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  • Leading GOP critic of Obamacare accidentally shows why anti-ACA lawsuit could be disaster for GOP, too

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    As you may have heard, GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tried to celebrate Obamacare’s fifth anniversary by calling on constituents to share their horror stories about the law — whereupon many people responded by talking about how much the law has helped them. The story drew national attention. Now McMorris Rodgers has responded to all […]
  • A Helluva 1% Inaccuracy

    Political Animal
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    [WARNING: Spoilers for House of Cards Season 3 ahead!] At Lunch Buffet I noted the story wherein House of Cards star Kevin Spacey let us know (via The Hill's Judy Kurtz) that Bill Clinton had told him the show was a "99% accurate" depiction of Washington. As the star of Netflix’s political thriller, Spacey plays the corrupt and conniving President Frank Underwood. Spacey, who counts former President Clinton among his pals, tells Gotham magazine, while doing his best Clinton impression, “Kevin, 99 percent of what you do on that show is real.” Continuing with his impersonation…
  • Mike Pence just handed gay Hoosiers and liberals a significant victory

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Despite the backup he was getting from every Republican presidential candidate who has discussed the issue and pretty much every conservative commentator who has mentioned it, Indiana governor Mike Pence gave gay people and liberals a victory today when he announced that he’s expecting his legislature to send him a bill “clarifying” the legislation he […]
  • Morning Plum: Iran deal creates complications for both parties

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program come down to the wire, a new Washington Post poll finds that Americans support a deal that would lift sanctions in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program by nearly two-to-one. But the partisan breakdown is where things get really interesting — suggesting challenges ahead on this issue for […]
  • Harry Reid wouldn't 'let the bastards beat me'

    CNN.com - Politics
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
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    The Atlantic

  • Nigeria's Historic Election Result

    Adam Chandler
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters On Tuesday, voters in Nigeria selected the country's former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as the new president, unseating divisive incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. "With all but one of Nigeria’s 36 states counted," The New York Times reported on Tuesday, "Buhari held a lead of more than two million votes Buhari's Historic Win The defeat of Jonathan, who has ruled Africa's biggest economy and largest democracy since 2010, was particularly noteworthy for the fact that it was the first time in Nigeria's history that an incumbent had lost a re-election bid. “The first…
  • End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Indiana Backs Down

    Jake Swearingen
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Nathan Chute/Reuters What's Happening: Indiana Battles a Backlash The Hoosier State's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed last week, has engendered both controversy and confusion. Many say the bill has potentially discriminatory implications, particularly for same-sex couples. Others suggest that Indiana's legislation isn't out of line with similar ones passed on the state and federal levels. Not so fast, Garrett Epps argues in The Atlantic. Who's pushing back: The CEO of cloud-computing behemothSalesforce announced it was "canceling programs" requiring travel to…
  • Obama Offers Commutations to 22 of 209,155 Federal Prisoners

    David A. Graham
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    President Obama visits the cell on Robben Island, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. (Gary Cameron/Reuters) For opponents of the War on Drugs—a group that seems to be growing—and those who think the U.S. incarcerates too many people, Tuesday brought some good news and bad news. THE GOOD NEWS: President Obama has announced that he's issuing commutations to 22 individuals. They all share convictions for drug offenses; eight would have died in prison if not for clemency. THE BAD NEWS: As The Huffington Post notes, that more than doubles the number of commutations and pardons…
  • The Amazon Button Is Real

    Adrienne LaFrance
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Screenshot from Amazon "It's not even April 1," a spokeswoman for Amazon told me this afternoon when I asked her to promise—legit, guarantee, pinky-swear promise—that the tech giant's Dash Button is a real product and not an April Fool's joke. She promised. "I guarantee you," said Kinley Pearsall, one of three people who confirmed as much. "It is real." The button, designed to correlate with specific products around your house like paper towels and laundry detergent and Gatorade, is basically a physical manifestation of the one-click-to-buy feature on Amazon's site. You stick the buttons…
  • The Happy Life of a Nomadic Surfer

    Chris Heller
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/389090/the-happy-life-of-a-nomadic-surfer/
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Cartoon: GOPranks

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    They have the Koch Bros.  I have YOU!!
  • Good luck to pro-LGBT Republican reformers, because they'll need it

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The guy from the hate group gets to explain Republican policy on television. So yes, good luck moderating that. I see we are playing the "pretend the Republican Party may see reason on an important issue that they have devoted themselves to being assholes about" game again. This time it's a group of stalwart activists seeking to moderate Republican opposition to marriage equality, and ideally to remain silent on it altogether. [T]he task that day in Iowa wasn't to show Republicans how much has changed in a decade or to nudge them toward acceptance of those unions. It was to force them to…
  • Arkansas House passes 'right to discriminate' bill, advances it to governor

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Gov. Asa Hutchinson, being all inclusive. Maybe the Arkansas legislature has been sequestered for the past several days, or living in a cave, and missed the whole Indiana brouhaha. At any rate, that state's version of a "religious freedom" bill has passed in the state's House, and is ready to go to Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Like the Indiana law, the Arkansas legislation allows a person who feels his or her exercise of religion has been “substantially burdened” to cite that argument as a claim or defense in a private lawsuit. The legislation also grants corporations the right to religious…
  • Blowback against Indiana hate law shows no signs of stopping

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) It's getting hard to keep track of everyone who's come out against Indiana's license-to-discriminate law, which is probably why Gov. Mike Pence sounded so defensive at his press conference Tuesday morning. But in the spirit of trying to keep track: The raging hippies over at NASCAR, who hold a somewhat famous race in Indiana, aren't happy: "We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance," said NASCAR, which is based in Florida and North Carolina. "We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all…
  • Harry Reid unloads on the 2016 Republican crowd

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Harry Reid is going to make the most of his last 22 months in politics by having some fun, starting with the 2016 GOP hopefuls, including maybe just a little bit of damning by his own praise. "I like that guy. He is so nice," Reid said of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). […] As for Sen. Ted Cruz, he said he and the Texas Republican "disagree on virtually everything. But on a personal basis, he's been very nice to me. I don't think he stands much of a chance, but I admire his tenacity for thinking he does." […] Although Reid would not say whether he thinks Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would make a…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • DEA Agents Charged with Stealing Fortune in Bitcoin

    DeadSpin
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road. Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents. The two now-former agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service are charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses for allegedly stealing Bitcoin during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an…
  • McCain Pushes Israel to Bomb Iran Before Peace Breaks Out

    oldwhiskeysour
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Zaid Jilani, AlterNet: Republicans have teamed up with their counterparts in the Israeli political system to do everything they can to obstruct a deal [with Iran] -- with tactics such as drafting new sanctions legislation and warning the Iranian leadership that the nuclear agreement will not outlast President Obama. But this past week Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) ratcheted up this sabotage to a new level. During a floor speech he gave on March 24, the senator suggested that Israel "go rogue" and that if they don't they may not survive the next 22 months of the Obama presidency: "The…
  • World May Run Out of Gold to Mine in 20 Years

    MUSTANG
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Myra P. Saefong, CBS MarketWatch: According to Goldman Sachs, the world has about 20 years each of known minable reserves of gold, diamonds and zinc. Platinum, copper and nickel reserves only have about 40 years or less left. "The combination of very low concentrations of metals in the Earth's crust, and very few high-quality deposits, means some things are truly scarce," Eugene King, European metals and mining analyst at Goldman Sachs, wrote in a recent research note. All told, their "relatively scarcity and the market's belief that new discoveries will be limited, is what drives the price…
  • Children Loaded Into Trunk of Car in Florida

    NKJAWS
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Video shows a group of adults loading several children into the trunk of their car before leaving a Cici's Pizza restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Local police and child welfare officials are investigating after the video was posted by another customer on social media. That customer says on the video that she saw them pull up and get the kids out and "couldn't believe my eyes." Some of the older people see they're being filmed and make hostile gestures. The owner of the restaurant said the group came in but left without dining there. "They couldn't afford to eat," he said.
  • Supremes Allow High School's Ban on U.S. Flag Shirts

    Harry_Powell
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    The Supreme Court rejected a free-speech appeal Monday from several California high school students who were told they could not wear a shirt emblazoned with an American flag on the Cinco de Mayo holiday. The court's action has the effect of upholding school officials who said they acted because they feared an outbreak of fighting between white and Mexican American students. Many school officials in recent years have told students they may not wear the Confederate flag on their clothing at school or display anti-gay messages. The case of Dariano vs. Morgan Hill Unified School District drew…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Not A Good Reference

    Josh Marshall
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    We talked to a former employer of the lawyer behind California's "Sodomite Suppression Act." It was interesting.
  • Just Right

    Josh Marshall
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    Amanda Marcotte on the right's hijacking of "religious liberty."
  • Obviously

    Josh Marshall
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    If Gov Pence wants to clear everything up and opposes discrimination against gays, presumably he's going to push an LGBT anti-discrimination law? Right?
  • Just a Heads Up

    Josh Marshall
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    I wanted to tell you that next month we'll be launching our annual TPM Prime sign up drive. Prime, in case you don't know, is our membership program, everything you like about TPM, just more of it. I'll be telling you all about it and encouraging you to sign up. Currently we're running our longform series on the rapid growth of renewable energy sources for Prime members only. With a Prime membership you see dramatically fewer ads and a faster site. And of course you help TPM remain vital and growing. I will be telling you more about next month, the current offerings and the new ones we're…
  • Don't Miss This

    Josh Marshall
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    As Harry Reid prepares for retirement, here's a part of his legacy that will be transformative for the country long after his time in the Senate is over.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Getting pretty massive Twitter love for a simple tweet predicting that "Bible-based" homophobia will seem as embarrassing as "Bible-based" segregation before too long. I've long argued that conservative evangelicals have a bad habit of using random Bible verses to divinize secular conservative culture, worshiping in a Church of the Day Before Yesterday. The silver lining is that they'll eventually adjust and find some other liberal outrage to stand up against in the name of Jesus, who might well laugh or cry. Here are some remains of the day: * So even as Pence seems to back down on language…
  • More Attention for Laura Ingraham!

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Clearly, this is just what America needs, and it's another sign of the wisdom and fairness of market forces in contemporary media (via Politico's Dylan Byers): Laura Ingraham, the conservative radio host and Fox News contributor, is planning to launch a new conservative news and opinion website, sources with knowledge of her plans told the On Media blog on Tuesday. One source said that Neil Munro, the political reporter who resigned from the Daily Caller this week, will serve as the site's editor, though that could not immediately be confirmed. Neither Ingraham nor Munro responded to a…
  • A Helluva 1% Inaccuracy

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    [WARNING: Spoilers for House of Cards Season 3 ahead!] At Lunch Buffet I noted the story wherein House of Cards star Kevin Spacey let us know (via The Hill's Judy Kurtz) that Bill Clinton had told him the show was a "99% accurate" depiction of Washington. As the star of Netflix’s political thriller, Spacey plays the corrupt and conniving President Frank Underwood. Spacey, who counts former President Clinton among his pals, tells Gotham magazine, while doing his best Clinton impression, “Kevin, 99 percent of what you do on that show is real.” Continuing with his impersonation…
  • Selling Out for 30 Krona

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    It's not 100% clear this represents the backstory for the possible demise of "religious liberty" legislation in Georgia. But let's just say I've finally found something good about the subsidy-driven smokestack chasing that passes for an economic development strategy in the South these days (per Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution): The battle over SB 129 [the "religious liberty" bill] comes just as Georgia recruiters are trying to land what could be one of the biggest economic development deals in more than a decade. The AJC reported Monday that Georgia is in…
  • Lunch Buffet

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    You may be wondering why we had a post this morning from Weekend Blogger Nancy LeTourneau. She is actually going to be doing a few of these each week, as a sort of change of pace. And she'll also be helping Martin fill in for me next time I get sick or have to travel during the working day on one of those planes with no Internet, which I seem to always fly. Those of you who have missed her weekend work are in for a treat. Here are some regular old midday news/views treats: * Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This is the first time the…
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    TIME

  • Obama Grants Early Release From Prison to 22 Drug Offenders

    Maya Rhodan
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Twenty-two people who are serving lengthy federal prison terms for drug offenses will be out from behind bars this summer, after President Obama reduced their sentences on Tuesday. Seven of the people had been sentenced to life in prison, and some have already served more than two decades behind bars. The White House says the release of the 22 prisoners is in line with the shorter sentences attached to drug offenses under today’s laws. “Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to…
  • NASCAR ‘Disappointed’ in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

    Victor Luckerson
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    NASCAR says it is disappointed by the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say could be used to discriminate against gay people. “We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance,” NASCAR said in a statement issued to NBC Sports. “We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.” The law, which backers say is supposed to ensure religious freedom for people in the state, has…
  • White House Outlines Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions by up to 28%

    Justin Worland
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    The White House reaffirmed a commitment to cut carbon emissions by up to 28% by 2025 in a Tuesday submission to the United Nations that promises new regulations on power plants, new fuel economy standards for some vehicles and rules to address methane emissions. The plan, the first step toward achieving an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, calls for a dramatic increase in the rate at which the U.S. reduces carbon pollution, from 1.2% per year between 2005 and 2020 to between 2.3% and 2.8% between 2020 and 2025. “This submission is ambitious and achievable,” said Brian…
  • Indiana Governor Urges Clarification of Controversial Religious Freedom Law

    Sam Frizell
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged state lawmakers Tuesday to amend a controversial new religious freedom law to clarify that it does not allow businesses to discriminate, bowing to days of criticism that the measure was an invitation to refuse services to gay customers. “After much reflections and consultation with the leadership of the General Assembly, I’ve come to the conclusion it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” Pence said in a news conference. The clarification to the…
  • Martin O’Malley Courts Elizabeth Warren Supporters In New Hampshire

    haleysweetlandedwards
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    BEDFORD, N.H.—Former Gov. Martin O’Malley parried reporter questions Tuesday about the two leading women in the Democratic party: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. He didn’t want to talk much about the former. “Look, I’ve sort of said whatever I’m not going to say about the email thing,” he said, after addressing voters here. But when Warren’s name came up, he positively lit up. “I believe that Senator Warren is speaking with great clarity especially on the need to regulate Wall Street to hold the CEOs of banks accountable, and to make…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Oversight panel issues subpoenas in Secret Service incident

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight Committee says he is issuing subpoenas to two Secret Service agents who witnessed an episode in which two high-ranking agency officials are accused of driving into a secure area at the White House without authorization.
  • No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With stubborn disputes unresolved, nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers pushed past a self-imposed deadline and into overtime Wednesday as negotiators renewed marathon efforts to hammer out the outline of an agreement.
  • Obama lifts hold on U.S. military aid to Egypt

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would lift a hold on U.S. military aid to Cairo, but also said the United States would stop allowing Egypt to buy equipment on credit starting in fiscal year 2018. Obama has been reviewing military aid to Egypt since 2013 when the Egyptian army ousted former president Mohamed Mursi. The decision will allow for the delivery of 12 F-16 aircraft, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits that had been frozen, the White House said.
  • Governor backs down, seeks 'fix' to Indiana religion law

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Facing a firestorm of criticism, Indiana Governor Mike Pence said Tuesday he will seek to tweak a new "religious freedom" law that some warn discriminates against gays in the US state. "This is a significant expansion of the law in terms of the way that it would apply," White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned.
  • US ready to accept China-led infrastructure bank: Lew

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday that Washington was "ready to welcome" the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, backing off from tougher early resistance to the new development institution. Lew said in a San Francisco speech just after a trip to Beijing that the United States would embrace any new international development bank providing it "complements" existing institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. China and 20 other countries signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the Beijing-headquartered bank in October.
 
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially announced that he’s running for president. Cruz said that after doing exhaustive research to see if he had a real chance to win, he said, ‘I’m gonna run anyway.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Texas senator and tea party favorite Ted Cruz announced he’s running for president. He pledged to lead America boldly forward into the 1950s.” – Conan O’Brien “Senator Ted Cruz has officially announced that he is running for president. But if you see a T-shirt that says ‘Ted Cruz 2016′, those aren’t…
  • Oh, the Horror!

    Iron Knee
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    On March 23, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) posted this image to her Facebook page asking for Obamacare horror stories, saying “Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it.” What she got back in return was probably only horrible for her plans. I can’t even tell how many comments were left on her page, but from people telling how Obamacare had made their lives better, or even saved their lives. And castigating Rodgers (and the Republicans)…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “In an interview with Playboy magazine, Dick Cheney criticized President Obama and said he’s quote, ‘the worst president of my lifetime, without question.’ Then Cheney said, ‘But enough talk. When do I take my clothes off?'” – Jimmy Fallon “During an interview with Playboy — that’s right, Playboy — Dick Cheney said President Obama is the worst president in his lifetime. Meanwhile, subscribers to Playboy said Cheney was the worst centerfold in their lifetime.” – Conan O’Brien “Dick Cheney said in a Playboy interview this…
  • Onward Religious Objections

    Iron Knee
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    On Thursday, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law. This bill is also known as the “Religious Objections” act, because it allows business owners to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, as long as they do it because of religious beliefs. The bill was opposed by the (Republican) mayor of Indianapolis, by the chamber of commerce and other business groups, which is ironic, because this law is supposedly protecting the religious freedom of business people. But what is really ironic is that…
  • The Latest News in Climate Denial

    Iron Knee
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    1984 is alive and well in Florida. And California is feeling the heat. Related posts: Climate Change Denial Jon Stewart Changes the Climate around Climate Change Changing the Climate of the Debate about Climate
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Frats Push To Make Rape Victims Choose Between Police Or School For Investigations

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    National Greek life organizations are advocating that sexual assault survivors should not be able to pursue adjudication through both their colleges and the police concurrently, according to a talking-points memo distributed by the groups. The National Panhellenic Conference and the North-American Interfraternity Conference began distributing a fact sheet late last week following revelations that they will support an effort by the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition, an alliance of national fraternity and sorority leaders that uses students as lobbyists, relating to campus sexual…
  • Obama Vetoes Republican Attempt To Block New Union Rules

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    By Daniel Wiessner March 31 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The rules would shorten the period between a union filing a petition to represent workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days. Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the rules last year and they are set…
  • Why Universal Health Care Is Essential for a More Equitable Society

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The prospects for universal health care in the United States appear unusually bleak these days. Just as the first U.S. state -- Vermont -- was getting ready to implement a universal, publicly financed health care system, its governor pulled the plug on his support. Years of studies, preparations and proposals, a mountain of supportive data and a clear legal mandate fell by the wayside as soon as Governor Shumlin felt that the political stars were no longer aligned. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, even the Affordable Care Act's approach of making private health insurance more affordable by…
  • The First Annual Huffington Post Weedvent Calendar

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It's that time of year again, HuffPost readers, and we know for some of you the anticipation of the national 4/20 holiday is almost too much to bear. We're here to help with our first annual Huffington Post Weedvent Calendar. Weedvent is exactly like Advent, but without any of the meaning. Each day you come back to your Weedvent Calendar, a new video will appear. We've picked videos that we hope will educate you, outrage you, make you laugh and make you think. As Budweiser might say: Happy 420, and please enjoy responsibly.
  • States Pushing 'Religious Freedom' Laws Undermine U.S. Effort for Equality Abroad

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Passing discriminatory "religious freedom" laws like those in Indiana and Arkansas is wrong and dangerous. Such laws hurt LGBTI people and their allies and compromise the ability of the United States to speak out against endemic violence against LGBTI individuals across the globe. We have seen faith leaders around the world support efforts to discriminate against LGBTI people -- in the Philippines, Uganda, Russia and elsewhere. Just this month, Indonesia's central body of Islamic clerics, Majelis Ulama Indonesia, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that calls for whipping and even the death…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • David Brooks Ignores NYT' s Reporting To Defend Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    New York Times columnist David Brooks ignored his paper's reporting to defend Indiana's controversial new "religious freedom" law, misleadingly equating it with its federal version and misrepresenting the reason it has sparked such widespread opposition. Indiana has been embroiled in controversy since it passed its version of a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA), a law that has been used to provide a legal defense for individuals and businesses who cite their religious beliefs as a justification for discriminating against gay people, even…
  • CBS Evening News Misleadingly Compares Indiana's Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" Law To Measures In Other States

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    CBS Evening News falsely claimed that "19 other states" have laws similar to Indiana's controversial new "religious freedom" law -- but as both NBC Nightly News and ABC World News pointed out, the state's new legislation is different in its effects, in part, because the state lacks protections for sexual orientation. Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) on March 27, providing a legal defense for individuals and business owners who cite their religious beliefs while discriminating against LGBT people. On the March 30 edition of CBS Evening…
  • Right-Wing Media Downplay Legal Dangers Of Indiana's Anti-Gay Religious Freedom Law

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:31 am
    Right-wing media are continuing to defend Indiana's newly-enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and dismissing concerns that the law could provide cover for religious individuals or business owners intent on discriminating against LGBT customers. In fact, RFRA has been used as a defense against discrimination claims in the past, New Mexico's version was used against a gay couple just recently, and supporters of these expanded forms of RFRA have explicitly pointed to anti-gay sentiment as their intent. Since the passage of Indiana's RFRA, right-wing media have erroneously claimed…
  • Limbaugh Defends Indiana's RFRA By Comparing Gay Marriage To Bestiality

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    From the March 31 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Previously: Limbaugh Points To NY Mag Story On Incest As A Consequence Of Gay Marriage Fox Nation, Rush Limbaugh Peddle Gay Marriage-Pedophilia Link Rush Limbaugh Falsely Claims "Same-Sex Marriage Loses Every Time It's Been On The Ballot"
  • NRA News Host Lectures College Students: "Burden" Of Stopping Sexual Assaults "Is On The Victim"

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    National Rifle Association News host Cam Edwards lashed out at a Daily Tar Heel editorial that argued guns are not the solution to campus sexual assault by claiming that the "burden" of stopping sexual assaults and other violent crimes as they occur "is on the victim." According to Edwards, "it is the truth that if you are the victim of violent crime or the victim of an attempted violent crime, it is not the patriarchy that puts the burden on you to defend yourself, it is not rigid gender roles, it is -- it's a fact of life." In a March 22 editorial, independent student newspaper The Daily…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Marketing Daesh

    Hamzah Hussain
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    By Rafia Zakaria, Dawn, Pakistan- THE theatre of brutality and barbarity enacted by Daesh — the Arabic acronym for the self-styled Islamic State — is not new to Pakistanis. For a country long embroiled in the seemingly endless fight against the Taliban, nearly all of Daesh’s acts are a repeat telecast. When the Taliban march into a town, Swat or Miramshah or even the outskirts of Karachi, they ban women from public spaces, mete out their own brand of justice in town squares, unleash a barrage of floggings, beatings and beheadings. All of it is carefully documented in videos and…
  • CDC Offers No Panacea For Nation’s Ills

    Hamzah Hussain
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    By Atiya Achakulwisut, The Bangkok Post, Thailand- Every military coup is followed by the drafting of a new constitution, which some people seem to believe would set new rules for politics and make everything better. However, if all our past efforts... Please credit and share this article with others using this link:http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/513319/cdc-offers-no-panacea-for-nation-ills. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved. Read More »
  • What Yemen means for Syria

    Clare Lenard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    by Ana Maria Luca and Myra Abdallah, NOW., Lebanon - Saudi-led strikes against Houthis in Yemen won’t change anything in Syria, political activists say. There was some hope among Syrian Opposition Coalition members yesterday, in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition strikes against the Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis. Read More »
  • Three arrested in connection with Paris killings

    Reuters: World News
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    PARIS (Reuters) - Three men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the Paris attacks in January in which 17 people were killed, the Paris prosecutors' office said on Tuesday.
  • South Africa braces for Marikana massacre report

    Al Jazeera English
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Activists demand that Farlam report investigating alleged police brutality in mining massacre of 2012 made public.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Florida Police Urge Possible Additional Rape Victims Of Probation Officer To Come Forward

    Shane Paul Neil
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    According to police, Florida parole officer Zachary Thomas Bailey has been arrested and accused of sexually harassing and raping one of his female parolees. The unnamed alleged victim reportedly filmed one of the attacks in order to prove that Bailey had raped her. According to WSVN, Bailey allegedly arranged for an inspection of the parolee’s home. At this point Bailey blocked the parolee from leaving the bedroom and began to fondle her. During a second visit Bailey allegedly escalated to raping the parolee while her daughter was in the next room. Unbeknownst to Bailey the victim recorded…
  • @AcademicShade #13: The Afro-American Absolvement Company

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Dr. Butler and Aaron discuss the humanizing of the Germanwings murderer, the SAE apology, Empire, and why so many Black folks take issue with the show. Featuring: Anthea Butler @antheabutler Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @AcademicShade: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]The post @AcademicShade #13: The Afro-American Absolvement Company appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • BlackGirlNerds #26 | Santana Dempsey

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Jamie sits with actress Santana Dempsey to discuss her multiracial background, adoption, and the state of television today. 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]  The post BlackGirlNerds #26 | Santana Dempsey appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWIBprime #666 | And Rest …

    Aaron Rand Freeman
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    #TeamBlackness recovers from the week by discussing the backlash from an Indiana that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. the Germanwings plane crash explained, Vin Diesel pontificating, and Gloria Steinem’s assertion that Black women invented the feminist movement. 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! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWIBprime #666 | And…
  • Finally! Real Regulation For Payday Loans

    Shane Paul Neil
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    President Obama is slated to present the new regulations set forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for the ever-popular and often predatory payday loan industry. The speech, to be given today in Birmingham, Alabama, in addition to presenting the regulations will also tout the young agency that put them together. The CFPB was a part of the 2010 D0dd-Frank financial law. Their mission is to “make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other…
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    Wonkette

  • Oh Hey, The White House To Do Something On Climate Change! Tyranny, Etc., Impeach!

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    So here’s some breaking climate news that’s actually a step in the right direction. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it has set an official target for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere, and has submitted that plan to the UN agency that coordinates the world’s carbon reduction efforts. So yay! We might save the planet and have fewer drowned polar bears, eventually. Read more on Oh Hey, The White House To Do Something On Climate Change! Tyranny, Etc., Impeach!…
  • What Really Happened To Harry Reid? The Wingnut Theories Might Not Surprise You!

    Gary Legum
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    A friend of mine was in Las Vegas a week or two ago. He talked to a number of people there about Reid’s accident, and didn’t find anyone who believed the elastic exercise band story. The common assumption was that the incident resulted, in some fashion, from Reid’s relationship with organized crime. The principal rumor my friend heard was that Reid had promised to obtain some benefit for a group of mobsters. He met with them on New Year’s Day, and broke the bad news that he hadn’t been able to deliver what he promised. When the mobsters complained, Reid (according to the rumor) made…
  • Kentucky Says Gay Marriage Ban Is Fair And Equal Because Straights Can’t Do Gay Marriage Either

    Kaili Joy Gray
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Would you like to read Kentucky’s latest sad “logic” for why it is OK to ban The Gay from gay-marrying each other? You know, the Kentucky whose governor is a “Democrat”? Read more on Kentucky Says Gay Marriage Ban Is Fair And Equal Because Straights Can’t Do Gay Marriage Either…
  • Wonkette Buys Human Again, A Queer Gay Homosexual One For A Change

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    With now FIVE FULL-TIME STAFFERS, your Wonkette is … we’re not sure, but we think half as big as Twitchy now? So if you need a dumb, unclever, rightwing take on stupid tweets telling libtards SNAP and THEY ARE BURNT, we could do that halfway for you! Read more on Wonkette Buys Human Again, A Queer Gay Homosexual One For A Change…
  • Alabama Senator-Doctor Will Finally Get Revenge On New Mom Who Died Under His ‘Care’

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s a shining example of how the noble institutions of democracy can address injustice: Alabama state Sen. Larry Stutts, MD, an OB/GYN who just took office in January, has introduced a bill to repeal a law inspired by the death of one of his patients. Needless to say, Stutts insists that he just wants to keep the state from interfering with the precious doctor-patient relationship, for freedom; just please don’t anybody look too hard at how that doctor-patient relationship worked out 17 years ago for one of his patients who died, we think we mentioned that, didn’t we?
 
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    Hot Air

  • Video: VA scandals “far from over,” as far as … Hawaii

    Ed Morrissey
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Improving? Not exactly. Has the change in management at the Veterans Administration had an impact on the performance within the organization? Not so anyone would notice, at least if the Hawaii VA offers any indication. Even after the initial wait-list fraud got exposed in Phoenix and several other VA offices, the Honolulu office began manipulating benefits data to […] View the video »
  • Another fat “green” loan to an Obama connected company

    Jazz Shaw
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Money for nothing and your chips for free The Department of Energy’s fuel efficient vehicle and green energy loan program is back in business. You remember that spectacularly successful initiative, right? It was the one responsible for propping up companies like Fisker, Solyndra and Abound Solar. And in the end it only cost the taxpayers something in the range of three quarter of […] Read this post »
  • Will earmarks for taxpayers improve enthusiasm and compliance?

    Ed Morrissey
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Fix the real problem through federalism and subsidiarity. Earmarks in Congress prompted a grassroots movement to stamp them out called Porkbusters, one that scored a surprising but incomplete success, and produced a few unintended consequences. Still, as taxpayer revolts go, it served as a remarkable repudiation of pork-barrel politics and the corruption it both produces and sustains. Now, though, a study suggests that […] Read this post »
  • CT Gov. Malloy: GOP candidates who defended Indiana’s RFRA disqualified from the presidency

    Noah Rothman
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    I was only ever about 2016. How do you know that you’ve won the argument? It’s usually when your opponent expands the scope of the issues well beyond their deliberately narrow parameters in the pursuit of more favorable terrain. Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel Malloy is desperately searching for higher ground. On Monday, Malloy humiliated himself and his state when he imposed a […] Read this post »
  • Left turns on new “Daily Show” host after one day because that’s the world we live in now, America; Update: Comedy Central stands by Noah

    Allahpundit
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Problematic. “From Progressive Icon to Villain in 24 Hours,” writes Dave Weigel, raising the question of how a guy known to American audiences for nothing more than a handful of “TDS” segments could have become an icon in the span of a few hours yesterday. Is he, perhaps, a comic genius? No, that’s not it. So she […] Read this post »
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Ways That Insurance Can Work For You

    Randy
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    TIP! Get a fresh quote to save on your insurance costs prior to renewing or buying a policy. Each provider uses their own criteria for determining rates. For most people, finding the right type of insurance can be an extremely aggravating experience. From auto and home insurance to health and life packages, the entire process can be maddening. However, frustration doesn’t have to be a part of this process. Using the right advice, you may buy a policy stress-free. Continue reading to find out what it takes to make this situation a lot simpler to get through. TIP! Insurance companies will…
  • Basic Guide On How To Be Successful In The Stock Market

    Randy
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    TIP! Be sure that you have a number of different investments. Just like the saying, it is wise to not have all of your eggs inside of one, single basket. People all over the world now realize it’s possible to invest money in the market, yet most have no clue as to what they are getting themselves into. However, many people are just flippantly throwing money in and are seeing no return whatsoever. Read this article to learn more about the market and how to make wise investments. TIP! Don’t think of stocks as something abstract. Think of them as money invested in a company. Before…
  • Smart Home Based Business Tips To Help You Succeed

    Randy
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    TIP! Be sure and order a separate line for your home business communications. When running a successful business, you need to have a dedicated line and message that pertains to the business. You should always be looking for ways to improve your business, whether you started it yesterday or ten years ago. These tips here are for your home based business needs, and hopefully they will help guide you. TIP! If you are drawing a blank when trying to figure out what to sell, think about whether there is a need in your life that is going unfilled. Selecting a product that will be successful involves…
  • Important Things To Know When Buying A Home

    Randy
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    TIP! If you are a real estate agent, you should seriously consider sending out cards during the holidays and on anniversaries you share with your clients. When your former clients receive a holiday card from you, they will remember how helpful your were when they purchases their home. The main issue of real estate is the risk that a property will lose its value. The following article contains some helpful hints and tips on all aspects of the home buying process. TIP! If you have kids, you need to make sure there is enough room for the family. Be mindful of safety also, especially if the house…
  • What Insurance Is Best For My Family And Kids?

    Randy
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    TIP! Purchasing more than one policy from any insurance company can equal money in your pocket. The most common bundle you will come across is discounted home and auto insurances sold together. Insurance can be hard to figure out. We all wish to have excellent insurance coverage in the event of an accident or illness; however, no one wishes to be overcharged. Learn from the following tips and gain confidence in handling your insurance matters. TIP! While running a business, big or small, all insurance options need to be covered. Make a list of the possible risks you might face and ask your…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Further Degradation of Humanity Coming to DC

    fdc
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    A 245-room micro-hotel is being planned in Chinatown at 6th and H Streets, Washington Business Journal reports. … the city’s developers have been much slower to jump on micro-hotels (also called pod or capsule hotels). The basic idea is that most travelers don’t spend that much time in their hotel rooms, so cutting down on […] The post Further Degradation of Humanity Coming to DC appeared first on FamousDC.
  • This Has to Be an April Fool’s Joke – Right?

    fdc
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Please? Popville says it is an April Fool’s prank – read their reasoning. The post This Has to Be an April Fool’s Joke – Right? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • THEY’RE ALMOST HERE

    fdc
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    RUN! CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE OPENING! This photo was taken on 3/30/15 by John Sonderman. The post THEY’RE ALMOST HERE appeared first on FamousDC.
  • What DC’s Finest Can Expect When They Post To Facebook

    fdc
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    We’re all on Facebook. Even if you “hate Facebook” and “are never on Facebook” you have to admit, you take likes on your posts into account just like everybody else. We’ve made a few observations on what it’s like to update your status in this well-connected town we call home. Here’s what you can typically […] The post What DC’s Finest Can Expect When They Post To Facebook appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Famous Friday Round Up   ROUNDUP PRESENTED BY FLYWHEEL SPORTS On March 31, Flywheel Sports, the indoor cycling brand rapidly expanding across the United States and abroad, is opening its first DC studio in the Dupont neighborhood. Occupying the former Visions Cinema space at 1927 Florida Avenue, NW, this will be Flywheel’s largest locale to date, featuring over 60 custom-made, high-tech […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
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    McClatchy DC -- Politics

  • Need to know: The debate over the religious freedom law

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Twenty states and the federal government have passed laws similar to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Indiana measure that suddenly has roiled politics in the Hoosier State and beyond…Click to Continue »
  • What does Indiana’s religious freedom law do for Republicans?

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The furor this week over Indiana’s religious freedom law means new trouble nationally for a Republican Party that’s been fighting an image of intolerance for years.Click to Continue »
  • Obama unveils plan to cut emissions

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration on Tuesday submit its plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by nearly a third over the next decade.Click to Continue »
  • House Benghazi panel calls for Clinton to testify in private

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The House of Representatives committee that’s investigating the 2012 fatal attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, formally asked Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to appear before lawmakers for…Click to Continue »
  • Detained mothers launch hunger strike

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    About 40 mothers being held at an immigration detention camp in Karnes, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their children as the families await immigration…Click to Continue »
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    Business and finance

  • Fashion disaster

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    SOME things are just too good to last. China’s seemingly insatiable appetite for luxury—which has been powering the industry’s profits for over a decade—is, it seems, one of those things. Prada, an Italian luxury fashion group that also owns brands such as Miu Miu and Church’s, has become the latest firm to see the country's diminishing appetite reflected in their bottom line.On March 30th Prada announced that profits for 2014 had dropped by 28% from the previous year, to just €451m ($484m). It is the first time that the firm has reported a drop in annual profits since it was…
  • A complacent market

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    THIS week our correspondents discuss the general election campaign in Britain, the latest news from Greece and the slowdown in America’s economy
  • From books to builders

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    HAS Amazon ever seen a market it did not want to enter? The internet behemoth started by selling books, before becoming a retailer for everything from art supplies to zombie-survival kits. It went on to branch out into e-readers, cloud computing and tablet computers, and now even makes its own nappies. On March 30th it announced its latest move: an expansion into the booming “on-demand” economy, in the form of Amazon Home Services, a marketplace that connects customers with nearby builders, plumbers, mechanics, music teachers and even goat grazers in several American cities.Amazon has…
  • A human response to a human tragedy

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    IT HAS been less than a week since the catastrophic loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 and its precious cargo of 144 passengers and six crew. In that short time investigators have pointed the finger of blame squarely at Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old first officer who appears to have locked his captain out of the flight deck and deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps. Though incomprehensible, his gruesome deed is not without precedent for commercial pilots. Fear of falling victim to such asymmetric evil will, inevitably, plague the minds of the 9m passengers who take to the skies…
  • Predicting the next crisis

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    HOW resilient are emerging-market economies? Many are struggling, thanks to the economic impact of a strong dollar. But what would happen if things suddenly got a lot tougher? A new paper, from Liliana Rojas-Suarez of the Centre for Global Development, a think-tank, offers some interesting data.Let’s imagine that something really bad happens. The Federal Reserve tightens its monetary policy too soon; some new global debt crisis begins; Russia launches a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ms Rojas-Suarez wants to understand which emerging-market economies are most vulnerable.To do so she…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Moved from Prison to Intensive Care, Supporters Seek Access and Answers

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has been taken to the Intensive Care Unit of Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, after he was removed from prison for a medical emergency without any notification to his family, friends or lawyers. Prison officials told his supporters he is in diabetic shock. We get an update from Abu-Jamal’s longtime friend, Johanna Fernández who first discovered he was in the hospital Monday morning when she went to visit him in prison and was told he had been taken to the intensive care unit. Fernández is a history…
  • "Straights Only"? Indiana Faces Boycotts, Protests over Anti-LGBT "Religious Freedom" Law

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Indiana is facing boycotts and fierce criticism following Gov. Mike Pence’s new measure that could sanction discrimination by allowing business owners to refuse service to LGBT customers in the name of "religious freedom." Connecticut is the first state to officially boycott Indiana over the move, now San Francisco and Seattle have also imposed bans on city-funded travel to the state. Nine chief executive officers, including the heads of Angie’s List and Eli Lilly, wrote letters asking Indiana state officials to "take immediate action" to ensure the act will…
  • Ex-Sen. George Mitchell: Freed Whistleblower on Azerbaijan Corruption Should Never Have Been Jailed

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:43 am
    We look at the case of Frederic "Rick" Bourke, who is considered a whistleblower after he was imprisoned for exposing corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea. Bourke is known for founding the luxury handbag company Dooney & Bourke and is a philanthropist who has invested his wealth into ventures seeking novel cures for cancer. In the mid-1990s, he met a Czech national named Viktor Kozeny who recruited investors for the takeover of SOCAR, the state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan. Serious investors vetted the opportunity and sank huge sums into the…
  • Former Mideast Peace Envoy George Mitchell on U.S.-Israel Showdown over Iran, Palestinian Statehood

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    George Mitchell, the former senator and U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace under President Obama, joins us to discuss the escalating U.S.-Israel standoff over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign against an Iran nuclear deal and open rejection of the two-state solution. Last week, it emerged Israeli intelligence spied on the Iran talks and then fed the information to congressional Republicans. Obama and other top officials have vowed to re-evaluate their approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict following Netanyahu’s vow to prevent a Palestinian state. U.S. officials…
  • "A Matter of War & Peace": Iran, Powers Near Preliminary Deal in face of Congress-Israel Opposition

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Negotiators meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, over an Iran nuclear deal are set to issue a general statement that enough progress has been made to continue in a new phase aimed at a comprehensive agreement in June. Details of the talks have been kept under wraps. The United States had imposed a Tuesday deadline for a preliminary accord in order to help stave off congressional opposition, buoyed by the efforts of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Congress has vowed to impose additional sanctions if negotiators fail to reach a preliminary agreement, and the Senate is expected to take…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Kentucky’s Defense Of Its Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Absurd

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    With the arguments in the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court set for less than a month from now, the briefs on behalf of the four states defending the law as well as outside parties filing amicus briefs in support of the state’s position have started to make their way into the Court. Each of these briefs make essentially the same arguments in defense of their laws that we’ve seen before, arguments that have only been accepted by one Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and two Federal Judges in Louisiana and Puetro Rico. The Louisville Courier-Journal, though, found…
  • Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    During the height of the 2012 Presidential campaign, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who announced last week that he was retiring at the end of his current term, made several outlandish claims regarding Republican nominee Mitt Romney that became the focus of a media firestorm. It all began in late July of that year, when Reid claimed in an interview that a source he would not name had contacted him out of the blue and claimed that Mitt Romney had not paid any Federal income taxes at all over the previous ten years. As I noted at the time, even though Romney had not yet released his 2011…
  • Indiana Governor Calls For Changes To State’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    In the week since I first wrote about it, Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has become something of a political firestorm to say the very least. Gay rights organizations and other groups that have been involved in the fight for marriage equality have argued from the beginning that the law was intended, at least in part, to provide the coverage of “religious freedom” for business owners who wanted to dicriminate against gays and lesbians, with the most prominent examples cited being vendors refusing to provide services for same-sex weddings. Once this perception of…
  • Elizabeth Warren Once Again Tells Us She’s Not Running For President

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    In an interview on NBC’s Today, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren once again seemed to make clear something with many of her most ardent supporters still don’t seem to be able to accept: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a populist figure among the Democratic faithful after taking on Wall Street and the banking industry, reaffirmed to Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday that she has no plans to run for president in 2016. “No. I’m not running and I’m not going to run,” she said. “I’m in Washington. I’ve got this really great job and a chance…
  • Supreme Court Remains Silent In Case Involving Students Wearing American Flag Shirts

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a group of California High School students who had been forbidden from wearing American flag t-shirts on Cnico de Mayo, a case that sparked a nationwide debate over the the issue of student free speech rights versus the extent to which school authorities have the power to regulate behavior under the banner of maintaining discipline: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact an appeals court ruling that school officials in California did not violate the free speech rights of students by demanding they remove…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Ted Cruz Inaugural

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries March 31, 2015 Mandatory Church Attendance March 29, 2015 As China Rises, What Game Is President Xi Jinping Playing?
  • Representative Aaron Schock Moves Out of Downton Abbey Office

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    By RJ Matson, Roll Call, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 31, 2015 Mandatory Church Attendance March 29, 2015 As China Rises, What Game Is President Xi Jinping Playing?
  • Mandatory Church Attendance

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 31, 2015 Mandatory Church Attendance March 29, 2015 As China Rises, What Game Is President Xi Jinping Playing?
  • Scientology

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries March 31, 2015 Mandatory Church Attendance March 29, 2015 As China Rises, What Game Is President Xi Jinping Playing?
  • Trevor Noah Chosen to Replace Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show’ Despite Calls for Female Host

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Sure, Trevor Noah has proved he can make Americans laugh at themselves during his recent segments on “The Daily Show,” but what happened to all the great female comedians who were up for the job? Related Entries March 31, 2015 Mandatory Church Attendance March 29, 2015 As China Rises, What Game Is President Xi Jinping Playing?
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    ThinkProgress

  • Prison Doctor Allegedly Took Away Inmate’s Wheelchair To Punish Him For Complaining About Abuse

    Alice Ollstein
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A maximum security facility at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona. CREDIT: AP The for-profit prison health care company Corizon continues to fight accusations from around the country that they have abused or neglected the inmates in their care. In a new case in Fresno County, California, an inmate with a degenerative spinal disease says a Corizon doctor took his wheelchair away in retaliation for his previous complaints about her. When detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office investigated the complaint, they found the company had also appeared to have falsified and…
  • Obama Grants Early Release To Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Pot

    Ian Millhiser
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Francis Darrell Hayden, a man who was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars in 2002 will instead be freed in late July, thanks to a grant of mercy announced by President Obama on Tuesday. Hayden is one of 22 drug offenders granted commutations by the president on the same day. According to a 2004 federal appeals court opinion, Hayden’s only crimes were marijuana violations. Yet, in part because the 2002 conviction was his third — he was also convicted of marijuana offenses in 1980 and 1990 — Hayden received a life sentence for…
  • Why So Few Undocumented Immigrants Make It Through College

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    CREDIT: ThinkProgress/ Esther Y. Lee Undocumented immigrants who make it to college face a host of financial and logistical barriers. But they are dramatically more likely to succeed if they were beneficiaries of President Obama’s executive action program, according to a new Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education study. In a survey of 909 undocumented undergraduate students across 34 states, the report authors found that a majority of undocumented students in the study reported worries about being detained or deported, with about half “personally knowing someone…
  • New Bill Would Block Effort To Protect Streams From Mountaintop Removal Pollution

    Katie Valentine
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    In this June 2010 aerial photo released Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 by Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, mining equipment is seen on a mountain top near a cemetery is inside the forested area on that tiny knob of land in the middle of the mine complex. CREDIT: AP/Maria Gunnoe, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition A plan to protect some of the country’s rivers from mountaintop removal mining may be delayed if a new bill introduced by a West Virginia congressman is signed into law. The STREAM Act was introduced this week by freshman Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) and seeks to postpone final rules…
  • Why This Doctor Was Forced To Give Up Delivering Babies

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Like most people who decide to train to be OB-GYNs, Dr. Nicole Fanarjian loves delivering babies. But she doesn’t get a chance to do it. Fanarjian has given up obstetric care, instead electing to spend her time providing abortions to the women in the Southeast who need those services. Although she would prefer to be involved in every aspect of women’s decisions about childbearing, political barriers to abortion rights have forced her to make a difficult choice. In an op-ed published on xoJane, Fanarjian illuminates a little-known consequence of the ongoing…
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    Slate Articles

  • Were We Too Hard on Jonah Lehrer?

