bombing plot, was assassinated in a car bomb in Beirut only months after Samaha’s indictment. I am…
  • رسالة إلى المسيحيين – الجزء الرابع

    Michel
    12 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    الجزء الرابع والاخير من “رسالة الى المسيحيين” التي كتبها الاستاذ أنطوان نجم سنة 1992. في الأسلام أن النصارى واليهود وسائر الذين يعتبرهم القرآن أهل كتاب هم من ” أهل الذمة “. ولكي لا نذهب بعيدا ً في التاريخ ندعو إلى الإطلاع على النصوص الدستورية في بلاد الإسلام، اليوم، لتتضحلنا الصورة جلية عما يمكن أن يؤول اليه وضعنا يوم نخسر…
 
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  • Watch McConnell Try To Extend Patriot Act To June 8, June 5, June 3, June 2... And Rand Paul Object

    22 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    “I object.” The Senate blocked an outright extension of the Patriot Act, and failed to pass the bipartisan USA Freedom Act, which would change some of the surveillance program early Saturday morning. Sen. Rand Paul is getting his way on Capitol Hill, as the Senate leaves without extending the Patriot Act. View Video › The Senate will not return until May 31st, a day before the key provisions of the law expire. buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com It was a lot of this, basically. vine.co
  • Two Actual Everyday Americans Walk Into A Hillary Clinton Event...

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Gary Patton, center, and his wife Lenore Patton, to his right, as the center of the press scrum with Hillary Clinton that held them captive for 10 minutes on Friday. Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed HAMPTON, N.H. — When they heard Hillary Clinton would be here on Friday in Hampton — a small coastal town just south of the Maine border — Lenore and Gary Patton contacted the campaign. They wanted to lend a hand as volunteers.The morning of the event — a roundtable discussion about small businesses at the locally owned Smuttynose Brewing Company — the Pattons arrived early,…
  • Rand Campaign Slams Scott Walker For Willingness "To Trample The Constitution"

    22 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    “It’s a shame to see that the Washington machine has co-opted Gov. Walker on” the Patriot Act. Scott Olson / Getty Images Rand Paul's presidential campaign is firing back at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over comments he made about Sen. Rand Paul and NSA surveillance. Walker, the likely presidential contender said on Wednesday that if he were in the Senate he would not have supported Rand Paul's Senate floor protest against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. "It's a shame to see that the Washington machine…
  • Ben Carson Would Send Ground Troops To Fight ISIS Now

    22 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    “I haven’t had a chance obviously to talk with all the military experts that I would respect but from what I can see and from the information that I have, absolutely.” Mark Humphrey / AP Ben Carson said Thursday that he would "absolutely" put American troops on the ground in the Middle East to fight ISIS now, "from the information that I have." The Republican presidential candidate made the comments a day after he said he was "never in favor of going into Iraq" and in a week when other Republicans have come out in favor of sending ground troops to fight the Islamic State. On…
  • Scott Walker: I Don't Stand With Rand

    22 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    “We need to have the capacity to collect information that can be used to identify individuals who are linked to enemy combatants who are gonna do us harm.” w.soundcloud.com Likely 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker said on Wednesday that if he were in the Senate, he would not have supported Rand Paul's protest against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the the NSA's domestic surveillance programs. Paul held the Senate floor for almost eleven hours earlier this week to object to the ongoing collection of Americans' telephone records. Speaking to talk radio…
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  • Seven Brothers? A Remarkable World War II Story

    Paul G. Kengor
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    This time last year I did a commentary on five brothers who served in World War II. Very impressive. Imagine my surprise when someone who caught the commentary sent me a package with this note: “Dear Professor Kengor: Your [commentary] about the family whose five sons served in WW II was interesting. You might be interested to know about families who had more than five sons who served in WW II.” Well, Ted Walters of Uniontown, Pennsylvania certainly had my attention. He continued: “My mother, Stella Pietkiewicz, had seven sons serve in WW II. She had the honor to christen the plane,…
  • Memorial Day: Remembering Loyce Deen of Altus, Oklahoma

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    20 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    I’ve written in the past about how my Pop carried with him a haunting memory from his time aboard the aircraft carrier Essex in World War II. Anti-aircraft fire had killed a turret gunner during a sortie. Pop, whose job it was to repair and prepare planes for the next mission, went up to inspect the plane as soon as it landed and saw the gunner’s body. At Pop’s recommendation, the captain of the Essex gave the order to bury the man in the plane in which he had given his life for his country. This burial at sea was unique. It was the only time during World War II that a valuable plane…
  • Joe McCarthy: Despicable or Prophetic?

    Paul G. Kengor
    15 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    A recent column I wrote on communism in Hollywood in the 1940s elicited strong reaction toward the person of Joe McCarthy. This was somewhat perplexing, given that McCarthy was not the front-and-center figure investigating Hollywood communism. Yet, it wasn’t surprising, given that any mention of the Stalinist sympathies of American communists prompts liberals into reflexive accusations of McCarthyism. For the record, the investigation of communism in Hollywood was led by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which (for most of its existence) was chaired by anti-communist Democrats.
  • Iran: The Gulf Region Bully

    Earl H. Tilford
    13 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Iran acts like a Persian Gulf hegemon because it can. Tehran’s military, while capable of making a less-than-concerted attack costly, would be overmatched by the armed forces of the United States and those of the Persian Gulf states and crumble quickly along with its regime. The window of opportunity is closing with Russia’s announced intention to deploy S-300 anti-aircraft, anti-ballistic missiles. Furthermore, if Tehran bamboozles Washington into a nuclear arms deal involving the lifting of economic sanctions look for Russia, China, and some European defense companies to provide a…
  • The Triumph of Supply-Side Politics: Where the Supply-Siders Totally Blew It

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at RealClearMarkets.com. If you’re hoping for an unremitting anti-supply-side diatribe, you will be disappointed. There is, indeed, a major flaw in the supply-side approach and I’ll get to that presently, but first, let’s give credit where credit is due. Supply-side economics emerged in the late ’70s and was the dominant theme in economic policymaking during the Reagan presidency in the 1980s. It was a timely and much-need alternative to the prevailing Keynesian orthodoxy that placed government in the role of trying to manage “aggregate…
 
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  • Rep. Marcia Fudge on Brelo Verdict: “Our Lives Have No Value” “Miscarriage of justice”

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    “Today we have been told – yet again – our lives have no value.”  In 2012, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were unarmed, were shot to death during and after a car chase in a 137-round hail of bullets discharged by Cleveland Police Officers.   Michael Brelo, 31, was one of 13 Cleveland cops involved in the 137 shot melee.  Prosecutors alleged that Officer Brelo reloaded his gun and shot Russell and Williams after they were no longer a threat. Prosecutors said Brelo stood on the hood of his police car and shot 15 rounds at Russell and Williams through the…
  • Some CBC Members Find WH Gifts for Their #TPP Votes Laughable

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    21 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Summer jobs money alone isn’t going to do it.  If the White House wants to mount a serious campaign to turn Black Caucus NOs into YESes on trade, it won’t happen easy.  An informal poll of over 20 Black Caucus members found more hard NOs and a load of indignation at the notion that votes could be switched over one summer of temporary jobs.  Several members also mentioned past trade deals that have hurt American workers. The moment is noteworthy in the often strained relationship between the first Black President of the United States and the African American members who have…
  • Reps. Butterfield, Lee, Waters Talk on Black Caucus Tech Diversity Initiative

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    20 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The Congressional Black Caucus launched an effort to spur diversity in hiring at technology companies.  The effort mirrors the work started by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.  Rev. Jackson’s work resulted in several tech companies, included Google and Apple, revealing the diversity data of their workforce.Now members of the Black Caucus want to formalize the process and work to make diversity a priority in silicon valley.  At an event on Capitol Hill yesterday, members told a large audience they would be pushing for hiring and retention of African American workers, education and training of…
  • 420 House Members Vote YES to Mandatory Minimums, Only 3 Vote Against

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    20 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    When Electeds Won’t Take the Tough Vote to Stop Bad Policy.  Supposedly it’s “CBC policy” to be against mandatory minimums.  All I know is, 41 members of the Congressional Black Caucus voted YES to mandatory minimums today.  Did they even notice the mandatory penalties were in the bill? In all, 420 members of the House voted YES to expanding federal mandatory minimum sentences that were added to a sex trafficking bill, S. 178. The bill passed 99-0 in the Senate on April 22. So even Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), who went on a media tour last year…
  • Congressman Turns Clarke Testimony Into Chat on White on White Crime

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    19 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    The testimony of Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke was just as devoid of strategic substance on policing as his appearances on Fox News.  Clarke had tons to offer when it came to his views on black on black crime and federal over reach and any other topic that had nothing directly to do with police brutality. In responsel, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) had a few things to offer back the other direction.  The exchange between Clarke and Jeffries, though mildly intriguing, is a primary example of why entertainment complex driven witnesses are a waste of everyone’s time because they lead the…
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  • Why is Obama Down with TPP?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    President Obama has for the last several years been pushing Congress to approve a massive 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and related Trade Promotion Authority. The trade deal has caused consternation on the left side of the aisle that sees the trade deal as NAFTA on steroids. The rift deepened over the last two weeks as a war of words between the President and progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became public and personal. What is the TPP and why is it causing so much strife within the Democratic Party? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
  • ...Like it’s 1998

    Mike Dakkak
    18 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
         The year was 1998. Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” was on top of the pop charts. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the “X-Files” movie that was coming out that spring. I was a year out of school. I found myself sitting in front CNN. They were discussing awkward details of a stained blue dress. The dress belonged to a 25-year-old former White House intern. An independent prosecutor had taken an interest in the intern because it was believed that the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton, had convinced a good friend, Vernon Jordan, to give her a job in…
  • Will it be 1998 for the Next Five Years?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    In 1998 the country was inundated with news about the investigation of the affair between President Bill Clinton and White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. The coverage was incessant, continuous and sordid. Clinton controversies seem to serve as political Rorschach tests, with the observer making of them what they are predisposed to. Recent questions raised about the Clintons, Hillary Clintons use of a private email server and the finances of the Clinton Foundation for example, have once again put controversy over Clinton controversies front and center. What is the cost to the national…
  • Special Announcement – Show Format

    Mike Dakkak
    11 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    As many of you know I have been doing the show on a daily basis since around October 2014. Unfortunately it has taken a toll on my income stream. So I am announcing a few changes to the show. I’m excited (and a little scared) about this next step but am hopeful that I will be able to report some good news to you in the weeks and months ahead (don’t worry, the show isn’t going anywhere!). I discuss this special, exciting and scary news 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.
  • Is Chris Christie’s White House lane closed?

    Mike Dakkak
    5 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    In September 2013 two of three access lanes that connect Fort Lee, NJ to the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed for 4 days causing extensive and desperate traffic delays. Elected officials insisted that the lane closures were the result of a traffic study. Others, including the Mayor of Fort Lee, insisted the closures were political retribution for the Mayor’s failure to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection bid. The State Attorney’s office has been investigating the lane closures since. Last week indictments were brought against two of Christie’s former top aides…
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  • Healthcare Policy – Facts vs. Fiction

    usdr
    25 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    By Dr. Elaina George, Special for USDR The recent New York Times opinion piece penned by Paul Krugman exemplifies what the problem is with political discourse in our country. Under the guise of pointing out the effects of a polarized political environment that uses intellectual dishonesty by those who disagree with their point of view. He exposes himself to be like the very same people that he mocks andbelittles. The “policy success” of ObamCare that he paints flies in the face of reality, and anyone who is not a practicing physician cannot truly understand how policy affects the…
  • 10 Tips to Accelerate Fat Loss

    usdr
    25 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    By Joy Martina Ph.D. and Roy Martina, M.D, Special for USDR The hardest habits to break are the ones in which you try to stop doing something you’re accustomed to doing, such as overeating or eating junk food. The problem is your brain is not designed to replace doing something with doing nothing, so you have to exert willpower to stop yourself from doing what your brain is pushing you to do. Here are three steps you can take to help change habits plus seven more tips to help you shed fat like melting snow on a hot    day: 1. Replace doing something with doing something else:…
  • Savvy Marketing Helps ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Drown Out ‘Mad Max’

    usdr
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By James Hirsen, Special for USDR This weekend’s box-office results have sent shock waves through Tinseltown, with “Pitch Perfect 2” bringing in an unexpected $70 million plus in ticket sales. Not only did the a capella face-off film eclipse the big budget action movie “Mad Max: Fury Road,” it also became the first film to unseat the superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” “Pitch Perfect 2” made record-breaking news as well for having the largest take for a cinematic musical opening and the biggest debut weekend for a first time feature film director, in this…
  • Understanding Employment Law and More on The Price of Business

    usdr
    24 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests.*Sponsored Host Kevin Price,and Guest Michelle Gamble discuss “Major Changes in the Publishing Industry ” on this segment of the Price of Business. www.3LPublishing.com Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Frank Granett, & Guest Dr. Linda Lagemann PhD discuss ” Reforming the ADHD Assessment in Children” on this segment of the Price of…
  • Memorial Day Gas Prices Up, as are Energy Layoffs

    usdr
    24 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    By MRCTV, Special for USDR Memorial Day weekend travelers will be filling up this weekend for $2.735-a-gallon on average, according to AAA. That’s almost 35 percent higher than when prices bottomed out on Jan. 26, 2015 at $2.033. For drivers, that will mean paying $14.04 more to fill-up a 20 gallon gas tank in just four  months. Although gas prices have begun climbing again, the price collapse that began at $3.696 on April 28, 2014, had another impact: job losses in oil and gas drilling and related fields.  Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that 6,000 oil and gas extraction jobs were…
 
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    American Patriot »

  • GUEST VOICE: What Memorial Day Do You Honor?

