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  • Working Mom On Food Stamps Hits Back At Scott Walker’s Plan To Drug Test Her

    ThinkProgress
    Alice Ollstein
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    CREDIT: AP Wisconsin’s low-income workers and some members of Congress are speaking out against Governor Scott Walker’s call for making people on public assistance undergo a drug test. Governor Walker confirmed in a Q and A at the conservative American Action Forum in DC on Friday that the 2015 budget he will unveil Tuesday will include measures that cover those who need food stamps, Medicaid and unemployment benefits, among other programs for those in poverty. Walker claimed his motivation for the controversial move was feedback he’d received from Wisconsin companies.
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    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Personally, I don’t think the Republicans actually believe any of this crap. I think the problem is that they will claim to believe anything that their campaign donors want. Or the opposite of what the Democrats believe. In the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, both are in play. That’s why it is their number 1 priority. When did GOP become an acronym for Gas, Oil, and Pipelines? Related posts: GOP Irony What in the Name of Science? Environmental Truth is Stranger than Science Fiction
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    * Jonathan Bernstein explains why Mitt Romney isn’t running for president after all: The story was pretty simple: Republican party actors, including many who had been with him in 2012, strongly signaled to Romney that they had little use for him this time around, as many observers expected. He could have continued anyway, but with […]
  • Mitt Romney isn’t running, but his specter still haunts the GOP

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    I’ll have to admit that I’m a bit surprised Mitt Romney decided not to run for president, given the man’s almost superhuman optimism and persistence. But according to various reports, the torrent of criticism Romney received when he made it clear he was considering a run had a real impact on his final decision, even […]
  • One number that explains why Mitt Romney didn’t run for president again

    The Fix
    Aaron Blake
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Bloomberg and the Des Moines Register just released the first tidbit from their new Iowa Poll — timing! — and the result says plenty about why Mitt Romney announced Friday that he won’t run for president again. While Romney’s favorable rating among likely Iowa GOP caucus voters in October was 65 percent, compared to 30 percent unfavorable, that split […]
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    The Atlantic

  • Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—In Subtle Ways

    Robinson Meyer
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    EA/Madden NFL 15 It is impossible to consider American football without considering television. It’s not just hammy touchdown celebrations or contractually-obligated media comments. The form of football fits TV. It takes place on a big, wide-screen field. It pauses frequently for time-outs or to reset the chain—perfect opportunities for commercial breaks. And unlike baseball, radio’s sport, there’s not a single through-line that can be described by an announcer. Televised football is such a big business, too, that all these changes go super-fractal: The game is already ad-friendly, so…
  • The Life of Kenji Goto

    Matt Schiavenza
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    People holding placards take part a vigil in front of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, January 30, 2015. (Toru Hanai/Reuters) A video purportedly released by the Islamic State on Saturday appeared to show the beheading of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist whom militants had captured in Syria and held hostage. The death of Goto came one week after ISIS executed Haruna Yukawa, a fellow Japanese citizen who had traveled to Syria as a private security contractor. The two murders followed ISIS demands of $200 million in ransom from the Japanese government, as well as the…
  • The Hypocrisy of Iran's Holocaust Cartoon Contest

    Matt Schiavenza
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Afghans hold a poster of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo's new editor in chief Gerard Briard during a demonstration against its cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, in Kabul, January 27, 2015. (Omar Sabhani/Reuters) Charlie Hebdo's decision to put a drawing of a weeping Muhammad on the cover of its latest issue, the edition published after gunmen massacred 12 at their Paris office, has sparked widespread protests throughout Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. But two cultural institutions within Iran have expressed their displeasure in a different way: the House of Cartoon and…
  • Project Almanac and the Rise of Found-Footage Teen Movies

    Lenika Cruz
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Paramount Pictures When Project Almanac's trailer first surfaced last year, skeptics and gimmick-weary viewers let out something of a collective groan. The Michael Bay-produced teen-driven film lies at the ambitious intersection of the time-travel and found-footage genres: The former boasts a long list of well-loved forbears including Back to the Future, Interstellar, Donnie Darko, Looper, Groundhog Day, Time Cop, and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, many of which Project Almanac references in the film. Time travel has a kind of universal appeal; it plays on audiences' desires for…
  • A Possible Treatment for Peanut Allergies

    Nicholas St. Fleur
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    U.S. Department of Agriculture More than15 million people in the United States live with food allergies that impact every meal they eat. For some, accidentally ingesting a snack that their body deems taboo can ignite a violent biological response. Everythree minutes someone is rushed to the emergency room due to a food allergy reaction, and among children, peanut intolerance is the leading cause of throat-swelling, life-threatening anaphylaxis. But new research from Australia may provide a promising lead to fighting peanut allergies in kids. Using a mix of peanut protein and bacteria found in…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • This week at progressive state blogs: OH pays for empty charter schools, oil owns ND regulators

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a diary does not necessarily indicate my agreement or endorsement of its contents. At The Prairie Blog of North Dakota, Jim Fuglie writes—The Answer: So here’s a memo to North Dakota Democrats:  It doesn’t matter what the question is, or who asks it. Here is THE ANSWER. “North Dakota’s oil industry is…
  • This week in the war on workers: McDonald's in turmoil

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The workers suing McDonald's for racist harassment and firings speak out in the video above; meanwhile: McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson, one of just seven African-American chief executives among the Fortune 500 companies, is stepping down less than three years after rising to the top job. Thompson’s exit is being widely blamed on the company’s weak financial performance under his stewardship. But McDonald’s next CEO will also face numerous public relations problems, widespread labor unrest, and legal threats to its business model. Here's to workers continuing to give the next CEO hell…
  • Cartoons are better science sources than conservative experts

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Above is a clip from a cartoon on Comedy Central that mentions evolution, below are some words on the same subject from one of the leading intellectual lights of the modern conservative movement. Which one is more trustworthy? For me, the plausibility of evolution is further strained by Darwin's assertion that within fifty to one hundred years of his time, scientists would become geologically sophisticated enough to find the fossil remains of the entire evolutionary tree in an unequivocal step-by-step progression of life from amoeba to man—including all of the intermediate species. Of…
  • Spotlight on green news views: Senate okays Keystone XL, Obama opens more offshore drilling

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    That video was captured by by EdMass and retitled Climate Change: The Best Evah Weather Report. Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) normally appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here. More than 21,740 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not…
  • View from the left—the 2016 Republican dilemma

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nothing has been quite so clear in the past couple weeks as just how out of step the GOP establishment is with the GOP base—a disconnect that has stunning implications for 2016. Only a few weeks ago, for instance, Republican strategists started selling the idea that a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide would neutralize the issue for Republicans on the campaign trail. They could simply say what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did after a federal appeals court ruled in favor of marriage equality and the Supreme Court declined to hear the state's challenge to the…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Oscar Robertson Backs Legalized Marijuana in Ohio

    rcade
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Former NBA star Oscar Robinson is one of the lead backers of an effort to get a measure on the ballot to amend the Ohio state constitution to legalize marijuana for people 21 and over. "It's a terrible feeling when you can't help someone suffering from cancer or another debilitating medical condition -- I know from personal experience," said Robertson, who has suffered from prostate cancer. The group will need 305,591 signatures by July to get the measure on the November ballot.
  • Homicide Rate Lower in Muslim Countries

    J_Tremain
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Zach Beauchamp, Vox: Predominantly, Muslim countries average 2.4 murders per annum per 100,000 people, compared to 7.5 in non-Muslim countries. The percentage of the society that is made up of Muslims is an extraordinarily good predictor of a country's murder rate. According to UC-Berkeley Professor M. Steven Fish, that judging by murder rates, people in Muslim-majority countries actually tend to be significantly less violent. ... There are over a billion believing Muslims globally; if their religion were intrinsically prone to violence, the data would bear that out. In fact, it does nothing…
  • Colorado Citizens May Get Cut of Pot Tax Revenue

    sitzkrieg
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Colorado's marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to give some back. That means Coloradans may each get their own cut of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in the first year of legal weed. It's a situation so bizarre that it's gotten Republicans and Democrats, for once, to agree on a tax issue.
  • CIA Helped Mossad Kill Hezbollah Leader in 2008

    rcade
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    A story in the Washington Post reveals for the first time how the CIA helped Israel's Mossad kill Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah's international operations chief, with a car bomb as he walked on a Damascus, Syria, street in 2008: "The United States has never acknowledged participation in the killing of Mughniyah, which Hezbollah blamed on Israel. Until now, there has been little detail about the joint operation by the CIA and Mossad to kill him, how the car bombing was planned or the exact U.S. role. With the exception of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden, the mission marked one of the most…
  • London Mayor: ISIS Jihadists Are 'Wankers'

    rcade
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    London Mayor Boris Johnson on people who travel to join ISIS: "If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally wankers. Severe onanists. ... They are not making it with girls and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort -- which of course is no comfort. They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong -- like winners."
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Don't Mean to Shock You, Huck, But ...

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Megyn Kelly trolls and provokes Huckabee in her own unique way: “Well I do have some news for you before I let you go. We're not only swearing. We’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having premarital sex with birth control before we go to work, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men.” Watch.
  • TPM Needs You

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    We need your support. With a new year underway, I want to take this opportunity to ask you join us by signing up for TPMPrime, our membership program. Prime is everything you already love about TPM, just more: a cleaner, feature-rich site with dramatically fewer ads, longform articles, special access to our reporters and editors, Q&As with outside experts and authors and some of the best discussions you can find anywhere on the web at The Hive. You also get TPM mobile with no ads, full RSS feeds and much more. I'll be following up with explanations of the different benefits of membership…
  • Diplomacy, Remedial Edition

    Josh Marshall
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Last night, I flagged a press release from House Speaker John Boehner's office in which - inter alia - Boehner says he told Israeli Ambassador Dermer not to inform the White House or the State Department about the speech to Congress Dermer and Boehner's staff were planning. Dermer, according to Boehner, acknowledged the correctness of the request and agreed. Now Dermer himself is speaking. And he back up Boehner's account. Read More →
  • When Citizenship Isn't Enough

    Nona Willis Aronowitz
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Collier Meyerson has an arresting, deeply personal piece up at The Slice today about the emotional messiness of being a transnational adoptee of color. She and her best friend Sadye are both adopted and both brown-skinned, but there's a big difference: Collier was born in the United States, and Sadye was born in the middle of a civil war in El Salvador. Read the piece here.
  • Say It Ain't So, Mitt!

    David Kurtz
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Contrary to reports earlier today that he would run, Mitt Romney just announced he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
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    Political Animal

  • Odds & Ends

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Although it's not likely to go anywhere in this Republican Congress, it's important to point out that President Obama's budget for FY2016 eliminates the sequester cuts. In the United States we've pretty much forgotten about Ebola. That means that most people will fail to notice that there have been fewer than 100 new confirmed cases reported in a week in the 3 most-affected countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. I usually try to ignore the idiotic things people say on right wing radio and Fox News. But this guy's response to a female caller with bipolar disorder seemed the very…
  • How Do We Change Our Minds?

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In his State of the Union Speech a week and a half ago, President Obama harkened back to the speech that launched his national career in politics - the one he gave at the 2004 Democratic Convention. You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t a liberal America or a conservative America; a black America or a white America -- but a United States of America... Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn’t delivered on this vision. How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than…
  • Heading Towards a GOP Train Wreck

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Does anyone else see a train wreck coming for this Republican Congress? One train is coming this way: House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) will lead along with two other top committee chairs a Republican task force to come up with a plan in case the Supreme Court strikes a blow to Obamacare later this year... They will be tasked with working up an alternative plan if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in the 30-plus states that use HealthCare.gov, as well as a more general Obamacare alternative if the law were to be repealed... Coming in the opposite direction is this train:…
  • The Dangers of Hysteria

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:38 am
    This article by Molly Knefel in Rolling Stone stirred up a lot of thoughts for me. In it, she reports that there is a bipartisan effort in Congress to re-authorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. That law, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), was passed in 1974 and has been updated and strengthened several times throughout its 40 years. In addition to establishing federal oversight for the states, it also set up core requirements for how states treat their youthful offenders - things like keeping kids out of adult prisons and addressing entrenched…
  • About Those Speech Rules

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    There's been a lot of talk this week between pundits/bloggers about "political correctness." I'm not going to delve into the back and forth of that conversation, but I'd like to share some of my own thoughts and experiences. As a white person, I learned a lot about what racism looks like in this country today by hanging around small blogs written by people of color about eight years ago. They have mostly all gone inactive, but back then it was fascinating to simply listen to people talking in forums that had never been available prior to the internet. One story from a blogger named Donna was…
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    The New Republic

  • Is Christianity Doomed in the Middle East?

    Gerard Russell
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The stark cliffs of the Zagros Mountains on the Iran-Iraq border, and the dusty hills and plains that lie between those mountains and the city of Mosul, might seem an unlikely location for paradise. Yet Christians living here in past centuries believed that a local river called the Great Zab had on
  • The Best Thing About Obama's Plan for 'Precision Medicine' Is That It's Old-Fashioned

    Naomi Shavin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Today the Obama Administration announced a $215 million “precision medicine” initiative. It has a handful of objectives based on an underlying goal: to facilitate the pooling of health data in order to better tailor treatments to individual patients. In the administration’s
  • Does Domestic Violence Really Increase on Super Bowl Sunday?

    Alice Robb
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In the 1990s, reporters began circulating a chilling statistic: Super Bowl Sunday was the most dangerous day of the year for women in abusive relationships. Riled up watching the violence onscreen and often under the influence of alcohol, male football fans were said to unleash their aggression on t
  • A Texas Law Would Let Teachers Shoot Students Who "Threaten" School Property. Guess Which Students Would Suffer Most?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Proposed legislation in Texas would allow teachers to use force, including deadly force, against students threatening the lives of others. If that unsettles you, consider the bill’s next provision: Teachers could also use deadly force to stop students from threatening school property. The bill, ni
  • The Invisible Josh Gordon

    Jamil Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The late Ralph Ellison is still teaching us today, often through imperfect vessels. The opening passage of his classic novel, Invisible Man, echoes for me as a mantra of African American life: "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."Whether through outright proh
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Koch-a-geddon watch: Salon picks up slack for Harry Reid while he recovers

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Harry Reid is still functioning at some 50 percent of his normal fear-mongering, demagoguing self after a horrific Abdomenizer accident, but fortunately Salon has graciously stepped up to the Koch-derangement plate to help out: Planetary disaster! If that doesn’t do Harry Reid proud, nothing will. About the level of political spending by the Koch brothers, destroyers of worlds: Tom Steyer (a liberal) routinely outspends Charles and David Koch. This is true. pic.twitter.com/npzbfsdVn6 — Joe Perticone (@Joe_Perticone) January 28, 2015 (h/t Twitchy) **Written…
  • Choose to refuse: Say NO to PARCC/SBAC testing

    Michelle Malkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Choose to refuse: Say NO to PARCC/SBAC testing by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 This is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents’ school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability and validity. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m reminding you of your right to choose because the spring season of testing tyranny is about to hit the fan. Do you…
  • Drunk gov’t worker exposes White House security flaw

    Doug Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    **Written by Doug Powers It wasn’t Joe Biden after all. The white House drone mystery has been solved: It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend’s drone, a 2-foot-by-2-foot “quadcopter” that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists. But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by wind or a tree, when the employee — who has not been named by the Secret Service or charged with a crime — lost control of the drone as he…
  • Mayor of Bridgeport thanks Al Sharpton for ‘fighting the good fight’ against snow in January (I mean ‘climate change’)

    Doug Powers
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Have you ever been stuck in heavy snow and thought to yourself, “If only Al Sharpton had more power at the federal level!” No sane person ever has, but during an interview about the “snowmageddon” that wasn’t, Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch thanked Sharpton for his fight against global warming, and said he’s needed in Washington. Whoever heard of such a thing as snow in January in the northeast? Only Sharpton can save us now. Mayor Finch would be better served to look at it this way: How much snow plow service could…
  • NBC News: Bergdahl to be charged with desertion; Obama admin scurries to protect narrative

    Doug Powers
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The Army is charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, according to NBC News: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by enemy forces in Afghanistan for five years, will be charged with desertion, a senior defense officials tell NBC News. The officials say the charges could be referred within a week. According to the officials, the desertion charges would be based on allegations that Bergdahl abandoned his remote outpost in June 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service, which are grounds for charges of desertion under the Uniform Military Code of Justice,…
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    TIME

  • Hagel: Ground Troops May Be Needed in Iraq

    mandyoaklander
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Departing defense secretary Chuck Hagel said it’s possible the United States may need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help deter the Islamic State. Hagel, who resigned as Pentagon chief on Nov. 24, told CNN in an interview Friday that he thinks the deployment of American troops for intelligence-gathering and locating targets is a possibility, reports Reuters. He said he wasn’t sure, however, that it would come to that. “I would say we’re not there yet,” he said. “Whether we get there or not, I don’t know.” MORE: Obama’s Awkward…
  • Jeb Bush Opens Up on Pot Use in His Youth

    Sam Frizell
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Jeb Bush has dipped in and out of politics his whole life, serving as a two-term governor and more recently announcing a possible presidential bid in 2016. But as a student at an elite boarding school in Massachusetts, he was decidedly apolitical. In an in-depth report in the Boston Globe, classmates remember the son of Congressman George Bush Sr. as indifferent and detached. Jeb Bush refused to join the Progressive Andover Republicans club at Phillips Academy in Andover, and declined to discuss politics, reports the Boston Globe. He also indulged in drugs and drinking. “I drank alcohol…
  • Former KKK Leader May Run for Steve’s Scalise’s House Seat

    Charlotte Alter
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The third-ranking House Republican may get a chance to differentiate himself from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke once and for all. Just as he started his tenure as House Majority Whip last month, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana faced a controversy when a blogger uncovered that he had spoken to a white supremacist group founded by Duke. Scalise later apologized and argued he was led astray by poor staff work. “It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold,” he said in his apology. Now, it looks like…
  • #TheBrief: Why America Could Change How It Puts People to Death

    Arpita Aneja
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    A new Supreme Court case could mean a change in the chemicals that prisons use for lethal injections. Watch #TheBrief to find out more.
  • #AskTIME Subscriber Q and A: This Week’s Cover Story Author Joel Stein

    Melissa August
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Welcome to TIME’s subscriber Q&A with TIME columnist, Joel Stein, who wrote this week’s cover story on his experience working with the “sharing economy” companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, RelayRides, Yerdle and others. He is the author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity. deconstructive asks, Joel, thanks for your detailed story on the sharing economy. We can indeed enjoy the potential benefits of peer-to-peer deals and cutting out some of the middleman. But of course, however, there is the flip side, aka the dark side - risks of people assuming liabilities (that…
 
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Mike Pence's very bad week

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    It should have been Mike Pence's strongest moment as Indiana governor -- a chance to showcase his style of executive leadership on the national stage. Instead, the week turned into a calamity of Team Pence's own making.
  • 'Gaps' in GOP field present opening for Scott Walker

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Scott Walker says he sees "gaps" in the potential Republican presidential field for 2016. But is he the candidate best positioned to fill them?
  • Romney bows out after three weeks

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    In the end, as it always has been with Mitt Romney, it was about the data.
  • Clues that Romney wouldn't run

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    While Mitt Romney announced he wouldn't run for president on Friday, he had personally come to that decision a week prior -- well before he made campaign-style stop in Starkville Mississippi, on Wednesday that kept the national press scrutinizing his every statement for any hints about his political future.
  • Democrats lose their favorite candidate: Mitt Romney

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Here we won't go again.
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  • Pro-democracy protesters to return to Hong Kong streets

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Thousands of pro-democracy protesters will rally on Hong Kong's streets Sunday for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months. The afternoon march through central Hong Kong is expected to draw 50,000 people with police warning that attempts to reoccupy key roads cleared of a sea of tented protest camps in December "are likely". "The rally continues to call out to people to join the democracy movement," organiser Daisy Chan told AFP. Chinese authorities have promised Hong Kong people the right to vote for the chief…
  • Obama condemns Japanese hostage's 'heinous murder'

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
    President Barack Obama condemned the "heinous murder" of a Japanese hostage after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing his beheading. "The United States condemns the heinous murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist group ISIL," Obama said in a statement, using an acronym by which the IS group is known.
  • Police probing alleged corruption in Nevada Legislature

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of corruption in the Nevada Legislature involving an extortion attempt aimed at a Republican assemblyman who has drawn criticism from more conservative lawmakers.
  • Kerry: 'Enormous interest' in new relationship with Cuba

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    BOSTON (AP) — North America has an "enormous interest" in building diplomatic relationships with Cuba, Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday during a weekend meeting with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico.
  • DeLay: Rick Perry's White House hopes likely hurt by charges

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Saturday he can relate to any fallout from the indictment dogging former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, noting his own nearly decade-long legal fight that cost him his powerful congressional post and public career.
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    Political Irony

  • Death of Taxes

    Iron Knee
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    During his State of the Union address, Barack Obama suggested “Let’s close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top 1 percent to avoid paying taxes on their accumulated wealth.” In other words, we should close the loopholes that allow the richest people to hide inheritance from any taxes. And I totally agree. The Republicans have virtually eliminated inheritance taxes completely. Even worse, they made it so the rich can leave stock to their heirs, and avoid paying capital gains taxes on that stock. That’s right. If you earn money, you pay high taxes on it.
  • GOP Science

    Iron Knee
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Personally, I don’t think the Republicans actually believe any of this crap. I think the problem is that they will claim to believe anything that their campaign donors want. Or the opposite of what the Democrats believe. In the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, both are in play. That’s why it is their number 1 priority. When did GOP become an acronym for Gas, Oil, and Pipelines? Related posts: GOP Irony What in the Name of Science? Environmental Truth is Stranger than Science Fiction
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    “Tonight President Obama gave the State of the Union address. Obama said he was more relaxed just because he’s already done it so many times. Incidentally, Mitt Romney said the same thing about running for president.” – Jimmy Fallon “The Obamas invited 22 guests to the speech, including a former Cuban prisoner, an astronaut, and a doctor. Either that or he was setting up the weirdest bar joke of all time.” – Jimmy Fallon “Today was the first day you could file a tax return. If you filed a tax return today, congratulations, nerd. People who file their…
  • Sarah Palin Raises Money for Hillary Clinton

    Iron Knee
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    No, not intentionally. But Sarah Palin managed to raise more than $25,000 for the group “Ready for Hillary”, which qualifies Palin to be a co-chair for their National Finance Council. How did this happen? In Iowa last weekend Palin spoke about how Republicans can stop a Clinton campaign. She even held up a “Ready for Hillary” car magnet. So naturally, the Ready for Hillary super PAC used that moment for fundraising, and it worked! Also ironically, her answer to whether anyone can stop Clinton, she borrowed another popular phrase and said “Yes we can”. Who…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “According to a new poll, nearly six out of 10 Republicans want Mitt Romney to run for president. So do 10 out of 10 Democrats.” – Conan O’Brien “Senator Rand Paul reflected on Mitt Romney’s potential 2016 campaign and said, ‘It’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.’ When someone told him Einstein didn’t actually say that, he said, ‘In the words of Gandhi, My bad.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Just days after Mitt Romney suggested…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • 10 Worst States To Grow Old In

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    This story was originally published on 24/7 Wall St. The U.S. elderly population has grown exponentially in recent decades. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to an estimated 44.7 million in 2013. This trend is expected to continue as members of the baby boomer generation reach retirement age. While it can be difficult to grow old in some U.S. states, life for seniors is often far worse in many other countries. Still, the United States will face increasingly large challenges. In the coming years, state officials, families, and…
  • Scott Walker Takes Lead In Iowa Poll

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the top choice for president in 2016 among Republican voters in Iowa, surging past a crowded field of rivals to take the lead in a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll of prospective Republican candidates for president. In the poll, released on Saturday night, Walker was the first choice of 15 percent of respondents in the poll, up from 4 percent when the poll was conducted in October. Walker bested Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was at 14 percent. Mitt Romney was in third at 13 percent; the poll was taken from Monday to Thursday, before he announced his…
  • We Asked 25 Psychics Across The Country To Predict Who Will Win The Super Bowl

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    If you believe our country's psychics, the New England Patriots are about to win Super Bowl XLIX. The Huffington Post reached out to psychics across the nation with an "odd Super Bowl request" -- we wanted to know who they thought would win Sunday's game. Although it must be stressed that this is outside the normal purview of their job, 25 psychics got back to us to give a prediction for fun. As Beth Bennet of Georgia aptly put it: "Psychic abilities just don't work like this, but that's not what you want to know..." Many of the psychics who wrote back with predictions expressed that they…
  • Rep. John Conyers Calls For Police Reforms After Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Walks

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has pledged to introduce legislation on police accountability following the dismissal of charges against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl. On Friday, the case was dropped against Officer Joseph Weekley in the 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a botched police raid while she was sleeping in the couch. Conyers released a statement Saturday saying the decision was unlikely to end the controversy over the incident. “However, our community must not lose sight of the greatest tragedy of all in this situation -- the…
  • Campus Sexual Assault

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The issue of campus sexual assault has received a great deal of attention in the media in recent months. This is warranted. There is a real problem on college and university campuses, and it is a problem that must be taken seriously. Rape and other forms of sexual violence and sexual assault are intolerable whenever and wherever they occur. Some people say that, because such actions are crimes, colleges and universities should not attempt to adjudicate the issues, but should simply turn these cases over to the criminal justice system. I do not agree. Colleges and universities have an…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • PBS Sets The Standard For Nightly Climate Coverage

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    In 2014, PBS NewsHour provided far more climate change-related segments and interviewed far more climate scientists than the nightly news programs at ABC and NBC, while also outperforming CBS. Additionally, like CBS Evening News, PBS NewsHour managed to avoid airing any segments that provided a platform for climate science deniers, whereas NBC Nightly News and ABC's World News Tonight both featured a segment in which a guest either denied that climate change is occurring or questioned the scientific findings of the National Climate Assessment.   Although it airs for twice as long as…
  • Computer Security Experts: Sharyl Attkisson's Hacking Analyst Blew It

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Computer security experts tell Media Matters that the report of a federal investigation into Sharyl Attkisson's claims of computer hacking, which found no evidence of a remote intrusion, suggests that Attkisson's computer may have been contaminated by a private technician who reviewed the computer for her. Attkisson, a former CBS News reporter who now writes for the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, has claimed that her computers were hacked under an alleged federal effort to monitor her…
  • Fox Host Tells Caller Her Bipolar Disorder Is "Made Up" And "The Latest Fad" For Money

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan told a caller who said she suffered from bipolar disorder that her illness is "something made up by the mental health business" and just "the latest fad." When the caller told Sullivan that she "would not be alive today" if she hadn't received mental health treatment, Sullivan wondered if "maybe somebody's talked you into feeling and thinking this way." Sullivan, who is also a frequent Fox Business contributor and guest anchor, began his January 28 program by complaining that people with mental illness have figured how to "game the…
  • Sarah Palin And The Demise Of Tea Party Media

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    This week's messy, public breakup between conservatives and Sarah Palin was executed with brutal swiftness. After years of alternately worshiping and defending her from all comers while gleefully echoing her falsehoods about the Obama administration (death panels!), lots of conservatives -- and especially conservative pundits -- decided enough, and collectively tossed her overboard. Palin's speech last weekend at a conservative confab in Iowa, odd and vacuous even by her standards, served as the trigger for the media mutiny. Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough tagged it "a tragedy," the…
  • O'Reilly Pushes Misleading Study Claiming All Job Growth Since 2007 Went To Immigrants

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    From the January 30 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:Previously: Right-Wing Media Push Misleading Study Claiming All Job Growth Has Gone To Immigrants Fox Uses Misleading Report From Anti-Immigrant Group To Stoke Fears Of Violent Undocumented Immigrants Fox News Relies On Anti-Immigrant Nativists To Push Asylum Myths
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #635 | Charges Dropped … Again

    aaron rand freeman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The Battle for Black Lives Continues. #TeamBlackness discusses the dropped charges against the Detroit who shot a sleeping girl in the head, a Colorado baker refusing to put an anti-gay message on a cake, Oregon: Former Racist Utopia, and Ben & Jerry’s founder supporting #BlackLivesMatter. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Back2Reality 278: With What Ring?

    aaron rand freeman
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Dolo. From With This Ring over the weekend to a woman who married her own damnself – there’s a lot of nonsense to discuss from the week that was. Featuring: Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Tati B @TheTatiB Stephen Dimmick @dailydimmick 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 @Back2Reality? FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter [DONATE]
  • #TWIBprime #634 | Inside the Mind of The Bulldozer

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Simple As That. #TeamBlackness discusses an accidental drone crash on the White House grounds, a Vanderbilt football player’s absurd defense for rape, and a man revolutionizes home renovation. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Anthony Mackie, Please Stop Talking

    BLACKNESS.TV
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
  • #Sportsball #49: Blizzard Dispatch

    aaron rand freeman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Leave the Patriots Be. he Sportsball crew beams in due to inclement to discuss the Superbowl, Chicago experts, and the unreasonable hatred of the Patriots. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. 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 @Sportsball: FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
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    Wonkette

  • In Pentagon’s Special Vietnam History, Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    2015 is the 50th anniversary of the American deployment of ground troops to Vietnam — oh, sure, there were “advisors” well before that, but March 8, 1965 was when we first sent in 3,500 Marines. And to mark the anniversary, the Pentagon has set up a really cool website, at the cost of a mere $15 million, which aims to honor veterans and commemorate their service. The site also prominently features an educational section whose goal is to provide the American public with historically accurate materials and interactive experiences that will help Americans better understand and…
  • Wonkette Week In Review: Everything You Need To Be Well-Informed, Mostly

    Doktor Zoom
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    Here at Wonkette, we love the weekend — it’s a chance to stop slaving in the Content Mines, sit back and look at what we’ve done, and with any luck hide the evidence before the authorities arrive. And so we’re proud to bring you the ten best stories of the past week, which is to say the ten most-shared on the Facebook, for social media buzz is what gladdens our mercenary little hearts. Don’t see one of your favorites here? Make sure you hit that “share” button, so the world knows that you are With It and also a hep cat. You are a hep cat, aren’t…
  • The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Might Have Driven Us Nuts

    Dan Weber
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Fresh off a beating in the conservative press, Governor Quitterface might be expected to lie low. But no. Instead, she pumps out a post a day, a level of productivity we haven’t seen in a while. And it’s killing us. Undeterred by her fiasco in Iowa, Palin presses ever forward, dumping word salad on the Internet’s face forever and ever. And don’t fool yourself, it’s not like this is good word salad, either. It is word salad with olive pits in it, so when you bite down on it, you crack your molars. It is word salad made of cheese rinds and half-composted apple…
  • Idaho State Rep Learns To Love The Gays, Tearfully Votes To Deny Them Rights

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The Idaho House’s State Affairs Committee voted Thursday to kill a bill that would have provided statewide housing and employment protection for LGBT people by adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s Human Rights Act (which yes, it actually has one of, go figure.) Activists for the “add the words” campaign have been trying for a decade just to get the proposal a hearing, so in a small way, this was progress, as previous legislatures haven’t even advanced the bill to the committee. Last year’s…
  • Giant Baby Cop Can’t Use His Big Boy Words, Uses Handcuffs Instead

    Shrill
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In San Francisco, Jami Tillotson, a deputy public defender, was in the hallway outside the courtroom when a plainclothes officer began to question her client. When the officer attempted to take pictures of her client with no explanation and for no apparent reason, she objected, and was, for this “crime,” arrested and handcuffed to the wall for an hour. Here’s the video: “You can either step aside,” the police officer says to the public defender, when she objects to his taking pictures, “take pictures, two minutes, or we can make this…” He shrugs…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Meet the new boss. A new poll suggests that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stands to gain the most from Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for president for the third time. A Fox News poll released Thursday before Mr. Romney’s decision was announced found that Mr. Bush was the second choice of many who favored Mr. Romney, and […] Read this post »
  • Is the Left slowly killing off McDonald’s?

    Jazz Shaw
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    End of an era Dan Thompson is on his way out the door as CEO of fast food giant McDonald’s. This is not terribly surprising, since the Golden Arches have turned in some poor numbers compared to their competitors for a while now. There are a few reasons for this, some of which came as a surprise to me, […] Read this post »
  • Video: American Sniper is worth seeing, says …

    Ed Morrissey
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    "A complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family." It’s amazing what can happen when someone actually watches a film before reviewing and analyzing it, no? Yesterday afternoon, at an event for an organization called “Got Your 6,” the First Lady offered her recommendation for the film American Sniper, which has just become the highest-grossing war movie of all time. The organization promotes positive portrayals of […] View the video »
  • John Kasich, Sam Brownback and big government conservatism

    Jazz Shaw
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Sin tax follies John Kasich has been making all sorts of news lately, but probably not the type he wants to be showing up in conservative chat rooms. Kasich has a pretty solid conservative portfolio from years past, and he’s still pushing for lower tax rates at home (in most cases) but even some of his more ardent […] Read this post »
  • Boston Globe: Hey, Jeb was a bully and pot-smoker in high school!

    Ed Morrissey
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    Déjà vu. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – for Republicans and the media, anyway. In 2012, the national news media that couldn’t be bothered to look up the college records or classmates of a first-term Senate backbencher running for President suddenly found the high-school life of teenage Mitt Romney utterly fascinating. The media painted him as […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.» E-Mail This
  • Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel.» E-Mail This
  • Week In Politics: Romney, Koch Brothers, Budget

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016, the Koch brothers' plan to spend nearly $900 million dollars on campaigns and next week's budget proposal.» E-Mail This
  • Romney Ends Flirtation With 2016 Presidential Run

    Tamara Keith
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    After flirting with a third run for president, Mitt Romney now says he won't run in 2016. What does that mean for the rest of the GOP field?» E-Mail This
  • Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

    Krishnadev Calamur
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in a statement to supporters, according to multiple news reports.» E-Mail This
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Simplify Buying Insurance With These Great Tips

    Randy
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    TIP! Renew or purchase a brand new policy of insurance and save on your overall cost of any insurance type. Insurance companies don’t all use exactly the same criteria when calculating a premium. Finding valid advice about insurance can be difficult among all the advice on the Internet. There are many articles proclaiming themselves to be expert, so it is up to you to weed out the winners from the fakes. You will probably find a number of useful tips and tricks in this article. TIP! Many insurance companies offer discounts if you bundle insurance policies so that you have multiple…
  • How To Run A Successful Online Business

    Randy
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 am
    TIP! Save gas receipts and document mileage if your home business involves any driving while you are working. Travel expenses like these, even for a single day, are 100% deductible. Whether you’re just starting your online business, or you’ve been doing it for decades, there are always new ideas popping up about how to run it in a more efficient manner. You may find something that will take you to the next level or jump start your ideas, in the article below. TIP! Work to keep your customers satisfied. It’s much easier to keep the customers you already have coming back to…
  • Tips And Tricks On How To Be Successful In The Stock Market

    Randy
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    TIP! Take advantage of free resources to investigate investment brokers before contracting with them. By spending some time investigating their background, you can avoid rouge brokers who will rob you of your hard earned cash. To make money over time, and outpace inflation, investing in common stocks is probably the best way to go. The returns you can see on your investments may surprise you. You must know a few things to make money by playing the stock market. Keep on reading so that you know where to invest and to learn some tips about the stock market. TIP! Stocks are more than just pieces…
  • Know What You Are Doing When Buying A Home

    Randy
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    TIP! When you are negotiating the price of real estate, it is best to have a moderate approach. Some people try to push for their own advantage in every possible way, but this can bring resistance from the other party. Whether you are buying real estate for personal use or using it for investment purposes, you must approach it wisely. The advice gained here can ease the way to successful real estate purchases. TIP! Consider your future family plans when buying a home. If you already have children or might have children later, you should purchase a home with plenty of room for them to grow and…
  • Proven Advice On How To Find Insurance

    Randy
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    TIP! Renew or purchase a brand new policy of insurance and save on your overall cost of any insurance type. Your insurance premiums will be lower if you have higher deductibles. Insurance is a complicated topic for many people. Almost everyone puts a high value on being prepared for emergencies, but it is not necessary to fall for excessive fees for good coverage. Learn from the following tips and gain confidence in handling your insurance matters. TIP! You can save serious dollars off of insurance premiums by bundling your policies. Bundling your auto and homeowners policies with one company…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    #NATIONAL #DeflateGate solved; If you post more than 3 selfies of yourself in one week, it’s time to settle down; Suge Knight obviously does not have a rearview camera on his whip;  President Obama was in Philly this week to get House Democrats all Fired Up! and ready (for the press) to go; John McCain […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Now That’s On Message

    fdc
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Marshawn Lynch was disciplined and hit on all of his talking points today. A political consultant's dream. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 27, 2015 h/t Jim BillimoriaThe post Now That’s On Message appeared first on FamousDC.
  • If You’re Famous for D.C., You Probably Have a Veluxe Login

    fdc
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Veluxe, the on-demand beauty and fitness app delivering professional hair, makeup, and personal training services right to your door, has a pretty elite clientele right now. Helena Andrews, writing in the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column caught up with Veluxe’s founder, Susanna Quinn. “During our phone conversation while scrolling through her spreadsheets and throwing out […]The post If You’re Famous for D.C., You Probably Have a Veluxe Login appeared first on FamousDC.
  • This Was You Last Night, Wasn’t It?

