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  • French unemployment hits record high...

    Drudge Report
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    French unemployment hits record high...(Third column, 21st story, link)
  • Why Europe is doomed, in 3 paragraphs

    Wonkblog
    Matt O'Brien
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch) This, from Reuters, tells you everything you need to know about Europe's continued descent into depression: According to German officials, Merkel felt betrayed by Draghi's speech at a central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August in which he pressed Berlin for looser fiscal policy to stimulate the economy. Her entourage is also deeply skeptical about Draghi's plan to buy up asset-backed securities (ABS) and covered bonds in the hope of encouraging commercial banks to…
  • How Rand Paul is playing the GOP base, and what it means for 2016

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Anyone who remembers the 2012 GOP presidential primaries knows that the 2016 contest will involve a lot of arguing about who’s the most conservative candidate. Any contender who has strayed from party orthodoxy on anything will have to undergo a sustained campaign of grovelling and humiliation to prove to Tea Partiers, religious conservatives, and everybody […]
  • This Infographic Shows How Obamacare Might Be Just One Big Expansion of Medicaid

    Daily Signal
    Kelsey Harris
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Spoiler alert! When it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare has proven itself to be one giant expansion of Medicaid. A new report released Wednesday reveals the total coverage increase for the first half of 2014. While total coverage increased by 8,538,327 individuals, enrollment in Medicaid accounted for 71 percent of that growth. Check out the infographic below for the full breakdown of the numbers.   Infographic by Kelsey Harris >>> The Full Numbers: Obamacare’s Enrollment Increase Mainly Due to Medicaid Expansion The post This Infographic Shows How Obamacare Might…
  • Why watching grass grow might actually be a good investment of federal money

    The Fix
    Philip Bump
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    No. 11 in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) 2014 "Wastebook" — a catalog of 100 ways in which the government squandered taxpayer money — does an effective job of demonstrating why the exercise on the whole is worthy of skepticism. And, perhaps, illustrates its hidden dangers. What is No. 11? "Watching Grass Grow." This is one of Coburn's […]
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    The Atlantic

  • How Federal Gay Marriage Recognition Matches Up To Public Opinion

    Allen McDuffee
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The federal government announced Saturday that it will recognize same-sex marriages in six additional states. Now, gay couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming eligible for a variety of federal benefits such as Social Security for widowers or the ability to file a joint income tax return—a move that puts the government more in tune with popular opinion. "With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving of full equality for all Americans," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "We are acting as quickly…
  • Canada Should Keep Calm and Carry On

    Conor Friedersdorf
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Last week in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, Michael Zehef-Bibeau murdered a soldier posted at a war memorial, entered parliament with his gun, and was shot dead before he could kill anyone else. Days earlier, Martin Couture Rouleau, 25, rammed his car into two soldiers in a Quebec town. One of the soldiers died. The attacker was killed by police. America's thoughts and prayers go out to those hurt by these disgusting murders. They're unnerving reminders that the world is a dangerous place, that life can be interrupted by an evil or crazy person bent on killing. It is only human to feel a…
  • Taylor Swift's 1989: First Thoughts

    Julie Beck
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Hype for Taylor Swift's 1989 has built over two months of pre-release singles, television appearances, and online chatter. The Nashville-bred singer had said the record represented her coming-out as a full-fledged pop—not country—artist, and on Friday, it leaked online days ahead of its planned October 27 release. Below, The Atlantic's Julie Beck, Emma Green, Lenika Cruz, and Kevin O'Keeffe discuss first impressions, what tracks stand out, and what the album means for Taylor Swift the pop star. Kevin O'Keeffe: Ahead of 1989's release, I was tired. I didn't initially like "Shake It Off,"…
  • ISIS Pummeled by Air and Land in Iraq

    Allen McDuffee
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    Ground offensives mounted by the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces—and bolstered by a bombardment of U.S. airstrikes—have pushed ISIS fighters from several key towns and villages in the north and south of Iraq, officials said. Kurdish peshmerga forces said on Saturday they had recaptured key areas held by ISIS in northern Iraq, while Iraqi government forces claimed to have retaken the town of Jurf al-Sakhr, about 30 miles south of Baghdad. "We have managed to push out Islamic State terrorists from the town of Jurf al-Sakhar today and now we are raising the Iraqi flag over the…
  • Mulholland Drive and Dr. Strange: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

    The Editors
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Why David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is a Great Horror FilmBilge Ebiri | Vulture"The uncanny is the realm in which David Lynch regularly operates." Doctor Strange, Marvel’s Uncastable Sorcerer SupremeAlex Pappademas | Grantland"Marvel’s Doctor Strange has a release datea director, and a writer. What it still doesn’t have, at least not officially, is a star." A Farewell to Twang Jon Caramanica | The New York Times "For almost a decade, Taylor Swift has been waging, and winning, a war, smiling all the while." Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder Nick Paumgarten | The New Yorker"Joel has a knack for…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Spotlight on green news & views: Climate talks, Politico amplifies BP's lies, livestock antibiotics

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Co-chairs Artur Runge-Metzger and Kishan Kumarsingh during Day 4 at the Bonn climate talks. 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) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Wednesday Spotlight can be seen here. So far, more than 19,860 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not…
  • This week in the war on workers: 'We suck' on minimum wage, labor secretary says

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Pushing back on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's minimum wage rant, Labor Secretary Tom Perez highlighted some actual New Jersey workers, as opposed to the imaginary parents around a kitchen table Christie won't stop talking about: “I’ve met with minimum-wage workers in New Jersey,” Perez said today at a Bloomberg News event in Washington. “I’ve met with folks who—the only raise they got, they’re baggage handlers at Newark Airport, and the only raise they got was when the voters increased the minimum wage.” But, you know, Chris Christie says people aspire to more, so screw…
  • Saturday nutpick-a-palooza: Was the world created 6,000 years ago?

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today's source material: No. No it wasn't. Why do I think it matters how old the Earth is? There are two reasons: I take the Bible literally – and seriously. And the Bible strongly affirms a date in the neighborhood of 6,000 years, at least for the age of man, who was created on the sixth day, according to Genesis. If that’s not true, it calls into question the rest of the Bible’s accuracy. Atheists like Dawkins and Hawking are every bit as dogmatic about their theories of the age of the Earth as I am. They know they need lots of time to give their fairy tales about life spontaneously…
  • This week in the war on voting: Colorado's mail-in voter law changed candidates' campaign approach

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This Week in the War on Voting is a joint project of Joan McCarter and Meteor Blades. • Georgians in court over allegedly missing registrations: By the NGP's estimate, some 800,000 Georgians—"people of color, voters between the ages of 18 and 29, and unmarried women—what the group calls the 'Rising American Electorate'" weren't registered to vote at the beginning of this year. Since then the group—founded by state Rep. Stacey Abrams, Democratic leader of the Georgia House—says it and 12 partner groups have registered around 116,000 new voters. But earlier this month, NGP complained…
  • This week at progressive state blogs: Ohio job growth way behind, infighting in Beauprez camp

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just as states with progressive lawmakers and activists have themselves initiated innovative programs over a wide range of issues, state-based progressive blogs have helped provide us with a point of view, inside information and often an edgy voice that we just don't get from the traditional media. 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…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • WHO: Number of Ebola-Linked Cases Passes 10,000...

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    WHO: Number of Ebola-Linked Cases Passes 10,000...(Second column, 12th story, link)Related stories:Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for health staff...Slum takes treatment into own hands...Mauritania shuts border with Mali...U.S. MILITARY BEGINS TRAINING RAPID-RESPONSE TEAM...Border Patrol Readies Agents For Infectious Disease Fight...
  • Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for health staff...

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for health staff...(Second column, 13th story, link)Related stories:WHO: Number of Ebola-Linked Cases Passes 10,000...Slum takes treatment into own hands...Mauritania shuts border with Mali...U.S. MILITARY BEGINS TRAINING RAPID-RESPONSE TEAM...Border Patrol Readies Agents For Infectious Disease Fight...
  • Banker suicides continue...

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Banker suicides continue...(Third column, 22nd story, link)
  • French unemployment hits record high...

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    French unemployment hits record high...(Third column, 21st story, link)
  • Iran Hangs Woman for Killing Alleged Rapist...

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Iran Hangs Woman for Killing Alleged Rapist...(Third column, 23rd story, link)
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    Drudge Retort

  • Texas Threatens Woman with Jail for Seeking Voter ID

    rcade
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    An Austin, Texas woman told MSNBC she was threatened with jail time for having an out-of-state driver's license when she went to apply for a voter identification card so she could vote under the state's controversial ID law. She said she was so intimidated she left without getting the ID she needed -- and which she'd been trying to get for a year. Lynne Messinger's account highlights the obstacles that some Texans face as they try to obtain a voter ID — despite the state’s assurances that getting one doesn’t pose a burden.
  • Hatchet Attack on N.Y.C. Cops Act of Terrorism

    pirate
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    A broad-daylight hatchet assault on a group of New York City police officers -- leaving one critically injured with a head wound -- was carried out by a self-radicalized convert to Islam in what officials Friday termed a terrorist attack. The attacker, identified as Zale H. Thompson, was hiding behind a bus shelter before he attacked Officer Kenneth Healey, who remains in critical condition, and three of his on-duty colleagues as they posed for a picture. Thompson converted to Islam two years ago and then at some point self-radicalized, John Miller, the NYPD's deputy counterterrorism chief,…
  • Thou Shalt Not Drive Over Ten Commandments

    HeliumRat
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    A driver smashed the Ten Commandments monument near the Oklahoma City Capitol to pieces Thursday night. Suspect Michael Tate Reed Jr., 29, was taken to a mental health facility on an emergency order of detention after the incident. Reed, who allegedly urinated on the monument before running it over, said Satan told him to do it, Secret Service officials said. He also threatened to kill President Barack Obama.
  • Anthony Weiner Pulls Another Boner on Twitter

    rcade
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner still hasn't figured out how to use Twitter without making himself look like a lech. Gawker discovered that he used the favorites button on only one Twitter post on his verified account -- a selfie of a young woman in revealing attire whose bio states, "Filling in for your wife since 2001. Indulge your sexual fantasies by having an affair."
  • Bystanders Take Down Violent Man at DFW Airport

    rcade
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    A man yelling homophobic slurs at an older man at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport assaulted the man and was taken down by a crowd of bystanders in around six seconds, as caught on video. Airport officials confirmed the incident took place and the man was arrested. The video doesn't show what startsed the incident, but the man said before the assault he was upset about being filmed.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Sarah, Bristol & The Recurrence Of The Eternal Victim

    Josh Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As you've likely seen Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol have now spoken out about their notorious boozy family brawl, recasting Bristol's attack on the event's host as a morality tale about violence against women and media bias. We should note that probably no one in American public life better embodies the echo-chamber of digital life. Most prominent public figures say their piece and then various memes and jabs and more bubble their way up from Twitter or blogs or whatever other parts of the digital commons. With Palin, they're always packaged together as a single product. So in talking…
  • Guess They're Really Really Really Sure

    Josh Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Obama meets with Dallas nurse cured of Ebola. Photos.
  • Palin Speaks Out

    Josh Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Palin says coverage of family's drunken brawl reveals depth of media's rage against conservative women.
  • A Look Inside the Increasingly Bizarre Uber-Taxi Wars

    Josh Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Taxi Industry Ad: Sure, Take Uber ... if you don't mind getting raped.
  • NYC Patient Tests Positive For Ebola

    David Kurtz
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The doctor hospitalized today at Bellevue Hospital in NYC with ebola symptoms has tested positive for the virus, The New York Times is reporting. Dr. Craig Spencer returned to NYC Oct. 14 after treating ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.
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    Political Animal

  • Odds & Ends

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    At this point, it's pretty much indisputable that something has snapped in George Will's mind and that he has abandoned all pretext of conforming to journalistic standards of honesty. In fact, I seriously question whether or not he's lost his grip on reality. If Breitbart.com is saying it, it is almost guaranteed that it isn't true or that it never happened. This is another one of those cases. Maybe I'm wrong, but my impression growing up in the 1970's and 1980's is that no one would feel the need to ask whether or not the poor (or anyone other than felons) should be allowed to vote. That's…
  • A Look at the Alaska Senate Race

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Alaska Senate race pits freshman incumbent Democrat Mark Begich against former Attorney General and Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Dan Sullivan. The race also includes libertarian candidate Mark Fish and Ted Gianoutsos, who is non-affiliated with any party. Because of its size and the extent of its wilderness, Alaska is notoriously expensive and difficult to poll, but Sullivan has been persistently leading in the polls for months by margins anywhere from two to six percentage points. Of course, that changed today with the release of a poll that shows Begich leading…
  • A Look at the Colorado Senate Race

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    As I discussed yesterday at the green place, of all the unexpected twists and turns of this year's midterm election cycle, nothing has surprised and flummoxed me more as an analyst than the Senate race in Colorado between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner. Sen. Udall held a narrow but persistent lead in the polls all year until early September. Ever since, he has been trailing in virtually every poll, and the trend into October has been getting worse. This has confused me for a couple of reasons. I can't think of anything that Sen. Udall has done to…
  • Get well soon, Kevin Drum

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Regular readers of Kevin Drum's blog over at Mother Jones have been girding themselves for bad news ever since Monday, when he reported that he had to be taken to the ER. The proximate cause was a compression fracture in one of his lumbar bones, he wrote, but then added: "Without either oversharing or being coy, there's a chance this could turn out to be pretty serious." A few update posts from the hospital followed about various painful tests he was undergoing, but only yesterday evening did he share the diagnosis that the tests, alas, confirmed: multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma…
  • The Alchemy of Making Election Predictions

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Four years can be a long time in politics, and one midterm cycle may not resemble the one immediately preceding it. For a pollster, political scientist, or basement-dwelling blogger, there are tools and practices that can be put to use to assist the gut in making predictions about electoral outcomes. The ones we are most familiar with are efforts to discern patterns in the electorate's behavior by looking at the broadest relevant data set that can be obtained. Yet, from a scientific point of view, we hold so few elections and our elections (e.g. general vs. midterm vs. local) are so distinct…
 
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  • Where was President Obama?

    Michelle Malkin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Where was President Obama? by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 President Obama says he’s “shaken” by this week’s violent attacks on three soldiers in Ottawa by an Islamic jihadist. He immediately phoned Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer support and “solidarity.” He vowed to “remain vigilant.” Too bad Obama didn’t show the same resolve after multiple attacks and plots against our troops by Muslim terrorists on our soil. And I’m not just talking about the “workplace violence” of jihadist Nidal…
  • Number of people saying ‘do not panic’ about Ebola might be about to drop now that it’s in NYC

    Doug Powers
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers A doctor who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola in New York City: A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers…
  • Caption DWS after being asked which Senate Dems Obama has been campaigning for

    Doug Powers
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers It’s a good thing they didn’t ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she voted for Obama — she might have gone full-blown “Scanners” (via Twitchy): The latest awkward moment between President Obama and Democrats has arrived http://t.co/6drjZtbDli https://t.co/YfG4iPVvRH — Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) October 23, 2014 “Homina homina homina…” Caption away! Just to get things started: “What do you mean you can’t find my perm kit?” New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is among those Dems who know that if…
  • Shocker! Somehow a voting machine in Cook County, Illinois knows just what to do

    Doug Powers
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Who’s up for a re-run of “The Daley Show”? The “honest mistakes” with these things almost always favor Democrats — even more so when we’re talking about voting machines in Cook County, Illinois: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats. Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library. “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my…
  • Obama question dodge of the day: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen twists self into pretzel

    Doug Powers
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers At yesterday’s New Hampshire Senate debate, incumbent Jeanne Shaheen didn’t deny that she’s voted with Obama 99 percent of the time (I was surprised it was that low), but when asked to answer yes or no to the question of whether Obama’s done a good job, Shaheen went into full “pretzel twist” mode: The moderator should have asked her if she voted for Obama and it might have gotten really funny. Other Dems are also attempting to run out the clock on this election, and Chris Matthews said “it’s like Obama has Ebola”…
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    TIME

  • Clinton and Warren, Together At Last

    Joe Klein
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren appeared on the same stage today, in the ballroom at Boston’s Park Plaza, but at different times. There must be some significance in that, right? Uh, no. Their appearances were complementary, not competitive. We tend to overanalyze these things at times… but it was fun to compare and contrast, all the same, as both women worked to gin up support for Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate in the Massachusetts Governor race, as she seemed to slip behind her Republican opponent Charles Baker. Warren went first and emphasized Coakley’s…
  • Former White House Counsel Takes Name Out of Running for Attorney General

    Zeke J Miller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Former White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler has removed her name from consideration to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, a White House official confirmed Friday. Ruemmler, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, was seen as the front-runner for the nomination, which would have required Senate confirmation. Obama asked Ruemmler to consider taking the job in September, shortly after Holder informed Obama he intended to step down after nearly six years on the job. “She took the step this week at her own volition,” the official said. Regardless of the outcome of…
  • #AskTIME Subcriber Q and A: Haley Sweetland Edwards

    Melissa August
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome to TIME Subscriber Q&A, with TIME political correspondent, Haley Sweetland Edwards, who has written this week’s cover story on David Welch, the tech titan who has taken on public school reform. MrObvious asks, I don’t know if there’s a serious reflection among journalists in the current Ebola scare and other issues, but do any of you feel the slightest responsibility for fomenting this panic through wall to wall coverage of PANIC NOW? I ask because this week alone we’ve had several written articles on both how scary terrible Ebola is and how unlikely it…
  • Report: Investigators Mistreated Monica Lewinsky in Clinton Probe

    denvernicks2014
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was mistreated in 1998 by authorities who were looking into her alleged affair with former President Bill Clinton, according to a newly released government report from two years after the incident. The report, thought to be sealed from the public but recently obtained by the Washington Post via a Freedom of Information Act request, details a 12-hour meeting in January 1998 between Lewinsky, FBI agents and prosecutors. Lewinsky had been scheduled to meet with Linda Tripp, a White House secretary, at the food court of a Washington, D.C.-area mall.
  • These Are the Most Democratic and Most Republican States

    Alex Rogers
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Alabama is the most Republican state in the union and Washington the most Democratic, according to a new ranking guide published by the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill. The paper’s results mirror but don’t completely match up with last year’s Gallup ranking of the most liberal and conservative states, which set Alabama as the most conservative state and Massachusetts as the most liberal. Gallup conducted its list through 2012 interviews, while The Hill analyzed congressional delegations, the makeup of state legislatures and recent presidential elections. Rounding out the…
 
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  • To hug or not to hug -- that was never a question

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    To hug or not to hug? That was not a question for President Obama, who invited previously Ebola-stricken nurse Nina Pham to the White House Friday for a visit and a hug in the Oval Office.
  • 4 issues raised at the House Ebola hearing

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned Friday the President's choice of Ron Klain to manage efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States.
  • 4 issues raised at the House Ebola hearing

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned Friday the President's choice of Ron Klain to manage efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States.
  • Clinton praises Warren, not vice versa

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    When Hillary Clinton joins candidates across the country, there is a standard formula for those introducing her: Rev up the crowd, tout candidates on the ballot, speak positively about Hillary Clinton.
  • Clinton praises Warren, not vice versa

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    When Hillary Clinton joins candidates across the country, there is a standard formula for those introducing her: Rev up the crowd, tout candidates on the ballot, speak positively about Hillary Clinton.
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  • Ebola: More calls for travel bans or quarantines

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Ebola virus's arrival in New York City and yet another West African nation — Mali — renewed questions about whether stricter travel restrictions would help lock down the deadly disease. The governors of New York and New Jersey went ahead and issued their own quarantine order.
  • AdWatch: Democrats make much of NC toll project

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — TITLES: "Map." ''Toll."
  • Botswana ruling party leads in early election results

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in Saturday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said. There had been delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had been received so far, the Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Osupile Maroba told AFP. Parliamentary results will also determine who will be president for the next five years, with incumbent Ian Khama of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) expected to win a second term. The IEC had…
  • Roberts scarcely mentions long ag record in Kansas

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — One would hardly know from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts' campaign speech that he is revered as a champion of Kansas' all-important farm economy.
  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
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    Political Irony

  • Smokin’ Irony!

    Iron Knee
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Reynolds American, the maker of Camel cigarettes and the second-largest producer of tobacco products in the US, has decided to ban smoking from its corporate offices. A corporate spokesman says “We’re well aware that there will be folks who see this as an irony, but we believe it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it.” Not only that, but the CEO of Reynolds is urging the FDA to take faster action in regulating e-cigarettes. Yes, the company who used cartoon characters in a despicable attempt to get more children addicted to smoking, knowingly lied for years about…
  • Profiles in Irony

    Iron Knee
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Thom Tillis, Republican candidate for the US Senate in North Carolina. Last year, as Speaker of the assembly in North Carolina, Tillis led the fight to pass a bill rejecting Medicaid expansion (a key part of Obamacare). According to Tillis “An expansion of Medicaid would cost North Carolina taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars through 2021.” He also said “If these liberal activists were truly serious about reducing the cost of health insurance, they would be in Washington protesting Obamacare, an abomination that has caused insurance premiums to skyrocket for working…
  • The Big Lie

    Iron Knee
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow The Big Lie is a propaganda technique that involves telling a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” It works mainly because it is almost impossible to dispute it, because almost anything you can say just lends credence to the lie itself. After all, in order to argue against a lie, you have to tacitly admit that it is something worth a rebuttal. Lately, the Big Lie has been even more effective, as the media has somehow come to believe that in order to be…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    “They just announced that the budget deficit has shrunk to only $486 billion, which is the lowest it’s been since President Obama took office. Obama said, ‘Well, I guess we’ll just have to work harder … Wait, is that good news?'” – Jimmy Fallon “They’re getting ready for Halloween at the White House. The pumpkins they’re carving came out of Michelle Obama’s garden. She raised the pumpkins, and the knife they’re using to carve came from a guy who hopped over the fence.” – David Letterman “Today President Obama…
  • Conservative Utopia?

    Iron Knee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This blog reported in August about how Kansas senator Sam Brownback was creating a conservative utopia with no taxes for businesses, and massive cuts to schools and other social programs. He had plenty of help from the Koch brothers, who are headquartered in Wichita. And the state legislature, after getting rid of most of those pesky Democrats even purged all their moderate Republicans. Even back in August, their “conservative experiment” was showing signs of not working out like they said it would. Well, it has gotten even worse, as reported by the Daily Show: Related posts:…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Ebola and the Fear That Makes Us Stupid

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Who says that ordinary Americans can't make a difference? Last week, a few hundred frightened, insular people in Oklahoma City got millions of Africans scratching their heads on just how stupid Americans can be. The story may have been tucked into page 10 of your newspaper or newsfeed but I saw it all over the front pages in Nairobi: As the opportunity of a lifetime, 24 kids from an orphanage choir in Kenya had come to the U.S, to give a series of concerts to raise money to help poor children in rural Kenya. Supported by faith-based charities in Oklahoma City, the kids had scheduled their…
  • The Handshake of Asia's Dreams?

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Rumor has it that in early November, on the sidelines of the big, Asian regional economic meeting called APEC China's President Xi Jiping and Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo might shake hands. A far cry if so from last January during the World Economic Forum at Davos when Xi and Abe did not meet but nonetheless managed to make international headlines together by getting into a rhetorical slugfest through comments made separately to reporters summoning the specter of 1914. This added shot of World War I to the usual cocktail of claims and denials about World War II -- a blend of well-known…
  • ISIS Launches New Attack On Syria's Kobani

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Fighters from the Islamic State group launched Saturday a new offensive on the northern Syrian town of Kobani after shelling the area from their positions nearby, activists and a Kurdish official said. Heavy fighting took place in Kobani Saturday afternoon and many mortar shells were fired into the town. Machinegun fire could be clearly heard from inside the town where black smoke was billowing. The U.S. Central Command said an airstrike destroyed an IS artillery piece near Kobani. In the afternoon, warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition could be heard flying over…
  • Nurse Under Ebola Quarantine Criticizes Her Treatment

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Kaci Hickox, the first nurse to be quarantined under a strict new policy on her return from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, criticized her treatment in a Dallas Morning News op-ed on Saturday. Her words echoed concerns voiced by medical professionals that a mandatory 21-day quarantine for doctors and nurses who have treated Ebola patients would deter volunteers from signing on to fight the epidemic. "I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa," Hickox wrote. "I am scared that, like me, they…
  • Scott Walker Based 'Living Wage' Ruling On Restaurant Industry Study

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Under pressure to raise the state's minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need. Low-wage workers had filed a complaint charging that the state's minimum wage -- $7.25 -- did not constitute a "living wage" as mandated by state law. But the Republican governor's administration, after examining the issue, announced on Oct. 6 that it found "no reasonable cause" for the workers' complaint. That official government finding, according to documents reviewed by the International Business Times, was largely based on information provided by the state's…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Mike Huckabee: My Fox News Show Helps Me For 2016

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says his Fox News platform is helping him in the crucial primary state of Iowa. A Huckabee profile from Real Clear Politics (RCP) documents the Fox host's recent trip to Iowa to support Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. According to reporter Scott Conroy, Huckabee was approached by several "Iowa Republican activists and volunteers" who told the Fox News host that they regularly watch his show. Huckabee reportedly cited his platform at the network with helping put him in a "very good place to be" as he…
  • Allen West On Ottawa Attack: "Shut Down" Mosques Of Perpetrators And Deport The Imams

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Fox News contributor Allen West believes the Western world should respond to the Ottawa terrorist attack by shutting down "the mosques and Islamic Centers where these individuals are attending" and deporting the imams. West added that closing these places "of so-called worship" is "the only way we send a message into the Muslim communities" that we're "not going to tolerate these snake pits of sedition." West was speaking on the October 23 edition of BlogTalkRadio's REELTalk. Here's his reaction to the Ottawa attack: WEST: But I think, Audrey, the real thing…
  • After Dodging Iowa Press, Joni Ernst Retreats To Fox News

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    After spending weeks avoiding interviews with Iowa newspaper editorial boards who threatened to ask substantive policy questions, Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst took refuge on Fox News, where hosts lavished her with uncritical praise. Ernst has recently come under fire after cancelling or declining meetings with the editorial boards of major Iowa newspapers. Staff at key Iowa papers told Media Matters that Ernst's recent avoidance of them is nearly unprecedented and pointed to the importance of local papers as forum for candidates "to explain one's positions" to voters in her…
  • Mark Levin Says Eric Holder Is Guilty Of "Hate Crimes, If You Will," In Ferguson, MO

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    From the October 23 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Mark Levin Show.Previously:   Conservative Media Race-Baiting: Ferguson Edition Fox Chops Context From Clip To Claim Eric Holder Is "Picking A Side" In Ferguson Fox's Bolling Doubts Eric Holder Can "Be Fair And Balanced" On "A Race Case" Like Michael Brown Shooting
  • Ingraham: CO Senate Candidate Cory Gardner "Needs To Move Closer" To The Extreme Right On Immigration

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    From the October 24 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:Previously: Ingraham Urges Listeners: Support Senate Candidate Scott Brown "Right This Very Moment" Because He Opposes "Amnesty" Laura Ingraham Campaigned Against Eric Cantor To Push Her Perfect Anti-Immigrant Candidate To Victory Laura Ingraham: Advocating Immigration Reform Means "The End Of The Road" For Paul Ryan
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Think Before you Post: Stop Insulting Celebrities Online

    Pia Glenn
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I’d like to see an end to all unprovoked online attacks on any of us, but this is an informal continuation of thought from this post, about certain female celebrities and the varying degrees of public scorn they’ve recently received. Having said that, I’d like to take a step back and urge you to question why you or anyone would take to the internet to insult a celebrity to begin with. There are true internet trolls who crave a sort of sick attention, but there are also a number of otherwise psychologically sound people who still see fit to use their social media pages to call certain…
  • #TWIBprime #593 | Who Is Human?

    aaron rand freeman
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Who Is Human? Who Decides? #TeamBlackness discusses the latest in #GamerGate shenanigans, the latest “leak” from the Mike Brown shooting, and a Fox News suggestion to young women regarding voting. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Renée Zellweger, Iggy Azalea, and Playing Favorites with Female Celebrities

    Pia Glenn
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few days ago, actress Renée Zellweger appeared at a film industry event and her appearance in the red carpet photos was heavily questioned and criticized. There were questions about possible plastic surgery that may have taken place, and many insults aimed at her age, facial structure, and industry standing. I’m not writing about Renée Zellweger’s face. I find the media pile-on and the social media vitriol horrific and I salute those who clapped back. #ReneeZellweger remained a trending topic as the day went on, which is like a calendar year in internet time. Over on Twitter, I began…
  • #TWIBafterDARK #45 | Teachers Gone Wild

    aaron rand freeman
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    The Double Standard. Feminista and N’Jaila discuss the epidemic of teachers engaging in sexual relationships with their students, including the gender double standard, and the problem with downplaying the damage caused by sexual abuse. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Feminista Jones @FeministaJones Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE]
  • #TWIBprime #592 | Go Vote Please

    aaron rand freeman
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Voting Affects Human Lives. #TeamBlackness discusses a proper use of white privilege, the terrible Ray Rice costume, Photoshopping in Black support, and a potential new law in Tennessee reminds us all why voting is so important. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
 
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    Wonkette

  • Deleted Comments of the Week: We Need To Worry About Guns Because ‘White Is Almost A Minority’

    Doktor Zoom
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Another Saturday, another trip to the comments queue! We never know what sort of detritus we’re going to fish out, but we can always guarantee that it would benefit from a few passes with a high-pressure steam hose. This week, we don’t seem to have any overwhelming theme, just a mixed grab bag of stupid. Last week, we ran a Morning Maddow clip on the improving math skills of Washington voters, who are finally figuring out that it makes little sense to tell pollsters they support both of the state’s diametrically-opposed gun regulation initiatives. There wasn’t actually…
  • Your Wonkette Week In Review: Good Stuff You Should Have Read But Didn’t. What’s Wrong With You?

    Doktor Zoom
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    It’s the week-end, and time for all of us to rest from our labours (in theory, at least) and devote our time to pursuing leisure, sport and recreation, huzzah! Or at least catch up on the Wonkette stories you may have missed during the week. And to help, here are the ten best, at least as reflected by the number of times they’ve been shared on the Facebook. Don’t see a favorite here? Well then, by golly, make sure you share your favorites next week, ya slacker. And so, with no further ado, the week’s Top Ten: 10: Cliven Bundy appeared as a “brave white man”…
  • These Candy Corn Jell-o Shots Will Feed Your Sweet Tooth, With Booze

    Mojopo
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    We are eating Candy Corn Jell-O Shots for Halloween. Coconut, orange, and pineapple gelatin with vodka — party in the test kitchen! The best part about this recipe is that is doesn’t taste like a Candy Corn at all. Remember nibbling off the white tip, biting into orange, and feeling totally ripped off by the time you ate the yellow part? The whole niblet tasted the same. Imagine a Halloween candy with integrity, in a world where vivid color aligns with juicy expectations (plus vodka). Pile on with creepy gelatin — a nervous food that is still moving while you eat it. Are we…
  • Stupid Swimsuit Model Does Not Respect The Gun, Should Probably Die

    Doktor Zoom
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    On Wednesday, you may recall, there was some gunplay in Canada, which was terrible and wrong because the shooting was done by a bad guy with a gun, who was then stopped by a good guy — actually a pretty awesome guy – with a gun. And people wrote all kinds of things about it on the Twitterbox, as one does. Unfortunately, one of the people who went and had an opinion about it was swimsuit model person Chrissy Teigen, who wrote the most OUTRAGEOUSLY INSANE thing about guns ever: The internet being the internet, of course, Umbrage was Taken on a number of fronts. Some people were…
  • Peggy Noonan Writes Column, Eats Horse Tranquilizers (Not In That Order)

    Gary Legum
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The bleating of sirens drifted up to her pied-a-terre high above the Manhattan streets, leaking through the duct tape she had used to seal all her windows. Oh sure, one heard sirens in New York all the time, but this was now the Age of Ebola and the wails took on a certain…ominousness, as if she was living in the flashback scenes in I Am Legend. She slipped aside her facemask long enough to gulp down the rest of her highball, then resettled the respirator as she crossed to the wet bar to fix herself another. If only that terrible blackamoor in the White House had listened to her last week…
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    Hot Air

  • Iran executes 967th person under Hassan Rouhani. And it’s a woman

    Jazz Shaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Not that the rest of the world doesn’t have its share of bad news, but this is just a reminder of who it is we are dealing with in Iran. (Or, more correctly, who the President may be dealing with.) Since becoming president last year, Hassan Rouhani has overseen Iran’s execution of 967 people. The […] Read this post »
  • Chris McDaniel appeal rejected in state supreme court

    Jazz Shaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Denied. Again. Everyone’s attention is focused on the general elections coming up a week from Tuesday, but in at least one state there was a primary which wasn’t quite officially over until this week. Down in Mississippi, it appears that Chris McDaniel’s rather quixotic battle to overturn the primary win of Thad Cochran may have finally come […] Read this post »
  • Video: Palin-bashing CNN anchor claimed Michelle Obama signed bill into law

    Ed Morrissey
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Forget civility. How about civics? A sillier moment than earlier this week for CNN’s Carol Costello, but perhaps just as revealing. In May, when new nutritional regulations on school lunches endorsed by Michelle Obama came under criticism for a number of reasons — including the fact that kids weren’t eating the meals any more — the CNN anchor led a sympathetic […] View the video »
  • Everything is changing after Ferguson, and it should

    Jazz Shaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Untruth and Consequenes Our friend Matt Lewis, now apparently writing at The Daily Beast, has a thought provoking essay up this weekend on the aftermath of the new revelations about the Michael Brown shooting. Titled Untruth and Consequences, Matt begins by saying that it may finally be time for those who jumped to immediate conclusions about what happened […] Read this post »
  • The Marysville school shooting was politicized in about, oh… three minutes

    Jazz Shaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Predictable First, an update on the tragedy in Marysville. As Allahpundit warned yesterday, early reporting on such a breaking news story is rarely reliable, and many of the initial claims from people on the scene turned out to be distorted or false. But as more details emerge, the pictures begins to come clear. The shooter, tentatively […] Read this post »
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Learn About The Real Estate Techniques That Separate The Pros From The Amateurs

    Randy
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    TIP! Try and be moderate in your negotiations in regards to real estate. Many individuals want to try an extremely aggressive approach, but this doesn’t always work in their favor. Buying real estate can be stressful and exciting. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could make mistakes that have long-term consequences. You can avoid those mistakes by learning the valuable tips that are in the article that is below. 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…
  • It Is Possible To Get Affordable Dental Insurance

    Randy
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    TIP! When it’s time to renew your insurance policy or change providers, have the agent give you a new quote. Insurance companies use different criteria for determining policy premiums, and every one is different. By following these tips, you will have a better understanding of your existing policies. You will also be able to choose new policies with greater skill. You are more than likely overpaying for your coverage and may not have the coverage you truly need. Get a better handle on insurance basics and choosing options that meet your needs with these suggestions. TIP! To help you get…
  • Strategies That Will Work For You When Dealing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    TIP! Always maintain realistic expectations about your investments. It is common knowledge that stock market success and overnight riches do not happen instantly, unless you do a lot of high risk trading. While most people know someone who has become rich by investing in the stock market, most people also know someone who has been made bankrupt by the stock market. You need to be able to distinguish sound investments from ones that will cost you a lot of money. The more you know about investing, the more likely it will be that you will end up turning a profit on the stock market. The…
  • Make Your Home Based Business Work For You

    Randy
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    TIP! Make sure you understand your production costs on homemade items. Wholesale prices are usually double the cost of production. There are many benefits to having a home business enterprise, including flexible hours and calling the shots. You have the opportunity to work on something you are passionate about. Interested in starting one? Look to the tips here to help you reap the rewards today. TIP! When you are going to hire people to help with your home business, it is important to do your research on them. The people that you hire must be dependable and knowledgeable with regard to the…
  • Read On For Home Buying Tips You Should Know

    Randy
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    TIP! When negotiating with a seller, make a reasonable offer. Many times people are too aggressive because they are trying to get the best price, and they end up losing out entirely. Real estate can be a complicated topic for anyone to learn. So before you take a leap into the market, make sure that you first educate yourself about the topic. Knowing what you are getting yourself into can give you the advantage of foreseeing problems before they arise, and protect your family and you from hardship in the future. For some tips and advice on the art of buying real estate, read on. TIP! If a…
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Marie Formica
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    #NATIONAL Next time you’re too hungover to work, try these; speaking of which, your job could be worse; apparently not everyone at cigarette companies are smokers; McDonald’s can taste really good y’all; the best thing the internet has ever done; FSU is in town = hide the crab legs; “OK, I get it, you hate [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Story Partners Hosts Election 2014 with Top Pollsters

    fdc
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Story Partners, Washington’s leading strategic public affairs firm, hosted a group of industry influential and members of the media for an Election 2014 Pollster Preview at the home of Chairman Gloria Story Dittus. Guests heard from pollsters Amy Walter, Whit Ayres, and Michael Bloomfield about their election predictions and the political implications of the results. [...]The post Story Partners Hosts Election 2014 with Top Pollsters appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Marie Formica
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    #NATIONAL A man, a fan; Joe Biden in aviators with cash; also Joe Biden and dogs that look like Joe Biden; they’re letting just anyone into the ol’ U.N. Security Council these days; do Texas healthcare workers just want to kill everyone? jeez; this healthcare worker definitely wants to kill everyone; where did this space [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Mattie Duppler Leaving ATR For the Hill

    nolongerfamous
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    After five years at Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Mattie Duppler is leaving her post as the Director of Budget and Regulatory Policy to move to the hill. She’ll be joining the House Republican Conference chaired by Cathy McMorris Rodgers as their Coalitions Director. In addition to crafting policy, Mattie was a regular the [...]The post Mattie Duppler Leaving ATR For the Hill appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    #NATIONAL Your name can go to Mars; Google hired a camel for desert streetview; skip the jack-o-lantern, make a keg; you have a carefully engineered craving for bacon; yes, your dog heard and understood that; Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel – Senate elections edition; Is brunch for jerks? Discuss; Maureen Dowd should try a rookie [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Banking Services

  • Banking in Myanmar: Twinned with South Sudan

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The world’s biggest economic problem Fly Title:  Banking in Myanmar Rubric:  Myanmar has licensed a few foreign banks. Its financial sector is still broken Location:  YANGON Main image:  Spot the gilded facade Spot the gilded facade SPEND a few days in Yangon, and you can almost believe you are in a country with a functioning financial sector. ATMs, completely absent just a few years ago, now dot the city. Credit cards are increasingly (though still not widely) accepted. Outside the big cities, however, this façade…
  • A Swiss banker on trial: A day of reckoning?

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  A Swiss banker on trial Rubric:  Raoul Weil has gone on trial for aiding tax evasion Main image:  20141018_wbp503.jpg IN 2008 Bradley Birkenfeld, an American working for UBS, blew the whistle on the giant Swiss bank’s offshore operations, which had helped thousands of rich Americans to dodge their taxes. Among the lurid details that he revealed was the use of encrypted laptops, the smuggling of diamonds in toothpaste tubes for clients, and evidence of bankers travelling to America on tourist visas to avoid arousing…
  • ING: Up and at ’em

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Party v the people Fly Title:  ING Rubric:  Slim, trim and solvent, ING is looking to regain its disruptive mojo Location:  AMSTERDAM LESS than a decade ago ING Group, with its orange lion logo, was the epitome of finance rampant. Its banking, insurance and asset-management activities sprawled across the globe. Today, as it emerges early from a state bail-out precipitated by its large portfolio of American mortgages, it is again an example—this time of the sort of institution that new, more demanding prudential rules…
  • Arab Bank: Consorting with terrorists

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Fly Title:  Arab Bank Rubric:  A venerable Jordanian bank is found complicit in terrorist attacks Location:  New York AFTER a six-week trial it took only two days for a jury to find that Arab Bank knowingly provided assistance to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that runs Gaza, and consequently was complicit in two dozen terrorist attacks Hamas launched between 2001 and 2004 in which Americans were hurt or killed. The case was originally filed a decade ago and this week’s verdict notwithstanding, it…
  • Business this week

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Mission relaunched Main image:  20140927_WWC772.png The superlatives came thick and fast to describe Alibaba’s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. It was the world’s biggest, raising $25 billion after underwriters exercised an option for extra shares at the debut price of $68, and it was far ahead of Facebook’s IPO, which had held the record for a tech flotation. Alibaba’s share price rose 38% on the first day of trading, though it fell back somewhat in following sessions. Capping it all Jack Ma, who founded the company, was…
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    Democracy Now!