    The American Patriot
    24 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    This comes via batr.org: (Originally Published on 5/26/01) Many accounts will praise the sacrifices and deeds of those who fought in the American wars. Some versions will emotionally express their thanks and respect, while others will list their heroic actions. There is another viewpoint that seldom gets the attention that it deserves. Simply put, what is the true reason that all this blood was shed and the meaning of continued torment that follows, when the guns are silenced? Some will say, we just need to revere those who served. Others may dare to ask, why and what for? The most positive…
  • What happened to CEO Don Gillispie?

    The American Patriot
    24 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    I received an e-mail from someone linking to the story below. It sounds like an interesting one. Please, go check out:  Divine America: When Using Your Powers for Good, Expect Government Delays  
  • Duggar Family’s eldest molested his own sisters

    The American Patriot
    21 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    UPDATE: Some of you might not understand why I am taking such a hardcore stance against this man.  Allow me to explain. When I was 9 years old, not long after I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal saviour; I had a young man, by the name of Mark Bloom, who lives in Melvindale, Michigan attempt to sexually molest me in the bathroom of Open Door Baptist Church, which used to be in the Delray district of Detroit. So, yes, this one is very personal to me.  This is sick as heck and it totally cheeses me off! The story via InTouch Weekly: This is a perfect example of the issues that I have…
  • Good news from the illegal immigration battlefront

    The American Patriot
    19 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    This is a good thing here: Prof. Robert George’s group, American Principles in Action, has released an “immigration reform” plan calling for enforcement followed by amnesty and increased guestworker admissions. The plan (really more of a brief outline) shows the power of the demand for Enforcement First and the importance of rejecting compromise on core principles. Perhaps the most important sentence in the outline is this (the emphasis is mine): “After we have secured the border and toughened up interior enforcement, we should then provide undocumented immigrants a path to legal…
  • The Sunday Afternoon Music Express Presents: Steve Camp

    The American Patriot
    17 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    This one takes me back to simpler time in my life, in the 1980’s. When I was stronger, when I was hardcore for the Lord. This was my feelings about the Church World, at the time. Still is, to a degree. Maybe even more so now. Fun Fact: Steve Camp was a Baptist, He is now a hardcore Calvinist. Lyrics: I feel sick when I look at the sin in my life I can’t take it any longer All along I’ve known what to do–what is right But my heart wasn’t stronger Why do I do the things I don’t want to do ? Do you ever feel the same way? Like sin has got it’s hold over…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Texas Legislature Running Out the Clock? #txlege

    Editorial Staff
    21 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    For Immediate Release – May 21, 2015 As grassroots conservative leaders from across the Lone Star State, we hear the clock ticking down on the 84th Legislative Session, tolling a death knell for many important bills that should pass. If these liberty-advancing, government restraining bills die, once again, we will get excuses rather than results. If leadership expects to get high marks from us on this legislative session, they have a lot of heavy lifting to do. Frankly, we don’t care how hard or how long they have to work to get the job done, either.Too many evenings, Fridays, and…
  • The Capture of Ticonderoga (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    3 May 2015 | 6:39 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ Fort Ticonderoga was located on a key military corridor between Canada and the Hudson River.  Military supplies captured at Ticonderoga were later used to force the British to evacuate Boston.  Ethan Allen recorded the event: “… the first systematical and bloody attempt at Lexington, to enslave America, thoroughly electrified my mind, and fully determined me to take part with my country[.]…  directions were privately sent to me… to raise the Green Mountain Boys, and, if possible, to surprise and take the fortress of Ticonderoga.  This enterprise…
  • 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.
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • What The Media Didn't Report About Houthis

    21 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    Yemeni civilians are suffering under the Saudi-led airstrikes and the sea and air blockade on Yemen.Moreover, Saudi-led airstrikes used banned cluster munitions according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). And 25 million Yemenis face risk of starvation.Morocco participates in the Saudi-led coalition against Houthis. The coalition which formed in relatively short time after Iran-backed Houthi movement captured the Yemeni capital. Wreckage of the Moroccan F-16 fighter jet, in the the Wadi Nushur area in the north Yemen's province of Saada (WSJ)Yemen’s Houthi militants said they had shot…
  • NY Times Headline in Nakba day

    18 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    For Palestinians, Israel's independence day is their Nakba day (syn. catastrophe). A large number of Palestinians became refugees in the surrounding Arab states, and their lands occupied by the Zionist gangs.Here is the NY Times headline in Nakba day, May 15, 1948The NY times in may 15, 1948 #nakbaday #nakba #NAKBA2015 #NAKBA2015 @nytimes pic.twitter.com/x8uza6ZqBi— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) May 18, 2015
  • British Troops Could Be Deployed On The Ground In Libya

    14 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    British troops could be deployed in Libya in a military offensive to stop the flow of migrants headed for Europe.Leaked EU papers yesterday revealed plans for an air and naval blitz on the people-smuggling networks responsible for putting migrants on boats making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean.But the document also suggests ground operations might be needed to destroy the smugglers’ vessels and assets, such as fuel dumps.The papers say: ‘The operation would require a broad range of air, maritime and land capabilities. These could include: intelligence, surveillance and…
  • Why Iran Must Remain A U.S. Enemy

    4 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    by Gareth PorterSince the start of the US nuclear negotiations with Iran, both Israeli and Saudi officials have indulged in highly publicised handwringing over their belief that such a nuclear deal would represent a fundamental strategic shift in US policy towards the region at the expense of its traditional alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia.But the Obama administration is no more likely to lurch into a new relationship with Iran than were previous US administrations. The reason is very simple: The US national security state, which has the power to block any such initiative, has…
  • Gaza Through My Eyes - An American Journey to Gaza

    3 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Episode 1Episode 2On March 29, 2014 Denny Cormier, 68 and retired and an American activist, began a journey to Gaza in search of the truth about Palestine and about the Palestinians.He had visited Gaza for a month in 2013 to meet the people with whom he had been chatting and Skyping - people who he been following on Facebook and Twitter for many months. He wanted to meet them face to face - to learn more about them - to hear and to share their stories.He set out to discover for himself what was not being reported by Western media - to reconcile what he had been hearing for months from friends…
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • The Truth About Standardized Tests

    9 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    As a current high school student in Oklahoma, I have to say that standardized tests are very important to me. I will be voting in our next presidential election, and one of the most influential factors in my decision is going to be whether the candidate supports the massive amount of testing we students receive.
  • What Baltimore, Ferguson, And The Middle East Have In Common

    6 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    For years the United States has tried to dictate the fate of nations around the world; from Korea to Vietnam, Cuba to Grenada, and Afghanistan to Iraq; all of these attempts have failed so far with the exception of South Korea. The most devastating effects of these "interventions" have been felt across the Middle East.
  • What UK Leaders Coalition children would look like!

    4 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    In the run up to the UK General Election an online voucher code website has imagined what the party leaders coalition children would look like. The possibility of another coalition government seems likely as voters go to the polls on Thursday 7th May 2015, with 7 leaders to choose from it leads them to some amusing results.
  • 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.
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    BizPac Review

  • Dems finally wake up to embarrassing Memorial Day pics — PATHETIC doesn’t cover it

    Joe Saunders
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The Democratic National Committee took some richly deserved scorn over the weekend for its pathetic attempts to “celebrate” the Memorial Day weekend with pictures of its heroes slurping up ice cream … Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! pic.twitter.com/TMBSu187Pb — The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 22, 2015 Or enjoying some Southern barbecue …   Are you barbecuing this weekend? President Johnson loaded his plate at his Texas ranch in 1967. pic.twitter.com/fecRBibzsL — The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 23, 2015 … without a clue as to the real meaning of the holiday. And…
  • Hillary takes heat after discovery she slept through president’s Benghazi briefing

    Carmine Sabia
    25 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    Apparently, Hillary Clinton isn’t even ready for the 10 a.m. phone call. Information obtained from her emails released by the State Department Friday revealed that Clinton missed President Obama’s first daily intel briefing after the 2012 terrorist attacks on Benghazi. “I just woke up,” the former secretary of state wrote at 10:43 a.m on Sept 15, 2012. It was a far cry from her 2008 campaign ad against then-Sen. Barack Obama asking if he would be ready for a 3 a.m. phone call. Then again, at her advanced age she does need her rest. The Twitterverse was brutal in its criticism of…
  • Another cop ambushed and killed in New Orleans

    Michael Dorstewitz
    25 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    In a scene that’s becoming all too common, another police officer was killed in what appeared to be an ambush-style shooting, this time a New Orleans Housing Authority cop. The 45-year-old officer was killed Sunday while driving his squad car through a construction site in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood, according to local CBS affiliate WTVR channel 6 News, which reported: The slain officer worked for the Housing Authority of New Orleans, which has its own police force. City police say another housing authority police officer reported the shooting Sunday morning. New Orleans…
  • ‘The Greatest Generation’ salutes their comrades, and the country they served on Memorial Day

    Joe Saunders
    25 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Memorial Day’s status as a secular holy day honoring the nation’s war dead has been downgraded for decades to a civic holiday marking the unofficial beginning of summer – a time for mattress sales, barbecues, beaches and beer. But for many Americans, the day retains its original meaning – particularly those who still remember World War II, the conflict that helped forge what’s become known as the Greatest Generation. In commemoration of Memorial Day, the Washington Free Beacon interviewed five men who are part of that generation, recording their thoughts on the war, the friends they…
  • Florida Five: Obama orders Scott to expand Medicaid, Wounded vets travel to Fla. for outdoor events

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    25 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Obama orders Scott to expand Medicaid but without funds to do so – Florida lawmakers say they’re closer to averting a government shutdown this summer after the Obama administration moved to defuse a health-funding standoff with Republican Gov. Rick Scott that has featured a lawsuit, comparisons to a TV mob family and personal pleas to Congress. Key players in Tallahassee said the administration sped the path to a state budget pact by late June, even though it proposed a significant cut to the Low Income Pool (LIP), a…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Robert G. Ingersoll

    Kleier
    24 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    A statement by Robert G. Ingersoll, American lecturer and free-thought spokesman. 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.” Whoever produces anything by weary labor, does not need a revelation from heaven to teach him that he has the right to the thing produced.
  • Frontline Must-See: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”

    Kleier
    22 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    This episode of Frontline entitled “Secrets, Politics, & Torture” is a must watch. It covers the entire CIA torture history since September 11th, 2001, and all that surrounded it in the political world. It explains how torture techniques did not lead the CIA to any actionable intelligence and how the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a piece of propaganda portraying torture methods as effective. Must Watch! Here’s the link. Frontline: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”
  • Social Protest Lit.: Paint Creek Miner “‘Gunmen’ in West Virginia”

    Kleier
    13 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    “‘Gunmen in West Virginia” by an anonymous Paint Creek Miner written during the terrible strike of 1911-1912. This is one of my favorites in the “Social Protest Lit.” series. 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 hills are very bare and cold and lonely; I wonder what the future months will bring. The strike is on-our strength would win, if only– O, Buddy, how I’m…
  • Sorry For Inactivity

    Kleier
    13 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I would like to apologize for us here at STL for not posting much as of late. There has been a death in Paul’s family and I have been very ill over the past couple of weeks. Please bear with us. We hope to be more active shortly. Thank you for reading!
  • #FreddieGray

    Paul Phillips
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Just to put things into perspective…
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    The Daily Signal

  • At Forum Hosted by Federal Agency, Academic Calls for Mandating Number of Women Politicians

    Hans von Spakovsky
    25 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Earlier this month, I predicted that a scheduled hearing at the Federal Election Commission was shaping up to be nothing more than a presentation of “the goofy gender ideology and politics of the progressive left and academia.” And, oh, how right I was. The May 12 forum on “Women in Politics” was organized by FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel without the approval of any of her colleagues and outside the legal authority of the FEC’s authorizing statute. Its avowed purpose: to “begin an open discussion” of why women are supposedly “significantly underrepresented in politics.” According…
  • Can Marco Rubio Make Peace With Conservatives on Immigration?

