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  • The New American Thugocracy

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    Mike McDaniel
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    On Friday, November 21, 2014, Americans rose from slumber in a new nation, a nation not conceived in liberty, nor dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. By the blatantly unconstitutional ruses of “prosecutorial discretion” and imperial impatience, President Obama has swept away any restraint on presidential whim. He now unquestionably rules by edict, and all Americans are no longer free men and women, but subjects liable to awaken tomorrow to find more and more of their liberty, their opportunity, their ability to live their lives as they choose, gone. President…
  • The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report: Some Votes Are More Equal Than Others

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    Dan Weber
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    On this week’s installment of The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report, presented by Fartknocker, Governor Quitterpants looks right into the camera and argues with herself for six minutes. Democracy is good, Palin says, and since the Republicans won in 2014, the will of the voters must be respected. In 2012, however, when Barack Obama became the first president since Eisenhower to win at least 50% of the national vote in successive elections — well, that didn’t count. Not in the same way, anyhow. The voters did not vote to make Barack Obama king in 2012; instead, they voted to make…
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    The Fix
    Jaime Fuller
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    1. Robert Costa raises the problems that Republicans now have to contend with on immigration — and within their party. 2. And Ed O'Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund lay out the winners and losers of the policy. 3. Legals scholars seem to agree that — despite what you think of the policy — President  Obama's actions on immigration are perfectly […]
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    Greg Sargent
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    All yours.
  • Where people who got green cards in 2013 came from

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every year, the United States offers permanent residency status to immigrants who -- in the vernacular -- "played by the rules." They applied for residency, didn't violate the law, and so on. As with every other aspect of the immigration debate, the population of permanent residents is more nuanced than you might expect. The Department […]
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    The Atlantic

  • Vancouver Experiments With Prescription Heroin

    Matt Schiavenza
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Vancouver, one of North America's most progressive cities in respect to drug policy, will conduct a groundbreaking experiment: prescription heroin. Following a clinical trial involving 26 subjects, doctors at the city's Providence Medical Clinic have earned permission to provide doses of the drug to a group of 120 severe addicts. The decision followed a lengthy back and forth with Rona Ambrose, Canada's federal Health Secretary, who opposes the policy. Vancouver has provided needle exchange programs for 11 years, a policy that has reduced negative outcomes from contaminated needles. But clean…
  • Ted Cruz's Answer to Obama's Immigration Order: Keep Eric Holder in Office

    Allen McDuffee
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    Senator Ted Cruz, who's been one of the more vocal congressional Republicans in the fight against President Obama's executive action on immigration since even before it was announced, doubled down on his Politico op-ed on Fox News Sunday, in which he said the GOP should refuse to confirm the president's nominees until he backs down on the measure. "If the president announces executive amnesty, the new Senate majority leader who takes over in January should announce that the 114th Congress will not confirm a single nominee—executive or judicial—outside of vital national security positions,…
  • The Many Iranian Obstacles in the Way of a Strong Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is—like a large number of Democrats—fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (It seems likely, at this moment at least, that the Iran talks will be extended for several more months.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama administration that…
  • The Cook and the Janitor

    James Hamblin
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    On October 24, 2013, the now infamous Valley Springs Manor assisted-living facility shuttered its doors. A sign on the front door hanging below a decorative paper jack-o'-lantern read "closed for business." About 16—some reports say as many as 19—elderly residents were still inside. Some were sick and bedridden. The story made national news, which highlighted the fact that the proprietors and most of the staff abandoned the northern California facility and its residents in a "chaotic mass evacuation." When the state ordered the facility closed, according to San Jose Mercury News, "most of…
  • Marion Barry, Four-Term Mayor of Washington, Dead at 78

    Allen McDuffee
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Marion S. Barry, Jr., the sharecropper's son and civil rights activist who became Washington, D.C.'s most flamboyant and divisive mayor for four terms, died early Sunday at the age of 78. United Medical Center spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Mr. Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m., following a brief stay at Howard University Hospital. No cause of death was given, but Barry had suffered many health problems over the years, including prostate cancer, diabetes, anemia and kidney ailments. Among Washington's poorest residents, Barry was viewed as a symbol of…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • The price of justice: The less you have, the more it costs

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I thought it strange when Newt Gingrich came out in favor of California's Proposition 47 that reduced prison time for some non-violent offenders. I knew there had to be a financial reward somewhere, but I wasn't sure what it was. His co-author of their Los Angeles Times op-ed was B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., a wealthy conservative and board member of the American Action Network (affiliated with Karl Rove's American Crossroads, which counted Hughes' father as its largest donor) and founder of the non-profit, Serving California. Serving California implemented a program in 19 state prisons involving to…
  • Pssst. Might I have a word with you, Sen. Inhofe...?

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Did this guy really say human-caused global warming is "the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state?" Sorry I'm a few days late giving a nod to you on your 80th birthday, Sen. Inhofe. I suspect you had an extra-special celebration this year since you'll soon be getting back to the chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee after eight years putting up with its Democratic leadership. Not to mention the eye-rolling directed your way every time global warming made it onto the agenda. I'll bet you're all fired up to be in…
  • GOP says Obama pushes popular immigration policies to win votes. Er, that's called democracy.

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    People usually vote for those who support policies with which they agree. That's Democracy 101. I'm finding that sometimes Republican arguments don't exactly make 100 percent sense. Any of you out there finding that? Okay, enough with the understatements. Republican politicians and right-wing talking heads have long criticized President Obama for what they call pandering to Latinos over immigration, as demonstrated by his support for comprehensive immigration reform, as well as his previous executive actions and the one he announced on Thursday. Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin have…
  • The coming GOP meltdown on defunding

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    President Obama has forced the GOP to come out against folks like these. Had fantasy of Obama yelling at GOP like Rorschach: "I'm not locked in here with you--you're locked in here with me!" In a way, he just did —Billmon (@billmon1) November 21, 2014 If not familiar with Watchmen, see this. President Obama, in a powerful and compelling speech Thursday night, announced an executive action on immigration enforcement policies. The expressed and apparent purpose was to permit millions of families to remain together. In the most moving part of the speech, the president said: Astrid was brought…
  • 'Let them eat cake': The GOP and its attacks on the middle class

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    New Yorkers lining up for ... cake? ... during the Great Depression. While it is unlikely that Marie Antoinette ever uttered the words, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche," or the garbled English translation, "Let them eat cake," those words still have meaning to us today. It is likely that those words were used as propaganda by those who opposed her and her husband, King Louis XVI, leading up to the French Revolution. "Let them eat cake" has become the rallying cry of the oppressed, as it showed how the aristocracy in France had no understanding of those living in poverty at the time. It sowed…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Israeli Cabinet Moves to Define Israel as Jewish

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved draft legislation that emphasized Israel's Jewish character above its democratic nature. The bill, a proposal for a basic law titled "Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People," passed 14 to 6 and requires a vote in Parliament to become law. Ahmed Tibi, a veteran Arab member of the Israeli Parliament, said the proposed legislation "confirms that the Jewish and democratic state is a fiction." He described Israel instead as a "Judocracy" that would never recognize the collective rights of a non-Jewish minority.
  • NBC Employee: I Helped Cosby Pay Off 8 Women

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Back when Bill Cosby was the king of network television, veteran NBC employee Frank Scotti served as the royal fixer, the New York Daily News reports. When Cosby invited young models into his Brooklyn dressing room, Scotti stood watch outside the door. When the married Cosby sought a Queens apartment for another pretty face, Scotti arranged the deal. And when Cosby needed cash disbursed to his flock of single female friends, Scotti became the conduit for payments of up to $2,000 a month. "I did a lot of crazy things for him," said Scott, who was facilities manager in the studio where the…
  • GOP Senator: 'Shame On Us' for No Immigration Reform

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Republicans are partially responsible for not passing comprehensive immigration reform. "Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that's national security, thatÂ’s cultural, that's economic," Graham said on CNN's State of the Union. "Is it the position of the Republican Party that the 11 million must be driven out? I have never been in that camp as being practical. I am in the camp of securing our borders first, fixing a broken legal immigration, have an E-Verify program so you can't cheat."
  • Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

    PunchyPossum
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C. jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday. He was 78. Barry, who was hospitalized briefly last week, died at the United Medical Center in Washington. Barry served three terms from 1979 until 1991, when he went to prison for six months. He reclaimed the job in the 1995 election. Barry's third term was sullied by open talk of womanizing, drinking and drug use and he became a punchline for comedians and a target of disdain for the media.
  • 3-Year-Old Shot by 4-Year-Old Playmate

    rcade
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    A 3-year-old boy in Washington state was shot in the mouth apparently by a 4-year-old playmate, law enforcement officials said. The boy had been playing with his neighbor late Friday at his family's Lake Stevens home when his "father heard a loud noise coming from the bedroom," a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office statement said.
 
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  • That Inspires Confidence

    Josh Marshall
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    While he wasn't second in command of the United States nuclear arsenal, Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina not only had a 15 hour a week gambling habit he also had a one-man poker chip counterfeiting operation in which he used paint and stickers to make $1 poker chips into $500 poker chips. This led to repeated bans from local casinos, eventually a lifetime ban and finally his nuclear weapons were taken away.
  • More on Christie's Ditched Ebola Policy

    Josh Marshall
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Courtesy of TPM Reader FN we have some more information on Chris Christie's crackpot Ebola policy, which he seems to have quietly ditched after no one was looking. FN flags this piece just published by NJ.com which suggests that Christie simply never implemented the policy. But not before finding an abandoned psychiatric hospital, Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital, in Hunterdon Country where asymptomatic health care workers returning from West Africa would be confined - and not before racking up 500 hours of police overtime hours to guard the abandoned facility even though no one was there. Read…
  • 1 Minute Survey

    Josh Marshall
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 pm
    We're considering making a change to how we present comments and we'd like to get your feedback. (Basically, we're deciding whether to keep using the comments "drawer" on the right or just use the full comments page.) It's one question and takes literally 30 seconds. Just click the read more to answer our question Read More →
  • Is Rand Paul Trolling Himself?

    Josh Marshall
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Sen. Paul says immigration executive order is like Japanese internment camp order.
  • But The Dream Will Never Die

    Josh Marshall
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Sen. Sessions tells GOPers: Sorry, Guys. We're not going to impeach President Obama.
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    Political Animal

  • Nothing is Sacred

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    I honestly wonder how anyone can justify this: A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game. About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district. As you might expect at such an event, the majority of the victims were young. Local reports say a suicide bomber walked into the large gathering before detonating the explosives. A spokesman for the provincial governor…
  • Odds & Ends

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Here are some stories that caught my eye today. One of the most frustrating things about Republicans over the last few years is their adoption of "post-policy" positioning." That's why Kimberly Strassel's op-ed is revealing. She's having some fun positing that if President Obama can claim the kinds of powers she identifies, why not the next Republican president too? And then she unleashes what the agenda would be. Holy cow!!!! Suffice it to say, "Social Security? What Social Security?" All I can say is...please Bibi, don't do it! The good news of the day is that the incoming Nevada House…
  • Are Americans "Stupid" or Uninformed?

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Republicans are making hay out of Jonathan Gruber's suggestion that those who crafted Obamacare thought the American public was stupid. While that was a politically incorrect (and stupid) thing to say, we've all seen enough "man on the street" interviews where too many people don't know which party controls Congress or who the current Vice President is to simply dismiss it as untrue. But a more relevant question would be to ask whether or not the American public is "stupid" (inferring a lack of intelligence) or uninformed. That is the question sparked by this recent Gallup poll. They found…
  • The Electoral College Is Not Set in Amber

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Everyone knows, or should know, that the electorate that turns out in federal midterm elections is distinct enough from the electorate that turns out in presidential elections that it is hard to draw lessons from one that reliably apply to the other. It's treacherous enough to try to apply lessons from the last presidential election to the next one. So, it's important to remember that just because Scott Walker won reelection in Wisconsin, for example, this does not necessarily mean that Wisconsin in going to be in play for the Republicans in the 2016 election. It should be remembered that the…
  • Saying Goodbye to Marion Barry

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    Former DC Mayor, Marion Barry, passed away last night at the age of seventy-eight. It might seem strange to some, but he always reminded me a lot of James Brown. They both came from dirt-poor broken families in the Deep South. They both had remarkable talents, ambition, work ethics, and insecurities. They both tended to opulence and ostentation, obsessed with their image, and they both were brought low repeatedly as they struggled with substance abuse. They both had troubled relationships with women. They were both extremely important to the Civil Rights and Black Pride movements. They both…
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    New Republic

  • Marion Barry Was a Historic Figure Who Couldn't Admit He Was History

    Franklin Foer
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    If you care about Washington, you inevitably expend enormous quantities of breath defending the place. You develop a long enemies list. There are the populist bullies, such as George W. Bush, who bash the inside-the-Beltway mentality. Then there are the New York snobs, the populists' strange bedfell
  • Obesity Is Even More Costly Than We Thought

    Juan David Romero
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent headlines have not shied away from the economic effects of obesity: “Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror,” says The Guardian. “Global costs of obesity almost equal to
  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician

    Michael Ignatieff
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Friend,I was touched that you asked for my advice about going into politics. Anyone whose career in politics was nasty, brutish, and short—as mine was—is grateful that anyone thinks their opinion is worth hearing. All I’d claim is that my thoughts come with what Scott Fitzgerald calle
  • Girls and Boys Don't Need Separate Books

    Glosswitch
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    My youngest son adores his Ladybird Well Loved Tales collection. It’s the same collection I had as a child, including all the old classics: The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog. Over
  • Five Charts That Show Why a Post-White America Is Already Here

    William H. Frey
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The sweeping racial changes transforming the United States come with an important demographic dimension: age. The waves of Hispanics and Asians and multiracial Americans reshaping the country’s population are full of young people, who by some measures already outnumber their white counterparts. Th
 
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  • The Long, Hard Slog Continues

    Mark Thompson
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    On Saturday, Islamist militants halted a bus crammed with 60 passengers in northeastern Kenya, killing 28 who could not recite a Muslim declaration of faith. The same day, word leaked that President Obama has agreed to a stepped-up combat role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond the original Dec. 31, 2014, deadline. On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed at least 49 people—mostly kids—at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan. Later in the day, the Washington Post told of one of the final U.S. military units readying to ship out for Afghanistan, even as the Taliban grow in…
  • Washington D.C. Mourns Its ‘Mayor for Life’

    Nolan Feeney
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Flags are flying at half-staff in Washington, D.C., as the city mourns former mayor Marion Barry, who died Sunday at age 78. A spokesperson for current mayor of the nation’s capital, Mayor Vincent Gray, said he ordered that the flags be lowered in Barry’s honor, the Associated Press reports. “Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Gray said in a statement. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.” There was a notable outpouring of tributes from…
  • Obama: Voters Want ‘New Car Smell’ in 2016

    Zeke J Miller
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that voters will be looking for a “fresh start” as they go to the polls in 2016 to select his successor. “I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want—you know, that new car smell. You know, their own—they want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me,” Obama told ABC This Week’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview taped Friday in Las Vegas, a day after Obama announced his executive action on immigration. The president acknowledged…
  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

    alexishauk
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    (WASHINGTON) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washington hotel room and the grainy video that showed him lighting a crack pipe in the company of a much-younger woman. When FBI agents burst in, he referred to her with an expletive. She “set me up,” Barry…
  • President Obama Distorts ‘Amnesty’ to Sell His Executive Actions

    Michael Scherer
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    President Obama has rolled out his executive action on immigration with a talking point that guts the meaning of a word for political ends. As a general rule, democracies should take notice when their leaders do this. “I know critics call this ‘amnesty,’” he said today in a speech in Nevada, describing his decision to give temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. “It’s not amnesty. Amnesty is what we have now.” The Merriam Webster dictionary, an American English standard, gives us this definition of “amnesty”:…
 
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  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.
  • Admiral denies role in counterfeiting casino chips

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips denied Sunday that he played any role in making them.
  • Marion Barry remembered for love of DC

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Marion Barry, who served four terms as the mayor of the District of Columbia and served on the D.C. Council as the representative for the city's Ward 8 until his death Sunday at the age of 78, was remembered for his love for the city he served:
  • Obama: Americans want 'new car smell' in 2016

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama says voters want a "new car smell" in the 2016 White House race and that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be "a great president."
  • US tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. told Iran Sunday that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline.
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    Political Irony

  • Toothless Dog

    Iron Knee
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The list of crimes committed by large banks is long: money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels, manipulation of interest rates to defraud investors, rigging commodities markets to raise the prices you pay, mortgage fraud (including breaking state and federal laws when kicking people out of their homes and foreclosing on them), and manipulating municipal debt markets. And these are just the ones we know about. Yet no bankers have actually gone to jail for these crimes. No wonder people believe the system is rigged — it is! So it comes as little surprise when during testimony in…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
    “President Obama is in China now for an economic summit in Beijing. The president wore a traditional purple silk shirt along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. That’s after they taught Putin how to put a shirt ON.” – Jimmy Fallon “President Obama is in China. Also in China is evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. They’re both in China at the same time. It’s like running into your ex-girlfriend on vacation.” – David Letterman “It is Veterans Day, when we honor everyone who served in all of the campaigns. We honor them with…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Iron Knee
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Posts may be a bit spotty for the next week or so. Enjoy your Thanksgiving and take a break from politics (especially from talking about politics at the Thanksgiving table)! Related posts: Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving?
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    “Both President Obama and former President George W. Bush were interviewed on ‘Face the Nation’ over the weekend. President Bush said there’s a 50 percent chance his brother Jeb will run for president in 2016. Then he said, ‘But there’s an 80 percent chance he won’t.'” – Jimmy Fallon “This weekend George W. Bush said it’s a toss-up whether his brother Jeb will run for president in 2016. Bush said there’s a 40-40 chance.” – Seth Meyers “It was the 60th anniversary of ‘Face the Nation.’ During his…
  • Preemptive Attack

    Iron Knee
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    The GOP is promising to “swiftly counter Obama’s immigration moves“. Senator Mitch McConnell even gave a speech today and declared that Obama would regret ignoring the wishes of the American people. McConnell said “We’re considering a variety of options”, which is a reference to shutting down the government or impeaching Obama. According to the NY Times a steady stream of Republicans are condemning Obama for what they expect him to announce. Senator John Cornyn accused the president of “provoking a constitutional crisis” that would be…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • News Anchors Quietly Met With Darren Wilson: Report

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    A number of high profile TV news anchors quietly met with Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in hopes of securing an interview with him, CNN's Brian Stelter reported Sunday. Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August, sparking months of protests. A grand jury in the St. Louis suburb is currently deliberating whether to indict Wilson over Brown's death, and is expected to issue a decision in the near future. Wilson has not given any interviews since the August shooting, and has not publicly commented on Brown's death. According to Stelter, the anchors…
  • Rudy Giuliani Says White Cops Are Needed To Stop Black People From Shooting Each Other

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    WASHINGTON -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) on Sunday criticized what he described as lopsided coverage of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, calling on the media to stop focusing on racially disproportionate police forces and pay more attention to black people killing one another. "I find it very disappointing that you're not discussing the fact that 93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We're talking about the exception here," Giuliani said on NBC's "Meet The Press," referring to the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American…
  • Obama: Marion Barry 'Helped Advance The Cause Of Civil Rights For All'

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    President Barack Obama issued a statement Sunday on the death of four-time District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry. Acknowledging his "at times tumultuous" public life, Obama praised Barry for his civil rights contributions and decades of service to Washington, D.C.: Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper's son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advance the cause of civil rights for all. During…
  • Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen Steps Down After Racist And Sexist Writings Emerge

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    WASHINGTON -- The incoming speaker of the Nevada State Assembly told his colleagues Sunday morning that he will not be leading them in the new year, as he continues to face a firestorm of criticism over his history of bigoted remarks. Assemblyman Ira Hansen (R), who was recently elected as the legislature's next speaker, sent an early-morning email to his caucus announcing his intentions, according to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston. "Politics of personal destruction win. I need to step down," Hansen wrote in the email. "I hope that you all know that the Ira that you have known through these…
  • Notes on a Midwestern Childhood as Ferguson Waits

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    I grew up in a small town less than an hour from Ferguson, Missouri and since the shooting of Michael Brown, extreme police reaction to protesters, and now the wait for Grand Jury results, I've been recalling a Midwestern childhood where fear of the Otherness surrounding St. Louis was pervasive. You were told to be careful because They shot tires out on cars driving into the city, looted the car and killed the passengers. They. After driving through an hour of cornfields, you passed the suburbs with fancy department stores, followed by the extreme poverty of East St. Louis, and then the city…
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  • CNN Media Critic: Fox News Kept Its Audience "Largely In The Dark" About New Report That Undermines Benghazi Hoax

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:45 pm
    From the November 23 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:Previously: REPORT: Fox's Benghazi Obsession By The Numbers GOP Led Report Debunks Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Hoax Fox News Quiet After Congressional Report Finds No Benghazi Scandal 
  • Now Fox & Friends Is Upset That Obama Is Quoting Scripture

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    The hosts of Fox & Friends were incensed that President Obama quoted scripture in a primetime address detailing his upcoming executive action on immigration, challenging him to a "scripture-showdown" and claiming it's "repugnant" for Obama to "lecture us on Christian faith." But just 48 hours earlier, the Fox hosts were lamenting that Obama doesn't make public expressions of his Christian faith often enough.  Obama quoted lines from the Bible in a November 20 address, explaining the nation's responsibility to reform unfair immigration enforcement…
  • GOP Led Report Debunks Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Hoax

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    On November 21, the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) released the findings of a nearly two year-long investigative report into the September 2012 attacks on two U.S. facilities in Benghazi. This report, like many before it, debunked right-wing media's myths about the attacks, concluding that there was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks, no stand down order was issued during attacks, and the administration's initial talking points about the attacks were based on the Central Intelligence Agency's assessment at the time, as the administration…
  • Right-Wing Media Use Economic Myths To Attack Obama's Immigration Action

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Conservative media outlets are attacking President Obama's immigration action with myths that the newly protected workers will hurt the economy and the tax system. In reality, immigration increases wages and doesn't hurt employment, and the executive action is likely to boost tax revenue.Obama Announces Executive Action On Immigration Obama's Executive Action On Immigration Will Protect Some From Deportation, Expand Work Permits. In a November 20 speech, Obama announced a plan to offer protection from…
  • Fox Dumps Obama Speech For Interview With Anti-Immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
    Fox News dropped its coverage of President Obama's speech on immigration in Nevada, switching to an interview with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is suing the administration over the administration's recently announced immigration actions. Fox, CNN, and MSNBC all carried the beginning of Obama's speech live. But at 4 p.m. ET, Your World with Neil Cavuto began. After describing the contents of the speech while airing the live video feed of President Obama, Cavuto stated, "as he's talking, I want you to meet the sheriff who's suing" and began to interview Arpaio.
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Iran’s Nuclear Program: A Generational Divide

    Ghazal Rahmanpanah
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    by Ghazal Rahmanpanah -Iran/USA- Multigenerational presence at Tehran’s Old Bazaar. Photograph courtesy of the author.In the summer of 2013, three decades after the end of the Iranian hostage crisis, the windows of the former United States embassy in the heart of downtown Tehran were washed once again and colorful murals were painted on the abandoned external walls. With the election of Dr. Hassan Rouhani to the Islamic Republic’s presidency, the people of Iran began envisioning a hopeful relationship between Iran and the U.S.A, believing promises of negotiations and economic relief…
  • Netanyahu warns of ‘grave mistake’ if France recognises Palestinian state

    NEWS WIRES
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that France’s parliament would be making a “grave mistake” if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.
  • Iran: Nuclear deal impossible before deadline

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Iran and six main powers involved in Vienna talks are discussing possibility of extending Sunday night deadline.
  • UK ‘unlikely to meet’ migration target

    BBC News - Home
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    EU migration has "blown off course" the UK's target to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, the home secretary says.
  • Israeli army shooting blamed for Gaza death

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Spokesperson says one of two Palestinians was hit near border fence in first such incident since end of summer war.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #608 | People Are Horrible Vol. 17

    aaron rand freeman
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Awful. #TeamBlackness discusses Don Lemon … again, a fire chief refuses to help Black family in a traffic accident, and Tanzania evicting 40,000 people from homeland to make room for Dubai royal family. 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! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Garland Jeffreys’ “The Rest of My Life Tour” Returns to Chicago

    David Von Ebers
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Pausing between songs at his intimate, mostly acoustic November 6 show at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, New York singer/songwriter Garland Jeffreys quipped, “So, we’re on this little tour … I call it ‘The Rest of My Life Tour’ ….” At 72 and still bringing down the house, you can’t begrudge him the hint of road-weariness implicit in that observation. Since the release of his phenomenal come-back album, The King of In Between, in 2011, Garland Jeffreys has seemingly been on tour nonstop, pausing a bit to record his crowd-funded follow-up, Truth Serum, in 2013, before heading back…
  • #TWIBprime #607 | Just Be Quiet

    aaron rand freeman
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Silence Is Sometimes Best. #TeamBlackness discusses conversation fatigue and how even allies are problematic. 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! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • #TWIBprime #606 | Soon

    aaron rand freeman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Skip 2016. #TeamBlackness discusses the state of emergency declared in Ferguson, listen to an old Bill Cosby joke in a new light, and plot the REVOLUTION. 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! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • @BlackGirlNerds #13 | Legend of the Mantamaji

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    An Evening With Eric Dean Seaton. Jamie sits down with director Eric Dean Seaton to discuss his latest project, Legend of the Mantamaji. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax 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 @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
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    Wonkette

  • Sundays With The Christianists: Nathaniel Hawthorne Had A Co-Author. Was It Satan?

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    If it’s Sunday, this must be Christianists! Time to get all literary again, as we learn how Nathaniel Hawthorne is personally responsible for destroying Christianity in America, at least according to homeschooling advocate and radio preacher Kevin Swanson and his intellectual e-book masterpiece Apostate: The Men Who Destroyed the Christian West. Swanson documents, in irrefutable detail, how pretty much everything we think of as “Western Culture” has actually been part of an assault on Christianity, from Thomas Aquinas to Disney. (OK, Disney isn’t in the book. But…
  • The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report: Some Votes Are More Equal Than Others

    Dan Weber
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    On this week’s installment of The Sarah Palin Fartknocker Report, presented by Fartknocker, Governor Quitterpants looks right into the camera and argues with herself for six minutes. Democracy is good, Palin says, and since the Republicans won in 2014, the will of the voters must be respected. In 2012, however, when Barack Obama became the first president since Eisenhower to win at least 50% of the national vote in successive elections — well, that didn’t count. Not in the same way, anyhow. The voters did not vote to make Barack Obama king in 2012; instead, they voted to make…
  • Derp Roundup: Rand Paul Explains How Not Deporting People Is Just Like WW II Internment Camps

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Yes, it’s another Derp Roundup, where we steam-clean our browser tabs of stories that were too stupid to ignore, mix the slurry with booze, and serve it up to you. Consume carefully! Our Top Derp comes from Rand Paul, who approaches every topic as if it were a late-night discussion in a college dorm. He’s found the perfect historical parallel for Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration: It reminds him of nothing so much as Franklin Roosevelt’s infamous Executive Order 9066, the 1942 order that sent all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast to internment…
  • How Irresponsible Is Putin? Let’s Ask This Russian Guy Who Embezzled a Billion Dollars

    Riley Waggaman
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Like all karate black belts, Vladimir Putin is incapable of anticipating anything. He’s “not someone who sets strategic plans; he lives today.” He’s as unpredictable as a menopausal woman [no offense, Mom – Riley]. Sometimes he even barricades himself in his Kremlin nuclear fallout shelter for hours on end, snacking on buckets of tasty popcorn shrimps as he watches Bridget Jones’s Diary over and over again. We know all of this thanks to Russia’s bravest political dissident-in-exile, Sergei Pugachev, who describes Putin as a comatose Ritalin-befogged vegetable:…
  • Y’all Are Eatin’ Collard Greens Up In Here; Or, Vegetables Are Better With Bacon

    Mojopo
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Collard Greens are an ancient food first cultivated in Greece at least two thousand years ago. It is a mildly bitter, leafy plant widely recognized as an accompaniment to meals served in Africa, Brazil and the Southern US. Collard greens have endured the test of time in many nations because they’re delicious. Your Recipe Hub is well versed in the down-home, howdy ya’all version of collard greens and prepared some for you today. People in southern states and soul food aficionados will read this recipe for two reasons. First, they can’t imagine I would have the nerve to make…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Video: Jay Carney says Obama “literally doing what he promised not to do”

    Jazz Shaw
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Now you tell us As I’ve said in the past, I never envy the White House Press Secretary for the job they have to do. It’s essentially a position where you agree to go out week after week and serve as the punching bag for someone else as you speak their words and defend their decisions, with no option […] View the video »
  • A hero comes home. Korean War MoH recipient laid to rest at Arlington

    Jazz Shaw
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Salute Perhaps Sunday is the most fitting day for a story like this, and while it may not be some firestorm of breaking, controversial news, it is certainly important. Earlier this year, Army Pvt. Miguel A. Vera was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Korean War, leading to his giving […] Read this post »
  • NFL Week 12 open thread

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    Reshuffle. Ed: It’s time once again to pick ‘em for this week’s NFL games, which thankfully follow after the Chiefs-Raiders game on Thursday. I made what I thought was a safe and easy (but unofficial!) prediction that Oakland would lose its 374th game in a row, or something. Turns out that the Harmonic Convergence took place […] Read this post »
  • Sunday reflection: Matthew 25:31–46

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Unity. “Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click here. This […] Read this post »
  • And another thing about that Benghazi report…

    Noah Rothman
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    For the left, some victory. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s final report on the 2012 Benghazi attack has restored the left’s swagger. The report, from which a variety of news organizations are deriving the headline “No intelligence failure in Benghazi attack,” largely exonerates the CIA for their role in that deadly attack and clears the White House of […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

    Chris Benderev
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.» E-Mail This
  • Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

    Richard Gonzales
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    After President Obama announced his immigration plan this week, communities across the country began making preparations for immigrants who are here illegally to apply for work permits.» E-Mail This
  • As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

    Lucy Perkins
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    Many couples have traveled to states where gay marriage is recognized to get hitched. Those who do have a much harder time getting divorced once they get back home.» E-Mail This
  • Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

    Allison Keyes
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling a number of health issues. He was 78.» E-Mail This
  • Some In Las Vegas Not Sold On Obama's Immigration Pitch

    Nate Rott
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    President Obama made his sales pitch for why five million people should be protected from deportation, Friday. But many in Las Vegas, where Obama defended the executive action, aren't happy about the changes.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Looking At Purchasing Real Estate? Check Out These Tips!

    Randy
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    TIP! When negotiating with real estate purchases, always use a moderate approach. Many times people are too aggressive because they are trying to get the best price, and they end up losing out entirely. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the regulations, financing options, and other details associated with real estate investing. Discovering the various insights and ideas for a winning journey are important before you start looking for a home. TIP! If you are with kids or are planning on having kids, you need a home that has a lot of space. Your new home should be equipped for safety;…
  • Nervous About Insurance Then Try These Tips And Relax

    Randy
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    TIP! Make sure you get current quotes before choosing or renewing your policy. A variety of factors go into determining your premiums, and different companies consider a different mix of factors. Insurance helps cover you financially in times of tragedy, illness, or in the event of an accident. Many types of insurance exist that can help protect you in different ways. You can have insurance for your life, home, vehicle, and even your beloved pets. Insurance is essential when an accident occurs. It will help pay for unexpected costs associated with accidents. The following article will offer…
  • Wise Investment Strategy Tips For A Newbies And Experienced Investors

    Randy
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    TIP! If you invest using the stock market, it is a good idea to keep it simple. Try to streamline your investing decisions such as prognosticating, trading and reviewing new information as much as you can so that you minimize risks. Delving into the stock market can be an alluring opportunity. Depending on your investment goals, there are a wide variety of strategies that you can employ. It doesn’t matter what you choose to invest in, knowing as much as possible beforehand will give you a great advantage. The following are a few investing ideas able to help you do precisely that. TIP!
  • Work From Home Business Ideas That Work For You

    Randy
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:09 pm
    TIP! Get receipts from lunches with colleagues and prospects, because you can deduct expenses such as these at tax time. The costs of these meetings are legitimate, tax-deductible business expenses. People are beginning to realize that that many individuals have already profited from successful home based business ventures. While they may have the idea, they do not know how to begin. You have to educate yourself about a variety of different things to launch and maintain a successful home business. Read the tips in this article to help you do well with home based business. TIP! Don’t…
  • Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Insurance!

    Randy
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    TIP! Save money on insurance by bundling your insurance policies. Use the same company for all your insurance needs to lower your premiums. Insurance provides a financial safety net when illness, accident or tragedy strike. Insurance is available in many different types. It is possible to insure your house, your vehicle, your pets and your own life. Insurance helps flatten out the risk curve over time rather than forcing you to pay a large bill when something goes wrong. This guide will explain different kinds of insurance and the ways the could benefit you. TIP! If you’re running a…
 
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    FamousDC

  • SNL Open: Obama Shoves Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down Capitol Steps

    fdc
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    The post SNL Open: Obama Shoves Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down Capitol Steps appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    #NATIONAL #ThanksMichelleObama; Interstellar led to a real scientific discovery; we’re not #SayingThanks, Facebook; the Onion writers are increasingly brilliant characterizing Joe Biden; we will call anyone Ebola Nurse if we want to because this is America; Uber this week; more celebrities reading mean Tweets; Russia is creepin on your webcam; Amazon planning to take over […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Closing Bell: Jayson Werth Gnome Built with $3,800 of Canned Seafood

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Exactly what the title says. h/t DCistThe post Closing Bell: Jayson Werth Gnome Built with $3,800 of Canned Seafood appeared first on FamousDC.
  • David M. Drucker Nails It

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Obama to announce #immigration action in Vegas so as to make easier for everyone to write "doubles down" in their stories. — David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) November 19, 2014   Burn.The post David M. Drucker Nails It appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Tom Manatos Popping Up in Inboxes and Your News Feed

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    You probably know Internet Association Government Affairs Director and job lobbyist extraordinaire Tom Manatos because his name probably pops up daily among your emails. Now you get to see him in a different light: written up in the Washington Post Style Section this week. “My public service bug gets filled by this. I love it,” […]The post Tom Manatos Popping Up in Inboxes and Your News Feed appeared first on FamousDC.
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    McClatchy DC -- Politics

  • Flamboyant and flawed former DC mayor dies

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers mourned the death Sunday of Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.,’s flamboyant and flawed former four-term mayor whose political career survived a highly-publicized 1990 drug…Click to Continue »
  • Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    President Barack Obama said in an interview Sunday that he’s not sure what role he will play in the 2016 race for the White House because American people will want…Click to Continue »
  • Congress members mourn death of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Congressional lawmakers Sunday mourned the death of Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.,’s powerful, popular, and polarizing former four-term mayor whose political career survived a highly-publicized 1990 drug arrest after he was…Click to Continue »
  • GOP weighs responses to Obama's immigration action

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Republicans in Congress are unified in their desire to fight President Barack Obama's action to protect more than 4 million immigrants from deportation and ease rules for up to 1…Click to Continue »
  • House intel committee report debunks Benghazi conspiracy theories

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    The Obama administration didn’t issue ‘stand down’ orders to security forces at the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya or knowingly give erroneous details about…Click to Continue »
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    Business and finance

  • The Red Army sell signal

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    THREE times in the last 35 years, Russian military forces have crossed international borders - in Afghanistan in 1979, Georgia in 2008 and the Crimea earlier this year. As Simon Derrick, the currency strategist at BNY Mellon points out, each occasion coincided with a peak in the oil price. And each incursion was followed by a very sharp fall in the price of crude (see chart).Now of course, one can't say the Russian actions caused the oil price fall. However the oil price peaks, by boosting the economy, may have bolstered the confidence of Soviet/Russian leaders and thus encouraged the…
  • The right call

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    CHINA has cut interest rates for the first time in more than two years, a powerful signal that the government wants to step up support for the slowing economy. As fate would have it, a rate cut was the very thing we had called for in our leader on Chinese monetary policy this week. But we cannot claim to be clairvoyant. We had not expected the central bank to move so quickly. Nor, for that matter, had most analysts or investors – hence the big gains for stocks, commodities and currencies sensitive to Chinese demand in the hours following the announcement.It is tempting to look at the rate…
  • Five reasons to sell sterling

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    EVERY country, bar America, seems to want a weak currency at the moment to hold off deflation. Some, like the Japanese, actively seem to be pushing the currency down. Sterling may have fallen off the radar but it has five key weaknesses.Political uncertainty. Despite last night's by-election result, UKIP probably won't win many seats in the May 2015 election but it is frighteing the other parties, and prompting them to question their policies and their leaders. The Tories may lose seats to Labour as a result of UKIP's surge but Labour will lose just as many seats to the Scottish National…
  • Thrift seekers

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    BACK in 1956, in austere post-war Britain, Harold Macmillan (pictured), the then chancellor of the exchequer, unveiled a new savings product. Called premium bonds, they aimed to boost the country's saving levels by adding an element of gambling into the way interest on government bonds was doled out. Instead of paying every participant in the scheme the same flat rate of interest, payments are instead randomly distributed in the form of prizes worth between £25 ($40) and £1m, via a lottery run by a computer called “the electronic random number indicator equipment”, affectionately…
  • Make it a Tripr to remember

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 am
    A NEW travel app designed to help take the solitude out of lonely road trips had its "hard launch" recently". Tripr, the brainchild of Nicholas Green and Alexander Dru, allows travellers to enter an itinerary and seek out like-minded companions who will be in the same place at the same time. The app replicates some of the functionality of Tinder, a dating app, by allowing people to dismiss or accept potential travel companions, arriving at suitable matches quickly.This may not be a perfect fit with the typical business traveller. Tripr generally targets backpackers looking for friends to…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Viggo Mortensen Helps Mark 10 Years of Howard Zinn's "Voices of a People's History"

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Actors including Viggo Mortensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Kelly Macdonald are gathering in New York today for a reading of "Voices of a People’s History of the United States," based on the late historian Howard Zinn’s book "A People’s History of the United States" — which has sold over a million copies. The event marks the 10th anniversary of publication of "Voices," which was edited by Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Mortensen, an Academy Award-nominated actor whose credits include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has appeared in numerous performances…
  • Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Workers Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    Opening today around the U.S., the new film "Food Chains" documents the groundbreaking partnership between farm workers, Florida tomato farmers and some of the largest fast-food and grocery chains in the world. We are joined by one of the film’s key players, Gerardo Reyes-Chávez, a farm worker and organizer with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Reyes-Chávez has helped lead the group’s success getting 12 corporations to join their Fair Food Program — including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and, most recently, the retail giant Wal-Mart. Participants agree to pay a…
  • As Mexicans Protest US-Fueled Drug War, Sanctuary Movement Backs Church Refuge for the Undocumented

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    People from around the world joined a day of action on Thursday to demand justice for the 43 Mexican students from Ayotzinapa teacher’s college who have been missing since September following a police attack. Earlier this month authorities said two suspects had confessed to killing the students and incinerating their bodies, leading investigators to badly burned remains, which are still being analyzed. Outrage erupted across Mexico Thursday, as caravans of the missing students’ families and classmates converged in Mexico City. Tens of thousands rallied in the main square, and a…
  • Obama's Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    In a prime-time speech Thursday night, President Obama outlined his plan to take executive action granting temporary legal status to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, protecting them from deportation. Under the plan, undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be allowed to temporarily remain in the country and work legally if they have lived in the United States for at least five years and pass a background check. But the new plan will not provide relief to the parents of undocumented children, even those who qualified for deferred action in 2012. The…
  • Headlines for November 21, 2014

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Obama Unveils Executive Order Protecting Millions from DeportationObama Action Excludes Parents of Undocumented Children, Ends Secure CommunitiesTens of Thousands Protest Student Disappearances in MexicoHundreds Killed Since Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine; U.S. Sends Non-Lethal Military AidU.S. Grants Temporary Status to Travelers from Ebola-Stricken NationsU.S. Releases 5 Prisoners from Guantanamo BaySwedish Court Rejects Assange Appeal, but Prods Prosecutor to Resolve StandoffMarriage Equality Bans Rejected in Montana, South CarolinaMichael Brown's Father Urges Nonviolent Protest;…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Easier Voting and Turnout

    Steven L. Taylor
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Via TPM: Why Voter Turnout In Oregon Is Incredibly High Average voter turnout across the country was horrible during this year’s midterms: about a third of those eligible to cast ballots did so But turnout surpassed 50 percent in a handful of states: Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon. During each election over the past 10 years, these states have often been among the top performers. While the dynamics of voter turnout are complex, the following is worth noting: The states with consistently high turnout tend to make it easy to cast ballots. Maine, Minnesota and…
  • In Responding To Obama’s Executive Action, Top GOPers Worry About Further Alienating Latino Voters