    Marie Formica
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Don’t lie.The post This Was You Last Night, Wasn’t It? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Do It. Right Now.

    fdc
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    A friendly life reminder from FamousDC. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” -Paulo CoelhoThe post Do It. Right Now. appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • How to stop a plane

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    OVER the past several weeks, airlines in America have been the victims of a dramatic spike in social-media bomb threats, according to CNN. No bombs have been found, but because airlines and the American airport security apparatus treat every threat seriously, numerous flights have been delayed, diverted or even cancelled.This presents a big challenge for the American airline industry. Several of the people making the threats have claimed or implied that they support or are affiliated with IS, the rebel Jihadist group that now controls large parts of Iraq and Syria. (It is hard to…
  • Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 am
    THERE is a lot of criticism of the German government in the press at the moment, particularly in Britain. A Guardian columnist described Angela Merkel asthe most monstrous Western European leader of this generationwhich rather takes the breath away when coming from a liberal newspaper. Merkel has called on voters to beware the anti-immigrant movement Pegida; Syriza, which the same columnist praises as "the politics of hope" has gone into coalition with an anti-immigrant and anti-semitic nationalist party.Greece's new prime minister is fighting for a debt write-off and an end to austerity for…
  • A crash course in probability

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    GULLIVER will soon fly from Heathrow to Milan on a British Airways Airbus A319. That flight has a one-in-4.8m chance of crashing. Shortly after he is jetting from Heathrow to JFK on a Virgin-operated A330. Chance of crashing? One in 5.4m. That means that he could apparently expect to fly on the route for 14,716 years before plummeting into the Atlantic. These figures come courtesy of “Am I Going Down?”, a recently released iPhone app that claims to calculate the odds of a disaster on a particular flight. Users input three variables: the departure and arrival airports, the airline,…
  • Chance encounter

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    OUR blog post on "Am I Going Down", an app that purports to reveal the odds of crashing on a flight, mentions a few different ways to think about just how small this probability is. Thanks to reader guest-isjswsa, who commented on both that blog post and this, to explain what the developers must have had in mind.The app suggested that, given a one-in-5,371,369 chance of a particular Heathrow to JKF flight crashing, you could expect to fly for 14,716 years before plummeting to Earth. Here’s how to think about this number. Imagine lots and lots of people taking this flight every…
  • Rules and laws

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    LAST October China’s Communist Party announced an “extensive and profound revolution” aimed at establishing the rule of law by 2020. It was a tacit admission that the country so far has relied more on connections than on statutes and contracts. China did not permit private firms until 1992, and its legal sector is underdeveloped: it has $7.6 billion in annual revenues, or 0.1% of GDP, compared with more than 1% in big European countries.So scoffers abound. But on January 27th Dentons, a Western firm, merged with Dacheng of China. Called Dacheng there and Dentons abroad, the new law firm…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "Vanguard of the Revolution": New Film Chronicles Rise of Black Panthers & FBI's War Against Them

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    With groups around the country taking on issues of police brutality and accountability, we go back 50 years to another movement confronting the same issues. We spend the hour looking at a new documentary that just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival called "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution." It tells the history of the Black Panther Party through rare archival footage and interviews with party leaders, rank-and-file members, journalists — and even police and FBI informants. We feature extended excerpts from the film and speak with one its subjects, Kathleen…
  • CodePink Attempts to "Arrest" Henry Kissinger for War Crimes in Vietnam, Laos, Chile and East Timor

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    Activists from the antiwar group CodePink attempted to perform a citizen’s arrest on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger when he testified on global security challenges at a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting on Thursday. Kissinger served as secretary of state and national security adviser during the Vietnam War under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain lashed out at the protesters and called on the Capitol Hill Police to remove them.
  • Headlines for January 30, 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    U.S. Rejects Giving Guantánamo Back to CubaBipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Open Travel to Cuba35 Die in Bombing of Shiite Mosque in PakistanThree U.S. Contractors Killed in Afghanistan as U.S. Moves to Classify War DataEgyptian Wing of Islamic State Claims Credit for Killing 27 in North SinaiApartheid Death Squad Leader "Prime Evil" Granted Parole in South AfricaRepublican-Led Senate Approves Keystone XL PipelineGirlfriend of Akai Gurley to File $50 Million Lawsuit Against NYPDDismissed Professor Steven Salaita Sues University of IllinoisSan Francisco Public Defender Arrested…
  • Robert Redford Explores Aging in "A Walk in the Woods" and Fall of CBS Legend Dan Rather in "Truth"

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    Acclaimed director and actor Robert Redford discusses his new film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, "A Walk in the Woods," in which he co-stars with Nick Nolte. It is a comedy about walking the Appalachian Trail — and getting older. "What are you going to do with what time you have left? Are you just going to sit?" Redford asks. "One thing you don’t want to do is be a guy sitting in a rocking chair on a stoop somewhere in a bathrobe and say, 'I wish I would've, I wish I could’ve.’ So, you make the most of your life." He…
  • "It Started as Just a Hope": Robert Redford on Founding the Sundance Film Festival

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    We speak with director, actor and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford about the festival’s history, now celebrating its 31st anniversary. Sundance is now among the largest film festivals in the country, with some 50,000 attendees. However, it looked very different when it began more than three decades ago. "The first year, there was maybe 150 people that showed up. We had one theater, maybe 10 documentaries and 20 films, and now it’s grown to the point where it’s kind of like a wild horse," Redford says. We also discuss the festival’s efforts to…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • What We’re Watching: Sunday Shows

    Elena Schneider
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Mitt Romney said he would not be running for president for a third time, but there are still many 2016 hopefuls who will appear on the Sunday shows.
  • Candidate Tracker: Who Is Running for President (or Not)?

    First Draft
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    At least a dozen Republicans and a handful of Democrats have expressed an interest in running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.
  • Bush Moves to Shore Up D.C. Money

    Jonathan Martin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Jeb Bush will be swinging through Washington on Feb. 17., attending two events for his "super PAC," Right to Rise, as he looks to lock down big D.C. donors before the first fund-raising deadline.
  • Senate Democrats to Try to Block Funding Bill Over Immigration

    Julia Preston
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Senator Richard J. Durbin said Friday that Democrats would seek to block debate on a bill that would cancel President Obama’s actions protecting millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation.
  • Republican Rivals Shower Praise on Romney Upon His Exit

    Alan Rappeport
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The bickering among potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination was becoming increasingly tense in recent weeks, but after Mitt Romney announced that he would not be making a third run, there was nothing but praise.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

    James Joyner
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Matt Bennett and Mieke Eoyang, both former Washington staffers, explore “Why Congress is AWOL on national security policymaking today.” Contrasting Rep. Ron Dellums’ two-decade-long campaign to end apartheid in South Africa, they argue that today’s Members lack the staying power to exert major influence. The American public, with its fleeting attention span, seems to focus on a problem only for the length of one news cycle, looking for neat resolution quickly. But foreign and security policy often moves at a different pace. Change takes time. America has only so…
  • Jeb Bush Was a Naughty Boy

    James Joyner
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Taegan Goddard passes on a Boston Globe profile on Jeb Bush’s formative days as a student at Andover, an elite preparatory school that indicates he was something of a dullard and a jerk. These sort of things are pro forma for presidential campaigns and goodness knows there’s lots of irrelevant stories written—certainly including here at OTB—during the silly season. That said: So what? That is, Bush turns 62 in a few days. He’s spent almost the entirety of his adult life in the public eye, including eight years as governor of one of our largest states.
  • We Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore

    James Joyner
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    After weeks of giving every indication that he’s running for president yet again, Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not a candidate for 2016. YahooNews (“Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid“): Mitt Romney wanted to go out on his terms. The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate pulled back from the brink of a third only after determining that he could position himself as going out on top. “Two weeks ago it would have looked like he got pushed out,” said a campaign adviser from the 2012 effort. Now, Romney…
  • John McCain Calls Hearing Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’

    James Joyner
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    John McCain is not a fan of Code Pink. CNN (“McCain boots ‘low-life scum’ from hearing“): Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain had harsh words for protesters who shouted criticism at 91-year-old Henry Kissinger at a hearing Thursday. “Get out of here, you low-life scum,” the Arizona Republican told the protesters. Kissinger, the diplomat who was secretary of state under President Richard Nixon, as well as President Ronald Reagan secretary of state George Shultz and Madeleine Albright, who was secretary of state under President Bill Clinton,…
  • Mitt Romney to Announce 2016 Plans Today

    James Joyner
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    After weeks of signaling another run for the presidency, Mitt Romney is set to make an announcement at 11 Eastern today. He’s almost certainly in. AP (“Reports: Romney To Announce He’s Running For President In 2016“): Mitt Romney will reportedly be running for president for a third time. Bloomberg and The Daily Beast report that Romney, who lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama, will announce his intention to run in 2016 during a call with donors Friday morning. CNN reports that Romney will make an announcement at 11 a.m. ET. A recent CBS News poll found…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • ‘Left, Right & Center’: Matt Miller & Mitt Romney Say Goodbye

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists note Mitt Romney’s announcement that he will not run again for the Republican presidential ticket. Also, the Senate approves the Keystone pipeline, Syriza’s victory means a “Grexit” from the euro is possible, and Matt Miller leaves “Left, Right & Center.” Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences January 31, 2015 These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn
  • Masses ‘March for Change’ With Spain’s Left to Voice Discontent Over Corrupt Politics (Video)

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
        A sign reads “The time is now” in Spanish as Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias gives a speech. La Veu del País Valencià (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) On the heels of leftist Syriza’s victory in Greece, Spain’s own left party Podemos garnered outstanding support at a Madrid rally attended by tens of thousands Saturday. Podemos, considered a “close ally” of Syriza, is led by former university professor Pablo Iglesias and espouses an “uncompromising message against austerity and corruption.” The party first gained traction in last May’s…
  • Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network New satellite data analysis has produced evidence that rapid melting in the last three years has caused dramatic shrinkage of an Arctic ice cap. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences January 31, 2015 These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn
  • These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    By Juan Cole Likely the reasons Mitt Romney decided not to run for a third time are financial – the big money just wouldn’t make another bet on a serial loser. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences January 31, 2015 These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn
  • What’s Really Happening With China’s Great Firewall

    editor@truthdig.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    By Sisi Wei, ProPublica Three popular services that allow users in China to view otherwise-censored content have experienced outages over the past few days, a sign of increasing government efforts to limit what Chinese users can read on the Internet. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences January 31, 2015 These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn
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    ThinkProgress

  • California Could Become The First State To Raise The Smoking Age To 21​

    Lauren C. Williams
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock A new California bill could lift the legal age to buy cigarettes to 21 in an effort to minimize teen smoking rates. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-CA) proposed legislation Thursday that raises the smoking age three years, from 18 to 21, according to the Sacramento Bee. “Tobacco companies know that people are more likely to become addicted to smoking if they start at a young age” Hernandez said in a statement. “We can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines while big tobacco markets to our kids and gets another generation of young people hooked on a product that will…
  • The Budweiser Puppy, Mindy Kaling, And The Best (And Worst) Of The Super Bowl Ads

    Jessica Goldstein
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot, Budweiser Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for: the Puppy Bowl! Also, the Super Bowl! The former is all about athleticism, sportsmanship, and adorableness; the latter is all about the commercials. The football game is just an excuse for us to gather ’round our television sets for the most all-American tradition of all: companies trying to sell us stuff that we don’t actually need. Once we used to have to wait until the football game actually aired to see these commercials. But we are an impatient people, and we have the magic of the elves that live…
  • The Next Anti-Abortion Strategy Lurking Around The Corner

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta In what could represent their next major effort to dismantle the protections under Roe v. Wade, abortion opponents are laying the groundwork for a new attack on reproductive rights that borrows a page out of their old playbook. Several pieces of similar legislation emerging on a state level could be the beginning of a national trend. The measures are cloaked in emotional language about “fetal dismemberment” that’s reminiscent of the pro-life community’s successful push to enact the country’s first national abortion ban. The…
  • Working Mom On Food Stamps Hits Back At Scott Walker’s Plan To Drug Test Her

    Alice Ollstein
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    CREDIT: AP Wisconsin’s low-income workers and some members of Congress are speaking out against Governor Scott Walker’s call for making people on public assistance undergo a drug test. Governor Walker confirmed in a Q and A at the conservative American Action Forum in DC on Friday that the 2015 budget he will unveil Tuesday will include measures that cover those who need food stamps, Medicaid and unemployment benefits, among other programs for those in poverty. Walker claimed his motivation for the controversial move was feedback he’d received from Wisconsin companies.
  • The Massive Cost Of Hosting A Super Bowl, By The Numbers

    Alan Pyke
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Rosy projections about the economic benefits of hosting the Super Bowl obscure the painful reality that Glendale, AZ’s quest to become a sports mecca has inflicted on its people. CREDIT: AP When Tom Brady and Richard Sherman square off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Glendale, AZ, the city of 230,000 will be in the home stretch of its week-long hosting duties. But the huge expenses of becoming a magnet for big events in sports will linger. It is the second time Glendale has hosted the NFL’s championship circus, and the city is deep in debt thanks to its effort to become a…
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    Slate Articles

  • Amicus: Cameras in the Courtroom

    Dahlia Lithwick
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Listen to Episode 10 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • The Sports Edition

    Cathy O'Neil
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Listen to Episode No. 38 of Slate Money:
  • The One-Man Beautification Plan

    Mike Pesca
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Listen to Episode 185 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • The Slatest Week in Pictures

    Lisa Larson-Walker
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A devotee crosses the Triveni in the early morning as she arrives to offer prayer during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Panauti near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Jan. 24, 2015. During the monthlong festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to the god Madhav Narayan and the goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers, and fast for a…
  • Why Public Apathy Isn’t All Bad

    Jamelle Bouie
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    A defining feature of the Obama era—or at least one of them—is polarization.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Mitt Romney Won't Run for President in 2016

    Sam Brodey
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    It's official: Mitt Romney will not seek the presidency for a third time. After some news outlets reported he would announce a run on a call with donors this morning, a statement leaked in which Romney said, "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee." Here's a look back at what Mitt 3.0 could have been, as well as some highlights from 2012. He was going to run as a liberal. He had plans to be a born-again climate hawk. He was going to face some resistance from the Kochs. He had a new private equity conflict-of-interest problem. We…
  • England Just Established "Yes Means Yes" Guidelines for Police Investigating Rape

    Inae Oh
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Police departments in both England and Wales have been provided an unprecedented new set of recommendations when it comes to investigating rape allegations. The guidelines, launched by the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders and Martin Hewitt of the Metropolitan Police, now require officers to establish sexual consent, rather than prove when a victim says "no."  "This is really about making sure investigators and prosecutors look at the whole context, so we're able to put strong cases before the court and we don't just focus on what a victim did or said," Saunders…
  • This Massive New Project Is Great News for Homeless Vets in Los Angeles

    Gabrielle Canon
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    After a three-year legal battle, the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Wednesday that it will rededicate its giant West Los Angeles Medical Center campus to provide much-needed housing and services for the city's homeless veterans. The announcement stems from a settlement in a 2011 lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of disabled veterans. The Los Angeles property, nearly 400 acres, was deeded to the federal government in 1888 to house veterans with disabilities. Instead, the campus, which is located in an affluent area, has been used for commercial rental agreements with,…
  • Lawmaker: Cheerleaders Should Get Paid a Real Wage

    Julia Lurie
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    While football fans are getting ready for the Super Bowl this weekend, California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has turned her attention to the women on the sidelines. Gonzalez, a former cheerleader and labor leader, introduced a bill today that would require California's professional sports teams to classify cheerleaders as employees, thus forcing teams to provide minimum wage, paid overtime, and workers compensation. The bill was inspired by a spate of lawsuits last year in which NFL cheerleaders sued their teams for workplace violations. The first lawsuit, Lacy T. et al vs.
  • Here's How Boehner and Netanyahu Really Screwed Up

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn appeared on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss the ongoing fallout from John Boehner's decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress:  
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Fox Host Tells Caller Her Bipolar Disorder Is Imaginary

    karoli
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Fox Business commentator Tom Sullivan hasn't got any use for anyone who suffers from psychiatric disorders, especially people who have bipolar disorder. Media Matters: Fox News Radio host Tom Sullivan told a caller who said she suffered from bipolar disorder that her illness is "something made up by the mental health business" and just "the latest fad." When the caller told Sullivan that she "would not be alive today" if she hadn't received mental health treatment, Sullivan wondered if "maybe somebody's talked you into feeling and thinking this way." Sullivan, who is also a frequent Fox…
  • Scott Walker Wants To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients

    karoli
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Scott Walker has had a good week. The press is googly-eyed over him, waxing on about how he could just win this thing, and he's still rolling on his high from last weekend's Freedom Summit. Of course, that's not really something to write home about when you're besting the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He's got that populist message down pat just like his other friends on the campaign trail. Income inequality! Deteriorating middle class! And he's so concerned about those things he's going to govern on that basis, right? Walker has a real problem on his hands, because while…
  • Take A Minute To Watch A Masterpiece In Process

    karoli
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I found this mini-documentary on The Atlantic just after reading an article that made my blood pressure rise. It only took an instant for me to relax, settle in, and really enjoy the process Bruce Riley uses to create these paintings. More about the artist here.
  • Video: Police Appear To Draw Guns On Black Kids Throwing Snowballs

    John Amato
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    Talk of The Sound is run by a friend of mine and he's always been very accurate. NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Talk of the Sound has obtained copies of two video clips posted on social media that appear to show a New Rochelle Police office draw his firearm and aim to at a youth kneeling in the snow after police responded to calls of a disturbance which one witness described as a snow ball fight. h/t the video was posted on social media by @WattsWorld, sent to Talk of the Sound by @_KingMalcolm The first video picks up the action in the middle of things so it is not clear from the video what transpired…
  • Confused Fox News Pundits Are Afraid Of Prisoner Swaps

    LeftOfCenter
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has caused a couple of the fear-addicted pundits on Bulls and Bears to lose their minds. In exchange for the captured American soldier, we released five detainees who have been reported to have contacted their former Taliban associates. The token liberal, Emily Tisch Sussman, provided the voice of sanity while the visibly disturbed Tracy Byrnes could not understand the whole concept of a prisoner swap. Byrnes chimed in about how foolish the Obama Administration must be to think these released Gitmo detainees wouldn't reestablish ties with their own people…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Pillow talk

    Samuel Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for January 30, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Never bring Occam’s Razor to a Sword of Damocles fight. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for January 30, 2015
  • Keystone XL: weaponized greed

    Joshua Booth
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    If one wanted, hypothetically, to win a world war, and studied the previous world wars to glean what relevant information might be revealed, one would be struck by the fact that America is a formidable foe, with tremendous natural resources. … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for January 29, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Die Hard With A Podcast (Summer 2016): John McClane now spends his days in his garage, interviewing various arch criminals. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for January … Continue reading →
  • Horace III: The Epistles – words with friends…

    Jim Booth
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:13 am
    In his Epistles, Horace discusses, in a series of verse letters addressed to friends, philosophy, virtuous and independent living, social behavior, and being a poet. This  third in a series of essays on Roman poet Horace looks at his verse … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • A Story About Building Something

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Ellie Lee tells shares how she came to appreciate the essential role her father, an immigrant shopkeeper, played in his community: Learn more about the Moth here. Previous storytelling on the Dish here. Meanwhile, speaking of building something, here’s a look back at a post from January 2013 entitled “Is The Dish A Community?”: I probably send more emails to the Dish than to any one person I know outside of work, other than my close relatives and girlfriend. To the extent that “community” and “communication” have a shared root (which they do), The Dish is a community…
  • Solo But Not Single

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Maureen O’Connor wonders about the role masturbation plays in relationships: Most studies find that a big majority of married Americans report masturbating (and since it’s self-reporting, that probably undersells it). “Even if I had all the men in the world that I wanted in my bed, even if I had Ryan Gosling, I would still masturbate with sex toys,” French sex columnist Maïa Mazaurette recently told me. “I don’t want to go back to a world without plastic!” On the other hand, well, masturbation is sort of inherently antisocial. Within the bounds of a relationship defined, in…
  • A Poem For Saturday

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    “On the Grasshopper and Cricket” by John Keats (1795-1821): The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead In summer luxury,–he has never done With his delights; for when tired out with fun He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed. The poetry of earth is creasing never: On a lone winter evening, when the frost Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing…
  • Mental Health Break

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    We’re still trying to catch ours:
  • A Short Story For Saturday

    Andrew Sullivan
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Given this week’s weather, Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow” seemed like a timely selection – though of course the story isn’t really about snow. Here’s how it begins: Tub had been waiting for an hour in the falling snow. He paced the sidewalk to keep warm and stuck his head out over the curb whenever he saw lights approaching. One driver stopped for him but before Tub could wave the man on he saw the rifle on Tub’s back and hit the gas. The tires spun on the ice. The fall of snow thickened. Tub stood below the overhang of a building. Across the…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Congress Moves to Bolster VA's Mental-Health Services

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Congress is expected to pass legislation that would expedite treatment for veterans suffering from mental-health issues and give more resources to hire mental-health professionals.
  • Attack on Health Law Gains Support

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    A growing number of congressional Republicans want to use a contentious budget procedure, known as reconciliation, to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
  • Romney's Exit Spurs Scramble for Donors

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Mitt Romney closed the door Friday on another White House run, clearing the field of a formidable name and triggering a dash to woo his donors.
  • Debate Heightens Over Measuring Health-Care Quality

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    The Obama administration’s goal of tying more Medicare payments to the quality—not the quantity—of health care by 2018 has intensified the debate over how “quality” is defined and measured.
  • Obama Announces Genetic-Mapping Plan

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    President Barack Obama detailed an ambitious scientific effort to amass genetic data on one million or more Americans, a plan aimed at finding new genetic causes of disease and streamlining the discovery of new drugs.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Do You Dream of Owning a Classic Car?

    Eric Peters
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s fun to own a “classic” (read, pre-modern) car. It can also be a hassle. Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to know what you’re in for, both good – and bad. The good: Pre-modern cars have personality; they’re interesting – something homogenized, same-same modern cars aren’t. Cars built in the ’70s and before were designed largely the way designers – rather than government bureaucrats – wanted them designed. Hence the wild fins, the jutting angles, the instantly recognizable differences between say a Chevy and a Ford (today, you tell them apart by the shape of…
  • Where Do Our Words Come From?


    No Author
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There are said to be around 6,500 spoken languages around the world. While 2,000 of these languages are spoken by fewer than 1,000 speakers, others are much more common with words and phrases being passed down through generations and shared across countries and continents. A map has been designed to highlight the spread of these common languages by plotting words, and their translations, from population to population. Type a word in the interactive map below  Called Word Map, the interactive guide (pictured) was created by Easyway Language Centre in Brazil. To use the map, type any word in…
  • We’re Gonna Get Rich in Phoenix

    Charles Goyette
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Rich!  We’re all going to be rich!  If only we could have the Super Bowl here every year! It has gotten a little noisy in the skies near my home.  With the Super Bowl here in metro-Phoenix this weekend the Scottsdale Airport is doing a rip-roaring business – emphasis on “roaring”. The airport is described as “a general aviation reliever facility with no commercial commuter or airline service.” But does it ever get the private jets of the rich and famous.  The Super Bowl is just one of the draws.  The Phoenix Open is underway in Scottsdale this weekend as well. Altogether…
  • Train Your Brain, Men


    Brett and Kate McKay
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this series on mastering your attention, we have emphasized the fact that attention is not just the ability to focus on a single task without being distracted, but in fact is comprised of several different elements that must be effectively managed. But this doesn’t mean that single-minded focus is not of paramount importance. Yesterday we compared managing your different kinds of attention to being the supreme commander of your mind – you must be able to deftly maneuver and deploy your units to various battles. But good management can only get you so far; to win the war on distraction,…
  • Doomsday

    No Author
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
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    Political Wire

  • Walker Leads Tight Pack in Iowa

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    A new Des Moines Register poll in Iowa finds Gov. Scott Walker leading the GOP presidential pack with 16%, followed by Sen. Rand Paul at 15%, Mitt Romney at 13%, Mike Huckabee at 10%, Ben Carson at 9%, Jeb Bush at 8%, Ted Cruz at 5%, Chris Christie at 4%, Rick Santorum at 4%, Rick Perry at 3% and Marco Rubio at 3%. The post Walker Leads Tight Pack in Iowa appeared first on Political Wire.
  • The Battle for Romney’s Donors Is On

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Gov. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush “plunged into all-out battle this weekend for the biggest unclaimed prize in American politics and the decisive advantage that could go with it: the billion-dollar donor network once harnessed by Mitt Romney,” the New York Times reports. “In hundreds of phone calls that began even before Mr. Romney formally announced on Friday that he was forgoing a third bid for the presidency, allies of Mr. Christie and Mr. Bush began putting polite but intense pressure on Mr. Romney’s supporters to pick a side. And now donors have nowhere to hide, since…
  • Rauner Jacks Up Pay for Top Staffers

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “While criticizing state spending and state worker salaries as too high, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) is paying top members of his administration significantly more than their predecessors in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration,” a review by the Associated Press has found. The review of state payroll records “found nine of ten top administrative posts paying more under Rauner, who took office earlier this month. On an annual basis, those Rauner staffers will make more than the equivalent Quinn staffers by nearly 36 percent, or roughly $380,000.” The post…
  • GOP Presidential Race Wide Open Again

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    “Mitt Romney’s exit from the 2016 presidential campaign pushes the GOP race back where it was three weeks ago, before his brief flirtation: a wide-open contest among the establishment, religiously oriented, and libertarian wings of the Republican Party,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The post GOP Presidential Race Wide Open Again appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Big GOP Donors Move Towards Bush and Christie

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Wall Street Journal: “Republican donors could finally exhale Friday, as onetime GOP nominee Mitt Romney told supporters he wouldn’t run for president in 2016, resolving a dilemma for fundraisers who gravitate toward the party’s so-called establishment wing.” “The decision boosts the money-raising prospects for other pro-business Republicans weighing a presidential campaign, primarily former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie , donors said.” Politico: “Romney’s exit from the 2016 presidential race sets up a critical challenge for Jeb…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • How China's Filthy Air Is Screwing With Our Weather

    James West
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    As the snow began to fall earlier this week in the lead up to the season's first major blizzard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the Northeast was witnessing "a pattern of extreme weather that we've never seen before." Climate change, Cuomo argues, is fueling bigger, badder weather events like this one—and like Hurricane Sandy. While the science that links specific snowstorms to global warming is profoundly difficult to calculate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it's "very likely"—defined as greater than 90 percent probability—that…
  • David Koch's Americans for Prosperity Is Fighting a Tax Perk He Once Exploited

    Andy Kroll
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group established by the Koch brothers, mounts battles around the country on issues big and small via its nationwide network of chapters. Right now in North Carolina, AFP is vigorously opposing the revival of a state tax credit for renovating historic properties. The credit, which can be claimed by a company or a person, expired at the end of 2014, and the state's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, is pushing to renew it. AFP is working hard to thwart him. But the group's lobbying on this issue might be a tad awkward for one of its main…
  • One of the World's Biggest Lakes Is Dying and We're to Blame

    Tim McDonnell
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    At Ibrahim Mohammed's fish stall, business is slow. He's sitting behind a wooden table piled with a dozen tilapia and Nile perch at the market in Katoro, a roadside town in northern Tanzania. The fish—a staple of the Tanzanian diet—came in that morning from Lake Victoria, an hour's drive north. Around us, hundreds of shoppers are snatching up pineapples, textiles, and motorcycle parts. But Mohammed explains that basic economics is keeping customers away from his fish. "There's less fish," he says. "So the price goes up, so customers can't afford to buy." In the two years Mohammed…
  • Lemony Snicket Walks the Plank

    Maddie Oatman
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    Mark Murrmann THE NOVELIST DANIEL HANDLER is bobbing ahead of me in the cold bay water at San Francisco's Aquatic Park. His head, swathed in a red cap, resembles a maraschino cherry, and I struggle to keep up as the current presses me back toward land. "They told me to wear a swim cap so I wouldn't be mistaken for a seal," he explains. "So I was always wearing it, but then I wondered, 'What happens if I get mistaken for a seal? What then?'" The "Balclutha" docked in Aquatic Park Maddie Oatman Handler, 44, is best known for his Lemony Snicket kids' books, but his latest novel, the gruesome and…
  • Why Does Washington Still Romanticize Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinksi?

    Andrew Bacevich
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America's peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France "to share a hug with all of Paris." Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary's embrace went unrecorded. Despite the requisite reference to General Pershing ("Lafayette, we are here!") and flying James Taylor in from the 1960s to assure Parisians that "You've Got a Friend," in the annals of American diplomacy Kerry's hug will likely rank with President Eisenhower's award of the Legion of…
 
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    Plum Line

  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    * Jonathan Bernstein explains why Mitt Romney isn’t running for president after all: The story was pretty simple: Republican party actors, including many who had been with him in 2012, strongly signaled to Romney that they had little use for him this time around, as many observers expected. He could have continued anyway, but with […]
  • Republicans and ‘Climate Non-Committalism’

    Greg Sargent
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The New York Times has released some interesting new polling that gauges public attitudes towards global warming in a host of useful ways — revealing results that are both encouraging and discouraging. The findings help explain why Republicans have increasingly been hewing of late to a line that might best be described as “Climate Non-Committalism.” […]
  • Mitt Romney isn’t running, but his specter still haunts the GOP

    Paul Waldman
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    I’ll have to admit that I’m a bit surprised Mitt Romney decided not to run for president, given the man’s almost superhuman optimism and persistence. But according to various reports, the torrent of criticism Romney received when he made it clear he was considering a run had a real impact on his final decision, even […]
  • Morning Plum: GOP leaders hope Supreme Court ‘tears apart’ Obamacare

    Greg Sargent
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Last month, National Journal reported that senior Republicans were deliberating ways to offer a “fix” to Obamacare, should the Supreme Court gut subsidies in three dozen states, yanking health coverage from millions and unleashing disruptions in insurance markets across the country. To be sure, such a “fix” would not be free: Republicans said at the […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • 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,…
  • Mitt Romney 3.0?

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    When I saw Romney was considering a run again I decided it was time to watch the Mitt documentary just because. I can definitely see why the man might run again. I don't see any particular reason he shouldn't. Why not? It's sort of become a tradition not to try again if you come that close and fall short. But who really cares about that? It may just be that it sucks so bad to run for president that if you don't get the win you don't have the energy to try again. I'd like to know what our friends on the right think of another potential run. I say yes, because I still feel the way I felt when…
  • Charlie Habdo, The Interview, and The Courage of our Convictions

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Freedom isn't simply tiptoing through the tulips, not a care in the world, bursting into intermittent bouts of Peter Pan Flight. It's for tough people, for courageous people, for people who have faith. Too many folks confront the world with an excess of fear, and fear turns us to the darker side of our humanity.I have been, at different times of my life, an atheist, an agnostic, and a Roman Catholic Christian. I have been a Moderate Republican, Cheering the First Bush on, a Clinton Democrat, backing him on his compromises, and an Obama Democrat, backing him on his challenges to the old order.
  • That's Real Cute, Governor Otter

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    One step forward and 5 steps back. While some argue that our country is just becoming "desensitized" or just "tolerating" same-sex marriage, Idaho's Governor Butch Otter is trying to turn back time and reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage just four months ago. Why the change of heart for Otter? To protect the children of course! In a petition filed on Tuesday by Otter reads, "[Idaho's] view of marriage is biologically based and primarily child-centered...And it holds that the principal (though not exclusive) purpose of marriage is unite a child to his or her…
  • Happy New Year: 2015!

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    Wishing everyone in the WatchBlog community a healthy and happy new year. We're so appreciative to the contributors and participation in this political community. We're looking forward to a great year and a new and improved WatchBlog in 2015! Cheers!
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Imagining Jeb Versus Hillary

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Mitt better put on his gloves and step into the ring because there's already a Bush in the hottest hubs south of DC, in Florida and Texas. Sentences like this are what you get when the two leading GOP contenders - one who is definitely putting together or has already put together a top-notch team of donors and operatives, the other who is still deciding whether to go to bat a third time - are well-known establishment Republicans. Maybe Romney supporters would protest Mitt's characterization as an establishment GOP but when you're in line for a third try for the Oval Office, it's a tag that…
  • From August 2, 1790 to Mark Zuckerberg

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    The Center for Democracy and Technology cares about your privacy and the fact that Google and Facebook have contributed a few million to the center makes no difference. According to Justin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy at CDT and co-chair of it's "Do Not Track" working group, "Facebook and Google can't monitor what you do on third party sites." Plus the industry standard on privacy and things like 3rd party cookies is voluntary. So there. But should people be furious that Google or Facebook or other large internet firms may be tracking your web behavior on 3rd party sites? How sacred…
  • Endangering the World With Their Ingenuous Tactics

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It is understandable that President Obama tried to do an end run around foreign policy and focus on so-called domestic issues in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. America has not been blessed with firm and decisive leadership from the Obama White House when it comes to international policy issues, to say the least. The no-show in Paris was just the latest in a long line of confused stances. But the President did take a moment to mention the Iran sanctions. "I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress." The progress he was referring to is the continually…
  • Civil War OnLine (CWOL) VIII starts in February 2015.

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Historical Online Learning Foundation The Distance-Simulations Group Announces Civil War OnLine (CWOL) VIII All individuals interested in playing are directed to the registration link below. CWOL VIII registrationCivil War OnLine (CWOL) is a turn-based, military, economic, and political simulation of the American Civil War with both wargaming and roleplaying aspects. CWOL features components for land warfare to include railroad movement and riverine operations, naval warfare, a economic module, and a module that addresses the unique elements of ACW-era foreign policy and regional domestic…
  • A Little More Sweat on the Hill Please

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    How committed is the current Congress to limited government? In other words, how committed is Mitch McConnel? And how committed is the GOP with a majority not seen since the early 20's? Senators Thune, R-S.D. and Corker, R. Tenn. are already suggesting boosting gas taxes. And increased sales taxes at the state level is being bandied about. Mac Thronberry, R-Texas wants tax increases to protect defense spending from sequester cuts. There is always a pet project, some worthwhile some outrageous pork barrel spending, that a congressman or congresswoman wants to cuddle and feed. And fiscal…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    At trade shows, startup fairs, and other booth-style conventions, every exhibitor has the same problem: How do I get people to stop by my booth and listen to my pitch? Last Thursday, Engage participated in DC Tech Day to promote our new product, Proximity. We’re pretty jazzed about it — it lets you launch landing pages in a matter of minutes rather than days — but we knew we needed something unique to get others excited about it too. Enter Goldie Wilson, Marty McFly, and Doc Brown. (Yep, you read that right.) The inspiration for our booth came from one of our earliest designs…
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
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    The New Republic

  • Is Christianity Doomed in the Middle East?

    Gerard Russell
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The stark cliffs of the Zagros Mountains on the Iran-Iraq border, and the dusty hills and plains that lie between those mountains and the city of Mosul, might seem an unlikely location for paradise. Yet Christians living here in past centuries believed that a local river called the Great Zab had on
  • The Best Thing About Obama's Plan for 'Precision Medicine' Is That It's Old-Fashioned

    Naomi Shavin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Today the Obama Administration announced a $215 million “precision medicine” initiative. It has a handful of objectives based on an underlying goal: to facilitate the pooling of health data in order to better tailor treatments to individual patients. In the administration’s
  • Does Domestic Violence Really Increase on Super Bowl Sunday?

    Alice Robb
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In the 1990s, reporters began circulating a chilling statistic: Super Bowl Sunday was the most dangerous day of the year for women in abusive relationships. Riled up watching the violence onscreen and often under the influence of alcohol, male football fans were said to unleash their aggression on t
  • A Texas Law Would Let Teachers Shoot Students Who "Threaten" School Property. Guess Which Students Would Suffer Most?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Proposed legislation in Texas would allow teachers to use force, including deadly force, against students threatening the lives of others. If that unsettles you, consider the bill’s next provision: Teachers could also use deadly force to stop students from threatening school property. The bill, ni
  • The Invisible Josh Gordon

    Jamil Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The late Ralph Ellison is still teaching us today, often through imperfect vessels. The opening passage of his classic novel, Invisible Man, echoes for me as a mantra of African American life: "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."Whether through outright proh
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead

    Alex Davies
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    War has a long history of sparking and accelerating invention. But while many of those ideas change history---the bayonet, aerial combat, the nuclear bomb---there are just as many that flop. The list of failures is long, but must surely be led by a device whose test ended with a dog chasing an errant rocket and generals running for their lives alongside members of the general public. The post Well That Didn’t Work: The Rolling Rocket Bomb Designed to Kill Nazis Almost Killed a Dog Instead appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety

    Annie Sneed
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    The key to getting a wounded soldier from a battlefield to a hospital is stabilization—holding off the damage done by bullet or bomb for long enough to get to surgery. So faster evacuation is always better. Now the hospital can actually meet the injured partway—in the form of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, transformed into a flying triage unit. On board, doctors stabilize, monitor, and treat soldiers with high-level care so they make it safely home. The post The Flying Hospital That Rushes Wounded Soldiers to Safety appeared first on WIRED.
  • Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI

    Jordan Golson
    25 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    It's likely that nothing will ever come close to the breakthroughs and sheer mass of new technologies and tactics produced during The Great War, just 100 years ago. The post Indispensable Vehicles That Got Their Start in WWI appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Chris Kyle: An Honorable Place In History

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Jesse Ventura: over his head and still diggingcredit: illuminatiwatcher.com Steve Martin famously said: “Breasts make men stupid.” American Sniper makes Progressives–male and female–stupid. I’m not referring to the book–most Progressives wouldn’t bother to read that, and even if they did, that form of media doesn’t much bother them. It is visual media, the visual form of story telling, of constructing a preferred narrative, that scares them to death. Progressives are used to controlling the airwaves. Failures of progressive polices aren’t actual failures, you…
  • Sandy Hook: Can’t Anyone Rest?

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    The demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School Regular readers know I’ve been following the Sandy Hook attack and the aftermath for some time. The most recent after effects have been the announcement that the killer’s home will be demolished, and a lawsuit filed by survivors against Bushmaster, the company that manufactured the rifle used in the attack. The Truth About Guns has published my article about that lawsuit, titled: “Gun Control By Any Means Necessary.”  It matters not that a federal statute prohibits suing firearm manufacturers, alleging, as this suit does, that the gun…
  • Gitmo: Let Castro Close It

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Raul Castrocredit: hoy,com.do It couldn’t be this easy, this transparent, could it? Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantánamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the United States are working toward full diplomatic relations but ‘if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense. There…
  • New School Shooter Defensive Technology

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    When I first read this, I was relatively certain it was an Onion parody. The photo that headlines this article is one of my all-time favorite Onion headlines. You get the picture. Tragically, this story is deadly serious, obviously more deadly than those involved understand. ABC News reports: Modern School Killer Repellentcredit: http://www.drpulse.com An Alabama middle school principal wants to stockpile cans of corn and peas in classrooms for students to hurl at possible intruders as a last resort defense. In a letter Friday, W.F. Burns Middle School Principal Priscella Holley asked parents…
  • Michelle Obama: Mark Your Calendar

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    That’s right, gentle readers: mark down this date. Michelle Obama has actually done something that is not obviously mean-spirited, angry, or overtly destructive to liberty, Americans or America. On the occasion of a presidential visit to Saudi Arabia due to the death of the old king and installation of the new, she did not bow to Islam and cover herself. I would like to think this a well-considered, purposeful gesture to symbolize the sovereignty of America and the equality between the sexes for which it, in part, stands, but considering that Barack Obama is carrying Islam’s water in…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    Having embarrassed himself and his White House yesterday by claiming that the Taliban is an "armed insurgency," but not a terrorist organization, now Press Secretary Josh Earnest has modified Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz's statement to further obfuscate the ridiculous position of this administration. Now he's claiming that the Taliban is still not a terrorist organization, but they do "pursue terrorist attacks."Today, [ABC's Jonathan Karl] was back again, asking, "Yesterday it was said that the United States government, that the White House, does not consider the Taliban to be a…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    being a White House press secretary is a thankless job. I can't imagine wanting the job of basically lying or spinning every single day. A new low was reached yesterday by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz as he tried to perform the gymnastics to explain why the trade of five Gitmo prisoners to the Taliban to get back Bowe Berghdahl to the Jordanians trading for the release of prisoners held by ISIS. First Schultz tried to explain that such exchange of prisoners were typically done when a war was ending and then he differentiated between the Taliban and ISIS by saying that ISIS are…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    It's always about him. I used to think that Bill Clinton was our most solipsistic president, but Obama has far out-classed him. The folks at Grabien note how many times that Obama talked about himself in his speech in India this week.Today in New Delhi, the president of the United States delivered an address to the people of India. Topics ranged from Obama's pride in being the first U.S. president to visit India twice, to the historic nature of his attendance at India's Republic Day Parade, to his grandfather's occupation as a chef, to his graying hair, to his daughters ... to his struggles…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Philip Bump writes in the Washington Post that Hillary has no strategy to get people excited about voting for her.No, commenters and people on Twitter, the best president is not the one who has the best ability to invigorate voters. But this is, you may have noticed, a key component of how we pick presidents in an age so thoroughly saturated with marketing. And Clinton, although not without vocal supporters, seems continuously unlikely to be the most energizing candidate. "Ready for Hillary" often seemed less like a grass-roots push born of uncontainable excitement than a sharp strategy from…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    John Fund examines the winners and losers from this past weekend's Iowa Freedom Summit. And Byron York finds 12 keys to the 2016 race. He points out that those who have run before, including Mitt Romney, aren't as in as strong a position as they might think they are. The same might be true for Jeb Bush.The Washington Post wonders if Rand Paul will be hurt by the wackiness of his father. Ron Paul spent the weekend talking about secession - not exactly a winning message for a potential presidential candidate.Rand, 52, is contemplating a presidential run — at its heart, an act of optimism. He…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Open Thread – Why “American Sniper” highlights the failures of leftists

    Michael Laprarie
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Before discussing, I’d like WizBangers to read these two articles. The first, by Matt Tiabbi of Rolling Stone, nicely encapsulates the snit-fit liberals are having over the film American Sniper. It can easily been summarized something like this: For the last twelve years we’ve been explaining over and over again how Iraq was an evil Bush/Cheney/Oil/WMD conspiracy that destroyed the Middle East. BUT YOU STUPID RED STATE F*CKS AREN’T LISTENING!!! “American Sniper Is Almost Too Dumb To Criticize” The second is a nice rebuttal to the rants of Tiabbi and other…
  • OPEN THREAD: NASCAR is Coming, but Libs are Mad at THIS Commercial

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Consider this the weekend’s open thread. But first… I love this commercial for the upcoming NASCAR season. I don’t watch “Parks and Recreation,” but I am aware of the Ron Swanson character this actor plays and this commercial starring Nick Offerman as a Ron Swanson-esque character is pretty good. Naturally the liberals are already mad at this commercial… Why are they mad? Because Offerman jabs those who imagine themselves to have “Celiac’s disease” and are supposedly gluten intolerant. Not to mention that he is basically calling liberals a…
  • BREAKING: It’s Official, Romney is Out for 2016 and Endorses… Marco Rubio?

