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  • The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan

    New Republic
    Sean Wilentz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On Halloween night 1964, a twenty-three-year-old Bob Dylan spellbound an adoring audience at Philharmonic Hall in New York. Relaxed and high-spirited, he sang seventeen songs, three of them with his guest Joan Baez, plus one encore. Many of the songs, although less than two years old, were so famili
  • The Latest: Ebola in the United States

    The Atlantic
    The Editors
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak. Keep checking this page for all the latest updates on the crisis. All times Eastern October 30, 6:55 p.m. The Renegade Nurse: Kaci Hickox Defies Her Quarantine The nurse who protested her detainment in a New Jersey tent upon her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa is now defying a state-imposed home quarantine in Maine. Physically healthy,…
  • Google’s Analysis of Japan

    Paul Krugman
    By Paul Krugman
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The surprising wisdom of autocorrect.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    * Well, that took all of 24 hours: Secretary of State John Kerry is condemning remarks from an administration official who labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “chickenshit,” calling the comment “disgraceful” and “damaging.” “It is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging, and I think neither President Obama nor I — I’ve never heard that word around […]
  • Two Polls Show Tight Race in North Carolina

    Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Sen. Kay Hagan (D) leading challenger Thom Tillis (R) by one point in the U.S. Senate race, 47% to 46%.A new Rasmussen survey has Hagan leading by the same result, 47% to 46%.
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  • The Latest: Ebola in the United States

    The Editors
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak. Keep checking this page for all the latest updates on the crisis. All times Eastern October 30, 6:55 p.m. The Renegade Nurse: Kaci Hickox Defies Her Quarantine The nurse who protested her detainment in a New Jersey tent upon her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa is now defying a state-imposed home quarantine in Maine. Physically healthy,…
  • The Weather Channel's Climate Challenge

    Matt Schiavenza
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    John Coleman, a retired television meteorologist and founder of The Weather Channel, appeared on Fox News on Monday and claimed that he does not believe in climate change. "Well, there are 9,000 Ph.D.s and 31 scientists who have signed a petition that says [carbon dioxide] is not a significant greenhouse gas. Oh it's a teeny, itsy-bitsy greenhouse gas, but it's not in any way significant," said Coleman. "And we are sure of it. It's not like something I just made up or just thought of. I've studied and studied and studied." As it turns out, the Weather Channel doesn't agree. In a statement…
  • The Renegade Nurse

    Russell Berman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Kaci Hickox will not be caged. The nurse who protested her detainment in a New Jersey tent upon her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa is now defying a state-imposed home quarantine in Maine. Physically healthy, Hickox and her boyfriend went for a bike ride Thursday morning, taking both state troopers and a small army of reporters on a tour of New England's beautiful fall foliage on a brisk late October morning. As casual bike rides go, this trip was as defiant as they come. For the 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders nurse, it was a ride for science, and for civil liberties.
  • The Chipotlification of American Fast Food

    Adam Chandler
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    On Wednesday, Taco Bell launched a new mobile app that allows its customers to order and pay for their meals from the clinical distance of a smartphone. An app user would then be able to skip the line and pick up his or her "fourth meal(Taco Bell speak for "snack")upon arrival. The app even offers special deals and saves customers' favorite orders and payment settings, neatly kept for future bingeing. The publicity rollout for the app employed typical Taco Bell panache⎯the company downed its own website and blacked out its entire social media presence in promotion of the Live Más app.
  • When Kids Sext, Is It a Crime?

    The Editors
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/382123/when-kids-sext-is-it-a-crime/
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls: Seven gun fights on the ballot

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    At Mother Jones, Hannah Levintova writes 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day. Here's an excerpt, focusing on the first of the seven: No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords,…
  • Cartoon: Spooking the vote

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Ted Cruz slaps the dreaded 'Dole-McCain-Romney' label on Jeb Bush

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This isn't what Ted talks were supposed to be In an appearance Thursday morning on CNBC, noted 2016 clown car aspirant, recently former Canadian citizen, and current U.S. Sen. Ted "Calgary" Cruz of Texas took a question about whether he believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is too liberal to run for the GOP nomination: You know, Jeb has not declared his candidacy. I like Jeb. I'm a fan of Jeb Bush's. I'm going to let him decide if he's running first. So, good news for Jeb: Ted Cruz likes you. That said, if you felt like there was a "but" coming from Cruz, you won't be disappointed: But I will…
  • Midday open thread: Fewer fires but more fire-fighters, Tim Cook comes out

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Ernest Hemingway's new typewriter: Please take 30 seconds to bookmark this for election night: the Daily Kos Elections map of poll closing times for the entire country. That way, you can know when to start checking returns in each state as results roll in on Nov. 4. Note that all times are Eastern. If we turn out, we win. Chip in $3 to help Get Out The Vote for Daily Kos-endorsed candidates. Wired explains why it took 23 years to decide a piece of aluminum was part of Amelia Earhart's plane. The piece was found in 1991, but after long examination, it was…
  • Nope, not even Harvard study says millennials skewing GOP

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Nope, millennials aren't abandoning the Democratic Party. Question is whether they'll vote. The headlines yesterday were breathless: Harvard Crimson: IOP Poll Finds Declining Support for Obama among Millennials Daily Beast: New Harvard Study Finds the Door to Millennial Vote Is Open to GOP US News: Democrats Losing Grip On Young Voters, Harvard Poll Finds Christian Science Monitor: Millennial poll: Why the youth vote now leans Republican Newsmax: Hip to Be Red: In Harvard Poll, Millennials Want GOP Congress ABC News: Majority Of Millennials Turn On Obama, Favor a GOP-Led Congress Here's how…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • 'Stop the Violence' Activists Attack Ex-Roommate

    rcade
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Two "Stop the Violence" organizers in Washington, Pennsylvania, allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures. Arrested moments later, Ardeno was still wearing the same "Stop the Violence" T-shirt she had on the night before when she coordinated a march protesting two recent shootings, Washington Police Chief Chris Luppino said.
  • Eric Frein Caught in Pennsylvania

    gracieamazed
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Eric Frein, the suspect in the deadly ambush of a Pennsylvania state trooper, has been taken into custody after a month-long manhunt, the Pennsylvania State Police announced Thursday night. No details were immediately released about his capture. Frein allegedly opened fire outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing Trooper Bryon Dickson, 38, and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass, 31.
  • New Mexico Denies Voter IDs to Navajo 'Illiterates'

    rcade
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) has reportedly stopped issuing driver's licenses or photo identification cards used for voting to so-called "illiterates" who only speak the Navajo language. In a memo obtained by ProgressNowNM, Bureau Chief Aurora Lopez outlines the policy for MVD employees. "Agents are not allowed to read the questions on driver's applications to a customer," Lopez writes. "They would [need] a letter stating that they have a condition that falls under the [Americans with Disabilities Act] for us to read the questions."
  • All Verizon Mobile Devices Reveal User's Unique ID

    rcade
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Wired: Verizon Wireless has been subtly altering the web traffic of its wireless customers for the past two years, inserting a string of about 50 letters, numbers, and characters into data flowing between these customers and the websites they visit. The company --one the country's largest wireless carriers, providing cell phone service for about 123 million subscribers -- calls this a Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH. It?s a kind of short-term serial number that advertisers can use to identify you on the web, and it?s the lynchpin of the company's internet advertising program.
  • Border Militia Member Had Ammonium Nitrate, Guns

    rcade
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Federal agents found a box filled with what appeared to be ammonium nitrate -- which can cause major explosions — along with firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a search of the hotel room of militia member Kevin Lyndel Massey. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who searched Massey's hotel room in Brownsville after an Oct. 20 arrest, found an AK-47 with six loaded magazines, a loaded handgun, a ballistic helmet and several cameras, as well as the ammunition box filled with suspected ammonium nitrate and fuel, according to court…
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Messing With Texas

    Kay Steiger
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Today's must-read: Rick Hasen takes on putting Texas back under federal voter supervision.
  • Battle for Constitutiony Border Continues

    Josh Marshall
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Leader of self-styled 'militia' whose leaders took it upon themselves to start patrolling the US-Mexico border was arrested earlier this month. When feds searched his hotel room they found a big cache of weapons and a supply of ammonium nitrate which is of course used for making car bombs and other similar high explosive devices for freedom.
  • Thanks, Obama

    Josh Marshall
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    Columnist who wrote that Michael Brown was an "animal" who had to be "put down" is now "no longer employed" by his paper.
  • Get Ready

    Josh Marshall
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    It's Mitch's Revenge Obama: Kiss your executive appointments goodbye starting next year. Sahil Kapur has the story.
  • Meet the Newest Member of our Team

    Josh Marshall
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    I have some exciting news to announce. We've hired Nona Willis Aronowitz as our newest editor at TPM. Nona joins us in our New York City office after a year as an education and poverty reporter at NBC News Digital. Many of you are likely familiar with her writing at publications like The Atlantic, Washington Post, NYMag.com, The Nation, The American Prospect, Tablet, Rookie, Elle, and Marie Claire, among others. Nona was also an Associate Editor at Good during its all too brief heyday and cofounder of Tomorrow magazine. We are very excited about this hire and very excited about what we are…
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I'm always a little emotionally drained after writing, however briefly, about the South and race. But it's just amazing to me how quickly and willfully people forget extremely important things. Here are some remains of the day: * Glenn Greenwald & others at The Intercept explain Matt Taibbi's departure from First Look Media with unusual candor. * Mitch McConnell now saying sure he'd be happy to use reconciliation and its 51-vote threshold to kill or disable Obamacare. * Charlie Pierce writes long, eloquent argument against any presidential field--including the Democratic field for 2016--ever…
  • No Coincidences in Mississippi

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Jamelle Bouie read Sarah Varney's important piece at Politico Magazine about the disastrous non-implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Mississippi, and at Slate made the obvious connections that somehow aren't so obvious to conservatives who bridle at any suggestion that there's an iota of racism in their ranks. He summed it up very succinctly: Mississippi has poor social outcomes and a threadbare safety net. It also has—and has long had—the largest black population in the country. And it’s where slavery was very lucrative, and Jim Crow most vicious. This is not a…
  • Can the Tough Guy Kill 'Em At the Pizza Ranch?

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    In a meditation today on Chris Christie's famously unfriendly demeanor, Paul Waldman makes a distinction that really could matter if the New Jersey Guv does decide to run for president: [W]hat separates Christie from someone like Representative Don Young of Alaska, who has a strong case to win biggest jerk in Congress, a title for which there is no shortage of competition? The key lies in who find themselves targets of Christie's outbursts. Don Young grabs, threatens, or insults pretty much anybody who gets in his way. But Christie usually has some kind of substantive policy disagreement with…
  • The Last Big Economic Signal of the Cycle

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    For Democrats, it's a shame voter perceptions of the economy are apparently formed months in advance of elections, barring huge events. The final big official "signal" of how the economy is doing is reasonably positive and better than expected: GDP rose at an estimated 3.5% in the third quarter, following a 4.6% jump in the second quarter. As WaPo's Matt O'Brien points out, the current growth level is "mediocre" once you take out the noise and look at it over time. But at a time when Americans are rating the economy (at least in WaPo's own polling) as no better than it was four years ago, any…
  • Lunch Buffet

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Congrats to the San Francisco Giants for their third World Series win in five years. Most of my neighbors are very happy, but a special sympathetic shout-out to my church friends the Heckmans, from Kansas City, along with WaMo's great friend and associate Blue Girl. Here are some post-season midday news/views treats: * Man, that Lindsey Graham is really a card, ain't he? Yuk Yuk. * Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball does a "no-tossups" projection of House races, and predicts GOP gain of net 9 seats. * Scott Brown adds polio and whooping cough to Ebola as diseases that may come pouring over our…
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    New Republic

  • The 20 Most Terrifying Non-Horror Books You'll Ever Read

    Hillary Kelly
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    You're Convinced You'll Never Find Anyone Who Will Really Love YouThe House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton: Lily Bart thinks it's beneath her to marry the man she truly cares about, Lawrence Selden. From then on, every decision she makes only leads her further away from happiness. We won't ruin
  • The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan

    Sean Wilentz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On Halloween night 1964, a twenty-three-year-old Bob Dylan spellbound an adoring audience at Philharmonic Hall in New York. Relaxed and high-spirited, he sang seventeen songs, three of them with his guest Joan Baez, plus one encore. Many of the songs, although less than two years old, were so famili
  • There Were No Love Stories in Auschwitz. Is It Okay for a Novelist to Invent One?

    Cynthia Ozick
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    She was coming back from the Old Town with her two daughters, and they were already well within the Zone of Interest. Up ahead, waiting to receive them stretched an avenue—almost a colonnade—of maples, their branches and lobed leaves interlocking overhead. A late afternoon in midsummer, with min
  • Why Did the Ultra-Religious, Anti-Gay President of "God's Harvard" Suddenly Resign?

    Kiera Feldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 15, the students of Patrick Henry College were called to an all-campus meeting. Patrick Henry College President Graham Walker announced his resignation, effective immediately. With his wife accompanying him on the piano, Walker bid the students farewell si
  • You Won't Like Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' ... But You Might Love Her

    Esther Breger
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Conversations about complicated female characters, in books but especially on television, have a tendency to be dominated by one tedious question: Is she unlikable? Hannah Horvath, Mindy Lahiri, Carrie Mathison—all have been accused of being “unlikable women,” as though that’s the worst thin
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • The spectacular self-immolation of Wendy R. Davis

    Michelle Malkin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The spectacular self-immolation of Wendy Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Wendy Russell Davis is on fire. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean it in a five-alarm, set-her-own-skirt-aflame, billowing-human-torch kind of way. To say that Davis is smokin’ hot is not a compliment. It’s a campaign incineration status update. The Democratic darling of the Hollywood Left and glamour gal of abortion thought her path to the Texas governor’s mansion would be a pink-sneakered walk in the park. Instead, her single-issue campaign has combusted. The high point of…
  • Jon Stewart gives Wendy Davis enticing suggestion for saving campaign

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers In the Texas race for Governor, Greg Abbott is up on Wendy Davis by healthy double digits. With a week to go until the election, Davis needs something big, and during her appearance on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart tried to help: “That’s one of the reasons I was so committed to this race – making sure we were going to force into a general election a real conversation about the things that really matter to people,” Davis added. After Davis spoke of how the abortion restrictions she filibustered against “resulted in exactly what we…
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu enters voluntary quarantine in last-ditch effort to save campaign

    Doug Powers
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Sen. Landrieu, above, plans to remain isolated for the next 7 days Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu has been making distance from President Obama for some time now, reminding voters about that whopping 4 percent of the time she didn’t vote with Obama’s agenda. It’s an effort that doesn’t appear to be selling. Time to sweeten the deal: If that doesn’t move the polls, Landrieu’s “nuclear option” is to be photographed assisting Ted Cruz with a keg stand. It wasn’t always this way: **Written by Doug Powers Twitter…
  • Hillary Clinton: Now that I’m speaking to a different audience, I can tell you that businesses DO create jobs

    Doug Powers
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Just about everybody knows what Hillary Clinton said the other day, and everybody also knows that she meant it. She was speaking to a particular audience, Elizabeth Warren was in the house, and Clinton simply couldn’t afford to be outdone in the “you didn’t build that” department. Was anything about this unclear? With that targeted message having been delivered, Clinton then switched gears for a different audience and adapted quickly to new surroundings in the name of self-preservation while chameleons everywhere went “how does she do…
  • But remember, the border is secure!

    Doug Powers
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Though I’m still laughing at the times Janet Napolitano and Harry Reid said “the border is secure,” the mounting evidence that they’re lying about that is no laughing matter: A man suspected of killing two deputies during a shooting rampage in Northern California was deported twice to Mexico and had a drug conviction, federal authorities said Saturday. The suspected shooter told Sacramento County Sheriff’s investigators that he was 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. However, his fingerprints match the biometric records of a…
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  • These 6 States Could Expand Medicaid After the Elections

    Maya Rhodan
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The 2014 midterms have been called the “Seinfeld election” and the “meh midterms” — because they’re supposedly about nothing and nobody cares. But while congressional races have failed to capture voters’ imaginations, the campaigns for governor may have a major effect on at least one group of Americans. Depending on who wins next Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans could get access to health insurance under the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act. When the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional in 2012, many…
  • Obama Campaigns in Maine, Away From the Spotlight

    ryantbeckwith
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Five days before voters go to the polls to determine the outcome of the Senate, President Barack Obama was in the 41st most populated state wading into a contentious three-way race for governor. But even before he left, the modest nature of the trip on behalf of Democrats was readily apparent. The airport was small, so Obama was relegated to a comparatively teeny modified Boeing-757 serving as Air Force One. If any campaign swing captured the sorry state of the President before next week’s election, it was his five-hour exile to Maine on Thursday afternoon. Obama’s first event was…
  • 2014 Election: Four Things to Watch

    Alex Altman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Millions of votes have been cast, the last ads have been cut, and there’s barely a household that remains blessedly untouched by the fight for the U.S. Senate. At some point, there is nothing left to do but wait. So with Election Night days away, the two parties’ top Senate strategists gathered Thursday in Washington to preview the drama that will unfold. Much of the sparring between Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Guy Cecil, his counterpart at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, involved the ritual scramble to manage…
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Unprecedented Attack on Israel

    clairehoworth
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    This week, the world was treated to yet another embarrassing display of the Obama administration’s incompetent foreign policy. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, various anonymous officials referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as both “a chicken****” and “a coward.” While these indefensible comments have received the lion’s share of media attention, the substantive remarks about Iran were even more troubling. Goldberg wrote that another senior official claimed that due to their pressure on Netanyahu, it is now “too…
  • Michael Jordan Doesn’t Think Much of President Obama’s Golf Skills

    Eliana Dockterman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Basketball great Michael Jordan has never played golf with President Barack Obama — but if he ever does, he thinks it would be a walk in the park. “I’d take him out,” Jordan said Thursday, in a video interview with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. “He’s a hack. It would be all day playing with him.” When asked if he could play golf with anyone in the world, Jordan chose golfing great Arnold Palmer and the President. Though he’d likely struggle against Palmer, he had no such worries about Obama. “I never said he wasn’t a great…
 
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  • Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.
  • Hungary's Orban says will scrap draft internet tax law

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said he was scrapping a draft Internet tax law that has sparked mass demonstrations in the central European country. "The Internet tax cannot be introduced in its current form," Orban said in a radio interview. Orban has said the tax law needed to be amended, and that a "national consultation" on the Internet and taxes would be organised in January.
  • 'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.
  • Asia stocks surge, yen dives on US data, Bank of Japan move

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    Asian markets rallied Friday and the dollar pushed past 111 yen after Japan's central bank said it would expand its vast monetary easing scheme and the United States released forecast-busting economic growth data. Japanese stocks clocked up gains of almost five percent to sit at a seven-year high after the Bank of Japan announced its surprise decision in a bid to drag the economy back from the brink of recession. Hong Kong climbed 1.25 percent, or 296.02 points, to 23,998.06 while Shanghai jumped 1.22 percent, or 29.10 points, to 2,420.18 -- its highest since February last year. The BoJ…
  • Bank of Japan expands monetary easing plan as economy slows

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme Friday -- sending the yen plunging and stocks soaring -- in a surprise move aimed at reviving growth just as the Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree. Speaking after the central bank wrapped up its latest policy meeting, BoJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda described the measures as crucial to keeping Japan on track in its war on deflation, and said further policy moves could follow. "The Japanese economy is now at a critical moment in its process of getting out of deflation," he told reporters in Tokyo, adding that…
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    Political Irony

  • You Didn’t Hear That

    Iron Knee
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I hoped that there would be a huge public outcry about what happened to Carmen Segarra, but so far it has been all but ignored by the mainstream media. Have you ever wondered how all our banks and financial institutions started failing, forcing us to bail them out, and nobody saw it coming? If yes, then read on. In the aftermath of the “great recession” people wanted to know why the Federal Reserve, which was originally put in place to prevent meltdowns, had failed miserably. The problem was that the culture at the Fed was completely deferential to the banks. To solve this…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance yesterday in over 40 days. But since he saw his shadow, that now means 60 more years of nuclear winter.” – Jimmy Fallon “For the last two months evil North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been missing. Well, apparently he is back in public. It turns out he was buried in the end zone at Giants Stadium. He claims he was kidnapped by Neil Patrick Harris.” – David Letterman “In North Korea, dictator Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in over a month. He’s put on weight and…
  • Human Assets!

    Iron Knee
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage because they claim that it will cost jobs. Despite the fact that there is plenty of evidence of the opposite. After all, if working-class people earn more money, they spend it. If rich people make more money, they send it to offshore tax havens! But here’s something interesting. An article in The Atlantic points out that companies that pay higher wages actually survived the last recession far better than those that pay minimum wage. It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you think about it, it isn’t really. For example, consider QuikTrip, a…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    “President Obama played his 200th round of golf yesterday. Then Democrats said, ‘You know what? He can do whatever he wants as long as he’s not trying to campaign for us.'” – Jimmy Fallon “Last week was the big fundraiser for President Obama hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. It was hosted at her house. And people say Obama never reaches out to the inner city.” – Craig Ferguson “A fundraiser at Gwyneth Paltrow’s house was a good idea for the president. He found the one person in America with lower approval ratings than his.” – Craig Ferguson…
  • Electoral Strategy

    Iron Knee
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    copy; Steve Sack To be honest, I don’t really fault the Republicans for doing these things. After all, we know how to get rid of things like gerrymandering. And our founding fathers didn’t even guarantee the vote to a majority of US citizens (women, slaves, non-landowners, and others), and for some reason set election day to be a weekday day (and didn’t make it a holiday). If we really want to make good on the promise of “one person, one vote” we need to do something about it. Related posts: Why the Electoral College sucks, graphically. Strategy Electoral…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Medicare Working To Fix Rule That Paid For Drugs Even After Patients Were Dead

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report coming out Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general says the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death — at odds with the program's basic principles, not to mention common sense. "Drugs for deceased beneficiaries are clearly not medically indicated, which…
  • Emily Cain vs. Bruce Poliquin Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Maine District 2 Congressional Race 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Emily Cain vs. David Poliquin Congressional race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That's what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders to increase student participation in America's elections. For the 2014 elections we have created and distributed voter guides to campuses in more than 20 states so they can provide their communities with…
  • Idaho Governor Vows To Keep Fighting Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) vowed Thursday to keep fighting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in his state, even as that effort costs Idaho tens of thousands of dollars. "I'm not ready to surrender to a few folks in black robes," Otter said during a gubernatorial debate. "I'm not ready to surrender the will of the people in the state of Idaho, as they expressed in 2006 in an overwhelming majority." The Supreme Court ruled this month that same-sex marriage could proceed in Idaho, a response to an appeal to a federal court decision striking down the state's…
  • Rick Berman Encouraged Energy Executives To Use These Nasty Tactics On Environmentalists

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Richard Berman, the political consultant called Dr. Evil for his below-the-belt tactics, told energy executives in June that they needed to play dirty to expand areas where they can drill for oil, The New York Times reported Thursday. Berman, trying to sell a $3 million, pro-drilling campaign to the executives in June, told them that they needed to exploit human fear, love, anger, greed and sympathy to win public support, according to a recording of his remarks provided to the Times. “If you can tap into two of them, you are that much better off,” Berman told the executives. “The two…
  • Don Young Says He'd 'Probably' Vote For ENDA

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Alaska's Republican congressman, Don Young, suggested in a debate Thursday night that he may be open to voting for workplace protections for gays and lesbians. The debate, hosted by Alaska Public Media, asked candidates for Alaska's only seat in the House whether they would support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would outlaw workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. House Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to pass it this year. Young, 81, first avoided answering. "I've hired a person of a different orientation," he said, before…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox & Friends Attacks Hispanic Civil Rights Group, Suggests Wash . Post Is "Promoting Voter Fraud"

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    The hosts of Fox & Friends wondered whether a Washington Post infographic that shows the different levels of documentary identification required to vote in each state promotes voter fraud, and they also cast suspicion on the intentions of the country's leading Hispanic civil rights advocacy group that highlighted the article on Twitter. The Washington Post published an informational piece on October 27 that summarizes which states in the U.S. require or…
  • Limbaugh On NYC Street Harassment Video: "Most Of It Was Just Men Being Polite"

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    From the October 30 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:Previously: Limbaugh: "How Many Of You Guys ... Have Learned That No Means Yes If You Know How To Spot It?" Rush On Rape Culture: "The Reality Is That Boys Chase Girls" The Limbaugh "Slut" Firestorm Related: A Woman Walked Around New York City For 10 hours And Filmed Every Catcall She Received
  • NRA's Ted Nugent Closes TX Gov. Race With Attack On "America-Hating" Wendy Davis Campaign

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent weighed in on the Texas governor's race in his column for conspiracy website WND, attacking the "America-hating" campaign of Democratic candidate Wendy Davis. In his October 29 column, Nugent wrote, "Thank God there are still way more Texans that stand in defiance of the lying, scamming, America-hating, Texas-hating scammers and scoundrels that infest and steer the Wendy Davis campaign of deception." In February, Nugent set off a lengthy controversy when he appeared at a campaign event with Republican candidate Greg Abbott and called him his…
  • Laura Ingraham Suggests Heroic Ebola Volunteers Are Just Political Props

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham questioned the authenticity of the health care professionals flanking the president during a press conference on Ebola, suggesting that some may have been political props in "white coats." On October 29, President Obama addressed the United States' on-going response to Ebola outbreaks in West Africa joined by several health care workers recently returned from relief operations overseas as well as others soon to depart for the region. Among the guests was Dr. Kent Brantly, who became infected while volunteering in Liberia and was the…
  • Sharyl Attkisson Entertains "End Times" Host's Idea That U.S. Is Headed For "A Full-Blown Totalitarian Dictatorship"

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Discredited former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson appeared on an "endtimes newscast" and entertained the host's suggestion that the United States may soon see "a trigger event" that "justifies a full-blown totalitarian dictatorship where no dissent, no questions are asked." In response to whether such a dictatorship could happen, Attkisson replied: "Gosh, it's hard to say. I just think right now the trend is bad."  Attkisson, author of the upcoming book Stonewalled, was a recent guest on the radio program Trunews. The show describes itself as an "Endtimes Newscast" and "the only…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi: A Remarkable Afghan Change Agent

    Katharine Daniels
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    On October 29, the MIIS Community met Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, a self-described ‘social entrepreneur’ from Afghanistan. Immersed in The WIP nearly every day, it is rare to meet a woman who can and does change the course of what I feel a certain future will look like. Yesterday reminded me that each of us has the opportunity to create social change and make the future a better place – one day, one article, or one student at a time. Dr. Sakena Yacoobi lights the way. Dr. Sakena Yakoobi speaks with Najia Lodin, MIIS student from Afghanistan. October 29, 2014. Photograph courtesy of the…
  • A Tourist in North Korea

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    by Kim Wall, The Atlantic, USA – It was early summer, a time for rice planting and balmy weather, yet North Korea’s first ski resort was open. Masikryong is a complex of nine slopes, imported ski lifts, and grand ambitions to host international tournaments. The nine-floor chalet had a mahjong room, swimming pool, sauna, and spa, complete with peculiar Japanese full-body driers. Its shop sold European ski gear, cheeses, chocolate cake, and Spam—most of it expired—plus a 16-liter glass bottle of traditional snake liquor, with two suffocated serpents tangled up inside. Besides the…
  • Unstoppable: Two Workers Risking Lives to Fight Bonded Labour in Sindh

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Dawn, Pakistan – A former bonded labourer and a doctor. A Hindu woman and a Muslim man with the same vision and determination; when they get together, you feel that anything is possible in Pakistan. I first met them last year while filming a television series in Karachi. The doctor was soft spoken and careful with his words, the labourer was loud and forceful. They both live and work in interior Sindh. They have both been threatened with force, one of them has been beaten numerous times and the other has never given in to pressure or bribes. Together, they…
  • Controversial mega-dam project cancelled

    Kirstin Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    SANTIAGO (Santiago Times) According to Chile’s financial press, Endesa, a Spain-based multinational company, discarded a plan to build three hydroelectric dams on the river Futaleufú in the northern Patagonian region of Los Lagos. NGO Futaleufú Riverkeeper had fought against the project since its inception, but director Robert Currie warned that the dispute wasn’t over as Endesa still owns rights to parts of the fast-flowing trans-Andean river. Read More »
  • Iraqi Kurd fighters ‘enter Kobane’

    BBC News - Home
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    An advance party of 10 Iraqi Kurd fighters have entered the Syrian border town of Kobane to join the battle against Islamic State militants, activists say.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Out of the Mouths of Babes: Things Children Have Said to Me That Stopped Me in My Tracks, Part 2

    Pia Glenn
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I’m so delighted to have been spending extended amounts of time with my young nieces of late, and as I’ve written about here, our increased time together has made me reflect on how much I adore children’s honesty. That same honesty can come across as harsh or brutal at times, but too often it is the reception of the adults around the child that can twist their truths into some perceived rudeness or hear a simple statement as a complex insult. One of the more profound instances of this that I’ve experienced happened at a party a few years ago. At the time, I was dating a prominent…
  • #TWIBafterDARK #46 | For The Love of Spoofs

    aaron rand freeman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Great Costumes Though. N’Jaila and Aaron spend a few moments talking street harassment and many moments discussing adult film spoofs of mainstream movies. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE]
  • #TWIBprime #596 | You Are Not Special

    aaron rand freeman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    It Is Not About You Sir. #TeamBlackness discusses a viral street harassment video and the internet’s deplorable response. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil 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]
  • Out of the Mouths of Babes: Things Children Have Said to Me That Stopped Me in My Tracks, Part 1

    Pia Glenn
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Children are amazing. I know that not everyone subscribes to notions of theology, but I often think of the Biblical phrase “out of the mouths of babes” with both respect and winkingly sardonic resignation. I am not yet a mommy, but I do plan to be someone’s mama one day. Regardless of that desire, it’s important for me to mention my childlessness up front here, because discussion of their adorably brutal honesty may feel different for those who deal with it daily. I have nothing but respect for the distinctions between appreciating children as a parent vs. a non-parent. I happen to…
  • @WeNerdHard #84 | There Will Be A Black Panther Movie

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    In 2017. There Will Be A Black Panther Movie. Thank You. Featuring Elon James White @elonjames,  Fahnon Bennett @FahnonB , N’Jaila Rhee @blasianbytch and  Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @WeNerdHard: SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes |  Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook | Twitter | [DONATE]
 
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    Wonkette

  • Nine Easy Halloween Costume Ideas That Won’t Get You Laid And May Kill You

    Alex Ruthrauff
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This is you: “I want to dress up for Halloween but I’m lazy and have bad ideas. Can you help?” Probably not, but let’s take a crack at it anyway. Here are nine “easy” costume ideas for you to briefly consider before you just give up and go as whatever you were last year again (a loser with a bad costume). DISCLAIMER: Please do not actually attempt any of the following costumes, especially the ones involving bodily harm.   BRISTOL PALIN Put on some nice makeup and drink 20 cans of beer, remembering to dump the dregs of each can in your hair to achieve…
  • Reagan Drug Czar Says Weed Won’t Make You Gay Anymore But Will Still Kill You

    Gary Legum
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    On Tuesday, Floridians have an important decision to make at the polls. No, not whether they prefer Medicare fraudster Rick “Bat Boy” Scott or walking bottle of bronzer Charlie Crist as their next governor. We’re thinking of a much more important issue: Should Florida legalize medical marijuana? To yr Wonkette, this is a no-brainer because we live in a place where medical marijuana has been legal for years and somehow has not destroyed the very fabric of society. But we understand some people might feel differently. People like the geniuses behind Drug Free Florida, a group founded to…
  • Conservative Nutjob Dennis Prager Sexually Assaults His Wife, So What’s The Big Deal?