    Daniel Engber
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:41 pm
    “My very first thought every morning is what I’ve done wrong,” says disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer in Jon Ronson’s new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, out today from Riverhead Press. “There’s a tremendous amount of remorse. And as time passes, that isn’t going away. It is miserable and haunting.”
  • The Slow Evolution of Mike Pence

    William Saletan
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Should it be legal to refuse service to gay people?
  • Privacy Is Becoming a Premium Service

    David Auerbach
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Big Cable is watching you.
  • Why It Matters That Jeb Bush Defended Mike Pence

    Jamelle Bouie
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In the five days since he signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a cadre of athletes, activists, and business leaders have condemned and criticized Gov. Mike Pence for ostensibly giving state sanction to anti-gay discrimination. Typical is Apple CEO Tim Cook’s admonition in the Washington Post: “These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.”
  • Killing Time

    Mark Joseph Stern
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    It is a sad fact of the criminal justice system that those states that most enthusiastically administer the death penalty are also the most incompetent at doing so. Take Louisiana, which, on Monday, found itself before the Supreme Court yet again arguing for the right to execute a death row inmate in Brumfield v. Cain. The prisoner, Kevan Brumfield, claims to be developmentally disabled—which, if true, would disqualify him for capital punishment. But Louisiana claims Brumfield is perfectly sound of mind.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Arkansas Just Passed Its Own Indiana-Style 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act'

    Edwin Rios
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Despite national outcry over a similar bill in Indiana, the Arkansas state Legislature on Tuesday passed its own 'Religious Freedom Restoration Act' which critics warn would allow business owners to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgendered people on religious grounds.  The bill now goes to Republican state Gov. Asa Hutchinson who vowed last week to sign it. Attempts by state lawmakers to add a provision that would prevent discrimination against gays and lesbians were blocked, according to the New York Times. "The Arkansas and Indiana bills are virtually identical in…
  • Backer of Indiana Law Says "It's Impossible to Satisfy the Homosexual Lobby"

    Inae Oh
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Considering it seems like everyone from Tim Cook to the whole state of Connecticut is incensed by a new law that allows Indiana businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers based on "religious grounds," it seems crazy to think anyone is still out there actually defending it—at least openly. Alas, here's Bryan Fischer of "gay sex is terrorism" notoriety and head of the American Family Association, to prove otherwise: The pressure Big Gay has put on Indiana is proof they are not about "marriage equality" but "homosexual supremacy."— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) March 31, 2015…
  • James O'Keefe Loses Libel Suit Over Landrieu Incident

    Sam Brodey
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Conservative filmmaker and provocateur James O'Keefe has lost another legal battle: on Monday, a federal court in New Jersey dismissed a libel suit O'Keefe filed against legal news website MainJustice. In August 2013, MainJustice published an article referring to a 2010 incident in which O'Keefe and his associates posed as telephone technicians to gain access to the offices of then–Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). O'Keefe and three others ultimately pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of entering federal property under false pretenses. In its original article, MainJustice said that…
  • Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum.

    Patrick Caldwell
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Update (3/30/15)—So much for that. On Monday, Murray endorsed Schumer, who now appears to have a clear path to Reid's job. In the nanoseconds after Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid announced Friday morning that he will give up his leadership post and retire in 2016, liberal groups raced to promote their go-to solution for almost any political problem: Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Much like the movement to draft Warren for president, the idea of putting her in charge of the Democratic caucus was more dream than reality. Warren's office has already said she won't run, and as Vox's Dylan…
  • Harry Reid Announces His Retirement

    Inae Oh
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:21 am
    Update, 12:26 p.m.: Shortly after announcing his retirement, Reid endorsed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to replace him. "I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” he told the Washington Post in an interview at his DC residence.  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced on Friday he will not be seeking reelection when his term comes to an end next year. He announced his retirement in a YouTube video: My life’s work has been to make Nevada and our nation better. Thank you for giving me that wonderful opportunity. https://t.co/dwy2rDWYhO — Senator Harry…
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  • CO Rep Who Claimed Horrific Crime Was Divine Retribution Yanked From Committee

    Susie Madrak
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Think about this: Dr. Chaps is too extreme for the Colorado Republican politicians. Hmm: DENVER - House Republicans have decided to discipline state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) by removing him from one of his two committee assignments in the wake of his controversial comments about an attack on a pregnant woman in Longmont. The episode led to public embarrassment for party leaders, who quickly sought to distance themselves from Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who goes by the screen name "Dr. Chaps" on his religious streaming TV show. He'll be pulled from the house…
  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo Grills Anti-LGBT Indiana Law Defender

    Heather
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    This hasn't been a good week for the so-called "Christian" anti-LGBT bigots out there. Mike Pence has been a train wreck in one television appearance after another and his defenders aren't doing a whole lot better: Cuomo Confrontation with IN Conservative Gets Personal: ‘Own Who and What You Are’: New Day host Chris Cuomo, who’s become a one-man wrecking ball over Indiana’s just-passed “religious liberty” bill, confronted Ryan McCann, Policy Director of the Indiana Family Institute, Tuesday morning for his third contentious interview on the subject in the past 24 hours. McCann…
  • Elizabeth Warren On Today: 'I'm Not Running, And I'm Not Going To Run'

    Susie Madrak
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    I don't know how much more definite she can be: "No. I’m not running and I’m not going to run," she said. "I’m in Washington. I’ve got this really great job and a chance to try and make a difference on things that really matter." Warren said her political interests remain firmly on issues she can help make an impact from her Senate perch — like lowering interest rates on student loans, raising the minimum wage, and bolstering Social Security. "There's a lot to fight over right this minute," she said. According to Warren, Hillary Clinton should be given space to lay out her political…
  • Today's Press Conference: Pence Is Very, Very Upset About Media Misunderstanding

    Susie Madrak
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Oh dear. How could all these people have misconstrued this wonderful legislation as intending discrimination against Teh Ghey? We will get right to work fixing it! Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) vowed Tuesday morning that the state would alter its religious liberties bill in the wake of a controversy that has drawn widespread criticism to the state, even as he defended the law and insisted it was being unfairly portrayed in the media. Pence urged lawmakers to pass legislation making it clear “that this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone.” “We need to focus…
  • New Daily Show Host Labled Racist, Anti-Semite Over Twitter Jokes

    Susie Madrak
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    So the Twitters are in full outrage mode this morning over some old tweets by Trevor Noah, the new Daily Show host. Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car! — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009 Sad that some1 as ignorant as @TrevorNoah will host @TheDailyShow w/ comments like these. #Israel @StandWithUs pic.twitter.com/E5PlcMv7R3 — Dani Klein (@YeahThatsKosher) March 30, 2015 Hey @ComedyCentral your new hire @Trevornoah = racist Jew haterread more
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act: it’s Schroedinger’s Discrimination Law

    Rev. Dickie "Drive-By" Dixon
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence wants to “fix” the state’s controversial new law. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence aggressively defended Indiana’s religious freedom law Tuesday but said he wants a bill on his desk by week’s end “making it clear the law … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for March 31, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    “Hello and welcome to Ask John McCain. You’re on the air.” “Hi John, love your show. Listen, how do I get ice cream stains out of a shirt?” “Bomb Iran. Next caller, hello … ” Your Daily Devotional is a … Continue reading →
  • For Women’s History Month – meet, and say good night to, Adrienne Rich

    ceejay
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Fabulous feminist foremother Adrienne Rich has died at the age of eighty-two. I once went to a reading of hers. It was unforgettably powerful. I have read most of her books including her non-fiction “Of Woman Born.” I loved her … Continue reading →
  • Scholars & Rogues Fiction: Big Redheads by Daniel Henshaw

    fiction
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Big Redheads She spoke with a beautiful Spanish accent.  “You like a drink?” As Martin Watson zipped up his jeans, he noticed his beer-belly then glanced at his temporary host.  She was precisely his type.  Prague, Vegas, or here in … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for March 30, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    If you could have dinner with any person from history, who picks up the check? Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for March 30, 2015
 
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  • Free the Serfs

    Simon Black
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    March 30, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile What I’m about to tell you is not my own opinion or even analysis. It’s original data that comes from the United States Federal Reserve and national credit bureaus. 40 million Americans are now in debt because of their university education, and on average borrowers have four loans with a total balance of $29,000. According to the Fed, “Student loans have the highest delinquency rate of any form of household credit, having surpassed credit cards in 2012.” Since 2010, student debt has been the second largest category of personal debt, just…
  • 7 Common Symptoms of Bad Digestion

    No Author
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ll start this article on digestion with a quote from the famous French epicure and gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: “Those who give themselves indigestion or get drunk, do not know how to eat or drink.” While such blunt criticism might not be well received in today’s world, there is merit in what the great man said. The sad truth is, many people really do not know how to eat. No wonder indigestion is one of the biggest health problems in the world today. If we know how to eat properly, know which foods cause indigestion and be aware of the foods that won’t cause…
  • Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

    No Author
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The “proxy war” model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen. Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the “Islamic State,” pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American “soft power” and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved allegedly, Saudi warplanes and a possible…
  • It’s a Doomsday Machine

    David Stockman
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you need evidence that we are in the midst of a lunatic financial mania, just consider this summary from a Marketwatch commentator as to why markets are ripping higher this morning: “The dovish comments from both Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan are giving markets a big lift, and in the absence of negative data or news, I imagine this will continue to buoy the markets throughout the session,” Erlam said in emailed comments. Yellen said gradual hikes are likely this year, but that the central bank will move cautiously……. the PBOC…
  • Subsidize the Poor, Soak the Rich

    Laurence M. Vance
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Republicans are out with yet another tax reform plan. This time Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has joined with Senator Mike Lee of Utah to give us the “Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Reform Plan.” Although it is touted as a “pro-growth, pro-family tax reform plan” and contains many good features, it also subsidizes the poor and soaks the rich. Rubio and Lee rightly say in their introduction that “our current system taxes too much, taxes unfairly, and stifles economic opportunity for American families, businesses, and individuals.” But because it is a tax reform plan…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Mike Pence, Then and Now

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” — Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), on his campaign website in 2000. “I don’t support discrimination against anyone. I don’t support discrimination against gays and lesbians or anyone else. I abhor discrimination.” — Gov. Mike Pence (R), quoted by the Indianapolis Star at a press conference addressing his controversial…
  • Staffer Killed Himself Over Unemployment

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Missouri gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich (R), “apparently faced unemployment in the wake of his boss’ suicide last month. And that, according to a note Jackson left, was the reason he took his own life Friday,” the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports. Jackson left a suicide note saying in its entirety: “I’m so sorry. I just can’t take being unemployed again.”
  • Menendez Expects Indictment Tomorrow

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Menendez has been traveling, but is expected to be back in New Jersey tomorrow and people around him expect the long-awaited corruption charges to be brought then. The case is being handled by the Department of Justice in Washington, but a grand jury has been meeting in Newark.”
  • The GOP’s Warning Signal?

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Jill Lawrence: “​If there’s one takeaway from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ‘religious freedom restoration’ debacle, it’s that Republicans ignore today’s cultural environment at their peril. Conservatives can continue to live in a bubble if they want to, but they should expect blowback, because outside that bubble is a far different reality.” “Maybe Pence simply decided to cross his fingers and hope for the best. Or maybe, cosseted in the Christian right echo chamber, he was oblivious to how all of this would be received in the wider world. Either way, his…
  • Fellow Governor Calls Pence a ‘Bigot’

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) lashed out at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) in an interview with MSNBC and called him “a bigot” for supporting a law he says allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. Said Malloy: “When you see a bigot you have to call him on it.” He added: “The reality is the governor’s not a stupid man, but he’s done stupid things. Signing this law and, quite frankly, promoting this law knowing exactly what it was going to do was an incredibly stupid thing for him to do.”
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Here Are All the Athletes, Celebrities, and CEOs Joining the Indiana Backlash

    Samantha Michaels
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Miley Cyrus, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and former NBA star Charles Barkley are just a few of the high-profile figures condemning a law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, which critics say will give businesses the option to discriminate against LGBT customers on religious grounds. Here's a roundup of notable people and groups that have joined the rising backlash, including athletes, celebrities, leaders of Fortune 500 companies, and even city and state governments: Athletes: A few days before Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Jason Collins, the first openly gay active…
  • This Case of Alleged Juvenile Sexual Abuse By Female Prison Officers Fits a Frightening Pattern

    Rebecca Cohen
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Five former inmates at a youth detention center in Idaho sued the state's Department of Juvenile Corrections last week, saying staff at the facility sexually abused them during their stay. The suit's details are grim. In one case, nurse Valerie Lieteau allegedly plied a 16-year-old boy with street drugs, took him to her house for sex when he was given passes to go home, and eventually got into a fight with a student intern, Esperanza Jimenez, when they discovered they were abusing the same teen. Jimenez also stood guard while Lieteau was having sex with inmates, and she told a group of boys…
  • The Most Beautiful Animal You’ll Never See

    William deBuys
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business that adds up to a global war against nature. As the headlines tell us, the trade has pushed various rhinoceros species to the point of extinction and motivated poachers to kill more than 100,000 elephants since 2010. Last month China announced that it would ban ivory imports for a year, while it "evaluates" the effectiveness of the ban in reducing…
  • The Arctic Just Set Another Frightening Record

    Phil Plait
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    This story originally appeared on Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Ever year around the end of February, after a long winter, Arctic ice reaches its maximum extent. This year that happened around Feb. 25, when it encompassed 14.54 million square kilometers of ice around the North Pole. Sound like a lot? It's not. Really, really not. This year's maximum extent was the lowest on record. Ice extent (area covered at least 15 percent by ice) for 2015 (solid blue line) compared with 2012 (dashed) and the average from 1981–2010 (black line). Diagram by…
  • Lobbying Group Scrubs Page Listing Corporate Backers After Mother Jones Article

    Molly Redden
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    In late 2013, major corporations such as Walmart, Nordstrom, Lowe's, Macy's, and Safeway began bankrolling the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation (ARAWC), a group that pushes legislation aimed at making it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care. But you wouldn't know it by looking at ARAWC's website. Sometime after Thursday, when Mother Jones published an article naming the major corporations financing ARAWC, the lobbying group removed a page from its site that listed its current members. Mother Jones recovered a version of the…
 
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    * Because things have worked out so well for Indiana, Arkansas is getting in on the action: Despite intensifying criticism from business leaders both within and outside of Arkansas, the state legislature on Tuesday passed its version of a measure billed as a religious freedom law, joining Indiana in a swirl of controversy that shows […]
  • Leading GOP critic of Obamacare accidentally shows why anti-ACA lawsuit could be disaster for GOP, too

    Greg Sargent
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    As you may have heard, GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tried to celebrate Obamacare’s fifth anniversary by calling on constituents to share their horror stories about the law — whereupon many people responded by talking about how much the law has helped them. The story drew national attention. Now McMorris Rodgers has responded to all […]
  • Mike Pence just handed gay Hoosiers and liberals a significant victory

    Paul Waldman
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Despite the backup he was getting from every Republican presidential candidate who has discussed the issue and pretty much every conservative commentator who has mentioned it, Indiana governor Mike Pence gave gay people and liberals a victory today when he announced that he’s expecting his legislature to send him a bill “clarifying” the legislation he […]
  • Morning Plum: Iran deal creates complications for both parties

    Greg Sargent
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    As negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program come down to the wire, a new Washington Post poll finds that Americans support a deal that would lift sanctions in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program by nearly two-to-one. But the partisan breakdown is where things get really interesting — suggesting challenges ahead on this issue for […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    * A shooting at NSA headquarters: One person was killed and another was injured Monday morning when police with the National Security Agency opened fire on a vehicle whose driver refused commands to stop at a security gate, according to a statement from the agency. The vehicle slammed into a police cruiser after shots were […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • "Corruption of Blood," and other Constitutional Sins

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

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

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

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

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • What Marcus Dwayne Robertson Deserves

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    In a Florida courtroom, prosecutors are trying to unravel the toxic threads that make up most of Marcus Dwayne Robertson's adult life. From US Marine to leader of a violent NYC gang that in the early 90's robbed and murdered and used the stolen funds to stockpile weapons and finance several mosques in the area, he has lead a life of violence. He was arrested, charged and convicted and after striking a deal, served 4 years. At the time he was closely linked to the 'Blind Sheik' Omar Abdel-Rahman. Now he's at the center of an alleged conspiracy to send devotees of a Florida Mosque to a jihadist…
  • Campaign Finance On Steroids

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    A good article in today's WaPo relating to campaign fiance. Contains quotes from millionaires like "you know, we just don't count anymore" and from a large ex-donor, " I just think it's morally not right. It's corrosive on our democracy." There is this growing feeling that the money influence needs to be reined in. Here is a repost of an old post that still has merit, IMO.People are becoming more frustrated with their government as time passes. Most believe, as I do, that a third party, as we know it, is not seen as a viable solution. But, what about a party with a different political…
  • Sequester Tap Dancing in DC

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Americans for Prosperity want the GOP-controlled Congress to pass is a "budget that genuinely caps discretionary spending at sequester-level numbers", in the words of AFP president Tim Phillips. His next words in that interview back on March 15 were, "That's going to be a huge challenge for them." No kidding Tim. In the Senate, for example, GOP and Democrat lawmakers are hoping to put together a budget plan that would lift sequester caps for a couple of years, like the way they lifted spending caps back in 2013. It truly is a wonderful thing: Budget making in Congress. You craft legislation…
  • Sinful Behavior in Hotel Room Showers

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The EPA, according to media reports, is spending $15,000 to create a device that will somehow fit on the shower head of your hotel room and as well connect to a wireless system. All to monitor how long you spend in the shower and to develop an app for your cellphone that will help you see the evil in your habits and start taking short efficient showers, like in the armed forces. This appears to be absolutely ridiculous and beyond all belief. There is no way in the world that the EPA will spend less than $15,000 on recycled stationary, never mind developing a wireless system to control…
  • Florida Schools, Guns, Life, and Liberty

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Perhaps two Harvard Law School grads sniping at each other might not seem like a life and death situation. But when it's David Frum vs. David French and the topic is gun control, then guns, life and liberty are all in play. As the Florida House passes a bill allowing School Superintendents to designate individuals to carry concealed weapons on school premises, the spat between the two last year comes to mind. Concealed weapons are a right in all 50 states but, as in the Florida legislation which will have to pass through an apparently not very enthusiastic State Senate, the details concerning…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • A Culture of Possibilities

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

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

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

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here at Engage we take pride in our project management process. We are constantly looking at how to improve and make our processes both more efficient and effective. Because of this forward thinking culture at Engage, we have developed an internal tool to give our project manager a clearer overview of each team member’s progress and workload. Basecamp is an effective project management tool, one that our teams use every day. With different team members involved on multiple projects it can be challenging to get an overview of all the moving parts. The problem we set out to solve was to…
  • Old Town, New Office

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Engage moved into our offices on 725 8th St. SE at the end of 2010, it was a perfect fit for the budding company. Located in Eastern Market on historic Barracks Row, our office was right down the street from Capitol Hill and offered easy access to downtown DC. We enjoyed watching the neighborhood grow and change, and tried the new restaurants and bars that opened over the years. But four years later, after new staff additions (including me!) and several different furniture configurations, it became apparent: we had outgrown our home in Eastern Market. It was time to start looking for a…
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    Roll Call: Politics Archive

  • GOP Pollster: 'Transformational' Nominee Helps Blue State Senators

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    A prominent Republican pollster sounded warning bells about the shifting demographics of the American electorate at a breakfast with reporters Tuesday morning, saying his party must be more inclusive of minority voters if it wants to win the White House in 2016.
  • Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Former President Bill Clinton made his first endorsement of the 2016 cycle Tuesday, backing former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid for Senate.
  • Democrat Announces Bid to Succeed Tammy Duckworth (Updated)

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Update 12:44 p.m. | Raja Krishnamoorthi, the former Illinois deputy treasurer, announced Tuesday he will run for Congress in Illinois’ 8th District — an open-seat race thanks to Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate bid.
  • Jeb Bush Can’t Be Nominated. Or Can He?

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 am
    There are plenty of reasons to believe Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, son of a former president and brother of another former president, cannot win the 2016 Republican nomination.
  • Does Duckworth Change the Math in Illinois or Nationally?

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    If you care about politics at all, you probably know Rep. Tammy Duckworth has entered the Illinois Senate race. She hopes to be the Democratic nominee against first-term GOP Sen. Mark S. Kirk next year, though other Democrats are said to be looking at bids.
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Obama: Maybe Mandatory Voting?

    WhyTuesday
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Yesterday President Obama floated an idea our cofounder Norm Ornstein previously proposed in 2012 and 2006: mandatory voting might be the best way to increase America’s lousy voter participation. Should voting be mandatory? @BarackObama suggests it might be time to make it a requirement: http://t.co/iQIkJhPSB6 pic.twitter.com/lAzQz8jql2 — CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2015 Here’s what Norm said back in 2012: In my view, the best way to ameliorate this malign dynamic is to find ways to enlarge the electorate in primaries and general elections — to move our politics to where…
  • A #Selma50 Message To You

    WhyTuesday
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    The Obamas join hands with Laura and George W. Bush and @repjohnlewis at #Selma anniversary commemoration. #MarchOn pic.twitter.com/UEbeAqHOhb — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 7, 2015 It’s been a big week for Why Tuesday? and the entire election reform movement. Saturday witnessed the bipartisan commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights. It was a reminder of how far we have come but also how far we have to go,…
  • 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.
 
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  • John Kerry: The Nuance of Betrayal

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    This is not only amazing, but horrifying. From reporter Laura Rozen: At a time when Americans believe Barack Obama, John Kerry and the American Government may well be committing treason in the pursuit of nuclear weapons for Iran, an apocalyptic Islamist death cult at war with America since 1979, he actually says “If Allah wills it”? Diplomats are supposed to be masters of using precisely the right language and not giving offense, and our Secretary of State offends all that America is and every sacrifice Americans have made in the war on terror. Is he that oblivious to reality, or do he…
  • A Hairy Tale

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Mohawkcredit: zimbio.com Usually it’s easy for me to come up with things to write about. They just sort of spring unbidden from my brain to the keyboard. But occasionally, I get a bit of writer’s block. Not the traditional writer’s block where I can’t think of anything at all to write, but the kind where nothing I think of seems interesting to me, or worse, I can’t think of anything I think you, gentle readers, might find interesting. That’s when I often resort to the outrageous, a category of stories of which, tragically, there is always an ample supply. I must admit to a bit of…
  • Return To Grading Students, Not Buildings

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    credit: corpgov.net For the last six weeks, I have relentlessly drilled my tenth grade students on one topic. But that’s not all. We have also, at the demand of my school district, wiped out at least another week doing testing in the same pursuit, and since the beginning of the year, I’d estimate I’ve spent at least two more weeks, here and there, a Monday here, a Thursday there, doing the same thing. I have seven more days of preparation remaining. And what, gentle readers, you ask, have I spend some 28% of my available school year doing? Why, preparing kids for the single most…
  • And When Both Sides Are Liars…?

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Who do we trust when everyone involved is a liar? Only yesterday Obama Administration spokesliar Josh Earnest actually claimed that Yemen remains a brilliant Obama success:  The measure of the US policy should not be graded against the success or the stability of the Yemeni government. That’s a separate enterprise. And the goal of US policy toward Yemen has never been to try to build a Jeffersonian democracy there. The goal of US policy in Yemen is to make sure that Yemen cannot be a safe haven that extremists can use to attack the West and to attack the United States, and that involves…
  • Rape Investigation: Reality v. Narrative

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Watching the slow-motion train wreck of the University of Virginia/Rolling Stone fraternity gang rape narrative has been both satisfying in a distinctly ironic sense and intensely frustrating. It has been many years since I carried a badge and the responsibility that goes with it, but this kind of case still makes me grind my teeth in frustration. Why? False accusations of rape make life difficult for everyone, including the police. First, however, consider this report from Ashe Schow:  Charlottesville police refused to close the case on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia,…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    An Iranian defector speaks the truth that the Obama White House wishes would stay hidden.An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    George Will reminds us of the Clinton record of both Hillary and Bill.The party, adrift in identity politics, clings, as shipwrecked sailors do to floating debris, to this odd feminist heroine. Wafted into the upper reaches of American politics by stolid participation in her eventful marriage to a serial philanderer, her performance in governance has been defined by three failures.Her husband, having assured the 1992 electorate that voting for him meant getting “two for the price of one,” entrusted to her the project that he, in a harbinger of the next Democratic president’s mistake,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Sorry for the delay in posting, but it's Spring Break and I get to sleep extra late instead of my usual 5:30 AM wake-up call. And one must have priorities and with three Triangle teams in the Sweet Sixteen, I am spending a lot of my free time reading NCAA analysis and watching videos. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for NC State and Duke tonight well enjoying UNC's loss last night as well as a somewhat forlorn hope that the Irish can down Kentucky tomorrow night. Well, good riddance. Harry Reid will not run for reelection next year. He was probably going to have a lot of trouble winning…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    So just about everything that Obama administration tried to tell us about his trade of Gitmo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl was false. Tom Bevan writes,So, far from the fairy tale of a hero’s homecoming that President Obama tried to spin for the American people that Saturday morning 10 months ago, this story doesn’t have a happy ending for America. In his effort to empty the Gitmo detainee facility, the president traded five hard-core terrorists for a man who now stands officially accused of abandoning his fellow soldiers. He very may well be court-martialed and spend a good deal of his life…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
    This is really one of the funnier efforts by the administration to demonize Israel. The WSj reported yesterday that Israel had spied on the nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. And the administration is just so very angry. Not that Israel might have been spying since we all know that countries spy on each other. If we hadn't known that, Edward Snowden surely made it clear that the U.S. spies on our allies. And Israel denies that they spied on either the U.S. or its allies. As the story states, they say they got their information through other means.Israeli officials denied spying directly…
 
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  • Bloggers Accomplish What Mainstream Media Wouldn’t

    David Robertson
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Usually, the mainstream media will talk about wrongful discrimination in an industry until something is done about it. Now, bloggers have done what the MSM wouldn’t do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Are Tech Writers Full of Crap?

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I have been seeing more and more reports that writers, reviewers and bloggers are by and large useless where it comes to real news about the tech industry and this failed reporting on the iPhone ap Meerkat is a perfect example. Tero Kuittinen has a great synopsis on how the tech media reported on the Meerkat streaming media iPhone ap touting it as the next big thing in social media despite that the ap never once got into the top 100 for sales of iPhone aps. Kuittinen points out that the reportage on Meerkat was a feeding frenzy with one
  • Does Cruz have a likability problem?

    David Robertson
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Part of his problem is not being likable to voters, but another part of it is not being likable enough to the people whose help you need to get a campaign off the ground.” – GOP consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Sarahconner2
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another winner. The assignment this past week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (RestlessLegs) -“At first, he objected to such a menial task. Then someone brought in a mirror.” 2) (BluesHarper) -““The first I heard about St. Patrick’s Day was on the News.”” 3) (rodney dill) -“U.S. Government equivalent of a German Co-Pilot” 4) (Retired military) -“You didn’t tie that. Someone else tied it for you.” 5) (David Robertson) -“Obama…
  • Obama’s Future Meeting With Pope Francis

    David Robertson
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Both men will discuss their “shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues,” … press secretary Josh Earnest said …” No word yet if there will be mud wrestling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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  • Watch This Guy's Brilliant Anti-fraking Demo @spockosbrain

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Watch This Guy's Brilliant Anti-fraking Demoby SpockoThis is the most straight-forward and powerful video I've seen in awhile.It's from a hearing on shipping fracking wastewater to a well in Sioux County Nebraska.The lack of slickness helps. The crappy camerawork adds to the authenticity. I'd like my friends at various non-profits and activists to watch this to see what was done right.The speaker knew his audience. Not only the commissioners, but the people in the room and in the community. He was not an outsider. He looked like them, dressed like them and talked like them.He addressed the…
  • QOTD: Rand Paul

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    QOTD: Rand Paulby digbyFrom avideotaped interview in 2013.“I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.” As Daily Kos's Laura Clawson quipped:Says the man who has all sorts of rights based on his "behavior" of being married to a woman.
  • What's the matter with Arizona?

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    What's the matter with Arizona?by digbyAnd I'm not talking about John McCain:Arizona’s Republican governor has vetoed a controversial bill that would have barred the release of the names of police officers involved in lethal shootings. The bill, which had broad support in the state legislature, was inspired by two incidents in which unarmed suspects were killed by police.[...]That the bill even reached the governor’s desk reflects a sentiment in Arizona, and perhaps across America, that the real problem with police shootings is the threat posed to the safety and reputations of officers by…
  • Karl Rove Jr.

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Karl Rove Jr.by digbyRead this story about the Karl Rove of Missouri --- and Ted Cruz's campaign consultant. (He's worked for Huckabee and Perry also.) You may have heard about the suicide of a Missouri politician a month or so ago because of rumors and innuendos. This guy is widely held to be partly responsible:Will Kraus, a candidate for Missouri secretary of state, is certain.Jeff Roe is still his guy.“I plan to continue to use Jeff and Axiom Strategies,” the Lee’s Summit Republican said last week. “They’ve done a great job for me.”It’s been more than a month since Roe, a…
  • The Matrix refinanced: Changing a human being into revenue by @BloggersRUs

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Matrix refinanced: Changing a human being into revenueby Tom Sullivan Jeff Bryant's alarming post at Salon details some of the financial services sector's inventive, new schemes for funding education. Wall Street already saw K-12 schools as "the last honeypot," a steady, recession-proof, government-guaranteed stream of public tax dollars just waiting to be tapped by charter schools. It first had to convince states to increase competition – meaning eliminating teachers and other public employees standing between investors and their money. One could argue that the right's small…
 
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  • Urban Hellhole

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Ugh. My neighborhood.A teenage boy is recovering after getting shot in his left buttocks during an argument on a South Philly corner, police said.
  • Evening Thread

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    enjoy
  • Lacking Self-Awareness

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Indiana will soon find it is impossible to satisfy the homosexual lobby. They will immediately be back for more. And more.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) March 31, 2015If Indiana surrenders to Big Gay on RFRA, they have no idea about the forces they are releasing into their state.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) March 31, 2015
  • Tuesday Crass Commercialism

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Friend and very early friend of the blog Michelangelo Signorile has a new book. It's rather timely.
  • America's Worst Humans

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    David Brooks
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  • Federal Judge Says U.S. Must Release Abu Ghraib Photos

    Peter Van Buren
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The few photos publicly seen of the abuses American soldiers committed inside the Abu Ghraib prison are only a tiny portion of the whole (former Senator Joe Lieberman said in 2009 that there were nearly 2,100 more photographs.) The photos, such as the ones you see here, were released by a whistleblower. A significant number of photos, said to show acts of sodomy and brutality far worse than what is already known, have been kept from the public by the U.S. government for eleven years now, ostensibly to protect American forces from retaliation. Since the American Civil Liberties Union first…
  • New Solitary Confinement Unit Plagued by Old Problems on Rikers Island

    Brian Sonenstein
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This post was originally published to PrisonProtest.com. At the beginning of March, New York City’s Board of Correction released a preliminary report on Rikers Island’s controversial new isolation facility, the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit (ESHU). The $14.8 million ESHU was proposed to house 250 of Rikers’ so-called “most dangerous” inmates– a small minority of the prison population that officials claim is responsible for the majority of inmate violence. Amid federal, state and municipal investigations and a seemingly endless stream of lawsuits…
  • US Military Will Train Neo-Nazis In Ukraine

    DSWright
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    USAREUR commander faces the cameras and Russia: http://t.co/NFu2apu6kf pic.twitter.com/J7sSU4m3gR — Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) March 31, 2015 Though sending US troops into Ukraine was already controversial, a report by the Associated Press shows a bad situation is getting worse. According to the AP the US forces being sent into Ukraine will be training Neo-Nazi militants who have already been accused of war crimes. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has publicly stated that among those forces receiving US training in April will be the neo-Nazi Azov…
  • 2 Federal Agents Charged With Stealing Bitcoins During Silk Road Investigation

    DSWright
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Engedi LLC is not just all about Bitcoin. Engedi supports and promotes all Virtual Currencies such as Dogecoin and Worldcoin. :) — Carl Force (@engediINC) April 6, 2014 An agent from the DEA and an agent from the Secret Service have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering for stealing and extorting Bitcoin during the federal investigation of the Silk Road online marketplace. The agents are alleged to have successfully taken money from the founder of Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, during an investigation into a possible murder-for-hire scheme as well as stealing seized funds.
  • The Roundup

    Brandon Jordan
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In honor of OK Computer being archived by the Library of Congress, I place today a quasi-song off the album. Expect a post about the album later in the week. International Politics Overall - Pew: While 49 percent of Americans support U.S. negotiations with Iran, 63 percent do not believe Iran is serious - Journalist Tim Shurrock asks a very important question: “Can the United States Own Up To Its War Crimes During the Korean War?” - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for Saudi Arabia to liberate Indians held in Yemen - Hillary Clinton: U.S.-Israeli relations must…
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  • Judy Clarke: How to Save a Life

    Jeralyn
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Vanity Fair has an excellent new profile of Judy Clarke. My favorite line, and it is not an exaggeration: Her record defending the indefensible speaks for itself. Among those who want capital punishment abolished in this country, Judy Clarke is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Releases Dabiq Issue #8

    Jeralyn
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Issue #8 of the Islamic State's English magazine, Dabiq, has been released. The cover title says "Shari'ah Alone Will Rule Africa." You can download it here. As with prior issues, the last article is one by British hostage John Cantlie.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Time for a new open thread. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Silk Road: DEA and Secret Service Agent Charged With Fraud

    Jeralyn
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    A former DEA and Secret Service agent have been charged in Baltimore with stealing bitcoins while working undercover on the Silk Road investigation. The former agents are Carl Mark Force IV, who worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Govt Rests in Tsarnaev Trial

    Jeralyn
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    The Government ended its case in the Boston Marathon bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with gory photos of the autopsy of child victim Martin Richards. At least three jurors cried, according to reporters tweeting from the courtroom. An FBI... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Bonnie Watson Coleman reminds Republicans it's 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    This was a few days ago, as new Member of Congress Bonnie Watson Coleman took to the House floor to ask her Republican colleagues to essentially mind their own business, and leave healthcare decisions to the women who have to deal with the outcomes: Last week, I went to the House floor to formally ask my Republican colleagues to mind their own business, and leave healthcare decisions to the women who have to deal with the outcomes.Posted by Bonnie Watson Coleman on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
  • Christie's trajectory in presidential polls

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Presidential primaries start about nine months from now. Nine months ago Governor Christie was riding high, but his trajectory since then has been downward. According to Real Clear Politics which provides a summary of presidential polls, in July last year Gov. Christie led the pack of contenders in a CNN poll by one point over Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. Perry was 4th, Bush was 5th, and Walker was 6th. Since then Christie has dropped, and both Bush and Walker have risen. This does not presage well for him in the early primaries where a victory is important to propel him forward. How times…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Budget hearing: Christie Treasurer Gymnastics! and "Dr. Kevorkian" returns Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff has to be incredibly talented at twisty moves. Testifying before Assembly Budget's hearing yesterday, he bragged on a $140 million savings for New Jersey, on hospital Charity Care. And never even uttered the words "Obamacare" or "Affordable Care Act". Further Sidamon-Eristoff utterings: He claims the Christie administration is "quite confident" in their legal position that the state can't be forced to make this year's pension payment, which the court has ordered it to do (Team Christie will…
  • Happy 5-Year Anniversary to Jersey Jazzman

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Today's a big day for Jersey Jazzman. From all of us at Blue Jersey, high-fives, fist-bumps & secret handshakes of congratulations to our favorite edu-dude! On a very hot day in July 2011, the pseudonymous blogger Jersey Jazzman went to the huge Save Our Schools March in D.C.. With him, a couple other Blue Jersey insiders, who shall remain nameless. The 3 wandered into the VIP tent. Inside, all the big names behind the national push to save schools from bumbling tycoonery. Plus Oscar-winner Matt Damon. But for a few minutes, among the few dozen worthies there, a rumor ran through the tent…
  • Trying to Make Christie look like a Good Steward of the Economy

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Following this morning's Assembly Budget Committee hearing with the Director of the Office of Legislative Services, in the afternoon, the committee heard from the New Jersey State Treasurer and Christie confidante, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff. While the morning session was non-confrontational, the presence of about half again more press and observers was probably due to the expectation of discord between the Treasurer and the Democratic committee members. For a while, that was not to be. Only close to the end of the session did the Treasure make some political statements, and to be excoriated for…
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  • Ring of Snitches: How Detroit Police Slapped False Murder Convictions on Young Black Men

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Image: Man profile, emergency lights via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) One jailhouse informant for the Detroit Police Department sent Lacino Hamilton to prison. Now, Hamilton's fight to be released has revealed systemic corruption allegedly perpetrated by police, prosecutors and prisoner informants hoping for more lenient sentences.(Image: Man profile, emergency lights via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) It was the middle of July in 1994, outside an old strip club on Detroit's West Side, when Lonnie Bell admitted to his friend Christopher Brooks that he had killed somebody. The two young men,…
  • Climate Change: When It's All in the Family

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Picture a day when the world's most-watched video features a senior oil executive on a stage with his family at one of the popular TED community-conversation events, saying, "For years, my kids have told me the work I do threatens their futures. I didn't pay much attention. Now I realize they're right. I see the long-term danger of overloading our air with carbon dioxide. Most of our underground reserves can't ever be used. I want to stay at my company and help find a way out." How might that moment arrive? Last year we got a preview, when the Rockefeller family stunned the media and markets…
  • Impunity Fuels Abuse in Immigrant Detention Centers in Spain

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Trial of five police officers for alleged sexual abuse against immigrants held in the detention centre in the southern Spanish city of Málaga. This case is just one of many reported of mistreatment in these centres, whose closure is demanded by human rights groups. (Photo: Inés Benítez/IPS) Málaga, Spain - “They mistreat you, they don’t respect you. I’ve seen beatings, suffering, and you can’t defend yourself. When you’re locked in there it’s as if you were in another world,” Salif Sy, a Senegalese man who in 2011 spent eight days in an immigrant detention centre (CIE) in…
  • Court Steps in to #SaveH2B, but Is the US Guestworker Program Worth Saving?