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has finally announced that he is not running for President… again. This is a good thing. Romney is one of the worst choices of the current crop of possible nominees. Of course, Romney lost one of his big donors just the other day, and he’s lost several others in the last few weeks to Jeb Bush so that was probably the biggest reason that he realized his day is truly passed. So, what did Romney say in his farewell speech? Well for one thing he sort of endorsed Marco Rubio. Here is what Romney said
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • Obama AG Nominee Insists Illegals Have a ‘Right To Work’ In The USA

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    On Wednesday Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch said that all illegals should be allowed to work in the USA despite the fact that they are breaking our immigration laws and are essentially criminals in this country. Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL), Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, questioned Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch at the Judiciary hearing to consider her nomination. Sessions asked Lynch about the President’s decision to bypass Congress to order an amnesty, and how this action undermined the rights of disadvantaged American…
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    Hullabaloo

  • Superbowl super goodies

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Superbowl super goodiesby digbyIt's Saturday and I'm fried. So here is a recipe for tomorrow for anyone who is going to a party and wants to bring something good. These are super easy and super delicious:Salted fudge brownies1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa2 cups sugar3 large eggs1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakesPreheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square metal cake pan with foil, draping the foil over the edges. Lightly butter the foil.In a large…
  • Jeb is the real deal

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Jeb is the real dealby digbyPeople keep saying that Jeb Bush will have a problem with the social conservatives because he's allegedly so middle of the road. But that's nonsense.They know they can count on him:On sustained, concentrated display, seen in thousands of pages of court records and hundreds of emails he sent, was Jeb the converted Catholic, Jeb the pro-life conservative, Jeb the hands-on workaholic, Jeb the all-hours emailer—confident, competitive, powerful, obstinate Jeb. Longtime watchers of John Ellis Bush say what he did throughout the Terri Schiavo case demonstrates how he…
  • I've got some moral clarity for yah ...

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I've got some moral clarity for yah ...by digbyAgain, I'm sure Americans don't care about this and neither do the Europeans. But for all out love of "sending messages" the one place we seem to believe that nobody will notice hypocrisy and corruption is the Middle East. Where we are allegedly fighting a war for Western Civilization and Enlightenment values.For ex-congressman and GOP strategist Vin Weber, Christmas came a few days early and from an unlikely source: the Qatari government. In December, three days before the holiday, the former Minnesota lawmaker and his lobbying firm, Mercury…
  • Something happening here

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Something happening hereby digbyMore specifically, there:Tens of thousands of supporters of Spain’s left-wing protest party Podemos filled the streets of central Madrid on Saturday in an organised march six days after Syriza won the general election in Greece. Many of the those attending had begun their journey to Madrid from other towns in Spain in the early hours of Saturday morning.Demonstrators began concentrating in Madrid’s Cibeles square—the nominal starting point of the march—at around 11 a.m., and soon filled the main streets leading to the nearby Puerta del Sol, the end…
  • They've got a new scare term and it's a doozy #dismemberment...

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    They've got a new scare term and it's a doozyby digby"Partial-birth abortion" was so successful at making people go "ick", close their eyes and agree to ban it no matter what the scientific rationale or personal circumstances that they're upping the ante: "dismemberment abortion" is the new campaign slogan:In what could represent their next major effort to dismantle the protections under Roe v. Wade, abortion opponents are laying the groundwork for a new attack on reproductive rights that borrows a page out of their old playbook.Several pieces of similar legislation emerging on a state level…
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    Eschaton

  • Saturday Evening Thread

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    ht Quentin Compson
  • Easy Peasy

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I do not think they thought this part through very well......adding, a lot of not affluent people, whose annual interaction with the IRS was mostly a nuisance, are going to be entangled with them forever at a time when staffing has been cut and it's impossible to get through to a person on the phone. This is really a problem.
  • Afternoon Thread

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    It isn't hot outside.
  • Those Tracks Are A Mess

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Only a matter of time before there's a serious hazmat incident...
  • The Quiet American

    31 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    I don't remember if it was a sudden realization or a slow burn coming to be aware that the phone call was coming from inside the house, but to me the amazing thing about The Quiet American when I first read it is that it was first published in 1955.Worth a read.Don't think the (relatively recent) movie was superb, but it wasn't bad.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Ukraine Tipping

    williamboardman
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Ukraine’s Going to Get a Lot Worse Before it Starts Getting Worse By William Boardman – Reader Supported News [1.13.15] Ethno-Linguistic Map of UkrainePretty much everything about Ukraine is murky and unreliable these days, and that’s before you take into consideration any of the meddling by outside powers playing carelessly with their Slavic pawns. Viewed in their darkest light, the events of the past 20 months (and the past 20 years) reflect an East-West death spiral that is now accelerating, and from which none of the engaged parties show any desire to disengage.   The civil war…
  • Inspector General Report: DEA Doesn’t Keep Data on Racial Profiling in ‘Cold Consent Encounters’

    Kevin Gosztola
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department conducted a review of Drug Enforcement Agency “cold consent encounters” at mass transportation facilities after receiving complaints from two African American women about a practice that has been associated with racial profiling. The review found that the DEA does not collect the appropriate racial and other demographic data for the government to determine whether such encounters are routinely violating the civil rights of citizens. “We recommend that the DEA consider how to determine if cold consent encounters…
  • Readin’ Writin’ and ‘Rithmatic with Edward and Miss Iola

    Crane-Station
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Letty Owings, 90, recalls two grade school teachers who taught in a one-room school house during the Great Depression. One Room School House In the fall of 1930, my formal education began in second grade at Cabbage Neck. I never went to first grade because my sister had already taught me how to read and write and do arithmetic. Our class consisted of four of us who were regulars and the miners’ kids who came now and then. Since ours was a farming/coal mining community, we were accustomed to having students who came only occasionally, smelled bad, lacked school supplies, couldn’t learn…
  • Of Twits, and the Brilliance of Romney’s Withdrawal Announcement

    Peterr
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    “Oh, well played, your Lordship.” Theodore Worthington Ichabod Tumblington, known as “Twit” to his chums at The Club, looked up from the Washington Post he was reading by the fireplace in the library of his estate as he enjoyed a fine scotch after dinner. “Very well played indeed!” Theodore Worthington Ichabod Tumblington II, known as “Two,”* looked up at his father and asked “Who are you talking about?” “Mitt Romney, of course,” said Twit I, with a gleam in his eye. “Mitt Romney?” said Twit II, shocked.
  • The Roundup for January 31

    BrandonJ
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s Saturday morning! International Politics Overall - The Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations will ask the international body to deem Russia a supporter of terrorism - NATO General-Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said air strikes alone cannot defeat the Islamic State Middle East - Want to know how American funding in Afghanistan is going? The watchdog in charge wants to as well since the military classified all info relating to it. - Scholar Phyllis Bennis explains to The Real News the current issues between Hezbollah and Israel as well as the geo-political consequences of…
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    TalkLeft

  • ISIS Executes Kenji Goto

    Jeralyn
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    ISIS released its official video today in which "Jihadi John", the black-clad ISIS executioner, beheads Japanese journalist Kenji Goto. (I'm not linking to the video and please do not post link in comments.) The video does not show the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saturday Open Thread

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Tomorrow is the Super Bowl. I'll have my pick for you then, but you may remember I love the Super Bowl prop bets so I'll give you a sneak peek: SPECIAL (NE @ SEA) - What will Katy Perry be wearing when she begins the Halftime show? (6016)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The argument for a populist Democratic Party: Not the Obama Coalition

    Big Tent Democrat
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Neither of these women hinder or help the Emerging Democratic Majority. Egberto Willes in arguing that the "Obama Coalition" is not truly a Democratic coalition, wrote: [More...] President Obama won the presidency twice. Each time he won he did... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Another busy day. Our last open thread is full, here's another one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Canada Set to Approve More Surveillance Authority

    Jeralyn
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Canada is unwisely following in the footsteps of the United States and about to pass legislation increasing surveillance authority for intelligence purposes in the name of the War on Terror. Under the new law, which will be presented in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • America’s first family, and Barack Obama

    Team Fix
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
      Kim Kardashian posted this photo on her Instagram account Friday, a snap of Kardashian, her husband Yeezu -- er -- Kanye West, and President Obama.  The trio looked happy, but things between Obama and the first family of pop culture have not always been so sanguine. There was the time he blamed their over […]
  • Sarah Palin does Hillary Clinton a solid, helps raise $25,000 for her run

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Sarah Palin might be on a downward slide as far as conservatives are concerned, but Hillary Clinton might just want to keep her around as long as possible. At least as long as she's willing to hold up pro-Hillary props. Did you see who has a @ReadyForHillary magnet? Check it out and get your own […]
  • 6 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
      1. For your Friday Super Bowl-related #content, here's a story about Bill Belichick's history lessons. 2. As Molly Ball notes, it turns out that making Washington work is really hard. 3. The Boston Globe writes of Jeb Bush's years at Andover ... which did not start too well, even if he ended in the right […]
  • One number that explains why Mitt Romney didn’t run for president again

    Aaron Blake
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Bloomberg and the Des Moines Register just released the first tidbit from their new Iowa Poll — timing! — and the result says plenty about why Mitt Romney announced Friday that he won’t run for president again. While Romney’s favorable rating among likely Iowa GOP caucus voters in October was 65 percent, compared to 30 percent unfavorable, that split […]
  • In football, America loves a winner — and a runner-up

    Philip Bump
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    You'll forgive us a slight digression from all-politics-all-the-time, given that this weekend is America's greatest secular holiday: St. Pigskin's Day. (I guess that isn't secular, but whatever.) While your humble author is more of a college football fan than pro (having gone to the undisputed national champion Ohio State University), it's impossible not to pay […]
 
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  • How The Teachers Union in Jersey City May Have Started To Win

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman Every once in a while, a group of teachers comes together and says: "Enough." It happened a few couple of years ago in Chicago, when Karen Lewis rallied her fellow teachers and took on Rahm Emanuel and his rubber-stamping board of education. And now it appears to be happening again... In, of all places, Jersey City -- thanks, in part, to the leadership of Ronnie Greco. Greco is the president of the Jersey City Education Association, the local teachers union and the largest local affiliate of the New Jersey Education Association. I reached out to Greco earlier…
  • Memo to Gov. Chris Christie: Don't fuck with Eagles fans.

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    This was shown on the Jumbotron at Wells Fargo Center Thursday. An orange-sweatered Christie impersonator (booed all over the stadium) and the real Christie falling off a chair at 94 WIP-FM's Philly studio. If Christie wants to be a jackass to Eagles fans - which include most of South Jersey - he's going to get what's coming to him: Angelo Cataldi, the sports guy at 94 WIP-FM, has kept this video of Gov. Christie falling off a chair in the station's studio since June. But yesterday, this video was shown up on the Jumbotron at Wells Fargo Center at Wing Bowl 23, 94 WIP-FM's annual wing-eating…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Diegnan enters PARCC exam fray with bill formalizing opt-out procedures Incredibly, the state didn't have one, and more and more parents are asking. LMFAO Christie PACs himself. "Presidential" N.J. treasurer's office clears Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in pay-to-play probeDear Boston Globe, that's standard operating procedure in Christie's New Jersey. Salon: Christie's new cash problem. FiveThirtyEight: What do Sarah Palin and Chris Christie have in common? Oh, SNAP. Menendez dings Christie: "At this time, I am not running for president," Menendez told reporters. "I am not…
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    29 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
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  • Gov. Christie acts by fiat in AC with disturbing results

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Gov. Christie in order to get his way can act with broad bipartisan/popular support (Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act which was overwhelmingly approved by the legislature), obtain narrow bi-partisan support (half-baked Dreamers Act), arrange a pre-negotiated agreement with legislative leadership (tenure for our Chief Justice in exchange for a Republican Supreme court judge), remove line items costs from the legislature's budget bill (he does so every year), veto bills (his vetoes have never been over-ridden), go to court (he failed to quash marriage equality and Fair Share housing…
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  • You've Heard of Hip-Hop, but What About Krip-Hop?

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    You've heard of hip-hop, but what about krip-hop? That's the name for the international movement of disabled artists, poets, musicians and MCs. On this edition of Making Contact, we hear the story of krip-hop from hate mail to worldwide phenomenon. Featuring:Leroy Moore, co-founder of Krip Hop Nation, poet, activist, journalist;Joy Elan, poet
  • Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Missing overseas for 73 years, an American POW who perished in World War II is finally going home. Last week, the Pentagon officially identified the remains of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder, who died as a Japanese prisoner in the Philippines in 1942. After the war, the U.S. government buried him and thousands of others as "unknown" soldiers in a war memorial cemetery there. The identification is vindication for Kelder's family, who had discovered evidence of which gravesite contained Kelder's remains and then spent years trying to persuade the Pentagon to investigate. John Eakin, Kelder's cousin,…
  • Progressive Policies Are Popular - So Why Should Democrats Be Afraid of Them?

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    CNN's post-speech discussion of Barack Obama's State of the Union address included anchor Wolf Blitzer's reaction to colleague Jake Tapper's view that the president had outlined a liberal economic agenda. Blitzer's analysis illustrates the logic behind corporate media's longstanding efforts to dissuade politicians from advocating for progressive policies: TAPPER: Of course, most of the speech, the body of the speech, was a very progressive, very liberal economic message about trying to help the middle class.... [It] was about new tax cuts, about the $3,000 per child per year, paid sick leave…
  • Young Navajos Stage 200-Mile Journey for Existence

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    At dawn on January 6, 2015, a group of young Diné (Navajo) women and their supporters gathered at sunrise near the fire department at the base of Dził Na'oodiłii (Huerfano Mountain). From there the group embarked on a 200-mile trek through eastern New Mexico—a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the tragic "Long Walk." Throughout this journey they have been raising awareness about the historical and present day challenges faced by Diné people and inspiring hopeful solutions to address these issues. Idle No More Communications volunteers have been in contact with some of the walkers and…
  • Mourners for Black Queer and Trans Lives Attacked by Castro Bar

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    "We are here because the gay community has been silent. We need you in the streets with us. We honor the lives of murdered black trans women and queers." These were the words that Toad Hall, a bar in San Francisco's Castro District, chose to silence this Saturday. These were the words that provoked a white bar patron to hurl a trashcan at a group of queer and trans people of color. This group of queer and trans people of color, supported by white allies, had taken to the bars and the streets to challenge mainstream gay communities and organizations to take action against anti-Black racism.
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  • When employers drop coverage: Two brokers' perspectives on the individual market in the ACA era

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    I am shopping an article (suggestions, anyone? -- I've lost two editors recently) that looks at how small businesses that provide employees with health insurance are coping with the steady rise in costs -- slower since 2010 than in the five years preceding the passage of the ACA (coincidentally or not), but still relentless.Below is an outtake. Two brokers spoke to me about their experiences helping individuals navigate the ACA exchanges or the off-exchange individual market after their employers stopped offering coverage . I decided that this topic didn't fit the scope of the main article,…
  • HHS expected *more* low-income ACA buyers to select silver plans

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    In my multi-stage exploration of the data on ACA private plan buyers' metal level selections, I have been pleasantly surprised to determine with a fair degree of confidence that about 90% of shoppers on healthcare.gov with incomes under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level selected silver plans -- and so availed themselves of the Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies available only with silver. For all ACA buyers on all exchanges, the figure is a few percentage points lower, since many state exchanges did a much poorer job than healthcare.gov in steering CSR-eligible buyers toward…
  • Will Republicans now learn to hate Medicare payment reform?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    HHS and CMS yesterday announced a major expansion of efforts to move Medicare payments away from fee-for-service and toward so-called value-based and bundles payments. The ACA seeded this effort with a host of pilot programs, and the administration is looking to build on the momentum generated, as HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell writes in the New England Journal of Medicine:As we work to build a health care system that delivers better care, that is smarter about how dollars are spent, and that makes people healthier, we are identifying metrics for managing and tracking our progress. A majority…
  • The ACA provision that should kill King, updated

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    [Update, 1/23: The ACA provision discussed below, which directs the federal as well as state exchanges to report to the Treasury tax credits provided to ACA private plan buyers, is treated in full in the government's respondents' brief against the King plaintiffs. The relevant paragraphs from the brief are posted at bottom.]-----July 29 - Ever since a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court found in Halbig v. Burwell that the ACA only authorizes subsidies to be paid for health insurance bought in state-run exchanges, not in state exchanges set up by the federal government,…
  • Bronze ACA plans are skimpy, but compared to what?

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    As a relative newbie to the wonderful world of U.S. health insurance, I have been troubled by the skimpy coverage of the lowest-tier bronze plans offered on the ACA exchanges. Mandated to cover 60% of the average user's yearly medical expenses (that is, to maintain an actuarial value of 60%), bronze plans carry an average individual deductible of over $5,000.*On the plus side, only 20% of ACA private plan buyers in 2014 selected bronze plans, most of them probably in higher income brackets. By my estimate, over half of ACA buyers obtained plans with an actuarial value of 80% or higher,…
 
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  • Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

    Soulskill
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    mdsolar points out this report in the NY Times: An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans say they are more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They are less likely to vote for…
  • Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

    timothy
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since 1865, Alexis Tsipras has been appointed the new prime minister and begun taking immediate drastic steps against the recent austerity laws put in place by prior administrations. One such step has been to appoint Valve's economist Yanis Varoufakis to position of Finance Minister of Greece. For the past three years Varoufakis has been…
  • "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

    timothy
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    mi (197448) writes You heard the scare-mongering, you heard the governors and mayors closing public transit and declaring driving on public roads a crime. But it turned out to have been a mistake. Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC and Philadelphia — the snowfall was rather underwhelming. Promised "2-3 feet" of snow, NYC got only a few inches. Is this an example of "better safe than sorry," or is government's overreach justified by questionable weather models exceeding the threshold of an honest mistake?Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

    Soulskill
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Freshly Exhumed writes: Growing income inequality was one of the top four issues at the 2015 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ranking alongside European adoption of quantitative easing and geopolitical concerns. Felix Salmon, senior editor at Fusion, said there was a consensus that global inequality is getting worse, fueling overriding pessimism at the gathering. The result, he said, could be that the next big revolution will be in regulation rather than innovation. With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people's mind,…
  • Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

    Soulskill
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    WheezyJoe writes: As the FCC considers the merger between Comcast/Universal and Time-Warner Cable, which would create the largest cable company in the U.S. and is entering the final stages of federal review, politicians are pressuring the FCC with pro-merger letters actually written by Comcast. According to documents obtained through public records requests, politicians are passing letters nearly word-for-word written by Comcast as their own. "Not only do records show that a Comcast official sent the councilman the exact wording of the letter he would submit to the FCC, but also that…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Her Outdoors: You say potato

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    As we’re having a proper winter this year (it actually snowed a little in London this morning – though it didn’t stick), the indoor gardening campaign continues – and the list of things to do in January is long. And as it’s February tomorrow, on my allotment there will soon be crocuses and, hopefully, some [...]
  • The Barking Blondes:Vet fees and a tribute

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    What price do you put on your pet’s health? This is often a decision pet owner’s are forced to confront before making a trip to the vet. We know that vets have their overheads to factor into pricing and, in most cases, you’re buying into years of knowledge and experience . However, for every visit, whether [...]
  • Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Point G is one of my favourite artists from Paris (and I have a real soft spot for Parisian artists). He’s been around for a long while, finding fame through his DJ Gregory alias in the nineties, before adopting the Point G moniker, through which he pushes a more stripped down, raw sound. Up until a few years ago the Point G name had disappeared off the radar, but Gregory brought the alias back in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. This week sees the release of his extended EP, Point G #6 – an eight-track compilation of fresh new music. In light of the release I had a chat with him…
  • Friday Book Design Blog: Here

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:44 am
    If book design is partly (though surely first of all) about making a book stand out in a bookshop then this Hamish Hamilton edition of Richard McGuire’s Here did the job. The matt illustrated cover of a sash window, with its intrinsic sense of mystery, its invitation to look inside, and its bold diagonal is [...]
  • Making love and wrapping up – the end of haute couture, at Gaultier, Viktor and Rolf, Valentino and Armani

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    The couture is over. Long live the couture. Or something. Do we really think couture is going to live forever? Yes, probably. There is enough financial muscle, enough press still clapping (I hope not sporadically), and enough clients to spuriously justify that there are women who demand dresses entirely made out of pieces of ribbon or microscopic feather flowers. And the clothes, at their best, are extraordinary.
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  • WATCH: Campbell Brown on Her Fight To Get Lousy Teachers Fired

    Jim Epstein
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    New York State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo is expected to issue a decision within the next few weeks on whether a lawsuit that could make it easer to fire lousy teachers in New York State can proceed. Campbell Brown, the former CNN host, through the organization she founded, the Partnership for Educational Justice, played a key role in backing and supporting the lawsuit. Reason magazine Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward caught up with Brown recently to discuss the lawsut. Click above to watch that interview, which was originally released on January 13. Here's the original writeup:…
  • WATCH: The Impact of Vergara v. California on the Future of Education - A National School Choice Week Event

    Reason.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Last year, a landmark education case took aim at laws protecting bad teachers--and the students won. Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, paving the way for teacher accountability and greater choice. In his ruling on the case, The Honorable Judge Rolf M. Treu noted that “All sides to this litigation agree that competent teachers are a critical, if not the most important, component of success of a child’s in-school education experience. All sides also agree that grossly…
  • Why Libertarian Feminism?

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    My January column at Libertarianism.org is one part personal feminist libertarain manifesto, one part plea for people who care about individual liberty not to instinctually shy away (or run screaming) from all things feminist. Though many believe feminism is an ideology demanding state action, there's nothing necessary or natural about this, I argue. In fact, many of the earliest advocates for gender equality and women's autonomy did so from an individualist perspective. Unfortunately, that tradition seems to have gotten away from us. Let's bring it back! Libertarianism can still provide a…
  • California's 'Cruel and Unusual' Prisons

    Zach Weissmueller
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California's treatment of its state prison population violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment," and ordered the state to reduce prison overcrowding. But even with liberal Democrats running the state, it has taken court orders and direct voter referendums to ameliorate the problem. Why? Part of the blame lies with the close ties between the party and organized labor. California's three-strikes law mandates that certain repeat offenders receive harsh sentences, whether or not a judge deems the penalty warranted. Enacted in…
  • Zach Weissmueller on California's 'Cruel and Unusual' Prisons

    Reason.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California's treatment of its state prison population violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment," and ordered the state to reduce prison overcrowding. But even with liberal Democrats running the state, it has taken court orders and direct voter referendums to ameliorate the problem. Why? Part of the blame, writes Zach Weissmueller, lies with the close ties between the party and organized labor. View this article.
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  • 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…
  • WHO’S PLAN?

    The Outsider
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. What direction is that? Is it domestic policy or foreign policy? Is it the economy and jobs or the lack of our moral values that are changing America? A bit of all I suspect! The black protests in Ferguson Mo and all across the country happened not because the police officer shot an innocent man but because Michael Brown’s followers didn’t want black criminals to be held accountable for their actions. On the foreign policy front, the America friendly King of Saudi Arabia died and we are not sure of what the…
  • Almost off Balance

    Randy Toman
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The emotion of human nature revolts against the supposition of a state so saturated in false doctrine and contrary to the basic beliefs and the social make-up of the people’s in Western Civilization.  When this happens, as we see happening today, the valued rights will erode causing a break down in righteousness.  This break down continues until it reaches a critical point where there is correction, if not, the culture slides by this point and will then free fall into a state of self-destruction which does not allow things to turn around nor bring itself back into a line of saneness of…
  • Second Amendment

    Randy Toman
    25 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    If any of the following are false you can go to step two in discussing—–not having a gun, nor allowing me to have a conceal carry permit.  If they (Below bold) are true then stay away from me and my 2nd amendment rights.  The second point below (Bold) particularly bothers me because I know —–a large percentage were Armenian Christians, I would guess in all categories below there was a high percentage of “Christians” in those statistics. author unknown  (but obviously brilliant) A LITTLE GUN HISTORY In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • One Big Reason for Voter Turnout Decline and Income Inequality: Smaller Unions

    Sean McElwee
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Two of the most commonly cited reasons for the lack of more liberal policymaking in the United States are the decline in unions and the rising class bias in voter turnout.  In the 2014 midterm congressional elections, the Democrats’ rout was largely attributed to a failure of their coalition to turn out at the polls. What is rarely examined, however, is the relationship between a decline in voter turnout and the dwindling number of union members. And as that turnout has declined, the control of the financial class over the entire political system—Republican and Democrat—has taken hold.
  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
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  • One Big Reason for Voter Turnout Decline and Income Inequality: Smaller Unions

    Sean McElwee
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Two of the most commonly cited reasons for the lack of more liberal policymaking in the United States are the decline in unions and the rising class bias in voter turnout.  In the 2014 midterm congressional elections, the Democrats’ rout was largely attributed to a failure of their coalition to turn out at the polls. What is rarely examined, however, is the relationship between a decline in voter turnout and the dwindling number of union members. And as that turnout has declined, the control of the financial class over the entire political system—Republican and Democrat—has taken hold.
  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
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  • 40 years of groundhog forecasts, mapped

    Kennedy Elliott and Shelly Tan
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Editor's note: Our colleagues in the Graphics department had a burning question: can groundhogs really predict the weather? They ran the numbers on 250 cities over 40 years. Here's what they found out.
  • The biggest challenge facing the government’s new plan for better health care

    Jason Millman
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The White House announced ambitious plans earlier this week for Medicare to reward doctors for better quality care. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) The Obama administration earlier this week announced a not-so radical idea: Medicare, the massive health-care program for seniors, should do a much better job of paying doctors and hospitals for quality, not quantity, when it comes to care. Instead of paying a flat fee for each service, the administration said by 2018 it wants half of Medicare payments to hospitals and care providers to be calculated based on whether patients see better results. Because…
  • Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens

    Max Ehrenfreund
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Boys are less likely to commit crimes but they are more likely to be placed in a correctional facility than they were three decades ago, according to a new study that shows the justice system for juvenile offenders has become much more punitive. The trends are particularly pronounced among boys from racial minorities, according to the paper by Tia Stevens Andersen of the University of South Carolina and Michigan State University's Merry Morash. Although there were negligible differences among the racial groups in how frequently boys committed crimes, white boys were less likely to spend…
  • Quiz: Can you name a food just by looking at where it comes from?

    Christopher Ingraham
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    It is time for another Wonkblog geo quiz! In the past I asked you to identify cities just by looking at their streets or their transit maps. This week, we're leaving the concrete jungles behind and taking a trip down the dusty dirt roads of American agriculture. Since Super Bowl week represents the pinnacle of American pigging-out, let's see if you know where all of that food comes from. The maps below show the geography of a dozen agricultural commodities from the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. You may remember this data set as the source of the goat maps I published a few weeks ago. These…
  • U.S. economy grew at 2.6 percent pace in fourth quarter of 2014

    Chico Harlan
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The U.S. economy slowed its pace of growth between the months of October and December, according to government data released Friday, expanding at a 2.6 percent pace that was slightly below market expectations and half the rate of the blowout 5 percent expansion seen in the previous three months. The data drove down shares on Wall Street but also offered clues that the relative slowdown would be short-lived. The report from the Commerce Department showed buoyant consumer spending during the holiday season on everything from clothing to cars. Growth was hampered in the final quarter by weak…
 
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  • Protesters to McCain: Thanks for the free media attention

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Protesters that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called “low-life scum” during a hearing on Capitol Hill this week are thanking him for drawing media attention to their cause. “We actually think it was good for us because what would've been a...
  • Jeb Bush was a pot-smoking bully, say former classmates

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said in the 1990s that he smoked marijuana while he was in high school, but a new profile of the likely 2016 presidential candidate paints a more detailed picture of his use of the drug.A classmate, Peter Tibbetts,...
  • Poll: Americans dissatisfied with immigration levels

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    A majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the level of immigration — both legal and illegal — into the U.S., a new poll finds.Sixty percent of adults said they are dissatisfied with levels of immigration, while 33 percent said they were...
  • Senators question DOJ’s tracking of license plates

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday asked the Justice Department to provide more information about a program that allows officials to track millions of vehicles around the country.“We appreciate that all of these new...
  • White House shrugs off GOP immigration lawsuit

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The White House on Wednesday shrugged off Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) plan to sue President Obama over his use of executive action on immigration."House Republicans seem to be relying more and more on the courts these days to challenge the...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Truvia v. Connick 14-708Issue: (1) Whether the Fifth Circuit erred in refusing to find a triable issue as to whether there is a “policy” or “custom” when there was significant evidence of Brady v. Maryland violations by the Orleans Parish District Attorney in this and many other cases; and (2) whether proving municipal policy or custom requires proving similar unconstitutional acts that occurred before the events giving rise to the lawsuit or whether proof of a policy or custom can be based, in part, on similar unconstitutional acts that occurred…
  • Relist Watch

    John Elwood
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    John Elwood reviews Monday’s relisted cases. The newspapers were right: snow was general all over New England this week … though, perhaps not as general as some meteorologists had feared. In any event, we hope those of you who found yourselves with an undeserved mid-week snow day made judicious use of your extra time – by catching up on “back issues” of “Relist Watch”! We begin, in customary fashion, with old news – which this week comes in three flavors: “good,” “not so good,” and “meh.” In the good-news category, the phonetically challenging OBB Personenverkehr…
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:47 am
    Another merits case seems likely to drop off the Court’s docket.  As Lyle Denniston reported yesterday for this blog, George Toca – who had asked the Court to consider whether its 2012 decision limiting life-without-parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder applies retroactively – was released yesterday from a Louisiana prison.  At Crime and Consequences, Kent Scheidegger agrees that vacating Toca’s conviction for second-degree murder was “a proper disposition.  Toca’s sentence would have been unduly harsh even if he were an adult at the time of the crime.”  …
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The petition of the day is: Wilkins v. Stephens 14-276Issue: (1) Whether the Fifth Circuit erred in holding that a capital habeas petitioner may not obtain funding under 18 U.S.C. § 3599(f) to investigate and develop a claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel if the claim has been procedurally defaulted, regardless of whether the petitioner can establish cause for the default under Martinez v. Ryan, at least where the petitioner has not already demonstrated the merits of the claim; and (2) whether, in a capital habeas case where the petitioner has had no opportunity or funding to…
  • Court allows Texas execution (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    UPDATE: After a twenty-seven minute procedure, Robert Ladd was pronounced dead at 7:02 p.m. Central time. ————– The Supreme Court on Thursday evening cleared the way for Texas to execute death-row inmate Robert Charles Ladd, a new indication that the Justices will leave states with wide leeway to carry out the death penalty.  With no noted dissents, the Court turned down two pleas for delay of Ladd’s execution, here and here. The first of those pleas was a challenge to Ladd’s execution on the claim that he is mentally handicapped, and the second was…
 
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  • Rand Paul: "When you look at the earned income tax credit, it has about a 25 percent fraud rate. We're looking at $20 billion to $30 billion."

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Rand Paul says Earned Income Tax Credit has 25 percent fraud rate that costs up to $30 billion In what could be a prelude to the Republican presidential debate season, a handful of potential GOP contenders shared a stage at a recent conservative confab hosted by the deep-pocketed Koch brothers. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas cordially sparred on a host of issues at the Freedom Partners retreat on Jan. 25. One area of division was about whether to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. The program is designed to…
  • John Boehner: The Affordable Care Act "basically puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create."

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | John Boehner says Obamacare 'puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create' As a new, entirely Republican-controlled Congress kicked into gear this month, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat for an interview on CBS' 60 Minutes. The pair addressed many topics, including one of the biggest sources of friction between Republicans and President Barack Obama: the Affordable Care Act, the major health-care overhaul sometimes called Obamacare. "All the regulations that are coming out of…
  • John Cornyn: The Super Bowl has "one of the highest levels of human sex trafficking activity of any event in the country."

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Does sex trafficking increase around the Super Bowl? For the past few years, campaigns against human sex trafficking have swelled in the days before the Super Bowl, largely because of the persistence of a claim that it’s the largest sex trafficking event in the country. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has been pushing anti-human trafficking legislation through Congress, repeated this at a Jan. 27 news conference. "While most Americans are going to be getting prepared for the Seahawks and the Patriots to tee off in the Super Bowl," Cornyn…
  • Barack Obama: "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance."

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Barack Obama says America 'is stopping' Islamic State's progress in Iraq and Syria President Barack Obama briefly updated Americans on the state of the Islamic State during his State of the Union address. "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance," Obama said. "Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group." The comment…
  • John Kasich: "You cannot build a little guy up by tearing a big guy down -- Abraham Lincoln said it."  

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Ohio Gov. John Kasich puts words in Abraham Lincoln's mouth about tax policy In his argument against President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in capital gains tax, Ohio Gov. John Kasich invoked the words of a vaunted former president -- or at least he tried. Obama wants to create a nationwide free community college program. How he proposes to pay for it -- partially by increasing taxes on the wealthy via a higher tax rate on income earned from selling assets --  would be "a prescription for economic slowdown," Kasich, a…
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  • Saturday Night Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:29 pm
    First off, congrats to Jerome Bettis, who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Bettis is one of the few players I know who even people who hate the Steelers managed to like. Spent the day napping and took a trip to the grocery store, as we are expected to get hit with a snowstorm, so I went to go get some stuff in case the predictions turn out to be accurate or worse. The other day, I read a bunch of people sneering about French Toast snowstorms, because people rush out to buy eggs, milk, and bread. Apparently, some people are too cool for school. Granted, there is no reason much of…
  • Saturday Night Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I sold $6 million worth of "I Fantasize Constantly About Lurid Home Invasion Scenarios AND I VOTE" bumper stickers at Iowa Freedom Forum. — David Roth (@david_j_roth) January 30, 2015 this has to be a deliberate troll right RT @ilanagain: Chris Christie’s PAC is http://t.co/tARceP2LrA — or LMFAO, in acronym form. — darth™ (@darth) January 30, 2015 “When the trolling becomes fact, print the trolling.” Share
  • Long Read: “Rush After ‘A Rape on Campus’“

    Anne Laurie
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Quite a long read, with a lot of different topics to unpack, but it’s well worth reading the whole thing. Jia Tolentino, at Jezebel, tells us what happens as “A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road“: It’s a blue, cold Thursday in January and I’m walking down Rugby Road on the first night of fraternity rush at the University of Virginia, brushing past groups of identical gossiping boys in matching preppy outfits: fleeces, checked oxfords, khakis, boots. “Excuse me,” they say politely when our coats touch, then turn back to each other and their offhand…
  • Late Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Look at these beautiful carrots the mister grew: The mister is still out futzing around in the garden, and I’m devoting myself to maximum indolence. I was thinking about making a quiche and salad for dinner, but we just gave a dozen eggs to my mother-in-law, and the hens are less productive than they once were, so I’d actually have to buy eggs to make a quiche today. I think I’ll just wait a couple of days to amass the necessary eggs instead. Maybe a salad and roasted carrots for dinner. What are you up to? Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Team “Win the Morning” Does, For Once

    Betty Cracker
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    I hate Politico as much as everyone else, but kudos to that nest of vapid hacks for doing a cover story on Jeb Bush’s ghoulish grandstanding in the Terri Schiavo case. The story opens, as it should, with the perspective of Ms. Schiavo’s husband: CLEARWATER, Fla.—Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward. For years, the self-described “average Joe” felt harassed, targeted and tormented by the most important person in the state. “It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.” This description of Jeb…
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  • Mitt Romney, The Novel

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Inspired by a somewhat overwrought New York Times lede discussing Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for President for a third time, I wrote up some purple prose starring George Romney’s boy: The blinding white snow reflected in Mitt Romney’s eyes as he dismounted Rafalca, his bible glistening with early morning dew. The eagle broke away from its flock, lightly landing on Romney’s shoulder. It leaned into his ear. “You tried,” it whispered. Romney methodically folded the plans he had drawn up for a personal ski lift, neck muscles straining against his Oxford…
  • How One Jeb Bush Campaign Hire Reveals How Dumb The Political Press Is

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Jeb Bush’s not quite campaign has made a new hire! The staffer in question is one David Kochel, who is being described by the political press as “key” hire for Bush, because hiring Kochel “is a sign that Mr. Bush is moving quickly to assemble his political team” according to the Wall Street Journal. It is a signal that “another important player has made his choice,” reports the Des Moines Register. And Bloomberg Horrible Person Mark Halperin raves that it is “1 of the 5 most significant developments of ’16 cycle so far.” Man, this…
  • 24 Hours In America, 1/29/15

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    24 Hours In America is a summary of useful/entertaining/etc. information I’ve found over the last 24 hours, sometimes previewing the day ahead. If you find something interesting, send it to me @owillis or in email. LORETTA LYNCH: The GOP is failing spectacularly at derailing Loretta Lynch’s nomination. Sen. Leahy threw a quote of Bill O’Reilly calling her a “hero” in the GOP’s face, while Ted Cruz and the Impotent Caucus made a lot of sound and fury signifying a lack of votes to derail her nomination. HE JUST DID WHAT YOU WANTED: The American Family…
  • Campaign 2016 Postmortem: Whatever Happened To Benghazi?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    In the wake of the disastrous 2016 Republican presidential campaign, I have to ask the party elites: Whatever happened to Benghazi? Instead of a campaign focusing on Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi attack, Republicans focused at least 20% of their time on other issues, including the economy, health care, and social security. But what about Benghazi? The failure of our nominee to turn every question into a Benghazi attack was a glaring dereliction of duty. Like Benghazi. Only 82% of paid political ads in favor of the Republican nominee mentioned Benghazi. And as a result, Clinton has…
  • Attn PC Police: Can’t A White Guy Have Some Hot Takes?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    By Randall Dibney III, Senior Contributor to Policy: The Journal of Policy Okay, hippies, put down the hackey-sack for a second and listen to some uncomfortable truths that I, a white guy, am about to lay down for you. I admit that I’m not “cool.” I concede I may not “get it.” I realize that I may be “belittling your opinion from a position of hundreds of years of structural racist power distribution.” But I don’t care because I just came back from the hot take kitchen with a hot take right out of the hot take oven. Can’t a white guy have…
 
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  • Islamic State posts video of Japanese journalist’s execution

    Guest Voice
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Islamic State posts video of Japanese journalist’s execution IRBIL, Iraq — A short video apparently depicting the decapitation of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was released late Saturday by the Islamic State group. The executioner appeared to be the same British-accented man shown killing at least five other hostages in previous videos. The video, which lasts about one minute, caps two weeks of drama over… Graphic via shutterstock.com The post Islamic State posts video of Japanese journalist’s execution appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Republicans Plan To Impose Huge Tax Increase On Middle Class In Opposing Obamacare Fix

    Ron Chusid
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Republicans are increasingly seeing King v. Burwell as a way to do what they couldn’t accomplish in over fifty votes–repeal the Affordable Care Act. While it defies logic, the Supreme Court could conceivably rule that the Affordable Care Act only provides subsidies for plans purchased on state exchanges but not on the federal exchange. A majority of people want Congress to pass a simple legislative fix should this occur, guaranteeing a continuation of the subsidies for those who purchase plans over the federal exchange. The health care and insurance industries also support such a fix.
  • Super Vigilance XLIX

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    It is good to know that the footballs that will be used in Super Bowl XLIX will be under the most intense security and scrutiny in the Bowl’s history. Read all about the precautions and the almost minute-by-minute timeline and chain of custody for those famous 108 balls here. It is even better to know that those who are fortunate enough to attend our nation’s annual sports extravaganza will benefit from one of the most intensive security efforts in years. In the wake of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and in view of other terrorist activities and threats, federal, state and…
  • “Horrific” pre-historic shark makes a rare appearance in Australia

    Guest Voice
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    John Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A fishing crew in Australia had a surprise guest in their catch recently, after snaring a rarely seen shark with 300 teeth and a terrifying, pre-historic appearance that was enough to make even Australian fisherman go all sissy. The 6-foot long frilled shark more closely resembles a crazed… The post “Horrific” pre-historic shark makes a rare appearance in Australia appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Cartoon: The Superbowl Brady Bunch

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: The Superbowl Brady Bunch appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Should every sexual assault accusation be prosecuted?