    Kaili Joy Gray
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Damn those feminists and their lies about “rape” and “sexual assault” and the “war on women” and other “things” Democrats say just to get people to vote for them. Because we all know that “hey, did you know rape is a thing?” is a winning election strategy, which is why feminists rule the country. Conservative radio host Dennis Prager — who also has a problem with the REAL war on tobacco, as well as the REAL thought-criming war on Donald Sterling’s right to racist as hard as he wants, and the REAL war on the Washington…
  • Outbreak Of Stupid In America Goes Full Sh*tstorm

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Here’s where we are in America 2014: Scared shitless of a disease that isn’t actually harming us, but that is killing thousands in Africa. The best way to make America safe is to bring Ebola under control in Africa, but now that we’re determined to ignore people who understand the disease — or paint them as part of a conspiracy — we may actually be entering some weird Twilight Zone scenario where our panic to “protect” ourselves actually makes matters far worse. Side rant: How many people just this week commented that it only makes sense to quarantine…
  • Kroger Execs Flee From Open Carry Nuts, Still Welcome Them In Their Stores

    Alex Ruthrauff
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    In August, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense began pressuring Kroger, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, to revise its policy of letting insecure manchildren carry loaded guns in their stores. Now the confrontation is getting delightfully wacky: Counter-protesters are flashing misspelled signs along with their shooting irons, Clear Channel is allegedly pulling the Moms’ hilarious radio ads, and executives are fleeing investor meetings in the dead of night for the safety of gun-free college campuses. The lefty blog Liberaland has the dispatch from the front lines: The [Kroger]…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Catcalls. I sent the video around to some men in my office to gauge their reactions. “I knew this stuff happened—I see and hear it every once in a while—but the frequency of the remarks was astounding,” one colleague told me. “As a (fairly obvious) gay guy, I like to think I know something about being […] Read this post »
  • Hm: Days before the election, trouble in the Northeast for Democrats

    Mary Katharine Ham
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Signs? It is a strange cycle, with Georgia at times seemingly more in trouble than Colorado or Iowa. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see Democrats stumble in the Northeast just days before the election— a bit of a bellwether, or at the very least, motivation for Republican voters across the country. Last night, we dealt with two […] Read this post »
  • Politico: ObamaCare still not a boon for Democrats at the polls

    Ed Morrissey
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    “There have been backlashes, but never like this." Remember when Democrats insisted they’d run in the midterms on the success of ObamaCare? Good times, good times. Granted, the last time Debbie Wasserman-Schultz uttered that bon mot was almost a year ago, and it was so ridiculous a notion even at that time (while the rollout melted down) that the DNC chair had to reiterate […] Read this post »
  • Mitch McConnell’s office: On second thought, he’s willing to try to repeal ObamaCare with just 51 votes

    Allahpundit
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Change. Follow the bouncing ball. Two years ago, after the Supreme Court upheld the ObamaCare individual mandate, McConnell said, “The chief justice said it’s a tax. Taxes are clearly what we call reconcilable. That’s the kind of measure that can be pursued with 51 votes in the Senate.” Aha! A way to get rid of O-Care that […] Read this post »
  • Fatah calls for ‘Day of Rage’ in Jerusalem

    Noah Rothman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    War warning. In what was believed to have been an assassination attempt, the prominent American-born Israeli activist Yehuda Glick was shot in Jerusalem on Wednesday by a motorcycle gunman. Glick, a controversial figure due to his advocacy in favor of allowing Israeli Jews greater access the Temple Mount, was wounded in the attack. The gunman is believed […] Read this post »
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Insurance!

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

    Randy
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    TIP! Monitor the stock market before you actually enter it. Before investing, try studying the market for a while. To make money over time, and outpace inflation, investing in common stocks is probably the best way to go. You can become shocked when you realize how much profits you can make at times when you invest. You need to be knowledgeable about stock investing in order to be successful. Keep reading to learn the essentials for success in the stock market. TIP! Remember that stocks are not just simple pieces of paper that you buy and sell for trading purposes. Owning a stock makes you…
  • Success Stories- Top Home Business Ideas For The Twenty First Century

    Randy
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    TIP! Remember that you can deduct expenses incurred entertaining clients, including things like treating them to dinner during a business meeting. Any such costs are generally viewed as necessary and legitimate business expenses. Think about how different your life would be if you didn’t have a work from home business. You either rely entirely on the income from your home-based business, or at least count on it as a nice supplement. This article is going to go over what you can do to make your home business successful now and into the future. TIP! You must figure in cost, in order to…
  • 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…
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    FamousDC

  • REVIEW: Saint Paul and the Broken Bones

    fdc
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    By Abby Matousek I have been baptized by St. Paul. Literally. Baptized. Paul Janeway was on fire (figuratively); pouring water on his white wing-tips to put out the flames (again, figurative). And lo! I was misted with water from the shoes of a most energetic singer-cum-cleric. And I loved it. Again and again, members of [...]The post REVIEW: Saint Paul and the Broken Bones appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Capitol Hill Fashion Icons

    fdc
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Alright hill friends, here is a PRO TIP. Pay attention to those Press Secretaries and Legislative Assistants down the hall. Because today they may be focused on committee mark-ups and weekly newsletters, but in a few short years they’ll have amazing jobs and basically be running sh*t. Oh, and they could also be KANYE WEST [...]The post Capitol Hill Fashion Icons appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Original Copy of the Bill of Rights Unveiled at New George H.W. Bush Gallery

    nolongerfamous
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Bill of Rights was the center of discussion earlier this week at a special National Constitution Center event about the new George H.W. Bush Gallery, where an original copy of the Bill will be on display in Philadelphia. Among the dignitaries in attendance to welcome the Bill of Rights were Court Justice Samuel Alito [...]The post Original Copy of the Bill of Rights Unveiled at New George H.W. Bush Gallery appeared first on 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.
 
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    Banking Services

  • Deutsche Bank: A weary lender

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The revolution is over Fly Title:  Deutsche Bank Rubric:  Germany’s flagship bank is in trouble. Some is of its own making Location:  Frankfurt Main image:  20141101_FNP001_0.jpg HAMLET, Shakespeare’s Danish prince, may blame “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” for his plight, but those watching often conclude that indecisiveness lies at the root of his troubles. Deutsche Bank, Germany’s biggest financial firm, faces lots of slings and arrows: a never-ending barrage of fines from American regulators,…
  • Japanese investment in South-East Asia: Outward bound

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The revolution is over Fly Title:  Japanese investment in South-East Asia Rubric:  A weak domestic economy is spurring Japanese firms to expand abroad Location:  PHNOM PENH and TOKYO Main image:  Hun Sen is shopping, just like Japan Inc Hun Sen is shopping, just like Japan Inc IT IS not every day that the opening of a shopping centre attracts a prime minister, but then Aeon Mall in Phnom Penh is not any old shopping centre. The Japanese-built complex is Cambodia’s biggest, complete with an ice rink, television studio…
  • Money talks: October 27th 2014: A mixed bill of health

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    THIS week: The European Central Bank's health-check of big European banks and the state of American business  Comment Expiry Date:  Tue, 2014-11-11
  • Italy's banks: Looking sickly

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Italy's banks Rubric:  The European Central Bank’s stress tests have hit Italy's banks hard Byline:  A.F. Location:  MILAN Main image:  20141101_wbp501_473.jpg ITALY was left feeling especially hard done by on October 26th following the results of the European Central Bank’s asset quality review. Of the 25 institutions that failed its stress tests, nine were Italian, including the worst performer, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS). Italy's central bankers immediately said that they thought the…
  • The ECB's Asset Quality Review: Stressful tests

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  The ECB's Asset Quality Review Rubric:  Europe’s banks have been probed. More than expected have been found wanting Byline:  S.P. Main image:  20141025_wbp507.jpg One of Europe’s newer traditions consists of regulators “stress-testing” banks to ensure they would not fail, or require a taxpayer-funded bailout, if the economy were to sour quickly. The latest probe into the viability of around 130 banks was released on October 26th, showing that 25 of them failed stress tests.
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    Democracy Now!

  • Is Your Judge for Sale? Dark Money Groups Pour Millions into Judicial Races to Reshape Courts

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    With the 2014 midterm elections just days away, we look at how anonymous donors are reshaping judicial races by pouring millions of dollars in "dark money" into races. Some donors see giving to the campaigns of judicial candidates as a way to get more influence, for less money than bankrolling legislative campaigns. A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine is headlined "Is Your Judge for Sale?: Thanks to Karl Rove and Citizens United, judicial elections have been overtaken by secretive interest groups, nasty ads, and the constant hustle for campaign cash." We speak to…
  • "The Red Cross' Secret Disaster": Charity Prioritized PR over People After Superstorm Sandy

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    This week marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the New York City region, becoming one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history. A new joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR contends the American Red Cross bungled its response to Superstorm Sandy by caring more about its image and reputation than providing service to those in need. It alleges the organization diverted vehicles and resources to press conferences instead of using them to deliver services. And it estimates the Red Cross wasted an average of 30 percent of the meals it was producing in the…
  • Showdown over Ebola: Will Quarantines of Healthcare Workers Harm the Fight Against Epidemic?

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    A debate is intensifying in the United States over quarantining healthcare workers who return from West Africa but do not show signs of Ebola. On Wednesday, Maine’s governor said that he would seek legal authority to enforce a 21-day home quarantine on Kaci Hickox, a nurse who has tested negative for Ebola after treating patients in Sierra Leone. Hickox made national headlines when she publicly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for quarantining her in a tent outside the hospital. Hickox said she would challenge Maine’s restrictions just as she did in New Jersey. "I…
  • Headlines for October 30, 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Number of Ebola Cases Jumps to 13,700; Liberia Sees DeclineNurse Kaci Hickox Vows to Defy Ebola Quarantine in MaineU.S. Drone Strike Kills 4 in PakistanSri Lanka: 190 Missing After LandslideBurkina Faso: Protesters Set Parliament on FireIsrael Closes Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound After Shooting of Far-Right ActivistU.N. Holds Emergency Meeting on Illegal Israeli SettlementsSweden Recognizes State of Palestine in First for EUMalala Yousafzai to Donate $50,000 for Gaza SchoolsSodaStream to Move West Bank Settlement Factory After BoycottU.N. Votes 188 to 2 Against Embargo of Cuba; U.S., Israel Only…
  • Is Filming a Police Officer a "Domestic Threat"? Austin Activist on Trial for Videotaping an Arrest

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    A jury in Austin, Texas, is set to issue its decision today in a case that centers on a person’s right to film police officers. Antonio Buehler says he was at a gas station in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 2012 when he used his phone to take pictures of a woman being arrested and crying out for help. Ultimately, Buehler’s attempt to document what he felt was apparent police abuse ended with his own arrest when the officer said he felt Buehler spit on him. He faced a felony charge of "harassment of a public servant," and two to 10 years in prison. Last…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Puppies Reenact The SCOTUS Oral Argument In The Hobby Lobby Case

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Last week I wrote about an amusing skit on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight in which he used puppies to renact portions of a Supreme Court oral argument and then made raw footage available to allow viewers to do it themselves. Well, someone took the entire recording of the oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case and Oliver’s raw footage and created this, it’s well over an hour long, but it’s really quite informative, and far more entertaining than just listening to the audio itself: H/T: Legal Insurrection
  • Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was led by a coalition of Pastors in the city. Those subpoenas asked the Pastors for a wide range of correspondence, memoranda, and copies of sermons that covered not just the signature drive but also anything on the issue of homosexuality of gay rights. The Pastors…
  • Acela Corridor Pundits Don’t Like Chris Christie’s Style, Will The Rest Of America Agree?

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Chris Christie was in Belmar, New Jersey and, as has happened before, he had a classic Chris Christie confrontation with a heckler: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has told a heckler critical of his handling of Superstorm Sandy recovery to “Sit down and shut up” on the second anniversary of the storm. A man began heckling Christie about the pace of storm recovery and interrupted the governor’s speech Wednesday in Belmar on several occasions. After trying to brush the man off, Christie yelled back the man didn’t know what he was talking about and was just showing off for…
  • 3rd Grader Barred From School for Three Weeks after Visiting Country that Doesn’t Have Ebola

    James Joyner
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    A Connecticut school has barred a healthy little girl from classes after a visit to Ebola-free Nigeria. NYT (“After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School“): The third-grader was not feeling sick. She did not have a fever or any other symptoms of Ebola. Having just completed a 10-day trip to Nigeria, where she was the flower girl at a family wedding, she was eager to get back to class. But officials at her Connecticut elementary school told her she could not come back. Concerned by her trip to Africa, they said the third-grader, Ikeoluwa Opayemi,…
  • Apple CEO ‘Proud’ He’s Gay

    James Joyner
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially revealed an open secret declaring, ”I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” That we’ve reached the point where such an important public figure can be open about his sexuality and be greeted mostly with shrugs is a good thing. But I wonder if it isn’t time to retire the “pride” aspect of this. I’m straight, having been attracted exclusively to the female of the species since early childhood. I’m not any more proud of that fact than I am of having blue…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Follow the Money: Big Banks, DOJ Find Benefits in Settlement Deals

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
  • ‘We Never Managed to Relax’ After World War II (Parts 4 and 5)

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    In the fourth and fifth installments of their long conversation on corporate capitalism and American democracy, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism,” Wolin’s experience as a university professor and the expulsion of unorthodox academics in the postwar United States. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences October 30, 2014 Naomi Klein Talks Capitalism and Climate Change With Russell Brand
  • A Travel Ban Is No Barrier to Ebola—and Borders on Racism

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    By The Rev. Madison Shockley U.S. right-wingers are fanning a hysteria that could damage the fight against the disease and discriminate against both Africans and African-Americans. Related Entries October 30, 2014 This Voter’s Story Will Make You Angry at Texas October 29, 2014 The Most Expensive Midterm Ever
  • Christie’s Quarantine

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries October 30, 2014 A Travel Ban Is No Barrier to Ebola—and Borders on Racism October 30, 2014 GOP Rocks the Vote
  • The Missing Women of Afghanistan

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    By Ann Jones, TomDispatch On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.) Related Entries October 20, 2014 John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives October 17, 2014 Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
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    ThinkProgress

  • Joyce Carol Oates Thinks There’s No Street Harassment On Park Avenue

    Jessica Goldstein
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This video, “10 Hours Walking as a Woman in New York City,” was posted two days ago. Women who have walked in New York City probably knew before watching it what the film would actually document: unrelenting street harassment. To date, it has almost 17.5 million views. The responses to the project, a collaboration between Hollaback and marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative, have run the gamut, from adoring to disgusting and back again. There’s the “yes, share this with everyone, this is so real” contingent, the sad bros who ask “why you mad? that’s a…
  • Why The Result Of Brazil’s Elections Could Be Bad News For The Climate

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Joaquim is an intern at ThinkProgress. CREDIT: (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was re-elected last Sunday in what turned out to be the narrowest election in the country’s history. The incumbent won 51.64 percent of the popular vote, beating center-right candidate Aecio Neves of the PSDB and continuing the PT’s (Worker’s Party) 12 year run in highest office. Despite the victory, the current administration has been criticized by a large contingency of environmentalists and economists for adopting a short-sighted approach to economic development, often…
  • Why A Company Is Buying Up Huge Tracts Of Alabama’s Land And Punching It Full Of Holes

    Kiley Kroh
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    WOLF SPRINGS, ALABAMA — Over the last few years, a little-known company named MS Industries has bought up as much as 2,500 acres of land in Alabama and drilled holes in it. In total, they have drilled hundreds of exploratory bore holes in the northwestern portion of the state — according to some residents, the number is as high as 2,700 but the company’s CEO, Steve Smith, said they’ve done over 1,500 holes of drilling. Their search got a boost in July 2013, when the governors of Mississippi and Alabama signed a Memorandum of Understanding that raised a few eyebrows. Govs.
  • University Of Florida Students Speak Out Against Voter Suppression On Campus

    Katie Valentine
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D-FL) made a personal appeal to students at the University of Florida Wednesday, declaring that a vote against Gov. Rick Scott (R) was a vote against an administration that had made it harder on students to vote. “You can’t vote on campus, though, can you? Why is that?” Crist asked students during a campaign stop Wednesday. “Rick Scott. You got it. I remember being here in the spring and there was a local election and we were talking about the fact you couldn’t vote…
  • The First College To Use Affirmative Consent Was A Laughingstock. Now, The Tide Is Turning.

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    CREDIT: Antioch College via Flickr Creative Commons When Antioch College implemented the first affirmative consent policy in the country, “we became laughingstocks,” one of the former students involved in the effort admitted in a essay published this month in New York Magazine. Despite the ridicule, officials at the college haven’t backed down since 1991 — and now, they see the rest of the country slowly starting to change its tune. In the 1990s, once it unveiled its Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP), the small Ohio school became transformed into the ultimate…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Banking on Influence

    Alison Fitzgerald
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wants West Virginians to know she’s a defender of community banks. From her seat on the House Financial Services Committee, Capito argues, she has protected small local financial institutions from the overreach of aggressive regulators.
  • Corrections

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    In an Oct. 30 Food, Cybele May misstated that candy corn has an orange base and a yellow middle. It is has a yellow base and an orange middle.
  • The Monkey’s Paw

    W.W. Jacobs
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
  • Play the Slate News Quiz

    Ken Jennings
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
  • The American Horror Story: Freak Show Podcast, Episode 4

    J. Bryan Lowder
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    As a member of Slate Plus, you’ll get access to exclusive podcasts—including our newly launched series about Season 4 of FX’s American Horror Story.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Meet Another GOP Candidate Who's Pretending He's Pro-Choice

    Andy Kroll
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Over the past few weeks, a number of Republican candidates have run deceptive advertisements or used sneaky language to paper over their hardline views on reproductive rights. Pols who've done this include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Senate hopeful Scott Brown in New Hampshire, and Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez. Now you can add another name to the list of pro-life GOPers who are suddenly talking about choice: Oregon's Dennis Richardson. Richardson, a Republican state representative running for governor, cut an ad (watch it above) featuring a self-described "pro-choice…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 30, 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    The USS George HW Bush travels through the Gulf of Aden after supporting strike operations in Iraq and Syria. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abe McNatt)
  • Attack Ad Accuses Democratic Governor of Wanting to Set a Mass Murderer Free

    Patrick Caldwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    A man's life literally hangs in the balance in this year's governor's race in Colorado. As I explained earlier this month, Republican candidate Bob Beauprez has singled out a death row inmate by name and promised to ensure that he will be killed. "When I'm governor, Nathan Dunlap will be executed," Beauprez has said. Dunlap was convicted and sentenced to death in 1996 for murdering four of his Chuck E. Cheese coworkers. But when his execution date neared last year, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a stay, though he refrained from offering permanent reprieve. Hickenlooper backed…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 29, 2014

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    US Marines and sailors board a flight out of Afghanistan as all personnel withdraw from the region. (US Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. John Jackson)
  • Elizabeth Warren Challenges Chris Christie for the Science Behind His Ebola Quarantine

    Inae Oh
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is demanding Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) reveal the science behind his controversial decision to place all health care workers returning back from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone to be placed under a mandatory quarantine. Spoiler alert: the science does not exist. "He should bring out his scientists who are advising him on that, because we know that we want to be led by science," Warren said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS's This Morning. "That’s what’s going to keep people safe,” she added. “Science, not politics." Warren, who was…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Open Thread - Trick Or Treat, Bucko!

    Bluegal aka Fran
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    More at Mandatory. Open thread below...
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Dee Dee Dums

    Ryan Pressman
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Dee Dee Dums is what happens. I always find it interesting when I stumble upon the early projects of an artist that I like. I feel that it gives the listener a perspective on how the artist was able to evolve their sound and mature into their current style. That's made especially apparent on this song, which is actually an early version of a Tame Impala song, "Half Full Glass of Wine." Here's the link to that song so that you can compare the two: What are some of the early projects of your favorite musicians?
  • Something I Agree With Rand Paul On: 'The GOP Sucks'

    John Amato
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As our readers know, I'm no fan of Senator Rand Paul or his phony libertarian beliefs, but he did say something mildly entertaining and (at least partially) I can agree with. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledged Wednesday a problem that many Republicans admit only privately: their party brand “sucks.” The weakness, Paul added, is particularly serious when it comes to appealing to black voters. “Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have…
  • New Insight Into A Progressive Populist Path To Victory

    Isaiah J. Poole
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is not all doom and gloom about the Democratic Party's chances of keeping control of the Senate. The polls may suggest otherwise, but Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the Democratic Party's base in the "rising American electorate" of single women, millennials and people of color. But to get to that path of victory, Democrats will have to pivot much more strongly and convincingly toward a populist economic message that identifies the villains responsible for economic inequality and middle-class…
  • Giuliani's Mayoral Duties Were Much Like The U.S. President's

    Vegasjessie
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Oops, we have upset our friend and ally in the Middle East, the State of Israel, by offending Netanyahu yet again. Never fear, Fox News is here to castigate the 'feckless' president once more. Mayor 9/11, Rudy Giuliani, told Greta Van Susteren, that his mentor Ronald Reagan said that the only real Mideast ally: (they are) one of America's few good friends in the world... One of those friends is the State of Israel." Recent events caused the Administration to criticize Israel for policies that are geared more towards political cowardice and less towards tough peace negotiations with the…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for October 30, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    I wish someone would write one of those “where are they now?” features about my socks. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for October 30, 2014
  • Meet Transrealism – the New Literary Buzz…?

    Jim Booth
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Claims of a new 21st century literary movement called “Transrealism” are, so far, just that – claims…. There have been a number of cross-genre fiction experiments being spun out these days. The most famous (and commercially successful) of these experiments is likely … Continue reading →
  • RIP Galway Kinnell

    Samuel Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    One of our greatest poets has died at 87. I had the privilege of seeing Kinnell read while I was at Iowa State in the late ’80s. He did some new things – things he’d been working on during the flight out, … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for October 29, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Do you think people used to say “this is the greatest thing until they figure out how to slice bread”? Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for October … Continue reading →
  • Voting for a member of Congress? Why bother?

    Dr. Denny Wilkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    You’ll vote for a person who will put the interests of the monied few above yours Abandon hope all ye who enter here. Post that over every voting booth next week. Hope and change, promised most recently by our current … Continue reading →
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    “Sir, we’re mining too many useless minerals.” Hitler: “Mine less then” Grammar Nazi bursts in: “MINE FEWER.” Hitler looks over: “Yes?” — Kat (@katia75014) October 28, 2014 Today, I compared the current mid-terms to a “primal moan“. A reader differs: I see it as a long belch prompted by indigestion, with a bile finish. And it will only get worse with the prospect of Hillary vs. the GOP nut jobs looming on the horizon. I’m 49 years old and I’ve always been highly engaged politically, but I am perilously close to…
  • Cool Ad Watch

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Bonus points for the bipod: SHAKE PUPPIES by Carli Davidson from Carli Davidson on Vimeo.
  • Prescriptive Measures

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Virginia Hughes investigates the purpose of drug warning labels: Does anyone actually read them? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of research on that question, though the data that does exist suggests that some patients are more conscientious than I am. One report I stumbled on, surveying 1,500 patients from a community pharmacy in Germany in 2001, found that 80 percent always read the inserts. A 2007 study looked at 200 patients in Israel who were prescribed antibiotics, analgesics or antihypertensives. It found that just over half of participants read the inserts. And a 2009 study in…
  • Is $3-A-Gallon Gas Good News?

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Mataconis argues that overall, the ongoing decline in oil prices is a boon to the US and other advanced industrial nations: Falling prices for oil will eventually filter through to the prices of the products derived from oil itself, including not only gasoline but also home heating oil and jet fuel. In the short and medium term, this would provide some relief for consumers and for companies that depend on transportation such as Wal-Mart, Amazon, airlines, and shippers such as UPS and Fed-Ex. If prices continue to fall, those benefits will become more apparent and could help to boost economic…
  • What The Midterms Won’t Teach Us

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Sabato’s Crystal Ball spells it out: The 2014 midterm, no matter the outcome, does not hold real predictive value for 2016. We’ve often compared this year with 1986, where Democrats bounced back to capture the Senate on a highly favorable map in President Reagan’s “sixth-year itch” second midterm. Of course, two years later, the country elected a Republican president for the third straight time. Could the current GOP meet with a similar fate? The results next Tuesday certainly won’t tell us. Alternately, 2014 might prove to be like 2006, a great Democratic year that…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • Big Banks Brace for Penalties in Probes

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    Big banks in the U.S. and Europe are stockpiling billions to pay for a potential trans-Atlantic settlement of allegations that they manipulated foreign-exchange rates.
  • Democrats Lose Their Grip on Voters With Keys to the House

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    White, working-class voters give Republicans an edge in contested congressional elections and may help expand the GOP majority on Tuesday.
  • Nevada Race Could Set Stage for a Reid Challenge in 2016

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Senate majority leader isn’t on the Nevada ballot this year, but the lieutenant governor race there could have big implications for 2016. If the Republican wins, GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval would be free to challenge Mr. Reid in 2016 without turning over his office to a Democrat.
  • Judge Approves California City's Bankruptcy-Exit Plan

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of Stockton, Calif., ruled the city can exit court protection after slashing payments to bondholders and raising taxes in order to avoid cutting pensions.
  • Obama Casts Shadow on Iowa Senate Race

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    The president hasn’t set foot since 2012 in the state that launched his presidential career, but Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for an open Senate seat there, frequently invokes him as though he were running alongside her opponent, Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • As the Fukushima Disaster Worsens

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    D’oh! Scientists warned that an earthquake could take out Fukushima. The Japanese ignored the warning … and even tore down the natural seawall which protected Fukushima from tidal waves. Fukushima is getting worse.  And see this and this. Have the Japanese learned their lesson? Are they decommissioning nuclear plants which are built in dangerous environments? Of course not! Instead, they’re re-starting a nuclear plant near a volcano which is about to blow … A month ago, there was an eruption at Mt. Ontake: Screenshot from Youtube Video shot on September 29th of Mount…
  • Dressing Up Is Not the Same as Dressing Well

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert van Tongeren. Some men make it look so easy, don’t they? They seem to have a natural sense of what looks good on them and what doesn’t. But for you, the learning curve seems ever so steep. You want to look your best, but you feel clueless about fashion and style, and nothing you try seems to fall together right. Well, it’s not all your fault. You were taught how to dress yourself when you were young, but I bet you were never taught how to dress well. Nobody ever taught you what makes an outfit work and what doesn’t. And now you’ve…
  • The 10 Highest-Paid Jobs

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The number of people working from home has surged in recent years. The economic downturn, coupled with changes in work patterns, means that freelancers have become the fastest growing group in the UK labour market. There are now 4.2m home workers – a rise of 30pc from 1998, according to the Office for National Statistics. Elance-oDesk, a jobs website which businesses use to hire freelancers across the world, says that 2.7m jobs are posted each year on its platform. It has identifed the top 10 most lucrative freelance occupations in the UK, by hourly rate. 1. Voice talent – £68.16…
  • Investors Give Their Savings to Congress

    Gary North
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I begin with a chart. This tracks the yield curve for U.S. Treasury debt. The curve is the interest rate that investors are paid to turn their money over the the Treasury, meaning to Congress. This curve looks very steep. It is very steep. But take a closer look at it. The top rate is just above 3%. This is for 30-year T-bonds. This means that investors trust the U.S. Congress to to the right thing for the next 30 years. A net return of 3% (before taxes) for 30 years is seen as a wise investment. After federal taxes, top-bracket investors will receive 1.8% on their money — less, if we…
  • 10 Movies That are Better

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I am a firm believer in the idea that reading a book is better than watching a film, because it allows your own imagination to make marvelous worlds and characters. Nevertheless, I concede that on a number of occasions, a film director has managed to take a great book and make it an even greater movie – sometimes it is better for us to watch the creations of someone else’s imagination. This is a list of ten such movies. 10 The Searchers John Ford, 1956 Original Story By: Alan Le May Ethan Edwards, an ex-Confederate soldier from the Indian Wars, finds that his family has been massacred…
 
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Double contest for Scottish Labour

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    The Scottish Labour party is now seeking both a new leader and a new deputy leader following the resignation of Anas Sarwar.
  • Victims to meet abuse inquiry staff

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    Victims' groups are due to meet officials from a child sex abuse inquiry and are expected to call for inquiry chair Fiona Woolf to resign.
  • 'Do more' to tackle aid corruption

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    The UK government is not doing enough to tackle "petty corruption" in countries to which it gives aid, a report by a scrutiny body says.
  • Cuts 'will undo' apprenticeship work

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    The main body providing apprenticeships in Wales is warning that budget cuts by the Welsh government will have a "massively de-stabilising effect" on such programmes.
  • Miliband admits Scottish 'challenge'

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Ed Miliband admits that Labour is facing a "big challenge" in Scotland as the process of finding a new Scottish leader continues.
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    town hall

  • Blessed with moisture

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

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

  • What Can the Developer of the Polio Vaccine Teach Us About Ebola?

    Theresa Riley
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    This story was originally published on BillMoyers.com. Had he lived, Dr. Jonas Salk would have turned 100 this week. Salk was a young man when in the spring of 1955 he announced his discovery of a vaccine that could prevent polio. He was hailed as a modern miracle worker. He went on to lead scientists from from around the world in studies of cancer, heredity, the brain, the immune system and AIDS at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. In this age of Ebola, it's enlightening and inspiring to hear Salk talk about the lessons he learned in developing the polio…
  • 32 Countries Where Global Warming Could Make Violence Worse

    James West
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Recently, the Pentagon released a disturbing report. Climate change, it warned, will exacerbate problems like terrorism and disease outbreaks, drain military resources, and create new enemies. The report said that the military's basic operations—everything from training to its supply chains and infrastructure—are now threatened by rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns. It all points to one conclusion: Global warming is a national security issue. Now a new analysis, released Wednesday, is naming 32 countries in which conflict and civil unrest could be worsened by the…
  • 7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

    Hannah Levintova
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Americans for Responsible Solutions, launched by former congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Everytown for Gun Safety, bankrolled by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent millions of their own to try to…
  • Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

    Patrick Caldwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. The day Ernst visited, I spotted the current Republican secretary of state, the GOP's nominee to succeed him, a Republican state senator and former congressional nominee, and a former state GOP chair in the crowd. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who is about to win his sixth term in office, wasn't there, but…
  • Why Are Environmentalists Supporting This Republican Senator?

    Ben Adler
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Since the 2008 election and the subsequent rise of the Tea Party movement, the Republican Party has moved far right on energy and environment issues. Politicians who once accepted climate science have decided that they actually don't. Congressional Republicans have voted to cut funding for the EPA and its programs, to prevent federal agencies from studying climate change, and to revoke EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental groups that want to demonstrate their…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Fiona Woolf re-wrote letter playing down links to Lord Brittan

    Patrick Wintour
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Head of child abuse inquiry re-wrote letter to Theresa May seven times playing down links to Lord Brittan, who is at centre of cover up claimsThe head of the governments inquiry into historic child sexual abuse allegations repeatedly re-wrote a letter to Theresa May, the home secretary, to play down her links with former home secretary Lord Brittan, it has emerged.Fiona Woolf has faced calls to resign over her close personal relationship with Brittan, who was in charge of the Home Office in the 1980s when it is alleged there was a coverup at the department of sexual abuse. Continue…
  • Politics Live blog - readers edition: Friday 31 October

    Guardian Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Share breaking news, leave links to interesting articles online and chat about the weeks political events in our open threadAndrew Sparrows not writing his usual Politics Live blog today, but, as an alternative, heres Politics Live: readers edition. Its intended to be a place where you can catch up with the latest news and find links to good politics blogs and articles on the web.Please feel free to use this as somewhere you can comment on any of the days political stories - just as you do when Im writing the daily blog. Continue reading...
  • Drugs legalisation: Cameron stands firm despite Lib Dem pressure

    Patrick Wintour
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    Prime minister says no to drugs policy review after report fails to find link between tough laws and levels of illegal substance useDavid Cameron on Thursday set his face against a change in UK drugs policy after the Liberal Democrat crime-prevention minister Norman Baker hailed a Home Office-commissioned report finding no obvious link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use.Baker, minister responsible for drugs, said the report meant the genie was out of the bottle and was not going back in. He said: I think the days of robotic, mindless rhetoric are over, because the facts and the…
  • Jim Murphy: can the Irn-Bru street fighter save Scottish Labour?