    Ken McIntyre
    25 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Some conservatives wrote off Marco Rubio as a prospective candidate for president because of the Florida Republican’s work on, and advocacy for, the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill. The first-term senator began to talk about that legislation as a mistake, though, as he moved toward his April 13 announcement that he was formally entering the race for the White House. Even so, he mentioned the immigration issue only once as he declared his candidacy at Miami’s Freedom Tower, a former immigrant-intake facility. “If we reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending,…
  • Why US Must Defend Human Rights Across the World

    Mike Gonzalez
    25 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Two little-known bills in Congress—one on world press freedom, the other on Hong Kong—seek to reassert the idea that a moral defense of human rights overseas is in U.S. national interests. It’s a concept worthy of a full airing over the next 18 months as candidates of both parties seek the presidency. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who spoke vehemently in a major speech recently about the need for “America’s moral clarity.” On the other side stands the Obama doctrine that supporting freedom cannot get in the way of other priorities. It was enunciated…
  • How One Former Barbie Executive Turned a $30,000 Investment Into a Booming Candy Business

    Madaline Donnelly
    25 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Talking with Rosie O’Neill about the past five years of her life feels slightly like a trip down Alice’s rabbit-hole: There’s champagne gummy-bears and stark white ribbons and plenty of California sunshine—plus 100-hour work weeks, leaps of faith, and all sorts of blurred lines. In that time, the 35-year-old marketing whiz founded booming luxury candy company Sugarfina with business partner Josh Resnick, 48. The two also fell in love and got engaged. “I have a job that makes other people smile,” she says, adding that she works from the time she wakes up until midnight every day.
  • This World War II Soldier’s Story Reminds Us of Why Memorial Day Matters

    James Carafano
    25 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    If any day is more than just a day, then Memorial Day is it. Sometimes remembering just one soldier reminds us why. His name was Lawrence Gordon. He grew-up on a hard-scrabble farm in Canada. After Pearl Harbor, he decided to join the American Army. The Americans had better “kit.” The Army sent Gordon into the center of the storm, as the allies battled from the beaches of Normandy breaking through the German defenses and then racing to encircle the enemy as it withdrew from France. Gordon was on the sharp edge of the bayonet. His cavalry unit, in thinly skinned armored vehicles,…
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    FreakOutNation

  • ‘Friend’ Shoots At Man Wearing A Bulletproof Vest. He’s Dead

    Anomaly
    24 May 2015 | 5:07 pm
    At around around 9:45 Friday night, according to the victim’s brother, a senseless shooting death resulted from the victim and his friends playing around with a bulletproof vest and a gun.                           A California man has been arrested in connection to the deadly [...]
  • Former Reagan Adviser: Fox News Is A ‘Self-Brainwashing’ Bubble That’s Destroying The GOP

    Anomaly
    24 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Economist Bruce Bartlett, a former adviser to both Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, warned over the weekend that Fox News had damaged the Republican Party by creating a bubble for conservatives to brainwash themselves. In his paper “How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics” published earlier this month, Bartlett theorized that [...]
  • Dumb Woman Accidentally Shoots Herself In Head While Taking A Selfie

    Anomaly
    24 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    An act of outstanding marksmanship happened when a woman posting for a selfie “accidentally” shot herself in the head with a gun she had found.                         According to the Hindustan Times, the 21-year-old woman in Russia found a 9mm handgun left behind by a [...]
  • Texas Pastor’s Wife: Josh Duggar Was Just ‘Playing Doctor’ So Leave Him Alone

    Anomaly
    24 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    The Christian ‘Quiverfull’ movement, which the Duggars are a part of, promotes procreation and preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs.                     The wife of a Texas pastor who promotes the “be fruitful, and multiply” philosophy, took to to defend Josh [...]
  • Black Family Receives Letter: ‘You Don’t Belong Here’

    Anomaly
    24 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    A racist letter sent a to an African-American family on Long Island, telling them: “YOU DON’T BELONG HERE” of course, was sent anonymously because racists are cowards.                         Ronica Copes, 37, a resident of Lindenhurst in Babylon, found the typewritten, written in all-capital letters, [...]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Uyyakondan canal to be renovated soon

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Tiruchirapalli (TN), May 25 (PTI) The city stretch of the 1000-year old Chola period Uyyakondan Canal, facing the onslaught of urban pollution, is to be renovated soon. The state government had sanctioned Rs.14 crore last year for renovating the heavily polluted stretch of the canal, builty by Raja Raja Cholan, and the Public Works Department has recently called for tenders for the work. District Collector K S Palanisamy along with Uyyakondan Protection Committee members has inspected the canal twice in the past fortnight in connection with the cleanup…
  • ICICI launches voice ‘password’ facility for users

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 May 2015 | 4:27 am
      Mumbai, May 25 (PTI) Country's largest private lender ICICI Bank today said it has launched a service where customers can make transactions using just their voice, without using other means of authentication like a password.   The voice recognition service authenticates customers based on their speech patterns and allows them to execute banking transactions through the bank's call centre, the bank said in a statement issued here.   Customers, in general, use various means of authentication like entering card numbers, answering…
  • Karnataka cabinet will decide on appeal against Jaya acquittal

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 May 2015 | 4:08 am
      by tomorrow'  New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) The Karnataka Cabinet will meet by tomorrow to take a decision on filing an appeal against the acquittal of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said today.   "The issue is in the domain of the Karnataka government. The Karnataka Cabinet is meeting today or tomorrow to take a decision," Chidambaram said, refusing to comment further on the matter.   The former Union Minister, who hails from Tamil Nadu…
  • Arun Jaitley: More steps on curbing black money on anvil

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 May 2015 | 3:46 am
      New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hinted at coming out with more steps on squeezing black money but assured honest taxpayers that they need not fear the new law to unearth unaccounted wealth stashed abroad.   He also said that if the tax base and collection rise, then the government's ability to give concessions in terms of rates to honest taxpayers will also go up. "The parallel economy has to be squeezed..and (it) has to be done in a very fair manner, not in a harsh manner. In doing so, as senior officers…
  • Western Union renews tie-up with India Post

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Mumbai, May 25 (PTI) Global money transfer major Western Union today said it has renewed its 14-year-old partnership with India Post, which is now in the race to become a payments bank. After the renewed agreement, nearly 10,000 post offices will continue to serve as Western Union agents, it said in a statement here without revealing the tenure of the agreement. People can continue to receive money sent from other locations through post offices, it added. "India Post is a name to be reckoned with when seeking consumer trust, reliability and…
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    What is the difference between cloud orchestration and cloud automation? An exploration of these two terms is more than a vocabulary exercise; it highlights a key challenge for teams looking to improve IT processes. In most situations, cloud automation describes a task or function accomplished without human intervention. Cloud orchestration describes the arranging and coordination […] The post Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Amazon has developed many services to facilitate the migration of enterprise database systems to the AWS cloud. This includes services that allow for the relatively simple migration of both Oracle licenses and databases into AWS. However, AWS has yet to develop the shared block storage required to run Oracle RAC, a popular clustered database service. […] The post Oracle RAC and AWS: A Hybrid Cloud Solution appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 7 IAM Security Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    20 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    In sophisticated enterprise AWS deployments, Amazon’s Identity Access Management (IAM) service controls access, enforces protections, and provides granular control over hundreds or even thousands of account users. IAM policies are the bedrock of security in any AWS environment. In HIPAA-compliant hosting environments, the use of IAM security is essential. HIPAA required central identity management and […] The post 7 IAM Security Best Practices for HIPAA Compliance appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 3 Key Issues in Managing Hybrid Clouds for Legacy Applications

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    14 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Hybrid clouds often present a significant challenge to enterprise IT teams. This is not because the technology is inherently difficult, but because the integration between bare metal, private and public environments frequently results in complex, attenuated lines of dependency, partially rebuilt legacy applications, and multiple monitoring interfaces that have the potential to lead to inefficient […] The post 3 Key Issues in Managing Hybrid Clouds for Legacy Applications appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • 5 Ways to Monitor and Control AWS Cloud Costs

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    12 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Many IT teams find that their AWS cloud costs grow less efficient as “clutter” builds up in their accounts. The good news is that both AWS and a small army of 3rd party providers have developed tools to help engineers discover the cause(s) of these inefficiencies. While there are several “easier” fixes, such as Reserved […] The post 5 Ways to Monitor and Control AWS Cloud Costs appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Just a Common Soldier: A Moving Tribute for Memorial Day – (Updated With Audio Link)

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    UPDATE: For some reason the video below has been taken down. Here’s a link to another reading of the poem. I hope to have an ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, May 12

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Police body camera proposal sent to full Elkhart City Council – 953MNC.com After about two hours of debate, the Elkhart City Council’s Finance Committee of ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, May 11 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 11:37 am
      Jameis Winston counter-sues woman who alleges he assaulted her Amother is upset her daughter is required to pose naked to pass class The NFL ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, May 11 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 11:33 am
      Did a family have their 10 kids taken from them because they life ’off grid’? A man only has to pay child support for ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday, May 11 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    12 May 2015 | 11:11 am
      Local bar’s dress code angers some patrons Hispanic owned restaurant cancels ‘white appreciation day’ amid threats George Zimmerman involved in another shooting   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • Leno Won the Battle, Letterman Won the War

    Dutch
    16 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    As America says goodbye this week to a beloved late night icon, I’m reminded of the great battle fought in the early ’90s for Johnny Carson’s chair. David Letterman was Carson’s heir-apparent and Jay Leno hid in a closet as Helen Kushnick pilfered it for him.  Jay Leno went on to astounding ratings and success […] Related posts: Jay Leno Is A Backstabbing Worm Assorted Media Thoughts Even Letterman Sees It
  • On The Historical Prescience of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Dutch
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    One of the best motion pictures made with the original cast of Star Trek was the 1991 classic Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The film is filled with fantastic space battles and political intrigue, and essentially mirrored the ending of the Cold War. But this film seemed to have foretold perfectly the dynamic of […] Related posts: TSE Chat Room: Star Trek vs. Star Wars TSE Top Ten Movie Countdown: #4 Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan On Historical comparisons: Iraq and The Philippines
  • I’m Sorry I Don’t Understand Your Little Brian Williams Dance Party

    Dutch
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little puzzled by the gleeful reaction of conservatives to the news that Brian Williams made up a story about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq. Lets begin by stating the obvious, that there is no defense for a national news anchor making up a story regarding his experiences in a […] Related posts: Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, and a range of other thievery On the costs of the Iraq war, for the Republican party. The Time Has Come, I’m Leaving The Democrat Party
  • Anti-Intellectualism Naturally Leads To Conservatives in Bed with San Francisco Liberals

    Dutch
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s very important to follow people who are on the opposite site of the political spectrum as you because it offers insight as to what they are secretly concerned for. If the consultants are riding a subject particularly hard you can bet they see the trends beyond whatever the frothing base are talking most about. […] Related posts: An Anti-Romney Remains For Conservatives Even After Texas Primary Results Why Liberals Really Hate Sarah Palin Anti-Americanism, and Football
  • Super Brave Of You To Hate On Olive Garden, Food Hipster!

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

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

    Liberal Fix
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Guest Mike McCabe brings a farming background and a professional lifetime of experience in politics, journalism, public sector management and nonprofit leadership to his work as he exposes government corruption and works for reforms that make people matter more than money in politics.  Mike is one of Wisconsin’s leading whistle blowers and is among the nation’s best political money trackers. His efforts have attracted the attention of national news networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC, MSNBC, NPR and Al-Jazeera English, as well as newspapers including The New York Times, Washington…
  • Liberal Fix Radio Encore with Guest Allen Clifton of Forward Progressives

    Liberal Fix
    15 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will include a pre-recorded interview with special guest Allen Clifton. Allen  is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Hollye Dexter

    Liberal Fix
    8 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hollye Dexter is author of the memoir Fire Season (She Writes Press, 2015) and co-editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press)-- praised by bestselling author Gloria Feldt (former CEO of Planned Parenthood) as “…a brilliant book that just might change your life.” Her essays and articles about women’s issues, activism and politics have been published in anthologies as well as in Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire and more. In 2003, she founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running arts workshops for teenagers in the…
  • 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…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Episode #85 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Real Men Drink Dark Ale’ with Host Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    24 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    Episode #85 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes this Sunday May 24, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 2 hours of power-packed talk radio…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting from Londinium in Albion with host Patrick Henningsen -covering the world’s top stories this week. In this special fire-side “pub chat”, Patrick dives into some of the deepest darkest recesses of the human condition in the 21st century, revealing…
  • KOSHER JIHAD: Israel’s Dirty War Props Up Islamic Militants In Syria

    21wire
    23 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Previously, 21WIRE has been one of the only alternative media outlets to track reports of Israeli intelligence and military activity in relation to ISIS.Our detailed reports in April 2015, in February 2015, and in January 2015, in December 2014, and also in October 2014, all demonstrate a clear but disturbing pattern – of how the State of Israel’s intelligence and military apparatus is not only supporting Islamic militants inside Syria, but also working towards overthrow of President Bashar al Assad’s government in Damascus – a policy which is…
  • Incredible: 3.3 MILLION Year Old Stone Tools Found in Kenya

    Stuart Hooper
    22 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    21st Century Wire says…To think we know everything about our origins as a species would be an incredibly arrogant and incorrect view to hold.Watch a video of this report here:The oldest stone tools previously known were 700,000 years old. New artefacts discovered in Kenya, however, make those seem like a relatively modern discovery.These stone tools are 3.3 million years old, an almost unfathomable length of time, and are ‘sophisticated enough’ to not be the first instance of such tools. Scientists who made the discovery believed they were used for tasks such as chopping…
  • ‘War is a Racket': Forbidden History on Memorial Day

    21wire
    22 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    21st Century Wire says…It’s Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.A. and there’s another important part of history, dare we say Forbidden, that will not be televised. Lest we forget…Retired Major General Smedley Butler was onto something in 1933, when he was recruited to be a “gangster for capitalism” by a group of wealthy Americans calling themselves the “American Liberty League”. Damn interesting, indeed.Brasscheck TVIf you know your history, you know that in 1934 there was an attempted coup in the United States that was thwarted largely due to…
  • More Racist Google Maps Results Discovered This Week