  • European Privacy in the Age of Snowden: We Need a Debate About What Intelligence Agencies Are Doing

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    As the movie "Citizenfour" about National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden opens in theaters in the United States, we look at the impact his leaks have had on the debate over online privacy in Europe. The Austrian newspaper Der Standard reports the NSA has accessed nearly 70 percent of telecommunications in Vienna, home to thousands of diplomats from around the world. Earlier this year, Germany ordered the removal of a top U.S. intelligence official in the country after leaks from Snowden showed the United States was monitoring the communications of millions of Germans…
  • Former Weapons Inspector in Iraq Questions Claims that Iran Hiding Nuclear Tests

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    We are broadcasting from Vienna, where the six world powers leading nuclear negotiations with Iran have set a November deadline to reach a deal to constrain Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing Western sanctions. Earlier this month, a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency found Iran is meeting its commitments under a temporary deal. But Western diplomats say Iran has refused to provide information about alleged experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon. Information on the experiments is reportedly contained in an intelligence document the…
  • Obama Promised a "World Without Nuclear Weapons," But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    We are on the road in the historic city of Vienna, Austria, not far from the Czech Republic where President Obama gave a major address in 2009 that called for a nuclear-free world. His disarmament efforts were cited when he won the Nobel Peace Prize, but since then advocates say little progress has been made. A recent New York Times investigation found the United States is on pace to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades to modernize its nuclear arsenal and facilities. This week, more than 150 countries at the United Nations signed a joint statement calling on nuclear…
  • Headlines for October 24, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    New York City, Mali Report First Cases of EbolaAfrican Union Pledges 1,600 New Health Workers for EbolaCanada to Expand Surveillance, Detention Powers After ShootingU.S. "Coordinating Very Closely" with Canada After AttacksISIS Claims Iraqi Village; Offensive by Iraqi Forces Could Take MonthsJudge Orders U.S. to Justify Withholding of Torture Photographs Mexico: Guerrero Governor Resigns over Disappearance of 43 StudentsU.S. Judge Considers U.N. Immunity in Haiti Cholera CaseMumia Abu-Jamal Responds to New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners' SpeechPrivate Autopsy: Teen Shot…
  • Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Execs Remain Free as Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts against four Blackwater operatives involved in the 2007 massacre at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. On Wednesday, the jury found one guard, Nicholas Slatten, guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards were convicted of voluntary manslaughter: Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard. The jury is still deliberating on additional charges against the operatives, who faced a combined 33 counts. The operatives were tried for the deaths of 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians who died when their Blackwater unit opened fire. We speak to Jeremy…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Google Executive Alan Eustace Completes Record Breaking Skydive From 135,890 Feet

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Two years ago German professional daredevil Felix Baumgartner thrilled the world with a skydiving jump from the incredible, almost inconceivable, height of 128,100 feet, just outside what could be called the measurable atmosphere of the Earth. The jump was so high that, due to lack of oxygen and air pressure, Baumgartner had to wear a specialized pressure suit not unlike what the astronauts on the International Space Station wear when they do an exterior space walk. Baumgarnter broke a record that had been held for some 52 years by Air Force test pilot Joseph Kittinger, but earlier this week…
  • Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Late yesterday, a Federal Judge issued a temporary stay against a New Jersey plan that would have allowed sports betting to go forward in the state starting this weekend: A federal judge on Friday blocked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s push to legalize sports betting, dealing another blow to the state’s yearslong fight to allow wagering on professional and collegiate athletic events. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order against New Jersey, granting a request made in a lawsuit filed by the National Football League, the National Collegiate…
  • Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Over the summer, there was much discussion, and even calls from some quarters on the right, for Congress to consider impeaching President Obama for alleged acts of illegal Executive overreach on issues ranging from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to actions he has taken in relation to immigration such as the Deferred Act For Childhood Arrivals program, which gives temporary relief to some people who are here illegally but were brought here while they were children. While those calls were dismissed and rejected by Congressional leadership, it seemed apparent that there was no…
  • Kevin Drum Has Cancer

    James Joyner
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    Kevin Drum reports that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, for which he has already started treatment. The news isn’t all bad: I’m young, I’m not displaying either anemia or kidney problems, and treatments have improved a lot over the past decade. So my short-term prognosis is pretty positive. Treatment involves two to three months of fairly mild chemotherapy, which has already started, followed by a bone marrow transplant. My oncologist thinks I have a very good chance of complete remission. The longer-term prognosis is less…
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Against Chris McDaniel In Dispute Over GOP Senate Primary

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Of all the races in the 2014 midterm cycle, none have been stranger than the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi. The race started as one of many of the Tea Party backed challenges to a long-time incumbent Republican Senator, but it soon turned strange when, just weeks before the primary, a political blogger who was a supporter of Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party back candidate challenging Senator Thad Cochran, was arrested in connection with a break-in at the nursing home where Cochran’s wife is being treated for dementia that quickly expanded into something of a conspiracy when…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 23, 2014 Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism
  • ‘Left, Right & Center’: Fear in Canada and Ebola in New York

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the shooting on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, the Doctors Without Borders physician with Ebola in New York City, and whether Republicans will win all six competitive seats in the Senate. Related Entries October 24, 2014 A Revisionist Take on President Obama October 23, 2014 Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General
  • Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    By Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change. Related Entries October 25, 2014 The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t October 24, 2014 Oil Boom Prompts U.S. to Push for Crude Exports
  • Debt Until You Die: How Some Senior Citizens Are Still Paying Off Their Student Loans

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
        Do we really want to be the kind of country that leaves our elderly in poverty over their desire for an education? Shutterstock Crushing student loan debt is not only applicable to the young and penniless. Some senior citizens are seeing their Social Security checks garnished due to student debt they couldn’t repay. And thanks to the $18.2 billion that older adults owe as of 2013, many seniors could face “a poverty-level standard of living in retirement.” So while at one end of the spectrum student debt has been holding back young college graduates faced with…
  • Is Egypt Going the Way of Syria?

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    By Juan Cole Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has declared a state of emergency for 3 months in parts of the province of North Sinai after two attacks by Muslim radical groups in that province left 30 Egyptian soldiers dead. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 24, 2014 A Revisionist Take on President Obama
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    ThinkProgress

  • ‘We Have No Choice’: Texas Latino Leaders Say They’ll Compromise On Immigration Reform

    Emily Atkin
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel greet each other at the start of their debate at Mountain View College campus, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Dallas. CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez DALLAS, TEXAS — For the last twelve years he’s been in office, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has resisted efforts to bring citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. He’s voted to militarize the southern border, has opposed the federal DREAM Act, and once sponsored a bill to more quickly deport Central…
  • Senate Candidate Claims Harry Reid Is Conspiring To Let Obama Run The Country Unilaterally

    Alice Ollstein
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    CREDIT: Alice Ollstein MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA—David Perdue, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s open Senate seat in one of the tightest races in the nation, told a crowd of supporters this weekend that Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is in cahoots with President Obama to allow him to govern through executive orders. “Why is [Reid] blocking those bills?” Perdue said to a group of Republican activists in a small town south of Atlanta. “To allow Barack Obama to run our country and our government using executive orders and regulatory mandates without…
  • Teenage Boy May Have Shot Up His School Because His Girlfriend Broke Up With Him

    Aviva Shen
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Madison Wahlgren, 15, right, and Alyssa Strand, 16, left, both students at Marysville Pilchuck High School, hold candles as they stand outside following a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash. CREDIT: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot three girls and two of his male cousins in the school cafeteria Friday morning before killing himself. One student told the Seattle Times that Fryberg was “angry about a romantic relationship he was involved in, and that the girl was one of the people shot.” CNN reported that his…
  • South Dakota’s Minimum Wage Workers Are Eating At Soup Kitchens — But They Could Get A Raise Soon

    Kira Lerner
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Banquet serves free breakfast and dinner in Sioux Falls to anyone who lines up. CREDIT: Kira Lerner SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA—In downtown Sioux Falls, The Banquet provides community members free warm meals six days a week. These meals aren’t just for the unemployed or the homeless; many minimum wage workers come to feed themselves and their families in the cafeteria-style dining room. Two weeks before South Dakotans vote on a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50, low-wage workers eating at The Banquet told ThinkProgress that the additional…
  • This Store Won’t Make Its Employees Come To Work On Thanksgiving

    Bryce Covert
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    CREDIT: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez Nordstrom told ThinkProgress that it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, resisting the trend for retailers to kick off Black Friday shopping deals on the holiday itself and thus make workers come in. “As is our tradition, our Nordstrom stores will be closed on Thanksgiving,” a spokeswoman said. “The reasoning behind that is we believe in celebrating one holiday at a time. Over the years, our tradition has been to be closed on Thanksgiving and to unveil our holiday trim the following morning.” Nordstrom joins at least five other…
 
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  • Amicus: Revenge of the Octogenarians

    Dahlia Lithwick
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Listen to Episode 3 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • The Strongest Organism on Earth

    Rachel Stewart
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    ­What’s the strongest living thing on Earth by size? Researchers learned in 2008 that it’s not an ant but the bacterium of a sexually transmitted infection. Bonus: They filmed its herculean activities on a microscopic scale.
  • Trust No One

    Cathy O'Neil
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Listen to Episode No. 24 of Slate Money:
  • “One Has a Moral Responsibility to Disobey Unjust Laws”

    Elon Green
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks and follow any writer or publisher, including Slate
  • Bad Habits

    John Dickerson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    WINGATE, North Carolina—For a short time, there was a feeling, shared by Republicans and Democrats, that Medicare and Social Security were losing their power as third rails in American politics. In the final weeks of the 2014 midterm campaigns, it seems like the electricity is once again flowing nicely. Candidates in opposing camps can agree on little, but they both know that telling horror stories about what your opponent might do to Social Security and Medicare is effective. 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Another Day, Another School Shooting

    Inae Oh
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    A school shooting took place inside the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state on Friday. The suspected gunman, a student at the high school, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to CNN. Federal officials say up to five people were shot. Roughly 50 people were present in the cafeteria at the time. At least one student has been killed, four others injured. If you feel like you're stuck watching some kind of awful repeat programming, it's because you are: According to data gathered by the reform group Everytown for Gun Safety, Friday's is the 87th…
  • We Spent Millions so Afghans Could Film Live Sports With Headless Goat Carcasses—And Screwed It Up

    Jenna McLaughlin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    In August 2011, the State Department purchased broadcast trucks for Afghan TV stations, for $3.6 million (206 million Afghanis), to help them tape live sporting events, like "buzkashi, soccer, cricket, and other sports." (Buzkashi, Afghanistan’s national sport, translates to "goat grabbing" where horse-mounted players drag a headless goat carcass towards opposing goals.) But no one has been able to watch any goat carcasses filmed by those trucks in the past two years, because those trucks didn't show up until late July. And now, they're sitting around under tarps, unused—because…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 24, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    US Navy Sailors aboard a guided missile destroyer plot on a chart during a damage control drill. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Declan Barnes)
  • Anti-Abortion Colorado Republican Candidate Tries to Pass Himself Off As Pro-Choice

    Andy Kroll
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Bob Beauprez, the Republican candidate for governor of Colorado, just joined a growing club of GOP politicians—including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Senate hopeful Scott Brown of New Hampshire—who have grossly misrepresented their stance on women's reproductive rights. In an interview aired Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio, Beauprez, a former congressman, struck a decidedly pro-choice note when asked about abortion and birth control. He said he would not stand in the way of women having access to abortions, nor would he interfere with women choosing what kind of birth…
  • New York City Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

    Inae Oh
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The New York Times reports Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who had recently been to West Africa to help treat Ebola patients, has tested positive for the disease. Spencer is the first person in New York to be diagnosed. As Spencer's identity had been confirmed late Thursday afternoon, it became known he had been bowling in Brooklyn on Wednesday, traveling via an Uber ride to and from Manhattan. "Ebola is very difficult to contract, being on the same subway car or living near someone with Ebola does not put someone at risk," de Blasio told reporters at a news conference…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Stupid Parent Tricks, Southern States Edition

    karoli
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Via Reddit, the story of what happens when conservative parents discover they didn't raise a robot. Just a quick background to set the scene.. I'm a male in my early 20s. I live at home with my parents and commute to school. I'm currently unemployed (very hard to find work in my area). I live in the southern United States - a red state. So the midterm elections are near so I decided to vote early with my family. It was me, my parents, and two siblings. All of us are adults and doing our own thing, so it's very rare for all us to be in the same car together. The ride to the polling place…
  • Illinois: What This State Needs Is A Plutocrat

    Matt Farmer
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    What do you give a guy who owns nine homes, made $60 million last year and wants to be governor of Illinois? I decided to give him the gift of music. After all, a guy who loves Wrangler jeans and Carhartt coats as much as Bruce Rauner does would probably enjoy blasting a good country song over the stereo in his 20-year-old van. So last weekend I wrote the only song in the world that mentions charter schools, the bourgeoisie and reproductive rights. It also name-checks Walter Payton, H.G. Wells and Arne Duncan. Cole Porter, Doc Pomus and Gerry Goffin are likely rolling over in their graves.
  • How Not To Treat Health Care Workers Returning From West Africa, NY-NJ Edition

    karoli
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo held a joint press conference on Friday to announce that any health care worker returning from West Africa would be subject to a mandatory 21-day quarantine upon arrival at airports in their states. Their decision was placed into effect without any notice to people on arriving flights, which left one exhausted nurse wondering why she was being treated like a criminal. Kaci Hickox arrived in New Jersey yesterday, tired, exhausted and drained after spending a month treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, only to be isolated and whisked away without an…
  • Cornel West, John Avlon And Mary Matalin Fight Over Which Reality Should Win

    karoli
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Two of the three in the discussion used facts to back their assertions. One did not. Bill Maher tried to use Paul Krugman's column as the baseline for the discussion of whether or not Obama's presidency is the disaster Matalin and West claim it is. John Avlon injected reality toward the end of the segment. Rather than argue for who is right or wrong, I'll leave it to you. As an aside: Does Mary Matalin leave you with the impression she's a marionette?
  • Huckabee Thanks Fox News For Raising His 2016 Profile

    karoli
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    It's true. Near-daily appearances on Fox News along with your very own 'pander to the wingnuts' half-hour show on weekends will certainly raise your profile with those who are devotees of Fox News, as Mike Huckabee now acknowledges out loud. Media Matters: A Huckabee profile from Real Clear Politics (RCP) documents the Fox host's recent trip to Iowa to support Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. According to reporter Scott Conroy, Huckabee was approached by several "Iowa Republican activists and volunteers" who told the Fox News host that they regularly watch his show. Huckabee reportedly…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • New Twin Peaks series?! Dear David Lynch, The Raveonettes, The Blueflowers and The Lost Patrol belong on the soundtrack

    Samuel Smith
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Three new CDs worth 15 stars from three bands that were born for Twin Peaks… You may have heard: THERE’S GOING TO BE A NEW TWIN PEAKS SERIES!!! THERE’S GOING TO BE A NEW TWIN PEAKS SERIES!!! THERE’S GOING TO BE A NEW TWIN PEAKS SERIES!!!  When … Continue reading →
  • Greetings from Brisbane, California

    Dan Ryan
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    My town of Brisbane, California is a suburb of San Francisco, butting right up against The City’s southern border. And Brisbane has a lagoon, and Caltrain railroad tracks, which are nice to have… (Picture taken at sunrise in Brisbane, California … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for October 24, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    “WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE FROM EBOLA!” “Well, no, actually …” “EBOLA! CERTAIN DEATH!” “Now see, that’s not … “ “EBOLA! EBOLA!” *gives up* Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your … Continue reading →
  • Maeve Binchy and the well written happy ending…

    Jim Booth
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Maeve Binchy’s fictional world is one where those who try to do good turn out well…as for the others…. As I’ve made clear by now to any who read my essays on the books I read, I have devoted 2014 … Continue reading →
  • Colorado’s Amendment 67: cynical and cruel, not compassionate

    Brian Angliss
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Colorado's latest zygote personhood amendment is a cynical ploy to use a tragic accident and a now closed legal loophole to ban all abortions in the state. Continue reading →
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • A Poem For Saturday

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: Counterpoint Press has just published an important anthology, Modernist Women Poets, edited by Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp, featuring the work of sixteen avant garde artists born near the close of the nineteenth century and forging their way in the transformative early years of the next. A number of them are famous still—Gertrude Stein. H.D., Marianne Moore, Djuna Barnes, Mina Loy, and a little less so, Laura Riding. But many have slipped out of view in spite of the consistent or intermittent devotion of scholars. In her preface to the book,…
  • When NSFW Is Your Work

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Now that Facebook, YouTube, and their ilk employ some 100,000 “content moderators” who spend their days on the lookout for gore and porn, Adrian Chen suggests “it’s worth pondering just what the long-term psychological toll of this work can be.” He considers the case of “Rob,” a onetime moderator for YouTube: For the first few months, Rob didn’t mind his job moderating videos at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno. … But as months dragged on, the rough stuff began to take a toll. The worst was the gore: brutal street fights, animal torture,…
  • Mental Health Break

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Get some cleaning done this weekend, if you can:
  • Introducing The Reality Novel

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    We used to work through social problems with novels, writes Tim Parks, but what if we’ve now entered the era of “reality fiction”? Readers have become so canny about the way fiction works, so much has been written about it, that any intense work about sexuality, say, or race relations, will be understood willy-nilly as the writer’s reconstituting his or her personal involvement with the matter. Not that people are so crass as to imagine you are writing straight autobiography. But they have studied enough literature to figure out the processes that are at work. In fact,…
  • A Natural Subject

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Antonia Wilson praises Patterns From Nature, a new collection of “largely unseen, kaleidoscopic and abstract works” by the 20th-century photographer Horst P. Horst: The book draws from the original 1946 publication of the same name, along with presenting a larger selection of unpublished images from the photographer’s archive. The series is distinctly set apart from the high glamour that his is predominantly known for, as a revered figure of the fashion industry, who worked for Vogue and House & Garden for sixty years, documenting couture, celebrities and interiors.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Canadian Terror Wave

    No Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
     As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies’ military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada – precisely as they were predicted.  The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack,” that: A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions…
  • Did the US Produce Airborne Ebola

    Robert Wenzel
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It has been my contention that the recent Ebola outbreak is likely the result of US military testing of Ebola gone awry.  SEE: THE PAPER TRAIL: The US Government Involvement in Developing Ebola as a BioWeapon Now more evidence has been brought to my attention of the alarming  nature of the Ebola testing going on by the US military. Apparently, the military has created an airborne version of Ebola and tested it on monkeys.\ A paper written by E. Johnson, N. Jaax, J. White, and P. Jahrling of US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Maryland was published in…
  • What Are you Breathing?

    Edward Group
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Air pollution is a term that likely conjures images of industrial smokestacks and billowing plumes rising into the atmosphere. Those are certainly examples of air pollution but the oft forgotten truth is that the worst air quality you experience every day is most likely to be located right in your living room. Trapped, stagnant air and poor ventilation combine to create a toxic cloud inside the home. Here’s 10 facts everyone should know about indoor air pollutants and how to protect themselves and their family from the potential health dangers. 1. IAQ is a Top 5 Health Risk The United…
  • The Great Father’s Toxic Relationships

    Jack Perry
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Toxic relationships…we’ve all been there. But most of us have learned from them and start looking for the “red flags” before we commit. Not so with the Great Father. As everyone knows, the Great Father wrecked the car again over in Syria. He got drunk at the Arab Spring block party, met someone he got romantically interested in real fast, and plowed right into Bashir al-Assad’s house. The Great Father never learns—friends don’t let friends drive drunk. That’s why he was warned about trying to drive Syria after shotgunning a twelve pack of…
  • The Right To Discriminate

    Nicholas Freiling
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last weekend, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ordered the owners of a local wedding chapel to conduct same-sex marriages or face jail time. One-hundred-and-eighty days of jail time, to be exact, plus a $1,000 fine for each day they continue to decline. The chapel’s owners, ordained ministers, are suing on the grounds of religious freedom, saying the mandate forces them to contradict their religious beliefs. But while the religious freedom perspective on this dispute is probably better for the chapel’s public relations, this issue is just as much economic as religious. Without…
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    ABC NEWS

  • Hillary Clinton Showers Elizabeth Warren With ???Love???

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Clinton professed her love for Warren at a rally for Martha Coakley
  • 3 Awkward Interactions Between Celebrities and John Kerry

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Sometimes celebrities just don't know how to act around John Kerry.
  • The Note: Ebola Digs In

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THE LATEST FROM NEW YORK: A New York doctor who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for??Ebola??and is being isolated at a Manhattan hospital, city and state officials said last night. ABC News report that the doctor, who...
  • New Questions About White House Fence After Intrusions

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    The latest fence-jumping incident at the White house has brought not only the Secret Service into scrutiny again but the White House fence itself. The bottom line: Is the fence enough?
  • A Brief History of the Craziest Congressional Campaign of the Year

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If anyone in Hollywood writes a movie script based on one Congressional campaign of the 2014 midterm election season, Tinseltown should look no farther than California???s 52nd congressional district. A film about this political drama, which pits freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters against former city councilman Carl DeMaio, might not garner any Oscar nominations, but it has all the scandalous allegations and sexual intrigue of a silver-screen blockbuster.
 
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  • Let moderation be your guide

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

    Stephanie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    When Emma was born she was bald as a cupie doll.  Literally, no hair.  And honestly, I expected as much.  Most blond-headed, blue eyed kiddos have little-to-no hair at birth.  Cate had been similar, except for a decent patch of growth on the lower head/upper neck area that she rubbed off with time.So, when Alice was born, and I saw that sweet baby head covered with curly blond hair I knew we were in for a bit of a change.  And, by golly, I was right.As a toddler, her hair was delightful.  I could put it in adorable piggy tails that would curl so sweetly and frame…
  • What I'm watching on t.v. these days...

    Stephanie
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Yesterday I almost wrote a massive post about people who complain.  Which is ironic seeing as I am a huge complainer, and I would have simply been complaining about complainers.  I need to stop having a beef with everyone.  Jeez.  So, today I thought I'd write about something less Debbie Downer like t.v.!Lately, I've been watching more television than normal.  It's fun.  I'm mean, I barely watched anything over the summer, and now that fall is in full-swing my t.v. viewing habits have ramped up and I'm really enjoying it.  I know y'all might be pooh-poohing…
  • Revere Pewter

    Stephanie
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
     I always get wildly inspired to do an indoor project once the school year begins and I have a bit of quiet time in the house again.  But, since Wes and I are still in the process of remodeling our kitchen (concrete countertops, new back splash, painting cabinets white, etc...) I needed to do something that was easy, cheap and could be done by me alone.  So, I chose to paint my entire family room, nook, hallway and kitchen last week. Ten years ago I had painted the majority of my house in my then favorite color, Peanut, by Devine Paint.  And, it had been great.
  • Waluga

    Stephanie
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I attended Waluga Jr. High in 1985 and 1986.  It's no longer called Waluga, it's now called Lakeridge Jr. High and has expanded to include the neighboring elementary school as part of it's campus (going from a 7th and 8th grade school to a 6th, 7th and 8th grade school).  Alice had a volleyball game last Saturday at Waluga, so I took some pictures of the old school while we waited for her game to start.Our family drives by this school every Sunday as we head to Grannie and Papa's house for dinner.  I love point it out and tell my kids silly stories from my days there.  The…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Inside the Bizarre, Unregulated World of Debt Collection

    Nick Baumann
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One evening a few years ago, a wealthy former Wall Street banker and a convicted armed robber walked into a fancy club in Buffalo, New York—the fading industrial city that, oddly enough, has become America's debt-collection capital. The banker, Aaron Siegel, and the ex-con, Brandon Wilson, were there to meet with Jake Halpern, a hometown boy turned New Yorker writer. Halpern wanted to know what was up with these strange bedfellows, and how they managed to recover a huge bundle of consumer debt—an Excel spreadsheet packed with debtor data that they'd dubbed "the package"—they…
  • There's an International Soccer Tournament Where All the Players Are Homeless

    Katie Rose Quandt
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    "A homeless soccer team? What?" That's what Shane Bullock, 26, recalls thinking when a coach came by his San Francisco shelter last fall to recruit players. Now, a year later, he's in Santiago, Chile, representing the United States against teams from 49 countries at the 12th-annual Homeless World Cup. The Homeless World Cup—which is actually just what it sounds like—draws a total of 100,000 spectators to cheer on teams of homeless (or, like Bullock, recently homeless) men and women in highly competitive four-on-four soccer matches, which are played on a basketball-sized courtwith…
  • An American Doctor in Sierra Leone Explains How to Fight Ebola

    Alex Park
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    With Ebola's arrival in the United States, some health care workers are questioning how prepared their state-of-the-art hospitals are for the disease. Despite these problems, and some serious missteps in Dallas that led to the infection of two nurses, it's unlikely that there will be a widespread outbreak here. More MoJo coverage of the Ebola crisis. These Rules Can Protect Doctors and Nurses From Ebola—If They're Followed This GIF Shows Just How Quickly Ebola Spread Across Liberia Survey: Four Out of Five Nurses Have Gotten No Ebola Training At All Liberia Says It's Going…
  • Joni Ernst Wants to Make English the Official Language

    Patrick Caldwell
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Joni Ernst has latched onto pretty much every idea favored by the tea party. On Thursday afternoon, while campaigning in western Iowa, Ernst endorsed another concept favored by the grassroots right: officially declaring the United States an English language country. "I think it's great when we can all communicate together," Ernst said when a would-be voter at a meet and greet in Guthrie Center, Iowa, asked if she'd back a bill making English the official national language. "I think that's a good idea, is to make sure everybody has a common language and is able to communicate with each other."…
  • William Gibson: The Future Will View Us "As a Joke"

    Tasneem Raja
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Photoillustration: Mario Wagner; Photograph: Michael O'Shea For evidence that the sci-fi future is encroaching on the present, look no further than William Gibson's latest book, The Peripheral, which opens a mere decade or so from now and includes a cameo for cronuts, those croissant-doughnut hybrids invented last year by a New York City chef. When Gibson's debut, Neuromancer, exploded onto the sci-fi scene way back in 1984, his vision of "cyberspace" felt dizzyingly distant. (Gibson, now 66, had coined the term in a short story a couple of years earlier.) Now Neuromancer just seems…
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    Raw Story

  • Wall Street losing confidence in Amazon CEO Bezos

    Reuters
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector’s highest valuations drew widespread ire after a s...
  • Illinois orders mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers

    Reuters
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    (Reuters) – Illinois has ordered mandatory 21-day quarantines for all “high-risk” people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients while in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three West African nations most affected by the outbreak. The order, to be implemented by local hea...
  • Holder: US government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states

    Reuters
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virgini...
  • LA cop reportedly kicked cuffed man’s head like ‘a football player kicking a field goal’

    Tom Boggioni
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    A Los Angeles police officer has been suspended and is under investigation after video from a private security camera showed him reportedly beating a subdued suspect and kicking him in the head while he was on the ground. According to the LA Times, one police official who has seen the video said the...
  • Rachel Maddow rips Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for made-up Colorado vote fraud ‘scandal’

    David Ferguson
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    On Friday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly to task for a deeply inaccurate story Kelly ran on Tuesday alleging that Democrats in Colorado are stealing the 2014 election by allowing people to print their ballots at home and hand them over to political operat...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Ed Miliband accused by carers of failure to back pay strike

    Daniel Boffey
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Labour leader called on to make a public statement of his support for carers on strike in his constituencyCarers for disabled people, who have been involved in one of the longest strikes in the history of the health service, accused Ed Miliband in a private meeting of failure to offer public support for their cause. The carers, who have been on strike for 90 days, told the Labour leader of their deep disappointment with what they say is his failure to help his constituents in Doncaster.Sixty carers are striking in support of a living wage for staff within the privatised care service, now run…
  • Nearly a third of voters prepared to support Ukip

    Toby Helm and Daniel Boffey
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Observer/Opinium poll shows 31% of voters would back Nigel Farages party if they believed it could win in their constituencyThe phenomenal rise in support for Ukip is underlined by a new Opinium/Observer poll which shows almost one-third of voters would be prepared to back Nigel Farages party if they believed it could win in their own constituency.While the survey, which puts the Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck on 33%, shows a substantial boost for the Tories (up five points on a fortnight ago), the rise of Ukip will be deeply alarming to the main parties. Continue reading...
  • Miliband barred Lamont from attacking bedroom tax for 12 months

    Daniel Boffey, policy editor
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Glasgow Pollok MSP, who quit as head of Scottish Labour, was told to stay mute on topic while party leader decided on policyEd Milibands leadership of the Labour party is under renewed pressure as sources close to Johann Lamont, who dramatically quit as Scottish leader on Saturday, claimed he banned her for a year from condemning the bedroom tax while he made his mind up on it.The diktat from London over the policy, which forces council house tenants to pay extra for spare rooms, was said to be a huge frustration for Lamont who was to come under heavy personal attack for being vague over the…
  • The Green party surge and why its coming from Bristol and all points west

    John Harris
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Polls this week put the Greens on 8%, overtaking the Lib Dems for the first time in a decade and providing a clear challenge to Ukip in the eastAs a display of political activism in difficult circumstances, it looks very noble: in the midst of grim weather, a dozen or so members of the Green party, gathered around a street stall in the middle of Bristol, doing their best to make the case for a £10 minimum wage by communing with people whose main priority is to get back indoors, as quickly as possible.Every now and again, however, someone stops for a chat. James Collins, 25, is working…
  • UK driving licence fees fall

    Press Association
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Cost of provisional licence will fall to £34 from £50, while cost of renewing licence online will drop to £14Young drivers facing the mounting costs of taking to the road might well breathe a little easier after the government announced it was slashing the cost of obtaining a licence. The cost-cutting measure, which will see the price of a provisional licence fall to £34 from £50, was announced by ministers, who estimated it would save all new drivers in the region of £80m over the next decade. Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Greg Sargent
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    * Another school shooting, this one in Seattle: A student believed to have opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday morning is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to two law-enforcement sources. Police have not released details, but there are reports of as many as seven other people shot about 10:45 a.m. Four of the injured were taken […]
  • How Rand Paul is playing the GOP base, and what it means for 2016

    Paul Waldman
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Anyone who remembers the 2012 GOP presidential primaries knows that the 2016 contest will involve a lot of arguing about who’s the most conservative candidate. Any contender who has strayed from party orthodoxy on anything will have to undergo a sustained campaign of grovelling and humiliation to prove to Tea Partiers, religious conservatives, and everybody […]
  • Morning Plum: Democrats strike careful balance on Ebola

    Greg Sargent
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    A new case of Ebola has emerged in New York City. Jonathan Cohn brings us up to speed, noting that the government response underway is dramatically different than what happened in Texas. This is the key takeaway: What was true yesterday is true today. Experts expect isolated cases of Ebola to show up here and […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    * Who says this is a do-nothing Congress? Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, members of Congress announced Thursday, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Raw Edge of The Break

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    At this point, I think you just can't help yourself. You saw hope and change, and you said, oh, I want none of that. No return to a more new-deal, more Keynesian sort of system. No, let's go and prove that all those defeats came because we didn't push our views hard enough down people's throats. Let me be blunt here: people wanted change. Now they won't be satisfied with what might have left them feeling fulfilled earlier. And you set this in motion, just so you could disappoint people in one man. I'm sorry to tell you, or perhaps glad, that all he had to be was the guy smart enough to be in…
  • Indigenous People's Day or Columbus Day?

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Seattle, Washington is the latest in a group of cities to celebrate "Indigenous People's Day" as a counter-celebration of federal holiday, "Columbus Day," acknowledging Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492. However, in protest of the genocide of Indians upon Columbus's arrival, some cities and states are taking it upon themselves to change the holiday. There's no issue in celebrating the culture of Native Americans and the value they hold in the history of America. However, "boycotting" a holiday over the history of our country makes absolutely no sense, and why would Native…
  • A Philosophy of Courage

    3 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Some things you build, you put together and you fasten them with hammers and nails, screws and screwdrivers. Other things you grow, and to grow those things, you have to have the courage to let them have a life of their own. Courage I think too many people lack nowadays.You can construct an empty shell of any philosophy from parts, folks paying lip service to ideals, but retreating to expedience and prejudice when challenged. I believe in my country. I believe it's something special. I believe it's something worth fighting for. Not just, though, as a patch of land to protect, or a population…
  • Obama's Semper Latte Salute

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The White House shared this video on Instagram, and backlash ensued. Obama never served in the military, and that shows here. However, if it's not necessary to salute since he's not a former or retire military member, he should've just skipped it. Oh my, this just does not look good. Regardless, he's the Commander in Chief of the United States and I expected better. Loading President Obama just landed in New York for #UNGA2014. Watch him speak at 12:50pm ET on his plan to #ActOnClimate: http://wh.gov/climate-change View on Instagram
  • Senator Pearce Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    He may have resigned, but that doesn't change the authenticity of his comments or the general beliefs of conservatives. Senator Russell Pearce, GOP of Arizona, resigned after making misogynistic remarks about women on Medicaid. The specific comments are "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test the recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job," Pearce said on his weekly radio program. Does it make it better that he said he didn't mean it…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Swinging Hard in North Carolina

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Kay Hagan, junior US senator for North Carolina came in to the Senate with President Obama in 2008, and is determined it seems not to leave the Senate until after Obama leaves the White House. Whether she has managed to distance herself enough from the president and his low approval ratings remains to be seen, but she is leading Republican Thom Tillis, Speaker of the State House, by a slim but consistent margin. Polling shows Hagan has a clear lead among women voters, a strong lead among young voters, and an overwhelming lead among African American voters. And both candidates have just about…
  • A Question for Governor Kasich

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    According to John Kasich's friend Curt Steiner, Kasich is a solid GOP man but a "biological Democrat" meaning the son of a mailman was raised in a working class and Democrat environment. While Kasich has been in politics for the GOP most of his adult life and was already a state senator in Ohio at 26, he has always been a centrist, although he would likely label himself as a pragmatist. So, Ohio Governor Kasich's getting into bed with Obamacare is nothing to be shocked about. Even if he says he is not in bed with Obamacare, or only part of it, and that the press completely misquoted him. This…
  • Boots for Ebola; No Boots for ISIS

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    As much as the President or democrats or others don't want to believe it, Obama IS a war president. The "Bush's fault" argument doesn't hold much value anymore because, yes, Obama did bring troops home from Iraq, but he sent thousands more over to Afghanistan, and he's been at war his entire presidency. He's just not a strong war president. The Ebola outbreak has prompted a need for boots in Africa to contain the virus (agreed), and Obama is "all in." With just 3 confirmed cases of Ebola in the US, the virus has been played a non-threat to the people here. ISIL or ISIS is a direct and urgent…
  • 3 Dollars a Day in Wisconsin

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    It's a quite a change to go from being a high-powered Harvard MBA grad working for Mckinsey & Co. in New York and Washington DC to working with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in her home state of Wisconsin. But that's what Mary Burke chose to do a few years back. after spending some time working for the family business her father set up, Trek Bicycle Corporation, where she briefly held a couple of executive positions. From the boys and girls club to spending her own money to get elected to the Madison School Board was a logical step for Mary, who had also spent some time as Wisconsin…
  • When ATF Gunwalking Went Wrong

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Let's be fair to Eric Holder. The absolute mess over Operation Fast & Furious which he is trying to cover up, on executive orders from Obama himself, actually started in 2006 with Operation Wide Receiver. It's not the multiple regulations at state and federal levels on gun sales and exports of guns. It's not the fact that straw purchases, nominee purchases where the final buyer is unable to or unwilling to directly purchase a firearm, is not illegal. It's not the fact that the ATF already had been doing what are called gun-walking operations to trace possible illegal firearm purchases and…
 
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • 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…
  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Engage-built tool was Gillespie’s secret weapon at the Republican Party of Virginia’s Convention On Saturday, June 7, Virginia Republicans gathered in Roanoke to nominate their candidate for the United States Senate. With months of hard work, enthusiastic supporters, a strong ground game, and a state-of-the-art convention strategy, Ed Gillespie earned the nomination by acclamation. The Republican Party of Virginia’s State Convention is a traditional political nominating convention, where Republicans gather to hear from party leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office. The…
  • Introducing Proximity: Simple and beautiful tools to grow your movement

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Engage is proud to announce a partnership with The Data Trust, bringing together a leading provider of digital technology solutions for the right with the premier right-of-center voter file and data management company. The Data Trust’s rich data on more than 260 million Americans will be integrated into Engage’s industry-leading technology products, including Social Targeting and the forthcoming software-as-a-service (SaaS) political marketing platform Proximity. Proximity is a powerful data collection and automated marketing platform that helps campaigns and organizations reduce the…
  • Nikki Mandell Joins Engage

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Greetings from the newest member of the Engage team! Two weeks ago I came to the city as just another face in the monstrous herd that is DC summer interns. Luckily, I soon joined a place that couldn’t have been more welcoming or encouraging. Or knowledgeable. As a double major in Journalism and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I’ve had a long love affair with writing and politics. Digital, however, would be more comparable to a summer fling that stuck. Last summer I worked at a startup where our aim was to create a working prototype and marketing plan…
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Angus King Endorses Republican Senate Colleague

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Independent Maine Sen. Angus King, a member of the Democratic caucus, is backing a senior Senate Republican in his bid for re-election.
  • DCCC Polls Hawaii House Race

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A new Democratic poll shows the party's nominee in an open House contest in Hawaii with a 7-point lead over the Republican.
  • Race Ratings Changes in New Hampshire, Massachusetts

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, we're changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings in one Senate and one gubernatorial race.
  • Candidates Get Platform With GOP Weekly Address

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Every week after President Barack Obama delivers his weekly address, the Republicans get a chance to respond. Because they don't, of course, have a singular figure who would naturally address the nation each week, the speakers vary. So far in 2014, 11 Republican candidates -- four House hopefuls and seven vying for Senate seats -- have had the honor to take to YouTube and spread their party's message.
  • Ratings Changes in Seven House Races, All Toward GOP

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, we're changing the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings in seven House races.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s Building Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

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

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

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

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

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
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    Why Tuesday?

  • FixItChallenge

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

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

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

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    “We can fix this, and we will,” said President Obama during his 2013 State of the Union address about the long lines, low turnout and deceptive practices that plague America’s broken voting system. But now its up to all of us—from both parties—to make it happen. That’s why we’ve launched Reform.WhyTuesday.org to help track and contact your legislators on election reform. TAKE ACTION: Where do your legislators stand?
  • On Photo Social Security Cards

    WhyTuesday
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership. Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday?
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • National No Bra Day!

