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  • Republicans Come to Terms with Their Worst Trump Nightmare

    The New Republic
    Brian Beutler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    The tenor of Republican Party rhetoric has darkened. Until recently, most Republican candidates and strategists regarded Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as something ephemeral—
  • Trump attacks longtime Clinton aide; Clinton’s camp fights back on Twitter

    Washington Post
    Anne Gearan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Republican front-runner Donald Trump attacked longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Friday, crudely joking about how Abedin's husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, was caught in a sexting scandal, and  suggesting Abedin "can't see straight" for marrying the now disgraced Democrat. In rambling remarks in Norwood, Mass., on Friday evening, Trump referred to Clinton's political […]
  • First Draft: Jeb Bush’s Campaign Makes Appeal Amid Fund-Raising Woes

    New York Times
    JONATHAN MARTIN
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, which to date has raised significantly more than his Republican rivals, is encountering difficulties matching its torrid pace as Mr. Bush slips in the polls and top party donors continue to withhold their commitments.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    * Marco Rubio and Scott Walker both delivered foreign policy addresses today. As Daniel Larison details, Rubio vowed to get a lot tougher on China than Obama has been, while Walker vowed to get a lot tougher on ISIS than Obama has been. Anyone else notice a pattern here? * With the GOP candidates falling […]
  • The Flooding of America

    The New Republic
    The New Republic Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
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    Washington Post

  • Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting

    Dan Balz and Philip Rucker
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    MINNEAPOLIS -- Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz prevented consideration of a resolution at the party’s summer meeting here that praised President Obama and offered backing for the nuclear agreement with Iran, according to knowledgeable Democrats. The resolution was drafted with the intention of putting the national committee on record in support of the […]
  • Never mind the wall. Christie says foreign visitors should be tracked like FedEx packages.

    Peter Whoriskey
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Borrowing some of the rhetoric of his Republican rivals, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that if he is elected president, the United States would track foreign visitors just like FedEx tracks packages. "At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane," […]
  • Obama says Alaska trip next week will highlight climate change

    Steven Mufson
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    President Obama said in his weekly radio address that he will travel to Alaska next week to highlight the effects of climate change, but he defended his decision to allow oil drilling to go ahead off the state’s Arctic coast. The president said that Alaskans are already living with the effects of climate change, including […]
  • Trump attacks longtime Clinton aide; Clinton’s camp fights back on Twitter

    Anne Gearan
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Republican front-runner Donald Trump attacked longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Friday, crudely joking about how Abedin's husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, was caught in a sexting scandal, and  suggesting Abedin "can't see straight" for marrying the now disgraced Democrat. In rambling remarks in Norwood, Mass., on Friday evening, Trump referred to Clinton's political […]
  • Obama talks up Iran deal to Jewish American group, saying, ‘We’re all pro-Israel’

    Steven Mufson
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:17 pm
    President Obama made a pitch for his Iran nuclear deal to Jewish Americans on Friday afternoon, declaring in a video and phone conference call: "We're all pro-Israel. We're all family." He added, "The fates of our two countries are always going to be intertwined." Obama laid out the elements of the agreement, saying, “This deal […]
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    The Atlantic

  • Thinking About Iran, Thinking About Israel, Thinking About America

    James Fallows
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna in July. Chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman is visible just behind Kerry. (Reuters) Over the past month I’ve run a series of messages from readers in North America, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere about the JCPOA Iran-nuclear deal that the Congress will soon formally consider. You can see the latest item here, and the whole collection here. That most recent installment, from Samuel J. Cohen in Israel, emphasized the contrast between the fury over the deal in the United States and…
  • A Rock-Star Myth, Now Available for EDM

    Spencer Kornhaber
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Warner Bros “Sounds have souls,” the wise DJ James (Wes Bentley) tells his apprentice, Cole (Zac Efron), midway through the surprisingly watchable new drama We Are Your Friends. He says this not to assert the soulfulness of the computerized whooshing and burbling and thumping sounds that power the electronic dance music that the movie chronicles, but to argue, rather, that some sounds have more soul than others. A real human’s handclap, an acoustic piano note, percussion created by a stick hitting a drum—all noises supposedly preferable to the ones making up the tracks that Cole uses…
  • Joe Biden and the Democratic Vacuum

    Molly Ball
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters “I think panic is the operative mode for the Democratic Party,” David Axelrod, who has been on the receiving end of panic mode many times over the years, told me this week. I had asked Obama’s political guru how bad the current panic was for Hillary Clinton—bad enough for the party to seek an alternative? Bad enough, perhaps, to create an opening for Joe Biden? Axelrod didn’t think so. “I think it’s indisputable she’s had a rocky few months,” he said. “But if you look at her support among Democrats, and the resources she brings, she’s still very…
  • The Black Route of Death From Syria

    Uri Friedman
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Syrian refugees along the Syrian-Turkish border (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters) On Thursday, as Krishnadev Calamur has been tracking in The Atlantic’s new Notes section, Austrian authorities made a ghastly discovery: a truck abandoned in the emergency lane of a highway near the Hungarian border, packed with the decomposing bodies of 59 men, eight women, and four children. They are thought to be the corpses of migrants who suffocated to death, perhaps two days earlier, in the bowels of a vehicle whose back door was locked shut and refrigeration and ventilation systems weren’t functional. Stray…
  • The Life and Death of the American Lawn

    Megan Garber
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:11 am
    Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr The hashtag #droughtshaming—which primarily exists, as its name suggests, to publicly decry people who have failed to do their part to conserve water during California’s latest drought—has claimed many victims. Anonymous lawn-waterers. Anonymous sidewalk-washers. The city of Beverly Hills. The tag’s most high-profile shamee thus far, however, has been the actor Tom Selleck. Who was sued earlier this summer by Ventura County’s Calleguas Municipal Water District for the alleged theft of hydrant water, supposedly used to nourish his 60-acre ranch. Which…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Republican leaders still support 'gun rights' everywhere but near them

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What, you don't want this guy protecting you? At ThinkProgress, Scott Keyes compiles a list of super-duper pro-gun Republicans that think Americans should be able to carry loaded guns everywhere, all the time but have barred guns from places or events where they themselves might be appearing. For a few examples: George W. Bush Presidential Library- Though Bush was a strong proponent of gun rights, his presidential library in Dallas demands that all visitors leave their firearms at home. According to a sign posted outside, guns are prohibited “For the security of our visitors, staff and…
  • View from the left—why gun safety isn't a lost cause

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Gun control may have cemented a place in the 2016 elections this week after two aspiring young journalists who worked at a Roanoke, Virginia, TV station were shot on live television. The graphic killings came just over two months after nine black church worshippers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina. Hillary Clinton, who had begun to push the issue before the Virginia shooting, seized on it again in Cleveland Thursday. "I know when it comes to gun violence ... a lot of people just basically say, 'You know, it's just too hard, we're not going to try this again.' Well, I am going…
  • How Social Security is another front in the War on Women

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Republicans' hostility to everyone who isn't white and male and conservative and wealthy is by now irrefutable. But how deeply those hostilities run through all facets of their policy is worth highlighting. Slate's Helaine Olen does just that in this case study about how Social Security cuts are particularly damaging to women. In national politics, the war on women isn’t always about denying women the right to choose to end a pregnancy or to have health insurance pay for contraception. It’s also about denying women their financial dignity. So is Social Security another front in the…
  • Ten years later, Hurricane Katrina still shapes New Orleans, and our memories

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Ten years ago, the United States suffered one of its worst natural disasters ever when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. A mandatory evacuation order came late, with the highways out of New Orleans already jammed with traffic and many residents unable to leave. The city's levees failed, and the nation was horrified by images of residents trapped in a flooded city. Ten years later, black residents of New Orleans see significantly less improvement than white residents. Recovery has badly lagged in the Lower Ninth Ward. The natural disaster was used to accelerate a human-made…
  • Yes, Republicans really want to screw the poor on Obamacare

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Careful guys, your callousness is showing. The Obamacare "replacement" plans put foward last week by presidential would-bes Scott Walker and Marco Rubio have one major thing, and very Republican, thing in common: they hurt poor and middle-income Americans at the expense of the rich. As usual. Hurting the low- and middle-income folks is actually pretty much baked-in to the entire Republican response to everything, but particularly Obamacare. Sarah Kilff has just one more example of that in the form of the lawsuit House Republicans have brought against President Obama over the law. The…
 
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    The New Republic

  • Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As Donald Trump has enjoyed an astonishing lead in a packed Republican primary field, a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump? There isn’t a single Republican in the mix who isn’t openly courting the evangelical vote.
  • The Flooding of America

    The New Republic Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
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  • Republicans Come to Terms with Their Worst Trump Nightmare

    Brian Beutler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    The tenor of Republican Party rhetoric has darkened. Until recently, most Republican candidates and strategists regarded Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as something ephemeral—
  • Gun Control Advocates Make Slow Progress—Just Not in Washington

    Suzy Khimm
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    The response to the fatal shootings of two journalists in Virginia feels depressingly familiar: the same calls from Democrats to ramp up gun control; the same calls from Republicans to blame mental illness; the same Onio
  • Elisabeth Moss’s New Film Explores the Psycho-Horror of Female Friendship

    Hannah K. Gold
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    There’s a long tradition in cinema of women who keep their friends so close that they begin switch places with one another. Take for instance the 1951 drama All About Eve: the wannabe actress, Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter) befriends “superstar” Margo Channing (Bette Davis), o
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    Huffington Post

  • High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. A new Kaiser Health poll shows that most Americans think prescription drug costs in this country are unreasonable, and that drug companies put profits before people. Want to know something? They're right. Americans pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world - by far. Drug costs increased 12.6 percent last year, more than double the…
  • Refugee Children Found In Critical Condition Inside Van In Austria

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    VIENNA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Austrian police said on Saturday. The two girls and a boy, aged five and six, were found in a dire state when police stopped the vehicle after a chase near the Austrian town of St. Peter am Hart on the border with Germany, a police spokesman said. They are recovering in hospital. "The emergency doctor told us they would not have made it much longer - two, maybe three hours," said David Furtner, police…
  • Why The Debate Over Europe's Migration Crisis Is Full Of Myths

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Hein de Haas, professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam and former co-director of the International Migration Institute. European nations' struggle to cope with an influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in recent years has exacerbated a growing humanitarian crisis in the region.  The number of people seeking a better life in Europe currently shows no signs of decline. Countries including Germany and France have signaled the need to…
  • Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women's Issues

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Women's issues are taking center stage in the lead-up to 2016. As they should: The conservative war on women's health and reproductive rights has raged on for far too long. And in all measures of social and political inequality, we remain what number-crunchers coolly term "disproportionately affected." Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest? Let's consider the issues: On…
  • 7 Facts School Leaders Want You To Know About Kids In New Orleans

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Take a look at the current state of education in New Orleans and you’ll see things have steadily improved since 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.  But while the progress schools have made prompts praise, school leaders say it doesn’t paint the full picture.  Leaders throughout the city have dedicated their lives to the kids who, they hope, will guide New Orleans to a better future. But as they do, there are still certain challenges students, teachers and families must overcome, many of which disproportionately affect African-American students. We…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Southern Justice Now Comes with Diplomas

    rcade
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Patrik Jonnson, Christian Science Monitor: In some ways, it looked like a traditional graduation: Parents held hands and cried. So did a few graduates. But rolled-up prison pants and bulky black boots peeked out from beneath the ivy-green graduation gowns. Among the new high school diploma holders were convicted thieves and drug dealers. The valedictorian is serving time for murder. ... "You've done something no one in the state of Georgia has ever been able to do," Warden Kathleen Kennedy told the graduating class. "This is the best thing that's ever happened at Arrendale State Prison."
  • 1 Billion People Log in to Facebook in 1 Day

    rcade
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The milestone was reached on Monday, when "one in seven people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family", he said in a post. "This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world." The social network has over 1.5 billion users.
  • 11 Years in Prison for U.S. Teen Who Helped ISIS on Twitter

    rcade
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    A high-school honors student from Virginia was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison Friday for helping his friend join ISIS and conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Ali Shukri Amin, 17, confessed that he secretly ran the pro-ISIS Twitter account @AmreekiWitness, where he often told his 4,000 followers to give money to the Islamic State using Bitcoin. In January, he drove his friend Reza Niknejad, 18, to Dulles International Airport so he could go to Syria.
  • Anderson: Sanders Will Win a 'Mad-as-Hell' Election

    PinchALoaf
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Theo Anderson, In These Times: The good news is that the 2016 presidential race has become a "mad-as-hell" campaign. The better news is: Bernie Sanders will win it. Campaigns of the mad-as-hell type are rare in our American politics. The past five presidential election seasons -- stretching from Bill Clinton's victory's in 1996 re-election campaign to Barack Obama's re-election in 2012 -- were business-as-usual affairs... Obama's 2008 "hope-and-change" campaign came close to the mad-as-hell type. The last true mad-as-hell election season was in 1992, when Bill Clinton defeated the elder…
  • Iowa Poll: Clinton 54%, Sanders 20%, Biden 11%

    Corky
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    In a new Suffolk University poll of Democratic caucus voters in Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a huge lead at 54 percent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 20 percent, Vice President Joe Biden at 11 percent), former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at 4 percent and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb at 1 percent. Nine percent of Democrats were undecided.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Trump Says China Over And Over ...

    David Kurtz
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    TPM alum Ben Craw has taken one for mankind. He put together this mashup of Trump saying China ... a total of 234 separate times (Ben is scrupulous about never repeating a clip in a mashup). Watch: Read More →
  • This Sounds Basically Perfect

    Josh Marshall
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    "Creeping Sharia" conspiracy group to host joint Trump-Cruz anti-Iran deal rally on Capitol Hill on September 9th.
  • The Way of the Doofus Warrior

    Josh Marshall
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Yesterday we looked at how a doofus and blowhard, awash in derp, can nonetheless have a tactical genius that allows him to defeat all enemies again and again. I focused on an analogy I'm familiar with: increased mobility as a key to victory for Northern Civil War generals. But something funny happened in response to this post. Over almost 15 years of doing this, all of my best ideas and insights and certainly most of our best news tips have come from email exchanges with readers. But in all that time I'm not sure a post has struck the same chord - and a quite specific and technical one at…
  • The William T. Sherman Of Crazy

    Josh Marshall
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    As some of you know, I've long been fascinated by the innovation of more mobile forms of warfare during the American Civil War. Out in the West, Grant and Sherman began streamlining and eventually even abandoning conventional supply lines to allow themselves figuratively and in some cases almost literally to run circles around their enemies. The Civil War fielded huge armies which needed constant replenishment of vast amounts of stuff - food, clothes, weapons, ammunition and more - which in turn required well organized supply lines, all of which limited mobility. More mobility is better than…
  • What's Left To Say About Katrina?