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    While the GOP reacts, and continues to try to figure out how to respond, to the President’s executive action on immigration policy, many top level Republicans are again worrying about how that response is going to impact the party’ standing with Latino voters: WASHINGTON — All but drowned out by Republicans’ clamorous opposition to President Obama’s executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest heads become its face. They cite the Republican…
  • How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

    James Joyner
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Ross Douthat reflects on Barack Obama’s transition from a critic of the imperial presidency to an imperial president. LET me be clear, as he likes to say: I believe that President Obama was entirely sincere when he ran for president as a fierce critic of the imperial executive. I believe that he was in earnest when he told supporters in 2008 that America’s “biggest problems” involved “George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.” I believe he meant it when he cast himself as a principled civil…
  • Federal Judge Blocks New Jersey Sports Betting, But N.B.A. Commissioner Says ‘Legalize It’

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Not unexpectedly, a Federal Judge in New Jersey has blocked a renewed effort by New Jersey legislators, and Governor Chris Christie, to legalize sports betting in the Garden State in an effort to revitalize a gambling industry that has seen revenue decline in the face of competition from casinos in neighboring states: TRENTON — A judge ruled on Friday that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to aid the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries. The decision from Judge Michael Shipp of Federal District Court was the expected…
  • University of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For Nanosecond In Wake of Rape Scandal

    James Joyner
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    UVA president Teresa Sullivan has suspended fraternities for a few days in the wake of a major sexual assault scandal. School will be out of session most of the suspension. Rolling Stone (“UVA Suspends Fraternities Following Rolling Stone Campus Rape Investigation“): Following Rolling Stone publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed a pattern of sexual assault among the fraternities at the University of Virginia, many women who attended UVA emailed Rolling Stone sharing their own similar stories. After “A…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Crime Time

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries November 23, 2014 Cosby November 23, 2014 GOP Airbags
  • Campaign Seeks to Dry Out the National Security Agency

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    “The American surveillance state has an Achilles Heel,” organizers of the OffNow campaign say. “We can thwart mass surveillance without relying on Congress or [the] Supreme Court” by passing legislation that stops “the flow of state supplied water and electricity to federal agencies conducting mass, warrantless surveillance.” Related Entries November 21, 2014 Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow November 21, 2014 Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow
  • Cosby

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    By Signe Wilkinson Related Entries November 23, 2014 Crime Time November 22, 2014 Immigration
  • Viggo Mortensen Marks 10 Years of Zinn’s ‘Voices of a People’s History’

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    Actors including Viggo Mortensen, Peter Sarsgaard and Kelly Macdonald gathered in New York on Friday, the 10th anniversary of the publication of “Voices of a People’s History of the United States”—a work based on the late historian Howard Zinn’s million-title selling book “A People’s History of the United States”—for a reading of “Voices.” Mortensen spoke with “Democracy Now!” about “history’s corporate takeover[s].” Related Entries November 18, 2014 Russell Brand Tells Amy Goodman His Reasons for Wanting a…
  • Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Archaeologists claim to have unearthed evidence in Ireland that it was the rising power of iron, not climate change, that brought about the collapse of many ancient civilizations. Related Entries November 22, 2014 Green Revolution Trebles Human Burden on Planet November 21, 2014 A Big Election With Little Local Journalism
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    ThinkProgress

  • SNL Skit Updating ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Is Hilarious, Totally Wrong About How Government Works

    Judd Legum
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The opening sketch of this week’s Saturday Night Live is an update of the famous ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ song explaining how a bill becomes a law. The sketch, which is a send up of Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, is very well done in many ways. It captures the ethos of the original cartoon and Jay Pharoah’s Obama impersonation keeps getting better. It features performances from two of the strongest members of this year’s cast, Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson. As comedy, it works. It’s funny. As political commentary, however, it…
  • University Of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For 48 Days After Horrifying Gang Rape Accusations​

    Emily Atkin
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    An image of protests against rape culture on the UVA campus on Saturday. CREDIT: WHSV Screenshot The University of Virginia is temporarily suspending all fraternities for the remainder of the semester in response to horrifying allegations of fraternity-based gang-rape — a reaction that many say is not enough to combat the school’s problematic rape culture. The response comes just a few days after Rolling Stone published Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report, “A Rape on Campus.” The story detailed the alleged gang rape of a now third-year UVA student named…
  • Cleveland Police Shoot And Kill 12-Year-Old Carrying A Fake Gun

    Zack Ford
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    James Swartz of World Against Toys Causing Harm displays a toy gun on sale for the holidays this year. CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Krupa A 12-year-old boy died early Sunday from complications after being shot in the stomach by Cleveland police. The officers believed that the fake pistol the boy had been brandishing on a playground was actually real. According to Cleveland.com, someone called 911 describing “a guy with a gun pointing it at people,” but the caller twice suggested the gun was “probably fake” and that the individual was “probably a juvenile,” but…
  • GOP-Commissioned Benghazi Report Debunks GOP Conspiracy Theories About Benghazi

    Annie-Rose Strasser
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers CREDIT: AP/ Manuel Balce Ceneta Two years ago, Republicans in the House of Representatives commissioned a House Intelligence Committee investigation into the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi. While failures of security were acknowledged by the administration, the investigation was one of many formed with the intent to prove some conspiracy theories about the incident, including a supposed high-ranking order for the CIA to stand down in the midst of the attack. But the latest report, released Friday, does little to back up…
  • Most White Evangelicals Attribute Intense National Disasters To The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change

    Ryan Koronowski
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Poll results released by the Public Religion Research Institute on Friday showed that sixty-nine percent of Americans believe there is solid evidence that Earth’s temperatures are increasing. This is good news, as so far this year has been the hottest ever recorded, despite the recent chill covering the United States. But the pollsters also asked about the cause of recent natural disasters, and the responses from some religious people could impact how America responds to climate change. While 62 percent of total respondents ascribed the cause of recent natural…
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    Slate Articles

  • The Chemist

    David Plotz
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Marion Barry was a chemist. This was rarely noted, except around the time of his 1990 drug arrest, when critics liked to make wry comments about how expertly he handled crack cocaine. But Barry had earned a master’s in chemistry at Fisk University, and started a chemistry doctorate at the University of Tennessee—the only black student in both programs. When Barry became the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he was a student of chemistry.
  • WeigelCast With D.C. Councilman Marion Barry

    David Weigel
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Marion Barry, the "Mayor for Life" of Washington, D.C., known as much for his personal foibles as his political accomplishments, died over the weekend at age 78. Earlier this year, David Weigel sat down with Barry for an interview about his life and career. You can listen to that audio interview and read a complete text transcript below.
  • Under Pressure

    Jon White
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Victor Zykov is director of research at the Schmidt Ocean Institute in Palo Alto, California. He heads a team developing a remotely operated, full ocean depth robotic vehicle. They aim to improve on a deep-sea exploration vehicle that imploded this year. He explains how they aim to build one that's more than a match for the pressure.
  • Amicus: Mental Illness and the Death Penalty

    Dahlia Lithwick
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Listen to Episode 6 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • The “Matching Gift” Edition 

    Felix Salmon
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    Listen to Episode 29 of Slate Money:
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • Native Children Have the Same Rate of PTSD as Combat Veterans

    Tim Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Here's the most sobering statistic you'll see today: American-Indian and Alaskan Native children experience PTSD at the same rate at veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a new report from a Department of Justice advisory committee, 22 percent of American-Indian and Alaskan Native juveniles have PTSD—three times higher than the national rate. Among other proposals, the committee recommends Congress grant tribes the ability to prosecute non-Indians who abuse children. Under the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress empowered tribes to…
  • President Obama Acted Unilaterally on Immigration and the Right Is Predictably Outraged

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    President Barack Obama, who has issued fewer executive orders than any president since Grover Cleveland, issued a set of directives this week to protect 5 million undocumented residents from deportation. The new executive actions will allow undocumented parents of US citizens to stay in the country, and allow children who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for employment visas. It also, according to various Republican critics, cements Obama's status as a dictator, a king, an emperor, and maybe even a maniac bent on ethnic cleansing: Obama is a king. "The president…
  • Watch Obama Announce His Immigration Executive Action Right Here

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While you're waiting for the speech to start, read about the three expected takeaways from President Obama's executive action on immigration, or about how some prominent conservatives are already calling for his impeachment.
  • Al Franken Questions Uber Over Privacy

    Patrick Caldwell
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has taken a keen interest in tech policy since coming to Congress. As chairman of a Senate subcommittee that focuses on privacy, technology, and the law, Franken has been one of the more vocal advocates for net neutrality, fought against a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner, and wondered about the privacy implications of fingerprint scanners on iPhones. Now Franken has set his sights on Uber, an on-demand car service that uses smartphone technology to match passengers who need rides with available drivers. On Wednesday, Franken wrote a letter to Uber CEO…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Katrina Vanden Heuvel: GOP 'Driven By Know-nothing Nativism' And Was Never Going To Reform Immigration

    David
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, on Sunday blasted the Republican Party's "know-nothing nativism anti-immigrant" ideology after Dr. Ben Carson criticized President Barack Obama's recent executive orders to reform the immigration system. On ABC's This Week, Democratic strategist James Carville asserted that Americans would understand why the had to take action on immigration because Republicans in the House had 515 days to act on the Senate's comprehensive reform bill, but refused to take action. "No, it's their fault, and he exposed them brilliantly," Carville said. "And every…
  • Rudy Giuliani Pulls The 'Black On Black Crime' Card While Discussing Ferguson Protests

    Heather
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    A few months ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote what is a perfect response to what we just saw from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on this Sunday's Meet the Press, when he decided to play the "black on black crime" card as a way to distract from the discussion about a lack of diversity in the Ferguson, MO police force and the response to the grand jury's decision on the shooting of Michael Brown. Black People Are Not Ignoring 'Black on Black' Crime: The politics of changing the subject I'm slowly catching up on my reading on the week's events in Ferguson and trying to get my head around…
  • This Week In 'Both Sides Do It' Matthew Dowd Edition

    Heather
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    From this Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, GOP professional turd polisher and former Bushie Matthew Dowd doing what he does best... blaming "both sides" and Washington in general for the record level of obstruction we've seen from Republicans for the last six years. The latest excuse for their intransigence -- President Obama is "arrogant." MATT DOWD: Well, he definitely grabbed the initiative in a way that would put his policies through. I think, one, we need to do something about immigration. That -- it's absolutely crucial that we do something about it. I think the manner…
  • SNL Trolls President Obama For Acting Like Reagan And Bush

    LeftOfCenter
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    President Obama has enacted the fewest Executive Actions of recent presidents. St. Ronnie Reagan and Bush the elder both did the exact same thing President Obama decided to do this last week. His speech on executive action, which took up the slack for the House which has refused to take a vote for over 18 months on a bill the Senate passed 68-32. On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace had on Captain-Shutdown and human irritant, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to give his sanctimonious take on the issue. CRUZ: The difference between Reagan and Bush is both of them were working with Congress and implementing…
  • Ted Cruz Hates Immigrants So Much That His New Govt. Shutdown Would Even Keep Eric Holder In Place

    David
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Fox News host Chris Wallace pointed out to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday that his latest scheme to shut down part of the government would prevent Attorney General Eric Holder's replacement from being confirmed. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Cruz explained his plan defund the Department of Homeland Security if President Barack Obama refuses to rescind an executive action that grants legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. "The problem is that's almost exactly what you did with the government shutdown across the entire government in October of 2013 in Obamacare, and it…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Low-altitude Wallenda

    Samuel Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
  • Love, art, mystery: Lawrence Durrell’s Justine…

    Jim Booth
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Durrell raises a question we are most afraid to answer: whether, as his character Clea asserts, “Lovers are never equally matched….” Is that, he asks, the source of the pain so many experience in love…? We come now to another … Continue reading →
  • House Intel Committee: new report exposes lies while pushing more

    Frank Balsinger
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Next up: Issa to investigate House Intel Committee? Associated Press reports, as seen here at Time, that the House Intelligence Committee has released a new report on the Benghazi tragedy. Or, as AP put it, “The House Intelligence Committee report … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for November 21, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Focus on what’s important in life: finding out who is at fault, and making them pay. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for November 21, 2014
  • @Large leap of faith: will justice prevail?

    Joshua Booth
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill. – Ai Weiwei First comes the dragon, a Chinese funeral march, exploding … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • Mental Health Break

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    So. Many. Colors:
  • The Mid-Life Rebound

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Jonathan Rauch isn’t alone in preferring his 50s to his 40s: Studies show quite strongly that people’s satisfaction with their life increases, on average, from their early 50s on through their 60s and 70s and even beyond – for many until disability and final illness exact their toll toward the very end (at which point it’s hard to generalize). In a 2011 study, for example, the Stanford University psychologist Laura Carstensen and seven colleagues found that “the peak of emotional life may not occur until well into the seventh decade” – a finding that is “often met with…
  • An Evangelical Changes His Mind On Gays

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    We’ve featured the work of Matthew Vines many times before, and want to highlight a speech given at a conference recently held by his organization, The Reformation Project. A keynote speaker, David Gushee, one of the foremost evangelical ethicists in the United States, used the occasion to announce his support for the full-inclusion of LGBT Christians in the Church. The above video of Gushee’s remarks is longer than we usually post, but it’s worth watching in full. (You can read a transcript of his remarks here.) For a sense of why this matters, Jonathan Merritt sketches…
  • Famous At Eighty

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Reviewing Hermione Lee’s Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, a new biography of the British novelist, Alan Hollinghurst reminds us of her late-in-life flowering as a writer: She published her first book, a biography of the artist Edward Burne-Jones, when she was fifty-eight; her first novel appeared when she was sixty. She was, as she said, “an old writer who had never been a young one.” How different it would have been if, like her close contemporaries Muriel Spark, Angus Wilson, and Anthony Burgess, she had started publishing fiction in the 1950s, if she’d moved in the shifting…
  • An Open Faith In Burma

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    While attending a nat pwe – a festival devoted to the folk spirits, or nats, of Burmese tradition – Will Boast finds another side to the celebration: I’d been told by locals that nat pwes were also “gay” festivals and to expect to see “many ladyboys.” The junta’s attempts to subdue nat worship had an unintended effect: the role of the nat wife [or nat kadaw] was embraced by an already marginalized group. Homosexuality is illegal in Burma and has been since its British colonizers instituted a late-nineteenth-century ban on “intercourse against the order of nature.”…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Former Washington Mayor Barry Dies

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died aged 78.
  • Republicans Resist Obama Plan for Undocumented Immigrants

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Republicans on Sunday vowed to stop President Barack Obama’s plan to shelter millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, calling it an abusive executive overreach.
  • Americans in Mexican Uniforms Chase Cartels

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    U.S. Marshals Service personnel are disguising themselves as Mexican Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in Mexico.
  • GOP Charts Course Against Immigration Move

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    GOP leaders balanced competing demands as they sought to convey their anger over President Obama’s immigration changes without letting that ire spiral into a government shutdown.
  • New Perils Could Await Some Immigrant Workers

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The implementation of President Obama’s immigration action will pose new tests for some immigrants, who could lose their jobs if they admit their status, as well as for businesses and government.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • So It Is Written, So It Shall Be Done

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens. He will order the U.S. government not to enforce the law against these 5 million, and declare that they are to be exempt from deportation and granted green cards. Where did Obama get his 4-5 million figure, not 2-4 million, or 5-7 million? Nowhere in law, but plucked out of his own mind, as to what he can get away with. Barack Obama just felt it was about right. Thus does our constitutional law professor-president…
  • Just What Is IS?

    Eric Margolis
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sir John Baggot Glubb, better known as Glubb Pasha, was one of the modern Mideast’s most colorful and romantic figures. He and ‘Chinese’ Gordon of Khartoum were the last of the great British imperial officers. Seconded by Britain to its protectorate, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Glubb built up its small  Bedouin army, the Arab Legion,  into the Arab world’s  finest military force. Glubb’s Arab Legion would likely have defeated Israel’s forces in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War had Britain and Jordan’s double-dealing king Abdullah not blocked the Legion’s advance, as Glubb…
  • Paid With Your Money To Steal Your Money

    No Author
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Since 2009, Washington, D.C. officers have made more than 12,000 civil asset seizures under city and federal laws, according to records and data obtained from the city by The Washington Post through the District’s open records law. Half of the more than $5.5 million in cash seizures were for $141 or less, with more than a thousand for less than $20. D.C. police have seized more than 1,000 cars, some for minor offenses allegedly committed by the children or friends of the vehicle owners, documents show. Any excuse to simply rob the people is in full bloom. Worse yet, cities need money…
  • Sanctions Are Immoral

    No Author
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    RT says:  It’s not only politicians, business leaders in Europe consider sanctions to be harmful for the EU. RT speaks to Lew Rockwell, chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama (and founder of LRC: lewrockwell.com ) who thinks that ordinary people are hit the hardest. Comments open on YouTube
  • Can You Really Live Off the Land?

    No Author
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A common plan tossed around by survivalists and preppers is this idea that in the event of martial law or some other crisis, they are going to head off to the hills, presumably for weeks or months, and just live off the land.  While this sort of plan might appeal to the pioneer and bushcraft spirit, if nothing else, the reality is that for most people, this is just planning to fail. Basic Problems There are a few problems with falling into what I call the Living Off the Land Fallacy.  For starters, while the DNR isn’t likely going to be enforcing fair hunting rules, you aren’t going to…
 
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  • Are we getting soft in the schools?

    Stephanie
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I've got all the respect in the world for quality teachers and administrators who do a valiant job in the public school system around these parts.  Heck, I've got dozens of dear friends who are brilliant teachers and administrators who I know rock their jobs and do their absolute best to educate the children entrusted to their care.  Additionally, my oldest daughter is currently studying to be an elementary school teacher as we speak.  So, I am wholeheartedly on the side of educators who do a fantastic job day in and day out.So, this year, and last year too, as my middle school…
  • My greatest joy as a mom

    Stephanie
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Yesterday, I updated my status on facebook and mentioned how much I love to listen to my kids while they are in the bathroom together brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed.  Having four kids share one bathroom (with two sinks though-which is a huge deal let me tell you) is something that can be a huge source of frustration in many homes.  As a young girl, only my sister and I shared a bathroom, because my brother had his own bathroom downstairs.  I don't remember her and I spending much time in there together, but I'm sure we did somewhat.  Mere and I didn't fight…
  • Grateful to provide

    Stephanie
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    I'm sure most people would agree that having children is an expensive endeavour.  And, since everyone and their dog likes to bemoan this fact ad nauseam, I would love to offer an alternative view to the often negative notion about the cost of raising your child.Just in the past six weeks I have spent thousands of dollars on my kids.  That's crazy right?  I, like so many other parents I know, am literally hemorrhaging money on a daily basis.  With things like drivers ed., orthodontics, airplane tickets for holiday travel,  and Christmas looming it can be so easy to get…
  • Blessed with moisture

    Stephanie
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We had the hottest, driest and most awesomest summer this year.  And, when it was still dry and 84 degrees in late September I remember telling myself that we got our share.  That we can't complain.  Summer had come and gave us a massive piece of it's scorching hot pie this year, so when the rains finally arrived it would feel right.  It would be time.  Our crust of earth was due.And now they're here.Soaking rain, gusting winds, power outages and fallen trees have smacked us all upside the head, and just like any good Oregonian would do, we turn indoors and bunker…
  • Let moderation be your guide

    Stephanie
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    About three years ago I was asked to give a talk during our sacrament meeting, and the topic was "living a balanced life".  Sounds like a simple and straightforward enough topic, but I struggled exceedingly with it.  I racked my brain, read a variety of sources and pleaded with God above to help me feel inspired by this topic and to know what to share that would be uplifting and helpful to the dear members of my ward who had to endure 12-15 minutes of my rambling.  Finally, I confessed to Wes that I had no idea what to say and I knew this was the one talk in church that would…
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    Mother Jones

  • You Might Not Know Where Chad Is, But the US Military Has Big Plans For It

    Nick Turse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the US military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp.
  • If You're White and Feel Discriminated Against, Jose Antonio Vargas Wants to Talk to You

    Inae Oh
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    "Do you think some people treat you unfairly because you're white?" "Do you feel you're missing out on an important job, school, or other opportunity because you're white?" These questions were included in a recent casting call for an MTV documentary in Washington DC. It swiftly raised eyebrows across the internet: Do white people really need yet another medium to showcase, well, white people problems?  But when it came out that the man behind the documentary was actually journalist and prominent immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas and his organization Define American, the…
  • "Food Chains" Looks at the Real Cost of Your Cheap Tomatoes

    Maddie Oatman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Food Chains opens at the break of dawn, as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida, hustle onto buses and out to the fields where they spend long hours trying to pick enough fruit to survive. Late in the evening they return to cramped trailers, with barely enough wages to purchase groceries for a family meal. Though Florida's rich soil generates hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, those harvesting them make around $12,000 a year. And the worst part, as tomato picker Gerardo Reyes Chavez points out, at the end of the day there's only the realization of "how little you mean to the…
  • 4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

    Josh Harkinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014 The comparison, so stupid on so many levels that it isn't worth debunking, is not just an isolated example of partisan idiocy. In recent weeks, Republican operatives have trotted out a steaming heap of similar malarkey in an effort to ward off a popular revolt against the…
  • Scientists Want to Make a Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

    Cynthia Graber
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Malaria has long bedeviled those who have sought to eradicate it, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths—the majority of those were African children. But now scientists are focusing on a promising new line of research: genetically manipulating the mosquitoes that carry the deadly illness. On this week's Inquiring Minds podcast, George Church—a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves—described the…
 
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    Raw Story

  • Stable fire outside of Chicago claims lives of more than 30 horses

    Reuters
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – As many as 32 horses died in a fire at a stable and boarding facility in a town outside Chicago, local media reported on Sunday. Five horses survived the fire at the Valley View Acres stable in Woodstock, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Chief P...
  • 12-year-old boy dies after being shot by police on Cleveland playground

    Reuters
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police after he waved and pointed a pellet gun at a Cleveland city recreation center died on Sunday from his injuries, officials said. The boy, who has not been identified, was shot in the abdomen by a city officer at a playground on the ...
  • WATCH: Live feed of Russian Soyuz launch carrying new International Space Station crew

    Tom Boggioni
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    A new three-person crew is launching to the International Space Station atop a Russian rocket today. The Soyuz spacecraft will be departing from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The six-hour flight bearing three new crew members will boost the lab’s crew back to six as they prepare for a busy ...
  • Michael Eric Dyson exposes Giuliani: It’s ‘the defense mechanism of white supremacy in your mind’

    David Edwards
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) is more focused on “black on black” crimes than police violence against African-Americans because of the “defense mechanism of white supremacy at work” in his mind, according to Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson. Ahead of an ...
  • Baby shot by father who was cleaning illegal weapon

    Reuters
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    A nine-month-old baby was shot and severely wounded on Sunday by her father, who told New York City police his gun accidentally discharged while he was cleaning it. Police in Brooklyn responded to a 911 call on Saturday afternoon and found the baby girl with a gunshot wound to her lower left abdomen...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Gordon Brown to quit? A career of near-greatness and fatal flaws

    Michael White
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Sometimes overshadowed by Blair, but he made his mark on Scottish independence and may yet do more useful workAs a political leader, Gordon Brown came close to being a great man. He had – still has – brains, energy and high moral seriousness, all in greater quantities than Tony Blair, his protege, friend and deadly rival, who made him wait a decade for the premiership Brown wrongly thought his by right of succession. But insecurities that trigger debilitating suspicion and indecision can derail even the most formidable careers.As chancellor, later prime minister, Brown achieved some…
  • May be, may be not: home secretary gives little away on Desert Island Discs

    Hannah Ellis-Petersen
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Theresa May proved a challenge for Kirsty Young as host tried to find out if the politician would run for prime ministerTheresa May is a politician known for keeping her cards close to her chest and her appearance on Sunday’s episode of Desert Island Discs proved that getting a glimpse behind her politician’s facade is no easy feat.Indeed, pinning down May, the longest-serving home secretary in 50 years, on the specifics of anything from the part of her job she finds most challenging (“at any particular time a particular aspect of the work can have a different focus”) to whether she…
  • Liberal Democrat councillor fights child-risk allegations

    Steven Morris
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Cornwall council has written to schools warning of risk said to be posed by Alex Folkes, who describes the claims as ‘outrageous’A senior Liberal Democrat councillor is fighting allegations that he represents a serious risk to children, insisting that the claims are false and stem from his arrest eight years ago after his cloned credit card was linked to a website featuring images of child abuse.Cornwall council has written to schools and sports clubs warning of the risk allegedly posed by Alex Folkes and has issued two press releases spelling out its concerns. Continue reading...
  • Oliver Cromwell burial plaque to be sold at auction

    Maev Kennedy
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Engraved bronze relic bears witness to Cromwell’s funeral in 1658 and ritual execution of his embalmed corpse in 1661A small but surprisingly heavy rectangle of bronze, beautifully engraved with a grand coat of arms, bears witness to a gruesome episode in English history – the burial of Oliver Cromwell with all the trappings of a royal funeral in 1658, and the ritual execution of his embalmed corpse in 1661 upon the restoration of Charles II.The plaque was made to lie for all time on Cromwell’s chest in his tomb in Westminster Abbey, and was buried with him in September 1658. It lasted…
  • Gordon Brown’s experience will be missed when he quits as MP

    Michael White
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Former prime ministers used to stay on in the Commons after leaving high office and Brown still has much to tell us allWe can’t blame Gordon Brown if he confirms in the next few days that he will stand down as an MP at the May general election. He’s done his national service and reached the top of the greasy pole of politics. He will be 64 and has taken quite a beating, not least from himself, I suspect, since his premiership crumbled under immense pressure in 2010.But we can and should regret his departure from the Commons. Thirty-one years an MP – he was first elected in Margaret…
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    Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Enjoy.
  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    * Republicans are hopping mad about President Obama’s new order on immigration: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed Friday to confront President Obama’s unilateral executive actions to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, saying the moves were “damaging the presidency” and warning that Congress will not let them stand without a fight. “The House […]
  • The next battle in the war over deportations

    Greg Sargent
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Even as President Obama addressed the nation about his plan to shield millions of people from deportation, immigration advocacy organizations were celebrating. So were undocumented immigrants around the country who now can temporarily step out of the shadows and more openly participate in American life. Now comes the next big challenge: Will the plan work? […]
  • Republicans finally file lawsuit against Obama – and stand to gain almost nothing

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Back in June, House Republicans announced, with deep regret yet great fanfare, that they were going to sue Barack Obama over his tyrannical usurpation of power. The suit was never actually filed; two lawyers the House had hired ended up quitting, and it looked as if it would fade away. Then this week Republicans announced […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • GOP vindicates administration on Benghazi allegations

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    A report has been released from the GOP-controlled House of Representatives regarding the events of 9/11/2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Every conservative conspiracy theory regarding the incident was thoroughly debunked:-- No "stand down" order was ever ordered. -- Air Support was never denied -- Security for the CIA facility was sufficient -- Intelligence gathered before September 16, 2012 indicated that the attack evolved from a protest against an islamaphobic YouTube video. Evidence to the contrary was not discovered until two days later. -- Nobody involved with the incidents was intimidated or…
  • Obama Strikes Back on Immigration

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Constitution assigns the executive branch of our government the task of enforcing the laws of our nation. The Constitution also assigns the President with the duty to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Taken together, these two obligations certainly empower a President to not enforce laws he believes may be unconstitutional. However, that does not seem to be the case with Obama's decision to change how his administration will enforce immigration law.Rather than citing Constitutional grounds, the decision rests upon the concept of prosecutorial…
  • Obfuscation and the Stupidity of Americans

    15 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    Jonathan Gruber recently got into a lot of trouble recently for a candid comment. Essentially, Gruber revealed an important aspect of American politics that we often like to sweep under the rug. However, nobody should be surprised here. The presentation of faux outrage by the Right is simple posturing.Elites on both sides believe the American voter is stupid. And for good reason, most people are quite stupid and both political parties know this. While I believe lie is too strong of a word, it is certainly true that both sides obfuscate the truth quite often. Sometimes for a noble purpose and…
  • Narratives Succeed Easier Than Realities

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    "In a world..." the guy who did those trailers often started, setting the scene for one movie or another. "One man will-" this, one man will that, that trailer tells us. Very often, the hero is trying to save the world, save society, save whatever. In reality, we're very often confronted with the challenge of keeping our world going, rather than saving it from some sort of catastrophe.People are narrative-driven creatures. We see our lives as stories, we relate events to others and get them back in return as stories. Some can be fairly minimal. You might only need to mention the outcome to a…
  • A Personal Pride in Citizenship

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    I believe that however many polls somebody takes before an election, the poll that matters is the one we visit on election day. I believe that cynicism about the system, however justified, has failed to position voters better to exercise their power against the powers that be. You can talk about what you feel, you can complain about your choices, but if you make no choice, you can no more succeed in making the right choice than you can fail in making the wrong choice.I get it. The candidates suck. But why do they suck? They suck because people have told themselves they have no choice so many…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Obama's speech on YouTube

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This is a link to Obama's immigration speech. He begins speaking at the 58 minute mark. Most of the speech was emotional. The speech had no specifics about how he is going to stop the illegal entry into the country. This idea that children are being "ripped from their mother's arms" (that's a quote) is melodramatic to say the least. Obama also said immigrants don't come here for a free ride. Does that mean those who are living off of government assistance will not be staying? Will they be paying their own hospital bills? Will they be held accountable if they break the law? There was nothing…
  • The GOP and College Tuition

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The cost of higher education is a problem, and solutions seem to be diametrically opposed. But one thing both conservatives, no make that free-marketers instead, and interventionists - rather than liberals - agree on is that the supply of higher education is price-inelastic. That means that as federal loan programs and other subsidies increase, the result is sharply higher tuition costs, rather than more institutions, over the last couple of decades. One answer is not to accept Federal loans, as some US Colleges have done. Their tuition costs have tended to be about half of those of colleges…
  • All you have to do is wait...

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I've said it and now they've said it. It's obvious to people who aren't smitten by the Democratic party and it's politics. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, and the chief architect of ObamaCare, has let the cat out of the bag by actually saying what the Democratics have been thinking for decades. The Democratic Party thinks the American people are stupid. The new Gruber comments come from a panel discussion that he joined on October 17, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call…
  • It's Election Day! Vote! Vote! Vote!

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    As we all know, just because it's not a presidential election, doesn't mean it's not important. We could see some changes today! Will the Senate gridlock go on? Can Republicans maintain House majority? Will they take control of the Senate? Most of all, who will have bragging rights leading up to the 2016 election? Tell all your family and friends. Today is the day to vote! ...
  • More See The Money Influence As A Bad Deal

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A long opine in today's WaPo re 'subduing pessimism' alluding to the idea that 'Washington is broken' and how to regain partisanship in congress.The article rattles on about a "Johnson-Crapo" bill that just might break the deadlock and restore congress to, whatever. . . Ain't going to happen. The problem isn't pessimism or gridlock, etc. It's Corpocracy, pure and simple. A Harvard fello, Lawrence Lessig, was on CNN's GPS program this morning and he agrees with me. Well, not on the Corpocracy bit, but that the wealthy have undue influence over the goings on in congress . He stated that…
 
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    New Republic

  • Marion Barry Was a Historic Figure Who Couldn't Admit He Was History

    Franklin Foer
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    If you care about Washington, you inevitably expend enormous quantities of breath defending the place. You develop a long enemies list. There are the populist bullies, such as George W. Bush, who bash the inside-the-Beltway mentality. Then there are the New York snobs, the populists' strange bedfell
  • Obesity Is Even More Costly Than We Thought

    Juan David Romero
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent headlines have not shied away from the economic effects of obesity: “Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror,” says The Guardian. “Global costs of obesity almost equal to
  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician

    Michael Ignatieff
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Friend,I was touched that you asked for my advice about going into politics. Anyone whose career in politics was nasty, brutish, and short—as mine was—is grateful that anyone thinks their opinion is worth hearing. All I’d claim is that my thoughts come with what Scott Fitzgerald calle
  • Girls and Boys Don't Need Separate Books

    Glosswitch
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    My youngest son adores his Ladybird Well Loved Tales collection. It’s the same collection I had as a child, including all the old classics: The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog. Over
  • Five Charts That Show Why a Post-White America Is Already Here

    William H. Frey
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The sweeping racial changes transforming the United States come with an important demographic dimension: age. The waves of Hispanics and Asians and multiracial Americans reshaping the country’s population are full of young people, who by some measures already outnumber their white counterparts. Th
 
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.
  • DSCC Announces 2016 Staff Roster

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced on Friday its top staffing decisions for the 2016 cycle.
  • Freshman Class Filled With Losers

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but not exactly in the way you're thinking.
  • Democrats Look for Comebacks From Members Ousted in 2010

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Democrats are looking to two former members -- both of whom lost re-election in 2010 -- as potential recruits for 2016, according to three senior House Democratic operatives.
  • Kelly Ward Will Stay on as DCCC Executive Director

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Newly minted Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján said Kelly Ward will stay on as executive director of the committee for the second straight cycle.
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    Jordan Golson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
  • WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell

    Jordan Golson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Airships were decent for surveillance, no good for bombing, and great for scaring the hell out of people. The post WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell appeared first on WIRED.
  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

    Brian Lam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland appeared first on WIRED.
  • How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Believe Us Now?

    WhyTuesday
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A staggering 69% of people who didn’t vote in the 2014 midterm elections, which had historically low turnout, didn’t vote because they were stuck at school or work, or were too busy, out of town, sick or forgot, according to Pew via Wonkblog. WOW → 2/3 of 2014 nonvoters didn't cast a ballot bc voting is inconvenient. Ready for weekend voting? via @Wonkblog pic.twitter.com/d35thW1Z51 — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) November 12, 2014 If you need more evidence Tuesday voting is outdated and it’s time for a change to protect our right to vote, click here.
  • #LetsFixIt With The Roots

    WhyTuesday
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s not every day our team gets together with Martin Luther King III, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Questlove and The Roots to rally to get out the vote and protect the right to vote. But that’s exactly what we did this week. See photos of the Roots, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King III and more from last night's #LetsFixIt event: http://t.co/hAYfnp7hqc — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 3, 2014 The fathers of Bill Wachtel, our founder, King III and Kennedy Jr. all fought together for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each of them took turns…
  • Our #LetsFixIt Challenge

    Tom Rossmeissl
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Win $64,000 by predicting this year’s turnout As usual, 2014 voter turnout is going to be low. How low? Predict this years turnout correctly and you could win up to a $64,000 cash prize. Check out the challenge here.
  • The 2014 Voting in America Summit

    Tom Rossmeissl
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Wednesday night, we turned a page in our movement to fix our broken voting system. Bringing together leaders from across the political spectrum — including Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Congressman John Larson and dozens of voting experts — we renewed the debate about how to reform our voting system. Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott started last night’s discussion by explaining his father’s own struggle with the inconvenience of voting. His father started his shift at the shipyard at 7 AM, and…
  • Summit on Election Reform

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    While the world’s most famous democracy ranks 138th out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, there remains a deafening silence in Washington about the critical condition of our voting system. We’re determined to change that. So this week we kick-off a new chapter for Why Tuesday?. Join us today for a summit on election reform, and stay tuned for a new grassroots platform to push for a renewed debate. WhyTuesday is sponsoring a summit along with The Hill brining together academics, thought leaders, and legislators from across the political spectrum. Wednesday, June 11 |…
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Movie Review: Interstellar (2014)

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Interstellar (2014)  Director: Christopher Nolan Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan Matthew McConaughey: Cooper Mackenzie Foy: Murphy (10 years old) Jessica Chastain: Murphy (adult) Ellen Burstyn: Murphy (older) John Lithgow: Donald Anne Hathaway: Brand Michael Caine: Professor Brand Matt Damon: Dr. Mann Timothee Chalamet: Tom (15 years old) Casey Affleck: Tom (adult) Bill Irwin: TARS (voice) “The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”           Albert Einstein Imagine that humanity was doomed–well, more clearly…
  • Research Papers: A Rationale

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    credit: bostononlyricopera.blogspot.com Last week’s article on research writing brought a number of helpful comments from readers, as I knew it would. Here at SMM, I’ve tried to create a place where rational people can come to debate the issues of the day with civility and a high level of intellectual and personal integrity. You, gentle readers, have responded wonderfully. I could indeed have a larger readership with a bit of bomb throwing, and with allowing spittle blowing obscene rants in the comment section, but that’s not why I got into blogging in the first place. Why did I do it…
  • Can The Secret Service Be Fixed 2

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    credit: patdollard.com In two recent articles, I’ve documented incredible bungling on the part of the Secret Service: “Can the Secret Service Be Fixed?” and “ The Secret Service And Ebola: Seen Through Krystal Ball.” I ended the first article with this: Homeland Security director Jeh Johnson has promised investigations and changes. We all know how Obamite investigations fail to work. All of the big government functionaries, starting with Johnson, are still in place, still working hard to cement Obamite policies and priorities. They still deny the nature of our implacable Islamist…
  • The New American Thugocracy

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 pm
    On Friday, November 21, 2014, Americans rose from slumber in a new nation, a nation not conceived in liberty, nor dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. By the blatantly unconstitutional ruses of “prosecutorial discretion” and imperial impatience, President Obama has swept away any restraint on presidential whim. He now unquestionably rules by edict, and all Americans are no longer free men and women, but subjects liable to awaken tomorrow to find more and more of their liberty, their opportunity, their ability to live their lives as they choose, gone. President…
  • The Strange Case Of The Dick-Chasing Dick

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:08 pm
    On July 14, 214 I wrote an article titled: “Virginia: Child Porn And The Penile Code.” It chronicled, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, one of the strangest law enforcement cases I’ve ever seen. A 17 year-old boy and 15-year old girl exchanged intimate photos of each other, and the boy sent a nude video, apparently of his penis (presumably among other things), to the girl. The girl’s mother complained. None of that is strange. What’s strange is the police obtained a warrant to inject with boy with drugs that would provoke an erection so they could photograph it and compare it to the penis…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Food Thread: The Last of The Thanksgiving Blather [CBD]

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Chez Dildo adheres to a strict schedule for Thanksgiving...roll in around 5:00pm or so, wander around until someone shoves a cocktail into your paws, and then wait around until the cook gets his shit together and serves dinner. Football...
  • Gaming Thread 11/22/2014

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Actually thought of doing a Christmas guide for gaming neckbeards but I said to hell with it (this might come next week depending on how boring Thanksgiving is). And everyone else has done a gaming list on any site you...
  • Pre Thanksgiving Sunday Football Thread

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Y-Not has a panicky Thanksgiving thread below if you want to panic over Thanksgiving. If you want to panic over football this is the place....
  • Sunday Travel Thread: Over the River and Through the Woods [Y-not]

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. -- Johnny Carson Sitting here looking out the window watching...
  • Sunday Morning Book Thread 11-23-2014: Politics As Usual [OregonMuse]

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Strahov Theological Hall - Prague, Czech Republic Some Political Books I could have sworn I had posted this 11 best political books of all time list in some eaflier book thread, but I couldn't find where, so I apologize...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    This headline from Ed Morrissey about sums it up.Semi-retired President invokes the Sick And Tired clause of the ConstitutionObama claims that he has to act because Congress hasn't acted doesn't mean that he can just ignore Congress. In fact, knowing that Obama was planning this action, the voters sure didn't vote an endorsement of Democrats in this past election. If the situation was so exigent, why didn't he move in the first two years when he had control of both houses and could have easily passed what he wanted? If the situation was such an emergency, why could he postpone it until after…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Here's a true sign of how far Obama has fallen - the networks aren't going to air his prime-time address tonight.Thomas Sowell slashes away at the idea that it is the "legacy of slavery" that is keeping blacks poor today.Kristof’s other “overwhelming” evidence of the current effects of past slavery is that blacks do not have as much income as whites. But Puerto Ricans do not have as much income as Japanese Americans. Mexican Americans do not have as much income as Cuban Americans. All sorts of people do not have as much income as all sorts of other people, not only in the United States,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Well now that Mary Landrieu's pretense of exercising her supposed influence to get a Keystone bill through the Senate has fallen short, she seems to have no hope of winning her runoff election. Why should Louisiana voters choose to keep her there for her supposed influence when her influence couldn't get through a bill when her party is in control of the Senate? They can elect Cassidy and look for the new GOP majority to easily pass in January what Landrieu couldn't get done for the past several years. I count up 9 Democrats who voted Yea and who will be in the Senate come January. So the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    David Axelrod weighs in on Jonathan Gruber.As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 16, 2014Ah, so why did your administration pay him $400,000 for his help in designing the health care bill? And why did you guys tout his help and send him to Congress to help pass the bill? Guy Benson points to this video of Gruber explaining how Obama asked for help to basically mislead people so that the bill would get passed.“The problem is…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    President Obama is now denying that his administration misled people in order to get Obamacare passed. What about those repeated promises that those who liked their health care could keep it? What about the promises that this would "bend the cost curve down"? And Obama is denying that the loquacious Jonathan Gruber was never on "our staff." Well, that's just being Clintonian. He might not have been officially on the administration's staff, but he sure had a part in designing the bill. Politico isn't buying the President's weaseling.While Gruber was not a staffer, he was a paid consultant…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Obama May Visit Ferguson Over “Systematic Issues”

    Dan
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I didn’t realize thug-ism was considered a “systematic” issue. Or, is Obama blaming the cop even before the grand jury comes back, just as the protesters are? What am I saying, … of course he is. “You know, I’m going to wait and see how the response comes about,” Obama said. “But what does makes sense is for not just me, but my entire administration, to work with willing partners at the state and local level to see how we can address some of these systematic issues.” The post Obama May Visit Ferguson Over “Systematic Issues” appeared first on…
  • NY Schools Brace For Thousands of New Illegals, With “Large Numbers” Still To Come

    Dan
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Bonus, the price tag is astronomical and growing — Principals are being told to prepare for “2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come.” The post NY Schools Brace For Thousands of New Illegals, With “Large Numbers” Still To Come appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Cafe Press selling XXX “baby” clothing: “F*ck me like a porn star,” … “No Gag Reflex”

    Dan
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    I tend to think I’m as edgy as the next guy. But seeing this stuff on baby clothing is a little much. What’s the point? Online store Cafe Press has come under fire for selling baby clothes with pornographic content and merchandise which activists say promote rape. Cafe Press has been accused of promoting rape culture and encouraging the sexualisation of children There are 132 items available in a category called ‘Adult Sex XXX Porn Baby Clothing’ The online store is selling children’s clothing with slogans such as ‘F**k me like a porn star’,…
  • Shit Just Got Real, Yo: Bill Cosby paid off women says ex-NBC employee Frank Scotti

    Dan
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    This could leave a mark: Veteran NBC employee Frank Scotti says he helped Bill Cosby deliver thousands of dollars to eight different women in 1989-90 – including Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson claimed the actor was her dad. The ex-aide also tells the Daily News he stood guard whenever Cosby invited young models to his dressing room, which eventually led him to quitting after years on the job. When Cosby invited young models into his Brooklyn dressing room, the megastar’s pal stood watch outside the door. When the married Cosby sought a Queens apartment for another…
  • Four words that could deep-six Obamacare

    Dan
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    One can hope. It’s the Supreme Court — again. more via Four words that could deep-six Obamacare. The post Four words that could deep-six Obamacare appeared first on Riehl World News.
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    Wizbang

  • Harry Reid’s Megalomaniac Aide

    David Robertson
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s call him Harry Reid’s version of Valerie Jarrett. As the New York Times reports, some on Capitol Hill call him a manipulative megalomaniac. That someone is David Krone, Harry Reid’s top aide. How bad is Krone? According to the New York Times, last year President Obama made a private call to Senator Reid in order to complain about Krone, and unbeknownst to the President at first, Krone was listening in on the call. Now, according to the NYT, President Obama has banned all congressional staff members from attending White House meetings in order to keep Krone out of the
  • Why Inner City Blacks See Racism Everywhere and Think We Are Still in Slave Days and Whites Don’t

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    (I totally forgot to post this today!) Inner city blacks have a skewed and untrue view of what America “is” today and it is because they live in all black neighborhoods. This often self-imposed isolation is also why white people don’t understand why blacks don’t see the progress that blacks have made in this country. There is a myth of segregated neighborhoods in this country that lives strong, especially in the minds of blacks. The myth is that whites live only among whites and blacks among blacks. The myth is also part of the assumption that whites are racists who
  • Is it cold enough for you?