    21wire
    22 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    21st Century Wire says…As we reported earlier this week, the disturbing trend of “third party digital vandalism” has seen Google Maps being overrun with a number of racist and otherwise unpleasant pranks.After further research by The Switch, other examples have since turned up – more evidence of America’s declining culture perpetrated by those who seek to ruin the internet… (Image from Google Maps)The SwitchIf you search for the N-word on Google Maps, you get the White House.You also get Howard University, a historically black institution, and the Capitol…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Benny Se Teo: First A Businessman, Then A Social Entrepreneur

    guanyinmiao
    24 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    “To have a million-dollar food and beverage (F&B) enterprise”, Mr. Benny Se Teo shared right from the get-go, “one needs to start with a billion dollars”. Speaking at “In Search of Purpose” – a session organised by the Central Singapore Community Development Council – his point was clear. The F&B industry is hard, and as a social entrepreneur the founder and CEO of restaurant chain Eighteen Chefs has to possess the business nous. Hearing his experiences in person for the first time, I was most struck by Mr. Teo’s pragmatism. Continue reading →
  • Rohingya Exodus Evidence Of ASEAN’s Impotence

    guanyinmiao
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    While the practice of destination countries to push the migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar – the “boat people” – is deplorable (ST, May 16), the present humanitarian crisis highlights not only the responsibility of the Myanmar government, but also the impotence of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). In fact the Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore has taken a similar stance on these migrants, arguing on Friday that because of limited land the country “is not in a position to accept any persons seeking political asylum or refugee status, regardless of their…
  • The Beauty Of Routines

    guanyinmiao
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This new routine has been refreshing: over breakfast I go through my news feed and articles in the online newsletters, at work if there are small pockets of time I reply to personal emails (mostly about the UNASMUN training programmes), and on alternative days after work I head to the gym for a run and some strength training for my dislocated shoulder. There is also the occasional meet-up with friends over lunch and dinner. On the weekends the training programmes have become more regular (even before preparation for the December conference commences) and penning posts like a charlatan has…
  • Internships A Remedy To Uncertainty

    guanyinmiao
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    At first glance a seemingly superficial attempt to provide its students with “greater support for meaningful learning at the workplace” (TODAY, May 16), the Structured Internship Programme (SIP) offered by Nanyang Polytechnic sets a good precedent for the other polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education. Simply doing well in academics is no longer adequate. These programmes are already well-established in the universities, providing undergraduates with opportunities to improve their career prospects. Continue reading →
  • That First Field Camp

    guanyinmiao
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    My first field camp was a disaster, and when the cyberpioneer Facebook page quizzed readers about interesting field experiences during their basic military training (BMT) I thought back to the week in February 2010, to the moments on Pulau Tekong when I felt like falling out and when I struggled to complete my shell scrape. Before enlistment my fitness was hardly a priority, so that eight-week physical training phase was no surprise. I was the only one in my junior college class. And while this additional time made future route marches as well as infantry exercises less taxing this first trip…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Why is Obama Down with TPP?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    President Obama has for the last several years been pushing Congress to approve a massive 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and related Trade Promotion Authority. The trade deal has caused consternation on the left side of the aisle that sees the trade deal as NAFTA on steroids. The rift deepened over the last two weeks as a war of words between the President and progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became public and personal. What is the TPP and why is it causing so much strife within the Democratic Party? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at…
  • ...Like it’s 1998

    Mike Dakkak
    18 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
         The year was 1998. Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” was on top of the pop charts. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the “X-Files” movie that was coming out that spring. I was a year out of school. I found myself sitting in front CNN. They were discussing awkward details of a stained blue dress. The dress belonged to a 25-year-old former White House intern. An independent prosecutor had taken an interest in the intern because it was believed that the then President of the United States, Bill Clinton, had convinced a good friend, Vernon Jordan, to give her a job in…
  • Will it be 1998 for the Next Five Years?

    Mike Dakkak
    14 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    In 1998 the country was inundated with news about the investigation of the affair between President Bill Clinton and White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. The coverage was incessant, continuous and sordid. Clinton controversies seem to serve as political Rorschach tests, with the observer making of them what they are predisposed to. Recent questions raised about the Clintons, Hillary Clintons use of a private email server and the finances of the Clinton Foundation for example, have once again put controversy over Clinton controversies front and center. What is the cost to the national…
  • Special Announcement – Show Format

    Mike Dakkak
    11 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    As many of you know I have been doing the show on a daily basis since around October 2014. Unfortunately it has taken a toll on my income stream. So I am announcing a few changes to the show. I’m excited (and a little scared) about this next step but am hopeful that I will be able to report some good news to you in the weeks and months ahead (don’t worry, the show isn’t going anywhere!). I discuss this special, exciting and scary news 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.
  • Is Chris Christie’s White House lane closed?

    Mike Dakkak
    5 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    In September 2013 two of three access lanes that connect Fort Lee, NJ to the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed for 4 days causing extensive and desperate traffic delays. Elected officials insisted that the lane closures were the result of a traffic study. Others, including the Mayor of Fort Lee, insisted the closures were political retribution for the Mayor’s failure to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection bid. The State Attorney’s office has been investigating the lane closures since. Last week indictments were brought against two of Christie’s former top aides…
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • David ‘Top 10’ Letterman - Weekly News Awards

    22 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    The man who perfected the ‘Top 10 List’ said goodbye from the Ed Sullivan Studio in NY for the final time while 13.76 million viewers tuned-in. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘Originator’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Lack of Transparency' AWARD goes to… The ’Taking a Stand on Principle’ AWARD goes to… The ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ AWARD goes to… The ‘living life and doing it my way' AWARD goes to… The ‘Crazy Dictator of the week' AWARD goes to… The ‘I don’t need you quite yet’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Doing it…
  • Creative Accounting at the VA - Weekly News Awards

    15 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The VA health care system is being described as a culture of “lawlessness and chaos”. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘$24,999 Creative Accounting’ AWARD goes to… The 'Foreign Cash Sweepstakes' AWARD goes to… The ‘Hand in Cookie Jar’ AWARD goes to… ‘Realigning Young Attitudes' AWARD goes to… The 'I’ll Be Whoever You Want Me To Be' AWARD goes to… The AWARD for ‘Inexperience has Consequences' goes to… The ‘Resiliency of Nature' AWARD goes to… …and then there’s the ‘Tip of a Lifetime’ AWARD and that goes…
  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall - Weekly News Awards

    8 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Mirror Mirror on the Wall… who has the best looking city of them all? It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall' AWARD goes to… The Deny Deny Deny AWARD goes to… The ‘Pulling One Over on You’ AWARD goes to… The Handyman AWARD goes to… 'It’s Our Turn’ this AWARD goes to… The ‘Risking Your Life’ AWARD goes to… The ‘In Over My Head’ AWARD goes to… The Quick-Wit AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Out Loud America!
  • Don’t Stomp on MY Flag - Weekly News Awards

    2 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    The first amendment guarantees all Americans freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The Don’t Stomp on MY Flag AWARD goes to… The Bridge of Arrogance AWARD goes to… The Liberals No Hillary AWARD goes to… The Inspirational AWARD goes to… The Stand up for Women AWARD goes to… The Criminals Rejoice AWARD goes to… The Apology Wink Wink AWARD goes to…  The ClassAct Real World Statesman AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see…
  • The Blind Eye. The Deaf Ear. The Silent Mouth.

    28 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Clashes with police, chaos in the streets and a city burns. It has become a scene all too often repeated across America the Beautiful! Race hustling? Racial Profiteering? Ethnic Exploitation? There are many ways to phrase the problem, and just as many ways to exaggerate the circumstances!  Malcolm Out Loud takes the conversation upwards to 35,000 feet in a big league discussion on what is happening in America's cities.
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    Citizens News

  • Memorial Day, 1945: A Commander Apologizes to the Dead

    Liberty Bell
    25 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler One of the most unusual Memorial Day commemorations occurred in Nettuno, Italy on May 30, 1945. Lt. General Lucian Truscott was dedicating the American cemetery where thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in Italy were buried. About 3,000 of those American lives were lost during the battle of Anzio. […]The post Memorial Day, 1945: A Commander Apologizes to the Dead appeared first on Citizens News.
  • New Emails Show Hillary Was Warned About A Benghazi Attack Year Before 9/11/12

    Liberty Bell
    25 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    Written by “The Lid” Included in the batch of State Department emails released on Friday was a short four-sentence email from 6/10/11 a year before the Benghazi attack which should have warned Secretary of State Clinton that U.S. personnel in Benghazi were in danger. “There is credible threat info against the hotel that our team […]The post New Emails Show Hillary Was Warned About A Benghazi Attack Year Before 9/11/12 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THE GOP

    Liberty Bell
    24 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE (LIBERALISM MUST BE DESTROYED!) continues to charge ahead full steam. Benedict Arnold Boner and Foreskin McConnell (who needs to be circumcised at the neck) are leading the charge and are so busy kissing Obama’s ass that YOU KNOW that they were promised something to turn their coats. Yeah, keep […]The post THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY THE GOP appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Malaysia migrant mass graves: police reveal 139 sites, some with multiple corpses

    Liberty Bell
    24 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Written by World news | The Guardian Dozens of suspected people-smuggling camps also discovered in north of the country on border with Thailand Continue reading…The post Malaysia migrant mass graves: police reveal 139 sites, some with multiple corpses appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Four Lessons to Ponder Before Going to War

    Liberty Bell
    24 May 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Written by Cato @ Liberty In about 30 seconds this morning on Fox News Sunday, George Will laid out the prudential case for proceeding very cautiously when contemplating a war: WALLACE: So George, with that as trailer, what’s the lesson that we should take from Iraq, and particularly as it comes to future U.S. policy? […]The post Four Lessons to Ponder Before Going to War appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Memory Lane Monday: Who Said It?

    25 May 2015 | 2:33 am
    For today, our staff thought we’d change things around a bit. Instead of us telling you who we’re showcasing on this Memory Lane Monday right off the bat, we figured first we will give you the quote and see if you can guess. Ready? Do all of you history buffs think you can get it?
  • Genius Idea: DOD Misplaced $1.3B in Afghan Aid

    22 May 2015 | 1:04 am
    You know with all of the Genius Idea Friday segments that get devoted to the United States Government misplacing large sums of cash, you’d get the impression that perhaps Uncle Sam isn’t all that good with money.
  • Iran Working to Stop White Marriages

    21 May 2015 | 1:45 am
    One of the most recent casualties in Iran’s epic struggle to stop the scourge of white marriages in their country (hey, clearly they have a good chance since they did a nice job of getting rid of homosexuality) is the Zanan-e Emrooz women’s magazine, only 11 issues back in the market from their previous 8 year ban.
  • Bye Bye to the Beard

    20 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    With Anders Breivik and the basic fashion brigade having ruled it is high time to move away from the beard, Daash, ever trend conscious, is following suit.
  • Tolerant Twitter: Saudi Arabia’s Haia Logs On

    19 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    From earlier this month, Twitter got a heck of a lot more tolerant when Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (i.e. Haia, the religion police) signed up with the handle @PvGovSa.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Obama’s Strategic Shift

    25 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews, May 21, 2015It’s finally dawning on President Barack Obama the grave dangers that have been created for the American Republic by decades of neoconservative dominance of U.S. foreign policy, but his moves in response to this dire threat remain hesitant and indecisive.
  • Vatican Cardinal: Christians, Muslims ‘Still Don’t Know Each Other Well Enough’

    21 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service, May 21, 2015“Despite 50 years of ‘Nostra Aetate,'” the Second Vatican Council’s document on interreligious relations, “we still don’t know each other well enough,” said French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.Speaking May 19 about Catholic-Muslim relations, Cardinal Tauran added, “Most of the problems we face are problems of ignorance.”
  • The Secret Corporate Takeover

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project Syndicate, May 13, 2015The United States and the world are engaged in a great debate about new trade agreements. Such pacts used to be called “free-trade agreements”; in fact, they were managed trade agreements, tailored to corporate interests, largely in the US and the European Union. Today, such deals are more often referred to as “partnerships,”as in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But they are not partnerships of equals: the US effectively dictates the terms. Fortunately, America’s “partners” are becoming increasingly resistant.
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

    20 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    “In a diverse world, the destruction of cultures is a crime, and uniformity is a dead-end: our aim must be to enhance, in one movement, the diversity that enriches us and the human rights that bring us together.”Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCOIn 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to…
  • UNESCO Director-General Calls for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Palmyra

    20 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
    UNESCOPRESS, May 20, 2015The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for an immediate end to hostilities in Palmyra (Syria) following reports from several sources that armed extremist groups have infiltrated the World Heritage site, where fighting is now ongoing.“I am deeply concerned by the situation at the site of Palmyra. The fighting is putting at risk one of the most significant sites in the Middle East, and its civilian population,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Guide to Hiring a Campaign Manager

    Andrew Collier
    21 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Guide to hiring a good campaign manager. Picture yourself. You’re on the road after an extremely long day of campaigning. You woke up at 6am, it’s now closer to 9pm, and you haven’t eaten all day. You pull into an Applebee’s and sit down for your first meal of the day. You look up and sitting across from you is your campaign manager. He or she has been with you all day and you’re both tired. Now, if you hired the right person for the job, you’ll be able to strike up a conversation – whether it’s work related or not – even though you’re exasperated. If you can’t because…
  • Fundraising For Your County Democratic Party

    Andrew Collier
    18 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    In our last blog post, we discussed the GOOD Method and how to run an effective County Democratic Party. One of the takeaways from that post was development – primarily fundraising. Beyond organizing, there is no better way to not only grow your County Democratic Party, but also wield it more power and influence than fundraising.   This post will examine the steps to take to optimize your fundraising potential for your County Democratic Party. Starting off, you’ll have to envision your fundraising plan and agenda like a web. Every person who donates to your County Democratic Party has…
  • A County Democratic Party and The GOOD Method

    Andrew Collier
    14 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Running a County Democratic Party can be a difficult task, but if you’re willing to dedicate some (smart) time to it and you’re passionate, you can really make a difference. Before we dive down into the dos and don’ts, lets take some time and talk about what a County Democratic Party actually should do. County Democratic Party’s are in existence to do one thing: elect Democrats. No matter the size, scope, or influence of your County Democratic Party – this is your only objective. Now, how you do this is a different story. Using what we call the GOOD Method, you can take your County…
  • Political Scheduling Is An Art Form

    Andrew Collier
    11 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Learn the dos and don’ts of political scheduling as well as why it’s such a tough profession. For anyone that has done scheduling for a political candidate or even on a professional level, you’ll truly appreciate this post. Political Scheduling isn’t easy – it’s an art form. Most people think, “Well all you do is just put events on a calendar, so it can’t be too hard.” Well truth is, it is. When working for a candidate, so many factors have to be considered when scheduling: travel time, bathroom time, time alone with their significant other, time alone to just think,…
  • Twitter for Your Political Campaign