    David Kurtz
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    I'm overwhelmed by the Katrina 10th anniversary coverage: from Wright Thompson's 25,000-word epic for ESPN the Magazine to Michael Brown's self-serving "stop blaming me" plea in Politico Magazine, from the New York Times' sweeping multimedia package to this transparent attempt at George W. Bush rehabilitation on FoxNews.com. But if you're going to read one thing about the flood, its aftermath, and the anniversary, it's this piece by my old friend Cheryl Wagner that we just posted. It's quiet, local, personal, emotional, true, and funny.
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    Political Animal

  • Speaking to Our Aspirations Rather Than Our Fears

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I have to admit that even this political junkie had to take a few days away from the news last week. The hate that is being unleashed by the candidacy of Donald Trump got to me. I found myself despairing for my country and needed some time to regroup. I was reminded of how well Derrick Jensen captured what is happening. From the perspective of those who are entitled, the problems begin when those they despise do not go along with—and have the power and wherewithal to not go along with—the perceived entitlement… Several times I have commented that hatred felt long and deeply…
  • Something is Happening in Baghdad

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    That photo comes from the Facebook page of Ali Eyal. Reuters seems to be one of the few news organizations that is reporting on what happened yesterday. Apparently these demonstrations have been going on for a while now and Prime Minister al-Abadi has made some concessions. But this is the part of the Reuters report that caught my eye. The capital and many southern cities have witnessed demonstrations in recent weeks calling for provision of basic services, the trial of corrupt politicians, and the shakeup of a system riddled with graft and incompetence. Tens of thousands of demonstrators…
  • Papers Please

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Ed Kilgore is right to be...um..."skeptical" that Peggy Noonan has tapped into some great Latino love for Donald Trump. She found one Dominican who is angry at illegal immigrants. Noonan bought his story because that's what she wants to believe. But I'll give you one good reason why most brown people (Latino as well as other nationalities) in this country are terrified of what Donald Trump is saying he would do. It's because some of them (and a few of us) remember what happened the last time a Republican president decided to round up a bunch of illegal immigrants and ship them home. We…
  • Remembering New Orleans Before and After Katrina

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Years ago I worked with a young African American man who had grown up in New Orleans and then traveled to a small town in northern Minnesota to attend college on a basketball scholarship. When I asked him why he had made that unlikely journey, he said, "Growing up in New Orleans I looked around at my friends and family and realized that if I was going to survive, I had to get out of there. And so I took the only chance I had." By the time I met him, he had graduated from college and earned a Master's Degree. We hired him to work with young urban students who were struggling in school. He was…
  • Daylight Video

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Ten years ago today, Hurricane Katrina hit landfall along the Gulf Coast. In honor of those who suffered in the days and weeks ahead, here's Stevie.
 
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    Time

  • Watch Sarah Palin Interview Donald Trump

    Samantha Grossman
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    On Friday night, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin chatted with current GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. “If you look at what’s happening with this country, it’s so sad,” Trump told Palin on the show “On Point With Sarah Palin” on One America News Network. “You’ve pointed it out for years.” He added: “I have to tell you, you’re a terrific person.” Palin returned the compliments, saying, “Everything about Donald Trump’s campaign, it’s avant-garde, and he’s crushing it in the…
  • Trump Suggests Top Clinton Adviser Shared Classified Secrets With Husband

    philipelliotttime
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Donald Trump is adding a new figure to the list of people he considers a loser: longtime Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin. During a Friday evening stop at a private picnic near Boston, the Republican White House hopeful and real estate mogul suggested that Abedin had shared classified information with her husband, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner. Abedin, one of Clinton’s longest serving aides and now the vice chairman of her presidential campaign, was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff while she was Secretary of State and one of her most trusted advisers. Clinton spokesman Nick…
  • Democratic Contenders Make Their Case to Party Leaders

    Sam Frizell
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    One candidate wants everyone to relax over those emails. A second is convinced he can start a political revolution. Another demands more debates. The other hopes you remember who he is. What began as an orderly quorum to rally Democrats for the 2016 general election spiraled on Friday into a chaotic pageant of candidates slamming debate schedules, assuaging fears over emails, lambasting Donald Trump and demanding political revolution. Four of the five Democratic candidates for president addressed the Democratic National Committee members and leaders at the party’s summer meeting in…
  • Graham on Kasich: ‘Not Ready to Be Commander in Chief’

    philipelliotttime
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is taking aim at Republican rival John Kasich, saying the Ohio Governor is “not ready to be Commander in Chief.” The South Carolina Republican and White House hopeful told roughly a dozen New Hampshire voters on Friday that Kasich disqualified himself from the presidency when he said he supported spending cuts that have impacted the military. Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has long opposed the $85 billion in spending cuts that automatically kicked in when Congress failed to reach a budget deal. Kasich, a former House Budget Committee Chairman, said told radio…
  • President Obama Plans Hike on Alaskan Glacier

    adi21956
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Advocacy and adventure will collide when Barack Obama visits Alaska on an official trip beginning Monday. The American President’s itinerary may include a hike across the Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, White House officials said Friday. The visit to the glacier, which has experienced significant melting in recent years, fits in with the broader purpose of Obama’s visit: to highlight the ways in which climate change is affecting individuals, communities and the American economy. The National Park is a vital pillar of the Alaskan economy by way of tourism,…
 
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  • Donald Trump: 'This is a movement'

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    <p>Donald Trump says it’s not all about him. No, seriously. </p><p>Campaigning in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump on Saturday paid homage to his supporters — claiming they are a part of “a movement” and using colorful language to beg for their support. </p><p>“This is a movement,” said Trump, who often speaks about himself in campaign appearances. “I don’t want it to be about me. This is about common sense. It’s about doing the right thing.”</p><p>Trump also paid homage to his setting, a country…
  • Palin praises a subdued Trump during interview

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    <p>Donald Trump was uncharacteristically subdued when he spoke with Sarah Palin in an interview broadcast Friday night that some media outlets have characterized as a “softball” and “gushing.” </p> <p> Palin opened the 11-minute interview on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeju2SG7UMA">One America News Network</a> with admiration for Trump, calling his campaign, &quot;avant-garde,&quot; and dubbing his supporters as “Trumpeters” and “Trumpservatives.” The two discussed unemployment, the…
  • Trump slams Clinton aide Huma Abedin, husband Anthony Weiner

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    <p>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump alleged late Friday that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin shared classified information with husband Anthony Weiner, while also referring to the former congressman as a pervert.</p><p>&quot;Huma is one of the people it all came through,&quot; he said, referring to the classified email investigation that has dogged Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination. &quot;Who is Huma married to? One of the great sleezebags of our time: Anthony Weiner.&quot;</p><p>&quot;So now — think of…
  • Donald Trump Is...

    (POLITICO Magazine)
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    <p>Is Donald Trump truly one of a kind—a sui generis sensation in U.S. politics? As Americans try to make sense of the businessman-turned-Republican presidential frontrunner and how he’s come to dominate the polls and the airwaves in the 2016 cycle, Politico Magazine decided to consult the archives: Is there a historical figure the Donald resembles—a model who can help explain his rise? We asked some of the smartest historians we know to name the closest antecedent to Trump from the annals of American history. Some maintained that he is a unique product of the era of…
  • Donald Trump Is...

    (POLITICO Magazine)
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    <p>Is Donald Trump truly one of a kind—a sui generis sensation in U.S. politics? As Americans try to make sense of the businessman-turned-Republican presidential frontrunner and how he’s come to dominate the polls and the airwaves in the 2016 cycle, Politico Magazine decided to consult the archives: Is there a historical figure the Donald resembles—a model who can help explain his rise? We asked some of the smartest historians we know to name the closest antecedent to Trump from the annals of American history. Some maintained that he is a unique product of the era of…
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  • Ousted Burkina leader's party candidate barred from presidential vote

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Burkina Faso's Constitutional Council on Saturday provisionally cleared 16 candidates for presidential elections in October but declared the candidate of ousted president Blaise Compaore's party ineligible. Eddie Constance Konboigo, head of Compaore's Congress for Democracy and Progress party, was among six candidates barred from running, along with Gilbert Noel Ouedraogo of the ADF/RDA grouping that was allied to Compaore's administration. The final list of presidential candidates will only be published after the deadline for appeals runs out on September 6.
  • Lebanese in mass 'You Stink' rally against politicians

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Tens of thousands of protesters from across Lebanon staged a mass rally in downtown Beirut Saturday against a political class they accuse of corruption and failing to provide basic services. Waving Lebanese flags, men, women and children gathered at iconic Martyrs Square which sat on a Christian-Muslim dividing line during the 1975-1990 civil war. The evening protest followed demonstrations last weekend that descended into violence when some protesters clashed with police.
  • Donald Trump courts tea party voters in Nashville

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump will decide soon whether to mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president, the real estate mogul said Saturday.
  • China premier insists economy 'within appropriate range'

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has issued assurances over his country's economy after global markets were roiled by concerns over its slowing growth, state media reported on Saturday. Top global markets ended the week Friday largely recovered from China-induced panic selling, but market watchers remain worried the turmoil in the world's number two economy will drag down global growth.
  • Thousands join demo welcoming refugees to Germany's Dresden

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to welcome refugees, an AFP journalist at the scene said, following a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region. Dresden is the stronghold of the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, whose demonstrations drew up to 25,000 at the start of the year. The eastern state of Saxony, which counts Dresden as its capital, has suffered a series of ugly anti-migrant protests, with the government saying Friday it was sending police reinforcements to the state.
 
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    Political Irony

  • Releasing Gas

    Iron Knee
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Most of the electricity in Hawaii is generated using petroleum, but their power generation facilities are old and are not keeping up with population growth. As a result, last year Hawaiians paid around 36 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to the US average of 12 cents/kwh. The plan was to convert to using LNG (liquefied natural gas) to produce electricity. But then Governor David Ige announced that instead of spending the money to convert to LNG, he was changing the plan so that the state would convert to 100% renewable resources (such as wind and solar) by the year 2045 – just 30 years. If…
  • Gerrymander Goof

    Iron Knee
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The business owners in downtown Columbia Missouri hatched a plan. They wanted to make improvements, but they didn’t want to have to pay for them through property taxes. So they got the city council to create a local “Community Improvement District” (CID) that would have the power to levy a half-cent sales tax in the district. But they would have to get voter approval to raise that tax, so they carefully shaped the CID to not include any voters, taking advantage of a loophole that would then let the business owners vote. Here’s the district: There’s just one…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “According to a new report, the word that Donald Trump said most often in last week’s debate was ‘I’m’. The word he says the least: ‘Sorry’.” – Jimmy Fallon “Despite all of his sexist comments, 20 percent of Republican women still support Donald Trump. When asked why, the women said, ‘Because he’s paying us alimony.'” – Conan O’Brien “Donald Trump gave a speech yesterday where he accused Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton of being under the control of lobbyists, special interests, and deep-pocketed donors. Trump…
  • Remains of Racism

    Iron Knee
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There was a recent interesting interview with Civil War historian and filmmaker Ken Burns on Face the Nation where he talks about slavery and racism. Here’s an excerpt from it: He points out that while revisionists claim that the Civil War was about “state’s rights”, the overwhelming evidence shows that it was absolutely about slavery. And the repercussions from this are with us to this day: And we struggle with it. We try to ignore it. We pretend, with the election of Barack Obama, that we’re in some post-racial society. And what we have seen is a kind of reaction…
  • Taxing

    Iron Knee
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Preparing your tax returns can be, well, taxing. Unfortunately, some of that difficulty may be on purpose. H&R Block was able to get language added to the bill funding the IRS that instructs the agency to add a bunch of questions to the form for the Earned Income Tax Credit. How many questions? Enough to turn the current one-page form into at least a four-page monster. And many of the questions are redundant – they are already answered by the main tax form. So it appears that the only reason for the added changes is to scare poor people into paying a tax preparer to fill out the form…
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    NBC News Politics

  • Sarah Palin Lobs Softballs at Trump, Cruz, Bush

    Rachel Kleinman
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Sarah Palin interviewed multiple 2016 GOP contenders on Friday, but it was far from the grilling they got at the first Republican debate.
  • Trump Takes Aim at 'Perv' Anthony Weiner

    Kailani Koenig
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on Hillary Clinton, taking particular aim at Clinton's aide Huma Abedin and Abedin's husband Anthony Weiner.
  • Sunday on MTP: Scott Walker

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    THE TRUMP EFFECTDonald Trump has exceeded the expectations of several political operatives and is arguably getting into the heads of other Republican
  • Scott Walker Outlines Foreign Policy Blueprint

    Shaquille Brewster
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    "By the grace of God, and by the strength of men and women like you, America can and will defeat this threat and eradicate this evil."
  • Biden Looming, Clinton Calls For Party Unity

    Alexandra Jaffe
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Hillary Clinton on Friday told Democratic Party leaders to "stand together" and defend the party's values at the party's annual summer meeting.
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox & Friends Distinguishes Itself From Jorge Ramos Who Is "Advocating For A Certain Point Of View" And "Not A Reporter"

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    From the August 28 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously Conservative Media Cheer Donald Trump For Ejecting Univision's Jorge Ramos From Press Conference REPORT: 30+ Fox News Hosts And Contributors Who Are Campaigning For Republicans Fox & Friends Attempt To Roast Marshmallows With Hands, Plastic Spoon
  • Fox Host Complains That NYPD Officers Have To Justify Their Stop-And-Frisks

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Fox's Tucker Carlson declared that a new mandate requiring New York City police officers to provide written justification for stop-and-frisk encounters is "an attack on police practices that have worked."  NYPD officers will soon be "required to inform some suspects why they're being stopped and frisked" after a federal judge approved a mandate proposed by the federal monitor tasked with addressing the department's stop-and-frisk tactics. "The form would explain that officers are authorized to make stops in some circumstances and spell…
  • Wash. Post 's David Ignatius Explains The "Scandal" Missing From Clinton's Email Use

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Washington Post opinion writer David Ignatius checked the "overstated" uproar over Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state, citing national security legal experts who roundly dismiss the idea that any criminal mishandling of classified information occurred. In an August 28 post describing "The Hillary Clinton e-mail 'scandal' that isn't," Ignatius cited legal experts and agency officials to explain how Clinton's use of a private server is "not something a prosecutor would take to court" and how transmitting unmarked, then retroactively classified emails does "almost…
  • CNN's Bizarrely Homophobic Coverage Of The Virginia Shooter

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    In its reporting on the fatal shooting of two journalists in Virginia, CNN repeatedly and needlessly mentioned the shooter's history of registering gay porn websites as evidence that he was unstable and disturbed. On August 27, CNN reported that Vester Flanagan II, the man who shot and killed two journalists on live television in Virginia, had set up domain names for several gay porn websites between 2007 and 2008.  CNN made no attempt to explain how the domain names could even be related to the shooting. The domain names were purchased years before Flanagan began working…
  • On Fox, Rudy Giuliani Claims VA Shooter's Suspected Mental Health Issues Went Unreported Because Of Equal Employment Regulations

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    From the August 28 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:Previously: Rush Limbaugh Blames Diversity Initiatives For Virginia Journalists' Deaths Fox's Ablow: Obama Could Stop Mass Shootings If He Stopped "Enflaming Racial Discord" Dana Loesch Brings Up Planned Parenthood In Discussion of VA Shooting, Denies US Has "A Gun Problem"
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • TWiB AfterDARK #63 | An Evening With Conner Habib

    TWiB.FM
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    N’jaila sits with author, teacher, and sex worker advocate Conner Habib to discuss the raid of escort website Rentboy.com. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Leave feedback! Www.tinyurl.com/twibafterdark 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] The post TWiB AfterDARK #63 | An Evening With Conner Habib appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • TWiB! AFTERDARK #62 | Recycled Underwear

    TWiB.FM
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Jaila and Aaron discuss how many department stores restock used underwear, vaginal “empowerment”, and read listener questions 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] The post TWiB! AFTERDARK #62 | Recycled Underwear appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 3

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    The post #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 3 appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 – PT. 2

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    The post #TWiBprime Ep. #730 – PT. 2 appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 1

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    The post #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 1 appeared first on #TWIBnation.
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    Wonkette

  • Why Do You Weep? Blingee Lives! Your Saturday Nerdout

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:19 pm
    All Hail the Risen Blingee Hey, remember how a week or so back we were all bummed because one of the most useful dumb wonderful things on the Internet, Blingee, was going away forever? Turns out that the public reaction was so anguished, so over the top, so filled with unicorns puking sad glitter, that the site’s owners decided against going gentle into that good Error 404 Page Not Found after all: Read more on Why Do You Weep? Blingee Lives! Your Saturday Nerdout… The post Why Do You Weep? Blingee Lives! Your Saturday Nerdout appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Sarah Palin Knows Donald Trump’s Favorite Bible Verse Is ALL OF THEM KATIE

    Evan Hurst
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    Oh look, there was a Friday evening entertainment shitshow, and it was Sarah Palin interviewing Donald Trump, obviously because she wanted to meet her one of her favorite hero P.O.W.’s. And there’s so much goodness in this interview, and so many bowls of word salad, from BOTH of them, but OUR favorite part is when they did Bible trivia. See, the mean liberal gotcha journalists have been doing mean liberal gotcha questions at the Donald, over which verse of the Bible he hearts the best. This is a fair question because A., he is running as a Republican, and it’s virtually…
  • Walmart Pries Guns From Cold Dead Hands, And Other News From Corporate America