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The big political beast in the Scottish Labour party leadership contest is a vegetarian teetotaller who can be hard as nails yet may have enough stardust to revive the partys fortunesIn an era in which the sons of privilege dominate British politics, Jim Murphy stands out with a powerful personal backstory. The future cabinet ministers parents lived in such cramped conditions on a housing estate on the south side of Glasgow in the late 1960s that Murphys first days were spent in a chest of drawers.Jims parents put him in the bottom drawer of a chest of drawers in his cot a classic log cabin…
  • David Cameron accused of getting sums wrong on spending cuts claims

    Martin Williams
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Thinktank claims that not even half of the austerity measures mentioned by the prime minister would be implemented by 2015David Cameron has been accused of getting his sums wrong, after appearing to suggest the government had already made most of its proposed spending cuts.The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said not even half of the austerity measures would be implemented by 2015. Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    * Well, that took all of 24 hours: Secretary of State John Kerry is condemning remarks from an administration official who labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “chickenshit,” calling the comment “disgraceful” and “damaging.” “It is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging, and I think neither President Obama nor I — I’ve never heard that word around […]
  • Conservatives really, really dislike Mitch McConnell

    Greg Sargent
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The enduring conservative dislike for Mitch McConnell has long been a bit amusing to liberals. From their point of view, McConnell has arguably done as much anyone to sabotage the Obama agenda, hatching a grand obstructionist strategy that has often seemed almost cartoonishly diabolical. But conservatives have long lamented that at best, he’s an insufficiently […]
  • In the battle against Obama Tyranny, Republicans wave the white flag

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Republicans haven’t even won full control of Congress yet, and they’re already starting to betray angry GOP base voters. In the Holy War against Obama tyranny writ large, Republicans are waving the white flag across the board. We now learn from Politico that for the second time in as many months, a law firm hired […]
  • Architect of Democratic strategy for keeping Senate is hopeful, but realistic

    Greg Sargent
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    The chief architect of the Democrats’ strategy for holding their Senate majority is cautiously optimistic about next week’s outcome. With a heavy emphasis on the cautious part. In an interview with me, Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, sounded realistic about the challenges Democrats face, seeming to suggest at one […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    * Things are getting heated in Iowa: Hillary Clinton publicly criticized Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Wednesday for skipping out on meetings with Iowa newspaper editorial boards. Speaking at a campaign event for Bruce Braley, Ernst’s Democratic opponent, Clinton said that Ernst’s refusal to answer “tough questions” from editorial boards “seems like it should […]
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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

  • Will Non-Citizens Decide the Race in North Carolina?

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    All that money sloshing around and being poured into media campaigns to make sure the voting for crucial US Senate seats goes their way. Which way would that be? The Democrats way of course; they've been outspending Republicans by a considerable margin in key battleground states like North Carolina. Until recently that is. GOP spending has finally caught up with Democratic outlays and we now have a final week of almost even spending in 10 key states for a total of 30 million. North Carolina does indeed top the list where Sean Haugh's libertarian campaign may garner close to 7% of the vote and…
  • 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…
 
 
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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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    New Republic

  • The 20 Most Terrifying Non-Horror Books You'll Ever Read

    Hillary Kelly
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    You're Convinced You'll Never Find Anyone Who Will Really Love YouThe House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton: Lily Bart thinks it's beneath her to marry the man she truly cares about, Lawrence Selden. From then on, every decision she makes only leads her further away from happiness. We won't ruin
  • The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan

    Sean Wilentz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On Halloween night 1964, a twenty-three-year-old Bob Dylan spellbound an adoring audience at Philharmonic Hall in New York. Relaxed and high-spirited, he sang seventeen songs, three of them with his guest Joan Baez, plus one encore. Many of the songs, although less than two years old, were so famili
  • There Were No Love Stories in Auschwitz. Is It Okay for a Novelist to Invent One?

    Cynthia Ozick
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    She was coming back from the Old Town with her two daughters, and they were already well within the Zone of Interest. Up ahead, waiting to receive them stretched an avenue—almost a colonnade—of maples, their branches and lobed leaves interlocking overhead. A late afternoon in midsummer, with min
  • Why Did the Ultra-Religious, Anti-Gay President of "God's Harvard" Suddenly Resign?

    Kiera Feldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 15, the students of Patrick Henry College were called to an all-campus meeting. Patrick Henry College President Graham Walker announced his resignation, effective immediately. With his wife accompanying him on the piano, Walker bid the students farewell si
  • You Won't Like Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' ... But You Might Love Her

    Esther Breger
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Conversations about complicated female characters, in books but especially on television, have a tendency to be dominated by one tedious question: Is she unlikable? Hannah Horvath, Mindy Lahiri, Carrie Mathison—all have been accused of being “unlikable women,” as though that’s the worst thin
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • The Recount Rules Guide for 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    After the polls close Tuesday, it's likely at least a handful of House and Senate races will be too close to call.
  • Senate Democrats' Super Lawyer Preps for Overtime

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    As the Senate chamber erupted in applause after the swearing-in of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Majority Leader Harry Reid eventually looked up and directed his appreciation toward the newest senator's attorneys.
  • North Carolina Campaigns Prepare for Potential Recount

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The competitive North Carolina Senate race will cost more than $100 million by Election Day, and that price tag could climb further as both parties prepare to spend even more if the race becomes too close to call.
  • Obama's Midterm Loss Record Could Make History

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.
  • Tim Bishop in Political Peril — Again

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Rep. Timothy H. Bishop's re-election has once again surged to the top of the cycle's list of most competitive House races, and Republicans are more optimistic than ever they can defeat the battle-tested New York Democrat.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Louie Renault Award Of The Month: UNC At Chapel Hill

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    credit: solidprinciples.com Captain Louie Renault is a character in the Humphrey Bogart classic “Casablanca.” Just as he is proclaiming himself “shocked—shocked!” to discover gambling at Rick’s—Bogart’s—place, one of Rick’s waiters hands him a wad of cash, his gambling winnings, cementing Renault’s place as the eternal arbiter of hypocrisy and faux outrage. So this month’s Louie Renault Award goes to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an august bastion of higher learning that was recently shocked—shocked! to discover that college athletes were given…
  • Barack Obama: Bewildered Bystander, Execrable Executive

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    The indispensable Charles Krauthammer has a new article up at the Washington Post titled “Barack Obama: Bewildered Bystander.” As one might expect, Krauthammer takes Mr. Obama to task for claiming to know virtually nothing of what is happening in the government, the government it is his sole job to manage. Krauthammer also takes notice of Mr. Obama’s ever-increasing rhetorical anger at the incompetence and criminality in the various governmental bureaus over which he presides, yet knows not. Examples: The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the…
  • To Terrorist Or Not To Terrorist…

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:44 pm
    This one falls into the “you don’t say” category:  The NYPD is reportedly investigating whether Islamic extremism played a role in Thursday’s hatchet attack on city cops. Officers shot and killed a man identified as Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens, who fractured the skull of Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, at about 2 p.m. in the Jamaica section of Queens. Videotape and witness accounts apparently showed Thompson intentionally targeting four rookie officers. Thompson was seen minutes before the attack pulling a hatchet from his backpack and then began attacking the officers, slicing a…
  • Thoughts On Evil, Updated

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    At Bearing Arms, Editor Bob Owens, my friend and colleague, has been kind enough to publish the second in a new series: “A Gun Ownership Primer, Part 2: Does Evil Exist?”  The series is a continuation of a series I’ve done in the past, but updated and rethought a bit in light of changes in the world. Even so, as the photo above suggests, there are some things we shouldn’t think of changing. If you have a few minutes, you might find it enlightening, and a not uncongenial use of your time.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: colleague, Editor Bob Owens, Gun Ownership Primer
  • Do Unto Your Enemies

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    General George Patton was an American original. We can safely say that we will not see his like again. Accordingly, I was pleased to be able to work one of my favorite Patton aphorisms into an article about last week’s school shooting in Marysville, Washington. The good folks at The Truth About Guns have been kind enough to publish it.  It’s a somewhat different take on the prevention and response to school shootings than I’ve previously done. If you have a few minutes, you might find it worth your time.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: American original, General George Patton, school…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Boy, how times change. The generation that fell so deeply in love with Barack Obama is now over their romance with him.More than half – 51 percent – of America’s millennials who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress, with only 47 percent favoring Democrat control, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll.This marks a significant departure from the institute’s findings before the 2010 midterm elections, when America’s 18-29 year olds who were definitely voting favored Democrats 55 percent to 43 percent....What’s more, the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    The administration is getting lost in their excuse-making about why soldiers who are, according to them not working with patients, should still undergo quarantine when they return, but medical workers who have been in direct contact with Ebola patients, don't need such quarantine. They're trying to argue that the military aren't volunteering to go to West Africa so we can treat them differently. Josh Earnest gives the example of the haircuts that those in the military must undergo in contrast to civilians. As Noah Rothman writes, I’m not trying to be reflexively contrary, but how does it…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Sharyl Attkisson has a book coming out next week about her experiences working for CBS trying to cover Obama scandals such as Fast and Furious, spending on the stimulus, and Benghazi. She's won numerous awards for her investigative journalism, but that didn't seem to help when she started digging too deeply into Democratic scandals. Kyle Smith has a profile of Attkisson detailing how the Obama administration, as she titled her book, stonewalled her investigations.Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Oh, my! SNL didn't go there, did they? Yes, they sure did. How the mighty have fallen when SNL makes fun of Obama much as they would have any ordinary politician instead of trying to pretend that somehow he is above satire. And to add insult to injury, they chose to do this right before the elections. What a coincidence. The USDA has somehow misplaced key documents that would have clarified Senator Hagan's family's role in getting grants through the stimulus.Mollie Hemingway is sick of the media lecturing us about how we shouldn't be so concerned about Ebola.More than anything, though, I just…
  • 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…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Oops: Conscientious, dedicated, heroic … NYC Ebola Dr. ‘lied’ to authorities about NYC travels

    Dan
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Well, that’s not very responsible, unless maybe you think you’re above it all and the rules don’t apply to you. Hmm … The city’s first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities …. The post Oops: Conscientious, dedicated, heroic … NYC Ebola Dr. ‘lied’ to authorities about NYC travels appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Is RGA’s Chris Christie Letting Scott Walker Hang?

    Dan
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    This Weekly Standard item raises at least two good questions. Is Chris Christie using his role at the RGA to let Scott Walker hang at a critical juncture? And is the Post’s Robert Costa merely a bad reporter, a dishonest reporter, or the  establishment’s useful idiot given what this says about his reporting? I’m feeling generous, so I’ll go with idiot regarding Costa, for now. The post Is RGA’s Chris Christie Letting Scott Walker Hang? appeared first on 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.
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    Wizbang

  • Hilarious: Hillary Sings Praises of Possible 2016 Rival Elizabeth Warren

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, both rumored to be in the hunt for the 2016 Democrat nomination for President, appeared at the same event last week prompting Clinton to praise Warren as a “passionate champion for working people.” As one of the nation’s most well known Democrat women, Hillary Clinton is certainly expected to throw her hat in the ring for the 2016 Democrat nomination for President. But there is another up-and-coming woman of the (far, far) left who is dallying with the same decision. Senator Elizabeth Warren has slowly begun to…
  • Cosmo Magazine Sponsors Shirtless Male Models and Party Bus to Bring Students to the Polls

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Cosmopolitan magazine has been heavily pushing Obama’s agenda during this year’s election but the magazine isn’t satisfied with mere editorials and advertisements. Instead, the fashion magazine is going the extra mile by sponsoring a series of party busses featuring shirtless male models, free gifts, and snacks all aimed at carting college students to the polls next month. N.C. State University’s Technician, the school’s campus newspaper, reported that the fashion magazine will sponsor the party bus after the associate director of publicity and communications for…
  • Send Wahmbulance to the Daily Kos!

    David Robertson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the writers at the Daily Kos is in need of the Wahmbulance. Jeff Singer, the site’s senior elections writer, has written an article that Singer has titled “Republicans try to undercut Maine Democrats by boosting independent Eliot Cutler“. In it, Singer writes the following: The RGA is trying a similar tactic. Their ad attacks Michaud for trying to create a new tax, and notes that then-Gov. Angus King vetoed the bill. The narrator then mentions that King, now an independent senator, is backing Cutler. LePage is not mentioned at all in the spot: The ad
  • Does Joe Biden have a protégé?

    David Robertson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    From the Washington Post: You probably haven’t heard much about South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen of late for one simple reason: He has virtually no shot of unseating incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley. But now Sheheen has become a headache for Democrats nationally after calling Haley a “whore” on the stump. On October 1st, incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley had a 10-point lead over Sheheen. (Source) Does anyone care to guess what Gov. Haley’s lead is now?
  • Congress Mulling Mandatory Isolation for Returning Ebola Doctors

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    After a doctor returning from treating patients in West Africa was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, some in Congress are proposing that any healthcare worker returning from overseas after treating Ebola patients must be placed in isolation to make sure they are free of the disease. Doctor Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola upon returning to the US after taking care of Ebola patients in Guinea but when he first came home he was not exhibiting any symptoms. But only days after his return Spencer checked into Bellevue Hospital in New York and in short order was diagnosed with
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    Hullabaloo

  • Kings of Spy Prom

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Kings of Spy Promby digbyI wrote a fun piece for Salon earlier about the big expose by Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim about the "Spy Prom."  Talk about too weird to be believed:We’ve all heard of the junior prom for high school students. Many of us went to one, although those left peering in the window from the outside undoubtedly still feel the sting of not being invited. And everyone knows about the “nerd prom,” the absurd celebration of D.C. insiderism otherwise known as the Washington Correspondents Dinner. But now we know about the most exclusive prom of all: “spy prom,” an…
  • You can't put lipstick on a pig

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    You can't put lipstick on a pigby digbySo Rand Paul is out there hustling for the African American vote  --- which is a good thing.  I don't know how successful Republicans might be ,considering their philosophy and policies, but they should, at least, want to.But this made me laugh:"Remember Domino's Pizza? They admitted, 'Hey, our pizza crust sucks.' The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans," Paul said, according to The Hill.Paul said that the party needs a makeover…
  • You mean you can be a terrorist without being a Muslim? Who knew?

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You mean you can be a terrorist without being a Muslim? Who knew?by digbyShhh. Don't tell Bill Maher, but not all terrorists are Muslims. And there are a bunch of them right here in the United States:Federal agents reportedly found a supply of the explosive ammonium nitrate, along with a pile of guns and ammo, when they searched the hotel room of a leader of a Texas border militia member earlier this month.The San Antonio Express-News reported on Wednesday about court records that showed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives dispatched agents to a hotel in Brownsville, Texas…
  • The "illegal" election

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The "illegal" election by digbyI was premature, but I think I got it right:Thursday, June 08, 2006 The Themeby digby As I mentioned a month or so ago, Karl Rove was at the Republican Lawyers Association talking about how the Democrats are stealing elections. I can't find an exact transcript of his talk, but it exists on C-SPAN for 30 bucks if anyone wants to watch it. Raw Story caught a few excerpts although not the ones I recall about about the dirty elections in the "state of Washington and around the country."I want to thank you for your work on clean elections," Rove said. "I…
  • Wary of change?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Wary of change?by digbyThis is from a story on the pot measures around the country looking like they're coming up short in this election:"We're dealing with a tough mood in the country right now with Ebola and ISIS and the big drop in the stock market," Nadelmann said. "It puts a drag on things. People are not in a forward-thinking state of mind. They are more wary of change."It made me wonder if 2008 might have been different if the financial crisis had hit earlier in the cycle. Would people have been less "forward thinking" and more wary of change? I guess it's possible. But I think this…
 
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  • Your world, as described by Murdoch

    Attaturk
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Rupert Murdoch (photo: WEF/flickr) Good job Rupert…it’s all going according to plan. Australians believe the proportion of Muslims in the country is nine times higher than it really is, according to a new international survey comparing public perceptions with actual data. The Ipsos Mori poll conducted across 14 countries also showed Australians are wildly wrong in their estimations of the number of pregnant teenagers, unemployed people, immigrants and Christians in the country. …Australians said that Muslims made up 18% of the country’s population, far higher than their…
  • Late Late Night FDL: Thrillers

    Suzanne
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Shrek — Thriller Ten Second Songs — Thriller in 20 different styles. What’s on your mind?  
  • Late Night: Reflections on Halloween

    Ohio Barbarian
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I was a little kid in San Antonio in the 1960′s, Halloween was a huge holiday. Scores of kids would dress up in costumes, walk around local neighborhood blocks, and trick or treat, with the emphasis always on the treat part. Just about everybody participated, and those who didn’t were thought of as antisocial tightwads, too cheap to give candy to the kids. After the kids got home, many adults would pawn them off on babysitters who had to endure sugar-high kids while they went to costumed Halloween parties where alcohol and all kinds of food flowed freely. Many took off work…
  • A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: 30 Oct 2014

    KateCA
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    A Quick Whirl Around The Fracking World: *US.  Fracking has resulted in the “highest level in at least three decades” of US crude oil production, with  379.7 million barrels of oil now stored.  An industry spokesperson, however, said, while they’re “still optimistic about shale growth”,  2014 is likely to be a peak year. *US.  Scientists have found about 30% (roughly 2 million barrels) of the oil BP’s Macondo Well blowout spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.  Much of the oil is southwest of the well, deep down on the sea floor.  Maps and pics. More.  A recent BP pr effort.
  • In Leak Prosecution, Attorneys Demand to Know if Government Has “Agreement” with Reporter James Risen

    Kevin Gosztola
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Attorney General Eric Holder at the Washington Ideas Forum Attorneys for former CIA officer and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling are demanding evidence of any “understandings” or “agreements” between the United States and James Risen, a New York Times reporter, for testimony in the case. The demand comes after Attorney General Eric Holder made comments yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum about whistleblowers and whether the administration would be willing to put a reporter in jail if they refused to comply with a subpoena and provide compelled testimony. Holder…
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  • Theo Padnos' Remarkable Account of Captivity and Torture

    Jeralyn
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    In the New York Times, Peter Theo Curtis, aka Theo Padnos, provides a detailed and fascinating account of his 2 years as an Al Nusra hostage in Syria. He is now home in Vermont, having been released in August, days after the James Foley execution,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Small But Perceptible Shift in U.S. Global Drug Policy

    Jeralyn
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    This doesn't seem to have picked up as much traction in the U.S. as it has elsewhere, and it may not be huge, but it does represent a shift in stance on the U.S. global war on drugs. Robert Brownfield, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Sorry everyone, I've been swamped at work and didn't know the last open thread was full. Here's a new one, all topics welcome. I'll be back soon. Update: Have any of you had trouble accessing TalkLeft today? I am, and our... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Flak Over FBI and DEA Impersonations

    Jeralyn
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    The FBI and DEA's impersonation tactics have been facing a lot of criticism lately. First, there was the case of the cocaine defendant in New York who has filed a lawsuit to stop the DEA from impersonating her on Facebook. The DEA used photos... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Our last open thread is full. Here's a new one, 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

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

    Jaime Fuller
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    1, Matea Gold looks at the donors giving money like crazy to the Republican Governors Association -- which gives them the opportunity to hang out with these potential presidential candidates frequently too. 2. Rebecca Nelson at National Journal talks to an Obama impersonator. It's not by choice. Like Lady Gaga, I was born this way, […]
  • How racial appeals to black voters have changed — and worsened — under Obama

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Making appeals based on race is not new in politics. It can be subtle, like the posters of President Obama sitting in a barber's chair that hung in black barbershops in 2008. Or it can be overt and bordering on offensive, like the lynching images left on the car windows of black churchgoers in North […]
  • Graphs can be made to show anything, campaign ads edition

    Philip Bump
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I like graphs. And, obviously, I write about politics for a living, so when an ad backing Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) popped up during the (lamentable, horrible) defeat of the (noble, honorable) Kansas City Royals in the World Series on Wednesday night, I couldn't help but notice the graph that was prominently featured, trumpeting […]
  • 12 things the Republican Party can learn from Domino’s pizza

    Sarah Larimer
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I don't know anything about brands. Like, zero things. For instance, I feel like admitting my St. Louis Cardinals fandom is pretty bad for my personal brand, and yet here I am, tweeting about it like a dope. Man. I could learn so much from Domino's. Who among us hasn't said that, though? Who, in […]
  • I covered Tom Menino’s last year in office. Here’s what he taught me.

    Wesley Lowery
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It was the second week of my job covering city and politics at the Boston Globe, and I was convinced I was about to get myself fired. In 90 minutes, Democratic Senate candidates Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch were going to face off in one of their first televised debates in western Massachusetts. But I […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Sandy Recovery: Chris Christie's Achilles' Heel

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Yesterday we saw the Governor blow up at a resident who had the nerve to try to get answers about why two years later, hundreds of millions of dollars are still waiting to be distributed to help put residents back in their homes. You can see him make the case in this video segment that Rosi posted earlier. Instead of taking the question/criticism in stride, we saw typical Christie trying to shout down anyone who doesn't parrot his meme. But the problem with this "heckler" is that he seems to have touched on the Governor's Achilles heel according to Patrick Murray: "We have to separate his…
  • Late Cycle Polls: #NJ5 & #NJ3

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    It doesn't mean a thing until about 100 hours from now, give or take. Well, it might, for individuals or orgs looking for the best place to allocate field help, or help a campaign with a last-minute infusion of GOTV cash. Back to that in a sec. We now have late-cycle poll results for CD5 and CD3, and there's some shift: CD5: Cho vs. Garrett: Monmouth University poll out today shows Tea Party incumbent Rep. Scott Garrett pulling ahead: 53% Garrett 42% Cho. This is the same poll that found Cho within striking distance just 5 points behind Garrett 15 days ago (48%-43%). CD3: Belgard vs.
  • New Study: NJ Charters Do NOT Serve As Many At-Risk, LEP, Special Ed Students

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Facts are pesky things. And once again, we have a well-sourced piece of research that challenges the orthodoxy of charter schools' public relations. Thank you to Mark Weber (Jazzman) and Julia Sass Rubin for making sure we saw it. - Rosi Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. I have a new report out -- commissioned by SOSNJ and coauthored with Julia Sass Rubin of Rutgers -- on charter schools in New Jersey. This is the first of three, and it looks at student population differences between charters and their host district schools. No one who reads this blog will be surprised at our findings;…
  • No cameras? Really? OK, let's take Gov. Chris Christie at his word, and see if he can prove it.

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    In Belmar marking the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, part of what Christie yelled at Monmouth resident (and Sandy volunteer) James Keady was this: "I've been here when the cameras weren't here and did the work." The governor is pretty well-known for preening for the cameras, and engineering constituent events like "town halls" with taxpayer-funded cameras to capture him smacking down anybody who dares challenge him. We know that. But what American Bridge is doing today is brilliant, and I wish to hell I'd thought of it. They're taking Gov. Chris Christie at his word. Below the fold,…
  • Meet the Sandy victim Chris Christie told to 'sit down and shut up'

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Courtesy of All in with Chris Hayes and MSNBC. The "heckler" that got Gov. Christie so angry in Belmar that he yelled and insulted the guy is James Keady. Turns out Keady is a longtime volunteer in Monmouth County and exactly the kind of person who "rolls up his sleeves" like Christie credited himself as doing, which Keady actually does do. The former Asbury Park councilman says he took a month off from work after Sandy to help people. Keady, with an advocacy group called Finish the Job, says Christie is "sitting on" 80% of a $1.1 Billion federal relief package - Rehabilitation,…
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    Truthout Stories

  • What Would Republicans Do With a Senate Majority?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 9, 2014. Regardless of which party controls it, Republicans will almost certainly control the House, and Democrats will hold the White House. Given how far apart the parties are on almost every major issue, the odds that major legislation will become law in the next two years are scant. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times) By now I'm sure that a lot of Americans, especially in the "Senate swing states," are wishing that the November election would be over with already. Many are no…
  • Defense Spending and Net Exports Spur Higher Than Expected Third Quarter Growth

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Health spending continues its slower path, with an inflation rate of just 1.4 percent over the last year. GDP grew at a higher than expected 3.5 percent annual rate in the third quarter. The biggest factors in this growth were a 16.0 percent increase in defense spending, which added 0.66 percentage points to growth; an 11.0 percent increase in the export of goods, which added 0.99 percentage points to growth; and a 2.4 percent decrease in the import of goods, which added 0.34 percentage points to growth. These three categories accounted for almost two full percentage points of the growth in…
  • "Green World Rising": A Call to Save the Earth From Climate Change

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    "The threat of climate change is very real, but we have the solutions, knowledge, and ingenuity needed to help save our planet…" (Photo: Hagens World)In two previous videos narrated by Leonard DiCaprio and available over at GreenWorldRising.org, we’ve seen the dangers that global warming and climate change present for our planet and the human race. We’ve seen how there’s a giant sleeping monster lurking underground in the form of trapped methane gas, and we’ve learned that, if we continue to do nothing to fight climate change, that methane could get released, causing even more…
  • "The Red Cross' Secret Disaster": Charity Prioritized PR Over People After Superstorm Sandy

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    This week marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the New York City region, becoming one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history. A new joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR contends the American Red Cross bungled its response to Superstorm Sandy by caring more about its image and reputation than providing service to those in need. It alleges the organization diverted vehicles and resources to press conferences instead of using them to deliver services. And it estimates the Red Cross wasted an average of 30 percent of the meals it was producing in the…
  • Showdown Over Ebola: Will Quarantines of Health Care Workers Harm the Fight Against Epidemic?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    A debate is intensifying in the United States over quarantining health care workers who return from West Africa but do not show signs of Ebola. On Wednesday, Maine’s governor said that he would seek legal authority to enforce a 21-day home quarantine on Kaci Hickox, a nurse who has tested negative for Ebola after treating patients in Sierra Leone. Hickox made national headlines when she publicly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for quarantining her in a tent outside the hospital. Hickox said she would challenge Maine’s restrictions just as she did in New Jersey. "I completely…
 
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  • In Mississippi ACA rollout, one big disaster, one small success

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Politico's Sarah Varney has a beautifully reported, infuriating account of how Tea Party government in Mississippi sabotaged the state's ACA rollout, leaving Mississippi "the only state in the union where the percentage of uninsured residents has gone up, not down."The tale has three parts: 1) the state's Tea Party governor elected in 2012, Phil Bryant, undercut and induced the closure of the state's home-built insurance exchange, a project in which the state insurance commissioner (and Haley Barbour crony) Mike Chaney was deeply invested, and which was briefly operative before full ACA…
  • What the ACA can't cure

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    I recently referred to Investor's Business Daily reporter Jed Graham's coverage of the ACA as "adversarial." He objected. I responded, "I don't ignore or minimize ACA flaws but would not object to a characterization of my writing on it as "sympathetic."That set me thinking about everything that troubles me about the ACA -- or, more accurately, things that trouble me about the US healthcare system that the ACA is unlikely to fix -- though it may help catalyze reform on several of these fronts. Here's the list:1. All private health insurance in the U.S. is inadequate -- thanks to the…
  • 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…
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    Opinionator

  • Looking a Dangerous Disease in the Mouth

    By David Bornstein
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A good dentist is hard to find, especially in low-income and rural areas, but trained dental therapists can provide effective care where it is needed.
  • Peering Into the Darkness

    By Joe Hill
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Horror stories shine a bright light on our fears.
  • Parenting and Heart Attacks

    By Abby Sher
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Three months after giving birth, I found myself back in the hospital.
  • Should We Put Baseball on Speed?

    By Mark C. Taylor
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The seemingly pointless, time-killing rituals of the game are a buffer against the frenetic pace of everyday life.
  • Killing Bloody Bill

    By Matthew C. Hulbert
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The death of the Confederate guerrilla leader William Anderson and the shaping of Civil War memory.
 
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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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    Reuters: Politics

  • U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.
  • Big money crops up in small elections in the United States

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    ARVADA Colorado (Reuters) - Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they're cropping up in state and local races as well.
  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday.
  • 'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp campaigning for elections

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    PORTLAND Me. (Reuters) - Wistful about fighting his last campaign, President Barack Obama touted a burst of U.S. economic growth on Thursday to try to limit Democratic losses in next week's elections, in a speech at one of the few voter rallies he is attending.
  • Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney, Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The high-profile U.S. Senate race in Iowa is a dead heat, with Democratic Representative Bruce Braley and Republican state Senator Joni Ernst each garnering the support of 45 percent of likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

    samzenpus
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. "In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, 'are temporary records and subject to destruction' after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the…
  • Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

    samzenpus
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    RoccamOccam writes A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a "government-related entity" that planted classified documents on her computer. In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was "shocked" and "flabbergasted" at what the analysis revealed. "This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn't have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America," Attkisson quotes the source…
  • Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

    samzenpus
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    TMB writes Al Jazeera reports on a Rutgers study about e-voting in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, and it is damning. It concludes that the middle of a natural disaster is the last time to try switching to a new voting method, especially one rife with such problems as e-voting. The table of contents includes such section headings as "Internet voting is not safe, should not be made legal, and should never be incorporated into emergency measures."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • 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…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has caused some consternation and controversy by saying to an audience of doctors and scientists last weekend that plastic surgery and genetic science existed and were in use thousands of years ago in ancient India. That, he said at the dedication of a hospital in Mumbai on October 25, was [...]
  • Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    The four members of Axes have been brought together from the far flung corners of Denmark, Iran, Scotland and Essex, to form an almighty amalgamation of schizophrenic punk energy and math rock riffing. After the release of their self-titled debut mini album in 2013, the quartet are back with Glory released through Big Scary Monsters [...]
  • Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Grime MC Solo 45 is currently deep in preparation for his appearance alongside his crew Boy Better Know at this week’s Red Bull Culture Clash. The grime collective will be defending the title, which they won at last year’s event. They’ve got their work cut out with competition from Jamaica’s legendary Stone Love, the A$AP [...]
  • The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    With the release of their third album, There Is Only You, The Xcerts have managed to marry raw emotional lyrics to some of the catchiest choruses of 2014. Available for streaming below, exclusively for The Independent, the album represents a turning point for the band and is quite possibly their strongest release to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the three-piece to discuss contradictions, heart-break and career-defining records.
  • Her Outdoors: Herb Outdoors special 1. Lemon Verbena

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    I have an ongoing dilemma about where to keep my herbs growing. Ok, this isn’t the biggest of dilemmas, but as gardening is always about trying to overcome nature, it is always good to have a debate with yourself. The best place for herbs, really, is close to your back door (or front door, in [...]
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  • Maine's Governor Brags About His 'Robust Authority' to Quarantine Healthy, Ebola-Negative Nurses

    Jacob Sullum
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Yesterday Maine's governor, Paul LePage, said he would "seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine" of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who returned to the United States on Friday after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. But he did not specify which "legal authority" he had in mind. Meanwhile, LePage dispatched state troopers to Hickox's home in Fort Kent to keep an eye on her. Today they tagged along as Hickox took a bike ride with her boyfriend, brazenly defying LePage's admittedly extralegal demand that she remain confined to her home until mid-November, even though she is neither sick…
  • Robby Soave Discusses the Midterms on the Tom Brown Show on WEZS Tonight at 9pm ET

    Robby Soave
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I'll be on the Tom Brown Show on WEZS tonight at 9pm ET discussing that whole election thing happening next week. If you're in New Hampshire, tune in—everyone else can listen online here.
  • Turned Off by Obamacare, Many Doctors Spurn Exchange Patients

    J.D. Tuccille
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Riffing off a survey conducted earlier this year by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the conservative American Action Forum (AAF) estimates that upwards of 214,000 doctors are declining to serve patients covered by Obamacare exchange health plans. AAF gets that number by extrapolating the MGMA's survey responses across the full population of practicing physicians, so take that number as seriously as you like. But there's no doubt that physicians have real concerns about the president's signature Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that exchange customers are having trouble finding…
  • Cuomo Vows to Bust NY Public School Monopoly, But His Support for Common Core Tells Another Story

    Patrick Hannaford
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has announced his intention to take on New York’s public education system if he is re-elected on November 4. Speaking to the Editorial Board of The New York Daily News, Cuomo stated that he planned "to break what is in essence one of the only remaining public school monopolies." Cuomo went on to say that the key to improving New York’s education system is a combination of increased competition (through school choice alternatives like charter schools) and the more rigorous evaluation system for teachers that has been imposed in New York as part of the Common…
  • Rand Paul: GOP Brand "Sucks" Like Domino's Pizza

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants the GOP to avoid the political equivalent of the Domino's Pizza Noid. The Noid was the late, ulamented mascot of Domino's Pizza long before the company admitted just how bad its pizza really was. From The Hill: Paul acknowledged Wednesday a problem that many Republicans admit only privately: their party brand “sucks.”   The weakness, Paul added, is particularly serious when it comes to appealing to black voters. “Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a…
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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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  • They're All Randians Now

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In public opinion, the battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to a stalemate. Depending on how you ask the question, a majority of the public disapproves of the law, but a majority also doesn't agree with Republicans that it should be repealed. On the simple approval question, poll results look just about the same as they did five years ago, which is remarkable given all the fighting over it and everything that has happened, good and bad, in its implementation. But there's something remarkable in this new article in the New England Journal of Medicine that we really need to take notice…
  • Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like: "This is America, and everyone has the right to speak their minds. So you've had your say, and now it's my turn." It allows the politician to show the crowd that he's unflappable and patient, but not intimidated. That is, unless you're Chris Christie, in which case every heckler is an opportunity to show that you're something else: a tough guy who don't take guff from nobody. To wit,…
  • Wisconsin Governor's Race: Referendums Designed to Rebuke Walker to Appear on Election Day Ballots

    Eric Garcia
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. Since his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together with the Republican-led state legislature, has set out to undo some of the state’s progressive hallmarks, especially its hallowed place in labor history as a trailblazer in collective bargaining for public workers. Having pushed through a loudly contested bill in 2011 that all but ended that practice, Walker and the legislature have gone on to oppose…
  • On Realism, Old and New

    James Mann
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Though few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. During his 1996 re-election campaign, striving to describe America’s role in the world, Clinton began to speak of this country as the “indispensable nation.” In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that year, Clinton proclaimed, “We remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace, and freedom and to keep our…
  • Which Southern State Is Feeling the Brunt of Big Money Election Spending?