    David Robertson
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    From WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, Thursday, November 20, 2014: Tuesday morning was the coldest Nov. 19 across the United States since 1976, some 38 years, according to Dr. Ryan Maue, meteorologist with WeatherBell. The average temperature across the entire country was just 19.4°. An astounding 226 million people in all 50 states, that includes the tropical paradise of Hawaii, were below freezing at the same time putting an exclamation point on an already paralyzing winter season — that hasn’t even officially started yet. In celebration of all of this man-made global warming,…
  • Where is Hillary on Obama’s Abuse of Power? The Five Times She Said Presidents Need Limits

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Hillary Clinton has been pretty silent over Obama’s amnesty. She has not chastised this president for his abuse of power. But this might seem to be inconsistent with her past comments because there have been at least five times when she said that our presidents need to be reigned in and have their powers limited. Clinton railed against an overly powerful executive at least five times in the recent past. In 2006, and twice each in 2007 and 2008 Hillary warned that the US needs to restore its system of checks and balances, a system lost to an over active
  • OPEN THREAD: And VIDEO of Milwaukee Police Chief Slamming Liberal Race Baiters

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn slammed the race baiters on the left for attacking the police while ignoring the black on black violence that kills children. I saw this last week, but it is making the rounds this week, so here it is… And…. Open Thread!
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Who are the liberals who trust Fox News?

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Who are the liberals who trust Fox News?by digbyThat's my question after looking over these charts: Not at the bottom that the liberal group has been growing over the past 20 years while the conservative group is ... not. Unfortunately, I'll guess that at least some those "liberals" who think Fox is on the up and up are voting for Republicans. And a good portion of the others will vote for an incumbent conservadem over a liberal challenger because of name recognition etc. Still, it's an interesting look at how these people all get their news. It appears that the entire media landscape except…
  • Sunday Funnies

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Sunday Funniesby digbyTom Tomorrow Via Kos:Brian McFadden Via NYT:.
  • Huckleberry to the rescue

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Huckleberry to the rescueby digbyIt was kind of a surprise that the House Benghazi! ™ inquisition failed to turn up anything scandalous  You could tell they were a little bit embarrassed by it since they dropped on late on a Friday before Thanksgiving. It's kind of a no-no to ever let a Clinton scandal go ---But leave it to Huckleberry Graham to keep the flame alive:“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no…
  • Cesspits of bad behavior by @BloggersRUs

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cesspits of bad behavior by Tom Sullivan In business today, too often integrity is an afterthought. The San Francisco Chronicle quotes from the blog, Both Sides of the Table, by investor Mark Suster, "I believe that integrity and honesty are very important to most venture capital investors. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that they are required to make a lot of money." In a piece that might be titled, "The Real Jerks of Silicon Valley," Alyson Shontell examines how many rising stars in Silicon Valley tend to be "--holes". (The construction pops up frequently in the piece.) The rogues gallery…
  • Saturday Night at the Movies by Dennis Hartley --- Let's get lost again: :"Low Down" and a tribute to Mike Nichols

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Saturday Night at the MoviesLet's get lost again: Low Down and Mike NicholsBy Dennis HartleyI will admit being unfamiliar with jazz pianist Joe Albany prior to watching Jeff Preiss' fact-based drama Low Down, yet the late musician's career trajectory seems depressingly familiar. Credited as a be-bop pioneer, he made his bones in the 1940s, accompanying the likes of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Unfortunately, he suffered an early "lost period" due to a heroin addiction, and spent most of the 50s and 60s chasing the dragon and collecting ex-wives. He came out of seclusion in the 70s,…
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    Eschaton

  • Sunday, Sunday

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Going to be out for most of the day.
  • Morning Thread

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Just finished the Rolling Stone article A Rape On Campus. After reading that, I'm glad I'm not sending my daughters off to college.
  • Saturday Night

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It's alright.
  • What's It All About Then

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    If powerful men can't rape and kill children with impunity then the empire might fall.Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices – warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle.
  • Afternoon Thread

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Apparently there's some sort of holiday this week.
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    Firedoglake

  • No Bribery Equals No Corruption

    masaccio
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Zephyr TeachoutZephyr Teachout’s book, Corruption In America, was the subject of a recent Book Salon. Teachout is a law professor at Fordham University, and was a candidate for Governor of New York in the recent primary against the incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Teachout traces the history of the idea of corruption in this country, from its roots in concerns about the legitimacy of government in a democracy, where elected and appointed officials might use their positions for private gain instead of the public good; to Citizens United, in which the Supreme Court determined that using your money to…
  • “Barbaric Beyond Measure,” NY Times Editorial on Albert Woodfox’s Four Decades in Solitary Confinement

    Angola 3 News
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Thanks to all the FDL readers that have supported the A3 in recent years! Responding to the Nov. 20 ruling buy the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirming Albert Woodfox’s third overturned conviction, the New York Times has written a scathing editorial condemning the treatment of Albert Woodfox by the state of Louisiana. Amnesty International and the A3 Coalition petition delivery at Louisiana State Capitol, April 17 2012 In last night’s editorial entitled “Four Decades of Solitary,” the NY Times wrote about Albert Woodfox: The facts of the case were on…
  • Food Sunday: Guacamole

    Ruth Calvo
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    My own chunky guacamole The holidays are a perfect time to put together a nice dip, and to my taste nothing is as good as guacamole. It’s something that should be prepared close to the time of eating, so the first step is getting avocados and letting them get ripe. Then, you can put together a delicious, and healthy, treat. Ingredients 3 avocados, halved, seeded and peeled 1 lime, juiced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 medium onion, diced 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro 1…
  • Book Salon Preview: Angels By The River, A Memoir

    Elliott
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Reflections on race, environment, politics, and living on the front lines of change Angels by the River: A Memoir Come chat with author Gus Speth and host Will Potter, 5pm ET, 2pm PT. In Angels by the River, James Gustave “Gus” Speth recounts his unlikely path from a southern boyhood through his years as one of the nation’s most influential mainstream environmentalists and eventually to the system­-changing activism that shapes his current work. Born and raised in a lovely but racially divided town that later became the scene of South Carolina’s horrific Orangeburg Massacre, Speth…
  • Mark Udall and the Unspeakable

    David Swanson
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    What if Mark Udall were to read the torture report into the record?President Obama, who is just now un-ending again the ending of the endless war on Afghanistan, has never made a secret of taking direction from the military, CIA, and NSA. He’s escalated wars that generals had publicly insisted he escalate. He’s committed to not prosecuting torturers after seven former heads of the CIA publicly told him not to. He’s gone after whistleblowers with a vengeance and is struggling to keep this Bush-era torture report, or parts of it, secret in a manner that should confuse his…
 
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  • The Next Generation of Mujahideen

    Jeralyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    ISIS has released a lot of videos the past few days. In one, Race Towards Good (full version available here, no violence) it takes us inside a training camp for Kazakh children. They are purposely indoctrinated from a young age (There's even a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Former U.S. Ranger Claims al-Zarqawi Beaten to Death

    Jeralyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    In 2006, the U.S. proudly announced that al Qaida leader al Musab al-Zarqawi had been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq. Now there are claims he was murdered after surviving the airstrike. A former U.S. Army Ranger who writes using the name... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saturday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    JFK was assassinated today in 1963. I just tuned into a CNN special and saw Lee Harvey Oswald get arrested, and then shot. They cut to interviews of passersby. "That wasn't right. He deserved a fair trial," said the first one. The second one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saudi Detainee Transferred From Guantanamo

    Jeralyn
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Muhammad al-Zahrani, imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2002, returned home to Saudi Arabia today. He agreed to participate in the Saudi rehabilitation program. Al-Zahrani is the 13th prisoner to leave Guantanamo Bay this year and the seventh in just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • WSJ: U.S. Marshals Posing as Mexican Marines to Catch Cartel Members

    Jeralyn
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. Justice Department personnel are disguising themselves as Mexican Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in Mexico, according to people familiar with the matter, an escalation of American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • How a bill *really* becomes a law, courtesy of “Saturday Night Live”

    Chris Cillizza
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
      It's not like "Schoolhouse Rock" told you it was.
  • Where people who got green cards in 2013 came from

    Philip Bump
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every year, the United States offers permanent residency status to immigrants who -- in the vernacular -- "played by the rules." They applied for residency, didn't violate the law, and so on. As with every other aspect of the immigration debate, the population of permanent residents is more nuanced than you might expect. The Department […]
  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    1. Robert Costa raises the problems that Republicans now have to contend with on immigration — and within their party. 2. And Ed O'Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund lay out the winners and losers of the policy. 3. Legals scholars seem to agree that — despite what you think of the policy — President  Obama's actions on immigration are perfectly […]
  • QUIZ: Which election does this Hillary Clinton speculation belong to?

    Jaime Fuller
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    If Ken Burns needs an idea for what American pastime to document in great detail for his next documentary series, we humbly submit our country's great quadrennial tradition of wondering whether Hillary Clinton will be running in the next presidential election. Not only does there appear to be a market for such a documentary (just type Hillary […]
  • 7 charts that explain the undocumented immigrant population

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    President Obama's executive order on immigration could exempt from deportation more than five million undocumented immigrants -- almost half of the total undocumented population in the country, which is about 11.5 million (depending on the data you're looking at). The population is vast and diverse, coming from different countries and living in very different proportions in different […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Nov. 22-23, 2014

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    N.J. National Guard grapples with three suicides after a decade of none In six months, three suicides, and a possible drug-overdose death. Jersey money NJ job growth ranks 49th; 2nd slowest in nation. NJ paid 500 hours of police overtime over 3 weeks to police stationed 'round-the-clock at empty Hunterdon hospital set aside for Ebola. NJ online gambling underwhelms in first year. New medical marijuana dispensary in Cranbury gets permit to start growing. Mulshine: Who could have predicted Revel casino would go bust? Anyone who was paying attention. Trump Taj Mahal offers to restore health…
  • Will Leonard Lance Apologize for Benghazi Rhetoric?

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    promoted by Rosi Yesterday, late on a Friday (two weeks after the election) when bad news is dumped in the hopes that the media will miss in in a drunken weekend haze, we learned the following about the Republican allegations regarding the Benghazi attacks: GOP-Led House Report Debunks Benghazi Allegations The CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a Republican-controlled House committee has found. Its report asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration officials... But it was intelligence analysts, not…
  • Christie's Fishing for Votes Hurts New Jersey

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Once again, Chris Christie's presidential ambitions are hurting the people of New Jersey. This week, Christie's Board of Public Utilities rejected a long-standing proposal from Fisherman's Energy, a Cape May-based company, to build an offshore wind-generation facility. Other than newly-minted Commissioner Upendra Chivukula, who recused himself, the vote was unanimous. So once again, Christie is turning down federal subsidies, money that New Jersey taxpayers provided, in order to kowtow to his dirty-energy friends, the Koch Brothers. Fisherman's Energy is a unique company. It was founded by…
  • Obama Executive Order Immigration Roundup

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    Rally Today: Labor, Community, Electeds Support Obama's Administrative Action When: 12:30pm Where: In front of Grace Church, 950 Broad Street, Newark (next to the Federal Building) Who: 32BJ of SEIU, with local officials including Eddie Osborne (Newark Council), Zaida Polanco (Passaic Council), Rolando Lavarro Jr. (Jersey City Council President), local faith leaders, Analilia Mejia (NJ Working Families Alliance) Wind of the Spirit (Immigrant Resource Center) 32BJ, representing 10,000 workers in New Jersey, is one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country. President…
  • Great News for Many NJ Immigrants

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Let Republican zealots call for Armageddon, but President Obama last night said clearly, "To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill." Following yesterday's presidential Executive Orders, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) estimates that 5.2 million people will potentially be eligible for the anticipated deferred action program, and in New Jersey 204,000 will be eligible.  Approximately 137,000 parents in New Jersey will have the…
 
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  • Seven Ways the Military Wastes Our Money

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Here are seven absurd ways the military wastes our money--and none of them have anything to do with national defense. 1. A whole battalion of generals? The titles “general” or “admiral” sound like they belong to pretty exclusive posts, fit only for the best of the best. This flashy title makes it pretty easy to say, "so what if a few of our military geniuses get the royal treatment--particularly if they are the sole commanders of the most powerful military in human history." The reality, however, is that there are nearly1,000 generals and admirals in the U.S. armed forces, and each…
  • Truthout Interviews Dahr Jamail on Electromagnetic Radiation War Games in Washington State

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    If you value media that isn’t controlled by advertisers or billionaire sponsors, show your support today! Donate to Truthout now to keep independent media strong. An EA-18G Growler refuels from a KC-130 Hercules. (Photo: Staff Sft. Amanda Dick / US Navy) Also see: Dahr Jamail | Navy Plans Electromagnetic War Games Over National Park and Forest in Washington State Ted Asregadoo speaks to Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail about the Navy's plan to conduct war games involving electromagnetic radiation in a protected park and forest in Washington State. In Washington State, the US Navy plans…
  • Eight Main Street Job Creators Who Are Rebooting the Economy, Starting With Those Who Need It Most

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    (Image: Working together via Shutterstock)From the Deep South to the West Coast, these entrepreneurs are making sure jobs and dollars grow - and stay - in places hardest hit by hurricanes, poverty, and gentrification. Our culture is obsessed with them. Often young, with a pioneering spirit, entrepreneurs embody a certain kind of American dream; come up with brilliant ideas for products or services that meet (or even better, create) a market need and a viable business plan, find investors, and make lots of money. OK, it’s slightly more complicated than that—but let’s go with it. While…
  • Is the Grass-Fed Really Greener? Beef Production in the Americas

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In the Americas, three nations prevail as leading consumers and producers of beef: the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. From burgers to filet mignon, beef is often considered a staple food, even a delicacy. Its consumption is deeply ingrained in some cultures, but only a few understand the impact of industrial demand of cattle products. Most people are not aware that beef production is directly responsible for producing vast levels of greenhouse gases and expanding deforestation, especially in the Amazon forest region. In fact, in the past 25 years forests with an area the size of India…
  • Efforts to Curb Destructive Palm Oil Plantations Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Will corporations and activists join forces to end deforestation in Indonesia? September brought good news for the world’s forests with the unveiling of the New York Declaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit. The Declaration, which pledges to end global deforestation by 2030, was signed by 130 governments, including the US, Germany, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Perhaps most significantly, it was also backed by commitments from 40 major food corporations to eliminate palm oil grown on deforested land from their supply chains. That’s a big deal, given that palm…
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  • Why go for the bronze?

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    I've devoted a lot of posts to worrying about who bought high deductible bronze plans but shouldn't have, especially those who were eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies if they bought silver (Fortunately, most CSR-eligible buyers did choose silver.) This evening I have a post up on healthinsurance.org digging into who should buy bronze -- that is, for whom is a plan with, say, a $5,000 deductible at least a rational choice.One key: in  some states and counties, some bronze plans provide substantial benefits that kick in before the deductible is reached -- say, $20 primary…
  • The ACA and the white working class

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    When Bill Gardner this morning pointed out, as many have, that Americans approve of the core components of the ACA but disapprove of the law, I expected the corollary to be "slander works," or"it's really hard to communicate how these moving parts fit together," or some combination of the two.Instead, I was confronted with this chart from a paper by Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless(Redistributive effects of the ACA (from Aaron & Burtless, 2014).There's a lot of factors packed into that chart - taxes (including the individual mandate), the employer mandate, Medicare payment cuts. I would…
  • Gruber clips inspire powerful condensed defenses of the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    On occasion, I've made my case against opinion writers' "paragraph briefs," which make an omnibus case for something by packing disparate and often dubious assertions in comma-separated series.An often more powerful variant, though still subject to slipping in slugs and ringers, is the link-packed paragraph brief.  These cite an array of evidence in a way that dares the reader not to take the cited authorities on faith -- each of them, maybe a half-dozen, are a click away. Of course, most of us do take most of them on faith most of the time. But the cards are on the table.The Gruber…
  • Fleshing out a (real) ACA hardship story in the WSJ

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    It's inevitable that reporters' vignettes about ACA shoppers will often lack context or essential details. Print space is limited, readers' attention is limited,  reporters' time is limited, and protagonists' grasp of their own experience may even be limited.Still, the back stories are often worth probing (3, 2, 1. 0). Here's one from today's Wall Street Journal, with Louise Radnofsky, Stephanie Armour, and Anna Wilde Mathews reporting on the first day of Open Season II. There's no inaccuracy, but the rate-shock subplot in this brief account does leave a question…
  • The Times wrestles with ACA re-enrollment; I call some fouls

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    To a point, New York Times healthcare writers (see byline below) did a good job explaining the complexities of the renewal decision facing many buyers of health plans on the ACA exchanges for 2014. But I have three beefs with the front-page presentation.The first is in the headline (not the reporters' responsibility). The lead that follows clarifies the problem -- but for many, of course, the headline shapes perception: Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015By ROBERT PEAR, REED ABELSON and AGUSTIN ARMENDARIZ NOV. 14, 2014WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on…
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    McClatchy DC -- Washington

  • Flamboyant and flawed former DC mayor dies

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama and congressional lawmakers mourned the death Sunday of Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.,’s flamboyant and flawed former four-term mayor whose political career survived a highly-publicized 1990 drug…Click to Continue »
  • Obama: Americans want ‘new car smell’ in 2016

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    President Barack Obama said in an interview Sunday that he’s not sure what role he will play in the 2016 race for the White House because American people will want…Click to Continue »
  • Congress members mourn death of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Congressional lawmakers Sunday mourned the death of Marion Barry, Washington, D.C.,’s powerful, popular, and polarizing former four-term mayor whose political career survived a highly-publicized 1990 drug arrest after he was…Click to Continue »
  • GOP weighs responses to Obama's immigration action

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Republicans in Congress are unified in their desire to fight President Barack Obama's action to protect more than 4 million immigrants from deportation and ease rules for up to 1…Click to Continue »
  • House intel committee report debunks Benghazi conspiracy theories

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    The Obama administration didn’t issue ‘stand down’ orders to security forces at the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya or knowingly give erroneous details about…Click to Continue »
 
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  • The ‘Rules’ of Psychotherapy

    By Robin Weiss
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Would I talk to my patient about myself?
  • Writing to the Beat

    By Perry Garfinkel
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Shakespeare, Hemingway and Poe had their own rhythm.
  • Companions in Misery

    By Mariana Alessandri
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    New Yorkers may be dissatisfied, but it doesn’t mean they’re unhappy.
  • Colombia’s Data-Driven Fight Against Crime

    By Tina Rosenberg
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    What Mayor Rodrigo Guerrero did to make Cali, Colombia, safer was remarkable because it worked, and because of the novelty of his strategy.
  • Sherman’s Maps

    By Susan Schulten
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    How the general used a surprisingly sophisticated set of data to plan his famous march across Georgia.
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    Reuters: Politics

  • U.S. troops to remain in Baltics, Poland next year

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - The United States will keep troops in Poland and the Baltic states for at least the next year as tensions with Russia remain, the commander of U.S. land forces in Europe said on Sunday.
  • Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something.
  • Obama says Clinton likely to have different positions from him in 2016 race

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    HENDERSON, Nev. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he expects Democrat Hillary Clinton to stake out positions that may be different from his if she runs for president in 2016.Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race and served as his secretary of state in his first term, is considering a run in 2016 and is expected to make up her mind in the early months of 2015.
  • Obama widens post-2014 combat role for U.S. forces in Afghanistan

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    WASHINGTON/KABUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved plans to give U.S. military commanders a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month, a senior administration official said.
  • Obama's day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) - Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

    Soulskill
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    theodp writes: "The high-tech industry," reports the Washington Post's Nancy Scola, "will have at least two things to be happy about in President Obama's speech outlining executive actions he'll take on immigration. The president plans to grant the tech industry some, but not nearly all, of what it has been after in the immigration debate. The first is aimed at increasing the opportunity for foreign students and recent graduates from U.S. schools to work in high-tech jobs in the United States. And the second is aimed at making it easier for foreign-born entrepreneurs to set up shop in the…
  • Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

    timothy
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    New submitter Gordon_Shure_DOT_com writes Human rights charity Amnesty International has released Detekt, a tool that finds and removes known government spyware programs. Describing the free software as the first of its kind, Amnesty commissioned the tool from prominent German computer security researcher and open source advocate Claudio Guarnieri, aka 'nex'. While acknowledging that the only sure way to prevent government surveillance of huge dragnets of individuals is legislation, Marek Marczynski of Amnesty nevertheless called the tool (downloadable here) a useful countermeasure versus…
  • Does Being First Still Matter In America?

    timothy
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    dcblogs writes At the supercomputing conference, SC14, this week, a U.S. Dept. of Energy offical said the government has set a goal of 2023 as its delivery date for an exascale system. It may be taking a risky path with that amount of lead time because of increasing international competition. There was a time when the U.S. didn't settle for second place. President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "we choose to go to the moon" speech in 1962, and seven years later a man walked on the moon. The U.S. exascale goal is nine years away. China, Europe and Japan all have major exascale efforts,…
  • Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

    samzenpus
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    PolygamousRanchKid writes Acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday faced a number of tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee about the fence jumper who made it deep into the White House. But along with the tough questions, Clancy fielded a couple eyebrow raising suggestions on how to better protect the president's home. "Would a moat, water six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?" Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., asked with trepidation. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asked: “Would you be in favor of removing the fence around the White House and having,…
  • Congress Suggests Moat, Eletronic Fence To Protect White House

    samzenpus
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    PolygamousRanchKid writes Acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday faced a number of tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee about the fence jumper who made it deep into the White House. But along with the tough questions, Clancy fielded a couple eyebrow raising suggestions on how to better protect the president's home. "Would a moat, water six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?" Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., asked with trepidation. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asked: “Would you be in favor of removing the fence around the White House and having,…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Barking Blondes: What breed of dog makes the best pet?

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    A question for all you dog owners out there.. “What made you choose one breed over another? Everyone has a ‘preferred’ view on what’s the  perfect or ‘Top Dog’. Some decisions might be based on ‘personality’ , looks and fashion rather than more fundamental points like intelligence, health and lifespan. Often its based on history “My family [...]
  • DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]
  • D Double E: There’s only way for grime to go, and that’s UP

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Grime has been a big love of mine since its very early days, before the genre really had a name. I’d listen to, and tape, shows from stations like Rinse and Dejavu on a regular basis, witnessing the evolution from garage to grime first-hand. D Double E is an MC who stood out right from [...]
  • Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    This month’s theme is imaginary friends. Though, as you’ll see, some of the imaginary creatures in the stories I’ve chosen are perhaps not as friendly as they first seem. And some of them may or may not be all that imaginary… PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Something Rebecca Cobb is something of a rising star [...]
  • Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    CB Editions has been having quite a time of it in the media spotlight recently, with a Goldmsiths Prize shortlisting for Will Eaves’s ‘exploded novel’ The Absent Therapist, and now a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award for May-Lan Tan’s excellent debut collection of stories, Things to Make and Break. As you can see, there [...]
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  • Forget Uber's "Asshole Problem." The Company is Now Bedding Down with Regulators to Screw Over Competitors

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It was a great run, really. For most of its brief existence, Uber has gotten nothing but great press—and deservedly so, since the popular ridesharing service has provided a great way for people in cities to work around sclerotic taxi commissions and local cartels that serve entrenched business interests rather people looking for convenient new ways of getting around in cities. But lately—and especially after offensive statements about investigating journalists critical of the company's top management and some of its business practices—the only press Uber seems to be getting these days…
  • School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip To Protect Kids from Christmas Tree Exposure

    Lenore Skenazy
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience. According to whdh.com: The trip to see the famous ballet has been a tradition at the school for years, but apparently some felt the trip was improper because there is a Christmas tree on the stage. The issue came to a head at a [Butler Elementary School] PTA meeting Tuesday night. A source said some people were told they were being discriminatory if…
  • SNL Mocks Obama's Executive Orders in Hilarious Schoolhouse Rock Spoof

    Robby Soave
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    "I'm just a bill, yes I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill. But I know I'll be a law someday, at least I hope and pray that I will, but today I am still just a bill." Remember that anthem? If you do, you may want to check out Saturday Night Live's updated version, which debuted this weekend. The eager, musically-inclined piece of legislation meets President Obama, who promptly kicks him down the steps of the Capitol and introduces a new friend: Mr. Executive Order. But even Mr. Executive Order is a little shocked to discover that the president has the authority to…
  • Don't Tell 'Em (Obamacare Version)

    Meredith Bragg
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Don't Tell 'Em (Obamacare Version) Original release date was November 17, 2014 and original writeup is below. As Jonathan Gruber could tell you, the only way to sell "stupid" American voters on Obamacare was to keep us confused about what the law actually does. Remy recreates the White House's strategy meeting in this parody of the Jeremih hit, "Don't Tell 'Em." About 90 seconds. View this article.
  • Scott Shackford: The Outback Libertarian

    Reason.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    In September, David Leyonhjelm was elected to the Australian senate as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, a libertarian party founded in 2001. In August, reason's Scott Shackford spoke with Leyonhjelm about compulsory voting, the campaign against him, and why he's able to say things that no other politician can. View this article.
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    The American Prospect

  • In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. And today we learn that while the creator of the universe is still mulling his options, he's not exactly giving Carson a no: In an interview on Thursday with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Carson said he felt the hand of the Lord pushing him toward the White House. "Has He grabbed you by the collar yet?"…
  • Why There Won't Be Any Grand Immigration Confrontation Between Obama and Republicans

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    Republicans are, as expected, utterly livid about President Obama's announcement last night of executive actions he'll be taking on immigration, even as they completely ignore the substance of the moves (some of which are things they support). If one of Obama's goals was to divide Republicans against themselves, he certainly seems to have succeeded; as Robert Costa reported late last night, Republicans have "been thrust back into the same cycle of intraparty warfare that has largely defined the GOP during the Obama years and that has hurt the party's brand among the broader electorate." If…
  • Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love: Personification of GOP Hypocrisy on Immigration

    Nathalie Baptiste
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Republican Mia Love, center left, celebrates with her father, Jean Maxime Bourdeau, after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District during a GOP election night watch party, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  On November 4, 2014, the Republican Party made black history. Mia Love is the first Republican black woman elected to Congress. Black women aren’t exactly clamoring to join the Republican Party, so it’s obvious why this is an impressive feat. Love also became another "first" that night—the first Haitian-American elected to Congress.
  • Obama's Immigration Move About Much More Than Politics

    Harold Meyerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    (Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for ThinkProgress) Demonstrators at a protest on the national Mall in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2013. This essay originally appeared on the op-ed page of The Washington Post, where the author has a column. The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our…
  • Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Immigration Order

    Paul Waldman
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. That's an important question to address, but it also frees Republicans (for the moment anyway) of having to visibly argue for things like deporting the parents of kids who are already allowed to stay in the United States. One thing you'll notice as you watch coverage of the issue is that Republicans are…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. And today we learn that while the creator of the universe is still mulling his options, he's not exactly giving Carson a no: In an interview on Thursday with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Carson said he felt the hand of the Lord pushing him toward the White House. "Has He grabbed you by the collar yet?"…
  • Why There Won't Be Any Grand Immigration Confrontation Between Obama and Republicans

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    Republicans are, as expected, utterly livid about President Obama's announcement last night of executive actions he'll be taking on immigration, even as they completely ignore the substance of the moves (some of which are things they support). If one of Obama's goals was to divide Republicans against themselves, he certainly seems to have succeeded; as Robert Costa reported late last night, Republicans have "been thrust back into the same cycle of intraparty warfare that has largely defined the GOP during the Obama years and that has hurt the party's brand among the broader electorate." If…
  • Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love: Personification of GOP Hypocrisy on Immigration

    Nathalie Baptiste
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Republican Mia Love, center left, celebrates with her father, Jean Maxime Bourdeau, after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District during a GOP election night watch party, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  On November 4, 2014, the Republican Party made black history. Mia Love is the first Republican black woman elected to Congress. Black women aren’t exactly clamoring to join the Republican Party, so it’s obvious why this is an impressive feat. Love also became another "first" that night—the first Haitian-American elected to Congress.
  • Obama's Immigration Move About Much More Than Politics

    Harold Meyerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    (Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for ThinkProgress) Demonstrators at a protest on the national Mall in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2013. This essay originally appeared on the op-ed page of The Washington Post, where the author has a column. The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our…
  • Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Immigration Order

    Paul Waldman
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. That's an important question to address, but it also frees Republicans (for the moment anyway) of having to visibly argue for things like deporting the parents of kids who are already allowed to stay in the United States. One thing you'll notice as you watch coverage of the issue is that Republicans are…
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    Wonkblog

  • What happens when your pregnant sister-in-law is paralyzed in an accident — and has no insurance.

    Harold Pollack
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Marcella Wagner, who was paralyzed in an accident, and her husband, courtsey of Andrea Campbell. MIT political scientist Andrea Campbell is known for her research on Social Security, Medicare, and other safety-net policies. Yet when Campbell’s pregnant sister-in-law suffered a spinal cord injury, their family’s on-the-ground experience was more bewildering and difficult than Campbell expected. Her new book describes these experiences. Below is an edited and condensed transcript of our conversation. Harold Pollack: Let’s start with the accident at the core of this book. Andrea Campbell:…
  • SNL skit suggests Obama’s immigration executive action is unconstitutional

    Zachary A. Goldfarb
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last night, Saturday Night Live's "cold open" mocked President Obama's new executive action shielding 4 million illegal immigrants from the threat of immediate deportation. To the tune of a "Schoolhouse Rock!" song, Kenan Thompson dresses up as a "Bill" and explains how Congress passes one. Until Jay Pharoah, playing Obama, pushes Thompson down the Capitol steps. "There's actually an even easier way to get things done around here, and it's called an executive order," Obama (Pharoah) says. Bobby Moynihan shows up dressed as an Executive Order and sings, "I'm an executive order, and I pretty…
  • Why Univision is so important to Obama

    Ana Swanson
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a town hall hosted by Univision at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida September 20, 2012. The sign above Obama reads "The Latino Vote." (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) On Thursday night, the usual rump shaking and pyrotechnics of the Latin Grammys were delayed as President Obama announced his executive action on immigration. ABC, NBC and CBS chose not to air the address. That left Spanish-language network Univision, which pushed back the Latin Grammys by about 15 minutes to make time for the president, as the largest network to broadcast it.
  • Why Obama’s immigration plan will mean more money for non-immigrants, too

    Matt O'Brien
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) We're a nation of immigrants, and that's been one of the secrets of our economic success. That will continue even more now that President Obama has taken executive action to protect 5 million undocumented workers from deportation and increase high-skill immigration. Altogether, this should give the economy at least a modest boost. Specifically, the White House estimates that it will raise gross domestic product between 0.4 and 0.9 percent over the next decade. And not only that, but in the long run — more on that in a minute — it should even push up wages for…
  • The weird, disturbing and hilarious things for sale on the Internet’s largest black market

    Christopher Ingraham
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Evolution market On a well-hidden corner of the Internet, a user going by the name of "FRIM" has a question: "Ever wanted to start your own reactor or build nukes? Well, this is probably the only missing component you needed and couldn't get until now!" The "missing component" FRIM promises is a small quantity of uranium ore -- on sale for 0.2549 Bitcoins, or about $100. FRIM is selling uranium on Evolution, which is currently the largest of the so-called "darknet" marketplaces on the Internet, where enterprising vendors offer everything from drugs to weapons to stolen credit card…
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    The Hill: Blog Briefing Room

  • Gingrich: Obama setting 'dangerous' precedent

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Sunday that President Obama lied to the American people about his immigration executive orders.Gingrich joined other Republicans in criticizing the administration for what they see as an...
  • McCain, Flake: Obama immigration policies motivated by 2016

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R) wrote in an op-ed published Sunday that President Obama's executive orders on immigration were an attempt to help Democrats for 2016.McCain and Flake joined other Republicans in criticizing the...
  • Democrat to GOP: 'Roll up your sleeves' and pass immigration reform

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) on Sunday challenged GOP lawmakers to “roll up your sleeves” and pass immigration reform before part of President Obama’s executive actions takes effect in six months.    “They have 180 days, starting January...
  • Sunday show wrap-up: Immigration dominates discussion

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    IMMIGRATION Obama: 'I’ve actually been very restrained'  President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he “bent over backwards” to give Congress leeway to pass immigration reform.  http://ow.ly/EK8SB 'Shame on us' for...
  • Obama had ‘no choice’ but to act, Durbin says

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday defended President Obama's executive orders on immigration, saying that the president had "no choice" but to act since Congress wouldn't send him a bill.Durbin said on CBS's "Face The Nation" that Republicans...
 
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  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On Tuesday the Justices will meet for their November 25 Conference. Our list of “Petitions to watch” for that Conference is here.
  • January arguments, day by day

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Supreme Court on Friday released the schedule of oral arguments for the session beginning January 12.  Arguments begin at 10 a.m. each day; each argument will be for one hour.  There will be no afternoon arguments. The daily schedule, with brief summaries of the issues and links to case pages, follows the jump. Monday, January 12: Reed v. Town of Gilbert – constitutionality of a local ordinance restricting outdoor signs placed by churches Oneok v. Learjet – right of retail purchasers of natural gas to file antitrust lawsuits in state court to challenge prices set in the…
  • Oklahoma seeks faster health care appeal (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    UPDATED 11:21 a.m.   The Oklahoma petition for review before the appeals court rules is here.  The state noted that it is willing to have its case, if granted, put on the same briefing schedule as King v. Burwell, and asks for a quick response to its petition if the Court wishes a response.  The state would seek argument time, it noted.  (Thanks to a helpful reader for sending a copy of the petition.) —————— The state of Oklahoma, arguing that the Supreme Court should consider the views of a state government when it rules on the legality of federal…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The petition of the day is: Chandler v. United States 14-282 Issue: Whether conspiracy to commit a robbery, absent any overt act in furtherance of the crime, is itself a violent felony presenting a serious potential risk of physical injury justifying an enhanced sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act.
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Eric Schnapper (Part two)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Specializing in Supreme Court advocacy; how Supreme Court arguments differ from any other; and what the Court does, whether interpreting the Constitution or a statute. “Just the way they say, ‘Battle plans never survive contact with the enemy,’ oral argument plans never survive contact with the Court.” In this six-part interview, Eric Schnapper — Supreme Court advocate and holder of the Betts, Patterson & Mines Professorship in Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law — discusses his background, from Yale Law School to a twenty-five-year career at the…
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Barack Obama: "The actions I’m taking" are "the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican president and every single Democratic president for the past half-century."

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Are Barack Obama's immigration moves 'the kinds of actions' taken by presidents for 50 years? On Nov. 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a landmark executive action on immigration. The policy change would primarily affect more than 4 million immigrants who have lived illegally in the United States for more than five years but who have children who are citizens or have green cards. If the applicant can pass a background check and pay a fee, they could qualify for a work permit and avoid deportation for three years at a time. The program…
  • Ted Cruz: In the 2014 elections, "the American people overwhelmingly said we don't want Obamacare … and we don't want amnesty."

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Ted Cruz says in 2014 elections, voters made clear their opposition to Obamacare, 'amnesty' The night before President Barack Obama was scheduled to announce that he was removing the threat of deportation from up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, launched a preemptive strike during an appearance on Fox News. Cruz told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that "it's incumbent on Republicans in Congress to use every single constitutional tool we have to defend the rule of law to rein in" Obama so that the president "does…
  • Barack Obama: "My position hasn’t changed" on using executive authority to address immigration issues.

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Barack Obama: Position on immigration action through executive orders 'hasn't changed' President Barack Obama is on the verge of announcing significant executive actions that could affect at least a portion of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States. As is often the case these days, rumors and pieces of the plan have floated through the media for a couple weeks now, and Obama appears ready to announce the full details Thursday night in an address to the nation. The decision to act unilaterally without going through…
  • Barack Obama: Keystone XL allows "Canada to pump their oil, send it through our land, down to the Gulf, where it will be sold everywhere else."

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Obama says Keystone XL is for exporting oil outside the U.S., experts disagree President Barack Obama and many other Democrats think there’s little to be gained by building the Keystone XL pipeline. On Nov. 18, Senate Democrats voted down a proposal to build the oil pipeline -- which would stretch from Canada to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect with an existing pipeline that goes to Texas' coast.. But the issue isn’t going anywhere. When the new Republican-led Senate takes over in January, it will likely be at the top of their…
  • Barack Obama: Says Jonathan Gruber was "some adviser who never worked on our staff."