    Matt Carpenter
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Friends with benefits Good day Wonkette Worker Bees, Wanderers and Prisoners With Internet Privileges. Have you been wondering what your favorite #brands have been up to recently? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been keeping tabs on all of your favorite corporate persons and are ready to bring you any breaking news on all the big names. It doesn’t matter if it’s The Cute One (Coca-Cola), The Shy One (Koch Industries), The Cool One (Uber), The Sporty One (Monsanto), or The Greasy One (Shell Oil, or is it Walmart? maybe JPMorgan Chase. We’re still…
  • Congress Planning New, Exciting Ways To Screw You In The Bottom This Fall

    DDM
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Don’t be a hero. Congress is coming back to DC, and you need this. Raise your hand if you are about to get fucked over by Congress. (Hint: All of you should have a hand raised.) Now use the other hand to pour yourself a stiff drink, because you’re gonna need it. Read more on Congress Planning New, Exciting Ways To Screw You In The Bottom This Fall… The post Congress Planning New, Exciting Ways To Screw You In The Bottom This Fall appeared first on Wonkette.
  • A Thoughtful Soliloquy On Miley Cyrus, Her Nipples, And Also Donald Trump’s Nipples

    Evan Hurst
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Haha, made you click, we don’t have a “thoughtful soliloquy” to share with you. OR DO WE? Let’s give it a whirl. Miley Cyrus went on the Jimmy Kimmel teevee fun hour and, as usual, she was all nekkid. But of course, her nipples were covered! Because, as she explained to Jimmy Kimmel, who was doing his very best to keep his eyes somewhere near her face, America has a weird problem with the nipples, at least on ladies! Oh sure, boys are allowed to walk around shirtless and show their nipples and that’s fine, but ladies can’t, BOOOOO. But, weirdly enough,…
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    Hot Air

  • House GOP leadership: We’ll vote to defund Planned Parenthood this fall

    Ed Morrissey
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    Pressure. With each new release of undercover videos from Center for Medical Progress, political pressure has ramped up on Republican leadership in Congress to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Members of the House GOP caucus now say that a bill to at least stop funds for a year will be introduced after the recess, […] Read this post »
  • “Suffering bravely borne” vs prolonging another’s death

    Jazz Shaw
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Mortality vs morality While we’ve discussed end of life decisions and physician assisted suicide here in the past, I’ve always found the ensuing discussions among our readers and other writers weighing in on the subject to be heavily weighted in terms of defining what “the conservative position” on the subject is. The last time we tackled the issue […] Read this post »
  • O’Malley, Sanders: DNC rigging nomination with debate schedule

    Ed Morrissey
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    “This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before!" “We are the Democratic Party, not the undemocratic party!” Martin O’Malley declared yesterday at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting, protesting the small number of debates before the primaries begin in early 2016. Four debates is not enough, O’Malley said, and accused the DNC of attempting to derail democracy by shutting down dissent. Amusingly, the […] Read this post »
  • 17 year old Virginia ISIS supporter sentenced to prison

    Jazz Shaw
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Early starter Some of the headlines and commentary I’ve seen surrounding this story have been hyperbolic to say the least. He’s only a kid! Or even worse, now we’re sending people to prison for using Twitter! The bottom line is that a 17 year old in Virginia is on his way to prison for quite a while […] Read this post »
  • Sheriff’s deputy executed in Texas Update: Suspect in custody. Strike that. Suspect NOT in custody.

    Jazz Shaw
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    Yet another assassin strikes See updates below. A sheriff’s deputy in the Houston, Texas area was murdered execution style overnight in what a local district attorney is calling “an act of cowardice and brutality the likes of which I’ve never seen.” Deputy Darren H. Goforth, age 47, was a husband and father of two. He was at a gas […] Read this post »
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Sarah Gunion
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Famous Friday Round Up #WEEKEND Weather: At least DC is consistent. Washingtonians will be experiencing temperatures as high as 91 during this sunny DC weekend with 0% precipitation, calling for frosty beverages and chilling rooftop pools. Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Head over to enjoy Jazz in the Garden; Head to The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Reasons to Leave Work Early During Recess

    Sarah Gunion
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Enjoy those last few days of recess, folks. #WinterIsComing The post Reasons to Leave Work Early During Recess appeared first on FamousDC.
  • FAMOUS RANT: The Metro Lacks Serious Style

    Sarah Gunion
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    As a Washingtonian commuter, the DC Metro and I have been in a long term relationship that spans from my morning ride into work to my 1:30am stumble off U Street on Saturday night. First thing is first, what is the deal with the 15 to 20 minute train waits The post FAMOUS RANT: The Metro Lacks Serious Style appeared first on FamousDC.
  • You Are What You UberEat

    Paige Gress
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    UberEats launched its DC debut and we’re not sure how excited to be about it. So, along with the other 3 zillion food delivery apps, Uber now delivers food too. However, unlike the other companies that take a lifetime to reach your front door, Uber’s claim to fame is that they The post You Are What You UberEat appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Through the Lens of John Sonderman

    Paige Gress
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Photographer John Sonderman captured the musical and creative essence of Washington DC through this black and white photo of a couple musicians jamming out on the saxophone and cello. The post Through the Lens of John Sonderman appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • Market turmoil; the consequences

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    AUGUST does seem to specialise in episodes of market turmoil, whether one looks back to 2007 (when the subprime crisis really started to bite) or 2011 when the eurozone debt crisis seemed to spread to Spain and Italy. The fact that so many traders and investors are on holiday must make a difference. Liquidity is low; juniors are in charge of investment funds and may be unwilling to act as buyers when prices fall.On return from his holiday, your blogger sees a number of implications of the market move. The fundamental rationale was that markets seemed to catch up with a theme made repeatedly…
  • What the super-rich expect on holiday

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    GULLIVER interviewed Kevin Johnson as research for a piece on luxury travel in the print edition this week. Mr Johnson worked as a chief-of-staff and a palace manager for various heads of state, Russian billionaires and royal families. Part of his job was to oversee the travel arrangements of his super-wealthy employers. There wasn’t space to include many of his anecdotes in the print article, but it was a fun chat.What was fascinating was, for people for whom money really is no object, just how prosaic some of their needs were. It was not unusual for them to send an employee ahead to some…
  • Was the crash that big?

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    HOW big was China’s stockmarket crash? Dubbed “Black Monday”, August 24th ended with Chinese equities down 8.5%, wiping out hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalisation. Like many things about China, this sounds massive. But is a one-day drop of this magnitude that unusual? Answering this question requires an understanding of China’s historical market volatility. In the last 25 years, the Shanghai Composite, China’s benchmark stock index, has closed within one percentage point of the previous day’s close on just 56% of all trading days, with an average movement of…
  • The Bank of England will follow the Federal Reserve

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    THE UPWARD revision to American GDP on August 27th provided a shot in the arm to global stockmarkets, which have endured their most volatile week of trading in years. The American economy is now thought to have grown by 3.7% at an annual rate in the second quarter, a much higher estimate than the 2.3% that was given in an initial evaluation of the quarter. After so much bad news about the Chinese economy, which has been a factor behind the meltdown of Chinese share indices, the US figure came as a relief to markets. Commodities also rallied: Brent crude soared by 10%, its biggest one-day gain…
  • Non-profit paradise

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Frond managementJUST off the west coast of Florida lies the sun-drenched island of Little Bokeelia. It is blessed with cascading waterfalls, tennis courts, pools and a Spanish-style villa. Despite such enticing features, the island languished on the market for three years, before selling in July for a mere $14.5m—half the original asking price.Little Bokeelia is not the only island that is proving hard to shift. In the Bahamas, where prices per acre are among the world’s highest, hundreds of atolls lie unbought. The price of undeveloped islands, which make up around 80% of the market, has…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People": Reflections on Kanye West's Criticism 10 Years After

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    On Sept. 2, 2005, during a nationally televised telethon benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, hip-hop legend Kanye West went off script to directly criticize the media and the White House’s handling of the storm. "I hate the way they portray us in the media," he said. "If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. If you see a white family, it says they’re searching for food." West went on to say, "George Bush doesn’t care about black people." Bush later wrote in his memoir that this moment was an all-time low of his presidency.
  • New Orleans Actor & Activist Wendell Pierce on the "Greatest Crime" in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    New Orleans actor and activist Wendell Pierce looks at how insurance companies discouraged poor and black families from returning to New Orleans after Katrina by refusing to honor homeowner policies. Pierce, whose great-grandfather came to New Orleans as a slave in the 1850s, talks about how Allstate gave his parents just $400 after they paid premiums for 50 years. Pierce writes about his family in his new book, "The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken."
  • Shock Doctrine: A Look at the Mass Privatization of NOLA Schools in Storm's Wake & Its Effects Today

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the city fired 7,500 public school teachers, launching a new push to privatize the school system and build a network of charter schools. Many accused lawmakers of trying to break the powerful United Teachers of New Orleans union. Today former President George W. Bush will return to the city to speak at the Warren Easton Charter High School. We speak to the New Orleans actor and activist Wendell Pierce, whose mother was a teacher and union member for 40 years, as well Gary Rivlin, author of "Katrina: After the Flood." He recently wrote a piece…
  • An Unequal Recovery in New Orleans: Racial Disparities Grow in City 10 Years After Katrina

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    We spend the hour today marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that devastated the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, killing more than 1,800 people, forcing more than a million people to evacuate. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has become a different city. The population is now about 385,000—about 80 percent of its pre-Katrina population. The number of African Americans has plunged by nearly 100,000 since the storm. According to the Urban League, the income gap between black and white residents has increased 37 percent since 2005. Thousands of homes,…
  • Headlines for August 28, 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hundreds More People Die at Sea in Efforts to Reach EuropeAustria: Residents Call for Open Borders at Vigil Marking Death of 70New Orleans: Obama Speaks on 10th Anniversary of Hurricane KatrinaGuatemala: Tens of Thousands March to Demand President's ResignationMexico: Parents of 43 Disappeared Students Seek Meeting with PopeOfficials: U.S. Drones Kill British Hacker in Syria and 5 in YemenN.D. Legalizes Police Use of Drones Armed with Tear Gas, TasersFather of WDBJ Journalist Shot on Air Speaks Out for Gun ControlNLRB Ruling Clears Way for Fast-Food Workers to Collectively BargainNASA…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Jeb Bush Loses Three Top Fundraisers; Signs Of Trouble Ahead?

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    There could be some big trouble brewing in Jeb! land: Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned. There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Aleksander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. Others said the three, who worked under the same contract,…
  • Clinton’s Democratic Opponents Upset With Parsimonious Debate Schedule

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Some of Hillary Clinton’s opponents for the Democratic nomination are complaining about the Democratic National Committee’s rather parsimonious schedule for primary debates: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley thinks the Democratic Party’s decision to limit the number of primary debates is tantamount to rigging the nomination process. “Four debates and only four debates — we are told, not asked — before voters in our earliest states make their decision,” the presidential candidate said at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Summer Meeting…
  • Appeals Court Upholds Law Barring Protests On Supreme Court Building Property

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a law passed in 1949 that bars protesters from the property on which the Supreme Court building is located: The Supreme Court is designated as the ultimate protector of constitutional rights, but the guarantee of protest and free speech ends on the steps to the plaza in front of the court’s grand marble temple, a unanimous federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. Demonstrators are allowed on the sidewalk in front of the court but not any closer to the famous portico promising “Equal Justice Under Law,” three judges of the U.S. Court of…
  • Everybody Hates Congress

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    ess Republicans have had full control of Congress since January, but that hasn’t changed public opinion about the nation’s Legislative Branch very much: Just 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job, according to a new Gallup survey released Wednesday, and they do not seem all that enamored with Republican leaders in the House and Senate, either. That is the lowest share of congressional approval seen by Gallup this year, though it is not the lowest in history — a paltry 9 percent said they approved of Congress’ job performance in the days…
  • Virginia Man Dies After Being Held In Jail For Four Months Without Trial Or Bail

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Guardian is out with the story of a Virginia teenager who died in jail after being held for four months without trial: A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been found dead in jail after spending almost four months behind bars without bail for stealing groceries worth $5. Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards early last Wednesday, according to authorities. While his body is still awaiting an…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • US Gun Deaths

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News. Cagle Cartoons Related Entries August 28, 2015 NRA August 28, 2015 NRA Terror
  • Hillary Emails

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    By Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Cagle Cartoons Related Entries August 28, 2015 NRA August 28, 2015 NRA Terror
  • VIDEO: Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.” Related Entries August 28, 2015 NRA August 28, 2015 NRA Terror
  • U.S. Reportedly Considered Using Nuclear Weapons Against Afghanistan After 9/11

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
      From left, chief of staff Andrew Card, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in the president’s emergency operations center after the 9/11 attacks. (Vice Presidential Records of the Photography Office / CC BY-SA 3.0) The United States considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to German publication Der Spiegel. Michael Steiner, a former political adviser to Germany’s then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, told Der Spiegel that the nuclear option was one of…
  • What Happened After Brad Pitt and a Group of Star Architects Went to Rebuild New Orleans

    editor@truthdig.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
      An image of Brad Pitt from a Make It Right Foundation exhibition. (Casey at the Bat / CC BY-SA 2.0) In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, movie star Brad Pitt—perhaps the city’s most famous resident—established his Make It Right Foundation to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward, one of New Orleans’ poorest and hardest-hit neighborhoods. Attached to the project was a group of star architects including Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Shigeru Ban. Ten years after the storm, a Washington Post article asks: What has all that talent achieved? The answer, in the most basic sense, is that…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Eager To Trump Trump, Christie Says We Should Treat Immigrants Like FedEx Packages

    Judd Legum
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Chris Christie, speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, compared legal immigrants to FedEx packages, arguing they should be tracked continuously by the government. Christie even promised to bring in FedEx founder Fred Smith to set up the system. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” Christie said. FedEx tracks its packages so efficiently by affixing a bar code to every…
  • Kentucky County Trying To Fire Clerk Who Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

    Alan Pyke
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    A Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite this summer’s Supreme Court ruling that such marriages are a civil right is now asking the high court to cut her a break. Attorneys for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis are petitioning the Supreme Court for an emergency order protecting her from being fired until her lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is resolved. Earlier Friday, the Rowan County Attorney formally requested that the state government charge Davis with misconduct, the first step in ousting her from her post. Davis’ core…
  • Video Shows Texas Police Shoot Man With His Hands Up

    Alan Pyke
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    After a tense confrontation Friday, sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance near San Antonio shot and killed a man seconds after he appeared to raise his hands in surrender. Video recorded by a student named Michael Thomas and aired in part by a local ABC News affiliate shows a pair of deputies and a shirtless man moving about the front yard of a home in Bexar County, Texas. Thomas was too far away for his camera to pick up any of what was said between the three men. KSAT12 News decided to freeze the video just before the deputies fired two fatal shots. Law enforcement…
  • St. Louis Police’s Explanation For Why They Shot A Black Teenager Is Falling Apart

    Aviva Shen
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    The family and friends of an unarmed teenager shot by St. Louis police gathered for his funeral Saturday, but closure over the controversial killing is still a long way off. Police say Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, was running out of a house they were searching for drugs and weapons, then turned and pointed a gun at them. They say police shot him in self-defense, but Ball-Bey kept running — dropping the gun in the back yard and ultimately collapsing in the front yard. But the police department’s story is starting to fall apart as more medical evidence comes to light. First, an autopsy…
  • Young Black Man Dies In Jail After Allegedly Stealing $5 Worth Of Candy And Soda

    Aviva Shen
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Another young black man has died in jail, the Guardian reports, after spending four months in jail without bail for allegedly stealing $5 worth of snacks: a Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake. Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to his aunt, and was deemed unfit to stand trial after being arrested in Portsmouth, Virginia on April 22. That should have meant he would be transferred to a mental health facility, but the hospital had no beds available. Instead, he ended up in jail. His family told the Guardian they believed Mitchell starved to death…
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  • A Language of Whistles