    Joe Fuld
    7 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Twitter is a useful and cost-effective resource to quickly communicate your message to supporters in a political campaign. There are also many reporters’ and members of the media on Twitter, so using it can even help to generate earned media. While I am far from a Twitter expert, I use it enough to have strong grasp of the basics. That’s why, regardless of if you’ve never used Twitter or if you have only used it in your personal life, it’s important for political campaigns to utilize Twitter. Here are a few of my tips to get you started on the road to Twitter domination. Link accounts…
 
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media

  • US military rape victims face revenge, regret reporting crimes – lawyer

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    (RT) – The US military’s system of prosecution has to change, as rape victims are often put in positions where they even regret coming forward, Maribel Jarzabek, ex-Air Force lawyer, said on a recent HRW survey of sexual assault survivors. Of those who answered the US Army’s call to come out as sexual assault victims, […]
  • Netanyahu: Hate-Mongering Racist, Mass Murderer, Serial Liar

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    by Stephen Lendman (RINF) – Netanyahu heads Israel’s most extremist government in history. He deplores peace and stability. Permanent war on Palestine is official policy. So is treating Arabs the way Hitler treated Jews. Nothing Netanyahu says is credible. He agrees to one thing. He does another. How anyone stands him, they’ll have to explain. […]
  • How Democratic & Republican Party Chiefs Work to Deceive the U.S. Public

    Eric Zuesse
    24 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Eric Zuesse An organization that typically promotes the Republican propaganda agenda received information from the Democratic Obama Administration, and they publicized information from it that concerned the 2012 Benghazi attack, which was a failure by the State Department — something that congressional Republicans have been investigating for years. But when independent investigative journalists examined the […]
  • Banks and Punishments

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    (Common Dreams) – And watten penance will ye drie for that, Edward, Edward? A Scottish Ballad (about a man who killed his father) Occasionally people inquire as to the different treatment of different kinds of persons in our legal system.  As the U.S.  Supreme Court has explained, corporations are persons just like my readers.  The only difference […]
  • European Union’s “migrant mission”: War plans in a humanitarian cloak

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    By Robert Stevens (WSWS) – The flood of desperate refugees seeking to escape carnage and war in North Africa and the Middle East continues to swell. On Wednesday alone, more than 900 migrants were rescued from three overcrowded boats en route from North Africa to Europe. Nearly all survived, but just this year 2,000 refugees have died […]
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • The Atlantic Basin: An Eclectic But Converging Region? – Analysis

    FRIDE
    24 May 2015 | 4:24 pm
    By Giovanni Grevi* Introduction Ocean basins are not just vast surfaces separating landmasses, or transit routes for various flows of goods or people. They are also platforms for the potential convergence of littoral regions around shared political and socio-economic agendas or, conversely, arenas for geopolitical competition. Indeed, many international relations experts are increasingly devoting attention to maritime spaces – both their strategic value and their political-cultural and... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Poland: Duda Wins Presidential Elections

    MINA
    24 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The right-wing candidate Andrzej Duda has won Poland’s runoff election. Two weeks ago, the 62-year-old incumbent Bronislaw Komoworwski had seemed a shoo-in for a second five-year term. According to exit polls, Andrzej Duda, running for the euroskeptic Law and Justice Party, won 53.5 percent of Sunday’s presidential vote. That leaves the 62-year-old Civic Platform incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski out of a job two weeks after he surprisingly found himself neck and neck with Duda, who... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • WikiWrecks: An Analysis Of Terrorism Financing

    IPCS
    24 May 2015 | 2:02 pm
    By Siddharth Ramana* Revelations by WikiLeaks that the US is critical of Gulf states in their approach against terrorist financing of South Asian groups, including the Taliban and LeT, shed light on an observation which has been documented by counterterrorism officials. While countries such as Saudi Arabia have long featured in assessment reports by counter-terrorism officials of being a key player in terrorism financing, the WikiLeaks disclosures provide insight into the problem of terrorism... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Russia Wins – OpEd

    Margaret Kimberley
    24 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    Every year on May 9th millions of people throughout Russia and the former Soviet republics commemorate their victory over Germany in World War II. Foreign leaders attend the ceremonies in Red Square, as George W. Bush did in 2005. This year western leaders did not but the significance of their absence is not what corporate media would have us believe. Barack Obama and David Cameron and Francois Hollande weren’t in Red Square in 2015, but Chinese president Xi Jinping was and he never left... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Hezbollah Fast Losing Popularity – OpEd

    Arab News
    24 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah recently slammed his critics saying, “Anyone who says other that what is said here is a moron, is blind and a traitor.” He described Shiites working for the Americans as traitors, agents and morons. However this time, Nasrallah’s angry and threatening statements were not directed against his usual rivals. They are directed against Shiites in Lebanon. These statements reveal the extent of internal disputes and expose the... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Barack loves Michelle
    22 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Good morning BLM community! Quote of the day to leave you inspired: Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.- Franz Schubert   It looks like SOMEONE isn’t as excited to be in the White House with the President and First Lady as I would be! I caption this one “When your parents drag you to the White House but you’d rather be at home watching Peppa Pig!” On the first anniversary of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the…
  • Happy Mothers Day

    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Happy Mothers Day ladies! “When I get up and work out, I’m working out just as much for my girls as I am for me, because I want them to see a mother who loves them dearly, who invests in them, but who also invests in herself. It’s just as much about letting them know as young women that it is okay to put yourself a little higher on your priority list.” “My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.” “As a mom, I…
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    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a segment of The Chew in New York, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2014. Participants with the First Lady from left are: Michael Symon, “Let’s Move!” Executive Director Sam Kass, Mario Batali, Daphne Oz, Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with designer Rory Duffy and students in the State Dining Room of the White House during the Fashion Education Workshop, Oct. 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn of the White House with participants of a mentee résumé workshop,…
  • First Lady Chic: Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to Suck

    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Michelle Obama, in her book “American Grown”, sheds light on the many advantages of healthy living. She maintains a garden in the grounds of the White House which produces food of its own. Obama advocates the cause of eating healthy by growing fresh food on your own. She believes that gardens help us in reminding what the common thing in all of us is, and help us make stronger and better connected communities. Unfortunately there are many  American families that live in what is often referred to as “food deserts” – these are communities lacking or which have inconvenient…
  • First Lady Chic: Fitness, Health & Beauty Inspired by Michelle Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    10 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Healthy living and a happy life go hand in hand. When you have a healthy body that is fit and free from diseases, then it automatically enhances the quality of life that you live. Basically, if you feel good about yourself, you are likely to have a happy and positive outlook toward life. This blog series is about ensuring that you stay in good shape even during the busy schedules of your day-to-day lives. Inspired by the First Lady Michelle Obama and her vibrant and healthy style and outlook, this blog series delves into the secrets behind the 51 year old, mother of two’s beautiful skin…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Cultural Arts and Wellness Festival

    Michael Key
    24 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The Black Pride Cultural Arts and Wellness Festival was held on May 24, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) 2015 Black Pride continued on Sunday with a Cultural Arts and Wellness Festival on the Francis-Stevens Educational Campus. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)
  • George W. Bush sought to officiate same-sex wedding: report

    Chris Johnson
    24 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    President George W. Bush reportedly sought to officiate a same-sex wedding in 2013. (Photo public domain) Despite his reputation for being an ardent opponent of LGBT rights and supporter of a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, former President George W. Bush sought to officiate over a lesbian wedding in 2013, according to a recent report in the Boston Globe. The article, published on Saturday, is on a newly constructed $1.4 million home intended for likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport,…
  • Cuban LGBT advocate challenges Mariela Castro

    Michael K. Lavers
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Juana Mora Cedeño speaks with the Washington Blade on May 18, 2015, while visiting a colleague’s home in Havana. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)HAVANA — Juana Mora Cedeño of Proyecto Arcoiris, a Cuban LGBT rights organization that works independently of the country’s Communist government, arrived at her colleague Matute’s home in Havana’s sprawling Vedado neighborhood shortly after 6:30 p.m. on May 18. Matute was watching an American crime show on television that she downloaded onto a memory stick and talking on the phone when Mora sat in a chair next to an…
  • Ireland same-sex marriage referendum passes

    Michael K. Lavers
    23 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny voted in support of same-sex marriage on May 22, 2015. (Photo by the World Economic Forum; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)Ireland has become the first country in which same-sex couples have received marriage rights through a popular vote. The Irish Independent is reporting the referendum passed by a 62-38 percent margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples. “It is about removing inequality. It’s historic, and that’s why…
  • Jindal faces backlash over religious freedom order

    Chris Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) is facing backlash after signing a religious freedom executive order. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is facing backlash — both within his state and elsewhere — after signing a religious freedom executive order this week seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination. One prominent voice is opposition to the directive is New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who signed his own executive order on Friday intending to reaffirm the city’s non-discrimination ordinance prohibiting anti-LGBT bias in employment, housing and public…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Watch: 92-Year-Old (Female) Veteran Flies a Spitfire Again

    Lady Freethinker
    22 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Share on Tumblr   It would be amazing enough to see any 92-year-old WWII vet take to the skies 70 years after the war’s end. The fact that she’s a woman makes it even better. Share on Tumblr The post Watch: 92-Year-Old (Female) Veteran Flies a Spitfire Again appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Study: The Government Cares “Near Zero” About What You Think

    Lady Freethinker
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Share on Tumblr From Princeton comes even more proof that America is not a democracy. In fact, your opinion has “near zero” weight when it comes to public policy – unless you’re part of the top 10-percent, that is. The rich spend billions of dollars making sure their paid lobbyists talk congress into passing laws that make them richer. And it costs the other 90 percent of us trillions of dollars. In the United States, wealth talks and the common good suffers. This video breaks it all down: Share on Tumblr The post Study: The Government Cares “Near Zero” About…
  • Why the NRA is Secretly Backing an Elephant ‘Conservation’ Group

    Lady Freethinker
    20 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Share on Tumblr It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that hunting animals vulnerable to extinction is the opposite of saving them. But the National Rifle Association wants us to believe otherwise. The organization has recently tried to pass itself off as an ally to elephant lovers everywhere, valiantly fighting for the survival of these gentle giants. But to the NRA, the best way to save elephants is to fight laws that remove the “right” of hunters to kill them for ivory. Of course, this would be far more shocking we weren’t talking about the NRA, an organization…
  • Abercrombie to Start Hiring Ugly People

    Lady Freethinker
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Share on Tumblr Abercrombie & Fitch has a big announcement about their hiring policy: Ugly people are now allowed. Are we supposed to be clapping right now? Their previous policy of only hiring attractive workers – calling them “models” rather than staff to skirt discrimination laws – was insidious, but so are their apparent motives for now allowing mere ordinary people to grace their cash registers. Sales are down, so they’re trying a new tactic. Oh, and there’s that pesky Supreme Court case against them for denying a job to a Muslim woman because her head…
  • Study: Pollution May be Shrinking Your Brain

    Lady Freethinker
    14 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Share on Tumblr Is pollution damaging your brain? The latest research shows a scary link between high levels of air pollution and a reduction in brain size. Yes, your brain may be shrinking because of the air you’re breathing. This comes from a study conducted on 943 patients, published the May 2015 issue of Stroke. “On average participants who lived in more polluted areas had the brain volume of someone a year older than participants who lived in less polluted areas,” said Dr Sudha Seshadri, Professor of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine. It gets worse over…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • SurveyMonkey Was The Other Winner Of The U.K. Election

    Carl Bialik
    13 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    To more than one pundit, last week’s election in the United Kingdom looked like it would be the closest in a generation. But at SurveyMonkey’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters, thousands of miles away, things looked very different: Respondents to an online poll conducted by the Internet survey company from April 30 to May 6 showed the Conservatives, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, as poised for an unexpectedly comprehensive electoral triumph.1Jon Cohen, who joined SurveyMonkey as vice president of survey research after stints at ABC News2 and The Washington Post, wrestled with…
  • There Is No ‘Blue Wall’

    Nate Silver
    12 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    If you were browsing campaign coverage at this point in advance of the 1992 election, you’d be reading a lot about the Republicans’ impregnable “red wall.” OK — it wouldn’t have been called the “red wall” (the association of Republicans with red states and Democrats with blue states came about more recently). But you’d have been reading a lot about Republicans’ supposed “lock” on the Electoral College.The argument was something like this. During the past six presidential elections, from 1968 through 1988, 21 states voted Republican every time. These included almost…
  • Baltimore’s Toxic Legacy Of Lead Paint

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    7 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    The red brick rowhouses on Inez Robb’s block in West Baltimore feature ornate cornices and detailed carvings above the doors and windows. Leaves are beginning to fill the trees along the median that divides the pristine block, though slender trunks betray their young age. Robb moved into her home in 1987 with a first-time home buyer’s grant from the city, just a few years before Freddie Gray and his family would move to a building that looks remarkably similar from the outside, just over a dozen blocks away.Both blocks are located in Sandtown-Winchester, a neighborhood less than a…
  • Are We Right About The U.K. General Election?