    Chris Kromm
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Retired teacher Blaine Heslett and his son Caleb, 15, right, listen as Lee Greenwood delivers his song "God Bless the USA", at a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in Cadiz at the Scott Jolly Farm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014. McConnell is campaigning during the final week before the crucial midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. This article originally appeared on Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against…
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  • They're All Randians Now

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In public opinion, the battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to a stalemate. Depending on how you ask the question, a majority of the public disapproves of the law, but a majority also doesn't agree with Republicans that it should be repealed. On the simple approval question, poll results look just about the same as they did five years ago, which is remarkable given all the fighting over it and everything that has happened, good and bad, in its implementation. But there's something remarkable in this new article in the New England Journal of Medicine that we really need to take notice…
  • Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like: "This is America, and everyone has the right to speak their minds. So you've had your say, and now it's my turn." It allows the politician to show the crowd that he's unflappable and patient, but not intimidated. That is, unless you're Chris Christie, in which case every heckler is an opportunity to show that you're something else: a tough guy who don't take guff from nobody. To wit,…
  • Wisconsin Governor's Race: Referendums Designed to Rebuke Walker to Appear on Election Day Ballots

    Eric Garcia
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. Since his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together with the Republican-led state legislature, has set out to undo some of the state’s progressive hallmarks, especially its hallowed place in labor history as a trailblazer in collective bargaining for public workers. Having pushed through a loudly contested bill in 2011 that all but ended that practice, Walker and the legislature have gone on to oppose…
  • On Realism, Old and New

    James Mann
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Though few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. During his 1996 re-election campaign, striving to describe America’s role in the world, Clinton began to speak of this country as the “indispensable nation.” In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that year, Clinton proclaimed, “We remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace, and freedom and to keep our…
  • Which Southern State Is Feeling the Brunt of Big Money Election Spending?

    Chris Kromm
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Retired teacher Blaine Heslett and his son Caleb, 15, right, listen as Lee Greenwood delivers his song "God Bless the USA", at a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in Cadiz at the Scott Jolly Farm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014. McConnell is campaigning during the final week before the crucial midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. This article originally appeared on Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against…
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    Wonkblog

  • The U.S. recovery is frustrating — but it’s the envy of the advanced world

    Chico Harlan
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    U.S.A.! (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) In the United States, the story of the economy is a good news, bad news affair. Jobs are coming back, but millions are reluctantly accepting part-time work. Investors are accumulating wealth, but income levels are hardly growing. But globally, the trajectory of America’s economy is spurring a different reaction: envy. On the heels of a steady six-month jobs expansion, the United States has reemerged as the star of — and perhaps the locomotive for — an otherwise slumping global economy. In the latest reminder of how America is outpacing much of the…
  • Study: Women with more children are more productive at work

    Ylan Q. Mui
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
      Baby Twins Sitting Up and Smiling (The Image Bank/Getty Images) A word of encouragement for my working moms: You are actually more productive than your childless peers. That’s the conclusion of a recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which found that over the course of a 30-year career, mothers outperformed women without children at almost every stage of the game. In fact, mothers with at least two kids were the most productive of all. Here’s how the researchers (all men, by the way) came up with those results: They wanted to  understand the impact of having…
  • Atul Gawande explains why the health care system should stop trying to help everyone live longer

    Harold Pollack
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Surgeon Atul Gawande, author of "Being Mortal" at a recent talk in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) Atul Gawande’s current best-seller, Being Mortal, has touched a nerve regarding our medical system’s very poor handling of aging, life-altering illnesses, hospice, and palliative care. The book raises the question of why the U.S. health system prizes the length of a patient's life over the quality of that life in a person's final years. I caught up with Gawande after he delivered a public lecture on his book. Below is an edited and condensed transcript of our conversation.
  • Mapped: The growing Congressional support for drug policy reform

    Christopher Ingraham
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In this Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Tony L. Brannon, Murray State University's agriculture dean, shows hemp seeds taken from a plant at the school's research farm in Murray, Ky. Researchers and farmers are producing the state’s first legal hemp crop in generations. Hemp has turned into a political cause in the Bluegrass state. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner) The 113th Congress has seen the emergence of a bipartisan majority working to reform the nation's drug laws, according to a new scorecard released by Drug Policy Action, a non-profit group in favor of overhauling federal drug policy. The group…
  • Why Modi’s India might finally be set for an economic revival

    Ana Swanson
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    On the campaign trail last winter, Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, presented himself as a white-bearded knight who could ride in and reinvigorate the nation’s economy. Voters were fed up with sluggish growth, limited job opportunities for India’s enormous youth population and frequent corruption scandals involving government officials. Modi’s promise to strengthen the economy and streamline the messy bureaucracy struck a powerful chord with voters. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept into power, while the Congress party, which has governed India almost continuously…
 
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  • Obama puts focus on economy in closing days of campaign

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    President Obama will host a roundtable discussion on women’s economic issues Friday in Rhode Island as the White House looks to tout recent signs of recovery in the final days before the midterm elections.The president is expected to highlight...
  • Obama 'proud' of security team

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    President Obama is “proud” of his national security team despite a report suggesting key advisers are engaged in turf battles and struggling to penetrate his inner circle, the White House said Thursday.“The president and his senior team at the White...
  • White men will 'do great in my presidency'

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joked to a private gathering that "white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency," according to a recording obtained by CNN. "I'm trying to help you with your tax status," Graham said...
  • Holder: No replacement until next year

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that he hoped his replacement would be confirmed by early February, suggesting that the White House would not push for a vote during the Senate's lame-duck session."I think that ... there’ll be a...
  • Shock poll: Millennials want GOP Congress

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Young voters prefer a Republican-led Congress, according to a new poll released on Wednesday that finds the pivotal voting bloc is "up for grabs" in next week’s election.The survey — conducted by the Institute of Politics at Harvard University...
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  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The petition of the day is: Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. 14-144 Issue: (1) Whether the messages and images that appear on state-issued specialty license plates qualify as government speech immune from any requirement of viewpoint neutrality; and (2) whether Texas engaged in “viewpoint discrimination” by rejecting the license-plate design proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, when Texas has not issued any license plate that portrays the confederacy or the confederate battle flag in a negative or critical light.
  • Argument preview: Racial gerrymandering, partisan politics, and the future of the Voting Rights Act

    Richard Hasen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Supreme Court has long ignored Justice Felix Frankfurter’s warning to stay out of the political thicket. It regularly hears challenges to redistricting cases (not to mention lots of other types of election cases), raising issues from the one-person, one-vote rule to vote dilution under the Voting Rights Act, to racial and partisan gerrymandering claims. The Court’s decision to hear a part of a challenge to Alabama’s state legislative redistricting plan enacted after the 2010 census (in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama, set…
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Briefly: In the ABA Journal, Mark Walsh previews next week’s oral argument in Yates v. United States, in which the Court will consider the case of a commercial fisherman convicted of violating the anti-shredding provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act for the destruction of several undersized fish. In her column for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse discusses Justice Lewis Powell’s concurring opinion in Plyler v. Doe, a 1981 case in which the Court held that Texas could not exclude undocumented children from the free public education provided to other children. Just as the Court in that…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Berger v. American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina 14-35 Issue: Whether the government speech doctrine permits the state of North Carolina to promote its “Choose Life” message through a specialty license plate program over which it exercises complete and effective control without also offering a pro-choice specialty plate.
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part six)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    The connections among liberty, government power, speech, campaign finance, technology, and privacy. “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 affected by law, and the human…
 
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  • Color of Change: Republicans are "trying to impeach our president."

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Republicans are trying to impeach Barack Obama, civil rights group says In a last-ditch effort to mobilize voters before Election Day, Democrats and their supporters are warning that Republicans will try to impeach President Barack Obama if the GOP wins the Senate. On Oct. 28, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote a fundraising letter for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee claiming that a "Republican House and Senate could go beyond shutting down the government — they could waste months of our lives on impeachment." In…
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America: "If Cory Gardner gets his way, you'd better stock up on condoms."

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Ad in Colorado Senate race suggests Cory Gardner would ban condoms Even amid a torrent of campaign ads during the waning days of the 2014 midterm election cycle, a new television ad in Colorado’s tight Senate race certainly stands out. It addresses a topic -- abortion and birth control -- that have recurred often in the campaign between incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner. But the imagery, and the claim, make the ad unusual. The ad shows footage of a young, partially dressed couple in a bed, with the man reaching…
  • Facebook posts: Says Sen. Elizabeth Warren "lives in a $5.4 million mansion."

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Critics say Elizabeth Warren 'lives in a $5.4 million mansion' Nothing animates political discussions like the appearance of hypocrisy. And for some critics these days, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., offers a tempting target. Warren, elected in 2012, has become a leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, decrying the excesses of Wall Street and income inequality. These efforts -- and the possibility that she could run for president in 2016 -- has made her a high-profile political figure. Here’s a social media meme we recently received:…
  • Barack Obama: "You cannot get (Ebola) from just riding on a plane or bus."

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Barack Obama says you can't get Ebola from riding on a bus or plane President Barack Obama has sought to assuage fears about Ebola in the face of panic and misinformation. In his Oct. 18 weekly address, he called on people to "be guided by the science and "remember the basic facts." "Ebola is actually a difficult disease to catch," Obama said. "It's not transmitted through the air like the flu. You cannot get it from just riding on a plane or a bus." That last line, repeated often by the administration in various…
  • Facebook posts: Says the 1956 Republican Party platform supported equal pay, the minimum wage, asylum for refugees, protections for unions and more.

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Viral meme says 1956 Republican platform was pretty liberal Liberals are getting nostalgic about the 1950s Republican agenda -- at least judging by the social media meme several readers recently sent us. The meme, created by the group Occupy Democrats, summarized a few planks from the 1956 Republican Party platform, followed by the wistful comment, "Share if you miss the good old days!" Here are the seven planks listed in the meme, which to today’s ear sound more like Democratic talking points: 1. Provide federal assistance to low-income…
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  • Friday Morning Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:28 am
    Everything is effed up & terrible, and the temptation is to despair that nothing can be done. Things have been effed up & terrible before, too. Roger Cohen, in the NYTimes, on “The Discretion of Nicholas Winton“: LONDON — An old man went to Prague this week. He had spent much of his life keeping quiet about his deeds. They spoke for themselves. Now he said, “In a way perhaps I shouldn’t have lived so long to give everybody the opportunity to exaggerate everything in the way they are doing today.” At the age of 105, Sir Nicholas Winton is still inclined toward…
  • Late Night Change of Pace: “A Foodie Repents”

    Anne Laurie
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Professional restaurant reviewer John Lancaster, in the New Yorker, says we should “Shut Up and Eat“: … The specifics of how my mother came to be interested in cooking are unusual. She’s the only person I know who learned to make beef Stroganoff as part of the decompression process after running a convent school in Madras. At the same time, though, her story is typical: people have come to use food to express and to define their sense of who they are. If you live and cook the same way your grandmother did, you’ll probably never open a cookbook. Cookbooks, and everything…
  • The Roberts Court’s “Greatest Threat to Public Confidence”

    Anne Laurie
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 pm
    (Ben Sargent via GoComics.com) Linda Greenhouse, in the NYTimes, on “A Supreme Court Misstep“: … Late on a Friday night earlier this month, the Supreme Court voted in another case from Texas to permit the state’s voter ID law, the strictest in the country, to take effect. A federal district judge in Corpus Christi found after a nine-day trial that the law’s stringent requirements for particular forms of identification would prevent as many as 600,000 Texans, 4.5 percent of all those registered, from voting next month. The impact, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos found, would…
  • Thursday Evening Open Thread: “‘Rally’ Is A Verb”

    Anne Laurie
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The Washington Post reminds us why I’m not the only Democrat who {hearts} Senator Elisabeth Warren: … Warren — a second-year senator from Massachusetts who is not up for reelection — might be one of the few Democrats in the nation who are enjoying 2014. She has been invited to rallies for candidates in six states, even in conservative places such as Kentucky, where on Tuesday night she campaigned with Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. One secret of Warren’s success has been her mastery of an old political art: the stump speech. Other Senate Democrats, after years on…
  • #YesAllMen, Catcalling Is A Problem

    Elon James White
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    If you have managed to avoid Hollaback’s “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” and the subsequent insanity/commentary/ridiculousness that has occurred as a result, then you probably live in a cabin in the woods with no electricity. While some critics have pointed out that the video is problematic due to where it was shot and the focus on men of color being the primary catcallers, it has started a needed dialogue about street harrassment that has gotten very heated. Team Blackness delves into why unwarranted commentary from men on the street is a problem, and one caller…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Interview with Major Todd Pierce

    THE TALKING DOG
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    You Tube image of Maj. Todd Pierce Major Todd Pierce (U.S. Army, Retired) is an attorney who served as a Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) officer in the United States Army. In that capacity, he has served on the defense teams for two Guantanamo military commissions defendants. On October 13, 2014 I had the privilege of interviewing Maj. Pierce by telephone. What follows are my interview notes, as corrected by Maj. Pierce. The Talking Dog: The customary first question is “where were you on Sept. 11th”. In your case, I know you were on active duty (in Army Reserve command), and I…
  • Solar Power

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    Some good news both on the economic and environmental front, Oregon’s SolarWorld is expanding production. SolarWorld Industries America Inc. will add 200 jobs in Hillsboro as it ramps up manufacturing to meet growing U.S. demand, company executives announced Thursday. The company will expand both its cell and module production capacity in early 2015, making $10 million in investments in Hillsboro, said Mukesh Dulani, SolarWorld’s U.S. president. Solar Power has now reached parity with coal even in the cloudy and rainy Pacific Northwest much to the dismay of big coal. graphic via…
  • Cartoon: The Scream (Political Version)

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: The Scream (Political Version) appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?

    HART WILLIAMS
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Remember Eric O’Keefe?  You know, from my Wisconsin series*? And my Howie Rich series*? And from the Sam Adams Alliance’s role in the genesis of the Tea Party*, and, finally in possible collusion with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker, something called the The John Doe Investigation*; thence the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm, the countersuit in Federal court that stopped the investigation and left the prosecutors PERSONALLY liable in civil court? To wit: Complaint: Wisconsin Club for Growth violated IRS rules October 28, 2014 6:30 am By Matthew DeFour | Wisconsin State Journal [A…
  • Peak Water

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    For several years we have been hearing about Peak Oil but a greater threat to the human race is Peak Water.  We have heard about the drought and water shortages in California but that state is not unique. The Central Valley boasts some of the globe’s fastest-depleting aquifers—but by no means the fastest overall. Indeed, it has a rival here in the United States. The below[above] graphic represents depletion rates at some of the globe’s largest aquifers, nearly all of which Famiglietti notes, “underlie the world’s great agricultural regions and are primarily…
 
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  • Right-to-die viral hero Brittany does a new video

    John Aravosis
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Brittany Maynard, who Dr. Thoma wrote about this morning, has done a new video. It’s below. Brittany, you’ll recall, was diagnosed earlier this year with a terminal brain tumor. She was married less than two years ago; heer doctors gave her only a few months to live. It’s a heart-wrenching, and in some ways even beautiful, story. You have to admire her courage in the way she’s facing all of this. Speaking out, and trying to making a difference for others, would be the last thing many of us would choose on hearing that at age 30 we suddenly had only months to live. The…
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I’m proud to be gay”

    John Aravosis
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Apple CEO Tim Cook came out today as a gay man in an article in Bloomberg Businessweek. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” Cook wrote. “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” Good for him. Cook, 53, has been criticized in the past by some who were upset that he refused to acknowledge what many already knew. But I’ve defended Cook for a few reasons. 1. He’s wasn’t harming anyone, and in fact was incredibly pro-gay as…
  • “I’m going to die on November 1st, 2014”

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I’m going to die on November 1st, 2014.” That’s Brittany Maynard’s plan, and hope. If she’s not quite happy about it, she’s at least somewhat relieved — relieved that she’ll have the option to end her life when she wants to and not wait for the route to death to take its toll. Brittany is a newlywed, and just turning thirty.  Brittany is also terminally ill, suffering from glioblastoma multiforme, a malignant brain tumor that will kill her. Right now she’s having frequent headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and having seizures.  She’s just completed her bucket…
  • Benedict Cumberbatch’s audition for The Hobbit (video)

    John Aravosis
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Benedict Cumberbatch, of “Sherlock” and Khan (from the new Star Trek films) fame, auditioned for the part of the dragon Smaug in the recent film “The Hobbit.” I couldn’t stand “The Hobbit,” and I love the book and the “Lord of the Rings” movies, but nonetheless, Cumberbatch was masterful in his audition. Here it is:
  • Costco commies: “Our employees deserve Thanksgiving with their families”

    John Aravosis
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Helping to cement its growing reputation as a commie front, Costco announced that it will be giving its 127,000 employees the day off on Thanksgiving. Costco’s “Black Friday” sales will therefore begin on, you know, Friday. Costco revealed its un-American plot to ThinkProgress. In all seriousness, Costco has long had a reputation for being good to its employees. Contrast that to Walmart (which discriminated against people with disabilities, cut back employee and spousal health coverage, keeps selling assault weapons, sold a book about curing gays, and my personal favorite,…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Darth Vader denied political freedom in Ukraine

    mintbbb (/politics/member/mintbbb)
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    In Ukraine, an electrician who legally changed his name to Darth Vader and is running for a seat in the country's parliament "was turned away from a Kiev polling station Sunday for refusing to take off his mask to be identified." "When I get to parliament, I will expel all the deputies--they have proven their uselessness," he told the AP. "Computers will work in their place and they will fulfill their functions without cease." (boingboing)
  • 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."
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  • They're All Randians Now

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In public opinion, the battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to a stalemate. Depending on how you ask the question, a majority of the public disapproves of the law, but a majority also doesn't agree with Republicans that it should be repealed. On the simple approval question, poll results look just about the same as they did five years ago, which is remarkable given all the fighting over it and everything that has happened, good and bad, in its implementation. But there's something remarkable in this new article in the New England Journal of Medicine that we really need to take notice…
  • Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'

    Paul Waldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like: "This is America, and everyone has the right to speak their minds. So you've had your say, and now it's my turn." It allows the politician to show the crowd that he's unflappable and patient, but not intimidated. That is, unless you're Chris Christie, in which case every heckler is an opportunity to show that you're something else: a tough guy who don't take guff from nobody. To wit,…
  • Wisconsin Governor's Race: Referendums Designed to Rebuke Walker to Appear on Election Day Ballots

    Eric Garcia
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File) Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago on August 8, 2014. Since his election to the Wisconsin governor’s mansion, Scott Walker, together with the Republican-led state legislature, has set out to undo some of the state’s progressive hallmarks, especially its hallowed place in labor history as a trailblazer in collective bargaining for public workers. Having pushed through a loudly contested bill in 2011 that all but ended that practice, Walker and the legislature have gone on to oppose…
  • On Realism, Old and New

    James Mann
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    This article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Though few people realize it, it was Bill Clinton who first uttered the phrase on which U.S. foreign policy has remained so hopelessly fixated ever since. During his 1996 re-election campaign, striving to describe America’s role in the world, Clinton began to speak of this country as the “indispensable nation.” In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention that year, Clinton proclaimed, “We remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace, and freedom and to keep our…
  • Which Southern State Is Feeling the Brunt of Big Money Election Spending?

    Chris Kromm
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Retired teacher Blaine Heslett and his son Caleb, 15, right, listen as Lee Greenwood delivers his song "God Bless the USA", at a rally for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in Cadiz at the Scott Jolly Farm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014. McConnell is campaigning during the final week before the crucial midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. This article originally appeared on Facing South, the website published by the Institute for Southern Studies. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against…
 
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  • State of the Nation

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the 2nd week of October the NBC/WSJ poll found that 65% of us think the country is on the wrong track, while 25% of Americans think the country is on the right track. Not since June 2013 have more than 30% of Americans thought the country was on the right track. During that same 16 month period the percentage of Americans who think the country is on the wrong track has ranged from a high of 78% in October 2013 to a low of 61% in July 2013. “The lower half of U.S. households, ranked by wealth, held just 1% of total wealth last year (2013) down from 3% in 1989.” [WSJ 10/18 – Janet…
  • President Obama

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on President Obama's job approval (as found by Gallup 10/26) is 42% approval/52% disapproval. During the 23rd quarter of Obama’s Administration his job approval averaged 41.5%, the lowest quarterly average of his tenure other than the 11th quarter and the 3rd quarter of 2011, when he averaged 41%. The WP/ABC survey found the President’s job approval at 43% up from 40% earlier in the month. In assessing specific elements of his job performance, it recorded the lowest job approval of his tenure on immigration (29%), international affairs (37%), and the threat of…
  • The Races

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Box Score 2014- 2000 Congressional Elections   Senate* House 2014         2012 D +2 D-55/R-45 D +8 D-201/R-234 2010 R +6 D-53/R-47  R +63 D-193/R-242 2008 D +8 D-59/R-41 D +21 D-257/R-178 2006 D +5 D-51/R-49 D +31 D-233/R-202 2004 R +4 D-44/R-55 R +3 D-202/R-232 2002 R +2 D-49/R-51 R +8 D-204/R-229 2000 D +4 D-50/R-50 D +1 D-212/R-221 1998 No change D-45/R-55 D +5 D-211/R223 *Independents are included with Democrats in the Senate tallies. 14% approve of the way Congress is doing its job. This has been the average approval rating for all of 2014. This is somewhat…
  • The Races: U.S. Senate

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    All signs point to November 4th not being a good day for Senate Democrats. [Keep in mind that two States require 50% +1 to win, Louisiana and Georgia. Those races might not be decided until runoff elections in December and January respectively.] There are 9 States designated as toss-ups in the chart below. If the two toss-ups that are leaning Democrat and the four toss-ups that are leaning Republican end up in the direction they are leaning, the Senate count will be Democrats 47 – Republicans 50 That leaves three toss-ups that are hard to classify as leaning one way or the other. If the…
  • The Races: U.S. House

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    The general consensus is that the Republicans will pick up seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cook currently suggests that the Republicans will gain between 4 and 10 seats. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball suggests the GOP pickup will range from 6 to 9 seats. (Cook Political Report is my bible for the data below.) The House of Representatives Democrats 199 Republicans 234 Vacant 2 (2D)   Democrats Republicans Safe in 2014 161 210 Leaning 24 (1 GOP seat) 21 (includes 3 Democrat seats)   Toss-ups Democrats Republicans   13 5
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Field Poll Shows Dems in Good Shape for Statewide Races, SSPI will be close

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

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

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

  • The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations is Officially Here

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    The other day I was talking to a senior Obama Administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname. This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis. The…
  • The Crisis in Relations Between Israel and the U.S. is Officially Here

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The other day I was talking to a senior Obama Administration official about the foreign leader who seems to most frustrate the White House and the State Department. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname. This comment is representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors, and is yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments are moving toward a full-blown crisis. The relationship…
  • 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…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Sessions: 'The World Has Turned Upside Down'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Senator Jeff Sessions will soon release this statement in response to a report in the Wall Street Journal that details President Obama's plans to unilaterally implement amnesty. "The Wall Street Journal confirmed today that the President is planning to issue a massive unilateral executive amnesty after the election. "In its report, the WSJ certifies that this executive amnesty would provide work permits for illegal immigrants—taking jobs directly from struggling Americans. "Based on the USCIS contract bid and statements from USCIS employees, we know this executive…
  • Bandits Over Latvia

    Geoffrey Norman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Bloomberg is reporting that: NATO fighter planes made interceptions of seven Russian military aircraft near Latvia’s border today, following a similar incident yesterday, the country’s army said on its Twitter account.  Increased and intrusive Russian military activity has also been seen elsewhere as: Estonia and Finland reported increased violations of their airspace, while Sweden earlier this month staged its biggest naval mobilization since the Cold War in a week-long hunt for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago.  The Washington Post quotes a: U.S.
  • Internal Poll Shows Hogan Leading Brown by 5 in Maryland

    Michael Warren
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan has a 5-point lead over Democrat Anthony Brown in a surprisingly close race in Maryland, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the Hogan campaign and obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The survey of more than 500 likely Maryland voters finds Hogan with 44 percent support, while Brown, the lieutenant governor, has 39 percent support. Fourteen percent say they remain undecided. That's a 17-point swing from the campaign's internal poll in July, when Brown led Hogan by 12 points, 48 percent to 36 percent. The poll also found Hogan…
  • Apple CEO Sure Sounds a Lot Like Chick-fil-A CEO

    Jim Swift
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Today, in an article for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Apple CEO Tim Cook makes an announcement: "I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Cook continues, writing: "The company I am so fortunate to lead has ... taken a strong stand in support of a workplace equality bill before Congress, just as we stood for marriage equality in our home state of California." While he "doesn't consider himself an activist," Cook has personally lobbied on gay rights issues in his home state of Alabama and at the United Nations.
  • Gaining Momentum?

    Geoffrey Norman
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    The indicators for the economy are looking good.  For those who view the world through a political prism, this news may be coming too late to help the president and his party in the mid-terms.  And for those whose view is long and wide, the skies are not entirely blue.  There is the matter of labor force participation, which is historically low. Also home ownership, which is also in a deep trough.  And interest rates will soon be rising.  Still … Third quarter GDP rose by 3.5 percent, as reported by Bloomberg.  A good number, and one that exceeded expectations of 3.1 percent.
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Political News from Maine: Latest Shifts in the Race for Governor

    James Fallows
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Four years ago, when Republicans were sweeping the boards in many midterm contests, the Tea Party faction had one of its biggest and strangest victories in Maine. Biggest, in that the Tea Party Republican candidate who became Maine's governor, Paul LePage, is arguably the most right-wing governor in the country, serving in what is far from the most right-wing state. Strangest, in that he eked out a victory not over the Democratic candidate, who faded badly in the last weeks of the campaign, but over the Independent Eliot Cutler. That race four years ago was full of what-ifs. What if the…
  • What a Wandering Airliner Says About China's Prospects

    James Fallows
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    The South China Morning Post has a fascinating story about the flight of a Chinese-owned airliner that eventually got its 200 passengers safely to the ground, but not before some misadventures. The screenshot above, used with permission from FlightAware, shows the route the plane had to take before Chinese controllers allowed it to land. Here's a larger view of the trip, the track of which picks up a little while after its departure. Highlights were: The plane, an Airbus flown by China Eastern, started out in Asahikawa on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido; It was headed for Beijing's…
  • History's Greatest Monster

    James Fallows
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Usually I am a fan of all things American. But ... It arrived innocently enough, in the email ... This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/10/history-greatest-monster/381938/
  • 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…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • The Republicans can't win

    SuperUser
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    guest post by wj Note: this is not to say that they cannot win a tactical victory, and take over the Senate next week. Apparently they are odds on favorites to do just that. But let’s look at the possible outcomes of next week’s election: 1)Democrats somehow hold on to their majority, however tenuously. 2)The two parties end up with essentially equal numbers of Senators, with the couple of independents holding the balance of power In either of those cases, it’s a massive defeat for the GOP, given the way the electoral map looks going in. Everybody has been saying all year that the…
  • I'm not seeing the upside here.

    Ugh
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    by Ugh This week in celebration worthy surveillance and other intelligence agency and related revelations: Nazis!  And not the Illinois kind:  "In all, historians told the New York Times, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI and Allen Dulles’s CIA hired at least 1,000 Nazis — if not more."  Good times!  Also, too, this side note from the article, "Along with other programs, such as Operation Paperclip, which enlisted the help of Nazi scientists, the use of ex-Nazis as spies illustrates a postwar government’s willingness to neglect the demands of justice to satisfy the needs of…
  • 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…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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

    jwt3
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    Sometimes I feel like if aliens opened a wormhole and invaded the solar system tomorrow, there are people who would immediately start writing articles blaming the incursion on the Federal Reserve's program of quantitative easing. Niall Ferguson, Harvard historian and outspoken …
  • Why John Maynard Keynes's Theories Can Fix the World Economy - Businessweek

    jwt3
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Is there a doctor in the house? The global economy is failing to thrive, and its caretakers are fumbling. Greece took its medicine as instructed and was rewarded with an unemployment rate of 26 percent. Portugal obeyed the budget rules; its citizens are looking for jobs in …
  • Radio Host Calls Campus Rape Culture 'Big Lie' At Rick Scott Rally

    Par4TheCourse
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    At a rally to get out the vote for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager called the issue of campus sexual assault "a big lie" invented by "the feminist left." By Brendan James
  • Democrats Race-Bait Across the South

    Patriot 8888
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The saddest aspect of this year’s scoundrelly election season is the Democrats’ effort to stir up racial discord in hopes of hanging on to control of the Senate. No lie is too absurd for the Democrats when Harry Reid’s future is at stake. The New York Tim …
  • Massive Non-Citizen Voting Uncovered in Maryland

    Patriot 8888
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    An election integrity watchdog group is suing the state of Maryland, alleging that it has discovered massive and ongoing fraudulent voting by non-U.S. citizens in one county. But because of the way that the non-citizens are able to cast votes in elections, the fraud is likely h …
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    FactCheck.org

  • Still Spinning Wisconsin Voters

    Brooks Jackson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    In Wisconsin’s pivotal race for governor, both sides are still spinning voters. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is crowing about a gain of 8,400 jobs last month, when the actual gain in total jobs was only 300. Walker is saying his state now ranks in the “top four” in the Midwest for job creation. But the state’s job gains still lag behind the national average. A liberal group is attacking Walker for creating a tax deduction of up to $10,000 for “millionaires … to send their kids to private schools.” But the deduction is for parochial schools, too. And…
  • NARAL’s ‘Edgy’ Condom Ad in Colorado

    Eugene Kiely
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    A TV ad in the Colorado Senate race says Republican Rep. Cory Gardner wants to “ban birth control,” so “you better stock up on condoms.” In fact, Gardner supports making birth control pills available over-the-counter, and nothing he supports or has proposed would ban the sale of condoms. NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, the group behind a self-described “edgy” ad campaign, is referring to Gardner’s co-sponsorship of a federal bill, the Life at Conception Act, that could lead to a ban of some hormonal forms of birth control, including the pill and…
  • 2014 Campaign Whoppers

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Summary By the time the last polling booth closes on Nov. 4, a staggering amount of money — $4 billion, by one estimate — will have been spent on the midterm elections. What did all that money buy? A lot of false and misleading TV ads. Once again, we had no shortage of material for our annual Whoppers article. The candidates and their increasingly well-financed allies flooded the airwaves with ads accusing one another of dishonoring veterans, slashing Medicare benefits, threatening Social Security and lining their pockets with ill-gotten gains. The facts too often did not support…
  • 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…
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: System-Gaming

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Why techies interested in political reform are facing challenges; the latest data on Democratic voter contacts in 2014; Hungary's anti-Internet tax demonstrations are getting huge; and much, much more.
  • Uploading Democracy

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    TechPresident partnered with La Netscouade to feature an in-depth multimedia report on how the Hong Kong protestors are utilizing technology in the Umbrella Movement.
  • First POST: Gimme Shelter

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    The link between intimate partner violence and surveillance tech; the operational security set-up that connected Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden; how Senate Dems are counting on tech to hold their majority; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Tribes

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Edward Snowden on the Internet's impact on political polarization; trying to discern Hillary Clinton's position on NSA reform; why Microsoft is bullish on civic tech; and much, much more
  • Anti-Corruption Alert, a Secure Platform For Public Servants Willing to Blow the Whistle

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Last week, the Italian chapter of Transparency International launched Anti-Corruption Alert, a platform aimed mainly at public servants willing to denounce malpractice in the public administration. The platform uses GlobaLeaks, an open-source software specifically designed to protect the identity of the whistleblower and the receiver in the exchange of confidential material.
 