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Barack Obama says MIT professor Jonathan Gruber was just 'some adviser' Even overseas, President Barack Obama couldn’t escape questions about a domestic controversy surrounding the health care law. Footage emerged last week of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, claiming more than a year ago that the "stupidity of the American voter" and a "lack of transparency" were key to passing the Affordable Care Act. Why is that of interest? Because Gruber played a role in helping to write and pass the health care law. Obama, however,…
 
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    Balloon Juice

  • Open Thread: Turkey Shopping PSA

    Anne Laurie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Maryn McKenna, at “Superbug”, her Wired blog: “To Slow Down Drug Resistance in Health Care, Buy an Antibiotic-Free Turkey for Thanksgiving“: … How can healthcare workers contribute to slowing down antibiotic resistance? A healthcare nonprofit suggests they commit to buying an antibiotic-free turkey for Thanksgiving… Here’s the backdrop to the campaign, created by Health Care Without Harm,the Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS) collaborative, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS): Health Care Without Harm takes…
  • Today in Cops and Gun Tragedies

    John Cole +0
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    This insanity has to stop: A Cleveland police officer shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy who was carrying what turned out to be a fake pistol outside a recreation center on Saturday after witnesses said the boy had brandished the gun on a playground, the authorities said. Two police officers responded to the scene and ordered the boy to raise his hands, but he refused and reached for a gun in his waistband, the Cleveland Division of Police said in a statement. An officer fired two shots, striking the boy once in the abdomen, police and emergency medical services officials said. He was taken…
  • It was no accident

    Kay
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    We talked about how labor unions have been deliberately targeted for extinction and how that has contributed to wage stagnation and income inequality, but labor unions are just one piece of the puzzle. There’s labor unions and then there’s the state side – government regulations and laws that helped create a middle class. The state side of the equation includes things like minimum wage and family and medical leave and unemployment insurance and laws to protect against discrimination and also overtime. This is overtime: The federal overtime provisions are contained in the…
  • Garden PSA: “For the Monarch Butterfly, a Long Road Back”

    Anne Laurie
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Since we’ve discussed planting milkweed for monarch caterpillars in the Garden Chats, I was slighty perturbed by this article in the NYTimes: … Less than 20 years ago, a billion butterflies from east of the Rocky Mountains reached the oyamel firs, and more than a million western monarchs migrated to the California coast to winter among its firs and eucalypts. Since then, the numbers have dropped by more than 90 percent, hitting a record low in Mexico last year after a three-year tailspin. Preliminary counts of migrants this fall are encouraging. “But we’re definitely not out…
  • Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Florida Dreaming

    Anne Laurie
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    From faithful morning commentor Mustang Bobby: It might be cruel to remind readers in the grip of ice and snow that there are places where it’s still sunny and warm, but here are a couple of photos of what I have growing around my house in South Florida. I have several hibiscus around the house, and they are putting out blooms year-round. They are maintenance-free, although I had a friend suggest I up the iron content in the soil because some of the blossoms look a little pale. I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening – I can kill a geranium – so I have been passive about doing…
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    Oliver Willis

  • Bill Cosby Is Sick, But He Wasn’t Wrong About Black America’s Problems

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    It is very clear from all the recent reports that there was and still probably is something very wrong with Bill Cosby. Something like 16 women have come forth to say Cosby either sexually assaulted, molested, raped, or took advantage of them. Court finding or not, it defies common sense to believe he didn’t do something very wrong with those victims. The problem is I’ve seen the occasion of these revelations taken by some as vindication about the crusade Cosby embarked on a few years ago, embodied by what is now known as the “pound cake” speech. Essentially, Cosby…
  • What Was The Southern Strategy?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    After the passage of the Civil Rights Act, many southern Democrats rebelled against the party. Alabama Governor George Wallace ran against Johnson in the Democratic primary, but lost. By 1968, Wallace had left the Democrats and ran in the general election on the segregationist American Independent Party ticket, earning 9.9 million votes, 13% of the popular vote, almost all from the south. By 1972, Richard Nixon had coopted much of this movement, putting the blatant racial animus on the back burner but running on a promise to restore law and order after turbulent protests roiled the country in…
  • Who Passed The Civil Rights Act?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon Johnson You wouldn’t think we need to lay this out, but based on repeated erroneous comments I’ve received from conservatives over the years on this topic, here we go. The Civil Rights Act Passed The House And Senate With A Majority Vote From Both Parties The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (H.R. 7152) was introduced in the House of Representatives by a Democrat, Emanuel Celler of New York on June 20, 1963. A majority of Democrats voted for the bill in the House. 152 – 96 A majority of Republicans voted for the bill in the House. 138-34 More Democrats than…
  • Obama, Immigration Action, And Doing The Right Thing

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It’s always a much better feeling when you just do the right thing. President Obama is on that path tonight with his executive action on immigration. The GOP has had years to get this right. They had a chance under George W. Bush when they ran the entire government, they had an opportunity to do this even with Democratic control. The votes are in the House right now to pass this but Speaker Boehner as usual was too cowardly to pull the trigger. Now substantive action on immigration reform belongs to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. While Republicans have made themselves into the…
  • Jim Webb’s Bizarre Presidential Campaign Launch

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Jim Webb is running for President, I guess. Jim Webb launched his presidential campaign with a strange video with bargain basement production values. There’s no real base of support for Webb within the Democratic Party. He’s not a rock star like Sec. Clinton, a progressive icon like Elizabeth Warren, a sitting progressive governor like Martin O’Malley, or an ideological warrior like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Webb was a decent enough senator, opposing the Iraq War with a centrist portfolio when that’s the sort of thing you needed to win as a Democrat in Virginia, but he…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders

    PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Pretty funny regardless of how you feel on the issue Cold Open The post SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Uppity

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Uppity: We’re talking about the immigration speech. How did that damn man in the White House manage to defy an election outcome in which Republicans liked to think they gave him a whuppin’? Why wasn’t he behaving like a loser, dammit? It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a conference room in the Capitol Visitors Center for what’s become a monthly conclave. For the junior representatives, this was a chance to get some face time with…
  • Obama Immigration Orders Could Drive Latino Vote

    Guest Voice
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    WASHINGTON – Nevada welcomed President Barack Obama on Friday as he came to rally support for his executive orders on immigration. It’s no coincidence that he headed to the Silver State, where 27 percent of the state’s population is Latino and helped propel him to victory there in both presidential elections. Democrats are hoping that nationwide,… The post Obama Immigration Orders Could Drive Latino Vote appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Seventh Investigation Debunks Republican Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

    Ron Chusid
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Yet another investigation has debunked the Republican claims about Benghazi, this one run by House Republicans. AP reports: House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined…
  • Remember Benghazi?

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Remember the Benghazi tragedy? Of course you do. But do you remember the other tragedy? The one where Republicans attempted to “turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal.” The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit — destroy is a better word — the President and, especially, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The one where Republicans squandered millions of taxpayer dollars in investigation after investigation, committee after committee, report after report — six of them, count them — while accusing the administration of dark…
 
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Stephen Colbert on Obama’s immigration plan

    John Aravosis
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Stephen Colbert weighs in on President Obama’s new immigration plan. “Folks, my great grandfather did not come here from Ireland to see this country overrun by immigrants.” It is interesting to see how Fox News dutifully repeats the same talking points that the most conservative Republicans are using.
  • The Bill Cosby story, and the time I got sexually harassed in the Senate

    John Aravosis
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was watching Erin Burnett’s reporting on the ongoing, and growing, sexual harassment accusations against comedian Bill Cosby, and it got me thinking of the time I was sexually harassed while working in the US Senate. My harasser was a woman working in George H.W. Bush’s Department of Transportation; and at the time several people, including her boss, didn’t take my complaint seriously. After all, I was a guy. And how can a woman sexually harass a man? I’m writing about this because I was reading the other day about one of Bill Cosby’s accusers, and how she…
  • Gay Santa: Saint Nick has a special elf, and some parents are not pleased

    John Aravosis
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    There’s a documentary out about the men who play Santa this time of year at malls across America. The film, called “I am Santa Claus,” comes with a few twists. One of the Santas being chronicled is professional wrestler Mick Foley. Another is gay. And that’s caused quite a bit of blowback. Santa Jim and his “special elf.” Ironically, the entire point of the film is to introduce you to the men who “whose lap your child is sitting on.” And let’s face it — 99.99% of people who bring their kids to meet Santa have no clue who…
  • Hawaii hospital charges Canadian family $1m for baby’s birth

    John Aravosis
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A Canadian family is refusing to pay a Hawaii hospital million-dollar-bill for their baby’s premature birth while visiting on vacation. The family, from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, had the forethought to buy traveler’s insurance from Blue Cross — the woman wasn’t due for over two months. Nonetheless, Blue Cross is refusing to cover the birth because the woman had a “pre-existing condition.” What was the deadly condition that this Canadian vixen failed to disclose to all-caring innocent-victim Blue Cross (even though the woman says Blue Cross…
  • Graphic video, animal rights group says Chick-fil-A abuses chickens

    John Aravosis
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Mercy for Animals has released a disturbing video which it says shows abuses against animals at a farm and slaughterhouse that provides chicken to fast-food giant Chick-fil-A. The video shows chickens being violently thrown into storage areas, often by their wings and legs; others being scalded alive; and still others “having their throats, wings, and chests sliced open while still conscious.” Chick-fil-A says it no longer uses the farm and slaughterhouse, run by Koch foods (no apparent relation to the Koch Brothers), but Mercy for Animals disputes this. Live chickens being…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Doubt - How Deniers Win

    speechless (/politics/member/speechless)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: Why Voting Matters

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    YouTube: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher imagines an alternative reality where Obama lost the last two elections and the country has been run by his rival, President Mitt McCain.
  • This Is What Winning Looks Like

    speechless (/politics/member/speechless)
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    YT: This Is What Winning Looks Like is a disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal.
  • The Republicans' Inspiring Climate Change Message

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe gears up to chair the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee despite literally writing the book on global warming denial.
  • henry giroux-the violence of organized forgetting

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Author and scholar Henry Giroux sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss his new book "The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine." Giroux argues that the United States' embrace of a surveillance state and culture of violence have replaced the values of freedom, liberty and justice, putting American democracy in jeopardy.
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    The American Prospect

  • In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. And today we learn that while the creator of the universe is still mulling his options, he's not exactly giving Carson a no: In an interview on Thursday with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Carson said he felt the hand of the Lord pushing him toward the White House. "Has He grabbed you by the collar yet?"…
  • Why There Won't Be Any Grand Immigration Confrontation Between Obama and Republicans

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    Republicans are, as expected, utterly livid about President Obama's announcement last night of executive actions he'll be taking on immigration, even as they completely ignore the substance of the moves (some of which are things they support). If one of Obama's goals was to divide Republicans against themselves, he certainly seems to have succeeded; as Robert Costa reported late last night, Republicans have "been thrust back into the same cycle of intraparty warfare that has largely defined the GOP during the Obama years and that has hurt the party's brand among the broader electorate." If…
  • Congresswoman-Elect Mia Love: Personification of GOP Hypocrisy on Immigration

    Nathalie Baptiste
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Republican Mia Love, center left, celebrates with her father, Jean Maxime Bourdeau, after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District during a GOP election night watch party, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  On November 4, 2014, the Republican Party made black history. Mia Love is the first Republican black woman elected to Congress. Black women aren’t exactly clamoring to join the Republican Party, so it’s obvious why this is an impressive feat. Love also became another "first" that night—the first Haitian-American elected to Congress.
  • Obama's Immigration Move About Much More Than Politics

    Harold Meyerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    (Esther Yu-Hsi Lee for ThinkProgress) Demonstrators at a protest on the national Mall in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2013. This essay originally appeared on the op-ed page of The Washington Post, where the author has a column. The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt. Col. Harald Jäger has recounted why he defied his orders. And his story couldn’t be more relevant to the debate consuming our…
  • Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Immigration Order

    Paul Waldman
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    President Obama is going to detail some executive actions he plans to take on immigration in a speech tonight, and you may have noticed that the debate over this move is almost completely void of discussion of the particulars. Instead, we're discussing whether Obama is exceeding his powers. That's an important question to address, but it also frees Republicans (for the moment anyway) of having to visibly argue for things like deporting the parents of kids who are already allowed to stay in the United States. One thing you'll notice as you watch coverage of the issue is that Republicans are…
 
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • The 2014 Election: A Summary

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The story of the 2014 election is very simple. At each elected level of the Federal and State governments...with the exception of the White House, which was not on the ballot...the Republicans won handily, increasing their margin of control. Turnout (on a percentage basis) was the worst it has been since the 1942 national election. A Summary: Cook Political Report Votes Received as of 11/14/14 Republicans: 39,582,779 (51.77%) Democrats: 34,720,906 (45.41%) Others: 2,149,804 (2.8%) Republicans: 8 U.S. Senate seats (1 Senate race still undecided) 13 U.S. House seats (Assumes results of 5 house…
  • The 2014 Election: Voter Turnout

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Turnout of the eligible voting population regardless of voter registration status. The 2014 national voter turnout was 36.4%. This was the worst turnout in 72 Years. The 1942 Federal election turnout had a lower participation rate at 33.9%. The 2014 turnout rate was substantially lower than 2010 (42%), 2006 (41%), and 2002 (39.5%). Year Voter Turnout (of Total Eligible Voters) 2014 36.4% 2012 58% 2010 40.9% 2008 61.6% 2006 40.4% 2004 60.1% 2002 39.5% In 43 States less than half of the eligible population voted. No State broke the 60% voter turnout mark. In the three largest States - CA, TX…
  • Ideological Bent of the 2014 Electorate

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    In its post-election survey of the ideological bent of the 2014 electorate, The Winston Group found the following “philosophical bent” of the electorate: (1 is Liberal and 9 is Conservative) 1 Liberal -3.37 Obama -3.67 Democrats in Congress -5 The middle -5.55 Independents -5.79 Your own political ideology -6.6 Republicans in Congress -9 Conservative
  • 2014 Election Highlighted the Divide between the Major Parties

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    The national exit poll of those voting in 2014 demonstrates the nature of the large divide between the two major political Parties. 68% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats are “very worried about the direction of the nation’s economy” in the next year. 78% of Democrats think the government should do more to resolve problems, while 77% of Republicans think the government is doing too many things and/or it is better left to business and individuals. 67% of Republicans said their family’s financial situation is worse compared to two years ago, while 57% of Democrats say the family’s…
  • Composition of the Electorate Based on Exit Polls

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
      2014 2012 2010 2008 Men 49 47 48 47    Married 33 29 xx xx    Unmarried 16 18 xx xx Women 51 53 52 53    Married 30 31 xx xx    Unmarried 21 23 xx xx           18-29 13 19 12 18 30-44 22 27 24 29 45-64 43 38 43 37 65+ 22 16 21 16           White 75 72 77 74 Black 12 13 11 13 Hispanic / Latino 8 10 8 9 Asian 3 3 2 x Other 2 2 2 3           Liberal 23 25 20 22 Moderate 40 41 38 44 Conservative 37 35 42 34           Democrat 35 38…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Another Wave Crashes Weakly on California Shores

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    A few close elections remain by Brian Leubitz Well, another election has come and gone. And once again, California was the break against a national wave election. Sure, there were a few disappointments, and a few races that are still in question. But California is still a state where the divisive values of the extreme right represented by the Republican party do not sell. The close ones to watch at this point are in the House of Representatives, where three Democrats are fighting to maintain their seats. Ami Bera and Jim Costa are just barely behind their Republican opponents, and Julia…
  • Field Issues Final Poll of the Year, Light Turnout Expected Tomorrow

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Prop Yes No D/K 1 (Water) 54 22 24 45 (Justify Rates) 30 42 28 46 (Patient Safety) 32 49 19 47 (Sentencing) 51 23 26 Light turnout expected as we approach tomorrow's election by Brian Leubitz Field released their final piece of polling data on Halloween, this time a slew of data on the ballot measures. You can see a quick summary to the right. In terms of turnout, well, don't hold out high hopes. Despite a record number of registered voters in California, some analysts are predicting the total turnout for Tuesday's election could fall below 50 percent. KNX 1070's Pete Demetriou reports about…
  • Field Poll Shows Dems in Good Shape for Statewide Races, SSPI will be close

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Dems all carry leads in statewide races. Tom Torlakson is in a dogfight with Marshall Tuck by Brian Leubitz The final Field Poll came out today, and it had Democrats looking good in all of the partisan statewide races. As you can see from the table to the right, the Dems are all showing statistically significant leads. Add that to the Governor's 54-33 lead and all seems well in Democratic party land. However, state superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson has quite the fight in front of him in the next few days. While it is a nonpartisan race, the California Democratic Party has…
  • Prop 47 Would Put the Emphasis Back on Rehabilitation in our Justice System

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Measure would reform sentencing and focus on rehabilitation, rather than warehousing, of prisoners by Brian Leubitz Prop 47 has been lost a little bit in the shuffle between other measures. From local to statewide ballot measures and a few legislative races, Prop 47 doesn't have the huge TV aerial war that we have seen elsewhere. But it could make a huge difference in how we spend our money on prisons through the CDCR. (That last R is supposed to stand for rehabilitation, but with Prop 47, California can put its money where its mouth has been for years. We have fallen sadly behind states like…
  • Bay Area Beverage Taxes Draw Big Cash

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Sugary beverage taxes are focus of big spending in Berkeley and San Francisco by Brian Leubitz If you are in the Bay Area, you won't be surprised to hear that the beverage association and its member companies have spent quite the hefty total on the two measures. But the number still may seem excessive: Along Berkeley's main streets and in the underground subways here, advertisements blasting the proposed soda tax are everywhere. The American Beverage Association, the soda industry's lobbying group, has spent some $1.7 million dollars fighting the measure in Berkeley, and $7.7 million in San…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • The Many Iranian Obstacles in the Way of a Strong Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart Congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is – like a large number of Democrats – fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (It seems likely, at this moment at least, that the Iran talks will be extended for several more months.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama Administration…
  • Hamas Endorses a Massacre

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we've seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer's war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn't what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions. According to witnesses, the two attackers entered the synagogue, in the Har Nof…
  • Before the Beheadings

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In the spring of 2000, I lived for a month in a Taliban madrasa, a religious seminary, located on the Grand Trunk Road outside of Peshawar, in Pakistan. The chancellor of the madrasa, a wrinkled, bearded, and often barefoot man named Samiul Haq, was said to be a confidante of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. I did not believe, when we first met, that he would agree to my presence in his school. I was open about my intentions: my goal was to write about the religious education of Pashtun boys who would soon be fighting on behalf of the Taliban, and by extension al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan. It…
  • A Withering Critique of Obama's National Security Council

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    If George W. Bush's foreign policy was a testament to the perils of overreaction, Barack Obama's foreign policy is becoming, to many experts, a testament to the dangers of underreaction. On the matter of Syria, in particular, fear of renewed U.S. involvement in the problems of dysfunctional Arab countries (a legitimate fear, of course) kept the Obama administration from trying to shape the Syrian opposition, and therefore the outcome of that country's ruinous civil war. The Syrian war is not Obama's fault (people in Washington have a tendency to think that Washington matters more than it…
  • A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol Lee reported this week that President Obama recently wrote a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, in which he laid out the benefits for Iran of a nuclear compromise. “The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal,” the Journal reported. “Mr. Obama stressed to Mr. Khamenei that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Is the U.S.-China Climate Pact as Big a Deal as It Seems?

    James Fallows
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I've been offline for many hours and am just now seeing the announcements from Beijing. The United States and China have apparently agreed to do what anyone who has thought seriously about climate has been hoping for, for years. As the No. 1 (now China) and No. 2 carbon emitters in the world, and as the No. 1 (still the U.S.) and No. 2 economies, they've agreed to new carbon-reduction targets that are more ambitious than most people would have expected. We'll wait to see the details—including how an American president can make good on commitments for 2025, when that is two and possibly…
  • How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

    James Fallows
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    This post is to introduce a new email newsletter that I hope you’ll be interested in. It’s about the “American Futures” reporting project that my wife Deb and I have been undertaking through the past year and are ready to take in what we think will be exciting new directions. When we began this project for The Atlantic in the summer of 2013, with our colleagues at Marketplace radio and the digital-mapping company Esri, our idea was to visit some of the smaller towns and cities the media tend to overlook, to see  how people were adjusting to the economic, environmental, and…
  • Vote Early and Often!

    James Fallows
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Get out and vote! I will be doing so in D.C. later today, though not, alas, for a full-fledged senator or representative, nor an anti-leafblower ordinance, but there's always next time. I'll vote once my wife Deb and I get back to D.C. from West Virginia, latest stop on our American Futures journeys. What you see above is part of the mailings flooding into homes in West Virginia's Second Congressional District. It's now represented by Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, who is expected to win today to succeed Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate. Alex Mooney is the Republican candidate to…
  • The Under-Appreciated Genius of Mark Zuckerberg in China

    James Fallows
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    I promise, this is it. But I think I can also promise that this is worth it. Earlier today, I posted a summary of the back-and-forth about Mark Zuckerberg's decision to do a 30-minute session in Chinese, and what that meant for the psychology of language learning. Now Paul Duke, an American proficient in Chinese who explains his bona fides below, weighs in with the last word. (Unless I hear from Zuckerberg himself...) Let me give you the short version of my view, then I'll explain: Zuckerberg's interview in Chinese was a brilliant move from a business perspective. To go to China -- where…
  • 'A Foreigner Speaking Chinese—That's Scary!'

    James Fallows
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Two days I described the disagreement on whether it was brave or crazy for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, to do a public session in Chinese, and the larger issues of language-learning the controversy brought up. Yesterday Isaac Stone Fish, author of an item for Foreign Policy saying that Zuckerberg hadn't done very well, explained why he had made that case and answered criticism from another student-of-China named Kevin Slaten. A slew of mail from people who have worked the frontiers of language has arrived, and to wrap up this mini-series you'll find an assortment below. [Update: I've just…
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    The American Scene

  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Starting in the 2012 cycle and in a much more serious way in the 2014 cycle, the Republicans decided that they could square the circle of their conscience clause position on sexual ethics with Democratic #waronwomen attacks through pitching over-the-counter oral contraception. Somewhat surprisingly, the left was not especially enthusiastic about this. The way I’ve been thinking about this is that both liberals and conservatives are addressing hassle. The emerging right-wing position is that the state requiring you to get a doctor’s scrip is unacceptable hassle and some nontrivial number…
  • Heighten the contradictions

    Gabriel Rossman
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suppose that party A habitually engages in actions that party B finds morally offensive. Party B then finds various ways to obstruct this offensive action, but only partially, so the effect is to make the action more dangerous, but not impossible. Party A continues with the (now more dangerous) course of action and predictably problems ensue. Who is morally at fault? Or more to the point, who receives blame and is the ensuing policy push to prohibit A from engaging in the offensive action or instead for B to cease obstructing and switch to accomodation and harm reduction? For instance, if I…
  • Obfuscation Form 700

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

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

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

  • Your Thanksgiving Recipes Open Thread

    SuperUser
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    by Doctor Science Brett asked for "a Thanksgiving recipe thread in time for pre-Thanksgiving grocery shopping", and it sounded good to me. Also, I'd like to have my traditional Thanksgiving (or other turkey-based holiday) recipes up somewhere that the family can find them in an emergency. My traditional turkey dinner includes: Herb-Brined Turkey, Chestnut-Rice-Rye Stuffing, Roasted-Garlic Gravy, and Two-Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier. The herb brining comes from this Epicurious recipe, the herb butter from this one, the stuffing was invented by my mother (who finds traditional bread…
  • The peculiar institution of American violence

    SuperUser
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    by Doctor Science I hadn't really understood, on a gut level, how unusual American violence is until after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO. As people started talking about what happens in other wealthy, "civilized" countries, I realized that Americans experience -- and expect -- an extreme level of violence from both police and their fellow citizens. As I've thought about it, I've come to the conclusion that the most important ingredient in American violence is slavery. The past isn't dead, it isn't even past. Here are some facts for comparison: How many Americans are killed by…
  • Don't know much about philosophy (NPhL Chinese, Curry and Caliphate division) open thread

    SuperUser
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    by liberal japonicus Those crazy folks over at Superscholar heard your complaints about the Eurocentric nature of the last chart and have come up with this. The title is a reference that I hope is obscure enough to keep the likes of y'all guessing, though whenever I think that, someone usually gets in within the first 3 comments.   Source: SuperScholar.org/
  • Words I never heard in the Bible

    SuperUser
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One of them is "abuse". Warning: this post and the comments will be about abuse of all kinds. Know your triggers & limits. New Yorker reporter Rachel Aviv wrote about how exposing child abuse in the Brooklyn Hasidic community has made Sam Kellner an outcast. The article covers what I have to call "the usual": yet another tight-knit, conservative religious community that would rather toss abuse victims and their families aside than recognize what powerful men have been getting away with. I'm just going to talk about one aspect. After Kellner's son told him he'd been molested,…
  • The ACA, Statutory Construction, and SCOTUS

    Ugh
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    by Ugh Some comments on the midterm post have delved into the ACA and what's going on at SCOTUS and the state itself.  I was going to write a post on this but haven't had time.  So, take any angle you want on the ACA, no need to respond to the below. Proponents of the view that the ACA permits tax credits for those who purchase insurance on the federally run exchanges - despite statutory language arguably to the contrary - are quick to point out that more than 4 million people have obtained health insurance through the federal exchange and a decision denying the credits puts those…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Public Finance Management in a Post-2015 World: Time to Care About Service Delivery?

    Ryan Flynn
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    This post was written by Sierd Hadley, Research Officer for the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure, at the Overseas Development Institute As we motor on towards a Post-2015 development agenda it may also be time to build a new era for public finance management (PFM) – one which considers service delivery far more closely. Few would disagree that a better understanding of PFM and public sector management is central to reducing poverty. Fiscal stability is needed to promote economic growth and create jobs; while the distribution of public resources (including many forms of external aid)…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Progressive Realization

    Ryan Flynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership My last blog post on budgeting for human rights explored the obligation for governments to use the maximum of available resources to realize rights enshrined under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Here we will examine what the obligation of progressive realization means for government budgets. Article 2 of the ICESCR states “each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps…especially economic…
  • What Is PFM?

    Jay
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership Public Financial Management (PFM) is a term often thrown about when talking budgets and budgeting. Just as often its definition remains somewhat mysterious. A heterogeneous group of experts from academia, multilateral institutions, and think tanks—including yours truly from IBP, representing civil society views on the matter—collaborated on a recently published paper that tries to “demystify the concept.” It aims to present a simple yet innovative way…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Using the Maximum of Available Resources

    Jay
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership. The last few decades have seen two mutually reinforcing trends with regard to government budgets. First, though fiscal policy has long been seen as a key tool for governments to support stable economies and provide public services, the instrumental role of budgets in promoting development, redistributing wealth, and reducing poverty has been increasingly recognized. Second, this growing recognition of the importance of budgeting in addressing some of the…
  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

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

  • Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

    D'Angelo Gore
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president’s plan to address immigration issues in the U.S. Obama claimed that “most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight,” in a Nov. 20 address to the nation. Cruz, meanwhile, claimed that “this last election was a referendum on amnesty” and that voters had sent a clear message opposing it. Obama is right that opinion polls show a majority of Americans support allowing immigrants now living in the country illegally to stay. But…
  • Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those. In a Nov. 20 email fundraising appeal for her political action committee — sent before Obama’s prime-time speech that evening but after details of his plan had been reported – Bachmann wrote: “What could more fundamentally transform our nation than making our precious American citizenship — and the rule of law — merely commodities to be dispensed with as our…
  • Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.” In fact, “the number of individuals deported who have been convicted of any criminal offense apart from an immigration or traffic violation has actually declined,” according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which collects and…
  • Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

    Robert Farley
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the “same kinds of actions” taken by past presidents? Obama’s use of executive actions to defer deportation for up to 5 million people living in the country illegally relies on similar legal principles used by past presidents, although the issue of presidential authority may ultimately have to be decided in federal court. But there are some fundamental differences between Obama’s actions and those taken by…
  • The ACA-Gruber Connection

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on…
 
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    TechPresident

  • Creating Bottom-Up Tech Tools to Fight Ebola

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    The fight against Ebola in West Africa is far from over. TechPresident recently covered New York Tech Meetup’s Ebola Hackathon and wrote about what technology can and can’t do. But what emerged from these discussions is that technology needed to be more responsive -- designed after community input and not before. Here are a few systems that were built in just that manner.
  • At PDF Italia, Tom Steinberg Explores Five Digital Asks We Should Make To Our Government

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:08 pm
  • First POST: Creeping

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more.
  • Recreation.gov and other Govt Projects Move Toward Embracing New Digital Approach

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    A draft request for proposals for the revamping of Recreation.gov will include a requirement that reservation availability data be publicly accessible and that all proposals detail how they will enable third-party sales, as two members of the United States Digital Services have joined the government team overseeing the RFP, meeting some key demands of civic technologists and consumer oriented technology companies.
  • Jersey Shore Hurricane News: Using Facebook and Crowdsourcing to Build a News Network

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    When Hurricane Irene barreled down on the East Coast in 2011, one news source had some irregular advice from one New Jerseyan to another: "Fill up some Ziploc bags with water NOW and freeze....keep them on hand for when we lose power and you need that ice to keep the beer cold." The tip was punctuated not with a period but with a smiley face, and it was first posted to Facebook, the home of a new citizen journalism outlet: Jersey Shore Hurricane News.
 
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    Corrente

  • Obama's Ferguson rhetoric on "who we are"

    lambert
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Body:  "Using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law and contrary to who we are," Pres Obama tells @GStephanopoulos. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 21, 2014
  • In the garden: Autumn's dull palette

    lambert
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Body:  Dull, I suppose, if one's spectrum is over-broad and not subtle enough. Many, many subtle shades of green and brown, as plant matter progresses into soil; and many lovely shapes as stems and leaves bow to the ground and then collapse flat. (Perhaps the tapestry effect I keep mentioning is, er, organic: The plants really are flattening onto a plane, from three -- and four, taking wind and sun into account -- dimensions into two; and the colors really are more sober, in the way that color dyed into fabric can never be as vivid as a jewel or a blossom, which reflect light, or allow…
  • In the garden: After the cold snap

    lambert
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    Body:  Here's my desk with a paperweight: I left the desk out last year, and the cheesy particle board or whatever top began to rot, and so it attracted wasps seeking cellulose to build their nests; I could hear them chewing away! So, that is a novel strategy for pollinator attraction, and I'm anxious to see if it works in the coming year.
  • Prosecutorial Discretion: Plenty for Me; But None for Thee

    letsgetitdone
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Body:  Republican “strategists,” Party functionaries, and Congresspeople, are saying, with considerable emotion and rage, that the President's Executive Order allowing undocumented immigrants goes beyond presidential authority under the Constitution in the areas of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion, claiming that he must enforce the law without bias, in a manner consistent with his oath to uphold the Constitution. They've made similar claims in relation to his decision to delay for one year the requirement that employers with over 50 employees provide health care coverage…
  • In the garden: Design challenge: Attracting birds

    lambert
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Body:  I have labelled the area of interest "1." Area 1 gets partial morning sun (trees are in the way) and partial late afternoon sun (peeking round a building). There's more of it outside the photo, in the direction of the "Etc." arrow. The challenge: I would like to attract more birds to my area. And I remember Nipper's Dad saying that "birds like a mess," and places to nest. So here are my thoughts on how to get to that point.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Colombia has 3 of the world’s best preserved natural parks

    Latina Lista
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Colombia has 3 of the world’s best preserved natural parks by Latina Lista By Larisa Sioneriu Colombia Reports Colombia’s natural parks are among the best preserved in the world, according to a world’s oldest and biggest environmental organization. The International Unit for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) elected three of Colombia’s national parks as part of the enlisted best preserved national parks in the world during the World Park Congress, held in…
  • Separate But Unequal: Predominantly White Schools Nearly Twice As Likely to Have Superfast Internet Speeds As Predominantly Minority Schools

    Latina Lista
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Separate But Unequal: Predominantly White Schools Nearly Twice As Likely to Have Superfast Internet Speeds As Predominantly Minority Schools by Latina Lista By Marcella Gadson Broadband & Social Justice A study released last month revealed a significant gap in access to superfast Internet in schools based on race, income, and population density. In a world where access to technology equates to opportunities for success, African American, Hispanic, rural, and…
  • Crowdfunder: Understanding the College Rape Crisis

    Latina Lista
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Understanding the College Rape Crisis by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Understanding the College Rape Crisis Rape is the most pervasive violent crime on college campuses. It’s also the least prosecuted. Survivors are boldly challenging ineffective policies, compelling media and policymakers to not just listen, but also act to overturn the status quo. But are new laws and national discussion enough to improve the way sexual assault is…
  • “DREAMers’ Moms” give up fast – but not fight – as Obama unveils immigration plans

    Latina Lista
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. “DREAMers’ Moms” give up fast – but not fight – as Obama unveils immigration plans by Latina Lista By Miranda Rivers Cronkite News WASHINGTON – On her eighth day without food, Alejandra Sanchez sat in the corner of the room in a downtown Washington church, soft-spoken and red-eyed, the lack of food showing on her tiny frame. The former Arizona resident was among a handful of mothers who have been fasting – some for as long as 18 days –…
  • Guest Voz: 5 Facts to Know About President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

    Latina Lista
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: 5 Facts to Know About President Obama’s Immigration Announcement by Latina Lista By Vanessa Cardenas LatinaLista Last night, President Barack Obama laid out his plans for executive action on immigration. The new program will provide temporary administrative relief and work permits to undocumented immigrants who pass a background check, have lived in the United States for a minimum of five years, and have a child who is a U.S. citizen or legal…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • The Making of an Imperial President

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How Barack Obama ended up embracing the executive overreach he once campaign against.
  • Stampeding Black Elephants

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What happens when some 6,000 park rangers, scientists, environmentalists and others gather to brainstorm how to guard and expand the earth’s protected areas?
  • Promiscuous College Come-Ons

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The hucksterism of schools makes it harder for students to navigate the admissions process with any sanity and real success.
  • Uber’s Rough Ride

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The car-service app has engineering talent and business savvy. All it lacks is some grown-ups to manage it.
  • Two Ideas of Israel-Palestine

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    The killing in a Jerusalem synagogue was vile, and predictable. As Jews know, one day the oppressed fight back.
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    New York Observer

  • To Do On November 23, 2014: Wreath-Making in Manhattan

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Wreath Havoc (Getty Images) Sunday November 23 Call me crazy, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to make a wreath. Why? Too many Edith Wharton novels, probably. Though I am pretty sure that no one in Edith Wharton novels makes wreaths. They are all too busy destroying their reputations by looking furtively at a member of the opposite sex for six scandalous seconds. Surrounded by wreaths that the servants made, probably? Probably. I don’t know. I don’t question my impulses. Wreaths: I want to make one, and thank goodness, now someone will teach me! Specifically, experts from Michael…
  • Matthew Barney, R.H. Quaytman, William Pope.L to Headline MOCA’s 2015-2016 Schedule

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    William Pope.L, Trinket (2008). Installation in the Exhibition Hall of the Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO, hosted by Grand Arts. (Photo by E.G. Shempf. Courtesy of the artist and MOCA) MOCA just released its exhibition schedule for the 2015/2016 season, and it’s a singe-artist show extravaganza. With shows like “Sturtevant: Double Trouble” traveling from MoMA to the West Coast, and the organization of the first dedicated permanent collection exhibition in five years, MOCA is stepping out with an ambitious and refined slate of programming under the helm of its new director…
  • Miranda Kerr Goes Jammie Chic in NYC

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t you look like this when you shop at Sephora? (Photo via BFA) Miranda Kerr was on hand to celebrate Escada’s new fragrance, Joyful, at the Union Square Sephora this weekend. She donned an eveningwear look that incorporated everyone’s favorite nighttime garment: pajama pants. Her elastic-waistband pants were by Escada, as was the leather jacket, which had sleek hints of housecoat. The overall effect, when combined with her Hollywood waves, was very boudoir. An H&M body suit and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes finished the ensemble. While the shoes aren’t ideal for…
  • Art+Money: The Guggenheim’s Richard Armstrong on the Suspense of the Hugo Boss Prize

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Richard Armstrong and the Boss trophy. The Huge Boss Art prize was awarded last night at the Guggenheim Museum, its atrium glittering under a giant silver chandelier. A crush of exceedingly well-dressed people showed up to hear the winner named as Brooklyn-based, China-born artist Paul Chan. He graciously thanked the audience for coming to the event instead of to the simultaneous opening of the Hunger Games, and gave a genial shoutout to his gallery, Greene Naftali, which was met with scattered cheers from a crowd well-Champagned with personal bottles of Moet and plied with tiny little…
  • New Wifi Hot Spots Prove Payphones Aren’t Dead

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I Quant NY created a map of the city’s projected wifi coverage, now that all of its payphones will be converted to free wifi hot spots (I Quant NY). In recent years, New York payphones have become nothing more than obstacles on the sidewalk. In light of this, the city announced a plan to repurpose them earlier this week. As of next year, every payphone will be converted into a free wifi hot spot. According to The New York Times, the upgrade will include free internet access, free domestic calls using cell-phones or a built in keypad, a charging station, and access to…
 
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    Gawker

  • Are Mark Udall and Other Endangered Democrats Liberals, or Not?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In the leadup to today's votepocalypse , I've been pretty harsh to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a terrible campaigner who's blown a pretty sure thing in his limp, cynical reelection campaign . But one reader wrote to me with a counterpoint——one strong enough that it's worth publishing here.Read more...
  • Lil Jon Flew Cross-Country to Vote After Not Receiving Absentee Ballot

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a nod to his "Turn Out For What" Rock the Vote campaign, rapper Lil Jon complained this morning on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that he was forced to board an early flight from L.A. to Georgia to vote in person in today's election after he never received a requested absentee ballot.Read more...
  • The Gawker Voter's Exhaustive Guide to the 2014 Midterm Elections

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Voting sucks. Off-year voting sucks the worst. Like Valentine's, Election Day 2014 seems less a heartfelt chance to express preferences than a mandate to give one's limited purchasing options a whiff of will and legitimacy. You can be forgiven for apathy. But you still must make some choices. Here's some info to help.Read more...
  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Libertarians are having a moment or something, and there is much excitement over the possibility of a presidential run by a bizarrely coiffed amateur ophthalmologist and civil-rights opponent. How could he be more obnoxious? By staking his candidacy on Silicon Valley brogrammers.Read more...
  • Mississippi Dems Probably Committed Voter Fraud by Aiding Thad Cochran

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Libya and the tides of history. Noah Millman reflects on Shakespeare and the lessons from the Libyan war. Blaming the generals isn’t enough. Andrew Bacevich reviews Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost. Rand Paul and late-regime politics. Julia Azari sees all of the early attention being paid to Rand Paul’s likely presidential candidacy as evidence that “we are nearing the end of the Reagan regime.” The damaging myth of “winning” the Iraq war. Paul Pillar explains why the conceit that the war was ever won is so harmful to U.S. foreign policy. The myth of the…
  • The Folly of Arming Ukraine

    Daniel Larison
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    The administration still seems to be resisting pressure to send arms to Ukraine: Joe Biden, the US vice-president, told an audience in Kiev on Friday that Washington would always support a democratic, reformist Ukraine but he did not offer the one thing his hosts most desired: a promise of heavy weapons to counter a Russian-backed insurgency. There are a few reasons why the U.S. should continue to refrain from throwing more weapons at the conflict in Ukraine. Marc Champion explains two of them here: Most important, they would make real the myth that Russia is responding to NATO aggression in…
  • The Terrible Idea of an Alliance with Iraq

    Daniel Larison
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    It will come as no surprise that Michael O’Hanlon has come up with another terrible idea: At this crucial juncture in the Middle East, the United States should propose to Baghdad the creation of a formal, treaty-based alliance. It could be modeled after America’s alliances in Europe and East Asia, and include a clause like that of Article V in the NATO and U.S.-Japan charters that commits the two countries to the defense of each other [bold mine-DL]. What O’Hanlon means is that the U.S. should be obligated to guarantee the security of yet another country that couldn’t…
  • Webb Is Running for President

    Daniel Larison
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    It appears that there will be a challenger for the Democratic nomination after all: The first official 2016 presidential candidate is former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. Mr. Webb announced an exploratory committee late Wednesday night for what would be among the longest of longshot campaigns with a 14-minute video and a 2,100-word letter posted to his website, webb2016.com. Most of the letter explains Webb’s reasons for running and provides a brief introduction to him, his career, and his family. There is one passage that hints at what some of the major themes of a Webb campaign could be: We…
  • Jeb Bush and Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Scott McConnell wonders what kind of foreign policy Jeb Bush will end up endorsing. Specifically, he is interested to find out which member of his family he will be most like on issues relating to Israel: A President Jeb Bush would face a different set of questions about “the special relationship”. Would he respond like his father or like his brother? Based on what we know of his views, I don’t think it’s a stretch to conclude that he frequently holds views very similar to those of his brother and his brother’s most vocal supporters. That goes for policies relating to…
 
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    TIME

  • The Long, Hard Slog Continues

    Mark Thompson
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    On Saturday, Islamist militants halted a bus crammed with 60 passengers in northeastern Kenya, killing 28 who could not recite a Muslim declaration of faith. The same day, word leaked that President Obama has agreed to a stepped-up combat role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond the original Dec. 31, 2014, deadline. On Sunday, a suicide bomber killed at least 49 people—mostly kids—at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan. Later in the day, the Washington Post told of one of the final U.S. military units readying to ship out for Afghanistan, even as the Taliban grow in…
  • Washington D.C. Mourns Its ‘Mayor for Life’