    Ben Lauderdale
    6 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    Forecasting elections is great fun right up until the results come in. As the results of the U.K. general election are reported in the early morning of May 8, we will learn a lot about whether our forecasts were close. But how will we know if we did a good job?This is not like a U.S. presidential election, where there’s enough polling and few enough states that it’s possible to correctly predict the winner in every state, as several forecasters did in 2012. Last year, FiveThirtyEight published a guide to assessing 2014 Senate forecasts, and here we’re going to assess our own U.K.
  • Huckabee May Be Doomed To Rerun His 2008 Campaign In 2016

    Harry Enten
    5 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    What on earth should we make of Mike Huckabee’s 2016 candidacy. He’s announcing Tuesday that he’s running for president — we know that much. And the polling says he is a legit contender for the Republican nomination. Yet there’s evidence that the fatal flaw of his 2008 run — namely, an inability to widen his appeal beyond born-again and evangelical Christians — hasn’t gone away.So we’re left with a “on the one hand … on the other hand” situation. I tend to think the argument against Huckabee is stronger than the argument in his favor. But let’s go…
 
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  • The AfD Goes Game of Thrones

    Kai Arzheimer
    23 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Photo by *_* My favourite if vaguely remembered piece of medieval history is the bit when assorted popes, antipopes, and anti-antipopes busily excommunicated each other. The AfD has reached that stage. A few days ago, Lucke forced a motion of the national executive that aims at unseating Höcke as party leader in Thuringia. But his creation of a “wake-up call” association has earned him very few friends so far, and may well contradict the party statutes. Accordingly, the state party in Saxony has decreed that membership in the association is incompatible with membership in the party, and…
  • The AfD … [I’m running out of catchy titles]

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I would not normally recommend acting on any of my predictions, because I have an amazing track-record of being wrong a long time in advance. But once in a blue moon, I get it right. In my WEP article on the AfD’s EP 2014 manifesto, I have pointed out that there was a rift between Lucke’s polite market liberalism on the one hand and more radical shades of right-wing populism on the other, and that the party would have to chose between the two. Evidence for this has been coming in in large quantities over the last couple of months, and things are moving really fast now. The party seems to…
  • Linkfest: Far-right infighting, electoral systems, comics, and more

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    An update on the far-right infighting in the European Parliament: A far-right confederacy of quarrels Lucid: The system used to favour Labour, now favours the Conservatives. Welcome to the lottery: The new “skew” of the electoral system in 2015 Going down Memory Lane: OTDI 1981 Roy Jenkins, David Owen, William Rodgers & Shirley Williams launched the Social Democratic Party Bit of bug-bear spotting with @peterlevine, who hates one phrase in particular: ‘a deep dive on deep dives’ This is pure gold: ‘ General election campaign battle buses, in pictures’ via…
  • Interview with Handelsblatt Global

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Interview with Handelsblatt Global on right-wing activism and right-terrorism in Germany: A Clear and Present Danger Photo by editor64 The post Interview with Handelsblatt Global appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Secret Services had 11 Informers in the NPD’s Leadership

    Kai Arzheimer
    15 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Photo by ubiquit23 If you are following the latest attempt to have Germany’s right-wing extremist NPD declared unconstitutional, you might be disappointed by the lack of news. Today, the federal states that push for such a ban have submitted four folders with additional evidence requested by the Federal Constitutional Court – evidence corroborating the states’ claim that they have “switched off” their many informers in time for the new trial. Last time round (in 2002/3), a qualified minority of judges had refused to hear the case against the NPD, because in their view, the…
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    Conservative Read

  • Memorial Day Is Anything But A Holiday

    chris
    24 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Gretchen Hamel,  This Memorial Day, in-between the water balloon fights at the backyard BBQs and roasting of marshmallows around the camp fire, it’s important to remember what this day is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Liberals Disgrace Memorial Day

    chris
    24 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Kurt Schlichter,   As ISIS continues its orgy of rape and beheadings in Ramadi, perhaps our president could show a rare flash of dignity by simply slipping out the back door of the White... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Ireland said ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage

    chris
    24 May 2015 | 10:41 pm
     Considerable surprise has been expressed around the world about the fact that traditionally conservative and Catholic Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a referendum May 22 by a majority of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon wins the support of 25.4% in Oklahoma straw poll

    chris
    24 May 2015 | 10:35 pm
    A parade of current and past political office holders spoke in Oklahoma City over the past three days. It was a man whose name has never appeared on a ballot, however, who ended up winning the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Koch Brothers Plan to Fund ‘Several’ GOP 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

    chris
    24 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    The world’s fifth and sixth richest people say they will donate money to multiple Republican presidential candidates in the coming campaign. The good news for Republican presidential candidates... [[ 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-May-24, Sunday

    24 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Sunday, May 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Senate republicans vote to grant Obama Trade Promotion Authority, greasing the skids for passage of the TransPacific Partnership and the ultimate demise of national sovereignty. Also, documents obtained by Judicial Watch show Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple the Syrian regime. And is the NSA really preparing to end its mass collection of Americans' phone records, or will it simply resume business as usual? We'll also break down Hillary's ties to Monsanto, the threat to the…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-22, Friday

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, May 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the protest outside a Planned Parenthood abortion mill on Thursday. During the protest, radical and racist Marxists from Red Guards Austin repeatedly attacked the Infowars crew, stole private property and attempted to shut down free speech while announcing their love for Satan and killing babies. We also cover remarks made by a former lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) denouncing the socialist climate change agenda and its junk science. Other topics covered today include an admission by the FBI…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-21, Thursday

    21 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Thursday, May 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, the Senate votes to give the president sweeping trade promotion authority, despite a marathon 11-hour filibuster by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and others. Also, billionaire and Nazi collaborator George Soros warns the planet is on the “threshold of a third world war,” and does anyone actually believe Osama Bin Laden was reading “conspiracy theory-themed works?” We'll also check in with Infowars' Black Lives Matter protest today at the Planned Parenthood in South Austin, and take your calls during this global broadcast.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-20, Wednesday

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, May 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show we cover further efforts to outlaw cash and impose a cashless control grid along side a surveillance grid. We also look at efforts by the establishment to stoke a race war as a member of the Five-Percent Nation, a militant offshoot of the Nation of Islam, demands white people bow down to black people and a Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff tells a House Judiciary Committee it is a “myth” that police kill more black males than any other race. On today’s broadcast we talk with Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr., the senior pastor of…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-May-19, Tuesday

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, May 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into the very real possibility that something big is about to happen. What does the future have in store for humanity?Tucker Carlson, Fox correspondent and founder of the Daily Caller, gives his take on the latest world developments and pro-life activist Mark Crutcher talks about the public backlash against 20-week abortions. Also, Dr. Edward Group reveals the latest on health news they don't want you to know. In other news, aFrench mayor was forced into a mental institution over quite possibly his political beliefs and a leaked…
 
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    Vox - All

  • What Game of Thrones changed from the books: season 5, episode 7

    Todd VanDerWerff
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    As it enters its final three episodes, Game of Thrones' fifth season has reached an unusual point. There are many stories here that very nearly compare to their book versions. Cersei's arrest by the Faith Militant, for instance, is pretty similar to what happens to her in George R.R. Martin's book A Feast for Crows. Olenna hanging out around King's Landing is an invention of the show, for instance, but Cersei's downfall plays out very similarly to how it does on the page, and it's almost as satisfying here as it is there. There are differences here and there, but if you described the plot to…
  • Cleveland cops involved in 137-shot barrage claim they're victims of discrimination

    German Lopez
    24 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Nine of the 13 Cleveland police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that left an unarmed black man and woman dead after a high-speed chase in 2012 filed a lawsuit last November claiming that they were treated too harshly and discriminated against by the police department in the aftermath of the shooting. Michael Brelo, the white officer acquitted on Saturday of manslaughter charges for the shooting, isn't involved in the lawsuit. The nine other officers, eight of whom are white and one of whom is Hispanic, claim the Cleveland Police Department treats non-black cops more harshly than…
  • Why killing Obama's trade deal could be good for free trade

    Timothy B. Lee
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Something that often gets obscured in debates over the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that experts who disagree about Barack Obama's trade deal often don't have a lot of disagreements about the specific policies the deal contains. Among economists, there's fairly broad support for trade-related provisions like lowering tariffs on sugar and light trucks. And there's a lot of skepticism about provisions to boost generic drug costs, lengthen copyright terms, and create a new process for corporations to challenge government actions outside of the traditional court system. Related The Trans-Pacific…
  • The only way to survive Game of Thrones is to stop being a Stark

    Todd VanDerWerff
    24 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Every week, a handful of Vox's writers will discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Check out the recap for this episode here, and follow the whole discussion here. This week, we'll be hearing from deputy culture editor Jen Trolio, executive editor Matthew Yglesias, foreign policy writer Zack Beauchamp, and culture editor Todd VanDerWerff. Come back throughout the week for entries. Todd VanDerWerff: Here's a plot I've barely seen discussed in this past week's chatter about Game of Thrones: whatever Arya is up to over in Braavos. The show has often used Arya and Sansa as vague mirror…
  • A black Republican's dilemma: How to fix police without big government

    Rachel Huggins
    24 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    When I heard that Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) was pushing to get congressional funding for police body cameras after the deaths of Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and countless other unarmed black men who've died at the hands of white cops, I was uplifted. Scott is one of just two black lawmakers in the Senate. He's from the Deep South, where he grew up as a poor kid in North Charleston, South Carolina, raised by a single mother. He understands personally the national dialogue on race and the growing frustration and outrage over police brutality and excessive use of force by officers across the country.
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    LewRockwell

  • Grilling Red Meat

    No Author
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There’s no better way to cook meat, in my opinion, than outdoors over a charcoal grill. (Is there a better way to cook anything? Soup, I suppose, is better handled differently.) Lots of people act weird at a barbecue, though – lots of men, I should say, as the behavior I’m about to describe is particularly male. Something about red meat on a grill brings out the worst, most domineering, blow-hard, control-freak qualities in certain men. You know the stereotype: a Flintstonesque fellow, standing front-and-center at the Weber with a spatula in one hand and a massive set of tongs in the…
  • The US Created ISIS

    Tyler Durden
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas…
  • Government Debt Lunacy

    No Author
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Over the past few years, many experts have been warning of a crisis heading our way. More specifically, the concerns have centered on the inevitable collapse of the U.S. dollar. One of these individuals is former Congressman Ron Paul, who has stated that he believes the U.S. financial system is on the road to disaster. In this article, I’ll share some of his views and discuss what could happen if such a crisis materialized. Currency Crisis According to Congressman Paul, a U.S. currency crisis is inevitable. At one point in the 1980s, while riding on Marine One with President Reagan, the…
  • Putin is Telling the Truth

    No Author
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    On April 26 Russia’s main national TV station, Rossiya 1, featured President Vladimir Putin in a documentary to the Russian people on the events of the recent period including the annexation of Crimea, the US coup d’etat in Ukraine, and the general state of relations with the United States and the EU. His words were frank. And in the middle of his remarks the Russian former KGB chief dropped a political bombshell that was known by Russian intelligence two decades ago. Putin stated bluntly that in his view the West would only be content in having a Russia weak, suffering and begging from…
  • Criminal Disaster in the Middle East

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    24 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The fall of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, largest province in Iraq, after a rout of the Iraqi army by a few hundred ISIS fighters using bomb-laden trucks, represents a stunning setback for U.S. policy. When President Obama declared that we shall “degrade and defeat” the Islamic State, he willed the ends, but not the means. The retreat from Ramadi makes clear that the Iraqi army, even backed by 3,000 U.S. troops, cannot drive ISIS out of Anbar and Mosul and back into Syria. Baghdad cannot alone reunite Iraq. Republicans are almost gleeful in charging that Obama’s withdrawal of…
 
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Big is Beautiful (and Possible): A response to the Economist’s Recent Piece on Basic Income

    gaurarader
    22 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    The Economist recently ran a short article on why a large basic income isn’t possible, which of course totally not true. But it highlights the fact that as the basic income movement grows we are going to have to fight for our right to a decent basic income. Once corporate powers concede the idea of […]
  • Why Should I Work to Pay for Someone’s Basic Income

    gaurarader
    20 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    In this video I discuss a little about a common objection to basic income which is “Why should I work hard to fund a basic income so someone else doesn’t have to work?”
  • Bernies Sanders Comes Out in Favor of Basic Income

    gaurarader
    20 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    From a recent Reddit AMA: Stack0verfl10w: What is your stance on Universal Basic Income(UBI)? Bernie Sanders: So long as you have Republicans in control of the House and the Senate, and so long as you have a Congress dominated by big money, I can guarantee you that the discussion about universal basic income is going to go […]
  • Why Bernie Sanders Will Be the Next President

    gaurarader
    18 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Here’s a great article from NY Times about Sander’s Social Media Influence (which was published after I recorded the video).         
  • Religion and Violent Extremism and More on the Harris Chomsky Exchange

    gaurarader
    8 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    In this video I talk about why I find claims that religion is the primary driver in violence and terrorism implausible. I also talk a little more about Sam and Chomsky debate. Here’s the Karen Armstrong Interview: Here’s Jerry Coyne’s response:      
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    Pension360

  • San Diego Pension Taps New CIO After Long Search

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    A months-long search has ended as the San Diego County Employee Retirement Association (SDCERA) has hired a new chief investment officer, according to a report from Pensions & Investments. This time around, the CIO is a single person, as opposed to a firm. In November, SDCERA voted to terminate its-then CIO, Salient Partners. (The firm still has a role in the fund, but this new hire will likely erode Salient’s responsibilities.) More from Pensions & Investments: Stephen Sexauer will join San Diego County Employees Retirement Association as chief investment officer on May 29,…
  • CalPERS: ESG Factors to Play Bigger Role In Manager Hiring, Evaluation

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Investment managers working with CalPERS will soon have to follow a series of ESG-focused guidelines and expectations, according to a new report from Top1000Funds. All managers will have to articulate how ESG factors figure into their investment strategies, and ESG will play a bigger role in hiring of new managers as well as evaluation of current managers. Reported by Amanda White at Top1000Funds: CalPERS staff led by Anne Simpson, senior portfolio manager and director of global governance, presented the ESG manager expectations, and draft sustainable investment guidelines, to the investment…
  • Canada Pension Scouring Energy Sector For Deals

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is currently scouring the energy sector for attractive deals, according to CEO Mark Wiseman. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wiseman said the fund is looking to make energy-related purchases of up to $1 billion. From Bloomberg: Lower oil prices have resulted in large haircuts for energy stocks, making them attractive to some asset managers. “It’s our home market. We have a bullish long-term view on energy prices, and so I think you will see CPPIB continuing to put the focus on potential investments in the Western Canadian basin,” Wiseman…
  • Canada Pension Posts New Single-Year Record With 18.3% Return