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    credit: papercrunch.com I’m not one for all of the special “days,” “weeks” and “months,” cropping up these days. I find occasions dedicated to “raising awareness” annoying. I refer to such things as “Left-Handed Mongolian Pipe-Fitter’s Week,” Infected Hangnail Appreciation Month,” “The National Day Of Raising Awareness of Itchy Mosquito Bites,” and “International Talk Like A Pirate Day.”  Whoops! I take back the last one. ITLAP Day really is an important occasion. That said, I recently came across a weighty awareness day, a day of liberation, of relief of…
  • Holder DOJ: Black People Too Stupid To Register To Vote

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:19 pm
    credit:cafeconlecherepublicans.com Black people are too stupid to register to vote before election day. They’re under-educated and aren’t smart enough to understand and follow election rules. They’re also too stupid to be able to vote in the district in which they live. Before you encourage every race hustler in America to picket the Manor, consider that I don’t share those absurd beliefs. They’re the official position of the United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder and Barack Obama. In 2011, soon to be ex-Attorney General Eric Holder, defending his decision to dismiss…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4.2: The Media, at TTAG

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    credit: clashdaily.com As bits of pieces of information trickle out in the Michal Brown case, I’m compiling information for a new addition to the articles in that archive. The next article will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, you might want to visit The Truth About Guns, where my weekly contribution this week is something of a primer on the Brown case, the law, and the way the media makes self-defense more difficult for us all. The article is titled “Practicing the Art of Self Defense–From the Media.”  By the way, please keep in mind that when one contributes…
  • I’m OK; You’re Audited

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    President Obama displaying dignity at a state funeral.credit: NYPost As much as I despise the harm Barack Obama is doing to America and Americans, I’m never entirely comfortable calling the President of the United States a pathological liar and narcissist. Like most Americans, I want every President to be a capable, honest, honorable person. I want him–or her–to succeed on behalf of all Americans, and the world, because America’s strength and influence are vital to world peace and prosperity. In “America: The Failure of Resilience? Part 2” I spoke of Mr. Obama’s serial…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Updated Edition

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Walther P22 In the past, I produced a series on the rationale for gun ownership. It’s time for an update, and probably, an expansion on that series, and my friend and fellow blogger/editor at Bearing Arms, Bob Owens, has been kind enough to sponsor the series. The first installment “A Gun Ownership Primer: The Philosophy Of Gun Ownership,” is now up at Bearing Arms. I’ll follow it each week with new installments. The purpose of the series is to explore in some depth the issues relating to gun ownership, including philosophy, politics, firearm types and their advantages and…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Thinky Links

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Clearing out my tabs, Part 2: Jonah Goldberg has an initial exploration of an idea, that we are currently living not in an age where ideas per se are debated, but rather only "narratives." I would call these "Mythologies." Like...
  • Fundamental Concepts-What Does Government Produce? [WeirdDave]

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Here's a simple question, but it's one that very few people even think to ask: What does government produce? Think about it for a minute. With any other organization, the first thing that you need to know to start to...
  • News Stuff

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    College Football Thread and Gardening Thread Below! Clearing out my tabs, Part 1: Corey Gardner is up by 7 points over Mark Uterus, per this Suffolk poll. Hillary Clinton says "Don't let anybody tell you that businesses and corporations create...
  • College Football Thread

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Happy Saturday y'all. College football thread for all your college football mouthin off. Top ten games today, all times Eastern: Michigan at Michigan State (8), 3:30 Texas Tech at TCU (10), 3:30 Mississippi State (1) at Kentucky, 3:30 Ole Miss...
  • Saturday Gardening Thread: Pantless Edition [Y-not, WeirdDave, & KT]

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Greetings gardeners! Welcome to your Saturday Gardening thread. KEEP USING THE THREAD BELOW THIS ONE FOR YOUR OPEN THREAD NEEDS. Take off your pants and stay awhile! Your blog hosts are rarely caught with their pants down. Our very own...
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    So learning that the newest Ebola victim passed through the enhanced screening at the airport and still was admitted when he arrived and then rode the NY subway make the administration rethink their policies on allowing people into the country from areas of Africa with high infection rates? The lie that the Obama administration told the country about releasing illegal immigrants with dangerous criminal backgrounds should be the modern equivalent of the Willie Horton story. USA Today reports, The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Well, at least Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't pussyfoot around with calling terrorism what it is.Oh, dear. Kay Hagan seems to have lost Rachel Maddow's respect.Usually, it's the GOP setting up a circular firing squad, but this year, the Democrats are the ones firing at each other. The Senate Democrats are criticizing the Obama administration while the White House is blaming the Democratic candidates for their own increasingly bleak prospects this election.John Fund explains why early voting is not the great idea so many people seem to think it is.How is early voting changing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    When you hear Democrats claim that Obamacare has expanded health coverage, think again.What we’ve learned is that the Obamacare gains in coverage were largely a result of the Medicaid expansion and that most of the gain in private coverage through the government exchanges was offset by a decline in employer-based coverage. In other words, it is likely that most of the people who got coverage through the exchanges were already insured.Claiming to expand Medicaid while leading millions to lose their employer-provided insurance wouldn't have had the same appeal as pretending that the law would…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Don't buy the Democratic accusations that it is the Republicans' fault that there is no Surgeon General. Remember that Harry Reid changed the rules in the Senate so that the Democrats could push through any nominee they wanted. The reason Reid hasn't brought Obama's nominee up for a vote is because there are Democratic senators who don't want to vote for him. So blame Obama for putting up a nominee even members of his own party don't want to vote for.How lame has Wendy Davis's candidacy for Texas governor gotten? Now she and her supporters are suggesting that Greg Abbott would defend a ban on…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Well, it's been an interesting few days as the public has gotten to see the curtain pulled back on how the government behaves. And, contrary to the progressive ideals, the people who work in the government are no more infallible than ordinary blokes. Just as the public has learned from the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare, the stimulus, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Katrina, and on and on. You think that it would eventually sink in that the government is composed of ordinary people with no real incentives to get things right. Why they should be trusted with more and more…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • NYC Doc With Ebola Was Out Bowling

    Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Not sure how I feel about the whole “self-monitoring” thing if a doctor with experience treating Ebola can become sick during a bowling outing while “self-monitoring.” Lets hope this  isn’t as bad as it could be. “Dr Spencer reported feeling sluggish on Tuesday but only developed a temperature on Thursday – Last night, the doctor, who had been self-monitoring his symptoms, took an Uber cab to a bowling alley in Williamsburg” The post NYC Doc With Ebola Was Out Bowling appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Patient in NYC Tests Positive for Ebola

    Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Well, that’s not good: “A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus in New York City, according to multiple reports”. The post Patient in NYC Tests Positive for Ebola appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • 9 percent of voters ‘enthusiastic’ about Obama

    Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    This seems high to me: “9 percent of likely 2014 voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about President Obama”…. The post 9 percent of voters ‘enthusiastic’ about Obama appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Joni Ernst carries Her 9 mm Everywhere

    Dan
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    According to firearm-o-phobic TPM Joni Ernst carries her 9mm everywhere. There are worse things to carry, I suppose. Like a sissified .22 pistol, or something. “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, 9 millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere….” The post Joni Ernst carries Her 9 mm Everywhere appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Ebola: What’s Changed in 24 Hours?

    Dan
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    There’s been some understandable speculation as to how some things seem to have changed with regard to Obama’s handling of the domestic Ebola crisis in the last 24 hours. An at best seemingly lethargic, when not playing golf, Obama looks fully engaged and a second nurse has been flown to Atlanta. Additionally, various communities and entities – schools and airlines for example – are beginning to look almost hyperactive in their response to the threat. Without wanting this to seem like a sky is falling scenario – it isn’t that – by putting together a…
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    Wizbang

  • NYPD Finally Agree: Hatchet Attack Was Act of Terror

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    An Islamist with a hatchet attacked four New York City police officers on Thursday in an incident that officials are at last calling an act of terrorism. Yesterday I criticized authorities for not calling this what it is. So, now I praise them for reversing that decision. Zale Thompson seen attacking police in this surveillance footage. On October 23, a Muslim convert named Zale Thompson rushed up to four officers participating in an impromptu photo shoot in Queens. Without saying a word, Thompson began to swing the 18-inch ax at the officers. One officer, 25-year-old Kenneth Healey, suffered…
  • Paul Krugman: “Soak The Rich”

    David Robertson
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Paul Krugman wants the U.S. government to soak the rich, and he openly said so during an appearance on HuffPost Live on the date of 22 October 2014. “What you really should want to do is to soak the rich as much as possible,” Krugman said in an appearance on HuffPost Live Wednesday afternoon. “So the top tax rates should be whatever it is that collects the most revenue, and now the question is, how high is that?” The above-quoted story about Krugman comes straight from the Huffington Post. You can read the story by clicking here. In other Krugman
  • Denial: NY Police Say Hatchet Wielding Islamic Terrorist was ‘Just An Angry Guy’

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Yesterday we had yet another Islamist trying to kill people in the name of Islam and yet another public agency dismissed the man’s ties to Islam saying he was “just an angry guy.” When are our public officials going to wake up and jettison this PC nonsense? Zale Thompson seen attacking police in this surveillance footage. A radical Islamist named Zale Thompson took to the streets of New York City wielding a hatchet last night. He attacked four New York City police officers. Fortunately they soon shot him to death. So, what did one of the early reports say? Only
  • OPEN THREAD–And a Video Showing How Stupid MSNBC is

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Here is the weekend’s Open Thread, but first… Now, I don’t usually write a whole lot about the morons at MSNBC. Mostly because it simply isn’t a credible news source in any way, shape, matter, or form. If you tune in to MSNBC you get leftist clowns spouting lies. And you get that by their admission and by design. So,t that being the facts, there is no real reason to write much about the network because it is a given that “news” is not their focus. Partisan lies are. However, the folks at the Washington Free Beacon put together a
  • James O’Keefe Goes Fraud Fishing, Makes Small Catch

    David Robertson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Fishermen are notorious for telling whoppers when describing the size of the fish that they caught. Guerrilla filmmaker James O’Keefe appears to be continuing that fishermen’s tradition. In a column published by National Review Online, John Fund writes the following about O’Keefe: When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if…
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • They just hate to bring up Monica --- but they have no choice

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    They just hate to bring up Monica --- but they have no choiceby digbyThe Wall Street Journal wants you to know that they are not concerned at all about Bill Clinton's sex life. They're just worried for poor Hillary Clinton that the Monica Lewinsky scandal will remind voters of that awful time of partisan polarization back in the 1990s. Unlike today, when everyone's getting along just famously. What this means for the the poor "Mrs Clinton" (Apparently she doesn't get to keep her titles of Secretary or Senator ...) won't be allowed to mention her new granddaughter because that will make…
  • Getting out the vote is stealing elections

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Getting out the vote is stealing electionsby digbyEveryone understands that all Democratic close election wins are going to be attributed to vote fraud, right? They already think anyone for whom they don't vote cannot possibly be legitimate. Now they have a ready explanation as to why:Speaker @ Waukesha GOP rally: "We've gotta get past the margin of fraud. They're dragging people to the polls offering them BBQ and smokes."— daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 25, 2014I don't know why offering people bar-b-que and smokes should be considered voter fraud. Unless this person believes that only…
  • This is freedom?

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    This is freedom?by digbyI'm always amazed at how narrowly people define freedom in this country. If you can carry a gun you're free. But if you have any objections to submitting to common behaviors like this just so you can put food on the table you are a whiner who just STHU. It's about the "tricks" employers use to investigate you in ways that circumvent discrimination laws (and common respect for privacy and basic human decency.) This is just one of them:The car you drive and what's in plain view answer questions that the employer never asked you. I learned most of these car tests from a…
  • The new "blame America first crowd"

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    The new "blame America first crowd"by digbyCan you see what's wrong with this picture?A former aide to President Ronald Reagan is calling for southern states to secede from the union and form a new conservative nation called "Reagan" where citizens wouldn't be forced to compromise on "traditional values" like marriage.Right Wing Watch on Wednesday flagged conservative author Douglas MacKinnon's interview with evangelical radio host Janet Mefferd, in which he hocked his new book, "The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country … Now." Cautioning…
  • "Summoning the demon" by @BloggersRUs

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    "Summoning the demon" by Tom Sullivan Technology has a momentum all its own. It has a tendency to take us places before we consider whether they are places we need to or ought to go. From the realms of my fuzzy memory: Twenty years ago I caught a noon broadcast by Paul Harvey on my car radio. A wealthy California couple had been killed when their small plane crashed. The childless couple had been trying to have a baby through in vitro fertilization. Their efforts remained frozen in a refrigerator at the fertility clinic. As the news reached the public, selfless local women were coming forward…
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  • I DECLARE

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    It is the hour to be happy. Have at it.
  • We Love America So Much We Need To Destroy It

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    We're all welcome to our illusions and delusions, but it is the case that our mainstream Both Sides press generally lets The Right get away with this contradiction in ways they don't let The Left get away with, because The Right are, by definition, patriotic even when they're advocating treason and secession.Yes occasionally some hippies advocate for the secession of Northern Californiandia or whatever, but it really isn't a thing.
  • Democrats Against Democrats

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    To the extent that I have been paying attention, I've seen a bit too much of that in campaigns. I've always seen this as a Prisoner's Dilemma-type problem. Yes in purple-reddish places it might make sense for individual candidates to play the mavericky above partisan politics game, but when too many people do it the brand gets tarnished. Election prospects would be better overall if everyone was a proud Democrat, and yet...
  • Election Soon

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    I admit I haven't paid much attention to the polls, etc... this election cycle. Not that making election forecasts or similar was ever the focus on this blog, but I usually pay enough attention to have a reasonable mental map of what's likely to happen. This time I barely have a clue.And then the 2016 primary begins! Huzzah.
  • Morning Thread

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Here's Echidne, speed blogging on:The Hobby Lobby case applied to a prisoner being held in Guantanamo.Sports figures and misogyny.Killing for love.
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    Firedoglake

  • FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert Mutch, Buying The Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform

    Greg Palast
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Welcome Robert E. Mutch (author, Campaigns, Congress and the Courts) (HistoryNewsService) and Host Greg Palast (GregPalast.com) (Twitter) Buying The Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform Using money to influence—ie. purchase—elections began when Thug gave Ugg a big, sharp rock in return for his vote for cave leader. It’s an ugly scene – and it has never stopped. But with the advent of formalized democracy, purchasing a vote has gone through a psychological shift. With money, you can buy a voter’s neurons, board the brain like a pirate, and steal the booty—some poor…
  • Gary Webb and the 2014 Sandinistas

    danps
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The new movie “Kill the Messenger,” about journalist Gary Webb’s investigation into the connection between Contra drug running and the CIA in the 80s, is not exactly watercooler material at the moment. As of this writing Box Office Mojo has its widest release as 427 theaters (compare to 3,173 for the current box office champ), and it doesn’t seem to have much of a marketing push behind it (your mileage may vary). But what it lacks in mainstream buzz it’s making up for in political controversy. Washington Post assistant managing editor Jeff Leen published a piece…
  • Please, We Need Your Support

    BevW
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Firedoglake needs your support. FDL has bravely reported on, and supported, political causes, antiwar issues, immigration reform, Unions, environmental issues, KeystoneXL, fracking, Citizen United, Marijuana Legalization, LGBT issues, marriage equality, illegal surveillance, race issues, healthcare reforms, and whistleblowers. The increased security software, server services require your donation to keep FDL online. Please help us modernize the site and stay online Can you donate $10 to protect Firedoglake? Before I was invited to join Firedoglake to assist with the FDL Book Salon, I followed…
  • Buying the Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform – Book Salon Preview

    Elliott
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Buying the Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform Chat with Robert E. Mutch about his new book. Hosted by investigative reporter Greg Palast. Today at 5pm ET, 2pm PT. Are corporations citizens? Is political inequality a necessary aspect of a democracy or something that must be stamped out? These are the questions that have been at the heart of the debate surrounding campaign finance reform for nearly half a century. But as Robert E. Mutch demonstrates in this fascinating book, these were not always controversial matters. The tenets that corporations do not count as citizens, and that…
  • Amtrak’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Guidelines & the White Privilege of Freedom of Travel

    Kevin Gosztola
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained a copy of guidelines for Amtrak customer service employees in Texas. The organization received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which it filed because individuals have been submitted reports indicating they were “wrongfully searched and arrested on Amtrak trains.” The company may also be using suspicious activity guidelines to target individuals in a civil asset forfeiture program. Presumably, the guidelines are universally applied and utilized at various Amtrak train stations throughout the United…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • Saturday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    What's on your minds today? Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4th Day of Jury Deliberations in Robel Phillipos Trial

    Jeralyn
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The jury is in its fourth day of deliberations in the trial of Robel Phillipos, the friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with two counts of making a false statement to federal officials in a terror investigation. Count One pertains to his statements... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zale Thompson's Hatchet Attack on Police in Queens

    Jeralyn
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Zale Thompson of Queens, New York attacked four recent police academy graduates with a hatchet on the street in Queens yesterday as they were posing for a picture. The incident was caught on tape. One officer was struck in the head and is in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • First Case of Ebola in NYC Confirmed

    Jeralyn
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A doctor in New York who recently returned from Africa has been confirmed to have Ebola. It was the main story on CNN (Sirius in the car) all afternoon, segment after segment. He went bowling (I think they said last night) and he took an Uber taxi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    1. Sunlight Foundation updated its list of the top donors of 2014 today -- Tom Steyer is way, way out in front. 2. Fact from the Wall Street Journal's story on Republican outreach to black voters: "Of 671 black state legislators, just 13 are Republican, according to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators." 3. […]
  • With Martha Coakley, deep-blue Massachusetts continues to be a headache for Democrats

    Aaron Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    The big news Thursday night was that a new Boston Globe poll in the Massachusetts governor's race showed Republican Charlie Baker leading Democrat Martha Coakley by 9 points. Coakley, it bears mentioning, previously lost that big 2010 Massachusetts special election that sent Scott Brown to the Senate. So the idea that she could lose another race she […]
  • Joni Ernst skipped an editorial board meeting. That was probably smart.

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    To go or not to go, that is the question. I am talking, of course, about newspaper editorial boards and the ever-increasing frequency with which candidates skip the chance to sit down with the opinion-makers in their respective city or state.  Just this week state Sen. Joni Ernst, The Republican nominee for Senate in Iowa, […]
  • Why watching grass grow might actually be a good investment of federal money

    Philip Bump
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    No. 11 in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) 2014 "Wastebook" — a catalog of 100 ways in which the government squandered taxpayer money — does an effective job of demonstrating why the exercise on the whole is worthy of skepticism. And, perhaps, illustrates its hidden dangers. What is No. 11? "Watching Grass Grow." This is one of Coburn's […]
  • QUIZ: Which Senate race are you?

    Jaime Fuller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    If you're anything like us on the Fix, you probably grew up daydreaming about the midterms, and how you wished you could spend every minute of your life thinking about them. No, not only thinking about them. Being them. Life is too short to just fantasize about becoming a midterm Senate race. Take the quiz below […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • #NJSen: Man, Jeff Bell has some sad, bewildered ignoramuses behind his campaign.

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    The sheer stupidity of this accounts for the fact you've probably already seen it; it's heavily shared. I'm sure the Virginia-based, fake official-sounding group that put it out - Public Advocate of the United States - thinks that's because it's nasty-ass message (um, pun) is resonating with voters. And actually, it's because people are laughing at these idjits. Cory Booker's name's misspelled (which they now say is "intentional," like we haven't all seen the mighty-righty, pious Christianity-claiming, get-off-my-lawners display that kind of ignorance before). Them, and the professional,…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Christie tries to walk back his 'minimum wage' insult Yeah, it wasn't a gaffe. Countdown: 11 Days NJSen: WHOA. Get a load of this anti-gay anti-Cory Booker ad. CD5: 6-term incumbent Garrett seeks to fend off Dem challenger. Garrett: build trans-Hudson train tunnel sooner than later. CD3: Second and final debate between Aimee Belgard & Tom MacArthur. CD3: Christie stumps for T-Mac. NJSen: Cory Booker's 2014 race looks nothing like his 2013 campaign. CD2: How safe is long-term incumbent Frank LoBiondo's seat? CD4: Chris Smith's Dem opponent: Ebola travel ban is "racism". Ballot…
  • Who won last night's CD12 debate at TCNJ: Bonnie Watson Coleman or Alieta Eck?

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    It was pouring rain last night on The College of New Jersey's Ewing campus for the debate of CD12 combatants Dr. Alieta Eck and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Hard to find the Mayo Concert Hall in the dark. Note to college: more lighting. And the parking lot wasn't anywhere near it. Nevertheless, it was a packed house. And that was great. Made for many lively moments of engagement from the noisy audience of students and local politicos, to the frustration of the moderator. This district, Rush Holt's until January, is not competitive. Only late-breaking scandal or, you know, a massive…
  • Ebola: Christie giving orders in a rare moment, but the message is reassuring

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Only rarely do we get a glimpse of Governor Christie in a private moment when he is addressing his staff. Such occurred yesterday morning just before his Ebola conference. The camera and audio were on and operating before the press and audience were called into the Hackensack Hospital meeting room. With key staff members he was taking a stern, tough guy, approach, "We must be aggressive," and insisting on effective, strong quarantining. It sounded like someone who likes to bark orders. Of course he was only in New Jersey for a brief visit until he takes off again to Iowa. It is others who…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Christie Christie's NJ approval rating in NJ continues to slip. Chris Christie just exposed his entire party's deceitful voter suppression plan. The Record on Christie's "disturbing" comments on Republicans controlling voting mechanisms. How Chris Christie and Scott Walker are stepping in it. Moran: Christie, poor guy, is tired of minimum wage talk. Why Christie can't doodle discussion of the minimum wage. Countdown: 12 Days CD5: Cook Political Report rating shifts. CD5 & CD3: Roy Cho vs. Aimee Belgard, PolitickerNJ's 'Fight of the Week'. CD3: In pricey, high-profile race, candidates mostly…
 
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    Truthout Stories

  • Did Elizabeth Warren Just Change Her Tune on Running for President?

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (Photo: Ninian Reid)Senator Elizabeth Warren gave an interview to People magazine for this week's issue and was asked for roughly the thousandth time if she planned to run for president. But her answer to this query was different than all the others: But is the freshman senator from Massachusetts herself on board with a run for the White House? Warren wrinkles her nose. "I don't think so," she tells PEOPLE in an interview conducted at Warren's Cambridge, Massachusetts, home for this week's issue. "If there's any lesson I've learned in the…
  • Detroit: The Dispersal of Urban Black America Begins

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    "The water department is determined to solve its financial problems – and change the city's demographics – by ejecting the poor from the grid." The two United Nations Special Rapporteurs have seen human rights violations around the world, but Detroit's massive water shut-offs are uniquely upsetting. "We were deeply disturbed to observe the indignity people have faced and continue to live with in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and in a city that was a symbol of America's prosperity," said Catarina de Albuquerque and Leilani Farha, in a joint statement. An "unprecedented"…
  • Protesters Call for Justice for Transgender Filipina Allegedly Killed by Marine

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    (Image: Candlelight vigil via Shutterstock)On the evening of Wednesday, October 15, around 100 people gathered in San Francisco's Union Square to hold a candlelight vigil for Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipina woman who was allegedly murdered by a U.S. Marine in the Philippines last Saturday night. The event was spearheaded by BAYAN-USA and GABRIELA-SF and supported by local Filipino, people of color, women's rights, and LGBT activists. Gatherers expressed sadness and anger at Gaude's murder at the hands of U.S. Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton. Late last…
  • Building Trades Chief Lauds Fracking Boom, Shrugs Off Environmental Concerns

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    A Halliburton worker poses at a fracking operation. (Photo: Joshua Doubek) In its quest for jobs, the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO hasn't shied away from taking on environmentalists and progressives. The latest flashpoint is fracking, the controversial drilling practice propelling the nation's fossil fuel energy boom. On this issue, public tolerance is waning, but the trades unions aren't backing down. On Tuesday, October 14, the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee released a report by Dr. Robert Bruno and Michael Cornfield of the…
  • Greek Mainstream Media: Economic Interests Come Before the Law

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    One factor connecting censorship, political favoritism, violence toward journalists, and selective enforcement of the law is economic influence, and in Greece, media is dominated by a few business tycoons, with significant commercial, industrial and financial interests.  (Image: Dollars and gun via Shutterstock) Do you want media that’s accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Invest in independent media - donate to Truthout today! This is the sixth in a series of articles that chronicle the long history of corruption, lawlessness and censorship in Greece's media…
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  • Ebola's Information Paradox, Part II: Do we hear?

    Andrew Sprung
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Looking back to a devastating Cholera outbreak in a poor neighborhood of London in 1854, Steven Johnson notes that "it took two entire weeks before the press began treating the outbreak as a major news event for the city."  A hundred and sixty years later, we're safer (although more fearful) because news travels faster:Compare this pattern of information flow to the way news spreads now. On Thursday, Craig Spencer, a New York doctor, was given a diagnosis of Ebola after presenting a high fever, and the entire world learned of the test result within hours of the patient himself learning…
  • A surprise (to me) regarding Medicaid eligibility under the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I learned an interesting fact about the ACA from Kaiser's Larry Levitt on Twitter today. It's well-known to ACA watchers that a low-income worker whose employer offers insurance deemed "affordable" according to ACA formula cannot buy subsidized private coverage on the exchanges. What I suspect is less well-known, and what Larry spelled out, is that the availability of employer-sponsored insurance does not negate Medicaid eligibility for someone whose household income is low enough to qualify for Medicaid.It may seem unlikely that a worker offered ACA-compliant insurance by her employer…
  • I agree

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    with this Dish reader:I choose to believe that Obama will not adopt Bush administration interpretation of torture treaty obligations, will not adopt a West African travel ban, and will not go deep into Syrian quagmire.Maybe “hope” is a better word.Re Sully's closer: "I’m hoping too. And doing what little I can to help make it so": When I read the Times article claiming that Obama is "considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty [UN Convention Against Torture] imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders," I…
  • NYT spotlights plight of ACA bronze plan buyers, leaves out vital context

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    [first posted 10/18]The Times has a front-page story today, by Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear, that highlights the plight of ACA private plan buyers who bought plans with such high deductibles that they are foregoing needed treatment.  This is a real problem -- bronze plans in particular have terribly high deductibles, averaging $5,000 per individual -- but vital context is missing. Here's the framing:About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with…
  • The ACA marketplace and the toilet paper aisle

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    My last post was in protest to a New York Times front-page article that highlighted the very real plight of ACA private plan buyers who were forgoing needed medical care because they'd bought high-deductible, mostly bronze-level plans. My beef was that the article omitted important context, e.g., that only 20% of ACA shoppers selected bronze and that the vast majority of low-income buyers who were eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) bought silver plans that allowed them to access those important secondary subsidies.I also suggested that the four individual narratives in the piece should…
 
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  • My Mother’s Psychotherapy — and Mine

    By Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Her relationship with her treatment nearly killed her. How would I fare?
  • In India, Revealing the Children Left Behind

    By Tina Rosenberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A nationwide, door-to-door testing initiative has become a mobilizing force for better-quality education.
  • The Other Side of the Living Sea

    By Tiphanie Yanique
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The truth about my grandmother’s Puerto Rican childhood.
  • What Would Edmund Burke Say?

    By David Brooks and Gail Collins
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Brooks and Collins on revolutionary change, oppositional politics and the electoral future of Elizabeth Warren, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton.
  • Sheridan’s Ride

    By Jed Morrison
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The Union's scorched earth campaign in the Shenandoah Valley was almost defeated at the Battle of Cedar Creek.
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    Restoring Truthiness

  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

    Hank Griffin
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    No means Yes, and other ThinkspeakYouTube Thank you friends of Restoring Truthiness for your tireless pursuit of the Truthy. Sorry to say, but this may be our last post. But it’s not all bad news, in fact, Republicans may win control of the Senate – the long national nightmare will be over – in two more years when a “real” American is again President of the United States. (To so many in this country, including the Republican leadership, Obama’s not real, he just isn’t, they can’t explain why.) But in the mean time, both the House and the Senate…
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging

    Hank Griffin
    4 May 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging It makes me cry to see Juliet Binoche cry. And all because of Daniel Day-Lewis’ philandering. Oh, she she tried to get even by having her own affair, but her lover turned out to be a Stasi agent, a government spy. And they took pictures so they could blackmail her.  Communism in Bohemia. But enough of this Hollywood artsy-fartsy.  This is America! We defeated Communism! The very idea that a government would spy on its own people and use compromising photos or letters to blackmail them is thankfully something we will never see in this country.
  • The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?

    Alexandria Love
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?  Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Unbalanced Economy, Bedtime Story I want you to take a trip with me (in your mind) for a brief moment, and pretend you are a child living your dream childhood.  Think of the neighborhood, the sights, the smells, and what your imaginary parents are like? In this vision, do you have siblings or are you an only child? What is dinner like at the end of the day? Now imagine your neighbors (can you see them) through the eyes of this child? Are they safe? Do they care for you as much…
  • Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty

    Alexandria Love
    13 Jan 2014 | 10:56 am
    Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty  THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE – NARA – 549861 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty While speculation looms over Governor Christ Christie’s camp regarding the now  widely known “Bridge gate”  scandal (the purposeful creation of traffic congestion on the George Washington Bridge for the soul purpose of personal gain [what the Christie administration stood to gain is yet to be determined]).   Yet “We the people” are left out of the fray according to comments made during…
  • President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!

    Alexandria Love
    14 Nov 2013 | 1:01 pm
    President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!President Obama ran his presidency campaign on the ticket of “Change” and he won, twice, because that is what Americans said they wanted. In fact, we the people are constantly obsessing over the mere notion of how we want “Change”. Moreover, for over half a century it has been the claims of many psychologists that change has become the steady state of the contemporary American culture. Affordable Care Act Rally at the SCOTUS (Photo credit: SEIU International) On the other hand, in general the psychology literature often describes…
 
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  • Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
  • U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    (Reuters) - A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events.
  • Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said.
  • White House ex-counsel now off of Attorney General list

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, a leading candidate in President Barack Obama's search for a new U.S. attorney general, has pulled out of consideration for the nomination, a White House official said on Friday.
  • Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the disease spreading outside of West Africa.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

    timothy
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in…
  • Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

    timothy
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    dcblogs writes IBM is an officially sanctioned trusted supplier to the U.S. Defense Dept., and the transfer of its semiconductor manufacturing to GlobalFoundries, a U.S.-based firm owned by investors in Abu Dhabi, will get U.S. scrutiny. Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Adams, who authored a report last year for an industry group about U.S. supply chain vulnerabilities and national security, said regulators will have to look closely. "I don't want cast aspersions unnecessarily on Abu Dubai — but they're not Canada," said Adams "I think that the news that we may be selling part of our…
  • Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

    timothy
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from The Guardian: Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers. The proposed legislation would mean that any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence. Last week the Joint…
  • Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

    samzenpus
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice president of business development, said it was unclear if the company would file a lawsuit. "We do take at their word the representations from the governor that he supports a robust debate in the upcoming session," O'Connell said. "We've entered an era where you can buy products and services with much greater value than a car by going…
  • India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

    timothy
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    vasanth writes India has successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), early on October 16. This is the 27th consecutively successful mission of the PSLV(Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle). The entire constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed by 2015. The satellite is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as in the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. In the Kargil war in 1999, the Indian military sought GPS data…
 
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  • Aereo, the Supreme Court, and the Future of TV

    Meredith Bragg
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last summer, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo was in violation of copyright law, forcing the company to cancel its subscription service, a crippling but not fatal outcome for the internet television provider.  Aereo continues to live to fight another day, as one of their senior officers recently filed to become a D.C. lobbyist in the hopes of educating legislators on "issues pertaining to antennas, broadcast television and television access online." And despite the lack of income from subscriptions, Aereo's investors are sticking with the company and continue to believe in its…
  • Holly Bell on High Frequency Trading and Fat Targets

    Reason.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    For the last five years, the press has been sounding alarms about high-frequency trading (HFT), a practice in which investors use fast computers driven by secret algorithms to rapidly trade securities.Time wondered in a 2012 headline whether the practice is "Wall Street's Doomsday Machine." Mother Jones in 2013 worried it could "set off a financial meltdown." In March of this year, 60 Minutes aired an infomercial-toned segment promoting the new Investor's Exchange (IEX) trading venue, which, according to IEX's website, is "dedicated to institutionalizing fairness in the markets" by…
  • High Frequency, Fat Target

    Holly Bell
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, by Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton and Company, $27.95 For the last five years, the press has been sounding alarms about high-frequency trading (HFT), a practice in which investors use fast computers driven by secret algorithms to rapidly trade securities. Time wondered in a 2012 headline whether the practice is "Wall Street's Doomsday Machine." Mother Jones in 2013 worried it could "set off a financial meltdown." In March of this year, 60 Minutes aired an infomercial-toned segment promoting the new Investor's Exchange (IEX) trading venue, which, according to…
  • Watch Hillary Clinton Say: “Don’t let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs."

    Peter Suderman
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Here is what Hillary Clinton, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic nomination for president, said yesterday while speaking at a campaign event for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley: "Don't let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people ask him what he brought to Washington, he says I brought arithmetic." Watch the video:  Well, that settles it. Corporations and…
  • Cathy Young Debunks an Attempt to Defend the Sex-Abuse Hysteria of the '80s

    Reason.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In The Witch-Hunt Narrative, Ross Cheit tries to rehabilitate the day care sex-abuse fears of the 1980s. While he admits that there was some "overreaction" and injustice to innocent people, he insists that the number of cases involving outlandish claims of large-scale molestation is too small to sustain the notion of a national witch hunt. What's more, he adds, many of the defendants were almost certainly guilty. Cathy Young examines Cheit's claims and comes away unconvinced. View this article.
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  • The FED is killing us

    Randy Toman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “The real cause of the disaster is the very financial structure that was fashioned by legislators and guided by regulators; they together created a cartel that, like all other monopolistic concoctions is playing mischief with its victims.” Quoted from; “The Great Banking Scandal” (1990) Hans Sennholz You will note I was quoting something written in 1990—almost 25 years ago. And we all know that was well before the sophistication of today’s Wall Street—with its high power computerized buying and selling. It is troubling to know, debt was there (1990) but small and…
  • Words to the Pastor

    Randy Toman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was an effective teacher at Oberlin theological department for 40 years. (1835- 1875) Robert Fletcher’s article “The Pastor Theology of Charles G. Finney” nails the problems of today as he tells what Finney taught his young preachers. Fletcher writes of Finney; “The pastor and his flock had reciprocal duties, according to Finney. The pastor must demean himself so as to deserve the confidence of the people, giving himself wholly to the work and avoid every irrelevant engagement, feeding the flock with truth well digested, warning them publicly and…
  • Truth and How You Get to it

    Randy Toman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) wrote: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” The truth of the statement cannot be questioned—-at least I don’t think so. If God does exist then compromise with a branding of some sort of Conservative leaning cannot in fact be the way to a truth because God allows anyone to attempt to identify truth, which must be the starting point. Anything said, should be considered as what is the truth rather than some position of a compromising agenda. It is this truth of the matter that should be hinged to a higher authority if that truth or…
  • Is it easy to fall?

    Randy Toman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Is it easy to fall from the rule of good men with intelligence, having religious convictions? To a group of few men trying to do good—–all the while those few good men think they are doing good as they cannot stopping the drift——nor can they focus on the complex issues of religious doctrine, with its connections, that makes a citizen and government righteous and work correctly. There is that drift away from religious connections for its citizens and government—that makes government not function, and from there, but an easy step into tyranny. From that drift toward…
  • Obama…whose side is he on?

    The Outsider
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Mideast is in turmoil with ISIS threatening to kill everyone who does not convert to their convoluted religion. This is happening primarily because Obama ordered out our military and left a vacuum just as G.W. Bush warned it would. Many of Obama’s staunch appointees gave the same warning including the military and Pentagon leaders. Obama refused to listen and refused to act on the advice of his experts! All of his appointees to every government agency are involved in scandals and none are fired or held accountable, in fact they are either promoted or continue to receive a salary and…
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  • Will Elizabeth Warren Run? Her New Challenge to Hillary Clinton

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This article is an updated version of "What Clinton Could Learn From Warren," in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Senator Elizabeth Warren stunned the political world this week with her comment in an interview with People magazine, which seemed to leave the door open for a presidential run in 2016. Asked whether she would run, Warren said, ambiguously, “I don’t think so,” but added, “If there’s any lesson I’ve learned in the last five years, it’s don’t be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open.” Well! That certainly set…
  • We know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault. But What About Abortion?

    Rachel M. Cohen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    In the past three years, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the United States than in the entire previous decade. At the same time, 85 colleges and universities are now under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence. While these two issues are not divergent, campus feminists have devoted much of their energy to challenging their universities’ failure to adequately handle sexual assault cases—often at the expense of abortion rights advocacy. But the growing threats to reproductive justice—like the Texas law that could shut down most of the state’s…
  • Gaga and Bennett: Making a Great American Art Form Hip Again

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Tony Bennett has long been as much a jazz singer as a pop singer, though I readily acknowledge that the distinction between the two has always been fuzzy. This has been particularly true throughout the second coming of his career—his rise again to popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. The onetime crooner and belter of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” can’t quite hold those long notes like he used to or glissando up and down the scale without an occasional unintended bump. The marvel is, he’s still a great singer at age 88, in no small part by jazzing his singing…
  • Rand Paul Continues Record of Brilliant Media Manipulation

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    As I've probably made clear by now, I am 1) abundantly skeptical of Rand Paul's ability to be president of the United States, and only somewhat less skeptical of his ability to win the presidency; and 2) in tremendous admiration of Paul's skill at working the media. There will be abundant time to explore #1 in the months ahead, but today offers us yet another example of #2. Paul, you see, is convening a super-secret meeting of his brain trust to discuss his upcoming presidential campaign, and somehow, news of the meeting found its way to the National Journal and reporter Shane Goldmacher:…
  • France and Italy Tell Germany: Take Your Austerity and Stuff It

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Press Association via AP Images) At the Nato Summit in Newport, South Wales, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande gather to watch a flypast of military aircraft from Nato member countries on the final day of the summit at the Celtic Manor on Friday, September 5, 2014. There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European…
 
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  • Will Elizabeth Warren Run? Her New Challenge to Hillary Clinton

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This article is an updated version of "What Clinton Could Learn From Warren," in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Senator Elizabeth Warren stunned the political world this week with her comment in an interview with People magazine, which seemed to leave the door open for a presidential run in 2016. Asked whether she would run, Warren said, ambiguously, “I don’t think so,” but added, “If there’s any lesson I’ve learned in the last five years, it’s don’t be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open.” Well! That certainly set…
  • We know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault. But What About Abortion?

    Rachel M. Cohen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    In the past three years, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the United States than in the entire previous decade. At the same time, 85 colleges and universities are now under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence. While these two issues are not divergent, campus feminists have devoted much of their energy to challenging their universities’ failure to adequately handle sexual assault cases—often at the expense of abortion rights advocacy. But the growing threats to reproductive justice—like the Texas law that could shut down most of the state’s…
  • Gaga and Bennett: Making a Great American Art Form Hip Again

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Tony Bennett has long been as much a jazz singer as a pop singer, though I readily acknowledge that the distinction between the two has always been fuzzy. This has been particularly true throughout the second coming of his career—his rise again to popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. The onetime crooner and belter of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” can’t quite hold those long notes like he used to or glissando up and down the scale without an occasional unintended bump. The marvel is, he’s still a great singer at age 88, in no small part by jazzing his singing…
  • Rand Paul Continues Record of Brilliant Media Manipulation

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    As I've probably made clear by now, I am 1) abundantly skeptical of Rand Paul's ability to be president of the United States, and only somewhat less skeptical of his ability to win the presidency; and 2) in tremendous admiration of Paul's skill at working the media. There will be abundant time to explore #1 in the months ahead, but today offers us yet another example of #2. Paul, you see, is convening a super-secret meeting of his brain trust to discuss his upcoming presidential campaign, and somehow, news of the meeting found its way to the National Journal and reporter Shane Goldmacher:…
  • France and Italy Tell Germany: Take Your Austerity and Stuff It

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Press Association via AP Images) At the Nato Summit in Newport, South Wales, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande gather to watch a flypast of military aircraft from Nato member countries on the final day of the summit at the Celtic Manor on Friday, September 5, 2014. There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European…
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  • Why Europe is doomed, in 3 paragraphs

    Matt O'Brien
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch) This, from Reuters, tells you everything you need to know about Europe's continued descent into depression: According to German officials, Merkel felt betrayed by Draghi's speech at a central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August in which he pressed Berlin for looser fiscal policy to stimulate the economy. Her entourage is also deeply skeptical about Draghi's plan to buy up asset-backed securities (ABS) and covered bonds in the hope of encouraging commercial banks to…
  • The U.S. still spends more on space than every other country—combined

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    NASA's budget alone is still larger than any other country's entire space budget. (Steve Helber/AP Photo) Ever since NASA retired its last space shuttle in 2011, American space travel has taken a back seat to news of growing Chinese space ambitions, Indian Mars missions, Iranian space chimps, and Russian space geckos. But make no mistake, the United States is still the global powerhouse in space spending. Last year, the United States spent roughly $40 billion on its space program, which is more than every other country combined, according to a new study (pdf) by the Organization for…
  • You’ve heard of HealthCare.gov. Now meet HealthCare.com

    Jason Millman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    This is HealthCare.com. Look a little like HealthCare.gov? In just a few weeks, millions of people will be heading to the federal site HealthCare.gov to shop for medical insurance when a new open-enrollment period begins. If some of those people wind up by mistake at HealthCare.com instead, well, Jeff Smedsrud is fine with that. Smedsrud is chief executive of HealthCare.com, which holds a seemingly invaluable piece of Internet real estate these days. And he’s looking to make the most of it. With enrollment in the individual health insurance market re-opening Nov. 15, Smedsrud wants people…
  • Why arguments for Voter ID laws don’t add up

    Emily Badger
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Early voting takes place at the Board of Elections office, in Wilmington, N.C. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Alan Cradick/AP Photo/The Star-News) Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, makes the argument in Politico this week that voter ID laws hardly cause the harm their critics claim (hat tip to Jonathan Chait, who has written a thorough response to Lowry here). He questions conflicting research on whether these laws depress minority voter turnout. He disputes Ruth Bader Ginsburg's assessment that Texas' voter ID law — cleared last weekend by the Supreme Court — is "purposefully…
  • The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020

    Christopher Ingraham
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Meg Sanders inspects drying marijuana at her grow house in Denver. The agriculture tax questions facing the marijuana industry are the latest wrinkle for the states trying to establish commercial recreational pot industries. (AP Photo /Ed Andrieski) A report out from Greenwave Advisors, a "comprehensive research and financial analysis for the emerging legalized marijuana industry," projects that legal cannabis could be an industry with revenues of $35 billion by 2020 if marijuana is legalized at the federal level. They note that this is a floor representing revenues in the first year of…
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  • Ebola fears loom over Sunday shows

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
     Growing concerns over the spread of Ebola and the imminent threat posed by ISIS will be the focus of the Sunday morning political talk shows.Hoping to reassure the public about efforts to contain the deadly virus in the U.S., Anthony Fauci,...
  • Lawmakers react to Washington shooting

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Members of the House and Senate from Washington state reacted with sadness to Friday’s shooting at a high school near Seattle. A male student, identified by a government official as Jaylen Fryberg, opened fire in the cafeteria. He killed one...
  • What is Paul Ryan paying Romney's filmmaker to do?