    Jim Festante
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    In the northeastern mountains of Turkey, residents separated by tree-packed slopes turned to an unusual communication method: whistling. Small villages adapted the language, known as whistled Turkish—which, as it sounds, is Turkish adapted into a series of whistles—as a means for long-distance communication long before the telephone or Twitter was an option.
  • The Migration Edition

    Cathy O'Neil
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:02 pm
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  • The Year Disco Became a Dirty Word

    Mike Pesca
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Listen to Episode 330 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • “I Have Made It Though the Winds and Waters”

    Amanda Hess
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Joshua Cousin called himself Katrina’s “first known Blogging Survivor.” Fresh out of high school when the hurricane hit New Orleans, Cousin spent four days holed up at home with his family and their red-nosed beagle, Cheddar, as the waterline rose. They finally escaped past floating corpses to a dry stretch of interstate, sat on the scorched pavement for two days, and—after authorities forced them to leave Cheddar stranded on the road—loaded onto a bus headed for wherever. Cousin surfaced at the Houston Astrodome, where he found a computer set up to help evacuees locate scattered…
  • The Second Mother

    Dana Stevens
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    For two summers in the early ’90s, I lived in the beautiful, foliage-shaded house of a well-off Brazilian family in Rio de Janeiro, the family of my then-boyfriend. Along with his three younger brothers, he had been brought up in large part by a live-in nanny and housekeeper whom they called Teda—not her real name but an affectionate nickname that, if I remember right, my boyfriend had given her as a baby. I didn’t know much about Teda’s life outside her employers’ house, because she seldom mentioned it, but I know she had no children of her own. Still, she showed a mother’s…
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Judges Give NSA More Time to Suck Up Your Data

    Edwin Rios
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, on Friday tossed out an injunction over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of American's phone records, but left open the question of whether the program itself is legal. From Politico: The three appeals court judges assigned to the case splintered, with each writing a separate opinion. But they overturned a key ruling from December 2013 that critics of the NSA program had used to advance their claims that the collection of information on billions of calls made and received by Americans was illegal. That ruling, issued by…
  • "They Would Have Killed You All"

    Samantha Michaels
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ten years after Hurricane Katrina displaced 40,000 people in New Orleans, opinions about the recovery can be traced along racial lines. A pair of new studies underscores that African American women, particularly those who lived in public housing, faced some of the biggest hurdles after the storm. Nearly four in five white residents in New Orleans say their state has "mostly recovered," while nearly three in five African American residents say it has not, according to survey results released Monday by the Louisiana-based Public Policy Research Lab. More than half of all residents,…
  • Trump: "This Isn't a Gun Problem, This Is a Mental Problem."

    Inae Oh
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    A day after two journalists in Virginia were fatally shot on live television, Donald Trump is rejecting calls to strengthen gun control laws. Instead, he told CNN's Chris Cuomo today that mental health issues are to blame for gun violence in America. This isn't a gun problem, this is a mental problem," the presidential hopeful said. "You're not going to get rid of all guns," Trump added. "I know one thing: If you try to do it, the bad guys would have them. And the good folks would abide by the laws but be hopeless." The real state mogul defended the Second Amendment, which he said he was…
  • This GOP Presidential Candidate Is Trying to Destroy Planned Parenthood. Now Planned Parenthood Is Fighting Back.

    Nina Liss-Schultz
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Planned Parenthood in Louisiana is asking a federal judge to halt presidential candidate and state Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to cut Medicaid funding for the health care organization, arguing that the cut would hurt nearly 6,000 low-income women, men, and teens who access the group's services each year. Referencing the series of attack videos that depict Planned Parenthood officials in California and other states discussing fetal tissue donation, Jindal earlier this month directed the state's department of health to terminate Planned Parenthood's contract with Medicaid,…
  • Two Journalists Shot During Live Television Broadcast

    Inae Oh
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    Update, August 26, 2015, 2:25 p.m. EST: The suspected gunman, Vester Flanagan, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff Bill Overton announced in a press conference. Update, August 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST: Following a police chase, authorities found Flanagan suffering from a gunshot wound. It appears to have been self-inflicted. Two members of a Virginia news crew were shot and killed during a live news segment on Wednesday morning. Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as Vester Lee Flanagan, according to multiple sources. He reportedly went by…
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  • Wingnuts On Trial: Jewish Center Shooter Tells Jury He Wishes He'd Killed More People

    Karoli
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    You might remember F. Glenn Miller from last year, when he was arrested after shooting up two Jewish community centers in Kansas while shouting "Heil Hitler!" He's a fan of Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. Doubtless he admires Donald Trump, too. Miller is on trial for the deaths of three, and according to trial accounts, he has no regrets. With chilling nonchalance, F. Glenn Miller Jr. on Friday described to a Johnson County jury how he used a shotgun to kill three people last year in Overland Park. “It’s premeditated, no doubt about it,” he said as a courtroom full of spectators looked on in…
  • Full Text And Audio Of MLK's "I Have A Dream" Speech

    Lester-and-Charlie
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Address to civil rights marchers by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963 Link to audio recording from the event at the bottom of the page. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous…
  • Bill Maher Smacks Media For Uncritical Coverage Of Trump's Racism

    Karoli
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bill Maher took on the uncritical media and their coverage of Donald Trump's unbridled hate speech toward immigrants in this country, after shaming Republicans for not standing up against it. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Stupid), defended Trump's xenophobia by claiming he's defending middle class Americans who are adversely affected by illegal immigration. That is utter bullshit. Middle class people benefit from immigrants who aren't afraid to do the jobs they don't want to do. Wendy Davis jumped in and called it what it is: Race-baiting. She went on to say "It's a page right out of the George Wallace…
  • Marco Rubio Bashes The Left For Using Facts To Solve Problems

    LeftOfCenter
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    The giggling couch tumors™ were giddy on Friday interviewing the junior Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio. Tucker Carlson was especially self-righteous with his misguided assertions, as he filled in for the guy who isn't Steve Doocy. Meanwhile, Elisabeth was swooning over "dreamy" Marco. He really impresses these bungling, talking heads. They found a poll that was akin to an exercise of word association regarding Hillary Clinton. I wonder why there wasn't a discussion of Rubio's dismal standings in the polls? They, in typical clever fashion, discerned from the size of the words in the…
  • Jailed Without Bail Four Months After Stealing Snacks, Mentally Ill Man Is Found Dead

    Susie Madrak
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Via the Guardian, another in a long chain of similarly heartbreaking stories. How do these towns justify holding a mentally ill man over $5 in grocery theft? There are poor people all over America who are sitting in jail over minor charges, often because they can't even afford $100 in bail: A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been found dead in jail after spending almost four months behind bars without bail for stealing groceries worth $5. Jamycheal Mitchell, who had…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for August 28, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    It’s so cute that Bobby Jindal thinks he’s running for president. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for August 28, 2015
  • Pope Francis blesses environment, McKibben gives Pope his blessing

    Russ Wellen
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
    Laudato Si’, the papal encyclical letter written by Pope Francis, is helping to move global warming to the forefront of the world’s consciousness. Recent years have exposed the emptiness of the free market ideology — arguably a theology — and … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 27, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Whenever I see somebody still using a Blackberry I just want to run over and hug them and assure them that everything is going to be OK. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 26, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    I before E except after drinking. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for August 26, 2015
  • The presidential debates don’t need Jon Stewart

    Rich Lee
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I enjoy and admire Jon Stewart immensely, but you will not find my name on the petition urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to select him to host a debate during the 2016 campaign. It’s not that Stewart lacks qualifications … Continue reading →
 
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    Power Line

  • Saturday’s Obligatory Trump Post [with note by Paul]

    Steven Hayward
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    (Steven Hayward) I can’t decide whether Trump is an agent of disruption recruited by the Clintons (a story that has been making the rounds for a while) or the best thing that could possibly have happened to Republicans for the 2016 cycle, though none of the other candidates, with the partial exception of Ted Cruz, seem to get it. First, note that all the early predictions that Trump would go the same route as the bottle rockets of 2012 have been falsified. Check out this chart: Second, he’s generating intense interest in the GOP contest, as seen by the fact that 24 million tuned in to…
  • Here ze comes

    Scott Johnson
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    (Scott Johnson) Glenn Reynolds links to a Daily Mail article highlighting usage notes issued by a gay rights official at the University of Tennessee, where Glenn teaches. The university official has advised staff and students to stop using “he” and “she” – and switch to “xe,” “zir” and “xyr” instead. The idea is to avoid any implication that mankind is divided into men and women. This is discouraged as “binary” thinking. In the brave new world, gender neutral pronouns are preferred to make the university…
  • The Week in Pictures: Groundhog Day Edition

    Steven Hayward
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    (Steven Hayward) Yeah, I know, it isn’t anywhere near February 2, but I go away for two weeks and I expect that some things might have changed while I was away. But no: the news is still: Trump, Trump, China, Trump, Hillary emails, Trump, the stock market, Trump, Biden??, Trump, Trump, NFL pre-season, Trump, and the Kardashians, whoever they are. Trump-Kardashian 2016? Or how about Trump-Jenner? And finally. . .  
  • Dem party leaders attacked for “rigging” the nomination process

    Paul Mirengoff
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:20 pm
    (Paul Mirengoff) It seemed like a good idea at the time. Hillary Clinton would be coronated by the Democrats, so there was no need for many debates. Keep the number of them low — six in total, with only four before the Iowa caucus — and thereby minimize the risk that Clinton will look bad before a large audience. It’s less clear now that this is a good idea. The many Democratic voters who don’t want a coronation would welcome more debates. Moreover, if there is a strong new entrant (say, Joe Biden) and/or if Clinton is crippled by new developments in her email scandal,…
  • Exclusive: Should the GOP Steal Jefferson from Dems? [With Comment by John on Jackson]

    Steven Hayward
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    (Steven Hayward) One of my fellow cruisers on the Baltic Sea last week was Seth Lipsky of the New York Sun, who wrote a terrific column about 10 days ago for the New York Post arguing that since Democrats are giving up on Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson (because, at bottom, Democrats dislike and/or are ashamed of America’s history), Republicans ought to steal Jefferson away from them. Of course, Lincoln already did this in 1858 and 1860, but the GOP has forgotten how to sustain this argument, alas. Anyway, Seth sat down with me to talk about this and other things, and here’s a…
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    Salon.com

  • Evangelicals love Donald Trump: How a thrice-married New York braggart won them over — and why it’s so scary

    Luke Brinker
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    I noted the other day that Sen. Ted Cruz is very effectively working the Religious Right, making sure they know he is one them. (And he is.)   But it appears that he's got some serious competition -- and it's not from Scott Walker or Mike Huckabee, the two candidates previously assumed to have the inside track with the conservative evangelical crowd. (As with most every constituency that was presumed to naturally be in his corner, Walker has stumbled badly with this group, but he's plugging away. Huckabee just seems like old news.) Instead, Cruz -- whose Iowa state chairman introduces him…
  • Don’t get butthurt over the OED’s awesomesauce — ephemeral slang in the dictionary has a rich and delightful history

    Erin Keane
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    “Women chat of fucus this, and fucus that,” sighed Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755. No, fucus isn’t a charming olde English way of spelling ficus, as in tree, or a variant of mucus, as in the intestinal coating soothed by eating immense quantities of yogurt. It means, “paint for the face.” What we now refer to as makeup. In 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary supplanted Johnson’s dictionary as the Official Arbiter of Real Words. To mixed reactions of delight and horror (awesomesauce, really?), the OED just announced that its latest…
  • Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: “We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders”

    sophia_t
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Sen. Chris Murphy is completely fed up with his congressional colleagues' failure to act on gun safety reforms, and after yet another high-profile mass shooting this week, he's blasting his fellow elected leaders for "sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders." On CNN's "Newsroom with Carol Costello," the Connecticut Democrat said he thinks "it's an absolute stain on this nation that there are have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. We shouldn't accept that in Congress." The Washington Post reported this week that America is averaging more…
  • The latest “Game of Thrones” fan-theory about Jon Snow is just about insane enough to be right

    SKaufman
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Warning: The following contains spoilers for show-only watchers and people who read very slowly, as well as lot of speculation that will no doubt be rendered baseless sooner rather than later, but which is interesting to think about anyway. Jon Snow is dead, "absolutely dead," which obviously means nothing given that he's dead in the North -- where the dead don't stay dead -- and in very close proximity to someone whose god is known for raising the dead -- Melissandre's not back at Castle Black for no reason, after all. So HBO executives can plead special knowledge of the finality of Snow's…
  • “Key & Peele” brilliantly reimagines the genesis of “Gremlins 2″

    Colin_Gorenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to "The Gremlins" came to be? Key & Peele have, and on last night's episode the comedy duo set out to recreate the very writer's room conversation that might have given life to the dizzying, acidly funny horror-comedy film. Jordan Peele stars in the sketch as a Hollywood sequel doctor, dominating the brainstorm session with an "anything-goes" approach to writing. He acts as a stand-in for real-life director Joe Dante who, given complete creative control over the second installment, built an unapologetically excessive film, then-described as an…
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Take Down the Thought Police

    Allan Davis
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There has been an invasion occurring.  Not an invasion of people, but more an invasion of philosophy, as Political Correctness has marched in lockstep across the country.  Political Correctness forces everyone to walk on eggshells, afraid to tell a joke, afraid to deal with people as people, because someone, somewhere, might “be offended.” The advance of PC has seemed unstoppable.  No one, apparently, is safe from these shrieking monsters; they point, and they howl, like a bad remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and all of their co-shriekers arrive on cue to denounce the target…
  • Famous Toxic Dinnerware

    No Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Melamine dinnerware is chic, trendy, and popular. It’s for sale across the gambit from Walmart to Williams Sonoma, but that doesn’t make it a good choice. Melamine dinnerware has been linked to a number of significant health risks because the chemicals it’s made from can leach into the food that is in them. If you are going all-out to eat healthy, it’s a good idea to choose a dinnerware that’s much more user-friendly. What is Melamine, Anyway? Melamine is an industrial compound created from one of three chemicals, urea, hydrogen cyanide, or dicyandiamide. The melamine resin from…
  • 130 Million Dead?

    No Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A large tsunami in the Mediterranean could engulf many popular holiday hotspots and threaten the lives of 130 million people living along the sea’s busy coastlines, a new study has revealed. Researchers examining the impact of earthquakes off the north coast of Africa have simulated the impact of the devastating waves one might trigger. They found that if an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit off the coasts of eastern Sicily in Italy and southern Crete in Greece, it would leave large areas of the coastline under water. The animation above shows how an earthquake off the coast of the…
  • Social Justice Avenger

    William Norman Grigg
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A Communist is merely a socialist in a hurry. Vester Lee Flanagan, by his own description, was an impatient social justice warrior. The murderous means he employed to punish those he accused of bigotry made visible the latent lethal violence that resides in State policies oriented toward the same objective. Flanagan, also known by the professional name Bryce Williams, was a promiscuous petitioner to the EEOC. After apparently growing weary of seeking to bureaucratize the violence he wanted to inflict on his former colleague, he chose a more direct approach, one we could call retail-level…
  • Start Your Spring Garden

    David Goodman
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As the main growing season winds down and fall gardens are being planted across much of the country, you might think it would be time for me to post on fall gardening. Fall gardens are well-worth doing, but instead of jumping on that train I’m going to focus on what you can do right now that will make your spring gardens better than they’ve ever been. Gardeners, like most people, tend to think of their gardening in terms of one season. When you step back, however, and see how building up your plots and planning ahead will benefit your gardening for years to come, a whole new…
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    Political Wire

  • Church Says Trump Not an Active Member

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he attends a church in Manhattan, but the church released a statement to CNN saying the real estate developer is not an “active member.” Trump told reporters he attends church “as often as I can, a lot” and attends different churches since he travels so much.
  • Palin Interviews Trump

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    Presented without comment.
  • Trump Continues to Crush GOP Field

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Donald Trump leads his GOP presidential rivals with 33%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 12%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Scott Walker at 8% and Ben Carson at 7%.
  • Bush Loses Top Fundraisers

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy,” Politico reports.
  • O’Malley Accuses DNC of Rigging Primaries for Clinton

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Martin O’Malley “had one clear chance to make waves within the Democratic National Committee, and he seized it, delivering a fiery speech Friday that condemned his party’s leadership for what he called a process ‘rigged’ to help Hillary Clinton — namely, curtailing the number of presidential primary debates,” the New York Times reports. Said O’Malley: “This is totally unprecedented in our party’s history. This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. Whose decree is it exactly? Where did it come from? To what end? For what purpose?
 