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    Corrente

  • ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Obama destroys public support for universal coverage

    lambert
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Body:  NEJM: Over the past decade, there has been a cultural shift in Americans' attitudes about the principle of universal health care coverage, one of the main rationales for the ACA. In 2007, during the presidential primary season, public support for the view that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health insurance coverage was at 64% (Gallup, 2007). By 2014, this number had declined to 47% (Pew, January–February 2014). In addition, there has been a decline in overall public trust in the federal government to handle domestic problems such as…
  • Howie Hawkins in Ithaca

    DCblogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Body:  NYS Governor's Race: Howie Hawkins' 'New Green Deal'
  • But the Democrats are incompetent, too!

    lambert
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Body:  Check out this fund-raising letter from Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
  • In the garden: The wood arrives

    lambert
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Body:  Well, next to the garden, in the driveway. Two cords, one "wilted" -- cut down with the leaves on it, meaning respiration sucks moisture out of the tree. Could be, given that some of the wood is pretty light. (It's not only inefficient to burn wet wood, it causes creasote to build up in the chimney.) The wood covered with my beautiful canvas painter's dropclothes (also useful for shielding plants from frost) against the rain.
  • Light Reading: "Profiting without Production: How Finance Exploits Us All"

    lambert
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Body:  After I explain wages, I must (as Okanagen pointed out) explain rent; indeed, unlike industrial times, rent may be more important to the political economy than profit. So I got a very dense neo-Marxist tome, by Costas Lapavitsas: Profiting without Production: How Finance Exploits Us All. Nobody better than the Marxists for following the flow of capital in specific places and times; and I'm hoping that a proper data structure using intersectionality, and a binocular vision with the other lens being slavery (human rental; human sale) will prevent me from being reductionist. Here is…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Close elections push voters to extremes

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Close elections push voters to extremes by Latina Lista By Mark Burd Futurity When political races are competitive, both Democrat and Republican voters favor candidates who are more strongly conservative or liberal, new research shows. The findings contradict conventional thinking that holds close elections swing appeal to the center toward candidates with a moderate or centrist ideology and may explain why voters in the United States have elected so many…
  • Guest Voz: A Look at Mexico’s Tech Sector

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: A Look at Mexico’s Tech Sector by Latina Lista By U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) Antonio Garza LatinaLista I’ve written recently on energy and reforms in Mexico, and you can find my previous pieces here. But, there’s something else going on in Mexico that’s worth following, and I wanted to share some thoughts on the country’s tech sector with you. The all too familiar story in Mexico’s private sector has been one of monopolies and duopolies. These,…
  • Crowdfunder: We Need Diverse Books

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: We Need Diverse Books by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: We Need Diverse Books Reading is the ultimate form of empathy. Though more than half of schoolchildren are minorities–people of color, LGBTQIA, and/or people with disabilities–the fact remains that too few of these children see reflections of themselves in the books they read. Books are more than mirrors– they’re windows as well. The more kids read, the more they…
  • Commissioner Garcia to run for Chicago mayor could be first Latino mayor of Windy City

    Latina Lista
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Commissioner Garcia to run for Chicago mayor could be first Latino mayor of Windy City by Latina Lista By Alex Hernandez Extra CHICAGO — Monday night Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García announced his candidacy for mayor of Chicago. “Since [Chicago Teachers Union President] Karen Lewis took ill and was unable to make a run for mayor I began getting a rash of calls from all parts of the city, across ethnicities, and race and faith,” García told…
  • New national poll finds Latino voters don’t plan to sit out midterm elections, nor punish Democrats

    Latina Lista
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. New national poll finds Latino voters don’t plan to sit out midterm elections, nor punish Democrats by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Conservative pundits and politicians have made an extra big effort lately to convince Democrats and Latinos that Latinos are so angry with Obama for not doing anything on reforming immigration policy that they will punish the Blue Party in next week’s midterm elections by not showing up. As usual, when this argument is…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • An Old Man in Prague

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Sir Nicholas Winton saved Jewish children, and for decades said nothing. The deed speaks for itself.
  • Apologizing to Japan

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Western economists were scathing in their criticisms of Japanese policy, but the slump we fell into isn’t just similar to Japan’s. It’s worse.
  • Our Machine Masters

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The age of artificial intelligence is finally at hand. Will we master it, or will it master us?
  • The Ebola Hysteria

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Amid the nonsense, paladins heeding the clarion call to help treat Ebola abroad are being treated like lepers when they return.
  • A Political Crystal Ball

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What if Republicans become the majority in the Senate after the election next week? Would anything really change much?
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    New York Observer

  • Schneiderman and Cahill Square Off in Heated Attorney General Debate

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    John Cahill and Eric Schneiderman debate. (Screengrab: NY1) They definitely argue like attorneys. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his Republican challenger John Cahill squared off in an acrimonious debate tonight, charging each other with being out of touch, too political, not transparent enough, and generally unfit for the job of the state’s top law enforcement officer. During an hour full of interruptions and cross-talk, Mr. Cahill sought to paint his opponent as politicized and corrupt, while Mr. Schneiderman tried to paint Mr. Cahill, a former top aide to Gov. George…
  • Galway Kinnell, 1927-2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Galway Kinnell, who died yesterday at the age of 87, with Anne Sexton backstage at the 92d Street Poetry Center, November 11, 1968. (Photograph by Jill Krementz) It was a heady time, working at Farrar Straus Giroux in the early 1990s. Roger Straus held court in the office, wearing a cravat, sometimes even in summer. He ate at Union Square Cafe every single day. Famous authors walked in our pitifully small and dank offices and we revered them. Tom Wolfe once left a journal behind and I barely breathed as I bundled it up for the messenger. Spalding Gray once asked me to get him coffee (black).
  • ‘The Last Gasp of Trickle-Down Economics': Bill Clinton Rallies for Andrew Cuomo

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Former President Bill Clinton with Gov. Andrew Cuomo tonight. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Recasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s race as a bellwether of the left’s ongoing struggle with conservatives nationwide, former President Bill Clinton told a crowd of union members tonight that Mr. Cuomo would be a bulwark against the “last gasp of trickle-down economics.” “He has made this a more progressive, more fair, more forward looking state–and it’s turned out to be good for the economy,” Mr. Clinton said at the headquarters of 1199 SEIU, the…
  • 5Pointz Owner David Wolkoff Splits from Park Ave. Co-op for $10 M.

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    David and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. (Patrick McMullan) David Wolkoff, the real estate developer and owner of the Long Island City warehouse that once housed the 5Pointz graffiti mecca—which is currently being demolished to make way for a pair of condo towers—did nothing to ingratiate himself with the spray paint artists that he’d hosted on his property for years when he announced that their tenure was reaching its end. Why have books when you can have a really big TV? Even the suggestion that some graffiti-themed art work might grace Mr. Wolkoff’s forthcoming development,…
  • Domenic Recchia: Staten Island Advance Endorsement ‘Got This Wrong’

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Congressional hopeful Domenic Recchia after a WABC debate. (Photo: Jillian Jorgensen) Staten Island’s hometown paper got it wrong, congressional hopeful Domenic Recchia said today after the Staten Island Advance endorsed indicted Republican Congressman Michael Grimm for re-election. “The Staten Island Advance, I respect the editorial board, but they got this wrong,” Mr. Recchia told reporters before a rally for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor made a formal endorsement of Mr. Recchia today, but that news was largely overshadowed by the local broadsheet’sendorsement of…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Cruz’s Demagoguery on Israel and Iran

    Daniel Larison
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Ted Cruz reminds us that he is a liar: This is an unprecedented attack on a critical ally of the United States at a moment of international crisis. It is a de facto admission to the mullahs in Tehran that the Obama administration thinks it is too late to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons [bold mine-DL]. It is an inexcusable betrayal of the national security of the American people. We all know that Cruz is a demagogue, so it isn’t surprising that he is grossly misrepresenting the contents of this story for his own purposes. However, it does get a little tiresome that he is…
  • 2014 Senate Predictions

    Daniel Larison
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Republicans appear to be poised to win control of the Senate next week, but there are still enough close races where the Democratic and independent candidates have a chance of winning that a takeover remains uncertain. A lack of Democratic enthusiasm, weak presidential approval ratings, and a more Republican-friendly electorate all make a Republican Senate majority more likely than not. However, Republicans have underperformed in Senate races in the last two elections and could do the same thing again. The wild cards this year are Kansas and South Dakota, where independent candidates have a…
  • The Implosion of the Labour Party

    Daniel Larison
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    The Economist reports on the aftermath of the referendum in Scotland and the Labour Party’s multiplying woes: To look at Scotland’s two main political parties six weeks after its independence referendum, you would not know that Scots had rejected secession. The Scottish National Party (SNP), which led the failed case for separation, is buoyant. By contrast the Labour Party, which led the winning campaign against, is plagued by rancour and recrimination. On October 24th Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour’s beleaguered leader, stepped down. An ugly leadership contest looms. As if on cue,…
  • The Mirage of “Nation-Building”

    Daniel Larison
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Paul Miller takes an unpersuasive swipe at Rand Paul: What if “nation building” is the best or only means available to “extend the blessings of freedom” to a country like Afghanistan? Which is more important, “spreading the blessings of freedom,” or avoiding nation building at all costs? The correct answer is that the latter is obviously more important for the United States. The former might be desirable in some cases if it were possible, but the U.S. has just spent more than a decade confirming that our government doesn’t know how to do this. U.S.
  • The U.S. and Israel: Don’t Call It a Crisis

    Daniel Larison
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Paul Pillar dismisses talk of a U.S.-Israeli “crisis”: The only reason the term crisis comes up regarding U.S.-Israeli relations is the fictional, deliberately inflated view of the relationship as something qualitatively different that ought to defy any of the usual rules that apply to any patron and client or to any bilateral relationship. Sweep aside the politically-driven fiction about two countries that supposedly have everything in common and nothing in conflict and instead deal with reality, and the concept of crisis does not arise at all. What you have instead is a…
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    TIME

  • These 6 States Could Expand Medicaid After the Elections

    Maya Rhodan
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The 2014 midterms have been called the “Seinfeld election” and the “meh midterms” — because they’re supposedly about nothing and nobody cares. But while congressional races have failed to capture voters’ imaginations, the campaigns for governor may have a major effect on at least one group of Americans. Depending on who wins next Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans could get access to health insurance under the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act. When the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional in 2012, many…
  • Obama Campaigns in Maine, Away From the Spotlight

    ryantbeckwith
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Five days before voters go to the polls to determine the outcome of the Senate, President Barack Obama was in the 41st most populated state wading into a contentious three-way race for governor. But even before he left, the modest nature of the trip on behalf of Democrats was readily apparent. The airport was small, so Obama was relegated to a comparatively teeny modified Boeing-757 serving as Air Force One. If any campaign swing captured the sorry state of the President before next week’s election, it was his five-hour exile to Maine on Thursday afternoon. Obama’s first event was…
  • 2014 Election: Four Things to Watch

    Alex Altman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Millions of votes have been cast, the last ads have been cut, and there’s barely a household that remains blessedly untouched by the fight for the U.S. Senate. At some point, there is nothing left to do but wait. So with Election Night days away, the two parties’ top Senate strategists gathered Thursday in Washington to preview the drama that will unfold. Much of the sparring between Rob Collins, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and Guy Cecil, his counterpart at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, involved the ritual scramble to manage…
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Unprecedented Attack on Israel

    clairehoworth
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    This week, the world was treated to yet another embarrassing display of the Obama administration’s incompetent foreign policy. According to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, various anonymous officials referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as both “a chicken****” and “a coward.” While these indefensible comments have received the lion’s share of media attention, the substantive remarks about Iran were even more troubling. Goldberg wrote that another senior official claimed that due to their pressure on Netanyahu, it is now “too…
  • Michael Jordan Doesn’t Think Much of President Obama’s Golf Skills

    Eliana Dockterman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Basketball great Michael Jordan has never played golf with President Barack Obama — but if he ever does, he thinks it would be a walk in the park. “I’d take him out,” Jordan said Thursday, in a video interview with sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. “He’s a hack. It would be all day playing with him.” When asked if he could play golf with anyone in the world, Jordan chose golfing great Arnold Palmer and the President. Though he’d likely struggle against Palmer, he had no such worries about Obama. “I never said he wasn’t a great…
 
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    John Hawkins' Right Wing News

  • Clowns BANNED in Small Town After String Of EVIL Clown Attacks

    John Hawkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Welcome to the newest fad for idiots; Wandering the streets dressed as an evil clown. There have been a number of assaults by people disguised as fake, “evil” clowns. Some
  • This Week In Quotes

    John Hawkins
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When
  • The New York Times’ War on Gun-Owning Rape Victims

    Michelle Malkin
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Nasty New York Times editorial writer David Firestone pretends to care about campaign scare-mongering. But what he and his elitist ilk really fear are independent-thinking women who have dared to
  • Bad signs (Cartoon)

    Eric Allie
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
  • A word about monsters, real and imagined

    Jonah Goldberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    “You’re the butcher, or you’re the cattle.” That appears to be the theme of the fifth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead, the most successful TV series about zombies since
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    The Brody File

  • Trending Now: Political Pastors Out To Save America

    David Brody
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    With America in dire cultural and moral decay, are we about to see more pastors running for office? It’s happening in Southern California where Rob McCoy, Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks is trying to win open seat in the California Assembly.  He’s preaching a fiscally conservative message and weaving faith into the center of it. Watch below.     Pastor McCoy’s election run could be the start of a trend. Pastors speaking boldly from the pulpit are extremely important but pastors engaging in the political process can be just as, if not more effective. The Brody File…
  • Al-Jazeera America Ratings In The Tank

    David Brody
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Memo to Al-Jazeera America: It ain’t working. The ratings for the pro-Islam network are down considerably compared to Current TV (the network it replaced). Being the unofficial cheerleader and pseudo-mouthpiece for Hezbollah, Hamas and ISIS won’t endear you to American audiences. Read more below: After 14 months on-air, the network is down 44 percent in total day ratings compared to its predecessor The winner and loser of the lawsuit between Al Jazeera America and former Current TV CEO Al Gore is yet to be determined, but ratings comparisons between the two show a clear winner. After…
  • Video: Duck Dynasty Star: "We need to elect godly men for crying out loud! Vote Godly!”

    David Brody
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Here’s some advice from Duck Dynasty elder statesman Phil Robertson:  “We need to elect godly men for crying out loud!” “Vote Godly!” Watch below. His message is addressed to Louisiana residents since that is where he lives but let’s be honest: his message is for all Christians across the country. He cut the video for The American Renewal Project, an organization financed by the American Family Association and run by influential evangelical operative David Lane. The goal wants to return America to it’s proper Judeo-Christian heritage and principles. Lane conducts dozens of,…
  • 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.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Those who fail to study history …

    Mark Kleiman
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    John Buntin at Governing looks to the development of alcohol policy after Prohibition for cautionary lessons about the future of the legal commercial cannabis industry, and some alternatives to that future. It’s the kind of solid, thoughtful reporting that is Buntin’s hallmark, and well worth a read.  
  • Jails at Last Start to Empty

    Keith Humphreys
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    The U.S. rate of incarceration in prison has been dropping for five straight years. As I have written about before, the size of the jail population has been dropping for most of the same period, but less consistently because of California’s realignment policy, which expanded its massive jail population. Some recent revisions to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics provide further evidence that jails are at last starting to empty out. The revised report includes new information on “rated capacity” in U.S. jails, a measure of how many inmates can be held at one time.
  • I Seem to Remember Something About a Gavel…

    Keith Humphreys
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
  • International Cost-Shifting and Political Strategy

    Keith Humphreys
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    The British taxpayer just got an unpleasant surprise. The EU obligates member states with stronger economies to pay more of the EU’s budget than do members who have weaker economies. Having crunched a bunch of revised current and past economic figures, the green eyeshade wearers in Brussels have announced that some countries are due money back and others must pony up more. As the above chart shows, many countries are affected, but most of the action can be summed up simply: The Brits are being touched for over 2 billion Euros, which will fund hefty rebates for the French and Germans.
  • Rob MacCoun on growing your own cannabis legalization

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Stop right now and read Rob MacCoun’s essay on cannabis legalization. Whether or not you’re actually interested in the issue – more exciting than it is important – Rob’s piece shows how policy analysis is done. In particular, he focuses on what advocates almost always deny: the fact that policy choices involve tradeoffs among competing values. Let me offer one technical amendment to what Rob says: in my view, high taxes – as long as they allow prices close to current illicit prices – will decrease health risk and also increase revenue.
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Harkin, Grassley urge Postal Service to postmark all absentee ballots

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley issued a joint letter today to U.S. Postal Service district managers in Iowa, "urging them to ensure that ballots receive legible postmarks between now and Election Day." I've posted the full statement after the jump. Absentee ballots may be counted in Iowa if they are postmarked on or before the day before election day. However, many ballots do not receive a postmark, so there is no way to prove they were mailed in time. With more than 100,000 absentee ballots requested but not yet returned to Iowa county auditors, there's a real risk that over the…
  • Enter Bleeding Heartland's 2014 general election prediction contest

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Time for another Bleeding Heartland election prediction contest. To enter, post your guesses as comments in this thread before 7 am on Tuesday, November 4. Predictions submitted by e-mail or social media will not be considered. It's ok to change your mind, as long as you post your revised predictions as an additional comment in this thread before the deadline. No money's at stake here, just bragging rights like those enjoyed by Bleeding Heartland users ModerateIADem (twice), American007, Johannes, and tietack. This isn't "The Price is Right"; the winning answers will be closest to the final…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of October 29)

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Roughly 50,000 registered Iowa Democrats, 35,000 Republicans, and 35,000 no-party voters have requested but not yet returned absentee ballots. The Iowa Secretary of State's Office sent out a press release yesterday on deadlines for returning those ballots. Excerpt: Absentee ballots returned by mail and received in the county auditor's office by 9 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4 are eligible for counting. Absentee ballots returned by mail and received by the auditors office after the polls close must be postmarked by November 3 or earlier and be received by the auditor before noon on…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Great blue lobelia

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    The peak blooming period for today's featured plant is in late summer, but we've had an unseasonably warm October across Iowa, so I decided to run with it anyway. Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is native to most of North America east of the Rockies. I enclose several pictures after the jump. This post is also a mid-week open thread: all topics welcome. As usual, the Illinois Wildflowers website contains a detailed description of this plant and its flowers. Among its distinctive features: "Each flower is split into two lips - the upper lip has two segments and the lower lip has…
  • Three things that are not plagiarism

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    2014 is shaping up to be the year of idiotic plagiarism accusations in political campaigns. Here's a good example of real plagiarism: "Senator John Walsh of Montana took most of a 2007 final paper required for his master's degree from the United States Army War College from other sources without proper attribution." In contrast, these common political actions are not plagiarism: 1. Having boilerplate language on a campaign website. The National Republican Congressional Committee has alleged in a television commercial that IA-03 candidate Staci Appel was "caught plagiarizing 20 times." No, an…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Open Thread

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    I've been and continue to be quite busy. I just did most of the work to put the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly online. Look for it on Monday. It will be good. What's on your mind? Discuss
  • In Which I Get Religion( Not Really)

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    I love love LOVE how this sounds like a deranged version of the English Beat's Ranking Full Stop: Open Thread... Discuss
  • Casual Observation

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    If Google X succeeds in developing a wrist band that can detect cancer and predict strokes (among other things), I think that will be a moneymaker. On the other hand, it will cause some serious problems from a medical ethics point of view. How do I invest? Discuss
  • Let a Jerseyite Explain Jersey

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    Just for the edification of Paul Waldman, the arrogance that leads Chris Christie to insult people who he thinks are stupid isn't some personality quirk. It's a cultural trademark of the Garden State that it shares with people from the greater New York metropolitan area. It's a trait that you can see in Bill Maher in basically equal measure. If you're looking for another politician, try Bayonne-raised Barney Frank. You can see it in entertainers like Frank Sinatra. Or look at Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells. Most Jersey politicians don't act like this, but it should be obvious by…
  • How Have You Failed Me Today?

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    I was disappointed to read many of the comments in BooMan's Serious Question about Hillary Clinton, while yet understanding and sympathizing with them. To those of you (us) wishing for third parties at the national level, that's not going to happen anytime soon. It will be years before an organization like the Working Families Party can compete in every state, and they're one of the more effective alternatives out there (big misstep with Cuomo though, guys). If we want a viable third party, it needs to start at the local and state level. You don't need a dope like me to tell you this. Just be…
 
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  • Rep. Michael McCaul: ISIS Waging War Online; Recent Homegrown Attacks Examples of ‘Where They’re Winning’

    Jessica Puckett
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said on “This Week” that ISIS is waging a war against the West online, with three attacks this week against law enforcement and military personnel — two in Canada and one in the United States — serving as examples of “where they’re winning.” “I think all the markings are there of radical Islamist ties,” McCaul said of the attack Thursday in the New York City subway, in which an unemployed recent Muslim convert — identified by authorities as 32-year-old Zale…
  • 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,…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Rise Up America, Rise Up! by Mohammed Mesbahi

    dandelionsalad
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Dandelion Salad by Mohammed Mesbahi Share the World’s Resources October 30, 2014 A letter to an American activist The time has come when America must rapidly transform its values through a more inclusive and spiritual vision, based upon a just sharing of the world’s resources. It is up to you, the youth of America, to […]
  • Corporate Destruction of Free Markets Rules Us by Ralph Nader

    dandelionsalad
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Dandelion Salad by Ralph Nader The Nader Page October 30, 2014 The ruling dogma of our political economy is corporatism. Corporatism claims to draw legitimacy from the free market theory that all vendors who do not meet market demands will go under. Corporatism uses this illusion to exert power over all aspects of our political […]
  • Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 5, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Dandelion Salad TheRealNews on Oct 30, 2014 Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss his time in the academy and the role of universities in post-war United States history. * Transcript see Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Part 1, interviewed by Chris Hedges Sheldon Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? Parts […]
  • America’s Surveillance State, Part 5: Insider Threats

    dandelionsalad
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Dandelion Salad PressTV Documentaries on Oct 26, 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 […]
  • America’s Surveillance State, Part 4: The Surveillance Industrial Complex

    dandelionsalad
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Dandelion Salad PressTV Documentaries on Oct 26, 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 […]
 
 
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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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  • Asian Responses to Imperialism: Crash Course World History #213

    CrashCourse
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Asian Responses to Imperialism: Crash Course World History #213 In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism, but not from the perspective of the colonizers. This week John looks at some Asian perspectives on Imperialism, specifically writers from... From: CrashCourse Views: 203628 5968 ratings Time: 12:55 More in Education
  • Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote

    CGP Grey
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The 2014 Midterm Elections are coming up in the United States so it's time for another installment of 'Politics of the Animal Kingdom'. Make sure to start at... From: CGP Grey Views: 413698 21717 ratings Time: 07:11 More in Education
  • 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: 2057669 115748 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: 961275 15626 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: 544723 23832 ratings Time: 03:43 More in People & Blogs
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

  • Time To Obtain The Knowledge About Golden You Will Need

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

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

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

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

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameEpic Shark FailSmile Big for the Camera I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Epic Shark FailVotes: 37.6Votes: 37.3Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
 
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  • Links for 2014-10-30 [del.icio.us]

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Sports Forum: Courtney Ruby Talk - YouTube Choudhry and Baldizan: A couple of Las Vegas insiders who have taken it outside - Las Vegas Sun (blog) Choudhry and Baldizan: A couple of Las Vegas insiders who have taken it outsideLas Vegas Sun (blog)Rock in Rio CEO Luis Justo listens to Chris Baldizan, senior vice president of entertainment for MGM Resorts, during a Rock in Rio news conference Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The event was held to unveil a SF Giants Win World Series Marina Bars Party Late - YouTube SF Giants Win 2014 World Series: Helium Off Marker - YouTube FBI impersonates…
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    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Las Vegas man arrested in New York mob murder case - Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas man arrested in New York mob murder caseLas Vegas Review-JournalA reputed New York mob associate was arrested in Las Vegas Tuesday on federal charges he killed a rival in Queens more than a decade ago. Gennaro Bruno, who lives in Las Vegas, made an initial appearance on the charges in the Video shows FBI impersonating repairmen in Las Vegas ruse - Las Vegas Sun Video shows FBI impersonating repairmen in Las Vegas ruseLas Vegas SunInside the Las Vegas villa, Lopez appeared to try to fix an Internet outage…
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    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Las Vegas man dies in motorcycle crash on Desert Inn Road - Las Vegas Sun Las Vegas man dies in motorcycle crash on Desert Inn RoadLas Vegas SunEvidence and witnesses indicate that an Isuzu Trooper, driven by a 69-year-old Las Vegas man, was heading westbound on Desert Inn, made a left turn onto Berwyck Street, and collided with a speeding Honda motorcycle, police said in Redskins 20, Cowboys 17: Tony Romo Injured - YouTube Redskins 20, Cowboys 17: Tony Romo injured. While Washington Redskins backup QB Colt McCoy was 25 of 30 for 300 yards, Tony Romo injured his back then came back but failed…
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    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Tribune's Bryan Parker Article Is Racist - YouTube Oakland Tribune's Bryan Parker Article is racist. The article written by Matthew Artz says that Bryan Parker has the audacity to run for Mayor Of Oakland against Jean Quan because he was her appointee to the Port Board Of Commissioners. But Matt also wrote that Dan Siegel was a former friend of Quan' Oakland Raiders Are 0 And 7: Reason 1 - YouTube Oakland Raiders Are 0 And 7: Reason 2 - YouTube Oakland Raiders Are 0 And 7: Reason 3 - YouTube Oakland Raiders Are 0 And 7: Reason 4 - YouTube Oakland Raiders Are 0 And 7: Reason 4…
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    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Darth Vader's Vadermobile At Comic Con - YouTube Darth Vader's Vadermobile at Comic Con? Yes! Darth Vader's got a car of his own! The $3 million Vadermobile. This was at San Diego Comic Con! Mini Stormtroppers At San Diego Comic Con - YouTube Mini Stormtroppers at San Diego Comic Con. This was a cool setup: mini Stormtroppers on sale and such that you could buy the entire troop of them. Just the thing for the Clone Wars. World Series 2014 SF KC Royals Game 5 - YouTube This World Series 2014 Game 5 is such that you can watch it on TV from outside AT&T Park. That is what I am doing now in front…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Mainstream liberal media loves Big Brother

    Bob Morris
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Mainstream liberal media is totally ok with repressive policies coming from the White House so long as a Democrat is the occupant. They defend Obama for doing what they attacked Bush for, and are terribly, terribly upset by what those scalawags Greenwald and Snowden are doing, with exposing state secrets and making the government look like thugs. Like Bob Dylan once said, “You just want to be on the side that’s winning.” Yet this does not disconcert much of the liberal media elite. Many writers who used to focus on bashing Bush for his transgressions now direct their…
  • What could possibly go wrong with Google nano particles in your body?

    Bob Morris
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    We promise to not be harmful and to never abuse your medical privacy Google is becoming positively Stasi-esque in its relentless march to monitor every facet of our lives. It is creating nano particles to journey through our bodies, reporting data back to whoever. Google assures a perhaps skeptical public that the particles are completely safe, comparing this to their self-driving car, which isn’t safe at all since it can’t handle real world weather conditions. So then, it’s not really safe at all, is it? Conrad likened the way these nano particles travel through your body…
  • Sen. McCain calls admiral an “idiot” – Why do media promote that?

    William Boardman
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Voldemort? Or John McCain? BuzzFeed, moving up from cute-cat-tricks to catty-Senator-tricks, caused a few ripples in the political swamp on October 22 with its belated, skewed reporting of Republican Senator John McCain calling U.S. Admiral John Kirby an “idiot” on a rightwing radio show in North Carolina on October 15. OK, nobody really expects BuzzFeed News to publish honest news. Less defensible, though hardly surprising, is the way the Washington Post and other less well known media outfits picked up the “idiot” story fragment and ran with it as if it was the whole story, without…
  • Active Shooter situations. Have a plan, be aware.

    Bob Morris
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Michael Zehaf Bibeau running towards Parliament with a rifle In an active shooter situation, professionals with weapons move in and eliminate the shooter. The rest of us should probably get out of the way and hide someplace safe unless events force us to take action. Active Response Training has useful information on situations like this, presented clearly and unemotionally. They use the recent Canadian shooter as an example. First off, shooting situations happen very fast. Do not rely on police and security to protect you. They will be seriously preoccupied and may not know what is going on…
  • Ferguson: Spare us from another meaningless commission

    Bob Morris
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Oh gosh, another pointless commission, this time in Missouri, which will proclaim that racism, poverty, and political powerlessness are indeed underlying causes for protests over the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. It will recommend the same things that previous commissions on race and unrest did and the result will be the same. The Kerner Commission in 1967 concluded “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” Most everyone agreed this was true. The report was then almost completely ignored. Riots broke out nationwide shortly…
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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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  • BYOD & HIPAA Breaches at Hospitals Infographic

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

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

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

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

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Seven months ago, Isaiah Marin commented on a YouTube video, Christopher Hitchens Explains Why Religion Poisons Everything, which features the late polemecist Christopher Hitchens, writing, “LOVE IT. i opaner. great story.” On Wednesday, the 21-year-old became a suspect in the near-beheading murder of a 19-year-old man in Stillwater, Okla. Screen shot of Isaiah Marin’s comment regarding a Christopher Hitchens video about religion. Click image to go to video. So far, no news reports about the murder — including this one — have mentioned anything about…
  • Fox News Reports More GITMO Detainees Return to Terror

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Fox News Channel is generating a lot of buzz today with a report about sources saying 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees have returned to fight as members of terror groups after being released during the past two to three years.  You might want to file it under “old news.”   A U.S. Sailor, foreground, assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion conducts an early morning patrol while detainees stand by in the background at the recreation yard inside Camp Delta at Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, July 7, 2010. JTF Guantanamo…
  • Will Ebola Thrive in ‘Refriger-Nation’ This Winter?