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has hired the filmmaker who directed and edited the introduction video for Mitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention, USA TODAY reports. It’s an odd expenditure for a sitting congressman in a safe seat —...
  • Leahy: Some 'never want to have another' black president

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), an ardent supporter of President Obama, charged that there are some who "never want to have" another black president and that the U.S. has a long way to go in terms of racial equality.Discussing voter ID laws in an...
  • Axelrod: Obama sometimes 'negligent in the symbolism' of presidency

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    President Obama can be “negligent” in attending to the optics required of his office, former senior adviser David Axelrod said in an interview published Thursday.The president has come under frequent criticism for his management style in recent...
 
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The petition of the day is: Hammond v. United States 13-1512 Issue: (1) Whether and under what circumstances the Eighth Amendment authorizes a district court to impose a sentence less than the statutory mandatory minimum; and (2) whether a criminal defendant’s waiver of appeal rights made in an agreement to resolve a case prohibits an appeal by the government.
  • Relist Watch

    John Elwood
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    John Elwood finally reviews Monday’s relisted cases. Under the principle that weather and sports must always be saved until the end of the news to keep weary eyes watching those local ads, I should be burying this lede. But we here at Relist Watch aspire to better things, so we tell you up front: There were between zero and two new relists this week – it’s hard to be sure because the Court hasn’t updated the docket. Given the lack of new cases, we were sorely tempted to just pull th’ ol’ CTRL-C/CTRL-V move (that’s ⌘-C/⌘-V for you hipsters), but we figured that would merely…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part three)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    The inspiration and aspiration for Uncertain Justice and the rewards of working with Joshua Matz, a co-author fifty years his junior. “People ask, ‘Why did you pick constitutional law?’  I mean, come on.  Who, with a real opportunity to dig into a subject of law would not want that to be constitutional law?  It has everything.  It has history.  It has moral philosophy.  The meaning of liberty, of equality, of dignity.  It has legal technicalities galore.  It has precedent.  It involves strategy, dealing with complicated human situations and the people who are…
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Coverage of the Court’s release of a revised version of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent in the Texas voter ID case (on which Lyle reported for this blog on Wednesday) continues.  At The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire, Jess Bravin observes that, with the correction, Ginsburg “may have made history a second time.”  And Tony Mauro’s story on the release for The Blog of Legal Times includes an interview with Frank Wagner, the retired reporter of decisions, about the role that the reporter might have played in such an opinion. Briefly: At Just Security, William Dodge…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The petition of the day is: Schultz v. Wescom 14-59 Issue: (1) Whether the Ninth Circuit erred when it held – in conflict with the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits, but in accord with the Seventh Circuit – that a district court’s order striking or refusing to consider a qualified immunity motion is not subject to interlocutory appeal, even when it subjects a public official to unlimited discovery for the duration of a lawsuit; and (2) whether petitioners are entitled to qualified immunity.
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  • Ted Cruz: "Obama, instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist (for surgeon general)."

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Cruz: Obama's surgeon general pick is not a 'health professional' The lack of a surgeon general -- the federal government’s top public health spokesperson -- has become a point of contention as the public panics about Ebola. Sen. Ted Cruz said President Barack Obama is to blame for the fact that the position hasn’t been filled. "Look, of course we should have a surgeon general in place," Cruz, R-Texas, said on CNN’s State of the Union Oct. 19. "And we don’t have one because President Obama, instead of nominating a health…
  • Tom Cotton: Says Mark Pryor "votes with Obama 93 percent of the time."

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Cotton: Pryor votes with Obama 93 percent of the time Tom Cotton says Mark Pryor votes in lockstep with President Barack Obama, but Pryor says he’s one of the most independent senators. Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor, in a tight race that could decide which party controls the Senate. Like many other Republicans facing against incumbent Democrats, Cotton often attacks Pryor for voting in line with Obama’s policies more often than not. In the candidates’ first debate Oct. 13,…
  • Chain email: The Affordable Care Act says that "at age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment. …  Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age."

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Five years on, chain email about cancer treatment rationing after age 76 is still Pants on Fire A reader recently sent us a years-old chain email that has morphed into something more timely. It now has the heading, "IMPORTANT ACTION INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER, 2014  VOTE." For years before that, though, the chain email has floated around the Internet, making the scary claim that "at age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment. Cancer hospital will ration care according to the…
  • Tim Murphy: Blocking travel from countries with Ebola should be possible because President Barack Obama "has sealed off Israel in the past."

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Rep. Tim Murphy says air ban on Israel offers precedent for Ebola travel policy Ebola was once again Topic A on the Sunday news shows. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace had an exchange with Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., over one of the most contentious Ebola-related issues -- whether to enact a travel ban from countries where Ebola is spreading, such as the west African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Here’s the exchange: Wallace: "I want to talk about the threats from those countries -- the ‘hot zone’ -- to this country,…
  • Cory Gardner: The CDC is "spending money on things like jazzercise, urban gardening and massage therapy" that could be redirected to Ebola.

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Amid Ebola cases, Cory Gardner blasts CDC spending on 'jazzercise,' 'urban gardens' As fears over Ebola reached a crescendo, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., took a shot at the federal government’s handling of the disease during a debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Gardner has been gaining ground in the closely watched Colorado Senate race, and that contest is just one of many around the country in which Ebola has become an issue. Gardner, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "Perhaps the CDC should quit…
 
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  • Fables Of The Reconstruction: Cue The World’s Tiniest Violin Edition — Plus: Bonus For A Good Time On The Cape!

    Tom Levenson
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Attention conservation notice (term stolen from Cosma): What follows is mostly purely Levenson-domicile maundering.  The good stuff is at the end; great art by someone I love.  Now you know. I’ve gone silent on our kitchen renovation farrago, for the obvious and very good reason:  it’s the eternal return of the same, and thus boring. Everyone who’s lived through (or, FSM-forbid, DIY’d) a major house project knows the one universal truth: it sucks.  It’s like parachuting without the thrill:  August 1 at 7 a.m. we were riding a perfectly functional airplane…
  • Long Read: “Content Moderation ” [NSFW]

    Anne Laurie
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Adrian Chen, in Wired, on “The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed“: … Baybayan is part of a massive labor force that handles “content moderation”—the removal of offensive material—for US social-networking sites. As social media connects more people more intimately than ever before, companies have been confronted with the Grandma Problem: Now that grandparents routinely use services like Facebook to connect with their kids and grandkids, they are potentially exposed to the Internet’s panoply of jerks, racists, creeps, criminals, and…
  • College Football Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
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  • Open Thread: Vote Like Your Country Depends On It

    Anne Laurie
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    (Jeff Danziger’s website) . A countdown reminder from Professor Krugman, “Plutocrats Against Democracy“: It’s always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that…
  • Friday Not-Exactly Recipe Exchange: “Is Reheated Pasta Less Fattening?”

    Anne Laurie
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Yes, of course, this would be an English question. From the BBC: … A rapid rise in blood glucose, followed by a rapid fall, can often make you feel hungry again quite soon after a meal. It’s true of sugary sweets and cakes, but it’s also true for things like pasta, potatoes, white rice and white bread. That’s why dieticians emphasise the importance of eating foods that are rich in fibre, as these foods produce a much more gradual rise and fall in your blood sugars. But what if you could change pasta or potatoes into a food that, to the body, acts much more like fibre?
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  • Weekend Photos – Wall Art Edition

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The outside walls of buildings used to serve as billboards.  They were usually  hand painted and nearly always a treat.   The post Weekend Photos – Wall Art Edition appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Eight Months of War: Gains and Losses in the Ukraine Campaign (Gazeta, Russia)

    WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    It has been eight months since the beginning of the Euromaiden protests, the toppling of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych and the current crisis over Ukraine. This editorial from Russia’s Gazeta takes stock of what Russia has gained and lost, and freely admits that in terms of the Russian social contract, ‘sausage in exchange for freedom can be considered terminated: the trend now is not sausage, not freedom – but national identity.’ The column is packaged with a speech Putin gave yesterday containing his most outspoken criticism of the United States since the…
  • Military Weekend: Welcome Home Hugs and Kisses

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Our troops continue to deploy to West Africa, to other trouble spots and on routine operations and maneuvers around the world. However, as our mission in Afghanistan winds down and other missions and operations are completed, thousands of them are fortunate to be coming home, to their loved ones. Of all the military images, these are some of my most favorite. I hope they are yours, too. As you enjoy your weekend, think of our troops in faraway places, often in harm’s way, but also appreciate these images. Navy Cmdr. Camille Flaherity hugs her son after returning to Norfolk, Va., from a…
  • The Politics of Efficiency

    Guest Voice
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The Politics of Efficacy by Slamfu There seem to be a lot of names out there for everyone’s political position. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, libertarian and oh so many more. It would seem these days that most people lump me into the Liberal category, some even name me a Democrat. It’s true that I have views that tend to line up with those groups more often than not, and maybe that’s all it takes. But when people go out of their way to label me, I get the distinct impression they are saying that I am a liberal therefore that is why I have those views, and not the other…
  • Washington high school shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members

    Guest Voice
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    MARYSVILLE, Wash.—Three months before Friday’s shooting, Jaylen Fryberg celebrated his birthday by posing with a hunting rifle that he called “the best present ever.” He posted an online message that said “i just love my parents!!!” An adored child from a prominent Tulalip Tribes family, Fryberg loved life with his girlfriend, classmates, teammates and hobbies. A… Shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members The post Washington high school shooter was seen as a rising star among tribal members appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Islam didn’t kill Canadian Cpl. Nathan Cirillo — but it helped

    Jon Green
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Is it just me, or does talking about religious violence feel an awful lot like talking about gun violence? Let’s start with the news: On Wednesday, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau allegedly shot a Canadian soldier and engaged in a shootout with Canadian authorities in the halls of Parliament in Ottawa. CNN was quick to link Zehaf-Bibeau’s violence to Islam and, by extension, Islamic extremist groups. Watch this CNN correspondent say the words “Islam” or “Islamic” nine times in two minutes, on top of a chyron not-so-subtlely pointing out that Zehaf-Bibeau is an…
  • Mitch McConnell: It’s not “particularly enlightening” talking to constituents, especially “factory workers”

    John Aravosis
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t find it “particularly enlightening” meeting with constituents. And McConnell has a particular beef about meeting with factory workers.
  • A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” Fox News host, join hate-group-sponsored anti-gay rally

    John Aravosis
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Phil and Alan Robertson, of A&E’s show “Duck Dynasty,” will join Fox News host Todd Starnes at an anti-gay rally sponsored by an officially-designated “hate group.” The rally, called “I Stand Sunday,” is sponsored by the “Family Research Council,” an organization officially-designated as a “hate group” a few years back, and that has a long history of disseminating faux-science in order to harm gays and lesbians. The rally is directed at Houston’s mayor, Anise Parker, who is openly-gay. It’s also an…
  • Ted Cruz’s office says Obamacare brought Ebola to US

    John Aravosis
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    In a bizarre message posted on Twitter this evening, Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s deputy chief of staff Nick Muzin apparently posted a message on Twitter suggesting that Obamacare caused Ebola. Judd Legum of ThinkProgress copied the tweet before it was deleted. I confirmed with Legum that he did in fact see the Tweet live on Muzin’s Twitter feed, before it was deleted. Muzin has since apologized on his Twitter account for the “joke.” Here it is: And here is Muzin’s apology: You think? It’s rather amazing that the #2 person in Ted Cruz’s office…
  • It was terrible, but was the Ottawa attack terrorism?

    John Aravosis
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Canada’s Prime Minister, along with CNN and Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network, and now even the White House, are all referring to the horrible shooting in Ottawa, Canada last night as “terrorism.” But was it really? In case you hadn’t heard, a lone gunman opened fire yesterday, and killed, a soldier standing guard at the Canadian National War Memorial. He then went into the parliament building, shot a guard, and was gunned down before being able to harm anyone else. But was it terrorism? I’ve written about this topic before, about whether some…
 
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    VideoSift.com

  • Cenk Uygur debates Sam Harris

    billpayer (/politics/member/billpayer)
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Debate between Sam Harris and Cenk Uygur
  • Canadian Sergeant-At-Arms back on duty the next day

    Payback (/politics/member/Payback)
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    *sniff*
  • truth can be the revolution-a message to humanity

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:11 am
    the speech is taken from 1940's "the great dictator" a movie starring charlie chaplin.it was chaplins first speaking film with this stirring and controversial speech about hitler,anti-semitism and fascism. how surreal that such a speech would still be as powerful and succinct in todays political climate 75 years later.
  • henry giroux-we have lost the language of compassion

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    "In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability "to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations." "We have no way of understanding that link anymore," Giroux says, "because what we've done is we've defined freedom in a way that suggests it's the freedom to do anything you want and screw everybody else."
  • Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote

    RFlagg (/politics/member/RFlagg)
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    CGP Grey finally gets another Politics in the Animal Kingdom video out, explaining the Single Transferable Vote.
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    The American Prospect

  • Will Elizabeth Warren Run? Her New Challenge to Hillary Clinton

    Robert Kuttner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    This article is an updated version of "What Clinton Could Learn From Warren," in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Senator Elizabeth Warren stunned the political world this week with her comment in an interview with People magazine, which seemed to leave the door open for a presidential run in 2016. Asked whether she would run, Warren said, ambiguously, “I don’t think so,” but added, “If there’s any lesson I’ve learned in the last five years, it’s don’t be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open.” Well! That certainly set…
  • We know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault. But What About Abortion?

    Rachel M. Cohen
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    In the past three years, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the United States than in the entire previous decade. At the same time, 85 colleges and universities are now under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence. While these two issues are not divergent, campus feminists have devoted much of their energy to challenging their universities’ failure to adequately handle sexual assault cases—often at the expense of abortion rights advocacy. But the growing threats to reproductive justice—like the Texas law that could shut down most of the state’s…
  • Gaga and Bennett: Making a Great American Art Form Hip Again

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Tony Bennett has long been as much a jazz singer as a pop singer, though I readily acknowledge that the distinction between the two has always been fuzzy. This has been particularly true throughout the second coming of his career—his rise again to popular and critical acclaim over the past two decades. The onetime crooner and belter of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” can’t quite hold those long notes like he used to or glissando up and down the scale without an occasional unintended bump. The marvel is, he’s still a great singer at age 88, in no small part by jazzing his singing…
  • Rand Paul Continues Record of Brilliant Media Manipulation

    Paul Waldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    As I've probably made clear by now, I am 1) abundantly skeptical of Rand Paul's ability to be president of the United States, and only somewhat less skeptical of his ability to win the presidency; and 2) in tremendous admiration of Paul's skill at working the media. There will be abundant time to explore #1 in the months ahead, but today offers us yet another example of #2. Paul, you see, is convening a super-secret meeting of his brain trust to discuss his upcoming presidential campaign, and somehow, news of the meeting found its way to the National Journal and reporter Shane Goldmacher:…
  • France and Italy Tell Germany: Take Your Austerity and Stuff It

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Press Association via AP Images) At the Nato Summit in Newport, South Wales, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande gather to watch a flypast of military aircraft from Nato member countries on the final day of the summit at the Celtic Manor on Friday, September 5, 2014. There was a bit of good news from Europe last week. Two of the nations that desperately need some respite from austerity essentially told German Chancellor Merkel to stuff it. France, under pressure from Germany and the European…
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    4 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In early September the NBC/WSJ poll found that 67% of us think the country is on the wrong track. At mid-month, the CBS/NYT survey found 66% saying the country is on the wrong track. 76% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. 23% are satisfied. [Gallup 9/14] Americans are split evenly, 39% to 40%, as to whether they trust the Democrats or the Republicans more in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years. [WP/ABC 9/14] As of 2010, “One in four women (24.3%) and one in seven men (13.8%) age 18 and older in the United States have been…
  • President Obama

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 9/28) is 43% approval/52% disapproval. In August 2014, the NBC/WSJ survey found women with a disapproval rating of 47% and an approval rating of 46%. In September, that same survey has found with a 52% disapproval rating and a 42% positive rating among women. Of the five most recent two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating is essentially tied with George W Bush. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. (By this date Richard Nixon had left office.)…
  • Where have all the voters gone

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    “Where have all the voters gone” As voting has been made easier by wider use of no-excuse absentee voting, mail voting, and early voting generally, turnout has gone down. Prior to 1972, only Tennessee and Idaho offered so-called “no excuse” absentee voting. In all other states if you wanted to vote absentee you needed a reason. In 1972, less than 5 percent of American voters used absentee ballots. In 1975 Congress enacted the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act which allowed overseas voting age eligible U.S. citizens without legal domiciles in the United States to vote absentee.
  • The Races

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    14% approve of the way Congress is doing its job. This has been the average approval rating for all of 2014. This is somewhat higher than the 9% approval recorded earlier this year. Among those who follow national politics closely, only 8% approve of the job being done by Congress. 40% of adult Americans “care a great deal” about who controls Congress. This includes 43% of Republicans and Republican leaners, and an equal number of Democrats and Democratic leaners. Only 36% of adults can correctly identify which Party controls each of the two houses of the Federal Government. [Gallup 9/14]…
  • The Races: U.S. Senate

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Since passage of the 17th amendment in 1913, the President’s Party has lost an average of nearly 6 U.S. Senate seats in the mid-term election of the 6th year of the President’s term (this includes circumstances when a President was replaced by the Vice President). The most dramatic exception was Bill Clinton in 1998, when the Democrats did not lose a single seat. (Clinton had overseen the loss of 10 Democratic Senate seats in the 1994 and 1996 elections.) 1918 Wilson -6 1926 Harding/Coolidge -6 1938 F. Roosevelt -7 1950 Truman -5 1958 Eisenhower -12 1966 Kennedy/Johnson -4 1974 Nixon/Ford…
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • CA-52: Carl DeMaio's Campaign. Yuck.

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Openly gay Republican accused of sexual harassment by Brian Leubitz I've not really mentioned the burning wreck that is Carl DeMaio's 2014 Congressional campaign. But, boy is it in fire right now. Voice of San Diego has a full timeline of the various scandals with a very fitting opening sentence: In 10 years covering San Diego politics, including the one where Bob Filner was mayor, I have never seen a more bizarre political scandal than the one surrounding Carl DeMaio's congressional campaign over the last few weeks. (VoSD) The article follows the rather bizarre twists and turns of a…
  • The Fate of the Senate Supermajority?

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Two seats get big attention by Brian Leubitz The media thrives on big statements, but shades of gray are everywhere. And that is true for the Senate elections here in California. So, with that, here is a "big statement" quote from former FPPC chair (and SoS candidate) Dan Schnur: "If Republicans can win both of those seats, it will be seen as their first step back toward political relevance in California," said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. "But if Democrats get the supermajority back, it's difficult to see California becoming a two-party state again…
  • Consumer Federation: Prop 46 Opponents Are Privacy Hypocrites

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    by Richard Holober, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California Health care industry-funded ads sounding the Prop 46 privacy alarm flunk the straight face test. The ads allege Prop 46 sets up a secret medical record database that will be vulnerable to hacking. Not only is this absolutely false, it's galling when you consider that the hospitals and insurance companies funding the ads have exposed millions of their own patient records through their negligence. Prop 46 creates no new patient database. It does put to better use a database that has been in place for 17 years. The…
  • The Wilderness Just Keeps Getting Bigger for the CRP

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Statewide elections bring big challenges to Republican playbook by Brian Leubitz California Republicans really want to be like other Republicans. They want to win lots of elections and support some crazy, right-wing policies. But, it turns out in California, that's kind of a non-starter. In fact, the odds are so stacked against that craziness, that Republicans statewide are well behind out of the starting gate. From Jim Newton of the LA Times: Aaron McLear, senior advisor to the Kashkari campaign, pointed out to me last week that, for a Republican to win statewide, he or she needs to carry…
  • Oh, yeah, there are ballot measures

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Ballots are in the mail. I'm voting yes. by Brian Leubitz In case you missed it, the election started a few days ago. Ballots went in the mail early this week, and by the end of this weekend, millions of votes will already have been cast. So, how are you voting on those pesky ballot measures? NextTen has a helpful guide, California Choices, with information about the measures and who has taken a position on either side. But here's how I'm leaning as of right now. I probably won't actually cast my ballot for another week or two, but this is my general inclination right now: Yes. On all of…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Lone Geniuses Are Overrated

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Somewhat to my surprise, Walter Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators, a group portrait of the men and women who invented computers and the Internet, is riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving. My surprise is not rooted in doubts about Isaacson’s skills; he is considered to be the leading biographer of the digital age for a reason. I was surprised because I find books about technology unreadable. I enjoy machines as much as the next Amish-by-disposition American, which is to say, among other things, that I don’t care very much about where they come from, and on those occasions…
  • When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated synagogue in the nation's capital. The post concerned an excellent Rosh Hashanah sermon he had delivered about Israel and Hamas. It turns out that there was a lot more on Rabbi Steinlauf's mind during the High Holidays than just the Middle East. This afternoon, he e-mailed his thousands of congregants to announce that he and his wife, Batya, a respected rabbi in her own right, were getting divorced, because he has come…
  • 'A Terrible Slaughter Is Coming'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The theme of the week in the Syria conflict—that airstrikes are of only limited use in the struggle to degrade and destroy the Islamic State terror group—is about to be underscored in terrible fashion in the besieged border town of Kobani, which is under sustained, and mainly unanswered, assault by as many as 9,000 ISIS terrorists armed with tanks and rocket launchers. I just got off the phone with a desperate-sounding Kurdish intelligence official, Rooz Bahjat, who said he fears that Kobani could fall to ISIS within the next 24 hours. If it does, he predicts that ISIS will murder…
  • Understanding the Goals of Hamas and Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    A couple of weeks ago, Laurie Goodstein, in the Times, wrote of American pulpit rabbis who are sometimes too skittish to express their true feelings about Israel and, in particular, its current government: Debate among Jews about Israel is nothing new, but some say the friction is now fire. Rabbis said in interviews that it may be too hot to touch, and many are anguishing over what to say about Israel in their sermons during the High Holy Days ... I expressed the thought on Twitter (a famous vehicle for complicated thoughts) that it is pathetic for rabbis to avoid discussing certain subjects…
  • A Pugnacious Obama Takes on (Most of) the World

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    President Obama, speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, just delivered a speech that reminded me of Hillary Clinton at her most pugnacious, and of John McCain at his most tranquil. He reminded me of the second-term George W. Bush as well. Obama labeled ISIS "evil" (remember the trouble Bush created for himself when he used such terms?) and promised the destruction of its "network of death"; he excoriated Russia explicitly and at length for bullying its way into Ukraine; he made a direct demand on the Muslim world to disassociate itself from the extreme Islam of ISIS; and, most…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • So Who Does Create Jobs?

    Geoffrey Norman
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Hillary Clinton, doing her no-bull, forceful leader number, tells an audience: Don't let anybody tell you that it's corporations and businesses that create jobs.  The aggressive tone and inelegant phrasing are meant, one supposes, to convey authenticity, which has never been Mrs. Clinton’s strength as a campaigner.  No news there. But what of the content – such as it is – of the remark? Mrs. Clinton could be forgiven for thinking that corporations and businesses exist solely to provide big paydays for politically connected guest speakers.  But then, who does create jobs in…
  • The Rise of the Disrupters

    Irwin M. Stelzer
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    No longer do innovators style themselves “entrepreneurs.” Too French-effete sounding. Nor do these creators call themselves “capitalists.” Too likely to displease liberal friends who associate that label with exploitation of someone or other. Today’s innovator class prefers “disrupter.” Nothing effete about that word, which evokes visions of tough-guy actors such as Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger.   The disrupters’ list of achievements is considerable. They have disrupted the newspaper industry, although it is managing a longer decline than expected. They are in…
  • Digging In

    Geoffrey Norman
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss write, at The Long War Journal, that: Since the Syrian civil war began in the spring of 2011, the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other allied jihadist groups have operated more than 30 training camps inside Iraq and Syria. While global jihadist groups have primarily used camps to indoctrinate and train fighters for local insurgencies as part of the effort to establish a global caliphate, in the past al Qaeda has used its camps to support attacks against the West. And: US officials clearly view the camps in Iraq and Syria as a direct threat to US national security.
  • The College Board Turns Political

    Max Eden
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    When the College Board released a revised framework for Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH), it ignited controversy. Conservative critics objected that the standards evinced a fixation with identity politics, a bias against free enterprise, and a clear partisan preference. Liberal defenders accused conservatives of being sloppy readers and knee-jerk reactionaries. All the while, the College Board insisted that it conducted the APUSH rewrite in good faith, is open to criticism and substantive revision, and should be given the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, the College Board is…
  • This World Series Is Pre-Steroid Baseball

    Lee Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Now with the Royals tying the World Series Wednesday night 1-1, things are really getting hot: Two San Francisco radio stations have removed the song “Royals” from their play lists. The smash hit from the seventeen-year-old Kiwi songbird Lorde was inspired by a 1976 photo of Royals’ hall-of-fame third baseman George Brett. Perhaps it was their meeting in the first month of the season that launched the club’s magical journey—which Bay Area DJs are now trying to derail by putting the kibosh on the club’s improvised anthem. Closer to home, Giants and Royals front office…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Hip in the Heartland

    James Fallows
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    This week Claire Cain Miller of the NY Times reported on an interesting migration trend. The young, college-educated, professional-and-entrepreneurial class we expect to see concentrating in Brooklyn, the SF Bay Area, DC, Seattle, and three or four other usual-suspect big cities is also now showing up in medium-sized and small places. The story was based on a new study, "Young and Restless," from City Observatory. This is exactly in parallel with what we've been seeing and reporting on, in locales as non-usual-suspect as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or Greenville, South Carolina, or Holland,…
  • Today's Mid-Air Collision Outside Washington

    James Fallows
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    There was a tragic mid-air collision this afternoon near Frederick airport, KFDK in aviation talk, about 40 miles north of Washington DC. A helicopter, initially reported as a four-seat Robinson R44, collided with a four-seat Cirrus SR-22 airplane as the Cirrus was preparing to land. Three people aboard the helicopter are all reported to have died. The two aboard the airplane were (at current reports) released from the hospital with minor injuries. Frederick Airport is well known in the aviation world, as the home base of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, AOPA. This accident is…
  • Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for the Self-Driving Car (California High-Speed Rail No. 14)

    James Fallows
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Over the weekend, in No. 13 from the Ulysses-scale saga* of California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, a reader from the Silicon Valley tech industry said that his state should just forget about railroads—normal, high-speed, maglev, or whatever. Instead it should embrace the future represented by self-driving cars. (For previous episodes see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4,No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9, No. 10, No. 11, No. 12, and No. 13. Today's is No. 14.) Almost no one who's written in since then agrees. Here is a sampling of the case made, in dozens of…
  • Rebecca Frankel and War Dogs at Sixth and I Tonight

    James Fallows
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Rebecca Frankel is an editor at Foreign Policy, a friend of our family, and the author of a great new book called War Dogs. Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post, a man who does not lightly distribute praise, gave it a very positive review in the Post this past Sunday ("exceptionally interesting and surprisingly moving"). The NYTBR wrote about the book here, and you can hear her on the Diane Rehm show here. This evening at 7, I'll be leading a discussion with Rebecca Frankel at the Sixth and I Synagogue in downtown Washington. Tickets are $12, but you get two free tickets with the purchase…
  • 'Of No Party or Clique' at The Atlantic

    James Fallows
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    "Of no party or clique" was the founding motto of our magazine, 157 years ago next month. In practice this mainly means that we should aspire to present each article or argument on its merits, and not as expressions of some other agenda. (Though of course we all have our larger worldviews, blind spots, favorites, etc.) Sometimes it means there are disagreements in the arguments presented in our pages or on this site. For the record I want to note two recent disagreements, one about a journalistic tone and one about a diplomatic goal. 1) Gary Hart. Last week I wrote that I found Matt Bai's All…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • your over the transom post about Arthur C. Clarke open thread

    SuperUser
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    by beth, a reader of ObWi who asked to post this Not only was Arthur C. Clarke a superb science-fiction author, he was also a highly respected public intellectual who contributed greatly to the conceptual development of much of the technology that we’ve come to rely upon in our daily lives. Clarke will probably be best remembered by the public at large for 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke penned both the script for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 film, and the eponymous novel, at the exact same time. It largely redefined the way we think of progress, technology, and humanity’s moral imperatives in…
  • Gough Whitlam

    SuperUser
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    by liberal japonicus A very short post about Gough Whitlam, who recently passed away. Whitlam was a major figure in the 1975 Australian Constitutional Crisis and googling now shows the site http://whitlamdismissal.com/, with the source documents. When I first found out about it, maybe a decade and a half after it took place, being an American, there was a focus, possibly because it was Aussies telling me, the American, this on the aspect of US control. Whitlam withdrew Australian troops from Vietnam in 1972, and tales have floated around about CIA involvement along with his relationship with…
  • The problem with gaming is subtractive masculinity

    SuperUser
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    by Doctor Science I made my post about subtractive masculinity because I was thinking about fan and gamer culture -- and lo and behold, almost as soon as I posted "Gamergate" (which has been boiling along for months) leveled up to get covered by the mainstream press. To cut a very long story extremely short, there's been yet another case of self-labeled "gamers" showing that they disagree with a woman ... by inundating her and anyone associated with her with threats of rape, torture, and murder. [1] Subtractive masculinity is why the prospect of women being associated with video games gets…
  • Celts, Philip the II, and other old sh*t

    SuperUser
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    by liberal japonicus Regulars probably know that I am all about the old sh*t. So here are a list of links to some things that have made my heart go pitter-pat. This looks like a great book. I much earlier read Celtic Empire, whose title was ironic, because everyone knew the Celts didn't have an empire. The tomb of Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great, has been confirmed. The Guardian often has stuff of things discovered, like this and this, and there was recently a Viking hoard (as opposed to horde) discovered, but my search turned this interactive site of a British museum exhibition…
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    Newsvine - politics

  • Hillarynomics: Businesses don't create jobs ? Dumb and dumber on stage.

    JayTee-3231157
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    At a Democratic rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics,” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement. … She went on to state that businesses and corporations are not the job creators of America. “Don&rsq …
  • Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote? - The Atlantic

    Plantsmantx
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Voter-ID laws are part of a hoary American tradition holding that people who aren't economically independent can't make reasoned political choices.
  • Michelle Obama Mixes Up Candidate Biographies in Campaign Speech | Mediaite

    Mars-ax
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Michelle Obama stumped this week for Colorado Senator Mark Udall, who’s in a tight election race against Republican Congressman Cory Gardner. Obama said, “As a fifth-generation Coloradan, Mark understands what makes this state special. He understands the values of ind …
  • 10 Things To Expect Next Year If The GOP Wins The Senate | ThinkProgress

    Par4TheCourse
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    With Election Day less than two weeks away it seems each day brings new polls and new predictions about which party will control the Senate. Ultimately control of the upper chamber hinges on a few races that are still too close to call.
  • Tea Party loses court battle over targeting to IRS

    SuperSaiyan
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    A federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny. "Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this court is without power to …
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • NRA’s ‘Slick’ Ad Links Braley to Bloomberg

    Lori Robertson
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The National Rifle Association implies Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley lied when he said he “never met Michael Bloomberg,” but there’s no evidence of that. The NRA ad puts two separate photos of the men side-by-side and says they were at the “same event.” It was a day-long event, and they spoke hours apart. The NRA Political Victory Fund ad says Braley, a Democrat running for the state’s open Senate seat, is “so slick, he can’t stick to the truth,” as an image of an oily substance slides down the screen. But the ad shows it’s the NRA…
  • GOP Whacks Weiland Over Payroll Taxes

    D'Angelo Gore
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    A Republican TV ad says Senate candidate Rick Weiland is going across South Dakota saying “he’s one of us” when “Weiland supports higher payroll taxes.” Not for all, he doesn’t. The “one of us” reference could lead viewers to believe that Weiland would raise payroll taxes for everyone in the state. Not so. He supports raising or eliminating the Social Security payroll tax cap – which would only affect individuals currently earning above $117,000. Weiland, a Democrat who has boasted of visiting every one of South Dakota’s 311 towns, is competing against…
  • A ‘Willie Horton’ Ad in Nebraska

    Eugene Kiely
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Every now and then we see a powerful attack ad that is factually accurate, but makes such a strong appeal to fear that we urge viewers to pause to consider all the facts. That’s the case in Nebraska, where a TV ad has been compared to the infamous Willie Horton ad. The National Republican Congressional Committee went on the air Oct. 17 in Omaha with an ad that slams state Sen. Brad Ashford for his support of the state’s so-called good-time law, which allows inmates to receive credits to reduce their sentences. It is certainly fair game to debate the merits of good-time laws, which are…
  • FactChecking the Iowa Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Longtime Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is retiring, and Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst are each hoping to be the one to replace him. Braley was once an early favorite to hold the seat for Democrats, but Ernst now has a slight lead in a very competitive race that most political forecasters rate a pure “toss-up.” Ernst — who gained national prominence with a TV ad touting her hog-castrating prowess — has been attacked for being an “extreme” candidate who wants to privatize Social Security. And Braley — whose campaign has…
  • Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell

    Robert Farley
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Thought you’d seen it all this political season? An ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell for his vote on a bill that President Obama praised, and even thanked McConnell by name for supporting. The Grimes ad says McConnell “even voted to end the payroll tax credit” and refers in small print to McConnell’s vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal that permanently extended the Bush tax cuts for most but allowed a temporary payroll tax cut to expire. All but three Democrats also voted for the bill, and the expiration of the payroll tax…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Spoilers

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    How the GOP hasn't fixed its tech talent gap; the most tech-savvy elected official in America, and the most tech-savvy state-wide candidate; and much, much more.
  • The Most Tech Savvy Candidate Running for Statewide Office This Year is a Republican

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    A California Republican who is a civic engagement expert is running a grassroots campaign to become secretary of state. He's been outraised by Democratic State Senator Alex Padilla by almost eight to one, but has received endorsements from most of the state's leading newspapers as well as a weekly progressive outlet. Here are some of his ideas for improving an office bogged down by procurement, budget and staffing woes.
  • First POST: Hot Spots

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    How Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is making inroads in China; labor protests among Uber drivers spread to more cities; new data about the prevalence of online harassment; and much, much more.
  • Tracking the Pulse of Elections in 2014 and Beyond

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Dan Ancona, who has been building online tools for empowering people in democracies since 2002, tells us why we should use Pulse.
  • Tunisian Youth Activists Dissect Budget Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Amira Yahyaoui is known for her plucky efforts to monitor the National Constituent Assembly -- turning up at private committee meetings, nettling officials with live tweets, taking their attendance and recording their every vote. Now she wants to open up Tunisia's economy too, starting with the state budget.
 
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    Corrente

  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Body:  J.R.R. Tolkien's original first page for Lord of the Rings, 1937 pic.twitter.com/oZaHuPrhci — Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) October 22, 2014
  • The power of small multiples in Hong Kong

    lambert
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Body:  #UmbrellaMovement martial art. ht @Vicky_Feng_ pic.twitter.com/ZwqMkAxFM8 — Kristie Lu Stout CNN (@klustout) October 22, 2014
  • Howie Hawkins in NY gubernatorial TV debate

    lambert
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
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  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Body:  Bold publishing decision to put out a magazine with 80 empty pages pic.twitter.com/waakHIIosq — Christopher Hooks (@cd_hooks) October 23, 2014
  • Eugene Puryear, showing how it is done

    DCblogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Body:  Will Sommer Speaking of sleepy parties inexplicably active in this election, remember the Statehood Greens? Had a Council seat for a while until Catania poleaxed party warhorse Hilda Mason in 1998, been known for kooky candidates ever since?
 
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  • Down so low

    susie
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tracy Nelson:
  • R.I.P.

    susie
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Cream’s songwriter and bass player Jack Bruce, 71.
  • Up to the mountain

    susie
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
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  • Redemption song

    susie
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    I’m not fond of reggae, but I love this song. Bob Marley:
  • Guilty

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    24 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Bonnie Raitt:
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Archeologists uncover stone with 13 corners in Inca ruins

    Latina Lista
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Archeologists uncover stone with 13 corners in Inca ruins by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Walls created with perfectly fitted stones needing no mortar and withstanding the test of millennia have been a hallmark of Incan architecture. These wonders of ancient masonry have long had people scratching their heads and asking, “How’d they do that?” One of the more remarkable Incan construction touches has been the 12-angle rock. Basically, ancient…
  • Crowdfunder: Bringing the arts to Amazon’s indigenous youth

    Latina Lista
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Bringing the arts to Amazon’s indigenous youth by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: TriplicArt – Youth created art in the Amazon TriplicArt is all about empowering the youth of the Amazon through art, dance and culture. It looks to combine all of these elements and provide a place where the younger generation in two remote indigenous communities in the Amazon can learn new forms of expression while maintaining their cultural identity…
  • Getting College Credit for Experience: Is it Helping Latinos?