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  • Europe 'to tighten train security'

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    European ministers agree to increase ID and baggage controls among other restrictions at railway stations, France's interior minister announces.
  • Dugdale wants to end 'control freakery'

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale calls for an end to "control freakery" at party conferences and an open debate with members.
  • Limit Chilcot legal advice cash - MP

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:52 am
    The government should limit the amount of money spent on legal advice for politicians, officials and military figures as part of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, a Tory MP says.
  • Funding call over veterans' care costs

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Ministers must provide more funding to protect injured war veterans from spending their compensation on care costs, local authority leaders say.
  • Race circuit issues 'a formality'

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:20 am
    Developers behind plans for a £325m motor racing track in Blaenau Gwent say the project has reached an important milestone.
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    Mother Jones

  • Music Review: "Sign Spinners" by Natural Information Society and Bitchin Bajas

    Jon Young
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    TRACK 4 "Sign Spinners" From Natural Information Society and Bitchin Bajas' Autoimaginary DRAG CITY Liner notes: Spectral keyboards, hypnotic bass lines, and lighter-than-air percussion make for a spooky-fun instrumental. Behind the music: Joshua Abrams launched Natural Information Society to showcase the guimbri, an African lute. Cooper Crain started Bitchin Bajas as a low-key alternative to his techno band Cave. Check it out if you like: The Doors' "Riders on the Storm" (minus Jim Morrison).
  • A Syrian Photographer Survives to Show His Country's Destruction

    Bryan Schatz
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Mahmoud al-Basha wore a camera around his neck and an easy smile when I first met him in southern Turkey in the summer of 2014. Four months earlier, he had escaped a kidnapping attempt by an armed group in Syria allegedly associated with the Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. Basha and British reporter Anthony Lloyd had been sold out by a rebel commander they'd come to trust, taken at gunpoint, and stuffed into the trunk of a car. Basha seized an opportunity to break free,kicked open the trunk, and fought off his captors. Eventually, fighters from the Islamic Front, a rebel group that…
  • Film Review: Steve Jobs, Man in the Machine

    Rebecca Cohen
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine MAGNOLIA PICTURES At an April showing of his Steve Jobs takedown, which already has generated plenty of heat in tech circles, director Alex Gibney admitted he's basically wed to his iPhone. But boy, does his film avoid the worshipful tones of previous takes. Gibney begins by asking how a man who could be so cruel in his personal life managed to create such beloved products. Steve Wozniak explains how Jobs screwed him out of thousands of dollars on one of their first projects. Jobs' ex-girlfriend describes how he got her pregnant, denied responsibility, and…
  • The Anti-Birthright-Citizenship Brigade

    Pema Levy
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    For the past several years, the issue of birthright citizenship has slowly worked its way into the Republican agenda. Bills to end birthright citizenship for undocumented immigrants have routinely cropped up in Congress. So-called "anchor babies" have become a political target on the right. But now, thanks to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, the issue is front and center, forcing the other 16 Republican candidates to make an uncomfortable choice: support rolling back the 14th Amendment, which granted…
  • How Top GOP Donors Got Jeb Bush to Facilitate a Hurricane Katrina Cruise-Ship Boondoggle

    AJ Vicens
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trailing Donald Trump in the polls by a widening margin, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is trying to use the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday to highlight his successes in crisis response. On Tuesday, his presidential campaign released a two-minute ad promoting Bush's handling of hurricanes as governor. Bush has been widely praised for his response to Katrina, in contrast with the criticism his brother, George W. Bush, faced as president in addressing the disaster. But one thing Jeb Bush is not likely to mention on the anniversary is how he helped Carnival Cruise…
 
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    Raw Story

  • Chris Christie: As president I would hire FedEx CEO to teach us how to track immigrants like packages

    Tom Boggioni
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    Appearing at a townhall in Laconia, New Hampshire, GOP presidential contender Chris Christie attempted to set his campaign apart from the pack with a unique suggestion for dealing with immigrants: get Federal Express to teach the government how to track them like they do with packages. According to ...
  • Democrats fear Bush or Kasich the most as 2016 opponent

    McClatchy Washington Bureau
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    MINNEAPOLIS — The Republican that Democrats fear most isn’t Donald Trump. It’s Jeb Bush, with John Kasich coming on fast. Ask members of the Democratic National Committee whom they least want to face in the 2016 presidential election, and they often joke how they hope Trump stays hot. &#...
  • ‘Budtender’ serves up weed at Oregon wedding reception

    Newsweek
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Guests at a recent Oregon wedding reception were treated to something unusual in lieu of an open bar: marijuana. Newlyweds Whitney Alexander and John Elledge had a “budtender” in a “weed tent” who doled out 13 different strains to guests, among them an 81-year-old woman who hadn’t tried pot since th...
  • Video appears to show man with hands up before Texas officers shoot him dead

    Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:15 am
    A local news channel in Texas has released video footage that appears to show a man raising his hands in the air before being shot dead by police. Local news channel KSAT12 did not release the entire mobile phone video, and said it had chosen to freeze the footage just before the man was shot. In th...
  • Kentucky clerk seeks Supreme Court help to deny gay marriage licenses

    Reuters
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    A Kentucky county clerk petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move coming two days after a federal appeals court rejected her request. In a related move, a federal judge refused to extend a stay of...
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Lincoln Chafee dooms candidacy after reminding DNC crowd he’s been scandal-free for 30 years

    Doug Powers
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers What’ll get a Democrat presidential candidate booed by a crowd full of DNC loyalists? Well, if Hillary’s also in the house and you drop even the smallest of hint that your political career has been on the up-and-up, you just drove the final nail in your campaign’s coffin: Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is using his address to the Democratic National Committee to introduce party leaders to his record in the Senate, the statehouse and local government. […] And in a pointed remark that seemed aimed at Democratic front-runner Hillary…
  • Denver corruptocrats’ Chick-Fil-A smokescreen

    Michelle Malkin
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    Denver corruptocrats’ Chick-Fil-A smokescreen by Michelle Malkin Creators SyndicateCopyright 2015 Holier-than-thou liberals on the Denver city council are waging war on Chick-fil-A in the name of tolerance and diversity. Now, let me tell you what the squawking is really all about: It’s a distraction, a feint, a mile-high smokescreen. Spiteful Democrats claim they are upholding progressive “Denver values” by delaying approval of an airport concession contract with the Christian-owned restaurant chain. But the politically correct storm over same-sex marriage (which…
  • Is this really the best idea?

    Doug Powers
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:58 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers If this doesn’t pump you full of confidence that federal and state governments are coordinating to reduce options for potential terrorists, nothing will: A Minnesota man, who Homeland Security identifies as a terror suspect who is on the “No Fly” list, now has his Class A commercial license, which will allow him to drive semi-trucks. The FOX 9 Investigators revealed last May that Amir Meshal was attempting to get his Class A license from a South St. Paul Truck Driving School. The $4,000 tuition was paid for through the state workforce program. The Minnesota…
  • Thursday open thread: Hillary talks gun control in wake of Va. shootings; Pentagon conforms ISIS threat to match WH narrative

    Doug Powers
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    **Written by Doug Powers There’s a lot going on in the news that I won’t be able to get to individually this week, so here’s a weekday open thread for discussion about anything you like. Here are a couple things to start it off: As if the shooting in Virginia on live TV that left a reporter and a photographer dead wasn’t terrible enough, liberal politicians sensed an opportunity to push a political agenda. Among them, Hillary Clinton: Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in…
  • What is Obama’s top population control freak hiding?

    Michelle Malkin
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    What is Obama’s top population control freak hiding? by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 The most transparent administration in American history is at it again — dodging sunlight and evading public disclosure. Joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her secret servers, former IRS witch hunt queen Lois Lerner and her secret email accounts, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and her Internet alter egos, and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his non-public email account is White House science czar John Holdren. President Obama’s top…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Tony Blair’s final plea: Corbynmania is ‘Alice in Wonderland’ politics

    Toby Helm and Daniel Boffey
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Former PM says Jeremy Corbyn is operating in a ‘parallel’ reality and warns that the Labour party is driving over a cliffA defiant Tony Blair has dramatically re-entered the debate over Labour’s future with an 11th-hour appeal to party members to come to their senses and reject the “Alice in Wonderland” politics of Jeremy Corbyn.The former prime minister and winner of three general elections says Corbyn’s supporters are operating in a “parallel reality” which rejects evidence and reason, and says their leftwing choice for leader will be an electoral disaster. Continue…
  • Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are fantasy – just like Alice in Wonderland | Tony Blair

    Tony Blair
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In last week’s Observer, a young Labour supporter made an impassioned argument in favour of Jeremy Corbyn as the man to take the party forward. One former leader was reading with interest...There is a new phenomenon in politics or perhaps the revival of an old one. But whatever it is, it is powerful. Someone said to me the other day re Corbyn mania: “You just don’t get it.” I confess they’re right. I don’t get it, but I’m trying hard, and I read with care Rosie Fletcher’s passionate piece in praise of Jeremy Corbyn in last week’s Observer.The Corbyn thing is part of a trend.
  • Chilcot report delays blamed on ‘vested interests’

    Chris Ames and Jamie Doward
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Tory MP John Baron says forces within establishment are holding up release of Iraq war findingsAnger over continued delays in the publication of the report into the Iraq war has swung back against the government with allegations that “vested interests” have tried to suppress evidence.The inquiry, chaired by former Whitehall mandarin Sir John Chilcot and established in 2009, has yet to name a date for the publication of its report, which is expected to heavily criticise a number of politicians, including former prime minister Tony Blair, and several intelligence and defence officials.
  • Yvette Cooper to raise prospect of legal challenge to trade union bill

    Daniel Boffey Observer policy editor
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Labour leadership candidate will say it is unprecedented for a government to abuse its small Commons majority to try to cripple an opposition party Yvette Cooper will raise the prospect this week of a legal challenge to the trade union bill, which threatens Labour’s funding and limits the right to strike. The Labour leadership candidate will say she has received legal advice suggesting the legislation would undermine freedom of association as set out in article 11 of the European convention on human rights. Continue reading...
  • Jeremy Corbyn will have to learn Blairite lessons if I'm deputy, says Caroline Flint

    Daniel Boffey Observer policy editor
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Deputy leadership candidate says she would be in a position to force whoever becomes Labour’s next leader to learn from Tony Blair’s electoral successCaroline Flint, a candidate in the Labour deputy leadership contest, has put herself on a collision course with Jeremy Corbyn by claiming that she would use the strength of being directly elected to force the next leader to learn the lessons of the electorally successful Blair years.The shadow energy secretary said that even if the leftwing candidate were to triumph, she would be in a powerful position to force him to focus on winning…
 
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    ThinkProgress: Matthew Yglesias

  • Eager To Trump Trump, Christie Says We Should Treat Immigrants Like FedEx Packages

    Judd Legum
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Chris Christie, speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, compared legal immigrants to FedEx packages, arguing they should be tracked continuously by the government. Christie even promised to bring in FedEx founder Fred Smith to set up the system. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” Christie said. FedEx tracks its packages so efficiently by affixing a bar code to every…
  • Kentucky County Trying To Fire Clerk Who Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

    Alan Pyke
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    A Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite this summer’s Supreme Court ruling that such marriages are a civil right is now asking the high court to cut her a break. Attorneys for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis are petitioning the Supreme Court for an emergency order protecting her from being fired until her lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is resolved. Earlier Friday, the Rowan County Attorney formally requested that the state government charge Davis with misconduct, the first step in ousting her from her post. Davis’ core…
  • Video Shows Texas Police Shoot Man With His Hands Up

    Alan Pyke
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    After a tense confrontation Friday, sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance near San Antonio shot and killed a man seconds after he appeared to raise his hands in surrender. Video recorded by a student named Michael Thomas and aired in part by a local ABC News affiliate shows a pair of deputies and a shirtless man moving about the front yard of a home in Bexar County, Texas. Thomas was too far away for his camera to pick up any of what was said between the three men. KSAT12 News decided to freeze the video just before the deputies fired two fatal shots. Law enforcement…
  • St. Louis Police’s Explanation For Why They Shot A Black Teenager Is Falling Apart

    Aviva Shen
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    The family and friends of an unarmed teenager shot by St. Louis police gathered for his funeral Saturday, but closure over the controversial killing is still a long way off. Police say Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, was running out of a house they were searching for drugs and weapons, then turned and pointed a gun at them. They say police shot him in self-defense, but Ball-Bey kept running — dropping the gun in the back yard and ultimately collapsing in the front yard. But the police department’s story is starting to fall apart as more medical evidence comes to light. First, an autopsy…
  • Young Black Man Dies In Jail After Allegedly Stealing $5 Worth Of Candy And Soda

    Aviva Shen
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Another young black man has died in jail, the Guardian reports, after spending four months in jail without bail for allegedly stealing $5 worth of snacks: a Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake. Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to his aunt, and was deemed unfit to stand trial after being arrested in Portsmouth, Virginia on April 22. That should have meant he would be transferred to a mental health facility, but the hospital had no beds available. Instead, he ended up in jail. His family told the Guardian they believed Mitchell starved to death…
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  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:38 am
    All yours.  
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:31 pm
    * Marco Rubio and Scott Walker both delivered foreign policy addresses today. As Daniel Larison details, Rubio vowed to get a lot tougher on China than Obama has been, while Walker vowed to get a lot tougher on ISIS than Obama has been. Anyone else notice a pattern here? * With the GOP candidates falling […]
  • Intrigue intensifies as battle over Iran deal enters final stretch

    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    As the battle in Congress over the Iran deal enters its final, frenzied days, undecided Democratic senators are being asked to consider the long term consequences for the United States if it goes forward only after a presidential veto and a messy veto override fight. Most accounts seem to indicate that supporters are now very […]
  • Morning Plum: Donald Trump wants to tax the rich. Will Republican voters agree with him?

    Greg Sargent
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    The chatter continues this morning about Donald Trump’s call for raising taxes on the rich. Justin Green, the political editor of IJ Review, tweets: It might frighten the donor class, but the bulk of conservative voters aren’t especially worried about protecting low taxes for rich people. Is that correct? I dug up a few polls […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Greg Sargent
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    * In an epic read, Philip Rucker and Robert Costa report that the hostility between Donald Trump and the Bush family goes back decades: In a 35-minute interview this week with The Washington Post tracing his history with the Bushes, Trump unleashed a hailstorm of scorn. He found 33 ways to skewer the family — […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • A Birthright Wasted On Some...