    Ted Ballantine
    22 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) returned 18.3% net of fees in its fiscal year 2015, setting the fund’s record for single-year return. The fund beat its internal benchmarks, as well. From the Wall Street Journal: The performance exceeded CPPIB’s internal benchmark return of 17.0%. Canada’s pension funds measure themselves against internal benchmarks incorporating a mix of assets classes given the diversity of their public and private holdings. “Everything worked last year,” Chief Executive Mark Wiseman said Friday. He noted that the fund’s 10-year return of…
  • Illinois House Advances Plan For Cook County Pension Changes; Reforms Could Test Court Ruling

    Ted Ballantine
    21 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    An Illinois House committee on Wednesday approved a proposal that would bring a series of changes to Cook County’s pension system. But the proposal serves another purpose: if enacted, it will test the extent to which pension reforms can be implemented in the wake of the state Supreme Court ruling that struck down Illinois’ pension law. More details on the Cook County plan, from the Associated Press: A House committee approved the measure Wednesday by a 5-4 vote along party lines which would call for a roughly $147 million increase in the county’ annual contribution to the pension fund…
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    Message President

  • AUTHORIZED CLAIM AND ORDER BY: LEADERS OF 253/357 COUNTRIES

    24 May 2015 | 10:51 pm
    AUTHORIZED CASH M1 DEWAN IKATAN DOKUMEN INTERNASIONAL CERTIFICATE CODE 99.98 WORLD BANK. UNION BANK OF METAL SWITZERLAND. BANK OF INDONESIA REGISTERED SEALED SECURER THE WORLD KEY MASTER GOVERNMENT CENTER PARENT of AGREEMENT AUTHORITY of 25 COUNTRIES MULTINATIONAL ROYAL,K.681 M1 AUTHORIZED CLAIMS AND RESOLUTION OF SEAL NEW WORLD AGREEMENT FOR MONETARY REFORM 2015 THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SWISSINDO WORLD TRUST INTERNATIONAL ORBIT INTERNATIONAL C.L LEADERSHIP WORLD SWISSINDO WORLD TRUST INTERNATIONAL ORBIT ALBISRIEDER AC.USD,P.1568-1120 BANK OFFICER, INFINITE BANK STATEMENTS…
  • AUTHORIZED CLAIM AND ORDER BY: LEADERS OF 253/357 COUNTRIES

    24 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    AUTHORIZED CASH M1 DEWAN IKATAN DOKUMEN INTERNASIONAL CERTIFICATE CODE 99.98 WORLD BANK. UNION BANK OF METAL SWITZERLAND. BANK OF INDONESIA REGISTERED SEALED SECURER THE WORLD KEY MASTER GOVERNMENT CENTER PARENT of AGREEMENT AUTHORITY of 25 COUNTRIES MULTINATIONAL ROYAL,K.681 M1 AUTHORIZED CLAIMS AND RESOLUTION OF SEAL NEW WORLD AGREEMENT FOR MONETARY REFORM 2015 THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SWISSINDO WORLD TRUST INTERNATIONAL ORBIT INTERNATIONAL C.L LEADERSHIP WORLD SWISSINDO WORLD TRUST INTERNATIONAL ORBIT ALBISRIEDER AC.USD,P.1568-1120 BANK OFFICER, INFINITE BANK STATEMENTS…
  • dear presiedent

    24 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    dear brack obama, it is great pleasure for me to send. you are the worlds presiedent not just only USA You are the light of the world,you are the only one can help me my needs, dear presiedent iam 16 years old.iam a boy live in somalia with no family because i lost from them i have a specail problem i can not study because fianancail broblem so Iam kindly requested to help me my education and elso home to live
  • Police state of USA

    24 May 2015 | 5:10 am
    Mr Obama I would never set a foot on American soil after what I have seen your country's policeforce treat the citizens of America. And after that I have seen how you are acting like a dictator in the land of freedom. The persecution of Christians in your Christian country is outrageous. There are no human rights in your country, no freedom of speech, no freedom of thought, no true democracy. I hope you are impeached.
  • BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from

    23 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    BLESSED are the people & Nation, who's GOD is CHRIST JESUS SON of the living GOD who GOD raised from the dead. DO YOU KNOW CHRIST JESUS? KING of the JEWs & KING of the UNIVERSE As GOD's gift of LOVE to you. The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob. Through them came CHRIST JESUS, The HOLY BIBLE, the patriarchs, The Priest the Law, the Prophets, Promises & the HOLY SPIRIT. For the JEW first for SALVATION is from the JEWS. than the gentile. According to HIS sound doctrine. SON of my living GOD who GOD has raised from the dead, My one & only GREAT & GLORIOUS Uncorruptible KING,…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • The Chinese Economy Besieged and Embattled: The Real Estate Market (Part 2)

    James Burke
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    People believe the economy is improving as long as they see the housing prices increasing, the automobile market flourishing, and see packed restaurants, regardless of the accelerating deterioration of the environment, food safety, income disparity, and price inflation. The banks have been raising deposit interest rates to attract customers. That has resulted in a tighter control over real estate-related loans, which has an immediate impact on real estate sales. Some have realized that it is difficult to sell their homes, and there is barely any way to further increase prices. Over time, the…
  • The Chinese Economy Besieged and Embattled: The Real Estate Market (Part 1)

    James Burke
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Chinese phrase “Surrounded by Chu songs” is probably the best way to express the current state of Mainland China’s real estate market. It derives from the battle of Gaixia where the 100,000-strong army of the prominent Chu warlord, Xiang Yu in the late Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.), was trapped and besieged by Liu Bang, the King of Han’s army, six times the size of Xiang’s. As the last strategic move towards victory, Liu Bang ordered his soldiers to sing folk songs in the middle of the night so as to make the Chu army believe that Chu had fallen and that its people had been…
  • Why Do the Syrian People Still Support Assad’s Regime?

    James Burke
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It’s often hard to tell heads from tails with what’s happening in the chaos of Syria’s civil war. So many players both locally and globally. So many agendas ranging from geopolitical to the manic apocalyptical. The above video, produced by VICE News and the New York Review of Books, features journalist Charles Glass, and he has some valuable insights into what is occurring in the war-torn country. ISIS fighters somewhere in Syria where they currently occupy half of the country, mostly desert. (Screenshot/YouTube) And what he says about U.S. involvement in the conflict and its uncertain…
  • Why Is the U.S. Congress Delaying Organ Harvesting Resolution?

    Ben Maloney
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It isn’t too often that you’d turn to your friend and exclaim: “Did you hear about that European Resolution that passed?!” Though this time, maybe you should. In 2013, Europe passed a landmark resolution strongly condemning forced organ harvesting of live prisoners of conscience in China. The resolution expressed “deep concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned for…
  • Does This U.S. Grandpa Know He’s the Most Popular Ad Spokesman in China?

    Iris Lu
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    To attract more clients, many Chinese businesses like to fake themselves as a foreign company. They use an English brand name, and put a western face on the product packaging. An Internet user posted these photos showing the face of an elderly gentleman from Chicago who seems to have gained preference with many Chinese businesses. In Chinese cities, you may see the same photo of this American grandpa in a variety of adverts, each with a different title for him. The original photo. (Image: Weibo.com) The photo was taken by Chicago photographer, Barbara Penoyar, though there is no more…
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    The National Memo

  • PFC Jared Hunter Forced To Make A Shameful Choice

    Leonard Pitts Jr.
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn’t helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep. But he found that marijuana helped. It took the anger and depression away. It took the sleeplessness away. Most of all, it took the 11-year-old boy away. PFC Jared Hunter never knew the boy’s name. He was just some Iraqi kid who liked to hang around the Army base outside Baghdad. “He didn’t really speak English or nothing. He would just kind of follow us around…
  • The Right’s Political Correctness

    E. J. Dionne
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    WASHINGTON — Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don’t count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out. Sheer brilliance! Other than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Walker’s major rivals at the moment are Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).
  • 5 Ways Republicans Dare You To Vote Against Them

    @LOLGOP
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In a sensible world, you wouldn’t be able to run on failed policies. Economic gambits that led to massive inequality in the good days and a financial crisis that cost 8 million jobs in the bad days would be cast aside forever. Proposing a rehash of the foreign policy that destabilized the Middle East at the cost of thousands of American lives and trillions in treasure would exclude you from polite society. You wouldn’t, for instance, even consider backing the brother of the president who championed all these polices, especially a brother whose only major disagreement with that…
  • Santa Barbara County Oil Cleanup Continues; Pipeline May Be Dug Up Soon

    Javier Panzar, Emily Alpert Reyes, and Joe Mozingo
    24 May 2015 | 4:54 pm
    By Javier Panzar, Emily Alpert Reyes, and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times (TNS) REFUGIO STATE BEACH, Calif.– A section of oil pipeline that ruptured and spilled thousands of gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara County coast could be dug up by the end of the holiday weekend, authorities said, giving them the first opportunity to determine what caused the break. More than 650 workers and 17 boats worked Saturday to clean up the black sheen, so far collecting 9,492 gallons of oily water mixture and 1,250 cubic yards of oily soil. The rupture occurred on the inland side of U.S. 101 on…
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Need ‘Will To Fight’ To Defeat Islamic State

    Christi Parsons
    24 May 2015 | 4:47 pm
    By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The Obama administration intensified its defense of the president’s strategy against the Islamic State group, with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter making a vigorous case that the terrorist group can be defeated only if the Iraqis “develop the will to fight.” After Islamic State victories in the Iraqi city of Ramadi and in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra last week, Carter fended off suggestions that it’s time to position U.S. ground troops and troop air controllers near the trouble spots to…
 
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Holidays at Home

    Ken W. Simpson
    14 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Plastic rainbows men in fancy dress faces damaged by derision and snide jibes. Pretty girls in curlicues dressed in white counting the spaces between paces while playing games beneath a chiaroscuro sky.Filed under: Articles
  • Campaign Launch

    Ken W. Simpson
    3 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    Blasphemous benedictions meek and bleak atrophied disposable as smiles. In remembrance of adulation congealed tears and the pleasures of profanity. Corrupt caresses curtseys in contempt congealed tears and the pleasures of profanity. Corrupt caresses curtseys in contempt effete but discrete by girls in gauzy gowns.Filed under: Articles
  • Indifference

    Ken W. Simpson
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:17 am
    Gradations of grey and shadows stretch into twilight when darkness intervenes. The mind matures like grapes manipulated and squeezed to bleed internally. Silent evocations come to mind of parental indifference and brotherly animosity. My father a stranger to me laughed uproariously at Charlie Chaplin. Obscure days of Sunday ways tacitly prejudiced and pretentiously pious. My […]
  • Dolly

    Ken W. Simpson
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    Aged five or six a city child I was driven to the countryside for a holiday on a dairy farm. Looking back at bits and pieces of faded images blurred and indistinct like squashed insects on a windscreen. Flattened paddocks rushing by pale diffused washes of warm evening colours satiated by the summer heat. My […]
  • 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 […]
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    Political Wire

  • Shapiro Declines Senate Bid in Pennsylvania

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    Josh Shapiro (D) has told national Democratic Party leaders that he will not run for the nomination to challenge Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) next year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Senior Democrats had been encouraging Shapiro to jump into the primary against Joe Sestak, a retired Navy rear admiral and former Delaware County congressman who lost a close race to Toomey in 2010 but who also has a strained relationship with members of the party establishment.”
  • Which Speeches Were for Charity?

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Politico: “The Clintons earned more than $25 million in 2014 from speech income, but a second list released this week from the Clinton Foundation showed that an additional at least $12 million was directed to the family charity since 2001 from 97 speeches made by Bill, Hillary or Chelsea Clinton to various universities, businesses and foreign entities. The Clintons have offered no explanation for how they decided which speeches to donate to their charity and which to take as income.”
  • GOP Candidates Have Few Answers on Islamic State

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    New York Times: “As President Obama grapples with the unnerving territorial gains of the Islamic State last week, the Republicans eyeing the White House are struggling to put forward strategies of their own. The most detailed ideas have come from Mr. Graham, a United States senator from South Carolina who is on the Armed Services Committee, yet he ranks so low in polls that it is unclear if he will qualify to participate in the coming candidate debates. Mr. Bush, a former governor of Florida, and Mr. Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, draw more support from voters at this point, yet…
  • Clinton Emails Highlight Problem with Private Server

    Taegan Goddard
    24 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Associated Press: “The prospect for political complication in Clinton’s choice to use a personal email account, rather than one issued by the government, was evident in the messages released Friday. They included several that were deemed sensitive but unclassified, contained details about her daily schedule and held information — censored in the documents as released — about the CIA that the government is barred from publicly disclosing.” “Taken together, the correspondence provides examples of material considered to be sensitive that Clinton received on the…
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    23 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    “With today’s vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, compassionate, bold and joyful people.” — Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny, quoted by the Washington Post, after Irish voters legalized same-sex marriage.
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    OpedSpace

  • Modi’s One-Year Anniversary: Where Are The ‘Good Days’ He Promised?