    Latina Lista
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Getting College Credit for Experience: Is it Helping Latinos? by Latina Lista By Natalie Gross Latino Ed Beat Exchanging work and life experience for college credit may seem like an ideal way to save time and money on the pursuit of a degree — especially if you’re older than 25, like many a modern student. However, a new study finds that Latinos are less likely to take advantage of such opportunities than their peers. One major reason for this is access,…
  • College professor honored for helping undocumented students

    Latina Lista
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. College professor honored for helping undocumented students by Latina Lista Amigos805.com CAMARILLO — Jose Alamillo, professor of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands (CI), was honored for his work to help Latinos and undocumented students break barriers and excel in higher education. The Ventura County chapter of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) presented Alamillo with its Access to Justice Award on Oct. 17. The award was one of two given to…
  • Crowdfunder: Darma: Sit smart for a healthy body and mind

    Latina Lista
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Darma: Sit smart for a healthy body and mind by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Darma — Sit smart for a healthy body and mind Recent studies have linked sedentary behavior (measured by time spent sitting) to higher rates of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. Physical inactivity is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fourth in the world. Darma is the world’s first “inactivity…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • The Pope and the Precipice

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Catholic Church is inching toward a crisis of faith.
  • The Last Train

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian environmentalists may have the best model for Middle East peace.
  • Fathers, Sons and the Presidency

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our country’s history is one of daddy issues. Just look at the last three presidents.
  • Carl Icahn’s Bad Advice

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Apple should reject an activist shareholder’s suggestion that the company buy back its own stock to raise its share price.
  • Once Again, Guns

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, the top gun-control priority in the United States is still background checks.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Letitia James Compares Rob Astorino to Bull Connor

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Public Advocate Letitia James, left, compares Rob Astorino to Bull Connor in front of Councilman Robert Cornegy and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right (Photo: Will Bredderman). Public Advocate Letitia James today compared Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to Bull Connor, the late segregationist public safety commissioner from Birmingham who loosed attack dogs and turned firehoses on black civil rights demonstrators in the early 1960s. Speaking at a Women’s Equality Party rally with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and host of African-American elected officials from central Brooklyn, Ms.
  • Despite ‘Constant’ Ebola Communication, de Blasio Not Consulted on State Quarantine

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo tonight. (Screengrab: nyc.gov) Mayor Bill de Blasio today insisted there has been constant communication between the city and state governments when it comes to handling New York’s first case of Ebola — but said he was not informed before Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a mandatory 21-day quarantine policy late yesterday afternoon. “On the question of prior consultation, no,” Mr. de Blasio told the press today. In fact, the mayor and the governor weren’t even on quite the same page about whether they’d discussed the…
  • To Do This Weekend: A Halloween Dog Parade and Fall Fest at Citi Field

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dogs will parade in costume this weekend at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. (Photo via Getty Images) SATURDAY, October 25 The song is wrong; everyone does not love a parade. The parades in New York (I’m looking at you Columbus Day Parade) mostly just make it impossible to ever cross Fifth Avenue, which is difficult because it is, you know, right in the middle of the city. But one is exempt from our hatred, and it is the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. To hell with seeing women wearing princess tiaras on a mediocre float—you can see poodles wearing tiaras, poodles dressed…
  • Fair Trade Month And the Fair Trade Divide

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Munir Ahmad works at Raj Overseas, West Elm’s Indian supplier of Fair Trade rugs, in the first-ever Fair Trade rug factory (Theodore Kaye/Fair Trade USA) “New York is all about small business, and Fair Trade is all about small business,” said Dr. Karl Wald. He is the owner of Mr. Ellie Pooh, a small Brooklyn-based Fair Trade business. It is easy to see that New York oozes small business – take a step outside of Times Square and you will see – but the definition and connotation of Fair Trade can be confusing. During the month of October, top Fair Trade organizations have been…
  • ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Recap 4×3: The Mordrake Defense (Video)

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:44 am
    Yes, yes. I know you’ve all been wondering where this recap was…could I have possibly missed out on posting about Wes Bentley’s terrible accent and extra head? No, my dears, I was just saving up all my good commentary about this week’s episode for HuffPost Live’s very special two-part Halloween edition of Spoiler Alert, the first half of which you can check out below. Bonus footage: discussing whether Denis O’Hare’s character’s large penis counts as his deformity with Decider.com’s deputy editor Tyler Coates!
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When Congress should assert itself and when it shouldn’t. Paul Pillar compares Congressional abdication on war powers with its desire to meddle in Iran negotiations. The futility of sanctions, Ukraine edition. Liam Halligan details the costs that sanctioning Russia has had on major European economies. The case for conservative realism. Sen. Rand Paul speaks to the Center for the National Interest about his foreign policy views. Updating Weinberger’s principles for the present. Steven Metz considers how it might be done. The UKIP-Tory pact that wasn’t. Malcolm Pearson…
  • The Hunt for Warren’s Missing Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Danny Vinik tries to figure out what Elizabeth Warren’s foreign policy views are, but he has almost nothing to work with: Even her one clear foreign policy position, on Israel, doesn’t shed much light on her broader worldview. Some liberals may be dismayed that her moderate stance, but as Paul Waldman points out at The American Prospect, her position is similar to that of almost every other politician on Capitol Hill. It’s boilerplate language from a senator who doesn’t spend much time thinking about foreign policy [bold mine-DL]. If Warren were running for president, this…
  • Updating the Weinberger Doctrine

    Daniel Larison
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Steven Metz proposes reviving and updating Caspar Weinberger’s principles on the use of force, but he concludes this will succeed only on two conditions: First, there would have to be at least an informal agreement between both major parties to tone down the partisanship that hinders and even paralyzes American security policy. Whoever is in the White House, be it a Democrat or Republican, must be able to walk away from security commitments without a shrill barrage of indignant criticism. It may be too much to ask that politics stop at the water’s edge, but it is reasonable to expect…
  • The Pluses and Minuses of Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Rand Paul delivered his anticipated foreign policy speech tonight, which you can read in its entirety here. It was a better speech than those he had given before, and its arguments mostly hung together. I’ll highlight a few of the best parts of the speech before moving on to the problems with it. Let me say first off that I very much appreciated his emphasis on the Libyan war as a terrible mistake. Even though it cost the U.S. relatively little directly, the Libyan war was a serious blunder that has had enormous and negative consequences for the country and its neighbors, and it is not…
  • Paul’s Foreign Policy Speech

    Daniel Larison
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Rand Paul is scheduled to deliver a foreign policy address in New York tonight. Conor Friedersdorf offers a preview: His remarks (quoted as prepared for delivery at New York City gathering of the Center for the National Interest), were seemingly pitched to Republican voters: the Kentucky Republican dubbed his approach “conservative realism,” criticized President Obama and Hillary Clinton, and invoked Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower. But the substance of his speech seems likely to appeal to anyone who believes that U.S. foreign policy has gone astray since 9/11, due largely to…
 
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    TIME

  • Clinton and Warren, Together At Last

    Joe Klein
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren appeared on the same stage today, in the ballroom at Boston’s Park Plaza, but at different times. There must be some significance in that, right? Uh, no. Their appearances were complementary, not competitive. We tend to overanalyze these things at times… but it was fun to compare and contrast, all the same, as both women worked to gin up support for Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate in the Massachusetts Governor race, as she seemed to slip behind her Republican opponent Charles Baker. Warren went first and emphasized Coakley’s…
  • Former White House Counsel Takes Name Out of Running for Attorney General

    Zeke J Miller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Former White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler has removed her name from consideration to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, a White House official confirmed Friday. Ruemmler, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, was seen as the front-runner for the nomination, which would have required Senate confirmation. Obama asked Ruemmler to consider taking the job in September, shortly after Holder informed Obama he intended to step down after nearly six years on the job. “She took the step this week at her own volition,” the official said. Regardless of the outcome of…
  • #AskTIME Subcriber Q and A: Haley Sweetland Edwards

    Melissa August
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Welcome to TIME Subscriber Q&A, with TIME political correspondent, Haley Sweetland Edwards, who has written this week’s cover story on David Welch, the tech titan who has taken on public school reform. MrObvious asks, I don’t know if there’s a serious reflection among journalists in the current Ebola scare and other issues, but do any of you feel the slightest responsibility for fomenting this panic through wall to wall coverage of PANIC NOW? I ask because this week alone we’ve had several written articles on both how scary terrible Ebola is and how unlikely it…
  • Report: Investigators Mistreated Monica Lewinsky in Clinton Probe

    denvernicks2014
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was mistreated in 1998 by authorities who were looking into her alleged affair with former President Bill Clinton, according to a newly released government report from two years after the incident. The report, thought to be sealed from the public but recently obtained by the Washington Post via a Freedom of Information Act request, details a 12-hour meeting in January 1998 between Lewinsky, FBI agents and prosecutors. Lewinsky had been scheduled to meet with Linda Tripp, a White House secretary, at the food court of a Washington, D.C.-area mall.
  • These Are the Most Democratic and Most Republican States

    Alex Rogers
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Alabama is the most Republican state in the union and Washington the most Democratic, according to a new ranking guide published by the Washington, D.C. newspaper The Hill. The paper’s results mirror but don’t completely match up with last year’s Gallup ranking of the most liberal and conservative states, which set Alabama as the most conservative state and Massachusetts as the most liberal. Gallup conducted its list through 2012 interviews, while The Hill analyzed congressional delegations, the makeup of state legislatures and recent presidential elections. Rounding out the…
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    The Brody File

  • Newt Gingrich:Time For Christians To Awake After Houston Pastors Incident

    David Brody
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Newt Gingrich, along with Vince Haley, the Vice President of Policy at American Solutions have some very thoughtful analysis on the situation with the Houston pastors and those sermon subpoenas requested by Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council. Bottom line: Newt and Haley believe a much larger strategy is at work here and it’s downright immoral and dastardly. Read their analysis below: Subpoenaing Houston Pastors Part of A Larger Strategy Newt Gingrich and Vince Haley: The Mayor of Houston’s recent subpoena of sermons by Christian pastors in the country’s fourth largest city…
  • The Brody File Show: The Sleeping Giant: The Pastors Arise

    David Brody
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    This week on the Brody File Show, we travel to Houston where faith leaders are fighting back after the city issued a controversial subpoena demanding they turn over their sermons to the government. Plus, a one-on-one with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on why he thinks pastors must lead the way in the battle over religious liberty.
  • The Pastors Strike Back: Bibles and Sermons Sent To Houston Mayor

    David Brody
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    You’ve no doubt heard of the classic Star Wars movie, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Well, it’s time for a new movie and it’s just starting. It’s called, “The Pastors Strike Back.” Fresh off the stunning attack on religious liberty down in Houston where pastors were told by Houston’s Mayor to hand over their sermons, there is now an effort underway by pastors across America to VOLUNTARILY send Bibles and their sermons to the mayor of Houston. Mike Huckabee called for it and so has influential Christian author Eric Metaxas. Metaxas tells The Brody File, "Never in our history has…
  • The Brody File Show: The Kansas Two-Step

    David Brody
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This week on the Brody File Show - The midterm elections are approaching, and we're sitting down with two of Kansas' top politicians: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and embattled Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
  • Ted Cruz To Brody File: Hopes Houston Pastors Incident Sparks "Revival Of Faith"

    David Brody
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says he hopes that this incident where Houston pastors have been told to hand over their sermons will help spark revival in America and wake up evangelicals in this country to get more politically involved. “It is my hope that what we are seeing today will spark a revival, a revival of faith but also a revival of leadership, a revival of pastors who tell every member of their congregation it is your obligation, your moral obligation, your civic obligation and your biblical obligation to speak up and be involved, to speak up for…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Bad day in the blogosphere

    Michael O'Hare
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Kevin Drum is one of the high-candlepower sources in public deliberation.  This did not begin my day well.  My aunt succumbed to this disease fifty-odd years ago, and  one bright spot here is that Kevin’s prospects are so much better than hers. Another is Kevin’s completely unwhiny, thoughtful affect.  Get better, Kevin, and my best to Marian. And the cats. Why we should fund medical and all science research more, I leave for another post.
  • Annals of commerce: Beerkeley

    Michael O'Hare
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Mark says alcohol creates more social cost than all other drugs combined.  I work for a university that has a persistent alcohol problem among its students. It also has a sideline in big-time athletics, but that operation has made some very bad decisions in recent years and is genuinely desperate for money.  Three years ago, we made a three-year deal to let Coors use our name to sell beer.  No, really; there was an enormous billboard on the local interstate, but no-one on campus noticed. Last year such a billboard went up again, and the 15-year-old son of a public health [sic] prof…
  • Tipping

    Michael O'Hare
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    I despise the institution of tipping for service.  There’s no practical way to escape it (obviously no decent person will stiff a waiter in the service of a principle), it’s degrading to people who are no more “servants” to me in a restaurant than I am to my students, the “expected” tip has been increasing as a percentage of the tab for no reason (because its a percentage, inflation is automatically covered already), and in some contexts (like New York garages and apartment houses) it’s only slightly above extortion, with a soupçon of positional…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Suspiria

    Keith Humphreys
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Halloween is almost here, so I will keep the chills coming again this week by recommending Dario Argento’s ultra-stylish, ultra-bloody and ultra nerve-jangling 1977 movie Suspiria. If it’s possible to make a slasher film for the art house set, this is it. The plot: American dancer Suzy Bannion (An intrepid and likeable Jessica Harper) arrives in Germany to attend an exclusive ballet school. Everything at the bizarrely designed and decorated school is wrong from the very first, with students disappearing, teachers engaging in strange behavior and an atmosphere of menace suffusing…
  • Cannabis legalization in Oregon: Why Measure 91 is close enough for government work

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ballot initiatives are a terrible way to make policy changes when the technical details matter. Despite the simple-minded sloganeering on both sides, the question of creating a legal cannabis market is about as technical as they come, with equally valid public goals in sharp conflict, many unknowns, a variety of tricky design issues, and some big risks. But sometimes initiatives are the only way to go, because legislators simply won’t do what a majority of voters want. Cannabis legalization is that sort of issue, too: legislators are scared of cops and prosecutors, and most cops and…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 23)

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Another commitment kept me away from my computer for most of the day, but after the jump I've enclosed the latest data on absentee ballots requested and returned statewide and in each of Iowa's four Congressional districts. All figures come from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. Click here for previous tables going back to September 22. Democrats slightly extended their statewide lead in absentee ballot requests and regained a small lead in absentee ballots returned to county auditors, after Republicans had held an edge of a few hundreds ballots the previous day. However, Republicans now…
  • IA-04: Steve King/Jim Mowrer debate liveblog and discussion thread

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    In a few minutes, six-term Republican incumbent Steve King will debate his Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer in Storm Lake. Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" is hosting the debate, and C-SPAN is also televising. King hedged for weeks about whether he would participate and refused to accept the Sioux City Journal's invitation, so this will be the only time the two candidates appear on the same stage. King debated his 2012 opponent Christie Vilsack, but before that he had never agreed to debate any of his Congressional challengers. I'm liveblogging after the jump, where I have also enclosed…
  • Branstad Beer - It's All About the Dirty Water

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    I've had enough. Gov. Branstad continues to spread misinformation about his record on water quality. The simple fact? He vetoed $20 million in funds that would have improved Iowa's natural resources and protected water quality of our rivers, lakes and streams. With full disclosure, I'm the Director for Citizens for a Healthy Iowa. We are a non-profit (c4) organized here in Iowa and we work primarily on water quality issues - public education & issue advocacy. More about our new ad, and campaign, after the jump .... Iowa’s water is at risk, and Governor Branstad has only…
  • IA-Sen: Ernst campaign preparing for possible recount

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    As the latest opinion polls show a close U.S. Senate race in Iowa, representatives of Joni Ernst's campaign have requested detailed information about ballot-counting and recounting procedures in at least five Iowa counties that have often produced Democratic vote margins, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports today. In Johnson County, which includes the Iowa City area, the auditor was asked to provide (1) all election training manuals, and any documents stating: (2) the SOP for counting ballots (absentee, Early and normal ballots); (3) for handling absentee ballots; (4) listing each and every…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 22)

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Six weeks ago, Bleeding Heartland argued that it was too soon for Iowa Democrats to celebrate a lead in early voting, in part because Republicans had plenty of time to catch up. Yesterday, the number of absentee ballots registered Republicans had returned to county auditors exceeded the number of ballots returned by registered Democrats. A press release by a GOP consultant noted that it's the first time Iowa Republicans have ever led in early voting. Democrats still lead in absentee ballots requested, but Republicans also claim that in recent days, they have generated more ballot requests…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Odds & Ends

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    At this point, it's pretty much indisputable that something has snapped in George Will's mind and that he has abandoned all pretext of conforming to journalistic standards of honesty. In fact, I seriously question whether or not he's lost his grip on reality. If Breitbart.com is saying it, it is almost guaranteed that it isn't true or that it never happened. This is another one of those cases. Maybe I'm wrong, but my impression growing up in the 1970's and 1980's is that no one would feel the need to ask whether or not the poor (or anyone other than felons) should be allowed to vote. That's…
  • It's Saturday

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Gonna shine, shave, shower, and shampoo... what's on the agenda for the evening? This is your Saturday evening open thread. Discuss
  • Stupid Thread

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    What's the stupidest thing you've seen today? I've been perusing the interwebs, and I know that today's competition is stiff. Discuss
  • A Look at the Alaska Senate Race

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The Alaska Senate race pits freshman incumbent Democrat Mark Begich against former Attorney General and Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Dan Sullivan. The race also includes libertarian candidate Mark Fish and Ted Gianoutsos, who is non-affiliated with any party. Because of its size and the extent of its wilderness, Alaska is notoriously expensive and difficult to poll, but Sullivan has been persistently leading in the polls for months by margins anywhere from two to six percentage points. Of course, that changed today with the release of a poll that shows Begich leading…
  • Understanding the Palins

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Our learned contempt for The Palins is their oxygen, and eventually their mortgage payment. It doesn't matter how low class and stupid they act, if anyone points it out it's money in the bank for the Wasilla Hillbillies. You could tell how far they've fallen by reading that Korey Klingenmeyer, the owner of the house where the Palins recently ran amok, approached the arriving police with the following request: "I want to talk to the head nigger in charge." Presumably, this wasn't another example of an inebriated party host responding to unruly guests with a slurred demand to talk to the…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan: ‘This Synod Was Not to Make Any Decisions’

    Jessica Puckett
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
      Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said today that the new report regarding family life out from the Catholic Church this weekend does not signify a monumental change in doctrine or teaching. The much-debated document, which included language regarding the church’s stance towards gays and lesbians as well as divorced Catholics, was the final work product of a historic meeting — or synod — of bishops this month, which Dolan said is intended to set the agenda for further discussions this year and a second synod next fall. “This synod was not to make any…
  • 5 Simple Questions About the Midterm Elections Answered

    Benjamin Bell
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Voters fill out their ballots at a polling station in Brooklyn, New York on Nov. 5, 2013 With the midterm elections less than three weeks away, we figured it would be helpful to step back and address a few simple questions. For that, we turn to Shushannah Walshe, deputy political director for ABC News and co-author of “Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Candidate.” Walshe has also consulted for the HBO show “The Newsroom.” 1] So, let’s start with the basics. For those who don’t know or have been…
  • Excerpt: Tavis Smiley’s ‘Death of a King’

    ABC News
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
      The cover of "Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year" is pictured. Excerpted from DEATH OF A KING: THE REAL STORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S FINAL YEAR. by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz by arrangement with Little, Brown, an imprint of Hachette Book Group (USA), Copyright (c) Tavis Smiley 2014. INTRODUCTION I hold this project precious for reasons that are both intensely personal and politically urgent. As a young boy growing up in a trailer park in rural Indiana, my initial encounter with the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Amid Broad Worries of an Ebola Outbreak, Two-Thirds Say Government Should Do More

    Gary Langer
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    (Richard Drew/AP Photo) Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus in the United States, and about as many in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say the federal government is not doing enough to prevent it. Indeed, more than four in 10 – 43 percent – are worried that they or an immediate family member might catch the disease. That’s similar to the level of concern about other viral outbreaks in some previous ABC/Post polls – but more consequential, given Ebola’s high mortality rate. See PDF with full results,…
  • Dempsey: ‘Challenging Task’ Against ISIS Without Sunni Support for Iraq Government

    Benjamin Bell
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said today that the fight against ISIS would remain a “very challenging task” until the Iraqi government is able to win over the substantial Sunni population living between the capital cities of Iraq and Syria. “The government of Iraq, which is moving but has not yet achieved a narrative that would cause the 20 million Sunnis who live between Damascus and Baghdad to believe that their future is with the government of Iraq, in the case of Iraqis, and certainly the Syrian regime is not reaching out to the Sunni…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • 1918 by Michael Parenti

    dandelionsalad
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    by Michael Parenti Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Parenti Blog michaelparenti.org October 24, 2014 Looking back at the years of fury and carnage, Colonel Angelo Gatti, staff officer of the Italian Army (Austrian front), wrote in his diary: “This whole war has been a pile of lies. We came into war because a few men in […]
  • America’s Surveillance State, Part 2: Inside The NSA: How Do They Spy?

    dandelionsalad
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Dandelion Salad PressTV Documentaries on Oct 23, 2014 We live in the United States of Surveillance — with cameras increasingly positioned on street corners and with much more invisible spying online and on the phone. Anyone who is paying attention knows that privacy could be out the window. All of this is not happening by […]
  • Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Parts 2-3, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Dandelion Salad Updated: Oct. 24, 2014 TheRealNews on Oct 23, 2014 Journalist Chris Hedges interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy cannot exist without continuous opposition and vigilance on the part of the citizenry. * Partial transcript: [...] HEDGES: And a political passivity, which you say–you talk about classical totalitarian regimes mobilize the masses, […]
  • America’s Surveillance State, Part 1: The Surveillance Machine

    dandelionsalad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Dandelion Salad PressTV Documentaries on Oct 22, 2014 We live in the United States of Surveillance — with cameras increasingly positioned on street corners and with much more invisible spying online and on the phone. Anyone who is paying attention knows that privacy could be out the window. All of this is not happening by accident […]
  • History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery by Gareth Porter + Iran’s Non-Existent Nuke Program

    dandelionsalad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    by Gareth Porter Writer, Dandelion Salad crossposted at ISP, Oct. 17 2014 Washington October 23, 2014 Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is […]
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • The Bipartisan Agenda?

    Deacon Blues
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    I agree with Paul Krugman that David Brooks writes his column today as if Barack Obama wasn’t the moderate he is. Brooks tries to tell us that what we need right now are moderate economic policies, and goes on to state policies that Obama has already put in place (with the ACA), or tried to pursue and failed because of GOP obstructionism. Brooks has a history of writing pieces devoid of recognizing the Tea Party's toxic presence, so this is nothing new. But when you couple Brooks' blindness towards the Tea Party with his implication that Obama hasn't been moderate, what you get is a pundit…
  • GOP Walking Into Destruction

    Deacon Blues
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Yes, a GOP takeover of both houses of the federal government would be a bad thing, and would ensure endless investigations and confirmation battles for the Obama administration. But after looking at the agenda priorities of a likely House and Senate GOP leadership according to the New York Times, it becomes clear that Barack Obama’s salvation lies in the expected stupidity of his GOP foes. According to Jackie Calmes’ great piece in today’s paper, the House and Senate GOP can’t even agree on what to pursue, with the House GOP seeking passage of the usual grab-bag of right wing…
  • Just Do It

    Deacon Blues
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    There’s no reason to pussyfoot around about what’s happening politically right now in this country, so let’s cut to the chase. The GOP has no ideas or solutions, and was deathly afraid to defend their record and rhetoric and fend off a populist Democratic message. So in true Rovian fashion, when in a weak spot, attack. In the GOP’s case, this means scare the elderly white people. Whether it be scaring the elderly white people with the brown kids assaulting our border from the south (the first scare), or scaring them with the Islamic terrorists from ISIS (the second scare), or now…
  • Another Tone Deaf Choice

    Deacon Blues
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Naming a political hack as your Ebola "czar", rather than a nationally-respected medical professional is not the way to calm the public's fears. Yet I expected nothing more from this administration. Really, Ron Klain is the guy you came up with? I'm sure he'll command the respect of hospitals and public health systems around the country. Based on this type of decision-making, I guess we can expect some other political hack for the new AG now rather than someone with bipartisan respect. Democrats need to distance themselves from the administration on Ebola, because they can't afford to be…
  • Same-Sex Marriage and 2014

    Deacon Blues
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    To the surprise of many, the Supreme Court today started its new term by refusing to act upon lower-court rejections of same-sex marriage bans. By not taking up even one challenge of the potential cases before them, the court let stand circuit court rulings against state bans on same-sex marriage, thereby allowing the lower-court rulings to take effect and enable same-sex marriage in the states affected. The conventional wisdom amongst court observers is that the Court felt it unnecessary to weigh in on the matter when all circuit court cases to date have agreed that such bans are…
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  • Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras

    DrossRotzank
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Las 7 revelaciones de Wikileaks más perturbadoras SUSCRÍBETE: http://bit.ly/1a1sm3k SÍGUEME EN TWITTER: http://bit.ly/1aCnKiW ¡LIKE EN FACEBOOK!: http://on.fb.me/16XIVcT SÍGUEME EN GOOGLE+: http://goo.gl/Upf... From: DrossRotzank Views: 2000229 114583 ratings Time: 14:59 More in Entertainment
  • 15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever

    Danger Dolan
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    15 Strangest Courtroom Cases Ever From a loyal TV audience suing because the weather wasn't right to a severed finger found in a bowl of chilli, we count 15 of the strangest cases ever seen i... From: Danger Dolan Views: 869697 15051 ratings Time: 08:58 More in Education
  • Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes

    vlogbrothers
    2 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    Hank vs. Hank: The Net Neutrality Debate in 3 Minutes In which Hank debates Hank on one of the most important debates in the United States today, whether to keep the internet open or to allow cable companies to ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 542678 23807 ratings Time: 03:43 More in People & Blogs
  • Understanding the Central African Republic

    vlogbrothers
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Understanding the Central African Republic In which John discusses the ongoing war in the Central African Republic and how complex news stories that don't meet our expectations can go ignored, even wh... From: vlogbrothers Views: 433771 16880 ratings Time: 05:22 More in People & Blogs
  • Mass Incarceration in the US

    vlogbrothers
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Mass Incarceration in the US Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Poli... From: vlogbrothers Views: 1185470 53540 ratings Time: 03:41 More in People & Blogs
 
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  • Genital Warts Therapy – Why Wartrol Is an Excellent Remedy to Manage Genital Blemishes

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

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

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameTwo Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailSmooth Josh Real Smooth I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Votes: 37.3Epic Shark FailVotes: 36.6Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
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    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Corinth and Carter Recently Repaved - YouTube Corinth and Carter Recently Repaved Visit our blog Zennie62.com here: http://www.zennie62blog.com Peyton Manning Carves 49ers Vanilla Defense - YouTube Peyton Manning carved up the San Francisco 49ers set of plain vanilla defenses on the way to the record setting night where he set the NFL record for TD passes at 509. The question is why would the 49ers give basically the same defensive looks they gave in the preseason game? Cowboys Beat NY Giants But Eagles Lurk - YouTube The Dallas Cowboys beat the NY Giants 31 to 21 as Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Decades of mismanagement by California are making the drought worse

    Bob Morris
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    California has been living in dream world for decades about water, allowing groundwater to be pumped without regulation, doing comparatively little to reuse and recycle water, and, in general, has seemed lackadaisical about water issues. Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson use substantially less water per capita now compared to twenty years ago, storing water and reusing as much as possible. By contrast, California is the only western state that, until just recently, had no laws regulating water pumped from wells. (California’s newly enacted laws on groundwater pumping won’t help…
  • Cops freak out over free speech in Vermont

    William Boardman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Police Go Nuts Over Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Remote Speech in Vermont How a non-event becomes an “event” that ends in anti-climax When Mumia Abu-Jamal was the pre-recorded speaker at a Goddard College commencement in Plainfield, Vermont, in 2008, almost no one outside the Goddard community paid any attention. This year, when Goddard announced that students had chosen Mumia to do a return engagement at their graduation, Philadelphia police, politicians, media, and Fox News went crazy with angry rhetoric aimed at curbing free speech. In the end, this breakdown in civil society resulted in…
  • Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, deranged lone-wolf killer, recent Islam convert

    Bob Morris
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    ISIS actively recruits mentally unbalanced zealots to be used as the equivalent of suicide bombers. The mentally ill find such causes because it helps quiet the voices in the heads. Wackos seek out Islamist websites where they are carefully cultivated, groomed, and exploited. Plant a few messages and wait for the explosion to happen. It can also happen with no overt contact. This has little to do with religion and quite a lot to do with politics. Religion is the cover. Two Canadians have been killed in three days, seemingly at random, by loner lunatics who recently converted to Islam. The…
  • U.S. on a highway to Hell. Start a war and lose an empire

    Bob Morris
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The U.S. blunders on, resolutely refusing to accept reality, leaving other countries in shambles as its own  power erodes. Syria and Iraq are consumed with war. Libya is nearing full-scale civil war. American intervention in Ukraine has been counter-productive at best. It’s almost comical, says Russian expat Dmitry Orlov in a sobering yet humorous essay.  He thinks the U.S. could shatter and fall like the U.S.S.R. did. The American behavior throughout this succession of defeats has been remarkably consistent, with the constant element being their flat refusal to deal with reality in…
  • You’re either butcher or cattle. Except when hunter becomes prey

    Bob Morris
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Darkly dystopian TV like Walking Dead and Breaking Bad mirror the current darkening national mood, says the Burning Platform. The cannibalistic Terminus in Walking Dead lures in the unsuspecting by pretending to be a refuge. Any resemblance between this and war pigs increasing their wealth by sending ever-more to die while banksters loot the country and a corrupt government pretends to enforce Rule of Law is, of course, precisely the point. TV is a metaphor and reflection of what people are thinking and feeling. Such dark moods are probably healthy. More and more, people on all sides of the…
 
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    Indiana Oracle

  • 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 […]
  • Cynicism of Government is a Good Thing

    indianaoracle
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    On Fox’s Brit Bair, I normally just watch the panel segment. Recently one of the commentators, Bob Fournier, bemoaned the public’s growing mistrust of government and other institutional pillars, such as the healthcare industry. In summary, he said it is understandable, but unhealthy (for the republic). Maybe. The only logical reason I can think of […]
  • The Default Lie

    indianaoracle
    14 Oct 2013 | 10:13 am
    For all the talk about “government shutdown” and “defaulting on our debts,”  this current bit of theatre is really about paying for new/increased over-debt-limit spending which occurred since last time, and the license to continue to do so.  Most of the public has no idea what is really going on. Notice the lack of emphasis […]
  • Immigration Reform – The Public be Damned

    indianaoracle
    19 Jul 2013 | 5:49 am
    “Immigration reform” in today’s Orwell-esque public discourse (doublespeak) translates into legalization of those who are here illegally and not doing much to discourage future waves of illegal immigration. The aptly named, “Gang of Eight” in the Senate, conjured up a bill for this purpose and then for good measure loaded it with pork for their […]
  • Supreme Court is Too Supreme

    indianaoracle
    18 Jul 2013 | 7:56 am
    The media has managed to vilify Robert Bork to such an extent that his recent passing was hardly a blip on the continuum. Bork was one of the best legal minds in the country during his time and argued before the Supreme Court on many occasions. As Solicitor General, he was also the central figure […]
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  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Healthcare providers are responsible for securing data on endpoint devices, and for ensuring compliance with HIPAA regulations. This becomes even more challenging when BYOD is introduced into the environment. Healthcare practitioners are as passionate about their mobile devices as anybody, and 90% of them use their personal smartphones for work. On the surface, this makes a lot of sense – not only is the practitioner already familiar with the device, but BYOD can also help cut costs. The problem? Securing a personally owned device is much harder than securing a managed device. Download this…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • The Importance Of Board Level Buy In To Drive Enterprise-Wide Governance, Risk and Compliance

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For most financial services companies in Europe and North America, their very structure is, in many cases, flawed to begin with. Across the globe, emerging countries seem to be doing a whole lot better when it comes to GRC implementation simply because they do away with siloed structures to begin with. While they might not have the established reputations, brand promise and global reach of their European and North American peers, when it comes to organizational structure, they are far ahead of the curve. An integrated approach to GRC is the complete opposite of the original siloed…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Polygraph Examiner’s Tactics Cost Taxpayers Millions

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    How much does it cost American taxpayers when polygraph is used in a criminal investigation? Members of a federal court jury in Putnam County, N.Y., decided Thursday it would cost them millions. Click image above to learn more about Jeff Deskovic at The Innocence Project. Jurors awarded Jeffrey Deskovic $40 million, according to one news report, after finding that ex-Putnam Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Stephens fabricated evidence and coerced Deskovic’s false confession to the 1989 murder and rape of a Peekskill High School classmate. A pre-trial agreement, however, will limit…
  • Green Beret Holds No Grudge Against His German Accuser

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Few people would blame Kelly A. Stewart for harboring bad feelings toward the German woman whose accusations led to his court-martial, his conviction and time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  But the former Army Green Beret holds no grudge. Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq. “I won’t even go there, because… you can’t be mad at somebody like that,” said Stewart, the Soldier whose life is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice. Stewart’s…
  • Six Years Later, Terrorists Still Don’t Care Who They Hurt

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    “Terrorists Don’t Care Who They Hurt.”  That was the overarching message of a direct mail piece (below) from the Republican National Committee that arrived in my mailbox six years ago today. Sadly, little has changed since then, except that we have more terrorists and are doing less to fight them. Hope we don’t fight Ebola with the same lack of fortitude. Oh wait, we already are. Click on image above to order Bob’s books.
  • Family Members of Fallen Marine File Lawsuit Against DoD

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Members of the family left behind by Marine LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr. have filed suit against several Department of Defense entities and individuals, alleging they were systematically misled about the death of their loved one at the hands of an Afghan “ally.” LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., USMC The complaint, according to a Washington Post report Thursday, was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York, and names the Department of Defense, the Navy Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as defendants. In addition, it names Gen. James F. Amos, the soon-to-retire commandant…
  • Three Days In August Turns Three Years Old Sunday

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Sunday marks the third anniversary of the launch of Three Days In August, my first nonfiction book in which I chronicle the life story and wrongful prosecution of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Three years ago today, I shared the photo below which shows country music star Toby Keith, right, shaking hands with Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart at an undisclosed location in Iraq. Learn more about the book at ThreeDaysInAugust.com. To order a copy of the book, click here. See also: Other posts related to the book and Amazon customer reviews of the book. Click on…
 
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  • Aereo, the Supreme Court, and the Future of TV

    Meredith Bragg
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last summer, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo was in violation of copyright law, forcing the company to cancel its subscription service, a crippling but not fatal outcome for the internet television provider.  Aereo continues to live to fight another day, as one of their senior officers recently filed to become a D.C. lobbyist in the hopes of educating legislators on "issues pertaining to antennas, broadcast television and television access online." And despite the lack of income from subscriptions, Aereo's investors are sticking with the company and continue to believe in its…
  • Holly Bell on High Frequency Trading and Fat Targets

    Reason.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    For the last five years, the press has been sounding alarms about high-frequency trading (HFT), a practice in which investors use fast computers driven by secret algorithms to rapidly trade securities.Time wondered in a 2012 headline whether the practice is "Wall Street's Doomsday Machine." Mother Jones in 2013 worried it could "set off a financial meltdown." In March of this year, 60 Minutes aired an infomercial-toned segment promoting the new Investor's Exchange (IEX) trading venue, which, according to IEX's website, is "dedicated to institutionalizing fairness in the markets" by…
  • Watch Hillary Clinton Say: “Don’t let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs."

    Peter Suderman
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Here is what Hillary Clinton, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic nomination for president, said yesterday while speaking at a campaign event for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley: "Don't let anybody tell you that its corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people ask him what he brought to Washington, he says I brought arithmetic." Watch the video:  Well, that settles it. Corporations and…
  • Cathy Young Debunks an Attempt to Defend the Sex-Abuse Hysteria of the '80s

    Reason.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In The Witch-Hunt Narrative, Ross Cheit tries to rehabilitate the day care sex-abuse fears of the 1980s. While he admits that there was some "overreaction" and injustice to innocent people, he insists that the number of cases involving outlandish claims of large-scale molestation is too small to sustain the notion of a national witch hunt. What's more, he adds, many of the defendants were almost certainly guilty. Cathy Young examines Cheit's claims and comes away unconvinced. View this article.
  • Video Q/A with Gamer-Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo.)

    Scott Shackford
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Libertarian-ish Democratic Congressman Jared Polis was recently named one of the worst-dressed pols in the Washingtonian, a dubious honor he took with good humor. Polis is also an avid gamer, and spoke with Reason TV about his love of video games ties with his devotion to free expression.  "Video Q/A with Gamer-Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo)." About 12 minutes. Camera by Amanda Winkler and Josh Swain. Edited by Alex Manning. Original release date was May 7, 2014 and original writeup is below. Rep. Jared Polis represents the 2nd District of Colorado. A conventional Democrat in…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • 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…
  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    A little over four years ago, I ran an article about Jason Brockman, a newcomer to Wilson Co. (TN) politics. At the time, he was running for County Commission in the 16th District hoping to upset the long-time incumbent, Gilbert Graves, who had held the seat for 40 years. Brockman shocked everyone upsetting Graves with 60% of the vote (see the results here). Now, four years later, Graves' daughter, Diane Weathers, is challenging Brockman in his re-election bid.  Even though he is a first-term commissioner, Brockman has accomplished much during the last four years including :Jason…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
 
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  • The Undercurrent Student Conference: A Post-Event Update

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    On October 11-12, the nation’s only Objectivist campus magazine, The Undercurrent, organized the first students-only conference devoted to Ayn Rand’s philosophy Objectivism.
  • Peter Schwartz on ISIS and “Non-Interventionism”

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Think about the barbarians of the Islamic State, and ask yourself if your views line up with an “interventionist” or “non-interventionist” policy. Weigh the two alternatives; which tack is right?
  • The Adam Smith Institute’s Third Annual Ayn Rand Lecture

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    On November 3, in London, U.K., the Adam Smith Institute will hold its third annual Ayn Rand Lecture. The public is invited to hear David Sokol, CEO of Teton Capital, give a talk titled “Atlas Is Shrugging: Why We Must Act Now to Defend Free Enterprise.”
  • Join Yaron Brook in Denver on November 13 for the Atlas Shrugged Revolution Dinner

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We are pleased to announce the inaugural Atlas Shrugged Revolution dinner for the Rocky Mountain region. Join your fellow admirers of Ayn Rand for an event benefiting the programs of the Ayn Rand Institute. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, will be our speaker. We will also announce the winners of the high school essay contest for the region.
  • Policy Digest: Regulatory State Edition

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Not too long ago, Steven Greenhut wrote an unusually good piece for U-T San Diego, criticizing employers in California’s construction industry for lobbying for a regulatory crack down on its lower-cost competition. He correctly points out the futility of their approach: “[B]y lobbying for new rules on others rather than for less red tape for everyone, they have lost any right to seriously complain about any additional regulations future Legislatures impose on them.”
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • EJ Dionne: The politics of Ebola

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    BOSTON Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts’s North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record. Read full article >>
  • Both parties face a blue-collar imperative

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. Read full article >>
  • When our government was good

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    THORNDALE, Pa. Tom Wolf’s mood is sunny but his words are serious. He’s answering teachers’ questions at an elementary school featured last year in a New York Times story about the costs of overcrowding and underinvestment. The Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania governor, Wolf criticizes incumbent Tom Corbett (R) for education cuts, but he is not terribly partisan about it. Wolf is a businessman who also holds a PhD in political science, and he offers a brief commentary on the importance of “public goods,” not a term typically invoked on the stump. Read full article >>
  • ‘Citizens United’ is turning more Americans into bystanders

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics ain’t beanbag.” Politics has always been nasty, the argument goes, so we should get over it. Read full article >>
  • EJ Dionne: A North Carolina rebellion against the ultra-conservatives?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    BURLINGTON, N.C. The clergy gathered in the ­second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections. The five African American pastors and bishops represented diverse theological traditions, but all were profoundly unhappy over what North Carolina’s ultra-conservative state government in Raleigh had done to reduce access to the ballot box, cut education spending and turn back money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • ‘We Have No Choice’: Texas Latino Leaders Say They’ll Compromise On Immigration Reform

    Emily Atkin
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel greet each other at the start of their debate at Mountain View College campus, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Dallas. CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez DALLAS, TEXAS — For the last twelve years he’s been in office, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has resisted efforts to bring citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. He’s voted to militarize the southern border, has opposed the federal DREAM Act, and once sponsored a bill to more quickly deport Central…
  • Senate Candidate Claims Harry Reid Is Conspiring To Let Obama Run The Country Unilaterally

    Alice Ollstein
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    CREDIT: Alice Ollstein MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA—David Perdue, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s open Senate seat in one of the tightest races in the nation, told a crowd of supporters this weekend that Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is in cahoots with President Obama to allow him to govern through executive orders. “Why is [Reid] blocking those bills?” Perdue said to a group of Republican activists in a small town south of Atlanta. “To allow Barack Obama to run our country and our government using executive orders and regulatory mandates without…
  • Teenage Boy May Have Shot Up His School Because His Girlfriend Broke Up With Him

    Aviva Shen
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Madison Wahlgren, 15, right, and Alyssa Strand, 16, left, both students at Marysville Pilchuck High School, hold candles as they stand outside following a memorial vigil at the Grove Church in Marysville, Wash. CREDIT: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman Jaylen Fryberg shot three girls and two of his male cousins in the school cafeteria Friday morning before killing himself. One student told the Seattle Times that Fryberg was “angry about a romantic relationship he was involved in, and that the girl was one of the people shot.” CNN reported that his…
  • South Dakota’s Minimum Wage Workers Are Eating At Soup Kitchens — But They Could Get A Raise Soon

    Kira Lerner
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    The Banquet serves free breakfast and dinner in Sioux Falls to anyone who lines up. CREDIT: Kira Lerner SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA—In downtown Sioux Falls, The Banquet provides community members free warm meals six days a week. These meals aren’t just for the unemployed or the homeless; many minimum wage workers come to feed themselves and their families in the cafeteria-style dining room. Two weeks before South Dakotans vote on a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50, low-wage workers eating at The Banquet told ThinkProgress that the additional…
  • This Store Won’t Make Its Employees Come To Work On Thanksgiving

    Bryce Covert
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    CREDIT: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez Nordstrom told ThinkProgress that it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, resisting the trend for retailers to kick off Black Friday shopping deals on the holiday itself and thus make workers come in. “As is our tradition, our Nordstrom stores will be closed on Thanksgiving,” a spokeswoman said. “The reasoning behind that is we believe in celebrating one holiday at a time. Over the years, our tradition has been to be closed on Thanksgiving and to unveil our holiday trim the following morning.” Nordstrom joins at least five other…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    One's real life is often the life that one does not lead. (O. Wilde) — Authenticity is turning that real life into reality. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    You're never too old to set a new goal, dream a new dream. (L. Brown) — Life only ends when you stop growing and changing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    He is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. (H. Thoreau) — I must be wealthy beyond measure, skinflint that I am! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The earth delights to feel your bare feet, the winds long to play with your hair. (K. Gibran) — Give them what they want! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you experience stress, you're doing it wrong. (J. Levinson) — It never gets easier unless you do things differently! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Trouble Behind the Lines

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The strangest thing about the battle for the Senate going on this year is how much trouble Republicans are having in states won by Mitt Romney, and not necessarily the ones where they expected trouble. Contests in South Dakota, Kentucky and Georgia have all spent some time panicking Republicans, and none of those states has been put away by the GOP in the interim. But the biggest surprise still has to be Kansas, a profoundly Republican state with multiple struggling statewide Republican campaigns. Playing off Mark Benelli's fine profile of events in Kansas for Rolling Stone, I discussed the…
  • Brooks's 'Mind-Boggling' False Equivalence on Infrastructure Upgrades

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The indisputable winner of the "Pundit Whopper of the Week" Award has to be David Brooks, who writes in his Friday New York Times column that "The fact that the federal government has not passed major infrastructure legislation is mind-boggling, considering how much support there is from both parties." Yes, that's right. He actually went there. It did not go unnoticed by his colleague Paul Krugman, who responded in his "Conscience of a Liberal" blog: Well, the Obama administration would love to spend more on infrastructure; the problem is that a major spending bill has no chance of passing…
  • Creamer: Republicans Endanger U.S. with Weak on Defense Vs. Epidemics

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The following article, by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: Here's the bottom line: If your idea of leadership is a guy who cries fire in a crowded theater, then vote for the Republican candidate nearest you (or at least most of them) in the November election -- and help make Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader. There is an Ebola crisis. It is in West Africa. And it could surely affect people in other areas of the world if the entire international community does not respond to contain it. It is…
  • Here Comes Over-Interpretation

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    One of the things I dread about every Election Night is the tendency of pundits and spinners to over-interpret the results. It could very easily happen this year, because this has every appearance of being a sui generis election, and one with virtually no predictive value for the next cycle. I went through some of the reasons this is the case at TPMCafe today: If Democrats hang onto the Senate, it could be a sign that the election was not as "nationalized" as expected, or inversely, that a national GOTV effort succeeded in helping them overcome the usual "midterm falloff" problem. And if…
  • Early Voting in TX Brightens Dem Hopes

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    Nate Cohn of NYT's The Upshot doesn't see any good news for Democrats in early voting data thus far. But maybe he should take a closer look at Texas, where early voting numbers are encouraging for Dems. As Zachary Roth writes at msnbc.com: After an energetic Democratic campaign to get new Texas voters to the polls, turnout rates spiked on the first day of early voting in the state. According to figures released by the secretary of state's office, Texas' six largest counties all saw increases in voting Monday compared to the first day of early voting in 2010, the last midterm election. The…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Political parties in Kerala gearing up for local elections

    Gautam
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    While the Congress that heads the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) will hit the roads from November 4 to energise party workers, the Left parties and the Bharatiya Party (BJP) are revamping their party machinery and finalising strategies to expand their support base. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president V M Sudheeran will kick off the party’s preparations by undertaking a march (yatra) from the state’s northern tip of Manjeswaram to the southern tip of Trivandrum next month. An expanded executive committee of the KPCC that met at Trivandrum on Friday finalised the yatra,…
  • UP to develop Agra-Lucknow-Varanasi ‘heritage arc’

    Gautam
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Lucknow: With an intention to boost tourism in Uttar Pradesh, the state government will develop a “heritage arc” involving Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi on the lines of “Agra-Jaipur-Delhi triangle”. “Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi will be developed as a ‘heritage arc’ by improving infrastructure, including roads, pathways and condition of monuments, among other things, to attract tourists in a big way,” chief minister Akhilesh Yadav told reporters after a meeting of the Tourism Promotion Council. Stressing that tourism has a direct impact on the economy and image of the state and job…
  • Could have acted against Deshmukh, Shinde in Adarsh scam: Prithviraj Chavan

    Alka Anand Singh
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Mumbai: Just a day before the Maharashtra Assembly elections, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has triggered a controversy. In his interview to a daily, the Congress leader admitted that he failed to act against former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde in the Adarsh scam. The newspaper quoted Chavan as saying that had he sent the top Maharashtra Congressmen to jail, the party would have been decimated in the 2009 Assembly elections. The Chief Minister also reportedly said in the interview that he did not order an inquiry against the irrigation scam involving NCP leader…
  • Congress cracks whip on Shashi Tharoor, removes him as AICC spokesperson

    Gautam
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Taking a dim view of Shashi Tharoor’s praise of Narendra Modi and his appreciation of the “Swachh Bharat” campaign, the Congress cracked the whip on Tharoor on Monday, removing him as All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has accepted the recommendation of the AICC disciplinary committee to removeShashi Tharoor from the list of spokespersons of the AICC with immediate effect. “The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee had submitted a complaint in this regard to the disciplinary committee,” said party general secretary…
  • Hinduism is ‘global heritage’, not ancestral property of Indians: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

    Gautam
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    New Delhi: Quite vocal about his views on Hinduism, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that for Indians ‘Hinduism’ is not their ancestral property but a heritage that belongs to everyone in the world. Bhagwat, who was present at the launch of the international edition of Encyclopedia of Hinduism on Friday along with other dignitaries, stressed on the need of imparting knowledge among the children about their cultural roots. “Children must be made aware about their roots as such knowledge is missing from their education and learning system today.
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • American-Made Financial Repression

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The late economist Ronald McKinnon argued that China and the US, by working together, could alleviate financial repression and enhance global monetary stability. Unfortunately, this advice is not popular among US economists and policymakers, who prefer the short-term political advantages afforded to them by free-market rhetoric.
  • The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder

    Ghia Nodia
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned.
  • Ebola’s Next Frontier

    Hrishabh Sandilya, et al.
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Ebola outbreak that has wreaked havoc in West Africa is stoking fears of an uncontrollable pandemic, though developed countries – and most developing countries – have little to fear. India, however, could be in serious danger.
  • Europe’s Fiscal Wormhole

    Guntram B. Wolff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The fulfillment of policy rules in the eurozone appears to be impossible without growth, but growth appears to be impossible without breaking the rules. With all of the rules pointing toward recession, how can Europe boost recovery?
  • A New Macroeconomic Strategy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Both neo-Keynesians and supply-siders have tried and failed to overcome the high-income economies’ persistently weak performance in recent years. It is time for a new approach, one based on sustainable, investment-led growth.
 