    19 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    In the Dred Scott Case, the judge infamously held that the slave who was its subject had no rights which had to be respected. Though born an American, he could be treated like trash because of who he was born to, and what his skin color was. It tells us something about the power of the Birthright citizenship in the 14th Amendment, that the extreme hypocrisy of Separate But Equal had to be invented in order to justify the dehumanizing laws of Jim Crow. They had to pretend, on a legal level, that segregation didn't betray that birthright!Such is the power of the 14th Amendment. Equal protection…
  • Final Deal with Iran Announced

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the final agreement reached by the 6 negotiation partners with Iran. I have not had time to look at the agreement itself nor have I read much commentary regarding its details, so I am withholding judgement for now.Back in April, I discussed the announced parameters regarding the current negotiations with Iran. I still hold the same opinions that I did then. Most important in my approach is the fact that in the absence of a deal, economic pressure on Iran is probably going to be decreased. Note what the British, French and…
  • A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced an already-uphill battle for re-election before Ted Kennedy announced he would challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination. This mobilized over 7 million liberal Democrats to the Kennedy camp, which eventually proved to be the final knockout punch to Carter's chances of a second term. In…
  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State. Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.These are both huge wins for liberty. My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the winning sides in both cases as well as the millions of Americans who have had their freedoms restored by their tireless work.
  • No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.Being a bad person is not a capital crime, nor is being a bigot who pushes her luck trying to lure in terrorists to attack her. The latter certainly demonstrates faulty judgment and morals, but it doesn't amount to the kind of atrocity that ISIS commits. I got particularly annoyed when I read about…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Challenging Birthright Citizenship

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Changing the law on birthright citizenship isn't just a "a long and arduous path," as Senator Cruz stated; it's ages-old road that has had its turns and twists. So a little Latin is in order perhaps, and yes the Romans has a lot to do with that. Jus sanguinis - the right of blood literally - means you have to have one or more parent as a citizen of the state whose citizenship you are then entitled to. It's still the way a majority of nations in the world operate today. The Americas are the great exception having put in place jus soli - right of soil - in response to the waves of migration in…
  • Slow Motion Dance Towards Armageddon

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Is the media fuss over the AP story that Iran will self-inspect a fraud? That seems an exaggeration at best, but the edits to the original story, which essentially took out some granularity and replaced it with a sort of cover statement that it wasn't clear "how" these inspections would proceed, have caused a lot of crossed tweets between critics and AP journalists. The IAEA has stated that the story is "misleading" but as the debate goes back and forth over whether AP reporters were somehow duped, the details that do remain show how carefully the IAEA have to tip toe around the Iranian…
  • The Washington Consensus on Immigration

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Guess what: the not-very-Tumpista Fox news poll is showing Trump at 25%. In second place, it's Ben Carson with almost identical numbers, (12% a little less than half of Trump's numbers), to his PPP poll numbers from last week. And Ted Cruz is in third with 10% having had, one suspects, a very nice bump as well from his polished fury at the debates in Cleveland. Yes Jeb Bush is next at 9%, but what strikes one is where Marco Rubio sits: in 9th place with just 4% and barely ahead of Chris Christie and Rand Paul. And clearly, immigration is an important issue as far as voters' view of the GOP…
  • Marco and Ben and Black Lives Matter

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Speaking on Fox, Senator Rubio talked about Black Lives Matter - who are making a habit of disrupting campaign events for Republicans and Democrats alike - and what to do about the protests. Everyone seems to have a handy statistic on young black men and their likelihood to end up in jail or die a violent death, often at the hands of other young black males. Senator Marco, for example, stated that they are much more likely to end up in jail than go to college or university. And he mentioned the case of a friend who is a professional and black, and who in the last 18 months has been stopped 8…
  • A Re-Think for Donald and for Jeb

    11 Aug 2015 | 2:21 am
    The debate really was great. It's good to keep that in mind when digesting the latest reality-show-snipes between candidates. And as usual, Trump is involved. And as usual, it's because Donald Trump does not take kindly to criticism. So this time, it's Carly Fiorina - who has justifiably surged to 4th in the latest polls on the back of her tough, smart, and fluid performance in the kids table debate. Carly was also justifiably offended by Trump's ripping into Fox moderator Megyn Kelly, or rather by the way he did it. Trump is downright mean when cornered and while that might work in a tough…
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    Salon.com

  • Evangelicals love Donald Trump: How a thrice-married New York braggart won them over — and why it’s so scary

    Luke Brinker
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    I noted the other day that Sen. Ted Cruz is very effectively working the Religious Right, making sure they know he is one them. (And he is.)   But it appears that he's got some serious competition -- and it's not from Scott Walker or Mike Huckabee, the two candidates previously assumed to have the inside track with the conservative evangelical crowd. (As with most every constituency that was presumed to naturally be in his corner, Walker has stumbled badly with this group, but he's plugging away. Huckabee just seems like old news.) Instead, Cruz -- whose Iowa state chairman introduces him…
  • Don’t get butthurt over the OED’s awesomesauce — ephemeral slang in the dictionary has a rich and delightful history

    Erin Keane
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    “Women chat of fucus this, and fucus that,” sighed Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755. No, fucus isn’t a charming olde English way of spelling ficus, as in tree, or a variant of mucus, as in the intestinal coating soothed by eating immense quantities of yogurt. It means, “paint for the face.” What we now refer to as makeup. In 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary supplanted Johnson’s dictionary as the Official Arbiter of Real Words. To mixed reactions of delight and horror (awesomesauce, really?), the OED just announced that its latest…
  • Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: “We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders”

    sophia_t
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Sen. Chris Murphy is completely fed up with his congressional colleagues' failure to act on gun safety reforms, and after yet another high-profile mass shooting this week, he's blasting his fellow elected leaders for "sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders." On CNN's "Newsroom with Carol Costello," the Connecticut Democrat said he thinks "it's an absolute stain on this nation that there are have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. We shouldn't accept that in Congress." The Washington Post reported this week that America is averaging more…
  • The latest “Game of Thrones” fan-theory about Jon Snow is just about insane enough to be right

    SKaufman
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Warning: The following contains spoilers for show-only watchers and people who read very slowly, as well as lot of speculation that will no doubt be rendered baseless sooner rather than later, but which is interesting to think about anyway. Jon Snow is dead, "absolutely dead," which obviously means nothing given that he's dead in the North -- where the dead don't stay dead -- and in very close proximity to someone whose god is known for raising the dead -- Melissandre's not back at Castle Black for no reason, after all. So HBO executives can plead special knowledge of the finality of Snow's…
  • “Key & Peele” brilliantly reimagines the genesis of “Gremlins 2″

    Colin_Gorenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to "The Gremlins" came to be? Key & Peele have, and on last night's episode the comedy duo set out to recreate the very writer's room conversation that might have given life to the dizzying, acidly funny horror-comedy film. Jordan Peele stars in the sketch as a Hollywood sequel doctor, dominating the brainstorm session with an "anything-goes" approach to writing. He acts as a stand-in for real-life director Joe Dante who, given complete creative control over the second installment, built an unapologetically excessive film, then-described as an…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Darby Rousseau Joins the Engage Team

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    As I sit amongst the flying Nerf bullets and glossy white walls, I have to remind myself that this is indeed work. In fact, just 10 minutes before I was privy to an enlightening conversation about our creative process and the countless steps we take to ensure our clients are completely satisfied with the work we provide for them. This is Engage. A digital agency with a team of smart, innovative, creative problem solvers who appreciate the value in the phrase “work hard, play hard.” I chose to join Engage after meeting with and learning about their impressive collective and individual…
  • Better, Faster, Stronger

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    2015 has been one of the most exciting years in Engage’s history.  We’ve settled in to our shiny new Old Town offices, we’ve continued to add to our diverse roster of clients, and today, we’re greatly expanding our core capabilities as a firm. I’m thrilled to announce that David Almacy has joined Engage as partner.  David brings two decades of experience in public affairs, media and digital from the White House and Congress to C-SPAN, and most recently as senior vice president at Edelman Public Relations.  Most importantly, he is an old friend and one of the most widely-respected…
  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Internet has become the primary source for citizens to learn about and communicate with Congress. That’s why now, more than ever, simple, streamlined design that accurately represents a member or committee’s mission and goals is key. We’re proud to have contributed design and development services to help advance the mission of two key committees on Capitol Hill: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Ways and Means. The newly redesigned sites connect citizens to the work of each committee through beautiful, intuitive design. With an active…
  • A Culture of Possibilities

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

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

  • Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As Donald Trump has enjoyed an astonishing lead in a packed Republican primary field, a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump? There isn’t a single Republican in the mix who isn’t openly courting the evangelical vote.
  • The Flooding of America

    The New Republic Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
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  • Republicans Come to Terms with Their Worst Trump Nightmare

    Brian Beutler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    The tenor of Republican Party rhetoric has darkened. Until recently, most Republican candidates and strategists regarded Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as something ephemeral—
  • Gun Control Advocates Make Slow Progress—Just Not in Washington

    Suzy Khimm
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    The response to the fatal shootings of two journalists in Virginia feels depressingly familiar: the same calls from Democrats to ramp up gun control; the same calls from Republicans to blame mental illness; the same Onio
  • Elisabeth Moss’s New Film Explores the Psycho-Horror of Female Friendship

    Hannah K. Gold
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    There’s a long tradition in cinema of women who keep their friends so close that they begin switch places with one another. Take for instance the 1951 drama All About Eve: the wannabe actress, Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter) befriends “superstar” Margo Channing (Bette Davis), o
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are fantasy – just like Alice in Wonderland | Tony Blair

    Tony Blair
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In last week’s Observer, a young Labour supporter made an impassioned argument in favour of Jeremy Corbyn as the man to take the party forward. One former leader was reading with interest...There is a new phenomenon in politics or perhaps the revival of an old one. But whatever it is, it is powerful. Someone said to me the other day re Corbyn mania: “You just don’t get it.” I confess they’re right. I don’t get it, but I’m trying hard, and I read with care Rosie Fletcher’s passionate piece in praise of Jeremy Corbyn in last week’s Observer.The Corbyn thing is part of a trend.
  • I love my white family, but there's an elegant joy in a room full of black faces | Rebecca Carroll

    Rebecca Carroll
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The power of being surrounded by black people is that the sheer sense of community is enoughIt’s rare that I’ve ever been fully surrounded by people who look like me, by black folks and faces. I was adopted into a white family, lived and went to school in a place where mine was the only black face for miles, I’m married to a white man (though he is a professor of race and history) and I have worked in a variety of mainstream media jobs where the majority, if not all, of my colleagues were white. The majority-black spaces that exist in America, few and far between, often feel as though…
  • ‘I expected decadence, but it’s not the life of Riley’: meet the modern millionaires

    Joshi Herrmann
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    One in a million? Not any more: new data says that one in 65 is worth seven figures. Homeowners, investors and lottery winners explain what it’s like to be one of the not-so-super-richWhen ITV mothballed its hit quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? two years ago, the retirement of host Chris Tarrant was cited as the reason. But there was another problem, which had more to do with the pulling power of the prize pot than the presenter, and which might help to explain the show’s plummeting viewing figures from the heady days in 1999 when a third of the British population tuned in on…
  • Gung-ho Americans, steady Brits, and a lack of French resistance – but was the story of the terror train really so clear?

    Geoff Dyer
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A narrative straight out of the second world war changed every time you read it, and true or not, each re-mix added something delightfulThe story of the French terror train was – and remains – uplifting, heroic, wonderful. From an early stage, however, a simple scenario – tourists overpower gunman – showed an extraordinary capacity to shift shape, to subtly adjust itself in sync with the expectations of competing national interests. The different versions didn’t cancel each other out in the way that a new scientific theory renders earlier ones obsolete. Functioning more like…
  • China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea | Ashley Townshend

    Ashley Townshend
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    To effectively prevent China from militarising its new islands, the US should look to regional economic, rather than military, threats China’s rapid construction of a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea has entered a more troubling phase. According to a major Pentagon report released last week, Beijing is shifting its focus from land reclamation to building deepwater ports, military-grade airstrips and other strategic infrastructure on top of its islands.While it’s unclear whether military forces will also be deployed, these sophisticated outposts will enable Beijing to…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The DNC Honors Our…er…Somebody’s Military

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:10 pm
    You remember the Democrats, don’t you? Those lovely folks who voted God off their platform at the 2012 convention, and booed Him (and Israel) for good measure?   Of course, The Democrat National Committee, and the fine, patriotic Americans that work there are all about honoring our veterans. That’s why I’m sure, gentle readers, you’ll appreciate this: If you look closely at the lower right hand corner of the photo, you’ll see that the elderly Polish soldier is shaking hands with someone. Who could that be? The Military Times explains: credit: themilitarytimes.com Democrats’…
  • The Excellence of Manliness

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    credit: sacbee.com When the terrorist, naked from the waist up—what’s up with that? Did he see too many Tarzan movies as a little Jihadist child?—emerged from the bathroom with a rifle, decades of solemn advice from “the authorities” flaked away like dust under a power washer. The authorities on that French train did a Monty Pythonesque King Arthur: “run away! Run away!” Run they did, locking doors behind them, apparently imagining they were safe, or at least that the Islamist alligator would eat them last. The only guns on that train belonged to the one person determined to use…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 16: Differing Definitions

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:43 pm
    One of the issues inherent in the Freddie Gray case, and maliciously superimposed on virtually every law enforcement agency in the nation is “profiling.” Like virtually every other conflict in the ongoing culture wars, the media exploits a reality which is not widely known: those supporting the rule of law–the police, ethical prosecutors, much of the public and at least some of the courts–and those seeking social justice–race hustlers, community organizers, the Democrat Party, the Obama Administration and all of its arms, and the self-imagined social and intellectual…
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 19: Distraction and Obfuscation

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:32 pm
    credit: baltimoresun.com With a motions hearing scheduled for September 2, there has been considerable legal maneuvering. The Baltimore Sun reports:  Prosecutors in the case of the six police officers charged in the arrest and transport of Freddie Gray are asking a judge to quash subpoenas that compel State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and other prosecutors to appear as witnesses at the first court hearing in the case. In a court filing, they call the subpoenas sought by defense attorney Catherine Flynn “improper” and say they are part of an ongoing attempt to ‘bury the…
  • 2015-2016: Back To School

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    What Teachers Do Well gentle readers, it’s that time again. Today, August 24, 2015, is the first day of the new school year, for the kids that is. I’ve been at it, formally, since the 14th, and informally, for much longer. All day today I’ll be meeting seven classes of entirely new kids, kids it will be my responsibility to help educate for the better part of a year. I will do that by providing, every day, the best educational opportunity my abilities and resources can provide. I will encourage them to take advantage of that opportunity, but I know that some, being 15, won’t. Come…
 
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    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Sean Trende and David Byler have given political junkies a big gift by providing a tool to try to figure out how shifts in the percentage of the GOP share of the 2016 vote of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups and then plugged in their estimates of turnout of those groups to see how this would change the Electoral College vote. It's fascinating to see what effect a shift from 2008 or 2012 splits could have an impact on the election. There are some surprises in their results. What is clear is that, for the GOP to win, they need to increase their share of the non-Hispanic white…
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    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Jonah Goldberg has a great column noting how so many Democrats are horrified at the thought of reinterpreting the Constitution concerning birthright citizenship.Now bear in mind, all of these Democrats oppose justices who believe the Constitution should be read narrowly, according to the original intent or plain meaning of the text. They like justices who worship at the altar of the “living Constitution” — you know, the mythical document that magically provides rights never imagined by the Founding Fathers.Meanwhile, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton,…
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    Betsy Newmark
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    Rich Lowry reminds us of how many supposedly smart people have expressed their envy of China's leaders and government. It's time to stop that idiocy.China long ago replaced Japan as the Asian boogeyman whose superior economic model is going to sweep all before it. This is such a readily accepted article of faith that it is held, in its various forms, across the spectrum from self-consciously cosmopolitan elites like Thomas Friedman to bombastic populists like Donald Trump.Friedman, the New York Times columnist, has written, “I cannot help but feel a tinge of jealousy at China’s ability to…
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    Betsy Newmark
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:19 am
    So if Obama is supporting Biden over Hillary is that just part of Obama's war on women?Ben Carson has a very good column in USA Today about what blacks should really be doing instead of trying to disrupt politicians' speeches.This is where we should march:Let’s head down to the board of education. Teaching is a tough job and thank God there was a teacher who convinced me that I was not dumb, but our schools are failing and we have no power to abandon them. The actions of rogue police officers take black lives one at a time. Our public school system has destroyed black lives not in the ones…
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    Betsy Newmark
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    Warren Henry at The Federalist has a perceptive column analyzing who Trump's supporters are. He notes that the profile of a typical Trump supporter matches Pew Research Center's description of Disaffected.While mostly Independents, they are also more likely to be Republicans than Democrats. Their description matches a lot of supporters of Trump.Disaffecteds are deeply cynical about government and unsatisfied with both their own economic situation and the overall state of the nation. Under heavy financial pressure personally, this group is deeply concerned about immigration and environmental…
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  • “Hell is not some arbitrary punishment that God sticks on us like postage stamps…”

    Rick
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Mark Shea with a much needed primer on what Catholicism does (and does not) teach about salvation: Sometime back, the media got itself all in a tizzy about “the Vatican” supposedly issuing “seven new deadly sins”.  As one particularly egregious headline put it “Recycle or go to hell, warns Vatican”. Given this view of the Faith, discussions in the press then break down into inane prattle about mortal and venial sin.  Here, for instance, is Slate explaining it all for you: What kinds of sins aren’t deadly? The venial ones. The Catholic Church divides…
  • What GOP Politicians Should Say (But Probably Won’t)

    David Robertson
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    What Republican politicians say on the campaign trail isn’t necessarily what they need to say to voters. What follows is one blogger’s take on what GOP politicians should be saying but probably won’t. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • “Liberty is no heirloom”

    Rick
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:31 pm
    “A river must be happier than a swamp because it has banks and boundaries; a swamp is a valley of liberty that lost its shores and became liberal. Liberty is no heirloom. It requires the daily bread of self denial, the salt of law and, above all, the backbone of acknowledging responsibility for our deeds.” ~Archbishop Fulton Sheen {Source} Crossposted at Brutally Honest.
  • Immigration Questions That Democrats Should Answer

    David Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Republicans are being grilled about immigration. Democrats need to be grilled as well. If Americans are going to have a debate about immigration, then Democrats need to contribute by answering a few questions. Here they are. 1) Do you always support the rule of law? 2) If your answer to Question #1 is No, then what standard do you use to determine whether or not you will support the rule of law? 3) Do you support the rule of law in regards to the USA’s immigration laws? 4) Regarding adult immigrants who are in the USA illegally, do you want
 
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  • Good morning!