    Shashank Shukla, India
    22 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Nearly a year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode to power on a wave of high expectations and a slew of promises that were destined to bring “Acche Din” — “Good Days” — for the common Indian. Yet, a year in, the very same rhetoric is being used by Mr. Modi’s critics who claim that the promises are yet to be translated into reality. Even the staunchest of Modi’s critics praise him for his foreign policy agenda thus far. Enhancing India’s image, Modi started by inviting all SAARC leaders during his swearing in ceremony and engaged in constant…
  • How The Southern Front Could End The Syrian Crisis (VIDEO)

    Lara Nelson, Jordan
    21 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army believe they play a crucial role in the push toward an agreement to end Syria’s civil war. A coalition of over 35,000 in southern Syria, the Southern Front believes they are the only force that can apply enough military pressure around Damascus to get the Assad regime to agree to a political solution. Major Issam Al Reis, the FSA spokesman for the Southern Front and a defected officer who previously spent 20 years in the Syrian Arab Army, discussed the Southern Front’s hopes and needs in this war moving forward. Founded in February 2014 when over…
  • Europe’s Extremist Parties Unite Over The EU’s Failures

    Arnaud Favry, France
    19 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French extreme-right party, the Front National, was eager to see Syriza, the Greek far-left party, win Greece’s parliamentary election. She was not alone. Joined by other heads of national parties and some communist leaders, Le Pen expressed her support for the leftist party on January 20, five days prior to Syriza’s victory: “Yes, we hope for the victory of Syriza!” How is it possible that parties on opposite sides of the political spectrum agree on what type of government Greece should need? Political parties in Europe on both extremes are…
  • Keep The Future Here: Why America’s High-Skilled Immigration Policy Fails Us All

    Alexandra Schuster, US
    18 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    America’s current immigration policy is designed to provide international students with the best higher education in the world. Upon graduation, however, their visas expire, and they are faced with the possibility of deportation or enduring the long and uncertain process of applying for an H-1B visa. The irony: many of these students are ready and eager to put their education to use in the U.S. and contribute to its economy in industries from technology to finance to engineering. Yet despite broad bipartisan support to mend this broken system, very little has been done, resulting in nearly…
  • Explaining an Unlikely Victory – the 2015 UK Election

    Fred Spring, UK
    18 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Two weeks ago every major pollster, pundit and journalist predicted that the UK general election on May 7th would produce a hung parliament, a parliament where no party commands an overall majority of 326 seats. Indeed, the odds on a hung parliament in mid-April were 1/16 with bookmakers favoring the opposition leader, Ed Miliband as the eventual Prime Minister by a margin. The odds on a Conservative majority were just 10/1. The major parties had been busily planned for coalition negotiations and polling had consistently put the opposition Labour party and the Conservatives within 2 points of…
 
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  • 17 year old dies during street wrestling bout in Hyderabad

    admin
    10 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    In a tragic incident, a 17-year-old died during a wrestling match organised by a group of local boys in Hyderabad. The incident occurred in Panjesha in the old city of Hyderabad on May 3 in which the teenager died on the spot after the fight where nearly 15 youngsters were reportedly present but it came in news when the boy’s father insisted to investigate the matter. The boy’s father, who works in Dubai, rushed to Hyderabad when he came to know about the incident. However, the teenager’s father filed a complaint and a case of suspicious death was registered. After police interrogation,…
  • Army ammo reserves may last just 20 days of intense fighting

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    In its report critical of India’s defence sector, the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) on Friday warned that the Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) Mark-I could prove to be the air force’s Achilles’ heel in battle. A second CAG report on ammunition management pointed that the army faced a massive ammunition shortage with reserves that would barely last 20 days of intense fighting. The army needs to build up its war wastage reserves for 40 days of intense fighting. “Stocking of ammunition even at ‘minimum acceptable risk level’ was not ensured, as availability of ammunition as…
  • Shaadi Mubarak Scheme by Telengana Govt

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Telangana Government modified a few guidelines for the ‘Shaadi Mubarak’ scheme. As per the modified orders, the application should be submitted at least one month in advance from the date of marriage. While no changes have been made in the eligibility criteria, some relaxations have been given in the procedure for application and processing. The unmarried girls of minority community should be a resident of Telangana State and should have completed 18 years of age at the time of marriage. The combined income of the Parents shall not exceed Rs. 2,00,000/- per annum. The applicants…
  • A-Z of Rahul Gandhi’s speech

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Rahul Gandhi’s speech, in case his speech paper gets lost.      
  • 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…
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    Time To Change

  • Berapa Berat Mata Memandang, Berat Lagi Bahu Memikul

    23 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Setiap hari kita gigih menatal halaman Facebook atau mana-mana laman sosial yang kita punya. Setiap hari juga bermacam cerita dan berita akan kita tatap, baca dan kadang kala banyak membuatkan kita mengeluh kebimbangan. Kita sering kali bimbang jika terbaca berita-berita yang menggugat keselesaan yang kita punya sekarang, contoh mudah, berita kenaikan harga barangan.Kita akan mengamuk. Kita akan mengkritik. Kita akan mencari jalan untuk meletakkan kesalahan itu dan ini pada mana-mana pundak. Kita senang begitu, kerana kita in manusia yang serba lemah. Tapi, jika kita fikirkan dalam-dalam,…
  • Perihal Manusia Mahu Menjadi Tuhan

    17 May 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Isnin lepas, giliran saya menjadi pembentang untuk aktiviti perkumpulan kami di UKM. Ya, saban minggu kami bertemu dan berdiskusi tentang buku. Kami bergerak secara tertutup, cuma sesekali menjemput pembentang luar. Jika pernah terserempak dengan status Facebook dari akaun yang bernama +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café, itulah kami.Dijadikan cerita, kami memilih untuk lari sebentar dari buku. Kami memilih untuk membentangkan dan membahaskan sebuah video pendek, syarahan tentang konsep manusia sekarang sudah pun bertukar menjadi Tuhan. Saya si tukang bentangnya. Tajuk video itu, We Are The…
  • 45 Tahun Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

    17 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    4 tahun menuntut ilmu di perbukitan ilmu UKM, apabila ditanya seseorang apakah perkara yang paling tidak digemari, dijawab rata-rata oleh para graduan adalah, menulis tesis dalam Bahasa Melayu. 4 tahun di universiti yang ditubuhkan pada aspirasi untuk memartabatkan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa keilmuan, graduannya boleh memberi jawapan sebegitu.Di mana silapnya Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia? Silapnya itu, di pundak mahasiswa ataupun di pundak pengaturcaraan universiti sendiri? Untuk berlaku adil, kita memberi telahan, salahnya itu pada sesiapa sahaja yang berhajat kepada universiti ini,…
  • Bagaimana Menjadi Machiavelli

    17 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Kita sering dimomokkan, atau disuap, bahawa falsafah politik yang diasaskan oleh Niccolò Machiavelli, dalam frasa yang cukup popular iaitu ‘matlamat menghalalkan cara’, adalah bersalahan dengan ajaran Islam. Bahawa tuhan tidak melihat akan hasil, atau matlamat, tetapi melihat pada cara yang bagaimana kita berbuat untuk mencapai sesuatu.Rasanya bukan sedikit manusia umumnya yang berbicara tentang ‘cara’ itu. Oleh kerana falsafah ini cocok pada politikus dan segala macam dunia politik, maka dampak tempias banyaknya terkena pada orang-orang politik. Tidak ramai yang membincangkan…
  • Projek Perpustakaan Awam Mini

    15 May 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Kawan saya bertanyakan jumlah buku yang saya miliki, saya tidak pasti berapa. Cuma, saya yakin ianya sudah melebihi 500 buah buku, yang semuanya bertimbunan di dalam bilik kecil di kolej kediaman UKM. Sebenarnya, soalan itu membuatkan saya terfikir untuk memulakan sebuah projek – atau nama lainnya, segmen artikel – dalam blog kecil ini dengan memfokuskan pada buku dan kemaskini senarai buku bulanan.Saya membaca blog The Personal Libraries Library yang diusahakan oleh Abra Ancliffe, di mana beliau membina sebuah perpustakaan awam mini, di rumahnya yang bertujuan menjadi sebuah komuniti…
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    The Political Insider

  • Honoring the Uncle I Never Met on Memorial Day

    Rachel Mullen
    23 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    “We are a Gold Star Family.” It was something I heard every May from my Grandma. It was a cursed blessing for her. She had immense pride that her brother, PFC Samuel J. Perri, died a hero in France in 1944 at the young age of 19. But, alas he was her baby brother and the sacrifice of his life was at times overwhelmingly painful. My Grandma was a sweet yet sometimes combative woman. She always melted when speaking of her youngest brother, Sam. I remember in 2004, she was crying and said, “I can’t believe it’s been 60 years. It feels like it was just yesterday.” My Great Grandmother…
  • What This Shooting Suspect Does in Front of a News Camera Is Outrageous (WATCH!)

    Rusty Weiss
    22 May 2015 | 11:02 am
      Wherever would this guy get the notion that faking an injury would immediately put police officers on the defensive and possibly lead to a brutality case down the line? Oh that’s right — Marilyn Mosby, President Obama, Al Sharpton, and on and on. A Baltimore man arrested on suspicion of shooting five people – one fatally – was being escorted away by police when he spotted a news camera. Almost immediately, the suspect, who had been walking just fine up until that point, collapsed to the ground and started screaming about his back. Via The Blaze: A Baltimore…
  • A MASSIVE Duck Dynasty Announcement was Just Made – This Changes Everything!

    TPIWriter
    22 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    Duck Dynasty is perhaps the greatest show on television. Loyal fans of the A&E reality show have watched for seasons, and want to know what the Robertson clan is up to. From hunting, to fishing, to thriving in a duck-call business, their antics are always hilarious and inspiring. We love Duck Dynasty. But the family happens to be Christian, and the positive examples they set for how to live a happy (happy, happy) Christian life make the liberals angry! That’s why Phil Robertson was temporarily kicked off the show last year, because he believes in the Bible’s teachings on…
  • Street Art Stephanopoulos and Hillary Will Hate Is Hanging Up All Over NYC

    Rachel Mullen
    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos isn’t having a great week. His lack of journalistic integrity was highlighted when it was exposed that he donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation yet failed to disclose this information when he was reporting on the Foundation’s woes. There have been calls for his resignation. To add insult to his injuries some posters were put up in Manhattan close to ABC News’ Good Morning America studio. The posters have pictures of Stephanopoulos with Hillary Clinton and contain the words “Pay Pal” and “Donate.”…
  • Lazy Obama Voter Makes Excuse for Leaving Family – The Judge SHREDS Him!

    TPIWriter
    22 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    Judge Lynn Toler saw this thug coming a mile away, and she was ready for him. Watch (below) as the Judge confronts this guy about his endless excuses for leaving his family. The Judge, in a brilliant rant, makes flawless points about what it takes to be a father and a man. Dads should be role models, not losers. This is fantastic! “I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know who caused it. All I know is that at some point of in time, the definition of manhood shifted way to the left and down. It is no longer what it was when my father was young or alive. It is no longer what it was…
 
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    The Outraged American

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    13 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
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  • Muscle building tips Mental madness

    6 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
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    The Grapevine

  • The Conservative Ascendancy

    Scott Hutchings
    24 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Scott Hutchings argues Labour will falter, while the new Conservative government will go to strength to strength. It is nice to be surprised occasionally, and never more so than the morning of Friday the 8th of May, when the Conservatives won their first majority since 1992, securing 331 seats against Labour’s 232 and delivering the Government a majority of 12 (or 16 if you exclude Sinn Fein). The election result was a wholehearted rejection of a return to the sort of left-wing policies that we thought we had managed to banish in the 1980s, namely a high tax and high spending economic…
  • An answer to the West Lothian Question?

    Evan Byrne
    22 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Evan Byrne reviews the West Lothian Question in light of the election results. In his speech upon returning from the Palace, David Cameron announced as part of his intention for government that he would implement as fast as he could further devolution for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He also stated that no constitutional settlement would be complete if it did not offer, also, fairness to England. Is “fairness for England” a long awaited solution to the West Lothian Question? The West Lothian Question was first raised in the 1970s, and the term coined by Enoch Powell in 1977, over…
  • Upheaval and unrest in the Land of Smiles

    Nick Flintoff
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Nick Flintoff details Thailand’s vicious cycle of coups, protests and elections. Friday the 22nd of May 2015 marks the first anniversary of Thailand’s most recent military coup, the twelfth time that the army has successfully seized power in the country’s history.  The coup came at the end of a turbulent cycle of elections followed by street protests followed by government downfall – be it at the hands of the military or the judiciary – spanning more than a decade.  The situation came to a head last year after months of political turmoil, with the army leadership…
  • Will Labour learn its lesson?

    Will Fremont-Barnes
    19 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    Will Fremont-Barnes looks to  Labour’s past and speculates on its future. Within minutes of an exit poll that confounded politicians, pollsters and pundits alike, the Labour inquest was well underway. How, against a Conservative Party whose policies in government should have made its candidates electorally toxic, did Labour fail to make significant gains in England? Why, having rejected decisively the chance to become an independent country just eight months ago, did the Scottish people desert Labour for the SNP in droves? It was a humiliating night for Labour. Leading up to that shock…
  • A deserved victory for David Cameron and the Conservatives

    Ben Callaghan
    17 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    Ben Callaghan explains why the Conservatives won and why a Conservative majority government is good for Britain’s future. I was buying the first of many cups of coffee in the ICC in Birmingham when I saw the exit poll giving the Conservatives a clear lead in the number of seats. Throughout the day I had been campaigning on the streets of Longbridge and Northfield in a marginal Birmingham constituency, believing that the best outcome the Conservatives could hope for would be a continuation of the Conservative –Liberal Democrat coalition. For the months preceding the election if people…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • HANO Officer Found Shot to Death in Cruiser While Patrolling Construction Site

    Janet Shan
    24 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    HANO Officer Found Shot to Death in Cruiser While Patrolling Construction Site An officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans was found shot to death in his patrol car at about 7:10 a.m. Sunday, NOLA.com reports. The police said the car still had its lights on and was in drive, having come to stop after hitting a curb. The 45-year-old officer served two years with HANO. He was patrolling a Central City construction site. NOLA reports HANO Police Chief Robert Anderson