    John Aravosis
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    The US military has been rightly criticized for not taking sexual assault seriously. But has the pendulum shifted too far the other way? I’ve written before about Josh Seefried, who I know personally, and who used to chair the board at OutServe-SLDN, the organization that was (and I suppose still is) the premier “gays in the military” — now gay and trans in the military — organization, but which recently fell on hard times (aka bankruptcy). Josh has been facing some additional trouble, that I wasn’t going to weigh in on, but things have progressed to a…
  • Mitt Romney wants to run on his religion in 2016. Please do.

    Jon Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    In an apparent run-up to a third presidential bid, the Washington Post reported yesterday that Mitt Romney will likely feature his Mormon faith far more in 2016 than he did in his previous two presidential runs. Romney has generally avoided discussing his Mormon faith for fear of it being used to attack him. As there’s a debate within the Evangelical community as to whether Mormons are really Christians — many Evangelicals don’t think Catholics are Christians, so imagine their opinion of Mormons — and as the Mormon church has embraced extreme social…
  • San Francisco, where “Eviction = Death”

    Chris Andoe
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It was out of boredom, and a touch of morbid curiosity, that I clicked on the link a friend shared for a two bedroom $895,000 condo in San Francisco’s Castro district. Just when it seemed that SF real estate speculators couldn’t get any more surreal, this one actually left me clutching my pearls. For longtime residents, San Francisco is a city in crisis. Speculators have exploited the Ellis Act, and tens of thousands have been evicted in recent years. (More than a couple have committed suicide as a result.) And in my opinion, this real estate announcement deserves special…
  • Sitting can be deadly, even if you exercise regularly

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Canadian research suggests that too much sitting can be deadly. People who are sedentary, either at work, at home or both are more likely to develop certain diseases (like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer) or even die. This increased risk of morbidity and mortality persists, even in people who exercise regularly. The risk is highest for those who get no regular exercise. People who have sedentary jobs, even those who exercise for an hour or more multiple times per week, still have a higher risk for developing these illnesses or even dying prematurely. The World Health…
  • Darth Vader’s gay daughter speaks

    John Aravosis
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Mary Cheney, the openly-gay daughter of former Bush administration Vice President Dick Cheney, gave an interesting talk at DC’s American University the other day. While it was cute that Cheney referred to herself as “Darth Vader’s daughter,” the substance of the discussion was actually quite interesting. Mary talked about marriage equality (aka “gay marriage), and her belief that the Republican party might finally embrace gay marriage by the year 2020 or 2028. Mary also seemed to signal that she’s still on the outs with her conservative sister Liz, who ran…
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  • Thoughts about idealogical political boundaries - Hank Green

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    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 maybe needs some help. -yt Hank Green's thoughts on his interview with the president and the medias self destruction
  • Jon Stewart Picks Apart Palin & GOP Incoherent Speeches

    grahamslam (/politics/member/grahamslam)
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    From Youtube: Jon Stewart went after conservative GOP presidential hopefuls tonight, many of whom gave speeches this past weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Stewart played speech clips of everyone from Mike Huckabee to Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, and Sarah Palin, and said the summit is like Tide in that it “gets your whites whiter.”
  • Sarah Palin after the teleprompter freezes

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:32 am
    After the speech, Scott Conroy of right-leaning Real Clear Politics tweeted: “I don’t say this lightly. This is the strangest speech I’ve ever seen Sarah Palin deliver.”
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: 2016 Billionaire Buyers Guide

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    "Let's count it down. The candidates according to their current standings in the polls, starting at the bottom ... " YouTube: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher appraises the 2016 GOP contenders for the oligarchs who will be bankrolling for their campaigns.
  • The Daily Show - Majority Retort

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Who will win the "Implody"? SO many deserving recipients! YouTube: Jon hands out an award to the Republican senator with the best reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.
 
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    The American Prospect

  • One Big Reason for Voter Turnout Decline and Income Inequality: Smaller Unions

    Sean McElwee
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Two of the most commonly cited reasons for the lack of more liberal policymaking in the United States are the decline in unions and the rising class bias in voter turnout.  In the 2014 midterm congressional elections, the Democrats’ rout was largely attributed to a failure of their coalition to turn out at the polls. What is rarely examined, however, is the relationship between a decline in voter turnout and the dwindling number of union members. And as that turnout has declined, the control of the financial class over the entire political system—Republican and Democrat—has taken hold.
  • Exporting Financial Instability

    Kevin P. Gallagher
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) Activists wave Malaysian flags during a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's Malaysia visit, outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 25, 2014.  The late Dr. Martin Luther King is praised for saying “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Along the same lines, if we learned anything from the global financial crisis it is that financial instability anywhere is a threat to financial stability everywhere. The Obama administration appears not to have learned that lesson. The trade…
  • Are the Elites Catching Up with the People?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Inequality has at last arrived as the issue that mainstream politicians can’t ignore. You see it in Obama’s better-late-than-never embrace of “middle-class economics” as the signature theme in his State of the Union address; and in a surprisingly leftish report of a commission co-chaired by former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. The new report by the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity, convened by the Center for American Progress, is frank in its acknowledgment of the inequality crisis. “Today, the ability of free-market democracies to deliver widely shared increases in prosperity…
  • Under Pressure From the Right, Gowdy Renews Benghazi Shenanigans

    Ari Rabin-Havt
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left and House Select Committee on Benghazi ranking member Elijah Cummings, D- Md., talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, before a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on the implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.  The Benghazi Select Committee shed the bipartisan cloak it had worn in public, as Republican members used Tuesday’s hearing to bully Joel Rubin, deputy undersecretary of state for legislative affairs. For more than two hours…
  • Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century

    Lance Compa
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    This article was commissioned as part of "American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies," a conference presented on January 15, co-sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, The Sidney Hillman Foundation, and The American Prospect. (View agenda here.)  Find our "Labor at a Crossroads" series here. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Stephen Carr) Local 63 ILWU members form a picket line in the Port of Long Beach, California, on Friday July 9, 2010. Striking clerical workers at the nation's busiest port complex expanded their walkout to a fifth terminal…
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  • 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…
  • Speaker Atkins Appoints Committee Chairs

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Most Democrats have a committee chair by Brian Leubitz Below the fold you will find the full list of committee chairs. All in all, given the big number of committees, most Democratic legislators who aren't in leadership get a chair. I think the exceptions were Lorena Gonzalez, who is the vice-chair of the Local Government committee with Republican Brian Maienschein getting the chair, and Nora Campos, who is on rules. And Rob Bonta has two chairs, keeping PERS and getting the Health Committee this year. Accountability and Administrative Review Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield),…
  • Your New Legislators: The Term Limits Dance Shifts

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    New term limits mean more changes now, more stability later by Brian Leubitz With the new term limits structure amendments of a few years ago, Sacramento is seeing a lot of change. Lots and lots and lots of change. In the Legislature convening today, 72 of the 120 legislators have less than two years of experience at the state level. That's a staggeringly high number, and rather frightening for the institutional memory of both chambers. If you look at the new leadership team in the Assembly, you'll find freshmen legislators David Chiu, Evan Low (Both pictured to the right), Jim Cooper and…
  • We Didn't Vote

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle) It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes. It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Israeli Ambassador: Netanyahu Never Meant to Disrespect Obama

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (Reuters ) Earlier this week, shortly after I published a lengthy post critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, Dermer expressed his general dissatisfaction with the piece to me. But he also agreed to a request to answer several questions about the recent controversy, which centers on an invitation to Netanyahu from House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on Iran, and other subjects. The White House has expressed anger about being blindsided by the invitation. Here are the…
  • The Netanyahu Disaster

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu, making friends and influencing people (Reuters/The Atlantic) Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times convincingly, is predicated on stopping Iran, a country ruled by a regime that seeks both Israel’s annihilation and the means to carry it out. Netanyahu’s options are limited.
  • Hamas Warns: Give Us Money Or We'll Become Terrorists

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Not extremists (Reuters) Buried in an Agence France Presse article about the failure of international donors to pay the $5.4 billion they've pledged to help rebuild Gaza is an absolute gem of a quote: A Hamas official warned recently that the territory could become a breeding ground for extremism unless promised reconstruction is accelerated. "Our message to the world, which is scared of terrorism and extremism, is that the delay in rebuilding Gaza and the continuing blockade against it will make it a ripe environment for the spread of extremism and terrorism," Khalil al-Haya told a Gaza City…
  • French Prime Minister: 'I Refuse to Use This Term Islamophobia'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Demonstrators hold a banner reading "Unity Against Islamophobia" at a conference on the Islamization of Europe in 2010. (Michel Euler/AP) The prime minister of France, Manuel Valls, has emerged over the past tumultuous week as one of the West’s most vocal foes of Islamism, though he’s actually been talking about the threat it poses for a long while. During the course of an interview conducted before the Charlie Hebdo attacks, he told me—he went out of his way to tell me, in fact—that he refuses to use the term 'Islamophobia' to describe the phenomenon of anti-Muslim prejudice,…
  • French Prime Minister: If Jews Flee, the Republic Will Be a Failure

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    10 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (R) with President Francois Hollande following the Charlie Hebdo shooting (Patrick Kovarik/Reuters) The massacre at a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday reinforced a fear, expressed openly and with distressing frequency by many in France’s half-million-strong Jewish community, that Islamist violence is compelling large numbers of Jews to flee. Already, several thousand have left over the past few years. But it is not merely the physical safety of France’s Jews that is imperiled by anti-Semitic violence, the country’s prime minister, Manuel Valls,…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • This Is Getting Serious: Intellectual Self-Isolation in China

    James Fallows
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Ah, the good old days: Bill Clinton, in an Internet Cafe in Shanghai on a Presidential visit in 1998, back when the Net was going to connect China with the world. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, then a Representative, looks on. (Reuters) Back in 2008, when I had been in China for a couple of years, I wrote an Atlantic article about the repressive shrewdness of the "Great Firewall," the Chinese government's system for censoring the Internet. The Firewall was repressive in that it tried to eliminate any site or discussion the ruling Chinese Communist Party found inconvenient. But it was…
  • Updates: Airplane-Parachute Selfie, the Immortal Boiling Frog, Community College

    James Fallows
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    The view from inside a plane as it headed toward the Pacific ( ABC News, via The Flight Academy ) Over the weekend a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, the same kind that Deb and I have been flying around the country on our American Futures travels, made an unplanned descent into the Pacific. The extra fuel tanks for the long ferry flight from California to Hawaii developed some kind of valve problem; the pilot realized that without that extra gas he couldn't make it all the way; so in coordination with the Coast Guard, he picked out a site in the vicinity of a cruise ship. Then he used the Cirrus's…
  • Would a U.S. Strike Against Iran Actually Work?

    James Fallows
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    President Obama having a pleasant talk on the phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu back in 2012 (Reuters) The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg has put up an excellent and authoritative analysis of the strategic problems that Benjamin Netanyahu has created for himself, his party, and his country. It's the most-trafficked item on our site at the moment, so it may seem superfluous to suggest you read it. But if you haven't done so yet, please give it a look. Once you've read this new item, there's an older article that I hope you'll consider too. It came out in the December 2004 issue of our magazine,…
  • The Reform the Military Is Already Undertaking: Chickenhawk, No. 19

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Slide from the documentary 'Bridging the Gap' ( Stomoway Productions ) The theme in this installment is a number of worthwhile (in my view), powerful links and posts on the general question of self-criticism within the military, and joint civilian and military efforts to direct real attention to the chickenhawk pathology. 1) "Stick Your Neck Out," by two junior naval officers, LT Roger Misso and LTJG Chris O'Keefe, on the US Naval Institute site. They are arguing for creative ferment among the young officer class: We need junior officers willing to stick their necks out and write. Our service…
  • Comradely Greetings to All Snow-Bound East Coasters

    James Fallows
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Ted Runner Stadium track at the University of Redlands this weekend I had a whole thought-post almost cooked up, which was going to be based on a fascinating episode of the TED Radio Hour, hosted by my friend and former All Things Considered comrade Guy Raz, that I listened to while out for a run this weekend. The episode, originally broadcast last fall, was on the subject of Quiet, and for me it had fascinating implications ranging from the importance of introversion in my line of work, to the unique mind-destroying horror of the particular kind of noise that—yes!—leafblowers make. (You…
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    The American Scene

  • 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…
  • Heighten the contradictions

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

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

  • The conservative grifter problem

    SuperUser
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:59 pm
    by Doctor Science Kevin Drum at Mother Jones discusses something I've been wondering about for a while: the number of conservative American political grifters. Drum asks, why is this problem so much bigger on the right than on the left? I won't be happy with answers that simply assume liberals are innately better people. Even if they are, they aren't that much better. It's got to be something institutional, or something inherent in the nature of American conservatism. But what?I think there are two factors at play: "Demand side": Conservatives are more elderly, more fearful, and more loyal…
  • The weekend sports and things that matter open thread

    Ugh
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:50 am
    by Ugh It's Super Bowl weekend. My pick is Seattle winning 34-10. I just don't think New England is the good, they were lucky to beat Baltimore. Seattle was even more lucky to beat Green Bay, but I don't see Russell Wilson having a god awful game again Tiger Woods is back and... He's terrible. If anyone cares. A great Aussie open women's final of Serena v. Sharapova. Go Serena! Too bad it's on in the middle of the night eastern. Will Kentucky have an undefeated season in men's college basketball? They have as good a chance as anyone. I mean, to be leading…
  • The Saudi succession system isn't really strange, but that doesn't mean it's functional

    SuperUser
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    by Doctor Science Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo thinks Saudi succession is a strange, strange system (via slacktivist). As a reader of Marshall Hodgson's The Venture of Islam, I don't find it strange at all: the Saudi system is based on the usual Islamic succession principles, which are intended to focus on fairness and competence: 1. Fathers should not play favorites with their sons. 2. The holder of an office should be the most competent of the field of candidates. 3. The dead should not rule the living. Principle 1 means that, under Islamic law, there should be no primogeniture. All…
  • LDS and LGBT and the possibility of change

    liberal japonicus
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    by liberal japonicus This, from Mother Jones: In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to same-sex marriage. "We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while…
  • Your long-standing confusion open thread

    SuperUser
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    by Doctor Science Sprog the Younger just watched M for German class. As she talked about it (her verdict: "I'm not sure you'll LIKE it, because it is a bit of a Moral Dilemma Indie Movie of the sort you think is super boring, but it's pretty cool.), I realized that for decades now I've been confusing it with Z, which came out when I was a teenager. Whoops. Category: Acclaimed European Movies With Single-Letter Titles I Haven't Seen. So tell us about your long-standing confusions, or talk about your favorite Moral Dilemma Indie Movies, or whatever. Mr and Mrs…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • 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)…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Progressive Realization

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

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

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

  • Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts

    Kenm77
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    AP reports on Greece;
  • The Ugly Walmart Truth: Some Managers Treat Workers Like Dirt | Alternet

    petrd1
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    This is the legacy of Ronald Reagan and what has trickled down into the workplace of today from his American Scheme. Good if you live in that shining house on the hill. Not so good for those living down that hill. See the "plumbers principle" for what flows downhill.
  • Sarah Palin And The Demise Of Tea Party Media

    Roy Batty
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    This week's messy, public breakup between conservatives and Sarah Palin was executed with brutal swiftness. After years of alternately worshiping and defending her from all comers while gleefully echoing her falsehoods about the Obama administration (death panels!), lots of conse …
  • The Sophisticated Bigotry of Bobby Jindal

    Meloney
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The Louisiana governor wants Christians to stand apart from secular society, but condemns Muslims who do the same. If Bobby Jindal runs for president, he will likely campaign on two major themes. The first, which he outlined last February at the Reagan Library and last …
  • | List of Funny Church Signs

    Don Overton
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    the most hilarious church signage, which is also in poor taste.
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    FactCheck.org

  • Obama Juices the Genome Numbers

    Dave Levitan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    In announcing his new “Precision Medicine Initiative” on Jan. 30, President Obama repeated an outdated and questionable number for the Human Genome Project’s return on investment, and oversold just how cheap sequencing a single person’s full genetic code has become. The Human Genome Project was an international effort to map out the roughly 3 billion DNA bases present in every human cell. The project was declared complete in 2003. In his address to reporters, Obama repeated an impressive statistic he also mentioned in April 2013 about the genome project’s…
  • Obama Fudges Facts in Philly

    Robert Farley
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In a speech to House Democrats, President Barack Obama stretched the facts to underscore political points about national security and the improving economy. Obama quoted a Republican as saying it’s “not the end of the world” to “have the Department of Homeland Security not functioning.” Actually, the congressman said Homeland Security would still function even if Congress fails to meet a funding deadline, so it would not be “the end of the world” to miss the deadline. Obama also boasted that “there is no economic metric by which we are not better off than when I…
  • All U.S. Jobs Did Not Go to Immigrants

    Lori Robertson
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Rick Santorum touted a shocking statistic to Iowa voters: Of the “6 million net new jobs created in America” since 2000, “all of them” are held by immigrants. That’s not accurate. Santorum ignores the 2.6 million job gains by native-born Americans over the age of 65 in the same time period. Santorum also said, “We’re approaching percentage-wise the highest level of immigrants that we’ve ever had in America.” Perhaps, but we’re approaching it from a distance. The peak was in 1890, when 14.8 percent of the population was foreign-born. Census…
  • Biden’s Twist on U.S. Economy

    Robert Farley
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Biden twisted international data on economic growth when he said the U.S. is “the only country in the world expected to continue to grow.” India, China and several Asian nations are expected to grow much faster than the U.S., just not as fast as they have in past years. Overall, the U.S. gross domestic product is expected to grow at a faster rate than the world average in 2015, but a little slower than the world average in 2016 and 2017. Putting his spin on the nation’s economic recovery during a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Jan. 22, Biden argued that an international…
  • Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

    Dave Levitan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike…
 
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    The American Scene - Politics

  • 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…
  • "You Can Keep Your Plan" And The Liberal Failure Of Moral Imagination

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    16 Nov 2013 | 8:11 am
    Obama lied, people lost their healthcare! I want to put forward a more generous interpretation of the “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” lie. Obviously in the first sense it is a lie, given that the Administration knew plans would be cancelled and pretended otherwise. But I think there’s a well-intentioned way in which the people who conceived this lie could tell themselves that it wasn’t a lie. People have focused on the second clause “you can keep your plan”, but I think the key is the first clause: “if you like your plan.” The…
  • Of course Healthcare.gov calls the liberal project into question

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    22 Oct 2013 | 5:26 am
    First of all, kudos to liberals for being reality-based. After some equivocation, most liberals have succumbed to facts and admitted that the Healthcare.gov launch is a disaster—not glitchy, but a disaster. As sure it is that the Sun rises, conservatives have pounced on the Healthcare.gov disaster to argue that it shows that the entire liberal project is made not credible. And as sure as it is that the Sun sets, liberals have responded with a chorus of “Nuh-huh!” The representative example is Matt Yglesias, who makes the facile point that bad websites notwithstanding, we…
  • Opposition Party Opposes Majority Party's Signature Policy: Will Democracy Survive???

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    16 Sep 2013 | 9:42 am
    “The only way to understand the press, Prime Minister, is to remember that they pander to their readers’ prejudices.” Jonathan Chait has a frankly bizarre piece in New York Magazine explaining to what must be a puzzled audience’s insistent question: why does the Republican Party persist in opposing Obamacare? I mean, I know they hate kittens and everything, but c’mon—healthcare! Now, off the top of my head, one reason why the Republican Party might oppose Obamacare is that it remains deeply unpopular, and that politicians tend to be responsive to public…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Upgrades

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Obama tech veterans heading to Hillary 2016?; renewed calls for Obama to stop collecting Americans' phone metadata; FCC upgrades its definition of broadband service, finally; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Blogrolling

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    How Canada spies on its citizens' web behavior; with uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan quitting the field, whither political blogs; how big data is helping prevent homelessness in NYC; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Jargon Busters

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Changes in the RNC's tech team; big plans for digital democracy in the UK; how people in Cuba are making their own private Internet; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Stalking

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    How the DEA tracks millions of America motorists; will the Senate enter the 21st century?; Obama veteran Jeremy Bird's role in the upcoming Israeli election; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Video Stars

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Political Joke

    libbyliberal
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Body:  So there is a screw-up with scheduling of vip guests at the White House. President Obama learns that the new King of Saudi Arabia, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis are all waiting to see him at the same time. Obama turns anxiously to a senior aide. “Whom do you think I should see first?” The aide ponders and then confidently replies: “I would see the Pope first and get that out of the way. After all, with the Pope all you have to do is kiss his ring.”
  • NYPD Hyper Militarization Escalates with Bratton's "SRG" for Advanced Disorder Control

    Rainbow Girl
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Body:  NY Post. Bratton Escalates and/or Formalizes Militarization of NYPD to deal with "counter terrorism protection" and "advanced disorder control." There will be "vehicles equipped with machine guns." This unit will be "operational by summer" (how conveninent!) and will be housed in NYPD's very own Counterterrorism Bureau. I had not known that one existed.
  • Yet more noodling on intersectionality (the 1%, the 20%, and the 80%)

    lambert
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Body:  Last post we developed a notation for classifying or categorizing people into classes (sets) using a set membership function; because it's so ubiquitous, we translated "white working class male" into an instance of the set membership function f(x; R, C, G) by "filling in the blanks" (parameters) for R (race), C (class) and G (gender) for our individual person, "J," thus: f(x; "white", "80%", "male") .
  • With The 12-Point Platform, this won't happen: Humongous boondoggle weapons systems

    lambert
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    Body:  Daily Beast: New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Of course, the Air Force is trying to get rid of the A10 Warthog, which can fire a gun, with the F35.
  • Why Subway Shutdown on NYC Supposed Blizzard Nite?

    libbyliberal
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Body:  Monday’s predicted blizzard for NYC caused me more than a little cognitive dissonance over the state/city executive decision to shut down the subway system from between 11pm and 8am. It interfered with my own transportation needs for getting to and from work so I opted to lose a night’s pay in a work situation that was thankfully reasonable enough to grant me that. (Not generous enough to compensate me for such a formidable transportation challenge, mind you.)
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    Attytood

  • Kenney do it?

    Will Bunch
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Jim Kenney looks to enter the Philadelphia mayor's race -- and give liberal voters a place to go.
  • Waving goodbye to 'Kumbaya MLK'

    Will Bunch
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:34 pm
    What this weekend's marches to reclaim the more radical Martin Luther King matter.
  • The Kane Scrutiny...outsourced

    Will Bunch
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    What do we make of Kathleen Kane's woes?
  • Buy this book

    Will Bunch
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    A top lawyer's plea for environmental justice in America.
  • Free to be -- and to not be -- Charlie

    Will Bunch
    11 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Free speech also means the right not to promote ideas that you don't believe in
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Viernes Video: Aspiring Colombian filmmaker mixes zombies and westerns to create an unique horror short

    Latina Lista
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    LatinaLista — What does a zombie, whiskey and an outlaw have in common? They are the main characters of a new short film by aspiring, and recent California State University Fullerton graduate, Colombian filmmaker Carlos Cortes. The action-horror short, Rex, is about a zombie named Rex and his vigilante friend The Shadow. Though Rex is plagued with serious personality issues, he knows there’s more to life, while his friend The Shadow only knows he needs just one more drink of whiskey to forget life altogether. Unfortunately, after one particular incident, the two find themselves…
  • Crowdfunder: Discovering the human impact on Belize’s bottlenose dolphins

    Latina Lista
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: Human Impacts on Bottlenose Dolphins in Belize Jazmin Garcia is a Master’s student in Marine Biology on the thesis track at Nova Southeastern University, where she is a Title V fellow. Garcia is researching a question that scientists who study Belize’s bottlenose dolphins have been studying for two decades - Has increased tourism in Belize impacted the dolphin population? The Drowned Cayes (DC) are located within the Belize Barrier Reef Lagoon, just off the coast of Belize City. Prior to the 2001, the area was relatively undeveloped with minimal human…
  • Native Hawaiian youth speaks out during White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives in Education

    Marisa Treviño
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    By Hauʻolihiwahiwa Moniz Cultural Survival In early November, I was lucky enough to be asked to testify at a White House Initiative on American Indians and Alaska Natives in Education at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York where I attend as a sophomore. The initiative, created by President Obama to offer a platform in which Indigenous youth in America could speak on their experiences in the American educational system, is one of the first of its kind. The men and women of the initiative visited many different states across the continental US, hearing from many different native students on…
  • The Lucrative Business of Chilean Fruit in Delaware

    Latina Lista
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    By Fernando Alcayaga El Tiempo Hispano Let’s do an experiment. Go to your refrigerator and take that apple you just bought at the supermarket. Turn over the fruit until you find the label stuck to it. What did you find? If you found the word Chile … then you’re one of the thousands of consumers of Chilean products arriving at the port of Wilmington after traveling half the planet. A third of Chilean fruit exports go to the United States. And it is the port of Wilmington who benefits the most from this economic exchange, receiving high quality fresh fruit ready for dispatch…
  • Last-minute pardon for Salvadoran woman facing 30-year prison sentence for miscarriage

    Latina Lista
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    By Kate Sopcich Council on Hemispheric Affairs Eight years ago, Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, an 18-year old mother of one, suffered a miscarriage. Guadalupe, working as a domestic servant in the home of a wealthy Salvadoran family, collapsed and was rushed to a public hospital. As required by law, attending doctors notified the police; Guadalupe was arrested and charged with murder. Guadalupe’s case is similar to that of fifteen other young women in El Salvador who currently face long-term prison sentences for unintentional miscarriages. The plight of these women lies at the…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Why mourn King Abdullah? James Carden attacks the fawning attention paid to the late Saudi king by Western politicians and officials. Netanyahu’s stunt damages Congress’ proper role. Steven Metz comments on the implications of Netanyahu’s planned speech on foreign policy cooperation between the executive and legislative branches. The battle for Zionism. Leon Hadar surveys the political landscape in Israel ahead of the March Knesset elections. The false beliefs that threaten diplomacy with Iran. Trita Parsi identifies them. Will Obama follow through on his India success?
  • Brooks’ Simplistic Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    David Brooks lectures on foreign policy: Sticking to our values means maintaining a simple posture of support for people who share them and a simple posture of opposition to those who oppose them [bold mine-DL]. It means offering at least some reliable financial support to moderate fighters and activists even when their prospects look dim. It means avoiding cynical alliances, at least as much as possible. It means using bombing campaigns to try to prevent mass slaughter [bold mine-DL]. In most foreign conflicts, including the one in Syria, adhering to Brooks’ first sentence would…
  • Cotton’s Dishonest Attack on Diplomacy with Iran

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Tom Cotton makes an odd claim to start his latest op-ed: A nuclear-capable Iran is the gravest threat facing America today. If that were true, the U.S. would be even more secure than anyone thought, since a “nuclear-capable Iran” is not much of a threat to the U.S. or to anyone else outside of its immediate vicinity. It may be less than optimal for Iran to have a nuclear capability, but it is far from being “the gravest threat” that America faces. This is the foundation of the rest of Cotton’s argument, and it is very wrong. Everything that follows from it is…
  • Senate Hard-liners Press Ahead with New Iran Sanctions

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Josh Rogin reports that Iran hawks continue to press ahead with new sanctions legislation in spite of Obama’s veto threat: Illinois Republican Mark Kirk told me in an interview today that even if the Senate delays until late March on voting on the new sanctions bill he crafted with Democrat Robert Menendez, his party’s leadership is committed to moving forward and he is confident the Senate will pass it. There has never been much doubt that a GOP-controlled Senate would pass a new sanctions bill at some point. Even if Flake and Paul don’t support the bill, Republicans have…
  • Netanyahu’s Stunt and Public Opinion

    Daniel Larison
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    In the last post I said I doubted that most Americans would side with Netanyahu. YouGov has released the results of a new poll that suggest I was on the right track: 43% answering that it is inappropriate is a bit lower than I would have expected, but it still shows that there is significant public opposition to this sort of behavior from Congress. There is certainly no majority in favor of it. Barely a third of Americans approves of bringing in a foreign leader to undermine U.S. policy. Since the respondents are aware of the controversy over Netanyahu’s speech, the partisan divide…
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    TIME

  • Hagel: Ground Troops May Be Needed in Iraq

    mandyoaklander
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Departing defense secretary Chuck Hagel said it’s possible the United States may need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help deter the Islamic State. Hagel, who resigned as Pentagon chief on Nov. 24, told CNN in an interview Friday that he thinks the deployment of American troops for intelligence-gathering and locating targets is a possibility, reports Reuters. He said he wasn’t sure, however, that it would come to that. “I would say we’re not there yet,” he said. “Whether we get there or not, I don’t know.” MORE: Obama’s Awkward…
  • Jeb Bush Opens Up on Pot Use in His Youth

    Sam Frizell
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Jeb Bush has dipped in and out of politics his whole life, serving as a two-term governor and more recently announcing a possible presidential bid in 2016. But as a student at an elite boarding school in Massachusetts, he was decidedly apolitical. In an in-depth report in the Boston Globe, classmates remember the son of Congressman George Bush Sr. as indifferent and detached. Jeb Bush refused to join the Progressive Andover Republicans club at Phillips Academy in Andover, and declined to discuss politics, reports the Boston Globe. He also indulged in drugs and drinking. “I drank alcohol…
  • Former KKK Leader May Run for Steve’s Scalise’s House Seat

    Charlotte Alter
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The third-ranking House Republican may get a chance to differentiate himself from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke once and for all. Just as he started his tenure as House Majority Whip last month, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana faced a controversy when a blogger uncovered that he had spoken to a white supremacist group founded by Duke. Scalise later apologized and argued he was led astray by poor staff work. “It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold,” he said in his apology. Now, it looks like…
  • #TheBrief: Why America Could Change How It Puts People to Death

    Arpita Aneja
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    A new Supreme Court case could mean a change in the chemicals that prisons use for lethal injections. Watch #TheBrief to find out more.
  • #AskTIME Subscriber Q and A: This Week’s Cover Story Author Joel Stein

    Melissa August
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Welcome to TIME’s subscriber Q&A with TIME columnist, Joel Stein, who wrote this week’s cover story on his experience working with the “sharing economy” companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Lyft, RelayRides, Yerdle and others. He is the author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity. deconstructive asks, Joel, thanks for your detailed story on the sharing economy. We can indeed enjoy the potential benefits of peer-to-peer deals and cutting out some of the middleman. But of course, however, there is the flip side, aka the dark side - risks of people assuming liabilities (that…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Poplitical In New Orleans

    David Brody
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Join host David Brody and Poplitical contributor Amber Strong who travel to New Orleans to bring you the best mix of politics and pop culture.
  • Praying for Spiritual Revival

    David Brody
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Brody File heads to New Orleans and reports on an effort by Christians to pray for spiritual revival in America. Interviews with Governor Bobby Jindal and  influential evangelical political operative David Lane.
  • Cajun Cookin’ with The Brody File Show

    David Brody
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    This week The Brody File crew hits the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. We do a special report on spiritual revival in America, including interviews with Gov. Bobby Jindal and influential evangelical and political operative David Lane. Also, we take a look at New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina came calling.
  • Newt Gingrich Proclaims: We're At War With Radical Islam...And We're Losing!

    David Brody
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Newt Gingrich says we are at war with radical Islam…and he’s right. Watch his speech at the Freedom Summit in Iowa below. He says, “The United States today is losing the war with radical islamists.” And President Obama has a “pathological incapacity to deal with reality.” Gingrich is calling on major congressional hearings related to radical Islam. More here.
  • Bobby Jindal Tells Brody File: "Islam Has A Problem"

    David Brody
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Governor Bobby Jindal tells The Brody File that, “Islam has a problem” and that Islamic terrorists are, “fools” who, “are going straight to hell.” The Brody File interviewed Jindal Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Watch the clip below. Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File David Brody: The President says these (Islamic terrorists) are just a few lone rangers out there, that this is not what Islam teaches. Do you thing he is discounting this a little bit too much?” Governor Jindal: “ I think two things.  I think it is odd. If you listen to the State of the Union,…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Bronson

    Johann Koehler
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    This week’s movie recommendation is one of Tom Hardy’s first significant lead performance, which showcased both his commanding physical presence and his captivating acting prowess. Hardy plays the lead in Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylization of the true life of Michael Peterson, a man notorious for terrorizing English prisons for over three decades. During that time, Peterson transformed himself into an alter ego, the titular Bronson (2008). The film tells Peterson’s biography, such as it is. A youthful aspiration to make something of himself induces a young Peterson to rob a post…
  • The President was right (though politically clumsy) to go after those luscious 529 college accounts

    Harold Pollack
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:52 pm
    At the State of the Union, President Obama proposed limiting the tax advantages of 529 college savings accounts. If you’re an affluent college parent, you probably already know this. If you’re not a parent and/or you are not affluent, you probably said “Huh? What is a 529 account?” Which rather exemplifies the problem. I have 529s for both of my daughters. I recommend these to all my friends with children. These accounts allow you to accumulate tax-free investment gains to help finance your kids’ college. These also provide a good mechanism for relatives to chip in on birthdays and…
  • Doot, doot, doot, lookin’ out my front door

    Lowry Heussler
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    IMG_0210 The view from Cambridge, MA. Complete travel ban. No cars, MBTA shut down. Cormet and I think it’s great. Last night the corner grocery looked like a going-out-of-business sale. Neighbors were happily trading items (“Wait, you have kids! You need the last rotisserie chicken!”). My friend Bill, learning to bake bread, came to my door with a hot baguette wrapped in a tea towel. Later today my neighbors and I will descend on the street with the snowblower and lots of shovels. I have snow pants, so I’m hoping the kids across the street aren’t too jaded to…
  • Britain Bounces Back

    Keith Humphreys
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    The latest employment figures from the U.K. shows that it continues to roughly mirror the U.S.’s trajectory in job growth. Unemployment is at a 6 1/2 year low. source: tradingeconomics.com As a falling unemployment rate does not necessarily mean that more people are working, it is worth noting that more Britons have jobs at this moment than at any time in the nation’s history. Wages are also up, both in real and nominal terms. Count me unsurprised about the British resurgence. Three years ago, when many pundits were pronouncing Britain dead in the water (after all — they…
  • E-health for the world’s rural poor

    James Wimberley
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The British microprocessor design giant ARM has tweeted 15 predictions for 2015. Some of them are incomprehensible geekspeak: “Benchmark data will shift end-user choice to purpose-optimized servers versus monolithic approaches”. But not this: Mobile operators will deploy smartphone services as de facto healthcare for rural areas. How should they know? ARM just makes and licenses processor designs. Licensees incorporate them in complex chips (SOCs); the licensees’ customers incorporate the SOCs in gadgets; the gadgets are sold to final customers. It’s a long chain. But…
 
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  • Iowa caucus discussion thread: Romney reality check edition

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    Speaking in "his best precinct, the top-level donor conference call," Mitt Romney announced this morning that he will not run for president a third time. Though the odds against a successful bid for the presidency would seem obvious to any casual politics watcher, Romney appears to have genuinely believed that he could win in 2016 with a sharper message. But many of his top donors, bundlers, and early-state volunteers were reluctant to board the Romney train one more time. In what may have been the last straw, yesterday news broke that David Kochel will soon move to Miami to work as "senior…
  • Grassley, Ernst vote for Keystone XL pipeline bill

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:51 pm
    After hours of floor debate and votes on dozens of amendments over more than two weeks, today the U.S. Senate approved a bill to force construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Nine Democrats joined all the Republicans present to pass the final bill by 62 votes to 36 (roll call). Iowa's Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst have long supported Keystone XL, and Ernst possibly owes as much as any member of the Senate to campaign spending by the Koch brothers, who stand to profit from more tar sands oil extraction in Canada. The Keystone XL bill now goes back to the U.S. House, which will…
  • IA-01 Democratic candidate news roundup

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    Another Democrat is moving closer to a Congressional bid in Iowa's first district. The Daily Iowan reported several days ago that Ravi Patel "is assembling campaign operatives and meeting with influential donors in Eastern Iowa in preparation for the run." He is best known as principal and president of Hawkeye Hotels, a fast-growing company his parents established. Pat Rynard wrote on the Iowa Starting Line blog that Patel "has built connections from holding many fundraisers for Democratic candidates" and is "an entrepreneur involved in many startup businesses." If he runs for Congress, Patel…
  • Iowans split as House approves bill on gas exports

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    The new Republican-controlled Congress continues to prioritize legislation desired by the oil and gas sector. Today the U.S. House approved by 277 votes to 133 a bill to "expedite the federal approval process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports," Timothy Cama and Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill. Under the bill, the Energy Department would have 30 days to review an application, starting from when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission completes its environmental review for a project. [...] "There is no backlog or delay at the [Department of Energy] to speak of," said Rep. Frank…
  • House passes package of bills on human trafficking

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Yesterday and today the U.S. House passed two batches of bills aimed at curbing human trafficking. All four Iowans were present as representatives approved some bills by voice vote and others by unanimous roll-call votes. Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill on January 26, One of the bills passed by voice vote, H.R. 515, would require the Department of Homeland Security to notify foreign countries when a registered sex offender travels abroad. It would further formally request notification from foreign governments when a known child sex offender is trying to enter the U.S. [...] Another…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Wanker of the Day: Richard Malley

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Check out this genius: [Richard] Malley was arrested in August 2013, when he and two other members of a “Minuteman militia group” were scouting for smugglers in the desert area near Gila Bend. Malley mistook an undercover Sheriff’s deputy for a drug smuggler, and soon the deputy found himself staring down the barrel of an AR-15 rifle. The approach prompted a tense standoff between the two, with Malley only standing down once the deputy produced enough identification to satisfy the defendant. “He thought he was one of the good guys,” said defense attorney Jason…
  • Jeb Bush Should Be Ashamed

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    “He should be ashamed. And I think people really need to know what type of person he is. To bring as much pain as he did, to me and my family, that should be an issue.” - Michael Schiavo on Jeb Bush. Discuss
  • William Rivers Pitt Should Stop Wanking

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    So I guess I'm a little late to the party, since the 2015 SOTU is SOOOO last week, but I feel like I need to respond to William Rivers Pitt, who wrote: It was a fine show on Tuesday night, a masterful performance, and a comprehensive waste of time. Leaving aside everything I've said, there is the stone-cold fact that absolutely none of the progressive ideas President Obama proposed on Tuesday night have the vaguest chance of seeing daylight in this new GOP-dominated congress...which begs the question: Why did he wait until now - when everything he proposed was demonstrably doomed before the…
  • Jeb is Strikingly Weak in Iowa Right Now

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Selzer & Company, an Iowa-based firm, did some polling of “likely Republican caucus-goers” and the results are pretty bad for Jeb Bush. Iowa Republicans gave Mitt Romney better numbers across the board, from being a strong candidate against Hillary Clinton, to understanding their problems, to creating jobs, to combating terrorism. Romney’s biggest advantage (49%-22%) was in “having a vision for the future.” I think that last result is a pretty strong indication that voters see Jeb primarily as a Bush, and therefore as something past tense. In this kind of…
  • Andrew Cuomo Gets Kicked in the Nuts

    31 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I had already planned to write a little bit about Andrew Cuomo, who has been reliably reported to be a major dickhead (via Atrios, check out how Cuomo fucked New York City by shutting down the subway yesterday). We all know how Mario's idiot bastard son has given the republicans de facto control of the state senate, and Daily Kos has relentlessly hammered the Working Families Party for buying his promises. We have also learned plenty about Andy's ethics when he shut down his own ethics commission the minute it started looking at Hizzoner himself. But in the wake of Sheldon Silver's arrest for…
 
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  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    ABC News
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Andy Manis/AP Photo Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker discusses his potential 2016 GOP presidential bid, only on “This Week” Sunday. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, ESPN columnist and CNN contributor LZ Granderson, PBS “NewsHour” co-host and managing editor Gwen Ifill, and National Review editor Rich Lowry. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook here. You can also follow the show on Twitter here Go here to find out when…
  • Excerpt: ‘Guantanamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

    ABC News
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    'Guantanamo Diary' Excerpted from the book GUANTANAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Diary and annotated diary copyright © 2015 by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Introduction and notes copyright © 2015 by Larry Siems. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. Chapter One Jordan-Afghanistan-GTMO July 2002- February 2003 The American Team Takes Over…Arrival at Bagram…Bagram to GTMO…GTMO, the New Home… One Day in Paradise, the Next in Hell _____________, [redacted] July __, [redacted] 2002, 10 p.m.* The music was off. The conversations of the guards…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough

    ABC News
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Alex Wong/Getty Images This Sunday, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Plus, as the 2016 GOP field begins to take shape, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal comes to “This Week” Sunday. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist Sara Fagen, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.”…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Terror Flashpoint

    ABC News
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters This Sunday, as anti-terror raids sweep across Europe in the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, we go one-on-one with the director of Europol Rob Wainwright, only on “This Week.” Plus, as the GOP field for 2016 begins to take shape, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee comes to “This Week” to discuss his new book, “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and…
  • Excerpt: ‘God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,’ by Mike Huckabee

    ABC News
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    Cover, 'God, Guns, Grits and Gravy' by Mike Huckabee Excerpted from GOD, GUNS, GRITS AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. Introduction : The three major “nerve centers” of our culture are New York City, Washington,  D.C.,  and Los Angeles. The nation’s finance and fashion center is New York City; D.C.  is the epicenter of American politics and government; and Los Angeles is the nexus for enter- tainment,  whether movies, television, or music. They are the…
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Romney's Out, to Help Christie

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    I was going to pen something today about the news that the American public wants the government to do something about climate chnage. But then Mitt Romney ended three weeks of shifting signals by taking himself out of the 2016 GOP presidential contest. This came after a meeting in the last week between Jeb Bush and Romney, and after Romney made it appear based on his own comments and attacks against Hillary Clinton that he was gearing up for another run. Yet today, he made it clear that although he thinks he could win the nomination and the presidency, he's decided for the good of the party…
  • 64% Want Congress to Save Obamacare From SCOTUS

    Deacon Blues
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Sometime this spring, the five conservative political hacks on the Supreme Court will rule in King v. Burwell to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act's benefit exchanges by ruling that a literal reading of the statute only requires taxpayer-paid subsidies to those enrollees in states that set up their own exchanges. This would immediately eliminate the subsidies for millions of enrollees in predominantly red states whose governors and legislatures intentionally dumped this responsibility upon the federal government. Interestingly enough, when this happens, and trust me it will happen, almost…
  • We Should Have Known About the War in Pakistan

    paradox
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    In the movie Stripes, circa 1981, actor Bill Murray is exhorting his fellow soldiers to rally to the flag, hitch up the testicles and their packs and hustle up some rifle sweat because, well, hell, the greatness of America! “We’re 10-1!” He happily exhorts to them, the wry joke being we can finally admit failure and loss in Vietnam, even if our violent, jingoistic societal elements still won’t admit it for 1812. 35 times we have spun around the sun since, and what would Bill Murray proclaim our proud score to be now? The first Gulf War, a tepid win, only to be followed by losses in…
  • A Prime Example

    Deacon Blues
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    The Texas electorate deserves these type of idiots. Thanks to GOP gerrymandering and the collective IQ of the Republican base, this guy safely wins his seat by 25-point margins. And he's just one of many that are given too much power in John Boehner's House GOP caucus. But then Boehner himself is about to hold the Department of Homeland Security budget hostage at a critical time unless Obama agrees to major changes in immigration policy, demanding things Boehner himself doesn't have the guts to put in a standalone GOP immigration reform bill. So what really is the difference between the GOP…
  • Friday Quick Hits

    Deacon Blues
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Some items to chew on for the weekend: Keystone Pipeline Of course the House GOP rushed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline today, with almost 30 House Democratic votes along for the ride. It now goes to the Senate next week, where Mitch McConnell safely predicts it will pass there as well, again, with perhaps a half-dozen Democratic votes along for the ride. Politically, there's nothing noteworthy about this. These House and Senate Democrats are making safe votes, knowing that Boehner and McConnell lack the necessary votes at this time to override Obama's eventual veto. Once Obama vetoes the…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics

    CrashCourse
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics In which Craig Benzine introduces a brand new Crash Course about U.S. Government and Politics! This course will provide you with an overview of how the gover... From: CrashCourse Views: 216621 12438 ratings Time: 06:47 More in Education
  • How Powerful Is Australia?