    Nolan Feeney
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Flags are flying at half-staff in Washington, D.C., as the city mourns former mayor Marion Barry, who died Sunday at age 78. A spokesperson for current mayor of the nation’s capital, Mayor Vincent Gray, said he ordered that the flags be lowered in Barry’s honor, the Associated Press reports. “Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Gray said in a statement. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.” There was a notable outpouring of tributes from…
  • Obama: Voters Want ‘New Car Smell’ in 2016

    Zeke J Miller
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday that voters will be looking for a “fresh start” as they go to the polls in 2016 to select his successor. “I think the American people, you know, they’re going to want—you know, that new car smell. You know, their own—they want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me,” Obama told ABC This Week’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview taped Friday in Las Vegas, a day after Obama announced his executive action on immigration. The president acknowledged…
  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies at 78

    alexishauk
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    (WASHINGTON) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council. Instead, Barry will be remembered for a single night in a downtown Washington hotel room and the grainy video that showed him lighting a crack pipe in the company of a much-younger woman. When FBI agents burst in, he referred to her with an expletive. She “set me up,” Barry…
  • President Obama Distorts ‘Amnesty’ to Sell His Executive Actions

    Michael Scherer
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
    President Obama has rolled out his executive action on immigration with a talking point that guts the meaning of a word for political ends. As a general rule, democracies should take notice when their leaders do this. “I know critics call this ‘amnesty,’” he said today in a speech in Nevada, describing his decision to give temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. “It’s not amnesty. Amnesty is what we have now.” The Merriam Webster dictionary, an American English standard, gives us this definition of “amnesty”:…
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    The Brody File

  • Video Exclusive: Ben Carson “Feeling Fingers” From God To Run For President

    David Brody
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says there’s a, “good chance” that he will run for President of the United States and says he feels God’s fingers pulling on his collar to get into the 2016 race. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Compares President Obama To Vladimir Putin

    David Brody
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says President Obama is like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing the fact that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re releasing a short video…
  • The Brody File Show: Lame Ducks

    David Brody
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    This week on the Brody File Show, Congress is back in session and it has a lame-duck feel as Republicans get set to take over the reins. We go one-on-one with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Plus, we take a look at the controversy over "net neutrality." Finally, we speak with a U.S. healthcare worker in Liberia fighting the good fight against Ebola.
  • American Worker In Liberia Discusses Ebola With Brody File

    David Brody
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    This week on our Brody File show, we talked to Jolene Mullins, an American working in Liberia right now for PCI. The organization is doing great work and being quite an influence as they help prevent disease, improve communities and help with sustainable development all across the world. Watch her Skype interview below.
  • The Judges Strike Back: Gay Marriage Bans Ruled OK

    David Brody
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Well this is a BIG deal. Hey, same-sex marriage advocates, here’s a newsflash for you: Your march to so-called equality just took a big hit. And it came from your favorite avenue of change: Judges! Turnabout is fair play, right Read below from USA Today: The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation's circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Hat trick

    Mark Kleiman
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Over the past couple of weeks, my essays in search of temperate cannabis policies have appeared in Slate, Vice, the New York Times, and now National Review. Other than the expected trolling from pot fans, pot-industry flacks, and fundamentalist libertarians, they haven’t drawn much response. I sometimes think that trying to talk reasonably about cannabis is a little bit like trying to talk reasonably about football on sports-talk radio. It’s a subject so hard to think clearly about, and so easy to get angry about, that saying anything other than “Racist drug war! Legalize…
  • Giving Tuesday, No Giving Required; and Jail for the President

    Kelly Kleiman
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Over on The Nonprofiteer, I critique the whole Giving Tuesday concept and particularly its latest iteration, in which people don’t have to actually give to participate. Plus, h/t to our friends at Political Wire, for quoting a Republican legislator who can’t seem to imagine a black man who isn’t incarcerated.  
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Obsession

    Keith Humphreys
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    In my recommendation of Dear Murderer, I described my fondness for British films in which brutal people say awful things with perfect manners and diction. This week’s film recommendation is another fine example of the “Terribly sorry old chap, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to kill you” school of Brit Noir: 1949′s Obsession. Like Dear Murderer, the film revolves around a beautiful, faithless wife (Sally Gray) whose urbane, intelligent cuckold (Robert Newton) seeks indirect vengeance by trying to kill one of her lovers in a fashion that the police will…
  • Homework from Edward Tufte

    James Wimberley
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    While you are twiddling your trackball thumbs waiting for the DACA explosion. something slightly useful. I finally bought Edward Tufte’s classic of graphical design The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. It’s so good it has no competitors, like the Department of Water Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. [Update 22/22: this is incorrect, see comments.] Struggling to find a niggle against a nearly perfect work, my only complaint is that he compares his masterpiece to Strunk and White’s error-packed The Elements of Style: a “malign little compendium of…
  • News Chew

    Annie O'Hare
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Last week the Federal Trade Commission approved orders settling charges against two companies selling caffeine-infused underwear.  Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc. and Wacoal America, Inc. don’t have to recall the underwear made from fabric with microencapsulated caffeine, retinol and other ingredients, but they have to stop pretending the items will do anything but keep your junk in place. Also, they have to pay a combined about $1.5 million towards refunds for those souls that dared to believe. Do you have questions? Naturally. Curtain up  TIC: Have you heard about this caffeine…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Weekend open thread: More limbo for ethanol industry edition

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. About a year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to change the Renewable Fuel Standard, which regulates how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. Iowa elected officials from both parties expressed unanimous outrage, with Governor Terry Branstad and Representative Bruce Braley seeking out especially prominent roles in the battle against reducing the Renewable Fuel Standard. The very first week of the Iowa legislature's 2014 session, state lawmakers…
  • IA-Sen polling seen as proof of "herding" by pollsters

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Still catching up on post-election analysis. As you may recall, the final poll of Iowa's U.S. Senate race by Selzer & Co differed greatly from all other polls taken during the final week of that campaign. Usually "outliers" are inaccurate, but in this case only the Selzer poll was close to predicting Joni Ernst's final margin over Bruce Braley. This problem wasn't limited to Iowa; as a whole, U.S. Senate polling in 2014 was less accurate than Senate polling in other recent election years. In three states, the polling average missed the final result by more than 10 points. Polls were skewed…
  • Iowa reaction to Obama's executive action on immigration

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    President Barack Obama delivered a prime-time televised address last night to explain his new executive order on immigration. The order would remove the threat of deportation for an estimated 5 million of the 11 million immigrants who came to this country illegally. After the jump I've posted the full text of the president's speech, as well as reaction from some members of Iowa's Congressional delegation and several advocacy groups. I will update this post as needed. Last year, Iowa's U.S. senators split when the Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill, which has never come up…
  • Countering Bloated Economic Impact Reports

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Iowa was recently informed with quite a bit of media hoopla that the proposed Dakota Access pipeline conveying oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to a refinery in Illinois will give a "$1.1 billion boost" to the Iowa economy and support 7,600 jobs. Both numbers are hooey. Before I get to the hooey, however, I need to talk a little bit about economic impact studies.  These studies usually utilize an input-output model of the study region.  These models are initially constructed properly, and they provide reasonable and reliable estimates of the multiplied-through…
  • Ten links to celebrate National Adoption Month

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Adoption has been a blessing to many of my friends and some relatives, so after the jump I've posted ten links to celebrate National Adoption Month. Any relevant comments are welcome in this thread. By the way, did you know that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack was adopted as a baby in Pennsylvania? The Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association provides resources for families here. The National Adoption Day website debunks myths about foster care adoption here. November 22 is considered National Adoption Day, "a collective national effort to raise awareness…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Nothing is Sacred

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I honestly wonder how anyone can justify this: A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game. About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district. As you might expect at such an event, the majority of the victims were young. Local reports say a suicide bomber walked into the large gathering before detonating the explosives. A spokesman for the provincial governor…
  • The Electoral College Is Not Set In Amber

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Everyone knows, or should know, that the electorate that turns out in federal midterm elections is distinct enough from the electorate that turns out in presidential elections that it is hard to draw lessons from one that reliably apply to the other. It's treacherous enough to try to apply lessons from the last presidential election to the next one. So, it's important to remember that just because Scott Walker won reelection in Wisconsin, for example, this does not necessarily mean that Wisconsin in going to be in play for the Republicans in the 2016 election. It should be remembered that the…
  • Immigration Thread

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Enjoy the historical moment. Then document the atrocities. Discuss
  • Saying Goodbye to Marion Barry

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Former DC Mayor, Marion Barry, passed away last night at the age of seventy-eight. It might seem strange to some, but he always reminded me a lot of James Brown. They both came from dirt-poor broken families in the Deep South. They both had remarkable talents, ambition, work ethics, and insecurities. They both tended to opulence and ostentation, obsessed with their image, and they both were brought low repeatedly as they struggled with substance abuse. They both had troubled relationships with women. They were both extremely important to the Civil Rights and Black Pride movements. They both…
  • They Make Us Worse Human Beings

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I am not lying when I tell you that the only time that I watch Fox News is when there is some big event, like a political debate or a major presidential speech, or some major breaking news story. I usually tune in briefly, just to see what their take on things might be, and then I shudder and turn the channel. I took a quick look last night and what I saw was more nakedly racist than anything I have ever seen on my television in 45 years of life. It was far worse than anything I could have anticipated. And the world they had created for their audience was so distorted and toxic that I was…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • President Obama Defends Use of Executive Action on Immigration

    Benjamin Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    President Barack Obama defended his decision to use executive authority to enact changes to the U.S. immigration system during an exclusive interview with “This Week,” challenging Republican Speaker John Boehner to “pass a bill” if he was not satisfied with the president’s unilateral actions. “Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own,” the president told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview in Las Vegas on Friday. “What I do have is the…
  • Full Interview Transcript: President Obama on ‘This Week’

    ABC News
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Pete Souza/The White House Below is the full interview transcript for the interview conducted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos with President Barack Obama. This may contain errors and will be updated. “THIS WEEK” PRESIDENT OBAMA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, thank you for doing this. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to be here. STEPHANOPOULOS: So you had a friendly crowd out there but a pretty fierce Republican reaction in Washington. The Speaker this morning says your acting like an emperor and you’re damaging the presidency. Your response?
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    Benjamin Bell
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz speaks about net neutrality at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of…
  • TransCanada CEO: ‘High Probability’ Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be Built

    Jessica Puckett
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Russ Girling, head of the company proposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, expressed confidence today that the project would soon be under way. “There is a very high probability this pipeline gets built,” Girling said today on ABC News’ “This Week.” “The need for transportation continues to grow, and the place where these producers want to put those barrels is into the Gulf Coast of the U.S. So, our shippers have not wavered one bit in the past six years.” If built, the 1,700-mile pipeline would pump about 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta,…
  • Excerpt: Daniel Bolger’s ‘Why We Lost’

    ABC News
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Excerpted from WHY WE LOST : A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel Bolger. Copyright © 2014 by Daniel Bolger. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Cover for WHY WE LOST : A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars" by Daniel BolgerINTRODUCTION I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Ian Angus: Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green + Q&A

    dandelionsalad
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Dandelion Salad Austerity fightback on Nov 17, 2014 Ian Angus, author and editor of www.Climateandcapitalism.com discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Ian is introduced by Richard Fidler, who writes and blogs at http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/ Recorded in Ottawa on November 16th, 2014, this event […]
  • Cornel West: They Call Obama a Muslim, Not True; They Call Him a Socialist, Definitely Not True

    dandelionsalad
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Dandelion Salad Introduction by Chris Hedges LeighaCohen on Nov 15, 2014 [...] In his new book, Cornel West, together with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. He examines […]
  • Russell Brand: The Revolution Can Begin As Soon As You Decide It Does In Yourself

    dandelionsalad
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Dandelion Salad I highly recommend watching the entire interview on Democracy Now!. Democracy Now! Nov. 14, 2014 For years Russell Brand has been one of Britain’s most popular comedians, but over the past 12 months he has also emerged as a leading voice of Britain’s political left. He has taken part in anti-austerity protests, spoken […]
  • How Is a Prison Like a War? by David Swanson + Chris Hedges: Poverty, Racism & Policing, Mass Incarceration, Resistance and Social Transformation

    dandelionsalad
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad warisacrime.org Nov. 13, 2014 The similarities between mass incarceration and mass murder have been haunting me for a while, and I now find myself inspired by Maya Schenwar’s excellent new book Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. This is one of […]
  • Chris Hedges: Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis

    dandelionsalad
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Last Updated: Nov. 21, 2014 Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges The Economics of Happiness on Nov. 12, 2014 This talk was part of symposium organized by Local Futures (formerly ISEC) at Cooper Union in New York City, November 8, 2014. For more information about Local Futures’ work or to listen to other talks from the symposium, […]
 
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  • Shut Up John

    Deacon Blues
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    I have a simple message for John Boehner when he whines about President Obama not following the will of the people in opposing the Keystone pipeline: shut the f*ck up. "Let's be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people," Boehner said. "Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn't care about the American people's priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid." When all you have in your rhetorical bag is a Gruberian swipe, then you're…
  • Jerry Brown's Empty Legacy

    Deacon Blues
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    As California Governor Jerry Brown heads into his historic fourth term in 2015, his record since returning to Sacramento has things to admire. But as some in the media and elsewhere have noted, what exactly will his legacy be at the end of this next term? Yes, he has turned around the state’s finances and long-term bond rating from the mess he inherited from the outgoing Schwarzenegger administration. But what will be the lasting imprint Brown leaves upon the state? To put it bluntly, not much. Brown’s signature “think big” initiatives are the ill-advised bullet train and the Delta…
  • Time for Reid and Pelosi to Go

    Deacon Blues
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Despite pleas from Democratic leaders to not act unilaterally on immigration until at least after an omnibus spending bill can be passed in the lame-duck congressional session, and from Republicans who've been warning him not to forego opportunities for collaboration with the new Congress, the White House is letting it slip out today that Obama will act next week by way of executive order to shield up to five million immigrants from deportation. This happens on the same day that the Senate Democratic caucus re-elected Harry Reid to be their leader, but not without opposition from centrist…
  • Six Years In, And Still Clueless

    Deacon Blues
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I'm not sure whether to be madder and more disappointed at the diminishing prospects for the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) long-term prospects, the news that Obama is seemingly daring the GOP to impeach him on immigration, the news that the administration is giving a top Treasury slot to a M&A hack from Wall Street, or the news that Obama's ISIS policy has already run aground. Yes, the four conservative hacks on the Court decided to hear the ACA appeal in their ongoing effort to kill the landmark statute. Forget all the talk about how unlikely it is that even the conservative bloc would…
  • Maybe Paul Should Rethink His Talking Points

    Deacon Blues
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Politico's Mike Allen tells us today that Rand Paul's 2016 plans center on attacking Hillary Clinton for being wrong on Libya and being too old for the job. Wow, there's a full argument for you. Paul thinks that his stature as a fiscal conservative who wants less intervention overseas will sell well with independent voters. He may be right, but the real question is how will someone with that orientation even get the GOP nomination in 2016? Paul would have to get past Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and any number of GOP governors wanting to look tough to even…
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  • President Bill Clinton on Being a Grandfather

    TheEllenShow
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Bill Clinton on Being a Grandfather President Clinton told Ellen about his first grandchild, Charlotte, and how he and Hillary are adjusting to their new roles. From: TheEllenShow Views: 192145 2442 ratings Time: 02:20 More in Entertainment
  • President Clinton Watches 'Grey's Anatomy'

    TheEllenShow
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    President Clinton Watches 'Grey's Anatomy' It seems everyone is a Shonda Rhimes fan these days. The former President is no exception. From: TheEllenShow Views: 294162 3006 ratings Time: 01:35 More in Entertainment
  • Stop Looking At Your Phones ('The Britishes')

    CollegeHumor
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Stop Looking At Your Phones ('The Britishes') The Britishes must resist the urge to spend breakfast starting at their (im)mobile devices. See more of "The Britishes" on DirecTV's AUDIENCE Network! See mo... From: CollegeHumor Views: 1724935 25252 ratings Time: 03:38 More in Comedy
  • EPN Y LOS PADRES DE AYOTZINAPA - EL PULSO DE LA REPÚBLICA

    El Pulso De La República
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    EPN Y LOS PADRES DE AYOTZINAPA - EL PULSO DE LA REPÚBLICA BAJA LA APP DE EL PULSO PARA ANDROID e iOS aqui: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iktwo.elpulso https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/id916281976?... From: El Pulso De La República Views: 533909 19802 ratings Time: 16:05 More in News & Politics
  • Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People

    CGP Grey
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People CGP GREY HOODIE: http://goo.gl/Gypvhx Read about why you might want email from me: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-professional-sharer Discuss this video: ht... From: CGP Grey Views: 367285 17267 ratings Time: 01:36 More in Education
 
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  • Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World

    BuzzFeedBlue
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World Let's all have babies in Sweden. Check out more awesome videos on BuzzfeedVideo https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo MUSIC Ten Finger Boogie Licensed v... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 468456 10156 ratings Time: 02:20 More in People & Blogs
  • Young People Are Uneducated And Shouldn’t Vote, Says Fox News

    The Young Turks
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Young People Are Uneducated And Shouldn’t Vote, Says Fox News Ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in November, making sure that everyone who can vote does vote, has become increasingly important. But the hosts of Fox N... From: The Young Turks Views: 77427 1738 ratings Time: 04:36 More in News & Politics
  • Looking Away

    vlogbrothers
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking Away http://water.org/johngreen If we raise $100000 for water.org in Ethiopia, Bill Gates will personally match it and we'll be able to get clean water through s... From: vlogbrothers Views: 286325 16062 ratings Time: 03:17 More in People & Blogs
  • The naked truth -- advertising's image of women: Jean Kilbourne at TEDxLafayetteCollege

    TEDx Talks
    8 May 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The naked truth -- advertising's image of women: Jean Kilbourne at TEDxLafayetteCollege Pioneering activist and cultural theorist Jean Kilbourne has been studying the image of women in advertising for over 40 years. In this rapid-fire, passionat... From: TEDx Talks Views: 86531 976 ratings Time: 15:51 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic

    TEDx Talks
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
    My philosophy for a happy life | Sam Berns | TEDxMidAtlantic Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 6186148 54621 ratings Time: 12:46 More in Nonprofits & Activism
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  • Time To Obtain The Knowledge About Golden You Will Need

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

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

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

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

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameElectricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughMaybe they are trying to collect from their life insurance? I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Epic Shark FailVotes: 37.6Votes: 37.3Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes:…
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    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    One Direction - Night Changes Twitter Trend - YouTube One Direction - Night Changes Twitter Trend One Direction "Night Changes" a Twitter Trend? Yes! The next 1D album Night Changes is sending their fans into a frenzy. Picts of Louis Tomlinson dominated the Twitter Search results for One Direction Night Changes. It comes out in four days. Miami Adult Hotels - Executive Fantasy Hotels - YouTube Miami Adult Hotels - Executive Fantasy Hotels http://www.executivefantasyhotels.com Miami Adult Hotels is the focus of Rebecca Fox's desire for her and her lover to explore Florida in a different way:…
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Ira Hansen, Nevada State Assembly Speaker, makes a “male apology”

    Bob Morris
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    The new speaker of the Nevada State Assembly is sorry you are so upset by his totally taken-out-of-context comments about Blacks being simple-minded and Hispanics being mostly criminals. This is a classic “male apology” is where, instead of apologizing for being a douchebag, Ira Hensen is upset that you got so upset by his comments, which were clearly meant to be provocative and / or humorous. I’m glad I could clear that up for you for you. [His] statement is almost pure Limbaugh. “I’m sorry IF you were offended.” Of course people were offended – his comments were…
  • I don’t care how much I pay, gonna ride my poo-powered bus every day

    Bob Morris
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Bio-Bus will go into service in Britain next next, shutting people to an airport. It runs on biomethane derived from food waste and human poop. The company says that by using the alternative energy source, its new bus will also put out less carbon emissions than those powered by traditional diesel engines. The biomethane is being produced at a sewage treatment plant; the BBC says it “takes the annual waste of about five people to produce” a full tank. No shit, this is the best headline: All aboard the poop bus, now farting around the UK Inquiring minds want to know if the bus…
  • San Diego, San Francisco Bay planning toilet-to-tap water reuse

    Bob Morris
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    In urban areas where water is scarce, it just makes sense to clean wastewater and make it drinkable again. Las Vegas has done this out of necessity for years. All household water including what is flushed down toilets is cleaned up, pumped back into Lake Mead and reused over and over. There is no yuck factor. I live in Vegas and the water is quite drinkable. In areas where there isn’t a nearby huge lake to pump water into then reservoirs or aquifers can be used for storage. Orange County CA already reclaims 70 million gallons a day and is expanding that to 100 million. The San Diego…
  • You first. The thought of eating insects bugs me

    Bob Morris
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Yes, I know. The world needs more food.  Two billion people already eat bugs. So why shouldn’t we fussy eaters in the West join in? “Waiter, another order of spider leg fries, please, and a grasshopper burger too.” The UN thinks this is a fine idea so maybe we should too? Yum. Will Whole Foods soon be selling free-range, organically-raised, locally-grown bugs? Supposedly raising insects for food is more sustainable because it uses less water and resources. However, has this been done on a mass scale yet, and not just in, say, selling insects at local markets in Southeast…
  • Rand Paul voted against NSA reform bill to block renewal of Patriot Act

    Bob Morris
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    The headlines are seriously misleading. Yes, Sen. Paul voted against the NSA reform bill. He did so to prevent the extension of the Patriot Act expiration date. Paul has been a steady and vocal champion of civil liberties and is the only senator who pointblank said NSA officials lied under oath while testifying to the Senate. No other senator had the balls to state that obvious truth. I think some of his other views are crackpot. However, he is the best friend civil liberties have in the Senate. From his website Sen. Paul blocks the renewal of Patriot Act Earlier this evening, Sen. Rand Paul…
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  • Mobile Device Management for Healthcare

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Data security is of paramount importance in the healthcare industry, where regulations are numerous and fines are serious. With MDM, your staff can use the smartphones and tablets they need to provide the best possible care, and IT can rest easy that devices comply to the policies that protect confidential data. Learn how to protect devices, no matter where they are or who owns them.Request Free!
  • BYOD & HIPAA Breaches at Hospitals Infographic

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing high-quality healthcare is a science—but securely managing the expanding amount of highly personal healthcare content can be an art. As the already-large volumes of healthcare-related data continue to grow, many organizations are turning to the cloud to store, manage and share data. When looking at ways to better share documents and files across healthcare organizations, IT and Security professionals need a cloud-based content management and collaboration platform that offers enterprise-grade security.Box is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that allows employees to share…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution. Download this white paper to learn more!Request Free!
  • Redefining Security for the Cloud

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing high-quality healthcare is a science—but securely managing the expanding amount of highly personal healthcare content can be an art. As the already-large volumes of healthcare-related data continue to grow, many organizations are turning to the cloud to store, manage and share data. When looking at ways to better share documents and files across healthcare organizations, IT and Security professionals need a cloud-based content management and collaboration platform that offers enterprise-grade security.Box is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that allows employees to share…
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  • Guest Writer Believes Race Relations Near Tipping Point

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:25 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 who 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. My eighty-first birthday earlier this week was to have been a happy occasion, featuring a great dinner with friends at Tulsa’s finest German restaurant and many cards and letters from far-flung children and grandchildren. But a late email printout detailing events in Geneva, Switzerland, took a bit of the…
  • Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: Nov 22

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Following my Nov. 15 update, I made talk radio appearances on stations in Florida and Nevada and wrote and shared the full menu of articles below at BobMcCarty.com: On Facebook this week, I shared a photo of Butters, my office assistant, inspecting newly-arrived copies of my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet. Monday, Nov. 17:  In advance of the much-anticipated grand jury decision about the Michael Brown shooting death in Ferguson, Mo., I asked an important question about the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department’s apparent use of illegal surveillance equipment…
  • Throwback Thursday: Intelligence Agency Spotlights Clapper

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Something interesting showed up in my inbox a few minutes after noon today under the headline, Throwback Thursday: DNI Clapper as DIA director. Click on image above (if you dare) to read full article on DNI website. Released by the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of Corporate Communications, this nostalgic piece begins by reminding all of how then-Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. was sworn in as the DIA’s 11th director Nov. 18, 1991. It ends by noting that Clapper now serves as director of national intelligence. I, however, am more interested in an action Clapper took while…
  • Author Predicts NBC Dateline Will Air Polygraph Propaganda

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    I have to hand it to members of the pro-polygraph crowd whose public relations efforts, though based on much circumspect information and many falsehoods, continue to impress. The latest evidence of their PR prowess will, I predict, appear Friday night during a segment, “Lie Detector,” on the NBC News magazine program, Dateline. Though I don’t have advance access to the information that will air during the segment, I’m willing to offer a handful of predictions based on what I uncovered during the four years I spent investigating the century-old polygraph and its…
  • Border Security Trumps Immigration Reform

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Most news reports about President Barack Obama’s expected announcement about so-called immigration reform — that he will issue an executive order and open the illegal immigration floodgates — seem to be focusing on the impact five million new legalized residents will have on the already-tenuous job market for Americans already out of work. What they ignore is a far more serious subject, one the Washington Times reported on more than six and a half years ago. Click image above for link to Washington Times article Feb. 6, 2008. Here’s a snippet of what the Times…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • School Choice Now!: Gym Teacher Drags/Pushes Girl in Pool

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Here's a great argument for school choice from the bankrupt city of Stockton, California. Watch above as physical education teacher drags and pushes a 14-year-old girl into a swimming pool. Some details via California's News 10 ABC: A Stockton Unified School District physical education teacher is facing a charge of corporal injury to a child, and is on paid leave, after video surfaced of him trying to force a 14-year-old girl into a pool during a P.E. class. Denny Peterson, employed by the school district for more than 10 years, is seen on video for 95 seconds using strong force to drag the…
  • Forget Uber's "Asshole Problem." The Company is Now Bedding Down with Regulators to Screw Over Competitors

    Nick Gillespie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    It was a great run, really. For most of its brief existence, Uber has gotten nothing but great press—and deservedly so, since the popular ridesharing service has provided a great way for people in cities to work around sclerotic taxi commissions and local cartels that serve entrenched business interests rather people looking for convenient new ways of getting around in cities. But lately—and especially after offensive statements about investigating journalists critical of the company's top management and some of its business practices—the only press Uber seems to be getting these days…
  • School Considered Canceling Nutcracker Trip To Protect Kids from Christmas Tree Exposure

    Lenore Skenazy
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience. According to whdh.com: The trip to see the famous ballet has been a tradition at the school for years, but apparently some felt the trip was improper because there is a Christmas tree on the stage. The issue came to a head at a [Butler Elementary School] PTA meeting Tuesday night. A source said some people were told they were being discriminatory if…
  • SNL Mocks Obama's Executive Orders in Hilarious Schoolhouse Rock Spoof

    Robby Soave
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    "I'm just a bill, yes I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill. But I know I'll be a law someday, at least I hope and pray that I will, but today I am still just a bill." Remember that anthem? If you do, you may want to check out Saturday Night Live's updated version, which debuted this weekend. The eager, musically-inclined piece of legislation meets President Obama, who promptly kicks him down the steps of the Capitol and introduces a new friend: Mr. Executive Order. But even Mr. Executive Order is a little shocked to discover that the president has the authority to…
  • Don't Tell 'Em (Obamacare Version)

    Meredith Bragg
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Don't Tell 'Em (Obamacare Version) Original release date was November 17, 2014 and original writeup is below. As Jonathan Gruber could tell you, the only way to sell "stupid" American voters on Obamacare was to keep us confused about what the law actually does. Remy recreates the White House's strategy meeting in this parody of the Jeremih hit, "Don't Tell 'Em." About 90 seconds. View this article.
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • How Iran Gamed the Nuclear Talks

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Monday, November 24, marks a deadline in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. A glance at where things stand tells you just how well Iran has gamed the process. The pattern: Iran has set the terms and pocketed concessions.
  • The Garden of Eden Premise

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The other day I was thumbing through an interesting book, Pursuing Liberty: America Through the Eyes of the Newly Free, which contains interviews with eight American immigrants. It really captured what I think is one of the most notable and admirable characteristics of immigrants to this country: how many of them come expecting to work for a better life. They value freedom, not because it makes life easy, but because it makes success possible.
  • Mark Cuban, Ayn Rand, and Neutering the Internet

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    “If Ayn Rand were an up and coming author today,” Mark Cuban recently tweeted, “she wouldnt (sic) write about steel or railroads, it would be net neutrality.”
  • Should America Aspire to Be Like Greece?

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    Wall Street executive Steven Rattner recently had a piece in the New York Times bemoaning rising inequality, and the fact that voters don’t seem to care about it. But we should care, argues Rattner: “Inflation-adjusted earnings of the bottom 90 percent of Americans fell between 2010 and 2013,” Rattner writes, “with those near the bottom dropping the most. Meanwhile, incomes in the top decile rose [by 2 percent].”
  • Keith Lockitch on Alex Epstein’s new book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels [Video]

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    ARI is excited to announce that one of our former writers, Alex Epstein, has a powerful and engaging new book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.
 
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  • Marion Barry Was a Historic Figure Who Couldn't Admit He Was History

    Franklin Foer
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    If you care about Washington, you inevitably expend enormous quantities of breath defending the place. You develop a long enemies list. There are the populist bullies, such as George W. Bush, who bash the inside-the-Beltway mentality. Then there are the New York snobs, the populists' strange bedfell
  • Obesity Is Even More Costly Than We Thought

    Juan David Romero
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent headlines have not shied away from the economic effects of obesity: “Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror,” says The Guardian. “Global costs of obesity almost equal to
  • I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Before I Became a Politician

    Michael Ignatieff
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Friend,I was touched that you asked for my advice about going into politics. Anyone whose career in politics was nasty, brutish, and short—as mine was—is grateful that anyone thinks their opinion is worth hearing. All I’d claim is that my thoughts come with what Scott Fitzgerald calle
  • Girls and Boys Don't Need Separate Books

    Glosswitch
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    My youngest son adores his Ladybird Well Loved Tales collection. It’s the same collection I had as a child, including all the old classics: The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog. Over
  • Five Charts That Show Why a Post-White America Is Already Here

    William H. Frey
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The sweeping racial changes transforming the United States come with an important demographic dimension: age. The waves of Hispanics and Asians and multiracial Americans reshaping the country’s population are full of young people, who by some measures already outnumber their white counterparts. Th
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  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • Obama pursues a can-do approach

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would “poison the well” for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders. But how can you poison a well that has already been filled with partisan cyanide? Read full article >>
  • Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. Read full article >>
  • Don’t govern on fantasies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity. Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) start with immigration and sentencing reform while conservative lists focus on free trade and tax reform. Surprise! The election changed no one’s priorities. Read full article >>
  • Democrats’ 2014 defeat is worse than it was in 2010

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse. Four years ago, the economy was still ailing, and a new wave of conservative activism in the form of the tea party was roiling politics. This time, the economy was better, ideological energies on the right had abated — and Democrats suffered an even more stinging defeat. They lost Senate seats in presidential swing states such as Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina. They lost governorships in their most loyal bastions, from Massachusetts to Maryland to Illinois. Read full article >>
 
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  • Message for the Commenters

    Noah Kristula-Green
    6 Jan 2012 | 6:23 pm
    Hello everyone. David and I have been in meetings all day but we made time to check in on the comment thread announcing the move to the Daily Beast and Newsweek. The support in the comments has been remarkable. However, there seems to be some misunderstanding going around so we wanted to clear up a few things: 1. Although David has been mandated with writing excellent magazine pieces for Newsweek, he will still be blogging regularly at The Daily Beast. In fact, we will be getting our own Andrew Sullivan-style blog. As of my most recent meeting, the url will be:…
  • All Good Things…

    David Frum
    6 Jan 2012 | 7:09 am
    -FrumForum Goes Live FrumForum launched itself almost exactly three years ago, on Inauguration Day 2009. Over the subsequent interval, our hundreds of contributors have reached more than 5 million individual readers. I like to think that together we have helped to move the national debate. When we launched, Sarah Palin was a leading candidate for president and Glenn Beck was broadcasting conspiracy theories on cable TV. Three years later–not so much. OK, maybe we can’t claim all the credit. But we won’t refuse some fair share. Now like all good things, this adventure is…
  • Gridlock Forever

    Steve Bell
    5 Jan 2012 | 1:50 pm
    Far from yielding an ambiguous electoral outcome, the Iowa caucuses solidly confirmed the Balkanization of the Republican Party, a fact that will lead to potential electoral failure in 2012 unless neutralized soon. These internal divisions hurt the party’s leadership in Congress in 2011; they have already improved Democratic chances to retain the Senate, gain substantial seats in the House, and keep the White House in 2012. Super-imposed on this chaos is a 2012 Congressional legislative schedule that virtually no one on Capitol Hill believes has a snowball’s chance in hell of ever…
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  • SNL Skit Updating ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Is Hilarious, Totally Wrong About How Government Works

    Judd Legum
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The opening sketch of this week’s Saturday Night Live is an update of the famous ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ song explaining how a bill becomes a law. The sketch, which is a send up of Obama’s recent executive action on immigration, is very well done in many ways. It captures the ethos of the original cartoon and Jay Pharoah’s Obama impersonation keeps getting better. It features performances from two of the strongest members of this year’s cast, Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson. As comedy, it works. It’s funny. As political commentary, however, it…
  • University Of Virginia Suspends All Fraternities For 48 Days After Horrifying Gang Rape Accusations​

    Emily Atkin
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    An image of protests against rape culture on the UVA campus on Saturday. CREDIT: WHSV Screenshot The University of Virginia is temporarily suspending all fraternities for the remainder of the semester in response to horrifying allegations of fraternity-based gang-rape — a reaction that many say is not enough to combat the school’s problematic rape culture. The response comes just a few days after Rolling Stone published Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s harrowing report, “A Rape on Campus.” The story detailed the alleged gang rape of a now third-year UVA student named…
  • Cleveland Police Shoot And Kill 12-Year-Old Carrying A Fake Gun

    Zack Ford
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    James Swartz of World Against Toys Causing Harm displays a toy gun on sale for the holidays this year. CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Krupa A 12-year-old boy died early Sunday from complications after being shot in the stomach by Cleveland police. The officers believed that the fake pistol the boy had been brandishing on a playground was actually real. According to Cleveland.com, someone called 911 describing “a guy with a gun pointing it at people,” but the caller twice suggested the gun was “probably fake” and that the individual was “probably a juvenile,” but…
  • GOP-Commissioned Benghazi Report Debunks GOP Conspiracy Theories About Benghazi

    Annie-Rose Strasser
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers CREDIT: AP/ Manuel Balce Ceneta Two years ago, Republicans in the House of Representatives commissioned a House Intelligence Committee investigation into the 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi. While failures of security were acknowledged by the administration, the investigation was one of many formed with the intent to prove some conspiracy theories about the incident, including a supposed high-ranking order for the CIA to stand down in the midst of the attack. But the latest report, released Friday, does little to back up…
  • Most White Evangelicals Attribute Intense National Disasters To The Apocalypse, Not Climate Change

    Ryan Koronowski
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Poll results released by the Public Religion Research Institute on Friday showed that sixty-nine percent of Americans believe there is solid evidence that Earth’s temperatures are increasing. This is good news, as so far this year has been the hottest ever recorded, despite the recent chill covering the United States. But the pollsters also asked about the cause of recent natural disasters, and the responses from some religious people could impact how America responds to climate change. While 62 percent of total respondents ascribed the cause of recent natural…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. (M. Twain) — A never-ending battle between chocolate and broccoli! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    We don't see things as they are, but as we are. (A. Nin) — To see differently, you must travel beyond your own horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Our economy is built on human weakness, bad habits, and insecurity. (W. Ferguson) — No reason to shop when you're content. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Ramona
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life is a big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can. (D. Kaye) — I'm off to get my brush and make a glorious mess! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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  • Counter-Punching the GOP "Outrage" on Immigration

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So the president's executive action on immigration has finally been announced, and as expected Republicans are full of real and phony outrage. Outside the immigrant communities most affected, how should progressives respond? I discussed that topic today at the Washington Monthly. For all the yelling and screaming about "Emperor Obama," his action was temporary and could be instantly revoked by a Republican president or superseded by legislation from a Republican Congress. But Republicans are in complete disarray on the subject, though there is a distinct trend towards "deport 'em all"…
  • Obama's Immigration Reform Rooted in Decency

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    The headline of Harold Meyerson's Washington Post column hits a core issue of the immigration debate: "Obama calculates the human cost of deportations." Written before the President issued his executive order, Meyerson nonetheless captured the central issue, the one few Republicans are willing to address: Of the thousands of words written lately on President Obama's impending order to exempt some undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, most have dealt with the politics of the issue, not the humanity behind it. What the media have largely failed to emphasize is that Obama's…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Among the most popular reforms the public would like to see the new congress address, according to a new NBC News/Wall St. Journal Poll: 82 percent support Congress providing access to lower the costs of student loans; 75 percent support increasing spending on infrastructure, roads and highways; 65 percent support Congress raising the minimum wage; 60 percent support approving emergency funding to deal with Ebola in West Africa; 59 percent support addressing climate change by limiting carbon emissions...So much for the Republican's midterm 'mandate.' Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher…
  • Extremism Without Consequences

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We interrupt the sober political analysis here at TDS to announce the imminent arrival of a major Teachable Moment. As the president rolls out his executive action on immigration during the next two days, you can expect a reaction from Republicans which will immediately make a mockery of all the "pragmatic grownups eager to get things done" talk of the last couple of weeks. Indeed, congressional Republicans seem to be in the process of talking themselves into precisely the government shutdown they've supposedly been so determined to avoid. I discussed the dynamics at Washington Monthly today:…
  • Unions and the Democratic Party: The Present and Future

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    The Democratic Strategist has posted a lot of content about the party's quest for winning a greater share of the white working-class vote, which has become a more widely shared concern in the wake of the midterm elections. Trade unions have a critical role to play in meeting this challenge, and the Democratic party has a reciprocal obligation to support the labor movement, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is a strategic imperative. For today, we'll just flag two recent articles worth review for those who share these concerns. Thomas B. Edsall's New York Times…
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  • Devendra Fadnavis hopeful of breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena

    Gautam
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    NEW DELHI: Voicing confidence of a breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said it has been a friend of BJP and the two parties will remain friends in the future. “Shiv Sena has always been a friend and in future we will be friends,” Fadnavis said at a seminar in New Delhi. The comment by the chief minister comes two days after Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who was BJP’s Maharashtra in charge, hoped that something good will emerge out of the talks between the two parties. There is growing pressure from the ranks of…
  • Muslims and Dalits must come together: MIM’s Owaisi

    Gautam
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Although just a fraction, this share means MIM candidates managed to make quick inroads into the bases of bigger parties. A barrister by training from London’s Lincoln’s Inn, Owaisi’s anti-Hindutva stand helped build his image as a next-generation Muslim leader, but he is increasingly taking his fight to the bastions of the so-called secular parties. Owaisi has shaped his politics around the credo of his father and former MP, the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi: that Indian Muslims are a neglected lot and therefore they must empower themselves. Mercurial, strident and sometimes seen as…
  • Sena slams Pawar over snap poll remarks

    Gautam
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Shiv Sena today hit out at NCP Sharad Pawar after he asked his party to be ready for snap poll, saying he “is known for playing politics of distrust” and was trying to take advantage of the current instability. Though NCP declared unconditional outside support to the minority BJP government the day Assembly poll threw up a hung verdict, party chief Sharad Pawar yesterday said that the state government’s stability was not NCP’s responsibility and asked party workers to be ready to face a snap poll. “Sharad Pawar is taking advantage of this unstable government,…
  • RSS likely to get Shiv Sena-BJP patch-up in place

    Gautam
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena has begun preparations for a show of strength here on Monday to mark the second death anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray. But it was not clear till late on Sunday if chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bigwigs would visit the Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park on Monday. Speculation was rife in political circles that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was ready to intervene in the Sena-BJP spat over power-sharing in the state. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray may soon hold talks with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The Sena wants the…
  • Sanskrit, not German: Smriti Irani’s Hindutva agenda hurts KV students

    Gautam
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    In the last six years, the number of Indian students going to Germany for higher studies has risen by 114 per cent. Germany is one of the top destinations for Indian students, particularly those studying engineering, science and technology, for affordable higher education and possible employment. Proficiency in German language is an asset that these students pursue while in school itself. But the Human Resources Minister, Smriti Irani, wants them to learn Sanskrit. Who gave you the permission to learn German? Stop it, and learn Sanskrit at once– is her diktat. With her decision, while…
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  • China’s Monetary-Policy Surprise

    Stephen S. Roach
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    In economic policy, as in most other areas, actions speak louder than words. By cutting its policy benchmark interest rates, the People’s Bank of China has underscored the tactical focus of Chinese government’s stabilization policy: it aims to set a floor of around 7% on GDP growth.
  • Germany’s Four Neins

    Marcel Fratzscher
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Germany’s stance toward Europe has become one of refusal and rejection: No to a more active fiscal policy for distressed eurozone countries; no to a European investment agenda to boost demand; no to anything but a domestic budget surplus; and, most ominously, no to the European Central Bank. On all four counts, Germany is wrong.
  • China’s New Global Leadership

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the US as the world’s largest economy. And, while China’s geopolitical status is rising rapidly, alongside its economic might, the US continues to squander its global leadership.
  • The Children’s Revolution

    Gordon Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    The world can end child labor, child marriage, child trafficking, and discrimination against girls by establishing a new international children’s court and, with it, a proper reporting and sanctions system. In fact, violations of children’s rights are now so rampant that there simply is no alternative.
  • Post-Soviet Confidence Games

    Stefan Wolff
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    It is starting to look like a pattern: After painstaking talks, the parties in the Ukraine conflict come to an agreement – only to have it fall apart or fail to be fully implemented. And confidence-building efforts aimed at resolving other post-Soviet conflicts do not offer much room for hope.
 