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    In The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction for this winter, editor Janice Stillman used some choice words to describe another teeth-chatteringly cold winter that’s on its way across the United States:  “Colder is just almost too familiar a term. Think of it as a refriger-nation.” Coupled with recent news reports about Ebola, this prediction makes me think we might be in for one of the roughest winters ever. Among the Ebola-related news items that surfaced this week, two stand out when it comes to this winter weather prediction. The first involves officials at the Centers…
  • Post-Trial Statement Should Have Netted Soldier New Trial

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Based solely on the post-trial statement made by a woman who knew Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart’s accuser better than anyone, one would think the highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran should, at a minimum, have received a new trial.  But he did not. Kelly A. Stewart is one of the Green Berets shown in this undated unit photo. Stewart’s then-28-year-old accuser, Greta Heinrich (not her real name), alleged in November 2008 that he had raped and kidnapped her during a night spent together almost three months earlier.  During three days in August 2009, Stewart was convicted…
  • Nation’s Top Intelligence Official Blowing Smoke When It Comes to Plan for Tightening Security Clearance Process

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    28 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    I got more than I bargained for when I read the Federal News Radio article, Social media could become part of security clearance process. I learned that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. is moving forward with a system of continuous evaluation of security clearance holders and has no plans to forgo current tools, including interviews, polygraphs and reference checks. Click on graphic above to order book. That news was delivered by National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina, the policies expert inside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, during a…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • Maine's Governor Brags About His 'Robust Authority' to Quarantine Healthy, Ebola-Negative Nurses

    Jacob Sullum
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Yesterday Maine's governor, Paul LePage, said he would "seek legal authority to enforce the quarantine" of Kaci Hickox, the nurse who returned to the United States on Friday after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. But he did not specify which "legal authority" he had in mind. Meanwhile, LePage dispatched state troopers to Hickox's home in Fort Kent to keep an eye on her. Today they tagged along as Hickox took a bike ride with her boyfriend, brazenly defying LePage's admittedly extralegal demand that she remain confined to her home until mid-November, even though she is neither sick…
  • Robby Soave Discusses the Midterms on the Tom Brown Show on WEZS Tonight at 9pm ET

    Robby Soave
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I'll be on the Tom Brown Show on WEZS tonight at 9pm ET discussing that whole election thing happening next week. If you're in New Hampshire, tune in—everyone else can listen online here.
  • Turned Off by Obamacare, Many Doctors Spurn Exchange Patients

    J.D. Tuccille
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Riffing off a survey conducted earlier this year by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the conservative American Action Forum (AAF) estimates that upwards of 214,000 doctors are declining to serve patients covered by Obamacare exchange health plans. AAF gets that number by extrapolating the MGMA's survey responses across the full population of practicing physicians, so take that number as seriously as you like. But there's no doubt that physicians have real concerns about the president's signature Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that exchange customers are having trouble finding…
  • Cuomo Vows to Bust NY Public School Monopoly, But His Support for Common Core Tells Another Story

    Patrick Hannaford
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has announced his intention to take on New York’s public education system if he is re-elected on November 4. Speaking to the Editorial Board of The New York Daily News, Cuomo stated that he planned "to break what is in essence one of the only remaining public school monopolies." Cuomo went on to say that the key to improving New York’s education system is a combination of increased competition (through school choice alternatives like charter schools) and the more rigorous evaluation system for teachers that has been imposed in New York as part of the Common…
  • Rand Paul: GOP Brand "Sucks" Like Domino's Pizza

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants the GOP to avoid the political equivalent of the Domino's Pizza Noid. The Noid was the late, ulamented mascot of Domino's Pizza long before the company admitted just how bad its pizza really was. From The Hill: Paul acknowledged Wednesday a problem that many Republicans admit only privately: their party brand “sucks.”   The weakness, Paul added, is particularly serious when it comes to appealing to black voters. “Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a…
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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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    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • What fuels Islamic State recruitment? John Kerry vs. Reality

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Islamic State, the jihadist force rampaging in Iraq and Syria, has succeeded in recruiting fighters because — wait for it — there’s no peace between Israel and the Palestinians. So claims the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 31]: Don Watkins on the Debt Draft

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, you’ll hear my recent talk “End the Debt Draft: How the Welfare State Is Exploiting Millennials.” I also explain why we’ve missed a few episodes and when we’ll return to our regular schedule.
  • Yaron Brook in China

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    ARI’s executive director Yaron Brook recently traveled through China to promote the publication of the Chinese translation of Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. Co-authored by Brook and Don Watkins in 2012, Free Market Revolution illustrates why Ayn Rand’s ideas are key to solving the economic and political ills of our time.
  • 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, hosted 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?
 
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  • GOP Has No Plan for the Country

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Eugene Robinson, Washington PostWASHINGTON -- No matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday -- and my hunch is they won't do as well as they hope -- the GOP won't be able to claim any kind of mandate. That's because they have refused to articulate any vision for governing.I do not celebrate this failure. I've always believed the nation's interest is best served by competition in the marketplace of ideas. An innovative, forward-looking conservative platform would force those of us who call ourselves progressives to update and sharpen our own thinking.Sadly, this year's campaign has…
  • Obama's Midterm Losses May Make History

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Stuart Rothenberg, Roll CallPresident Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.Truman lost a total of 83 House seats during his two midterms (55 seats in 1946 and 28 seats in 1950), while Republican Dwight Eisenhower lost a combined 66 House seats in the 1954 and 1958 midterms.
  • Win or Lose, Republicans Are a Wreck

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg
  • A Referendum on Competence

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    Charles Krauthammer, Washington PostIs this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but itÂ’s not.First, like all U.S. elections, itÂ’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President ObamaÂ’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.
  • Obama's Ineptitude Stokes Ebola Fears

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
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    New Republic

  • The 20 Most Terrifying Non-Horror Books You'll Ever Read

    Hillary Kelly
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    You're Convinced You'll Never Find Anyone Who Will Really Love YouThe House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton: Lily Bart thinks it's beneath her to marry the man she truly cares about, Lawrence Selden. From then on, every decision she makes only leads her further away from happiness. We won't ruin
  • The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan

    Sean Wilentz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On Halloween night 1964, a twenty-three-year-old Bob Dylan spellbound an adoring audience at Philharmonic Hall in New York. Relaxed and high-spirited, he sang seventeen songs, three of them with his guest Joan Baez, plus one encore. Many of the songs, although less than two years old, were so famili
  • There Were No Love Stories in Auschwitz. Is It Okay for a Novelist to Invent One?

    Cynthia Ozick
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    She was coming back from the Old Town with her two daughters, and they were already well within the Zone of Interest. Up ahead, waiting to receive them stretched an avenue—almost a colonnade—of maples, their branches and lobed leaves interlocking overhead. A late afternoon in midsummer, with min
  • Why Did the Ultra-Religious, Anti-Gay President of "God's Harvard" Suddenly Resign?

    Kiera Feldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Late in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 15, the students of Patrick Henry College were called to an all-campus meeting. Patrick Henry College President Graham Walker announced his resignation, effective immediately. With his wife accompanying him on the piano, Walker bid the students farewell si
  • You Won't Like Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' ... But You Might Love Her

    Esther Breger
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Conversations about complicated female characters, in books but especially on television, have a tendency to be dominated by one tedious question: Is she unlikable? Hannah Horvath, Mindy Lahiri, Carrie Mathison—all have been accused of being “unlikable women,” as though that’s the worst thin
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • EJ Dionne: Moderate thunder out of Kansas

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    IOLA, Kan. The several dozen people gathered at a street corner just off the main square of this southeastern Kansas town of 5,600 were polite and friendly in the Midwestern way. They did not look in the least like a band of counterrevolutionaries intent on reversing the direction of the government in Topeka. Read full article >>
  • The secrets behind the midterms

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    There’s a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What’s not being widely talked about is as important as what’s in the news. Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year. Read full article >>
  • 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 >>
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • Joyce Carol Oates Thinks There’s No Street Harassment On Park Avenue

    Jessica Goldstein
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This video, “10 Hours Walking as a Woman in New York City,” was posted two days ago. Women who have walked in New York City probably knew before watching it what the film would actually document: unrelenting street harassment. To date, it has almost 17.5 million views. The responses to the project, a collaboration between Hollaback and marketing agency Rob Bliss Creative, have run the gamut, from adoring to disgusting and back again. There’s the “yes, share this with everyone, this is so real” contingent, the sad bros who ask “why you mad? that’s a…
  • Why The Result Of Brazil’s Elections Could Be Bad News For The Climate

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Joaquim is an intern at ThinkProgress. CREDIT: (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres) Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was re-elected last Sunday in what turned out to be the narrowest election in the country’s history. The incumbent won 51.64 percent of the popular vote, beating center-right candidate Aecio Neves of the PSDB and continuing the PT’s (Worker’s Party) 12 year run in highest office. Despite the victory, the current administration has been criticized by a large contingency of environmentalists and economists for adopting a short-sighted approach to economic development, often…
  • Why A Company Is Buying Up Huge Tracts Of Alabama’s Land And Punching It Full Of Holes

    Kiley Kroh
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    WOLF SPRINGS, ALABAMA — Over the last few years, a little-known company named MS Industries has bought up as much as 2,500 acres of land in Alabama and drilled holes in it. In total, they have drilled hundreds of exploratory bore holes in the northwestern portion of the state — according to some residents, the number is as high as 2,700 but the company’s CEO, Steve Smith, said they’ve done over 1,500 holes of drilling. Their search got a boost in July 2013, when the governors of Mississippi and Alabama signed a Memorandum of Understanding that raised a few eyebrows. Govs.
  • University Of Florida Students Speak Out Against Voter Suppression On Campus

    Katie Valentine
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA — Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist (D-FL) made a personal appeal to students at the University of Florida Wednesday, declaring that a vote against Gov. Rick Scott (R) was a vote against an administration that had made it harder on students to vote. “You can’t vote on campus, though, can you? Why is that?” Crist asked students during a campaign stop Wednesday. “Rick Scott. You got it. I remember being here in the spring and there was a local election and we were talking about the fact you couldn’t vote…
  • The First College To Use Affirmative Consent Was A Laughingstock. Now, The Tide Is Turning.

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    CREDIT: Antioch College via Flickr Creative Commons When Antioch College implemented the first affirmative consent policy in the country, “we became laughingstocks,” one of the former students involved in the effort admitted in a essay published this month in New York Magazine. Despite the ridicule, officials at the college haven’t backed down since 1991 — and now, they see the rest of the country slowly starting to change its tune. In the 1990s, once it unveiled its Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP), the small Ohio school became transformed into the ultimate…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    In oneself lies the whole world. The door is there, the key is in your hand. (J. Krishnamurti) — Are you ready to open it? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    All the people/events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. (R. Bach) — No one to blame but yourself! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Quality of life is in proportion to the capacity for delight. (J. Cameron) — In opposition to the ability for complaint. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Do humans ever realize life while they live it each minute? (T. Wilder) — It's easy to be distracted by the days and weeks. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    My main operating principle: don't take any shit from the zeitgeist. (G. Carlin) — Or really, from anyone, for that matter! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Meanwhile, Back in the States

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    As we near election day, after months of speculation about U.S. Senate races, it's good to remember there are important downballot elections, and not just for statewide offices. State legislative races are hanging fire, too, and I wrote about them today at Washington Monthly: Governing's Louis Jacobsen had an update of his unique race ratings just last week. The landscape is a lot like that of the U.S. House, and for a lot of the same reasons: Republicans will benefit from turnout patterns and redistricting, but their gains will be limited by Democratic under-exposure (when you've recently…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Greg Sargent has a "hopeful but realistic" interview with Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, at the Plum Line. The Upshot's Nate Cohn reveals "Why Polls Tend to Undercount Democrats," cites "extensive research, suggesting that many of today's polls struggle to reach Democratic-leaning groups." Jamelle Bouie reports at Slate.com on "The Most Brazen Attempt at Voter Suppression Yet": "According to a six-month-long investigation conducted by Greg Palast for Al Jazeera, "voting officials in 27 states, almost all of them Republicans, have launched…
  • DCorps: If Dems Hold the Senate, Here's Why

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    From a DCorps e-blast: Reason #1 African American turnout surprised everyone. Black voters are now high turnout voters even in off-year elections -- we saw this in Virginia last year and James Carville says it will happen in Louisiana this year. There and elsewhere voter suppression is a visible, ugly race-motivated effort to deny African Americans and Latinos the right to vote and they noticed. Reason #2 Democrats in Senate and Governor's races ran on economic issues that affected unmarried and working women and these notorious non-presidential year drop-off voters decided the election…
  • Brownstein: Dems' Must Turn Out Educated Single White Women

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    All indications are that Democrats are doing a good job in mobilizing African American voters, or rather the African American communities are doing it for themselves. It would be good to see some encouraging indicators that the same is true for the mobilization of Latino voters. All of that taken into consideration, Ronald Brownstein, editorial director of The National Journal, has a compelling article up underscoring the pivotal importance of single, educated white women for Democrats in the midterms: As Brownstein sees it: ...In surveys of both individual Senate races and national…
  • Early Voting in Big Easy Bodes Well for Landrieu

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    From "Early voter turnout explodes in New Orleans; could be good sign for Mary Landrieu" by Robert McClendon at The Times-Pacayune: New Orleanians have been voting early in droves, according to the Orleans Parish registrar of voters. About 17,430 city residents have cast ballots during early voting, which ends today, said Sandra Wilson, registrar of voters. That's nearly twice as many early voters as the last midterm election in November 2010, when 9,031 voted early in person, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's figures. ...The big early voting turnout this year may be a good sign…
 
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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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  • Rethinking Hunger

    Jomo Kwame Sundaram
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries, the problem remains pervasive. The challenge is not just to provide more food, but to ensure that people have access to the nutrients they need to live healthy, productive lives.
  • Why Taxation Must Go Global

    Wolfgang Schäuble
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    While business no longer knows any borders, taxation has remained stuck in the era of the nation-state. The resulting tensions between fiscal sovereignty and globalization can be resolved only through international standards and regulation.
  • American Wellbeing Since 1979

    J. Bradford DeLong
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Since 1979, economic growth in the US has been overwhelmingly a rich-only phenomenon. In fact, most of the relatively small income gain for poor and middle-class households is attributable to increased health-care financing, which should be heavily discounted.
  • Belindia Has Spoken

    Andrés Velasco
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Forty years ago, the Brazilian economist Edmar Bacha named his country Belindia: a combination of prosperous and modern Belgium and poor and backward India. Is the winner of last Sunday's presidential election, the incumbent Dilma Rousseff, really from "India"?
  • Northeast Asia’s Home Fires Burning

    Yuriko Koike
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    When the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea convene in Beijing next month at the APEC summit, there is reason to hope not only for formal handshakes and bilateral meetings, but also for substantive efforts to lower tensions in the region. That hope is built on all three leaders’ need to address difficult domestic challenges.
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  • Secret Surveillance of Americans’ Mail Revealed to be Widespread with Lax Oversight

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) routinely snoops on the mail of thousands of Americans at the behest of law enforcement, while not providing sufficient oversight for the program, according to the agency’s inspector general (IG).   Last year alone, USPS approved nearly 50,000 “mail cover” requests from police and agency inspectors to secretly monitor individuals’ mail for criminal and national security investigations.   The fact that USPS performed such activities was not new; mail covers have been in use for more than 100 years. But the scope of the…
  • MIT Releases Groundbreaking Report on Sexual Assaults on Its Campus

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    One of the nation’s leading universities has come forward with its own numbers on the disturbing problem of sexual assaults, which could spur similar fact-finding by other institutions of higher learning.   Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported that one in six female undergraduates had been sexually assaulted while attending the prestigious school. Only 5% of the victims reported the assaults to authorities. More than half of those who didn’t report an assault said they didn’t think it serious enough to report and almost half the victims said they were partly…
  • Toxic Pesticides Banned in Other Countries Continue to be used in U.S.

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Farm chemicals banned by European and Asian countries are still being used, often in large measure, across the United States.   At least five pesticides being applied to American farms have been outlawed overseas. Some of the most popular are neonicotinoids, which farmers use widely on corn and soybean crops—even though federal environmental regulators dispute their benefits on soybeans. “There are no clear or consistent economic benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments,” the Environmental Protection Agency said in a study. Neonicotinoids act as a nerve agent on…
  • Outside Groups Pour $120 per Voter into Alaska Election…So Far

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    The fight for control of the U.S. Senate has pushed campaign spending in some states to ludicrous proportions. Take Alaska, for example.   First-term Democratic Senator Mark Begich is considered vulnerable to losing his seat, so the Republicans and their supporters have poured millions of dollars into advertising to help GOP challenger and state Attorney General Dan Sullivan win next month.   The Republican spending, of course, provoked Democrats to counter with their own enormous campaign war chest to defend Begich.   The result: independent groups from both sides have spent…
  • In Wake of Snowden, FBI Investigates “Second Leaker” Working for U.S. Fed Contractor

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Federal agents are now investigating a “second leaker” within the U.S. intelligence community who followed in the footsteps of Edward Snowden and turned over classified information to the media.   According to Michael Isikoff at Yahoo! News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has identified a federal contractor suspected of leaking sensitive documents about the federal government’s terrorist watch list to journalist Glenn Greenwald.   Greenwald gained prominence when Snowden provided him with a trove of secret papers on National Security Agency surveillance…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • (Update) Whatever happened with Boehner’s lawsuit against the president?

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The TanMan, Weeper of the House John Boehner, told Americans this past summer that he was filing a lawsuit against the tyrannical Obama because he had delayed the implementation of a provision of “ObamaCare” that Boehner’s own Tea-Publican House had … Continue reading →
  • ‘Dark money’ in Arizona could get darker

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    This case has been kicking around in court for some time now, and has the potential to unravel the weak laws Arizona has regulating the disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures. The Tea-Publicans in the legislature had a chance to … Continue reading →
  • Dr. Jill Biden coming to Tucson for Congressman Ron Barber

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Announcement from the Ron Barber for congress campaign: Dr. Jill Biden and Ron Barber to Greet Trick or Treaters Friday at Barber Campaign HQ Tucson, AZ – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will meet with Southern Arizona … Continue reading →
  • Read Stephen Lemons’ commentary today before mindlessly voting for Doug Ducey

    AZ BlueMeanie
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I took some grief from Stephen Lemons when I did not jump all over his exposé on Doug Ducey’s mob family connections . Special Report: Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey Hails From an Infamous Ohio Organized-Crime Family. My response is tempered … Continue reading →
  • No country for austerity pushing Democrats

    Donna Gratehouse
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com My biggest problem with centrist establishment Democrats has been their insistence on trying to prove they’re the bigger grown-ups in the room by embracing punitive conservative economic ideas and more successfully implementing them. Welfare reform was a … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money

    Ricardo Torres
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Anderson and Voss set off on their journey. Photo by the author. In November 2013, two Iraq veterans were holed up in a hotel in Pueblo, Colorado. They’d been walking since the previous August. Their trip began on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and they were attempting to raise money for a local nonprofit by walking to Los Angeles. They relied on strangers for food and shelter but they walked the entire way. The weather outside the hotel was below zero degrees at night, and in the single digits at high noon. For days they talked about what their options were: They…
  • In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts

    Dahr Jamail
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Jay Inslee, governor of Washington State, tours the Chehalis River Valley, the site of some of the worst floods in the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Dahr Jamail. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. The Chehalis River Valley is stunningly beautiful, verdant and home to some of the most bountiful farms in Washington State. From Christmas trees to flowers to some of the most luscious tomatoes you could ever eat, on a sunny day, it feels like one has landed in paradise here. Unfortunately, the valley is also the site of some of the worst…
  • 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…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • The Fight for Faith or The Attack on Atheists?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Giants Win World Series With 3-2 Victory In Game 7 San Francisco streets were filled with riotous celebrations Wednesday night following the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory against the Kansas City Royals. City streets in areas including Market Street and the Mission District were taken over by large crowds following the 3-2 Game 7 victory. Police reported a number of bonfires and firecrackers and people were seen climbing on top of buses in some areas. Police were called out in riot gear to the Mission District and Market Street to disperse crowds, and there were reports of…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Transit Agency Implements Changes To Multiple Bus Lines The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced Tuesday that it has implemented a number of changes to bus service in San Francisco. The most significant changes are to the 10-Townsend line, which travels inbound to Pacific Heights neighborhood and outbound to San Francisco General Hospital, on the west side of the Potrero Hill neighborhood. On Saturday, the 10-Townsend started operating every 30 minutes from 7:30 p.m. to midnight each day. Before the changes, service stopped at 7:30 p.m. “I’m proud to have worked…
  • The Bay Bridge Lights May Soon Go Dark

    Reset Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    The Bay Bridge may go dark if it isn’t saved by $4 million in donations by the end of the year. The Bay Lights, a stunning 25,000 LED art installation on the western face of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, will be ending its two-year run in March 2015. The art installation was intended to be a two-year project, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the building of the Bay Bridge in March 2013. At the time, the installation cost $8 million in private funds to install, but according to KTVU, Illuminate the Arts founder Ben Davis, says that an additional $4 million would keep…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    Station Improvements Planned For Embarcadero, Montgomery Bart Stations BART is seeking the public’s input for improvements at the Embarcadero and Montgomery stations in downtown San Francisco and will be holding two in-station events today and on Thursday, respectively. The transit agency is looking at various options to ease overcrowding at its two busiest stations, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. BART averages a weekday ridership of over 400,000 people per day, according to BART’s website. During its peak periods, almost half of all riders either board or exit at the…
  • Bridging the Digital Divide … at SF Jails?

    Reset Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    With the recent connection of 32 public spaces now offering free Wi-Fi, provided by the city, it seems that San Francisco is getting much closer to its goal of closing the digital divide. The result of closing the digital divide, or increasing the availability of technology and access to the Internet among all socioeconomic classes, has driven city officials to push for things like increased municipal Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as the recent decision by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to make it easier to install new fiber optic cables. Closing the digital divide has now been extended…
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Nobody Thought This Was a Bad Idea? Princesses With Foul Mouths

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:53 pm
    In order to make a commercial or a public service announcement, a lot of time and talent needs to be invested. I know. I've worked on a few commercials myself. First a commercial needs to be developed and funded and talent hired. A location needs to be determined, a cameraman, props, and a whole host of other individuals are also involved - lighting, craft service, director, editor, etc. It's a mini-movie really and it can take a long time to wrap up a simple two-minute commercial. Not all commercials or public service announcements are the same however, but any that require actors and the…
  • 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…
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    Politics

  • How people-powered personalisation could lead the NHS to recovery

    Paul Buddery
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    The NHS needs a highly personalised and co-productive approach that calls on the creative collaboration of individuals, families and communities. The head of NHS England gets his blood pressure tested. Photo: Getty It’s been an important month for personalisation in the NHS. For the first time, around 60,000 adults eligible for Continuing Health Care now have the legal right to a personal health budget. Health and social care leaders have been finalising applications to participate in the potentially ground breaking Integrated Personal Commissioning Project seeking to blend social health…
  • What is the Labour party's view of Fiona Woolf's position?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    "Theresa May has totally failed". Labour suggests Theresa May may have to go "back to the drawing board" on Fiona Woolf. Photo: Getty The pressure is mounting on Fiona Woolf, chair of the inquiry into historic child sex abuse allegations, to step down. Victims' groups are expected to tell officials running the inquiry that they would like Woolf to resign. The groups, including the NSPCC, which has so far declined to outright oppose or back Woolf, are meeting representatives of the inquiry today. Woolf is under such fire both because of her lack of experience in child abuse cases and close…
  • 100 years since the first case of shell shock, it’s time to prioritise mental health

    Dan Jarvis
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    It’s 100 years since the first documented case of shell shock today. What progress should we be making a century on? Since "Case 1" of shell shock, we still need to make far more progress. Photo: Getty One hundred years ago today, on the morning of the 31 October 1914, a 20-year-old private ventured out into firing line of the First World War for the first time. We know from frontline reports that he and his platoon had just left their trench when they were "found" by the German artillery. The explosions sparked chaos and confusion as everyone dived for cover. The young soldier was…
  • Ed Miliband's speech to Scottish Labour's Gala Dinner: full text

    New Statesman
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    "I will fight with you with every fibre of my being over these months to show how we can change Scotland," says the Labour leader.  Demonstrators protest outside Scottish Labour's Gala Dinner this evening. Photograph: Getty Images. “We meet here after a tough week for our party in Scotland and after an extraordinary year when Scotland has gone through a profound debate about its future. “We meet here proud that in September we won the battle to keep our country together. “And we meet here above all determined to fight to show the Scottish people that Labour can be the change they want…
  • Anas Sarwar resigns as Scottish Labour deputy leader

    George Eaton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The shadow cabinet is likely his next stop. Anas Sarwar campaigns during the Scottish independence referendum campaign. Photograph: Getty Images. Anas Sarwar's decision to stand down as Scottish Labour's deputy leader, which he announced at the party's gala dinner tonight, does not come as a surprise. There is a common recognition across the party that it needs fresh figures at the top and that they must be MSPs (Sarwar represents the Westminster seat of Glasgow Central). The next Scottish Labour leader (almost certainly Jim Murphy) will now be free to take office with a new deputy. The…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Country Full of Fears Ahead of Midterm Elections

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    As President Obama's approval ratings continue to fall and scandals and troubles mount for the country, signs the electorate are fearful of what the futures brings are everywhere. Signs of fear have appeared in stories across the media. CNN, for instance, recently noted that seven in ten voters are angry as they prepare for election day. A poll taken last week found that respondents were "very angry" (30 percent) or "somewhat angry" (38 percent) about the way things are going in the country. Only 31 percent said they weren't angry. The poll also found a ten-point gap in party enthusiasm with…
  • Huffington Post Falsely Smears Scott Brown over NH Geography, Hasn't Apologized

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:58 pm
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — The Huffington Post hasn’t apologized for the brazen error, but the left-wing outlet’s Sabrina Siddiqui struck former Sen. Scott Brown with an inaccurate story on Thursday night that her editors have since drastically scaled back. The hit piece was based entirely on a fallacy that a co-moderator of the final debate has since admitted he got wrong; he actually appeared on statewide live television to apologize to Brown and voters for the inaccuracy. Within minutes of the conclusion of the final debate between Brown and incumbent Democratic Sen.
  • Pew Research: Majority of Hispanics Say Candidate's Immigration Position Not Deal-Breaker

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    While the Republican establishment, Democrats, and the mainstream press repeatedly say Republicans have to pass amnesty legislation to appeal to Hispanics, a majority of Hispanics believe a candidate's position on immigration is not a deal-breaker.  An extensive Pew Research Hispanic survey found that 54% of Hispanic registered voters said they would vote for a candidate who disagrees with them on immigration "if that candidate shares their views on most other issues." A majority of Hispanics were for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but, consistent with other surveys of…
  • Mail Call: Jeb Bush Letter to Iowans Pushes Amnesty, Common Core

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is urging Iowans to donate to his education group (that backs Common Core) and also support amnesty legislation. "Dear Friend, Because of your consistent support for conservative principles, I want to talk to you about some of the most critical challenges facing our nation and the path to restoring opportunity for all Americans," a letter from the potential 2016 presidential candidate reads.  In the letter, Bush goes on to say that he is "gravely concerned about the direction of our country, the lack of leadership in Washington, and the…
  • Issa, Grassley: Botched Handling Of Border Grenade Walking Endangered American Lives

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    On October 30, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) released a statement regarding the Arizona US Attorney's Office's reluctance to take action against Jean Baptiste Kingery, an American alleged to have smuggled "thousands of grenade parts from the US to Mexico to build live grenades for the Mexican cartel." On October 23, 2013, Breitbart News reported that explosives used in a bomb attack that killed three Mexican policemen had been traced back to Kingery.  Kingery was…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • #fuoridalleuro: Italy: Europe’s dying patient - The Spectator

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    “The latest panic on global stock markets has reminded the world of the vulnerability of the euro, and this week pundits in the British press have been busy speculating about France’s possible collapse. Hardly anyone bothers to fret about Italy any more, even though last week its exchanges took the second biggest hit after Greece. Italy’s irreversible demise is a foregone conclusion. The country is just too much of a basket case even to think about. Italy’s experience of the European monetary union has been particularly painful. The Italians sleepwalked into joining the euro with…
  • The questions that the judges asked Napolitano about the state-mafia negotiations #trattativa - Opinion poll

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    A President of the Republic who has tapes of telephone conversations destroyed, conversations with a person under investigation for mafia crimes, namely Nicola Mancino, who refuses to answer questions from judges in public (and what is more public than the President of the Republic?) has never been seen before. What’s Napolitano afraid of? In the eyes of the public, he could not be more discredited. Just his reaction is already an admission of guilt. Perhaps his re-election happened for this very reason: to place him in a really safe position. What’s certain is that in the future, we will…
  • Draghi is just fattening up the banks

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    "Do you remember the LTRO refinancing operations in 2011 when the banks received 1,000 billion from the ECB at interest rates close to 1% that they used to buy state bonds and then made loads of profit on BTP state bonds at 6% or 7% with zero risk? OK, during the summer, after nearly 6 years of crisis, record levels of unemployment, and near-zero inflation, the ECB woke up to the need to provide money to the real economy. After that, Draghi then announced the TLTRO - that extra “T” stands for “Targeted”, that is, it is destined to finance something in particular: the real economy. On…
  • Passaparola: The State-Mafia negotiations, by Sabina Guzzanti

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Watch the video07:00 Tomorrow Mafia Boss Totò Riina’s attorney will be able to question the Head of State and put certain questions to Napolitano as part of the trial relating to the State-Mafia dealings. Today’s Passaparola is by Sabina Guzzanti, director of the film entitled ”La Trattativa” (Literally “The Negotiations”), a film that all Italians should go and see in one of the few cinemas that have agreed to show it before the film disappears from circulation in just a few days time. A film that should be shown in our schools and that, on the contrary, has not received a…
  • Direct streaming from Palermo: #SfiduciaDay no-confidence-day

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Today we are all in Palermo for the #SfiduciaDay! The M5S spokespersons for the Region of Sicily have put forward a no-confidence motion against the governor Crocetta. Today in the streets, we are collecting the signatures of citizens that are together with us and want to demonstrate their lack of confidence in Crocetta and the parties, for a 5 Star Sicily! You too can sign the online petition to demonstrate your lack of confidence in Rosario Crocetta. Let’s make our voices heard! Here you’ll find all the information about the event Help us by making a small donation Programme for the day…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Empathy Deficit Disorder

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Commenting on a recent student suicide at an Alaska high school, Alaska’s Republican Congressman Don...
  • 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...
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

    Steve H. Hanke
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Steve H. Hanke For a clear snapshot of a country’s economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of the inflation rate, unemployment rate and bank lending rate, minus per capita GDP growth.  The epicenter of the Ebola crisis is Liberia. My October 15, 2014 blog reported on the level of misery in and prospects for Liberia This blog contains the 2012 misery indexes for Guinea and Sierra Leone, two other countries in the grip of Ebola. Yes, 2012; that was the last year in which all the data required to calculate a misery…
  • U.S.-Mexico Sugar Agreement: A Tribute to Managed Markets

    Daniel R. Pearson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    Daniel R. Pearson The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced Oct. 27 that it had reached draft agreements with Mexican sugar exporters and the Mexican government to suspend antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) investigations on imports of sugar from that country.  Commerce has requested comments from interested parties by Nov. 10, with Nov. 26 indicated as the earliest date on which the final agreements could be signed.  Given the obvious level of consultation by governments and industries on both sides of the border leading up to this announcement, it’s reasonable to…
  • Are Well-Meaning but Misguided Conservatives Being Seduced by the Value-Added Tax?