    TestTube
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Powerful Is Australia? Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml Australia may have the largest military in Oceania, but how does it measure up with the world at large? Is the nation a g... From: TestTube Views: 127487 2867 ratings Time: 03:28 More in Science & Technology
  • Why China Supports North Korea

    TestTube
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why China Supports North Korea Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml China is one of the few countries still maintaining a strong relationship with the most hostile country in the world: Nor... From: TestTube Views: 146660 2316 ratings Time: 03:12 More in Science & Technology
  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

    DrossRotzank
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. From: DrossRotzank Views: 1800077 145701 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • President Bill Clinton Talks About Hillary and 2016

    TheEllenShow
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    President Bill Clinton Talks About Hillary and 2016 Ellen asked President Clinton about the possibility of his wife running for President! See what he said. From: TheEllenShow Views: 315813 3646 ratings Time: 04:31 More in Entertainment
 
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    YouTube: Activism

  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizens United Activists Disrupt Supreme Court

    The Young Turks
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizens United Activists Disrupt Supreme Court "Seven protesters accused of disrupting U.S. Supreme Court proceedings and another man who allegedly filmed the disruption are facing misdemeanor charges. Co... From: The Young Turks Views: 64023 2102 ratings Time: 05:55 More in News & Politics
  • Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World

    BuzzFeedBlue
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Maternity Leave In The U.S. Vs. The Rest Of The World Let's all have babies in Sweden. Check out more awesome videos on BuzzfeedVideo https://www.youtube.com/user/BuzzFeedVideo MUSIC Ten Finger Boogie Licensed v... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 724835 12891 ratings Time: 02:20 More in People & Blogs
  • Looking Away

    vlogbrothers
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking Away http://water.org/johngreen If we raise $100000 for water.org in Ethiopia, Bill Gates will personally match it and we'll be able to get clean water through s... From: vlogbrothers Views: 303998 16246 ratings Time: 03:17 More in People & Blogs
  • Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much

    TED
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Stella Young: I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn... From: TED Views: 343476 4534 ratings Time: 09:17 More in Science & Technology
  • Dr. Maya Angelou's 3-Word Secret to Living Your Best Life - Oprah's Master Class - OWN

    OWN TV
    28 May 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Dr. Maya Angelou's 3-Word Secret to Living Your Best Life - Oprah's Master Class - OWN Editor's note: We were deeply saddened to learn of Dr. Maya Angelou's passing. The following is from Dr. Angelou's January 2011 appearance on Oprah's Master ... From: OWN TV Views: 114101 1686 ratings Time: 03:27 More in Entertainment
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  • Links for 2015-01-30 [del.icio.us]

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Clarion Hotel Slated For Implosion - Las Vegas Sun Clarion Hotel Slated For ImplosionLas Vegas SunA view of the Clarion Hotel and Casino, 305 Convention Center Drive, in Las Vegas Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The hotel, previously known as the Debbie Reynolds, Greek Isles, Paddlewheel, Royal Americana and Royal Inn, is slated for implosion on Feb. 10. Nevada 2014 gaming revenue declines, Strip casinos down 2.1 percent - Las Vegas Review-Journal Nevada 2014 gaming revenue declines, Strip casinos down 2.1 percentLas Vegas Review-JournalNorth Las Vegas casinos grew gaming revenue 1.9 percent to…
  • New Year's resolutions have come and gone: getting 'unstuck' in 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    The end of January has arrived, and for many, the enthusiasm for New Year's resolutions has waned. How does the song go? 'Back to life, Back to Reality'. This can be a discouraging time, especially if you're still feeling as 'stuck' as you did in 2014. A few weeks ago, just back from a European trip I came down with the flu. Stuck in bed, I decided to start watching the series Downton Abbey after enjoying London while abroad. I proceeded to watch 4 full seasons in 2 week's time. That's about 32 hours of Amazon instant stream binging. I'm actually not sharing this with you here to impress you…
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    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Raiders Should Hire DeWayne Walker As Defensive Coordinator - YouTube Oakland Raiders Should Hire DeWayne Walker As Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker is a well-experienced and well-liked coach who is currently at the Jacksonville Jaguars as defensive backs coach. He's best known for his work at UCLA as defensive coordinator. He was also head coach at New Mexico Stat New Black Pharrell Williams Is The Old Black A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Strip Scribbles: London calling with Joan Collins; Oksana Baiul; and Janet Jackson - Las Vegas Sun Strip…
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    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Venture Fiji - VentureFiji.com For Travel To Fiji A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Andrew Sullivan To Stop Blogging - Should Try Vlogging - YouTube Andrew Sullivan To Stop Blogging - Should Try Vlogging. Famed blogger Andrew Sullivan has announced that he plans to stop blogging, closing down his Daily Dish column for health reasons. I think Sullivan should take up video blogging or vlogging. It would be easy for him to do and he could do it at h Marshawn Lynch - Blacks In Media Should Support Him - YouTube Marshawn Lynch has been attacked by many traditional…
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    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lakeshore Cafe Oakland Has Best Breakfast A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Oakland Restaurants Hurt By Minimum Wage Plan A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Oakland Restaurants Hurt By Minimum Wage Plan - YouTube Oakland Restaurants Hurt By Minimum Wage Plan. Even though it does not take effect until March, the plan to increase the minimum wage in Oakland is already hurting many Oakland restaurants. One person I talked to had to raise his food prices and with just a one dollar per main item jump he lost custo No Marshawn Lynch…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Ukraine will get a lot worse before it starts getting worse

    William Boardman
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Destroyed Donetsk airport Pretty much everything about Ukraine is murky and unreliable these days, and that’s before you take into consideration any of the meddling by outside powers playing carelessly with their Slavic pawns. Viewed in their darkest light, the events of the past 20 months (and the past 20 years) reflect an East-West death spiral that is now accelerating, and from which none of the engaged parties show any desire to disengage. The civil war in eastern Ukraine has continued fitfully since September, when the parties signed a ceasefire known as the Minsk Agreement. The…
  • Debt restructuring terrifies central banks because it exposes insolvency

    Bob Morris
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Often, if an entity can’t make bond payments, the payments are restructured. Not so with the Eurozone. Banksters their want their pound of flesh, even if it hurts the economy at large and pauperizes countries. Greece is a perfect example of bankster greed and selfishness. Big banks and central banks have loaned money to Greece to pay back previous loans. Most of the money flows back to banksters who are terrified their corrupt house of cards will come crashing down on them. Little if any of the money helps Greece. Here’s why they are terrified. Sovereign debt bonds are used as…
  • Sacramento Delta salinity control barriers may be needed if CA drought continues

    Bob Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The Sacramento Delta provides a substantial amount of water for California from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. If the California drought continues, the Delta is in danger of salt water intrusion from San Francisco Bay. This cannot be allowed to happen. The Department of Water Resources is making contingency plans to install barriers to prevent such as catastrophe (and it would be a catastrophe.) The emergency drought barriers would limit saltwater intrusion, minimizing the amount of water that must be released from upstream reservoirs to repel the salt. Too much saltwater too deep in…
  • Fiscal emergency comes to the streets of Bakersfield

    Bob Morris
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Pumping units, Lost Hills CA Bakersfield and Kern County were built on oil, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard popularized the area. However the primary source of income there is and always has been oil. The stunning drop in oil prices, from $101 a barrel in May 2014 to $38 yesterday is creating a fiscal crisis for the county. Property taxes on oil and gas properties amount to 35% of assessments, and are pegged to the price of oil. Layoffs have already hit the oil patch with more surely coming. This will have a ripple effect upon new housing starts, discretionary spending, and the general economy.
  • Boehner’s treason. Is the Speaker of the House loyal to US?

    William Boardman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court…. – United States Constitution, Article III, section 3 Inviting a hostile head of state to challenge the U.S. President from the shelter of the U.S. Congress may not rise to the level of “levying war” in the literal sense. But it is surely an act of virtual war that recklessly raises the stakes of drawing the…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Coming to a PC Near You

    indianaoracle
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Prediction:  This POTUS is going to attempt to put the internet under government control and bureaucracy.  Make it a federally controlled entity. If your response to that prediction is serious doubt, read on. What follows is the Takeover Playbook, Signals: Taking Over the Internet, Who Benefits, and Who is Potentially Hurt. Right now activity around […]
  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

    indianaoracle
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry. However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around […]
  • Social Justice: Walmart and McDonalds – Business Economics for Laymen

    indianaoracle
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    If you pay attention to tv news at all, you have heard time and again about workers demonstrating/striking for higher wages, higher benefits, etc. There is nothing wrong with this and there are circumstances where such complaints are justified. But there many examples of such actions putting companies out of business or forcing unacceptable tax […]
  • The Ferguson Hustle

    indianaoracle
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Ferguson has a population of around 21,000 of which 13,400 are black.  I am not going to comment on the racial issues of Ferguson, but rather on what the media is covering: riots. The rioting will stop when the locals no longer support imported professional agitators and anarchists.  The media is covering the riots, but […]
  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

    indianaoracle
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This posting is generally crafted as it would be inside the military. It covers: Evangelizing Western Philosophical and Social Conceits;  Crusading and Hegemony in the Middle East; Middle East Hegemony Today; What To Do About ISIS; Analysis; Summary. It is written in blunt, direct terms so it is an equal opportunity offender. Evangelizing Western Philosophical […]
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:50 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:Automated Decision Processing: Aligning Strategy and Operations in the Face of ChangeDefending Against Network Based DDoS AttacksExecutive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationRequest Free!
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution. Download this white paper to learn more!Request Free!
  • Meet & Manage Government Mandates For Your Fleet Optimization Goals

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Today's state and local government fleet managers have it tougher than ever. Shrinking tax dollars are putting the squeeze on fleet budgets. Many states are calling for fleet reductions of 10 percent or more.In this eBook learn how to:Optimize vehicle utilizationReduce unauthorized useReplace vehiclesImprove routing efficiency, and much moreAchieve significant operational improvements that help lower costs and optimize fleet performance. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 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

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 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…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Is Writer ‘Beating Dead Horse’ or Adhering to Constitution?

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    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 whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. In the email message that accompanied it today, Hollrah wrote, “While my wife… and millions of others… insist that I continue to beat a dead horse, I am equally as insistent that the words of the U.S. Constitution still mean something and must be adhered to.” I agree with that sentiment. Whether or not you agree, this piece should…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Jan. 25-31

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    My recap for the week of Jan. 25 offers looks at a wide variety of topics — some of them radioactive!  Hope you enjoy and share what you find at BobMcCarty.com! On Jan. 25, I found a check — dated Sept. 14, 1970, and payable to yours truly that appears to have never been cashed — and decided to look up the bank online to see if I might be able to cash it today.  I was astounded by what I discovered. Details in my post, Author Finds Uncashed Check in Box of Memories! Click on image above to read article. As an author who recently spoke to law enforcement investigators from around…
  • New Weldon Spring Cancer Report Due Out Early 2016

    admin
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Three years ago this month, I shared a report under the headline, Missouri Health Agency Officials Refuse to Answer Questions About New Weldon Spring Cancer Report. It was the first of several reports I shared on the topic. Because another updated Weldon Spring Cancer Report is due to be released by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services by early January 2016, I decided to revisit the subject with details gleaned from the BobMcCarty.com archives. Those details appear below. On March 11, 2011, a major earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami…
  • FLASHBACK 2009: Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ Reviewed

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Six years ago today, I shared news about a liberal political strategy that endangers our nation. Today, because many in the conservative universe seem to forget these details as often as they remember them, I’m sharing the news again, pulled from what remains of the BobMcCarty.com archives, and updated as necessary. “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” said President Barack Obama, directing his comments at Republican leaders in Congress early during the week of Jan. 26, 2009.  During a 15-minute segment on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends program…
  • Former Blogger Offers Sarcastic ‘Thank You’ to Sullivan

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    After reading today about Andrew Sullivan informing his readers about his decision “to stop blogging in the near future,” I feel obligated to offer him a belated “thank you” for the sarcastic honor he conferred upon me a few years back. Why? Because I can relate to Sullivan on at least one level. You see, a few months after my blog had climbed to #82 on the February 2010 list of Top 100 Conservative Blogs, I gave up blogging full-time. Perhaps, it was the stress of living in a non-stop news cycle, but I decided to focus my time and attention on writing books —…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • WATCH: Campbell Brown on Her Fight To Get Lousy Teachers Fired

    Jim Epstein
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    New York State Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo is expected to issue a decision within the next few weeks on whether a lawsuit that could make it easer to fire lousy teachers in New York State can proceed. Campbell Brown, the former CNN host, through the organization she founded, the Partnership for Educational Justice, played a key role in backing and supporting the lawsuit. Reason magazine Managing Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward caught up with Brown recently to discuss the lawsut. Click above to watch that interview, which was originally released on January 13. Here's the original writeup:…
  • WATCH: The Impact of Vergara v. California on the Future of Education - A National School Choice Week Event

    Reason.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Last year, a landmark education case took aim at laws protecting bad teachers--and the students won. Vergara v. California reaffirmed the fundamental right of every student to learn from effective teachers and have an equal opportunity to succeed in school, paving the way for teacher accountability and greater choice. In his ruling on the case, The Honorable Judge Rolf M. Treu noted that “All sides to this litigation agree that competent teachers are a critical, if not the most important, component of success of a child’s in-school education experience. All sides also agree that grossly…
  • Why Libertarian Feminism?

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    My January column at Libertarianism.org is one part personal feminist libertarain manifesto, one part plea for people who care about individual liberty not to instinctually shy away (or run screaming) from all things feminist. Though many believe feminism is an ideology demanding state action, there's nothing necessary or natural about this, I argue. In fact, many of the earliest advocates for gender equality and women's autonomy did so from an individualist perspective. Unfortunately, that tradition seems to have gotten away from us. Let's bring it back! Libertarianism can still provide a…
  • Zach Weissmueller on California's 'Cruel and Unusual' Prisons

    Reason.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California's treatment of its state prison population violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on "cruel and unusual punishment," and ordered the state to reduce prison overcrowding. But even with liberal Democrats running the state, it has taken court orders and direct voter referendums to ameliorate the problem. Why? Part of the blame, writes Zach Weissmueller, lies with the close ties between the party and organized labor. View this article.
  • Todd Krainin Interviews Glenn Greenwald, the Outsider

    Reason.com
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Glenn Greenwald might be the single most polarizing figure in American journalism. In the 12 months between May 2013 and May 2014, the self-made blogger, civil libertarian, and investigative journalist was called "treasonous" by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), given a prestigious Polk Award for national security reporting, accused of "paranoid libertarianism" by The New Republic, and awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service. Along the way, the itinerant one-man shop left his job at The Guardian, wrote a book called No Place to Hide, and helped launch an intriguing if vaguely defined new digital…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> secexposed.wordpress.com/ article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
 
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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • Bringing Freedom and Capitalism to Campus

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    At the core of ARI’s work is the goal of reaching students, encouraging them to rethink conventional ideas, and educating them about reason, individualism, and capitalism. Here are two snapshots of ARI intellectuals doing just that.
  • Ayn Rand Institute to Launch Ayn Rand Institute Europe

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) announced today the launch of Ayn Rand Institute Europe. ARI Europe will further ARI’s mission to foster awareness, understanding and acceptance of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. As Rand’s ideas continue to gain interest across Europe, ARI will establish a presence to engage audiences and advance the Objectivist movement.
  • Explore an Intellectual Career by Enrolling in the OAC

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    If you’re serious about a career in academia or policy, the Objectivist Academic Center (OAC) may be the next step to your professional goal.
  • Today on The Yaron Brook Show: Everything Wrong with President Obama’s State of the Union Address

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, topics included: Yaron’s review of American Sniper; the elections in Greece; everything wrong with President Obama’s State of the Union address; the policies Yaron would pass if he were president.
  • Monday on The Yaron Brook Show: My State of the Union

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Don’t forget to tune in Monday, January 26 for an all new episode of Yaron Brook’s radio show, where Yaron will critique the President’s State of the Union address and present “My State of the Union.” The show begins 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific. Listen here.
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    The New Republic

  • Is Christianity Doomed in the Middle East?

    Gerard Russell
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The stark cliffs of the Zagros Mountains on the Iran-Iraq border, and the dusty hills and plains that lie between those mountains and the city of Mosul, might seem an unlikely location for paradise. Yet Christians living here in past centuries believed that a local river called the Great Zab had on
  • The Best Thing About Obama's Plan for 'Precision Medicine' Is That It's Old-Fashioned

    Naomi Shavin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Today the Obama Administration announced a $215 million “precision medicine” initiative. It has a handful of objectives based on an underlying goal: to facilitate the pooling of health data in order to better tailor treatments to individual patients. In the administration’s
  • Does Domestic Violence Really Increase on Super Bowl Sunday?

    Alice Robb
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In the 1990s, reporters began circulating a chilling statistic: Super Bowl Sunday was the most dangerous day of the year for women in abusive relationships. Riled up watching the violence onscreen and often under the influence of alcohol, male football fans were said to unleash their aggression on t
  • A Texas Law Would Let Teachers Shoot Students Who "Threaten" School Property. Guess Which Students Would Suffer Most?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Proposed legislation in Texas would allow teachers to use force, including deadly force, against students threatening the lives of others. If that unsettles you, consider the bill’s next provision: Teachers could also use deadly force to stop students from threatening school property. The bill, ni
  • The Invisible Josh Gordon

    Jamil Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The late Ralph Ellison is still teaching us today, often through imperfect vessels. The opening passage of his classic novel, Invisible Man, echoes for me as a mantra of African American life: "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."Whether through outright proh
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • For the Patriots, without apology

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Inever knew how much fun it was to be loyal to a hated outlaw sports team until the whole world came down on my dear New England Patriots. Having rooted over the years for Boston teams that many felt sorry for — God help us — and found psychologically interesting, it was a rush to hear MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the other morning describe my Patriots as a “ruthless killing machine.” Wow! Read full article >>
  • E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The old culture war politics is dying, but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier by James Davison Hunter, a thoughtful University of Virginia sociologist.Read full article >>
  • Obama ditches his illusions about Republicans

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    “This is good news, people.”With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him. He decided to deal with the Republican Party he has, not the Republican Party he wishes he had.Read full article >>
  • What change sounds like

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that “too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs.”Jeb Bush called the fundraising arm of his presidential exploration “The Right to Rise PAC,” a nice play on words emphasizing his hope for a conservative revival and his promise to put forward ideas that would help “all Americans to rise up” and “to move up the income ladder.”Read full article >>
  • How government helps the 1 percent

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:38 pm
    You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor people. You might also assume that the rich pay a lot to support government while the poor pay a pittance.There is nothing wrong with you if you believe this. Our public discourse is dominated by these ideas, and you’d probably feel foolish challenging them. After Mitt Romney’s comments on the 47 percent blew up on him, conservatives have largely given up talking publicly about their “makers vs. takers” distinction. But much of the right’s rhetoric and many of its policies are still based on…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-31-2015

    Ramona
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Silly things cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. (J. Austen) — Be a respectable goof! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-31-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Only 2 things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. (A. Einstein) — No limits! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    It takes courage to turn out as you really are. (e. e. cummings) — And patience, waiting for the true you to emerge. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but what I think of myself. (J. London) — A much harder standard to achieve! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    There are no road maps. No signposts. Only wilderness. (J. Kouzes) — Take a big machete and some bug spray! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 1-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Why TV Still Rules Political Ad Wars

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    From Derek Willis's "Online Political Ads Have Been Slow to Catch On as TV Reigns" at NYT's The Upshot: For all of the advances in the use of data and digital tools, broadcast advertising still claims the largest share of campaign budgets. Digital advertising is still a work in progress, especially at the level of House races and further down the ballot. Targeting voters with online ads is difficult, messy work, even under ideal circumstances. It can be easier to accomplish in statewide or national campaigns, where building a large enough audience is less of a problem. "It's never quite as…
  • Degrees of Religious Influence

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The possibility of another Mitt Romney run has generated a new round of speculation about the relevance of presidential candidates' religious views, particularly since Mitt's boosters say he will not hide that particular light under a bushel in 2016. But I'd say that in the Republican field, there are quite a few other candidates whose opinions on how their faith affects their politics could use some more scrutiny. I went down that perilous road today at the Washington Monthly: [T]here are proto-candidates who say with some credibility that their religion has a big impact on their political…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    From Rev. Jesse Jackson's op-ed "Voter Suppression Did Not End in Selma" in the Chicago Sun-Times: "In North Carolina's tight Senate race in 2014, Republican Tom Tillis beat incumbent Kay Hagen by about 43,000 votes (1.7 percent of the vote). Tillis had ushered through the state legislature one of the harshest voter-suppression laws, eliminating seven days of early voting (and at least one Sunday of "get your souls to the polls" rallies at African-American churches), eliminating same-day registration, forcing voters to vote in their own precinct and more. 700,000 voters had voted in the now…
  • Electability Without Compromise

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    As you probably know, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the star of the Iowa Freedom Summit in Iowa last weekend, the first "cattle call" of the 2016 Republican presidential contest. A lot of accounts focused on his speaking style, or his recitation of "accomplishments" in Wisconsin. But at TPMCafe I pointed to something else that was going on: For my money, what most makes Scott Walker attractive to the kind of people who attended the Iowa Freedom Summit is his perceived electability: As he mentioned in his speech, and nearly every commenter duly repeated, he's won three elections in four…
  • How Should Dems Fight Koch Brothers' Democracy Buy-Out?

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    No one should be surprised by reports that the Koch brothers are ramping up to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections, nor that the amount could top $1 billion when all accounts are settled after the election. The figure does represent a substantial increase over their huge outlays for 2012 and 2014. But energy-related profits are soaring and that is their primary source of revenue. They've got the money, and there is little to stop them, thanks to the Citizens United decision. Of course Democrats and really anyone who cares about the integrity of our political system, such as it is,…
 
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • 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…
  • Delhi elections 2015: Confident of running Delhi govt for next 5 years : Kejriwal

    Gautam
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is confident that the voters of Delhi will give a clear verdict in this elections. Kejriwal, who answered a range of questions from readers on TOI Hangout, said that his party has a 7-point action plan for Delhi once they are voted to power. In an hour-long session, AAP chief responded to questions on several issues, and expressed confidence that AAP will be able to run government in Delhi for the next five years.Kejriwal dubbed his aide-turned-political rival, Kiran Bedi, the challenger in these elections, and said she should be the one to fight from his…
  • brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil

    Gautam
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil
  • Arvind Kejriwal: BJP Delhi chief Satish Upadhyay must explain his ties with power discoms

    Gautam
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that BJP leaders must come clean on their ties with power suppliers in Delhi. “BJP had promised a reduction of 30% in electricity bills, but it raised it twice,” Kejriwal said. Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal said that BJP’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay owns companies which installed and replaced electricity meters in Delhi. “BJP’s Satish Upadhyay and Anil Ashish Sood are shareholders in six companies. One of them had been providing services to BSES. Services include installation…
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • The ECB and Its Critics

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    The European Central Bank’s decision to embark on quantitative easing has triggered an avalanche of indictments, largely reflecting northern European (and especially German) concerns. Though the main charges against QE are unfounded, they must be confronted head-on, lest they undermine the ECB’s credibility and effectiveness.
  • Inside the Training Revolution

    Laura Tyson, et al.
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Effective workforce training requires identifying the necessary skills, creating the structures to teach them, and matching trained workers with available jobs. Investment must be accompanied by innovation, featuring new kinds of public-private partnerships, degree-granting institutions, and approaches to life-long learning.
  • Lessons of the Lord’s Resistance

    David Tolbert
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram increasingly resembles the Lord’s Resistance Army, which wreaked havoc in northern Uganda and South Sudan for decades. And, as with the LRA, national authorities and the international community have been slow to respond to the threat to regional stability that Boko Haram represents.
  • The Democratic Merits of Selective Schools

    Andrés Velasco
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Chile’s Instituto Nacional, a completely free secondary school for boys, ranks among the best in the country – not least because of its wholly meritocratic admissions policy. Given this, the government's plan to institute an admissions lottery is wrong-headed – and could end up weakening Chilean democracy.
  • A Greek Burial for German Austerity

    Joschka Fischer
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Even before the leftist Syriza party's victory in Greece’s recent general election, it was obvious that, far from being over, the euro crisis was threatening to worsen. And it does not take a prophet to predict that the Greek election result will leave the European Union's German-backed austerity policy in tatters.
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    News - AllGov

  • Insurance Companies Avoid Patients with HIV/AIDS by Overcharging for Medications

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Despite the mandate from the Affordable Care Act that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against patients with preexisting conditions, many of them are getting around the restriction by charging HIV/AIDS patients much higher rates for their drugs, which causes them to switch to other providers.   Researchers at Harvard examined 48 health plans in 12 states and discovered that about 25% of them used “adverse tiering,” a type of pricing scheme that forces patients to pay at least 30% of a drug’s cost. In the case of HIV/AIDS patients, that could mean paying…
  • Breaking News: Oil Really is the Main Reason One Country Interferes in another Country’s Civil War

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    It’s commonly assumed that oil is a major reason countries go to war. Researchers have now confirmed this assumption, showing that the likelihood of a third country butting its nose into a civil war is related to the amount of petroleum reserves in a country.   Petros Sekeris from the University of Portsmouth, Vincenzo Bove from the University of Warwick, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch from the University of Essex in Great Britain looked at 69 countries that experienced civil conflicts between 1945 and 1999. They found that about two-thirds of these wars saw intervention by another…
  • Chinese Firm Moves into Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    A Chinese company with a history of environmental problems in its home country is building a methanol plant in an area of Louisiana where cancer rates and other health problems are already high because of the activities of U.S. petrochemical companies in the area.   The methanol plant would be in St. James Parish, which is 90% African-American, and whose residents say they had no voice in the decision to locate the industrial facility near a high school, two churches and an assisted living facility for senior citizens.   “We never had a town hall meeting pretending to get our…
  • Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Who Is Robert Cardillo?

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Robert Cardillo took over as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on October 3, 2014. NGA collects, processes, and dispenses satellite imagery for national security purposes.and analyzes intelligence information through the lens of geography and maps.   It didn’t take long in office for Cardillo to be forced to deal with an embarrassing incident when, on January 26, 2015, an NGA employee mistakenly flew a drone onto the White House grounds. On the other hand, shortly after Cardillo took over, the NGA created a website to share images to help track the…
  • Justice Dept. Agrees to Release Secret Memo Relating to Patriot Act and Census Info

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The American public will soon find out why intelligence agencies and law enforcement have accessed census data under the guise of protecting the nation from terrorism.   The details will become known once the U.S. Department of Justice releases a secret memo that covers legal interpretations of controversial Section 215 of the Patriot Act, “including legal analysis of law enforcement and intelligence agency access to census records,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).   EFF fought a four-year legal battle to get the memo, produced by the Office of…
 
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  • Talk on Love & Marriage on Feb. 3rd

    Carolyn Classen
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, a talk by my University of Arizona Distinguished Professor husband, on his research and historical perspectives. (We’ve also been happily married for 30 years, plus.) Enjoy learning about love, marriage, partnerships over time.
  • Redistribution Up

    Bob Lord
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    [Cross-Posted from Inequality.org] If redistribution is so terrible, why do our policy wonks pay so little attention to redistribution from poor to rich? “Redistribution” is a four-letter word to many establishment policy wonks in DC, including quite a few who … Continue reading →
  • Teabaggers plot their revenge against John McCain

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Last weekend the Arizona GOP held its biennial reorganization meeting, and Sen. John McCain decided to attend for the first time in years. Hmmm, there must be an election coming up. Leading up to this meeting, the right-wing was enraged … Continue reading →
  • Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announces retirement

    Carolyn Classen
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    35 year veteran Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announced on the  Buckmaster radio show today that he will be resigning his office sometime this year. His successor will be appointed by the Pima County Bd. of Supervisors, and the Sheriff … Continue reading →
  • John McCain’s ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham, to run for president as his proxy

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    Oh. Dear. God. No. Are we really going to have to endure this? Sen. John McCain’s ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham (McCain’s words), opened an exploratory committee this week to run as John McCain’s proxy for president, because the third time … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Welcome to the New YES! Website

    Rod Arakaki
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The new YES! site is designed to look great on desktops, tablets, and phones. Editor’s note: This article describes our transition to a new website. However, it will take between 24 and 48 hours for all visitors to see the new site. If you're seeing this article on the old site, please check in again soon to see the new one. Today you’re seeing the result of a months-long process to present the powerful ideas and practical actions you’ve come to expect from us in a fresh, clean, accessible way. The last time we redesigned our site was in 2009. In Internet time, six years ago may as well…
  • “Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens

    Kate Aronoff
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    David Oyelowo, center, plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures. I’ll admit that Selma caught me off guard. My first thought, seeing its star, David Oyelowo, adjust his tie in the opening scene, was “That’s Dr. King.” Few movies have brought Martin Luther King Jr. to the silver screen, Ali (2001) and The Butler (2013) being the most recent exceptions. A handful of TV films and miniseries have featured depictions of King, but his life and work have seldom, if ever, received the delicate, human nuance that director Ava DuVernay and Oyelowo offer. It’s…
  • A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control

    Andy Lee Roth
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr. The school as factory was a predominant metaphor for education in the middle of the last century. Schools were to churn out young people ready for roles as workers and consumers. In current debates, the laboratory is the model, with successful education defined as controlling variables to produce desired outcomes. In Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty, Jay Gillen, a Baltimore public school teacher, vividly shows the limitations of both…
  • How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally

    Shannan Stoll
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. 1. Participatory budgeting where any resident age 16 and up can vote in: Vallejo, Calif. Just over one year after emerging from bankruptcy, the city of Vallejo, Calif., put its budgeting process into the hands of its residents. From October 2012 to early 2013, Vallejo citizens gathered in senior centers, elementary schools, and other public spaces to decide how to spend more than $3 million of their city’s tax dollars. The process, called participatory budgeting, began in Brazil in 1989 and has since spread to more than 1,500 cities worldwide. In the United States,…
  • Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

    Alexis Goldstein
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Photo by Shutterstock. Right before 2014 came to a close, Wall Street won an enormous victory in the year-end spending bill. The so-called “CRomnibus” bill, which included language written by Citigroup lobbyists, gutted a key piece of Wall Street reform meant to prevent future bailouts of big banks with taxpayer money. Reducing a state’s need to borrow from Wall Street, public banks threaten private banks’ profits. This win came after the financial industry spent years chipping away at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed in 2010. Wall Street…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Thursday Morning Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    Four-Alarm Fire In Mission District Kills One, Injures Six And Displaces 40 One person was killed and six people transported to hospitals in a four-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Mission District Wednesday evening. The fire at 22nd and Mission streets was still burning late Wednesday night and the American Red Cross had established an evacuation center at 22nd and Valencia streets nearby. Red Cross spokesman Woody Baker-Cohn said they did not yet know how many people had been displaced by the fire, although around 50 were gathered at the evacuation center set up at a City College…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shootings Reported Less Than 10 Minutes Apart Two people were killed and a third was injured in two shootings that were reported less than 10 minutes apart in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Tuesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert activated in the area of Ingalls Street and Revere Avenue at 4:15 p.m., San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said. Police were told someone was shot in the 1200 block of Revere Avenue, she said. Arriving officers found a woman in her 30s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Police Identify 2 Men Arrested In Connection With Fatal Collision Police have identified two men arrested in connection with a collision Monday afternoon in East San Jose that killed a pedestrian, who was pinned against a tree, a police spokeswoman said. Gabriel Bacerra, 19, and Manual Maldonado-Avalos, 24, were both arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and reckless driving causing great bodily injury, San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said. The men were each driving at high speeds west on Yerba Buena Road east of Edenwood Drive shortly after noon when they…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Medical Examiner’s Office Identifies Body Found In The Bay In Nov. As Software Developer Daniel Ha The San Francisco medical examiner’s office has identified a man found floating in the San Francisco Bay in November as Daniel Ha, who was reported missing after Halloween night, officials said on Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard and San Francisco fire crews found Ha’s body in the Bay on Nov. 11. At the time, Ha’s brother, Mark, wrote on the Facebook page, “Find Dan Ha” that while his face and body were indistinguishable, the clothes, wallet contents, and phone…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Black Friday Protest Supporters Pack Bart Meeting, Demand Board Drop Restitution Request Supporters of demonstrators who shut down BART service for several hours on Black Friday packed a BART board meeting Thursday and demanded the agency ask the District Attorney’s Office to rescind a request for $70,000 in restitution. On Nov. 28, more than two-dozen black activists chained themselves to two trains at the West Oakland BART station, shutting down service for more than three hours. Those arrested have since referred to themselves as the “Black Friday 14.” Over a hundred…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com » Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • What’s Your Campaign Theme?

    Online Candidate
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    For political purposes, your campaign theme is basically a single message which is used to communicate an integrated political message. It should be based on a clear reason why a candidate is running for office, and backed up by an overall identity that shapes the overall campaign. The goal, of course, is to convince people to vote for you.
  • When One Domain Name Just Isn’t Enough

    Online Candidate
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Your domain name is large part of your online brand, so it's important to choose the right domain name for your political campaign or organization. Here are some times when you may want to consider using additional domain names...
  • Running for Office in 2015 – Our Takeaways

    Online Candidate
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    The online political landscape has changed significantly over the last decade. As move into 2015 and beyond, trends will continue to evolve and some new technologies will take off.
  • Top Online Candidate 2014 Posts

    Online Candidate
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As an end of the year wrap-up, we present our most popular articles of 2013. Some articles are popular year after year, but we do have a few new entrants in the list...
  • How To Raise Online Funds Like The Most Successful Candidates

    Online Candidate
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Over two billion dollars was raised for the 2012 US presidential election. If you are a state or local candidate, odds are your election won't reach those numbers. However, even small campaigns can still raise significant money with a smart, aggressive strategy.
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Quick Post Update

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I know I've been busy lately.So far 2015 has been quite busy for me... life seems to be moving pretty fast. I am working on a very large post concerning Amanda Knox.I will be doing more updates soon but, just wanted to get a post out there and let people who read know I have not meant to ignore my blog.Hope everyone is having a great New Year!Love,Tuesday
  • Happy Festivus! Airing My Grievances

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    In honor of Festivus I decided to make a list ...I've got a lot of problems with you people and now you're gonna hear about it!Don't argue with me. I'm right. If you do these things, I assure you that you are pissing people off and one day you might get punched in the mouth, in which case you would deserve it.1) Ya know when it's daytime but the sun is covered with a wall of clouds? Overcast. Yeah, during this time about 90 percent of people use headlights, while about 10 percent of you have not only managed to buy a vehicle without daylights but you drive around without putting your lights…
  • Lena Dunham Meg Lanker -Obsession With Conservative "Rapists"

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Image Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesAs I'm sure most of you have heard the name Lena Dunham by now, I decided to weigh in on this story...Apparently, Lena is a writer for a TV show. I don't know. Honestly, I looked her up, never heard of her, never heard of her show either. I really don't watch TV much so, it's not surprising that I have never heard of her. It seems she is quite loved by many in Hollywood and appears to be revered as some typical leftist/feminist. The very first time I heard about her was over a book she wrote this last year, "Not That Kind of Girl."The first wave of…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist Part II

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    So, my first article was okay but I feel as if perhaps I've left some things out so I will just continue here...1) I feel this entire Ferguson episode can be looked upon as an opportunity for conservatives to better engage in dialogue with many blacks. We first need to acknowledge, there is a segment of the black population that does indeed feel as though the system is against them. Whether this feeling is justified or not, we must at least acknowledge this.Putting aside our egos, even our ideology for a moment can give us an opportunity to further investigate the problems and concerns that…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist

    29 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    With the recent events that have materialized in Ferguson and throughout the country, it feels as if a great divide has been exposed. You are either a person who accepts the facts of what occurred and believe that the Grand Jury made the correct decision or you are spending your time calling those that support the Grand Jury racists.Read more »
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    Politics

  • Releasing Prime Evil: what does Eugene de Kock’s parole mean for South Africa?