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On March 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced it would resume processing applications for the H-2B guestworker program after a two-week suspension. The DOL abruptly halted processing H-2B applications earlier this month after a Florida federal district court ruling left the program without any formal regulations; the agency began processing applications again when the court granted its request to stay the ruling until April 15 to allow the guestworker program to continue. The announcement prompted a collective sigh of relief among employers and workers who depend on H-2B…
  • When Is the Next Ice Age?

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Image: Iced over via Shutterstock) Remember the blockbuster hit The Day After Tomorrow? Well, thanks to climate change, that doomsday scenario could become reality, albeit a bit more slowly than in the movie. Back in 2004, I wrote a piece for Common Dreams, where I talked about the possibility of the Gulf Stream slowing or shutting down, and the resulting chaos that would cause. The Gulf Stream is a very powerful and warm ocean current that runs from the Pacific, around the coast of Africa, and all the way up the Atlantic to the region just off Greenland and northern Europe. It influences…
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  • 1.9 million private plan enrollees on Healthcare.gov would have been eligible for Medicaid if their states had accepted the expansion

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    In a post on healthinsurance.org, I report that almost 2 million of the private plan enrollees on Healthcare.gov would have qualified for Medicaid if their states had embraced the ACA Medicaid expansion.That is, about a third of the six million-plus private plan enrollees in non-expansion states and about 22% of all ACA private plan signups would have been in Medicaid if the Supreme Court had not made the expansion optional or if every state had embraced it voluntarily. In that case, there would probably be fewer than 10 million signups in the "Qualified Health Plans" (QHPs) offered on the…
  • In Washington State, too many low-income bronze plan buyers

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Washington HealthPlanFinder, the state's ACA exchange, has set the standard for enrollment data reporting, providing a more detailed and complete account of private plan buyers' demographics and behavior than any other state to date. Washington is a wealthy state, with a median household income (2013) of $60,106, compared to a national median of $51,939.   Its buyers of private plans on the exchange (known as Quality Health Plans, or QHPs) are accordingly a much wealthier group than the average among the 37 states that used the federal exchange, healthcare.gov.Only 12.5% of…
  • "Obamacare, Obamacare! stay a little. Ha!*

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    As Greg Sargent never tires of reminding us, Republicans have been promising an ACA replacement plan for 50 months now and haven't been able to deliver. Ergo, Sargent asserts, claims by Republican legislators that they are developing a plan to replace the ACA and keep premium subsidies flowing should the Supreme Court rule for the plaintiffs in King are a ruse, designed to convince swing justices that chaos won't erupt if the court invalidates subsidies credited through the federal exchange.That is probably at least partially true, as Republicans have long proven themselves unable to unite…
  • Israelis read Obama right. Well, half right.

    Andrew Sprung
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    I have been arguing that the Obama administration's promise to reassess its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in light of Netanyahu's late-election disavowal of a two-state solution is not an expression of pique but the seizing of an opportunity. A report from the New York Times' Jodi Rudoren suggests that a lot of Israelis agree with me:Several Israeli analysts said the administration’s criticism of Mr. Netanyahu seemed like a pretext for a longstanding plan to change the United States’ policy of protecting Israel in international forums, which the administration has said it…
  • Chastising Netanyahu: Fury or cold calculation?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Characterizing the Obama administration's reaction to Netanyahu's late-election comments denigrating Arab voters and promising to prevent formation of a Palestinian state, the New York Times' Jodi Rudoren and Julie Davis echo a comment them in assertingthe White House issued a new signal that it remained furious with Mr. Netanyahu for campaign comments that also appeared to close the door on a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict.andthere was no sign of any softening from the administration over its anger with Mr. Netanyahu over his comments about the Palestinian question.Perhaps…
 
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  • Obama unveils plan to cut emissions

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration on Tuesday submit its plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by nearly a third over the next decade.Click to Continue »
  • House Benghazi panel calls for Clinton to testify in private

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The House of Representatives committee that’s investigating the 2012 fatal attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, formally asked Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to appear before lawmakers for…Click to Continue »
  • Detained mothers launch hunger strike

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    About 40 mothers being held at an immigration detention camp in Karnes, Texas, have launched a hunger strike to protest the detainment of their children as the families await immigration…Click to Continue »
  • US restores military aid to Egypt

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The White House is restoring some of the military aid to Egypt that it had cut off in 2013 following a lethal crackdown on supporters of the country’s deposed president.Click to Continue »
  • Cruz strategist criticized for connection to Missouri tragedy

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Jeff Roe, chief strategist for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is coming under scrutiny for an ad that upset a Missouri GOP official who committed suicide last…Click to Continue »
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  • Lockheed sees PAC-3 missile deal with South Korea in coming months

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Tuesday it expected to complete a contract in coming months to supply an undisclosed number of PAC-3 missiles to South Korea, following Monday's announcement by that country's defense acquisition agency.
  • Obama lifts hold on U.S. military aid to Egypt

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that he would lift a hold on U.S. military aid to Cairo, but also said the United States would stop allowing Egypt to buy equipment on credit starting in fiscal year 2018.
  • Indiana governor vows to 'fix' law assailed for curbing gay rights

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    (Reuters) - Indiana's Republican Governor Mike Pence, responding to national outrage over the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said on Tuesday he will "fix" it to make clear businesses cannot use the law to deny services to same-sex couples.
  • Pentagon shifts approach to speed up commercial buying

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department is revamping its rules to speed up purchases of commercial items, part of a larger drive to attract new suppliers to the U.S. weapons market and drive down acquisition costs, the Pentagon's pricing czar told Reuters.
  • Arkansas House passes religion bill that critics say targets gays

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a religious freedom bill similar to one recently approved in Indiana, over protests from critics who say it could open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

    samzenpus
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    An anonymous reader writes It will come as no surprise that Apple's CEO Tim Cook doesn't agree with so-called religious freedom laws. Cook says, "[they] rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear," and has penned an op-ed piece for The Washington Post which reads in part: "A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs…
  • Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid

    samzenpus
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Rambo Tribble writes Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced on Fox News Sunday that she stood a 'higher than 90 percent' chance of running as a presidential candidate in 2016. Fiorina's tenure at HP was marked by controversy over her leadership, and it is unclear what level of name recognition she enjoys. Her only previous political experience appears to be a failed U.S. Senate seat effort in 2010, as the Republican candidate challenging sitting Democrat Barbara Boxer, in California. Fiorina lost by 10%.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

    timothy
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    schwit1 writes Because it has concluded that they make it impossible to have a fair competition for contracts, the Air Force has decided to phase out taxpayer subsidies to the United Launch Alliance (ULA). The specific amounts of these subsidies have been effectively buried by the Air Force in many different contracts, so we the taxpayers really don't know how much the are. Nonetheless, this decision, combined with the military report released yesterday that criticized the Air Force's over-bearing and restrictive certification process with SpaceX indicates that the political pressure is now…
  • Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

    timothy
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Earthquake Retrofit writes The Washington Post reports the governor of Iowa denying he uses e-mail, but court documents expose his confusion. From the article: "Branstad's apparent confusion over smartphones, apps and e-mail is ironic because he has tried to portray himself as technologically savvy. His Instagram account has pictures of him taking selfies and using Skype... 2010 campaign ads show him tapping away on an iPad. 'Want a brighter future? We've got an app for that.' Earlier this month, the governor's office announced that it had even opened an account on Meerkat, the live video…
  • Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

    samzenpus
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    An anonymous reader writes Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Intercept show the extent to which Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) cooperates with the NSA — and perhaps most interestingly details CSEC's "false flag" operations, whereby cyberattacks are designed and carried out with the intention of attribution to another individual, group or nation state. The revelations come in the midst of Canadian controversy regarding the C-51 anti-terrorism bill.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • China demonstrates its power as US allies defect to its investment bank……

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    ….and Beijing makes moves on possible Afghan Taliban peace talks China is winning, of that there can now be no doubt at a time when most world powers are falling in with its plans, either in kow-tow mode like the UK or with a somewhat more upright stance like India, or somewhere in-between. The weakest-looking country in [...]
  • Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Cathy MacPhail’s ever-expanding cabinet of book awards is a physical testament to her enduring popularity amongst teenage readers, with the most recent addition being her third Scottish Children’s Book Award. We caught up with her in the midst of launching her latest books, Devil You Know, an action-packed teen thriller with a sensational twist and The Stars Shall Be Bright, a moving story of a family caught up in the consequences of WW1.
  • That hung parliament scenario in full

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]
  • Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Watford based Lost in the Riots have released 2 albums and an EP in their relatively short four year career. Having already played prestigious up and coming festivals such as StrangeForms and ArcTanGent, the post-rock four piece are already making great strides. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss community, persistent rumours and [...]
  • Her Outdoors: Wasabi and chips

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Even though they take up a lot of space on the allotment, I wouldn’t stop growing potatoes each year for two reasons – first, because the taste is so much better than shop-bought, and second, because they are prolific. Potatoes do need a lot of compost for earthing up, but this just takes some planning [...]
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  • President Obama Pledges to Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions 28 Percent By 2025

    Ronald Bailey
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Earlier today, the Obama Administration filed its formal intended determined national contribution (INDC) at the United Nations as part of a process agreed to at earlier U.N. climate change conferences. Other nations are supposed to issue their INDCs before the up climate change meetup in Paris this coming December. The idea is to see if all of the INDCs added up will be adequate to prevent "dangerous anthropogenic interference" with the climate as agreed to under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change back in 1992. The White House Fact Sheet says that the Obama…
  • Obama Doubles His Commutation Total in One Day

    Jacob Sullum
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Today President Obama issued more commutations than he did in the first 75 months of his administration, suggesting that his new openness to clemency petitions may be having a real impact. The 22 prisoners whose sentences Obama shortened today are all serving time for drug offenses, most commonly involving crack cocaine. The crack offenders received sentences ranging from 20 years to life but will instead end up serving seven to 22 years. The list also includes four cocaine powder dealers serving terms ranging from 20 years to life, three methamphetamine dealers with the same sentencing…
  • DOJ Introduces New Restrictions on Asset Forfeiture That May Help Small Businesses

    Scott Shackford
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    This afternoon the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy restraining asset forfeiture that could potentially be a boon to small businesses previously been swept up in some really terrible IRS investigations. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered higher thresholds for a particular type of asset forfeiture that has gotten both the DOJ and the IRS some very bad publicity. They’ve been going after small, cash-centered businesses because their manner of operations mimics behavior by people trying to avoid having report financial deposits, even though don't appear to be trying to…
  • Indiana Continues Consuming Entire News Cycles, Clinton’s Email Scandal Continues, Jeb Bush Supports Mass Surveillance: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held a press conference today saying he wants to adjust the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act to make sure it can’t be used by businesses to deny services to people. The Department of Justice announced this afternoon it is going to restrict the use of asset forfeiture in "illegal structuring" bank deposit cases to wait until charges are filed or additional criminal activity is determined. These are the cases where small businesses were getting caught up because they were making frequent deposits under the threshold to report the deposits. The State…
  • Buzzfeed Engages in Self-Reflexive Media Malpractice with Headline 'Rand Paul Doesn't Believe in the Concept of Gay Rights'

    Brian Doherty
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Buzzfeed goes for a very weak and misleading attack on Rand Paul today, completely distorting his meaning to any typical reader in both headline and text: "Rand Paul Doesn't Believe in the Concept of Gay Rights." They got this scoop, no less, in "a videotaped interview that has received little attention since it was recorded in 2013!" (YouTubers seeking to up your channel's hits, start larding it with old Rand Paul video, since an army of oppo journalists and candidates will be watching til their eyes fall out.) Paul, naturally, went on to say how of course there should be no legal punishment…
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • What is to Happen?

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

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

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

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

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
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    The American Prospect

  • 5 Radical Ideas Hillary Should Support

    Robert Kuttner
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Then-Senator Hillary Clinton addresses the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April 2008. At right is Pennsylvania AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee. I've argued that Hillary Clinton is at risk of being a weak presidential nominee—on several counts. She seems like yesterday's news rather than tomorrow's. The excitement of a having a breakthrough woman president is blunted by the fact that her husband got there first. She will raise a ton of money from Wall Street, just like the Republican nominee, blurring differences and depressing…
  • Breaking Barriers: How a Campus Radical Became the First (and Only) Woman to Run White House Photography Operation

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    (Above: Official White House Photo by Sharon Farmer) MARCH 31, 2015 Sitting in her favorite threadbare chair in her cozy sitting room, Sharon Farmer may not look like your idea of an official White House photographer, or the director of the commander-in-chief’s photography office. For one thing, she’s a woman. For another, she’s black. But in 1999, Farmer became the first of her race and gender to become the White House photography director. It may have been a boys’ club back then, but Farmer has always made it her business to move through different circles. Today, Farmer lives in the…
  • Did JPMorgan Try to Bribe Dem Power-Brokers? (Depends What Your Definition of 'Bribe' Is)

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Did one of the largest banks in the United States accidentally acknowledge an attempt to bribe members of Congress? A widely published Reuters story reported that four major U.S. banks have threatened to withhold expected campaign contributions from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee unless “Democrats, including [Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth] Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown ... soften their party's tone toward Wall Street.” But the article specifically notes: “JPMorgan representatives have met Democratic Party officials to emphasize the connection between its annual…
  • Those Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' GOP Presidential Candidates

    Paul Waldman
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    (AP Photo/LM Otero) Rick Perry, then governor of Texas, waits to be introduced at a gun shop in Dallas, Thursday, September 16, 2010. Perry, touting his pro-gun credentials in his re-election campaign, was on hand to pick up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.  There was a time not too long ago when Republicans knew that when an election got tight, they could trot out "God, guns, and gays" to drive a cultural wedge between Democrats and the electorate, since the GOP was the party that, like most Americans, loved the first two and hated the third. It's more complicated now,…
  • March Madness: How Title IX Just Totally Rocked Your Sunday

    Kristen Doerer
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell (25) and Alaina Coates (41) react after defeating Florida State in a women's college basketball regional final game in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, Sunday, March 29, 2015.  At two minutes to go, Tiffany Mitchell dribbles to the top of the court and passes to teammate Aleighsa Welch. Welch takes the ball through the middle for an inside layup. South Carolina is up on Florida State, 69-67. Then with a little more than a minute on the clock, Mitchell makes a three-pointer. South Carolina is leading 72-67. Taking on…
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  • 5 Radical Ideas Hillary Should Support

    Robert Kuttner
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Then-Senator Hillary Clinton addresses the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April 2008. At right is Pennsylvania AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee. I've argued that Hillary Clinton is at risk of being a weak presidential nominee—on several counts. She seems like yesterday's news rather than tomorrow's. The excitement of a having a breakthrough woman president is blunted by the fact that her husband got there first. She will raise a ton of money from Wall Street, just like the Republican nominee, blurring differences and depressing…
  • Breaking Barriers: How a Campus Radical Became the First (and Only) Woman to Run White House Photography Operation

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    (Above: Official White House Photo by Sharon Farmer) MARCH 31, 2015 Sitting in her favorite threadbare chair in her cozy sitting room, Sharon Farmer may not look like your idea of an official White House photographer, or the director of the commander-in-chief’s photography office. For one thing, she’s a woman. For another, she’s black. But in 1999, Farmer became the first of her race and gender to become the White House photography director. It may have been a boys’ club back then, but Farmer has always made it her business to move through different circles. Today, Farmer lives in the…
  • Did JPMorgan Try to Bribe Dem Power-Brokers? (Depends What Your Definition of 'Bribe' Is)

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Did one of the largest banks in the United States accidentally acknowledge an attempt to bribe members of Congress? A widely published Reuters story reported that four major U.S. banks have threatened to withhold expected campaign contributions from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee unless “Democrats, including [Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth] Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown ... soften their party's tone toward Wall Street.” But the article specifically notes: “JPMorgan representatives have met Democratic Party officials to emphasize the connection between its annual…
  • Those Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' GOP Presidential Candidates

    Paul Waldman
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    (AP Photo/LM Otero) Rick Perry, then governor of Texas, waits to be introduced at a gun shop in Dallas, Thursday, September 16, 2010. Perry, touting his pro-gun credentials in his re-election campaign, was on hand to pick up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.  There was a time not too long ago when Republicans knew that when an election got tight, they could trot out "God, guns, and gays" to drive a cultural wedge between Democrats and the electorate, since the GOP was the party that, like most Americans, loved the first two and hated the third. It's more complicated now,…
  • March Madness: How Title IX Just Totally Rocked Your Sunday

    Kristen Doerer
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell (25) and Alaina Coates (41) react after defeating Florida State in a women's college basketball regional final game in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, Sunday, March 29, 2015.  At two minutes to go, Tiffany Mitchell dribbles to the top of the court and passes to teammate Aleighsa Welch. Welch takes the ball through the middle for an inside layup. South Carolina is up on Florida State, 69-67. Then with a little more than a minute on the clock, Mitchell makes a three-pointer. South Carolina is leading 72-67. Taking on…
 
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  • Gap is finding out whether boosting the minimum wage really boosts business

    Lydia DePillis
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    (Pat Wellenbach/AP) Gap Inc. might not have raised wages before raising wages was cool, but it certainly beat a lot of other companies to the party. Fully a year before Wal-Mart, Target and T.J. Maxx announced last month they would bump their baselines to $9 an hour, Gap — which has 65,000 employees across its brands in the United States — had already done so, making it among the first U.S. companies to announce an across-the-board hike in its minimum wage. The stated reason was clear. "Our decision to invest in front-line employees will directly support our business, and is one that we…
  • Why you can’t solve income inequality by sending people to college

    Max Ehrenfreund
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    There's now broad agreement among politicians that inequality of income is a serious problem in the United States, but there's little consensus on what to do about it. A simple thought experiment may rule out one potential solution: Helping more people go to college. Getting a college degree is valuable, according to calculations by a group of economists including former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. If more people went to college, they'd be much better off. It's just hard to imagine how helping more high school graduates to earn college degrees could substantially undo the…
  • The list your college does not want to be on

    Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    University of Oregon graduates make their way through campus in June 2013 during the traditional Duck Walk preceding graduation ceremonies in Eugene. (Brian Davies/Register-Guard via AP) Hundreds of colleges across the country that are doing a poor job of managing their finances are on a federal watch list that could ultimately make it difficult to access financial aid dollars, a critical lifeline for universities. On Tuesday, the Education Department released the names of 556 colleges that it has placed under tougher oversight known as "heightened cash monitoring." There are myriad…
  • How to dramatically improve public transit without building more of it

    Emily Badger
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Image courtesy of Sergio Ruiz, SPUR Let's say you live north of Oakland and commute every day to a job in Silicon Valley about 45 miles away. It's entirely possible to get there by public transit, because the Bay Area has literally dozens of transit agencies. But your trip would probably look something like this: You'd take an AC Transit bus to a BART station, then take the train down to the stop at Union City. "Then at Union City — if you time it just right — there’s a couple of buses each morning and in the afternoon that cross the Dumbarton Bridge and head to the Palo Alto transit…
  • Watch shipping lanes carry carbon dioxide around the globe

    Ana Swanson
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    When you map carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere, the result looks very similar to population density -- which makes sense, since human activity is the overwhelming source of fossil fuel emissions. Yet one place where this is not true is over the oceans, where carbon dioxide is spreading out via shipping lanes and trade winds. This map by Kennedy Elliott of The Washington Post uses data from the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration to chart the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide around the world. You can see that the eastern coast of…
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  • Arkansas passes religious freedom bill

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The Arkansas Legislature on Tuesday approved a religious freedom bill that is similar to the Indiana law that's facing a backlash from business leaders and civil rights groups.The State House passed the bill by a 67-21 margin, sending it to the...
  • Menendez braces for charges

    31 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Federal prosecutors are expected to file corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and a donor this week, potentially as early as Wednesday, according to multiple reports.The charges center on Menendez’s dealings with Dr. Salomon...
  • Hillary used iPad for official emails at State

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    brightcove.createExperiences(); Hillary Clinton used an iPad and Blackberry to send official emails at the State Department despite her claim that she relied on a personal...
  • Poll: Majority doubts deal will stop Iran nukes

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    The majority of people in the United States back a deal over Iran’s nuclear program but doubt it would work, according to a poll released Tuesday.Fifty-nine percent of people said they would back a deal that would limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions...
  • Indiana backlash grows ahead of Final Four

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    The firestorm over a new Indiana law that critics say would allow businesses to refuse service to gay people intensified Monday as Democrats pounced, unions pulled conventions from the state and businesses scrapped expansion plans.The outcry over...
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  • Today’s transcripts

    Kali Borkoski
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The transcript in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. is here. The transcript in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is here.
  • Lawyers for same-sex marriage plea named

    Lyle Denniston
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Under gentle pressure from the Supreme Court not to split up the argument on single questions, the legal teams supporting same-sex marriage have settled on one lawyer to present each issue.  The teams thus have abandoned their earlier request to let four lawyers appear on their side — along with a federal government lawyer — at the April 28 hearing. After apparently lengthy bargaining, the same-sex marriage side has decided that long-time gay rights advocate Mary L. Bonauto will argue the first question: whether the states are required to grant equal marriage rights to…
  • Live blog of opinions (Updated: Completed)

    Kali Borkoski
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    We are live-blogging this morning as opinions in argued cases are announced. Join us here.
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    Yesterday the Court heard oral argument in Brumfield v. Cain, a capital case from Louisiana.  Lyle Denniston covered the oral argument for this blog, with other coverage coming from Edward Lee at ISCOTUSnow, who predicts the winner in the case based on the number of questions for both sides at oral argument. Other coverage and commentary focus on yesterday’s orders, in which the Court granted four new cases, issued two per curiam opinions, and denied some noteworthy cases.  Lyle Denniston covered the orders for this blog.  Other commentary on yesterday’s grants comes from Kent…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    The petition of the day is: Vitran Express, Inc. v. Campbell 14-819Issue: (1) Whether the Ninth Circuit erred by holding, in conflict with the decisions of this Court, and other courts of appeals, that for purposes of preemption under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA), a state law of general applicability only “relates to prices, routes and services” when it “binds the carrier to a particular price, route or service”; and (2) whether California's meal and rest break requirements impermissibly “relate to” motor carriers' prices, routes or…
 
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  • Tuesday Evening Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Please enjoy “Pine Grove Blues” by Beausoleil: I’m still working — boo! But I’m almost done — yay! What are you up to this evening? Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Straight Talk

    John Cole +0
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    Gov. Dannel Malloy from Connecticut cuts to the chase: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) on Tuesday described Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) as a “bigot” and said that politicians have a responsibility to speak out against Indiana’s divisive religious freedom law. Pence is “not a stupid man, but he’s done stupid things,” Malloy said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And signing this law — and quite frankly promoting this law, knowing exactly what it was going to do — was an incredibly stupid thing for him to do.” “When…
  • And While We’re On The Subject Of Idiot Governors And Gay Rights

    Zandar
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    It’s easy for me to laugh at Indiana Pence and the Backlash of Doom when next door here in Kentucky we have Dinosaur Steve Beshear finding a way to make the guy look like a genius. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it is not discriminatory in that both gay and straight people are barred from marrying people of the same gender. In an argument labeled absurd by gay marriage advocates, Beshear’s lawyer says in a brief filed last week at the U.S. Supreme Court that “men and women, whether heterosexual or…
  • Dr. King Was Seeking Creative Accommodation, You Know

    Zandar
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    So what have you got for me today, NY Times, from our nation’s best pundits on the situation in Indiana? David Brooks, you say? Like a purty girl dancin’ to Both Sides music, and a mess of Mom’s Bobo, mess of Mom’s Bobo, mess of Mom’s Bobo-cue. If the opponents of that law were arguing that the Indiana statute tightens the federal standards a notch too far, that would be compelling. But that’s not the argument the opponents are making. Instead, the argument seems to be that the federal act’s concrete case-by-case approach is wrong. The opponents seem to be…
  • Tuesday Morning Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Here’s the front page of today’s Indianapolis Star: It's this important. Tuesday's front page. #rfra pic.twitter.com/gVPf82J2iu — Mark Alesia (@markalesia) March 31, 2015 I love how this is blowing up in Pence’s stupid face. He deserves it, the beady-eyed fuck-nugget. [H/T: Valued commenter lamh36] Via Buzzfeed, looks like new “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has a Twitter problem. Don’t these giant media corporations have vetting minions to address this kind of shit? Do they not have Google, FFS? Andrew Sullivan says he nearly died of blogging.
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  • The Free Market Didn’t Desegragate The South, It Won’t Fix Indiana

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Lunch Counter Sit-In Conservatives addressing the controversy over the badly designed new Indiana law that enshrines discrimination against the LGBT community in Indiana seem to believe that this is a problem that can be fixed by the magical free market. This, of course, is their solution to everything under the sun. It’s also nonsense. The idea that the free market is a magical elixir to solve all of society’s ills is an article of faith among the right. Of course, this does not preclude them from using the government to push their pet solutions to what they view as problems, but that…
  • The Problem Of Fairy Tale History

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:44 pm
    In order to have a dialogue and frank exchange of ideas, you have to operate from some sort of baseline. In the context of politics in America, that often relies on a common ground of history. This is yet another area in which the modern conservative movement has run smashing into actual facts. One of the reasons conservatives hate President Obama is the way in which he speaks about American history. Obama often discusses U.S. history from the idea that while founded with high ideals, America is continually in a fight to live up to those ideals. There is ample factual evidence to back up…
  • New Study: Republican States More Dependent On Government

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Based on the mantra we hear over and over again, job-creating Republicans are subsidizing the lavish lifestyles of liberals asking for handouts in blue states. Double points if they’re minorities, of course. Another study shows it isn’t true. According to WalletHub’s ranking of states based on their level of federal dependency, the majority of the most dependent states are in red territory: Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Montana, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and South Dakota. The only blue state in the bottom 10 is Maine. The post New Study: Republican…
  • Right Wing Fantasy Tales #1: The Plot Begins

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Barack Obama sat at the Resolute Desk with his shoes – purchased at exorbitant taxpayer expense – disrespectfully placed on its surface. He was unusually happy. “Everything is going according to plan,” he said out loud, relishing yet another display of narcissism, for a party of one this time. “Thanks to my allies in the mainstream media and ACORN, I’ve been elected to a second term. I’ve imposed socialism in the form of health care reform, and I still have three years left to destroy America from the inside.” He reached into the top pocket of his jacket and pulled out…
  • Netanyahu Needs To Be Reminded Israel Is America’s Junior Partner

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The longstanding relationship between America and Israel is very different between the alliance between America and countries like England, France, and Germany. Ostensibly our connection to the European powers are equal to equal. Despite our superpower status, these nations are looking us directly in the eye.
 
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Update: The ‘Battle’ for Equal Rights in Indiana

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Update: Philip Bump at the Washington Post (original post, below) may have been a little premature. The state of Arkansas now comes along and also decides that gays and lesbians need to “win” their rights. The New York Times: Despite intensifying criticism from business leaders both within and outside of Arkansas, the state legislature on Tuesday passed its version of a measure billed as a religious freedom law, joining Indiana in a swirl of controversy that shows little sign of calming. . The bill, passed when the General Assembly concurred on three amendments from the State Senate, now…
  • IN Gov. Mike Pence Blames Media for Fallout Over Religious Freedom Law

    JANET SHAN
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said the religious freedom legislation that he signed in private needs “clarification” and a “fix” after outrage and protests erupt over “perception” that the LGBT community could face discrimination. Never mind the fact that Gov. Pence got support on the bill from three homophobic men. He said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not a license to discriminate. He called on the general assembly to send him a bill this week with language fixing the “perception” problem the law he signed has. Pence said (with a…
  • Martin O’Malley So Far The Only Liberal In Democratic Race For 2016

    Ron Chusid
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    The prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic candidate has many liberals increasingly worried considering how out of step Clinton is with liberal views on foreign policy, social issues, government ethics, and the economy. If it comes to it, I believe most liberals will hold their nose and vote for Clinton as opposed to risking another Gore v. Bush campaign in which the Nader votes helped determine the result. However that would be a purely defensive vote for a candidate who does not share our values to prevent a greater evil from being elected. While we are still in the nominating…
  • Who Gets Credit?

    ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Columnist
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    The Republicans have been howling since Obama was elected that his policies would prevent the economy from improving. They also railed against the Federal Reserve’s strategies, saying they would surely cause considerable inflation and do nothing to help the economy recover. Austerity was needed, the Republicans advised. America needed to cut its budget deficits and pay down the national debt or the economy would remain in the tank or sink further. Well, now that the economy is doing well, with the GDP in a decent range and unemployment at reasonable levels, who gets the credit for bringing…
  • Indiana: Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith

    Guest Voice
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Indiana: Discrimination Hiding Behind Religious Faith By Jason Stanford Where is Leslie Knope when we need her? Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which purports to protect Christians from being forced to apply the Golden Rule to gays and lesbians at work, resists sober interpretation. The only way to understand it is as government-sponsored fan fiction for NBC’s recently departed “Parks & Recreation.” For those of you who don’t like fun things and may have missed the show, “Parks & Recreation” depicted the goings-on…
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Why are abusive ex-gay therapy camps less-regulated than nail salons?

    Jon Green
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Friday, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and Survivors of Institutional Abuse launched a campaign seeking basic regulations for “the industry of residential programs that claim to help ‘troubled’ youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.” Given the track record of such programs, regulating them is a no-brainer. As LALGBT Director of Public Policy David Garcia said: It’s outrageous that neighborhood nail salons are more regulated than the industry of residential schools, camps and wilderness programs that are entrusted with the lives…
  • “Moderate” GOPer Jeb Bush: Indiana straights-only law is “the right thing to do”

    Jon Green
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush went on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show and defended Indiana Governor Mike Pence, along with his recently-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Bush said that Governor Pence had “done the right thing” by signing the law, and insisted that the more people knew about the law, the more they’d realize that it doesn’t protect the kinds of discrimination that it’s explicitly designed to protect. Listen to the audio here, via The Daily Caller. Said Bush: I think Governor Pence has done the right thing. Florida has a law…
  • Rand Paul isn’t a libertarian: Marriage edition

    Jon Green
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “You can only be free if I am free” – Clarence Darrow On Thursday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke at a closed-door prayer breakfast with about 50 evangelical pastors and thought leaders. Paul’s self-described libertarianism has often put him at odds with the evangelical community, which has some decidedly restrictive ideas about marriage and the family, and his visit was part of a larger pivot to the religious right as he prepares for the upcoming GOP primary. As it turns out, Etch-a-Sketching your beliefs about the intersection of freedom and religion is harder…
  • Mike Pence tries, and fails, to defend “straights only” law

    Jon Green
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    On Sunday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, seeking to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which he signed on Thursday and has been widely interpreted as establishing a “right to discriminate” in the state. But when repeatedly offered the chance to clarify that the law does not, in fact, legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community, Pence balked: In case you don’t want to sit through the whole interview, here’s a two-minute supercut of all the times Pence refused to say whether his new…
  • Voter registration deadlines suppressed up to 4 million votes in 2012

    Jon Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    New analysis conducted by a team of political scientists, led by Carroll College professor Alex Street, shows that an alarmingly high number of American citizens want to vote, but can’t due to voter registration deadlines. The study was fairly straightforward: the researchers looked at the number of times people Googled “register to vote,” along with a few other related queries, during the weeks leading up to Election Day in 2012. They then compared those searches to data on when and how many people actually registered to vote, finding that “daily web search volume…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Last Week With John Oliver - Lesson In Democracy

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
  • David Cameron exposed

    dag (/politics/member/dag)
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Great little kooky piece. Watch to the end.
  • Barack Obama interviews creator David Simon of The Wire

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    "As a former journalist, The Wire creator David Simon probably had some pretty tough questions lined up for his visit to the White House. Well too bad, because Barack Obama is asking the questions here!" --www.vulture.com
  • The Daily Show - The Future of Gender Wage Equality

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    YouTube: Kristen Schaal reports on gender wage equality and discovers that some sci-fi fantasies are more likely to come true than equal pay for women
  • Is Obamacare Working?

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    ... the Affordable Care Act five years later YouTube: In which John Green pauses, five years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, to consider what we know so far about the law's effectiveness and repercussions. I also look at health care in the United States more generally, and the limited scope of the Affordable Care Act relative to the size of the overall health care system in the U.S.
 
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    The American Prospect

  • 5 Radical Ideas Hillary Should Support

    Robert Kuttner
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Then-Senator Hillary Clinton addresses the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April 2008. At right is Pennsylvania AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee. I've argued that Hillary Clinton is at risk of being a weak presidential nominee—on several counts. She seems like yesterday's news rather than tomorrow's. The excitement of a having a breakthrough woman president is blunted by the fact that her husband got there first. She will raise a ton of money from Wall Street, just like the Republican nominee, blurring differences and depressing…
  • Breaking Barriers: How a Campus Radical Became the First (and Only) Woman to Run White House Photography Operation

    Nathalie Baptiste
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    (Above: Official White House Photo by Sharon Farmer) MARCH 31, 2015 Sitting in her favorite threadbare chair in her cozy sitting room, Sharon Farmer may not look like your idea of an official White House photographer, or the director of the commander-in-chief’s photography office. For one thing, she’s a woman. For another, she’s black. But in 1999, Farmer became the first of her race and gender to become the White House photography director. It may have been a boys’ club back then, but Farmer has always made it her business to move through different circles. Today, Farmer lives in the…
  • Did JPMorgan Try to Bribe Dem Power-Brokers? (Depends What Your Definition of 'Bribe' Is)

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Did one of the largest banks in the United States accidentally acknowledge an attempt to bribe members of Congress? A widely published Reuters story reported that four major U.S. banks have threatened to withhold expected campaign contributions from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee unless “Democrats, including [Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth] Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown ... soften their party's tone toward Wall Street.” But the article specifically notes: “JPMorgan representatives have met Democratic Party officials to emphasize the connection between its annual…
  • Those Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' GOP Presidential Candidates

    Paul Waldman
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    (AP Photo/LM Otero) Rick Perry, then governor of Texas, waits to be introduced at a gun shop in Dallas, Thursday, September 16, 2010. Perry, touting his pro-gun credentials in his re-election campaign, was on hand to pick up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.  There was a time not too long ago when Republicans knew that when an election got tight, they could trot out "God, guns, and gays" to drive a cultural wedge between Democrats and the electorate, since the GOP was the party that, like most Americans, loved the first two and hated the third. It's more complicated now,…
  • March Madness: How Title IX Just Totally Rocked Your Sunday

    Kristen Doerer
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell (25) and Alaina Coates (41) react after defeating Florida State in a women's college basketball regional final game in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, Sunday, March 29, 2015.  At two minutes to go, Tiffany Mitchell dribbles to the top of the court and passes to teammate Aleighsa Welch. Welch takes the ball through the middle for an inside layup. South Carolina is up on Florida State, 69-67. Then with a little more than a minute on the clock, Mitchell makes a three-pointer. South Carolina is leading 72-67. Taking on…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • New website reveals billionaire's campaign to dismantle retirement security

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

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

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:33 am
    by Steve Smith, California Labor Federation About 1/3 of all the bridges and overpasses in our state are showing signs of deterioration (i.e. crumbling). Seventy percent of our urban roads and highways are congested. California has the second-highest share of roads in "poor condition" in the nation. Given the amount of commuting and traveling Californians do, these are pretty alarming stats. But you get what you pay for. And, quite frankly, California's lack of infrastructure funding is embarrassing, and downright dangerous to all of us who spend so much time on the road every week. Today…
  • New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010 More than 80 percent of University of California (UC) support staff employees are paid wages too low to provide the basic necessities of life in the areas where they live and work, according to preliminary findings of a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute.   As Governor Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano meet to discuss the financial future of the UC, it's imperative that they recognize the dire financial situation of many UC employees. The UC is the third largest employer in California, employing nearly…
  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Her term is up in 2016, will she run again? by Brian Leubitz With Senator Boxer's term expiring in 2016, now is the time to talk about the future. With all the time required to build a strong campaign in California, prospective candidates are anxious for word, not wanting to step on any toes before making any moves. But, the chatter is that a decision could come soon: Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of her friends believe she will run for a…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Should They Stay or Should They Go? On Europe's Jews

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

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters I’m in Berlin, not Lausanne, and I haven’t spoken to anyone associated with the Iran nuclear negotiations in more than a week. Though there is a lot of good journalism being produced out of the talks, it is still difficult to discern what is actually happening at this moment. Those predisposed to believe that these negotiations will bring about a non-violent solution to the Iranian challenge, and also quite possibly encourage the Iranians to be more moderate in their approach to their neighbors, seem somewhat optimistic that the West will make the necessary…
  • Israel's Dangerous Predicament

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    Jason Reed/Reuters Last year, I interviewed President Obama about, among other things, the nature of the U.S. commitment to Israel. He talked about strong security ties between the two countries, and the unbreakable nature of their relationship. But he also suggested that, should the peace process break down in dramatic fashion, America's ability to manage the international ramifications for Israel—in the United Nations Security Council, and elsewhere—would be limited. "[I]f Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within…
  • Bibi Deploys the Southern Strategy

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Amir Cohen/Reuters The chairman of Israel's Central Election Committee, Salim Joubran, a judge on the country's Supreme Court, is an Arab Israeli. In other words, the man who just supervised the Jewish state's latest election (and who also, by the way, sent a former Israeli president to jail), is not Jewish. This, of course, is a good thing. Arab Israelis (or Palestinian-Israelis, as many prefer to be called), suffer from various forms of discrimination as a minority group, but they have the franchise (17 members, out of 120, of the next Knesset will be Arab), and they are playing…
  • Netanyahu Dodges the Cross

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    The Judean desert near the West Bank city of Jericho (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters) Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is fond of recalling Vice President Joe Biden's suggestion that he nail himself to a very large cross. It was 2011, and they were in Jerusalem, in Netanyahu's office. Biden was encouraging the prime minister to make a bold leap for peace, and not to waste time on half-measures. "My father always said, 'Don't crucify yourself on a small cross,'" Biden said. Netanyahu laughed. Only Joe Biden, he would tell people later, would travel to Jerusalem to encourage a Jewish…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • On the Road, in Arizona and Colorado

    James Fallows
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Immaculate Conception church, across from the historic plaza in Ajo, Arizona, as it looked a few weeks ago (James Fallows) Early this month we kicked off Season 3 of our American Futures travels with west coast reports, starting with Fresno. There's more to come about Fresno and several other California cities, but today I'm writing to point out two new areas of coverage we are undertaking. One is Ajo, Arizona, and isolated one-time mining center that has conceived a plan for rebuilding its economy, via the arts and intensive civic-engagement plans. In a first installment, Deb Fallows sets…
  • Can We Learn Anything From the Germanwings Disaster?