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  • You Mad Because the GOP Knocked You Out?

    mrDaveyd
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Election 2014 The Aftermath: Well folks, the people have spoken with their choice of candidate or their willingness to sit it out and make a statement of how unhappy they are with the system or the electoral process. The agendas of those who are now in control of both houses has been made crystal clear for a number of years.. Hence look for them to carry it out full steam. The privatization of schools, medicare, social security and the elimination of safety net programs are all on the menu. Look for them to go full steam ahead with pushing forth Keystone XL and TPP..(Trans Pacific Partnership…
  • Election Day 2014-Deep East Oakland Mayoral Debate

    mrDaveyd
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    A couple of weeks ago it was pointed out that the 15 people vying for Oakland’s top post as Mayor had done a record number of debates. They had reached into every part of the city except Deep East Oakland. We are talking specifically about the area about 98th Avenue. Its apart of the city that is often bashed upon by the media. Some folks came together and decided to change things. Rev Mustafa and Rev Harry Williams of Basic Ministries which is located  on a 107th street did what was deamed impossible. They reached out and got all the top candidates to show up. This is the only time…
  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

    mrDaveyd
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Over the past few weeks Hard Knock Radio has been doing a series of interviews focusing on the state of Black media. Such a series would not be complete without getting some critical insight from long time freedom fighter and media justice advocate Bob Law.  He is one of the Godfathers of Black radio and has never wavered in using the airwaves as a tool for liberation. In our conversation, he gives a serious history lesson not just on the evolution of Black Radio and the role it has long played in the Black Freedom Struggle, but he also talked to us about how there has been an attempt to…
  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

    mrDaveyd
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Glad to see Oakland emcee Mystic is back on the scene with a new album called ‘Beautiful Resistance’. It not only speaks truth to power but touches our soul in profound ways.. This is what she wrote about the song Country Roads which takes on different weight in light of what we just seen unfold in Ferguson and the ongoing assaults of Black and Brown girls and women. Country Roads” is the last free song before the release of the Beautiful Resistance album on 8/26. Like the first two free songs, this was produced Eligh. I would never have released this song separately from the…
  • Rickey Vincent & Chuck D Speak On the Legacy of Michael Jackson

    mrDaveyd
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Professor Rick Vincent-author of History of Funk drops a lot of insight about the musical legacy of Michael Jackson and his brothers Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 are considered stellar musicians and entertainers who changed the game in major ways. Oftentimes when we speak of them they are presented as if they came out of nowhere and their musical prowess came out of a vacuum. We wanted to give people some deeper insight into their music and what it meant to Soul, Funk and the Black community. We sat down with Professor Ricky Vincent aka the Uhuru Maggot, author of the landmark book The…
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  • Obama Finally Puts an End to Unpopular Secure Communities Program

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Those immigrants arrested for minor crimes can breathe a bit easier now that a program under which federal officials could order holds put on those suspected of being in the country illegally is ending.   As part of broader immigration reforms, the Obama administration announced Thursday that the Secure Communities program, which mandated that local law enforcement submit biometric information on those suspected of being undocumented immigrants to the federal government, is going away. In its place will be the Priority Enforcement Program, which specifies that those held must be likely…
  • U.S. Celebrates 500th “Targeted Killing” Since 2002: 3,674 Dead including 473 Civilians

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Another milestone has been reached in the ongoing war against suspected terrorists in the Middle East and elsewhere—the United States has launched 500 attacks, or “targeted killings” in governmentspeak.   Micah Zenko at the Council on Foreign Relations published an accounting of attacks, overwhelmingly by drones, against people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Although sources don’t always agree on the number of attacks, the realistic number reached through averaging is 500. The “targeted killings” aren’t as well targeted as they might be; 473…
  • Are Justice Dept. Sting Operations Targeting Minorities?

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Federal judges in some of the nation’s largest cities are questioning and sometimes throwing out cases brought by federal agents that targeted minorities as part of drug sting operations.   The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has increasingly set up phony “stash houses” to ensnare what it insists are “violent, hardened criminals,” The New York Times reported. The operations imprisoned more than a thousand individuals in 2013. Often, those arrested and charged are from poor urban neighborhoods dominated by…
  • U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyzstan: Who Is Sheila Gwaltney?

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    On August 28, 2014, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Sheila Gwaltney, a career Foreign Service officer, to be the next ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic. If she’s confirmed, it will be the first ambassadorial posting for Gwaltney, an expert on Russia and the region.   Gwaltney is from Woodland, California, and attended nearby the University of California-Davis, earning a B.A. in international relations. She did her graduate work at George Washington University, earning an M.A., also in international relations. After college, Gwaltney worked as a program…
  • U.S. Ambassador to Latvia: Who Is Nancy Pettit?

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Nancy Bikoff Pettit, a career Foreign Service officer, was nominated to be ambassador to Latvia on September 8, 2014. If she’s confirmed by the Senate, it will be her first ambassadorial post.   Pettit is from Patchogue, New York, where she graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1971. Her father, David, was a physician. Pettit earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar in 1975, and then went to the University of Michigan, alma mater of her mother, Muriel, and earned an M.A. in 1977.   After college, Pettit worked for a few years as a research assistant at the Library…
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  • GOP House Intelligence Committee again debunks Doug MacEachern’s wild-eyed conspiracy theories on Benghazi

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    The Rush Limbaugh of The Republic, Doug MacEachern, simply regurgitates the right-wing noise machine talking points he internalizes from listening to talk radio and FAUX News all day, while surfing right-wing web sites on the “Internets.” MacEachern, like FAUX News, … Continue reading →
  • Inequality’s Final Victims: The Affluent 9 Percent

    Bob Lord
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve often wondered how much income we could cram into the top 1 percent before the bottom 90 percent erupts. I never focused on the 9 percent in between. The folks in this 9 percent, I figured, are too affluent … Continue reading →
  • Political Calendar: Week of November 23, 2014

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:56 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
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
  • Unofficial 2014 El Tour de Tucson results

    Carolyn Classen
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Congratulations to all of those who rode in today’s various rides (104, 75, 55 or 40 miles) of El Tour de Tucson 2014.  Hope you all had a great time riding and celebrating afterwards. Here’s the link to the unofficial … Continue reading →
 
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  • Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight

    Mary Hansen
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Vancouver Opera violinist Carolyn Cole joined environmental activists and First Nations this week to protest energy company Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion through British Columbia’s Burnaby Mountain. The Trans Mountain pipeline would bring 890,000 gallons of unrefined oil daily to export through the Burrard Inlet. “If it comes to me, I’m not going to back down.” Since September Kinder Morgan has been surveying the land in preparation for building the pipeline. But once workers started cutting down trees, activists disrupted progress by setting up camp at the site. The energy…
  • The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Saw #MockingjayPart1. Four words: IT WAS SO GOOD. Now I want to go solve all the world's problems. #MyHungerGames pic.twitter.com/dQFT7lrDcW — Liz Mallory (@Eliz_Mallory) November 21, 2014 This week, fans of the popular Hunger Games series relaunched a campaign called “Odds in Our Favor” to draw attention to economic and social inequality. The campaign asks fans to “fill the gap” between the social commentary of The Hunger Games and the world fans inhabit by sharing their stories of economic inequality with the hashtag #MyHungerGames. The result has been an outpouring of personal…
  • Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems

    Sarah van Gelder
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Martha Williams. If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change, and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Big money’s dominance of elections, obstructionism by the Tea Party, and climate denial have brought action in Washington to a near standstill. But while the media focuses on the gridlock, a more hopeful story is unfolding. Cities are taking action. Cities can’t afford to wait for the ideological wars to play out. Climate change is a case in point. Cities are already experiencing the damage caused by…
  • Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future

    Sarah van Gelder
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Times Square, New York City. Photo by Mo Riza. When I first met Jane Jacobs, I didn’t know that she was the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, that she was dismissed as a “housewife” and “a crazy dame” for her takedown of the orthodox views of cities, and that she had been arrested for inciting a riot. The suburban craze, fueled by highways and suburban sprawl brought with it white flight, car dependence, and congestion. At the time, I was a preteen, trailing behind my mother on…
  • These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions

    Lindsey Weedston
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Teenagers tend to get a bad rap. No, I don’t mean they listen to bad rap. I mean that they get unfairly judged as lazy, immature, and generally incapable. Just last month, Roger Daltrey of The Who was moaning that kids these days don’t have any movements or sense of purpose, because apparently the only new band he knows is One Direction. However, if you pay attention, you’ll notice that our young people are capable of amazing things, whether it’s starting entire online revolutions or coming up with better ideas than adults ever have. In creating this list, I…
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    Divided Under God

  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    (originally posted on blogginbluestocking.blogspot.com) Religion and government—two separate institutions that when combined are the topic of controversy and center of much debate.  Why?  Could it be because our nation lacks a state religion?  Or perhaps it’s the result of heightened discrimination against Christians in the public sphere?  Maybe overwhelming violent acts against, as well as the bullying of, God’s children are occurring more frequently in our public schools?  That’s what many Americans believe.  Atheists are portrayed as iconoclasts, out to destroy all that…
  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

    Kevin Davis
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As many of you are aware, DividedUnderGod.com has been going strong for about 3 years.  In that time, we’ve been able to spread the word about church/state separation issues in the US, assist Margaret Doughty in her fight for American citizenship, and introduce the concept of progressive atheism to readers.  Along with the website, DividedUnderGod has a loyal following on Twitter and Facebook, and the site’s YouTube channel was launched this week. All of these things take time, and unfortunately money to produce and maintain.  In order to offset some of that, after much…
  • Announcement: YouTube Channel Launched!

    Kevin Davis
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Happy Monday! Yesterday, I led a talk at the Central New York Humanist Association meeting, entitled “How Partnership and Progressive Atheism Leads to Understanding.”  It was the first presentation related to my book, Understanding an Atheist.  The talk was recorded and is the first video to be featured on a new YouTube channel dedicated to DividedUnderGod. I plan to follow up with short video discussions of many of the articles written on this site, as well as videos related to current church/state issues and Progressive Atheism.  So please visit and subscribe! If you…
  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

    Kevin Davis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today started like any other day for me.  I got up and got myself and my son ready for the day.  I took him to school and I went back home to work.  At some point in the morning, a headline caught my attention about a 22-month-old boy, Brayden King, who died by drowning in a baptismal fountain in Alabama.  I clicked on the story and read that the toddler’s mother was in church preparing for a prayer meeting and her 13-year-old daughter was put in charge of the boy.  After losing track of Brayden, she searched for him and found him unconscious in the baptismal fountain.  He…
  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Students Continue To Occupy Uc Building, Protest Tuition Hikes Students and activists protesting tuition hikes remained camped out at Wheeler Hall at the University of California at Berkeley Thursday after taking over the lobby last night, according the university’s police department. UC Berkeley police Lt. Marc DeColoude said one to two officers have been monitoring the group, which he said varies from 50-60 people to 150 people as students come and go. “They’re very peaceful and they’re just meeting in there basically,” DeColoude said. “We haven’t…
  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Protestors Take Over UC Berkeley Building After Tuition Increase Vote A group of students and activists took over Wheeler Hall at the University of California at Berkeley Wednesday evening following a vote by a University of California Board of Regent committee earlier in the day supporting a tuition increase. The group of at least 100 students said they planned to stay in the campus building until the regents agree to drop the tuition increase plan, according to Ronald Cruz, an attorney for the activist group By Any Means Necessary. The committee voted 7-2 in favor of a tuition hike of as…
  • San Francisco’s Fight to Save Small Businesses

    Andrew Cullen
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The recent closure of historic businesses has prompted City officials to seek legislative change to help protect them. Currently, San Francisco can landmark a building, but not a business. That may soon change due to legislation proposed by David Campos and the nonprofit, San Francisco Heritage. The two are working to create a registry of historic local businesses that will be protected against being swallowed up as the city expands. The registry, which if fully instated would be the first in the country, would create a list of “legacy businesses,” or restaurants, retailers and…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Fire Crews Douse One-Alarm Fire At Historic Home Fire crews battled a four-alarm fire that nearly consumed a church in San Jose Sunday afternoon, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the Holy Cross Parish at 580 E. Jackson St. around 2:20 p.m., a dispatcher said. Crews contained the blaze around 5 p.m., although firefighters remained on scene all night, said fire spokesman Mike Van Elgort. One neighbor said she saw the roof collapse and a cross fall to the ground, she said. “Glass started shattering from the front of the porch (at the church) from all the pressure…
  • Join Assemblymember Phil Ting for the Covered California Enrollment Fair!

    Reset Team
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Open enrollment in California’s new health insurance program, Covered California, starts November 15. Please join Assemblymember Phil Ting at the Covered California Fair, where you can get help enrolling and renewing your health coverage! Where: The San Francisco County Fair Building 1199 9th Avenue, Gallery Room When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10 am—2 pm Assistance will be offered in Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.
 For more information or to register please call 415-557-2312. You should bring: California ID or Driver’s License Proof of Income for each person…
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Bill Cosby - Oh Boy...Say it Ain't So

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Okay, I admit; I like Bill Cosby; I do not want to picture him as a man who would do harm to anyone, let alone rape a woman. With that being said, watch the video on the link...here. .Here is another interview from Barbara Bowman. In addition, her story - in her words, can be found here.Bowman, sort of a Sharon Stone-looking gal back in the day. When the news and allegations first came out about Bill Cosby, they seemed to surface and disappear as quick as they came. This was years ago. I think it's fair to say that the public at large assumed the matter was settled and that the claims…
  • Jonathan Gruber - "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage."

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    It's not that I was not aware of how the democrats in this country feel about the American voter; I am fully aware that they believe Americans are stupid. What shocks me is that there are still people inside this country who haven't figured it out yet.Read more »
  • Jon Stewart Tweets: Coal Miners Are Self-Destructive Morons

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Jon Stewart Tweets: Coal Miners Are Self-Destructive Morons
  • Obama, Biden, Democrats, Impeachment

    14 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    SourceTrey Gowdy, Congressman from South Carolina, told the public that he would not support impeachment of the president saying, "Have you met Joe Biden?"Yes, indeed Obama had a reason for picking his running mate Biden. By doing so, he also assured himself that no attempts on his life would be made either.Talk of impeachment has been increasing since Obama announced he would be using executive order for the purposes of overhauling our immigration policy.A senior aide to a House Republican told MailOnline on Friday that 'Avoiding the "I" word' is a case of 'better the devil you know than the…
  • The Faria Murder - The Case, The Twists, The Fraud

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    I was contacted by a Facebook friend to check out a murder case that has recently garnered a whole lot of attention - including an episode on Dateline (see below). He is interested in alerting as many people as he can about the details of this case. Ya see, my friend is also friends with the man who is being accused of murdering his wife.The man is Russ Faria and his wife was Betsy.Read more »
 
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    Politics

  • Labour will take a progressive approach to immigration. But we must address people's concerns

    David Hanson
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    A stronger and fairer system is the right response to both the positives and negatives immigration can bring. Border Force staff check a shipping containers at Southampton docks on August 13, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. When I talk to people across the country, one of the main issues they raise with me is immigration. Most people don't want to see us close our borders, pull up the drawbridge and cut ourselves off from the world. Most people recognise immigration is - and will continue to be - important to Britain. But they are concerned about some of the impact it has had on their local…
  • Why are Occupy Democracy protesters staging another occupation in London?

    Maya Oppenheim
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    Braving the damp weather, Occupy protesters have occupied a square in front of the Supreme Court, calling for a movement for representative and participative democracy. Occupy protesters gathered outside parliament. Photo: Morgan Elder In spite of the wet weather and icy winds, Occupy Democracy protesters gathered in Parliament Square last night to call for a movement for truly representative democracy. However, plans to occupy Parliament Square were immediately thwarted as the square had been fenced off, with dozens of police encircling its perimeter and Scotland Yard warning that an…
  • Ed Miliband is too good at politics – he can’t stop playing the game

    Ian Leslie
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Too often, it feels as though the Labour leader has so assiduously studied the rules of political communication that he can’t forget them. We punish politicians for dishonesty, but we also punish them for telling the truth. Photo: Getty Emily Thornberry’s resignation was the moment when extreme political correctness morphed from a left-wing obsession into one shared by right-wingers. It was also the moment we went full Orwell. Apparently it’s no longer enough to jump on every word a politician utters; now we jump all over their thoughts too. This is a strange time. In July the Labour…
  • Tweeting a picture of a house is not an act of class warfare, whatever the Sun says

    Sarah Ditum
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    The way that Emily Thornberry has been treated, both before and after her departure from the shadow cabinet, shows that our political class is beyond repair. The valorisation of a twisted kind of compulsory patriotism has driven out sense. Photo: Getty This is me giving notice: the UK is a fucked state. Our political class is beyond repair, and the lazy slide into populist right-wing bigotry signalled by Ukip’s victory in the the Rochester and Strood by-election is probably irreversible. Not because Ukip are in any sense great, because Ukip are just the evil ventriloquist’s dummy from…
  • Repealing NHS reforms: Labour needs answers as well as campaigning zeal

    Andrew Harrop
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    MPs are debating repealing parts of the government's NHS reforms, but Labour needs to give a detailed analysis as well as a campaigning spirit. MPs debate a Bill about repealing NHS reforms, and Labour needs more answers. Photo: Getty Today’s vote on Clive Efford’s NHS Bill is a vivid symbol of how Labour’s thinking on public services has changed in opposition. When the party lost power it turned its back on Blair-era public service reform and its former belief in market forces for public services. The party is now opposed to the excesses of the coalition’s "open public services"…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Bachmann, King in Texas Border Town Devastated by Illegal Immigration: Looks Like 'World War II After a Bombing'

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    ROMA, Texas — Standing on a cliff looking over the Rio Grande river in this border town, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) notes the buildings behind us on the American side—largely abandoned, run-down houses and a seemingly abandoned local chamber of commerce outpost—look like they’ve been ravaged by war. “This looks like it’s post-World War II, like after a bombing,” Bachmann said while Breitbart News and CNN accompanied her and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to an outpost on the border where illegal immigration and drug cartel crime runs rampant. “We…
  • Former Vermont Governor Blasts State's $450k Contract with Jonathan Gruber

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is critical of the state's $450,000 personal services contract with controversial MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare. "Hiring a consultant who has admitted deceiving the public is not the Vermont way," Douglas told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. Vermonters expect honesty, transparency and a day's work for a day's pay; that's how they conduct their own lives," Douglas added, after reviewing the skimpy documentation Gruber provided the state in the first two invoices for $200,000 he submitted in connection with…
  • Tallahassee Democrat Calls For Handgun Ban, Repeal of 2nd Amendment

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    On November 22 the Tallahassee Democrat called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and a total ban on handguns and "assault rifles." For those who respond by saying that taking guns from law-abiding citizens will only leave them in the hands of criminals the Democrat says, "That's a chance worth taking." The anti-Second Amendment piece was written by Democrat columnist Gerald Ensley, who argues that attacks like the one at FSU on November 20 prove the need for repealing the Second Amendment and banning certain categories of guns.  Ensley wrote:  I'm not talking about gun control.
  • Buffalo Devastated by Snow, Threatened by Coming Floods

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    In the last week, Buffalo has been hit by record amounts of snow catalyzed by lake-effect snowfall. In the Buffalo area, 55 to 88 inches of snow has triggered 13 deaths and stranded thousands of cars as highways have been largely closed. The snow elicited a call for over 500 National Guard troops to fix the highways and assorted roads. The Los Angeles Times reports that although the snow has eased, the 50-60 degree temperatures expected to follow, accompanied by heavy rain, may catalyze flooding. Buffalo residents prepared for the worst, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a warning Saturday to store…
  • The Fed Accused of Being 'Too Close' to the Banks It Supervises

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    The Federal Reserve is conducting an internal investigation that is to last "several months" after criticism that the Fed is improperly supervising America's banks. On November 21, William C. Dudley, the former chief economist of Goldman Sachs and the current president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York was called before the Senate Banking Committee’s subcommittee for financial institutions over charges from former bank examiner Carmen Segarra that the Fed often allowed firms like Goldman Sachs to escape close scrutiny. Left-wing Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren charged that…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Giacomelli against the people who are hard of hearing

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Imagine coming home one day, turning on the TV and not being able to hear the audio of a film or a TV News programme or if you are a child and you can’t follow a TV series because you are isolated by a wall of silence. And if the same thing happens the following day - and the day after that? This is what happens every day for the people with hearing loss (about 20,000) and they are thus not making full use of the public radio and TV service even though they are paying the licence fee without getting a discount. It’s definitely a situation that needs improving. In the Parliamentary…
  • Cono Cantelmi for a 5 Star Calabria #CalabriaPuoi

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    To govern Calabria you need courage. 41 year old Cono Cantelmi, a lawyer in Catanzaro, is the 5 Star MoVement’s candidate for the Region of Calabria in the elections on 23 November. Today he’s giving us a detailed account of the M5S programme for the Calabria that can finally make a change. What are the main points of the M5S programme in Calabria? The first: the citizen’s income to help those who are struggling to get by to give hope once more to the people of Calabria without work and to those people of Calabria that lose their job when they are expecting a baby so that youngsters can…
  • Bring honesty to the leadership of Emilia Romagna

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    On Sunday 23 November Emilia Romagna will have early elections. One or two people have forgotten why. The reason is simple: the outgoing president, Vasco Errani, a PD member, was convicted of “fraudulent misrepresentation” and sentenced to spend a year in prison in relation to the “Terre Emerse” scandal that has seen his brother Giovanni, sentenced to two and a half years in prison having been convicted of fraud causing damage to the Region for financing of a million euro that went to his cooperative. The day after the verdict, the PD was begging him not to resign. Renzi phoned Errani…
  • The opinion polls of #FuffingtonPost

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    In spite of the laws and regulations that forbid the publication of opinion poll results in the 15 days leading up to elections, The Huffington Post (in Italy, it’s connected to De Benedetti’s Espresso publishing house) has published information about a mythical and false PD opinion poll, in the region of Emilia Romagna. Not content to simply falsify and exploit things, it talks of the "collapse" of the 5 Star MoVement and if the results were really like that, they would have been on a par with the trend in the European elections of May 2014 in Emilia Romagna and perfectly in line with…
  • The Guardian announces: '’Italy ready to go back to the Lira'' #fuoridalleuro

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    This morning’s news item from TzeTze In the last few days there’s a lot of talk abroad about the proposal of the 5 Star MoVement to have a popular referendum on leaving the Euro. According to yesterday’s article in The Guardian, this is the only way out for the Italian economy. Here’s the article published by the British daily: "Italy is heading for the exit. While it might seem fanciful for one of the founding members to consider leaving the euro, there is a growing sense that no more than a couple of years from now, Rome will once again be administering its own currency. Figures…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have a Look: The Weather According to Maue, Comments on EPA Power Plant Rules, the Government Bogarts the Weed

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger 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. Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. Knappenberger — One of the planet’s most prolific weather and climate Tweeters is Florida State…
  • Cato Connects on Immigration

    Caleb O. Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Caleb O. Brown This morning I sat down for a live online discusssion with Alex Nowrasteh to discuss the policy implications of President Obama’s plan to delay deportations for potentially millions of undocumented immigrants. Cato Connects: Executive Action on Immigration
  • How Hot Does It Have to Be to Break a Record?

    Patrick J. Michaels
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels So who hasn’t seen one of the bajillion recent stories saying 2014 is going to set the instrumental record for the highest average global surface temperature? May we throw a teense of cold water on that hot news? Annual temperatures are calculated by averaging up monthly readings, so the last data point that we have is October. The National Climatic Data Center, a part of the Department of Commerce, estimates that global average temperature was a record high of 58.46°F. The previous record was 58.45°. The key word is “estimates.” When a scientist measures…
  • Iran's Economy, With and Without a P5+1 Agreement

    Steve H. Hanke, Dr. Garbis Iradian
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Steve H. Hanke and Dr. Garbis Iradian The haggling between Iran and the so-called P5+1—the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany—is scheduled to come to a close on Monday, November 24th. The two parties each want different things. One thing that Iran would like is the removal of the economic sanctions imposed on it by the United States and its allies. After decades of wrongheaded economic policies, Iran’s economy is in terrible shape. The authoritative Economic Freedom of the World: 2014 Annual Report puts Iran near the bottom of the barrel: 147th out of…
  • Ebola: Human Progress Is the Best Medicine

    Chelsea German
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Chelsea German With the media frenzy over Ebola now thankfully fading, let us view the outbreak within the context of humanity’s continually improving ability to solve new problems. Today, the world is better prepared than it has ever been to respond to an outbreak of an infectious disease. For example, there are more skilled medical professionals available to tend to the sick and conduct research on effective treatment. The number of physicians per person is rising globally. While there is not yet a cure for Ebola, many people are hard at work coming up with one. Countless maladies that…
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    A View from the Right

  • Three Legislative Acts Ripe for Bipartisan Passage

    sirrahc
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    “[W]e can surely find ways to work together on issues where there’s broad agreement among the American people.”  — President Barack Obama, post-midterms news conference (11/5/2014) A lot of the news these days is filled with talk about Obamacare (Grubercare?), immigration/amnesty, net neutrality, and climate change. But, I don’t feel like wading into those messes. […]
  • Don’t Screw It Up!

    sirrahc
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Though some of you may have already read your fill, I feel obliged to write some commentary on last week’s elections in the U.S. So, I’ll begin with the obligatory summary of election results: o  Not only did Republicans maintain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, but they gained at least an additional […]
  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 2 of 2)

    sirrahc
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    “With impressive erudition and polemical panache, David Hart smites hip and thigh the peddlers of a ‘new atheism’ that recycles hoary arguments from the past. His grim assessment of our cultural moment challenges the hope that ‘the Christian revolution’ could happen again.”  — Richard John Newhaus, former EIC at First Things Continuing from last week, […]
  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 1 of 2)

    sirrahc
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    “Few things are so delightful as watching someone who has taken the time to acquire a lot of learning casually, even effortlessly, dismantle the claims of lazy grandstanders.”  — Stefan Beck, New Criterion If you thought from this post’s title that I was going to enumerate several “delusions” of the “new atheists”, then I am […]
  • Celebrating 5 Years of AVftR (plus a Top 10)!

    sirrahc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This month marks the 5th anniversary of the maiden post for “A View from the Right”. I can hardly believe it has been that long! That first post was the beginning of a 9-part series called “What’s So Bad (or Great) about Obamacare?”, and it was my first attempt at writing anything of the sort. […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

    Kyle
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The campaign secrets the Dems don’t want you to know. In this episode, Lisa and Kyle discuss the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including challenges with recruiting and keeping candidates, chilly receptions from the party and its leaders, the real challenges with fundraising, and the myth of the level playing field. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems – Lisa’s six-part series on the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 8

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss Greg Orman’s recent events and Lisa shares her outrage about his “College Affordability Plan”. They also react to the Gubernatorial debates, including Brownback’s sleazy “Carr Brothers” ad and the televised Secretary of State debate, where the moderator nearly stole the show. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Greg Orman’s College Affordability Plan Lawrence Journal World – Orman delivers “closing…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 6

    Kyle
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss the final U.S. Senate debate between Pat Roberts and Greg Orman, hosted at KSN-TV in Wichita (including our thoughts Orman’s “get past abortion” comment). And the dispute over the new “Sex, Drugs and Politician” ad in the Governor’s race. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: October 13th PPP Poll Results October 9th Remington Research Group Poll Results (PDF) Lisa’s Kansas City Star article, “As I See It: Lisa Johnston on money…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 5

    Kyle
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss the October 8th U.S. Senate debate, the reasons behind conflicting poll results, and whether or not citizens are getting dumber. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: NBC/Marist Poll Results Kansas.com Coverage of the SurveyUSA Poll Results CNN/ORC Poll Results Fox News – October 8th Poll Results Videos: Jimmy Kimmel: Who is Joe Biden? and the October 8th US Senate Debate The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 5…
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    Fair Observer

  • No, Tunisia Will Not Slide Back Into a Dictatorship

    Naim Ameur
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Tunisians voted for Nidaa Tounes to ensure the defeat of Ennahda, an Islamist party that led the country after Ben Ali’s ouster. On October 26, Tunisia held its first parliamentary elections since an uprising ousted former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. US President Barack Obama congratulated “the people of Tunisia on the democratic […] The post No, Tunisia Will Not Slide Back Into a Dictatorship appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Tunisia’s Youth Will Not Give Up Its Newly Found Freedom

    Cindy Reiff
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
      Tunisia’s young voters play a vital role in the country’s first free and fair election.  For many years the results of the presidential elections in Tunisia were known even before the elections had actually taken place. Not this time. Three years after the small North African country sent its autocratic leader Zine El Abidine […] The post Tunisia’s Youth Will Not Give Up Its Newly Found Freedom appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Explaining The Intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Clotilde de Swarte
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is hindered by the attitude, perception and claims to victimhood. As Gazans are trying to repair what is left of their belongings, with tensions in Jerusalem running high, it seems important to analyze the latest round of violence in its proper context. As a matter of fact, Israel’s launch of Operation Protective […] The post Explaining The Intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Lost in a Feeling of Creeping Defeat

    Meghan Elison
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In Oakland, roughly 3,000 men, women, and children have nowhere to sleep. On the hottest day of the year, the shelter appeared against the back wall of an abandoned brick building. Oakland has a way of manifesting piles of garbage and the detritus from apartments emptied by eviction on the sidewalks overnight; the tiny structure […] The post Lost in a Feeling of Creeping Defeat appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Iran’s Narratives of Independence and Nuclear Development

    Nick Newsom
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Nuclear development is an important path through which the Islamic Republic negotiates its position within the modern state system. Later this month, the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States plus Germany) and Iran are due to announce whether or not they have reached an agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear […] The post Iran’s Narratives of Independence and Nuclear Development appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    Booker Rising

  • Hello world!

    Rising_Booker
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    The one About

  • Alegeti unul dintre ceasurile de dama Casio si exprimati-va feminitatea

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Daca in trecut, Cartier, un producator renumit de ceasuri, fabrica printre primele ceasuri de mana destinate doamnelor si domnisoarelor, realizate cu bratari din aur si incrustatii din diamante, fiind practic niste bijuterii scumpe, mai mult decat un simplu indicator al trecerii timpului, astazi, ceasurile de dama au evoluat, aurul si diamantele au fost inlocuite cu materiale mai putin costisitoare, mai toti fabricantii de ceasuri moderni au si o colectie de lux cu pietre pretioase si poate bratari si cadrane suflate cu aur, tocmai ca vanzarile sa fie cat mai mari. Astazi, printre cele mai…
  • Scandaluri bizare si fascinante iscate in jurul mancarii

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Pepeni verzi care explodeaza. Daca este un singur lucru pe care mancarea nu are voie sa-l faca este sa exlodeze. Daca este un singur loc de pe glob unde asa ceva se intampla acela este China. Poate cel mai ciudat scandal legat de mancare care a zdruncinat China a fost in 2011, cand pepenii verzi din provincia Jiangtsu au inceput sa pocneasca, sa explodeze.Exploziile au inceput cu niste coji crapate pana la „suflul” unei explozii de marimea celei generate de o grenada si bucati sarite peste tot in jur. Un fermier a descris pepenii verzi ca pe niste mine antipersonal care nu il lasau sa…
  • Jucariile, cele mai cautate idei de cadouri in prag de sarbatoare

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Mos Nicolae si Craciunul sunt sarbatori in care cadourile capata un alt sens. Placerea de a oferi cadouri in aceasta perioada din an este foarte mare, iar copiii sunt cei care se bucura cel mai mult pentru ca primesc cadourile pe care le asteptau de mult.In materie de cadouri pentru copii, jucariile sunt cele mai cautate, in detrimentul articolelor de imbracaminte sau a altor idei de cadouri pentru copii. Este absolut normal sa se intample asa, avand in vedere ca universul celor mici este alcatuit din jucarii, care mai de care mai interactive si mai moderne. Reclamele TV contribuie si ele la…
  • Cum sa alegi un contabil pentru administrarea asociatiei de locatari?

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Un contabil bun te poate tine departe de necazuri, te poate ajuta sa iei deciziile potrivite, te poate scuti de cheltuieli inutile sau de amenzi. Iti simplifica viata, intr-un cuvant! Asta o stie oricine! Putin stiu, insa, cum sa aleaga un contabil potrivit sau un contabil profesionist si de incredere.Cand vine vorba despre administrarea unei asociatii de locatari, alegerea unui contabil potrivit este si mai dificila. Ai nevoie de un expert contabil sau de o firma de contabilitate cu experienta in gestiunea financiar-contabila a unei asociatii de proprietari. Contabilitatea pentru asociatiile…
  • Durerea omeneasca si ironia ei

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Cea mai mare parte a durerilor omenesti sunt inutile. Ele sunt create de dvs. insiva, atata timp cat viata va este condusa de o minte care nu este supusa observarii. Durerea pe care o creati acum este intotdeauna o forma de neacceptare, de rezistenta inconstienta la ceea ce exista. La nivelul gandului, rezistenta este o forma de a judeca. La nivel emotional, este o forma de negativism. Intensitatea durerii depinde de gradul de rezistenta la momentul prezent, care la randul sau depinde de gradul in care va identificati cu mintea.Mintea incearca mereu sa nege clipa de acum si sa scape de ea. Cu…
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  • Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

    D'Angelo Gore
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president’s plan to address immigration issues in the U.S. Obama claimed that “most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight,” in a Nov. 20 address to the nation. Cruz, meanwhile, claimed that “this last election was a referendum on amnesty” and that voters had sent a clear message opposing it. Obama is right that opinion polls show a majority of Americans support allowing immigrants now living in the country illegally to stay. But…
  • Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those. In a Nov. 20 email fundraising appeal for her political action committee — sent before Obama’s prime-time speech that evening but after details of his plan had been reported – Bachmann wrote: “What could more fundamentally transform our nation than making our precious American citizenship — and the rule of law — merely commodities to be dispensed with as our…
  • Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.” In fact, “the number of individuals deported who have been convicted of any criminal offense apart from an immigration or traffic violation has actually declined,” according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which collects and…
  • Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

    Robert Farley
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the “same kinds of actions” taken by past presidents? Obama’s use of executive actions to defer deportation for up to 5 million people living in the country illegally relies on similar legal principles used by past presidents, although the issue of presidential authority may ultimately have to be decided in federal court. But there are some fundamental differences between Obama’s actions and those taken by…
  • The ACA-Gruber Connection

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on…
 
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  • You’ve been Gruber’d, Stupid!