    Oliver Griffin
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Eugene de Kock, the former commander of the apartheid government’s infamous Vlakplaas unit, has been granted parole after serving 20 years of his two life sentences. Eugene de Kock at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing in Pretoria 1998. Photo: Walter Dhladhla/AFP/Getty In a period as bloody and violent as the twentieth century, it takes concerted effort to earn the nickname “Prime Evil”. But, with his involvement in the killing and maiming of black activists in South African apartheid, that is how Eugene de Kock came to be known in the aftermath of white rule. So it…
  • The UnSlut Project: Why we should have cared about Rehtaeh Parsons, and why we didn’t

    Emily Lindin
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    We are horrified and disgusted by the reaction to the rape and death of Rehtaeh Parsons, but we aren’t surprised. Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Rehtaeh Parsons lived and died. Photo: Brian Burke on Flickr, via CC Three years ago in Nova Scotia, four teenage boys raped a 15-year-old girl as she vomited out a window, far too drunk to give consent. They documented the attack with a photograph, which they shared widely. They were never charged with rape and a year and a half later, the girl ended her own life. On 15 January, the young man who was photographed raping Rehtaeh faced one charge of…
  • The Tories have ruled out a deal with Ukip - and they're right to do so

    George Eaton
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    The Conservatives are right to deny the toxic suggestion that they would shack up with Farage.  Ukip leader Nigel Farage speaks to a journalist in Rochester on November 21, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. Conservative chairman Grant Shapps's speech this morning was designed to put the spotlight on "30 days of Labour chaos". But it is his comments on Ukip that have attracted most attention. Asked whether he could rule out a coalition with the party in the event of a hung parliament, he replied: "I can rule out - We are not going to do pacts and deals with Ukip".  Shapps's unambiguous…
  • For the Conservatives, London offers a terrifying vision of the UK’s new demographics

    Tim Wigmore
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    The migrant vote is driving the Conservatives' poor performance in London. This should be a Conservative stronghold / Michael Heffernan This post also appeared on May 2015 The Conservative Party’s problem with ethnic minorities is why David Cameron needed Nick Clegg. Had ethnic minorities been as likely to vote for the Tories as the white British population, the Tories would have won 500,000 more votes in 2010 – and gained 24 more seats from Labour, enough to secure a majority. Just 16 per cent of ethnic minorities plumped for the Conservatives in 2010. The bad news for CCHQ is that, in…
  • Ivan Lewis: "self-indulgent" Milburn and Hutton must remember need for unity

    George Eaton
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    Shadow Northern Ireland secretary says former New Labour ministers "would have been the very people lecturing others".  Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Ivan Lewis speaks at the Labour conference in Manchester in 2014. There was fury across Labour this week at Alan Milburn's attack on the party's election strategy. Figures from all wings of the party regarded the content ("a pale imitation" of the 1992 campaign) and the timing of his remarks - the launch day of the party's NHS pledge - as unacceptable. One former Blairite minister told me that the former health secretary's behaviour…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Verybello.it

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    >>> Starting at 09.30am on 30 January, La Cosa will have a special LIive event and will continue to follow the voting for the election of the President of the Republic together with the M5S spokespersons who have decided to get the Italian people involved and they are commenting on the main events of these long long days - and giving explanations as well! Click here for the live streaming: http://bep.pe/SpecialePresidenziali. Have another look at everything that’s happened today.
  • Online voting for the presidential candidate #PresidenteM5S

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Today there’s online voting for the 5 Star MoVement’s candidate for the position of President of the Republic from 9.00 am until 2:00 pm (Italian time) (so that it’s finished before the start of voting in parliament). The gathering of the parliamentary group came up with a a list of names that we are voting on today. We’ve added Romano Prodi’s name to this list because we feel duty-bound to honour our commitment with the PD parliamentarians to whom we sent emails. After Lorenza Carlassare declined to be a candidate, the complete list of nine names is as follows: Pierluigi Bersani…
  • LIVE: The M5S candidate for president #presidenteM5S

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    The direct streaming of the M5S gathering will be on La Cosa There’s no doubt that the M5S intends to contribute to the election of the President of the Republic, an expression of the majority of the Italian people. On 22 January we asked Renzi for a list of potential candidates so that we could put these names to our signed up members. He didn’t deign to respond. Nor did he respond when he was asked to do this by the crowds packing out Piazza del Popolo - crowds asking him to respect the spirit of the men who drew up our Constitution. At that point, as we no longer felt Renzi to be a…
  • Letter to PD parliamentarians concerning the candidates for the office of the President of the Republic

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    Image: a joint session of both houses of parliament for the election of the President of the Republic Last night Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio sent the following letter to all PD parliamentarians “Dear parliamentarian of the Democratic Party, After asking your party leader, we are asking you to express your preferences in relation to candidates for the office of President of the Republic. The names put forward by PD parliamentarians will be put to the signed up members of the M5S for an online vote in the next few days. We believe that it is necessary to publish the names of the…
  • Passaparola - The #NewTangentopoli, by Piercamillo Davigo

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    New Twitter Gallery Nicola Morra interviewed Judge Piercamillo Davigo on the topic of corruption and legality Integrity test to unmask the corrupt Morra: So Judge, 1992 saw the start of the clean hands inquiry. Since then you judges have done a sterling job and yet you have been unable to eradicate corruption, above all in the public services. What is the reason for all of this in your opinion? And what can be done to eradicate it completely? Davigo: The main reason is what the politicians have been doing in recent years namely, instead of making it harder to get away with corruption, they…
 
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    Society – Articles – The Conversation

  • Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

    Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law at Queen's University Belfast
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010. Jon Candy, CC BYAs the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of questions around employment law, morality and responsibility. Ultimately, though, the motivating factor behind any return to football is likely to be far more prosaic. On October 17 last year, Evans was released from prison having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a…
  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

    Amber Griffiths, Lecturer in Natural Environment at University of Exeter
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Studying one subject won't help save the world. ShutterstockAcross the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change poses serious challenges for education and how we prepare graduates for an unpredictable future. Courses addressing environmental change and social adaptability are slowly appearing in university prospectuses around the world. For the most part, these topics come in the form of new post-graduate courses. For example, Harvard…
  • What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background

    Sam Friedman, Lecturer in Sociology at City University London
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Being 'high-brow', like Tim Key, draws in the awards. Danny Lawson/PAAmong the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the enormous Pleasance Grand, the alternative comedy poet Tim Key is serenading hundreds with his beautifully strange comedy verse. He writes them on the back of pornographic playing cards and reads them aloud before…
  • Creating space for the leadership Australia needs

    Samuel Wilson, Research Fellow, Swinburne Leadership Institute at Swinburne University of Technology
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:59 pm
    This election is a serious choice about the type of society we want to become. AAPIn a recent lecture, Ross Garnaut argued that after decades of prosperity, Australians must now choose between two radically different approaches to our problems. The choice is between a “business as usual” approach, which preserves the status quo, and a “public interest approach”, which requires that Australia change its minds, policies and actions when evidence supports change. None of the political scheming observed in Canberra in recent times alters this analysis, or our choice. If anything, these…
  • From White Australia to stopping the boats: attitudes to asylum seekers

    Melissa Phillips, Honorary Fellow at University of Melbourne
    20 Jun 2013 | 1:40 pm
    From White Australia onwards, have the attitudes of Australian society and the government on migration and asylum really changed over time? EPA/StringerFor a nation largely comprised of “boat people”, asylum has generated the most debate, and at times hysteria, of all immigration matters in Australia. Is this due to what multiculturalism academic Ghassan Hage calls the “sensitivity of thieves”, linking the invasion and theft of Australian land from its traditional owners by white settlers 200 years ago with current attitudes to asylum? Or do attitudes to asylum reflect a genuine…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have a Look: Polls, Polls and More Poles

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger. While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic. Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. — Apart from the Northeast blizzard, its global warming hype, and postmortem analysis, climate talk during the past week has been…
  • Loretta Lynch’s Worrisome Answer on Civil Asset Forfeiture

    Adam Bates
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Adam Bates Referring to the federal government’s forfeiture regime as “an important tool” in fighting crime, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch staunchly defended the concept of civil asset forfeiture during the first day of her confirmation hearings. After Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) questioned the “fundamental fairness” of Americans having their property taken by the government without any proof (or often even suspicion) of criminal wrongdoing, Lynch asserted that there are “safeguards at every step of the process” to protect innocent people, “certainly implemented by…
  • Expand Trade by Repealing Monopoly Unionism

    Chris Edwards
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Chris Edwards Republicans say they favor cutting regulations to spur growth and create jobs. And they generally favor expanding international trade. They can attain those goals by reforming labor union laws. America’s West Coast seaports are getting hammered by aggressive unionism. The damage spreads out across the economy during labor disputes, affecting billions of dollars worth of trade. It’s an economically absurd situation, and it’s hugely unfair to the millions of workers whose jobs depend on trade. It should not be happening in America in the 21th century. In her official…
  • Cutting Spending Is the Best Approach

    Nicole Kaeding
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    Nicole Kaeding On Monday, the White House will release President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016. The president is expected to reemphasize his previous fiscal approach of higher spending coupled with higher taxes, while completely ignoring the country’s long-term fiscal problems. A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) provides evidence of the best way to solve those problems, should the president decide to tackle the nation’s fiscal mess. The study, by Alberto Alesina, Omar Barbiero, and others, tries to answer one central question:…
  • Ignorance of Economics Is No Excuse

    David Boaz
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    David Boaz The new Spanish leftist party Podemos takes great inspiration from the victory of Syriza in Greece. As NPR reports: Much of Europe is watching Greece closely after an anti-austerity party won elections there last weekend. And Spaniards are paying particular attention because Greece may be influential. A similar new political party–left-wing, anti-establishment–has formed in Spain over the past year. And polls show that it could win power in elections this fall. If Podemos is elected, Spaniards may be disappointed in the results. Consider the cognitive dissonance here:…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Keystone Conundrum

    sirrahc
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    “As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time. But as a strategy for arousing passion, it is dynamite.”  — David Victor, global warming policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. Back in November, I suggested that the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress could and […]
  • Defining Islam

    sirrahc
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Last week’s post included an excerpt from Nabeel Qureshi’s book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014), and I would like to include another one here. It is particularly relevant today, with the jihadists being called “radical” and other Muslims being called “moderate” and all of them saying their interpretation and practice […]
  • Insight into Eastern vs. Western Thinking

    sirrahc
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    Lately, I’ve been reading a book called Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (2014) by Nabeel Qureshi. As you might guess from the title, it’s an autobiographical story about a devout young Muslim man who investigated the claims of both Islam and Christianity and eventually converted to the latter. It is an engaging […]
  • Could You Pass the AP Exam on U.S. Government and Politics?

    sirrahc
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Have you ever taken an Advanced Placement (AP) exam for anything? I haven’t. But, a few weeks ago I came across a book in the library titled 5 Steps to a 5: 500 AP U.S. Government and Politics Questions to Know by Test Day by William Madden (pub. by McGraw-Hill). Given the topics of many […]
  • Top 10: The Sequel

    sirrahc
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In October 19, 2014′s post celebrating this blog’s 5-year anniversary, I included links and introductory text to ten of my personal favorite posts. I got a little extra traffic to those posts (and maybe an extra subscriber or two), so I was happy. But, there were several other posts that I am especially pleased with, […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • Guide to Choosing a new KDP Chairperson

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As current KDP chair, Joan Wagnon, announced that she will be stepping down and that a new leader will be selected at Washington Days in early March, I wanted to put together a few thoughts for Democrats around the state to consider when selecting the next chair for the Kansas Democratic Party. The Kansas Democratic Party needs a leader who: Welcomes everyone to the party who wants to be involved No exclusion, no cliques, no BS. Respect and honor differences of perspective and approaches within the party. No friendly fire – when your forces are outnumbered you shouldn’t shoot someone who…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

    Kyle
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Lisa & Kyle continue their discussion of the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including finding and fostering inspiring candidates, candidates taking a stand and stating their beliefs, and the need for people to speak out to help turn things around. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy analysis, but a worthwhile read that underscores many of the points made in…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

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

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

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

  • The World This Week: A Volcano Erupts in Greece

    Atul Singh
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Founder & Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh provides a roundup of the week’s events. In Europe, a volcano finally erupted. Syriza, a left-wing party, won the Greek elections. It has refused to negotiate with the “troika” team from the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The troika wants Greece […] The post The World This Week: A Volcano Erupts in Greece appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Bibi is Going to Congress, But the White House Isn’t Happy

    Fair Observer
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    President Obama will not meet Netanyahu on his US trip, due to the Israeli elections. On March 3, Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu will address Congress for a third time. Having accepted an invitation by Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner, the Israeli prime minister has sparked political uproar in the United States. With […] The post Bibi is Going to Congress, But the White House Isn’t Happy appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Are the Russians and Iranians Friends?

    Nikolay Kozhanov
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Despite improvements in bilateral relations, friendship between Moscow and Tehran has so far been limited. After the fourth summit of the Caspian states, held on September 29, 2014, Russian analysts are unanimous in their opinion that relations between Moscow and Tehran are experiencing a renaissance after the substantial cooling down during the last years of Dmitry Medvedev’s […] The post Are the Russians and Iranians Friends? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict, Dummy

    Atiaf Zaid Alwazir
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Atiaf Zaid Alwazir outlines ten reasons why the conflict in Yemen is not sectarian. Last week in Yemen, my young cousin in the second grade ran inside after an explosion shook the windows. “I don’t mind when the house shakes, I just don’t want to die in it,” he said out of breath. “You won’t,” […] The post It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict, Dummy appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Will There Be Another Israel-Hezbollah War?

    Sara El-Yafi
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Sara El-Yafi answers this question with an illustration of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. “War?! Will this be another July war?” was an exciting question to ask following the latest Hezbollah-Israeli events. And knowing Israel’s love of war, in Lebanon, we worry, you know? Because sometimes we get killed, sometimes we don’t, and fussy […] The post Will There Be Another Israel-Hezbollah War? appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • La ce sa fii atent cand alegi Firme piese auto Sibiu?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Daca este sa ne gandim putin, la ora actuala exista o multime de firme de unde poti sa iei piese de schimb pentru masina ta, fiecare cu preturile sale, cu politica lor si cu modul lor de lucru. Avantajul este ca exista o concurenta acerba intre Firme piese auto Sibiu, ca sa ne referim la un oras mai dezvoltat si cu oarecare viziuni europene mai bine intelese, promotiile abunda, vanzatorii online si-au dezvoltat afacerile si si-au imbunatatit oferta online, totul in favoarea unor clienti multumiti si informati.Totusi, exista si unele neajunsuri in privinta multitudinii de firme piese auto…
  • Dumnezeu pentru o zi

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Unul din cele mai frumoase filme ale adolescentei mele a fost Dumnezeu pentru o zi. Cu Jim Carrey, in rolul principal filmul este o comedie savuroasa , care aduce zambetul pe buze persoanelor de toate varstele. Bruce Nolan( Jim Carrey) este vedeta unui post de televizune de New York. Totul se intampla atunci cand isi doreste sa devina Dumnezeu pentru o zi, si incepe sa citeasca gandurile oamenilor. Isi poate indeplini toate dorintele, poate face fapte senzationale. Ii poate ajuta pe cei din jur sau le poate face rau dupa bunul plac, dar realizeaza ca nu poate sa faca pe placul tuturor. Este…
  • Lasa transportul de marfa international pe mana specialistilor

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Te-ai saturat pana peste cap de urcatul si coboratul marfii de unul singur din dubita ta veche de vreo 15 ani? Vrei sa ajungi mereu la timp la destinatie, dar nu te poti descurca in traficul intens de prin Europa? Uita de aceste neplaceri si invata sa te relaxezi cu transportsigur.ro, firma de transport marfa international cu experienta vasta in domeniu si foarte multe avantaje de care te poti bucura chiar din acest moment.In primul rand, masinile din parcul auto al transporsigur corespund normelor de protejare a mediului si nu polueaza excesiv aerul si asa slab calitativ din Europa, sunt…
  • Diavolul si chinurile sale

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Diavolul m-a chinuit ani la rand. Mi s-a aratat ca o vedenie intr-o seara, ca o naluca mi s-a strecurat in pat. De atunci viata s-a transformat intr-un iad. Dragostea sufletului meu s-a preschimbat in cenusa si norii negri ai deznadejdii s-au napustit asupra viselor mele. Visam sa evadez din cochilia in care era prins sufletul meu, sa zbor din nou sa fiu iar fericita. Dar puterea draconica se napustea asupra mea cu atata forta incat cadeam pe jos, ca un fluture rapus de rafalele vantului.M-am dedicat studiului, cititului, traiam intr-un univers in care nu ma simteam nefericita dar simteam…
  • Alege cel mai bun avocat divort partaj Timisoara si castiga procesul de divort

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Nu si-l doreste nimeni, insa e printre cele mai des intalnite motive de cearta si de depresie. Divortul vine ca o urmare fireasca a imposibilitatii comunicarii dintre soti sau a unor evenimente neplacute in care a fost surprins sotul sau sotia, de multe ori legate de inselarea partenerului sau tainuirea unor intalniri cu alte persoane de sex opus.In cazul cel mai simplu, cu ajutorul unui avocat Timisoara, atunci cand sotii sunt din Timisoara sau din imprejurimi, se poate invoca o nepotrivire de caracter si casatoria e desfacuta imediat. De cele mai multe ori, lucrurile se complica si se…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Obama Juices the Genome Numbers

    Dave Levitan
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    In announcing his new “Precision Medicine Initiative” on Jan. 30, President Obama repeated an outdated and questionable number for the Human Genome Project’s return on investment, and oversold just how cheap sequencing a single person’s full genetic code has become. The Human Genome Project was an international effort to map out the roughly 3 billion DNA bases present in every human cell. The project was declared complete in 2003. In his address to reporters, Obama repeated an impressive statistic he also mentioned in April 2013 about the genome project’s…
  • Obama Fudges Facts in Philly

    Robert Farley
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In a speech to House Democrats, President Barack Obama stretched the facts to underscore political points about national security and the improving economy. Obama quoted a Republican as saying it’s “not the end of the world” to “have the Department of Homeland Security not functioning.” Actually, the congressman said Homeland Security would still function even if Congress fails to meet a funding deadline, so it would not be “the end of the world” to miss the deadline. Obama also boasted that “there is no economic metric by which we are not better off than when I…
  • All U.S. Jobs Did Not Go to Immigrants

    Lori Robertson
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Rick Santorum touted a shocking statistic to Iowa voters: Of the “6 million net new jobs created in America” since 2000, “all of them” are held by immigrants. That’s not accurate. Santorum ignores the 2.6 million job gains by native-born Americans over the age of 65 in the same time period. Santorum also said, “We’re approaching percentage-wise the highest level of immigrants that we’ve ever had in America.” Perhaps, but we’re approaching it from a distance. The peak was in 1890, when 14.8 percent of the population was foreign-born. Census…
  • Biden’s Twist on U.S. Economy

    Robert Farley
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Biden twisted international data on economic growth when he said the U.S. is “the only country in the world expected to continue to grow.” India, China and several Asian nations are expected to grow much faster than the U.S., just not as fast as they have in past years. Overall, the U.S. gross domestic product is expected to grow at a faster rate than the world average in 2015, but a little slower than the world average in 2016 and 2017. Putting his spin on the nation’s economic recovery during a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Jan. 22, Biden argued that an international…
  • Distorting Climate Change Threats, Solutions

    Dave Levitan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions: Rick Santorum falsely claimed that U.S. policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will have zero impact” on climate change. The U.S. is the world’s second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, and a reduction in its GHG emissions could slow global warming. Santorum claimed that even those who accept the science on climate change agree that U.S. action will accomplish nothing, which is also inaccurate. Mike…
 
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  • Michelle Obama Weighs In On "American Sniper," War Movies In General

    Charles Roberts
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Michelle Obama Weighs In On "American Sniper," War Movies In General Michelle Obama Weighs In On "American Sniper," War Movies In General Politics Has Been Optimized "American Sniper" is the number one movie in the country, and everyone, from politicians to celebrities, has weighed in on it and its larger message. During an event for veterans this week, Michelle Obama finally offered her opinion on the film and movies about soldiers in general. “People generally see veterans in one of two ways — either the broken, downtrodden vet who is homeless or on drugs or has such…
  • Proposed Texas Law Would Allow Teachers To Kill Students

    Michael Allen
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Proposed Texas Law Would Allow Teachers To Kill Students Proposed Texas Law Would Allow Teachers To Kill Students Education Legal Local Weird News Texas Welcome Sign Has Been Optimized Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn (R) is proposing a new law called The Teacher’s Protection Act, which would allow teachers to use force or deadly force against students or anyone else on campus. Under the bill, a teacher would not be prosecuted if he or she killed a student, if the teacher felt the need to protect him or herself. Teachers would also be allowed to kill someone to protect school property, notes the…
  • Political Adversaries Unite For Criminal Justice Reform

    Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Political Adversaries Unite For Criminal Justice Reform Political Adversaries Unite For Criminal Justice Reform Has Been Optimized Though it seems like everyone, and every party, in politics is pushing their own agenda, one issue is uniting those in power. The criminal justice system in the United States is almost irrefutably broken.  The United States has not only the largest prison population but also the second-highest incarceration rate in the world. According to Human Rights Watch, the U.S. prison system is mostly filled with non-violent offenders. Now, the issue is garnering…
  • Poll: 77% Of Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

    Edward Arnold
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Poll: 77% Of Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change Poll: 77% Of Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change Politics Climate Change Poll, New York Times Poll, Republicans think government should act on climate change. Has Been Optimized Most of Americans, and nearly half of Republicans, think that the government should act on climate change. According the the latest poll conducted by the New York Times, Stanford University and environmental research group Resources for the Future, 77 percent of Americans say the federal government should be doing a substantial amount…
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Is Expanding His 2016 Presidential Campaign

    Edward Arnold
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Is Expanding His 2016 Presidential Campaign Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Is Expanding His 2016 Presidential Campaign Politics Gov. Scott Walker, Scott Walker President 2016, Scott Walker in Washington, Scott Walker Presidential Campaign, Scott Walker Our American Revival Has Been Optimized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in Washington D.C. on Friday, giving a speech and looking to expand his presidential campaign in search of two policy staffers. Earlier this week, Walker formed a tax-exempt 527 committee called Our American Revival, designated to raise an unlimited…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Think Fast!

    John Y. Brown III
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Think fast! I have to do this a lot –thinking fast. Mostly when I get myself in a jam because I am thinking slowly. Or not thinking at all. I was behind a young couple at Starbucks today and ordered a grande, or medium, coffee (“grande”must be how they say “medium” in Seattle, where Starbucks started). We were the only ones in the store but they took my name anyway which demonstrates the extra pains Starbucks takes to make sure no customer gets another customer’s coffee order. I sometimes think Starbucks is more careful about customers getting the right…
  • Julie Rath: This Versatile Wardrobe Item May Surprise You

    Julie Rath
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Just because you’re not a cowboy, doesn’t mean you should ignore the denim shirt. Sure, you can wear a denim shirt on the ranch, but you can also wear it to the office, on a date, out for dinner – just about anywhere. How rugged vs. fine the material is dictates how dressy you can take it. Also, dark rinses read fancier than light ones. Here are 4 ways to wear a denim shirt in order from casual to dressy: 1) Weathered with pockets. Wear a different shade of denim on bottom for the optimal Canadian tuxedo. If you need help with the “downstairs” portion of the look, here’s my…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Parking Lots

    John Y. Brown III
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    When you are in a parking lot and not paying attention when going to your car and the car parked next to you looks like your car, it is easy to walk up and try to open the door of the wrong car. When that happens, of course, the door stays locked, you immediately realize your mistake and you have a good laugh at yourself. But tonight I took it to the next level. Coming out of a Thortons I lackadaisically wandered over to the wrong silver sedan in the parking lot and tried …to open the driver’s door. And did. The door not only opened but the driver was still sitting in the car and…
  • Josh Bowen: I Can’t Squat

    Josh Bowen
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    If there are any trainers that read my rants you can sympathize with me on the following statement made by a client, “My doctor told me not to squat.” Oh he did, did he? Well isn’t that great, what in the world am I going to do to strengthen your legs? Hold up! Do me a favor and get up and down from that chair. So you know what I am getting at. There are some uneducated people out there that tell patients to stay away from certain activities, not realizing that those activities could potentially help the situation. I’ve incurred this situation several times in the 11 years I have…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Positive Self Talk

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This morning as I walked briskly from the parking lot to my first meeting I saw my reflection in a store window and thought to myself, “I may be 51 but I have the gait of a 40 year old. Bam!” When I see a guy wearing a “slim fit” shirt I know it is because he is genuinely slim. (I also know that I probably won’t like him and definitely don’t trust him.) But when a guy wearing a “slim fit” shirt looks at a guy wearing a “classic fit” shirt, I wonder if he knows that “classic fit” is really just a euphemism for…
 
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  • Mitt Romney Will Not Run for President in 2016

    Kevin Derby
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., announced to supporters on Friday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination for a third time. Romney was the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 who lost to President Barack Obama. Conservative pundit and radio show host Hugh Hewitt received a copy of what Romney told supporters on Friday. Romney insisted that he could win the nomination but decided against a third bid.read more
  • Gwen Graham Draws Fire From NRCC Over Obama's Plan to Tax 529s

    Kevin Derby
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) jabbed freshman U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., on Wednesday, accusing her of backing President Barack Obama’s call to tax 529 saving accounts that Americans use to save for their children’s college education. After drawing heavy fire from the Republicans on the proposal, Obama has spiked it for the moment.read more
  • Arthenia Joyner Criticizes Rick Scott over Ousting of Gerald Bailey

    Allison Nielsen
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Senate Democratic leader Arthenia Joyner left no holds barred at the Associated Press's pre-session meeting Wednesday, criticizing Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet over the firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey. "Hubris appears to be the organizing principle of our executive branch," she said.read more
  • Cyndi Stevenson Edges Mike Davis in Open House GOP Primary

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    The special Republican primary battle for former Rep. Doc Renuart’s open House seat, representing the northern parts of St. Johns County, proved close on Tuesday night. St. Johns County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson beat St. Augustine businessman Mike Davis, who challenged Renuart in the primary back in 2012, by 300 votes on Tuesday night. With all votes in, Stevenson had 5,173 votes (42 percent) while Davis took 4,870 votes (39 percent). Jack Capra stood in distant third with 2,379 votes (19 percent).read more
  • Travis Hutson Beats Doc Renuart in GOP Senate Primary

    Kevin Derby
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Former Rep. Travis Hutson won the special Republican primary for an open Florida Senate seat on Tuesday night, decisively beating former Rep. Doc Renuart by 17 percent. Hutson will face Democrat David Cox in the special election on April 7. With all votes in from Flagler, Putnam and Volusia counties and more than 90 percent of precincts reported in St. Johns County, Hutson had 52 percent of the vote while Renuart trailed with 35 percent. Dennis McDonald was in distant third with 13 percent.read more
 
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    Maddow Blog

  • This Week in God, 1.31.15

    Steve Benen
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Mike Huckabee can explain gun violence in schools: the absence of Bibles. This isn't just wrong in the usual ways; it's also wrong in some unexpected ways.
  • Friday's Mini-Report, 1.30.15

    Steve Benen
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Today's edition of quick hits
  • Obama admin takes aim at rising sea levels

    Steve Benen
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    As evidence of rising sea levels becomes more alarming, President Obama is issuing an executive order to better prepare federal agencies.
  • Rand Paul on Disabilities, Take Two

    Steve Benen
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    What the senator and his office have helped prove is that this is another issue Rand Paul is eager to talk about without having his facts straight.
  • With the high court's help, GOP welcomes healthcare chaos

    Steve Benen
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    The previous posture was a lie. With the Supreme Court's help, congressional Republicans will welcome chaos and watch the American health care system burn.
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    PoliticusUSA

  • No, Black Cops Acting Like White Cops Doesn’t Debunk Police Racism

    Keith Brekhus
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    On Monday, New York Times columnist Charles Blow reminded the nation, that being black in America has consequences when African-Americans interact with the police. He relayed the story of how his son, Tahj, a Yale University student, was confronted at gunpoint by a campus police officer. The young man was unarmed and had committed no […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama budget sets up battle with Republican-controlled Congress

    Jason Easley
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House Democrats’ new message on the economy: We told you so

    Jason Easley
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Democrats' new message on America's economic recovery is: We told you so, and we're going to keep telling you so. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Editorial Cartoon: THE tar PITS

    Bill Day
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Editorial Cartoon: THE tar PITS was written by Bill Day for PoliticusUSA. © PoliticusUSA, Sat, Jan 31st, 2015 — All Rights Reserved [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President Obama Challenges Republicans To Put Up Or Shut Up On The Middle Class

    Jason Easley
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    President Obama is putting Republicans on notice. The president told Republicans today that he wanted to see their ideas for helping the middle-class. In other words, it is time for Republicans to put up, or shut up. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Statement by the President on the Death of Kenji Goto

    WSJ Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    The following statement was issued by the White House on Saturday in response to a video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by an Islamic State militant.
  • Sunday Talk Preview: ISIS Video, GOP Field

    WSJ Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:07 pm
    The latest on a video purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by Islamic State, plus the state of the GOP field are expected to be discussed on this Sunday's news shows. Here are the guest lineups, as compiled by the Associated Press:
  • Scott Walker Travels to Washington to Denounce It

    Elizabeth Williamson
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Standing a couple of hundred yards from the White House, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sought Friday to establish his presidential bona fides in a speech about how much he dislikes Washington.
  • Langone Tries to Sell Donors, Romney on a Christie Run

    Josh Dawsey
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Ken Langone, one of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's top backers for a possible presidential run, said he planned to meet with Mitt Romney in coming weeks to try to win his support for Mr. Christie -- saying millions of voters would follow Mr. Romney's choice.
  • Mitt Romney’s Non-Candidacy for 2016

    Rhodes Cook
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Rhodes Cook: In 2016, Mitt Romney would be hard-pressed to win the GOP nomination against a field of more youthful candidates and a well-heeled entry named Bush.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Ohio Will Have No Executions In 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Due to ongoing litigation and in order to give state officials time to implement a new execution protocol, Gov. John Kasich’s administration moved all 2015 executions to 2016. Ohio Governor John Kasich Steve Marcus / Reuters WASHINGTON — All Ohio executions scheduled for 2015 were moved to 2016 on Friday, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. The move by Gov. John Kasich's administration was made, according to the department, in response to pending orders in ongoing federal court litigation over the state's execution…
  • The Race Is On For 2016 Republicans To Land Romney's Most Valuable Aide

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Spencer Zwick was the architect of Romney’s groundbreaking 2012 fundraising operation. Now he’s on the market. Spencer Zwick Brian Snyder / Reuters Within 30 minutes after Mitt Romney concluded his Friday morning conference call informing donors and aides that he would forego a third presidential campaign, Spencer Zwick received phone calls on behalf of two different prospective 2016 candidates. A third shortly followed, and Zwick eventually had to put his cell phone on silent as he set off for Manhattan's Harvard Club, where Ann Romney's nonprofit was holding a luncheon.
  • Personnel File Details Hillary Clinton's Time As Young Arkansas Professor

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    A gum chewer, and a “limited pacer.” “Both of these points are minor, and we have no doubt will be eliminated as Prof. Rodham acquires more experience.” University of Arkansas In the 1970s, Hillary Rodham was a young attorney working as a researcher on the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry staff then holding hearings over then-President Richard Nixon on Watergate. Bill Clinton, who was not yet married to Hillary, was a professor at the University of Arkansas. Clinton, as biographer David Maraniss noted in his 1995 biography of Clinton First In His Class,…
  • ExxonMobil Relents, Adds LGBT Worker Protections

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    A long-sought change. Mike Blake / Reuters WASHINGTON — ExxonMobil has reversed its longstanding opposition to providing LGBT employment protections, a sign of the impact of President Obama's executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT advocates reacted to the news — a long-sought change — with continued dissatisfaction. "This wasn't prompted by a change of principles or corporate values, it represents Exxon's response to President Obama's July 2014 executive order that prohibits…
  • Philly Radio Station Releases Video Of Chris Christie Falling Off A Chair

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    The video was shown at Philadelphia’s annual Wing Bowl and was apparently payback for Christie supporting the Dallas Cowboys. instagram.com PHILADELPHIA – Popular Philadelphia sports radio network 94WIP released a video on Friday of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie falling off a chair during a visit to its studio. The footage was released during Philadelphia's annual Wing Bowl, a boozy, raunchy chicken-wing gobbling contest held in the early morning. WIP host Angelo Cataldi, who lives in New Jersey, said he released the footage because he was "appalled by Christie's decision…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • I Am a Conservative Western Christian

    Gary L. Welton
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    In my political views, I consider myself to be a conservative American. In my religious beliefs, I consider myself to be a conservative Christian. I am a conservative Western Christian. Sometimes, however, my two conservative bents seem to be in conflict with one another. I was particularly conflicted when George W. Bush invaded Iraq. Because of my conservative political bent, I was inclined to support the Republican president’s decision. However, because of my Christian faith, I was against the war. The evidence indicated that Iraq was perhaps the most religiously open Arab country,…
  • January 2015 “Vision & Values” (Vol. 23 No. 1)

    Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Editor’s note: The January 2015 issue of “Vision & Values” (Vol. 23 No. 1) is now available for a free download. In this issue, you’ll find “Ronald Reagan’s Economics and Soviet Economic Warfare,” an exclusive excerpt from the Center’s Ronald Reagan Lecture in 2014 featuring Dr. Art Laffer and Roger Robinson. Also included is a fascinating article by Dr. Colleen Sheehan titled, “James Madison and Our First Duty.” You will also find student fellow news and information on other Center events—like the ninth annual Ronald Reagan Lecture, American Founders Luncheon Series…
  • Remembering James B. Edwards

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. On the morning after Christmas, James B. Edwards passed away. Few Americans under the age of 40—unless they are South Carolinians—had probably never heard of Jim. Here’s the official biography: James B. Edwards was President Reagan’s original Secretary of Energy. At the age of 17, in 1944, Jim joined the U.S. Maritime Service to serve his country during World War II. Several years later, while still a Navy Reserve officer, he became an oral surgeon. In the mid-60s, concerned about the direction of our country, he…
  • “Professors You Need to Know” – Dr. Paul Kengor featured in “Libertas” – A Young America’s Foundation publication

    Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, appeared on the Summer 2014 cover of “Libertas.” A major publication of Young America’s Foundation (YAF), “Libertas” highlights the programs, events, students, staff, and supporters of the Foundation. In a special section titled, “Professors You Need to Know,” Kengor was interviewed by YAF Spokeswomen Ashley Pratte. In the magazine she writes, “Today’s young people are rarely introduced to conservative ideas in their classrooms and on their campuses. Most go their…
  • Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

    John A. Sparks
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.” Unfortunately it’s not that simple. There’s a lawsuit heading President Obama’s way. On November 20, 2014, the president issued an executive order to suspend immigration laws for approximately four million illegal…
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    Politic365

  • Remembering Senator Edward Brooke III

    Guest Contributor
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    By Nicholas Buford Just a few short days after the start of 2015, a political giant was called from work on Earth. Edward Brooke, the first Black United States Senator since Reconstruction, passed away in his Florida home. Brooke, a Republican from Massachusetts, would break down barriers and open the door for opportunity to many future lawmakers during his political career. Edward Brooke III grew up in Washington D.C. and went on to attend Howard University, one of the most prestigious centers of higher learning in America. After receiving a degree in Political Science, Brooke joined…
  • Angela Corey’s Mandatory Minimum Victim Marissa Alexander Appears on TV

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Seeing Marissa Alexander on MSNBC this morning confirms something that was already obvious: Florida prosecutor Angela Corey, at best has questionable judgement, and at worst is nuts. How someone would consider putting a person in jail for over twenty years for shooting drywall is one thing.  But remember that Corey attempted to argue that she was bound by the laws of Florida to do what she was doing to Alexander. That Alexander is now free verifies that was all complete nonsense.  As Alexander’s case appropriately blew up in the media as a perfect example of the problem of mandatory…
  • Black Caucus Ferguson Trip Was More Than A Church Visit

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    If you read most of what was reported on the visit of 11 members of the Congressional Black Caucus to Ferguson, Mo., on the weekend before the Martin Luther King Holiday, you’d think it was a visit to a church and that was it.  As it turned out, there was a little bit more to it than that.   Eleven members of the Caucus met with ten young activists in Ferguson on the night of January 17th.  They had a dinner meeting that broke off into smaller meetings that went on past midnight.  They also met with several candidates for the Ferguson City Council.  Each of the three City Council…
  • Republican Senator Drops “Civil Rights and Human Rights” from Committee Name

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Just Another Moment in GOP Growth and Opportunity. Just in case anyone is wondering how the new Republican controlled Senate will deal with civil rights issues, wonder no more.  There’s a new Republican Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and he is making moves.  And the Republican Chairman’s first move was…. you guessed it: Changing the committee’s name. For a member of the most notorious do-nothing Congress in American history what else could you expect? I’m not certain what Sen. John Cornyn…
  • #Ferguson Bill Featuring Grand Jury Overhaul Debuts

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:58 pm
    H.R. 429. On January 21, Reps. Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Lacy Clay (D-MO), introduced the Grand Jury Reform Act.  The bill, which is related to the non indictments of police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo, would require special a prosecutor in all officer involved deaths.  Congressional staff were briefed on the bill on Capitol Hill last Wednesday.
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • No Dollar Unspent

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Koch brothers recently announced that they will be pledging close to $900 million in order to help sway the result of the 2016 Presidential Election. What kind of effect will that type of money have? In this episode we discuss the announcement, what the Koch brothers hope to accomplish and why the public outrage over the amounts of money spent by both parties in elections should be increasing. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News"…
  • Blizzards and Budgets

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show. We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook…
  • DC through Des Moines

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and…
  • Hello Havana

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides. In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home. Email the show at…
  • Middle Class or Trickle Down?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans. Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of…
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    US Daily Review

  • Managing the Communication Leviathan Called the Super Bowl

    usdr
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    By Fluke, Special for USDR.  For more than 100 million fans around the world, there is one big game they wait all year to watch on TV. So imagine how they would feel if communications failed and they were left looking at a blank screen. Thanks to Seattle-based WBL Services, that isn’t going to happen. The company is responsible for electrical/communications network reliability at the University of Phoenix stadium hosting the big game and part of their arsenal to keep it all working is Fluketools. Now you can follow along as they prepare for the big game by visiting the Fluke News…
  • ISIS Claims it Beheaded Japanese Hostage

    usdr
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    From Reuters: Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group’s opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice. “I feel intense indignation at this utterly cruel and despicable act of terrorism,” a grim-faced Abe told an emergency Cabinet meeting early on Sunday, shortly after a video surfaced purporting to show the beheading of Goto, after the…(read more)
  • Obama Creates Committee to Manage Growing Number of Gov’t Arctic Climate Entities

    usdr
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    By MRCTV The number of government entities trying to control the Arctic climate has grown to the point that a new steering committee must be created to coordinate them, Pres. Obama declared in a new executive order establishing the Arctic Executive Steering  Committee: “As the Arctic has changed, the number of Federal working groups created to address the growing strategic importance and accessibility of this critical region has increased. Although these groups have made significant progress and achieved important milestones, managing the broad range of interagency activity in the Arctic…
  • Gerber “Be Our Baby” Photo Search Winner

    usdr
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    By USDR Today, early childhood nutrition leader Gerber announced its newest, adorable star and winning entry in the 5th annual Gerber Be Our Baby Photo Search 2014 –  featuring Grace from East Petersburg, Pennsylvania. The entry that featured the charming 7-month-old was selected as the Grand Prize winner from more than 180,000 entries. Grace’s parents will receive a $50,000 prize, one year of Gerber baby food and the opportunity to appear in a future Gerber advertisement as the 2015 Spokesbaby. “The photo that won was taken only 5 photos from when I started taking pictures…
  • Rep. Brat: ‘Border Security’ Bill is Actually ‘Trojan Horse’ for Amnesty, $10B ‘Slush Fund’

    usdr
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am
    By MRCTV Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) warns the dishonestly-named “border security” is no such thing: “The most troubling aspect is this Trojan horse thing. If you pass a bill called ‘border security,’ then the other side is going to say, ‘Hey, look, we already did it, we passed border security, so now it’s time for step two, which is amnesty– let everyone in, legalize them, because we now have a secure border.’” “If you read the bill carefully, there’s $10 billion in a slush fund to help the status quo do what it’s doing now.” See full post:…
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    American Patriot

  • Video: Former CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson tells it like it is about the Obama Administration

    The American Patriot
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    (Via Real Clear Politics)
  • More class warfare idiocy from the liberal left.