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Daniel J. Mitchell Having a vision of a free society doesn’t mean libertarians are incapable of common-sense political calculations. For example, the long-run goal is to dramatically shrink the size and scope of the federal government, both because that’s how the Founding Fathers wanted our system to operate and because our economy will grow much faster if labor and capital are allocated by economic forces rather than political calculations. But in the short run, I’m advocating for incremental progress in the form of modest spending restraint. Why? Because that’s the…
  • Attorneys General Aim at New Targets, Who Respond as Expected

    David Boaz
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    David Boaz The New York Times launches a series of investigative reports on corporate lobbying of state attorneys general. But you have to read fairly far down in the story to find the “nut graf” on why this is happening now. Radley Balko summed it up in a tweet: “As prosecutors get increasingly powerful, lobbyists will increasingly spend money to try to influence them.” And the article does note that:  A robust industry of lobbyists and lawyers has blossomed as attorneys general have joined to conduct multistate investigations and pushed into areas as diverse as securities…
  • Armor's Reply to Barnett: Research on Early Childhood Ed Still Unpersuasive

    David J. Armor
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    David J. Armor W. Steven Barnett’s attempt to rebut my review of preschool research begins with an ad hominem attack on my (and Cato’s) motives for publishing this piece, calling it an “October Surprise” with an aim “to raise a cloud of uncertainty regarding preschool’s benefits that is difficult to dispel in the time before the election.” He omits that my first review of preschool research was published in January, the same month Cato sponsored a public forum on the topic with both pro and con speakers.  The current, expanded review was published now because it…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 1 of 2)

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

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

  • How to Solve the Problems of Europe’s Second Biggest Economy

    John Bruton
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The French are spending more money abroad than they are earning from abroad. I recently attended a conference that looked at France’s domestic economic situation, and the impact that has on the country’s global and European role. According to budgets published in October, France and Italy are failing to meet the eurozone’s requirements for reducing […] The post How to Solve the Problems of Europe’s Second Biggest Economy appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Silent Deaths: The Price of a Russian Soldier’s Life

    Anna Pivovarchuk
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Russia attempts to mask responsibility for soldiers dying in Ukraine by cracking down on activists. On October 17, following a search at the offices of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers of Russia (UCSMR) in the southern Russian city of Budenovsk, Lydmila Bogatenkova, the head of the branch, was arrested and charged with fraud. The 73 year […] The post Silent Deaths: The Price of a Russian Soldier’s Life appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Birth of Bangladesh Was a Triumph of Culture Over Religion

    Gurusaday Batabyal
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    War is not only a military act performed, but an expression of the conflict of cultures. More often than not, wars result from multiple causes that may be political, economic, or driven by geographical considerations. However, the birth of Bangladesh has proven that culture is yet another fundamental cause, and had become a tool of […] The post The Birth of Bangladesh Was a Triumph of Culture Over Religion appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • India’s Stumbling Spy Agency Needs Reform

    Aditya Sakorkar
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    India’s imperial-era intelligence apparatus has multiple flaws and needs radical overhaul. Since India’s independence in 1947, the country has been a democracy. Elections are held as scheduled, the press is largely free and parliament convenes regularly. Despite these democratic practices, India retains a strong streak of authoritarianism. India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) is the classic example […] The post India’s Stumbling Spy Agency Needs Reform appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Divide and Unite: Machiavelli and the Fight Against IS

    Goos Hofstee
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A divide and conquer strategy in Iraq will only work if it is followed by a comprehensive post-combat blueprint.  “Divide and Conquer,” the classic principle of strategic warfare, has been propagated by many a famous military strategist. Niccolo Machiavelli, for example, in his Dell’arte della Guerra (Book 6 of The Art of War), said : “A […] The post Divide and Unite: Machiavelli and the Fight Against IS 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

  • Still Spinning Wisconsin Voters

    Brooks Jackson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    In Wisconsin’s pivotal race for governor, both sides are still spinning voters. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is crowing about a gain of 8,400 jobs last month, when the actual gain in total jobs was only 300. Walker is saying his state now ranks in the “top four” in the Midwest for job creation. But the state’s job gains still lag behind the national average. A liberal group is attacking Walker for creating a tax deduction of up to $10,000 for “millionaires … to send their kids to private schools.” But the deduction is for parochial schools, too. And…
  • NARAL’s ‘Edgy’ Condom Ad in Colorado

    Eugene Kiely
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    A TV ad in the Colorado Senate race says Republican Rep. Cory Gardner wants to “ban birth control,” so “you better stock up on condoms.” In fact, Gardner supports making birth control pills available over-the-counter, and nothing he supports or has proposed would ban the sale of condoms. NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, the group behind a self-described “edgy” ad campaign, is referring to Gardner’s co-sponsorship of a federal bill, the Life at Conception Act, that could lead to a ban of some hormonal forms of birth control, including the pill and…
  • 2014 Campaign Whoppers

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Summary By the time the last polling booth closes on Nov. 4, a staggering amount of money — $4 billion, by one estimate — will have been spent on the midterm elections. What did all that money buy? A lot of false and misleading TV ads. Once again, we had no shortage of material for our annual Whoppers article. The candidates and their increasingly well-financed allies flooded the airwaves with ads accusing one another of dishonoring veterans, slashing Medicare benefits, threatening Social Security and lining their pockets with ill-gotten gains. The facts too often did not support…
  • 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…
 
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Obama’s War on U.S. Energy

    Alan Caruba
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
      September 19th was an anniversary you did not read or hear about in the nation’s news media. It marked six years—2008—since the first permit application for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted to the federal government. Can you imagine how many jobs its construction would have created during a period of […]
  • It’s rarely about the environment anymore

    Paul Driessen
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
      It’s about slashing our energy use, free enterprise, job creation, living standards and freedoms. Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By […]
  • 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 […]
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    opposingviews.com

  • Maryland Voting Machines Inspected After Complaints (Video)

    Jonathan Wolfe
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Maryland Voters Claim Ballot Machines Are Switching Votes (Video) Maryland Voting Machines Inspected After Complaints (Video) Voters In Maryland Say Ballot Machines Switch Votes (Video) Maryland Voters Claim Ballot Machines Are Switching Votes (Video) Local Nation Politics Maryland Voting Machines Has Been Optimized Roughly 50 Republican voters in Maryland have come forward with complaints about the state’s electronic voting machines. The voters claim the machines incorrectly swtiched their votes for Republican candidates to Democrats. “We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our…
  • Netanyahu Responds To Obama Administration Official's Insult

    Jared Keever
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Netanyahu Responds To Obama Administration Official's Insult 'I Am Being Attacked': Israeli Prime Minister Responds To Obama Administration Official's Insult Israeli Prime Minister Responds To Obama Administration Official's 'Chickens**t' Comment Netanyahu Responds To Obama Administration Official's Insult Headlines Politics World Not Optimized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on record for the first time Wednesday since it was revealed an Obama administration official had referred to him as a “chickens**t.” The Jerusalem Post reports…
  • Delaware State Senator's Husband Caught On Camera Stealing Campaign Signs (Video)

    Jared Keever
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Delaware State Senator's Husband Caught On Camera Stealing Campaign Signs (Video) 'I'm Disappointed': Delaware State Senator Admits Her Husband Stole Opponent's Campaign Signs (Video) 'Those Aren't Your Signs, Bud': Delaware State Senator's Husband Caught Stealing Campaign Signs (Video) State Senator's Husband Caught On Camera Stealing Campaign Signs (Video) Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized Police in Middletown, Delaware, issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for the husband of Democratic state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long for allegedly…
  • North Korean Officials Executed for Watching South Korean Soap Operas

    Lisa Fogarty
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    North Korean Officials Executed for Watching South Korean Soap Operas Kim Jong-un Reportedly Orders Executions Of 10 Officials For Watching South Korean Soap Operas Executions Allegedly Ordered After North Korean Officials Were Caught Watching South Korean Soap Operas North Korean Officials Executed for Watching South Korean Soap Operas Politics Not Optimized Ten members of North Korea’s Workers’ Party were reportedly executed after they were caught watching South Korean soap operas. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered the executions. The victims included several officials…
  • Anti-Gay Group Funds Phil Robertson's 'Elect Godly Men' Ad (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Anti-Gay Group Funds Phil Robertson's 'Elect Godly Men' Ad (Video) Anti-Gay Group Funds Phil Robertson's 'Elect Godly Men' Ad (Video) Celebrities Entertainment Politics Religion TV Phil Robertson Voting Ad Has Been Optimized "Duck Dynasty" reality TV star Phil Robertson appears in a new ad urging Louisiana residents to vote for "Godly men." According to CBN, the ad (video below) was produced by The American Renewal Project, which is funded by the American Family Association (AFA). The AFA has a long history of anti-gay statements, notes the Southern Poverty Law…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Church

    John Y. Brown III
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Awkward whispered conversations with my wife at church during service after driving separately and arriving at same time. Me: (under my breath) “Did you have your cell phone on?” Rebecca: (Under her breath) “My phone died. Why?” Me: “I texted ‘L-O-V-E’ and didn’t get a response from you.” Rebecca: “Oh.” Me: “Not even a “L.” Rebecca: “Shh” Me: “Is something wrong?” Rebecca: (Shakes her head exasperated) Me: “If your phone hadn’t died would you have written back…
  • Carlton Weddington: ODRC’s Escape Goat

    Michael Steele
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    On September 12, 2014 the headline news in Ohio and trending nationally was that the Chardon High School shooter had escaped prison along with two other Ohio prison inmates. The best dissertation that most of the mainstream media in Ohio could come up with was that T.J. Lane struggled to adjust to prison after being convicted for killing three students and receiving three consecutive life sentences. Depending on whom you ask, Lane’s short lived escape success was no big feat. Inmates will tell you that Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution is so laxed it is “sweet” here.
  • Josh Bowen: 3 Reasons Why Soreness Doesn’t Mean Results

    Josh Bowen
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Back when I first started working out, I loved the feeling. When I first started working with clients, I loved hearing them tell me about it. Soreness. One of the first questions, in the old days, we use to ask clients who had been working out on their own, “are you getting sore still.” With little to no scientific research to back up our clams, we obliterated body parts into submission, thinking that everyone need to be sore to get results. I was wrong. To this day, I have attracted a client base that loves to be pushed and I love to push them. At times I can be relentless and…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Ebola

    John Y. Brown III
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ok. For what it’s worth….and I’m not a doctor or anything ….but I am very intuitive about things like pandemics and mass diseases. And I am starting to get a much better feeling about this whole Ebola thing and how it is going to play out. I’m predicting in a few days we can all go back outside again. Probably. Just a feeling. But it’s a pretty strong one. The exact same feeling I got with Avian Flu and SARS just before we found out they weren’t going to cause our extinction. So there’s even a track record here for me with these sorts of things.
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Fundraising Emails

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    They say death and taxes are the only two things you can rely on. But that was before Democratic Party fundraising emails. I am beginning to think these are even more reliable than the two long established standbys. And certainly more constant. I am a proud and life-long Democrat and intend to remain that way. And hope my party feels the same way about me. Right now — a little over a week from Election Day — I average receiving about 40 desperate to exciting fundraising emails a day from the national party. I love that they are keeping me so informed by the half-hour and giving me…
 
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  • Grant Hill Wants Charlie Crist to Get the Ball

    Kevin Derby
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Former NBA star Grant Hill sent a fundraising email out on behalf of former Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday night.“I was on a lot of great teams in college and in the pros. But this fall I'm thrilled to be on the People's Team -- on Charlie's team,” Hill wrote. “I live in Florida and love this state, but Rick Scott is taking us in the wrong direction. He killed a job-creating high-speed rail project between my home city of Orlando and Tampa -- and he won't raise the minimum wage or fight for equal pay.”read more
  • Marco Rubio Goes to Bat for Carlos Curbelo

    Kevin Derby
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., went to bat for Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican candidate running against U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., sending out a fundraising email for him. read more
  • Oh, My: Not ANOTHER Corrupt Crist Crony ...

    Nancy Smith
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Why is it when you round up and shake out the fraudsters in Florida around election time, you've got a great chance of winding up with a contributor to a Charlie Crist campaign?Well, it's happened again. I'm sorry -- I don't make this stuff up.read more
  • Jeb Bush Joins Forces with Rick Scott for Early Voting Tour

    Allison Nielsen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Time is ticking down until Election Day, and one of the most prominent figures in Florida politics will be lending a last-minute helping hand to Gov. Rick Scott as he makes his final push for re-election.Former Gov. Jeb Bush will be hitting the campaign trail with Gov. Scott this weekend in South Florida, joining the governor on his bus tour to promote early voting. The two will appear together in Hialeah on Sunday. read more
  • Medical Marijuana Amendment 2 Foes Launch New TV Ad

    Kevin Derby
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Opponents of Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in Florida, released a new TV spot on Thursday. The ad notes the opposition Amendment 2 has garnered from the Florida Medical Association, former Florida Supreme Court justices, editorial boards and law enforcement.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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    PoliticusUSA

  • Republicans Don’t Care About Income Inequality Or Basic Human Needs

    Tim Libretti
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    We have come to serve the economy rather than the economy serving us. We ask people to suffer to save the system that produces suffering, instead of creating a system that seeks to eliminate suffering. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Grimes Campaign Expresses Confidence After New Poll Shows McConnell Up In Kentucky

    Jason Easley
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    The final Bluegrass Poll of the 2014 election showed Mitch McConnell leading Alison Lundergan Grimes 48%-43%, but the Grimes campaign expressed confidence that they will prevail on Election Day. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hillary Clinton Endorses “Tough and Strong” Wendy Davis For Texas Governor

    Jason Easley
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hillary Clinton has endorsed Wendy Davis for Texas governor. Clinton called Davis a tough and strong campaigner who never backs down. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jon Stewart Confirms That NBC Tried To Hire Him To Host Meet The Press

    Jason Easley
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Jon Stewart confirmed in an interview that NBC did try to hire the late night comedian to host Meet The Press, but Stewart never seriously considered their offer. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fox News Host Implies Obama Is Manipulating Gas Prices To Help Democrats In Midterms

    Justin Baragona
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    During Thursday's episode of The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, host Gretchen Carlson suggested on multiple occasions that the White House was manipulating the price of gasoline to possibly help out in the midterm elections. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • Follow up on the post “The future of the country”

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

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

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

    Michel
    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

    Michel
    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.  
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • NRA Ad Firm Actually Hired A Consultant To Disprove Grindr Ad Claims

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    The previously reported ad supporting Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton on the gay hook-up app is “100% fake,” the political consulting firm working with the NRA says. [Update: Grindr spokesman says no ad networks ran the ads in question on the app.] WASHINGTON — The political consulting firm that has worked with the National Rifle Association to promote Tom Cotton's Senate run in Arkansas hired a consultant Thursday to look into claims that the gun-rights group advertised on a gay hook-up app. Brett Buereck, the president of Majority Strategies, the firm that has…
  • Pro-Life Group Sends Official-Looking "Public Health Alert" Mailers To Iowans

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    “Children in your area are vulnerable”… to the Democratic Senate candidate. Josh Brennan/Amy Kernan WASHINGTON — Susan B. Anthony's List, a prominent anti-abortion lobbying group based, is sending voters in Iowa a mailer that looks like an official warning of a disease outbreak. "ALERT — CHILDREN IN YOUR AREA ARE VULNERABLE TO A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT THAT CONTINUES UNCONTROLLED," reads the envelope. Inside the mailer, the "potentially life-threatening public health danger" is revealed to be Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley's support for abortion…
  • Rand Paul Uncertain About Ebola Quarantines

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Paul, who thinks there should be visa restrictions for people coming from Ebola-affected countries, says it’s unclear if some states’ quarantine policies honor the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus. Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group / MCT WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul is unsure if the mandatory, Ebola-related quarantines in New Jersey and New York qualify as lawful imprisonment, he told BuzzFeed News on Thursday. "I think it's a complicated issue," Paul said. While the states think they have the right to quarantine returning Ebola health workers, "is there a…
  • Hillary Clinton Confronted By Biggest Immigration Disturbance Yet

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    United We Dream confronted Clinton in force. The effect was jarring. Chris Keane / Reuters COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In a wave of staggered protests, five groups of loud and persistent activists disrupted Hillary Clinton's speech at a rally here on Thursday. The incident marked the latest, and rowdiest, in a series of public actions meant to press Clinton to disclose her stance on the executive actions to slow deportations that President Obama is expected to announce after the midterm elections. For about 10 minutes of a stump speech at the Ritchie Coliseum at the University of Maryland…
  • You Might Start Seeing Ads In Your Uber

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    The taxification of Uber? Gas4Ads.com WASHINGTON — A small California startup wants to help Uber drivers cope with one their top grievances about working for the ridesharing giant — cost. Driver activists have taken to the streets and online forums in recent weeks and months to complain about Uber allegedly taking a larger cut of their fares and lowering prices without consulting them. Kaz Moayedi, a 36-year-old who also runs a digital marketing firm, created Gas4Ads early this summer to try and alleviate those issues. The company, which is not affiliated with or expressly…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • A Challenge to College Students: Be a Full-Time Student

    Gary L. Welton
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Full-time employment across the developed world is generally defined as 40 to 44 hours per week. The expectations are lower in some countries, such as France, where full-time employment is set at 35 hours per week. The typical college student in America, however, seems to follow a lighter schedule. Because the federal government spends as much as $100 billion on higher education each year, it is concerned with student progress and performance. The federal government not only regulates the number of credit hours that financial aid recipients must complete each year, but also defines the amount…
  • A President Who Doesn’t Seek Advice?

    Paul G. Kengor
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    The Government Accountability Institute reports that President Obama continues to skip the majority of his Presidential Daily Briefings. This is a stunning fact, first reported two years ago and now updated and reconfirmed. Worse, it was also just reported that Obama likewise doesn’t consult his White House predecessor. Altogether, this paints a very troubling picture. To recap: In September 2012, the Government Accountability Institute released a study which revealed that our president failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to the anniversary of…
  • 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…
 
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    Politic365

  • Record Number of African Americans Running Statewide in 2014

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A record number of African Americans are running statewide for the midterm elections.  Below is a chart of the candidates who will be on the ballot on Tuesday.
  • Feds Convict Warren Ballentine: Not One Subprime Banker Prosecuted

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Once again, it’s always interesting to see the cases federal prosecutors pursue and the ones they don’t. Chicago Tribune: “Prosecutors alleged that Ballentine acted as the real estate lawyer at closings involving nearly 30 fraudulent loans. He knew that the buyers did not qualify to buy the properties in Chicago and the suburbs, authorities said.” A whole thirty loans? I’m so impressed.  The case reminds me of one of the biggest failures of President Obama and Eric Holder:  Failing to prosecute bankers for the subprime mortgage ripoff. Ballentine’s…
  • Murderer in Political Ad Endorses Republican

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Nikko Jenkins Endorses Lee Terry.  Marjorie Sturgeon of KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska reports that Nikko Jenkins, who appeared at a hearing regarding his mental competency, made a political endorsement. Jenkins, 28, who killed four people in Omaha in 2013, was the star of a Willie Horton style ad produced by the Republican National Committee on behalf of Republican Congressman Lee Terry.  Rep. Terry is said to be behind in the polls. Welp, apparently Jenkins, has seen the ads. “Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever. He worships my [unintelligible],” Jenkins shouted in court.
  • Problematic Police Tactics

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    It’s been two months since Daniel Pantaleo strangled Eric Garner, 48, to death on a sidewalk in Staten Island, N.Y. Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on August 9. Since then, there has been nothing but silence from Officers Pantaleo and Wilson. The police killings have also been met with silence from so-called law and order types who are more interested in order than law. Tougher police tactics, including the unjustified killing of unarmed African Americans, seem to be escalating at a time crime rates are declining. New York City, which has a population of  more than …
  • Bipartisan Dislike Follows After Willie Horton / Nikko Jenkins Ad Airs

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A political ad aired by the National Republican Congressional Committee is being called out by many as racist. The ad, which has political circles buzzing and has gone viral, with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, has political observers pointing out that it’s effectively a duplicate of the infamous Willie Horton spot from 1988. That ad was created by the notoriously vitriolic political consultant Lee Atwater. Both the Horton ad and the NRCC’s ad, featuring Nikko Jenkins, have familiar themes: a black murderer, at least one of whose victims was a white female, and the claim…
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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

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

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

    admin
    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 – Rebr.

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 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…
  • Culture Control

    Mike Dakkak
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Last Friday a student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Washington State opened fire in the school’s cafeteria, killing 2 and wounding 3 others. Sadly the events become add one more name to a list of town and school names that have grown all too familiar: Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech and Aurora. We spend a lot of time debating gun control but relatively little time debating images of graphic violence in our media. Gun control will certainly play a role in a comprehensive solution to our violence problem. But what role should culture control play, and are we paying enough attention…
  • To Ban or Not to Ban?

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Ebola has become a front page news story that has risen in national importance. The question dominating the debate is how to best keep America and Americans safe from the tragic spread of this disease. The main point of contention has become whether to institute a travel ban to and from the affected countries in West Africa. Would instituting a travel ban be wise or would it ultimately do more harm than good? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Is Obamacare Here to Stay?

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The administration recently revealed that more that 7.3 million people have signed for Obamacare. This is more than the 6 million they originally hoped for but less than the 8 million they announced had enrolled in the program back in March. It’s hard to believe how far the program has come since its disastrous rollout last October. After pledging to make it a defining issue in this year’s midterm elections Republicans have all but stopped campaigning on the issue. Is this a tacit admission that the program has become a permanent part of life in America? Follow In the News on…
  • 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…
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Creative Mobile Technologies Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Photo by ooznu                               By USDR    Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC (CMT), the leading taxi technology provider in the United States, has announced the compatibility of its in-vehicle payment platforms with Apple’s Apple Pay Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless payment technology.   Based upon the same NFC infrastructure popularized by Visa payWave and Mastercard PayPass, Apple Pay allows passengers with credit cards registered with Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6…
  • SBA Using Inflation To Justify Dismantling Small Business Programs

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Photo courtesy of Shashi Bellamkonda Social Media Swami Network Solutions                               By USDR    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed sweeping changes in federal small business size standards based on inflation that could force thousands of small business that depend on federal contracts to close their doors.   Critics of the new SBA policies believe the changes are actually a plan to dismantle federal small business programs after a plan by the Obama Administration…
  • Urban Air Initiative Calls New EPA Emission Models Flawed

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Photo by Jay Inslee                                 By USDR    A computer model used by states to assess mobile source emissions is seriously flawed, according to an analysis by Urban Air Initiative (UAI). The model’s inaccurate results could block access to the market for higher ethanol blends, denying states what could be a valuable tool in protecting public health. The Urban Air Initiative and the Energy Future Coalition (EFC) are seeking an immediate suspension of…
  • Google Spent $3.94 Million On 3rd Quarter Lobbying

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
                    By USDR    Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed by Consumer Watchdog.   Of 15 tech and communications companies’ lobbying spending monitored by Consumer Watchdog only Comcast, which is seeking approval for a $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable spent more than the Internet giant, reporting lobbying costs for the third quarter of $4.23 million. Nine of the 15 companies…
  • Mixing Boos and Booze: Friday Halloween Most Dangerous

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Photo by Hanna Horwarth                                     By USDR    A new report that tracks the drinking behavior of more than 380,000 DUI offenders 24/7 shows that when Halloween falls on a Friday, drinking violations skyrocket more than 2½ times compared to when Halloween falls on any other day of the week.   The data, compiled and released by Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), shows patterns in behavior for DUI offenders who were monitored for drinking with…
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    The American Patriot

  • So glad that I am an only child

    The American Patriot
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    This was my thought after reading these three postings over at Protein Wisdom, ran by Jeff Goldstein Further updates Hello, peeps. What’s the rumpus? Yay, lawyers! Basically, Jeff’s brother is severely screwing his Mother, who is dying with cancer, over. I give Jeff credit, he is handling that little situation very well and with much restraint. Because if it was me; I would be going to florida, finding the nearest gun store, picking up a nice .357 and a box of shells. My best to Jeff in getting that little situation straightened out.
  • 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.
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Why Educational Security Depends on Reviving The Elementary & Secondary Education Act

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Ways You Can Use Big Data For Your Marketing

    Laura Cantwell
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    “Big data” is a buzzword in the digital marketing world. But while “big data” may be the term of choice, you may be better off looking at “smart data.” Take a look at three ways you can use specific portions of big data to improve your brand. Monitor your reputation: Social media sites accumulate massive quantities of data. While not all of it is readily accessible to marketers, you can use publicly available information to learn more about consumers’ opinions toward your brand and toward your industry. Avoid only paying attention to posts that mention your brand via tag. Search…
  • For Retailers, Search Needs to be About More than Clickthrough Rate

    Jason Caine
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    It’s no secret that search is an influential touchpoint in a consumer’s purchase decision for almost any product. Search represents as much as 40% of traffic referrals to online retailers, depending on the time of year and the product being searched. Yet despite the common understanding of search’s importance in the retail industry, there is a still a lot unknown about how consumers interact with a search results page beyond clickthrough rates. The evolution of the search results page means that shoppers are presented with an increasingly diverse number of ways to shop before ever…
  • 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…
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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°

  • Sweden Has Officially Recognized The State Of Palestine

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Today Sweden has officially recognized the State of Palestine.Margot Wallstorm - Sweden's FM. (via Euronews)
  • When Arming the Rebels Goes Wrong?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    The rapid and violent rise of the Islamic State, or ISIS, has sparked growing calls for deeper U.S. involvement in the arming and training of rebel forces in Syria.The trouble is, such efforts might now always work as advertised.Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on a still-classified internal CIA review — commissioned during the Obama administration’s deliberations over its Syria policy — that concluded that many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces have had little effect on the long-term outcome of the conflict. As the Times reported, “They were even less…
  • Globalization = Permanent Instability

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Globalization continually creates imbalances that fuel a perpetual instability that gradually impoverishes every sector other than global capital.Globalization has two guaranteed consequences: permanent instability and endless boom-and-bust cycles. As noted in Forget "Free Trade"--Focus on Capital Flows, the key engine of globalization is mobile capital: capital that can borrow money for next to nothing in one nation and then move that capital to other nations where yields are higher and opportunities for exploitation riper.This mobility of capital is an enormous benefit to the owners of the…
  • Republican Campaign

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Earlier this month, the National Republican Campaign Committee began running an ad across the state in an effort to link Ashford to Nikko Jenkins, a convicted killer who murdered four people last summer after getting released from prison for good behavior. Jenkins served half of his 21-year sentence for robbery and assault because of the state’s “Good Time Law,” which Ashford supported.Source: Addicting Info
  • The Myth Of The Free Press

    Mohammad Tomazy
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Chris Hedges | There is more truth about American journalism in the film “Kill the Messenger,” which chronicles the mainstream media’s discrediting of the work of the investigative journalist Gary Webb, than there is in the movie “All the President’s Men,” which celebrates the exploits of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal.The mass media blindly support the ideology of corporate capitalism. They laud and promote the myth of American democracy—even as we are stripped of civil liberties and money replaces the vote. They pay deference to the leaders on Wall…
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Amendment 2 opponents launch final pitch to defeat legalizing ‘pot smoking’

    BizPac Review
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Vote No on 2 campaign released a new ad Thursday touting the numerous groups who have endorsed their effort to defeat the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. “Florida newspapers, doctors and sheriffs across the state, as well as seven former Florida Supreme Court Justices, have all warned about the potential negative impacts if Amendment 2 passes,” Sarah Bascom, spokesperson for the Vote No on 2 Campaign, said in a statement. “There are no do-overs in the constitution and there is just too much at stake to put this terribly-flawed Amendment in our state’s…
  • Sen. Landrieu’s bombshell slam on the South: Calls southern voters racist and sexist days before election

    Carmine Sabia
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:52 am
    Democrats are grasping at straws to maintain power. With her poll numbers falling by the day and her senate seat slipping away La. Sen. Mary Landrieu pulled out the liberal standbys, the race and gender cards. In an interview with NBC News Landrieu said the reason for her and President Obama’s low approval ratings is due to the South being sexist and racist. “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” Landrieu told NBC News. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very…
  • Staying the course: Obama security adviser says we had to leave Iraq to ‘find a way back’

    George Upper
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    This is how Dems plan ahead. Then-Senator John Kerry said in 2004 that he actually did vote for the $87 billion before he voted against it. Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told America in 2010 that the House had to pass the Affordable Care Act so that they could find out what’s in it. Now, another top Democrat has said that the U.S. military had to leave Iraq in order to maintain a military presence there. Deputy National Security Adviser Anthony Blinken made the statement Wednesday during a speech at the Carnegie Endowment think tank, Defense News reported. “In effect, we had to…
  • Suck-ups and ‘Kool Aid drinkers’ surrounding Obama, lib pundit complains

    Tom Tillison
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The New York Times surmised Wednesday that President Obama could shake up his administration in the near future, even if they are suck-ups and Kool-Aid drinkers as one liberal pundit suggested. Pointing to the mishandling of the Ebola crisis and the Islamic State militants who’ve been running roughshod across the Middle East, The Times said the “battle-tested but exhausted White House loyalists and cabinet members” are not as cohesive as the “team of rivals” in his first Cabinet. You may recall that Obama said he wanted a Lincoln-esque “team of rivals” in…
  • Petition to change the words to ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ drives fans nuts!

    Vada Mossavat
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Buy me some apples and healthy snacks? Jimmy Kimmel Live sent a couple to the World Series and asked them to pose as the parents of a boy, “Landon,” who suffers from a peanut allergy. The couple asked fans to sign a petition to get “buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks” removed from the beloved “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” song — out of sensitivity to their boy. Fans hilariously refused. Turns out the fans cared more about the tradition than the fake couple’s fake son and his debilitating peanut allergy. Maybe next year.
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    Daily Signal

  • School Issues ‘No Trespass Order’ on Iraq Veteran Who Questioned Daughter’s Homework Assignment on Islam

    Kelsey Harkness
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    An Iraq veteran was banned from his daughter’s high school after objecting to a required homework assignment about Islam. Kevin Wood, father of an 11th-grader at La Plata High School in Charles County, Md., was upset to discover a teacher had asked his daughter to write a three-page essay about Islam’s Five Pillars, Mecca and Mohammed. After Wood met  with the school’s vice principal to discuss the matter, the school banned Wood from the property late last week. “I don’t agree with it,” Wood  said in a phone interview with Fox News. “I said you can’t study God or…
  • US Lawmen Allowed Drug Cartels’ Grenade Trafficker to Move Freely, Report Finds

    Sharyl Attkisson
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    A long-awaited report from the Department of Justice’s inspector general sharply criticizes U.S. law enforcement officials for allowing a grenade trafficker for vicious Mexican drug cartels to operate unfettered, endangering public safety. The Office of the Inspector General calls the federal operation “poorly conceived and executed” and “particularly irresponsible” because of information agents had about a dangerous suspect. The case reminded some observers of how the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed thousands of assault rifles to be trafficked to…
  • Poll Shows Young Voters Switching Allegiance From Democrats to GOP

    Josh Siegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    In a sign that Republican efforts to target the youth vote is paying off, a new poll finds a majority of young Americans who intend to vote next week prefer a Republican-controlled Congress. >>> This Spunky College Intern Is the Face of the New Republican Ground Game A survey released yesterday by Harvard Institute of Politics shows that of those age 18 to 29 who say they “definitely” will vote in the midterm elections Tuesday, 51 percent want Congress in GOP hands, compared to 47 percent who would rather have Democrats in charge. Among all young people surveyed — whether they…
  • Senate’s No. 1 Republican Explains Why a GOP-Controlled Senate Doesn’t Mean Repeal of Obamacare

    Melissa Quinn
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Hopes for repeal of  Obamacare by a Republican-controlled Senate dimmed a week before the crucial midterm elections with surprising words from the man who likely would lead that new Senate. In an interview Tuesday with Fox’s Neil Cavuto, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it’s unlikely a Republican-controlled Senate would repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in its entirety. McConnell, who leads Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Senate race in Kentucky, is poised to become majority leader if the upper chamber changes hands. Congressional Republicans…
  • Caught on Tape: Lindsey Graham Riffs on White Men and Baptists in Leaked Recordings

    Josh Siegel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is considering a run for president, was caught on tape at a private gathering this month saying, “White men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.” In the meeting, Graham, a Republican, also joked about Baptists, saying “they’re the ones who drink and don’t admit it.” The recordings were reported by CNN. Two South Carolina Democrats, who received the recordings from a person using an anonymous Gmail address, provided CNN with the recordings. After CNN contacted him, Graham said that he made the…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Sena sides with BJP, slams previous government

    Niti PTI Bot
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Mumbai, Oct 31 (PTI) Notwithstanding its decision to boycott the swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra Chief Minister, the Shiv Sena today provided covering fire to BJP from criticism for organising a lavish event, saying the ceremony will “wash off sins” of the previous government. “You (Congress and NCP) have looted Maharashtra in your 15-year-rule and siphoned off thousands of crores of public money. If you are now speaking about a huge amount of money being spent on the oath-taking ceremony, it is nothing but hilarious,” the Sena said in an…
  • PM Modi’s ‘policy reforms agenda’ for ‘Sabka Vikaas’

    Danish Khan
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Government wants every citizen to prosper, provide jobs to all workers and protect the health and well-being for everyone.It can only happen with if inflation is tackled, corruption tackled, jobs generated, transparent implementations of Government programmes.But a lot would depend upon policy reforms and removal of archaic laws. Jayant Sinha, Hazaribagh MP and member of two significant parliamentary committees – the Public Accounts Committee and the Standing Committee on Finance, shares his thoughts with Niti Central The post PM Modi’s ‘policy reforms agenda’ for…
  • Declining oil prices present opportunity for PM Modi

    Gautam Mukherjee
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    For India, sharply lower oil prices affords a wonderful opportunity for the Modi Government to fast track its development and reforms agenda. It dipped down to $83 odd a barrel before attaining $84 this week, down from $115 at the peak, when talk was of it hitting $200 per barrel and crippling the economies of countries like India, abjectly dependent on imported oil. Anything we can do in the easing of the current changed scenario, to diversify our energy sources, from solar to hydro to nuclear to wind and wave, would, in any event, not come a moment too soon. OPEC, the bane of the oil…
  • Happy Birthday Sardar Patel

    Manoj Kureel
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It is high time we implement the tough decisions always advocated by Sardar Patel. The post Happy Birthday Sardar Patel appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
  • Narendra Modi’s dream of Congress-free India coming true

    Hari Om
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Congress is struggling for its very survival. It was February 2013 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated the need for the “Congress-free India” for the first time, saying the Congress and corruption were the two sides of one and the same coin. If India was to prosper, the nation have communal amity and social harmony, national identity to be maintained and promoted, and India to attain a status in the comity of self-respecting nations, the Congress had to be thrown out lock, stock and barrel. It was his dream and, it appears, it is coming true. The Congress already had insignificant…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

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

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

  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
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  • Thursday, Oct. 30 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Michelle Obama gets candy banned for kids at VA Victoria’s Secret under fire for having hot models again Parent banned from school because he ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, Oct. 30

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Michelle Obama Inspires Federal Office to Ban Halloween Candy…From Kids’ Halloween Parade | TheBlaze.com The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs office announced Wednesday that it would hold ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Secret Service Agents Pay a Visit to Anti-Obama Artist Sabo — Video

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Strong language ahead … ahoy! Secret Service Agents Pay a Visit to Anti-Obama Artist Sabo — and the Entire Exchange Is Seemingly Captured on Video ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Crowdfunding The 2nd Amendment

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Crowdfunding is an amazing resource for startups and people who have great ideas.  It allows you to get funding without going into debt, or risking ... [[ 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

  • Searching For The Migrant Siege

    Stuart Hooper
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Stuart J. Hooper21st Century WireAfter UK MP Michael Fallon declared towns around Britain were ‘under siege’ by migrants, Special Contributor for 21st Century Wire, Stuart J. Hooper, decided to go looking for them. Hopefully this video illustrates the absurdity of such a statement:Follow here: http://twitter.com/StuartJHooperSubscribe here: http://youtube.com/StuartJHooperSEE MORE EU NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire EU Files
  • PA Shooter Frein: First Lone Gunman in Living Memory to Be Captured Alive

    21wire
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s a rare occurrence when a lone gunman is captured alive, as they almost always seem to get snuffed out by law enforcement before they can be cross examined.When Pennsylvania Shooter story first broke, 21WIRE’s first report drew comparisons between the Eric Frein case and that of Chris Dorner’s case – both fugitive branded by the media as a ‘cop killer’, and both with a driving license left at the scene of a shoot-out used by police to confirm the identity of their man. MAN-HUNT LOCK-DOWN: Police wasted no time in instituting…
  • ‘The Great Deformation’: How Our Economy Became So Twisted

    21wire
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    James Hall21st Century WireYou can’t fool the world forever. The fiat Ponzi scheme being run out of the US Federal Reserve system means that things are going to get a lot worse, before they get any better…One sage of economics is mostly ignored because he dares to reject the Keynesian economics doctrine that is so essential to maintain the debt slavery milieu. The last hundred years fostered the dominion of the banksters. The economic future is bleak for humanity as long as the fraudulent monetary system of fiat money is allowed to continue. But before this conclusion can become a…
  • Worst Insurance Fraud Artists of the 21st Century – and What Got Them Caught

    21wire
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    21st Century Wire says…LIFE IMITATES ART: Benecio Del Toro dressed up as an Ashkenazi Jew in the opening scene of Guy Ritchie’s 2000 film, Snatch.Insurance fraud, or as it’s endearingly called in cockney English, as “an insurance job”, is one of the most pervasive scams out there – carried out by both the mafia and (previously) legitimate business owners alike, as well as the rich and poor, young and old, church and state, and even by insurance industry insiders themselves. The insurance business arrived on colonial US shores in 1752, courtesy of Benjamin…
  • US ‘Journalist’ Robert Caruso to Syrian People: ‘I enjoy seeing Syria torn apart by violence’

    21wire
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    21st Century Wire says…There are way too many establishment gatekeepers, operatives and general minions on the payroll and embedded in the US and European government-media corporate complex. They wear the title of ‘journalist’, but don’t fooled – they are anything but.Occasionally, social deviants like Robert Caruso (see story below), become frustrated by having to compete for ideas and the truth with independent commentators on the internet. This gives them so much pain that they will drop their facade for moment and shift into their true self – proponents…
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    MutantRambler

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    29 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
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  • Sometimes I wish writing was like masturbation.