    James Fallows
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Predator drones being controlled remotely, in the USAF photo from Iraq. Might airliners ever be flown the same way? ( Wikimedia Commons ) Previously on this topic, see "Could the Crash Have Been Avoided?", "Pilots on Germanwings," and "More from Pilots and Doctors." Here is the next crop: 1) Bruce Holmes, a lifelong flyer and former career official at NASA, is one of the genuine pioneers of modern aviation. I described him and his work at length in my book Free Flight, and in the years since then, he's become a friend.  He sends a message about the technological implications of this…
  • More From Pilots and Doctors on the Germanwings Crash

    James Fallows
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    The aftermath of a Colgan commuter airplane crash near Buffalo six years ago (Gary Wiepert/Reuters) Following this initial item on what could and could not have been foreseen about the Germanwings murder/suicide, and this follow-up in which professional pilots talked about shortcuts in modern training systems, more response from aviators and others: 1) "If you had a mental issue, there's only one drug the FAA would allow you to take. That drug is alcohol." From a professional pilot: Add me to the extensive list of pilots you’ve heard from, regarding the Germanwings tragedy. I agree with the…
  • Pilots on the Germanwings Murder/Suicide

    James Fallows
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    A memorial near the site of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps (Eric Gaillard/Reuters) After the Germanwings crash I argued that no single safety device or security protocol could protect the flying public against a pilot determined to do harm. A number of veteran pilots write in to agree, but also to suggest that this episode illustrates some structural problems within the modern cost-cutting air-travel industry. 1) "Low-cost pilots, low-cost lives." Adam Shaw, who has had a varied and interesting career as a writer and flyer and now leads an aerobatics team in Europe, writes as…
  • Downtown Fresno Kicks Off Its Campaign

    James Fallows
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:42 pm
    A shot from the Downtown Fresno Partnership's video last night ( DowntownFresno.Org ) An unexpected satisfaction of following cities in our American Futures travels has been watching plans and projects unfold in real time. For instance, last fall we were in Allentown, Pa., with our Marketplace colleagues, as the city was racing against the clock to get a big new downtown arena ready for a sold-out debut concert by The Eagles. Could they possibly get the construction finished and the roads repaved and the restaurants ready and the parking snarls worked out in time for an event on which the…
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    The American Scene

  • Caesaropapism is Our Greatest Strength

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

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

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

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

  • Thoughts on Trevor Noah

    SuperUser
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    by liberal japonicus Been on a little vacation and was planning on writing a post about how interesting it was that Trevor Noah was going to be the new host of the Daily Show. More below the break I was pretty psyched because he not only brought some humor about being the product of a mixed marriage, but also was a great mimic and gave some linguistic-y humor, as can be seen in this Not only, as Earl Ofari Hutchinson points out here, that someone from outside the US can talk about race in a way that someone American can not, (check out his set here), I was also going to point out that having…
  • back home in indiana...

    russell
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    by russell as anyone who hasn't sworn off of TV, the internet, social media, print, and water cooler conversation knows, the state of Indiana passed their own version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). lots of religious conservatives are applauding it, lots of liberal / progressive folks are decrying it. the feds already have an RFRA of long standing, many other states also have RFRA's, so why is this a big deal? folks who are against it say it's a thinly disguised pretext for discrimination against gays, Mike Pence says it's a simple matter of extending the…
  • How to tell Classical from Neo-Classical sculpture

    SuperUser
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:39 pm
    by Doctor Science This picture has been going around tumblr: sparking a discussion of "how do sculptors even *do* that?" and many pictures of Bernini works. Along the way, someone labeled this one "a Vestal Virgin, carved during the Roman Empire". I immediately recognized that this was wrong. The work is by Raffaelle Monti, a 19th-century Italian sculptor who created it in 1846-47. I'm not sure what, exactly, makes me say the Monti sculpture is obviously 19th-C, while the Louvre statue of Aphrodite aka Venus Genetrix, also discussed in the thread, looks more authentically ancient. Cut for…
  • Learning From Experience -- Friday Open Thread

    SuperUser
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    by wj Writing about the current mess in Yemen, Fareed Zakaria says, in part: This is the pattern that has produced terrorism in the Arab world. Repressive, secular regimes — backed by the West — become illegitimate. Over time they become more repressive to survive and the opposition becomes more extreme and violent. The space for compromise, pluralism and democracy vanishes. The insurgents and jihadists have mostly local grievances but, because Washington supports the dictator, their goals become increasingly anti-American. Since we have learned little from this history, we are now…
  • that thing that margaret said...

    russell
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:44 pm
    by russell for some reason, I recently found myself looking into the famous Margaret Thatcher quote.  You know the one: There is no such thing as society. It's a sort of counter-intuitive, and maybe disturbing, thing for the Prime Minister of a major nation to come out with.  So, I wanted to understand what she was on about. The quote comes from a much longer interview (which is worth reading) with Woman's Own, a UK lifestyle magazine.  I'd like to present the original quote in a slightly larger context: There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Myanmar Needs Better Governance, Not Just a Stronger Government

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

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

    Ryan Flynn
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Credit: Flickr/ Mario Pleitez This article was written by Rocio Campos, International Budget Partnership  Salvadoran workers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in interest that the government should have paid on state pensions, according to a recent decision handed down by El Salvador’s Supreme Court of Justice. Despite interest rates on private savings averaging around 7 percent, the government has paid just 1 percent interest on public pension savings. Between 2007 and 2013 alone, this would have meant an additional USD 930 million being paid into the state pension system.
  • Engaging the Public in the Budget: Twitter Chats in Kenya

    Liz Heimann
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This article was written by Vivian Magero and John Kinuthia from IBP Kenya. The International Budget Partnership Kenya (IBP Kenya) recently held a twitter chat on how government revenue is shared in Kenya. The Kenyan government is in the midst of reforming how revenue is shared among Kenya’s 47 counties. The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), which makes recommendations to the Senate, is playing an important role in revising the formula for revenue sharing. CRA submitted its recommendations to the Senate in November 2014. Given the importance of these reforms, we felt there has been…
  • 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)…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Thune’s Estate Tax Distortions

    Robert Farley
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    In making his pitch to repeal the estate tax, Sen. John Thune grossly inflated an out-of-date statistic about the percentage of businesses forced to liquidate because of the tax. Thune claimed that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office “said a third of businesses who owe the death tax owe more in taxes than what their assets are worth.” But Thune botched the statistic, leaving out several crucial qualifiers. In fact, the same CBO report that Thune cited concluded the “vast majority of estates, including those of farmers and small-business owners, had enough liquid…
  • Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. The Newsweek story, which did warn of a “cooling world,” has been criticized and largely debunked — by its own author. Cruz’s claim that “advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming” ignores the fact that there was no scientific consensus in the 1970s about global cooling. Cruz said that “satellite data demonstrate that there has been no…
  • Inhofe on Fracking, Water Contamination

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been “an instance of ground water contamination” caused by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for oil and natural gas. Inhofe’s office told us he is referring only to “the physical act of cracking rocks through hydraulic fracturing.” But drilling operations that involve fracking include other actions that have caused contamination. A peer-reviewed study published in 2014 found that drinking water wells near fracking sites in Pennsylvania and Texas were contaminated with methane that had the chemical signature of…
  • FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts. Far from being stagnant, the U.S. economy has chalked up five straight years of growth, gaining nearly 11.5 million jobs since early 2010. It is actually new business establishment openings that have recently posted the biggest gains on record. The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record — which was set in late 2008 . When Cruz announced his…
  • Chicago School Fight

    Alexander Nacht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free. Emanuel and Garcia will face off in an April 7 runoff for mayor of Chicago, after no candidate gained a majority of votes in the Feb. 24 election. Emanuel, who served as the first White House chief of staff to President Obama before resigning in 2010 to run for mayor, has made the expansion of charter…
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Waking Up

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Hillary Clinton's deleted emails might not be as gone as she thinks; people making decisions about encryption know nothing about encryption; Meerkat is dead (already); finding out that Facebook filters the newsfeed is, to some like waking up in the Matrix; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Clueless

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Why boycotting Indiana isn't the greatest idea; but people and companies are still doing it anyway; "Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap"; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Net Effects

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Ballooning digital campaign teams; early registration deadlines kept millions of people from voting in 2012; love letters to Obamacare; and much, much more.
  • In Utah, Participatory Democracy Powered by Loomio and NationBuilder

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Earlier this week, The People's Lobby launched their first participatory democracy experiment in Provo, a city of just over 115,000 people in north-central Utah. Incorporating tools from both Loomio and NationBuilder, the process is meant to foster increased community participation in city government.
  • First POST: Data-Driven

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Get to know Clinton's digital team even better; Ted Cruz election announcement-related fundraising offers peak into the coming data-driven campaign arms race; New York City launches online community engagement pilot program called IdeaScale; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • When Will the White House and OMB Ever Learn About Sector Financial Balances?

    letsgetitdone
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Body:  In my last post I asked this same question about the House Budget Committee. As my readers saw in that one, the attempts at deficit reduction leading to budget balance were so severe that they implied that if the House budget were followed, and if the economy did not collapse before the decade projection period ended due to a collapse of aggregate demand, then private sector deficits would be produced in every year from 2017 – 2025. In addition, since the budget provided for severe cuts to federal spending designed to benefit poor people and the middle class, it was likely that…
  • Transit Advertising

    DCblogger
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Body:  Russia Today is running a very aggressive advertising campaign on DC buses. A large banner asks "what happens when you don't have a second opinion" with a very sinsiter picture of Colin Powell holding the infamous vial, and another banner saying "get a second opinion" RT,com. Clearly Putin has learned from Radio Liberty and Voice of America and wants to give us a taste of our own medicine. Personally, I am all for it.
  • When Will CBO and the House Budget Committee Ever Learn About Sector Financial Balances?

    letsgetitdone
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Body:  It never ceases to amaze me that those who offer budget plans and projections never take into account the reality that their projections must be consistent with implications of trends in sector financial balances for their projections. This is a simple lesson that those playing the fiscal responsibility game never seem to learn. Certainly this is true of the Republican House Budget Committee, as we'll see. The Sector Financial Balances (SFB) model is an accounting identity, and these are always true by definition alone. The SFB model says: Domestic Private Balance + Domestic…
  • US & Its Axis of Evil Now to Bloodbathe Yemen!!!

    libbyliberal
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Body:  So once again, international law is the enemy of the US and its Axis of Evil which includes Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One more country on the bloody clipboard of US hegemony is doomed for criminal and savage destruction. Niles Williamson in “The war in Yemen and the American drive for global domination”:
  • The New York Times Covers the TPP: A Commentary

    letsgetitdone
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Body:  Wikileaks did us all another service yesterday by releasing the “Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): Investment Chapter Consolidated Text,” and collaborating with the New York Times to get the word out. Jonathan Weisman wrote the story for the New York Times. Apart from providing a very high level and very selective summary of what the chapter says, the article contains talking points used by proponents and opponents of the TPP. I think a close commentary on the article and associated issues would be useful. So here it is.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • ESPN’s Hugo Balta Views Sports as Universal Language

    Latina Lista
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    By Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Regardless of income, ethnicity or skin color, sports fans speak a universal language. So says Hugo Balta, senior director of multicultural content at ESPN. The wide world of sports is a unifying force, and Balta sees it as his mission to involve a growing, multicultural audience for the global sports network. Working at the “worldwide leader in sports” is the perfect marriage of Balta’s professional and personal interests: developing and producing news and sports-related content and educating and informing an increasingly diverse audience. The…
  • Anglo bilingual rapper unites his passions for music and bilingualism in Bilingual Nation U.S.A.

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    By Kristal Bivona Language Magazine GueroLoco wears many hats: he’s an award-winning hip-hop en español artist, an activist for immigrant rights and language rights, and an inspirational speaker for students and teachers. He united his passions for music and for bilingualism in his project Bilingual Nation U.S.A., which he started with his high school Spanish teacher. This year, he and Bilingual Nation U.S.A. are in the running for four Chicago Music Awards, and he will be hosting the fifth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee. Language Magazine caught up with GueroLoco to find out what…
  • Crowdfunder: Creating a mural to bridge the gap between Puerto Ricans in New York and on the island

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: RAICES… A MURAL IN PUERTO RICO Three artists from New York, Chicago, and Puerto Rico, a trio with Puerto Rican ROOTS are on a mission to use the language of visual arts to bring community together and bridge the gap between the Puerto Ricans in New York and on the Island. Using art to document, preserve, educate, and bring awareness strengthens and empowers its people. “Without my Roots, there is no story”/” Sin Mis Raices, No Hay Historia” is a design created by the artist Mia Roman a NuyoRican born in Brooklyn NY from Puerto Rican…
  • Farmworker Uprising Shakes Baja California

    Latina Lista
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Frontera NorteSur BAJA, CA — Farmworker leaders, farm employers and Mexican government officials have initiated talks aimed at resolving a massive labor conflict connected to the U.S. food industry that’s rocking the border state of Baja California. Long-simmering labor grievances exploded into the open March 17 when thousands of farmworkers blockaded the Trans-Peninsula Highway between the agro-export region of the San Quintin Valley and the coastal city of Ensenada, a popular destination of U.S. tourists. Led by the independent Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for…
  • Peru’s beautiful and ancient Vilavilani cave paintings left unprotected

    Latina Lista
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    By Hillary Ojeda Peru This Week A cave containing some of southern Peru’s most beautiful, ancient paintings is unprotected and hardly known by the public. The Vilavilani cave, located in the Palca district of the region of Tacna in southern Peru houses cave paintings dating back to approximately 7,000 B.C. Archaeologist Jesus Gordillo told El Comercio that, although scientific analysis has not dated the paintings, the symbols, style, and medium provide answers to their epoch. Gordillo claims that “we could be talking about paintings taking back 7,000 years B.C., since they have very…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Iran Matters Most

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    America cannot stop the Sunni-Shia schism in the Middle East or its violence. It’s a time for fierce realism.
  • Religious Liberty and Equality

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The gay rights movement is at risk of losing its moral high ground by misusing its newfound political clout.
  • The Beating of Floyd Dent

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Another horrifically violent incident furthers the perception that the police are more likely to use force against blacks.
  • Imaginary Health Care Horrors

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Affordable Care Act is costing taxpayers much less than expected, but that hasn’t deterred the prophets of disaster.
  • Ready for 45?

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If Jeb Bush becomes Bush 45, can he ever be his “own man”?
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • NATO and “Arab NATO”

    Daniel Larison
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The Bloomberg editors warn against supporting a so-called “Arab NATO”: It’s worth noting that wealthy little Oman, often the canniest of Arab states, has shown no inclination to join the Saudi cause, either in next-door Yemen or the broader Arab military force. The U.S. and Western powers should be equally cautious of an Arab NATO — especially if it’s not very much like NATO. Most of the editorial’s points are well taken. A Saudi-led military organization would be designed to facilitate interventions in neighboring countries wherever the Saudi government…
  • The U.S. Backs a War in Yemen It Doesn’t Understand

    Daniel Larison
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Micah Zenko notes that no one in the U.S. government has any idea of what the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen is supposed to accomplish: At least the Pentagon wasn’t trying to make things up. Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of Central Command, was frank when asked what the purpose of the campaign was, stating, “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Despite the astonishing acknowledgment that he did not know why the intervention was occurring and was only given a few…
  • Report: U.S. Increasing Support for Saudi War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The U.S. plans to increase its support for Saudi Arabia’s attack on Yemen: The U.S. military is preparing to expand its aid to Saudi Arabia in its air campaign against rebel forces in Yemen by providing more intelligence, bombs and aerial refueling missions for planes carrying out airstrikes there, American officials said Friday. It can’t be stressed enough that no U.S. interests are served by aiding a Saudi attack on its neighbor. The fact that Hadi needs foreign military intervention to restore his rule should tell us how little support there is in the country for his return. If…
  • The U.S. Shouldn’t Support Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Sarah Phillips draws attention to the humanitarian crisis that the Saudi air attacks on Yemen are creating: Civilian casualties from the bombings are already mounting, but the consequences will spread beyond this sad tally. Yemen imports around 90% of its wheat and all of its rice. With its runways bombed and airports closed, Yemen’s already food-insecure population is in a dire humanitarian predicament. This makes it even more important that the U.S. stop aiding the Saudis with their intervention and try to get Riyadh halt this operation before it inflicts any more damage on the…
  • The Dangerous Saudi Intervention in Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Ken Pollack warns about the dangers of the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed intervention in Yemen: The news that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states along with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, and Sudan have launched air strikes against Houthi forces in Yemen should give every American pause. Yes, the Houthis are Shi’a who receive some degree of backing from Iran, but this is a very dangerous escalation that is unlikely to improve the situation in Yemen and risks the stability of Saudi Arabia over the medium to long term. Moreover, the Iranian role has been greatly exaggerated in what…
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    TIME

  • Obama Grants Early Release From Prison to 22 Drug Offenders

    Maya Rhodan
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Twenty-two people who are serving lengthy federal prison terms for drug offenses will be out from behind bars this summer, after President Obama reduced their sentences on Tuesday. Seven of the people had been sentenced to life in prison, and some have already served more than two decades behind bars. The White House says the release of the 22 prisoners is in line with the shorter sentences attached to drug offenses under today’s laws. “Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to…
  • NASCAR ‘Disappointed’ in Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

    Victor Luckerson
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    NASCAR says it is disappointed by the passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say could be used to discriminate against gay people. “We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance,” NASCAR said in a statement issued to NBC Sports. “We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.” The law, which backers say is supposed to ensure religious freedom for people in the state, has…
  • White House Outlines Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions by up to 28%

    Justin Worland
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    The White House reaffirmed a commitment to cut carbon emissions by up to 28% by 2025 in a Tuesday submission to the United Nations that promises new regulations on power plants, new fuel economy standards for some vehicles and rules to address methane emissions. The plan, the first step toward achieving an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, calls for a dramatic increase in the rate at which the U.S. reduces carbon pollution, from 1.2% per year between 2005 and 2020 to between 2.3% and 2.8% between 2020 and 2025. “This submission is ambitious and achievable,” said Brian…
  • Indiana Governor Urges Clarification of Controversial Religious Freedom Law

    Sam Frizell
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence urged state lawmakers Tuesday to amend a controversial new religious freedom law to clarify that it does not allow businesses to discriminate, bowing to days of criticism that the measure was an invitation to refuse services to gay customers. “After much reflections and consultation with the leadership of the General Assembly, I’ve come to the conclusion it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” Pence said in a news conference. The clarification to the…
  • Martin O’Malley Courts Elizabeth Warren Supporters In New Hampshire

    haleysweetlandedwards
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    BEDFORD, N.H.—Former Gov. Martin O’Malley parried reporter questions Tuesday about the two leading women in the Democratic party: Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. He didn’t want to talk much about the former. “Look, I’ve sort of said whatever I’m not going to say about the email thing,” he said, after addressing voters here. But when Warren’s name came up, he positively lit up. “I believe that Senator Warren is speaking with great clarity especially on the need to regulate Wall Street to hold the CEOs of banks accountable, and to make…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Video Only Seen on The Brody File: Rand Paul Tells Pastors: Our World Is Spiritually Broken

    David Brody
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    In video you will ONLY see on The Brody File, soon-to-be presidential candidate Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private pastors’ breakfast that the world is spiritually broken and that is a big reason behind America’s financial woes. "It's a spiritual problem as much as it is any other problem. All the other problems kind of stem from a brokenness that is out there," he said. The focus of the prayer breakfast was a chance for Senator Paul to discuss his views on religious freedom, the church and U.S.-Israel relations, faith and public life, and the essential role the…
  • Video Only on Brody File: Rand Paul Tells Pastors: 'I will beat up and hold the Clintons accountable for all their shenanigans'

    David Brody
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    In video you will ONLY see on The Brody File, soon-to-be presidential candidate Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private pastors’ breakfast that he will take on Hillary Clinton's lack of integrity. "I will beat up and hold the Clintons accountable for all their shenanigans and I’m leading the charge on the email scandal as well as what’s going on, which probably will outrage everybody once they know what’s going on in the Clinton Foundation," he said. As for the Clintons integrity factor, Paul quips, "I don’t think they’ll be an uptick in integrity in Washington…
  • Only on Brody File: Video: Rand Paul at Pastors' Breakfast: Says It's Time for Revival

    David Brody
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    In video you will ONLY see on The Brody File, soon-to-be presidential candidate Rand Paul tells pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast that ultimately Washington, D.C., politicians won’t solve America’s problems and instead a spiritual revival is what is needed. "We need a revival in the country. We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform," he said. This event took place at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning. Our camera was the only one in the…
  • Poll: Donald Trump in GOP Top Tier for President

    David Brody
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Donald Trump in the top tier of GOP presidential candidates? Read on doubters... A new Suffolk University Poll: With the Republican Primary in New Hampshire 10 months away, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the early favorites in the Granite State. Bush was the first choice of 19 percent, followed by Walker (14 percent), Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (7 percent), and businessman Donald Trump, who was testing the waters in New Hampshire last week, (6 percent). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who on Sunday night tweeted his intention to run for president, and New Jersey Gov. Chris…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ted Cruz Says "We are to be watchmen on the wall"

    David Brody
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    In my one-on-one interview this week with Sen. Ted Cruz, he tells The Brody File that evangelical voters should look to his proven record when distinguishing him from other GOP presidential candidates who will seek after their vote. "For too long politicians have said one thing and done another. And every one of us should ask, any candidate that shows up in front of us, you say you believe these principles, show me," he said. "When have you stood up and fought for them? When have you bled for them and what have you accomplished? You shall know them by their fruits." Cruz’s strategy will be…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Can Medications Turn Problem Drinkers Back Into Moderate Drinkers?

    Keith Humphreys
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    The organization that integrates scientific information for the UK National Health Service has recommended that the drug nalmefene can be prescribed to alcohol dependent patients for the purpose of reducing their drinking but not necessarily stopping it. Nalmefene, like the better known medication naltrexone, is an opiate antagonist that is intended to make the experience of drinking less rewarding. This reduction in subjective reward could make it more likely than a drinker will stop at 2, 3 or 4 drinks rather than going on to 5, 6, 7 or many more drinks. Many people will find this concept…
  • Please Share Your Modestly Useful Advice With the RBC Community

    Keith Humphreys
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Good advice makes life easier, and therefore it should be shared. This post is intended to encourage the sharing of “modestly useful” advice among RBCers, i.e., keep it practical but not too heavy, not when to divorce a violent spouse or how to disarm a live nuke. To kick us off, here are three suggestions from me. 1. If you work in an office, keep a Swiss Army knife in your desk. You might think you wouldn’t ever need it, but then one day you will be trying to screw in a computer cable with your key, or biting a piece of loose string from the hem of your jacket, and you…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run]

    Johann Koehler
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    In this week’s movie recommendation, Tom Tykwer’s independent German film Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run], you’re corralled through one of the most frenetic and high-octane interpretations of the butterfly effect conceit ever put to the screen. The story begins with Lola, a fiery red-headed woman played by Franka Potente, receiving a phone call from her distraught lover Manni (played by Moritz Bleibtreu). Manni has botched an assignment that he hoped would initiate him into Berlin’s organized crime gang headed by Ronnie (played by Heino Ferch). In particular, Manni has misplaced a bag that…
  • Pot stings in school: But what about the children?

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Sam Hampsher asks an excellent question: Do we want to send police into schools to set students up for marijuana stings? It’s not easy to imagine what could justify that practice, other than the relentless pressure to “make cases.”
  • Graduated re-entry and the rhetoric of reaction

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This country has about five times as many people in prison and jail (per capita) as it ever had before 1975, and about seven times as many as other economically and socially advanced countries. Unfortunately, and contrary to current myth, most of those people aren’t innocent, and aren’t harmless “NonNonNons.” More than half are currently serving time for a violent offense, and many of the rest have prior convictions involving violence. So we can’t escape the mass incarceration trap by releasing “low-risk” offenders; to get back to a civilized rate of…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • August 23 to be set as earliest start date for most Iowa schools

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    A bill prohibiting school districts from starting the academic year before August 23 is on its way to Governor Terry Branstad, who has indicated that he can accept the compromise. The school start date issue has taken up a lot of oxygen at the statehouse this legislative session, despite a lack of evidence that the timing of the academic year affects Iowa's tourism sector in any meaningful way. Follow me after the jump for details on Senate File 227's journey through the legislature, including how Iowa House and Senate members voted on different versions of the bill. The governor's…
  • Enough already with the bad "Jewish deli owner" analogy

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Like the zombie lie that cannot be killed, social conservatives defending business owners who would decline services to gay couples continue to rely on the same analogy about the government hypothetically forcing a Jewish deli owner to handle and serve non-kosher food. Bleeding Heartland has discussed the basic logical flaw here, but let's walk it through one more time.   Only days after I tried to explain to talk radio host Steve Deace why this analogy doesn't work, Deace fell back on his comfortable ground for defending religious-based discrimination against the LGBT community. From…
  • Iowa caucuses news roundup and discussion thread

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Aside from Senator Ted Cruz kicking of his presidential campaign, last week was a relatively quiet one in Iowa caucus news. But there are still plenty of stories and prospects to discuss. Any comments about the presidential race are welcome in this thread. Follow me after the jump for a news roundup. NEWS ON THE DEMOCRATIC RACE Let's start with the Democrats. A new poll was in the field last week asking Iowans about child care tax credits and paid family and medical leave. I received the call on March 24, and Pat Rynard's notes line up closely with mine. The survey tested many messages…
  • Rod Blum and Steve King voted against Medicare reimbursement deal

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    A rare event happened on Thursday, as the U.S. House approved by a large bipartisan majority a bill changing a major entitlement program. Iowa Republicans Rod Blum (IA-01) and Steve King (IA-04) were among those who opposed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Background: Reimbursements to doctors who treat Medicare recipients have long been subject to a "sustainable growth rate" formula Congress adopted in 1997. The idea was to reduce the federal government's expenses in running the Medicare program. Robert Greenstein and Paul N. Van de Water explained last week, The…
  • Weekend open thread: "Demographics are destiny" edition

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    All topics are welcome in this open thread. Representative Steve King (R, IA-04) inspired the unifying theme of this weekend's post, when he approvingly linked to this recent article by Heather Mac Donald called "Practical Thoughts on Immigration." King commented, "USA declining 2 Third World status bc shrinking %age who would reverse course don't realize demographics r destiny." At this writing, King has not responded to my request that he clarify whether he meant to say that a U.S. where non-Hispanic whites are a minority would inevitably sink to "Third World status." Meanwhile, the…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Casual Observation

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Charles Pierce reads David Brooks so you and I don’t have to. Okay, I read David Brooks so you don’t have to, too. But, not today. Today, Charles gave me a respite. Which brings us to David Brooks, who would like all those hysterical gay people to start using their inside voices and to understand that their desire for equal protection under the law would be better served if they understood the feelings of the people who think they are sodomite insects who are all going to hell. No link because fk him, that’s why. Having not read the piece, I can still safely assume that this…
  • The Worst Impact of Ocean Warming

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    How bad is Ocean Warming caused by anthropogenic climate change? To answer my question, the effects of the current rise in temperatures of our oceans is worse than you or I could have imagined. It's so bad that it may take thousands of years for ocean life to recover. That's a recovery time measured in millennia, for those who prefer polysyllabic Latinate words: A study has found that it might take thousands of years for the ocean to recover from climate change. Researchers studied more than 5,400 fossils from a 30-foot-long core sample taken from the Pacific Ocean floor near Santa Barbara,…
  • Losing the Culture War

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence seems sincerely surprised that so many people think he’s a terrible person for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law. At the same time, he appears to be kind of lost at sea because he thought acting like an intolerant anti-gay religious fundamentalist would be popular. This is probably partly because Governor Pence is a genuine jerk, but it’s also because he runs in almost exclusively right-wing circles and consumes almost exclusively right-wing media. So, he’s kind of an asshole and he surrounds himself with assholes and he gets all…
  • Paul Consistently Defends Discrimination

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In the past, when Senator Rand Paul has been asked about enforcement of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or other civil rights bills, he’s fallen back on the idea that you can better assure, for example, desegregated lunch counters by denying that particular Woolworth’s your business than by enacting federal legislation. When it came to housing, he said this, “Decisions concerning private property and associations should in a free society be unhindered. As a consequence, some associations will discriminate.” Using this rough logic, if you can call it that, people who seek…
  • Casual Observation

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Indiana Governor Mike Pence is taking the brunt of the abuse for signing a bill that supposedly protects religious freedom, but there is a much bigger right-wing movement that is getting slapped in the face with the reality that Jim Crow laws are still unpopular in this country. This rearguard action will not stand, and it won't be long before the nation looks back at the "religious freedom" laws and the voter ID laws and wonders how it was possible that a party could espouse such nonsense. Discuss
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • U-V: Usury to Vested Interests by Michael Hudson

    dandelionsalad
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com March 31, 2015 Parts U-V in the Insider’s Economic Dictionary. Underdevelopment: The term coined by Andre Gunder Frank to describe the policies which former European colonies and more contemporary third-world countries have been … Continue reading →
  • Longing for 1984 with Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges acTVism Munich on Nov 21, 2014 Zain Raza interviews Chris Hedges on a newly produced show called “Longing for 1984″ to discuss the interests that really dictate U.S policy both domestically and abroad, government surveillance … Continue reading →
  • REVOLUTION AND RELIGION: The Fight for Emancipation and the Role of Religion; A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian

    dandelionsalad
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Cornel West and Bob Avakian revcom.us Revolution Books on vimeo.com A film of the November 2014 historic dialogue on a question of great importance in today’s world between the Revolutionary Christian Cornel West and the Revolutionary Communist … Continue reading →
  • Stop Smoking the Democrack by Cindy Sheehan and David Swanson

    dandelionsalad
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    by Cindy Sheehan Writer, Dandelion Salad Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog Mar. 28, 2015 and by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad warisacrime.org Mar. 28, 2015 The U.S. government is toying with a war with nuclear Russia while already waging wars in … Continue reading →
  • Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (#TPP) – Investment Chapter

    dandelionsalad
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    WikiLeaks Press Release March 25, 2015 WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and … Continue reading →
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

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

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

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

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

    Roberto
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
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    The Left Coaster

  • Jeb Endorses Anti-Gay Discrimination

    Deacon Blues
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Indiana’s governor has discredited himself and all residents of Indiana by signing into law a measure intentionally designed to discriminate against gays and lesbians while hiding behind alleged freedom of religion. And given the chance to express his opposition to such discrimination, Mike Pence refused. The bigger story however is that Jeb Bush just threw away any hope of attracting the middle by being fully on board with such discrimination. "I think Governor Pence has done the right thing," Bush said, according to the New York Times. "I think once the facts are established, people…
  • Iran Does Obama, and Democrats a Favor

    Deacon Blues
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:08 pm
    On a day when the Arab nations finally banded together in a military alliance against Iranian aggression, that country blundered their way into perhaps killing the pending nuclear deal. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab states took steps today to form their own multinational military force to counter Iranian destabilization efforts, and did so with the assumption that they can no longer count on the United States to fully counter Tehran. Yet at the same time, after months of willingness to have their nuclear fuel sent to Russia to verify no military usage, Iran reversed course today and…
  • Reid Not Running for Re-Election

    Deacon Blues
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    I’m not surprised at the news that Democratic (now) Minority Leader Harry Reid is not running for reelection in 2016. His recent injury and age were enough of a reason to take stock in life and think about the attractiveness of perhaps another six years in the minority, even though the conventional wisdom is that the Democrats have a good chance at taking back the majority in 2017. Having Chuck Schumer as the Democratic leader has advantages. He is better on TV and is a better advocate than Reid, and the fundraising would be better. It’s not at all certain that Illinois Democrat Dick…
  • Rubio: Give the Pentagon a Blank Check

    Deacon Blues
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    This is one reason why the GOP contest for president in 2016 will be so much fun to watch: the opportunity to see competing Senate Republicans trash each other on fiscal austerity and defense spending. Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz all agree that we should spend whatever is needed to jack up the defense budget while Rand Paul wants any increased defense spending to be offset by corresponding cuts elsewhere. If it were up to Cruz, Graham, and Rubio, they would take the easy way out and hide behind the bloody shirt of terrorism to scare everyone into another decade of Pentagon blank…
  • Killing The Planet Out Of Ignorance

    Deacon Blues
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    There's been a little buzz in the media today about a just-released Gallup poll on the public's views regarding the environment. Gallup's spin on their poll was that the public is less concerned about air pollution, water pollution, and climate change in 2015 than they were in previous years. This same Gallup poll found that all Americans are more positive about the environment than at any time since 2001. Gallup notes that part of this is due to political polarization: A final factor is the politicization of environmental issues. This is exemplified by the sharp political polarization in…
 
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  • Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Mean Tweets - President Obama Edition From time to time, we give celebrities a chance to read some of the mean things people tweet about them. We extended that same offer to our Commander in Chief, who happily agreed. This is an... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 21985211 153227 ratings Time: 02:19 More in Comedy
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler

    Top Trending
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    10 Things You Didn't Know About Hitler Here are 10 surprising facts about the former German dictator, Adolf Hitler! Subscribe to Plethron's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/plethrons Visit our site: http://TopTrending.com... From: Top Trending Views: 1200007 17499 ratings Time: 03:13 More in Education
  • Civilians Guess Military Phrases

    BuzzFeedYellow
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Civilians Guess Military Phrases These poor civvies don't stand a chance with these military terms. Check out Buzzfeed's new Cute Or Not app! http://bit.ly/1LDoO7H Check out more awesome BuzzFeedYellow videos! http://bit.ly/YT... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 693763 14172 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Entertainment
  • Ellen for President

    TheEllenShow
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen for President She noticed a bumper sticker with political aspirations for her, and could only wonder what being President would be like. From: TheEllenShow Views: 907471 14393 ratings Time: 05:57 More in Entertainment
  • Thoughts from the Edge

    vlogbrothers
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thoughts from the Edge In which Hank thinks about the diversity and productivity of the boundaries between biomes and what that might mean for individuals, culture, and democracy. Particularly, our democracy, which... From: vlogbrothers Views: 247719 22569 ratings Time: 03:55 More in People & Blogs
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Sierras snowpack one-third less than smallest on record

    Bob Morris
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    The bulk of California’s water comes from Sierras snowpack. This year, the snowpack numbers are dreadful. The worst ever previous snowpack was 25% of normal in 1997. This season, which ends April 1, it is a mind-numbing 8%. However, this does not yet herald  The End Of The World As California Knows It. Read on! Snowmelt from the Sierras flows down to the Sacramento Delta, and then southward via aqueducts to the Central Valley and southern California. In a good rain year, there are too many interests competing for too little water in the Sacramento Delta. This year there will be much…
  • US far-left parties declare united front. The Empire trembles

    Bob Morris
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    As one who has traveled the far-left extensively, I got a giggle out of this. Two itty bitty far-left groupscules no one has heard of have announced they are joining together. One wonders if they will merge their tedious manifestos, a perilous task indeed. However, given that both websites are humorless, filled with endless prose, and have as few images as possible (because that would be frivolous and boojie), perhaps they can pull off the merger. All fifty of them. It came as a surprise then to witness two of the more active far-left parties, the American Party of Labor and the Party of…
  • Las Vegas Wash. 85% of this water is already reclaimed

    Bob Morris
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Las Vegas Wash Las Vegas has complete toilet-to-tap water. Indoor water is reclaimed, cleaned up, then filtered through various wetlands. 150 millions gallons of water a day come through the Las Vegas Wash, next to the Clark County Wetlands Park, on its way to Lake Las Vegas and then Lake Mead, where it will be reused over and over. 85% of water coming down this wash has already been reclaimed at least once. Wetlands help clean the water further, as does Lake Las Vegas. During a flash flood in 1999, 4.5 billion gallons came down the wash in 24 hours. That’s why the wash is so wide.
  • Red Acre Farm CSA in Cedar City UT needs help

    Bob Morris
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    The Patterson family has been operating Red Acre Farm, an organic, bio-dynamic farm and CSA, for ten years. Symbria and her daughter Sara are pillars of the local food movement in Utah, and recently spearheaded the successful effort to make herd shares legal in Utah. However, their work would not have been possible without the constant support of Symbria’s husband Lynn, who built their infrastructure and worked as a contractor to help support the growth of the farm. Lynn Patterson passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Tuesday night, March 24. Friends have started a GoFundMe site so…
  • Western states to California. Fix the Sacramento Delta now

    Bob Morris
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Hoover Dam, March 2015. Photo: John Fleck Pat Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says California must fix Sacramento Delta water problems now, because the western states are in this together, what happens in the Delta affects Colorado River water usage, and vice versa. However, so far, the Colorado River community has been way more proactive, dare I say “awake”, than California has been. The regional water situation is bad and getting worse. Yes, things are better in the Colorado River basin this year, but are much worse in California. Southern California…
 
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  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationBest Practices for Making BYOD Simple and SecurePreparing Your Infrastructure Monitoring Platform for the Volume, Variety, and Velocity of Big Data NetworksAccelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Request Free!
  • CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS

    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECTED INDUSTRIES NEWS provides fortnightly updates on finance, government action, and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new business models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods for monitoring/control and big data.Next-Gen Manufacturing & Agriculture: including QC management, tested cloud/SAAS solutions, SLA business models, manufacturing and communications standards, precision agriculture, data structure & ERP integration, and more.Industry Events: latest projects, acquisitions, regulations, and more.At no…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • 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…
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    Bob McCarty

  • More Than 90 Controversial Files Disappear Overnight

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    As an investigative reporter and author of two nonfiction books critical of people at the highest levels of our government’s military and intelligence communities, I’ve been told to be careful on more occasions than I can remember. Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, I began to wonder if I should be concerned. Why? Let me explain. Sunday afternoon, I uploaded more than 140 files — mostly PDF documents — to a large internet company’s free drive service so I could share them with a nationally-known investigative reporter and best-selling author who’s…
  • The Obama Eligibility Question Revisited Again

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 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. Originally published May 5, 2010, it comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in…
  • The Founders’ Worst Fears Coming True

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:55 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. It comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. Click on image above to read Paul R. Hollrah’s previous piece on four prominent GOP hopefuls who are ineligible to serve as…
  • Saint Louis Police Admit to Using Illegal Surveillance Tech

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department official confirmed today that its officers are using cell phone simulator technology many believe is illegal and violates citizens’ privacy. This screenshot shows the text of an email I received today from Schron Jackson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. As a follow-up to a piece I wrote and published Nov. 17 and as a result of reading several articles (see examples here and here) about the technology, I fired off two questions to SLMPD spokesperson Schron Jackson Feb. 23: 1) Has the department purchased, or obtained via any…
  • Barack Obama Following in Brother-in-Law’s Footsteps

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to a Washington Free Beacon piece published today under the headline, Michelle Obama’s Brother Left Oregon State’s NCAA Basketball Program in Shambles, I was reminded of a piece I published about the first lady’s brother’s coaching adventure five years ago in advance of the “Big Dance.” I share it again below. Click on image above to read article. Craig Robinson, the 47-year-old Chicago native and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, just completed his second season as head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers men’s…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • President Obama Pledges to Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions 28 Percent By 2025

    Ronald Bailey
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Earlier today, the Obama Administration filed its formal intended determined national contribution (INDC) at the United Nations as part of a process agreed to at earlier U.N. climate change conferences. Other nations are supposed to issue their INDCs before the up climate change meetup in Paris this coming December. The idea is to see if all of the INDCs added up will be adequate to prevent "dangerous anthropogenic interference" with the climate as agreed to under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change back in 1992. The White House Fact Sheet says that the Obama…
  • Obama Doubles His Commutation Total in One Day

    Jacob Sullum
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Today President Obama issued more commutations than he did in the first 75 months of his administration, suggesting that his new openness to clemency petitions may be having a real impact. The 22 prisoners whose sentences Obama shortened today are all serving time for drug offenses, most commonly involving crack cocaine. The crack offenders received sentences ranging from 20 years to life but will instead end up serving seven to 22 years. The list also includes four cocaine powder dealers serving terms ranging from 20 years to life, three methamphetamine dealers with the same sentencing…
  • DOJ Introduces New Restrictions on Asset Forfeiture That May Help Small Businesses

    Scott Shackford
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    This afternoon the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy restraining asset forfeiture that could potentially be a boon to small businesses previously been swept up in some really terrible IRS investigations. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered higher thresholds for a particular type of asset forfeiture that has gotten both the DOJ and the IRS some very bad publicity. They’ve been going after small, cash-centered businesses because their manner of operations mimics behavior by people trying to avoid having report financial deposits, even though don't appear to be trying to…
  • Indiana Continues Consuming Entire News Cycles, Clinton’s Email Scandal Continues, Jeb Bush Supports Mass Surveillance: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence held a press conference today saying he wants to adjust the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act to make sure it can’t be used by businesses to deny services to people. The Department of Justice announced this afternoon it is going to restrict the use of asset forfeiture in "illegal structuring" bank deposit cases to wait until charges are filed or additional criminal activity is determined. These are the cases where small businesses were getting caught up because they were making frequent deposits under the threshold to report the deposits. The State…
  • Buzzfeed Engages in Self-Reflexive Media Malpractice with Headline 'Rand Paul Doesn't Believe in the Concept of Gay Rights'

    Brian Doherty
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Buzzfeed goes for a very weak and misleading attack on Rand Paul today, completely distorting his meaning to any typical reader in both headline and text: "Rand Paul Doesn't Believe in the Concept of Gay Rights." They got this scoop, no less, in "a videotaped interview that has received little attention since it was recorded in 2013!" (YouTubers seeking to up your channel's hits, start larding it with old Rand Paul video, since an army of oppo journalists and candidates will be watching til their eyes fall out.) Paul, naturally, went on to say how of course there should be no legal punishment…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

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

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

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • Onkar Ghate at the Cato Institute: We Need to Challenge the Entitlement Morality

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Here’s the mystery: although most Americans say they support cutting government spending in general, they nevertheless oppose cutting any specific program—least of all the so-called entitlement programs that are driving today’s torrent of spending: Social Security and Medicare.
  • What You Missed on Today’s Yaron Brook Show

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, ARI’s Elan Journo guest hosted. Elan interviewed Rituparna Basu, ARI’s health care policy analyst, about Obamacare.
  • Monday on the Yaron Brook Show: Obamacare’s Endgame, the Middle East Ablaze

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Tune in Monday, March 30 for an all new episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Elan Journo will once again guest host. Topics will include: a wide-ranging conversation with Rituparna Basu about what Obamacare is doing to American health care five years after its passage, and where it is taking us in the years ahead; what’s causing the wars raging across the Middle East.
  • Upcoming Event: The FDA Should be Abolished

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    If you’re in the New York City area, join me this Tuesday, March 31, for a panel discussion on the future of the FDA. I will be arguing that the FDA is a threat to our health and should be abolished. I will be joined by the Manhattan Institute’s Yevgeniy Feyman, who will argue that the FDA should be reformed but retained.
  • What You Missed on This Week’s The Yaron Brook Show

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 pm
    On the last episode of The Yaron Brook Show, ARI’s Elan Journo filled in for Yaron, who is traveling in South America. If you missed the episode, listen below to hear Elan’s take on the latest foreign policy issues in the Middle East.
 