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    News - AllGov

  • USAID Accused of Removing Critical Details from Inspector General Report about Arrests of U.S. Pro-Democracy Groups in Egypt

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    An inspector general (IG) for any federal agency is supposed to be an independent watchdog willing to expose all flaws or malfeasance by officials. But the IG who was set to take over the auditing of programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) apparently thought otherwise.   Michael Carroll, who joined USAID in 2000 and was appointed acting IG in 2011, got into trouble when he censored portions of an investigation involving pro-democracy groups in Egypt.   Following the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak three years ago, USAID funded several…
  • TV Attack Ads Average One Per Minute…in North Carolina Alone

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The only thing uglier than the Halloween masks of late October are the political advertisements airing before next month’s election. And nowhere is the campaign hatred more prevalent than in North Carolina.   In the fight for control of the U.S. Senate, the battle between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, Republican Speaker of the North Carolina House, has become ground zero for an onslaught of negative commercials.   The Center for Public Integrity found that between October 14 and October 20, North Carolinians were subjected to an average of one attack ad for…
  • Cigarette Giant Bans Smoking at the Office

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Attention employees of the second-largest tobacco producer in the U.S.: Smoking will no longer be permitted in the office. Please withhold the snickering, thank you.   Reynolds American Inc., maker of Camel, Kool and other cigarettes, has decided to bar the smoking of tobacco products at its corporate headquarters. Those wishing to puff on cigarettes, cigars and pipes will have to use designated indoor smoking areas, which won’t be ready until 2016. That’s when the new policy will go into full effect. However, anyone using e-cigarettes will be permitted to smoke away wherever…
  • U.S. Ambassador to Guyana: Who Is Perry Holloway?

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    On July 24, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Perry L. Holloway, a career Foreign Service officer, to be the U.S. ambassador to Guyana. If confirmed by the Senate, it will be the first ambassadorial posting for Holloway.   Holloway is from South Carolina and graduated from North Augusta High School in 1979. He went on to attend Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages literature and linguistics in 1983. While there, he studied as an exchange student in Spain. Holloway went to graduate school at the University of…
  • U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros: Who Is Robert Yamate?

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    On September 11, 2014, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing into the nomination of Robert T. Yamate, a career Foreign Service officer, to be the U.S. ambassador to Madagascar and also for the Comoros. If he’s confirmed, it will be the first ambassadorial posting for Yamate.   Yamate is from Monterey Park, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He attended Cal Poly Pomona, earning a B.S. in mathematics in 1973. He then went to nearby University of LaVerne and earned an M.A. in education in 1977. He continued his graduate education at the University of Pittsburgh,…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • GOTV Concert and Rally this Sunday

    AZ BlueMeanie
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Come spend the afternoon with Congressman Ron Barber and our other Democratic candidates, listen to some great local music and learn what you can do to ensure that people get out to the polls this year and vote. I’m looking … Continue reading →
  • Lava from Kilauea Volcano heading to Pahoa village on Big Island of Hawaii

    Carolyn Classen
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Many of you may be following the recent lava flow form Pu’u O’o vent from Kilauea volcano on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii.  This has been an active vent in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) since … Continue reading →
  • Kochtopia: The GOP culture of corruption in Arizona

    AZ BlueMeanie
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    h/t “Dracula Untold” The Dark Lord of “dark money” in Arizona, Republican consultant Sean Noble of DC-London, the money laundering bag man at the center of the “Kochtopus” dark money network, has released his minions in the final 10 days … Continue reading →
  • Arizona’s Choice: Walk Backwards with @DougDucey or Move #AZForward with @FredDuVal

    Pamela Powers Hannley
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Arizona’s choice for governor couldn’t be clearer. A vote for Republican Doug Ducey is a vote to continue Governor Jan Brewer’s failed Tea Party’s policies that have left our economy in ruins. Ducey would give his rich pals– you know, … Continue reading →
  • Chase Bank Sucks

    Bob Lord
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    My open letter to Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase: Dear Jamie Dimon, Your bank totally sucks. My son was out-of-town and needed money on his debit card. When I attempted to deposit $100 CASH in his account at a … Continue reading →
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  • Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. The terrorist organization Islamic State recently released a glossy recruiting video targeted at young men, a fairly common practice for the tech-savvy ISIS. This time, though, was different. The video replicates Grand Theft Auto 5, the massively successful—it made over $800 million its first day in release—and quite violent video game, and offers gamers the chance to “do the things you do in games, in real life on the battlefield.” What we're seeing now is how the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved. That ISIS would attempt…
  • Denmark Becomes Second Country to Let Citizens Choose Their Gender Without Having Surgery

    Tom Lawson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Denmark has often led the way when it comes to LGBT issues: It was the first country to legally recognize same-sex civil unions in 1989; and back in 1930, Danish artist Lili Elbe became one of the first people in the world to change genders through reassignment surgery. "You can legally change your gender just by filling in a form—it's fantastic.” Now the country has introduced one of the world's most progressive laws for transgender people. As of September 1, Danish citizens have been able to self-determine their legal gender—without the need for medical…
  • Yes, They’re Mostly Students Occupying a Public Square. But Here’s Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Different

    John Feffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This piece originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Photo by Alex Leung / Flickr In 2000, I organized a meeting in China that brought together independent trade unionists, campaigners for corporate codes of conduct, and human rights advocates. We had spirited conversations about strikes and labor organizing and how to deal with the Communist authorities in Beijing. We didn’t worry about the government monitoring or breaking up our meeting. Hong Kong is not just a playground for the rich. One in five residents lives below the poverty line. True, we were in China, and the Chinese…
  • Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

    Mary Hansen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Scott* / Flickr. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition. Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. Many climate justice activists are refusing to be limited by the “jobs or the environment” dichotomy. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being…
  • #FergusonOctober: Clergy Go “Toe-to-Toe” with Police as Moral Mondays Arrive in Missouri

    Liz Pleasant
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Clergy make their way through downtown #Ferguson, headed for police department. #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/dVdABacMRl — Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) October 13, 2014 On the morning of Monday, October 13, protesters and clergy members gathered atWellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, for a group prayer and brief training in civil disobedience. From there, the crowd walked to the parking lot of the Ferguson Police Department, where they were met with a line of police officers in riot gear. "We’re taking our cue from the fearless activists in North Carolina." According to the…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • DividedUnderGod.com Needs Your Support

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    City Attorney To Appeal Ruling That Overturned Tenant Relocation Assistance Law San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said he will appeal a ruling by a federal judge on Tuesday that invalidates a city ordinance requiring landlords to make steeply increased payments to tenants evicted from properties intended to go off the rental market. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said that the financial burden faced by landlords subject to the legislation was not proportionate to the harm they were actually causing tenants. While Breyer acknowledged the severity of San Francisco’s housing…
  • Petition: Say NO to tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists

    Reset Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The post Petition: Say NO to tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge for pedestrians and cyclists appeared first on Reset San Francisco.
  • Thursday Morning Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    New Stadium For Raiders Remains Possible After Investor Is Added The possibility of building a new football stadium for the Oakland Raiders adjacent to the current O.co Coliseum remains alive after the last-minute addition of financial adviser Floyd Kephart to a group of investors who want to develop the site. A planning team has been trying for two years to get Oakland’s Coliseum City project off the ground. Plans call for at least one new sports stadium at the Coliseum complex plus housing, retail stores, hotels and housing. The planning team’s exclusive negotiating agreement…
  • Resilience Is A Team Sport

    Guest Author
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    By:  Jenny Gottstein In 1989, my father was at Candlestick Park watching the World Series when Loma Prieta struck. He joined others in the streets to direct cars as San Franciscan’s struggled to find loved ones and return home without traffic lights. Meanwhile, I was in daycare across the city. The only thing I remember was crowding under the Lego tables with my playmates, and watching one teacher comfort another teacher who was sobbing uncontrollably. Growing up in the Bay Area, you are constantly reminded that “the big one” will come any day now. Unlike a tornado or hurricane,…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Maritime Historical Park Proposes Doubling Entrance Fees The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is proposing to double its entrance fees for adults and annual park passes, representatives from the park said Tuesday. The national park, located on the edge of San Francisco Bay, operates and maintains historic boats and ferries dating from as early as 1886. Representatives said they would first hold a public open house, create an online forum, and use social media to reach out to stakeholders and discuss the proposed entrance fee increase before it goes into effect in 2015. The open…
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Fat Loss - Apply Ice

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    An article I ran across claims that ice packs might be helpful for weight loss.Simply strapping an ice-pack to a fatty area like the thighs or stomach for just 30 minutes can burn away hard-to-shift calories. The cold compress works by triggering the body into turning flabby white fat into calorie burning ‘beige’ fat. The article goes on to suggest that we should lower the temperatures inside our homes in order to encourage fat loss. I find this claim to be rather interesting. We do stay indoors more and more in these modern times and we certainly tend to heat our homes more,…
  • About That Waitress and Rush Limbaugh

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Mad World NewsSo yesterday I run across a story about Rush Limbaugh and how he tipped this waitress $2000 for service.Merritt Tierce, who is now an author, refers to the generous tips she received from Limbaugh as “blood money” in her debut novel “Love Me Back.” Tierce said she donated most of the money to the TEA Fund, which is a charity that funds abortions for low-income women.Teirce states: “It felt like laundering the money in a good way. He’s such an obvious target for any feminist or sane person. It was really bizarre to me that he gave me $2,000, and he’s evil incarnate…
  • Bill Maher Making Sense

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    It seems as if the last few times I've heard Bill Maher he has brought some truth to the table. Maybe Bill hasn't strayed as far as I once thought. I used to LOVE Politically Incorrect back in my college days but, for some reason he seemed to have strayed over the years, heading over to la-la-liberal-land.I digress.This time, Bill Maher is speaking with Charlie Rose and brings up issues about Islam that need to be heard. The issues with homosexuals being beheaded and  women not being treated equal and forced to wear burkas are those that should be a concern for all of us. This is not a…
  • Ward Churchill Tells More Fables on Megyn Kelly's Show

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    The creepy professor Ward Churchill seems to be hard up for money since he agreed to get grilled by Megyn Kelly on Fox News.Watch all parts of this interview here.Here is the full statement that Churchill now claims he only meant to apply toward those who were not the janitors or food service workers:There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .Well, really, let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were…
  • Why the Right Says the Media is Left

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I often hear many people on the left mock those of us on the right whenever the topic of the media is brought up. As many of you already know the right, in general, does believe the media is predominately left. This of course is completely dismissed by those on the left and they typically follow up with insulting, snide remarks about Fox News.For myself, I do believe most of the people who work in mainstream are certainly left of center. We all have a bias and those in the media are no different.Fox News is but ONE station and they are not as conservative or right as many on the left would…
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    Politics

  • Johann Lamont resigns - what now for Scottish Labour?

    George Eaton
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The departure of the party's leader leaves it without an immediately obvious successor.  Johann Lamont, who resigned this evening as Scottish Labour leader, pictured during the referendum campaign. Photograph: Getty Images. After a poor performance in the Scottish referendum campaign and weeks of briefing against her, Johann Lamont has resigned as Scottish Labour leader. In an interview with the Daily Record, she says: "I am standing down so that the debate our country demands can take place. I firmly believe that Scotland’s place is in the UK and I do not believe in powers for power’s…
  • Why David Cameron's political point-scoring on the Welsh NHS won't wash

    Owen Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Daily Mail and Prime Minister peddling myths about the Welsh NHS won't work in their favour. The Tories are waking up to the fact that no one trusts them on the NHS. Photo: Getty Even by its own historically shameless standards, the Daily Mail has had a week to forget. The paper’s week-long “exposé” of the Welsh NHS has actually managed to expose just two things, both of which we already knew. One, they print what the Tories ask them to print and, two, David Cameron is running scared of his record on the NHS in England.  Today was down in the Daily Mail’s diary as the climax…
  • Cameron admits that the Treasury kept him in the dark over £1.7bn EU bill

    George Eaton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    The PM found out about the demand several days later than George Osborne.  David Cameron speaks during his press conference on the EU in Brussels earlier today. Photograph: Getty Images. Aside from his visible fury at the EU landing him with a bill for an extra £1.7bn in membership contributions, the most notable thing about David Cameron's press conference in Brussels was his admission of a communication breakdown inside the government. While Cameron only learned of the budgetary demand yesterday, he confirmed that the Treasury knew of it several days earlier: The first that I saw of it…
  • How the living wage movement is re-energising the US left

    Jake Richards
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Rather than waiting for a presidential knight or knightess in shining armour, progressives are getting back to basics and organising from the bottom-up. Activists protest for higher wages and free higher education outside a McDonald's restaurant on April 8, 2014 in Stamford, Connecticut. Photograph: Getty Images. When Occupy Wall Street briefly disrupted US politics in 2011, the world watched on with anticipation. Pictures of protestors, chanting and singing, in the shadows of Wall Street's looming sky-scrapers were published around the world and quickly became symbolic of a deep anxiety with…
  • Could there be two elections next year for the first time in 40 years?

    Harry Lambert
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Miliband may have to offer the SNP another referendum, or the Lib Dems work with Ukip, for any coalition to manage a majority next year. Here's how a Lab-Lib coalition could fail to muster a majority. Photo: Getty. Follow May2015.com for the daily election news, polls and predictions. After hearing some of May2015’s back-of-the-napkin maths, Ladbrokes has opened a market on there being two elections next year. How might this happen? It’s conceivable that no two parties could form a majority coalition. A minority, single-party government would have little legitimacy, given Labour and…
 
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Failed Senate Gun Bill Would Not Have Stopped Marysville School Gunman

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Even though Democrats quickly followed news of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting with renewed calls for the kind of background checks contained in the failed Senate gun control bill, the facts demonstrate one clear point: The failed Senate gun bill would not have stopped the Marysville gunman.  This is because the gun used by Jaylen Fryberg was "legally" obtained by his father, and then taken by the younger Fryberg and misused to kill one and wound four on October 24. According to the Los Angeles Times, an official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives…
  • Retired Army Chaplain: Revised AP US History Framework Should Be Rejected

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A retired army chaplain has shared in a letter why he is opposed to compromising the position that America is an exceptional nation, whether in the Common Core standards or the new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) framework. Heidi Wolfgang, a Colorado parent involved in fighting both the Common Core standards and the new APUSH in her state, is the daughter of Chaplain (Ret.) Raymond E. Logan, U.S. Army. Wolfgang told Breitbart News that she recently asked her father if he knew about the APUSH revision discussion that has been sweeping the nation, and how he felt about it. “When…
  • Democrats Push for New Heavy Regulations on Internet Postings, Drudge, and Blogs

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    As the media prepared to vacate newsrooms for the weekend, Democrats snuck in a last minute proposal that the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) be allowed to heavily regulate political content on internet sites such as Youtube, blogs, and the Drudge Report. Obama FEC Vice Chairperson Ann M. Ravel announced late on Friday that the FEC was preparing new regulations to give itself control over videos, Internet-based political campaigns, and other content on the web. She insisted that, "A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long…
  • Will Immigration Swing New Hampshire to the GOP?

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    This article was originally posted on powerlineblog.com and written by John Hinderacker. In New Hampshire, Scott Brown has pulled into a statistical dead heat with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown is not a staunch conservative on every issue; if he were, he would not be competitive in purple New Hampshire. But one issue on which Brown is strong is immigration. That, plus the fact that by all accounts he has crushed Shaheen in their debates, has propelled him into a strong position. If Brown wins in New Hampshire, the GOP will have an insurance seat in the battle for control of the…
  • GOP Leaders Clamoring for More 'High-Tech Immigration' if Party Wins Senate

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    GOP leaders are clamoring behind the scenes to massively increase the number of guest-worker visas for high-tech companies if Republicans control Congress after the midterms. According to The Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently said that "there is agreement on reforming the rules governing high-tech visas, known as H-1b visas." Hatch, "the chairman of the GOP's High-Tech Task Force," told an Overstock.com corporate office in Utah that H-1b reform could "help pave the way for additional and more far reaching reforms.”  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), who was part of a House working…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • #Fuoridalleuro Get out of the euro to save the companies! - Opinion poll

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Who has paid the price for the euro and who has won out? The Italian companies have paid a very high price. Since 1997, when Italy adjusted the value of the lira to connect it to the ECU (a condition imposed on us so that we could come into the euro), Italian industrial production has gone down by 25%. In the same time period, Germany’s industrial production has increased by 26%. It as though all the industries of Central Italy have disappeared, to pop up again in Germany. Since the Euro came into being, Germany‘s positive balance of payments has the same value as the negative one of the…
  • The South of Italy has been forgotten while the euro has existed #fuoridalleuro

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    “The South of Italy is suffering the effects of unemployment at an average of 19.7% and youth unemployment at more than 50%, while the process of de-industrialisation is getting worse and as ever, the best brains are obliged to emigrate to get recognition for their abilities, if all goes well. Since 2007 the GDP of the South of Italy has gone down by 47.7 billion euro; the number of companies has fallen by 32 thousand; more than 600 thousand jobs have been lost; and 114 thousand people are supported by the temporary redundancy fund. Since January, companies have closed down at a rate of 573…
  • #Fuoridalleuro: how much is the euro costing us?

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    When people speak about a return to monetary sovereignty, of having a currency under the control of the Italian State and not of foreign banking entities, often people are saying "And after that? Then what happens?". They’ve got used to the euro and they have more trust in the financial killers , in the loan sharks living next door, in this case represented by the financial institutions of European countries that have bought our public bonds in the last few years (of which at least 30% are in foreign hands), than in any Italian government. And you have to understand them when you think of…
  • #Fuoridalleuro: Out of the euro - Either monetary sovereignty or default

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    The interest payments on the public debt are killing the country and pulling the welfare state to pieces. Every year the interest payments on the public debt are going to increase and will amount to 100 billion by 2015. In 2011 the State paid 78 billion to finance its debt. In 2012, the figure was 89 billion, in 2013 it went up to 95 billion and in 2015 it’s expected to be 99.8 billion. In the last 30 years, Italy has paid out 3,100 billion in interest payments on the debt. That’s a massive amount! The billions that the State has to set aside for interest payments on the debt means…
  • Passaparola - Earth Overshoot Day - How many Italies are we consuming, by Mathis Wackernagel

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Watch the video with subtitles 08:00 Earth Overshoot Day was on the 22nd August, the date on which humanity exhausted its ecological budget for one year. Earth Overshoot Day is the day on which, according to the Global Footprint Network’s estimates, man’s requirement of resources exceeded the planet’s ability to regenerate: in just a little over eight months we used up all the resources available so, from the 22nd August through to the end of the year, we will be using more resources than we can afford, thereby putting ourselves in debt to this planet. Beppe Grillo Mathis…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge...

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Berkeley vs. Big Soda I got a call the other day from a stooge of Big Soda who was doing a “push poll” — trying to get me and all my neighbors to vote against Berkeley’s proposed one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks. Big Soda is pulling out all the stops — and the money — to prevent the tax, because Big Soda knows that if it fails in Berkeley it can’t pass anywhere. Yet, just like tobacco, we know a small tax reduces consumption. And just like tobacco, consumption of sugary soft drinks is a huge health problem. One out of three American kids is obese and at risk of…
  • Getting a Grip on Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two...
  • Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Private Universities than at Public Universities

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite...
  • Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    According to a new federal database put online last week, pharmaceutical companies and device makers...
  • Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Government Gold-Plating

    Steve H. Hanke
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Steve H. Hanke Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his annual Wastebook this past week. It contains a laundry list of doozies. The U.S. government’s gold-plating operations included $190,000 to study compost digested by worms, $297 million for the purchase of an unused mega blimp, and $1 million on a Virginia bus stop where only 15 people can huddle under a half-baked roof. These questionable (read: absurd) expenditures only represent the tip of the iceberg. Just consider the following: the Speaker of the House currently receives an annual salary of $223,500, and will receive a payment…
  • Bulgaria: Liquidate KTB, Now

    Steve H. Hanke, Matt Sekerke
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Steve H. Hanke and Matt Sekerke The long-awaited audit of the Corporate Commercial Bank’s (KTB’s) assets has been released by the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB). In its wake, a debate has arisen about the future of the KTB: Should it be recapitalized? And if KTB is recapitalized, should the Bulgarian or the European authorities be responsible? However, it is clear from the results of the audit that, once the obscurity of the technocratic arguments is stripped away, there can be no debate. KTB should be liquidated as soon as possible, and whatever proceeds can be obtained in liquidation…
  • Tropical Cyclones: Is Global Warming Making Them Worse?

    Craig D. Idso
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Craig D. Idso Severe hurricanes, or tropical cyclones as they are known by those living outside the United States, are the most intense storms on the planet. Given the amount of damage they can inflict, it’s no wonder that they often are the poster children for the global warming movement—think Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, and Sandy. Whenever and wherever they occur, you can count on some climate lobbyist telling us that storm was caused, or made worse, by global warming. Indeed, it is a green legend that carbon-induced global warming will cause more frequent or more severe tropical…
  • Send The International Nanny Packing

    Walter Olson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Walter Olson As many of us have noted lately, the federal Centers for Disease Control, known originally for their work against infectious and communicable diseases, have shifted focus in recent years to supposed public health menaces like beltless driving, gun ownership, social drinking, and suburban land use patterns. CDC director Thomas Frieden came recommended to President Obama because of his national fame as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s health commissioner, in which capacity he oversaw portion sizes and donut recipes, restaurant smoking policies and anti-salt campaigns, as well…
  • U.S. Is Losing (Has Lost?) the War on Drugs in Afghanistan

    Christopher A. Preble
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Christopher A. Preble After a decade of reconstruction and over $7 billion spent on counternarcotic operations, the results are in: the United States has lost the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, although few U.S. officials are willing to admit it. According to this report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), poppy cultivation is actually at an all-time high, over 8 percent higher in 2013 than the previous peak in 2007. And, with the United States slated to reduce its presence in Afghanistan, the problem is likely to get worse. According to the report,…
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    A View from the Right

  • Celebrating 5 Years of AVftR (plus a Top 10)!

    sirrahc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This month marks the 5th anniversary of the maiden post for “A View from the Right”. I can hardly believe it has been that long! That first post was the beginning of a 9-part series called “What’s So Bad (or Great) about Obamacare?”, and it was my first attempt at writing anything of the sort. […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 4

    sirrahc
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    “Congress must step up and hold him accountable. Impeachment would also pose a credible threat to any future president by sending a clear message that the American people simply will not stand for having a king. If we do nothing, that threat is lost.”  — CapitalismInstitute.org The legal case for impeachment against President Obama is […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 3

    sirrahc
    5 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    “I want Obama to go through the [impeachment] process because he has it coming…. Obama should be forced to defend his contemptible lies and actions. If for no other reason than his unbearable arrogance, the schmuck should have to pay a penalty.”  — columnist Burt Prelutsky On the other hand,… “[W]e should focus our attention […]
  • Suicide of a Nation

    sirrahc
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    It happened again. I realized early this week that I was not going to be able to finish “To Impeach or Not to Impeach” in time to publish on Sunday as planned. This time, I am travelling out of state to spend several days with my brother and his family. (I think that’s a pretty […]
  • There Should Be No U.S. Citizens Fighting as Jihadists

    sirrahc
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The title above makes what seems like an obvious statement. Yet, they exist, and they travel using U.S. passports. A recent email from Michele Bachmann reminded me, “Currently, Americans fighting with terrorists abroad are allowed free access to re-enter the United States, as some already have! They are likely put on a terror watch list […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

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

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

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

    Kyle
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    For those of you new to podcasts, this video provides a quick explanation of the various ways to listen to a podcast. Of course you can listen The SapphireWire Podcast on SapphireWire.com. If you have an iPad or iPhone, you can listen and subscribe to SapphireWire on the go with the built-in Podcasts app, just search for “SapphireWire”. For more great podcast apps, The Sweet Setup has a great overview of the best options for iOS. Android users can use apps like Stitcher Radio to listen and Subscribe. Thanks for listening to The SapphireWire Podcast! The post How to Listen to a Podcast…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 4

    Kyle
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss the most recent poll results in the aftermath of last week’s strippergate story, the Democrats claim of Brownback selling sex toys, our take on the latest developments in the US Senate race, and a new the 3rd District Congressional race, featuring a flashback to Kevin Yoder’s skinny dipping escapades. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: October 1st Suffolk University/USA TODAY Kansas poll results KC Star coverage of the…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Tunisian Youth Must Not Be Left Out of the Transition Process

    David Lunde
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    A low youth turnout at the elections may express discontent that could lead to the kind of instability that ignited the revolution. Tunisia’s parliamentary and presidential elections, scheduled for October 26 and November 23, come at a critical juncture in the country’s advance toward democracy, and face challenges to yielding an encouraging outcome for the nation’s future. Faith […] The post Tunisian Youth Must Not Be Left Out of the Transition Process appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Case for US Intervention in the Middle East

    Gary Grappo
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Washington’s decision to enter war in Iraq for the third time in a quarter century is consistent with long-held US policy. The debate over isolationism vs engagement is a relatively new one in American political history. No less than George Washington and John Quincy Adams warned Americans of entangling ourselves in permanent alliances and enlisting […] The post The Case for US Intervention in the Middle East appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Watch David Miliband Take on Bill Maher

    Fair Observer
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    David Miliband points out the crude foundations of Bill Maher’s Islamophobia. In a recent segment of Real Time, Bill Maher continued his attacks on Islam, this time citing a blasphemy case in Pakistan against Asia Bibi, who may face the death penalty. As a guest on the show, David Miliband, a former British Labour Party […] The post Watch David Miliband Take on Bill Maher appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally”

    John Pilger
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    John Pilger marks the death of Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from “tributes” to a man whose political demise is one of America’s dirtiest secrets. Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister, Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements […] The post How America and Britain Crushed the Government of an “Ally” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children

    Carl Jylland-Halverson
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    When homelessness and youth intersect, it becomes a problem of vulnerable people being exploited in both the developed and developing nations. A 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old female approach a car window on the near north side of Chicago. Both are involved in survival sex and both are trying to help one another get through […] The post Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Puneti in valoare masculinitatea cu haine rafinate

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Vrei sa-ti cumperi o haina sau incaltaminte si pretul afisat la raftul din magazinele din mall e prea mare? Nu e cazul sa renunti la a-ti completa garderoba cu articole vestimentare care te scot in evidenta. Mydressing vine cu o oferta de haine pentru barbati second-hand si outlet pe care nu ai cum sa o refuzi. Preturi mici, calitate garantata de branduri celebre si garantie 30 de zile, pe asta se bazeaza boutique-ul online mydressing, un spatiu virtual elegant si rafinat unde poti comanda ce modele doresti, outlet sau second-hand, usor si rapid. Pazeste-te de frig cu bluzele sau puloverele…
  • Prabusiri de avioane controversate si teorii conspirative credibile

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Zborul 455 Cubana de Aviacion. Zborul 455 Cubana de Aviacion a fost doborat de doua bombe in octombrie 1976, la scurt timp dupa ce a plecat din aeroportul din Barbados. Bombele au fost confectionate din explozibili din plastic pusi in tuburi de pasta de dinti. Amplasarea bombelor a fost posibila cu ajutorul a doi indivizi, care s-au urcat din Trinidad si s-au dat jos in Seawell-imediat dupa detonarea bombelor au fost identificati si arestati. Unul dintre teroristi a marturisit autoritatilor ca lucra pentru CIA, sub acoperire, dar si-a retras spusele mai tarziu. Mai tarziu, cei doi au…
  • Puffere cu serpentina de calitate

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Centrala termica pare ca nu isi mai face treaba ca inainte? Vrei sa ai apa calda mai repede la robinet si sa fie cald in casa mai repede si mai usor? Atunci ai nevoie de un puffer pentru instalatia ta termica. Pufferul nu e altceva decat un rezervor unde se acumuleaza apa calda care vine de la centrala. Agentul termic se elibereaza treptat si sporeste confortul din locuinta. De aici si reducerea de combustibil si autonomia crescuta, dar si reducerea de noxe emanate in aerul din incapere. De asemenea, cazanele vor rezista mai bine si mai mult spre deosebire de instalatiile de incalzire fara…
  • Un mic accident

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Coprezentatoarea emisiunii “Splash! Vedete la apa” a suferit un grav accident domestic. Intr-un moment de neatentie, roscata s-a impiedecat de un umeras care i-a spintecat piciorul. Bianca Dragusanu a marturisit si a povestit intregul eveniment nefericit, dar si multe alte subiecte in cadrul emisiunii “Acces Direct”, la Antena 1. Fosta roscata, actuala blonda, a marturisit ca in momentul accidentarii era o zi de duminica, iar ea a inceput sa faca curat in camera sa. Bianca spune ca una dintre cauzele accidentarii a fost faptul ca ea este zodia Peste, iar pestii au coada, nu picioare,…
  • Tricouri barbatesti must have

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Imaginea clasica a barbatului rebel si sexy abia trezit din somn si imbracat intr-o pereche de jeansi uzati si in tricou a facut inconjurul cinematografiei si este deja o imagine iconica. De aici si ideea ca un barbat arata cel mai bine in tricou si jeansi si ca ar trebui sa luam mult mai in serios alegerile pe care le facem atunci cand vine vorba despre alegerea tricourilor pentru garderoba proprie.De la un obiect de lenjerie (si ma refer aici la tricourile simple, mulate sau chiar si mai largi) pana la un obiect vestimentar folosit la munci mai active si dinamice, astazi tricoul - in…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • NRA’s ‘Slick’ Ad Links Braley to Bloomberg

    Lori Robertson
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The National Rifle Association implies Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley lied when he said he “never met Michael Bloomberg,” but there’s no evidence of that. The NRA ad puts two separate photos of the men side-by-side and says they were at the “same event.” It was a day-long event, and they spoke hours apart. The NRA Political Victory Fund ad says Braley, a Democrat running for the state’s open Senate seat, is “so slick, he can’t stick to the truth,” as an image of an oily substance slides down the screen. But the ad shows it’s the NRA…
  • GOP Whacks Weiland Over Payroll Taxes

    D'Angelo Gore
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    A Republican TV ad says Senate candidate Rick Weiland is going across South Dakota saying “he’s one of us” when “Weiland supports higher payroll taxes.” Not for all, he doesn’t. The “one of us” reference could lead viewers to believe that Weiland would raise payroll taxes for everyone in the state. Not so. He supports raising or eliminating the Social Security payroll tax cap – which would only affect individuals currently earning above $117,000. Weiland, a Democrat who has boasted of visiting every one of South Dakota’s 311 towns, is competing against…
  • A ‘Willie Horton’ Ad in Nebraska

    Eugene Kiely
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Every now and then we see a powerful attack ad that is factually accurate, but makes such a strong appeal to fear that we urge viewers to pause to consider all the facts. That’s the case in Nebraska, where a TV ad has been compared to the infamous Willie Horton ad. The National Republican Congressional Committee went on the air Oct. 17 in Omaha with an ad that slams state Sen. Brad Ashford for his support of the state’s so-called good-time law, which allows inmates to receive credits to reduce their sentences. It is certainly fair game to debate the merits of good-time laws, which are…
  • FactChecking the Iowa Senate Race

    FactCheck.org
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Longtime Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is retiring, and Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst are each hoping to be the one to replace him. Braley was once an early favorite to hold the seat for Democrats, but Ernst now has a slight lead in a very competitive race that most political forecasters rate a pure “toss-up.” Ernst — who gained national prominence with a TV ad touting her hog-castrating prowess — has been attacked for being an “extreme” candidate who wants to privatize Social Security. And Braley — whose campaign has…
  • Grimes Ad Misses the Mark on McConnell

    Robert Farley
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Thought you’d seen it all this political season? An ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Sen. Mitch McConnell for his vote on a bill that President Obama praised, and even thanked McConnell by name for supporting. The Grimes ad says McConnell “even voted to end the payroll tax credit” and refers in small print to McConnell’s vote in favor of the fiscal cliff deal that permanently extended the Bush tax cuts for most but allowed a temporary payroll tax cut to expire. All but three Democrats also voted for the bill, and the expiration of the payroll tax…
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Ebola! Ebola! Yawn

    Alan Caruba
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    How is Ebola spread? Two ways; one, by letting anyone exposed to it in West Africa into America when they fly here and, two, by assuming that medical professionals and others who have been exposed to it would quarantine themselves from contact with others once they are here. The latest case is Dr. Craig Spencer, […]
  • Climate Change Insanity

    Alan Caruba
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
      I went out for a walk today and enjoyed seeing how the autumn leaves are changing color because autumn, simply stated, is one of the four seasons that affects the Earth. It is part of the change that occurs as it has for billions of years. The notion that humans have anything to do […]
  • Federal Bureaucrats Misbehave & Taxpayers Are Punished

    Michael R. Shannon
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Give The Washington Post credit for its expose that criticizes a large portion of its declining subscriber base: Federal employees. According to the Post, “Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more […]
  • No Ebola Panic Despite Media Hysteria

    Alan Caruba
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
      One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia. Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done […]
  • Curbing Obama power grabs

    Paul Driessen
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    The courts and Senate provide no checks and balances. Could a Republican Senate help? You’ve got to admire the sheer audacity: Democratic Senator Mark Begich telling Alaska voters that he stood up to President Obama and fought for oil drilling and jobs in his state. Maybe he had a few chats. But he certainly knew […]
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    opposingviews.com

  • Sarah Palin Attacks Media for Reporting Her Family’s Brawl

    Michael Allen
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Sarah Palin Attacks Media for Reporting Her Family’s Brawl Sarah Palin Attacks Media for Reporting Her Family’s Brawl Politics Weird News Sarah Palin Family Brawl Has Been Optimized Former half-term Alaska governor and current Fox News commentator Sarah Palin lashed out at the media for reporting on a drunken brawl that her family was involved in last month in Anchorage, Alaska. Audio recordings taken by the police and the police report were posted online by Talking Points Memo and other news sites.Earlier this week, Palin's adult daughter Bristol attacked the media on her blog for…
  • Gerrymandering Used By Both Parties, Mastered By Republicans

    Will Hagle
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Gerrymandering Used By Both Parties, Mastered By Republicans Gerrymandering Used By Both Parties, Mastered By Republicans Has Been Optimized In the upcoming midterm elections, more than a sixth of House Representatives will run unopposed. According to the Economist, seventy-seven single-party House races will take place on election day this November. These are depressing statistics for any democratic society, especially for a Congress with an abysmal job approval rating at 12.8%.  The easy and most often-cited explanation for election one-sidedness is gerrymandering. Republicans are…
  • Rep. Peter King Demands Surveillance of American Muslims (Video)

    Michael Allen
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Rep. Peter King Demands Surveillance of American Muslims (Video) Rep. Peter King Demands Surveillance of American Muslims (Video) Politics Religion World Rep. Peter King Muslim Surveillance Has Been Optimized Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the alleged shooter who killed a Canadian soldier and opened fire inside Canada’s parliament in Ottawa, was not connected to an earlier attack on a soldier in Quebec two days earlier.According to AFP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson told a news conference earlier this week that Zehaf-Bibeau was "hoping to leave for Syria” and was in Ottawa…
  • GOP Iowa Candidate Willing to Use Guns Against U.S. Government (Video)

    Michael Allen
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    GOP Iowa Candidate Willing to Use Guns Against U.S. Government (Video) GOP Iowa Candidate Willing to Use Guns Against U.S. Government (Video) Weird News Joni Ernst Guns Has Been Optimized Republican Joni Ernst is running against Democrat Bruce Braley for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat. Ernst has often bragged about how she carries a gun and has used firearms in her ads. Ernst's pro-gun positions have earned her the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which gave her an "A" rating for her voting record in the Iowa State senate, noted the Des Moines Register earlier this year.A…
  • Pro-Life Group Wants to Show Graphic Abortion Video on Jumbotron

    Michael Allen
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Pro-Life Group Wants to Show Graphic Abortion Video on Jumbotron Pro-Life Group Wants to Show Graphic Abortion Video on Jumbotron Health Legal Local Politics Anti Abortion Sign Has Been Optimized The pro-life group Created Equal wanted to use a Jumbotron to show a graphic abortion video outside at Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Tx., today. However, local police would not allow the group to use a Jumbotron because Alamo Plaza is a historic area and digital screens are not allowed (video below). Created Equal says their permit was revoked last night, but they still showed up at Alamo Plaza this…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Fridays at 51

    John Y. Brown III
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What makes Fridays nice at age 51 is the vague but pleasant recollection that 15 or 20 years ago something really fun –maybe even edgy and exciting– used to happen on Friday nights. Even though you can’t quite remember what it was. You realize that was a long time ago and isn’t going to happen tonight. Because you are too tired and have to pick up the kids later. But the fuzzy memory that something fun used to happen to you on Friday nights still sustains you. And is enough to still make you “thank God it is Friday.” Just with a lowercase “T.”
  • Julie Rath: That’s What She Said, Vol. 2: Ms. Williams and the ONE Accessory to Avoid at All Costs

    Julie Rath
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In today’s edition of That’s What She Said, I interview recording artist Ms. Williams on men’s style. Click here or on the image below to watch our interview. You’ll hear her take on the matter, including the ONE accessory that makes her run the other way when a guy wears it.   After you’re done watching the interview, make sure you take my style quiz to see how you rate on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Ticked Off

    John Y. Brown III
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sometimes I can feel so ticked off that I am not even sure who or what I am mad at. And when I get so mad I can’t figure out who or what to blame, it usually means the thing or person I am so angry with … Is me. And then I feel embarrassed. But not nearly as angry.
  • Jason Atkinson: A Klamath Update

    Jason Atkinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
  • Josh Bowen: 3 Thoughts We Should Stop Having About Fitness

    Josh Bowen
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have been traveling the last few days and have had several conversations with people on the planes I’ve been on about fitness. One in particular with my taxi cab driver who picked me up at the airport in Florida. The lady must have been in here early 40’s and in decent shape but really wanted to be in better shape. After finding out what I did for a living she instantly started probing me for information. And as it is in many cases the person will ask questions or state beliefs only to validate their own beliefs regardless of my opinion on the subject matter. 15 minutes into our…
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Marco Rubio Hits Charlie Crist in Spanish TV Ad

    Kevin Derby
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., takes aim at old rival former Gov. Charlie Crist in a new TV ad in Spanish launched by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) on Friday. Rubio links Crist to President Barack Obama in the ad and urges Floridians to vote for Gov. Rick Scott. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content.  read more
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: MIA Needs to be Ready for Ebola

    Kevin Derby
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., offered a warning that Miami International Airport (MIA) needs to focus on Ebola preparedness. Conceding that it is unlikely that travelers from West African nations impacted by Ebola will be traveling through South Florida, Ros-Lehtinen noted that travelers from Latin America, especially doctors from Cuba, could be a different story. To that end, Ros-Lehtinen wrote MIA Director Emilio Gonzalez this week.  read more
  • Rubio Hits the Airwaves in Iowa and Colo. for GOP Senate Candidates

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is hitting the airwaves in two states holding competitive U.S. Senate races as the GOP looks to wrest control from the Democrats.read more
  • Marco Rubio: Canada Parliament Shooting was 'Islamic Extremism'

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    From his perch on the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered his thoughts on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the gunman who attacked the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday. In his rampage, Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam, killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.read more
  • Charlie Crist's Economic Record Blistered in New RPOF Ad

    Kevin Derby
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new TV ad on Thursday, hitting former Gov. Charlie Crist’s economic record. Polls show Crist, the Democratic nominee after spending most of his political life with the GOP, and Gov. Rick Scott running close.In Tuesday’s debate with Scott, Crist brushed off attacks on his economic record, insisting he was not responsible for the bad times as the recession impacted more than Florida. The ad points to decisions Crist made as worsening the Sunshine State’s problems.read more
 
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    Restoring Truthiness

  • No means Yes, and other Thinkspeak

    Hank Griffin
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    No means Yes, and other ThinkspeakYouTube Thank you friends of Restoring Truthiness for your tireless pursuit of the Truthy. Sorry to say, but this may be our last post. But it’s not all bad news, in fact, Republicans may win control of the Senate – the long national nightmare will be over – in two more years when a “real” American is again President of the United States. (To so many in this country, including the Republican leadership, Obama’s not real, he just isn’t, they can’t explain why.) But in the mean time, both the House and the Senate…
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging

    Hank Griffin
    4 May 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The Unbearable Lightness of Bugging It makes me cry to see Juliet Binoche cry. And all because of Daniel Day-Lewis’ philandering. Oh, she she tried to get even by having her own affair, but her lover turned out to be a Stasi agent, a government spy. And they took pictures so they could blackmail her.  Communism in Bohemia. But enough of this Hollywood artsy-fartsy.  This is America! We defeated Communism! The very idea that a government would spy on its own people and use compromising photos or letters to blackmail them is thankfully something we will never see in this country.
  • The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?