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Just being able to sit down and do it wherever you are.
  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

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

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • When We Appropriate Community Service

    guanyinmiao
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Somehow, it unsettles when community service and its initiatives are valorised. Schools - like corporations - have incentives to appropriate projects, because they are proof of civic-mindedness. But so much goes unchallenged. Are we portraying individuals to fit a predetermined narrative, one that benefits is disproportionately? Why are we clamouring to be recognised, to give ourselves public pats on the back? In our anxiety to represent these individuals have we objectified them, and thereby lost sight of broader, structural challenges? Continue reading →
  • The Road To 42

    guanyinmiao
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On a whim I signed up for the Standard Chartered Marathon in December, when I completed my internship in July. It was going to be tough, the full marathon, but it was on the bucket list after all. I downloaded a 16-week running plan off the Internet (which called for four running sessions a week, of increasing durations), read up a little on dietary tips, and assured myself that this was just an extension of my weekly routine. Continue reading →
  • Philanthropy As Civic Engagement

    guanyinmiao
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this vein StarHub has taken a good step forward. Around the world (corporate) philanthropy has evolved from basic relief to improvement, to social reform, and then to civic engagement. The telco has identified an underlying challenge – one that makes it hard for students from low-income households to be plugged into the technological infrastructure of schools, for instance – with a solution which ties in neatly with its business operations. The 500 beneficiaries from five charities StarHub has helped may pale in comparison to the 150,000 households in Singapore who “have no computer,…
  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Lone Wolves and Security – Rebr.

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 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…
  • Culture Control

    Mike Dakkak
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Last Friday a student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Washington State opened fire in the school’s cafeteria, killing 2 and wounding 3 others. Sadly the events become add one more name to a list of town and school names that have grown all too familiar: Columbine, Newtown, Virginia Tech and Aurora. We spend a lot of time debating gun control but relatively little time debating images of graphic violence in our media. Gun control will certainly play a role in a comprehensive solution to our violence problem. But what role should culture control play, and are we paying enough attention…
  • To Ban or Not to Ban?

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Ebola has become a front page news story that has risen in national importance. The question dominating the debate is how to best keep America and Americans safe from the tragic spread of this disease. The main point of contention has become whether to institute a travel ban to and from the affected countries in West Africa. Would instituting a travel ban be wise or would it ultimately do more harm than good? Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Is Obamacare Here to Stay?

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The administration recently revealed that more that 7.3 million people have signed for Obamacare. This is more than the 6 million they originally hoped for but less than the 8 million they announced had enrolled in the program back in March. It’s hard to believe how far the program has come since its disastrous rollout last October. After pledging to make it a defining issue in this year’s midterm elections Republicans have all but stopped campaigning on the issue. Is this a tacit admission that the program has become a permanent part of life in America? Follow In the News on…
  • 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…
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • Two Separate Stories About Two Separate People; Both Of Them Inherent Racists

    Nkorni Tankwa
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    First story: Don Surber, a 30 year columnist of the Charleston Daily Mail, is now in hot water after he took to his personal blog and gave his views and opinions on the events that have been unfolding in Ferguson, … Continue reading →
  • Daniel Radcliffe Gets A Standing Ovation For Raps Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics”

    Nkorni Tankwa
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    After being challenged by the Tonight show host, Jimmy Fallon, to rap Blackalicious’, a tongue-twisting rap song that takes on the entire 26 letters of the English Alphabet, Radcliffe answered the call. He took off his jacket, grabbed the mic … Continue reading →
  • O.K Go’s New Video “I won’t let you down” Goes Super Viral

    Nkorni Tankwa
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The alternative rock band, O.K Go, has a penchant for making and releasing some of the most creative music videos one is likely to come across in recent years. Since their debut the band, which is composed of Damian Kulash … Continue reading →
  • Meet Europe’s 2014 Biggest Billionaires:

    Nkorni Tankwa
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    A few weeks ago Forbes magazine, in its “meet the richest” segment, listed a selection of continental billionaires including a quick peek at how they amassed their massive fortunes. According to the piece, the number of European billionaires grew to … Continue reading →
  • Watch How These Elders React To Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda Video

    Nkorni Tankwa
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    So have you seen Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda video? Well considering that it currently stands at over 270 million views on Youtube, my guess is, you probably have. But then again, you might be one of those people who simply do … Continue reading →
 
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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

  • Madison Bumgarner and the American Way

    Liberty Bell
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Written by Breitbart Feed Fans tuning-in to Game Seven of the World Series witnessed an astronomical phenomenon as much as a sporting event. Madison Bumgarner, who won two games, saved the finale, and boasted a .43 earned-run average against the Kansas City Royals, became before America’s eyes a star so blinding that even the bright […]The post Madison Bumgarner and the American Way appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Luke “Sissyfag” Montgomery using Potty-Mouthed Princesses to sell T-shirts

    Liberty Bell
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    What is more precious…. A bunch of young girls dressed in pink princess outfits, dropping the F-Bombs 27 times or Luke “Sissyfag” Montgomery, wearing lipstick and a pink barrette heckling President Bill Clinton? Luke Montgomery is an agent provocateur that handed out condoms, rubber gloves, lubricants and anti-Aids pamphlets to high school kids at 17 […]The post Luke “Sissyfag” Montgomery using Potty-Mouthed Princesses to sell T-shirts appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Hysterical media tell us to calm down

    Liberty Bell
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Written by WND » Ann Coulter In the past week, the New York Times has ridiculed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie for having “fed panic” by ordering quarantines for health workers arriving from Ebola-plagued countries. NBC News’ Brian Williams opened his broadcast last Friday announcing that the Obama administration was trying “to restrain […]The post Hysterical media tell us to calm down appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

    Liberty Bell
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Steve H. Hanke For a clear snapshot of a country’s economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of the inflation rate, unemployment rate and bank lending rate, minus per capita GDP growth.  The epicenter of the Ebola crisis is […]The post The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, American Airlines Theatre, Broadway, review: ‘only partially successful’

    Liberty Bell
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Written by World news This production of The Real Thing by Sir Tom StoppardThe post Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, American Airlines Theatre, Broadway, review: ‘only partially successful’ 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

  • Reefer Risk with Trick or Treating

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Denver parents this year now have more than just razor blades in candy apples to fear, as a whole slew of ganja candy has hit the market with packing so familiar that even Hershey Co. is suing for trademark infringement.
  • Vacation Like a VP: Aspen

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Hey PDers! Do the polls have you down in the dumps? Do you feel a case of Election Day hives coming on? Well, then why not take a page out of Uncle Joe Biden’s calendar playbook and sneak away to Aspen, Colorado for the weekend?
  • Mooove Over Cow Milk

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Just as the science gods of Sweden have decided to rule cow milk the arsenic of our day, there’s a new animal with udder juice out on the market. We’ll give you a clue, this item is also one of the “it” colors of the Fall 2014 season. Yup, you guessed it---camel.
  • Dark Tourism With Your Windowless Plane

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you’re wanting to explore the shores of Chichi Jami (we hear they really love Americans there) then up the creep factor by booking a ticket there on a maiden flight of one of Technicon Design’s or Spike Aerospace’s windowless planes.
  • Just Sayin’: You Dress Up Like a Zombie You Risk Your Life

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Zombies have been going strong for the last five years. Not only do zombies look just like any high fashion model on the catwalk today, and with the show The Walking Dead bringing in about 18 million viewers per episode, but the CDC also funneled a nice chunk of your taxpayer dollars to a zombie readiness plan.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Foreign Policy and Religious Engagement: The special case of Italy

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    International Conference “Foreign Policy and Religious Engagement: The special case of Italy” organized by ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale) takes place in Milan on October 30-31, 2014.  Click here to download the Program of the Conference
  • Falling Apart

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Competition and individualism are forcing us into a devastating Age of Loneliness. George Monbiot, October 14, 2014What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void now filled by marketing and conspiracy theories(1). Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital age says plenty about our artefacts but little about society. The anthropocene, in which humans exert a major impact on the biosphere, fails to distinguish this century from the previous twenty. What clear social change marks out our time from those that…
  • Confucian Statement on Ecology

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    This is the full text of the statement prepared by Professor Tu Weiming of the International Confucian Ecological Alliance (ICEA) and announced at the ARC (Alliance of Religions and Conservation) meeting in Trondheim, Norway in July 2013.I. A virtuous, responsible and caring lifeConfucian humanism sees its primary role to be the promotion of education designed to enable people to become truly human. Its purpose is the cultivation of a virtuous, responsible and caring person. Learning to be genuinely and fully human is an end in itself. Simultaneously it is also a dynamic and transformative…
  • Noam Chomsky, UN Speech, October 21, 2014

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State. The event in the hall of the U.N. General Assembly was hosted by the U.N. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.It’s a pleasure to be here to be able to talk with you and discuss with you afterwards.Many of the world’s problems are so intractable that it’s hard to think of ways even to take steps towards mitigating them. The Israel-Palestine conflict is not one of these. On the contrary, the general outlines of a diplomatic solution have been clear…
  • 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
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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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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Police Using Controversial Patriot Act Authority for ‘Everyday’ Cases: Civil Liberties Group

    User Submitted
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    A contentious surveillance provision of the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement to conduct searches while delaying informing the suspect, is broadly used, but almost never in terrorism cases—despite Justice Department officials arguments to the contrary, according to an analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). “Yet again, terrorism concerns appear to be trampling our ...
  • How Cops Talk About Mundanes When They Think Nobody Else is Listening

    User Submitted
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    A few months ago, Austin Police Chief Art Acevdo responded to complaints about the abuse of a female jogger by his minions by saying, in effect: Hey, she should be grateful that she wasn’t raped: “In some cities, cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty.” In Austin, some on-duty cops are content to make ...
  • FBI Quietly Seeks Broader Hacking Powers

    User Submitted
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The FBI is seeking to expand its hacking and surveillance powers through “an apparently backdoor route,” the Guardian reported Wednesday, a move that civil liberties groups say could infringe upon constitutional rights. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has proposed (pdf) an amendment to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, having to do ...
  • NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities

    User Submitted
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A month before U.S. Marines and British military forces began their current withdrawal from Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan abruptly classified its assessment of the fighting abilities of the Afghan army and police forces, which the U.S. has spent an estimated $61.5 billion to build up. Portions of ...
  • Panic In Financial Markets Prompts More Bank And Government Bailouts

    User Submitted
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The ECB decided yesterday to buy more Spanish securitized private debt or ABS, corporate bonds or mortgage-backed securities and loans of various types, something that had never done before bonuses. Bloomberg spread the news at noon, adding that the entity chaired byMario Draghi had given the order to buy French mortgage bondsmaturing in the short ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • What Does Russian Intervention In Ukraine Tell Us About Nature Of World Politics? – OpEd

    Eurasia Review
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    By Joy Mitra* There seems to be no thaw in relations since the Ukrainian crisis began. The US is belligerent and fails to understand the Russian imperative in Ukraine even as Russia, led by Putin, engages in military adventurism by trying to punch far above its weight in the post cold-war era. The actors have […] The post What Does Russian Intervention In Ukraine Tell Us About Nature Of World Politics? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Is A Sino-Russian Alliance In The Making? – Analysis

    Eurasia Review
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    By Ivan Lidarev* Are China and Russia moving toward an alliance? Since the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis and the visible rapprochement between the two sides this question has provoked concerns and even occasional fits of panic. It is not difficult to see why. A Russia-China alliance would unite the second and the third most […] The post Is A Sino-Russian Alliance In The Making? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Morocco Vows To Help UAE In Fight Against Terrorism

    Said Temsamani
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Morocco has decided to provide immediate military and intelligence support to the United Arab Emirates in its fight against terrorism, UAE’s state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday, citing a statement by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Upon directives of King Mohammed VI, “the Kingdom of Morocco will provide an active support to the […] The post Morocco Vows To Help UAE In Fight Against Terrorism appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Japan Closer To Restart Idled Nuclear Reactors – Analysis

    Dr. Rajaram Panda
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    The nuclear issue had emerged as an extremely sensitive one in Japan after its experience of atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 that brought World War II to a close. Japan remained under the US’ extended nuclear deterrence for its security. However, nuclear as a source of energy remained a priority for […] The post Japan Closer To Restart Idled Nuclear Reactors – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Obama Pushes Reforms In Phone Calls To Myanmar’s Thein Sein And Suu Kyi

    RFA
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    By Parameswaran Ponnudurai U.S. President Barack Obama held talks over the telephone Thursday with Myanmar President Thein Sein and Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, stressing the need to address communal tensions, forge a nationwide ceasefire pact and hold credible general elections next year. He made the separate calls hours before Thein Sein was scheduled […] The post Obama Pushes Reforms In Phone Calls To Myanmar’s Thein Sein And Suu Kyi 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

  • LGBT migrants face abuse, discrimination in Mexico

    Michael K. Lavers
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Migrantes LGBT, a group that advocates for LGBT migrants in Mexico, works out of the Casa Espacio de los Refugiados in Mexico City’s Ramón López Velarde Park. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)MEXICO CITY — Mexican immigration officials in Tapachula near the Guatemalan border in the state of Chiapas on Oct. 22, 2013, took into custody Ender Manuel Martínez, an LGBT rights advocate from El Salvador, when he tried to apply for asylum because of death threats he said he received in his Central American homeland because of his activism and sexual orientation. He alleges…
  • Hillary Clinton touts Brown’s record on marriage equality

    Chris Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Hillary Clinton spoke at a rally for Anthony Brown and Kenneth Ulman on the University of Maryland College Park campus on Oct. 30, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Hillary Clinton joined Maryland gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown at a campaign rally Thursday to pump up a crowd of college-aged voters — and she wasn’t shy about tying him to marriage equality in the state. With days remaining before Election Day, the former secretary of state took to the stage at the Ritchie Coliseum at University of Maryland, College Park, to encourage the…
  • Don’t let politicians fool you about job creators

    Mark Lee
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hillary Clinton (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) When presumed presidential candidate and presumptive 2016 Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton stepped in a pile of poop of her own making last Friday, enterprise personnel at both small and large companies could only roll their eyes. It was merely business as usual on the current political scene. The fact that Clinton quickly “walked back” her comments on Monday in reaction to groans by business leaders and much of the general public was small comfort. It was, at best, a disheartening disparagement. Clinton, appearing at a…
  • A vote for honesty and fairness

    John Klenert
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Attorney General candidate Lorie Masters spoke at the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsement meeting on Oct. 6, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) For the first time, D.C. residents will get to choose our attorney general when we head to the polls. Of five candidates, Lorie Masters brings the most experience working on issues that matter to D.C., and I’ll be casting my ballot for her. Lorie has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the District. She has extensive experience handling cases of all sizes, from pro bono cases to complex cases worth hundreds of…
  • ‘80s snapshot

    Santiago Melli-Huber
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Taylor Swift drifts more heavily into pop on her new album ‘1989,’ out this week. (Photo courtesy Big Machine) Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album “1989” marks a new phase in the young star’s career. The title refers to Swift’s birth year and the era from which she drew inspiration. Despite a few shining moments, the album, out this week, would not be out of place in the late ‘80s. While it’s terribly catchy, the pop-country star’s debut into a pure pop arena fails to match the innovative sounds of “Red” or the lyrical prowess and storytelling of…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Why Black Cats Really DO Have “Bad Luck”

    Lady Freethinker
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo credit: J i J y via photopin cc OK, so it’s less about luck than prejudice. But like humans, darker cats often have a harder time in life than their white counterparts, as you can see in the HuffPo graphic below. I love my own two raven-furred felines to pieces, so this kind of breaks my heart – but kudos to the crafty Nevada shelter that branded black kitties as “mini panthers” to help them land forever homes! by HuffingtonPost.
  • Yes, ‘Sexy Ebola Nurse’ Halloween Costumes Are Real (Pics)

    Lady Freethinker
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s nothing wrong with owning your sexuality, but must EVERY woman’s costume on the market be a “sexy this” or “sexy that?” Call me old fashioned, but I’d rather not imagine whatever sexy time may go on in the Ebola quarantine room (which is hopefully none). But not everyone thinks like I do, which is why you could see some “sexy Ebola nurse” costumes at this year’s Halloween parties. Cue nausea.   Note that while the men’s costume may be equally tasteless, it is far less “sexy.”   But if you’ve…
  • How Small Farmers Took On – And Beat – Monsanto

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Between Ebola, Isis and crop-killing drought, there’s enough bad news piled up to last a few lifetimes. So now, a cheery story. In a victory for small farmers and a blow to Big Ag, the Guatemalan judiciary suspended the Plant Variety Protection Law, otherwise known as the “Monsanto law.” Had the act kicked in as scheduled, transgenic seeds would now be privatized in Guatemala, so peasant farmers would need permission of companies like Monsanto, DuPont or Bayer to use them – or else face up to four years in prison. Perhaps not surprisingly, the U.S. was pushing for…
  • 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…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Election Day Could Bring Raises To 680,000 Low-Wage Workers

    Ben Casselman
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Voters in five states — Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota — will decide on ballot initiatives proposing an increase in the states’ minimum wages. Four of the initiatives would be binding; in Illinois, the ballot measure is only advisory.The votes come at a time when the minimum wage has emerged as a national issue. President Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current level of $7.25. Labor activists have gone further, pushing for a $15 “living wage.”1Efforts to raise the federal minimum wage have foundered, but…
  • Being An Incumbent Isn’t As Fun As It Used To Be

    Dan Hopkins
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is an unlikely candidate to be in a competitive race. He is an incumbent U.S. Senator and a Republican running for re-election when a Democrat sits in the White House. Not only that, his state backed Mitt Romney by more than 22 percentage points just two years ago. Yet as of this writing, the FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast pegs his chances of re-election at 79 percent. He’s a favorite, but by no means a sure thing. And if he thought otherwise, he probably wouldn’t be loaning his own campaign nearly $2 million for the campaign’s final…
  • 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.6 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.11But after immersing myself in numbers, maps and, admittedly, a spicy chicken sandwich, I discovered a slight problem: Neither chain’s political geography fits…
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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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    Conservative Read

  • A Halloween Sack Full of Subsidized Sugar

    chris
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Jim Martin,   If you really want to put a spook into people this Halloween, maybe dress up like the Free Market. That’s a vision that scares a lot of folks these days –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Michelle Malkin: The New York Times’ War on Gun-Owning Rape Victims

    chris
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
     Nasty New York Times editorial writer David Firestone pretends to care about campaign scare-mongering. But what he and his elitist ilk really fear are independent-thinking women who have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Just Days before the election, trouble in the Northeast for Democrats

    chris
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    by Mary Katharine Ham,  It is a strange cycle, with Georgia at times seemingly more in trouble than Colorado or Iowa. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see Democrats stumble in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Clinton truther: No difference between Obama and Hillary Clinton

    chris
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
     Hillary Clinton’s critics today are pointing to the latest evidence that her presidency would amount to President Obama’s third term. The evidence: On MSNBC’s “Ed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Poll Finds Huge Drop In Israelis’ View Of Obama After “Chickens…” Comment…

    chris
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
     Only 16 percent of Israelis believe US President Barack Obama’s administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, according to a Smith Research poll taken Wednesday night,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Low Ideals

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    David Brooks in the New York Times argued for low ideals in this piecehttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/opinion/david-brooks-the-case-for-low-ideals.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rssThe case for low ideals can be made in a variety of ways. One of the most important, in my opinion, is that high ideals come always at a price. The price is usually a high dose of self-righteousness and overconfidence that at certain point in time the people will understand how much better is the ideal and rush to implement it. The history of Socialism is a cautionary tale of what happens when high ideals are…
  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
  • Ukraine Conflict Roots

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ukrainian Coat-of-Arms The current conflict in Ukraine has its roots in both the Russian, and the Ukrainian history. Indeed Kiev has a special place in the Russian history as the cradle of Russian statehood, the Kievan Rus. This is where Christianity was adopted in 867 AD so Russia was able to enter the civilized world as an equal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'On the other hand to be fair, both Ukraine and Belarus, in addition to Russia claim Kievan Rus as their ancestors. But the Kievan Rus was defeated and conquered by the Mongols.Ukraine has been for a long time in its…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-30, Thursday

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, October 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down both the latest Ebola news and the galactic level of fraud and corruption in D.C. made more prominent by the approaching midterm elections. The husband of a Democratic senator is now facing charges after being caught on film stealing Republican campaign signs. Also, the government is scrambling to purchase Ebola Hazmat suits, with orders to just one company surpassing one million. Survivalist expert, author and radio host Steve Quayle also joins the show to cover the latest, explosive news and more! You don't want…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-29, Wednesday

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, October 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Jones reviews reports of early voter fraud with midterm elections less than a week away, as more Americans come to grips with the true agenda behind the authoritarian left. Jones also breaks down why the CDC's move to subject people who have briefly been in the vicinity of Ebola victims to “movement restrictions” suggests the agency believes the virus may have gone airborne, and also exposes why the DHS is warning of lone wolf terror threats. On today's show, Alex welcomes health expert Dr. Edward Group to discuss the various…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-28, Tuesday

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, October 28 worldwide broadcast, Alex looks into the refusal of the Sheriff of Clark County, Ohio to participate in the unconstitutional “blood draw” checkpoints following an Infowars.com story on the outrageous practice. Alex also covers the latest developments on Ebola and the expansion of the NSA surveillance state. On today's broadcast Alex talks with John Draper, the legendary hacker known as “Captain Crunch” for his phone phreaking antics. Draper wrote the first word processor of the Apple II.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-27, Monday

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, October 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex examines how Democrats, facing dismal poll numbers due to Obama's unpopularity, are desperately ramping up their rhetoric as the mid-term elections approach, which may cost them control of the U.S. Senate. In one absurd example, a Democratic Party boss suggested that the Tea Party is "scarier" than both Ebola and ISIS. Joining the show to explain the flaws in progressive ideology is filmmaker Joel Gilbert, whose latest documentary, There's No Place Like Utopia, explains how progressivism in general only changes society for the…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-26, Sunday

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, October 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Infowars reporter David Knight covers the continuing Ebola crisis as both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo enact mandatory 21-day quarantines for all doctors and travelers coming from West Africa. David looks at the situation surrounding New Jersey's quarantine of Kaci Hickox, a nurse who claims her "basic human rights" were violated upon returning from Africa's hot zone, as well as a new law that allows the IRS to steal Americans' money based on suspicion. Then, David will be joined in studio by Central…
 
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    Vox - All

  • Vox Sentences: What we know about Burkina Faso's coup

    Dylan Matthews
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    1. Burkina Faso's parliament building was literally set on fire Deposed Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaoré. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The government of Burkina Faso has fallen after widespread protests and a military coup; protesters literally set parliament on fire. [NYT / Hervé Taoko and Alan Cowell] Never heard of Burkina Faso? The basics: landlocked in West Africa north of Côte d'Ivoire/Ghana/Togo; population of about 18 million; GDP per capita of $1,500, making it among the world's poorest countries; majority Muslim but significant Christian minority; president Blaise…
  • Online dating company will pay $600,000 to settle fake profile allegations

    Timothy B. Lee
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    An online dating company has agreed to pay more than $600,000 to settle allegations that it tricked consumers with fake dating profiles. The company operates dating websites such as cupidswand.com, flirtcrowd.com, and findmelove.com. The Federal Trade Commission argues that the deceptive practice violates federal law. Users can sign up for the company's dating sites for free. Once they did so, the FTC says, they would often be greeted by messages from what appeared to be other users of the site. These profiles often included pictures, biographical details, and a location near the target…
  • Just let Kaci Hickox have a pizza

    Sarah Kliff
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Update: This story now has a happy ending. Just around the time this article went live — about 20 hours after nurse Kaci Hickox requested a pizza — a Bangor Daily News reporter tweeted this photo of the pizza being delivered. The company apparently did indeed get the Maine police's sign off. First, it was Kaci Hickox, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders, who was held in quarantine at Newark Airport when she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa — even after she tested negative for the disease twice. She is now in quarantine at her house in Maine for no apparently good…
  • Americans are more afraid of getting hacked than they are of getting mugged

    Anand Katakam
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    According to a Gallup poll, Americans worry more about getting hacked than they do about any other crime: (Gallup) 69 percent of Americans worry about their credit cards being hacked and 62 percent worry about the theft of data from their computers — far higher than the share who report worrying about more grievous crimes such as burglary and murder. Americans' fears aren't wholly unfounded. There have been a number of large-scale attacks in recent years, compromising millions of user's data. The chart below shows how many millions of users have been affected by the biggest data breaches…
  • Every on-screen death in the original Star Wars trilogy, set to Girl Talk

    Zack Beauchamp
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This is exactly what it sounds like — a three minute video of every on-screen death in the Star Wars* trilogy, from Greedo to Emperor Palpatine, with the Girl Talk track "Play Your Part, Part I" in the background: *And by "Star Wars trilogy," I, of course, mean the original films, not The Trilogy That Shall Not Be Named.
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    LewRockwell

  • As the Fukushima Disaster Worsens

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    D’oh! Scientists warned that an earthquake could take out Fukushima. The Japanese ignored the warning … and even tore down the natural seawall which protected Fukushima from tidal waves. Fukushima is getting worse.  And see this and this. Have the Japanese learned their lesson? Are they decommissioning nuclear plants which are built in dangerous environments? Of course not! Instead, they’re re-starting a nuclear plant near a volcano which is about to blow … A month ago, there was an eruption at Mt. Ontake: Screenshot from Youtube Video shot on September 29th of Mount…
  • Dressing Up Is Not the Same as Dressing Well

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Robert van Tongeren. Some men make it look so easy, don’t they? They seem to have a natural sense of what looks good on them and what doesn’t. But for you, the learning curve seems ever so steep. You want to look your best, but you feel clueless about fashion and style, and nothing you try seems to fall together right. Well, it’s not all your fault. You were taught how to dress yourself when you were young, but I bet you were never taught how to dress well. Nobody ever taught you what makes an outfit work and what doesn’t. And now you’ve…
  • The 10 Highest-Paid Jobs

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The number of people working from home has surged in recent years. The economic downturn, coupled with changes in work patterns, means that freelancers have become the fastest growing group in the UK labour market. There are now 4.2m home workers – a rise of 30pc from 1998, according to the Office for National Statistics. Elance-oDesk, a jobs website which businesses use to hire freelancers across the world, says that 2.7m jobs are posted each year on its platform. It has identifed the top 10 most lucrative freelance occupations in the UK, by hourly rate. 1. Voice talent – £68.16…
  • Investors Give Their Savings to Congress

    Gary North
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I begin with a chart. This tracks the yield curve for U.S. Treasury debt. The curve is the interest rate that investors are paid to turn their money over the the Treasury, meaning to Congress. This curve looks very steep. It is very steep. But take a closer look at it. The top rate is just above 3%. This is for 30-year T-bonds. This means that investors trust the U.S. Congress to to the right thing for the next 30 years. A net return of 3% (before taxes) for 30 years is seen as a wise investment. After federal taxes, top-bracket investors will receive 1.8% on their money — less, if we…
  • 10 Movies That are Better

    No Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I am a firm believer in the idea that reading a book is better than watching a film, because it allows your own imagination to make marvelous worlds and characters. Nevertheless, I concede that on a number of occasions, a film director has managed to take a great book and make it an even greater movie – sometimes it is better for us to watch the creations of someone else’s imagination. This is a list of ten such movies. 10 The Searchers John Ford, 1956 Original Story By: Alan Le May Ethan Edwards, an ex-Confederate soldier from the Indian Wars, finds that his family has been massacred…
 
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    Pension360

  • Judge Approves Stockton Bankruptcy Plan; Pensions To Be Protected

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
      A bankruptcy judge on Thursday afternoon approved the bankruptcy plan of Stockton, California. As part of the plan, the pensions of city workers will remain intact. Creditors, on the other hand, will not be so lucky. From the LA Times: A federal bankruptcy judge approved the city of Stockton’s bankruptcy recovery plan, allowing the city to continue with planned pension payments to retired workers. The case was being closely watched after the judge ruled this month that the city’s payments to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System could be cut in bankruptcy just like any…
  • Chart: Distribution of Assumed Rates of Return

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System (LACERS) announced this week it was lowering its assumed rate of return from 7.75 percent to 7.5 percent. For some context, here’s a graphic that charts the discount rates of 150 public pension funds as of 2013. Two District of Columbia funds use among the lowest rates in the country: the Police and Fire fund and the Teachers’ fund both assume a 6.5 percent rate of return on investments. On the other end of the spectrum are funds like the Houston Firefighters’ fund and the Connecticut Teachers’ system. Those funds assume…
  • Ohio PERS Invests $75 Million In Shopping Centers

    Ted Ballantine
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is giving $75 million to FCA Partners to invest in retail real estate