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Meritocracies Care About Profits, Not Gender

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Heather Mac Donald, WSJA San Francisco jury late last week rejected a $16 million gender-discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. This triumph of common sense, though, represents merely a minor setback in the feminist crusade against AmericaÂ’s most vibrant economic sector. The chance that Silicon Valley can preserve its ruthlessly meritocratic culture under a continuing feminist onslaught is slim.
  • Greens Gone Wild on College Campuses

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    Naomi Riley, New York PostIf you want to understand how thick the bubble around higher education is, try this experiment: Ask the parent of a 12-year-old if they think higher education is “sustainable.”Most likely, they will think you’re referring to college costs, as in, “Is it sustainable for Fordham to continue to charge $65,000 a year? And will it be forced to stop before my child starts his freshman year?”
  • The Day the 1968 Campaign Turned

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    Carl Cannon, RealClearPoliticsMarch 31 is the birthday of the late Cesar Chavez, the Arizona-born union and Latino activist whose lifelong crusade to improve the lot of migrant and agricultural workers in this country continues to this day. Chavez would have turned 88 today.It is also the anniversary of one of the most stunning announcements in American political history. It came on the evening of March 31, 1968, at the end of a lengthy Oval Office speech by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on the progress of the Vietnam War.After detailing the steps he was authorizing, some of which had been…
  • The Other Cost of Climate Change

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Jonathan Franzen, The New YorkerLast September, as someone who cares more about birds than the next man, I was following the story of the new stadium that the Twin Cities are building for their football Vikings. The stadium’s glass walls were expected to kill thousands of birds every year, and local bird-lovers had asked its sponsors to use a specially patterned glass to reduce collisions; the glass would have raised the stadium’s cost by one tenth of one per cent, and the sponsors had balked.
  • A Perfect Storm of Hysteria and Legal Ignorance

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    Rich Lowry, NROIndiana is experiencing its two minutes of hate.It is doubtful that since its admittance into the union in 1816, the heretofore inoffensive Midwestern state has ever been showered with so much elite obloquy.IndianaÂ’s sin is that its legislature passed and Governor Mike Pence signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, setting out a legal standard for cases involving a clash between a personÂ’s exercise of religion and the stateÂ’s laws.To listen to the critics, youÂ’d think the law was drafted by a joint committee of attorneys…
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Harry Reid vs. the Smooth Deal

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will.Charismatic he is not. He sometimes stumbles in his choice of words and utterly fails a series of other Beltway tests. For example, our era claims to revere authenticity but prefers contrived personalities that seem warm and solicitous. Reid refuses to try to be someone he isn’t — I doubt he could pull it off even if he wanted to — and gets little credit for being resolutely himself. Read full article >>
  • What Ted Cruz knows about the battle for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz is a decided underdog for the Republican presidential nomination, but he understands where his opening lies. And this, in turn, tells us a lot about the shape of the contest and the fight the GOP is about to have.Read full article >>
  • This is no way to ease inequality

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.Read full article >>
  • The high cost of Netanyahu’s comeback

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election polling — by law, polls can’t be published within five days of voting — showed Netanyahu’s Likud Party trailing Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union, the main opposition that allies Israel’s historic center-left Labor Party with the smaller centrist party of former foreign minister Tzipi Livni. Read full article >>
  • The Senate’s 47 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:41 pm
    In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea.Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that, “if they want to prevent a war, they need to prevail upon Saddam Hussein to provide unrestricted, unfettered access to the weapons inspectors.”Read full article >>
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. (K. Gibran) — The good and the bad, all serve a purpose. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? (F. Scully) — The sweetest rewards require the longest reach. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. (J. Kabat-Zinn) — When a storm hits, grab your wetsuit and hang ten! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Love consists in this: 2 solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. (R. Rilke) — Connection is as vital as oxygen. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Courage doesn't roar. It's the quiet voice saying 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Radmacher) — Softly refusing to give up. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Creamer: Tribute to a Stand-Up Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: Friday, Senator Harry Reid announced he would step down at the end of this term -- ending a decade-plus of strong, effective progressive leadership of Democrats in the Senate. His announcement set off a wave of speculation about who would run to succeed him as Senate Democratic Leader. Most observers believed the announcement would serve as the starting gun for a year-and-a-half-long struggle between former roommates Dick Durbin of Illinois, the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten examines "Why Harry Reid Chose Chuck Schumer," while The Nation's John Nichols explains why "Harry Reid's Replacement Must Be Progressive and Effective." Meanwhile, National Journal's Andrea Drusch profiles Catherine Cortez Masto, "The Woman Harry Reid Wants to Replace Him in the Senate." Associated Press reports on "Florida Democrats Look For A Way To End Election Woes," and notes: "Then there's money. Florida has 12 million voters and 10 media markets. It costs millions to get a message across the state and Democrats have been badly outspent in non-presidential…
  • For many Neo-Cons the real objective of bombing Iran's nuclear sites is to build support for an invasion. For this, a failure could be more useful than success. That's why they seem untroubled by the unrealistic assumptions on which they rest their case.

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    America is now witnessing the beginning of a mini-boomlet of calls for a large scale aerial bombing campaign aimed at crippling or destroying Iran's nuclear installations. Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Joshua Muravchik, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies have taken to the editorial pages of the New York Times and Washington Post to press the case that a bombing campaign is the best way to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. As it happens, both of these authors have advocated exactly this same course of action at various times in the past, a…
  • "Flat Tax" Redux: a Primer

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    It occurred to me yesterday that we were hearing less about "tax reform" on the GOP presidential campaign trail than we were about that old chestnut, the "flat tax." So I figured I'd do a quick explainer at the Washington Monthly for those confused by the various forms of this bad idea: Technically speaking, all a "flat" tax means is that whatever is being taxed will be taxed at uniform rates. So the very concept pretty much rules out progressive taxation. "Flat" tax advocates who also emphasize "simplicity"--you know, a tax form you could print out on a post card--are generally alluding to a…
  • Obamacare Diss Ploy Backfires Big Time

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Republican Congresswomen Cathy McMorris Rodgers apparently had nothing better to do with her time than hatch a facebook scam bashing President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act. So she requested her constituents to submit Obamacare slams. But Jen Hayden reports at Daily Kos that it didn't go quite as planned. Some examples: I work for cancer care northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I'm a die hard conservative and I'm asking you to stop just slamming Obamacare. Fix it, change it or come up with a better idea!
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • ‘Lack of transparency in AAP alienating workers': Mayank Gandhi’s dig at leadership

    Gautam
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    AAP leader Mayank Gandhi contended on Saturday that the lack of transparency within the party was alienating workers, a reflection of the growing rift between him and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Gandhi had earlier said in a post on his blog that Kejriwal insisted on the ouster of senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Aam Aadmi Party’s political affairs committee at a national executive meeting on Wednesday. He contended their removal went “against the overwhelming sentiments” of AAP volunteers. In another post on his blog on Saturday, the leader from…
  • Kejriwal to step down as AAP convenor?

    Gautam
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:56 am
    Amid the last-ditch efforts to tide over the differences within, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is learnt to have offered to step down as Aam Aadmi Party national convenor ahead of the party’s national executive meeting on Wednesday. Owing to ill health, the Mr. Kejriwal will be leaving for Bengaluru in the evening for 10 days’ naturopathy treatment, and may not attending the national executive meeting, during which the fate of two senior party leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav would be decided. Both the senior leaders are expected to attend the meeting. While Mr.
  • NDA hits out at Nitish, Cong says Manjhi quit as BJP panicked

    Gautam
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    NDA today accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of “sacrificing” a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s “panic” behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its “conspiracy” in Bihar elections. “Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back. “Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on…
  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

    Alka Anand Singh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    11:59 am: The flypast concludes with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais. 11:58 am:  Three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron carry out a breath-taking Trishul formation over the Rajpath. The Su-30 MkI aircraft split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. 11:56 am: Five Jaguars flypast in Arrowhead formation, followed by five Mig-29s Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” in Fulcrum style. 11:56 am: Trailing them is a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising…
  • Amit Shah Defends Projecting Kiran Bedi As Delhi Chief Minister

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
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  • Signs of Life in the Eurozone

    Nouriel Roubini
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The latest economic data from the eurozone suggest that recovery may finally be at hand. But a more robust and sustained upturn in job creation and income growth still faces a broad array of daunting challenges.
  • Unnecessary Instability

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The risks posed by larger public deficits have focused attention on “potential output growth,” a concept originally created by economists for economists. The concept's imprecision and volatility have weakened the EU’s fiscal pact, and Europe's leaders need to reconsider their approach.
  • The Growth Conundrum

    Laura Tyson, et al.
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    While rapid economic growth, such as that realized over the past 50 years, is critical to support development, we now also know that it can have serious adverse consequences, particularly for the environment. How can we balance the imperatives of growth and development with the need to ensure sustainability?
  • The Trials of Asian Democracy

    Yuriko Koike
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    These are times of trial – literally in the courts – for a growing number of Asia’s democracies. The list of political leaders in the region who have faced or are facing criminal charges has grown so long that it is plausible to wonder whether democracy itself can survive in a number of these countries.
  • China and Global Governance

    Javier Solana
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The West has failed to accord China — much less the other major emerging economies — the degree of influence over global governance structures that it merits. But this is about to change, because China has decided that it will no longer sit still for it.
 
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  • Raw-G Drops a Hard Hitting New Song ‘Sangre’

    mrDaveyd
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    No More War.. Love Flows Through these Veins… This is the hook to an incredible new song called Sangre from Oakland based artist Gina Madrid aka Raw G and singer Nikila aka MamaWisdom1. They represents a growing breed of artists who unapologetic about using their music to make hard hitting political statements. Glad to see so many Oakland artists stepping up and doing incredible music that helps shift our thinking and get us to be more conscious.. Shout out to Raw G and Nikila for delivering an heartfelt song in such troubled times.. We Need more music like this.. salute‬…
  • Some Thoughts on the DOJ Ferguson Report

    mrDaveyd
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 pm
    A couple of things to keep in mind about the DOJ’s Ferguson Report. First, all it does is confirm many of the things that independent media has long been reporting and what folks from Ferguson had long been articulating.. Sadly for more than a few folks, what was being asserted is now legitimate because the DOJ says so… I’ll let folks think on that for a minute.. Because folks may have dreads, not speak the king’s English or have a fancy degree or title next to their name, important truths were ignored.. and when I say ignored, I don’t mean folks didn’t…
  • Khan: A 9/11 Every Other Day

    mrDaveyd
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Freelance Journalist Nida Khan In early 2010, I was engaged in an interesting discussion with a cab driver on the bustling streets of Karachi, Pakistan.  Like any good cabbie, he was in tune with the pulse of the city, and could articulate the general mood and climate of the area.  We talked at length about U.S.-Pakistan relations, but one statement he made in particular will stick with me perhaps forever:  “We have a 9/11 every other day,” he said. Still trying to process the immense tragedy of last Tuesday’s attack at the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan…
  • Christmas Eve: Protests, Drama & Cop Shootings

    mrDaveyd
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    So it’s Christmas Eve, a time when we are supposed to have good will toward one another and spread peace. Sadly there is much turmoil across the land. First we have in Houston, Texas a Grand Jury decided NOT to charge a Houston police officer named Juventino Castro who shot and killed an unarmed man named Jordan Baker earlier this year.. Castro who was off duty at the time, but in uniform saw Baker riding his bike and mistook him for wearing a hoodie. He said Baker fit the description of a robbery suspect. He said when he approached Jordan, he ran away and then turned around and charged…
  • A Tale of 2 Cop Killers and the Movements Attached to Them

    mrDaveyd
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Hope folks are paying close attention to whats playing out right now.. Police departments all over the country have put themselves on high alert and talking about safety concerns and how they can handle things differently… Many of these departments will be sending officers to NY for the funerals of the two were ambushed… Its important that folks look back at how police departments publicly responded in the aftermath of two ambushes that took place in June of this year (2014).. The most notable one involves convicted felon Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda who hung out at Cliven…
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  • Smartphone Users Tracked by Apps an Average of every Three Minutes

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Using a smartphone can mean revealing your whereabouts nearly all the time, according to new research performed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.   Working with nearly two dozen smartphone owners using the Android operating system over a two-week period, researchers found some apps collected GPS data from those phones an average of every three minutes.   The average was calculated after the computer scientists found that about a dozen or so Android apps gathered GPS data 6,200 times per study participant during the two weeks.   Some of the apps mentioned in…
  • Through Medicare, Taxpayers Spent $4.5 Billion Last Year on New Hepatitis C Drugs…but they Work

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Medicare spending on new hepatitis C drugs has soared in recent years, costing taxpayers more money than ever on these therapies. But the good news, supporters of the spending increase say, the drugs are highly effective in helping patients with liver problems.   In 2014, Medicare allocated $4.5 billion on several new drugs designed to combat hepatitis C, a form of liver disease, according to ProPublica. The spending was more than 15 times higher than what the federal program spent the year before ($286 million) on older hepatitis C drugs.   The new therapies are very expensive,…
  • Citizens’ Growing Protests against Border Patrol Checkpoints Inside the U.S.

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    Some Americans are refusing to answer questions at Border Patrol checkpoints set up many miles away from U.S. borders, believing the questions posed by Border Patrol agents are unacceptable for law abiding citizens.   Many of these protestors are also using their dashboard cameras to record their encounters with agents, some of whom have resorted to breaking windows, dragging motorists from their vehicles and detaining them, according to The Houston Chronicle.   The newspaper reports “these travelers are among the latest to join what appears to be an informal alliance of…
  • Alabama Judges Override Juries and Order Death Sentences…if There’s an Election Coming Up

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    The worst time to be tried for murder in Alabama is in an election year, when state judges are prone to upgrade punishment to death in capital cases in order to curry favor with voters.   Alabama is one of three states (Delaware and Florida being the others) that grant judges the authority to override jury sentences and impose the death penalty. Since Florida rarely uses the judicial override and Delaware has abolished the death penalty, Alabama is the only state to use the option on a routine basis, according to the Christian Science Monitor.   Statistics show that Alabama judges,…
  • All-Time Highest Temperature Recorded in Antarctica

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Things are heating up in Antarctica, which recently registered the warmest temperature ever recorded there.   Base Esperanza, controlled by Argentina and located near the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, recorded a temperature of 63.5°F on March 24, according to the Weather Underground. That was nearly four degrees higher than the previous high for the continent (59.0°F), which was recorded at Vanda Station on January 5, 1974. Esperanza’s previous record high was 62.7°F, taken on April 24, 1961.   The Esperanza reading came just one day after another…
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  • Arkansas: we can do Indiana one better!

    AZ BlueMeanie
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Back in February I asked, Where is the national outrage over Arkansas’ SB 202?: The national news media is not paying attention. And the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce is sitting on its hands saying nothing in response to a similar … Continue reading →
  • Indianapolis Star: Fix This Now!

    AZ BlueMeanie
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The Indianapolis Star in a front page editorial today opines, Editorial: Gov. Pence, fix ‘religious freedom’ law now: We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history. And much is at stake. Our image. Our reputation as a state that … Continue reading →
  • Three ballot measures to preempt Cathi Herrod and CAP

    AZ BlueMeanie
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Earlier this year the political pundits were all patting themselves on the back because the Tea-Publican Arizona legislature had not reintroduced the so-called “religious liberty” (license to discriminate) bill, SB 1062, that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last year after a … Continue reading →
  • Cathi’s Clown signs ‘junk science’ abortion bill – cue the lawyers

    AZ BlueMeanie
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    Arizona’s unelected “31st Senator,” high-priced lobbyist and campaign adviser to Dicey Doug Ducey,  Cathi Herrod, got her quid pro quo yesterday — Il Duce signed the unconstitutional “junk science” abortion bill from the Christian Taliban Center for Arizona Policy (CAP). … Continue reading →
  • Farm Animals 1 Women 0 in Arizona. Woman sentenced to decades in jail for stillbirth in Indiana

    Donna Gratehouse
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com Bad day for women’s rights on Monday. People in the Arizona animal rights community are happy, and rightly so, with Governor Doug Ducey’s veto of a bill straight out of Big Ag that would loosen animal cruelty … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

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

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

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

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

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
 
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  • Today: Public Meeting on Possible Relocation of Alcatraz Landing

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The National Park Service will hold a public meeting this afternoon to discuss a new long-term location for the ferry landing taking visitors to Alcatraz Island. The options include keeping the existing landing at Pier 31 1/2, moving back to the previous site at Pier 41, or moving to Pier 3 near Fort Mason, park service officials said. The park service is seeking a long-term location for visitors to catch ferries to tours of the island’s famous prison. Ferry contracts have to be renewed every 10 years and the new contracts have necessitated location changes in the past, most recently in…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Man Shot in Leg in San Francisco Bayview Neighborhood A man was shot in the leg after shopping and leaving a store in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood Monday night, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The shooting took place at about 11:30 p.m. near Jennings Street and Fitzgerald Avenue, police said. The injured man was taken to a hospital. Man Armed with Kitchen Knive Robs Mission Terrace Bank A man armed with a kitchen knife robbed a bank in San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood on Monday afternoon, police said. The suspect, described as a man around 35…
  • Monday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Three Arrested After Violent Fight With Glass Bottles and Basball Bats Three male transients were arrested Sunday evening after an altercation turned violent at a restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District, according to police. The incident was reported at 5:11 p.m. Sunday at a restaurant in the 3300 block of 24th Street when a group of men started throwing glass bottles after being asked to leave. A fight ensued and three suspects attacked two victims with a baseball bat, police said. Suspect Carlos Pinula, 30, was struck twice during the course of the fight and was taken to San…
  • Friday News Roundup

    Andrew Cullen
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Panel To Look At Concealed Carry Restrictions A federal appeals court in San Francisco announced Thursday that a special 11-judge panel will reconsider whether counties can restrict the carrying of concealed weapons by law-abiding citizens. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the expanded panel will review two decisions in which a three-judge panel of the court last year struck down concealed-carry restrictions in San Diego and Yolo counties. The court said the 11-judge panel will hear arguments on the two cases during the week of June 15, on a date to be announced later. A California…
  • SFPD Headquarters Moving to New Building to Escape Infrastructure Issues

    Andrew Cullen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    The SFPD headquarters is moving into the newly constructed Public Safety Building in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood this week, leaving behind a seismically deficient Hall of Justice building suffering from recurring power outages and HVAC problems. The new $243 million Public Safety Building, located on Third Street, about two blocks south of AT&T Park, is the first step in a ten-year city plan to move occupants of the Hall of Justice to secure and safe buildings. On Saturday, the police department’s Southern station will become operational out of the new building. The…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • 5 Reasons Why Voters Don’t Trust Your Online Campaign

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

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

    Online Candidate
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    First impressions will make or break a voter's support. The campaign material you distribute should always be your best work.
  • Check Out Our New Political Platform Tool

    Online Candidate
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
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  • 5 Tips To Mix Online Into Your First Fundraising Event

    Online Candidate
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    With some planning, you can turn your first fundraising event into something that increases awareness, gains you more interest in your campaign - and perhaps brings in some additional money!
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Remember That Guy Who Harassed The Women at Chic-fil-A?

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Well, that guy claims he is now on food stamps.Yes, Adam M. Smith was fired from his high paying CFO job and now has been forced into unemployment and he is now collecting food stamps from the government. His wife has now had to go to work and he is at home taking care of their boys.This story was also featured on a special that I happened to catch on TV. I believe it was on ABC News 20/20.I am seeing a lot of stuff on my Facebook wall - "karma's a bitch!" and "Justice served chicken style!"Okay, yeah I agree. What this guy did was douche-bag multiplied by a thousand.The man had a problem…
  • 25 Years Ago Madonna's Truth or Dare

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:16 am
    I remember going to the theater to see this first-of-its-kind (not really), documentary Truth or Dare. It's hard to believe it was 25 years ago - holy cow! Am I really that old? Oh yeah.I was definitely a Madonna fan but, as the years have gone by, I guess you could say my interest in her has generally faded. However, there are times when her name comes up and I will read an article or watch a performance (The Super Bowl being the last). This last week, I had come upon a recent interview that Madonna did with Howard Stern.The English accent of hers was gone and while the interview by itself…
  • Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have nothing to add. This video says it all.
  • The Fall of Brian Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    ALEX WONG/GETTYThe recent story where Williams made claims to being in Iraq and nearly shot down have led to him being suspended for six months without pay.It turns out that he has been telling a version of this story for quite some time but none of the versions appear to be remotely truthful. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night.Just prior to his suspension, he did make an attempt to apologize:A…
  • Why I Cannot Believe Amanda Knox

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    Amanda Knox SourceThis article is written with the assumption that the reader has a general understanding of the case. If you are one of the lucky ones who currently know little to nothing about this case, it might behoove you to just continue ignoring it. I will not be held responsible for any reader being sucked into the Knox-vortex. It is time consuming and life-sucking.Read more »
 
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  • And you think those anti-immigration mugs were bad? Labour's 'appalling gutter politics' on drugs

    Tim Wigmore
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Labour now prioritises crude electioneering over reforming drug policy to save lives.  Labour's new campaign leaflet Photograph: Labour party Labour has attracted a lot of scorn for its already notorious “Controls on immigration. I’m voting Labour” mug. If this can be accused of pandering to prejudice, the party’s new campaign leaflet is much, much worse. As the Guardian reports, Labour has found a new line of attack against the Liberal Democrats: soft on drugs. Labour says Nick Clegg’s party “would end prison sentences for drug possession – even for the hardest drugs like…
  • In denying people a say on Europe, Labour disgraces its own history

    David Skelton
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Labour's refusal to even consider a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union is a betrayal of its history and an embarrasment to its radical tradition. Official pamphlets from the 1975 referendum campaign. Photo: Getty The left in British politics has a proud heritage of enfranchising working class voters and ensuring that working people have a say in how their country is run. It’s a radical tradition that stretches back to the Levellers, through the Chartists, the Suffragettes and the founders of the Labour Party at the turn of the century. In rejecting a referendum on the…
  • Pollster Lord Ashcroft retires from the House of Lords to pursue his other interests

    Anoosh Chakelian
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    The grand high Lord of polling will stop being a peer with immediate effect. Lord Ashcroft will no longer sit in the House of Lords. Photo: Getty The star pollster of this election, Lord Ashcroft, is retiring from the House of Lords with immediate effect. He has decided that his other pursuits are an obstacle to him devoting enough time to parliament. Yet retired peers are allowed to keep their title and use the House's facilities if they choose. Here's the statement from his website: Earlier this year Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker, said that any Member of the House of Lords who can…
  • The shadow cabinet split over Labour's immigration mug reflects a deeper divide

    George Eaton
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Ed Balls believes a tough message is essential but Chuka Umunna and Sadiq Khan are warier.  Ed Balls and Chuka Umunna at the Policy Network Conference at the Science Museum on July 3, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. No piece of Labour merchandise has divided opinion more sharply than the mug pledging "controls on immigration". Diane Abbott described it as "shameful", adding that "the real problem is that immigration controls are one of our five pledges at all".  When questioned on the subject yesterday, shadow cabinet ministers made little attempt to disguise their distaste. Chuka Umunna…
  • A manifesto launch with a difference: Left Unity attacks Labour from a Soho squat

    Anoosh Chakelian
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    The new party of the left, Left Unity, launched its manifesto at a squat in Soho with a speech by Ken Loach condemning the main parties. Ingestre Court, an occupied Soho building, hosted Left Unity's manifesto launch. Ingestre Court, a towerblock of crumbling concrete reaching out from the heart of London’s Soho, has some new residents. Squatters, from a campaign group called Love Activists London, moved in five weeks ago. This is the seventeenth large prominent building in the capital the group has occupied since December last year. The squatters have already been turfed out of such big…
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  • Online poll about the Anti-corruption Law going through the Senate

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Today, Tuesday 31 March from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm, each signed up member of the M5S can express their preference in relation to the Anti-corruption Law that the Senate is about to vote on, and decide how the M5S spokespersons should vote. Tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April 2015, there’ll be the final vote in the Senate on the Anti-corruption package and after that it will be passed to the Lower House. The vote is on a basic document that also includes Senate document number 19 presented by the president of the Senate, Piero Grasso, after being completely altered in the last few months by the…
  • Passaparola - How to create a Synergistic Garden (#OrtoSinergico) and forget about the supermarket, by Alessio Mancin

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    New Twitter Gallery Nourishing the planet? A few months from now we will remember the EXPO as being the craziest festival of the century. While it was being organised, many of the contracted companies and the organisers landed up under investigation, and yet others will follow suit. Six months after the EXPO takes place in Milan, all that will remain is an expanse of concrete. Eat that if you can. The Blog interviewed Alessio Mancin, lecturer at the free synergistic farming school , who explains how to develop a synergistic vegetable patch and thereby eat fresh vegetables straight from the…
  • #Rai under government control

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    “The reform of the RAI announced yesterday by the government wlll not mean that public TV is liberated from the world of politics. There’ll be no reversal of current behaviour. In fact, quite the opposite, the situation will get worse. It is the Gasparri 2.0. It isn’t a “manu militari“ occupation of the RAI but it’s not far off. The blitz of the “giglio magico” {magic lily} on what should be the country’s main cultural organisation is ready. We have a draft law prepared by the government that delivers complete control of the RAI into the hands of the governing coalition and…
  • Just one man in command #FermiamoRenzie

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    There are worrying parallels between Andrea Lubitz, the copilot of the Germanwings Airbus A320 that smashed into the French Alps, and Matteo Renzi who is crashing Italy. In each case there is just one man in command. Both of them have closed themselves inside, eliminating any outside interference. While inside the cockpit, Lubitz locked the cockpit door; Renzie has eliminated the Senate and any internal opposition and he has reduced parliament to being a ratifier of legal decrees. The Airbus passengers only understood at the last moment that the copilot was taking them towards disaster, after…
  • Words are no longer enough

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    Words are no longer enough. Denunciation is no longer enough. Against thieves and corrupt people it’s no longer enough. The lies of the Government and of its third-rate huckster, no longer hold water. Outrage is no longer enough. Institutional respect is no longer enough. Parliament no longer exists, it no longer represents anything, unconstitutional roulade of appointed people. Words are no longer enough. Corruption is never enough for them. Organised crime is no longer enough. Everything’s overflowing. Words, our words, demonstrations, elections, are no longer enough. We have to invent…
 
 
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  • Eric Holder Issues New Asset Forfeiture Restrictions for Structuring Offenses

    Adam Bates
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Adam Bates Today Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines to federal prosecutors tightening the rules for seizing assets for so-called “structuring” offenses. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, structuring occurs when someone is suspected of arranging their financial transactions as to avoid triggering a report to the federal government by the financial institution.  Some of civil asset forfeiture’s most egregious abuses are the result of federal prosecutors utilizing this nebulous statute to empty the bank accounts of unwitting citizens and small businesses who are never charged…
  • Over-Budget Hospitals

    Nicole Kaeding
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Nicole Kaeding The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is plagued with problems. Veterans wait months for medical care and have few options for accessing non-VHA providers. In addition to all of the issues relating to providing health care, construction of VA medical facilities is mismanaged, which burdens taxpayers with billions of dollars in extra costs. However, the VHA might be trying to change direction. Glenn Haggstrom, the individual who oversees VHA construction, “stepped down” last week after being put under internal investigation. Hopefully, he will be replaced by a…
  • How Will the TPP Impact Vietnam's "Nonmarket Economy" Designation?

    K. William Watson
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    K. William Watson When deciding whether to impose antidumping duties on imports from Vietnam, the United States uses what’s known as nonmarket economy (NME) methodology.  That is, instead of comparing a product’s U.S. price with the price for the same or similar product in Vietnam, U.S. authorities compare it with a fictitious price constructed using surrogate values from third countries. The use of NME methodology is prohibited under the rules of the World Trade Organization.  But when Vietnam and China joined the WTO, they each agreed that the use of NME methodology would be permitted…
  • Tim Cook’s Moral Confusion—and Intolerance

    Roger Pilon
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Roger Pilon Few recent battles have seized the nation’s moral compass quite as emotionally as the one going on in Indiana right now, pitting defenders of religious liberty against opponents of discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook brings the moral confusion surrounding the battle to a head this morning with his op-ed in the Washington Post. Lumping together both legitimate and illegitimate “religious freedom restoration acts,” he writes, “they go against the very principles our nation was founded on.” Really? Let’s see if that claim…
  • Colorado Pushes Back against Oklahoma and Nebraska Marijuana Suit

    Adam Bates
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Adam Bates In 2012, the people of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana through a state constitutional amendment, which went into effect in January of 2014.  Two of Colorado’s neighbors, Nebraska and Oklahoma, subsequently filed a lawsuit urging the U.S. Supreme Court to prohibit the state of Colorado from constructing a regulatory regime for the marijuana industry.  Last Friday, Colorado filed its response The Nebraska/Oklahoma argument: because the federal government, through the Controlled Substances Act, has banned marijuana, states are not allowed to contradict that ban by creating a…
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  • On Jesus’ Death, part 1 of 4: Imposter Theory and Secular Evidence

    sirrahc
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:56 pm
    It’s getting close to Easter (aka “Resurrection Day”) again and, as usual, I wanted to come up with something relevant for my readers. I was casting about for something with a theological/apologetical flavor and eventually remembered an old manuscript I was working on back in 2003 & 2004, which I decided to, um, resurrect. So, […]
  • Why People Believe and Why People Kill: Countering Dennett and Harris

    sirrahc
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    A few weeks ago, I said I would be sharing a few more passages from Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book Atheist Delusions. In this citation from early in the book, Hart is in the midst of pointing out some of the bad arguments, poor understanding of both religion and history, and sanctimony in the anti-religious […]
  • In Favor of the Legalization of Medical Marijuana

    sirrahc
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “You have to go to the doctor. You have to be diagnosed with the debilitating disease or medical condition. You have to get that diagnosis in writing. You have to send that written diagnosis to the Department of Health and wait for the department to send you an identification card in order to become a […]
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things

    sirrahc
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  — John Adams, Esq., Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, Dec. 4, 1770. We all, at some time or another, are guilty […]
  • Primer on Net Neutrality

    sirrahc
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:53 pm
    “Title II regulation of the Internet is a solution in search of a problem.”  — Logan Albright, Research Analyst at FreedomWorks I confess, I have been putting off taking the time & effort to get up to speed on this whole “Net Neutrality” thing. I mean, I had the gist of it but didn’t know […]
 
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  • Yet Another Brutal Murder Shocks Bangladesh

    Will Calhoun
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Following the brutal murder of Avijit Roy, another writer has been killed in Bangladesh. Washiqur Rahman, a Bangladeshi blogger, was hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka on March 30. Two men were taken into custody and police are still looking for a third. Rahman, aged 27, used satire against religious fundamentalism as a […] The post Yet Another Brutal Murder Shocks Bangladesh appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Ugly Truth About Being Poor

    Maria Khwaja Bazi
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    At what point does a person get to be a worthy human being rather than carrying “poor” as their label because they can’t afford to look “normal”? I once booked a connecting flight from Dhaka to Istanbul with a layover in Saudi Arabia. For some reason, it seemed like a good idea. At the airport, […] The post The Ugly Truth About Being Poor appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Violence Against Afghan Women Reveals Crisis in Status of Men

    Angela Joya
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:05 am
    The brutal mob attack on a young woman in Kabul reveals the instability of the Afghan government. On March 19, a 27-year-old Afghan woman named Farkhunda was attacked in the center of Kabul in bright daylight, wrongly accused of burning a copy of the Quran. Kabul police initially tried to protect the woman, but they eventually handed her […] The post Violence Against Afghan Women Reveals Crisis in Status of Men appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Moves to Soccer

    James Dorsey
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Allegations of war crimes and calls to suspend Israel from FIFA dominate Palestinian and Israeli soccer. Legal and diplomatic battles in United Nations (UN) organizations and international sport associations are likely to shape Israeli-Palestinian ties following Binyamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory. The contours of the coming battles are emerging on soccer pitches even before Netanyahu forms […] The post Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Moves to Soccer appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • For Native Americans, Sex Didn’t Come With Guilt

    John Steckley
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    For the Aboriginal people of North America, sex was not associated with guilt.        The Wendat (Huron) are an Aboriginal people whose descendants live in four communities across North America – in Quebec, Michigan, Kansas and Oklahoma – and separately across the continent. Their ancestors of the 17th century became well-known in Europe […] The post For Native Americans, Sex Didn’t Come With Guilt appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • Remedii si idei de tratamente interesante sunt de gasit in produse naturiste online

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Tratamentele facute de pe ureche au fost inlocuite in timp cu vizitele la medic si cumpararea de produse din ce in ce mai bune, in special naturale, alternative pentru diverse boli si pentru ficat. Si pentru ca deplasarea la farmacie nu prea e placuta si nici nu incanta pe nimeni, farmaciile mari si-au deschis si magazine online, de unde pacientii pot cumpara tot ce au nevoie, atat medicamente de sinteza, cat si cele naturiste.Avantajele produse naturiste online sunt multiple, dintre cele mai importante amintim rapiditatea comenzii, documentarea online inainte de cumparare, diversitatea de…
  • Progrese importante facute gratie berii

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    Succesul Americii Coloniale. Inflorirea Americii coloniale nu ar fi fost posibila fara istoria bauturii favorite, berea. Europenii din acea perioada nu prea erau fani ai apei obisnuite. Considerata nesigura, oamenii preferau sa bea bere. Cu cat inaintau spre sud, colonistii incepeau sa dea de apa infestata cu bacterii si plina de microbi, asa ca berea era pe lista de prioritati.Pe vase, berea nu li se dadea pasagerilor si era pastrata pentru echipaj, care se temea sa consume orice fel de apa. In colonia Virginia, prin 1630 a inceput sa se produca bere. Pentru ca numarul celor care au murit in…
  • Prelungeste viata echipamentelor automatizari apeland la servicii service automatizari

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Pentru ca o automatizare facuta pe orice tip de echipament sa functioneze in parametri normali trebuie sa se asigure service automatizari in ideea intretinerii si prevenirii defectelor. Pe masura ce se agraveaza, defectele si imprefectiunile duc la degradarea mecanismului care sta la baza automatizarii si se pierde orice posibilitate de actionare a acesteia. Daca defectiunile sunt remediate la timp, echipamentele nu vor fi inlocuite, se va face economie de bani si acestea vor functiona timp indelungat.Firmele specializate in asigurare service respecta termenele, actioneaza rapid si au…
  • Primul concert

    11 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Adolescent fiind, mi-am invitat prietena la un concert de exceptie, tinut de o filarmonica din afara, interesat mai mult de ea decit de muzica clasica, despre care nu stiam mai nimic. Dupa ce se stinsera luminile si orchestra ataca primul scherzo, am inceput sa-i bijbii sinii, sfirsind prin a-i baga mina pe sub fusta, lucru care o scadaliza si iesi afara.- Orice ai spune, ma apar, interesant sa n-o pierd, toti fac la fel!- Stiu, zice, dar niciunul nu mi-a facut-o in timpul unui concert, care este sfint pentru mine! De data asta te iert, dar sa nu se mai intimple!
  • La ce sa fiti atenti cand cautati un restaurant nunti care sa fie pe placul tuturor