    Alan Caruba
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
      “No.  I — I did not.  Uhhh, I just heard about this… I — I get well briefed before I come out here.  Uh, th-th-the fact that some advisor who never worked on our staff, uhh, expressed an opinion that, uhh, I completely disagree with wuh, uhh, in terms of the voters, is no […]
  • Obama’s Not the Only Democrat Hearing Voices

    Michael R. Shannon
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Letting voters that don’t vote set your political agenda is so liberating I’m surprised politicians didn’t think of it years ago. Richard Nixon used to refer to the “silent majority” when he was beleaguered and isolated in the White House. (This was during the dark days when a rogue IRS investigated and persecuted political groups […]
  • Obama Declares an Amnesty War

    Alan Caruba
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
      The same mindset that could conspire to foist ObamaCare on Americans by deception is at work to do the same thing with an unconstitutional, unilateral announcement of amnesty for millions of illegal—oops, “undocumented”—aliens living in America. What is amazing about this is that it was announced the day after the midterm election when Obama […]
  • EPA’s next regulatory tsunami

    Paul Driessen
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
      Trillions of dollars in ozone compliance and economic stagnation costs, for fabricated benefits. Looming Environmental Protection Agency ozone regulations personify the Obama administration’s secrecy, collusion, fraud, and disdain for concerns about the effects that its tsunami of regulations is having on the livelihoods, living standards, health and welfare of millions of American families. Virtually […]
  • Obama’s Cruel and Costly Climate Hoax

    Alan Caruba
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
      The intense cold that many Americans are encountering arrives more than a month before the official start of winter on December 2l. To discuss this, we need to keep in mind that weather is what is occurring now. Climate is measured over longer periods, the minimum of which is thirty years and, beyond that, […]
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  • Fox News Slams President Obama for Quoting the Bible (Video)

    Michael Allen
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Fox News Slams President Obama for Quoting the Bible (Video) Fox News Slams President Obama for Quoting the Bible (Video) Politics Religion TV Fox and Friends Obama Has Been Optimized The Fox News show "Fox & Friends" attacked President Obama this morning for referencing the Bible during his immigration speech last night. "Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger," President Obama said last night. "We were strangers once, too. My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too." President…
  • Maryland Council Member Won't Use Bible When Sworn In

    Michael Allen
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Maryland Council Member Won't Use Bible When Sworn In Maryland Council Member Won't Use Bible When Sworn In Politics Religion Bible Has Been Optimized Jessica Fitzwater is a newly-elected council member in Frederick County, Md. However, unlike her fellow county council members, Fitzwater will not place her hand on the Bible when she is sworn into office on Dec. 1. "I think it's more appropriate to swear my oath on something I will be upholding. I'm not upholding the teachings of the Bible. I'm upholding the charter or the Constitution," Fitzwater told the Frederick…
  • #ThanksMichelleObama Trends After Disappointing Lunches (Photos)

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    #ThanksMichelleObama Trends After Disappointing Lunches #ThanksMichelleObama Trends After Disappointing Lunches Has Been Optimized First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiatives have provoked the ire of high school students. Throughout her husband’s presidency, Michelle Obama has worked with the USDA to tackle childhood obesity by creating new guidelines for school lunches. The new nutritional regulations include reduced calories, fat, sugar and sodium. Mrs. Obama also pushed for more fruit, vegetables and whole grains.  The sarcastic hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama…
  • "Toughest Sheriff in America" Suing Obama for His Immigration Policy

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    "Toughest Sheriff in America" Suing Obama for His Immigration Policy "Toughest Sheriff in America" Suing Obama for His Immigration Policy Has Been Optimized Joe Arpaio is suing President Barack Obama for his executive action on immigration.  Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, said "(Obama's immigration) programs are unconstitutional abuses of the President's role in our nation's constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the President within the U.S. Constitution,” in his complaint, which was filed in a federal court in…
  • One Year After Ending Stop-And-Frisk, NYC Murder Rates Hit 20-Year Low

    Edward Arnold
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    One Year After Ending Stop-And-Frisk, NYC Murder Rates Hit 20-Year Low One Year After Ending Stop-And-Frisk, NYC Murder Rates Hit 20-Year Low stop and frisk, New York stop and frisk, edward arnold Has Been Optimized The aggressive stop-and-frisk laws that were supposed to make citizens safer might not have been as effective as people thought. For the past two years, the media have depicted the stop-and-frisk laws as necessary to save black and Hispanic lives. Yet, this week, New York City's crime rate hit a 20-year low. Last week, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said there were 20 fewer…
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  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Credit Card Fraud

    John Y. Brown III
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was just notified I have been–again–a victim of credit card fraud. Someone in NY manually charged some product from Nevada that costs 99 cents. I thought it was kinda pitiful. If I had met the man on the street and he’d told me about the 99 cents and that he was about to commit a major crime for it, I might have given him the money myself. Especially if it would have meant he would have left my credit card alone and I wouldn’t have to go through getting a new one. Heck, that would be worth maybe $1.50 to me. Just to avoid the hassle. If you are out there and thinking…
  • Julie Rath: Sweaters

    Julie Rath
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Question: Hi Julie, Happy holiday season! I hope Black Friday/Cyber Monday treated you well. I’m hoping you might be able to help me out with your amazing knowledge of the menswear market. I bought my husband Stephen a sweater at Mulberry (see photo attached) about 5 years ago (or maybe 6? or 7?) and he has loved the thing to death. It definitely needs to be replaced but I haven’t found anything else like it (Mulberry doesn’t do men’s anymore). It’s really really thick and has a high-ish collar and he raves about how warm it is. Do you know where I could find one like it? Are there…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The New News Channel — A Proposal

    John Y. Brown III
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am at a point in my life where I want a different kind of news station. One that currently doesn’t exist. One that is neither liberal nor conservative. One that is neither substantive nor opinionated. One that neither reports the real news nor comments on it. One that neither leaves me informed nor angry. One that has anchors and reporters that are neither beautiful nor all that interesting. Nor loud or charming. I want a new news station that is presented by ordinary looking people who are slightly overweight, middle-aged and have kind yet forgettable facial features. And who…
  • Josh Bowen: Why I do What I do

    Josh Bowen
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Everyone knows this iconic logo. And regardless of your electronic preference, most people trust this company. Not for what they do or how they do it but rather WHY they do it. Apple’s why is ingrained in every aspect of their business. It is the main reason they are able to dominate their chosen field. They have beliefs. They hold those beliefs true and center their products around them. It is an amazing concept. Their why drives their massive conglomerate. One of the best companies in the world. What strikes me as interesting about Apple is they are a company built on a belief to be…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Cancelling a Concert Tour

    John Y. Brown III
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have some idea now what it feels like to cancel a concert tour. The past week I have been listening to Pearl Jam every morning. It has become too exhausting for me to tap into my inner Eddie Vedder every morning for an entire week. This morning I decided I needed to take a break from listening to Pearl Jam due to exhaustion. I am going to listen to Paul Simon instead. Who is smaller and has a much softer persona to tap into than Eddie Vedder. I am not cancelling the entire Pearl Jam tour, so to speak. I just need a few days of Paul Simon to rest and recuperate. I may be ready to listen to…
 
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  • Sri Lanka: Beyond an Uncivil Season. With Leslie Jamison, Rohini Mohan, and more

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Enjoy Sri Lankan food and hear four great authors discuss one big question: What happens in the aftermath of a three-decade long war?
  • Guernica at Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s almost here! We’ll be set up this Sunday, September 21 at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Booth #402.
  • Guernica Goes Analog

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Join Guernica as we celebrate summer and our forthcoming print edition at the Guernica Summer Benefit.
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics Appoints Lisa Lucas as Full-Time Publisher, Announces Investment in Long-Term Growth

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

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

    Nancy Smith
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The Leon County Sheriff's Office is not yet releasing the name of a deputy ambushed, shot and killed while responding to a 10 a.m Saturday house fire at 3722 Caracus Court in Tallahassee.Lt. James McQuaig, LCSO spokesman, said the department will release tha information on Sunday.The gunman took the weapon from the deputy as he lay on the ground, then walked down the street firing it. In the process he shot and wounded another deputy.read more
  • Dorothy Hukill Looking to Cut Taxes

    Kevin Derby
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, unveiled three bills to cut taxes on Friday. Noting Florida was ranked as the fourth highest wireless taxes in the nation in a recent study from the Tax Foundation, Hukill is, like she did last year, looking to roll back communications taxes. "These taxes are paid every month and when combined with federal taxes, are an extreme burden on Florida's families and businesses," Hukill said.read more
  • Rick Scott: Unemployment Rate Falls to 6 Percent

    Kevin Derby
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that the Sunshine State saw 32,000 new jobs in October as the state unemplyment rate dropped to 6 percent from 6.1 percent in September.read more
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Hammers Obama's Handling of Iran

    Kevin Derby
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    From her perch as chairwoman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., held a hearing on “Examining What a Nuclear Iran Deal Means for Global Security" on Thursday. Ros-Lehtinen came out swinging at the hearing, insisting a nuclear deal for Iran would undermine security. The Florida Republican also hammered the Obama administration’s handling of Iran. Ros-Lehtinen said the following:read more
  • Jim Webb Launches Presidential Exploratory Committee

    Kevin Derby
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    Lost in the shuffle over President Barack Obama’s actions on immigration, this week, former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., announced he was forming an exploratory committee as he looks at running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. A graduate of the Navy Acaemy and a decorated Marine who saw service in Vietnam, Webb served as an assistant secretary of defense and as Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan. Webb upset then-U.S. Sen. George Allen, R-Va., in 2006 but chose not to run for a second term.read more
 
 
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  • Lebanese political system in a state of clinical death

    Michel
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    After the masquerade of extending the Lebanese parliament mandate by more than 2 years, I couldn’t find the right words to describe the political disaster committed by Lebanese MPs. This is the second time, the Lebanese Parliament extended its own term. The first time was in 2013. I’ve read for the past couple of days that the right to vote was stolen from the people. What people? I didn’t see any serious opposition for both extensions? Few hundred demonstrated yesterday and that was it. Some might argue that people were represented by the boycott of the extension session…
  • A Letter to Christians by Mr. Antoine Najem

    Michel
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 1992, Mr. Antoine Najem, the conscience of the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese Cause, wrote a letter to Lebanese Christians. He made it clear that to face current events, “we must look at the roots of the problem and concentrate on them, in order not to forget the first, and it must be the starting point. If we don’t we will not be able to have the right diagnosis or a clear vision for our future”. In the introduction of his letter, Mr. Najem added that: “The basis for this vision is to stay. To stay free Christians in our country Lebanon and not somewhere…
  • Follow up on the post “The future of the country”

    Michel
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Following up on yesterday’s post “The future of the country“, I would like to share with you a letter written by Dani Haddad to Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun. The letter is in Arabic language and posted on MTV Lebanon website: ثمّة من سيقرأ هذه السطور ويقول إنّ “الحقّ على عون”، أو “الحقّ على جعجع”. كفى تقاذفاً للمسؤوليّة! بادرا الى الحوار والاتفاق. حاضر المسيحيّين ومستقبلهم ودورهم أكبر من خلافاتكما. أيّ…
  • The future of the country

    Michel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    They say students are the future leaders of the country. Since the late 90’s, two Lebanese Christian groups (Lebanese Forces and Tayyar Movement) been fighting each other. In the 90’s they massacred each other which led to the total control of the Baath Syrian regime over Lebanon. Since then, these two groups never managed to get over their enmity. Yet both groups claim that they are educated, working for freedom …. and want to defend democracy in Lebanon. While their fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria got kicked out of their villages and country, while ISIS is massacring…
  • Simply Disgusting

    Michel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    After reading this story: Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut in Dekwene, all I can say is WTF. How low can this society of ours can go? Regardless of what is going on in the country, you can lose touch with humanity, civility and respect. This old man, foreigner or not, should have not been treated this way. If you think this senior man, who is cleaning the street, is taking jobs from Lebanese, I dare you to find me a Lebanese who is willing to do the same job for the same salary. This country lost its morality …. Please read and share: Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut…
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  • Fight With Unions May Benefit Jeb Bush

    Beth Reinhard
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    A longstanding rift between former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and teachers unions could be a boon to a potential campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • 5 Quotes From Sunday Talk Shows

    WSJ Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Republicans responded to President Obama's new immigration policy, and Mr. Obama explained why he thought Hillary Clinton would want to stake out her own policy positions if she runs for president. Here are five notable quotes from the Sunday talk shows:
  • Obama Finds a Golf Partner in Derek Jeter

    Byron Tau
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    President Barack Obama hit the links on Saturday with former New York Yankee All-Star Derek Jeter. Mr. Obama, a White Sox Fan, joined Mr. Jeter at the Shadow Creek club in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The golf course is considered one of the most exclusive in the world.
  • Sunday Talk Preview: Immigration, Ferguson

    WSJ Staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    President Barack Obama will appear on ABC's "This Week" to discuss his executive action on immigration, which is expected to be a topic on all the Sunday news shows. Plus, the latest on Ferguson, Mo., which awaits a grand jury's decision whether to indict the police officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Here are the guest lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press:
  • Kerry, Kissinger, and Nuclear Deals That Fail

    Stephen Sestanovich
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Stephen Sestanovich: A lesson from the Vladivostok agreement in the 1970s: If the Obama administration is going to defend a nuclear deal with Iran, it needs far more than a strong technical case.
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  • Backstage Twitter Feed Of Iranian Diplomat's Nephew Returns After Long Silence

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Where did Ali Araghchi go? A tweet on Sunday is his first in months. VIENNA — The nephew of a top Iranian diplomat who in previous rounds of nuclear negotiations was known for tweeting backstage photos and observations has basically disappeared from Twitter, his feed now mostly advertising for Iran's tourist sites. Ali Araghchi, a nephew of Iranian deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi, was at one time a fixture of the talks, tweeting behind-the-scenes photos and details from the Iranian negotiating team. The younger Araghchi, who was a Ph.D candidate at the University of Geneva,…
  • Michael Brown’s Neighborhood In Ferguson Is Dying

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    Ferguson, Missouri — Four months ago, Jenay Robinson and her two cousins looked at a modest two-bedroom apartment for only $550 a month in the Canfield Green Apartments.Sure, the Canfield Green area was known as a hotbed of drugs and crime. But Jenay, a 19-year-old community college student and Steak ‘n Shake employee, didn’t have a lot of options.She and her cousins signed a one-year lease on Aug. 1.Eight days later, Michael Brown, their friend and onetime classmate, lay bleeding to death outside their new apartment.“Our first month here was hell,” Jenay said a…
  • How The Immigrant Rights Movement Got Obama To Save Millions From Deportations

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    President Obama’s executive actions to give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants have been framed as a president choosing to be confrontational and daring. But the real story is different: Obama was forced to do this.The path to the executive actions didn’t start in Washington — it started at a rec center in San Francisco’s Chinatown.The president was there, at the Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center, named for the flight attendant who first told U.S. authorities the country was under attack on 9/11, to deliver a routine speech, pushing Republicans on…
  • This Reaction To Obama’s Immigration Actions Shows Why DREAMers Won’t Stop Fighting For Their Parents

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    “I’m going to cry if I need to because my parents’ future is still in limbo. I’m gonna throw all the shade I can to people who thank Obama for his bullshit speech.” After President Obama announced immigration actions that would protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, Julio Salgado shared the conversation he had with his parents on Facebook. Jesús Iñiguez View Video › Facebook: julio.salgado.589 Salgado, who has been approved for Obama's previous Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program spoke to BuzzFeed…
  • Ebola Cleanup Company Removes "Certifications" From Website After BuzzFeed News Investigation

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Bio-Recovery Corp. claimed to be “EPA licensed” and won a contract to clean up the New York City apartment of an Ebola patient. But after BuzzFeed News investigated , some of those claims have disappeared from its website. Bryan Thomas / Getty Images The company New York City hired to clean up Ebola has erased some of its "certifications" from some of its web pages, after a BuzzFeed News investigation raised questions about whether it was qualified to do the cleanup. Until recently, Bio-Recovery Corp.'s website claimed to be "EPA Licensed" and an "EPA Certified Hazardous Waste…
 
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  • Conflict Between the Circuits: Gay Marriage back on the Supreme Court’s Table

    John A. Sparks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Now, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision may have changed all of that. By voting 2-1 to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four states under the appellate jurisdiction of the Sixth Circuit—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—the panel has now created a conflict between the circuits. This conflict exists because four other federal circuit courts had found bans on same-sex unions to be unconstitutional. We know now, at least according to…
  • Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Wow, I had barely recommended repealing the laws that restrict U.S. oil exports as part of an overall ramping up of competition in global oil markets when news hit that the Saudis were cutting the price of oil shipped to the U.S. The price of oil has been zigzagging downward since then—much to the benefit and delight of American motorists, who have seen gasoline prices fall, and to the angst of oil producers as lower prices squeeze profit margins. Some may think that the Saudis are targeting American producers by cutting the price of crude oil shipped to the States even as they raised their…
  • Pick Your Poison: NSA, Google, or Facebook

    Freedom Readers
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    On October 21, 2014, Grove City College professors Dr. William Birmingham, Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, Dr. Samuel Stanton, and Mr. Brian Dellinger ’07 spoke to over 130 students and guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. In this interesting discussion–held in the beautiful new STEM Hall–the panel discusses privacy issues and concerns.
  • Time to Allow Oil Exports and Put a Big Hurt on Some Producers

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. For those of you old enough to remember the 1970s, you may recall how dismal economic conditions were as a result of unenlightened policies coming out of Washington. Among the more counterproductive laws were the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 and the Export Administration Act in 1979. Both laws severely curtailed exports of domestically produced crude oil. We should have learned from the long gas lines caused by President Nixon’s price controls that government interference with energy markets ultimately backfires, but…
  • Dropping in on the Veteran Down the Street

    Paul G. Kengor
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    A few weeks ago, I dropped in on Russ Post, an 89-year-old war veteran who happens to live on my street. What followed was a memorable Saturday afternoon, as Russ took my teenage son and me on a roller coaster ride from his youth in Western Pennsylvania to the Pacific theater to Korea. John Russell Post was born February 6, 1925, the product of a mother who lived to be 100 and father who lived to 106. Long before we got to his humble beginnings, Russ quickly started sharing stories about World War II. His bunkmate during the war was movie star Tyrone Power. Power kept a photo of his lovely,…
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    Politic365

  • Wasserman Schultz Is Only Top to Admit Dem “Party Has a Problem”

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    “We’re looking to identify our mistakes.” Notice how Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is the only top Democrat to admit there’s “a problem” with getting beat by Republicans with a 12% approval rating? Republicans shut down the government, led the least productive House in history, were the kings of the fillibuster and showed close to zero work product for two years yet the Democrats STILL couldn’t capitalize.While Rep. Wasserman Schultz admits a need to identify “mistakes” and that Democrats…
  • Marion Barry (1936-2014) and Summer Jobs

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    From the suites to the streets. Early this morning former Washington, D.C. Mayor and current Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry died.   In an age of gridlock where many members of Congress brag about flying back and fourth from home to Washington, D.C. and get paid for doing nothing, Barry is remembered by many residents in the District of Columbia well.  And the reason is obvious: Barry got something done for residents in the District — particularly the much ignored predominantly Black Ward 8.  Barry was successful in doing something on the most important issue in most communities black…
  • A Powerful Week for the Black Caucus

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    SEVEN UP.It was a fascinating week for the Congressional Black Caucus.  Perhaps one of their best days since four Black Caucus members became Committee Chairman in January 2009. The week started with New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) winning the top Democratic spot on the Energy and Commerce Committee.  What would normally have been a routine leadership election turned into something more after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sided with her friend Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) over Pallone.  That disregard for the normal order of seniority received the attention of the Black Caucus.
  • iAmerica.org launches as a resource for administrative relief

    Adriana Maestas
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As President Obama announces his plan to provide administrative relief to millions of undocumented immigrants this evening, organizations are gearing up for an influx of questions from those who might be eligible for relief from deportation. iAmerica.org is one website that is launching today in partnership with organizations such as Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and other immigration advocacy groups to get information out to immigrant families about what they need to do to prepare themselves for relief. Many businesses and individuals will offer to…
  • An Open Internet Creates a Wealth of Opportunities for Women

    Guest Contributor
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    By Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable Over the years, the Black Women’s Roundtable has focused on promoting health and wellness, economic security, education, and global empowerment for Black women. We adopt and support policies that can help reduce the socio-economic gaps that threaten to leave our communities behind. In our increasingly digital economy, we realize that high-speed Internet and advanced communications technologies are essential to these goals and represent a vital input to…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

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

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    An African topic, not related to the current Ebola crisis, once again appeared in the largest global media outlets; this time, devoted to a friendly settlement agreed upon by the U.S. Department of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Screw the other victims…I’m a star!

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The double-standards in Hollywood never cease to amaze. In the age of the left-wing “War against women,” Hollywood is in lockstep with the White House, but only as it applies to you; not them.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama sends letter of appreciation to beheader’s mosque

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    It appears that the Obama Administration is akin to the Keystone Cops. Just two days before Alton Nolen, the now notorious Islamic beheader, killed an innocent woman, the Obama Administration sent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Rand Paul a calendar

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Someone needs to explain to Rand Paul that the presidential election is more than two years away. Addressing a rowdy crowd in front of a pub in Manchester, New Hampshire, home of first-in-the-nation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • Employability: The lectures I regret missing

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    'Employability' was a new word on me back in 2009 when I started Uni. It was an extra lecture a week, almost always at 9am, and covered topics that I had no interest in. I didn't want to be a lawyer, so I didn't go to the lectures about becoming a lawyer. I didn't want to be a barrister, so I missed those as well. I came to university age 24, after having been knee deep in the job market for 6 years...why would I need employability? Turns out, I could have done with those employability lectures... I've graduated, with no idea of what I want to do. I've been running…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Where do R’s Go From Here?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Battle Lines Drawn

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US. The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Landrieu’s Last Stand

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is locked in a hard-fought runoff battle with Republican opponent Bill Cassidy. Some polls have her trailing her opponent by as much as 20 points. Her last-ditch strategy was to try and get a bill approving the Keystone pipeline passed. After years of denying one, a vote was finally brought to the Senate floor yesterday. In this episode we discuss the results of the vote and why the country may be better off moving on from the debate surrounding the Keystone Pipeline XL. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the…
  • Keystone Getting Passed

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Keystone pipeline has been a subject of the debate for the better part of 6 years. Both environmentalists and oil and gas interests have waged pitched battles over the proposal. The Obama administration has avoided making a decision on the pipeline at every turn. Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing a tough run-off battle in the Louisiana Senate Race. She has made getting the pipeline approved her last ditch effort for reelection. Will this effort be the difference in finally getting the pipeline approved? What are some of the areas of this debate where the facts seem to fall through? We discuss…
  • Obamacare on the Way Out?

    Mike Dakkak
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    There have been two developments on Obamacare over the last couple of weeks that have renewed the debate on whether the law will survive. We discuss both developments in today’s episode. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
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    US Daily Review

  • Keeping Pace with your Businesses Growth: The Importance of Training and Development

    brionnamuyco
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    By USDR With the recent exclamation of stronger than expected US economic growth , it can be deemed vitally important for US small businesses to consider expanding their ventures and bottom line profit margins accordingly. It is crucial that entrepreneurs look to invest in organic growth; however, as otherwise they run the considerable risk of rushing their expansion and struggling to keep pace with their projections.   How to Expand your Business Organically   With an emphasis on achieving organic growth, however, what practical steps can business owners take to achieve this aim?
  • Congress vs. the President – An Election Mandate and Next Steps

    brionnamuyco
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Dr. Gerard Lameiro, Special for USDR     In my opinion, the 2014 elections sent a clear message to Washington. In fact, I think it gave a very powerful and historical mandate to political leaders that can be summarized as follows: 1. America is way off-track. Get America back on track. 2. As Americans, we are distressed over how the nation is being led. Political leaders, you work for Americans. We don’t work for you. 3. As Americans, we value our Heritage of Freedom and we want our Constitution followed, not ignored. 4. As Americans, we have told our leaders, in poll after…
  • Stars of Band Aide Reunite to Fight Ebola

    brionnamuyco
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    By James Hirsen, Special for USDR     The original Band Aid was a charity-induced supergroup founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. Geldof was the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and Ure was the frontman of Ultravox. The celebrity musicians joined forces for a noble cause, and that was to raise money to fight hunger in Ethiopia. The release of the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was the primary vehicle used to generate financial contributions. Band Aid became the catalyst for further celebrity-led media events. Emotional slogans,…
  • The Right Research: Today’s U.S. Prison System Inefficiencies

    ljacobs
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    By Brooke Chaplan, Special for USDR       Although the American prison system is a necessary component of today’s society, it does have some major flaws. Sadly, a lot of the problems facing the prison system are simply overlooked. Here are a few ideas to decrease the number of inefficiencies within the United States prison system, and how they’ve come about in recent years. Release of Inmates Who Have Committed a Victim-less Crime The United States has some of the most crowded prisons in the entire world. Not only does this contribute to the spread of disease and sickness,…
  • AUDIO: Missouri Governor Goes Silent When Asked Who’s in Charge in Ferguson

    brionnamuyco
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    By USDR     In an excruciating press teleconference, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) attempted to answer questions related to his declaration of a state of emergency in the Ferguson and St. Louis areas. Nixon is asked by a reporter: “Does the buck ultimately stop with you when it comes to how any protests are policed?”Nixon answered: [3-4 seconds dead air] “Um, we’re, um, I, you know, it, uh, our goal here is to, you know, keep the peace, and allow all voices to, uh, to be heard.” – See…
 
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    American Patriot

  • My feelings on Republican Nevada Assembly Speaker-dessignate Ira Hansen

    The American Patriot
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I am referring to this story here and here.  Please, go over and read the stories; I am not quoting that man’s tripe here. As I rule, I do not like to toss around the race card. However, this guy has zero business in the nevada legislature. I mean, I think it is every man’s right to think what he feels; but that sort of hatred has no place in public business of any sort; whether it be local, state or federal. Conservatism or more specifically, Republicanism and white nationalism are not compatible at all. Something that I have written about in the past. The Nevada Assembly just…
  • Pamela Geller is now starting to sound like David Duke

    The American Patriot
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is unreal. I support this woman and all; but she is dead wrong here. This is nothing more than straight up Jewish bigotry. Maybe Charles Foster Johnson was right about her after all. Read it and follow the link: (Opens in new window or tab) If 50 non-Muslims petitioned Walmart for anything — anything! — do you think Walmart would immediately cave? Neither do I. But when it comes to Muslims and the cruelty of halal slaughter, Walmart knew they would be facing headlines: “Islamophobia at Walmart!” “Walmart racist!” And who knows? Maybe even a visit from Obama’s DoJ would have…
  • Videos: Glenn Beck reveals disorder

    The American Patriot
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Videos: Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. The Story via The Blaze: Glenn Beck on Monday revealed the true extent of his health issues, saying he can no longer keep what has happened a secret from his friends, his staff or audience, whom he considers to be his family. If you have sensed a change in Beck — maybe you even thought he was losing interest in his program — Beck said it is because he was told he may only have several functional years left, and his health…
  • Video: Patrick Buchanan on the 2014 election

    The American Patriot
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The video starts at around 01:01:00: (Via Rare.us)
  • Audio: Radio Talker Mark Levin not buying the hype of the Republican sweep

    The American Patriot
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Believe it or not; I actually agree with this: (Via CNSNews.com)
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • In Defense of Common Core State Standards

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Notice: This is the fifth and last installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these articles to the site. This article is written from a perspective that is geared towards explaining why preserving Common Core would make sense for New Jersey and other states.
  • Why Educational Security Depends on Reviving The Elementary & Secondary Education Act

    Kyle Graczyk
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Notice: This is the fourth installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.Johnson at ESEA signing with childhood…
  • Jefferson County's Revisionist Fight Within The Larger Battle Over Curriculum

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Notice: This is the third installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.            Thousands of concerned teachers, parents, and students…
  • Successful New Jersey Education Spending & Standards Must Overcome Localism

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Notice: This is the second installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the second post in this series, below.            The old maxim goes, “you only reap what you sow.” This…
  • Inspire Students By Recruiting, Retaining, & Respecting Quality Teachers

    Kyle Graczyk
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Notice: This is the first installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts will cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the first post in this series, below.             In the Hollywood movie Stand & Deliver,…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sunday Series: NHL Scores Big in October

    Laura Cantwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Image from: NHL / Shutterstock October 8 kicked off the 2014-2015 season for the National Hockey League causing a drastic increase in traffic to hockey-related sites. With the start of the 98th NHL season of operation, and 97th season of play (#NHLLockout, never forget) many sites in our Hockey category saw a spike in unique visitors, most notably, NHL.com. Traffic grew by 77.78% for the site in October, bringing the total number of UVs to 3.2 million, up from 2.7 million in 2013. Perhaps this YoY increase is in part influenced by the upcoming NHL All-Star Game to be held in January, the…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Welcome to the weekend! As we prepare to dive into holiday-shopping season, we’ve collected a few of our favorite digital marketing articles from the past week. If you missed them, check them out below! Why It’s So Hard for Brands to Get Noticed on Amazon With regard to Amazon, brands have a lot of questions. What entices shoppers to click on which search result? How do certain brands appear to consumers on the site? What is the likelihood of shoppers to view products beyond the first search results page? Our study provides insight. How to Shift Your Marketing from Traditional to…
  • Webinar Replay: Mobile vs. Desktop Retail Shopping Trends & Implications

    Matt Pace
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Today we are all witnesses to the ever-expanding role of mobile on consumers’ lives, and the explosion of new channels through which marketers can connect with shoppers as they research, engage with, and purchase products. Shoppers, of course, are savvier than ever. With the near ubiquity of smartphones and other mobile devices, consumers can now shop freely whenever they desire to online, or use their devices to better inform in-store purchases. Today, consumers don’t go to stores so much as stores go with them. To examine how consumers are using their mobile devices to shop, Millward…
  • Brands Searching for Success on Amazon

    Matt Pace
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Image from: Amazon / Shutterstock Despite recent stumbles with investors and cell phone shoppers (Fire Phone anyone?), Amazon remains the dominant player in US ecommerce. As the top spot for online shopping, Amazon’s reach is hard to overstate. Amazon accounted for 22% of consumer visits to any online retailer in September this year, up from 19% last year. For comparison, the top 5 online retailers combined account for half of all visits, while all other online retailers vie for share of the remaining 50%. For manufacturers of toys, diapers, groceries, auto parts, and everything in between,…
  • Sunday Series: Traffic Accelerates for Tesla

    Laura Cantwell
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Image from: Tesla / Shutterstock The Vehicles category saw a strong increase in traffic in October, and traffic for one site in particular nearly doubled m-o-m. That site was Telsamotors.com, website for automaker Tesla. The lift coincided with a press event on October 9 in Los Angeles. During the event, Tesla revealed new features added to their Model S sedan, and “unveiled the D,” a new version of the Model S with “dual motors.” Since the event, reservations for Teslas have surged. The new releases claim’s the D has an impressive top speed of 155 mph and can travel up to 275 miles…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • National Popular Vote Compact is a Bad Idea

    Editorial Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    by Donald Mellon A movement is underway to change the method of electing presidents. The objective of this movement is to convince states whose cumulative electoral vote count equals or exceeds 270 (the number needed to elect a president) to join an interstate compact. This compact requires that all member states cast all of their electoral delegate votes to the presidential slate obtaining the greatest national popular vote count during that election. To date the compact has been joined by the legislatures of 10 states and the District of Columbia representing 165 electoral votes. See if you…
  • Obama’s Amnesty and the Democrats’ War on Black Americans

    Lee Cary
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Obama’s proclamation of amnesty to illegal aliens is just the latest step in a long-running war conducted by Democrats against American citizens of African descent. But, there are early signs that the African-American community is waking up to the decades-long, false claim by Democrats, heralded since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as being the political party most concerned with the condition of Blacks. Obama’s dictatorial edict granting functional amnesty to millions of Hispanic illegal immigrants is not being well-received by some African-Americans who feel betrayed by the first Black…
  • It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Jan Shedd
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
      Amnesty for illegals is about to be shoved down the throats of the American people.  As everyone knows by now, tonight Emperor Obama will violate his oath of office and plunge yet another knife into the heart of America with an illegal order granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens, in direct defiance of the will of the American people–just like Obamacare was. His Marxist supporters—pathological liars all—are trying to quell the blowback that the Democrats will suffer on account of this impeachable atrocity by telling us that none of the affected illegals will be…
  • Texas, We Have a Problem

    Jan Shedd
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    We’ve all heard it: “Texas is the #1 job creator in the country.”  “We passed a conservative budget with no new taxes.” “Gross domestic product is up, & unemployment is down.” “We have jobs-jobs-jobs,” 81% of which go to immigrants, legal and illegal.  Ever wonder what else are they aren’t telling us?  Turns out, a lot. How many rank & file Texans know that Texas: is #11 in the nation for reliance on federal dollars leads the nation in road debt is in more debt than the Postal Service, which is bankrupt has passed spending increases totaling $8 billion over…
  • Illinois Senatorial Election: The Combine At Work

    Lee Cary
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    By Lee Cary On November 4, 2014, Democrat Senator Dick Durbin likely will reap the benefits of the Illinois Political Combine, again. In Illinois, there’s only one political party. It’s the “Combine” – the collaborative combination of Democrat and Republican politicians and party officials who work together to harvest the taxpayers’ money.  (Credit John Kass, Chicago Tribune writer, for coining the term about 16 years ago.) On June 17, 2013, TeaParty911 posted a two-part exposé on how the Illinois Republican Central Committee elected a new Republocrat Committee Chair.  That’s…
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    Leah Griesmann

  • At Hohenschonhausen

    Leah Griesmann
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Though Berlin is one of Europe's most diverse and progressive cities, it doesn't take long for a foreign visitor to start to feel like they're partaking in a form of gloom tourism. Should we visit the Stasi Museum or the Holocaust Memorial? The Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue or the Reichstag? The bronze Stars of David commemorating Jewish Shoah victims embossed in the sidewalks below, and billboards with messages such as, "We Must Never Forget" overhead can feel like a non-stop assault of the city's horror-filled past. It was on a fittingly gray day that I decided to take the S-Bahn to former…
  • Dr. Nafis Sadik, 'Champion of Choice,' Talks Women's Rights

    Leah Griesmann
    8 Mar 2013 | 3:42 pm
    Dr. Nafis Sadik, the first female head of a major United Nations program (UN Population Fund 1987-2000), is the subject of a new biography, Champion of Choice (Cathleen Miller, University of Nebraska Press, March 2013). The biography follows Sadik's life from her birth in India through medical school in Pakistan and a storied career that includes brokering a twenty-year agreement on women's reproductive rights at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo that was signed by 179 governments ranging from China to Vatican City. When Dr. Sadik took a post at the fledgling…
  • Guns Do Kill People

    Leah Griesmann
    18 Dec 2012 | 8:17 am
    With millions mourning yet another of the mass shootings that have become the new normal in the U.S., the familiar pro-gun mantras are again trotted out, the most specious of which is, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." In order to begin any productive discussion about guns we must first set the record straight: Guns kill people -- they kill people effectively, thoroughly, and at an alarming rate in America, where gun access is much greater than any member country in the OECD. Guns kill people, and the greater the access to guns, the more people killed. The link between access to…
  • Asheville Tea Party Response to Sandy Hook: Great Gun Giveaway!

    Leah Griesmann
    18 Dec 2012 | 5:03 am
    As the nation mourns the horrifying mass shooting of children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party has posted a new flyer advertising their upcoming fundraiser The Great Gun Giveaway. Without a word of sympathy for the victims, the group's website also offers as a solution to future mass shootings an article urging teachers to carry and gun-free zones to be banned.
  • Lessons I Learned Waiting on Line

    Leah Griesmann
    25 Oct 2012 | 3:10 pm
    For tourists willing to brave monsoon-level humidity and odorous subway cars, summer in New York City offers many pleasures -- including that beloved theater tradition, Shakespeare in the Park. For a Sondheim fan like myself, this summer's revival of the Broadway musical Into the Woods set outdoors sounded like just the ticket. But how to get the ticket? Fortunately, when it comes to discounted arts events, New York City lives up to the ideal of egalite its famous statue proclaims. For those who can't afford to purchase tickets to Shakespeare in the Park there are two options that don't…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • HRW: Punitive Israeli House Demolitions A 'War Crime'

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Human Rights Watch called on Israel Saturday to stop razing the homes of Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis, saying the practice can constitute a war crime.House demolition by Israeli forces"Israel should impose an immediate moratorium on its policy of demolishing the family homes of Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks on Israelis," the New York-based group said, as the fate of three houses slated for demolition awaits a court ruling.Source: Ma'an NewsNote:Don't misunderstand me folks, HRW and Amnesty are funded by money-junkies, so they're not neutral human rights'…
  • Iran Supplies Hezbollah With New Ballistic Rocket

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Iran supplied Hezbollah with advanced ballistic rocket from the model (Fateh), according to the Iranian news agency (Fars). Preparations are being made to provide Hamas and Islamic Jihad with (Fateh) ballistic missile, according to the Iranian agency.Fateh ballistic rocket (Al-Mayadeen.net)Deputy Commander of the Iranian aerospace forces Sayyed Majid Mousavi said the rocket's capability allows to hit all targets throughout the Palestinian occupied territories. He stressed that the Lebanese resistance has (Fateh) and can launch missiles at any time.These rockets have a range between 250…
  • Better Than The Consumerism Dogma

    Mohammad Tomazy
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    While much of the web obsesses over Kim Karashian’s latest arse shot, another, quieter viral video was reaching millions across the globe.Chris and AshleyChris Picco was a husband and expectant father when he went to sleep one night last month.  But when he woke up, his world had been ripped apart. His wife Ashley, 24 weeks pregnant with their baby son, died unexpectedly in her sleep.  There was nothing that could be done to save her, so Chris had to stand by as doctors performed an emergency C-section in attempts to prevent their son dying too.Source: Addicting Info
  • Israel Bans Colombian F.M. From Entering West Bank

    Mohammad Tomazy
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Israeli authorities have banned the foreign minister of Colombia from traveling to the West Bank after they found out she was not planning to visit Israel as well, the Colombian foreign ministry has revealed.Maria Angela Holguin, Colombian F.M.Source: Maan News
  • The Neo-Feudalism In U.S.

    Mohammad Tomazy
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    One is that until recently, a profit share of GDP of 6% was perceived to be a cyclical peak; no less than Warren Buffet deemed a higher level to be unsustainable. And in fact, we see an explosion of profit share from 6% to 10% of GDP in the runup to the crisis, roughly from 2003 to 2007. The “rescue the banks and financial markets” measures succeeded in bringing the profit share back to its pre-crisis levels, at the expense of workers.Notice the inflection point in profit share is 1987, when Greenspan became Fed chairman. Correlation may not be causation, but the timing is almost…
 
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    BizPac Review

  • ‘It’s like a narcotic addiction’; Obama caps off amnesty immigration week by hitting the links in Las Vegas

    Joe Saunders
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The man’s timing remains impeccable. And execrable. President Obama is already known for hitting the golf course whenever he gets a chance, regardless of the high duties of his office. And a man who had now compunction about heading out to the greens moments after announcing the violent murder of an American citizen back in September would surely have no qualms about showing off his leisure time after committing an act of violence of his own against the domestic security of his country. So it was with no surprise that Americans watched while the successor to George Washington and Abraham…
  • Texas governor-elect plans new lawsuit against Obama; president is ‘unconstrained by the Constitution’

    Carmine Sabia
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    The incoming governor of Texas plans to file his 31st lawsuit against the president — this time for Obama’s executive action on amnesty. Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” asked newly elected Gov. Greg Abbott why he has filed so many lawsuits against Obama. “Because this president, more than any other president, has abdicated his responsibility to uphold and enforce the Constitution,” Abbott said. “We have a president who feels completely unconstrained by the Constitution.” Abbott has seen reasonable success with previous lawsuits against the president. In fact,…
  • Obama’s war on aging women: Will 69-year-old, high-mileage Hillary Clinton have that ‘new car smell?’

    Tom Tillison
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Pundits are questioning whether President Obama cleverly threw likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton under the bus Sunday with a comment about mileage. In an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday on “This Week,” the president was asked if Clinton had his “blessing” to separate herself from him on policy issues, if necessary. Obama responded with the requisite platitudes that he wants a Democrat to succeed him and that Clinton will not only be a “formidable candidate,” but a “great…
  • Student told to support gay marriage or get out of class — at a Catholic university!

    Carmine Sabia
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Marquette University instructor Cheryl Abbate, courtesy of ceabbate.wordpress.com/ A Jesuit university instructor described students who oppose gay marriage as homophobic and dismissed any notion of discussing the matter in her class. Marquette University instructor Cheryl Abbate declared that on the issue of gay rights, “everybody agrees on this, and there is no need to discuss it,” according to Fox News. An unnamed conservative student approached Abbate after class and told her that dismissing an entire topic because of her political beliefs set a bad precedent, according to the…
  • America’s most wanted man: Major networks scrambling to score first interview with Darren Wilson

    Tom Tillison
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    With many signs pointing to a grand jury exonerating police officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the major news networks are said to be clamoring to score an interview with the beleaguered officer. According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, host of “Reliable Sources,” several top news anchors have secretly spoken with Wilson in the lead-up to an expected decision from the grand jury, hoping to be the first to get an interview. Among those Stetler named are ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, CBS News’ Scott Pelley, NBC’s Matt Lauer, and from his…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Just Like in 2012, Progressive Ideas Win Big on Election Day

    Paul Phillips
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    After President Obama won reelection in 2012, I pointed out how progressive ideas did really well when put to the vote by the public on ballot measures.  While the Republican party is celebrating their non-surprising gains in the legislative branch, progressive ideas absolutely dominated on the ballot, even in red states. Taking a look at the 13 initiatives highlighted by CNN, 12 have been decided as of this writing.  In only one case did the progressive side lose and even that was not a majority loss (58% approved medical marijuana in Florida, 60% was needed).  CNN’s list did not…
  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

    Paul Phillips
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Yesterday, Israel showed the world just how much it wants peace in its land by taking more land away from the Palestinians, a move sure to make matters worse.  And they did this by giving a stunningly laughable reason for the seizure: Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June. (Emphasis added) This reasoning begs the question: if Israel gets more land for the killing of three teens, how much land does Palestine get for Israel’s killing of over 2,000 people, including nearly 600 children,…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Albert Camus’ “Reflections on the Guillotine”

    Kleier
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Short essay by Albert Camus entitled “Reflections on the Guillotine” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: In relation to crime, how can our civilization be defined? The reply is easy: for thirty years now, State crimes have been far more numerous than individual crimes. I am not even speaking of war, general and localized, although bloodshed too is an alcohol that eventually intoxicates like the headiest of wines. But the number of individuals killed directly by the State has assumed astronomical…
  • “Radicalization”

    Kleier
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
      Douglas McAuthur McCain, and American Islamic State (IS) fighter, was reportedly killed by the Free Syrian Army on August 25, 2014. He is the first reported American killed in the line of fire with IS (also known as ISIS, or ISIL), not just fighting with rebels against Syrian dictator Bashaar al-Assad. According to a report in the NYT, it seems that Mr. McCain lost his way as a young man and turned strong religious beliefs and convictions to give himself purpose and stability. On the SITE (or SITE Intelligence Group) blog, a group that tracks radical Islamic websites and other traffic,…
  • Have to Admit, Sometimes Russia is Painfully Correct

    Paul Phillips
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, had some comments for the United States government regarding Syria and the Islamic State that deserve acknowledgement.  While the future of this situation can be debated, the past cannot.  And the truth sometimes hurts. “I think Western politicians are already realising the growing and fast-spreading threat of terrorism,” Lavrov said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria and Iraq. “And they will soon have to choose what is more important, a [Syrian] regime change to satisfy personal antipathies, risking deterioration of the…
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    Daily Signal

  • Cruz: Obama Action Same as ‘Counterfeiting Immigration Papers’

    Josh Siegel
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz today described President Obama’s move to shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation as essentially the same as counterfeiting. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the Texas Republican said: For 4 to 5 million people here illegally, he’s promising to print out and give out work authorizations — essentially, he’s gotten in the job of counterfeiting immigration papers, because there’s no legal authority to do what he’s doing. Cruz, a vocal critic of Obama’s executive action to grant legal status to millions and make other changes to the immigration…
  • House Panel’s Benghazi Report ‘Full of Crap,’ Senator Says

    Josh Siegel
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., today said a new House committee report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi is “full of crap.” The report by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, two years in the making and released Friday evening, asserts that intelligence and military officials responded appropriately during the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the House intelligence panel is “doing a lousy job policing their own.” The bipartisan…
  • ‘Obama’ Rolls Immigration Bill in ‘SNL’ Riff on ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’

    Josh Siegel
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    “Saturday Night Live” last night mocked President Obama’s executive action to grant legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants by twisting a staple of the TV classic “Schoolhouse Rock!” In a spoof of that children’s show’s popular “I’m Just a Bill” segment set on Capitol Hill, “SNL” cast member Kenan Thompson explains in song that he’s an immigration bill that hopes to “be a law one day.” But then Jay Pharoah as Obama appears along with a surly, cigarette-smoking character called “executive order” and … well, watch the…
  • Can the House’s Obamacare Lawsuit Succeed?

    Elizabeth Slattery
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Last week, the House of Representatives filed a lawsuit in a federal district court in Washington challenging the Obama administration’s unilateral actions that have effectively amended the Affordable Care Act. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans had threatened for several months to sue in an attempt to rein in the Obama administration. From illegal “recess” appointments to the more than 30 waivers of the ACA to the recent executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, the administration has given Congress plenty of questionable actions from which to…
  • Krauthammer Calls Obama’s Executive Action a ‘Gigantic Neon Sign’ Welcoming Illegal Immigrants

    Video Team
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer didn’t mince words when asked about President Obama’s decision to defer deportation of an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants. Watch the minute-long clip, especially the part at 16 seconds when he talks about the “gigantic neon sign on the Rio Grande.” >>> Read More: Congress Must Check the Power of a President Who Thinks He’s a King The post Krauthammer Calls Obama’s Executive Action a ‘Gigantic Neon Sign’ Welcoming Illegal Immigrants appeared first on Daily Signal.
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Does India need Foreign Universities ?