    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Good morning!by digbyFor your reading pleasure:Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned.To be fair, this is one of those really crappy Politico articles that doesn't deliver what the headline promises. The problem seems to be that he's spending vast sums on a very big operation and there are some growing pains. Or something. Campaign coverage sucks. But hey, at least we can enjoy the fact that Jeb! is suffering the same bad press as…
  • Ten years ago today

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Ten years ago todayby digbyThis was how it unfolded:Ten years ago today7AM CDT — KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE [CNN7:30 AM CDT — BUSH ADMINISTRATION NOTIFIED OF THE LEVEE BREACH: The administration finds out that a levee in New Orleans was breached. On this day, 28 “government agencies, from local Louisiana parishes to the White House, [reported that] that New Orleans levees” were breached. [AP]8AM CDT — MAYOR NAGIN REPORTS THAT WATER IS FLOWING OVER LEVEE: “I’ve gotten reports this morning that there is already water coming over some of the…
  • Respect mah accountabilitah! by @BloggersRUs

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Respect mah accountabilitah!by Tom Sullivan Accountability. It's not just for teachers anymore. Media Matters caught this yesterday morning. So did I: Fox's Tucker Carlson declared that a new mandate requiring New York City police officers to provide written justification for stop-and-frisk encounters is "an attack on police practices that have worked." NYPD officers will soon be "required to inform some suspects why they're being stopped and frisked" after a federal judge approved a mandate proposed by the federal monitor tasked with addressing the department's stop-and-frisk tactics. "The…
  • Jimmy and the vote

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Jimmy and the voteby digbyRick Perlstein is working on a book about the late 70s and the rise of Reagan, so is immersed at the moment in Jimmy Carter's presidency.On the news of Carter's cancer diagnosis, he wrote this piece for the Washington Spectator about an episode I'd guess most of us have forgotten if we ever knew it at all:Frequently, Carter’s approach to those complexities produced political disasters; “The Passionless Presidency,” James Fallows’s classic 1979 essay on his time as one of Carter’s White House speechwriters, will forever remain the best account of that. But…
  • Village talking points

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Village talking pointsby digbyThis is a useful little article that tells you what the Village decrees to be important and true, saving you lots of time and energy. It was tweeted out by Meet the Press so you can probably also skip watching that on Sunday and go to the beach instead.What mattered1. Biden's my heart and soul "are pretty banged up": Different people could interpret Joe Biden's remarks on that DNC conference call differently. But they - along with NBC's and Politico's additional reporting - suggest that Biden, at the very least, is trying to calm down the presidential…
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  • More Security Theater For Everyone!

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Let's just implement massive pointless security in every location that resembles a site where there has been a mass shooting or attempt.Calls for tighter security on the railways are to be discussed by European ministers and officials, following the foiled attack on a high-speed Amsterdam-Paris train last week.Yes there might be a couple of particularly high profile potential targets - like the Chunnel - where increased security might at least seem to make a bit of sense. But if someone wants to wreak havoc on a train they don't need to pick an intercity train to do it. There are these things…
  • Declaring War On Your Own Citizens

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    It isn't just about the right vote, though of course it is that too, it's about abandoning all pretense that it's by the people for the people.
  • A War On What's Inside Women

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Well that makes all the difference then.
  • Morning Thread

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:13 am
  • America's Worst Humans

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
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  • ‘Religious liberty’ argument reignites interest in anti-gay propaganda

    Alvin McEwen
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Tweets such as this one is exposing the hypocrisy of the “religious liberty” argument. An online booklet on anti-gay propaganda published in 2013 is enjoying a huge resurgence of readership because it exposes the homophobia behind some of the religious right leading voices who claim their positions are based on religion, not animus. And this is taking place at the very time in which these voices are moving to enshrine anti-gay discrimination into the law under the guise of “religious liberty.” How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America was published by…
  • The Last Late Late Night FDL: When The Music’s Over

    Suzanne
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Doors — When The Music’s Over, live in Copenhagen, 1968. What a long strange trip its been, eh? I’m so thankful to Jane for allowing me to host Late Night/Late Late Night lo these past many years. I’d also like to thank Tut for stepping up and hosting so I didn’t have to host every night. Thanks dood!!! I can’t forget RBG, Lurk, Ellie, Dakine, EG, and the rest of the backstage crew who toiled so hard behind the scenes to make these front page posts look effortless. Finally, I want to thank you, the lurkers and commenters, for everything —…
  • Arizona Apache Mobilize Against Bill Which Hands Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company

    Derrick Broze
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Originally published at MintPress News.   OAK FLAT, Arizona –— The San Carlos Apache Tribe held a celebratory dinner on July 27 to welcome back members of the Apache Stronghold caravan after a two-week journey from the tribe’s reservation in Bylas, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. The dinner menu featured a traditional Apache acorn soup and juice squeezed from skunkbush sumac berries — both of which are threatened by a proposed $6 billion mining operation. The Apache Stronghold formed in December in response to a last-minute legislative provision included in the the…
  • Media ……. my last entry at FDL

    cmaukonen
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Nurse listening to a radio during World War II John Atherton – Flickr creative commons From the very first the media – newspapers and such – has been first and foremost about selling stuff. And that means advertising. And the more people read these first newspapers and then magazines, the more advertising could be sold and the more could be charged for it. It’s as simple as that. Even as the technology improved this aspect of the media – in this country at least – has not changed. And to get people to read and in the case of broadcasting watch and/or…
  • An Appreciation of FDL Contributors

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As Firedoglake goes offline this weekend, those of us who are launching Shadowproof would like to take the time to show appreciation for all the contributors, who helped make FDL special through the years. Keeping FDL online and filled with daily content during hiatus was a struggle. It would have been even more impossible without the regular contributions of Ruth Calvo, Crane-Station, Frederick Leatherman, Lawrence Hudetz, and CTuttle. Ruth kept up the “Saturday Art” series, which has highlighted something wonderful and magnificent each weekend. Lawrence continued his weekly…
 
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  • Friday Open Thread

    Big Tent Democrat
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    College football just around the corner. Open Thread. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Indictments will be long: State sent unsecured "classified" e-mails during Bush Administration

    Big Tent Democrat
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    A point I have tried to make a number of times on the "Eghazi: It's Classified!" "scandal" is that the originators of the "classified" e-mails were career State Department officials. Thus, I noted that the current US Ambassador to Bahrain William... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    I'm on a blogging break due to my impending move (September 10.) I'll put up open threads as I can so as not to leave readers high and dry, so to speak. Blogging is a hobby but it's an expensive one. If you'd like to help out,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bill Richardson Announces Support for Hillary

    Jeralyn
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Former Gov. Bill Richardson, who supported Obama over Hillary in 2007 after his own bid ended, announced his support for Hillary today. "I am pleased to announce I wholeheartedly support Secretary Clinton's candidacy for the Presidency. Her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saturday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Our last one is full, here's a new open thread all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Cory Booker: "I can be honest with you"

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The above is the subject line in the senator's email to me yesterday. He goes on to say, "I know I can always be honest with you. And honestly, summer can be a really difficult time to raise money." OK I get it, and realize it's a tough season for soliciting donations. However, if honesty is so important please avoid the suspense and tell us soon honestly how you will vote on the Iran deal next month. You receive substantial support from forces that oppose the deal while colleague vultures are circling above for the kill. Please continue on your honesty track and let us know honestly the…
  • A smoother but still onerous path for non-citizen juveniles

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    While Donald Trump uses bombast to attack immigrants, NJ Family Court has to deal with thousands of non-citizen child immigrants, many of whom lack legal representation and are unable to speak English. Although the number of children crossing our southern border has decreased, the crisis has shifted to court rooms. As a result of this week's NJ Supreme Court ruling the role of the NJ Family Court is clearer, and for the youth a path toward permanent residency and eventually citizenship is now more likely. As the NY Times explains, of the two main paths to winning relief from deportation,…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 28, 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    (Young) Man Against the Machine Kevin Riordan profiles Alex Law who is taking on the powerful South Jersey political machine. Burlington County's "ARC Tunnel" Christie's disdain for infrastructure improvements permeates his party. Christie on Gun Safety "We don't need any new laws". Because why? Christie Holds a Fundraiser for a Losing Cause In Maryland, whose governor is a clone of Christie. The event was closed to the press. At Least We don't have to Worry about Locusts Hurricanes.      Earthquakes, too? BWC Not Swayed by AIPAC Trip Three New Jersey freshman…
  • Burlington County's "ARC Tunnel"

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    Wherever a river bisects populated areas, adequate transportation between both banks is critical. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Christie administration's failure to alleviate the congestion across the Hudson River into Manhattan. But Burlington County has its own, albeit smaller, crisis where the Rancocas Creek cuts across the county. The Centerton Bridge, which was built in 1903, carried 14,000 vehicles per day across the river between Willingboro and Mount Laurel. Earlier this year, the bridge was abruptly closed when it was determined to be unsafe for vehicular traffic. Even…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Exxon Mobil and the administration vs. NJ's environment Progressives had hoped for a crackdown against the polluter Exxon, instead they received a sellout against New Jerseyans and their environment. The judge yesterday ruled the consent agreement of only $225 million "was fair and reasonable." Of the $225 million, $50 million will go to legal costs, $50 million to environmental cleanup and $125 million to the state's General Fund. Sen. Raymond Lesniak said he believes Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan's concerns could give him an opportunity to appeal the judgment. Margaret Brown, a lawyer…
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  • Three Necessary Reforms to Reduce Gun Violence in America

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Every day, 31 Americans are murdered with guns. In our society, we're inundated with statistics — but these 31 Americans aren't just an abstract number. They are our friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. They are men, women, and children — people with dreams for the future. After a gunman opened fire inside a Louisiana movie theater during a screening of Amy Schumer's film "Trainwreck," killing two people and himself, the film's writer and star described the personal connection she felt to the shooter's victims. In remarks made Monday, she described Jillian Johnson as…
  • Shock Doctrine: A Look at the Mass Privatization of NOLA Schools in Storm's Wake and Its Effects Today

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the city fired 7,500 public school teachers, launching a new push to privatize the school system and build a network of charter schools. Many accused lawmakers of trying to break the powerful United Teachers of New Orleans union. Today former President George W. Bush will return to the city to speak at the Warren Easton Charter High School. We speak to the New Orleans actor and activist Wendell Pierce, whose mother was a teacher and union member for 40 years, as well Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the Flood. He recently wrote a piece for The New…
  • "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People": Reflections on Kanye West's Criticism 10 Years After

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On Sept. 2, 2005, during a nationally televised telethon benefit for victims of Hurricane Katrina, hip-hop legend Kanye West went off script to directly criticize the media and the White House’s handling of the storm. "I hate the way they portray us in the media," he said. "If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. If you see a white family, it says they’re searching for food." West went on to say, "George Bush doesn’t care about black people." Bush later wrote in his memoir that this moment was an all-time low of his presidency. TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy…
  • Self-Governing Association in El Salvador Offers Local Solutions to Global Problems

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    While Washington pays lip service to Central America's dire social situation, local communities in the region are doing something to address the root causes of poverty and violence, from the lack of educational and economic opportunities to environmental degradation.The banner on this “Romero Vive” painting reads, “If they kill me, I will be resurrected in the struggle of my people." (Photo: EcoViva Photo Archive) Much of the news coming out of El Salvador these days highlights the violence and suffering plaguing the small Central American nation of 6.34 million people. The country has…
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: From Greece to Puerto Rico, the Financial Rules Are Rigged to Favor the 1%

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently convened a panel of economists in Washington to discuss the debt crisis in Greece and throughout the world. In his opening statement, Sanders talked about the debt crisis in Greece as well as in Puerto Rico. "It is time for creditors to sit down with the governments of Greece and Puerto Rico and work out a debt repayment plan that is fair to both sides," Sanders said. "The people of Greece and the children of Puerto Rico deserve nothing less." TRANSCRIPT This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
 
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  • Which insured Americans get no subsidy whatsoever?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Who are the Americans who get no help from the federal government paying for their health insurance?The uninsured, of course. Also, those who buy their insurance in the nongroup market (on- or off-exchange) and a) earn too much to qualify for subsidies, and b) are not self-employed. It's important to recognize that the self-employed do get a subsidy: the self-employment health insurance deduction. If your health insurance costs less than your total self-employed earnings, you can deduct the whole cost from your earnings. A recent study indicates that this deduction takes an…
  • Biden in Pilgrimage to Democrats' Matron Saint

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    In honor of James Fallows' found art department: The NYT 'weekend briefing' on my phone had the image below directly beneath the headline belowBiden, Considering White House Bid, Meets with Elizabeth WarrenLet us hope he found what he was seeking.Article here. The image was actually attached to this one.
  • How many of the uninsured know what's on offer? Not many, Urban finds

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    With ACA private plan market enrollment lagging initial CBO projections, one key question is whether those who qualify for aid but remain uninsured are doing so because they can't afford what's on offer or because they still don't know what's on offer.The Urban Institute's latest Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), conducted in March 2015, indicates that both factors are at work, but comes down more on the side of ignorance of what's on offer. That's "good news" in the sense that ignorance can be rectified for less money than too-skimpy offerings -- though an Urban analysis released…
  • A quibble with Avalere over CSR takeup

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    I may have to "never mind" this post if I'm missing something basic, but...it seems to me that Avalere Health lowballed Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) takeup a little in an analysis released today.Avalere's calculation is simple: 5.9 million buyers of private plans on ACA exchanges bought plans with Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies, available only to buyers with incomes under 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and only if they selected silver plans.  8.1 million buyers were eligible for CSR, according to Avalere; hence about 2.2 million left the benefit on the table; most of…
  • A tough progressive critique of the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Over at The Incidental Economist, I have a review of IBD reporter Jed Graham's e-book analyzing flaws in the ACA and proposing a package of fixes. Here's the opening*:Those who have closely followed the drama of Affordable Care Act implementation as it's unfolded in the media over the past two years may be familiar with the sharp criticisms of Jed Graham, a reporter at Investor's Business Daily. These include a list of cuts to work hours and jobs prompted by the employer mandate, and spotlights on the sky-high deductibles taken on by the approximately one fifth of ACA…
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  • Jeremy Corbyn’s politics are fantasy – just like Alice in Wonderland | Tony Blair

    Tony Blair
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In last week’s Observer, a young Labour supporter made an impassioned argument in favour of Jeremy Corbyn as the man to take the party forward. One former leader was reading with interest...There is a new phenomenon in politics or perhaps the revival of an old one. But whatever it is, it is powerful. Someone said to me the other day re Corbyn mania: “You just don’t get it.” I confess they’re right. I don’t get it, but I’m trying hard, and I read with care Rosie Fletcher’s passionate piece in praise of Jeremy Corbyn in last week’s Observer.The Corbyn thing is part of a trend.
  • I love my white family, but there's an elegant joy in a room full of black faces | Rebecca Carroll

    Rebecca Carroll
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The power of being surrounded by black people is that the sheer sense of community is enoughIt’s rare that I’ve ever been fully surrounded by people who look like me, by black folks and faces. I was adopted into a white family, lived and went to school in a place where mine was the only black face for miles, I’m married to a white man (though he is a professor of race and history) and I have worked in a variety of mainstream media jobs where the majority, if not all, of my colleagues were white. The majority-black spaces that exist in America, few and far between, often feel as though…
  • ‘I expected decadence, but it’s not the life of Riley’: meet the modern millionaires

    Joshi Herrmann
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    One in a million? Not any more: new data says that one in 65 is worth seven figures. Homeowners, investors and lottery winners explain what it’s like to be one of the not-so-super-richWhen ITV mothballed its hit quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? two years ago, the retirement of host Chris Tarrant was cited as the reason. But there was another problem, which had more to do with the pulling power of the prize pot than the presenter, and which might help to explain the show’s plummeting viewing figures from the heady days in 1999 when a third of the British population tuned in on…
  • Gung-ho Americans, steady Brits, and a lack of French resistance – but was the story of the terror train really so clear?