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Mancarea este, cum stie fiecare mireasa, cea care poate cuceri inimile invitatilor la petrecerea de nunta, facandu-i sa se simta bine si sa se bucure de fiecare moment petrecut in restaurante nunti. O modalitate foarte simpla prin care te poti asigura ca invitatii vor avea parte de o experienta de patru stele este sa cauti restaurante bucuresti a caror bucatarie o cunosti deja si o adori. Alegerea de restaurante nunti este la indemana pentru cuplurile care nu vor sa-si bata capul cu detaliile organizarii si asta pentru ca toate aranjamentele vor fi facute de personalul restaurantului…
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  • Thune’s Estate Tax Distortions

    Robert Farley
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    In making his pitch to repeal the estate tax, Sen. John Thune grossly inflated an out-of-date statistic about the percentage of businesses forced to liquidate because of the tax. Thune claimed that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office “said a third of businesses who owe the death tax owe more in taxes than what their assets are worth.” But Thune botched the statistic, leaving out several crucial qualifiers. In fact, the same CBO report that Thune cited concluded the “vast majority of estates, including those of farmers and small-business owners, had enough liquid…
  • Cruz on the Global Cooling Myth and Galileo

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz cited a 1975 Newsweek article on “global cooling” to question the evidence of global warming, and in the process made several incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. The Newsweek story, which did warn of a “cooling world,” has been criticized and largely debunked — by its own author. Cruz’s claim that “advocates of global cooling suddenly shifted to global warming” ignores the fact that there was no scientific consensus in the 1970s about global cooling. Cruz said that “satellite data demonstrate that there has been no…
  • Inhofe on Fracking, Water Contamination

    Dave Levitan
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Sen. James Inhofe says there has never been “an instance of ground water contamination” caused by hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for oil and natural gas. Inhofe’s office told us he is referring only to “the physical act of cracking rocks through hydraulic fracturing.” But drilling operations that involve fracking include other actions that have caused contamination. A peer-reviewed study published in 2014 found that drinking water wells near fracking sites in Pennsylvania and Texas were contaminated with methane that had the chemical signature of…
  • FactChecking Ted Cruz, Part II

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    In announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Ted Cruz painted a bleak picture of “economic stagnation” and “record numbers” of small-business failures. He’s off base on both counts. Far from being stagnant, the U.S. economy has chalked up five straight years of growth, gaining nearly 11.5 million jobs since early 2010. It is actually new business establishment openings that have recently posted the biggest gains on record. The number of business establishment deaths is currently well below the record — which was set in late 2008 . When Cruz announced his…
  • Chicago School Fight

    Alexander Nacht
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools — open to all students tuition-free. Emanuel and Garcia will face off in an April 7 runoff for mayor of Chicago, after no candidate gained a majority of votes in the Feb. 24 election. Emanuel, who served as the first White House chief of staff to President Obama before resigning in 2010 to run for mayor, has made the expansion of charter…
 
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  • Elizabeth Warren To Big Banks: 'Bring It On'

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Elizabeth Warren To Big Banks: 'Bring It On' Elizabeth Warren To Big Banks: 'Bring It On' Has Been Optimized Sen. Elizabeth Warren reaffirmed on March 30 that she would continue to fight against big Wall Street banks, despite the possibility of retaliation.  Citi Group and J.P. Morgan, among others, might not donate to Senate Democrats due to Warren’s ongoing battle to break up those large financial institutions, Reuters reported. Goldman Sachs and Bank of America also discussed Warren’s campaign, but they have not talked about halting their contributions to…
  • Fox News Praises Gov. Mike Pence For Following Bible With Anti-Gay Law (Video)

    Michael Allen
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Fox News Praises Gov. Mike Pence For Following Bible With Anti-Gay Law (Video) Fox News Praises Gov. Mike Pence For Following Bible With Anti-Gay Law (Video) Legal Local Politics TV FoxAndFriendsGovMikePence Has Been Optimized Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has caught quite a bit of heat from Democrats and Republicans for signing a so-called "religious freedom" bill on March 26, which many political and legal observers say will allow the discrimination of gay people based upon religious beliefs. Before interviewing him on March 31, the hosts of Fox News show "Fox & Friends" praised…
  • Potential Presidential Candidates Show Support To Indiana Governor

    Ethan Brown
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Potential Presidential Candidates Show Support To Indiana Governor Potential Presidential Candidates Show Support To Indiana Governor Has Been Optimized Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has received much criticism over the last week for his state’s new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for its perception of discriminating against gays. But some prominent Republicans have spoken out in support of Pence and the legislation. In an interview on March 30 with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush stated his support for Pence. “I think Gov.
  • Indiana Governor Promises to 'Fix' Controversial Law, Blames Media for Backlash

    Ethan Brown
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Indiana Governor Promises to 'Fix' Controversial Law, Blames Media for Backlash Indiana Governor Promises to 'Fix' Controversial Law, Blames Media for Backlash Has Been Optimized In a press conference in Indianapolis on March 31, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence assured critics the state would change its controversial new legislation, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, to protect all citizens based on gender and sexual orientation. In his speech, the governor told state lawmakers to pass a new law quickly and make it understood “that this law does not give businesses the…
  • Indianapolis Mayor Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Rights, Criticizes Religious Rights Law

    Ethan Brown
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Indianapolis Mayor Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Rights, Criticizes Religious Rights Law Indianapolis Mayor Signs Executive Order To Protect LGBT Rights 'Discrimination Is Wrong': Indianapolis Mayor Voices Criticism Of Religious Freedom Law, Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Rights Indianapolis Mayor Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Rights, Criticizes Religious Rights Law Not Optimized Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) broke rank with his own party on Monday (Mar. 30) by signing an executive order that bans discrimination on basis of gender and/or sexual…
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  • Last Night’s UK/Notre Dame Game — in Tweets

    Jonathan Miller
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    So so sad. #boycottnewjersey RT @markcstory Just passed Chris Christie in tunnel. He was shaking head in sadness — Jonathan Miller (@RecoveringPol) March 29, 2015 RT @TheTweetOfGod I just cruelly tormented the fans of a religious institution from Indiana. Draw your own conclusions. #NDvsKY — Jonathan Miller (@RecoveringPol) March 29, 2015 Unbeatables? Undeniables? Unbelievables! — Jonathan Miller (@RecoveringPol) March 29, 2015 Nope. — Has Kentucky Lost (@HasUKLost) March 29, 2015 I feel like room without a roof. #bbn — Jonathan Miller (@RecoveringPol) March 29,…
  • Josh Bowen: Pour a Little Sugar…Out

    Josh Bowen
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Humans have been using sugar since the 5th century. And since that time, humans have been consuming it in record amounts. In fact in 1801, historians estimate each American consumed 8.4 pound of sugar each year. In 1909, Americans consumed 85 pounds of sugar a year (6 lbs of corn sweeteners, 80 lbs of cane and beet sugar). In 1999 Americans consumed 151 pounds of sugar (84 lbs from corn sweeteners). Oh and by the way a person dies from Type 2 Diabetes every 7 seconds and it wasn’t officially discovered until 1935! Wow! There is a direct relationship to the amount of sugar one ingests to the…
  • Greg Harris: The Kase for Kasich

    Greg Harris
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Speculation about a Kasich presidential run is still very much alive and well, and deservedly so. By any objective measure, Ohio’s economic situation has improved greatly under his leadership, which was affirmed in his landslide re-election. Kasich has emerged as somewhat a maverick at a time when other presidential contenders are sounding very much alike in making appeals to a small base of the Republican party (with some exception for Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul). Governor Kasich stands out for a track record that no other contender can offer: a track record of effectiveness at the state…
  • Lauren Mayer: Schadenfreude, Downton Abbey-style

    Lauren Mayer
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    I don’t generally take pleasure in the woes of others, but every now and then it is delicious to see someone get a much-deserved come-uppance.  Like when that speeding shmuck who cut you off 2 miles ago gets pulled over by a cop, or when a morality-preaching evangelical gets caught with his pants down.  So you can’t blame people for gloating a bit about the spectacular (and quick) downfall of resigned Congressman Aaron Schock – he used taxpayers and donors to finance a glamorous, jet-setting lifestyle having nothing to do with his district, and flaunted his exploits…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: March Madness Mittyism

    Jonathan Miller
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Call it pre-spring fever but every year in March (just before the basketball Madness begins), I break out with a serious case of roundball Walter Mittyism (James Thurber’s meek and mild-mannered fictional character with a daring and vivid fantasy life.) Growing up in Kentucky means the usual childhood dreams of grown-up greatness inevitably include, at some point, imagined greatness as a basketball player. For the vast majority of us, basketball greatness never goes beyond the dreaming phase. But it’s a dream that continues to linger posthumously. Kentucky basketball in March is a…
 
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  • Rick Scott Takes Victory Lap on Cutting Car Fees

    Kevin Derby
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., looked back to one of his legislative accomplishments from last year, noting almost 7 million Floridians have saved $196 million due to his effort to slash car registration fees. “Families should be able to keep more of what they earn, and that is why we have remained focused on cutting taxes and fees that directly impact all Floridians,” Scott said on Tuesday. Last year, we reduced the fee on vehicle registrations which has already saved Floridians over $196 million since last September."read more
  • AFP Opposition to Medicaid Expansion Moves to Radio Airwaves

    Kevin Derby
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Fiscal conservative group Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) Florida chapter continued its opposition to a proposed Medicaid expansion on Tuesday as it unveiled a radio ad on the matter. While Medicaid expansion faces the opposition of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and a majority in the upper chamber support it.read more
  • NRCC Chairman Walden Goes to Bat for Carlos Curbelo

    Kevin Derby
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Freshman U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., is a top target for Democrats in 2016 but he is getting some help from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). On Monday, with the first quarter of the year winding down, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oreg., the chairman of the NRCC sent out a fundraising email on Curbelo’s behalf.read more
  • AFP Doubles Down on Opposition to Medicaid Expansion

    Kevin Derby
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Fiscal conservative group Americans for Prosperity’s (AFP) Florida chapter is sending out mail pieces across the Sunshine State against a Medicaid expansion proposal in the Legislature. While the House opposes the plan, a majority of the Senate is backing the Medicaid expansion.read more
  • Florida Cabinet Honors Vietnam Veterans

    Kevin Derby
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    The Florida Cabinet unveiled a resolution honoring “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on Monday and praising veterans of that conflict.read more
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Hariri, Erdogan and moderate voices

    Michel
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Former Prime Minister Saad Harriri and Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed their support for moderation in the face of Islamist extremism roiling the Middle East during a meeting Wednesday in Ankara.The meeting, which took place at the newly constructed presidential palace, discussed the situation in the Middle East, the need to coordinate efforts to address regional threats and the importance of “strengthening the moderate majority of the Arab and Islamic world,” according to a statement released by Hariri’s media office. (Source: Daily Star ) Hmmmm interesting…
  • Follow Up: Human Rights defenders on trial for denouncing torture in Lebanon

    Michel
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    The first public court session of CLDH representatives Marie Daunay and Wadih Al-Asmar was held Yesterday in front of Judge Elias Khoury (Publication Court of Baabda) in the presence of NGOs,  the European Union, embassies and United Nations representatives, showing their support to the two human rights defenders sued for denouncing allegations of torture in Lebanon. The session was a questionning by the Court and the lawyers of the two human rights defenders who face up to one year in jail and a fine in case they are convicted for defamation. Both insisted on the role of human rights…
  • Surprise Surprise

    Michel
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    According to Times of Israel, an annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats. The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015 (PDF), noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide. The document cites Iran and Hizbullah’s endeavors to…
  • Another example of Lebanese racism …..

    Michel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Mother day is coming up and what a Lebanese should buy his mother as a gift? According to a Lebanese company, the best gift is a slave and they have deals on Kenyans and Ethiopians maids. A friend of mine wrote about it on blogbaladi . Lebanon is known for its bad records when it comes to Human Rights and respecting people of a different color. Racism is widespread in the country on every single level, specially in the sector of migrant workers. Don’t let the high rises, the flashy stores, the crazy parties fool you. Lebanese, in general are racist. You will be subjected to racism if…
  • Human rights defenders on trial for denouncing torture in Lebanon

    Michel
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Then following is from Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH): First public court session against CLDH for denouncing torture Date: March 17, 2015 Time: 09:00 am Place: Baadba Palace of Justice (Publication court) Dear colleagues and friends, Since its inception in Beirut in 2006 CLDH has been systematically documenting and denouncing the practice of torture in Lebanon. We strongly believe that the practice of torture is unacceptable, whatever the reason is, and whoever the perpetrators are. In 2011, CLDH published, in partnership with other NGOs a comprehensive report on torture in…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • "Smoking Doesn't Kill" And Other Great Old Op-Eds From Mike Pence

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Indiana governor who is at the center of the debate surrounding the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act in his state wrote some interesting op-eds 15 years ago. "Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill." Via web.archive.org Pence explains why Titanic was a popular movie, calling it a "metaphor before our eyes." Via web.archive.org On climate change, Pence says CO2 from burning fuels can't be the cause of increased global temperatures because it "is a naturally occurring phenomenon in nature..." not an…
  • Marriage Advocates Set For Supreme Court Arguments On April 28

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Mary Bonauto, longtime marriage equality advocate, will argue for marriage equality. Douglas Hallward-Driemeier will argue in support of marriage recognition claims. WASHINGTON — One of the key architects of the marriage equality movement, Mary Bonauto, will argue in support of same-sex couples' marriage rights at the Supreme Court on April 28, the legal teams representing the marriage cases at the court told the clerk on Tuesday. Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, of the Ropes & Gray law firm, will be arguing in support of marriage recognition claims before the justices —…
  • Catholic League President: Tim Cook, NCAA "Jumped On Gay Crazy Bandwagon"

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    “This is what the social media has done in this country.” Danny Johnston / AP Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, says "the social media" has caused people like Apple CEO Tim Cook and the NCAA to "jump on the gay crazy bandwagon." Donohue was referring to Cook's condemnation of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has become the source of a huge, heated debate in recent days. The law prohibits the government from infringing on individual religious freedom, unless certain standards are met; the law also covers corporations and can be raised in…
  • The Political Education Of Rafael Cruz

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    From a pro-Castro student activist to anti-communist crusader. The parade. Historic Images Long before his son would run for president, or he himself would become a popular political speaker, Rafael Cruz was something else for a brief period: a pro-Castro student activist. The story of Cruz's departure from Cuba is an arduous story that the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, the newly-announced presidential candidate, tells often — a story his son referenced, at the beginning of his presidential announcement speech, as a tale of the "promise of America." As Rafael Cruz tells it: He was a…
  • Jeb Bush Sat On International Advisory Board Of Gold Company With Controversial Subsidiary

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    Bush was a member of Barrick Gold’s international advisory board, whose mining subsidiary has settled claims of sexual assault and violence and recently was accused of bribery in Africa. Charlie Neibergall / AP Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sat on an advisory board for a mining company with a controversial subsidiary firm that has settled claims of sexual assault and violence and recently was accused of bribery in Africa. Bush was a member of Barrick Gold's international advisory board, a subsidiary of which has had to resolve legal issues related its North Mara gold mine in…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • Five Elections that Mattered for Conservatism

    Samuel G. Casolari
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    In 1970, a young conservative who once played professional football and served as an aid to California governor Ronald Reagan was elected in an upstate New York congressional district. He was a different kind of Republican from New York. Neither the heir  to inherited wealth nor a seat on Wall Street, Jack Kemp, a football great for the Buffalo Bills, represented the hopes and aspirations of blue-collar, middle-class, hard-working Buffalo area constituents. He was also an idea man with cheerful energy and a winning personality. In today’s Washington of government shutdowns and funding…
  • A Golden Anniversary of Bad Decisions

    Earl H. Tilford
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    “A Great nation cannot wage a little war.” –Duke of Wellington to Parliament, 1838 In September 1964, shortly after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to conduct military operations against North Vietnam, the administration tasked the departments of defense and state for military options. The recent stalemate in Korea warned against future ground wars in Asia. Additionally, as November elections neared Johnson promised “no wider war” in Vietnam. Johnson instead focused on restructuring America into the “Great Society.”…
  • Grove City College: A Rarity in Higher Education

    John A. Sparks
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    In 1965, Russell Kirk, a man of letters and conservative commentator, wrote an essay entitled “The Rarity of the God Fearing Man.” He lamented the fact that we as creatures generally no longer take our Creator-God seriously enough to have a proper reverential fear of Him. He observed that sadly, God-fearing men were a diminishing and “scattered remnant” including—and perhaps especially—in higher education. Kirk knew Grove City College well, having come to the Western Pennsylvania school beginning in 1960 on numerous speaking engagements. Were he alive today, Dr. Kirk would be…
  • To Win or Not to Win: THAT is NOT the Question

    James Thrasher
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Winning has commandeered the high calling of sports and coaching. I walked into a Nike store with my kids and noticed the youth T-shirt table. I was shocked by what I saw: “Crushing You Will Be A Pleasure.” “Thank You for Being Such a Gracious Loser.” “I Promise to Help You Up After I Knock You Down.” And “Good Game: Maybe Next Time You Will Actually Score.” Do you find a consistent message amongst these T-shirts from one of the biggest sports retailers in the world? The slogans on the shirts give a sense of our nation’s obsession with…
  • What Did My Parents Ever Do to the Federal Reserve?

    Shawn Ritenour
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    In September 1993, President Bill Clinton reassured his radio audience that “if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be rewarded with a good life for yourself and a better chance for your children.” Picking up that theme over 18 years later, President Barack Obama affirmed that “Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same.” The trouble is neither the government nor the financial system backed by the Federal Reserve rewards people like my parents, who have worked hard and played by…
 
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    Politic365

  • April 7: A Ferguson (65% Black) Jennings (85% Black) Election Chart

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    Will people vote in seven days in Ferguson?  Next Tuesday, April 7, is a day that will indicate whether or not voting patterns will change for the better in the city of Ferguson.  After almost a year of marches, protests and panels will people show up and vote. Many young activists in Ferguson have complained that the political process does not wok for them.  But unless they are planning to stage a coup attempt on the City Council and the Mayor, voting will have to be the cornerstone of their strategy moving forward. To this point in recent years, voting participation in Ferguson has been…
  • Pence Avoids Double Down as Cash Money Leaves Indiana

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    When the Money Starts Leaving.  ”I’ve spoken to the business community.”   Even though Indiana Gov. Mike Pence kept repeating that the Indiana’s completely unnecessary Religious Freedom Restoration Act was “mischaracterized” he will now work to change the bill.   This comes after he claimed he wouldn’t change the legislation and after a presser where he kept the repeating that the RFRA doesn’t discriminate.  Problem is, the legislation shields anyone who runs a business and claims they don’t want to perform a business function on the…
  • Results: LGBT Lobby Demonstrates How Pressure Gets Results in Politics

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    How Economic Pressure Works.  Wanna watch how green politics on a blue agenda item works in a red state? Watch Indiana right now.  The tipping point is right now as we see Indiana Republicans turn against their own.  As you’re watching this episode keep in mind that along with the NRA and AIPAC, the gay lobby led by the HRC and GLAAD is now one of the most effective and powerful in the country when only a decade ago their agenda was laughed out of the room.   Remember back in 2013 after George Zimmerman walked for killing Trayvon Martin? Remember what happened next? There was talk…
  • Marco Rubio to enter presidential race on April 13

    Adriana Maestas
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    According to a new report from Bloomberg, Florida Senator Marco Rubio will announce that he is going to enter the race to be the Republican nominee for president on April 13: “Senator Marco Rubio plans to announce his campaign for president on April 13 in Miami, two Republican sources confirmed to Bloomberg Politics on Saturday. That could make Rubio the third Republican senator to enter his party’s presidential nomination contest, which is shaping up to be one of the most wide-open races of recent election cycles. Ted Cruz of Texas last week became the first formally declared…
  • 6 Black U.S. Senators in 2017?

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Six in 2017? Could it happen that there will be six African Americans sworn-in to the U.S. Senate in January 2017? (CA) Kamala Harris (IL) Robin Kelly (MD) Elijah Cummings/Donna Edwards (NV) Steve Horsford? (SC) Sen. Tim Scott (NJ) Sen. Cory Booker Of course all the stars would have to be in exactly the right political alignment for this historic marker to take place.  There’s no indication that Horsford will run for retiring Senator Harry Reid’s seat… yet. Additionally, the race in Maryland is all but certain to be tight whether Cummings or Edwards goes up against Rep. Chris Van…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Liberalism vs. Religious Freedom

    Mike Dakkak
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law in 1993. It provided individuals with protections against the government substantially burdening their exercise of religion. Recent state versions of the law have made headlines because many believe they are being used as licenses to discriminate, especially against homosexual couples. In today’s program we discuss the details of the law and how the Indiana version differs from its counterparts. We also pose the following questions: Can we legislate liberalism? And is there a point where liberalism becomes discrimination…
  • Widening Struggles in the Middle East

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Obama Administration is often criticized for being caught flatfooted by events in foreign policy. While that criticism may be unwarranted in some conflicts, it seems to have the most credibility when it comes to events in the Middle East. Over the past week, developments in Yemen have highlighted just how little influence the US seems to be wielding in the region at this time. We detail the developments and discuss whether the US seems to be on a path toward less involvement in the region. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Harry Reid Retires and Vote-A-Rama

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    There was some surprising news this morning: Democratic Senate Minority leader Harry Reid will be retiring after a 30-year career in the Senate. He had been battling an injury incurred from a fall that broke bones around his eye and ribs since January, but says his decision was made prior to that. His retirement opens up discussion about his successor both in the Senate and in Democratic leadership. The Senate passed a budget proposal yesterday at the end of a marathon voting session that lasted until the early morning hours. What were the 2016 implications of the process and what are the…
  • The House GOP Budget Passes

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The House adopted a budget resolution yesterday by a vote of 229-199. The budget would balance in nine years and would, among other things, partially privatize Medicare and turn Medicaid into a block grant program. It would also increase our emergency war fund by more than $100 billion, a provision that some on the right have a problem with both in terms of process and amount. What are the main points of contention between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the budget and what are the chances of its passage in the Senate? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • The Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation and leadership taking, have come together to strike a $200 billion Medicare reform deal. The deal, among other things, comes up with a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix.” But abortion language inserted into the bill threatens to block its support on the Democratic side. What are the issues holding it up and what are the broader implications of the leaders of the respective parties working together directly on broad reform? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In…
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    せフレここ1番屋pnyu が凄い!!! エロい女とセフレぺろぺろ blog Powered by Prime Strategy Co.,LTD. 投稿サイトマップはせフレここ1番屋pnyu が凄い!!!の最初に登場しました。
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Bill Rancic Shares His Secrets for Small Business Success!

    usdr
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    By the Price of Business, Media Partner of USDR. On a recent Price of Business Show, show Host and USDR Publisher and Editor in Chief, Kevin Price interviewed Bill Rancic  and they discussed Bill Rancic Shares His Secrets for Small Business Success.  You can learn more about the guest at  www.billrancic.com. Here is that interview in its entirety:
  • Multiculturalism and the Rise of the “Super Consumer”

    usdr
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    By EthniFacts, Special for USDR A preview of the new Nielsen report, The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers, was presented this week at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas by EthniFacts’ Guy Garcia, who moderated the panel “Latino Tech-Culture Powers Up,” featuring Nielsen’s Monica Gil, AT&T’s Christina Gamboa and Maria Hinojosa from NPR’s “Latino USA” and “America By The Numbers” on PBS. The Nielsen report identifies multicultural consumers as the most dynamic and fastest growing segment of the U.S. consumer economy and…
  • Are You Up to Nature’s “Toughest Relay”?

    usdr
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    By USDR ASICS has today launched a global search for amateur runners to take part in the annual ‘ASICS Beat the Sun‘ challenge, which returns to Chamonix on June 21st, the longest day of the year. Regarded as nature’s toughest relay, the event will see five continental teams battle it out against each other, while also attempting to become the first team to beat the sun around the legendary mountain – giving them just 15 hours, 41 minutes and 35 seconds to cover 148 km between them. Each team will contain three professional athletes and three amateurs, racing in…
  • The Hardcore Pawn Phenomenon

    usdr
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    By the Price of Business, Media Partner of USDR. On a recent Price of Business Show, show Host and USDR Publisher and Editor in Chief, Kevin Price interviewed Les Gold, Host of Hardcore Pawn and Owner of American Jewelry and Loan and they discussed The Hardcore Pawn Phenomenon.  You can learn more about the guest at www.pawndetroit.com. Here is that interview in its entirety:
  • Prominent Construction Accident Attorney Comments on Bizarre Accident

    usdr
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    By USDR In what is being described as a freak accident by The New York Post, a 37-year-old woman has been killed by a piece of plywood flying through the air. (Woman Killed by Flying Plywood from NYC Construction Site,March 18, 2015). Tina Nguyen was reportedly walking down the street when a 4-foot-by-8-foot board sailed 50 feet across West 12th street after being ripped off a fence by a gust of wind and struck Ms. Nguyen so hard that it through her against a building, where she smashed her head on an FDNY stand pipe. Authorities said Ms. Nguyen suffered massive head trauma and was reported…
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    American Patriot

  • See ya Harry, and thanks for the fish…

    The American Patriot
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    Now this is very interesting…. The video: The Story: WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance. Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident…
  • Washington Times: Congress must repeal and replace the Patriot Act

    The American Patriot
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    This is very good. Via The Washington Times: The Patriot Act was fashioned with good intentions, but it has been dragooned to serve bad purposes. It was enacted during the national panic that followed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to protect Americans from the enemy. Now it’s employed by government busybodies to treat Americans themselves as the enemy. Fed up with the abuse, certain lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation to repeal the act. While we share their outrage, repeal without a workable substitute could leave the nation vulnerable to a new generation of evil.
  • Video: One funniest interviews I’ve seen in a long time

    The American Patriot
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    This is Bill O’Reilly interviewing Glenn Beck. Now, at first, it’s a little slow. Bill talks about Glenn’s leaving the Republican Party; of which, Glenn back straightens him out on that little matter. Now the towards the end of this video is when the funny stuff starts. Give it a watch, you’ll love it. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com With all the depressing news in politics as of late, it’s good to see a little lighthearted humor on Fox News. (Via Bill O’Reilly HQ)
  • Jonathan Capehart admits that “Hands up, don’t shoot” was based upon a lie

    The American Patriot
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    I have to give this man props for being an honest man. It takes a real man to admit that He was wrong. Getting down to the meat and potatoes via WaPo: The DOJ report notes on page 44 that Johnson “made multiple statements to the media immediately following the incident that spawned the popular narrative that Wilson shot Brown execution-style as he held up his hands in surrender.” In one of those interviews, Johnson told MSNBC that Brown was shot in the back by Wilson. It was then that Johnson said Brown stopped, turned around with his hands up and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop…
  • The old “If you don’t support Zionism, you’re a Jew Hater!” trick

    The American Patriot
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Just wanted to show you how the neocon propagandists work. I’m going to post a few links, and I am going to use the google URL redirector, because I don’t want the neocon trolls coming here and giving me trouble. But, I wanted to show how these people work. Go Here, Here, and here to see how they work; it is the same thing that Al Sharpton and his ilk pull, every time there is a so-called ‘Racist” incident. All the neocons have to do is holler, “Jew Hatred!” and the discussion is shut right down and the Semite-Baiters win. I mean, after all, where do you…
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    Compete Pulse

  • You Don’t Know JackThreads

    Drew Katz
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Image from: Mens Clothes / Shutterstock Online apparel websites have been appearing more frequently with the rise in digital platforms. My favorite of these is JackThreads, a digital-only men’s clothing retailer that sells fashionable attire at discounted prices. Given the fact that my research might also end with me finding a nice new button-up, I thought it would be interesting to check out how the website was doing on Compete PRO. Unique visitors (UV’s) have skyrocketed on JackThreads.com over the past two years. In February of 2013, the site saw over 235,000 UV’s. In February of…
  • Last Chance, Marketers!

    Aaron Peterson
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Image from: Automotive / Urgent Last Chance, Marketers! For the 2nd year, Millward Brown Digital is conducting our “state of digital” study, and we want to hear from you. This study focuses on exploring the pain points, priorities, and preferences of marketers today. In 2014, we laid the foundation of establishing best practices for marketers and tactical advice on how to run a top-notch digital strategy. For 2015, be part of the conversation! We want to capture your perspective, and invite you to participate and share your expertise. The survey only takes approximately 10 minutes to…
  • Attention Marketers!

    Aaron Peterson
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Attention Marketers: For the 2nd year, Millward Brown Digital is conducting our “state of digital” study, and we want to hear from you. This study focuses on exploring the pain points, priorities, and preferences of marketers today. In 2014, we laid the foundation of establishing best practices for marketers and tactical advice on how to run a top-notch digital strategy. For 2015, be part of the conversation! We want to capture your perspective, and invite you to participate and share your expertise. The survey only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and as a thank you, you’ll…
  • Search Share: Radio

    Drew Katz
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Image from: Radio / Shutterstock Last week we unveiled the Search Share Add-On, a new Compete PRO tool that provides high-level keyword analysis of a list of up to 40,000 keywords. With this new functionality, we wanted to continue to bring you insights on how to utilize the new data to advance your marketing efforts. In this piece we will discuss a list of the top 500 keywords from the search referral tab in the Radio category. For reference, this list includes keywords such as “Pandora,” “iHeartRadio,” “8tracks,” and “klove.” Radio is a particularly interesting grouping to…
  • Hotel Suppliers Dominant Online Despite OTA Growth

    Steve Solinsky
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Image from: Travel / Shutterstock Aggressive spending in the Hotel space has created much greater awareness for Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) in recent years. However, consumers are still looking to suppliers when the credit card is in their hands. Millward Brown Digital analyzed the hotel path-to-purchase to highlight how OTAs are utilized in the consumer journey, and how they can grow their share of consumer attention by reaching them at the start. OTAs Grow Their Share of Hotel Shoppers with Advertising Throughout 2014, OTAs spent aggressively on advertising, both digital and traditional,…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • They're Palestinians, not 'Israeli Arabs'

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Submitted by Sydney Barakat,Follow @sydneybarakatAuthor: Saree Makdisi,Can you imagine reading an editorial in a respected newspaper today discussing the rights of "Negroes" or "Chinamen"? Probably not. And yet, like other newspapers in this country, The Times continues to use the generic term "Arabs" or "Israeli Arabs" to refer to the Palestinians who live inside Israel, falsely distinguishing them from the Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 or those who were driven into exile during the destruction of Palestine in 1948.The term is, at best, an archaism from…
  • Cartoons of the Day

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The #Saud'i attack on #Yemen by @LatuffCartoons pic.twitter.com/Myzgxpwoaq— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) March 28, 2015The founding fathers. pic.twitter.com/728tw1VIni— Mohammad Tomazy (@m_tomazy) March 28, 2015
  • The 'Moderate Axis' Attacking 'Axis of Resistance' in Yemen

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Saudi Arabia and four other Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, together with Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan launched a military operation against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen.Adel al-Jubair, Saudi ambassador to the US, said on Wednesday that a coalition consisting of 10 countries, including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), had begun airstrikes at 7pm Eastern time.Air strikes in #Yemen by Saudi Arabia. Picture in The capital Sanaa. pic.twitter.com/bTwROJebGW— Yemen Post Newspaper (@YemenPostNews) March 26, 2015Houthis captured city of Aden in the…
  • Israeli Delegation Heads To France Ahead of Final Round of Iran Nuclear Talks

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    A senior Israeli delegation traveled to Paris Sunday afternoon to discuss the nuclear deal coming together between Iran and world powers. The meeting between Israeli and French officials is set for Monday, two days before the final, decisive round of nuclear talks gets underway in Switzerland, where the sides will try to determine a framework for continuing the nuclear talks.The Israeli delegation includes National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and other senior figures in the Foreign Ministry and intelligence community. They are…
  • Israel To Build A New Barrier

    16 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    By Sydney BarakatIsrael to build a new barrier in ​only ​border­-free zone in the regionIsrael continues to build ­ versus break ­ barriers. The Israeli government’s most recent ambitions, which seek to build yet another wall, show how little Israel is concerned with desegregating itself from other countries in the area.According to RT.com and PressTV, the Israeli government’s latest plan is to build a brand new fence along the Jordan border in order to protect an Airport that will be constructed in the area.The suggestion has already been approved by Israeli officials…
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    BizPac Review

  • Fifth-grader suspended for recording teacher verbally abusing students

    Nicole Haas
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Some parents are saying a fifth-grade Florida student was unfairly suspended after she took matters into her own hands and exposed her belittling school teacher who was on a serious power trip. Eleven-year-old Brianna Cooper from Fort Pierce said her teacher had been mean in the past and the only way to prove it was to record her. “I thought I did the right thing,” Brianna told WSVN 7 News. WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco At one point, the teacher could be heard saying to a student, “Don’t let the size fool you. I will drop you.” She was also caught…
  • Mom learns her kids were ‘rude, obnoxious’ at movies; teaches them unforgettable lesson

    Nicole Haas
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    An Alabama mom is earning high praise from thousands of social media users for a refreshing method of punishment she doled out to her two misbehaving teenage daughters. Kyesha Smith Wood was not at all happy when she found out her daughter and stepdaughter were being “rude and obnoxious” in a movie theater Friday. Rebecca Boyd and her daughter. Photo source: Yahoo Their behavior was so disruptive it prompted a verbal scolding from a stranger in attendance. “It started out with giggling, talking too loud, and kicking my seat,” Rebecca Boyd told Yahoo Parenting. Boyd and her…
  • Big OOOPS! Hillary’s accidental drone email about decorating reveals BIG new problems

    Joe Saunders
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Being publicly proven a liar and a fool at the same time can’t be easy, but that’s what happened to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. The Associated Press published a story proving the former secretary of wasn’t telling the truth when she claimed she used a private email account and private server to conduct public business as a matter of “convenience” to avoid using two separate devices. Weasel Zippers images As the emails obtained by the AP show, Clinton used her iPad as well as a Blackberry to send her emails, that’s the liar part. That’s not all, though. The AP story notes…
  • ‘Next time you’ll get shot’: Female weightlifter ruins home invader’s day

    Joe Saunders
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    A Florida woman who arrived to find a man burglarizing a bedroom in her home tried to call the police at first, but became a crime fighter on her own when the thief knocked the phone from her hand and punched her in the face. “He hit me, so I socked him in his eye,” Margaret Gulla of DeLand told WKMG Channel 6 in Orlando. “And he was trying to get away and I had him by his shirt and I wouldn’t let go. I tried to drag him to get to the phone.” FOX 35 News Orlando Gulla is a former professional weightlifter, so when she “tried to drag,” she really tried to…
  • Selfies in Auschwitz, a legacy Obama has given society? He must be so proud

    Nicole Haas
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Fox News host Harris Faulkner drew a connection between President Obama’s rampant selfie antics and the growing number of clueless youth taking selfies in highly inappropriate places. On “Outnumbered” Monday, Faulkner said the president has lowered the cultural bar with inappropriate behavior and that it’s natural for America’s younger generation to follow suit. The show’s panel discussed the incident where gawkers took smiling selfies in front of a burning building in New York City’s East Village Thursday. Two people were missing at the time and 25 more were injured from the…
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    Sparking The Left

  • SAE’s Racist Chant & Colleges As Liberal Re-Education Camps

    Kleier
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Short Post: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma, after being taped performing a racist chant on a bus that was headed for a formal event, has had two members expelled from the University, 25 students disciplined, and the chapter has been closed on campus. Now, conservatives say that universities are bastions of liberalism. Really? If so, how can something so intolerant happen at any one of these institutions. The Left is the side of acceptance and understanding, not hate-speech. But that’s beside the point because colleges are not used to produce liberal…
  • New Twitter Account

    Kleier
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Hello and thank you for visiting, Here at STL we have changed our Twitter account so that both Paul and I can post to the same feed. You can now find us over at @SparkingTheLeft or you could just hit the “Follow” button on our Twitter window found on the right side of our blog screen. Hope you will follow! Thank You Very Much, Kleier
  • In Response to My Latest Rant

    Kleier
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Yesterday I posted a rant on the “American exceptionalism” worldview I now find quite out of step of what we try to do here at STL. So I removed the post and am sorry if it offended anyone for when I read it later, I found parts of it offensive. Therefore, I have removed the post. But this does not mean that I will stop posting rants here and there but the next ones will be better thought out. Thank You from Kleier and Sparking The Left.
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mark Twain “The Two ‘Reigns of Terror'”

    Kleier
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Taken from “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” “The Two ‘Reigns of Terror'” is by Mark Twain, “America’s greatest humorist”, 1835-1910. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” There were two “Reigns of Terror,” if we would but remember it and consider it; the one wrought with murder in hot passion, the other in heartless cold blood; the one…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Abigail Adams “Ladies in Rebellion”

    Kleier
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Taken from “Ladies in Rebellion” drafted by Abigail Adams, the wife of one President of the United States and the mother of another, 1774-1818. This is from a letter to her husband written in 1774, during the Continental Congress. This piece of an essay is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter is summarized as to pertain to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And in the new code of laws of which I suppose it will be…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Iranian Nuclear Talks Miss Another Deadline. What’s Next for the Talks With the Obama Administration.