    Sitaramarao Yechuri
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Imagine the chaos that will happen all over India when the Government deregulates higher education and allows universities to be formed out of thin air. On November 13, IT veteran NR Narayana Murthy said, “My own personal view is there should be higher and higher levels of autonomy. Government should not interfere in setting up colleges, in running colleges. The market, the society will decide which is a good university, which is not a good university, rather than the Government mandating.” One proof of what he is talking about is the Birla Institute of Technology which is as good…
  • Lord Swarj Paul: Very sad that UK govt cannot find money for Gandhi statue

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
      London, Nov 23 (PTI) NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has said that he “feels very sad” that the British Government cannot find little money for the proposed Mahatma Gandhi statue to be installed at the Parliament Square here.   “Why this statue was announced with such fanfare by the Chancellor (George Osborne) and the then Secretary of State (William Hague) during their visit to India and then (we) find that we have to collect money for this statue,” asked Paul, himself a philanthropist who had donated one million pounds to save the London Zoo from…
  • BJP, TDP to fight Telangana local body polls together

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
      Hyderabad, Nov 23 (PTI) NDA partners BJP and TDP would fight the upcoming Hyderabad and other civic body polls in Telangana together, senior TDP leader E Dayakar Rao said today.   “We decided to work together in the coming corporation elections and local body elections. Some corporation elections are going to be held, like in Khammam, Warangal and Hyderabad.  We reached an understanding on working together in these elections. We (TDP leaders) and Kishan Reddy (Telangana BJP president) will discuss and finalise,” Dayakar Rao, TDP floor leader in Telangana Legislative…
  • Vaiko seeks total prohibition in TN

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      Coimbatore, Nov 23 (PTI) With the demand for total prohibition in Tamil Nadu gaining momentum, MDMK today organised a marathon run for students to create awareness among the public on the ills of liquor.   Party general secretary Vaiko told reporters at the sidelines of inauguration of the marathon that liquor was introduced in Tamil Nadu to increase the revenue of the Government, resulting in spoiling of future of youths and their families.   There was no no liquor during the rule of late Kamaraj and C N Annadurai in the state, but successive governments in order to fill their…
  • TN fishermen chased away by Lankan Navy personnel

    Niti PTI Bot
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
      Rameswaram (TN), Nov 23 (PTI) A group of fishermen of this island were today chased away by Sri Lankan Naval personnel while fishing in the Palk Strait, officials said.   The Sri Lankan Naval personnel chased away more than 20 fishermen who were fishing in midsea near the maritime borders, officials and a fishermen association functionary said.   President of Rameswaram Fishermen Organisation S Emiret claimed the fishermen were not aware whether the area was Indian or Sri Lankan territory.   As the Sri Lankan naval personnel asked them to move away, the fishermen panicked, cut…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments

    JG
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This the 6th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 5 here. The increased collaboration between Development and Operations teams in the DevOps paradigm of software development introduces compliance challenges. The primary compliance issues come in the areas of change management, code access, production environment access, segregation of duties and data […]The post The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions

    JG
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Linda Sanches, a senior advisor on health information privacy to the Department […]The post Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, this Mr. Churchill’s words could not be truer. Businesses utilizing cloud […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the third piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the second piece here. The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development […]The post The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Here Are the Top Ten Lies from Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Speech

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Here Are the Top Ten Lies from Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Speech | The Gateway Pundit. Lie #1: Every President has Taken Executive Action on ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered | WashingtonExaminer.com. Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Professor Dresses as Cheney, Pretends to Shoot Up Class (Video)

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Indoctrination in the Classroom: Prof Dresses as Cheney, Pretends to Shoot Up Class (Video) | The Gateway Pundit. WAR PRESIDENT: Bush Bombed 4 Countries… Obama ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three things that are illegal about Obama’s immigration plan

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Three things that are illegal about Obama’s immigration plan | Fox News. 1. Distorting Prosecutorial Discretion President Obama claims he is entitled to overhaul immigration ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, Nov. 20

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009 | The Daily Caller Since 2009, the U.S. economy has added only ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    28 Nov 2014 | 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 tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix Encore with Walter Brasch, author of "Fracking Pennsylvania"

    Liberal Fix
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.   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 Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Post-Election Show

    Liberal Fix
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the outcome of the 2014 Midterm elections. Our co-hosts will provide analysis of the 2014 results and the future of liberal politics. In addition, we will resist the temptation to follow others in conducting an autopsy on the Democratic Party, pointing instead to what we can do to turn things around in time for 2016. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Midterm Election 2014

    Liberal Fix
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the political landscape for the upcoming 2014 Midterm elections.  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 Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: w/ VT State Senator David Zuckerman (Progressive Party)

    Liberal Fix
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature Vermont Progressive Party State Senator David Zuckerman. We will discuss progressive politics, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, and the success of Vermont's Progressive Party. Excellence in Progressive Radio.  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 Website…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Episode #60 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Beyond Thunderdome’ with Patrick Henningsen, guest Basil Valentine

    21wire
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Episode #60 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday November 23, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-7pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the UK, as this week’s host Patrick Henningsen from 21WIREcovers the week’s top stories from the US, Europe and beyond. In the first hour – Patrick covers breaking ISIS news, the G20 in Australia, the Madness of John…
  • ISIS Coin: ‘Islamic State’ Steal Gaddafi’s Plan to Mint a Gold Dinar

    21wire
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    21st Century Wire says…ISIS maniacs are eying plans to mint their own ‘ISIS dinar’, but these will not be virtual cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or LiteCoin, they want to make a symbolic challenge to ‘American infidels’ by coining their new money in gold silver and copper.In a statement issued from the ISIS press office, this move will deliver a blow to “the tyrant’s financial system”, and will include seven coins – two gold, three silver and two copper. The new Islamic State coins will also be, “purely dedicated to God”, and…
  • Terrorist Bedfellows: Saudi Arabia and Israel

    21wire
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    21st Century Wire asks…A tale of two religious states, both hell-bent of purifying their arid lands of anyone who is not like them.One very important fact which is often lost on Americans of all levels and persuasions, is that the regime in Saudi Arabia is absolutely pro-Israel. Thus, anything Israel wants, Saudi does. Both export their own brands of terror. They are partners in business, as well as partners in crime...BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Both Saudi and Israel need to remain close in order to maintain their artificial desert fiefdoms.More importantly, both Israel and Saudi Arabia (both…
  • Team America: ISIS is ‘McCain’s Army’

    21wire
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    21st Century Wire says…When 21WIRE first put forward the idea that Syrian terrorists (now ISIS/ISIL) form a proxy paramilitary force who are controlled at the highest levels by western intelligence agencies, some would have called that accusation a crazy one. But consider yesterday’s history and today’s facts, and that supposition is no longer far fetched…One of the driving political forces behind the proliferation of armed terrorist groups nesting in Syria, is controversial Republican US Senator John McCain from Arizona (photo, left), a man regarded by many as being…
  • ISIS Hostage Hell: ‘IN THE NOW’ with guest Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    21st Century Wire asks…‘To Pay or Not to Pay?’ It really depends who you ask. Incredibly, western political hacks, including President Obama, are actually mulling over new ideas for paying ransom money to ISIS kidnappers… IN THE NOW, with RT’s Senior Political correspondent Anissa Naouai, speaks to 21WIRE and UK Column’s Patrick Henningsen, about this latest ISIS-related political conundrum western brains are struggling with:“The U.N. warns ISIS has enough weapons to fight for 2 more years as America and Britain look at a re-think in hostage policies.
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    MutantRambler

  • lololollolololololololol.

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    lololollolololololololol.
  • Sometimes I wish writing was like masturbation.

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Just being able to sit down and do it wherever you are.
  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Why has noone from Antarctica ever visited this website? It’s been around for at least 5 years now and not one single person from Mcmurdo has fancied a quick gander. This leaves me very disappointed.Something else that leaves me disappointed, like a child looking for reason in the universe, is peoples adversity towards renewable electricity; especially Wind Turbines.In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m going to be bigging up some renewable energy generation over the next few minutes or until I get bored of writing and hit the post button. Something…
  • How to create a professional website logo.

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
 
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    The Politic

  • An Interview with Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former CIA Intelligence Officer

    David Shimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as a CIA Intelligence Officer for some 23 years, including domestic assignments such as the Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations and...
  • Dollar Dollar Bill: Mujib Mashal on American Money in Afghanistan

    Stella Shannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The American story in Afghanistan is less about military power and more about the power of the purse.
  • An Absurd “State of Affairs”

    Jackson Beck
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    We should be thrilled by the show's break neck pace, but it's all too much.
  • A Hundred-Year Majority?

    JP Meredith
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Are this year's Republican congressional gains all that historic? The answer may surprise you.
  • An Interview with Joseph S. Nye Jr.

    Justin Katz
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Professor Joseph Samuel Nye Jr. is the former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves on the Harvard faculty as a University Distinguished Service Professor, and this year completes fifty years on the faculty there. Along with Robert Keohane, he founded the theory of “neoliberalism” in international...
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Mad November

    guanyinmiao
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Will be back in December! Continue reading →
  • When We Appropriate Community Service

    guanyinmiao
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Somehow, it unsettles when community service and its initiatives are valorised. Schools - like corporations - have incentives to appropriate projects, because they are proof of civic-mindedness. But so much goes unchallenged. Are we portraying individuals to fit a predetermined narrative, one that benefits is disproportionately? Why are we clamouring to be recognised, to give ourselves public pats on the back? In our anxiety to represent these individuals have we objectified them, and thereby lost sight of broader, structural challenges? Continue reading →
  • The Road To 42

    guanyinmiao
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On a whim I signed up for the Standard Chartered Marathon in December, when I completed my internship in July. It was going to be tough, the full marathon, but it was on the bucket list after all. I downloaded a 16-week running plan off the Internet (which called for four running sessions a week, of increasing durations), read up a little on dietary tips, and assured myself that this was just an extension of my weekly routine. Continue reading →
  • Philanthropy As Civic Engagement

    guanyinmiao
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this vein StarHub has taken a good step forward. Around the world (corporate) philanthropy has evolved from basic relief to improvement, to social reform, and then to civic engagement. The telco has identified an underlying challenge – one that makes it hard for students from low-income households to be plugged into the technological infrastructure of schools, for instance – with a solution which ties in neatly with its business operations. The 500 beneficiaries from five charities StarHub has helped may pale in comparison to the 150,000 households in Singapore who “have no computer,…
  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Where do R’s Go From Here?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Battle Lines Drawn

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US. The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Landrieu’s Last Stand

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is locked in a hard-fought runoff battle with Republican opponent Bill Cassidy. Some polls have her trailing her opponent by as much as 20 points. Her last-ditch strategy was to try and get a bill approving the Keystone pipeline passed. After years of denying one, a vote was finally brought to the Senate floor yesterday. In this episode we discuss the results of the vote and why the country may be better off moving on from the debate surrounding the Keystone Pipeline XL. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the…
  • Keystone Getting Passed

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Keystone pipeline has been a subject of the debate for the better part of 6 years. Both environmentalists and oil and gas interests have waged pitched battles over the proposal. The Obama administration has avoided making a decision on the pipeline at every turn. Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing a tough run-off battle in the Louisiana Senate Race. She has made getting the pipeline approved her last ditch effort for reelection. Will this effort be the difference in finally getting the pipeline approved? What are some of the areas of this debate where the facts seem to fall through? We discuss…
  • Obamacare on the Way Out?

    Mike Dakkak
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    There have been two developments on Obamacare over the last couple of weeks that have renewed the debate on whether the law will survive. We discuss both developments in today’s episode. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… a Historic Election!

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Recognizing that the United States of America needed a correction course immediately... this AWARD does not go to the Republicans... it goes to… One of the most controversial societal issues facing Americans. Let's call it the hot potato contest... and the AWARD goes to...  Authenticity and politics is equivalent to environmentalists being supportive of the keystone pipeline. Being Yourself no matter what... the AWARD goes to...  What goes around comes around... you scratch my back and I'll ignore you when you need me! and this AWARD goes to...  For making the dummies…
  • The Award Goes To… Hurricane and Jordan

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Okay so maybe it was that they were only doing their job, but looking at the track record of previous security mishaps... and the AWARD goes to... The latest EBOLA screwup from a medical professional who should have known better.... and the AWARD goes to... For getting with the times, breaking with tradition and sending her very first tweet out... and the AWARD goes to... For telling the truth even though it hurts. The quote of the week, and the AWARD goes to... Using your stardom, money and fame to get away with murder, and the AWARD goes to... Telling the truth even though it sounds…
  • 20,000 Physicians Can’t Be Wrong! & The Story of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    81% of physicians report that they can NOT take any new patients. People are now using the ER as the local doctors offices causing an overload in the Emergency Room, God forbid you have a real emergency! Dr. Alfred Bonati joins us to discuss the latest in healthcare. You must stay tuned at 21:26... Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell discusses his life changing experience.
  • The Award Goes To… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Never let a good crisis go to waste - especially when you can use if for a good purpose... and the AWARD goes to…  Big corporate greed and the dumbest PR move... and the AWARD goes to…  To the most populous country in Africa, a glimmer of hope to have possibly beaten the deadly Ebola virus.... and the AWARD goes to…  For bringing the umbrella back in vogue again and for giving an entirely new purpose to this useful product... and the AWARD goest to… For protecting the youth of America from devious computer activities... and the AWARD goes to……
  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Anarchist’s Guide to Voting

    Joël Valenzuela
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Do you believe in a world without government? Follow the Non-Aggression Principle? Hold that voting is violence? Then this article is for you. I’m going to tell you why you should vote. No, I’m not here to tell you to …
  • War Always Comes Home

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can’t assemble a totalitarian war machine and expect it to never come home. Sooner or later, all those military-grade weapons end up in your own back yard. Pointed at you. Over the last several decades, we’ve seen the rise …
  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Zycher on Gruber, by David Henderson

    Liberty Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Written by EconLog When L’Affaire Gruber began two weeks ago, Tyler Cowen challenged us to stick to discussing Gruber’s economics rather than his personal failings. I took up the challenge here, pointing out that Gruber’s willingness to mislead could explain what looked like some pretty bad analysis that one would not expect a tenured MIT […]The post Zycher on Gruber, by David Henderson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • If Bill Cosby Allegations Are Career Ending, How Can Bill Clinton Campaign For Candidates Or Become First Husband

    Liberty Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right Seriously — how can any elected official who campaigned with Bill Clinton be allowed to take office after using a known sex-criminal as a part of their campaign? How can Hillary Clinton be elected President and bring Bill back to the White House with her? Why are Democrats engaged in […]The post If Bill Cosby Allegations Are Career Ending, How Can Bill Clinton Campaign For Candidates Or Become First Husband appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Palestinian Incitement behind Synagogue Terror Attack

    Liberty Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Photo Credit: Israeli Defense Forces In the wake of five Israeli citizens being murdered in a brutal terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, the Palestinian Authority leadership and media continue to call for violence against Israeli civilians. This week, […]The post Palestinian Incitement behind Synagogue Terror Attack appeared first on Citizens News.
  • NEW JERSEY MUSLIM BAGHEAD substitute teacher charged with sexually assaulting 16-year-old

    Liberty Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM Passaic County Prosecutors say 21-year-old Muslim woman, Linda Hardan, of Prospect Park, also is charged with child endangerment and criminal sexual contact.  Hardan is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old student from Manchester Regional High School, where she worked as a … Continue reading →The post NEW JERSEY MUSLIM BAGHEAD substitute teacher charged with sexually assaulting 16-year-old appeared first on Citizens News.
  • THE NIGHT AMERICA DIED

    Liberty Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE Gunny G is the name And I worked hard for my pay ‘Till Obama’s criminal invaders came And took all the jobs away It was the winter of 2014 We were jobless, life was pretty lean By November the 20th, the US had fell It’s a time I remember, oh so well The night they drove Uncle Sam down […]The post THE NIGHT AMERICA DIED appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: US Aid Going to Daash

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Need more proof that your taxpayer dollars are wasted? Okay, we’ve got that in spades. Obama Claus seems to think that the behead happy jihadists of Daash haven’t really been all that naughty this year. Sure they took over a few countries cities and left thousands of corpses along the roadside, but it’s not like they want the FED to be audited like those awful Tea Partiers (whom incidentally Obama Claus has decided were so bad that he’s actually taking coal from them).
  • More QE

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    From Deep Freeze to all types of inflation and liquidity traps, how about a little QE now?
  • A Nile Cruise Wedding

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    Everyone knows how pure and clean (like most brides these days) the Nile River is, in fact our staff has written about it at length before. So, if you are considering tying the lead knot, why not do so on a Nile cruise?
  • How To: Conquer the Rust in Your Life

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Have a problem with rust? No, not the “it” color of 2010, but tarnish, the type that always seems to find its way onto your favorite necklace or on the bottom of your shaving cream. Well, don’t worry. As always, we’ve got you covered.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Real Journalists

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Continuing on with this month’s theme of focusing on the positives, 300 plus Egyptian journalists have rejected the October 26th media declaration to ban criticism of the State.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • UN GA's Third Committee Passed a Resolution Condemning Attempts to Glorify Nazism

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    United Nations, November 21, 2014A draft text on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices was approved by a record vote of 115 in favour, 3 against (Canada, Ukraine, United States), with 55 abstentions.The Resolution condemns glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.Click here to learn more
  • Behind the Guns: International Economic Law as a Strategy for Regime Change

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    A Transcript of the Paper by Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum in September 2014I am delighted to be able to make some contribution to such an esteemed panel. When I got the invitation I thought as a critic of international economic agreements what might I be able to contribute to this dialogue. My starting point is some reflections on international law from Tony Anghie in his book entitled “Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law”. One of the features of the post-World War II period has been the…
  • Wir verlieren Russland

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Von Martin Hoffmann, Der Tagesspiegel, 18 November, 2014Plädoyer für einen Neuanfang der BeziehungenDies ist ein Weckruf. Ein Weckruf an all jene in der Politik, die schlafwandelnd auf die Überlegenheit des Westens vertrauen. An diejenigen, die davon überzeugt sind, der Westen müsse endlich Stärke zeigen und seine Sanktionen verstärken. Auch an jene Ostpolitiker mit Augenmaß, die auf den Dialog setzen, aber überzeugt sind, ein Krieg sei ausgeschlossen und am Ende werde die Vernunft siegen.
  • Catholic Social Thought and Post-liberal Political Economy

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Adrian Pabst, Radical Orthodoxy Annual Review, University of KentThe crisis reveals that globalisation since the 1970s has so expanded and speeded up the processes of capitalist change as to engender something qualitatively different. More than ever before global capitalism erodes the ‘moral economy’ of mutual obligations on which economic exchange ultimately depends. By further reducing everything and everyone to a tradable commodity, capital constantly expands the reach of the market into new areas and creates more opportunities both nationally and globally. But by the same token, it…
  • China's Silky Road to Glory

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online, November 14, 2014Predictably, once again, this vertiginous flurry of deals and investment had to converge towards the most spectacular, ambitious, wide-ranging plurinational infrastructure offensive ever attempted: the multiple New Silk Roads - that complex network of high-speed rail, pipelines, ports, fiber optic cables and state of the art telecom that China is already building across the Central Asian stans, linked to Russia, Iran, Turkey and the Indian Ocean, and branching out to Europe all the way to Venice, Rotterdam, Duisburg and Berlin.
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Washington’s Gamble: Russian Roulette, The Pale Blue Dot And All Out War

    Colin Todhunter
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Colin Todhunter The ‘Pale Blue Dot’ is the name of the photograph of the Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager spacecraft, some six billion kilometres away from our planet as the craft was about to leave the Solar System. The Earth appears as a miniscule dot, almost lost in the vastness of space [1]. ...
  • Tell Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Stop Supporting Efforts to Kill GMO Labeling Laws

    User Submitted
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Starbucks wants you to think the company is on your side when it comes to GMO labeling laws. But it isn’t. As long as Starbucks is a dues-paying member of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which is party to a lawsuit against the state of Vermont intended to overturn Vermont’s recently passed GMO labeling law, the coffee ...
  • Is The US re-creating the Dark Age in history, and if so is it intentional?

    User Submitted
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    There is a disturbing footprint of US foreign policy in the Middle East, and one must wonder exactly what is the intent of US foreign policy. Let us start with Iraq. Why did we invade Iraq? Was it because they had WMD? Even though that was the pretext, we now know, or at least of ...
  • Washington Plays Russian Roulette

    User Submitted
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    PEPE ESCOBAR These are bleak times. I’ve been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors – those who know but don’t need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all deeply worried. This is what one of them, a New York strategic planner, sent me: The propaganda attack against Putin equating him with Hitler ...
  • Why Do We Allow Ukraine’s Government to Write the Official Report on The Downing of MH17?

    Eric Zuesse
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Eric Zuesse There are only two suspects in the shoot-down of the MH17 Malaysian airliner over Ukraine on July 17th: the separatist rebels, whom the Ukrainian Government charge had shot it down mistaking it for one of the Ukrainian Air Force bombers that routinely drop bombs onto the separatists and their families and indiscriminately onto ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Recognizing Palestine: Anomalies And Ambiguities – OpEd

    Neville Teller
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The interminable Israel-Palestine dispute is replete with paradoxes. At the most basic level, there is no doubt that Arab opinion as a whole resents the presence of the state of Israel in its midst. Palestinians regard Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948 as a disaster, and mark it annually with their own Nakba Day (“Day […] The post Recognizing Palestine: Anomalies And Ambiguities – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • How The Burmese Military Perpetuates Its Own Myth – OpEd

    Asian Correspondent
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Francis Wade A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military contingent – which takes up a quarter of seats and thereby wields effective veto over such matters – resisted the idea that […] The post How The Burmese Military Perpetuates Its Own Myth – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • UAE’s New Terror List Sparks Outrage

    IRIN
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of “terrorist organizations” together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. Islamic Relief, a respected UK-based international aid agency; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest […] The post UAE’s New Terror List Sparks Outrage appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender

    Balkan Insight
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    By Besar Likmeta A document obtained by BIRN shows that OLAF is investigating complaints against a tender held in May by the EU Delegation in Tirana. “OLAF has reviewed the information received in accordance Regulation No 883/2013 and has opened an investigation,” the document reads. The investigation centres on the tender for the EURALIUS IV […] The post EU’s Albania Delegation Probed Over Justice Tender appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • ‘Oil War’ And Next OPEC Meeting – OpEd

    Press TV
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    By Roozbeh Aliabadi In recent months markets have witnessed a more noticeable decline in oil prices, mainly due to a combination of oversupply and the weakening demand growth. On the production side, oil supply to global markets is at all-time high. The United States alone produces the highest level in three decades – approximately 9 […] The post ‘Oil War’ And Next OPEC Meeting – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • President Obama's Speech at Del Sol High School on Executive Action on Immigration

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comTwo years after visiting Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama came back. Before an overwhelmingly Hispanic audience, and tired of anti-immigrant Republicans in the House of Representatives, the President promoted his executive action on immigration, a measure that will benefit around five million undocumented immigrants. Following is most of his speech. "Two years ago we had a coalition." (There were business leaders, Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and farm and religious leaders). "The senate bill wasn't perfect: It was a compromise. That's how…
  • Discurso Sobre la Acción Ejecutiva de Inmigración por el Presidente Obama en la High School Del Sol

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comDos años después de su visita a la high school Del Sol, en las Vegas, el Presidente Barack Obama regresó. Frente a una audiencia abrumadoramente Hispana, y cansado de los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes de la Cámara de Representantes, el Presidente promocionó su acción ejecutiva en inmigración, una medida que beneficiará a alrededor de cinco millones de migrantes indocumentados. A continuación se encuentra gran parte de su discurso. "Hace dos años teníamos una coalición." (Esta contaba con líderes empresariales, legisladores Demócratas y Republicanos, y…
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    Tomás Guerra
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
     EL OÍR TUS QUEJAS ACERCA DELA GENTE QUE VIVE AQUÍ ILEGALMENTE ME RECUERDA DELOS TIEMPOS EN QUE NUESTROS ANCESTROS FORZOSAMENTE LE ARREBATARON TODO SU PAíSA LOS NATIVO AMERICANOS. ♥#executiveactionimmigration #shameonyou  
  • Mexicans Have Nothing to Celebrate This November 20th

    Tomás Guerra
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Calavera by Jose Guadalupe PosadaToday is November 19th, and tomorrow we will celebrate the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, a movement during which heroes like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata fought so that peasants and native Mexicanos—groups that were alienated by the government of Porfirio Díaz—could be integrated into mainstream society. Porfirio Diaz abdicated in 1910, and a new constitution that redistributed land and improved the treatment of workers was comulgated in 1917. But this constitution did not end the quest for equality in Mexico, and the battle for power…
  • Los Mexicanos No Tienen Nada Que Celebrar Este 20 de Noviembre

    Tomás Guerra
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Calavera por Jose Guadalupe PosadaHoy es 19 de noviembre, y mañana se celebrará el aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana, un movimiento durante el cual heroes como Pancho Villa y Emiliano Zapata lucharon para que los campesinos e indígenas—grupos alienados por el gobierno de Porfirio Díaz—fueran integrados a la sociedad. Porfirio Díaz renunció a su gobierno en 1910, y en 1917 se logró comulgar una constitución que facilitó la distribución de tierras y el mejor trato de los trabajadores. Pero esta constitución no terminó la busqueda por igualdad en México, y la batalla por el…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Lesbian gets 8 years in D.C. domestic violence case

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Maya Shelia Moore was sentenced to eight years for stabbing her girlfriend 14 times. A 25-year-old D.C. woman who pled guilty to stabbing her girlfriend 14 times on a street in Southeast Washington in August was sentenced on Nov. 20 to eight years in jail. In addition to the prison sentence, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also sentenced Maya Shelia Moore to five years of supervised release upon completion of her prison term. A police arrest affidavit says D.C. police officers arriving at the scene of the stabbing appear to have saved the victim’s life by quickly placing a…
  • Gray, Bowser attend Trans Day of Remembrance

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    More than 250 people packed the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington Thursday night for the city’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. (Washington Blade photo by Vladyslav Rekhovskyy) D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser were among more than 250 people who packed the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington Thursday night for the city’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance gathering. The event, which honors those who have been murdered or injured because of their gender identity and expression in the U.S. and abroad, drew the largest attendance since the…
  • MARION BARRY DIES AT 78

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    Marion Barry died late Saturday. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) D.C. Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry, who was hailed as the nation’s most LGBT supportive big city mayor in the 1980s and 1990s before alienating his longtime gay supporters by opposing the city’s marriage equality law in 2009, died early Sunday morning at United Medical Center. He was 78. A statement released by United Medical Center says Barry arrived at the hospital by ambulance about 12:15 a.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead at 1:46 a.m. The statement by the hospital and a separate statement…
  • New report seeks to improve LGBT health care

    Staff reports
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Association of American Medical Colleges is working to improve competency of care for LGBT patients. WASHINGTON — The Association of American Medical Colleges published a large report this week intended to increase competency for future doctors on LGBT issues, MPR reports. To reduce LGBT health disparities, “all health care providers must learn to address the specific health care needs of these populations, and health care institutions must promote a climate that supports, values and includes individuals in these populations,” the report states. There has been no standardized set of…
  • State Department ‘concerned’ about Gambia anti-gay law

    Chris Johnson
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh signed a draconian bill that would impose a life sentence upon anyone found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality” (Photo courtesy IISD/Earth Negotiations Bulletin; courtesy Creative Commons) The Obama administration is “especially concerned” about a draconian anti-gay measure recently into signed into law in The Gambia, a State Department official said Friday. Rodney Ford, a State Department spokesperson, conveyed the disapproval in an email to the Washington Blade late Friday. The Associated Press reported in the morning that President…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • How Much Did We Pay To Arm ISIS?

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You don’t want to know. But in case you do, here you go:
  • These Are The World’s Worst Places to be Gay

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While I normally encourage people to live true to themselves, in some countries you need to stay in the closet if you want to live at all. As this graphic shows, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or death in a disturbingly large portion of the world. (I just wish the two weren’t lumped in the same color – I’m curious to know how much of the map actually believes homosexuality is an “offense” worthy of execution.) I was very pleasantly surprised, however, to see that same-sex marriage is legal in so much of South America. Qué bueno! Via: TakePart.com
  • Watch the Rare Platypus Sighting that Took 7 Years to Catch

    Lady Freethinker
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How strange is the platypus? So odd that the first scientists to ever see one thought someone was pulling a hoax. The web-footed mammals are also so shy that documentarian Max Moller tracked them for seven years in Tasmania without gathering enough footage for a single decent video. Then finally last month, a platypus came out for a stroll right in front of Moller and his assistant – and now we all get to enjoy the fruits of his patience:
  • Watch a Feather and a Bowling Ball Fall at the Exact Same Speed

    Lady Freethinker
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re like me, you had a hard time believing your seventh-grade physical science teacher when he told you that, without air resistance, a feather and a bowling ball would fall from an airplane to the Earth at exactly the same speed. While I eventually accepted this as truth, I never thought I would actually see it happen. But here we go, courtesy of NASA’s giant vacuum, which is virtually air-free. And just like Mr. George said, the fall is perfectly synchronized.
  • Climate Change is ‘Baloney,’ Says Founder of the Weather Channel

    Lady Freethinker
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I thought it was bad enough that the Senate environmental committee’s next leader wrote a book about climate change called The Greatest Hoax (and once likened the EPA to the Gestapo). But now, here comes another crusty conservative “expert” to spit on the mounds of scientific evidence that surrounds him. John Coleman, a retired weather forecaster who cofounded the Weather Channel 32 years ago (but left after just a year), went on CNN to tell the world that all this blather about climate change is “baloney.” You can watch the debacle here: Confronted with the…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Election Map Alone Doesn’t Explain The 2014 Republican Wave

    Harry Enten
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Throughout the 2014 campaign, we kept hearing that Republicans were going to do well because of the “map.” To take back the Senate, all they had to do was win seats in six states (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia) that voted against President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Even before Election Day, Obama blamed the map for the impending misfortune of the Democratic Party.It’s time to give the map argument a rest. Even if you control for the fact that a large number of races took place in red states, the Republican performance was the fourth-best by either…
  • Calling In The Missouri National Guard May Have Been A Bad Idea

    Oliver Roeder
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. The emergency hasn’t happened yet — it’s what might happen if a grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The National Guard, thanks to the order, is standing by.Nixon says he owes it to his citizens to protect them “from violence and damage” and that “the State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction to these announcements.”The declaration “immediately enraged protest leaders and some…
  • The Supreme Court Won’t Be Getting Another Sotomayor Anytime Soon

    Harry Enten
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Democrats lost the Senate, but so what? President Obama still has two more years and a veto.But there is at least one area where the GOP’s new Senate majority makes a big difference: a Supreme Court nomination. While it’s still unclear whether Obama will get to nominate another justice, the Republican gains in November make it unlikely a liberal nominee, such as Justice Thurgood Marshall, would be confirmed. And a nominee like the two Obama-appointed justices currently sitting on the court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would face a possible filibuster.Only a true middle-of-the-road…
  • Why House Republicans Did Even Better Than They Expected

    David Wasserman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    When the 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 3, House Republicans will boast their largest majority since Herbert Hoover was president. If all leaders in the yet-to-be-called races hold their leads, Republicans will go from 234 seats to 247, a triumph that exceeds their “Drive to 245” goal. Not even Republicans anticipated they were in for such a good year.So how did they beat the point spread? The answer lies less in what Republicans did, and more in what Democratic voters didn’t do: show up to vote in so-called orphan states.To ease my post-election withdrawal, I built a…
  • Offering Birth Control Over The Counter Wouldn’t Make It Any Cheaper

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
    In September, with less than three months to go before the 2014 midterm elections, some Republican candidates adopted a surprising policy position: Birth control should be sold over the counter.Cory Gardner was one of them. In a television ad for his U.S. Senate campaign in Colorado, he declared that the pill should be available “ ’round the clock, without a prescription.”At least five high-profile GOP candidates — including Thom Tillis of North Carolina — announced their support for over-the-counter birth control. (Gardner and Tillis did not respond to repeated requests…
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    kai arzheimer

  • The Math of Post-Socialism

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Much merriment in the Eastern state of Thuringia: 25 years after the fall of the wall, the Greens and the SPD in the state parliament are poised to form a coalition with the Left (die Linke), which would give the Left its first minister president ever. What’s the Matter with the Left? Predictably, this is creating all sorts of backlash. On the surface, it is all about Thuringia, and about the Left’s uneasy relationship with the past. But on another level, it’s about the prospects of triple left (or red/red/green) coalitions in Western states and ultimately on the federal level. Photo by…
  • Google Scholar Fail

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google decided some time ago that their algorithms are so good that the old Humanities/Social Sciences/Hard Sciences button on Google Scholar did no longer earn its keep. As a Social Scientist trying to remember the exact title of that dear old Dalton 1984 piece, I could not agree less. Not my Dalton 1984 The post Google Scholar Fail appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    From the excellent LSE blog: European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making? http://t.co/huQ7dj1FNb @DarthPutinKGB: Russia Today has changed since the Donbass elections. http://t.co/eiwP7k7sQo (picture) Book chapter “Estimation techniques: Ordinary least squares and maximum likelihood” — Martin Elff http://t.co/NFw2rgYStd No real surprise is here, as tax-dodging assistance is a business model: Luxembourg tax files: how tiny state rubber-stamped tax avoidance on an industrial scale http://t.co/1YunXbJIk1 Short Gordon Tullock  obituary &…
  • East Germans Killed the FDP

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Even the Washington Post has woken up to the fact that 25 years after the uprising in the GDR, Germany stubbornly remains divided economically, politically, and socially. In the great scheme of things, this may matter less than you might think: In Western Europe alone, the UK, Spain, Belgium, or Switzerland – countries that have been around as nation states for much longer than Germany’s current iteration – are similarly diverse. But it keeps the German Politics crowd busy enough. I’m currently working on a piece that looks at the latest federal election in comparative (east…
  • Online Survey: Students & Politics

    Kai Arzheimer
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    My very clever PhDers strike again: Here is yet another online survey (in German – auf Deutsch). This one is on political attitudes of students and takes just ten minutes of your. You might even win a gift voucher. Need I say more? The post Online Survey: Students & Politics appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • EPA Regulations To Raise Power Costs 37 Percent By 2020

    chris
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
     Electricity prices are already increasing at record levels and Environmental Protection Agency rules will only force power prices up even higher as the agency finalizes a slew of regulations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fighters from Syrian al Qaeda wing close in on Shi’ite village

    chris
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
     Members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front and other Sunni Islamists seized an area south of a Shi’ite Muslim village in north Syria on Sunday after clashes with pro-government fighters,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson grand jury fails to reach decision on Darren Wilson indictment

    chris
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    ‘Just don’t burn my shop down. Don’t destroy it’. The Ferguson, Mo., grand jury considering the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who killed teenager Michael Brown during... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pat Buchanan: “Rogue” Obama’s Amnesty Is “Impeachable Act”

    chris
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
     “We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism” Political analyst Pat Buchanan has chimed in on the executive immigration uproar, labeling it an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Forget Orwell And Rand, We’ve Gone To Full On Plato

    chris
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Thad Beversdorf | First Rebuttal  You see both Rand and Orwell were describing a world outside of themselves.  A world they couldn’t understand or accept.  And while those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Liberal Vocabulary Evolution

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The current liberal obsession with the 1 percent provides for some very interesting analogies regarding the words being used to describe them.The rich entrepreneurs are all "plutocrats" or "oligarchs" according to the new Liberal Vocabulary.The corporations are "fascist" and so on.How can the corporations be fascist? For reference why such a designation is a misnomer at best see my post Nazism, Fascism, Socialism.The New Yorker branded the outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg a plutocrat in a piece in August 2013"He is an outsized character: the biggest plutocrat in…
  • Low Ideals

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    David Brooks in the New York Times argued for low ideals in this piecehttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/opinion/david-brooks-the-case-for-low-ideals.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rssThe case for low ideals can be made in a variety of ways. One of the most important, in my opinion, is that high ideals come always at a price. The price is usually a high dose of self-righteousness and overconfidence that at certain point in time the people will understand how much better is the ideal and rush to implement it. The history of Socialism is a cautionary tale of what happens when high ideals are…
  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-21, Friday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    President Obama has just committed his most blatant, impeachable offense and David Knight breaks it all down on this Friday, November 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show. Obama completely bypassed Congress and announced amnesty for millions of "anchor baby" parents and illegal immigrant children - as long as they've been in the country for five years. The Constitution, however, reveals he lacks the authority to pick and choose which to deport. His order will grant illegals social security numbers, work permits, and government-issued IDs, and many of these illegals will be able to obtain green…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-20, Thursday

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, November 20 transmission of Infowars Live, guest hosts David Knight and Paul Joseph Watson walk us through the latest on Obama's promise to unilaterally pass an executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, a plan which one US senator warns could lead to anarchy and violence. We'll also get on-the-ground updates from reporters Joe Biggs and Jakari Jackson regarding the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where demonstrators are anticipating a controversial grand jury decision... which could also lead to anarchy and violence. On today's show, Infowars invites Love Thy…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-19, Wednesday

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Obama is bypassing Congress to enact amnesty for millions of illegals and Alex breaks it all down on this Wednesday, November 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show. The president, who is acting as a modern dictator, plans to announce his executive order in Las Vegas on Friday. If Congress does not act, it will forever be reduced to a ceremonial branch of government with little effective power. In other news, a woman on in Ebola monitoring list dropped dead after bleeding from her mouth and nose, but officials claimed it was a "heart attack." Reporters Jakari Jackson and Joe Biggs join the show…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-18, Tuesday

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, November 18 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the prospect of a full-blown race war in Ferguson, Missouri, as a map of a federal Constitution-free zone emerges and the governor of the state adds to the confusion about who is in charge of the response to promised looting and mayhem in the wake of a decision on Officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot Mike Brown. Alex also continues his coverage of Obama violating the Constitution by issuing an executive action on amnesty for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. On today's broadcast, Alex talks with Harry…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-17, Monday

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, November 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down President Obama's preparation of an executive order which would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, a bold act considering the recent overwhelming GOP midterm election victories. Jones also analyzes the latest ISIS war propaganda video, exposes covert DHS preparations for wide-scale rioting and considers whether race-baiting tactics will lead to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. On today's show, Alex welcomes writer Jon Rappoport to discuss the depopulation vaccine in Kenya, and how public schools are…
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  • A tapeworm lived in this man's brain for years

    Susannah Locke
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is the story of a man who had a tapeworm living in his brain for at least four years. You can the worm moving from one side of his brain to the other in this series of images, taken over that timespan: (Nagui Antoun) This 50-year-old man came to the hospital complaining of headaches, weird smells, seizures, and memory problems. Eventually, Tim Chester of Mashable reports, the doctors did brain surgery, found the tapeworm, and removed it. Now, how did this person get a tapeworm in his brain? It's because it wasn't any ordinary tapeworm. Ordinary tapeworms live in stomachs, and you can…
  • Redditors wrote the most beautiful sentences they could think of. The results are magical.

    Alex Abad-Santos
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Reddit, land of internet treasures like cat GIFs, fitness bros, and people are willing to share entertaining tales of messing up their lives, never ceases to surprise. On Friday, a redditor took to the "Writing Prompts" subreddit (a place, like its name suggests, where people drop in prompts and other people submit their responses), and asked for the most beautiful opening sentences their fellow redditors could create. The results were magical, primarily because you got to see how different people think of beautiful writing. Like ketonespecies who probably finds Neil DeGrasse Tyson all…
  • The students who get the most out of college wake up and go to class

    Libby Nelson
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Bad news for college students who like to sleep in: your early-bird peers are getting a better education than you are. College freshmen who are self-described morning people spend more time studying than their peers. They spend less time relaxing and socializing. And they said their classes were more demanding and rigorous. The National Survey of Student Engagement asked 5,420 college students at 57 colleges at the beginning of their freshman year about their sleep habits: if they feel better in the morning and prefer morning activities, if they feel better in the evening and prefer evening…
  • If everyone loved reading as much as this 8-year-old does, the world would be better

    Jenée Desmond-Harris
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    "The world needs books! What would the world be like without books? They fuel our mind like cars and gas! The cars can't go without gas. Our brains can't go without books. The world needs books. We. Need. Books. It would break my heart if one book was lost. If just a page, just a word, just a letter was gone. I would be heartbroken. What would the world do without books? It would be empty. Like a bucket without water.  Like a brain without knowledge. Like a file cabinet without papers. We need books. The world would be black and white without books. The world would be blank without books. A…
  • The perfect response to anyone who thinks Cosby's rape accusers just want publicity

    Jenée Desmond-Harris
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    More than a dozen women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, and, in recent weeks, many have publicly detailed their allegations against him. Cosby and his representatives have denied the women's claims. His lawyer's most recent statement wrote them off as "increasingly ridiculous," and said, "it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years." Other Cosby supporters have been even more dismissive, suggesting that the…