    The American Patriot
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    These people have no shame anymore: I first encountered the upper middle class when I attended a big magnet high school in Manhattan that attracted a decent number of brainy, better-off kids whose parents preferred not to pay private-school tuition. Growing up in an immigrant household, I’d felt largely immune to class distinctions. Before high school, some of the kids I knew were somewhat worse off, and others were somewhat better off than most, but we generally all fell into the same lower-middle- or middle-middle-class milieu. So high school was a revelation. Status distinctions that had…
  • Andrew Sullivan pulls off another head fake

    The American Patriot
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Remember when Andrew Sullivan said that he was quitting blogging? Well, maybe not. Looks like this was nothing more than some stunt to boost readership…. Again. Quoting the important stuff and ignoring the touchy feely psycho babble nonsense: And, of course, it is also yours. We’ve all been deeply moved by the wave of protest that this community not simply be disbanded. There’s an intimacy to this conversation that makes this feel less like a business decision and more like a terrible family break-up. I understand all that. I’m deeply torn about it. It takes time to process. So…
  • New look of sorts

    The American Patriot
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:26 am
    I decided that things were a bit too cluttered around here. So, I basically removed all of the ads in the sidebars, save my Amazon book store and other Amazon stuff. One Ad, at the top, is enough and the ones at the bottom on the posts page, is enough. Not like I was making any money on all of those ads anyhow. They are all pay per action ads; which means, I don’t get paid, unless someone buys something. It sucks, but since Adsense killed my account a few years back, it’s all I have been able to get. So, I’ve removed the extra column and removed the ads in the sidebars. Hope…
  • Mitt Romney not running in 2016

    The American Patriot
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    This news comes via Hugh Hewitt and it is Mitt Romney’s Full Statement: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome,…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Too often businesses neglect important pieces of data and analytics. These numbers, when successfully leveraged, can become a competitive advantage by making marketing initiatives more effective and efficient. Below are some articles from multiple sources that discuss the importance of data and explain why it is essential to any business from startup to large corporation. 8 Ways Data Can Boost Your Marketing Strategy How can you raise productivity and profitability rates 5-6% above your competition? Data, of course! Numbers not only help businesses better understand their consumer base –…
  • Sunday Series: Fashion Enthusiasts Turn to Online Magazines

    Drew Katz
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Mobile is mobile! And by that I mean mobile is on the move and rising fast. In conjunction with our recent study, “Getting Mobile Right,” we have dedicated this weekly Compete Pulse to articles focused on mobile. Getting Mobile Right The data can’t be denied and mobile can’t be ignored. Marketers looking to drive brand growth can utilize mobile marketing, but should not delve into this venture blindly. Read our report to recognize what your brand has to do to Get Mobile Right. The New Mall is Mobile – 6 Ways to Maximize Conversion ClickZ recognized that the next big shift is to…
  • Sunday Series: Battle of the Lyrics

    Drew Katz
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Image from: Lyrics-Image / Shutterstock The emotional teachings of Biz Markie’s, “Just a Friend,” will forever be engraved in my mind. Every time the song plays, I can sing along flawlessly. I know every word, with special emphasis on the beautiful, in-pitch chorus. This perfection however, is a complete deviation from the norm. Most people like me rely on lyrical websites that ranked among the top domains for the Music Category. AZLyrics.com and MetroLyrics.com were the top two websites for unique visitors among other music websites. In the Music Category, AZLyrics recorded 9,055,216…
  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    We’re looking out for the small and mid-sized businesses too, so we decided to comb the Internet for you! We have gathered the top articles with helpful tips and ideas to leverage in your upcoming digital campaigns. Small to Mid-Sized Businesses: Competing with larger competitors is an uphill battle in almost all areas of business, yet there may remain one even playing field. Some contend that the digital marketing arena is still a place where having the biggest budget does not fully equate to the best successes. Find out why! If you are trying to get your business on the digital map,…
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    Tea Party 911

  • The Minute Men (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Editors Note:  This is the first in a series of letters by this author to be published monthly on this site. My  name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I  have been reading our Founding History and writing a letter each month containing quotes from the Founders.   “Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for…
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert Announces Run for Speaker of the House

    Editorial Staff
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
    WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding his decision to buck the status quo and challenge John Boehner in the race for House Speaker: “After the November elections gave Republicans control of the Senate, voters made clear they wanted change.  There have been numerous examples of problematic Republican leadership, but we were hopeful our leaders got the voters’ message. However, after our Speaker forced through the CRomnibus by passing it with Democratic votes and without time to read it, it seemed clear that we needed new leadership.
  • Bapnesty

    Jan Shedd
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Many Baptists will be shocked to learn that in the upper echelons of their leadership, there’s a big push to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. Churches should be hotbeds of conservative activism. (Actually, every Bible-believing church should have a political activism ministry, but I’ll save that for another day.) Likewise, their leaders should be setting the example by promoting public policy that is true to Biblical standards. Sadly, in the case of illegal immigration, this is not the case. Rank and file Baptists, along with most of their pastors, overwhelmingly oppose amnesty for…
  • Applause for the Mellon Initiative

    Lee Cary
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Tea Parties have a choice to make. They can remain the much maligned conservative wing of the Republican Party, they can wither and die, or they can fight back.”  Dr. Donald Mellon, “Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party,” December 27, 2014 Dr. Mellon is right.  And the stakes are every bit as high as he states in his recent TeaParty911.com article: “The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic…
  • Texas Tea Party, Texas Third Party

    Donald Mellon
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    ~By Donald Mellon~ The establishment Republican Party has declared war on the Tea Party. But the fate of the Tea Party and the country are intertwined such that the destruction of the Tea Party will also ensure the continued march toward the economic collapse of the country and the loss of liberty and property to follow. This article will suggest a possible response to this declaration of war. The establishment has convinced Jeb Bush to throw his hat into the presidential ring. He will be a heavily funded candidate representing the Washington establishment and their well funded supporters.
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The 'Crude' Conspiracy Theories

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Researchers have for the first time provided strong evidence for what conspiracy theorists have long thought - oil is often the reason for interfering in another country's war.Throughout recent history, countries which need oil have found reasons to interfere in countries with a good supply of it and, the researchers argue, this could help explain the US interest in ISIS in northern Iraq.Researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth, Warwick and Essex modelled the decision-making process of third-party countries in interfering in civil wars and examined their economic motives.They found…
  • Nasrullah's Speech: A New Era

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Hezbollah's secretary-general Hassan Nasrullah delivered a speech today. The speech which delivered after Hezbollah's response to the recent Israeli attack against the party's convoy in Golan Heights.What's new?1. The previous rules of engagement between Hezbollah and Israel are no longer exist, Nasrullah said.2. Any Israeli attack against Hezbollah (including assassinations) will be responded in the "suitable" time and place.3. Hezbollah will not allow Israel to partitionate the Arab-Israeli conflict into Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese fronts. This is by far the most important strategic…
  • Hezbollah Responds To The Israeli Attack

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Not too late to respond!. Hezbollah attacked an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Sheb'aa Farms.  Two Israeli soldiers were killed in this attack. Hezbollah responded to an Israeli rocket attack in Syria.
  • Syria Report

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Tension on the Golan HeightsAt least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said.There were no immediate reports of casualties on the Israeli side.But the army said it had evacuated visitors from the Mount Hermon ski resort near the armistice line and security sources said that farmers were told to leave their fields and go into bomb shelters.Police said they had set up roadblocks to stop civilians entering the area.Tensions on the Golan have been running high since a January 18 Israeli air strike killed…
  • Russia to Surround USA with Its Influence

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has recently visited Iran and India, while Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has paid a visit to Nicaragua. The officials discussed Russia's participation in the construction of a transatlantic channel of military and strategic importance. Russia's most recent agreements became a response to the challenges from the United States. The Americans are concerned.Military cooperation with IranIn light of the growing confrontation with the West, Russia must respond by increasing its military presence in various regions of the world. We must look…
 
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Puff-Puff...Pass?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    We all know that Washington and Colorado have legalized it, that more than 11 other states have decriminalized it, we watch in movies and TV shows as people partake in it and the President has even admitted to using it.
  • They Don't Make Hardships Like They Used To

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Calling upon dwindling reserves of benevolence, I try to convince myself that Chris Harrison has the good of mankind at heart.
  • College anyone...Anyone?

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    In today's economic and social dynamic, is a college education as important as it once was?
  • Redefining 'Best'

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    Oscar nominations are in the news and soon the glitterati will be donning their finery and having their picture taken in the hope of not making a fashion faux pas - later walking away with a statuette. This year will see 86th Academy Awards. With little gold statues to be handed out, I will soon be utterly bemused by a long line of unfamiliar faces, cleavage and stubbly beards owned by those whom I will never have heard of and probably never will again.
  • Stop and Smell the Old Technology

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Even if it manages to avoid the humiliation of ending up next to the Sony Betamax in a rubbish pile, the best any technology can hope for - no matter how revolutionary and life-altering - is to one day be taken for granted. Don't believe me? Insert yourself into a conversation at your next dinner party and start raving about the wheel.
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    BizPac Review

  • It’s complicated! 11-year-old girl gets hilarious response to ‘check yes or no’ love note

    Michele Kirk
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Way to make a woman wait for you! An 11-year girl sent a love note to a boy at her school – the kind that has been duplicated since the beginning of time, according to a Fox News report. “Do you like me?” the note asked, with check boxes for “yes” and “no.” Simple enough. A woman who likes to get right to the point. The boy was confused and gave himself plenty of wiggle room. I don’t know. I don’t know myself yet. Plus I’m under a lot of stress at home so I can’t tell. P.S. You don’t know yourself until you’re 18.
  • ‘Lost Dog’: 2015 Budweiser Super Bowl ad . . . puppy touches hearts again!

    James Kirk
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
      Budweiser’s 2015 Super Bowl commercial has been leaked early, of course, and it’s ‘pawesome’.
  • Arab-Americans as proposed special class in 2020 Census; would gain political influence, access to public money

    Carmine Sabia
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    A possible move to create a separate census classification for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent starting in the 2020 Census could give Arab-Americans more political influence and access to public money, according to The Associated Press. The Census Bureau plans to test the concept with a focus group later this year. “We know the challenges,” said Hassan Jaber, who serves on a census advisory board. “It really does take rethinking … who we are as a population and what our needs are. There are specific needs for Arab-Americans that are not being…
  • Snickers puts hilarious twist on classic Brady Bunch episode for Super Bowl ad

    James Kirk
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Who doesn’t love the Brady Bunch? And who doesn’t remember the episode when Marcia got hit in her nose with a football? Snickers gets kudos from me for its classic Super Bowl ad:
  • Black blogger race-bully humiliates QVC host into apologizing for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

    Michael Dorstewitz
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Last week a QVC shopping channel host was humiliated into apologizing for an alleged slur supposedly directed against a black model that was completely fabricated by a race-baiting blogger. The on-air segment contained absolutely no conversation that was even connected to the black model displaying her Dooney & Burke purse for the camera. Describing the timeless style of the handbags, the host said, “You may look back and think, ‘Why did I wear my hair like that?’ But you’ll like your bag still.” Here’s the clip of the “offensive” remarks made by host…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Science In The News

    Kleier
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I’ve been working on this general thought all week. You will find it very rough at first, but follow below for some full context. The mainstream media has a deeply flawed style of reporting science stories. They take a single scientific study, not a trend in the literature, and reports it as almost indisputable fact. This is a huge problem. To observe this phenomenon just watch your local news. I don’t know if drinking red wine will let me live forever, or kill me tomorrow. They just jump on the latest, single study from a peer reviewed journal and report it as settled science.
  • The Need for Better Childcare

    Kleier
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    I know the childcare issue is not sexy. And I know that this post will not get a million views this week. But childcare is an essential issue for those of the lower socioeconomic status (SES) trying to claw their way towards a better life. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) melded with West Germany and it’s capitalist ways. But the East Germans had some problems with the West’s free-market policies. The absence of a State-ran economy left many soured and one of the many reasons were the West’s views of the family, and childcare…
  • Some Lessons Society Still Hasn’t Learned From Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Paul Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    As I listened to the newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech from December 7, 1964 in London, I couldn’t help but notice how many different lessons from his speech we still haven’t learned as a society.  It’s a little more than 50 years later and we still struggle to get over so many hurdles that should have been accomplished so long ago.  Here’s a few instances from the speech that jump out for me. With the growth of slavery, it became necessary to give some justification for it. You know, it seems to be a fact of life that human…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Langston Hughes’ “Scottsboro”

    Kleier
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    A poem by Langston Hughes, Black American poet and writer, entitled “Scottsboro” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: 8 BLACK BOYS IN A SOUTHERN JAIL WORLD TURN PALE! 8 black boys and one white lie. Is it too much to die? Is it much to die when immortal feet, March with down Time’s street, When beyond steel bars sound the deathless drums Like a mighty heart-beat as they come? Who comes? Christ, Who fought alone, John Brown. That mad mob That tore the Bastille down Stone by stone. Moses Jeanne…
  • Conservatives Criticizing Obama for Paris Photo-op Forget World Hates Their Foreign Policy

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    It’s not surprising that conservatives have jumped on the Obama administration for sending ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, to the photo-op of free-press-hating world leaders (an issue that, in all fairness, the Obama administration has its own black eyes).  It’s not even surprising that a conservative has stooped to the point of making a ridiculous, childish, and brainless Hitler comparison.  It’s just politics and one side will criticize the other for…anything. What is surprising is that conservatives think the Obama administration would even want their opinion…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • This Is the Only Economy That Could Rival China’s

    William Wilson
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    President Obama attended India’s Republic Day Celebrations as its chief guest—the first time a U.S. head of state has been given this honor. Bilateral discussions, however, were the main order of business for this trip, cut short by the death of Saudi King Abdullah. Talks likely focused, in their limited form, on a range of important defense and foreign policy issues; the economy should take a prominent place among them. After a more than 10-year absence, I recently revisited India. I witnessed a “can do” spirit previously absent in that always just-about-to-break-through nation.
  • The Next Frontier in School Choice

    Lindsey Burke
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    As we celebrate National School Choice Week, education-reform advocates would be wise to reflect on purpose of school choice as articulated by Milton Friedman, the father of the modern school choice movement. Friedman first proposed the concept of school vouchers in 1955, arguing that by introducing consumer choice into education, vouchers could help create a competitive marketplace. “Vouchers are not an end in themselves,” Friedman wrote in 1995; “they are a means to make a transition from a government to a market system.” Friedman was likely even more innovative than…
  • How Can Conservatives Best Fight Poverty?

    Genevieve Wood
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Conservatives have great recipes for addressing poverty. But for those living in impoverished communities to become believers in those recipes we need more chefs – people and organizations in such neighborhoods living out the principles that work. That’s how one of the country’s leading experts on urban renewal described the need for more entrepreneurial strategies to fight poverty. Bob Woodson is the president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and I interviewed him at the Heritage Foundation’s Antipoverty Forum in November.  The annual gathering brings together researchers,…
  • Ohio’s Obamacare Expansion Has Already Cost Over $2 Billion

    Jason Hart
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion blew past projections in its first year, putting 471,452 Ohioans on Medicaid and costing taxpayers $2.1 billion. Because enrollment has so dramatically exceeded Kasich administration estimates—the governor expected 366,00 to enroll by July 2015—the Obamacare money appropriated to pay for program benefits will be exhausted months early. If recent enrollment and cost trends persist, Kasich’s Obamacare expansion will be more than $1 billion over budget by the time Ohio’s 2015 fiscal year ends on June 30. Actual Obamacare expansion claim…
  • Wisconsin Treasurer Fulfills Campaign Pledge by Laying Off Staff

    Adam Tobias
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    MADISON, Wis.—Newly elected state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk ran on a campaign pledge of cutting 80 percent from a $545,000 annual budget. A few weeks into his first term, he has, through layoffs, already gotten rid of his two-member staff. Adamczyk also declined to fill an empty deputy treasurer position that was paying close to $107,000 a year in salary and benefits. “I’m a big believer that in government it’s not our job just to give people jobs,” Adamczyk said. The state has transferred most of the treasurer’s duties to other government agencies over the past several years,…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Conservative Heads Explode After Michelle Obama Comes Out In Support Of ‘American Sniper’

    Anomaly
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. First lady Michelle Obama came out in support of the film “American Sniper,” so naturally, right wing heads exploded at a extraordinary pace. “People generally see veterans in one of two ways — either the broken, downtrodden vet who is homeless or on drugs or has such […]
  • 4-Year-Old Shoots Uncle With A Freedom Bullet

    Anomaly
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Gun violence is in the headlines is seen all too often, then the media and the police describe the shooting as “accidental.” This time, a 4-year-old boy “accidentally” shot his uncle in the stomach after finding a gun on the floor of a house, according to Milwaukee police. A better description of the events would […]
  • Bill Maher: ‘If Sarah Palin Suffers A Stroke, How Will We Know?’

    Anomaly
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    While slamming the Republican party for their feigned focus on the middle class, Bill Maher ended his Friday night by calling them hypocrites for suddenly caring about this issue. “It’s the new bullshit, and it’s what’s for dinner,” Maher said. Maher noted half-term Governor Sarah Palin’s attempt to define the ‘status quo’ during her incoherent […]
  • Fox Host: Campus Sexual Assault Victims Are Really ‘Bad Girls’ Who Drink

    Anomaly
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s appalling to hear a female Fox host with a view such as Stacey Dash’s, whereas if a woman goes out to a party, she’s a “bad girl” but the men are not scrutinized. If a woman has a drink, she’s basically a slut. But, men are always given a free pass in these situations […]
  • Republican Bill In Texas Would Allow Teachers To Use Deadly Force Against Students

    Anomaly
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The Teacher’s Protection Act by Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) in Texas, would allow teachers to use deadly force against students. If a teacher uses deadly force, they would be safe from prosecution, under legislation filed last week in the state House. Teachers could kill a student if they feel the need to protect themselves or […]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Siddaramaiah: Govt to abide by SC, CEC on reallocation of “C” category mines

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Ballari, Jan 31 (PTI) The government would adhere to the order of the Supreme Court and the Central Empowered Committee appointed by it on the issue of reallotment of "C" category mines in the districts of Ballari, Chitradurga and Tumkur, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said today. The state government had in September 2012 cancelled 51 mining leases in Category C following directions of the Supreme Court in April. The Chief Minister was replying to a query on the CEC recommending grant of approval to the Karnataka government's proposed…
  • AAP receives Rs 1.25 crore as donation

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) In a fund raising event held after the party's manifesto launch, AAP today claimed to have received around Rs 1.25 crore as donation, supposedly the party's highest collection from a single event. "The party's fund raising event today with Arvind Kejriwal saw a record donation of Rs 1.25 crore, the highest collection for a single event," a party release said. Over 150 donors and supporters attended the event at Constitution Club, where the party earlier launched its manifesto. The donors were primarily…
  • Amit Shah: Delhi statehood issue a sensitive one

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Terming as 'sensitive' the matter of granting full statehood to Delhi, BJP President Amit Shah today said it should not be made an election issue and called for a proper debate over it. Noting that BJP stood united in Delhi behind its chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi and there was no internal rift, he said the party would win in a big way touching the two-third majority mark. He also termed the issue of former Union minister Jayanathi Natarajan as an "internal matter" of the Congress which should be…
  • Devendra Fadnavis: Top priority to setting up mineral-based units in Vidarbha

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Nagpur, Jan 31 (PTI) Maharashtra Government will accord top priority to setting up of mineral-based industries in Vidarbha as the region is rich in natural resources, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here today. He said a logistic hub will soon come up here for online trading through internet, which will provide employment opportunities to local youths. State government will reduce the number of permits required for setting up defence manufacturing units in Vidarbha from 75 to 25, the chief minister said while addressing a programme on Youth…
  • Smriti Irani to students: Research and bring out India’s contribution to medicine

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Varanasi, Jan 31 (PTI) Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani today asked medical students to carry out research in the field of ancient medical history of India and bring forth the contribution of the country before the world. She was here to inaugurate a conference organised by National Medicos Organisation at Banaras Hindu University. Irani appealed to the medical students to "carry out research work in the field of ancient medical history of India and bring forth the contribution of the country in this vast medical field before…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing

    IL
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    HIPAA Horizon 2015: Audits and Healthcare Cloud Guidance 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. 2014 ended with a […]The post 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS

    IL
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Improving the End User Experience with Amazon Web Services This the final post of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 8: DevOps Automation.  End user experience is a combination of several factors: the reliability, availability and performance of the infrastructure, platforms and applications that an organization offers, and the impact these have on user […]The post Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS

    IL
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    The Financial Implication and Benefits of an Automation using DevOps in AWS This the 8th part of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 7: How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS.  Automation applied to efficient operations can lead to a gain in efficiency that directly translates to the bottom line of a business. […]The post DevOps Automation: Financial Implication and Benefits with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Police Body Cameras and Cloud Storage: Providing the Infrastructure for Success

    IL
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Cloud Hosting Provides Data Management for Police Body Cameras 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. After the tragic […]The post Police Body Cameras and Cloud Storage: Providing the Infrastructure for Success appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Healthcare Security: 3 Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds

    JG
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Three Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for sharing this article. Many industries have unique characteristics that make them attractive data breach targets. Financial services organizations manage money, media sites can deliver hacker’s messages to a wide audience, and government departments have confidential information of interest to other […]The post Healthcare Security: 3 Reasons Why Hackers Target Healthcare Clouds appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    guyblaise.com

  • Does skin color matter? However black or white a cow is, the milk is always white

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    What would I remember of 2014?  In America, Do #BlackLivesMatter?  Yes! The way black people and white people see life in America reminds me of the way people interpret the Bible: two pastors can read the same copy of the Bible but can interpret it differently. Policemen, in the eyes of a white man, can […]
  • US politics remains divided: A razor may be sharper than an ax, but it cannot cut wood

    admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Bye-bye 2014, welcome 2015!  US politics has been very consistently divided, Democrats vs. Republicans. As a result, nothing is accomplished. What will I remember about American politics in 2014? The US Democrats lost their majority in the US Senate. Surprise? Not a big surprise, because traditionally a second term president’s party loses elections due to […]
  • History repeats itself: When weeds invade the land, it means the owner is absent

    admin
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Middle East regime changes by the United States and its allies have changed the world forever. The US decision to invade Iraq had a pyromaniac effect in the Middle East. We are watching how the Western countries — by trying to remove President Assad of Syria by giving arms to the rebels in Syria — […]
  • Brat wins Republican primary: All rotten fish taste the same

    admin
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Eric Cantor, the powerful number two Republican in the House of Representatives has lost the Republican primary to David Brat, a conservative Tea Party challenger. The big upset is certainly a message from the arch conservatives who see the Republican in Washington as not conservative enough. This defeat doesn’t change anything for the Democrats and […]
  • Controversy over Bergdahl’s release: Sometimes you need to sacrifice your beard in order to save your head

    admin
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:24 pm
    The release of a U.S. Army Sergeant detained by the Taliban after five years of captivity has ignited a political debate about how his release was negotiated. We all agree that the Taliban is a terrorist group. Are five Taliban lives worth one American life? Honestly, the United States didn’t have any choice whether to […]
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    The Burning Truth

  • Bill Maher Pushes Socialism to Revive Middle Class

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    During Friday evening’s Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher  praised the socialism instituted by the federal government of the ’50s and ’60s for creating ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DNC’s Wasserman-Schultz *Shocked!* by MSM’s Bias Against Israel

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Shark Tank Media has released audio of Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) expressing shock over biased coverage at the hands of MSNBC and ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Podcast #99: Conquer the Gauntlet with David & Stephen Mainprize

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I have a love/hate relationship with obstacle racing. In some ways they’re awesome because they offer a chance to get outside, do something physically challenging, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama’s ‘Precision Medicine Initiative’ | Truth Revolt

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    President Obama’s 2016 budget includes an investment of $215 million into a new medical industry that aims to use collected patient data and in turn, ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Michelle On ‘American Sniper': ‘It’s Always A “He” ‘

    Casey Hendrickson
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama joined critics of American Sniper, taking issue with the gender of the main character — even though the story revolves around ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Allen Clifton of Forward Progressives

    Liberal Fix
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will include a pre-recorded interview with special guest Allen Clifton. Allen  is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues…
  • Liberal Fix w/ Victor Pickard, Author of Americas Battle For Media Democracy

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

    Liberal Fix
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Mason Wartman,,a fomer NYC banker, who now runs an innovative pizza restaraunt that has garnered national attention for "pay it foward" efforts that helps feed homeless patrons and others in need. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Perspectives on Current Politics

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jan 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. 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…
  • Liberal Fix - The 114th Congress

    Liberal Fix
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the new congress. 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…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Rockstar: Syriza’s Yanis Tells Troika Bankers to Take Hike Back to Brussels

    21wire
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Imagine being a sideline commentator on TV and then suddenly, you are called up to the Big Show… That’s what happened to maverick money expert, Yanis Varoufakis, last week when Greece’s new majority party, Syriza, asked their favorite economist to help get them out of their EU mess. After a closer examination, many will agree that as far as Greece is concerned, he is definitely the right man for the job.Troika bankers in Brussels are said to be furious at how Yanis would not bow and scrape to their ‘generous’ offer of loading even…
  • Mysterious Paralysis Hits Over 100 Children in Last 5 Months

    21wire
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…As 21WIRE reported last November, the mysterious Entrovirus D68 did not just appear out of nowhere, as health authorities would like us to believe.Unlike with the American Ebola Hoax, viruses like D68 is very real and it is targeting children. Also included in this category of unexplained diseases that feature strange conditions is the Gulf War Syndrome. What is the common denominator between these and other disease cases? Just this week, we also saw news of a five-year-old girl who died from the very same flu strain she was vaccinated against.One possible answer:…
  • DOJ Appointee Loretta Lynch is Key in Washington’s Phony War on Terror

    21wire
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    21st Century WireSPECIAL REPORTAs 21WIRE reported last year, the White House’s new candidate for US Attorney General has a dubious record when it comes to ‘terrorism cases’. Our question: is she what the US needs now, or would she fit in better in a police state regime like China or Egypt?As US Senate confirmation hearings resume Monday, President Barack Obama will be hoping to finally off-load some dead weight in AG Eric Holder, replacing him a new appointee to run the Department of Justice (DOJ).Incredibly, US government lawyer and DOJ nominee, Loretta Lynch, has…
  • China and Russia Ready to Overtake American Military Technology Capabilities

    Stuart Hooper
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    21st Century Wire says…This represents a disastrous misappropriation of the public-purse, stemming back to the bank bailouts provided by the U.S. Federal Reserve bank.Attempting to stem a $1.5 Quadrillion pit of toxic financial assets, known as derivatives, with $12.8 Trillion under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)was a mathematical problem that was never going to add up. More importantly, it was a catastrophic waste of $12.8T which would have been better spent funding, among other things, technological developments for the 21st Century. Much technology which starts its life…
  • Ukraine Admits: ‘There Are No Russian Troops Fighting Against Us’

    21wire
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    21st Century Wire says…The War of Lies rages on, as Washington looks for a hook with which to hang even more of its sanctions against Russia…As 21WIRE reported previously, the West has been repeatedly accusing Russia of positioning its military assets in the Ukraine, even though those accusations have no basis in reality. As part of the West’s PR and propaganda strategy, Washington, EU and Kiev have carefully stopped short of labeling the non-event as an invasion, instead calling it “Russian aggression”, or a “cross-border incursion” to aid ‘separatists’,…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Not Getting Our Hands Dirty

    guanyinmiao
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Young Singaporeans do not want to get their hands dirty. And this perception is set to stay. Continue reading →
  • Three Tissue Packets For A Dollar

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps herein lies the power (and diversity) of perception. Whether we purchase these tissue packets depends, it seems: first, how we perceive the peddler (inferring intent through disposition and actions); and second, how we perceive the efficacy of our contribution (if that dollar makes a tangible difference in the life of that peddler, or if policy changes are in order). Continue reading →
  • A Hard Look At Recidivism

    guanyinmiao
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How though? The rate of recidivism was 23.3 per cent for inmates released in 2010, 27 per cent in 2011, and 27.5 per cent in 2012. A four per cent increase, in other words. It should however be noted that fewer persons have been sent to prison in the same period, which could account for a lower absolute increase in the number of re-offenders. Continue reading →
  • The Things That Matter, People Who Matter

    guanyinmiao
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    For years after my National Service stint my mother has asked if I could make time – at the end of the year – for the family to travel a few weeks together, and for her it made even more sense last year. On my exchange semester in Helsinki, Finland I travelled to different cities in Europe, and not only was she excited to visit the places I’ve been to as well as to go on obligatory shopping and sightseeing trips, above all I think she wanted us to be together. Continue reading →
  • Getting Into Shape

    guanyinmiao
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The announcement to open sporting facilities in every Singapore school to encourage mass participation in sports is welcomed, though it is less clear whether Minister of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) Lawrence Wong did address the concerns raised by Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Ben Tan (TODAY, Jan. 20). The NMP had asked about the low rates of exercise among Singaporeans and the sentiment that young people do not enjoy sports, and while Minister Wong spoke generally on the sports programmes under ActiveSG and the physical education curriculum, the response could have been more…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • No Dollar Unspent

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Koch brothers recently announced that they will be pledging close to $900 million in order to help sway the result of the 2016 Presidential Election. What kind of effect will that type of money have? In this episode we discuss the announcement, what the Koch brothers hope to accomplish and why the public outrage over the amounts of money spent by both parties in elections should be increasing. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and under "People's Choice" and "Politics/News"…
  • Blizzards and Budgets

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    For the last several days the NYC area has been bracing itself for a winter storm of historic proportions. Govt officials have instituted travel bans, shut down mass transit systems and asked residents to treat the storm with the utmost seriousness. City and state officials handled themselves brilliantly by most accounts, and “Blizzard 2015” didn’t hit the NYC area as hard as forecasters had predicted. Why then are some in the population still dissatisfied? We discuss in today’s show. We also discuss the release of the CBO’s latest report on the economic outlook…
  • DC through Des Moines

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    The Iowa Freedom Summit attracted many GOP candidates with sights set on a 2016 presidential run. Candidates from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to NJ Governor Chris Christie to Senator Ted Cruz vied for the chance to prove conservative bona fides to grassroots organizers who promise to be very active in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. In today’s episode we discuss the summit, the candidates who attended as well as some notable no-shows. Are you a regular listener to the show? Want to nominate us for a podcast award? It's fast and easy. All you have to do is go to www.podcastawards.com and…
  • Hello Havana

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    The President announced last year that the US would be restoring relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of estrangement. This week the US sent a team of delegates to Havana to begin negotiations on topics such as travel restrictions, shipments to the US mission and caps on personnel. Although the US delegation noted that “deep” divisions remain, there was overall praise of the negotiations by both sides. In this episode we discuss the reestablishing of relations and the effect it is having on US foreign policy as well as politics here at home. Email the show at…
  • Middle Class or Trickle Down?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The President has laid out several new initiatives over the past several weeks aimed at stimulating the economy. The moves would extend tax relief to the middle class as well as institute broad-reaching education programs such as free community college for all. The programs would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that affect wealthiest of Americans. Tax reform is one of the areas that the President and congressional Republicans have indicated willingness for finding common ground on. Is there any hope that some of the President’s populist policies will be enacted? We discuss some of…
 
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Bethany, Hank & GloZell Interview The President

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Is it political bravery or political suicide? ... the media AWARD of the week goes to... On a day when there was no shortage of big news, the AWARD for the most over exposed headline of the week is...  For having the courage or audacity to stand up to the President of the U.S. ...the political volleyball AWARD of the week goes to... In celebration of two American heroes... the AWARD of Recognition goes to...  The 'you cannot have it both ways' AWARD goes to...  For using their celebrity and raising money to fight diseases and hunger around the world... the AWARD goes to... This…
  • The Award Goes To… United Airlines

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    For not taking the concerns of your trusted employees, the AWARD for insensitivity goes to...  In spite of threats and their own safety... the Free Speech and Expression AWARD goes to...  One of the most confused governments in the world continue to show their true colors... and the NO Free Speech AWARD goes to... Another 'fantastic' idea from the establishment... the AWARD to socialize America goes to...  Practice what your preach is a lesson we all learn early on in life... what about drinking your own feces? The AWARD of bravery goes to… In spite of the many…
  • Sex, Drugs, Violence… The Desensitization of Society

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Does the responsibility of parenting fall with mom and dad or with the U.S. Congress? Studies confirm that prolonged and repeated exposure to violence make us less likely to feel shock or distress. This is causing severe problems in our society including increased violence among our youth.   Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between the real news and entertainment because the lines are blurred so much. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. Freedom to be an idiot. Psychotherapist Dr. Beverly Jackson joins Malcolm in his quest for answers.
  • The Award Goes To… the Federal Communications Commission

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    The never ending political debate which should have nothing to do with politics... the don't listen to your chairman AWARD goes to... For not protecting your employees and losing sensitive information in the process... and then to succumb to the bad guys... the Stupidity AWARD goes to...  Having the courage or audacity... depending how you look at it... the 'I'm still in charge' AWARD goes to...  "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" by attending my funeral. The 'I'm throwing you under the bus' AWARD goes to...  A test that could predict and prevent suicides... and the 2014 Breakthrough…
  • The Award Goes To… NBA Players

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Subjecting the fans and your audience to your personal belief system - whatever it may be! The foolish and disrespectful AWARD goes to...  Thank you. No Thank You. We want to prosecute you! The AWARD of ungratefulness goes to...  For brining us all back to the realization that this horrible piece of legislation impacts real lives... and the AWARD goes to...  Never let a good tragedy go to waste... the I have No-Shame AWARD goes to...  We would be amiss if we didn't give an AWARD for keeping the government ticking and spending our money as reckless as you do...  For…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Why We Should Criticize Chris Kyle

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

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

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

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

    Joël Valenzuela
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For anyone who values liberty, it can easily seem like a lost world. Between a ballooning federal debt, massive tax and regulatory burden, and an increasingly violent and pervasive police state, hope for a free and peaceful world is hard …
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    Citizens News

  • Islamic State admits defeat in Kobani

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Written by Christian Science Monitor | World Islamic State fighters blamed U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish troops for forcing their withdrawal from the Syrian town. It is one of their first acknowledgments of defeat.The post Islamic State admits defeat in Kobani appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Hiz”B”Allah’s Overextention

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD Moqawama! Little Satan’s recent mini blitz that knocked off Revo Gurad Corps Generals and an especial HbA legacy – son of Imad Muganiyah – got a mini counter attack in Lebanon. Little Satan instantly responded with a few air sortees. So what now? Escalation time? Wednesday’s ambush raised many other […]The post Hiz”B”Allah’s Overextention appeared first on Citizens News.
  • A watchdog agency couldn’t find one instance where NSA phone spying ‘made a concrete difference’

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) The government’s bulk telephone record collection program threatens civil liberties and produces no critical intelligence, according to a review by an independent, bipartisan watchdog agency. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued an assessment of the state of government surveillance, and chastised the government for declining to make […]The post A watchdog agency couldn’t find one instance where NSA phone spying ‘made a concrete difference’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network The Old City in Sana’a, Yemen. Photo Credit: Shoestring The Houthi have suffered years of brutal military repression in Yemen. Living for decades in existing in relative obscurity within their northern territory, few outside the region had ever heard their […]The post The Implications of the Houthi Coup d’état in Yemen appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Moonbat Juice

    Liberty Bell
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery Just how full of crap are the health-conscious trendoids infesting LaLa Land? Jimmy Kimmel’s crew finds out with the help of pretentiously named junk food: Anybody who can find ways to convert the phoniness of fools into cold hard cash stands to make a fortune. The best markets are those parts of […]The post Moonbat Juice appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • 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…
  • Like A Rat Fleeing A Sinking Ship, Dick Cheney Throws George Bush Jr. Under The Bus On Torture Responsiblity

    leftdog
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is freaking hilarious! Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, has dismissed a key point in the report on CIA torture and has, as a result, thrown his former boss under the bus!"Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn't been briefed on the CIA's harsh interrogation methods until years after they'd already been in use.Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its…
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch is the son of a police officer who was shot in the line of duty. In his 24 years as prosecutor, he has never recommended charges against any police officer

    leftdog
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    (Michael Brown's body was left uncovered on a Ferguson, Missouri street for hours by police. )So why should we be surprised that NO charges will be laid in the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown?"McCulloch gave the jury no instruction on what charges they should consider. [...] Giving the grand jury no instruction is equivalent to throwing them into the deep end of the pool with no swimming lessons. They had to work it out for themselves. It's not unusual for the prosecutor to not suggest a specific charge, but it's almost unprecedented for the prosecutor to dump all the…
  • Death By Police Shooting In Utah Outnumbers Total Homicides From Gang Violence, Drugs And Child Abuse .... racing towards the police state

    leftdog
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    The Salt Lake Tribune is out with some stunning facts about police shootings in Utah. In the last five years, more people have been killed by police than homicides from gang violence, drug deals and child abuse:A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence.Wow. And all but one have been deemed "justified.""Police are trained and expected to react to…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • January Recap: Je Suis Marat

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    What? It’s still January? Between all of the Je suis’ and arresting people over tweets, who else is ready for February? With a faux snowpocalypse and some very real frostbite, let’s look back at this first month of 2015.
  • Genius Idea: Groundhog Handle Ban

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    In a move that Phil Connors would have certainly loved, the Staten Island Zoo has ruled that the Mayor of New York will not be allowed to hold the world’s greatest meteorologist (and considering the apology that came with the $700 million bill for last week’s lack of a snowpocalypse---that’s not saying much) Chuck the Groundhog anymore.
  • How To: Keep Up Your Running Game in Winter

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Today we have a few winter running tips that the Norwegian Army might want to jot down to avoid frostbite. Of course, the whole forcing military recruits to do nude sprints in -4F (-20C) temperatures feels a bit more like a deliberate decision than a lapse in consideration.
  • To Cover or Not to Cover

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Okay, PDers, we need you guys to weigh in, because we’re a little split when it comes to Michelle Obama’s Saudi meet and greet attire, where she ditched the Kingdom’s standard dress and niqab, not even opting for a shayla. Was this a shot across the bow for women’s rights, or just a packing blunder?
  • New Orleans: The Last Smoking Mardi Gras

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you are one of the million that planned on traveling to New Orleans to experience an authentic Mardi Gras celebration, but are bulking at Louisiana’s new favorite past time, side street mugging, and the signs that read: Caution. Walk in Large Groups. you should also consider that 2015 will be the last year you will be able to smoke and earn beads at the same time.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • China Looks West: What Is at Stake in Beijing’s ‘New Silk Road’ Project

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:53 pm
    By Flynt Leverett, Hillary Mann Leverett, and Wu Bingbing, Going to Tehran, January 28, 2015Not even two years into what will almost certainly be a ten-year tenure as China’s president, Xi Jinping has already had an impact on China’s foreign policy:  standing up for what many Chinese see as their nation’s territorial sovereignty in maritime boundary disputes in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, proposing a “new model of great power relations” to guide relations with the United States, and presiding over the consolidation of what Xi himself calls a “comprehensive…
  • Drones and the New Ethics of War

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    By Neve Gordon, OpEdNews, January 23, 2015This Christmas small drones were among the most popular gift under the tree in the U.S. with manufacturers stating that they sold 200,000 new unmanned aerial vehicles during the holiday season. While the rapid infiltration of drones into the gaming domain clearly reflects that drones are becoming a common weapon among armed forces, their appearance in Walmart, Toys "R" Us and Amazon serves, in turn, to normalize their deployment in the military.
  • Peace instead of NATO

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    By Oskar Lafontaine, Current Concerns, No. 2/2015For the vast majority of the population of the former Federal Republic, NATO has been the guarantor of peace and freedom for a long time. Anti-communism, fuelled by the fear of the Soviet Union operated by the world revolution, the Berlin Blockade and the construction of the Berlin Wall left little room to think about alternatives to NATO. But in 1965 at the latest, when US President Lyndon B. Johnson bombed North Vietnam and deployed more and more ground troops to South Vietnam, a discussion about the policy and objectives of the Western power…
  • WPF ICC Meeting in Vienna

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    The World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” International Coordinating Committee meeting will be convened in Vienna, Austria, on March 4, 2015The members of the Committee will analyze WPF developments, consider agenda of the 13th Rhodes Forum Annual Session and preparations to upcoming WPF Events in 2015.Implementation and results of the “Schools of the Dialogue of Cultures” Project will be discussed.One of the key points of the meeting’s agenda is the prospects of the WPF Research Center to be opened in Austria.
  • Still No Exit for Greece

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    By Kemal Derviş, a co-author of the “22 Ideas to Fix the World”, January 21, 2015Europe’s political landscape is changing. Populist parties, both on the far right and the far left, are gaining electoral traction. Some, such as France’s National Front, oppose their country’s eurozone membership; others, such as Podemos in Spain, do not. Nonetheless, the challenge that these new parties pose to Europe could prove to be extremely disruptive.
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Advocacy Message: Using Your Goals

    Joe Fuld
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    What is an advocacy message and how do I get one? So, what is an advocacy message? Well, an advocacy message is a core statement that you would use to define you’re advocacy mission to the public. An advocacy message is key to ensure folks understand what you are about and what you want to accomplish. Crafting an advocacy message is something that takes a lot of time, so you want to answer some strategic questions before you define your advocacy message. What is your primary goal? Understanding what your actual advocacy goal is will go along way to developing an advocacy message. If you…
  • Polling, Research and Focus Groups for Advocacy Campaigns

    Sophie Thurber
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Advocacy messaging should be based on more than anecdotal evidence. Advocacy campaigns are, more often than not, a long haul. They require long-term planning and commitment, and ideally, they have the benefit of staff that has extensive knowledge and policy experience in a particular issue area. That deep knowledge of an issue is incredibly valuable, but it can also create some message obscurity if you’re not careful. In other words, there can be a huge temptation to explain, in minute detail, the many nuances of the issue you’re working on, but that detail (counter-intuitive as it may…
  • Advocacy Fundraising vs. Political Fundraising

    Joe Fuld
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Advocacy Fundraising isn’t as different as you may think We have written a lot about political fundraising but not on advocacy fundraising. Fundraising, so here we go.  Whether it is for advocacy or for political campaigns, fundraising is largely similar and shares a number of characteristics. For both, the ask is a core component of your fundraising technique. Below is a look as some of these shared characteristics. Ask The fear of asking for money is real, no matter who is doing the asking or what you are asking for. Whether you are working for a non-profit or a political campaign,…
  • Advocacy Message Consistency

    Margo Scott Dunn
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The key to an advocacy message: simplify, simplify, simplify Maintaining message discipline is critical to advocacy message campaigns. If your organization doesn’t have a advocacy message document, or even a mission statement, it’s time you create one. The statement should be specific to your work, but broad enough that all of your campaigns are able to fit comfortably under it, That way, you can continue to maintain overall organizational message discipline over the life of a specific advocacy campaign. It should also be brief—no more than a couple lines on a page, two sentences max.
  • Campaign Dictionary

    Joe Fuld
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    staying ontop of a campaign Dictionary can be hard Staying up to date on a campaign dictionary can be exhausting, so we have compiled a list of useful tools for your campaign needs, enjoy! Field organizer – Field organizers are the people in charge of finding, training and managing volunteers and workers involved in a campaign. They are important because they make sure your field operation runs smoothly and that volunteers are reaching the right voters. Communications director – Communications directors are crucial and central to managing your campaign’s interactions with the…
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • Government Claims to Protect You While Violating Your Rights

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    We're back after a lengthy hiatus with a brand new podcast recorded two days before christmas! We'll do our best to get regular with this for 2015 so stay tuned for more hard hitting critique of the authoritarian world we find ourselves in.   DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us”

    Eric Zuesse
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Eric Zuesse Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged. Here is a screen-print of a google-chrome auto-translation of that statement: The Chief ...
  • Revealed: A Whole New Terrifying Level of Surveillance

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Federal agencies tried to use vehicle license-plate readers to track the travel patterns of Americans on a much wider scale than previously thought, with new documents showing the technology was proposed for use to monitor public meetings. The American Civil Liberties Union released more documents this week revealing for the first time the potential scale ...
  • Kiev Regime Confirms that Russian Invasion of Ukraine is a Hoax!