    James Phillips
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    It appears that the nuclear talks with Iran will miss another self-imposed deadline, for the third time in 18 months. The deadline to reach a framework agreement that would outline the final deal is 6 p.m. EST, or midnight in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the talks are being held. U.S. government officials noted that the deadline was unlikely to be met, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the talks would continue another day “as long as the conversations continue to be productive.” Diplomats said that this round of talks has been dominated by three issues: How quickly…
  • Most Americans Say It’s Time to Update the Tax System

    Matthew Streit
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The last major update to the U.S. tax system was in 1986—over 29 years ago. Think about how much has changed since then. In 1985, Microsoft Windows was released. Since then, Microsoft has released more than 20 updates to the operating system. Updating the tax system is one of the perennial policy issues politicians enjoy talking about, and has the potential to be a key policy debate in 2015 and 2016. But whether all the talk, hand-wringing and head-nodding will actually result in change is yet to be seen. While Washington has consensus that tax reform needs to happen, there’s significant…
  • The Problems With Obama’s Plan to Slash US Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Nearly 30 Percent

    Katie Tubb
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The Obama administration announced Tuesday its plans to commit the U.S. to greenhouse gas emissions of 26-28 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2025 as part of a United Nations climate agreement set for this December in Paris. The announcement is being heralded as America’s stepping up to “lead the way.” The Paris agreement is to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. rejected. Obama’s commitment, which was initially laid out in a lopsided agreement with China last November, doesn’t stop with cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent by 2025.The Obama…
  • Former Mexican President Has a Message for 2016 US Presidential Hopefuls

    Jamie Jackson
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Vicente Fox served as Mexico’s president for six years, taking office in December 2000 and forging a strong bond with President George W. Bush. Today, during a visit to Washington, D.C., Fox offered advice to the 2016 crop of candidates about the importance of a close relationship with Mexico. In an interview with The Daily Signal, Fox said candidates running for president should focus on what he described as income inequality in the United States, making NAFTA work better and having a strong foreign policy. The former Mexican president also talked about how the United States handles…
  • Religious Freedom Laws Are About Tolerance, Which Is Exactly Why the Left Doesn’t Like Them

    Genevieve Wood
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Discrimination is going on all right but not against the groups many on the Left are claiming. Here’s the bottom line: many people who support abortion or who support same-sex marriage don’t just want those rights for themselves.  They want society at large to approve of their actions.  And they will fight any law or movement that they believe undermines that goal.  Religious freedom laws, like the one coming under fire in Indiana, are needed because it is increasingly people of faith who are being persecuted. The post Religious Freedom Laws Are About Tolerance, Which Is…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Conservatives Think A Satirical Borowitz Post Is For Reals And Totally Lose Their Sh*t

    Anomaly
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Conservatives are losing their sh*t again after a unsourced post by QPolitical was published, which apparently was taken straight from a piece by Andy Borowitz, the political satirist.                             Conservatives are pissed, y’all. They’re also racists. One commenter writes, “Everything this filthy [...]
  • Mike Pence Derps: I Was Not Expecting A Backlash

    Anomaly
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Gov. Mike Pence pledged Tuesday to “fix” Indiana’s controversial anti-gay law which opens the door to discriminating against gays and lesbians.                             Still yet, Pence claimed during the press conference that there are no problems with the law (which he’s going to [...]
  • Connecticut Governor Shreds Mike Pence: ‘When You See A Bigot, You Have To Call Them On It’

    Anomaly
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced on Monday that he would ban state funded travel to Indiana, then followed up with an appearance on ‘Morning Joe’ and slammed Republican Gov. Mike Pence for signing the controversial anti-gay law.                     “The governor’s not a stupid man, but he’s [...]
  • 8-Year-Old Shoots Friend In The Face While Playing ‘Cops And Robbers’

    Anomaly
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    An 11-year-old boy was “accidentally” shot in the face by his 8-year-old friend in Mooresville, North Carolina.                       Injuries to the boy were minor and that the bullet went in and out of his right cheek with no major injuries, according to authorities. Deputies determined [...]
  • Leaders Of Nine Large Indiana Companies ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Anti-Gay Law

    Anomaly
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Nine different CEOs of large companies in Indiana called out Gov. Mike Pence over the controversial anti-gay law which opens to the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.                   The Huffington Post reports: The law would allow corporations or private citizens to cite their religious beliefs [...]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Rajasthan Governor sets up committee to monitor distribution of degrees

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
      Jaipur, Mar 31 (PTI) Taking a note of delay in handing over degrees to students in government-run universities, Governor of Rajasthan and Chancellor Kalyan Singh today constituted a six-member committee to monitor distribution of degrees, medals and organising convocations in the state.   The committee would be headed by the Governor, his Principal Secretary Giriraj Singh, Officer on special duty Ajay Shankar Pandey, special secretary, Special Officer (Higher Education), and two others, according an official statement here.   The…
  • RBI imposes Rs 5 lakh fine on 16 banks for violation of norms

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
      Mumbai, Mar 31 (PTI) The Reserve Bank today penalised 16 central cooperative banks with a fine of Rs 5 lakh each for non-adherence of the Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering guidelines.   The lenders were issued show-cause notices and the action was taken after going through the responses, the RBI said in a notification late this evening.   "After considering the facts of the cases, the banks' replies and personal submissions in the matter, the Reserve Bank of India came to the conclusion that the violations…
  • NTPC waiting for land allocation from Telangana govt

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
      Karimnagar (Telangana), Mar 31 (PTI) Executive director or National Thermal Power Corporation, Ramagundam, R K Srivastava that everything is set for the execution of the project work for 1,600 MW power plants in Ramagundam, subject to allocation of land by the Telangana government.   Addressing the media at Ramagundam, 70 km from here, Srivastava said two power plants of 800 MW each are intended to be added to the present 2600 MW plant. PTI Cor KRK .   The post NTPC waiting for land allocation from Telangana govt appeared first on India…
  • AAP crisis: Maharashtra unit expresses its displeasure to Kejriwal

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
      New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Maharashtra unit today flagged its "displeasure and worry" over ongoing tumult in the party at the top level, that has "eroded the confidence" of the volunteers in entire country.   After a marathon meeting held at Pune today, state chief Subhash Ware dashed off an email to National Convener Arvind Kejriwal urging him to "sort out and get out" of the controversies immediately to prevent "further loss of the confidence and credential" of the party.  …
  • West Bengal: WBSEC to write to state govt on availability of central forces

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
      Kolkata, Mar 31 (PTI) Uncertain about availability of central forces in the coming civic polls in the state, West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) will write a letter to the state government for details on what transpired after it assured to take up the issue with the Centre.   "We are going to write a letter to the state government on whether it had received any communication from the Centre regarding availability of central forces for their deployment in the ensuing civic polls in the state," State Election Commissioner…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose?

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Most enterprise IT departments now manage applications across multiple environments in a dizzyingly complex overall IT architecture. They also must constantly reevaluate their unique mix of on-premises, private cloud and public cloud infrastructure to meet new business goals and determine how applications can be migrated to the public cloud in a cost-effective way. This is […] The post Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which One to Choose? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Hardware fails. Versions expire. Storms happen. An ideal infrastructure is fault-tolerant, so even the failure of an entire datacenter – or Availability Zone in AWS – does not affect the availability of the application. In traditional IT environments, engineers might duplicate mission-critical tiers to achieve resiliency. This can cost thousands or hundreds of thousands of […] The post 3 Steps to Resilient AWS Deployments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    When you migrate a legacy application to the cloud, a thorough audit of your app will reveal a number of elements or procedures that either do not scale well or are not compatible with your new cloud infrastructure. Unfortunately, quick “lift and shift” cloud migration tools do not always solve these issues. Our ultimate goal […] The post Cloud Migration: 3 Red Flags In Legacy Applications appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation 

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Good order is the foundation of all things. – Edmund Burke The benefits of DevOps are widely known: seventy percent (70%) of senior IT leaders believe the need for DevOps has never been greater — and the risk of manual, undocumented, slapdash procedures has also never been clearer. The pressure to deliver software applications quickly will only […] The post DevOps vs. ArchOps: Foundation and Automation  appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    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. Edward Snowden has unleashed a torrent of activity in the name of […] The post Sorry, Europe: Data Localization Is Not the Killer App for Privacy appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Tues, March 31

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Pence on RFRA: “This Law Does Not Give Anyone A License To Discriminate” – Daniel Doherty Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) is under intense scrutiny after ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Harry Reid Says Lying About Someone To Win An Election Is Just Fine

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Cool. Right after this I accused Reid of touching children inappropriately, and now he’s retired. Guess it works. Harry Reid Justifies Lying About Romney’s Taxes ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Concealed Carry Permit Holder Stops Gunman During Attempted Mass Shooting

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Guns prevent crimes and save lives … period … end of story. Concealed Carry Permit Holder Stops Gunman During Attempted Mass Shooting – Breitbart. On ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Mon, March 30

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Top Obama Economist Calls Republicans ‘Nazis’ Over Religious Freedom Law | The Gateway Pundit An economist with the U.S. Department of Labor who has a ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, March 27

    Casey Hendrickson
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Hypocrite ‘Star Trek’ Star George Takei Calls For Indiana Boycott Over RFRA, Will Ignore Other State RFRA Laws To Attend Star Trek Convention : The ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • On The Historical Prescience of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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

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

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

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
  • Conservative Legal Test For Background Checks Never Seems To Extend To Voter ID Laws

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    There are conservatives I like. This is not some matter of the Venn diagram of our sets of beliefs have a large overlap. It’s a matter of intellectual consistency. Our friend Biggus Rickus is one, and another is National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. Cook is an Englishman with deep love for the Second Amendment. […] Related posts: Conservatives Hide Their Past By Throwing The American Legal System and NYC Under The Bus Racist Race Baiter In Chief? Or Conservative Troller In Chief? The Culture Of Conservative Bravado And Pissing-Match Primaries
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with HIV/AIDS Dr. Susan Ball

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

    Liberal Fix
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the fallout from Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing the state's anti-gay law. They will also discuss Harry Reid retiring, and other important news from the week. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix With Guest Lou Colagiovanni

    Liberal Fix
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In this episode, Guest Lou Colagiovanni from Ruthless Politics, will join Keith Brekhus in discussing modern policing and the current conflict between police department policies and independent journalism. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via…
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: Perspectives on Current Politics

    Liberal Fix
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss contemporary politics including the GOP presidential hopefuls, the race to replace Barbara Boxer in CA 2016, gun politics, the Tea party debacle in Brownback's Kansas, climate change, and more. 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: Week In Review

    Liberal Fix
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
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    21st Century Wire

  • Nevada Residents: ‘Public Land Belongs to the People, Not DC’

    21wire
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century WireCARSON CITY, NV – Today the Nevada state legislature will be hearing a bill which could potentially transform land use across the southwest.Nevadan’s Resource Rights Bill AB408 would effectively open the door for residents to develop land resources in traditionally key sectors in the state including farming, ranching, mining and recreation. Presently, the US Federal Department of Interior and its subsidiaries claim ‘managerial control’ and ownership over nearly 90% of Nevada’s public lands.The bill  was introduced two weeks ago, and according…
  • Four Years of Syrian Resistance to a US-led Imperialist Takeover

    21wire
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:13 pm
    21st Century Wire says…How long will the Washington-Tel Aviv-Riyadh axis continue to lay siege to the nation of Syria?Sara FloundersGlobal ResearchU.S. efforts to overturn the government of Syria have now extended into a fifth year. It is increasingly clear that thousands of predictions reported in the corporate media by Western politicians, think tanks, diplomats and generals of a quick overturn and easy destruction of Syrian sovereignty have been overly optimistic, imperialist dreams. But four years of sabotage, bombings, assassinations and a mercenary invasion of more than 20,000…
  • Episode #78 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘The Friendly Skies’, host Patrick Henningsen with guest Field McConnell

    21wire
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Episode #78 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday March 29, 2015 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-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting live with 21WIRE host Patrick Henningsen covering the world’s top stories this week including Washington’s new proxy War in Yemen, and the Iranian nuclear negotiations. In the second and third hours, Patrick invites special guest,…
  • FULL-SPECTRUM CYNICISM: Yemen and the Art of International Subterfuge

    21wire
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Daniel Spaulding21st Century Wire Encapsulating his view of the essence of politics, Vladimir Lenin famously asked “who, whom”, that is to say, what matters in power relationships is who does what to whom. Under the elaborate trappings of abstract, supposedly universal morals, this brutal and obscene maxim has long been the West’s primary operating principle in international affairs.This week’s Washington-backed Saudi attack on the country of Yemen is a reminder of this cynical practice. Saudi warplanes, supplied with US intelligence data, began bombing Sanaa, the Yemeni capital,…
  • MEDIA BLACK-OUT: US Proxy War in Yemen Underway, Saudi Stooges Do Initial Dirty Work

    21wire
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…US media giants have been very clever to hide what could easily be another catalyst towards a WWIII scenario in Yemen. Instead of allocating their multi-billion dollar media resource at the unprovoked bombing and pending invasion of Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its ‘Arab coalition’, CNN, FOX News and the other usual suspects have spent the last 5 straight days conducting an unprecedented global character assassination of deceased Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and spinning a media circus around the plane crash which we’re told killed 150…
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    The Politic

  • A Slice of the Good Life

    Anthony Kayruz
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The Dilley detention center promises Central American asylum-seekers humanitarian housing—but some may be receiving abuse
  • The King is Dead, Long Live the King

    JP Meredith
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Harry Reid will retire after leading Senate Democrats since 2005, but he has left no doubt as to his succession.
  • Funding the Future

    Carter Helschien
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    The land of the free, the home of the brave, and a country where education is not a luxury. Last month, during the State of the Union, President Obama announced that any student who is willing to attend school at least half-time and maintains a 2.5 GPA would qualify for fully subsidized tuition for community...
  • Incivility? Examining the Controversy Behind Civil Forfeiture

    Joanna Lee
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:39 am
    An underground marijuana operation. A former high school teacher. An unsuspecting wife. The scene resembles something from Breaking Bad, but for Kathleen von Hofe, the situation became a reality when the Branford, Connecticut police department raided her home in 2001. While Harold von Hofe admitted to growing and distributing marijuana in the basement of their...
  • Plastic Paradise: Brazil’s Cosmetic Surgery Boom

    Ian Garcia-Kennedy
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:38 am
    A surgeon penetrates the bridge between your two nostrils. Tweezers enter the space created by the incision, lifting the skin off your nose as if it is the hood of a car. Now comes the scalpel, cutting bone and transforming cartilage until the nose takes on its desired shape. This disquieting and quease-inducing procedure—rhinoplasty—should be...
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • “I Know The Myth, But Not The Man”

    guanyinmiao
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Finally, I would tell him that even for his mistakes, he is still very much loved both locally and overseas. In fact, I wish I knew more about Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The man, not the myth. Continue reading →
  • The Trouble With Seminars

    guanyinmiao
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    When I was in high school seminars were hard to come by, and students clamoured for seats to hear insights from guest speakers. Even greater fuss, if these speakers were parliamentarians or international personalities. Realising that the management of such sessions is not difficult organisations nowadays – schools and grassroots organisations in particular – hold … Continue reading →
  • Poor Influence

    guanyinmiao
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Telcos StarHub and M1 may have accepted a public apology by Singtel for a smear campaign ran last year, with the Infocomm Development Authority still investigating whether the company “breached the Telecom Competition Code” (ST, Mar. 21), it should also be determined if regulations concerning consumer protection and advertising practices were contravened. Especially if social media agency Gushcloud is cognisant of its legal responsibilities, it should not get away with a manicured apology which provides no guarantee against future transgressions. Marketing standards may now be tightened,…
  • Poor Foreign Worker Meals Symptom Of Exploitation

    guanyinmiao
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The poor meals offered to foreign workers – revealed by a study by the National University of Singapore and HealthServe of 60 Bangladeshi workers living in the Tai Seng area (TODAY, Mar. 21) – is a symptom of broader exploitation in Singapore, made more evident by the responses of their employers and the food-catering companies. More concerned with their financial performance or low-margin operations and pushing the blame around, the welfare of foreign workers appears to be the least of their concerns. Continue reading →
  • “I Am Talented”, From The Heart

    guanyinmiao
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    I met David five years ago, when we joined the new youth council of the United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS). And despite working on a few projects together (including a sustainable development conference in Sarawak, Malaysia) we had few chats, and I only heard his story at the first “I Am Talented” (IAT) event in February 2011. Back then the intent of IAT was for participating students to acquire new skills and be inspired by the accounts of adversity and triumph, and today the initiative – in its third edition – maintains the same philosophies, anchored even more firmly by…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Liberalism vs. Religious Freedom

    Mike Dakkak
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law in 1993. It provided individuals with protections against the government substantially burdening their exercise of religion. Recent state versions of the law have made headlines because many believe they are being used as licenses to discriminate, especially against homosexual couples. In today’s program we discuss the details of the law and how the Indiana version differs from its counterparts. We also pose the following questions: Can we legislate liberalism? And is there a point where liberalism becomes discrimination…
  • Widening Struggles in the Middle East

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    The Obama Administration is often criticized for being caught flatfooted by events in foreign policy. While that criticism may be unwarranted in some conflicts, it seems to have the most credibility when it comes to events in the Middle East. Over the past week, developments in Yemen have highlighted just how little influence the US seems to be wielding in the region at this time. We detail the developments and discuss whether the US seems to be on a path toward less involvement in the region. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Harry Reid Retires and Vote-A-Rama

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    There was some surprising news this morning: Democratic Senate Minority leader Harry Reid will be retiring after a 30-year career in the Senate. He had been battling an injury incurred from a fall that broke bones around his eye and ribs since January, but says his decision was made prior to that. His retirement opens up discussion about his successor both in the Senate and in Democratic leadership. The Senate passed a budget proposal yesterday at the end of a marathon voting session that lasted until the early morning hours. What were the 2016 implications of the process and what are the…
  • The House GOP Budget Passes

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    The House adopted a budget resolution yesterday by a vote of 229-199. The budget would balance in nine years and would, among other things, partially privatize Medicare and turn Medicaid into a block grant program. It would also increase our emergency war fund by more than $100 billion, a provision that some on the right have a problem with both in terms of process and amount. What are the main points of contention between fiscal hawks and defense hawks on the budget and what are the chances of its passage in the Senate? We discuss in today’s show. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • The Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, in a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation and leadership taking, have come together to strike a $200 billion Medicare reform deal. The deal, among other things, comes up with a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix.” But abortion language inserted into the bill threatens to block its support on the Democratic side. What are the issues holding it up and what are the broader implications of the leaders of the respective parties working together directly on broad reform? We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Cruz For President? & More, Radio Awards

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the final week of March 2015. Running for President of the United States requires great sacrifice... along with ample love and attention from the media elite. The 'Warm Embrace' AWARD goes to... Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Having “sex parties” with hookers in Colombia isn't just for the Secret Service. Another government agency wants in! The 'Too Much Free Time' AWARD goes to... Drug Enforcement Agents. If you tell people what they want to hear enough times - chances are they begin to believe it - right? The 'Campaign Rhetoric' AWARD…
  • The Keystone Cops & More, Radio Awards

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the third week of March 2015. They say leadership starts at the top. The whole country was watching, he never blinked and was surprisingly polite. The head of the 'keystone cops' AWARD goes to... Joseph P. Clancy. Proving once again that elections do have consequences. The 'smart politician' AWARD goes to... Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When you lie, cheat, and mess up big.... confess quickly, and then ask for everything back. The Determination or Stupidity AWARD goes to... Lance Armstrong. They always say you can't pick your…
  • American Sniper & More, Radio Awards

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    What is a life worth? This one man is responsible for singlehandedly saving hundreds! The Medal of Honor 'Patriotism AWARD' goes to... United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Ferguson erupts again! Two police officers shot after the Department of Justice report points to the Ferguson Police Department as racist. The 'Inflaming Racism in America AWARD' goes to... Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. 47 Republicans Senators sent a letter to Iran's leadership regarding their dealings with President Obama on a nuclear Iran. The 'I'm Not Impressed AWARD' goes to... the Ayatollah…
  • The Petraeus Plea & Much More, Radio Awards

    6 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    From the most successful and well-known military officer in the nation to a plea deal and struggle to stay out of prison. The 'Fall From Grace AWARD' goes to... General David H. Petraeus. No one likes their picture taken, but this one is especially hated! The 'Shadow AWARD' goes to... Photographer Nelson Shanks. Tensions couldn't be higher this past week when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress - against President Obama's wishes. The 'Lemons to Lemonade AWARD' goes to... Former Governor and VP Candidate Sarah Palin. Probably the most controversial…
  • Conan In Cuba & Much More, Radio Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It hasn't happened since 1959 when Jack Paar took to the island nation. The 'I need to improve my ratings' AWARD goes to... For confusing everyone... the doublespeak AWARD goes to... Nothing like a good old fashion game of chicken. The AWARD for who blinks first goes to... If only renaming your town could improve the quality of life! The creative thinking AWARD goes to... If you say something enough times, doesn't that make it true? The convincing yourself AWARD goes to... Think about all the possibilities if we could transplant heads! The saving mankind AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
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    Citizens News

  • Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

    Liberty Bell
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network “Liberty cabbage.” “Freedom fries.” And in Russia, there is now “Crimean Butter,” a new cheese brand introduced to consumers after the annexation of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation last spring. Such nationalistic kitsch has been appearing in Russian stores […]The post Let Them Eat Crimean Butter appeared first on Citizens News.
  • America’s Dialogue on Race Summed Up in One Incident

    Liberty Bell
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Written by Moonbattery Anything you say about the Michael Brown spectacle to a person of politically preferred pigmentation will be wrong. Telling the truth about the psychopathic thug who committed suicide by cop would be racist. Anything else would be a cowardly yet condescending lie. But apparently just keeping your mouth shut isn’t an option […]The post America’s Dialogue on Race Summed Up in One Incident appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Donors pledge $4bn in humanitarian aid for Syrians

    Liberty Bell
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Written by World news | The Guardian But at aid conference in Kuwait, UN says it is less than half the amount needed this year to help the millions of Syrians affected by the conflict Continue reading…The post Donors pledge $4bn in humanitarian aid for Syrians appeared first on Citizens News.
  • NY gang boss resurfaced at Florida mosque, sending jihadists overseas

    Liberty Bell
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia via NY gang boss resurfaced at Florida mosque, sending radicalized jihadists overseas, say feds | Fox News. A Muslim extremist who once led a murderous New York gang dubbed “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” and then resurfaced decades later as a radical imam at a Florida mosque is begging for […]The post NY gang boss resurfaced at Florida mosque, sending jihadists overseas appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Forget The Nukes – Kill The Regime

    Liberty Bell
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD Bomb Iran – Don’t Bomb Iran All the recent stuff about striking Persia’s new clear sites may be a smokescreen. If instead, the US were to strike to the Iranian leadership in a decapitation maneuver events could be super favourable. USAF’s Project Checkmate could be used as a regime killing […]The post Forget The Nukes – Kill The Regime appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • "We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

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

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

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

    leftdog
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    ... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!!So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(
  • New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Prosecution Of Bush, Cheney And Torturers !

    leftdog
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.Mr. Obama has said multiple times…
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • March Recap: Bastiat, Beards and $2.15M Drapes

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Tomorrow is April 1st, just in time for the final touches to be inked on the Iran nuke deal, that the Obama Administration has been bending over backwards to make. Before the planet is nuked back to the Stone Age, let’s take a look back at March and how we got here.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Biden Loves Somalians

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    With April Fool’s Day coming up on Wednesday, PD thought we’d feature the American Court Jester, the Archduke of Eloquence, Vice President and 2016 still hopeful Joe Biden.
  • Genius Idea: Leave It Up to the Pentagon

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:44 am
    If you want to feel super secure in those watching out for you and your family, perhaps you’d better start your weekend early and not read on.
  • Beard Taxes Through History and Senator Chambers

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    Big Razor and Barbasol might be pushing the public to abandon the beard craze, but as seen with Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers’ beautiful white whiskers, beards are simply too great an accessory. Besides, for the moment we live in a glorious time where men aren’t forced to pay taxes on their facial hair. Again, that’s for the moment.
  • Merkel’s Rug

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    It’s officially Spring time for the Northern Hemisphere, so it’s not just Daash doing some redecorating. In fact, might we suggest that even you give your carpet a good balcony beating or two?
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Yemen - No Military Solution

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:01 am
    By Chandra Muzaffar, March 30, 2015There is no military solution to the Yemen crisis. It is essentially a tussle for power between various political actors. The solution has to be political.Military air-strikes helmed by Saudi Arabia, and supported by most of the other Gulf monarchies and other governments in the region, notably Egypt, have exacerbated an already volatile situation. If these governments decide in the next few days to launch a ground offensive, the consequences will be horrendous.
  • President Xi Proposes Dialogue Conference among Asian Civilizations

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    Xinhua, March 28, 2015BOAO, Hainan, - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday proposed a conference of dialogue among Asian civilizations to be held with an aim to boost regional cooperation and development.
  • Statement by Gholamali Khoshroo in UN Security Council

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Statement by H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in the Open Debate in the Security Council on the Victims of Attacks and Abuses on Ethnic or Religious Ground in the Middle East, March 27, 2015In the name of God, the Compassionate and the MercifulMr. President,Allow me to begin by expressing my appreciation to you and French Presidency for convening this meeting on the multifaceted challenges that we face in combating violence and extremism in the Middle East and beyond. I also thank the Secretary-General…
  • Hans Koechler: Saudi Assault on Yemen ‘Clear-Cut’ Breach of International Law

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Sputnik, March 26, 2015On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia launched a series of airstrikes inside Yemen and reportedly deployed 150,000 troops supported by over 100 fighter aircraft targeting Shiite Houthi rebels who are embroiled in a vicious civil war with the majority-Sunni-run Yemeni Government.EDINBURGH (Sputnik), Mark Hirst – A major Saudi Arabian military intervention in Yemen is an outright breach of international law that could have serious consequences for the entire region, Dr. Hans Koechler, President of the International Progress Organization (IPO) in Austria, told Sputnik on Thursday.
  • Ours to Master

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Our challenge is to see in technology both today’s instruments of employer control and the preconditions for a post-scarcity society.By Peter Frase, Jacobin, March, 2015Is Google making us stupid? Is Facebook making us lonely? Are robots going to steal our jobs? These, it seems, are the anxieties that afflict many today.Capitalism is defined by the drive to maximize profits, and one of the surest paths to that goal has always been reducing the cost of wage labor. Hence, the constant push to increase productivity through new production techniques, automation, and now computerization and…
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • The 2016 Presidential Election Won’t be Easy

    Joe Fuld
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Let history be the guide. The 2016 presidential election will not be easy. While there has been a lot of hype that says Democrats have the 2016 Presidential Election in the bag and the electoral map is stacked in our favor, a simple look in the history book says otherwise. In the history of the modern presidency, after being in power for two terms, the party in power has flipped more often than not, with a couple notable exceptions. Now, losing in the 2016 Presidential Election is not a foregone conclusion and this is not a knock at all on a potential nominee.  My point is we need to…
  • Great Tips for Canvass and Phone Scripts

    Sophie Thurber
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    What makes great canvas or phone scripts for voter outreach? A great canvas or phone script can mean the difference between gaining and losing a supporter – it’s the key to creating quality voter outreach. Canvas and phone scripts for campaigns come with a variety of goals and content, but there are a few best practices that will help you to develop effective scripts for any context. Here are some quick tips to make your voter contact and advocacy scripts stand out: Keep it short Brevity is key. Respect people’s time. You’ve got just a few short seconds to chat with them and give…
  • Innovative Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    Michele Hermanson
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Innovative consumer direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire your creativity. Here at The Campaign Workshop, we’re always on the lookout for innovative direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire our creativity. We often look to the commercial world for ideas that could translate to the political or advocacy direct mail world. Here are three campaigns we love: World Water Day in Belgium secret message mailer. This really innovative mail campaign is only visible when you put the card under water to reveal the message. This mind-blowing creativity comes to us from Belgium and we’re…
  • Designing an Effective Campaign Logo

    Joe Fuld
    22 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    A Campaign logo should be simple, clean and clear. A campaign logo is something that many candidates obsess about.  The color, the font, the stressing of the first vs. the last name, incorporating a candidate photo or a sprit animal, we’ve heard it all. I like a good campaign logo, but this is a time in which many first-time candidates get taken advantage of.  Yes, the campaign’s brand is undoubtedly important and it is worth some conversation, but it should not be a long, arduous, drawn-out process. With that said, here are a few important items to consider when you’re designing…
  • Your PowerPoint Slides Suck – Please Fix Them

    Joe Fuld
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    great PowerPoint slides in 7 easy steps. Every year during conference season, I get aggravated about how badly most PowerPoint slides are.  PowerPoint is supposed to help a presentation  but in many cases the slides hurt  the presentation.  10-point type; 100 words on the screen; no images; and bullet points with a font that looks like it came with Windows 95.  On top of that, the presenters talk really, really fast. As someone listening to you, how is it possible for me to read all those words and listen to you at the same time? The truth is, I can’t understand your presentation…
 
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    Political Debate Blog

  • Liberal Media Blunder or Bias?

    Kyle Zsasz
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:24 pm
      It's been a long time since I've allowed myself to stretch my mind throughout the political currents of today. I was actually enjoying my hiatus. Of course this all ended and the dream of avoiding politics ended when I was the cover of the New York Times today. Of course the inspirational 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches was a hot item but it didn't create as much waves as the New York Times itself did. Unfortunately the virtues and lessons being taken away from the historical civil rights march was overshadowed by one of the most blatant examples of…
  • Getting Back on Track

    Kyle Zsasz
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    As the only writer on the blog as of now it becomes a tough struggle when I can no longer blog. The site slows down, comments stop flowing in, and people like to dismiss the place as dead or inactive. This is of course not true. Over the past few weeks I have been having health problems that have landed me in the hospital frequently. I have been unable and unmotivated to blog (or pay much attention to politics in general for that matter) and let it go for awhile. After all the blog is still rather new and has not built up a viewership. I plan to upgrade this community to something much more…
  • Building the Political Web

    Kyle Zsasz
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Lately I've been trying my best to keep a schedule of putting out a blog post daily. I'm on a late schedule right now with the Midterm elections happening so I'm going to take a moment to discuss the political movements on the internet and how a political blogger can succeed. You might not know this but I have been a political blogger for years and I have worked from project to project with some amazing people. My last blog was very successful and I only stopped using it because a friend, who had also taken the time to blog and build it up, wanted it and felt he could put the…
  • Two Days Until the Future

    Kyle Zsasz
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    In just two days the long awaited midterm elections of 2014 will end with the citizens voting and the candidates biting their nails in anticipation. By the end of the night we will know who will lead the Congress and the Senate for the  next two years. Personally I'm excited because like many watching the the election I am hopeful for a Republican win in both the Senate and the Congress. I like many Americans are tired of the Democrat's destructive and often unamerican policies and agendas. I'm tired of seeing them bring down America, turn our international interests…
  • Into the Political Fray

    Kyle Zsasz
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I've often thought about politics and whether I should toss my hat into the proverbial ring. I've always held myself back thinking that I am too young to consider it. I have to build my reputation, work on my background, and most importantly gain experience. The political arena after all is run and lorded over by the elderly and outdated. As I waited I gained a new idea and it placed me at a certain cross road. At one time I dreamed of holding office and being recognized as a leader in America. This dream met reality as I got older and realized that being one of…
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    Eurasia Review

  • Rohani: Exceptional Opportunity For Resolution Of Iran’s Nuclear-Issue

    Eurasia Review
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says an “exceptional opportunity” has emerged for the resolution of Tehran’s nuclear issue. “We should move in the direction of national and international interests and do not let this opportunity… be missed easily,” the Iranian president said. “Special conditions are prevailing over the negotiations because our common positions regarding the peacefulness […] The post Rohani: Exceptional Opportunity For Resolution... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Libya: Government Wants Intervention ‘Just Like Yemen’

    MISNA
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    Libya’s Prime Minister Abdullah al Thinni defined the decision of the Saudi-led coalition to intervene in Yemen to restore “democratic legitimacy” and fight the “terrorists” as “courageous”, and called for the same in his country. Al Thinni, elected by the Tobruk-based parliament, the only internationally recognized authority, questioned how the Arab community could intervene in […] The post Libya: Government Wants Intervention ‘Just Like Yemen’ appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Nigeria: Buhari Leading By 2 Million Votes

    MISNA
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    General Muhammadu Buhari is in the lead by 2 million votes over exiting President Goodluck Jonathan after a vote count in 19 of Nigeria’s 37 states. The final outcome of the presidential race in fact remains unknown, since results have not arrived from some key regions that can tip the scale. Attending the announcement of […] The post Nigeria: Buhari Leading By 2 Million Votes appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Trilateral Forum Highlights NGOs’ Key Role In Dire Situations – Analysis

    IDN
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:53 am
    By Jamshed Baruah Tearing down ideological barriers and overcoming historical animosities, civil society organisations from Japan, China and the Republic of Korea participated in a landmark trilateral forum during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). The conference, held from March 14 to 18 in Sendai – the centre of Japan’s Tohoku […] The post Trilateral Forum Highlights NGOs’ Key Role In Dire Situations – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Pakistani Invite To Masrat Alam Is Provocation Extraordinaire – OpEd

    South Asia Monitor
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    By Lt. Gen Kamal Davar (Retd)* Countless Indians wept on December 16, 2014 watching TV images of the ghastly massacre of nearly 140 school children and staff at the Army School in Peshawar. School children, all over India, participated in candlelit vigils in memory of the slaughtered innocents and the Indian Parliament, led by Prime […] The post Pakistani Invite To Masrat Alam Is Provocation Extraordinaire – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Selena, We Will Always Love You

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    For me, it still feels like it was yesterday. I clearly remember the radio DJ announcing it in a somber tone: "Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tejano music, has just died in Corpus Christi. May she rest in peace." I had just seen Selena a few months ago. It was in Montemorelos, where she, Pete Astudillo, and the rest of the Quintanillas gave a great performance at Parque Almazán. Her voice was just as beautiful as that of a singing bird. She also had a charisma that charmed everyone at first sight. Selena was, and still is my idol. For months, her tragedy filled many of us with grief.
  • Selena, Siempre Te Amaremos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 pm
    Para mí, todavía parece que solo fue ayer. Recuerdo claramente al locutor de la radio dando el anuncio con un sombrío tono: "Selena Quintanilla, la reina de la música Tejana, acaba de fallecer en Corpus Christi. Descanse en paz."Yo acababa de ver a Selena solo unos meses atrás. Fue en Montemorelos donde ella, Pete Astudillo, y el resto de los Quintanillas ofrecieron una gran presentación en el Parque Almazán. Su voz era tan hermosa como la de un pájaro cantante. También tenía un carisma que conquistaba a todos a primera vista. Selena fue, y aún es mi ídolo. Por meses, su tragedia…
  • Eduardo Medina Mora: The #FastAndFurious Mexican Ambassador

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Embajador Eduardo Medina MoraBeginning in 2005, the DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) began a strategy to fight Mexican drug cartels that sounds like taken out of a movie: Under operation"Gun Runner," they  used straw gun buyers to sell arms to cartel members to try to get to their leaders. The operation later became "Fast and Furious," and it expanded to arming criminals in exchange for their information.Thousands of weapons were smuggled across the Southern border, and Mexican authorities knew about it, but some are flatly denying it. One of them is Eduardo…
  • Eduardo Medina Mora: El Embajador #RapidoYFurioso Mexicano

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Ambassador Eduardo Medina MoraComenzando en el año del 2005, la DEA y el Buró de Alcohol, Tobacco y Armas de Fuego (ATF) emprendieron  una estrategia para pelear a los carteles mexicanos que suena como sacada de una película: Bajo el nombre de "Gunrunner", usaron informantes encubiertos para venderles armas a miembros de los carteles para tratar de llegar hasta sus líderes. La operación mas después se renombró "Rapido y Furioso", y se expandió al grado de armar a criminales a cambio de su información.Miles de armas fueron escabullidas a través de la frontera sur, y las…
  • En el Amor no Existe el Género - Love Has no Labels

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:55 pm
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Pence again defends Ind. religious freedom law

    Chris Johnson
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the Indiana discrimination law during a news conference. (Photo public domain) Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday once again defended his state’s recently enacted religious freedom law against mounting outrage. The Republican governor during a press conference refuted the notion the statute enables LGBT discrimination. “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was about religious liberty, not about discrimination,” Pence said. “As I said last week, had this law been about legalizing discrimination, I would have vetoed it. This law does…
  • Bowser bans D.C. government travel to Indiana

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on March 31, 2015, issued an executive order banning D.C. government travel to Indiana over the state’s controversial religious freedom law. (Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday issued an executive order banning the use of city funds for travel to Indiana in response to the state’s approval of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. Bowser’s action follows similar executive orders issued by the mayors of Seattle and San Francisco and the…
  • Bowser considering ban on D.C. government travel to Indiana

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is considering an executive order that would prohibit city-funded travel to Indiana. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is considering and leaning toward issuing an executive order that would ban the use of city funds for travel to Indiana in response to the state’s approval of a religious freedom bill that critics say will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people, according to a high-level Bowser administration official. “We’re looking for a way to make it happen because we’re supportive of it,” said the…
  • Bonauto tapped to argue before Supreme Court in marriage cases

    Chris Johnson
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Mary Bonauto will deliver oral arguments in marriage cases before the Supreme Court. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key).The high-profile LGBT advocate and attorney who successfully argued for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts 10 years ago has been chosen to deliver oral arguments in the marriage cases before the Supreme Court. In a statement on Tuesday, attorneys for the plaintiff same-sex couple in the Michigan marriage case announced Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, would present arguments to the court on why state…
  • Gay former Ehrlich aide considering run for Mikulski’s Senate seat

    Michael K. Lavers
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chrysovalantis Kefalas, a one-time legal counsel to former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, is considering a run to fill the seat that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will vacate upon her retirement. (Photo courtesy of Chrysovalantis Kefalas)A gay Republican who was former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s legal counsel has announced he is considering a run for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)’s seat once her term expires next year. Chrysovalantis Kefalas told the Washington Blade on Monday during a telephone interview as he discussed his decision to consider a run for the U.S. Senate that he…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Activism Worked! An Anti-Whistleblower Bill, Defeated

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

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Watch cartoon alpacas explain what’s so very wrong about our economic system. Confession: I find the squeaky creatures in the cartoon kind of annoying. But not nearly as annoying as the fact that our system is so backward that we need videos like this in the first place. Hats off to director of “Anchorman” for putting his storytelling skills to such important use. The post What Animated Alpacas Can Teach us About Income Inequality (From the Director of Anchorman) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • The Censorship Law Walmart REALLY Hopes WIll Pass

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like an ag-gag bill on steroids, this sweeping new censorship bill is music to the ears of the execs at Walmart, Tyson Foods and other corporations cited for abuse to workers, animals or both. Quietly passing the first two readings in the state House, Arkansas HB 1774 is now in committee and open to public comment before a recommendation and vote take place. The bill would make it illegal to record any “oral communication” between people with a working relationship unless all parties give consent. So whether your boss calls you “sweet ass” or tells you to get to work…
  • The Calculator is Here! See How Many Animals You Save When You Don’t Eat Meat

    Lady Freethinker
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether you observe the occasional Meatless Monday or haven’t let flesh pass your lips for decades, it’s hard not to wonder exactly how many lives you’ve spared by opting for plant-based meals. And now, thanks to the Vegetarian Calculator, you can get an answer. Yes, it’s a rough estimate (it takes a lot of chickens to reach the caloric equivalent of a cow, after all, and not everyone eats the same portion sizes), but the system seems reasonably sound. The data comes from USDA statistics, and represents an average more than a customized calculation. I hung up my…
  • Tell BP: Clean Up Your Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast!

    Lady Freethinker
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
                        You made the mess, BP, now please clean it up. The Deepwater Horizon spill was the largest offshore oil spill in United States history, killing and maiming hundreds of animals and ravaging the environment. Without BP’s gross negligence, this disaster would have never happened – and now they’re putting greed over  responsibility by refusing to clean up their mess. A court ordered BP to pay $18 billion dollars for the damage they caused, but the conglomerate is trying to weasel out of the debt. They recently…
 
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  • A Glossary Of U.K. Politics, From Ashcroft To Whips

    Mona Chalabi
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Curiosity piqued when the U.K. general election is mentioned, you lean forward just a little. But then you hear a term you don’t understand, frown and think that you’ll never be able to understand the mess that is British politics right now. Don’t worry — I’m here to help. I’ll decrypt the jargon, explain the basics and give you a breakneck tour of our main political parties.Ashcroft, Michael: A major British pollster — and it’s actually Lord Ashcroft, thank you very much (don’t worry, I explain what a lord is farther down). There’s very little regional polling…
  • How Our U.K. Election Forecasting Model Works

    Ben Lauderdale
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    To mark the beginning of the official campaign period in advance of the May 7 election (now 38 days away), FiveThirtyEight is launching United Kingdom general election predictions, developed by me and my colleagues at electionforecast.co.ukLast week, we provided a crash course in the political history of the U.K. Here, we’ll introduce the key ideas behind the forecasts, as well as some of the major challenges of forecasting U.K. elections.Interpreting polls of the United KingdomAs in U.S. presidential elections, a lot of the polling here is done at the “national” level. These polls…
  • What Is U.K. Politics About?

    Ben Lauderdale
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    The U.K. general election campaign, which kicks off in earnest Monday, will focus on many issues, especially the ones that voters say are most important. But beneath how the parties propose to address them are several long-standing political disagreements that fit into three broad categories: left-right politics, U.K. national politics and European Union membership politics.Some of these will matter to voters more than others, but they all inform how and where the parties will campaign. They’ll also shape which parties might be willing to work together and what kinds of bargains will be…
  • A Brief Political History Of The United Kingdom

    Ben Lauderdale
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    We could make a case for starting a story on the historical context for the 2015 U.K. general election with the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s decision to build a wall across the neck of Great Britain in the year 122 or with the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. But we are reasonable people and will try to make do with just the past five centuries. Even that might seem a bit mad — what does the 16th century have to do with the 2015 election? It is not so much that it’s directly relevant, but that it shaped the parties and institutions of the U.K., which are very much at…
  • What Do U.K. Voters Want And What Are The Parties Promising?