    Alexandria Love
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The Unbalanced Economy…A Bedtime Story?  Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Unbalanced Economy, Bedtime Story I want you to take a trip with me (in your mind) for a brief moment, and pretend you are a child living your dream childhood.  Think of the neighborhood, the sights, the smells, and what your imaginary parents are like? In this vision, do you have siblings or are you an only child? What is dinner like at the end of the day? Now imagine your neighbors (can you see them) through the eyes of this child? Are they safe? Do they care for you as much…
  • Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty

    Alexandria Love
    13 Jan 2014 | 10:56 am
    Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty  THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE – NARA – 549861 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Government & Politics: Chris Christie Plays Misty While speculation looms over Governor Christ Christie’s camp regarding the now  widely known “Bridge gate”  scandal (the purposeful creation of traffic congestion on the George Washington Bridge for the soul purpose of personal gain [what the Christie administration stood to gain is yet to be determined]).   Yet “We the people” are left out of the fray according to comments made during…
  • President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!

    Alexandria Love
    14 Nov 2013 | 1:01 pm
    President Obama & the GOP: Obama-Care If You Dare!President Obama ran his presidency campaign on the ticket of “Change” and he won, twice, because that is what Americans said they wanted. In fact, we the people are constantly obsessing over the mere notion of how we want “Change”. Moreover, for over half a century it has been the claims of many psychologists that change has become the steady state of the contemporary American culture. Affordable Care Act Rally at the SCOTUS (Photo credit: SEIU International) On the other hand, in general the psychology literature often describes…
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • The Term that fits

    Ang Lebs
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    A Chauvinist pig thinks their gender is more superior than the other, usually a man who thinks he can do as he wishes to a women. Yesterday, Zahle MP, Nicolas Fattouche, assaulted an employee of the courthouse in Baabda responsible for filing lawyers complaints. According to media sources, MP Fattouche arrived at the complaints office to file a complaint. The employee, Manale Daou was working on filing complaints but the MP insisted to serve him first. The deputy didn’t like that Mme Daou took few seconds to put the files she has in front of her in order, he proceeded to insult her and…
  • Only in Lebanon

    Ang Lebs
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    Only in Lebanon …. Terrorism trial for suspects in the Sidon clashes between Army and militants delayed because one of the suspects is sick and the other is in a football training camp with the Lebanese national team. Source: Daily Star It is to note that the battle of Aabra – Sidon occurred  on June 2013, and involved the Lebanese Army and Sunni militants in the city of Sidon, Lebanon. Clashes between the followers of militant preacher Ahmed Al-Assir resulted in the deaths of 17–18 soldiers, 25–40 al-Assir gunmen and two civilians.  
  • Different Approach

    Ang Lebs
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    To find out the difference between Walid Jumblatt and his Druze community and Samir Geagea and the Christian community, all you have to do is to read the news. Examples: – Jumblatt told party members (PSP party) at a private meeting, “We will defend the villages of Rashayya if attacked by insurgents, but we do not want to infringe on anyone. If the battle is imposed on us, we will enter it. He asked the partisans in Aley, Chouf and Metn to be on standby to help the people of Rashaya and Hasbaya and their defense if called needed. – PSP member, Majed Kamil Zahr, was killed…
  • Gebran Bassil derogatory gesture

    Ang Lebs
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Foreign Minister, while shaking hands with Emirati foreign ministry delegation asked about a woman called Caroline and made a gesture in with his hand which can be translated as “physically attractive female” while describing her to the Emirati foreign minister. M. Bassil, the son of a chauvinist society, made a gesture that not only insulted “Caroline” but the all Lebanese women. Will Bassil apologize? I doubt. As I said he is the son of the Lebanese chauvinist society. Sadly, the majority of Lebanese man are chauvinist. I will let you…
  • Samir Geagea in line with Nusra and ISIS demands

    Ang Lebs
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces party, a party that suppose to defend Lebanon sovereignty and freedom, tweeted today that one of the solution to free the Lebanese Army soldiers held captive by the terrorists groups Al-Nusra and ISIS is “to take a decision as soon as possible calling for Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately.” Instead of saying no negotiation with terrorists and the soldiers must be freed immediately, not only Mr. Geagea is abiding by the terrorists demands, he is using the kidnapping of Lebanese Army soldiers to push his own political…
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    Washington Wire

  • Sunday Talk Preview: Ebola, Midterm Elections in Spotlight

    WSJ Staff
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The latest developments on Ebola and the midterm elections will be discussed on the Sunday news shows.
  • N.H. Senate Race No Longer Leans Toward Shaheen

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    With Republican Scott Brown catching up with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, Rothenberg Political Report switched the race to “Toss-up/Tilt for Shaheen” from “Lean Democrat.”
  • Why Entitlement Reform Isn’t on the GOP Agenda

    Jim Manley
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Jim Manley: The idea behind the "grand bargain" is to mesh spending cuts in domestic and entitlement programs with revenue increases. But now, even if pushed by the president, Democrats would not agree to support cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
  • Also Setting Up Shop on D.C. Rooftops: Beehives

    Elizabeth Williamson
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Not every D.C. rooftop is party-ready. That hasn’t kept two hotels whose roofs aren’t pedestrian-friendly from competing—with each other--by putting beehives, not people, up top.
  • Federal Workers’ Job Satisfaction Slips

    Melanie Trottman
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    More than 90% of federal employees say they are willing to put in extra effort to get their work done, but far fewer are satisfied with their jobs, pay or the agencies for which they work, according to an annual survey released Friday about the federal workforce.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Clinton Shows Warren Love, But Doesn't Get Much In Return

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Two of biggest names in Democratic politics did their first ever event together on Friday. Stephan Savoia / AP Stephan Savoia / AP BOSTON — They did not appear on stage at the same time. They delivered their remarks one speaking slot apart. One did not introduce the other. And there were no photo-ops to speak of on Friday for Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren. At their first joint campaign showing, the two Democrats kept a notable distance. Clinton, the former secretary of state, and Warren, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, didn't cross paths in public view at the rally for…
  • Democratic Senator Slams NRA, Republicans Over Ebola Response

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown blamed the NRA for a lack of a U.S. surgeon general, and Congressional Republicans for cuts to public services. View Video › A Democratic senator puts the blame for the Centers for Disease Control's slow response to Ebola directly on the National Rifle Association and Senate and House Republicans. Speaking in a local radio interview on Thursday, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown blamed the NRA for a lack of a U.S. surgeon general, and Congressional Republicans for cuts to public services. "We don't have a surgeon general to, to run this, to oversee this, because…
  • Libertarians' Relationship With Same-Sex Marriage Gets Serious

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Cato Institute makes new arguments for limits on states’ rights in a brief filed in the Louisiana marriage case with the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center. Dr. Jesus Hernandez, left, and Oscar Hull, center, are married by Meredith Sloane outside of Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 13, 2014. Davis Turner / Reuters WASHINGTON — The Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank, made a vigorous case for same-sex couples' marriage rights on Friday — going further than it ever…
  • Congressman Concerned Whether Ebola Has Mutated, Spread Possibly "By Airborne"

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    But Rep. Jeff Duncan says he does know what works to stop it: “closed borders and quarantine.” View Video › A Republican congressman calling for a travel ban on West African nations suffering from the Ebola virus questions if the Ebola can be "spread by airborne," contradicting information from health officials and even an Ebola fact sheet on the congressman's own website. Speaking with WCRS radio host Anne Eller, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan said Friday that while "we think we know" Ebola is a virus but don't know if it is mutating and can be spread through the…
  • New Jersey Democrats Ready Money Machine For Hillary Clinton

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    High-ranking state Democrats plan for New Jersey to be “first out of the gate” for Hillary if she runs. A plan for $5 to $10 million on day one. Mike Segar / Reuters A collection of New Jersey's highest-ranking Democratic fundraisers, state politicians, and political operatives convened in Newark on Thursday night for about two hours to discuss a plan to be "the first state out of the gate" for Hillary Clinton. The powerful group — a gathering of about 35 state leaders who make up the core of New Jersey's Democratic fundraising infrastructure — was described by…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • Leonard Liggio (1933-2014): A Scholar for the Free World

    Alejandro Antonio Chafuen
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. The free society lost a great champion on October 14, 2014 when Leonard P. Liggio passed away. I first met Leonard Liggio in 1980 at a Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) meeting held at the Hoover Institution. He was standing on the left side of the packed auditorium next to Murray Rothbard. At the time, Liggio was president of the Institute for Humane Studies (I.H.S.). At the time of his passing, he was vice president of the Atlas Network. John Blundell (who recently passed away), succeeded Liggio as president of I.H.S. and also became…
  • War by Algebra Defies the True Nature of War

    Earl H. Tilford
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Breitbart.com. Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies. For the United States and its allies the objective was unconditional surrender. Most wars, however, have been between states of unequal strength, and outcomes do not always favor the side with the larger battalions—the American…
  • When the Communists Murdered a Priest

    Paul G. Kengor
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    It was October 19, 1984—30 years ago this week. A gentle, courageous, and genuinely holy priest, Jerzy Popieluszko, age 37, found himself in a ghastly spot that, though it must have horrified him, surely did not surprise him. An unholy trinity of three thugs from communist Poland’s secret police had seized and pummeled him. He was bound and gagged and stuffed into the trunk of their cream-colored Fiat 125 automobile as they roamed the countryside trying to decide where to dispatch him. This kindly priest was no less than the chaplain to the Solidarity movement, the freedom fighters who…
  • American Boots on the Ground: A Moral Basis

    L. John Van Til
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Americans can see or hear about dozens of terrorist acts every day. They can tune in to their favorite TV shows or go to the local cinema and be bombarded with violence and mayhem endlessly. Perhaps these events should be called “virtual terrorism.” Consider this as you read more. Americans can also, of course, tune in to media outlets that are continuous accounts of terrorist acts. These accounts describe suicide bombers, mass slaughter of innocent civilians, car bombs, and much more. The most disturbing terrorist acts at the moment involve public beheadings of reporters or other…
  • A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on the three most famous Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor. I have to confess that I almost didn’t watch it. There were two reasons for my reluctance. First, I am not a fan of either Teddy or FDR as presidents. The former was guilty of a lust for war and domestic strongman tendencies, and the latter tragically prolonged the Great Depression. Second, I had watched a one-hour preview of the seven-part series and found it almost nauseating in its worshipful tone. Listening to the hostess, one would…
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    Politic365

  • Immigrant activists target Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan with billboard campaign

    Adriana Maestas
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    This week a group of immigrant activists in North Carolina unveiled a billboard campaign taking aim at Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for her immigration positions. Hagan was one of the five Democratic senators who opposed the DREAM Act in 2010 and recently voted in favor of a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas that would have done away with the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Hagan has presented herself as being to the right of most of her Democratic colleagues on immigration. In North Carolina, Latino voters are about…
  • #HBCU Advocates, Black Caucus React to Final Parent PLUS Change

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    In October 2011, the Department of Education tightened the loan standards for Parent PLUS Loans.  The change effected over 30,000 students at HBCUs at a collective loss in tuition to the schools of over $150 million. In 2013, Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized for the impact of the change. After a contentious three years of meetings and negotiations with HBCU advocates and members of Congress, the Department of Education announced the new and final rule update for Parent PLUS Loans.  The change is scheduled to take effect July 2015.   Representatives at the Department of…
  • Why Do Democrats Think They Can Bash Obama and Get Black Votes?

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here are a few election time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes?  Why should Black voters be motivated to turnout after months of watching Democrats bash the President?  What exactly is the strategy for Democrats to get Black voters out? Many Democrats running this cycle, even in states and districts with large Black voting populations like North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana, have made the deduction that annoying and ignoring Black voters is less important than winning white ones.  The…
  • Will Ferguson Flyer Sent By Georgia Democrats Motivate Black Voters?

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Update:  Gov. Nathan Deal calls Democrats #Ferguson Ad “Despicable…” It’s Up to You to Make Change Happen. As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a flyer that is reported to have been sent out by the Democratic Party of Georgia evokes the recent events in Ferguson in an effort to get out the Black vote.  The flyer does have “Democratic Party of Georgia” on it.  If it is from the Democrats in Georgia it would be quite a change in strategy. Many have noticed that the 2014 election cycle has featured Democrats campaigning against President…
  • Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use strict voter ID law in Nov. election

    Adriana Maestas
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    On Saturday, the Supreme Court gave Texas the approval to move forward with implementing a strict voter identification law in the upcoming midterm election. Adam Liptak for The New York Times wrote: “The law, enacted in 2011, requires voters seeking to cast their ballots at the polls to present photo identification like a Texas driver’s or gun license, a military ID or a passport. Those requirements, Justice Ginsburg wrote, “may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5 percent of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

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

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

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

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

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    10 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you’re not an NFL fan, you might not know that this year we encountered the first new NFL player that is openly gay. Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams out of the University of Missouri... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Lone Wolves and Security

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    A lone assailant burst into Canada’s Parliament building this week and went on a shooting rampage. He had already killed one guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa and threatened to kill several more before being by Parliament security forces. The assailant had tried to travel to Syria to join extremist groups there. Authorities believe frustration over his delayed passport application led to the rampage. There is concern and outrage over the government surveillance programs that have been revealed over the past year; many believe they are a violation of our civil liberties. But in an age…
  • Can’t Vote in Texas

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Our Bill of Rights guarantees us personal freedoms and liberties among which are the freedoms of speech, religion, and press etc. But I would argue that the most important freedom our system of government grants us is the right to vote. If taken away, that right would alter our society in a much more fundamental way than any of the others. Last year the Supreme Court chose to overturn a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since then several states have passed, or attempted to pass, strict voter ID laws. Some view the motivation behind these laws as political. In this episode we…
  • The Real Solution to ISIS

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barack Obama is the 4th consecutive US president to order military operations in Iraq. Our actions in all of the other conflicts have laid the foundation for the next one to arise. How can we take the proper measures this time around to see to it that history is not repeated? President Obama has our articulated our goals in Iraq as “degrading and destroying” ISIS. But what does “destroying” ISIS mean? Is it possible to truly destroy ISIS without solving, or at least addressing, the underlying Sunni-Shia conflict has set the conditions for the rapid growth of the…
  • Small Government and Ebola

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For the past 30 years we have been debating whether big government is the source of many of our problems. The overriding narrative has been that we have to do everything in our power to shrink the size of government and its role. Yet whenever disaster strikes government is one of the first places we look to for accountability. Should government be responsible for national relief efforts for disasters? If so, do we need to change the terms of the debate from small vs. big government to how much government should we pay for? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    For years many believed that the main contribution of the internet to the world would be economic; the fact that entrepreneurs and small business owners could compete with the biggest retail players in the market. But what if the main contribution of the internet turns out to be political? What if the internet turns out to be a more powerful weapon of revolution than a weapon of trade? Protests have erupted in Hong Kong over the last week over the decision by the Chinese government to allow only candidates that have been vetted by them to run for leadership. The government is downplaying the…
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    US Daily Review

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Ebola: ‘Consequence of Deforestation and Climate Change’

    brionnamuyco
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    By USDR The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted on its website an article that claims Ebola is a “direct consequence” of man made climate change. The article also stated that the virus specifically threatens conservation efforts focused on ape and monkey populations in Africa, including Guinea, one of the countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak and where the U.S.-run Chimpanzee Conservation Center is located. “The larger conservation connection, however, is perhaps less obvious: Ebola appears to be a direct consequence of deforestation and human disturbance,” the article…
  • Video: First Lady’s Fans Say School Lunch Standards Shouldn’t Apply to Food Stamp Recipients

    brionnamuyco
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    By USDR     At this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, I decided I would ask some of the attendees about the school lunch standards that Michelle Obama has led the charge in mandating for throughout the country.     But, when I asked them if they would support applying the same standards to Americans who are on government assistance programs like food stamps, they were far less enthusiastic.     “I don’t think that’s the government’s job,” one women objected. “I don’t know if I…
  • School Nutrition Assn.: New Standards Hike Costs $1.2B, Prompt Million Lost Participants

    brionnamuyco
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By USDR     The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is bemoaning how new school lunch standards have a cast a pall on National School Lunch Week (October 13-17).     The new standards are causing schools to employ creative marketing techniques to address the higher costs and declining participation prompted by the new standards, SNA said: “These efforts to promote fruits, vegetables and other nutritious choices included in school meals are more critical than ever as school meal programs face challenges, including declining lunch participation and revenue, escalating food…
  • Weight Loss Surgery More Effective Against Diabetes than Believed

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo by Jasmine Kaloudis                                           By USDR    For those living with severe obesity, type 2 diabetes is one of the major health risk that poses a serious threat to the length and quality of their lives, increasing the risks of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.   With such very real medical concerns, doctors have long since advocated weight loss surgery as  the best option available for obese people to take control of their health against…
  • USDR Newsstand: What We Are Reading

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
                  By Tanvi Acharya, Associate Editor     Our periodical feature of what our editors, contributors, and readers are recommending.     1) Apple Pay: The Real World Test  – With Google wallet already making electronic payments commonplace, Apple takes on its competitor with the new Apple Pay feature, part of iOS 8. See how Apple fares in the daily application test. From Mashable.com     2) IRS explained - Remember Lois Lerner defending the actions of IRS? The article shows a well-illustrated infographic that…
 
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    The American Patriot

  • D’oh! Anthony Weiner on twitter….again.

    The American Patriot
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Go read at Gawker.  The first comment from the story: oh — he understands twitter. it’s marriage, he’s a bit fuzzy on. haha!  
  • But, when America does it, it is perfectly fine

    The American Patriot
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I read with slight bemusement Ed Morrissey’s piece on ISIS,  which is another name of Al-Qaeda, which you can click here to read; supposedly having chemical weapons in Iraq. I also read how horrible it is and so forth. Which leads me to ask a simple question: Was it just as horrible, when the United States used bombs with depleted uranium in them against the Iraqis when we invaded that Country in 2003? …and don’t tell me there was none of that; it has been confirmed many times over in photo documentation and in reporting on the ground there. What also bemused me, is the…
  • UPDATED: Memo to Bristol Palin: Quit with the victimhood routine!

    The American Patriot
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:12 am
    Update #2: Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo agrees and gives his take on Bristol Palin’s faux victimized status. ——– Original Story is below: As you all know, audio of the Palin brawl was recently released. Now, Bristol Palin is now posting on her blog, whining about how the mean ol’ meanie liberal media is picking on her. I got three words for ya babe: Poor freaking’ Baby! Okay, here is the deal and this is why I do not buy this silly idea that the Palins are being picked on by the liberal media.  Now, keep in mind, the Palin family is an a-typical…
  • BREAKING NEWS: TERRORIST ATTACK IN CANADA (Coming to America?)

    The American Patriot
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Here is live video from CBC: Memeorandum has the round-up. HotAir.com has video of the parliament shooting: Folks, ISIS is no joke, neither is radical Islam. It’s time to stop acting like Islam is not threat to freedom.
  • Audio: Palin family talk about brawl to police.

    The American Patriot
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Remember that Brawl that involved the Palin family that I told you about? Well, here’s the audio: (WARNING: LANGUAGE! NOT SAFE FOR WORK!) CNN, Radar Online, and Mediaite have the story. There is no denying it; that is Sarah Palin, Bristol, and Willow’s voices. Sarah Palin has been mum about it, which is stupid, why not just tell the truth about it?  
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Jefferson County's Revisionist Fight Within The Larger Battle Over Curriculum

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

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

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

    Kyle Graczyk
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Notice: Here's my first regular blog post in quite a while, unaffiliated with the Government Accountability Project or other organizations. I wanted to pick a pertinent topic, and I hope you agree that I have. Enjoy the following article.             Samuel Huntington’s 1996 seminal book The Clash of Civilizations And The Remaking of World Order can be summarized by this brief phrase: “Culture Matters.” Indeed, nothing has changed since the early days of a post-Cold War world—a growing number of people around the globe are developing stronger ties with…
  • Whistleblower Summit For Civil & Human Rights Echoes King's Call For Truth

    Kyle Graczyk
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Notice: This is my last post on behalf of the Government Accountability Project, which recaps the climax of the campaign that I had the chance to contribute towards. A new post will be released around Labor Day weekend, so keep your eyes peeled at that time. Hope you enjoy this entry. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”                       …
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    With October drawing to a close, we bring you the final Weekly Compete Pulse of the month! Here are five of our favorite articles from the past week. If you missed them, here’s your chance to get caught up on the world of digital marketing! Online Retailers Positioned To Take Bite Out Of Pet Sales Things are a-changing in the pet care industry. With the comparatively low cost of entering the ecommerce stratosphere, physical stores are battling some serious competition. Online-only stores are taking off within the industry and have seen strong traffic growth. Read more on the Millward Brown…
  • Online-Only Retailers are Positioned to Take a Bite Out of Pet Sales

    Jason Caine
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    The continued growth of ecommerce in CPG and grocery categories is creating a host of new challenges for both retailers and CPG brands. The relatively low cost of entry into ecommerce versus traditional brick and mortar retail businesses has resulted in dozens of new online retailers across CPG categories. For example, the razor category has gotten a lot of attention recently, where DollarShaveClub.com has grown from nothing to almost 800,000 shoppers a month in just two years. For consumers, the convenience of ordering regularly purchased items online represents a significant opportunity for…
  • Sunday Series: Test Prep Sites Score Well

    Laura Cantwell
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    It’s fall, and for high school seniors that means one thing: college applications. In September the sites in our test preparation category saw strong MoM growth, particularly those that focus on college admission tests. Collegeboard.org did well last month. Up 35% in traffic from unique visitors, the site made its way into the top 1000 sites, pulling in with a Compete Rank of #946. The SAT-focused page of the website, sat.collegeboard.org, received s total of 1,175,734 UVs in September. The website associated with the other prominent college admissions exam, actstudent.org, saw substantial…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    In this edition of the Weekly Compete Pulse, we’ve featured a few of our favorite email marketing, content marketing, and overall digital marketing articles. If you missed any of them on our feeds this week, take a look at them below! What Really Makes a Digital Ad ‘Premium?’ Advertising Age is reestablishing their definition of “premium” ads within the confines of context and content. To educate yourself on their take on the term, and to learn their three things that advertisers need to consider in order to optimize their premium ads, check out the article. Email Marketing…
  • Sunday Series: US Open Serves Up Some Heat

    Laura Cantwell
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    With the release of September data comes a new list of fast moving categories! Topping the list is tennis, with several related sites seeing a dramatic increase in traffic in September. Likely, this is due to the US Open, which began in August and awarded its champions during the September 8 finals. Traffic to usopen.org increased significantly in September, up 330.51%. The site saw its annual spike in traffic last month jumping from under 400,000 unique visitors in August to 1.7 million in September (up from 1.3 million in September 2013). Moreover, average stay has dramatically lengthened…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • Illinois Senatorial Election: The Combine At Work

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

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Kaufman County Tea Party                                                                              KaufmanCountyTParty.org 214.724.0337 RayMyers24@yahoo.com Forney, TX: America’s toughest sheriff, the honorable Joseph M. Arpaio, is coming to Texas and will be the keynote speaker at the Kaufman County Tea Party’s 2014 “Don’t Mess with Texas” Fundraiser and Silent Auction, to be held at the First Baptist Church of Forney on September 20th at 7:00 PM.  In a time when many conservatives are intimidated by…
  • Pot Rot

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Three states have legalized marijuana with the blessing of the Obama administration.  Even the governor of Texas has dipped his toe into incremental legalization by expressing support for decriminalization. This country is in a fight for its very survival. We have a president who is a communist and hates America He is doing everything he can to undermine and destroy our Constitution. Unemployment and gas prices are through the roof. Unless Israel intervenes, Iran will soon have the bomb. We are being overtaken economically and militarily by other countries who hate us as much as our…
  • Sur-prise! Sur-prise!

    Terrell AronSpeer
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You need to read the title with a Gomer Pile accent to get where we are going with this piece.  The picture introducing this article was emailed to me by a friend.  The image is of an ISIS jihadist placing an order at a Jason’s Deli in Houston Texas.  Although I cannot authenticate the picture myself, I like the fact that the post is dated, rare in any email article.  I also like that the geographic location of the incident mentioned is specific.  View the original article (here).  Also, in the photograph, one can clearly see the clerk at the named Jason’s Deli.  Someone from this…
  • FED Chair Yellen’s Latest Speech Is A Shell Game With An Invisible Pea

    Lee Cary
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    By Lee Cary Janet Yellen’s August 22, 2014 speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was a verbal shell game with an invisible pea. The first paragraph in Yellen’s speech began with this sentence: “In the five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has made considerable progress in recovering from the largest and most sustained loss of employment in the United States since the Great Depression.” Then, the first paragraph ended with the admission that “…five years after the end of the recession, the labor…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Beyond Oil And Gold Prices

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Local Editor | Is It A U.S.-Saudi Plan To Punish Oil-Rich Russia And Iran?Gold prices are high these days, while oil prices are witnessing an accelerated dropping.Chart: Gold prices in the last 30 days (source: Gold.org)With the U.S. on track to become the world’s largest oil producer by next year, it’s become popular in Washington and on Wall Street to call America the new Saudi Arabia. Yet the real Saudi Arabia hasn’t relinquished its role as the producer with the most influence over oil prices. Its reserves of 266 billion barrels, ability to pump as many as 12.5 million barrels…
  • Israeli Rightists Hold Anti-Palestinian Demo At Light Rail Station

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Dozens of Israeli rightists late Thursday protested at the site of a suspected attack which left a three-month-old baby dead, witnesses said.Protesters held aloft signs reading "Death to Arabs!" and "Revenge" by the Ammunition Hill light rail station in Sheikh Jarrah.Israeli rightists hold anti-Palestinian demo at light rail station (© Ma'an News Agency )There were reports of attempted assaults on Palestinians as they crossed the road in the area, with Israeli forces deploying to prevent such incidents.Israel immediately labeled the incident on Wednesday as a "terrorist" attack, while the…
  • Documentary Film | NeoConservatives: Changing American Politics

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Why is it that no matter whether Democrats or Republicans win the presidency, our country continues to suffer? The answer to this question reveals a stealthy shift that has occurred in American politics involving both parties, resulting from a shift of the NeoConservatives from one party to the other.
  • The U.S. War On Terrorism

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Not only did the “world change” on that day, but the lexicon of that world changed as well. Phrases like ‘war on terror’ and ‘axis of evil’ became the new stereotypes of American foreign policy. Al-Qaeda went from legitimate enemy to a scapegoat-like collective term for anything the White House and Pentagon wanted to achieve. More money? Yes, it’s necessary to continue the war on terror. More troops? Yes, to battle Al- Qaeda and prevent attacks on American soil. Since 2001, the military’s cumulative spending has reached a staggering $6 TRILLION. The war in Iraq has so far cost…
  • How To Blog?. And How To Be Successful Blogger?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    There is no specific formula for creativity. However, there are many tips and techniques that being acquired by experience and curious 'learning', but first of all, I believe that the process is accumulative and not just like easy.1. Be Patient:Patience is, by far, the second most important factor. Every e-author or editor or blogger wants to deliver his/her 'message' to audience. Nevertheless, Google has changed its searching 'algorithm' this year (2014), so new bloggers must be patient to guarantee "on-ground feet" within millions of websites.2. Original Content:Don't steal contents. Search…
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    BizPac Review

  • 82-year-old ‘black grandma’ shreds ‘anti-Christian’ Democratic party on C-SPAN

    Tom Tillison
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    A still sharp 82-year-old black grandmother, a Democrat, called into C-Span recently to offer her two cents on the state of her party and it wasn’t pretty. More importantly, the woman, identified as Joyce, told “Washington Journal” host Greta Brawner she voted straight Republican this year. “I have noticed in years what the Democratic Party has done to my people,” Joyce said. “Unemployment is higher in the black community than anywhere else.” But she didn’t stop there, Joyce went on to express her disappointment on issues like religion,…
  • See how fast bystanders tackle awful man at Dallas airport!

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Warning: very strong language. After lashing out and attacking an older traveler, this ridiculous man was taken down and shamed by other passengers at the Dallas airport. It’s a bizarre seven and a half minutes that’ll make you ask all kinds of questions about today’s America. Like, why does a TSA agent walk by a brewing altercation that other passengers are already filming with their cell phones? Why does the hateful man smile once he’s down on the ground? But you’ve got to watch all the way to the end to have your faith restored in your fellow man. The family at the end will bring…
  • Peanut vendor wows fans with amazing upper deck delivery

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    In the first game of the World Series this vendor scored a home run with his spot-on peanut toss waaaaaaay up to the upper deck of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Unfortunately for the Royals, it was one of the best plays of the game. The team lost to the San Francisco Giants 7-1.
  • Touchdown baby’s got game!

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This toddler is proof that the NFL has nothing to worry about when it comes to reaching younger fans.
  • Guy casually eats popcorn while cops try to stop suicidal neighbor from jumping

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    If you get hungry watching TV, then you’ll understand why this man grabbed some popcorn while watching his neighbor attempt suicide.  
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Q&A: Couple Look to Paul’s Example in Resisting Order to Perform Gay Marriages

    Kelsey Harkness
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and spend months behind bars. That’s the choice their Idaho town gave one Christian couple who have made marriage ministry their life’s work. Donald and Eyelyn Knapp, ordained ministers, are married to each other. Together, they have run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, since Ronald Reagan’s last year as president. “The Apostle Paul spent quite a bit of time in jail for his faith, so who am I to feel like I have any right to avoid the same thing?” Don Knapp…
  • This Infographic Shows How Obamacare Might Be Just One Big Expansion of Medicaid

    Kelsey Harris
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Spoiler alert! When it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare has proven itself to be one giant expansion of Medicaid. A new report released Wednesday reveals the total coverage increase for the first half of 2014. While total coverage increased by 8,538,327 individuals, enrollment in Medicaid accounted for 71 percent of that growth. Check out the infographic below for the full breakdown of the numbers.   Infographic by Kelsey Harris >>> The Full Numbers: Obamacare’s Enrollment Increase Mainly Due to Medicaid Expansion The post This Infographic Shows How Obamacare Might…
  • Meet the New Class Warrior in Chief

    Stephen Moore
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    We learned last week that new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is not so much our nation’s central banker as class warrior in chief.  In a widely publicized speech Ms. Yellen parroted all of the left’s talking points on the divide between rich and poor.  “The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me,” she lectured.  “It is no secret that the past few decades of widening inequality can be summed up as significant income and wealth gains for those at the very top and stagnant living standards for the majority.” Actually, that’s a…
  • Workers Stuck Paying Plush AFL-CIO Exec Salaries

    Jason Hart
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., used money taken from workers to pay its officers and employees an average of $89,328 during fiscal year 2014. Including every individual for whom AFL-CIO who reported a gross salary to the U.S. Department of Labor — from president Richard Trumka on down — the union coalition spent more than $35 million on compensation for three officers and 391 employees. In 26 states and the District of Columbia, private-sector workers can be forced to pay AFL-CIO affiliates as a condition of employment. Public-sector workers can be forced to pay union fees in…
  • How Grade Inflation Hurts College Students’ Futures

    Salim Furth
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    The scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is principally about academic dishonesty. But it highlights an institutional failure at almost all American colleges that dissuades students from pursuing the best career possible. Some academic departments systematically inflate students’ grades. And many of those departments give students the least rigorous preparation for the labor market. Part of college is learning what you’re good at. Students use freshman-year courses to gauge their interest and aptitude in different majors. A student who receives an A in writing and a…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Two cops suspended, 6 held in triple murder case in UP

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Sambhal (UP), Oct 25 (PTI) Two policemen were suspended and six persons arrested in connection with the triple murder case at Mumthal village in Banither area here, police said today. “Sub-Inspector of the area Prithvi Raj Singh and constable Pitambar Singh were suspended for laxity. Six persons named in the FIR filed by the son of one of the deceased were arrested last night,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Atai Saxena said.  A licensed rifle and a country-made weapon were seized from the arrested persons, he said. Three persons were shot dead and another injured…
  • Gadkari meets RSS chief, says no discussion on Maha politics

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
    Nagpur, Oct 25 (PTI) Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and discussed “important” issues but said there was no talk on politics in Maharashtra where BJP is in the process of government formation.  The meeting took place a day after Maharashtra BJP president Devendra Fadnavis, said to be a front-runner for the Chief Ministership, called on the RSS chief. The Lok Sabha MP from Nagpur came to Sangh building in Mahal in eastern part of the city on a two-wheeler.  “I met Sarsarsanghchalaji (Bhagwat). It was a routine visit during Diwali like…
  • Indian man jailed in US for groping woman in flight

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    From Lalit K Jha  Washington, Oct (PTI) A 62-year-old Indian man has been sentenced to eight months in jail by a US court for groping a woman seated next to him aboard a flight from Houston to Newark in March this year. Devender Singh, who lives in Louisiana, had last month pleaded guilty before District Judge Stanley R Chesler in Newark to an information charging him with abusive sexual contact.  In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Singh to serve two years of supervised release and required him to register as a sex offender. The incident happened in March this…
  • Indian-American gets award for ending domestic violence

    Niti PTI Bot
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    From Lalit K Jha  Washington, Oct 25 (PTI) Indian-American Attorney Anu Peshawaria has been awarded with the “Take Action against domestic violence Award” for her efforts to end domestic violence.  The annual award is presented by the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence in King County of the Washington State to several individuals or groups to recognise their remarkable efforts to end domestic violence in their communities. Peshawaria was given this award in recognition of her effort to end domestic violence in the community.  She has represented hundreds of…
  • Pakistan’s Anti-India Resolution follows Narendra Modi moves

    Mrityunjay Kumar
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    PM Narendra Modi discussing security scenario with three service chiefs. Latest Pakistan Parliament has passed an anti-India resolution in its National Assembly yesterday. BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy has called the resolution a desperate act. This follows an anti-India interview by discredited former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf where he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan. Last Week Amid repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan at Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the three service chiefs in the…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, this Mr. Churchill’s words could not be truer. Businesses utilizing cloud […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    This is the third piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the second piece here. The fact that ‘Time is Money’ applies today, just as it did the past. In contemporary computing environments, business agility to address customer needs directly translates to the success of your company. This is where the emerging software development […]The post The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Measurable and Important Benefits of DevOps

    JG
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    This is the second piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the first piece here. It is said that what cannot be measured cannot be managed. But how do you measure behavior or mindset? Therein lies the challenge with measuring DevOps. Much more than a buzzword, DevOps is about a mindset […]The post The Measurable and Important Benefits of DevOps appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing

    JG
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. The idiom “out of sight out of mind” is just as relevant […]The post Trust and Security Go Hand in Hand with Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions

    JG
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Software is eating the world, and especially the world of systems management.  As we evolve to a world of Infrastructure-as-Code, it becomes imperative the technology powering complex, web-facing applications be automated for high availability, compliance, and auto scaling.  Over the past several years at Logicworks, we built a dedicated team of DevOps experts who use […]The post Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Let’s Face It, Blacks Are Less Sophisticated Voters

    Casey Hendrickson
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Probably Hispanics and women too. Source: At the preliminary injunction hearing in July, before Judge Thomas D. Schroeder in the U.S. District Court for the ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guys Try On Ladies’ Sexy Halloween Costumes

    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
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  • Hillary Clinton Thinks Unicorns Create Jobs

    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs," she said. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, Oct. 24

    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Eight-Year-Old Turned an Interception Into a Touchdown — Then His Team Was Fined $500 and Coach Suspended for an ‘Absurd’ Reason | Video | TheBlaze.com ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, Oct. 23

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    New Information Released on Michael Brown Case – CBS St. Louis FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning shows ... [[ 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- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Midterm Election 2014

    Liberal Fix
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the political landscape for the upcoming 2014 Midterm elections.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: w/ VT State Senator David Zuckerman (Progressive Party)

    Liberal Fix
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature Vermont Progressive Party State Senator David Zuckerman. We will discuss progressive politics, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, and the success of Vermont's Progressive Party. Excellence in Progressive Radio.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website…
  • Liberal Fix Encore : Liz Accles of Community Food Advocates

    Liberal Fix
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Liz Accles, Executive Director for Community Food Advocates in New York City.  The discussion focuses on the problem with school aged children going hungry in NYC and the pursuit of a universal school meal program. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Raul Salazar, Program Manager for Quixote Village

    Liberal Fix
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Join us as we talk to Raul Salazar about Quixote Village. Quixote Village is a self-governing community of about 30 homeless adults, supported by Panza, a non-profit corporation built from local faith communities and friends. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal…
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    21st Century Wire

  • FALSE FLAG: Ottawa Shooting Attack Reveals Evidence of ‘October Drill’

    Shawn Helton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    21st Century Wire asks…Was the Ottawa shooting staged?IMAGE: ‘ When drills go live’ – Police squads gather in front of Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada (Photo o.canada.com)In Ottawa, on Wednesday, October 23rd, we were told that there was a shooting attack on the National War Memorial resulting in the death of soldier Nathan Crillo, followed by multiple shots at Centre Block in the government complex at Parliament Hill – but is that really the entire story?A number of evidence points have emerged which we will cover – that there was in…
  • ISIS in Lebanon: 20 Militant Gunman Attack Army Post, Repelled by Gov’t Forces

    21wire
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Concerns about the security of Lebanon, particularly the northern area around Tripoli – from a residential ISIS threat spilling over from neighboring Syria – have been lingering for some time now. This latest incident could signal more trouble ahead for the Lebanese…CBC reports: “Unlike in Syria or Iraq, the al-Qaeda-breakaway Islamic State group does not hold territory in Lebanon. But along with Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate, the Nusra Front, it has established footholds in remote mountains along Lebanon’s remote eastern border,…
  • NATO Pushes Baltic Front: Canadian Jets Intercept Russian Plane and Sweden’s ‘Russian Sub Hoax’

    21wire
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    21st Century Wire says…Now that NATO has firmly planted its feed in the southeastern European front by feeding arms and coordinating intelligence and logistics with the CIA-backed Ukrainian government in Kiev, military technocrats in the Belgian city on Mons have their sights set on the crucial northern Baltic front.According to NATO’s press office this week, Two Canadian CF-18 Hornet jets scrambled Monday from the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania – to intercept a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance plane. NATO claims the Canadian fighters shadowed the Russian craft for 15…
  • Rare Moment of Levity – Chicago Man Warns Obama: ‘Don’t touch my girlfriend!’