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Throughout this conflict every once in a while Ukrainian government officials have come clean about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. To the chagrin of the Obama Administration and NATO Russia has not invaded. This latest admission came twice today. Once by inference and the other a direct admission from Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief of Staff ...
  • Legacy of Endless Afghan War Includes Nation Plagued by Unexploded Bombs

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    With a majority of the victims children, unexploded ordnances in war-torn Afghanistan are claiming more than one life every single day Jon Queally As seen in other abandoned battlefields in the anals of U.S. wars overseas, new reporting out of Afghanistan shows that among the other deadly legacies left behind by foreign troops are tens of ...
  • Facebook Caves to Turkish Government Censorship

    User Submitted
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    EVA GALPERIN Turkey has been a bastion of Internet censorship for so long that EFF could write a regular feature called This Week in Turkish Internet Censorship and never run out of content. Last year’s highlights included the Turkish government blocking Twitter and YouTube—bans that triggered widespread protest and were eventually lifted by order of ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • The Art Of India’s Deal With US – Analysis

    Observer Research Foundation
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    By C. Raja Mohan* To understand the strategic significance of the second summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, it is necessary to look beyond the very important and tangible outcomes that the two leaders have unveiled. Closing the file on the historic civil nuclear initiative, expanding defence cooperation, exploring […] The post The Art Of India’s Deal With US – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Female Genital Mutilation Is Anti Circumcision – OpEd

    Rabbi Allen S. Maller
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Although female genital excision (FGM) has been banned in Egypt since 2008; it was only in 2013 that for the first time, a doctor who is also an Imam, was arrested and put on trail for carrying out the procedure. In an initial trial both the doctor Raslan Fadl and the father were cleared. Now […] The post Female Genital Mutilation Is Anti Circumcision – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Japan Energy Profile: World’s Largest Liquefied Natural Gas Importer – Analysis

    EIA
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    Japan has limited domestic energy resources that have met less than 9% of the country’s total primary energy use since 2012, compared with about 20% before the removal of nuclear power following the Fukushima plant accident.1 It is the third largest oil consumer and net importer in the world behind the United States and China. […] The post Japan Energy Profile: World’s Largest Liquefied Natural Gas Importer – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Morocco-France: Resumption Of Judicial Cooperation After 11-Month Row – OpEd

    Said Temsamani
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Moroccan Press Agency reported that Morocco and France have reestablished their legal and judicial cooperation, and reached an agreement to amend the Mutual Assistance Convention, a joint communiqué said Saturday in Paris. In fact, the French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira and her Moroccan counterpart Mustapha Ramid agreed to reestablish legal cooperation following meetings on […] The post Morocco-France: Resumption Of Judicial Cooperation After 11-Month Row – OpEd... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Forecast: Bangladesh In 2015 – Analysis

    IPCS
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    By Delwar Hossain* Contrary to its violent beginning and potential of political instability, the year 2014 was generally marked by peace and tranquility in Bangladesh. The new government led by Sheikh Hasina was able to consolidate its power and authority through the year. The international community extended cooperation and support to the new government to […] The post Forecast: Bangladesh In 2015 – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Carter urged to address LGBT issues in confirmation hearing

    Chris Johnson
    31 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    Ashton Carter has been nominated as defense secretary. (Photo public domain)Days before the confirmation hearing for President Obama’s pick as the next defense secretary, an LGBT advocacy group is calling on the nominee to address outstanding LGBT military issues when speaking to U.S. senators. The head of the American Military Partner Association, an organization for LGBT military families, told the Washington Blade she wants Ashton Carter to address the ban on transgender service and the lack of an LGBT non-discrimination rule in the U.S. military during his hearing Wednesday before…
  • Evening with Jack Ferver

    Vladyslav Rekhovskyy
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    Jack Ferver (Washington Blade photo by Vladyslav Rekhovskyy) Out choreographer Jack Ferver was welcomed to D.C. at Fathom Gallery on Thursday evening. The event was sponsored by the American Dance Institute, Pink Line Project, Fathom Creative and the Washington Blade. The event was in anticipation of the upcoming D.C. area premiere of ‘Chambre.’ Use promo code “Fathom” to receive $15 show tickets or promo code “Fathombus” to receive a $25 ticket with roundtrip champagne bus transportation from Fathom Gallery on 14th Street, NW. Tickets can be purchased…
  • Bermuda church hosts members of US-based ‘ex-gay’ ministry

    Michael K. Lavers
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    LGBT rights advocates in Bermuda have criticized a local church for hosting a U.S. group that encourages people to “break free” from homosexuality. (Image courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)A Bermuda church this week is hosting members of an Arkansas-based ministry who claim they were once gay. A flyer the Washington Blade obtained that features a picture of a man with chains hanging from his wrists says Danielle Harrison, Michael Carducci and Wayne Blakely of ‘Coming Out’ Ministries are at the Southampton Seventh-Day Adventist Church for a series of events the Bermuda Conference…
  • Witness disputes sex assault charges against gay lieutenant

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    A Marine has accused Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried of a sexual assault in 2012. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) A U.S. Coast Guard officer thought to be a lead prosecution witness in the sexual assault case against gay Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried testified at a military hearing on Wednesday that Seefried’s accuser was a “willing participant” in a three-way sexual encounter with him and Seefried at a New York hotel room in 2012. Coast Guard Lt. Commander John Fiorentine’s Jan. 28 testimony came at a reopened pre-court martial proceeding known as an Article 32 hearing for…
  • Confessions of a remodeler

    Valerie Blake
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Renovating a beach cottage has turned into a multi-year project. In late 2011 I leased a small beach cottage with an option to buy. Every once in a while you can still negotiate such a deal, but it’s rare. In the spring of 2013 I exercised my option and became the owner of Chez Soleil, a charming getaway and secondary office where I would conduct business, host retreats, entertain clients and write the great American novel while basking in the sun on the deck overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Since then, I have been remodeling. Seriously remodeling. After a year and a half of renting the 1948…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • The U.S. is No Longer the World’s Most Obese Country – Guess Who Took Our Place?

    Lady Freethinker
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If there’s one thing the United States has excelled at, it’s super-sizing our meals and our citizens. But while we used to hold the dubious title of world’s fattest nation, we’ve recently lost our spot. Thanks to the introduction of Western goods like flour, sugar, soda and fried foods, Pacific Islanders have not just followed our lead in the weight race, but beaten us at our own game. Prepare for a shock: more than 74 percent of American Samoans are now overweight (compared to “just” 30 percent of Americans). Experts have theorized that Pacific Islanders…
  • The Doritos Ad You WON’T See During the Super Bowl

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    Here’s one commercial the bigwigs at Doritos would like to stay hidden. Why? Because it shows the true roots of this tangy snack chip – or rather, the lack of roots, as the once-lush rainforest has been flattened to barren wasteland in the rush to harvest palm oil used in the product. The faux ad is from SumOfUs – one of my favorite organizations – and it’s meant to help convince Doritos maker PepsiCo to stop adding this eco-disaster of an ingredient to its chips. Watch the video, then sign their petition to help stop this palm oil nonsense. The post The Doritos Ad You…
  • Watch: How NFL Players REALLY Feel About Domestic Violence

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The NFL has taken serious heat lately for perpetuating a culture of domestic violence, and their seemingly lenient attitude toward abuse of women certainly begs for scrutiny. But when you see this video…just, wow. You realize that they aren’t all a bunch of lunkheads, after all. The emotion is so genuine, I only wonder what this man has experienced in his life.   And plenty of other players want domestic violence to end, too:         New respect. The post Watch: How NFL Players REALLY Feel About Domestic Violence appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Factory Farms Do NOT Want You to See This New Video

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Across America, Big Ag is fighting hard to take away your First Amendment rights by outlawing cameras on factory farms. But Last Chance for Animals investigators did something the industry never saw coming…they placed panoramic, 360-degree cameras inside factory farms for pigs, chickens and ducks, right in the animals’ place – so you get the full experience of living there, and can use your cursor or phone to look all around. It’s the first investigation like this that’s ever been done before. The technology is so new, I can’t share the video here.
  • Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!)

    Lady Freethinker
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This homeless dog was rescued by the SPCA…and taught to drive. Really. It took months of careful training and encouragement, but Porter overcame his lack of opposable thumbs and learned how to drive a Mini. He’s not half bad. The post Watch: This Dog Can Drive a Car (Really!) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
 
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  • What Washington State Can Teach Us About Gridlock In ‘The Other Washington’

    David Wasserman
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Central Washington’s sleepy Yakima Valley, perhaps best known as the nation’s top producer of hops and apples, is a safely Republican region. But it may have also quietly produced the most intriguing election outcome of 2014.When respected, 10-term GOP congressman Doc Hastings announced his decision to retire from his 4th District seat representing Yakima and the Tri-Cities last February, Republicans Dan Newhouse and Clint Didier threw their hats in the ring — along with six other Republicans, two Democrats and two independents.Elected to the state House four times since 2002,…
  • 70 Years Later, We’re Still Trying To Learn Who Died In The Holocaust

    Carl Bialik
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    A decade after Adolf Hitler was defeated, Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and research center in Jerusalem, began gathering the names of the approximately 6 million Jews from Europe and North Africa murdered by Nazi Germany. Today, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the work goes on — with more than 1 million victims still unaccounted for.The international data-collection project began in 1955, stemming from an Israeli law that established Yad Vashem. The Nazis left little evidence of their genocide. Hundreds of thousands of Jews who survived the Holocaust moved to Israel…
  • It’s Foolish To Define Austin By Its City Limits

    Kirk Goldsberry
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    In late October, The Washington Post published a provocative op-ed about the rapidly changing demographics of U.S. cities. An influx of college graduates, it argued, is displacing lower-income African-Americans. Despite rapid overall growth in places such as Austin, Texas, some of America’s “most progressive” cities, according to the Post, are struggling to maintain racial diversity. Here’s a key passage suggesting Austin is Exhibit A:“A recent study we conducted at the University of Texas at Austin reveals that Austin is the only major growth city (a city with over half a million…
  • Tracking 125,000 Incidents Of Global Terrorism

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Soon after the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, when three assailants massacred people in the office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket, a researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park carefully logged the details of the violence (location, names of the perpetrators, weapons used, number of fatalities). The attacks became new entries in the Global Terrorism Database, a comprehensive clearinghouse of terrorist acts around the world.The database, housed at the university’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and…
  • Cuba Is Hoping To Replace Venezuelan Oil With American Tourists

    Francisco Toro
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Cuba’s strategic pivot toward the United States got specific on Thursday, as the White House announced new regulations easing travel and other restrictions for Americans wishing to go to the island. This same week, oil prices flirted with levels of $40 per barrel. Americans don’t usually think of these stories as being in any way related. But Venezuelans do.When the historic thaw between Cuba and the U.S. was announced last month, one detail jumped out at Venezuelans. Secret negotiations had begun, we were told, a year and a half before. In Caracas, everyone could do the math: The talks…
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  • AfD article published in West European Politics

    Kai Arzheimer
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Just in time for their party conference, my article on the AfD is out in (virtual) print. If you don’t have access to West European Politics, the author’s/pre-publication version is still here. Photo by blu-news.org The post AfD article published in West European Politics appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Peak Pegida II

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    For the first time, the number of people attending the original Pegida marches in Dresden has fallen, while in most German towns and cities anti-Pegida demonstrators outstrip Pegida supporters by a considerable margin. This evening, four more members of Pegida’s executive have resigned, including Kathrin Oertl, who had become Pegida’s official face after Lutz Bachman’s Hitler picture gaffe. Meanwhile, in Duckburg the Social Democrats, who seem a bit slow on the uptake, are still conflicted over whether they should engage in some sort of dialog with Pegida, and if so, with whom. What can…
  • Will Alexis Tsipras be Prime Minister of Greece?

    Kai Arzheimer
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Everyone is angry/worried/excited/happy (delete as appropriate) about the prospect of Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left-wing Syriza party, becoming Prime Minister of Greece, while the man himself has begun to treat the election as a mere formality. But is such an outcome even likely? The most recent polls have given Syriza a lead of two to ten percentage points over the centre-right New Democracy party, which is currently governing in a coalition with the (much reduced) centre-left Pasok. Photo by 0neiros While the number of undecided voters is still very high (in the range of…
  • Have we seen peak Pegida?

    Kai Arzheimer
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:12 am
    Authorities in the Saxonian city of Dresden have issued a blanket ban on marches, demonstrations and outdoor assemblies following alleged islamist death threats against the founder of the “Pegida” (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”) movement, who has masterminded the mass demonstrations in Dresden for the last three months. This is a highly unusual development by German standards, and political reactions from the very left to the very right have been predictably negative (for very different reasons). More specifically, the issue will help to further…
  • Are Greek MPs rational?

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    With all that is going pear-shaped in the world, you would be forgiven not to be aware of the latest instalment in the Great Greek Political Drama Series. It actually had a rather long lead: The current president’s term was coming to an end, and Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the radical left opposition faction Syriza had made it clear from at least last summer that he would use the provisions of the constitution to bring down the current centre-right/centre left coalition government. How was that possible? After various defections, the current government is supported by 156 of 300 MPs,…
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  • Study: Uber And Ridesharing Reduces Drunk Driving

    chris
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Kevin Glass,  Uber – the app-based private car service – and other ridesharing operations have been in constant political struggles with incumbent taxi operators across the country... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Putin Sends Nuclear Bombers Over English Channel: “Transponders Turned Off… Invisible to Air Traffic Control”

    chris
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Mac Slavo | SHTFplan.com,  Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t been one to back down in response to sanctions against his country and attacks on his economy.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New ISIS Video Purports to Show Beheading of Japanese Reporter

    chris
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    “Let the nightmare for Japan begin”  A 66-second ISIS video purports to show the beheading of Japanese reporter Kenji Goto, a gruesome end to a week of failed negotiations. There was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Internal Revenue Service Say’s to Hold On to Your Tax Return’s Paperwork

    chris
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Q. How long should I keep old tax paperwork?  A. The Internal Revenue Service suggests keeping tax records for at least three years after the filing date. That’s the time period the IRS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • IRS News: What’s New for this Year’s Tax Return

    chris
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Be sure you have your proof of medical insurance.  You might want to get an early start on filing your 2014 tax return this year. Due to Internal Revenue Service budget cuts, the agency says... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-30, Friday

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this explosive Friday, January 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the report that Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016, much to the relief of liberty lovers within the GOP. Unfortunately the establishment is pushing other candidates, such as Jeb Bush, who aren't much different than Obama. On today's show, Alex talks to journalist Jerome Corsi who broke the news that a George Soros front group is advocating North American - not U.S. - passports. The globalist think tank is pushing an EU-style North American Union at the expense of U.S. national sovereignty. Alex also…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-29, Thursday

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Thursday, January 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight covers a wide range of topics, including the outrageously expensive disaster known as Obamacare, how the elite continue to use media as a propaganda platform, climate fail and the East Coast non-blizzard, the ramp up of TSA travel surveillance, and other important topics. On today’s worldwide broadcast, David talks with Rosa Koire, a forensic commercial real estate appraiser specializing in eminent domain valuation, about the Agenda 21 game plan. Prison Planet editor and journalist Paul Joseph Watson…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-28, Wednesday

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, January 28 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down why economists and other wealthy policy makers at Davos are fearing the prospect of Ferguson-style riots should an uprising of the poor caused by wealth inequality. Alex also discusses Facebook's move to censor images of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, as the Obamas display reverence for Saudi Arabian royalty, and also breaks down the TSA's latest plan to browse travelers' social media profiles. On today's show, Alex talks with John Draper, the legendary hacker known as “Captain Crunch” for his phone…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-27, Tuesday

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, January 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the East Coast blizzard that wasn’t a blizzard and resulted in a government mandated virtual shutdown of transportation from New York City to Boston that will ultimately cost billions of dollars in lost business revenue. Alex also covers the stupendous waste of money as taxpayers fork out a quarter of a million dollars to send Obama to meet the new leader of a country that funds terror, whips and beheads citizens and prevents women from driving. On today’s show, Alex talks with Joseph Curl, the writer and political…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jan-26, Monday

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, January 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Jones looks at the historic blizzard expected to hit the east coast, exploring how the climate change crowd rationalizes cold weather as an exception to global warming. Alex also breaks down a new social experiment exhibiting how ill-informed Americans will dispense with critical thinking so long as they're approached in a calm, assertive manner, and examines the outcome of the Greek elections, prompting globalist austerity measures to come under renewed scrutiny. On today's show, Alex welcomes founder of the multi-platinum industrial…
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  • Map: Where NFL fans are on Facebook and Twitter

    Joseph Stromberg
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    This map, which Facebook built based on likes, shows the areas dominated by fans of each team. Facebook Some teams have vast, scattered regions of fans (the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers), others have fan bases that merely fill their state’s borders (the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons), and fans of some relatively new teams still haven’t really spread beyond their metro regions (the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars). Zoom in and you’ll see some surprising trends — like how the Jets dominate exactly one county (Nassau) in an otherwise Giants-centric New York…
  • Chart: NFL players have become absolutely enormous

    Joseph Stromberg
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The biggest shift in the evolution of the NFL has been the modern-day emphasis on passing instead of running. The second-biggest shift in the evolution of the NFL is even more tangible: players have gotten truly enormous. Noah Veltman In the early days, many players were large but still within the range of normal humans — around 200 pounds, and 6 feet tall. Today, the average player is now around 250 pounds, and 6’2" or so. The blob that forms at the top-right around the year 1995 or so is made up of today’s offensive linemen and defensive tackles, who are virtually all above 300 pounds…
  • 9 superb owl facts you need to know

    Phil Edwards
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This is the weekend when all your friends are talking about the superb owl. No one can deny that the superb owl is a national obsession. It's trending on Twitter, lighting up Facebook, and some Las Vegas bookies are even taking superb owl bets. So we've put together these superb owl facts to explain the majestic bird of prey everyone is talking about. 1) Teddy Roosevelt kept a superb owl as a pet Theodore Roosevelt had a long history with owls, both as pets and trophies. You can still see Roosevelt's mounted snowy owl at the American Museum of Natural History (Roosevelt found the owl in…
  • Marshawn Lynch’s selective silence is a power move for black athletes

    Jenée Desmond-Harris
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Marshawn Lynch doesn't answer journalists' questions unless he feels like it. In a much-discussed mandatory press conference at this week's Super Bowl Media Day, the Seattle Seahawks running back, who has a famously contentious relationship with the press, responded to questions with "I'm just here so I don't get fined" a staggering 29 times. Then, in a Thursday statement, he lectured reporters, saying, "[I]t don't matter what y'all think, what y'all say about me; cause when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face, my family, that I love, that's all that really matters to…
  • Republican bigwigs killed off a third Romney campaign — as political scientists expected

    Andrew Prokop
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Mitt Romney's announcement Friday that he wouldn't run for president again came as a surprise to many. He was leading in the polls. He and his allies had been sending the message that he was "almost certain" to run again, as one Washington Post headline put it. "Every talk I've had w/ Mitt World leads me to believe he will run," Mark Halperin tweeted Friday morning — just as "multiple sources" told the Daily Beast that Romney was about to announce a third campaign. But other savvy observers saw Romney's demurral coming. Their secret? They didn't listen to what Romney and his people were…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Do You Dream of Owning a Classic Car?

    Eric Peters
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s fun to own a “classic” (read, pre-modern) car. It can also be a hassle. Before you dive in, it’s a good idea to know what you’re in for, both good – and bad. The good: Pre-modern cars have personality; they’re interesting – something homogenized, same-same modern cars aren’t. Cars built in the ’70s and before were designed largely the way designers – rather than government bureaucrats – wanted them designed. Hence the wild fins, the jutting angles, the instantly recognizable differences between say a Chevy and a Ford (today, you tell them apart by the shape of…
  • Where Do Our Words Come From?


    No Author
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There are said to be around 6,500 spoken languages around the world. While 2,000 of these languages are spoken by fewer than 1,000 speakers, others are much more common with words and phrases being passed down through generations and shared across countries and continents. A map has been designed to highlight the spread of these common languages by plotting words, and their translations, from population to population. Type a word in the interactive map below  Called Word Map, the interactive guide (pictured) was created by Easyway Language Centre in Brazil. To use the map, type any word in…
  • We’re Gonna Get Rich in Phoenix

    Charles Goyette
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Rich!  We’re all going to be rich!  If only we could have the Super Bowl here every year! It has gotten a little noisy in the skies near my home.  With the Super Bowl here in metro-Phoenix this weekend the Scottsdale Airport is doing a rip-roaring business – emphasis on “roaring”. The airport is described as “a general aviation reliever facility with no commercial commuter or airline service.” But does it ever get the private jets of the rich and famous.  The Super Bowl is just one of the draws.  The Phoenix Open is underway in Scottsdale this weekend as well. Altogether…
  • Train Your Brain, Men


    Brett and Kate McKay
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    In this series on mastering your attention, we have emphasized the fact that attention is not just the ability to focus on a single task without being distracted, but in fact is comprised of several different elements that must be effectively managed. But this doesn’t mean that single-minded focus is not of paramount importance. Yesterday we compared managing your different kinds of attention to being the supreme commander of your mind – you must be able to deftly maneuver and deploy your units to various battles. But good management can only get you so far; to win the war on distraction,…
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    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
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    Pension360

  • CPPIB Can Invest Like “An 18-Year-Old”, Says CEO As Fund Looks to Cut Bond Allocation

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) CEO Mark Wiseman told Bloomberg this week that his fund can invest like “an 18-year old” as he looks to cut the fund’s bond allocation and move more money into riskier assets. CPPIB allocates 28 percent of assets to fixed income. That’s down from 95 percent 15 years ago. More from the Bloomberg interview: With years of income and investing ahead, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board can afford to own more risky assets such as real estate and stocks, according to Chief Executive Officer Mark Wiseman. Pension contributions will continue…
  • Ontario Municipal Pension Buys $227 Million Paris Office Building

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Oxford Properties Group, the real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), has completed the $227 million purchase of Paris office building, according to the Wall Street Journal. The pension fund is make nearly $800 million worth of investments in Paris over the next three years. More from the Wall Street Journal: Oxford, the real-estate arm of Canadian pension fund OMERS Worldwide Group of Companies, told The Wall Street Journal it purchased 92 Avenue de France from a joint venture between German companies GLL Real Estate and Union Investment Real Estate GmbH.
  • University of California Snags CIO from Sacramento Pension

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    The University of California has hired former Sacramento County pension chief Scott Chan, according to Chief Investment Officer. Chan, who will reportedly start on February 17, will be the University’s managing director of public equity. More from Chief Investment Officer: Chan has been named senior managing director of public equity, responsible for upwards of $35 billion in endowment, retirement, and operational assets. The former hedge fund manager took over the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System in 2010. Under Chan’s leadership, the $7 billion portfolio climbed from…
  • Video: How Might Bruce Rauner Tackle Illinois Pensions?

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    How might Bruce Rauner attack the state’s pension debt? Pension360 has covered his changing views on reforms. In this video, Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman talks about the state’s pension debt and how Rauner might handle it.   Video credit: The Wall Street Journal   By Steven Vance [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Audit: Massachusetts Gov. Didn’t Violate Pay-to-Play Rules With Donation That Preceded Pension Investment

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    In 2011, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker donated $10,000 to the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Less than a year later, New Jersey committed $25 million in pension money to General Catalyst Partners for management – the firm where Baker was an executive. The transaction raised the red flags of a pay-to-play violation. But an audit released yesterday cleared Baker of any wrongdoing. From the Associated Press: A New Jersey treasury audit has found Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker did not break pay-to-play rules when he donated to Republicans here in 2011. New Jerseys regulations bar…
 
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    31 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
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  • Thank you for visiting India

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Honourable president of USA Barack Obama thank you for visiting India.You are a good leader and your presence made our republic day very special.We also learnt many things from your speech.
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    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    DEAR MR BARACK OBAMA I DESIGNED A GENERATOR WHIICH ONLY OPERATES ON GRAVITY I HAVE THAT ONE BIG PROBLEM IN MY COUNTRY THEY PIONTING FINGERS ACORDING THE POWER PROBLEM AND NONE OF THE INSTTIUTIONS ERECT FOR INDRUSTRY AND ECONOMY EXTENTIONS WANT TO HELP ME I EVEN ASK ONE OF OUR COMPANYS WHO IS CALLED TO LIFE TO HELP THE ECONOMY TO BUILD IT,BUT THEY HAVE TO MUCH TO SAY IF THERE IS SOME PEOPLE FROM YOUR CUONTRY, THEY CAN HELP ME FOR TWO YEARS I STRUGGLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME? THE GENERATOR ONLY USE GRAVITY TO GERATE ELECTRICITY YOUR SINCERELY REGARDS
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    The Vision Times » World

  • How People Become Corrupt: Researchers Find Why Power Makes People Self-Centered

    James Burke
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Dictatorial powers and control freaks please take note. “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the British historian Lord Acton. Unfortunately, this is not entirely a myth. Social psychologists have found that power leads people to act in impulsive fashion, both good and bad, and to fail to understand other people’s feelings and desires. See UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner in the above video explain why this is the case.  
  • See Why This Tibetan Monk Has Created a Home for 170 Children

    Ben Maloney
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    In Tibetan Buddhism compassion and kindness are deeply rooted. Meet Lama Lobsang, who after an earthquake in 2010 initially took in 33 orphans. He now takes care of over 170. When Lama Lobsang, was asked why he looks after all these children he simply says: “I want to give them all a home.” Lama Lobsang makes it clear that: “This is not a school or an orphanage this is a home for these children.” The home is responsible for the children’s health, education, and mental well-being. Tibetan Buddhism is severly persecuted and restricted in China along with House…
  • Reasons Why Keystone Pipeline Faces Possible Presidential Veto

    Ben Maloney
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project, which seeks to carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, passed through the Senate on Thursday.  The Pipeline was green lighted by a vote of 63-to-36. The passing of the project sets up a likely fight with the White House. It is expected that Obama will use his Presidential powers to veto the project. As White House press secretary Josh Earnest said: “If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn’t sign it.” Because the pipeline crosses international borders President Obama is in a  very unique situation to have…
  • Breaking Down Apple’s $18 Billion in Profit

    James Burke
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Okay so technology firm Apple do okay. Actually they do much better than okay. They just made $18 billion profit in the last quarter of 2014. The above video makes some interesting comparisons to help put it all into some sort of context. For example in three months: Apple sold 34,0000 IPhones every hour. Thanks largely to sales in China and the latest iPhone models, Apple dwarfed any other companies’ profit records. Apple shares have just also hit an all time high at $120 each. In March of last year shares were was just over $70 each.
  • Chinese Regime Begins Survey of Officials’ Unusual Deaths and Suicides

    Cassie Ryan
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    The Chinese Communist Party has instructed organizations across the country to compile details of officials who have died under abnormal circumstances. An example of a survey form was provided by ifeng News, showing the details required in Shantou City, Guangdong Province: Death date between Dec. 2012 and Dec. 2014. Number of officials, including local county Party members in position and retired, whose deaths were considered unusual. Unusual means: committed suicide, murdered, road accident, death at work place, mistreatment at hospital, fire, and death sentences. Age at time of death.
 
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    The National Memo

  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Bacardi And The Long Fight For Cuba’

    National Memo Staff
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Obama administration’s move to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after a half-century-long standoff has left many Americans wanting to learn more about the island nation. Tom Gjelten’s 2008 book, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, is an excellent place to start. In his page-turning narrative, Gjelten tells the story of Cuba’s tumultuous history through the prism of the famous Bacardi family. As they grew their rum empire, the Bacardi clan became intimately involved in almost every major political development to take place in the country, from its fight for…
  • ‘The Dogs Are Eating Them Now’ An Unflinching Account Of Afghanistan

    Tony Perry
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times (TNS) If the trend holds, there soon will be a shelf of books explaining why the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan was a misadventure or worse. Into that crowded field comes Graeme Smith’s The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan. But even among tomes of pessimism and clear-eyed hindsight, Smith’s book seems destined to be a standout: a compelling, self-revealing account of a reporter coming to grips with a big story and his own feelings of shock and disappointment. Smith, a Canadian, is an anomaly among war reporters. His primary focus is…
  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Friday Night Lights’

    National Memo Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The NFL has had a bad year. A string of news stories have painted a harsh picture of a league that neglects the virtues of integrity and fair play (not to mention the health and safety of its players — and their families). But all the slings and arrows lobbed at the Shield won’t stop most Americans from enjoying another Super Bowl Sunday, and why should they? Football is inextricably linked with the culture of this country, a fact that has seldom been more thoroughly investigated and sensitively explored than in H.G . Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights, the 2000 saga of…
  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘The Real Romney’

    National Memo Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Now that he’s officially out of the running for 2016, reporters and bloggers won’t have Mitt Romney to kick around anymore. The man whose candidacy came to a crashing end with one well-placed cellphone camera will forever be an object of curiosity. Cipher of a candidate that he was, the endlessly mutable Massachusetts governor was difficult to pin down: What exactly did he stand for? Just becoming president? And he seemed ambivalent about even that. The Real Romney, by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, published in that jittery year of 2012 when it looked like Mercurial Mitt…
  • Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘American Sniper’

    National Memo Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of Chris Kyle’s memoir has become the most financially successful Iraq War movie to date, and the catalyst for a tempest of politi-journo-cinecritical caterwauling. Does it celebrate jingoism, or document it? Is it a nasty piece of blood thirst or a chronicle of grace and honor under fire? Don’t worry. You too can have an opinion. Kyle’s book is a good place to start. You can purchase the book here. The post Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘American Sniper’ appeared first on The National Memo.
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    nFates Reviews

  • Amicable Animals

    Ken W. Simpson
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Amicable Animals The feeble glow of yesterday’s myths and illogical legends drift into obliquity where the pallid shapes of old friendships and silhouettes of demented heads merge with a splash of light on the satirical side of solemnity in the pursuit of profundity.   Home | Contact FormFiled under: Poetry Tagged: Blog, Books, Life, Love, … Continue reading →
  • The great scientist and the great hunter

    Neil Flesch
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The great scientist and the great hunter I love reading the work of scientists from the most different areas. That to me is like a hobby and a distraction as some people have the habit of reading jokes on the Internet. The healthy habit of giggling relieve me of emotional tension and profound contempt I … Continue reading →
  • Upgrading and Downgrading Everything

    Neil Flesch
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Upgrading and Downgrading Everything Once Nietzsche generally wrote about the role played by those who want to turn or make the humanity “better”. To achieve widely all the variants and possibilities involved in such task would require the human being to detach from artificial concepts of what is “good” and “evil” which, in essence, are … Continue reading →
  • The man of the future

    Neil Flesch
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    The man of the future Legend has it that once Hitler had dreamed or glimpsed the “man of the future” and that he had been afraid to realize the evil of atmosphere emanating through his eyes, movements and words spoken. In my opinion, nothing can be more childish than abstract and maintain such a statement … Continue reading →
  • Without Hope and Faith

    Neil Flesch
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:26 pm
    Without Hope and Faith The whole world is basically full of two types of people: the ignorant and the stupid. And to talk about good and bad people, within the universe of ignorant and stupid people in which they, the good and bad people are inserted, it is necessary to find a common denominator among … Continue reading →
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan Brussels.-

    Miguel Atanet
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Parliament to debate practical details of Juncker Investment Plan Brussels.- MEPs are to debate the details of the European Fund for Strategic Investments - also known as the “Juncker Plan” - this afternoon with Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investments and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen. The debate is scheduled to start at around 16.30. You can watch the plenary debate via EP Live, and EbS+.
  • Meeting of E3 Political Directors and Iran on Iran talks Brussels.- The E3

    Miguel Atanet
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Meeting of E3 Political Directors and Iran on Iran talks Brussels.- The E3 Political Directors and their Iranian counterparts will meet on 29 January 2015 in Istanbul for a one-day meeting as part of ongoing diplomatic efforts to find a negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. EU Political Director Helga Schmid has been invited to join the meeting. The meeting underlines the commitment and importance that the E3 - France, Germany and the United Kingdom- as well as the EU attach to making progress as soon as possible towards a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
  • The price of the Iranian oil barrel

    Miguel Atanet
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:03 am
    Hanged in Iran Hanged in Iran.wmv Video: Hanged in Iran The price of the Iranian oil barrel
  • Lithuania became the 19th member state of the euro area

    Miguel Atanet
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Lithuania to the euro. Lithuanian people. On 1 January 2015 Lithuania became the 19th member state of the euro area, with euro coins and banknotes entering circulation on the same day. The country joined a number of euro area institutions and euro-related governance structures. Joining the euro area will attract investment and help companies grow. It will mean more security and stability as well. And it will make life easier for ordinary citizens, for example, when travelling or buying on-line. As of 1 January Lithuania is member of the euro area's central banking system –…
  • Parliament supports recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution

    Miguel Atanet
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments Peace needs other weapons The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed today.   “Parliamentarians for Peace” To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Walker Leads Tight Pack in Iowa

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    A new Des Moines Register poll in Iowa finds Gov. Scott Walker leading the GOP presidential pack with 16%, followed by Sen. Rand Paul at 15%, Mitt Romney at 13%, Mike Huckabee at 10%, Ben Carson at 9%, Jeb Bush at 8%, Ted Cruz at 5%, Chris Christie at 4%, Rick Santorum at 4%, Rick Perry at 3% and Marco Rubio at 3%. The post Walker Leads Tight Pack in Iowa appeared first on Political Wire.
  • The Battle for Romney’s Donors Is On

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Gov. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush “plunged into all-out battle this weekend for the biggest unclaimed prize in American politics and the decisive advantage that could go with it: the billion-dollar donor network once harnessed by Mitt Romney,” the New York Times reports. “In hundreds of phone calls that began even before Mr. Romney formally announced on Friday that he was forgoing a third bid for the presidency, allies of Mr. Christie and Mr. Bush began putting polite but intense pressure on Mr. Romney’s supporters to pick a side. And now donors have nowhere to hide, since…
  • Rauner Jacks Up Pay for Top Staffers

    Taegan Goddard
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “While criticizing state spending and state worker salaries as too high, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) is paying top members of his administration significantly more than their predecessors in Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration,” a review by the Associated Press has found. The review of state payroll records “found nine of ten top administrative posts paying more under Rauner, who took office earlier this month. On an annual basis, those Rauner staffers will make more than the equivalent Quinn staffers by nearly 36 percent, or roughly $380,000.” The post…
  • GOP Presidential Race Wide Open Again

    Taegan Goddard