    Mona Chalabi
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Even for a Brit, it’s not easy to decipher the key issues in the May 7 general election. There’s what politicians talk about and then what voters actually want from the next government.Because voters don’t get to have their say very often, I’d like to start by understanding what they see as the country’s problems. To do that, I looked at the issues that were the most frequently cited when the British electorate was most recently surveyed by Ipsos MORI.When asked in a face-to-face interview what they would say “is the most important issue facing Britain today,” 27…
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  • New (Free!) Software for Assessing Bias in Surveys (Categorical/Multinomial Variables)

    Kai Arzheimer
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    We have updated our add-on (or ado) surveybias, which calculates our multinomial generalisation of the old Martin, Traugott, and Kennedy (2005) measure for bias. If you have any dichotomous or multinomial variable whose true distribution is known (e.g. from the census, electoral counts, or other official data), surveybias can tell you just how badly damaged your sample really is with respect to that variable. Within Stata, you can install/update surveybias by entering ssc install surveybias. We’ve also created a separate page with more information on how to use surveybias, including a…
  • How Demographic Change is Saving German Parties (3)

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:47 pm
    35 years’ worth of Politbarometer data show that partisan dealignment in Germany has slowed down considerably over the last decade. One reason for this is the increase in average levels of formal education: Somewhat counterintuitively, formal education is now positively linked to partisanship. The other reason is demographic change. Demographic Change in Germany To the average German, demographic change is something that will happen in some unpleasant but distant future, preferably to someone else. But the nasty thing about demographic processes is that they are sneaky, slow-running beasts.
  • A Semi-Official Split in the (Thuringia) AfD

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Various media report this morning that the AfD caucus in the Thuringia state parliament has asked two of their MPs – Jens Krumpe and Oskar Helmerich – to resign their select committee memberships and/or has withdrawn the whip from them. Both had refused to sign the “Erfurt Resolution” that was initiated by their leader Björn Höcke (heavy Ümlaut alert), but had rather given their support to the competing “Germany Resolution”. Meanwhile, Spiegel Online has unearthed a blogger who claims that Höcke has written pseudonymously for a party paper of the right-wing extremist…
  • Why Germany’s NPD Might Not Be Banned After All

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Banning the NPD – What is at Stake? Germany’s NPD may be a racist, if not neo-Nazi outfit, but it enjoys the full protection and privileges the German constitution grants to parties. While the party is legal, it is entitled to state funding proportional to its (puny) electoral results. It can only be banned if six of the country’s eight supreme judges agree on a ruling, and only three institutions – the federal government, the federal parliament, and the federal council (the assembly of minister presidents) – can instigate this legal procedure in the first place. The…
  • Is Germany’s New Right-Wing Party AfD Falling Apart?

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Strife within the AfD In my recent West European Politics Article on the AfD (ungated pre-print still here), I argue that the party’s official position (i.e. their EP 2014 manifesto, their website and their social media activities) is soft-eurosceptic and not right-wing populist: For them, the enemy is Athens and the profligacy of the Greeks, not Islam, Turkey, or the Roma. I also argue that this official party line is very much shaped by party co-founder and co-chair Bernd Lucke, and that others disagree, not least because many AfD voters are (or were) not particularly concerned about the…
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    Conservative Read

  • Many Religious Freedom Law Opponents Would Force Participation in Abortion

    chris
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Matt Bowman,  There’s a secret underneath Boycott Indiana’s false rhetoric about that state’s new religious freedom law: some of those involved also want to force you to help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Supreme Court Affirms Ruling That Displaying US Flag Is ‘Disruptive’

    chris
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Refuses Case On School’s Cinco De Mayo US Flag Ban.  The Supreme Court has refused to review a case concerning California school officials banning students from wearing American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FBI: Chinese May Have ‘Stolen GMO Technology’ From Monsanto

    chris
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    Government used FISA to investigate trade secret dispute between two privately owned companies. Two Chinese nationals, Mo Hailong and Mo Yu, are accused of stealing genetically modified (GM) seed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. House committee seeks to interview Hillary Clinton over emails

    chris
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
     A U.S. House committee is seeking a private interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her use of private email and a personal computer server while at the State Department,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Turkish special forces enter courthouse as prosecutor held at gunpoint

    chris
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
     A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-31, Tuesday

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, March 31 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover a wide range of news, including the Russian analyst who said a nuclear attack on Yellowstone National Park would devastate America, the Ohio judge who banned the Constitution and the next-generation weapons that will be used in future wars. In health news, Dr. Mercola discusses the secrets behind effortless healing and why GMOs are harmful to society. We also cover the Iran nuclear talks and the exploding turmoil in the Middle East. You don't want to miss today's show!
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-30, Monday

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, March 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover continuing racial and social tensions in the fallout after Ferguson and the shooting of Mike Brown. Other topics covered on today’s worldwide broadcast include an escalation of the crisis between the US, NATO and Russia as an information is openly declared in Latvia; threats by the state to send CPS after kids for playing video games and going on Facebook; a call by former Congressman Ron Paul to eliminate the IMF; the real situation and Yemen; and a move by the state in Australia to begin taxing bank deposits. On today’s…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-29, Sunday

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, March 29, edition of the Alex Jones Show, David Knight takes the studio for Alex Jones and talks with Paul Joseph Watson about the Germanwings plane crash. BEYOND DENIAL: PREPARATIONS FOR MARTIAL LAW IN AMERICA..
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-27, Friday

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, March 27 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, we look at Senator Harry Reid's legacy and the missteps that may have spurred his decision to retire. We'll continue covering the controversial Jade Helm military exercise with Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson, and break down how the kamikaze co-pilot responsible for the Germanwings crash in France may have been taking SSRIs. On today's worldwide broadcast we'll also probe the partnership between the NSA and Facebook, review new criticisms of industrial chemical producer Monsanto and take your calls.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Mar-26, Thursday

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, March 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we look into how the domestic military drill Jade Helm will employ role players to practice infiltrating U.S. towns, how cops confiscated a firearm from a legal gun owner and how a Texas bill would force children to undergo mandatory mental health screenings, which may deny them their constitutional rights later in life. On today's show James Knox, a telecom insider with deep connections, goes into detail about the NSA revelations whistleblower William Binney brought up on the show last week. You don't want to miss this explosive…
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  • The perfect performance that proves how great Selena was

    Kelsey McKinney
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the South Texas Mexican-American (Tejano) singer who inspired a generation of pop stars from Beyoncé to Mariah Carey. Tragically, Selena was murdered in 1995 at the age of 23 by the president of her fan club During her short career, Selena released five albums (one posthumously) and won the Tejano Music Award for Best Female Vocalist nine times. Many of her singles hit number one on the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart, including "No Me Queda Mas." She was an absolute sensation. Though she was a Texan, and created…
  • Indianapolis's official tourism site really wants you to know LGBT people are welcome

    German Lopez
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    In response to a growing firestorm surrounding a controversial religious freedom law in Indiana that critics say could allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, some Hoosiers want the world to know that LGBT people are still welcome in the state. The official tourism site for Indianapolis, Visit Indy, recently put up a huge banner inviting LGBT people to the city: Clicking on Visit Indy's banner leads you to a three-day, LGBT-themed itinerary for a trip to Indianapolis, which the website claims is "a perfect plan for a three-day weekend." Activities include theater events,…
  • Nigerian opposition leader Buhari wins the presidency: why this is a big deal

    Katy Lee
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's opposition leader and a former military dictator, has won the country's presidential elections, the BBC reports. This is a major moment in the history of Nigeria's young democracy: the first time an opposition candidate has ever beaten a sitting president, in this case President Goodluck Jonathan. There are still fears that the result could be disputed and could potentially lead to violence between Buhari and Jonathan supporters, exacerbating pre-existing tensions along religious and ethnic lines. Jonathan would be the first Nigerian president to lose office…
  • 40 maps that explain the Middle East

    Max Fisher
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
  • How Robin Williams stopped companies from exploiting his image for the next 25 years

    Alex Abad-Santos
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The next time you will see Robin Williams, the legendary comedian and actor who died in 2014, in a commercial will be 2039. This is due to a savvy legal move. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Robin Williams Trust leaves the rights to his name, photograph, and likeness to an organization known as the Windfall Foundation. That trust also ensures no one can use his likeness for 25 years. This, ostensibly, means that no one, including his family, will be able to make money off of Williams's name and image. That's a good thing. The reason? The financial problems plaguing Michael Jackson's…
 
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  • Free the Serfs

    Simon Black
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    March 30, 2015 Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile What I’m about to tell you is not my own opinion or even analysis. It’s original data that comes from the United States Federal Reserve and national credit bureaus. 40 million Americans are now in debt because of their university education, and on average borrowers have four loans with a total balance of $29,000. According to the Fed, “Student loans have the highest delinquency rate of any form of household credit, having surpassed credit cards in 2012.” Since 2010, student debt has been the second largest category of personal debt, just…
  • 7 Common Symptoms of Bad Digestion

    No Author
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ll start this article on digestion with a quote from the famous French epicure and gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin: “Those who give themselves indigestion or get drunk, do not know how to eat or drink.” While such blunt criticism might not be well received in today’s world, there is merit in what the great man said. The sad truth is, many people really do not know how to eat. No wonder indigestion is one of the biggest health problems in the world today. If we know how to eat properly, know which foods cause indigestion and be aware of the foods that won’t cause…
  • Naked Aggression, Absolute Desperation

    No Author
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The “proxy war” model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen. Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the “Islamic State,” pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American “soft power” and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved allegedly, Saudi warplanes and a possible…
  • It’s a Doomsday Machine

    David Stockman
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If you need evidence that we are in the midst of a lunatic financial mania, just consider this summary from a Marketwatch commentator as to why markets are ripping higher this morning: “The dovish comments from both Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen and People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan are giving markets a big lift, and in the absence of negative data or news, I imagine this will continue to buoy the markets throughout the session,” Erlam said in emailed comments. Yellen said gradual hikes are likely this year, but that the central bank will move cautiously……. the PBOC…
  • Subsidize the Poor, Soak the Rich

    Laurence M. Vance
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The Republicans are out with yet another tax reform plan. This time Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has joined with Senator Mike Lee of Utah to give us the “Economic Growth and Family Fairness Tax Reform Plan.” Although it is touted as a “pro-growth, pro-family tax reform plan” and contains many good features, it also subsidizes the poor and soaks the rich. Rubio and Lee rightly say in their introduction that “our current system taxes too much, taxes unfairly, and stifles economic opportunity for American families, businesses, and individuals.” But because it is a tax reform plan…
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Validity and Soundness

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:32 pm
    My newest youtube masterpiece . . .
  • Five Reasons to Prefer a Basic Income to a Welfare State

    gaurarader
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    In the above discussion on Same Seder’s The Majority Report He asks Karl Widerquist about why we should prefer a basic income to the welfare state if it is likely that even with a basic income we would likely need to keep many social programs like social security and medicaid in place. I thought it was a […]
  • Intro to Philosophy Videos

    gaurarader
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    I’ve been working on some videos, which will ultimately be part of a full online course that I’ll use for the classes I teach and will just be available for those interested online (www.philosophyintrocourse.com) . Eventually they will also be accompanied by a text book that I’ve been working on. I’ve got the manuscript for an […]
  • Sitting All Day is Killing You and What You Should Do About It

    gaurarader
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Check out my latest post on Medium.com
  • A Response to Paul DeGrauwe’s “A Universal Basic Income is not Affordable”

    gaurarader
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    Here’s a link to recent article on medium.com.     to receive notification of new posts via email and here about the latest updates on my book projects and other supercool awesome stuff.
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    Pension360

  • Canada Pension Buys Big Stake in British Ports

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has teamed up with a British investment firm to buy a 30 percent stake in Associated British Ports, which owns and operates nearly two-dozen ports across the U.K. The stake is worth $2.36 billion, according to Reuters. More from the Daily Courier: CPPIB is buying its initial stake in Associated British Ports in partnership with Hermes Infrastructure. They could potentially buy an additional 3.33 per cent, which would make them one-third owners of ABP. Borealis Infrastructure, which is an arm of the Ontario-based OMERS pension plan, will remain one of…
  • New Jersey Defends Smaller Pension Payment; Treasurer Says Full Contribution Would Cause “Unacceptable” Budget Pain

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    New Jersey planned on contributing $1.3 billion to its pension system in 2016. But a court ruling has thrown a wrench in that plan, as a judge said last month the state needed to make its full pension payment as specified in a 2011 pension reform law that Chris Christie himself signed. New Jersey is appealing the ruling, but if the state loses, its 2016 pension contribution could rise to nearly $3 billion. That extra money hasn’t been budgeted for – and the state’s Treasurer on Monday testified to lawmakers that the ensuing budget cuts would have an “unacceptable impact” on New…
  • Video: Pennsylvania Activists Push to Seize Pensions From Law-Breaking Officials

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    In Pennsylvania, public officials who are convicted of a job-related crime are still eligible to collect pension benefits. One activist group, Rock The Capital, says that shouldn’t be the case. Other states have passed laws similar to what Rock the Capital is suggesting. In late 2014, Illinois passed a law stripping pensions from public officials convicted of felonies relating to their public duty. Watch the video above for more.   Video credit: ABC27 Photo by TaxCredits.net
  • Raimondo Ready to “Close the Chapter” On Pension Lawsuit

    Ted Ballantine
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:08 am
    Due to a gag order, there is very little information circulating about the status of Rhode Island’s pension settlement. Retirees and union members voted on the settlement last week, and will continue doing so this week. But Gov. Gina Raimondo threw her full support behind the deal on Monday, saying the settlement would be “a good thing for everybody”. Raimondo also said she was unconcerned about the costs of the settlement. From the Providence Journal: [Raimondo] acknowledged in a brief interview Monday with The Journal about the prospects for the pre-trial settlement proposal: “I…
  • Illinois Bill Would Let Municipalities Declare Bankruptcy to Clear Pension Debt

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    Within weeks of taking Illinois’ governor’s office, Bruce Rauner released a proposal that suggested allowing municipalities to use bankruptcy as a strategy to tame pension debt. The idea is for towns and cities to use bankruptcy as a last resort to shed pension liabilities. And even if they never ended up declaring bankruptcy, the threat of such an action could give them leverage in pension negotiations with workers. Now, a bill in the Illinois House aims to implement the proposal and allow municipalities to file for Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy. [Read the text of House Bill 298 here.]…
 
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    Message President

  • GROUP HOME FOR THE DISABLED FORCED TO CLOSE BY THE STATE UNJUSTAFULL

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Dear Barack Obama: I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU COULD INTERVENE IN THIS SITUATION. I HAVE A MISSION WITH THE HANDICAP AND FOR OVER 7 YEARS I HAVE ADMINISTERED SOCIETY OF ST. AGNES AND NOW THE STATE WANTS TO CLOSE ALL FOUR HOMES BY NOT PROVIDING ME WITH THE FUNDING AS IT AS BEEN IN THE PAST. I COULD LIKE FOR YOU TO READ THE ARTICLE THAT ONE OF THE PARENTS CALLED IN TO THE LEDGER OF SATURDAY 03. 2015. AND I WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND MY PART OF THE REASONS OF WHICH I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO STAY IN COMPLIANCE I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO ALL OF MY GROUP HOMES WHILE THE CLIENTS…
  • Валютная ипотека

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    Уважаемый Владимир! Как же так ? уже пол года в государсвенной думе не погут довести до спаведливого решения проблему с валютными ипотечниками. Вы сами сказали, что то что рубль так обесценен это результата спекуляции, по вашему поручению должно было пройти расследование. Но виновных нет, а платят по счетам население. Банки…
  • MS. Jan Costanzo-Billings

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Dear Mr. President Obama, I got THIS in My email today :My Name is Lake William Sr,from the Federal Government Grant we have to know if you are here to get your grant so that we can show you what grants are available and how to apply.My Name is Lake William Sr,from the Federal Government Grant we have to know if you are here to get your grant so that we can show you what grants are available and how to apply.My Name is Lake William Sr,from the Federal Government Grant we have to know if you are here to get your grant so that we can show you what grants are available and how to apply.My Name…
  • Honorable Leader and President of the Free World

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Dear Mr. President: When and if you propose a two state solution for Israel can you please consider a wise idea. Give the Palestinians a piece of land either in the north or the south, NOT Gaza or Jerusalem. This makes the most sense for both sides. You will be a wise man and a successful leader if you can accomplish the above. Thank you , Mr. President. Laura Weinshel
  • 27 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    hello my faverout hero i want to meet you but ia m so poor my heart be meet you
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Do You Think This Teenager Can Win a GMO Debate on TV?

    James Burke
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I just came across this video, and this young girl does wonders during a no-holds-barred debate on genetically modified food (GMO). The teenager in question is anti-GMO activist Rachel Parent, who faced off against CBC’s Kevin O’Leary. He had reportedly said earlier that people who stand against GMOs should “stop eating” so we can “get rid of them.” Given this, it’s no shock how O’Leary comes out hard against the Toronto high school student during the 13-minute-long piece. But full marks to Rachel, who was 14 years old at the time, because she does a fine job…
  • Fortune Names Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong as One of the World’s Greatest Leaders

    James Burke
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I agree with some of Fortune’s choices in their annual list of the world’s greatest leaders, and I disagree with others. Among those I thought were solid was the inclusion of Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong, who comes in ranked at number 10. Here’s what the American business magazine has to say about Wong: “Slight, and with a bowl cut and black-framed eyeglasses, the 18-year-old Wong doesn’t look like Hollywood’s idea of a charismatic rebel leader,” they said. “But Wong, a co-founder of the student-activist group Scholarism, was one of the most compelling figures in…
  • See Why ‘Made in China’ Tops the EU’s Most Unsafe List

    Ben Maloney
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every parent assumes the plush doll they bought for their child at the mall is safe, but if it has a “Made in China” label, you should think twice. A European Watchdog agency issued 2,435 notifications of unsafe products in 2014, which range from children’s toys, clothing, and even appliances. Sixty-four percent of the unsafe products were made in China and Hong Kong, which was the same amount as in 2013. Věra Jourová, the European commissioner for consumer affairs, issued a warning to parents: “For me, as a mother and already a grandmother, the high number of…
  • Could You Win a Climate Change Debate With Any of These Memes?

    James Burke
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Many a keyboard warrior has used a meme to express a particular view. Some memes are great, some are awful and nasty, while others are really, really witty. If you frequent social media, you’d be well aware how posting a simple meme can bring on a storm of comments, especially if it’s about a particularly controversial or divisive issue. As far as the West is concerned at least, not many issues are as divisive as climate change, a.k.a. global warming. Well, unless you want to discuss race, religion, gender issues, or several other push button topics that now come to mind. So for the sake…
  • Former British POW Describes the Horror of the Dresden Fire-Bombing

    James Burke
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seventy years ago, an estimated 25,000 people were killed in the fire-bombing of the German city of Dresden, one of the most controversial acts carried out by Western allied forces during WWII. In the above 10 minute report, the BBC spoke with several eyewitnesses, but predominately with a former British POW, Victor Gregg, who was greatly affected by what he saw on Feb. 13, 1945. As a soldier, Gregg had seen a lot of deaths before the bombing, but what he witnessed at Dresden shook him to his very core. “It dehumanizes everything, anything you have experienced before. I had been through…
 
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    The National Memo

  • Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland In Ohio

    Alexis Levinson
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    By Alexis Levinson, CQ-Roll Call (TNS) WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton made his first endorsement of the 2016 cycle Tuesday, backing former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland in his bid for Senate. Strickland is the front-runner for the nomination to challenge Republican Senator Rob Portman. One other Democrat is also running — Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. “Ted Strickland offers a unique blend of qualities we need more of in Washington today: a proven record of service to hard-working Ohioans, energy, determination, and idealism,” Clinton said in a…
  • Lufthansa: Flight School Knew Of Lubitz’s Depression

    Jessica Camille Aguirre and Jean-Baptiste Piggin
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:32 pm
    By Jessica Camille Aguirre and Jean-Baptiste Piggin, dpa (TNS) PARIS — Lufthansa’s flight training school knew of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’s problems with depression during his training, the air carrier reported Tuesday. The company produced a 2009 email Tuesday in which Lubitz explained that he was prepared to resume flight training after a break. In it, he informed the school of a “previous episode of severe depression.” Lufthansa provided the email along with other documents to prosecutors and said it was cooperating fully with the investigation.
  • New York Governor Bans Non-Essential Travel To Indiana Due To ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

    David Knowles
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    By David Knowles, Bloomberg News (TNS) New York is hoping on board the Indiana travel boycott. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that he was banning New York state employees from traveling to Indiana because of the passage of that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say can be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians. “Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards, and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential…
  • Gay-Rights Pioneer To Argue Supreme Court Marriage Case

    Frank Caracciolo
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times (TNS) WASHINGTON — Mary Bonauto, the Boston lawyer who won the first gay marriage rulings in Massachusetts and Vermont, will lead the argument before the Supreme Court in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage nationwide. Bonauto has been seen by gay-rights advocates as the attorney who deserves the most credit for winning marriage equality in the courts. She was selected by the attorneys and the couples from four states whose cases will be heard on April 28. “The road that we’ve all traveled to get here has been built by…
  • Supreme Court Bars Judges From Setting Medicaid Rates

    David G Savage
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court barred doctors, dentists, and druggists Tuesday from going to court to fight cutbacks in Medicaid payments. The justices’ 5-4 decision in a case from Idaho held that the Medicaid Act, which offers health care to low-income people, does not authorize medical providers to go to court if they believe a state’s reimbursements are too low. Tuesday’s ruling reverses a decision from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has repeatedly blocked California from making…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Discomposure

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    Life drifts away from myths of eternity and bliss leaving behind negative ripples and rhapsodic moments as echoes of ecstasy.Filed under: Articles
  • Complicity, Duplicity

    Ken W. Simpson
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    Crowded clouds in a grubby sky when yesterday died mourned by lonely ladies and manicured men melancholy as cellos soulfully hoping with artificial equanimity for the bliss of salvation. Revelations and expectations contradict predictions resentfully expressed that echo disrespect incredulity and disbelief and sink ignominiously into the ubiquity of disintegrating dreams. Offensive is the concept […]
  • Inspiration

    Ken W. Simpson
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    Ideas sprout like mushrooms after rain fading as echoes that merge as memories or thoughts thriving and twitching like leaves before they decompose in someone else’s clothes.Filed under: Articles
  • Seascape

    Ken W. Simpson
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    The Sky was cobalt blue where seagulls flew floated or landed on damp sand beside the sea lapping back and forth dissolving the footprints of passing feet. Dark filaments of weed lay drying near tiny shells and jellyfish blobs below the lumpy beach where bodies of varying shapes lay supine and somnolent in the heat.Filed […]
  • Dress Rehearsal

    Ken W. Simpson
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Depictions of depravity and blissful beauty were portrayed as murals on the auditorium walls of the concert hall where animated faces on stage mimed discontent straining to remember lines as parodies of pleasantries through choreographed repetitive steps to the tinkle of piano notes played by nimble fingers in the orchestra pit.Filed under: Articles
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • 6 million Europeans have supported European Citizens' Initiatives (ECI)

    Miguel Atanet
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    Right2Water. European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) In the past three years, an estimated six million Europeans have supported European Citizens' Initiatives (ECI) . Today the European Commission publishes a Report looking at the application of this new tool since its entry into force on 1 April 2012. Two Citizens' Initiatives have gone through the full process. However, the report acknowledges that there is still room to improve the process and identifies a number of possible issues for further discussion with stakeholders and institutions. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "The ECI…
  • A Bicommunal Cyprus Dialogue Forum is launched

    Miguel Atanet
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:33 am
    Turkish Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Özdil Nami. Photo credits: Bruno Mariani & UNDP UN SGSA Cyprus Espen Barth Eide: optimism growths on the possibility of Cyprus talks restarting in spring. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen visited Nicosia on Monday.     Negotiation delegations under the presidency of Turkish Cypriot negotiator Ergün Olgun and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyannis attended the press meeting held in the Cypriot buffer zone on March 12th, 2015 to launch a dialogue forum on the Cyprus conflict. The process to establish this forum has…
  • Less than 2 out of 10 non-executive board members are women in Europe

    Miguel Atanet
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the EWL When executive boards are included, female representation is a lot lower.     Last week, the European Women's Lobby (EWL) launched its Second Progress Report about Women on Boards in Europe titled 'Cracks in the glass ceiling or just a trick of the light?'   The report tracks developments, progress and stagnation regarding women on company boards in 11 European countries, 2 of them, Iceland and Norway, non-EU member states.   This Second Progress Report is part of the EWL's ongoing work to ensure that gender parity at all levels…
  • EU donates vehicles to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine

    Miguel Atanet
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:14 am
    EU donates vehicles to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Kyiv. The EU is ready to work further on guaranteeing full implementation of Minsk agreements at several different levels, most notably through support for OSCE. As part of this effort the European Union has donated 40 unarmoured vehicles and 24 armoured vehicles to the SMM. 15 of the armoured vehicles have now arrived in Kyiv. Five more SUVs are on their way. This completes the number of the armoured vehicles, as four cars have already been delivered prior to these new arrivals. The fleet will be officially handed…
  • The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh

    Miguel Atanet
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:48 am
    The State of Tripoli – a militant group affiliated with the so-called Daesh – on Feb.22 claimed responsibility for bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Libyan capital Tripoli earlier in the day. The group published photos of the bombings outside the Iranian embassy in central Tripoli earlier on Feb.22 on its Twitter account. Other photos broadcast by the group also showed destruction produced by the bombings in a parking lot attached to the house of the Iranian Ambassador in Libya, which is adjacent to the embassy headquarters.
 
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    Political Wire

  • Mike Pence, Then and Now

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    “Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexual’s as a ‘discreet and insular minority’ entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities.” — Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), on his campaign website in 2000. “I don’t support discrimination against anyone. I don’t support discrimination against gays and lesbians or anyone else. I abhor discrimination.” — Gov. Mike Pence (R), quoted by the Indianapolis Star at a press conference addressing his controversial…
  • Staffer Killed Himself Over Unemployment

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Spence Jackson, spokesman for the late Missouri gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich (R), “apparently faced unemployment in the wake of his boss’ suicide last month. And that, according to a note Jackson left, was the reason he took his own life Friday,” the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports. Jackson left a suicide note saying in its entirety: “I’m so sorry. I just can’t take being unemployed again.”
  • Menendez Expects Indictment Tomorrow

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Menendez has been traveling, but is expected to be back in New Jersey tomorrow and people around him expect the long-awaited corruption charges to be brought then. The case is being handled by the Department of Justice in Washington, but a grand jury has been meeting in Newark.”
  • The GOP’s Warning Signal?

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Jill Lawrence: “​If there’s one takeaway from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ‘religious freedom restoration’ debacle, it’s that Republicans ignore today’s cultural environment at their peril. Conservatives can continue to live in a bubble if they want to, but they should expect blowback, because outside that bubble is a far different reality.” “Maybe Pence simply decided to cross his fingers and hope for the best. Or maybe, cosseted in the Christian right echo chamber, he was oblivious to how all of this would be received in the wider world. Either way, his…
  • Fellow Governor Calls Pence a ‘Bigot’

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) lashed out at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) in an interview with MSNBC and called him “a bigot” for supporting a law he says allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. Said Malloy: “When you see a bigot you have to call him on it.” He added: “The reality is the governor’s not a stupid man, but he’s done stupid things. Signing this law and, quite frankly, promoting this law knowing exactly what it was going to do was an incredibly stupid thing for him to do.”
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    OpedSpace

  • How To Reform America’s Colleges

    Chike Aguh, US
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    “In a single generation, we’ve fallen from 1st place to 12th place in college graduation rates for young adults,” -President Barack Obama at the University of Texas-Austin, August 2010 Almost four years ago, President Barack Obama set a goal for the United States: that we would have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. His reasons were both aspirational and practical. On one hand, the President’s goal is motivated by his belief that education is an indispensable rung on the ladder of success. But, the realities of our economy also play an important…
  • When Silicon Valley eats Wall Street

    Dimitri Dadiomov, US
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    “There is an old joke that Wall Street has a river at one end and a grave yard at the other. Yet, this is strikingly incomplete. It omits the kindergarten in the middle.” Fred Schwed, Jr. The magic of Silicon Valley is not only that entrepreneurs take on ambitious startups—it’s that they often take on ambitious startups they know little about. They pick opportunities that seem promising even if they are outside of their own personal core competencies, and they figure it out. Move fast and break things. Throw ideas on the wall and see what sticks. Stay scrappy and iterate. Iterate.
  • Iceland: Fronting or Fighting Corruption?

    Lilja Jonsdottir, Iceland
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Recently, four Icelandic businessmen were sentenced by the Icelandic Supreme Court to a total of 19 years in jail for artificially inflating the stock price of Kaupþing (the bank they owned and managed) in the months leading up to the financial crisis in 2008. With each serving four to five years in jail, these sentences for “white collar crimes” are unprecedented in Iceland. “I believe that the judges first decided what the outcome should be and then afterwards wrote the verdict,” said Ólafur Ólafsson, one of the convicted, to Reuters shortly after being sentenced. His…
  • What These Business Icons Have To Say About U.S. Inequality

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In September 2014, Professor Michael Porter and Professor Jan Rivkin released a seminal report on the state of the U.S. economy titled “An Economy Doing Half its Job.” In it, they argued that years of underinvestment in K-12 education, vocational skills training and infrastructure combined with the forces of globalization and technological change have resulted in the hollowing out of the Middle Class, rising inequality and an economy that is structurally underperforming. Below are excerpts from a conversation we had with them:   Can you briefly explain what the U.S. Competitiveness…
  • Bosnia: How A Nation Recovers Post Genocide

    OpedSpace
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Written by Michelle Ratpan Photos by Cindy Blažević As voyeurs and consumers of visual media, we see daily images of the seemingly unending conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan, Libya and the Ukraine, to name a few. These dark images are captioned with stories of atrocities, death and despair. What is often lost in visual and print media is the story after the conflict, the story of a people restored. In publishing this photojournalism essay, our hope is to commemorate the anniversary of a conflict which began nearly 23 years ago and to provide a narrative of hope for…
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    Anarchant

  • AntiWar and Eric Peters Play Victim, Ask for More Donations

    Ethan Glover
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I used to be a major fan of AntiWar.com. I’ve donated to previous campaigns to keep the site running. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to publicize some issues they’ve had with Google Adsense. And they seem to be using it as drama fodder to get more donations. They’ve lied about what Adsense is asking them to do. Maybe they did this on…Read moreThe post AntiWar and Eric Peters Play Victim, Ask for More Donations appeared first on Anarchant.
  • There is No Scientific Consensus

    Ethan Glover
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    The post There is No Scientific Consensus appeared first on Anarchant.
  • Bet On America?

    Ethan Glover
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:24 am
    Bet On America Pre-Debate Post-Debate Points Moved For The Motion 49% 64% 15% Against The Motion 23% 27% 4% Undecided 28% 9% -19% Intelligence Squared has the best debates, and this one was no exception. With the broad subject of Bet on America there is bound to be some great arguments. It was a pleasure…Read moreThe post Bet On America? appeared first on Anarchant.
  • The Truth About College

    Ethan Glover
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    This summer I’ll be looking for a job in New Hampshire so I can drop out of college. I only have a year left, but I have yet to get anything valuable out of attending. My knowledge and skills are beyond what I need to get started in the industry I want to get started…Read moreThe post The Truth About College appeared first on Anarchant.
  • The Vaccination Controversy is not a Libertarian Controversy

    Ethan Glover
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    How would a libertarian society deal with vaccinations? When presented with this question, the asker requested to assume that vaccinations are always good. But he also asked how a libertarian society would incentivize people to take vaccinations for the good of all. Even if it is harmful to the individual. I’m not going to talk…Read moreThe post The Vaccination Controversy is not a Libertarian Controversy appeared first on Anarchant.
 
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    Raajneeti.guru

  • Jammu Kashmir floods

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    SRINAGAR: At least 21 people were killed following the collapse of two residential houses in central Kashmir at Charar-e-Sharief in Budgam district on Monday morning,While one dozen people are reportedly missing, the police have recovered eight dead bodies from under the debris a police official said. The residential houses collapsed at Laden area of Charar-e-Sharief due to incessant rains during last three days. The authorities have already declared flood in Kashmir after the river waters crossed the danger mark on Monday morning. Sources said that a detailed report of the current situation…
  • Andhra Pradesh Capital To Be Named after N.T.Rama Rao

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    ANDHRA PRADESH: After deciding to name the new capital as Amaravati, many TDP MLAs and ministers urged Naidu to somehow associate the name of the TDP founder with the capital region. They want a new district to be carved out from Guntur and Krishna districts, which would be named after NTR. In fact, the revenue department has reportedly readied plans and is waiting for a go-ahead from the CM. A.P Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is considering a proposal to create a new district for the capital region and name it after party founder Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao (NTR). According to sources,…
  • Sri RAM NAVAMI Celebration in Hyderabad

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    HYDERABAD: A procession, led by Goshamahal BJP MLA T. Raja Singh, started from Rani Avanti Temple at Gangabowli of Mangalhat, with scores of youth adorning the saffron sindhur on their foreheads and waving huge flags taking part. Thousands came onto the roads to watch the processions which were joined by another rally taken out from the Magara area of Mangalhat with a convoy of trucks. Shobha Yatra procession, which marks Sri Ramanavami, and similar rallies in the city passed off peacefully on Saturday while police kept a tab on them with live video streaming.Hundreds of youngsters carrying…
  • ASADUDDIN OWAISI on Hashimpura verdict

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    HYDERABAD: AIMIM Supremo Speaking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of a press conference at MIM headquarters in Darussalaam held to announce the victory of students of Deccan College of Engineering in the International Series of Karting (ISK) Championship held in Bengaluru, Owaisi said, “Justice delayed is justice denied. The judgment itself says that the investigation was botched up. So many people were picked up and killed.” The Hyderabad parliamentarian continued to describe the killings as those “done by the state” even as he noted that the “main…
  • Kejriwal Speech at National Council meeing

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP released a video of Arvind Kejriwal’s 45-minute Speech addressing to the 250-odd members at the meeting.Accusing Mr Bhushan and Mr Yadav of playing the party false, Mr Kejriwal is heard in the video saying, “I say this with sadness that at a time when the public supported us, our own friends stabbed us in the back.” Arvind Kejriwal AAP chief  asked delegates at the party’s National Council meeting on Saturday to choose between him and dissident founder members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Moments later, the two leaders were voted out of the…
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    Time To Change

  • Kepada Tok Guru

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Almarhum Tuan Guru Nik Aziz 1931-2015Aku tahu lewat berita sedih ini, Tok Guru. Maafkan aku. Aku demam teruk, sesudah Jumaat barulah ketahuan akan pemergian mu, yang pergi itu adalah untuk selama-lamanya. Aku cuma mampu mengirim sepucuk doa, menulis dan menangis, memusing kembali kuliah-kuliah Tok Guru. Tok Guru, sehingga ke sudah, tuhan tak izinkan aku bertemu dengan sosok mu, bersua muka dan mendengar celoteh nasihat mu dari dekat. Aku ini bukanlah produk jemaah yang baik, aku masih belajar dan belajar dan sebenarnya, pandangan Tok Guru lah yang banyak memandu aku dalam politik.Dulu, aku…
  • Selamat Tinggal, Putrajaya!

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Minggu ini, adalah minggu terakhir saya di Putrajaya. Juga coretan ini yang terakhir di tulis di Putrajaya, pada hari terakhir. Saya akan tinggalkan bandar masa depan ini setelah hampir 4 tahun menikmati sipu-sipu tiupan anginnya, kedinginan lorong-lorong pejalan kaki di pagi Ahad, pedih tercucuk kemuncup kala ke As-Syakirin Presint 14.Minggu ini juga, saya sibuk berkemas barang. Mengisi berjilid-jilid buku dalam kotak-kotak kosong, mencuci rumah yang bakal ditinggalkan, melipat baju-baju berkedut usang yang saya miliki dalam beg galas, mencicip seberapa boleh kenangan di sini, sebelum…
  • Raison d'être PAS

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    Satu fakta yang tidak dapat disangkal adalah, hudud ini merupakan raison d’être (sebab kewujudan) PAS. Jika tiada hudud, PAS tidak akan wujud. Jika tidak lagi memperjuangkan hudud, apa lagi yang PAS boleh perjuangkan pada laras untuk diterima khalayak hari ini. Saya tidak pernah menolak dakwaan bahawa hudud ini juga dipergunakan PAS untuk terus bernyawa. Mungkin frasa mempergunakan hudud itu kedengaran agak keras, atau lancang, seolah-olah menuduh PAS sebegitu jahat, akan tetapi itulah realiti yang PAS dan penyokongnya perlu akui.PAS adalah jemaah Islam, sebuah organisasi yang cita-citanya…
  • Mengapa Bukan Islam Tidak Dikenakan Hudud?

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Banyak lagi sebenarnya perkara yang kita boleh persoalkan seputar hudud yang diluluskan sebulat suara oleh DUN Kelantan. Saya membuat beberapa bacaan, mengikuti setiap tulisan-tulisan yang tidak bersifat populis, kritikal dan paling penting, bukanlah bertujuan sensasi yang membodohkan semata-mata.Pertama, sehingga sekarang saya masih tidak dapat menerima logik bahawa hudud ini taklukannya hanya pada mereka yang Muslim dan bukan Islam tidak dikenakan hudud. Saya tidak faham keadaan ini, di mana logiknya sehingga boleh terfikir di sana boleh wujud 2 set perundangan untuk 2 jenis kepercayaan…
  • Hudud, Balak dan 1MDB

    21 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Satu soalan yang menarik seputar hudud adalah, mengapa tiada hukuman hudud pada jenayah rasuah? Seeloknya, persoalan ini dijawab dengan terang dan jelas agar keraguan ramai terhadap struktur integriti pelaksanaan hudud kelak terlerai.Dulu saya menulis perbualan dengan kariah di Surau As-Syakirin (kini sudah tinggal kenangan), perihal isu ini. Dulunya tentang hudud dan balak. Jika hudud terlaksana, saya berharap mereka yang memberi kebenaran balak diterokai sebegitu zalim di Gua Musang, dihukum secukupnya.Dan kini, kita berdepan dengan krisis 1MDB – sebuah krisis gergasi yang juga menjadi…
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    The Political Insider

  • BREAKING: The Senate Just VOTED to STOP Obama – the Vote was 100 to 0!

    TPIWriter
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    The Senate – with a stunning vote of 100-0 – passed on an amendment that would impose sanctions on Iran if they were ever found to not be following whatever terms are finally hammered out between Iran and the P5+1 powers. This is a clear warning to President Obama that he is not to be trusted to deal with the evil Iranian regime. This is the Senate making a clear argument that Iran cannot negotiate in good faith, so we must hold them to a non-nuclear agreement: The language from Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), co-author of the tough Iran sanctions bill still pending with Sen. Robert…
  • Indiana Democrat Attacks Republican’s Toddler in House Floor Speech

    Rachel Mullen
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Indiana State Representative Vanessa Summers drew gasps from her colleagues when she accused a Republican colleague’s toddler of racism during debate on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She claimed Jud McMillan’s 18 month old son was scared of her because she is black. “I love his little son, but he’s scared of me because of my color — and that’s horrible.” After her colleagues groaned and gasped at her charges of racism from a child just learning to talk, Summer continued with the outlandish accusations. “It’s true,” Summers said defiantly. “And that’s something…
  • MUST SEE: U.S. Marine SLAMS Obama by Standing by the Road with THIS Sign

    TPIWriter
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    The case of Bowe Bergdahl is a tragic and shameful one. The Obama White House claimed he served with “honor and distinction”… but the Army just charged him with desertion. He deserves a serious sentence… If not the death penalty, he should be behind bars forever. Why? Because a handful of our troops DIED trying to locate him. Bergdahl also apparently was too willing to assist the enemy, giving up critical troop locations and sharing other information. And our Campaigner-in-Chief Barack Obama violated the constitution and illegally traded him for five high-profile…
  • BOOM! This Guy OWNS Race Baiter Who Attacked Disney for Having All-White Princesses (MUST READ)

    TPIWriter
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Racial issues aren’t what they once were in America. The Civil War is over, Jim Crow is over, and most people have moved on with their lives from former injustices. However, there are race baiters like Rev. Al Sharpton who profit off of agitating and spreading animosity. Fanning the flames of racial tensions means there are too many liberals who have to invent things to be outraged about. So when one woman went online to BASH Disney for supposedly having only white princesses, this guy fired back in an epic way. You will love this: One Tumblr user posted an image of 4 Disney characters…