    21wire
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The US President briefly faced off with a Chicago man – who warned Obama over getting too flirty with his fiancé in the voting both. Obama finally loosened up this week, and it only took 6 years…Undoubtedly, he will go down in history as America’s “First Black President”, but critics will add how this POTUS also been one of the most divisive and sectarian politicians ever to occupy the White House.Historians may also remark that the first 6 years of the Obama presidency has been marked by how tight and retentive Obama normally is,…
  • NYC Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola After Returning from Guinea

    21wire
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Just when Obama’s new Ebola Czar thought it was safe to catch his breath, a new case springs up in the Big Apple.The latest Ebola case to hit American shores is Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who recently returned home after working in West Africa treating Ebola patients there – has found himself t o be the unlikely patient this week.UNLUCKY SAMARITAN: Dr. Spencer is the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US.Spencer, who in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, is said to have gone bowling on Wednesday night, prompting the NT…
 
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    MutantRambler

  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Why has noone from Antarctica ever visited this website? It’s been around for at least 5 years now and not one single person from Mcmurdo has fancied a quick gander. This leaves me very disappointed.Something else that leaves me disappointed, like a child looking for reason in the universe, is peoples adversity towards renewable electricity; especially Wind Turbines.In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m going to be bigging up some renewable energy generation over the next few minutes or until I get bored of writing and hit the post button. Something…
  • How to create a professional website logo.

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
  • Missing the point.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you. But, surely, if that person is smarter, prettier and better then they wouldn’t want to be you? They’re more than happy being a better human being than you will ever be.
  • Lets crack open some smokes and enjoy some premarital sex

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    I stumbled across a website the other day that really caught my eye, and no, for once this wasn’t anything to do with pornography. Nip your browsers over to http://wilstar.com/smokefree/ and enjoy the anti smoking information for a few minutes before coming back here. We’ll wait for you don’t worry. The information provided on this website is just one of many that are online perpetrating the information that smoking is bad for you and that its all totally 1960′s and we as a species should have grown out of it by now. I always find it interesting that these websites are all written…
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    The Politic

  • Don’t Count on the Mailman

    JP Meredith
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A switch to all-mail voting won’t necessarily be a boon for Colorado Democrats.
  • At a historical crossroads, Brazil should embrace change

    Gabriel Fritsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Thursday, June 20th 2013. We were all there, together with the 2 million people in the streets of 22 different cities around Brazil. It was one of the largest public demonstrations in the country’s history.
  • Dan Malloy Talks Politics over Pasta

    Hedy Gutfreund
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    “Want to grab a meal sometime?” is probably one of the most ubiquitous phrases at Yale, but most people probably haven’t asked it of the Governor of Connecticut.
  • US Climate Change Envoy: The Clock is Ticking

    Riddhima Yadav
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    The address by Stern, who has been the lead negotiator for the US at global climate talks since 2009, comes at a crucial time for climate negotiations.
  • Alibaba Unveiled: Inside China’s E-Commerce Giant

    Stephanie Saunderson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In the light of a highly successful IPO recently, Stephanie Saunderson takes a better look at the company synonymous with online business in China.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Road To 42

    guanyinmiao
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On a whim I signed up for the Standard Chartered Marathon in December, when I completed my internship in July. It was going to be tough, the full marathon, but it was on the bucket list after all. I downloaded a 16-week running plan off the Internet (which called for four running sessions a week, of increasing durations), read up a little on dietary tips, and assured myself that this was just an extension of my weekly routine. Continue reading →
  • Philanthropy As Civic Engagement

    guanyinmiao
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this vein StarHub has taken a good step forward. Around the world (corporate) philanthropy has evolved from basic relief to improvement, to social reform, and then to civic engagement. The telco has identified an underlying challenge – one that makes it hard for students from low-income households to be plugged into the technological infrastructure of schools, for instance – with a solution which ties in neatly with its business operations. The 500 beneficiaries from five charities StarHub has helped may pale in comparison to the 150,000 households in Singapore who “have no computer,…
  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
  • I Am Thankful

    guanyinmiao
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I take things for granted. I used to have a #3thingstobegratefulfor hashtag on Twitter, but I lost interest after some time. The hashtag lost its meaning too. Far too often I focused on the superficial and events which happened outside my routines, and there were days when I – ironically – scraped for things to … Continue reading →
  • Of Information And Communication

    guanyinmiao
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    That the government is trying out different means to “simplify information and provide as much information as possible to the people” (TODAY, Oct. 11) is encouraging, though whether Singaporeans have adequate access to information is in question. This is not necessarily about the supply or presentation of information – because the government could point to quantitative data on Statistics Singapore, its fact-checking site Factually, as well as parliamentary speeches made by ministers – but about the utility of such information. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Lone Wolves and Security

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    A lone assailant burst into Canada’s Parliament building this week and went on a shooting rampage. He had already killed one guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa and threatened to kill several more before being by Parliament security forces. The assailant had tried to travel to Syria to join extremist groups there. Authorities believe frustration over his delayed passport application led to the rampage. There is concern and outrage over the government surveillance programs that have been revealed over the past year; many believe they are a violation of our civil liberties. But in an age…
  • Can’t Vote in Texas

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Our Bill of Rights guarantees us personal freedoms and liberties among which are the freedoms of speech, religion, and press etc. But I would argue that the most important freedom our system of government grants us is the right to vote. If taken away, that right would alter our society in a much more fundamental way than any of the others. Last year the Supreme Court chose to overturn a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since then several states have passed, or attempted to pass, strict voter ID laws. Some view the motivation behind these laws as political. In this episode we…
  • The Real Solution to ISIS

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Barack Obama is the 4th consecutive US president to order military operations in Iraq. Our actions in all of the other conflicts have laid the foundation for the next one to arise. How can we take the proper measures this time around to see to it that history is not repeated? President Obama has our articulated our goals in Iraq as “degrading and destroying” ISIS. But what does “destroying” ISIS mean? Is it possible to truly destroy ISIS without solving, or at least addressing, the underlying Sunni-Shia conflict has set the conditions for the rapid growth of the…
  • Small Government and Ebola

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For the past 30 years we have been debating whether big government is the source of many of our problems. The overriding narrative has been that we have to do everything in our power to shrink the size of government and its role. Yet whenever disaster strikes government is one of the first places we look to for accountability. Should government be responsible for national relief efforts for disasters? If so, do we need to change the terms of the debate from small vs. big government to how much government should we pay for? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Hong Kong on YouTube - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    For years many believed that the main contribution of the internet to the world would be economic; the fact that entrepreneurs and small business owners could compete with the biggest retail players in the market. But what if the main contribution of the internet turns out to be political? What if the internet turns out to be a more powerful weapon of revolution than a weapon of trade? Protests have erupted in Hong Kong over the last week over the decision by the Chinese government to allow only candidates that have been vetted by them to run for leadership. The government is downplaying the…
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… Hurricane and Jordan

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Okay so maybe it was that they were only doing their job, but looking at the track record of previous security mishaps... and the AWARD goes to... The latest EBOLA screwup from a medical professional who should have known better.... and the AWARD goes to... For getting with the times, breaking with tradition and sending her very first tweet out... and the AWARD goes to... For telling the truth even though it hurts. The quote of the week, and the AWARD goes to... Using your stardom, money and fame to get away with murder, and the AWARD goes to... Telling the truth even though it sounds…
  • 20,000 Physicians Can’t Be Wrong! & The Story of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    81% of physicians report that they can NOT take any new patients. People are now using the ER as the local doctors offices causing an overload in the Emergency Room, God forbid you have a real emergency! Dr. Alfred Bonati joins us to discuss the latest in healthcare. You must stay tuned at 21:26... Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell discusses his life changing experience.
  • The Award Goes To… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Never let a good crisis go to waste - especially when you can use if for a good purpose... and the AWARD goes to…  Big corporate greed and the dumbest PR move... and the AWARD goes to…  To the most populous country in Africa, a glimmer of hope to have possibly beaten the deadly Ebola virus.... and the AWARD goes to…  For bringing the umbrella back in vogue again and for giving an entirely new purpose to this useful product... and the AWARD goest to… For protecting the youth of America from devious computer activities... and the AWARD goes to……
  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
  • The Award Goes To… British Prime Minister David Cameron

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    To be willing to put a vote to the people, knowing full well that you could come out on the losing end... and the AWARD goes to... For standing up to islamic militant thugs that are out to destroy the world... and the AWARD goes to... Buckling under pressure because it's the PC thing to do... the AWARD goes to...  For bringing the most insensitive product to market... it reminded people of a 1970's massacre in a bad way... and the AWARD goes to... For learning the hard way that the coverup is always worse than the crime... the AWARD goes to...  A multibillion dollar corporation that…
 
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    Citizens News

  • Surprise! That Russian Submarine in Stockholm Got Away From the Swedish Navy

    Liberty Bell
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign PolicyThe post Surprise! That Russian Submarine in Stockholm Got Away From the Swedish Navy appeared first on Citizens News.
  • FEC Continues Push to Censor Political Speech on the Net

    Liberty Bell
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Written by The PJ Tatler The three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission have failed once again to impose draconian new rules that would stifle political speech on the internet. In a 3-3 vote — with the three Republicans voting against the new rules — Democrats were thwarted in their efforts to impose strict reporting […]The post FEC Continues Push to Censor Political Speech on the Net appeared first on Citizens News.
  • JOE DAN IS BACK AND GUT PUNCHES

    Liberty Bell
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE the Dems hard.  The list at the end, if it was 1776, would have caused our Founders to hung the guilty, flog the rest, and exile their asses!The post JOE DAN IS BACK AND GUT PUNCHES appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Another Dem, Another Race Card

    Liberty Bell
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Written by Rhymes With Right But Senator Patrick Leahy does sort of reflect my POV on the notion of having another African-American president. TAVIS SMILEY: Those who are pushing for these tough ID laws, there are those who cherish their right to vote, in part because, including the Supreme Court, I might add. Whose argument […]The post Another Dem, Another Race Card appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Gay Congressman Has Something Else on his Mind

    Liberty Bell
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Written by GayPatriot I guess he just really, really loves Democracy. Click here to view the embedded video. [HTWZ]The post Gay Congressman Has Something Else on his Mind appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Shooting On Parliament Hill In Ottawa !!! UPDATED

    leftdog
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
     - There have been 3 separate shooting incidents in and around the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada. Details are sketchy. Early reports that Soldier at War Memorial has died from attack.- At least two people were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire on Parliament Hill and the nearby cenotaph.- An arrest has been made.- One victim appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR.- Another body is reported to be on the ground just outside the Library of Parliament. Dozens of shots were heard.- Two men were seen jumping from a Toyota Corolla, followed by dozens of…
  • Canada's Corporate Welfare Bums Sitting On $575 BILLION Hoard Thanks To Harper Conservatives Tax Cuts ....

    leftdog
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congress says in a report issued Tuesday.While most individual Canadians don't earn enough to pay off their taxes until sometime in late June, the labour group says the country's businesses will have reaped sufficient revenue to pay their year's share by Jan. 30.The calculation is for 2011, but the CLC says that was two days earlier than in 2010 when it came on Feb. 1, and notes that it was not long ago when so-called "corporate tax freedom day" came much later…
  • Under A Harper Conservative Government, When Canada Talks To The World ... No One Listens Anymore ...

    leftdog
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Stephen Harper Mocked Over Empty UN General Assembly For His Speech
  • Andrew Scheer Is The WORST House Of Commons Speaker In The Entire History Of Canada's Parliament!!

    leftdog
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
     Speaker Scheer and the death of ParliamentBy Montreal SimonFor years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent.They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.For this is what happened when Tom Mulcair rose to ask this question about Canada’s mysterious mission in Iraq:“Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister has failed to answer clear…
  • Harper Refuses To Answer ANY Questions On Iraq Mission - Partisan House Of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer Refuses To Follow Rules Of The House!!

    leftdog
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Speaker Andrew Scheer is so completely in the pocket of the Prime Minister's Office, he will not follow the Rules of the House and require the Conservative Government to adhere to some sane relevancy when answering questions in Question Periond.  SHAME ON SPEAKER SCHEER!!!Tue, Sep 23: "NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair wanted to talk about Canada’s military mission in Iraq. Conservative MP Paul Calandra wanted to talk about a NDP fundraiser’s inflammatory comments about Israel. What followed was an utterly bizzare exchange which ended with Mulcair questioning the Speaker of the House’s…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Creepy Costume Idea: Zeman the Drunk Czech President

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    When picking your Halloween costume there is a lot to consider.
  • Genius Ideas: Funding the CDC

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Despite the CDC’s budget being 188% larger than it was in 2000, and 25% heftier since Obama took office the government swears up and down that the reason there have been so many Ebola missteps is purely budgetary.
  • Creepiest Massage: Slithering Snakes to De-Stress

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Yup, today’s dose of creepy is on the raved about benefits of a snake massage, but no, we promise we won’t be making the obvious Anthony Weiner or happy ending jokes----that would be simply too gross.
  • Taxpayer Horror: WebMD Obamacare Payout

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The next time you decide to use the World Wide Web to diagnose that tumor or ulcer, you might want to keep the following in mind. Last month, it finally came to light that the site with the fastest cancer trigger on the internet, WebMD was given a reasonable $13,932,914 to promote the Affordable Care Act through the Health Care Priorities Educational Initiative.
  • 2014’s Top Adult Trick or Treat Bags

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    Last year, the Obamacare bag was all anyone in the medical industry could talk about, but if you plan on going door to door peddling your Mitch McConnell wares (a truly horrifying thought) or just counting your neighbors’ sick, you’ll want to carry one of these babies.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Christianity in the Middle East

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A Paper by Georges Dorlian, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Balamand, Lebanon, presented at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 27, 2014The Christian presence in the Middle East has created, throughout centuries, a unique phenomenon which grew on the margins of non-Christian States and among them. It is worth mentioning that the Christian presence was neither incidental nor recent, for its roots date back to the time before Islam had appeared as a religion which later became a vastly expanded State.Click here to read more
  • Gandhi for Today: Self-Rule, Non-Violence, Struggle for Justice

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    A Paper by Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum, presented at a Plenary Session of the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014 The central topic of this session is the work of Gandhi (and at least one of the thinkers who influenced him: Leon Tolstoy). Gandhi’s work is sprawling, it comprises over 100 volumes. These books deal with a great variety of themes; I want to focus here on one area of his life and work which, however, is central and overshadows the rest: the area of politics and political action. I title my talk: “Gandhi for Today”—because it is not enough just…
  • Gusi Peace Prize to be Awarded to Professor Hans Köchler

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    President of International Progress Organization again honoured for his civil society initiatives.Manila / Vienna, 22 October 2014RE/25172c-isIn an official communication addressed to Prof. Hans Köchler, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gusi Peace Prize International, Amb. Barry Gusi, announced that Professor Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization, will be awarded the Gusi Peace Prize for 2014. According to the Chairman, Prof. Köchler receives the prize in recognition of his contributions, as philosopher of law, to the peaceful solution of international…
  • The Musical Olympus Festival Returns to Berlin with the Motto “Music – for Peace”

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    On November, 14, 2014 the Musical Olympus Festival will present its participants on stage of the Chamber Music Hall at the Berliner Philharmoniker. Last time the festival’s participants performed on this stage in 2011. On the gala night one of the best concert halls in Germany will host the stars of the Musical Olympus: Igor Yeliseev (double bass, Russia), Marc Bouchkov (violin, Belgium), Rémi Geniet, (piano, France), as well as tenor Mario Chang (Guatemala). All performers are prize winners of prestigious international musical competitions and participants of the Musical Olympus festival…
  • Helsinki and Paris – a New Security Architecture for the Euro-Asia Space

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.org1. Europe’s new schism?The continual crisis in Ukraine is perpetuating an East-West schism that was never overcome after the end of the Cold War. Even if there is no all-out war between the major powers involved in the Ukrainian conflict, Europe faces the distinct prospect of a permanent divide at its very heart. The EU increasingly looks like an annex to the United States, which has historically…
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    Patriots Movement

  • Conflict in the Brown Family over Profit

    Cal Sullivan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Most of us have followed the Michael Brown shooting and all of the race riots that have subsequently followed and still occur today. What we have not been following however is the the profiting attempts by the Brown family over the racial unrest that they and their radicalized sympathizers have stirred up over the shooting of their son. The family is now reportedly  battling each other for the rights to cash in on Brown’s death and all of the elements of the protest movement that sprung out from it. This includes items like T-Shirt sales and donations. In one recent incident…
  • Possible Terror Attack in NYC

    Cal Sullivan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Days after the Canadian Parliament was attacked by a lone wolf terrorist suspected to be working for ISIS a new event has come up. Yesterday an ax wielding man attacked four police officers (who we’re minding their own business) on a street corner in the great city. The attacker, 32 year old Zale Thompson, a Muslim who lives in Queens, was shot dead by police officers who we’re unattacked and reacted quickly. Two officers we’re injured with one of them suffering what has been described as a serious head wound. At a news conference at a hospital where one officer was being…
  • Second Police Officer Shot in Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Last night we reported that a police officer was shot in the arm when he interrupted a robbery in progress in the troubled town of Ferguson (MO). That event spurred a large scale protest mob containing an estimated 100 individuals outside the Ferguson Police Station shouting and chanting. Last night another attack on a police officer happened hours later when another officer came under attack in a drive-by attack leaving him with multiple injuries to his arm and face. It’s reported that the window to his squad car was smashed. The officer was sent to the hospital for evaluation with…
  • Officer Shot In Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Update: The injured officer was actually male and the structure involved was the Ferguson Community Center which the police conduct routine nightly checks on during their beat patrols. The suspect is still at large and a manhunt is underway.  More unrest in Ferguson (Mississippi) as a female police officer is shot while attempting to subdue a robber that she had caught in the act. At about 9:20 PM on Saturday the unnamed police officer was on her normal police beat and accidentally interrupted a would be robber breaking into a business. The robber fired one shot, hitting the officer in the…
  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
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  • 90 percent of Americans are poorer today than in 1987

    User Submitted
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The American Dream is slipping further away from the vast majority of Americans than it has in a quarter century. Now 90 percent of US households are poorer than they were in 1987, according to both a new study and the head of the Federal Reserve. “The new, harsh reality is that the bottom 90 ...
  • RINF Video: How an Establishment Paedophile Ring Leads to the Monarchy, MI5 & Rothschilds

    Mick Meaney
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It has long been alleged that the systematic abuse of children took place in the Kincora home at the hands of a paedophile ring thought to be linked to MI5. It has also been claimed that MI5 blocked police investigations into the abuse, who reportedly used the information of child abuse to blackmail, manipulate and ...
  • ‘Stop the Toxic Treadmill': EPA Sued for Approving Controversial Herbicide

    User Submitted
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Green groups slam the agency for green-lighting Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo, whose key ingredient 2,4-D is also found in Agent Orange Sarah Lazare Green groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its recent approval of Dow AgroSciences’ herbicide Enlist Duo, which farmers and scientists warn threatens human and environmental health. “The toxic treadmill ...
  • Revealed: Google’s links to US govt

    User Submitted
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    One of the world’s largest internet companies, Google ‘should be a serious concern’ internationally, WikiLeaks co-founder and Editor-in-chief Julian Assange says, revealing its connections and donations to the White House. “Google is steadily becoming the Internet for many people. Its influence on the choices and behavior of the totality of individual human beings translates to ...
  • Snowden’s Motivation: What the Internet Was Like Before It Was Being Watched, and How We Can Get There Again

    User Submitted
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    RAINEY REITMAN Laura Poitras’ riveting new documentary about mass surveillance gives an intimate look into the motivations that guided Edward Snowden, who sacrificed his career and risked his freedom to expose mass surveillance by the NSA. CITIZENFOUR, which debuts on Friday, has many scenes that explore the depths of government surveillance gone awry and the ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • In The West A Growing List Of Attacks, Linked To What? – OpEd

    Paul Woodward - War in Context
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Linked to “Islamic Extremism” says the headline in the New York Times. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, Martin Rouleau-Couture, Alton Nolen, Mohammad Ali Baryalei, Mehdi Nemmouche, Michael Adebolajo, Mohammed Merah, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad — all Muslims in the West, all involved in deadly attacks, all linked to Islamic extremism. The link is surely clear-cut, […] The post In The West A Growing List Of Attacks, Linked To What? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The ‘Politics’ Behind Oil Price Fall – OpEd

    Arab News
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    By Alsir Sidahmed It is no longer a issue of whispering in the corridors of the oil industry. It is now part of public debate. Is Saudi Arabia launching an oil price war in tandem with the US to undermine or at least weaken energy dependent adversaries Russia and Iran? The latest to join this […] The post The ‘Politics’ Behind Oil Price Fall – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Grand Mufti: Bogus Sick Leaves Are Sinful

    Arab News
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has issued a fatwa declaring the issuing and receiving of fraudulent medical sick leave certificates as sinful behavior. The grand mufti was reported as saying in the local media recently that medical professionals who issue the certificates and workers requesting them are sinners. These bogus reports result in businesses losing […] The post Grand Mufti: Bogus Sick Leaves Are Sinful appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • GCC Vows Tough Steps To Curb ‘Media Extremism’

    Arab News
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Gulf states are stepping up their awareness campaigns to alert young people about the dangers of extremism, said Kuwait’s Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah. He said the new ‘Gulf Awareness’ programs would adopt a different approach with the aims of moving youth away from extremist and harmful views. Al-Sabah’s remarks followed a meeting of […] The post GCC Vows Tough Steps To Curb ‘Media Extremism’ appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Jammu And Kashmir: A Dotted Line And A Blotted History – OpEd

    Mazhar Iqbal
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    For Jammu and Kashmir, the Line of Control (LoC) is not only a symbol of state interference in social life, but also an emotional object representing the importance of cross-border alliances. In this sense, areas along the LoC represent a social structure where state-owned military paraphernalia is considered a symbol of authority, not protection. By […] The post Jammu And Kashmir: A Dotted Line And A Blotted History – OpEd 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

  • Best of Gay D.C. Awards Party

    Damien Salas
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. Awards on Thursday. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) The Washington Blade held its Best of Gay D.C. XIII Awards Party at Josephine on Oct. 23, 2014. To see a full list of this year’s honorees, click here. (Washington Blade photos by Damien Salas)
  • Philippine advocates stage ‘Day of Outrage’ protests over trans murder

    Michael K. Lavers
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Philippine LGBT rights advocates on Oct. 25, 2014, took part in an “LGBT National Day of Outrage” protest in Quezon City, Philippines, to highlight ongoing outrage over Jennifer Laude’s murder earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Dindi Tan)Philippine LGBT rights advocates on Friday staged a series of protests throughout the country to express their continued outrage over the murder of a transgender woman allegedly by a U.S. Marine. The “LGBT National Day of Outrage” demonstrations over Jennifer Laude’s death took place in Quezon City, Olongapo, Cebu, Bacolod, Davao,…
  • PFLAG to change name

    Michael K. Lavers
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) on Friday formally announced it will change its name to reflect what it describes as the organization’s “inclusiveness.” The group on Friday formally unveiled its new name — PFLAG — during its annual membership meeting in D.C. PFLAG spokesperson Liz Owen told the Washington Blade the new name is the culmination of a two-year process during which the group’s board of directors was “listening to chapters and talking among themselves.” She said change and the subsequent rebranding that will take place in the coming months…
  • White House punts on extending further benefits to gay couples

    Chris Johnson
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deferred to the Justice Department on extending further benefits to same-sex married couples. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)If there’s new consideration to extend Social Security and veterans spousal benefits to same-sex couples in states without marriage equality, it doesn’t appear to be happening in the White House. In a response to question Friday from the Washington Blade, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deferred to the Justice Department on whether the administration is rethinking its position to withhold those…
  • Dedication to public service inspired my AG run

    Lateefah Williams
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Lateefah Williams (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) People run for public office for a number of reasons. For me, it’s personal. My family has first-hand experience with the impact that the legal system can make in protecting vulnerable residents. My grandmother, Ora Lee Williams, was a single mother of seven when she decided to fight back against a D.C. store that targeted low-income residents with predatory contracts in the landmark Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Company case. In that case, my grandmother purchased several items of furniture from Walker Thomas Furniture…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Woman Went to a Fox Farm for a Fur Coat, and Came Home With a Pet (Pics Included)

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I just love stories like this. When Natalia Gaintseva’s husband decided to gift her with a new coat and let her pick out her own fur, she went along with idea. So the Russian couple headed to a fox farm to choose the very skin that would soon, they thought, hang from her shoulders. But Natalia had no idea what she was in for. At the farm, she got to see the animals up close, and realized she could never be responsible for the killing of one of these gorgeous creatures. One fox, in particular, stole her attention. “When I saw her cowering at the back of the cage, I felt really sorry for…
  • How the NFL is Royally Screwing American Taxpayers

    Lady Freethinker
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Did you know the NFL is a nonprofit organization? So the same league that can afford to pay commissioner Roger Goodell a ridiculous $44 million per year doesn’t pay one cent of federal tax. But that nauseating fact, my friends, is not what this post is about – because it gets much, much worse. Where the NLF really sticks it to the taxpayer is in stadium costs. As I learned on NPR this morning (I’m a junkie), you and I shoulder the majority of funding for these behemoth structures. So while the $10-billion-a-year NFL machine profits like a bandit from games played in local…
  • This Newly Approved Pesticide Spells Doom for the Monarch Butterfly

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Does EPA really still stand for “Environmental Protection Agency?” From fracking-contaminated drinking water to unchecked air pollution at coal plants, protecting the planet doesn’t seem like the highest priority over there these days. And now that the EPA has approved a powerful new pesticide to help GMO crops survive,  monarch butterflies are more imperiled than ever – and for everyone (like me) who has cherished childhood memories of monarchs, this news is pretty grim. The new poison spray, called Enlist Duo and made by Dow AgroSciences, is meant specifically for…
  • These Are The World’s Happiest Countries (Think the US Made It?)

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The World Happiness Report has spoken, and this is how they rank the happiest countries in the world.  They weighed factors like longevity, social services and freedom – and although everyone has their own ideas of what makes people happy, the list is rather revealing. The original document is more than 150 pages long, but this graphic sums it up nicely (the report is actually about the happiest countries of 2013, but it just came out this year). And as you may have guessed, the U.S. is not one of the world’s happiest countries.
  • This Woman Was Gunned Down for Not Giving Out Her Number

    Lady Freethinker
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every woman — no matter what their size, color or facial features — knows what it’s like to be approached by a stranger demanding attention. And at that moment, the instinctual thought usually is, “how do I get out of this?” But no matter how awkward, demeaning or even scary that moment may be, I’ve never expected to be shot for rejecting a pick-up attempt. Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to 27-year-old Mary “Unique” Spears of Detroit. She had just left a funeral when a 38-year-old man started harassing her. “Can I get your name,…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Pollsters Say They Follow Ethical Standards, But They Aren’t So Sure About Their Peers

    Carl Bialik
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    For our second poll of leading U.S. political pollsters, we asked about ethics. The pollsters who answered, even those who asked for anonymity, said they follow basic ethical principles such as not copying others’ work or letting campaigns dictate results. But many held doubts about their peers’ ethics, and about the media’s ability to parse honest, good polls from dishonest, lousy ones.As with our first poll, we contacted the most active political pollsters in our database.1 This time, 24 responded, on questions about ethics and about FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings…
  • The Polls Might Be Skewed Against Democrats — Or Republicans

    Nate Silver
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    This year’s Senate election is close. Republicans have the clearer path to a majority, but it’s a treacherous one. Republicans are favored in Iowa and Colorado, for example, but not by much. If Democrats eked out victories in those states and picked up the seat in Kansas (by persuading independent Greg Orman to caucus with them), they could control 50 Senate seats and keep their majority. Democrats could also still pick up seats from the GOP in Georgia and Kentucky. And Republican gains in Arkansas and Louisiana are probable but far from certain.So, we’ve not quite reached the point…
  • Senate Control Could Come Down To Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel

    David Wasserman
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    A few weeks ago, the new moderator of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, took to his “Nerd Screen” to outline an unconventional way to think about the midterm political landscape. His theory: 2014’s hottest races are boiling down to big Democratic urban areas and inner suburbs with lots of Starbucks coffee shops versus heavily Republican exurban hinterlands and rural areas with lots of Chick-fil-A restaurants.6But after immersing myself in numbers, maps and, admittedly, a spicy chicken sandwich, I discovered a slight problem: Neither chain’s political geography fits…
  • Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error In Midterm Elections

    Carl Bialik
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we write about polls regularly, especially ahead of big elections like next month’s. We rate pollsters for their accuracy and whether they lean Republican or Democratic. And we use their work to inform our election model and Senate forecast.Now we’re polling pollsters, too.We wanted to see what the most prolific political pollsters had to say about their work, the election, their industry and where it’s headed. We reached out to 60 of the most active political pollsters in the country, and 26 took our survey.7In their responses, most pollsters predict…
  • Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Pittsburgh’s police force is at loggerheads with the city it serves. Since 1902, the city has required police officers to live within the city limits, but an arbitration panel recently ruled in favor of allowing officers to live within 25 air miles of downtown. City officials want the requirement to remain in place, as do the people of Pittsburgh, who voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last year to keep it.Residency requirements are hugely unpopular among police officers in Pittsburgh and in other cities with similar rules. Many cities and states have contested the constitutionality of…
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    kai arzheimer

  • Germany’s AfD has a racism problem

    Kai Arzheimer
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The rise of Germany’s new far right party AfD has been nothing but meteoric. Founded only months before the 2013 General Election, the party came tantalisingly close to the electoral threshold, delivering the strongest performance of any new party since the 1950s. Eight months later, they made it easily into the European parliament (outperforming the Liberals (FDP)), and this summer, they won representation in three East German state parliaments, further startling the establishment. The biggest problem for any far-right party in Germany is respectability: Any (open) display of extremist…
  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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  • Election 2014: Newest Ebola Case Revives Political Questions, Fears

    chris
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
     As a House committee looks into the Ebola response, Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly acknowledges the electoral implications. Ebola was fading as a problem for President Barack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

    chris
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
     The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hillarynomics: Businesses don’t create jobs

    chris
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Ed Morrissey,  If you have a job right now, don’t thank the company that hired you or the investors that created the company. According to Hillary Clinton, they didn’t build... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Naive Immigration Policy is a Existential Threat

    chris
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Ken Blackwell,   With planes being grounded in my home state of Ohio and hospital workers in Texas contracting Ebola, Americans now have stark examples of the danger of President Barack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Narrow Path to Victory: Dems fight to keep control of Senate in final week

    chris
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
     Amid all the predictions of a Republican-led stomping on Election Day, Democrats and the outside groups supporting them still see a path to victory and are planning a blitz in key states that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-24, Friday

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, October 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the unfolding Ebola fiasco, following news that a physician diagnosed with the disease visited various places in New York City after traveling through West Africa to help patients. Jones continues highlighting health authorities' various missteps, including the fact that NYPD officers dumped protective gear in the trash after visiting near the Ebola victim's apartment, and expounds on a Missouri physician's testimony that patients exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms are being “disappeared” at hospitals. On today's…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-23, Thursday

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, October 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex talks to a medical whistleblower who exposes current Ebola cases in America which are being covered-up by the government. Doctors and medical professionals are being told to refer to the cases as "malaria." Alex also covers the latest insanity from the climate change crowd as the Australian government funds a play centered on the murder of so-called deniers. Additionally, Alex examines the GOP votes flipped to Democrat and the supposed terror attack in Canada yesterday and how it is a staged Gladio event. Author and financial…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-22, Wednesday

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, October 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, David Knight unveils the impact the upcoming election could have on America, especially as Democrats brace for huge losses, including control of the U.S. Senate. Alex breaks down the latest developments of Ebola and victory in human health as the public begins to reject fast food. Anthony Gucciardi also covers other critical developments in health news. Additionally, a U.S. Border Agent says his department is not ready to guard the border from illegal immigrants who are infected with Ebola. Joining the show to break down this…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-21, Tuesday

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, October 21 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down how Obama's new “Ebola czar” Ron Klain is another enthusiastic advocate of population control who thinks there are too many people in Africa. Jones also discusses studies by U.S. Army scientists that found Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. On today's show, Alex welcomes former drug kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross, whose cocaine sources were revealed to have connections to the CIA in an expose by journalist Gary Webb. Also today, Jones also invites documentary filmmaker and There's…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-20, Monday

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, October 20 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the militarization of the domestic U.S. response to Ebola and the White House sabotage of an Infowars petition calling for a general strike if Obama and the federal government continue to allow flights to enter the United States from West Africa. Alex talks with investigative journalist, author and columnist Wayne Madsen about Ebola and recent revelations about the NSA and the surveillance grid.
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  • 3 ways this election could transform money in politics

    New America Foundation Weekly Wonk
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Mark Schmitt Mark Schmitt is director of the program on political reform at the New America Foundation. At least since the first "billion-dollar election," in 1996, money in politics has seemed like one of those perpetual problems that we wring our hands about but never fix. The numbers are always shocking, and the solutions always inadequate to the challenge. But skyrocketing numbers are only part of the story. We often focus on how money affects elections — and it does. But it's also true that elections affect the role of money and the influence it creates. The rise of intense…
  • How dozens of managers were conned into illegally strip-searching their employees

    Susannah Locke
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How far will people go to obey authority? The most powerful example may have come from a real-life con: prank calls that led dozens of managers at fast food joints and grocery stores to interrogate and strip search their own employees. But the most famous of these occurred in 2004, when a manager at a Kentucky McDonald's received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer. He told the manager that one of her employees was accused of theft. He instructed her to strip search the woman, an 18-year-old high school student. The manager did as instructed. Over the course of three…
  • Mindy Kaling got mistaken for Malala Yousafzai at the New Yorker festival

    Max Fisher
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Mindy Kaling is a 35-year-old American writer and comedian of Indian heritage, famous for TV shows The Office and the Mindy Project. Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year-old Pakistani activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of girls' education and who survived an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban. They are not the same person. That last fact would apparently come as a surprise to some people, including an octogenarian attendee at an after-party for this year's New Yorker Festival. That's according to this very awkward and very funny anecdote from a brief New…
  • Amnesty International finds "human rights abuses" in Ferguson, Missouri

    German Lopez
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    After Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, residents took to the streets to protest what many saw as yet another example of police mistreatment of black Americans. The situation quickly took a turn for the worse: law enforcement lined the streets in riot gear and toting military-grade equipment, threatening demonstrators and reporters with armored vehicles, sniper rifles, rubber bullets, tear gas, and other weapons normally seen in theaters of war. A new Amnesty International report, released on October 24, outlined some of…
  • How copyright law gives Amazon too much power over the book industry

    Timothy B. Lee
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I mostly agree with my colleague Matt Yglesias's argument that Amazon is doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers. But there's at least one way US law gives Amazon excessive power, to the detriment of publishers, authors, and the reading public: ill-conceived copyright regulations lock consumers into Kindle's book platform, making it hard for new e-book platforms to gain traction. To see why this is a big deal, it's useful to remember how things worked before Congress changed the law in 1998. In the late 1990s, before the iPod, a variety of startups were experimenting with…
 
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  • Canadian Terror Wave

    No Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
     As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies’ military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada – precisely as they were predicted.  The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, “Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack,” that: A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions…
  • Did the US Produce Airborne Ebola

    Robert Wenzel
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It has been my contention that the recent Ebola outbreak is likely the result of US military testing of Ebola gone awry.  SEE: THE PAPER TRAIL: The US Government Involvement in Developing Ebola as a BioWeapon Now more evidence has been brought to my attention of the alarming  nature of the Ebola testing going on by the US military. Apparently, the military has created an airborne version of Ebola and tested it on monkeys.\ A paper written by E. Johnson, N. Jaax, J. White, and P. Jahrling of US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Frederick, Maryland was published in…
  • What Are you Breathing?

    Edward Group
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Air pollution is a term that likely conjures images of industrial smokestacks and billowing plumes rising into the atmosphere. Those are certainly examples of air pollution but the oft forgotten truth is that the worst air quality you experience every day is most likely to be located right in your living room. Trapped, stagnant air and poor ventilation combine to create a toxic cloud inside the home. Here’s 10 facts everyone should know about indoor air pollutants and how to protect themselves and their family from the potential health dangers. 1. IAQ is a Top 5 Health Risk The United…
  • The Great Father’s Toxic Relationships

    Jack Perry
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Toxic relationships…we’ve all been there. But most of us have learned from them and start looking for the “red flags” before we commit. Not so with the Great Father. As everyone knows, the Great Father wrecked the car again over in Syria. He got drunk at the Arab Spring block party, met someone he got romantically interested in real fast, and plowed right into Bashir al-Assad’s house. The Great Father never learns—friends don’t let friends drive drunk. That’s why he was warned about trying to drive Syria after shotgunning a twelve pack of…
  • The Right To Discriminate

    Nicholas Freiling
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last weekend, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ordered the owners of a local wedding chapel to conduct same-sex marriages or face jail time. One-hundred-and-eighty days of jail time, to be exact, plus a $1,000 fine for each day they continue to decline. The chapel’s owners, ordained ministers, are suing on the grounds of religious freedom, saying the mandate forces them to contradict their religious beliefs. But while the religious freedom perspective on this dispute is probably better for the chapel’s public relations, this issue is just as much economic as religious. Without…
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  • Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything and Some Tangentially Related Thoughts on Basic Income

    gaurarader
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Sarah Jaffe did a really great interview with Naomi Klein on her new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. In the interview she mentions basic income, which to me really reinforced my thoughts that basic income is intimately connected with the shift to sustainability. In one sense it is a little disappointing because […]
  • Guinea Pigs, Basic Income, and Something for Nothing

    gaurarader
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    In speaking with people about basic income one common response is “Why should people get something for nothing? One response would simply be that civilization is essentially “something for nothing.” Here is the full quote from from James Harvey Robinson: “One cannot help but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase ‘getting something for nothing’, as if […]
  • Basic Income Week! (And My Top Posts On Basic Income)

    gaurarader
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This week is basic income week!!!!! There’s lots of cool stuff going on around the world to promote basic income. Check the International Basic Income Week website here. There’s also going to be a great series of over 20 Reddit AMAs on basic income with whole bunch of super awesome people (and me). Check out […]
  • America Needs A French Revolution!

    gaurarader
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Americans are strange. It’s not just fast food, (American) football, tailgating, nascar, big cars, bigger houses, huge portions, Walmarts, shopping malls,