    Geoff Dyer
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A narrative straight out of the second world war changed every time you read it, and true or not, each re-mix added something delightfulThe story of the French terror train was – and remains – uplifting, heroic, wonderful. From an early stage, however, a simple scenario – tourists overpower gunman – showed an extraordinary capacity to shift shape, to subtly adjust itself in sync with the expectations of competing national interests. The different versions didn’t cancel each other out in the way that a new scientific theory renders earlier ones obsolete. Functioning more like…
  • China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea | Ashley Townshend

    Ashley Townshend
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    To effectively prevent China from militarising its new islands, the US should look to regional economic, rather than military, threats China’s rapid construction of a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea has entered a more troubling phase. According to a major Pentagon report released last week, Beijing is shifting its focus from land reclamation to building deepwater ports, military-grade airstrips and other strategic infrastructure on top of its islands.While it’s unclear whether military forces will also be deployed, these sophisticated outposts will enable Beijing to…
 
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Croatian Party Advocates Government Adoption of Open Source

    timothy
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. In this article on Opensource.com, Croatian startup founder Josip Almasi highlights some of the policy's implications, as well as why it could matter in the upcoming election.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Twitter Blocks API Access For Sites Monitoring Politicians' Deleted Tweets

    Soulskill
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Politwoops is/was a site that monitored the Twitter feeds of politicians and posted any tweets that those politicians later deleted. On May 15, Twitter suspended API access for the U.S. version of Politwoops, and now they've blocked access to the versions of Politwoops running in 30 other countries. Twitter has also blocked access for similar site Diplotwoops, which focused on deleted tweets from diplomats and embassies. Twitter said, "'Imagine how nerve-racking – terrifying, even – tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable? No one user is…
  • Mostly Theater? Taking Aim At White House 'We the People' Petitions

    timothy
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    theodp writes: "Since we launched We the People in 2011," wrote the White House last month, "millions of Americans have engaged with their government on the issues that matter to them. This groundbreaking online platform has made petitioning the government, a First Amendment right, more accessible than ever. Over the past few years, the Obama administration has taken a stance on a number of causes that citizens really care about and used the We the People petition platform to voice their concerns." Sounds good, but even if the White House is listening to We the People petitions, as it assured…
  • Judge Orders State Dept, FBI To Expand Clinton Email Server Probe

    timothy
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    An anonymous reader writes: In a hearing over Freedom of Information Act requests to the State Department, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said that former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't comply with government policies. He ordered the State Department to reach out to the FBI to see if any relevant emails exist on Hillary Clinton's email server. Judge Sullivan was surprised that the State Department and FBI were not already communicating on the issue following the FBI's seizure of Clinton's email server and three thumb drives of emails. More than 300 emails are being examined…
  • Two US Marines Foil Terrorist Attack On Train In France

    timothy
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    hcs_$reboot writes: A heavily armed gunman opened fire aboard a packed high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris late Friday afternoon, wounding several passengers before he was tackled and subdued by two Americans Marines. The assault was described as a terrorist attack. President Barack Obama has expressed his gratitude for the "courage and quick thinking" of the passengers on a high-speed train in France, including U.S. service members, who overpowered the gunman. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, paid tribute to the Marines as he arrived at the scene, and said…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • India and Pakistan’s abandoned talks show how little can be achieved

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:29 am
    There is no prospect of India and Pakistan coming to terms and settling their border differences in the foreseeable future, certainly not in the lifetime of the two countries’ present governments and probably not for much longer. Efforts to improve the relationship in other ways will also be precarious and uncertain. That has been clear for [...]
  • The Haute Route: the final stage

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Seven days ago, after the first stage of the Haute Route Pyrenees, I had doubts that I would be one of the 300 strong peloton riding into the finish point of Toulouse. Just shows what enormous amounts of painkillers, compression tights and chamois cream can do to get you through 800km and up 20 mountain [...]
  • The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    For me there’s a  mixture of relief and great sadness that tomorrow is the final day of The Haute Route Pyrenees, 2015. My legs and behind are overjoyed but my heart is heavy and I can’t imagine there’s a single rider who hasn’t had a fantastic week or experienced extremes of emotions who would disagree. [...]
  • The Haute Route: Day 5 ‘The Time Trial’

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    I guess riding the Haute Route – seven consecutive days in the Pyrenees, 800km on the road, with some 20,000m of climbing – is like pretending to be in the Tour de France. A great adventure unfolds, day after day. It’s a journey in a way that a one-day sportive can never be. Today – Day [...]
  • Haute Route – Day 4 & it’s not all about the bike

    18 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    Day 4 of the Haute Route is over. With three days left, we’re past the halfway mark. It feels like quite a moment. Since Saturday morning I’ve cycled 512 kilometres and climbed 12,250 metres. There’s ‘only’ 290 kilometres and just over 6,000 metres of climbing left. It’s been the most intensive few days of my [...]
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  • Decades After Straight Outta Compton, Gov't Still Has Rap In Its Crosshairs

    Paul Detrick
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you got a letter from the feds telling you they didn't like a song you wrote, what would you do? That's what happened to gantsa rap group N.W.A. in 1989 when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent a letter to the the group's record label saying the lyrics to "Fuck tha Police," encouraged "violence against and disrespect for the law enforcement officer." Instead of pulling the song from albums and refusing to play it at concerts, N.W.A. went public with the letter and their status as renegade musicans went through the roof. The incident is dramatized in the summer blockbuster…
  • Get Ready for Drones Equipped with Tear Gas

    Paul Detrick
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    The good news is that the North Dakota legislature passed a bill this week requiring police to get a search warrant before they use a drone; The bad news is that drones could shoot rubber bullets, pepper spray, or even tear gas. From The Daily Beast: Even “less than lethal” weapons can kill though. At least 39 people have been killed by police Tasers in 2015 so far, according to The Guardian. Bean bags, rubber bullets, and flying tear gas canisters have also maimed, if not killed, in the U.S. and abroad. Becker said he worried about police firing on criminal…
  • Maryland Man Fined $50 for Picking Berries in Park

    Baylen Linnekin
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    To me, nothing screams summer like picking and eating fresh berries. I know I'm not alone. Greg Visscher, head of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Young Republicans Club, has been picking berries with his family for years. So it was with some degree of surprise that Visscher found himself confronted last month by a trio of county park police officers and handed a $50 ticket for "destroying/interfering with plants to wit: berries. Without a permit on park property." The idea that the mere act of picking berries from a plant can be equated with "destroying" or "interfering with" a plant is…
  • Rand Paul: How the West Might Be Won

    Brian Doherty
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Despite Donald Trump's march, despite often being heard many discouraging words, Rand Paul continues doing what he set out to do: speaking his message, trying to win hearts and minds and hopefully come next year a lot of votes. Reports about his current road trip, first from Olivia Nuzzi at Daily Beast. She lays out the grim bill of specifics about falling poll numbers and failing attempts at getting press attention, and, despite the fact that alas we have no solid data about why Rand Paul might be failing to keep his machine against the Washington machine going (we all have our theories)…
  • The FBI Is Investigating Whether Hillary Clinton Violated the Espionage Act, According to Fox News

    Peter Suderman
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    The latest spy-thriller-worthy plot point in the ongoing real-life drama over Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a privately run email account comes via Fox News, which reports, via an anonymous source, that...  An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News.  The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.  A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record,…
 
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  • What Do You Want?

    Randy Toman
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    I am quoting from Gabriel Sherman’s article “How Roger Ailes picked Trump, and Fox News Audience, over Megyn Kelly”  (see link below) “Ailes offered Trump the chance to do a special on Kelly’s prime-time show to clear the air — an offer Trump flatly refused. “Donald was sufficiently pissed off that there was no way that was happening,” a person familiar with the call told me. According to the source, Trump’s ire was especially stoked after Howard Stern called to tell him about a 2010 interview in which Kelly joked about her breasts and her husband’s penis. Ailes offered…
  • Who can you trust—-Now?

    Randy Toman
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Not sure which is worse—–the debate on Thursday evening or these couple of news items—taken from the links below: The IMF Threatens to Kill the U.S. Dollar https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/the-imf-threatens-to-kill-the-u-s-dollar/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Global Banking System on the Verge of Total Collapse https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/global-banking-system-on-the-verge-of-total-collapse/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Both the debate and the two articles are hustling…
  • Trump Hits a Nerve

    Randy Toman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a must read article : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3343/Donald-Trump-Is-Right-About-John-McCain.aspx The Republican Party had better wake-up to what is really going on these past 30+ years—-even as I might add—it’s been going on for a Hell-of a lot longer.   I would suggest people——take Trump seriously—-for he holds a couple of Trump Cards—-(no joke meant)——if in fact the Republican Party wants to play hard ball.  This thing could get real serious—–real quick. I believe the question coming into play…
  • WHEN?

    The Outsider
    2 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In view of the recent riots across the country—-When are the blacks going to be held responsible for their criminal behavior? When are they going to marry the women they impregnate? When are they going to pay for their children they are responsible for? When are they going to act civilized instead of living as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago? When are they going to stop killing their own and destroying our cities? And when is the mainstream news media going to cover those unreported stories? When is Al Sharpton going to stop working for the Democrat party to keep racial…
  • 2015 Something Isn’t Right

    Randy Toman
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I have been going through my past articles in an attempt to see if I was close to getting anything right——as I looked into the future back then.  What I find is things had moved forward with a smoothness that is surprising to me—-even as the same symptoms seem to be prevailing in the culture today as they did then.  The indicators with symptoms and issues seem to be worse today than in the past but somehow things and life seem to move along with smoothness and not seem that bad.  Therefore few notice anything of a serious nature that is wrong and few seem to care one way…
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  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
  • Still Missing New Orleans

    Adele M. Stan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    (Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert) A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina flooded this now-abandoned strip mall in New Orleans. The first time I saw New Orleans, I entered an empty city. The streets were marked with chalky streaks of salt and toxins left behind by the waters that had filled them; the stench of rotten things filled the air. It was September 19, 2005, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans when the levees were breached by the sea and the canals, whose contents rushed into the roads and the yards and the living rooms of the city’s poorest residents. By the time I…
  • The Labor Prospect: Getting Sick of No Paid Sick Leave

    Justin Miller
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File In this Friday, Jan. 18 2013 file photo, activists hold signs during a rally at New York's City Hall to call for immediate action on paid sick days legislation in light of the continued spread of the flu.  Welcome to The Labor Prospect, our weekly round-up highlighting the best reporting and latest developments in the labor movement.  Despite an expanding patchwork of paid sick leave policies cropping up around the U.S., an In These Times investigation reminds us that this country is woefully behind the rest of the world in terms of such worker rights.
  • Can Progressives Capture New York?

    Daniel Block
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    (Photo: AP/Mike Groll) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sits with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (right) during a June 25 news conference following the announcement of new rent-control regulations. The new regulations have been criticized by those on the left as being weak and benefitting the state's powerful real-estate industry. In the initial aftermath of the 2012 election, New York’s progressives were cautiously optimistic. As the returns came in, it became increasingly apparent that voters had elected 33 Democrats to the state’s…
 
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  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
  • Still Missing New Orleans

    Adele M. Stan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    (Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert) A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina flooded this now-abandoned strip mall in New Orleans. The first time I saw New Orleans, I entered an empty city. The streets were marked with chalky streaks of salt and toxins left behind by the waters that had filled them; the stench of rotten things filled the air. It was September 19, 2005, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans when the levees were breached by the sea and the canals, whose contents rushed into the roads and the yards and the living rooms of the city’s poorest residents. By the time I…
  • The Labor Prospect: Getting Sick of No Paid Sick Leave

    Justin Miller
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File In this Friday, Jan. 18 2013 file photo, activists hold signs during a rally at New York's City Hall to call for immediate action on paid sick days legislation in light of the continued spread of the flu.  Welcome to The Labor Prospect, our weekly round-up highlighting the best reporting and latest developments in the labor movement.  Despite an expanding patchwork of paid sick leave policies cropping up around the U.S., an In These Times investigation reminds us that this country is woefully behind the rest of the world in terms of such worker rights.
  • Can Progressives Capture New York?

    Daniel Block
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    (Photo: AP/Mike Groll) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sits with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (right) during a June 25 news conference following the announcement of new rent-control regulations. The new regulations have been criticized by those on the left as being weak and benefitting the state's powerful real-estate industry. In the initial aftermath of the 2012 election, New York’s progressives were cautiously optimistic. As the returns came in, it became increasingly apparent that voters had elected 33 Democrats to the state’s…
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  • Top Fed official: ‘Good reason to believe’ inflation will rise

    Ylan Q. Mui
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Stanley Fischer, during a televised interview Saturday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in  Wyoming. (Jonathan Crosby/Reuters) JACKSON HOLE, WYO. — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer argued Saturday that the persistently low inflation that has plagued the country in recent years could finally begin to reverse, but would likely rise slowly. Speaking at an annual symposium sponsored by the Kansas City Fed in the foothills of the Grand Tetons, Fischer expressed faith in the central bank’s ability to return inflation to…
  • Fed vice chair on rates: No decision made on September

    Ylan Q. Mui
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer gives an interview during the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's annual Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Friday. (Reuters/Jonathan Crosby) JACKSON HOLE, WYO. -- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said Friday that it was “too early to tell” whether the nation’s central bank should raise its target interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade when it meets next week. In an interview with CNBC during the Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Fischer said the implications of China’s recent…
  • How Joe Biden could run a different kind of middle-class campaign

    Jim Tankersley
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    Biden has styled himself as a fighter for workers. (ERIC THAYER/REUTERS) Joe Biden’s 2008 campaign jobs plan was titled “Joe Biden: Fighting for American Workers.” The version posted on his Web site spanned two pages, and it began with a Biden quote: “Every day we see more evidence this economy is not working for middle-class Americans. If we honor work, we have to reward it.” If Biden jumps into the 2016 presidential race – which increasingly seems like a possibility – it wouldn’t take long for him to update that jobs plan into exactly the sort of middle-class agenda that…
  • America’s growing love affair with the most wasteful thing to drink there is

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    (Daniel Orth/Flikr) Once an occasional indulgence, bottled water is quickly becoming America's drink of choice. The average person in the United States now consumes more than 35 gallons of bottled water per year, according to data from market research firm Beverage Marketing Corp.That's about 270 bottles, and more than twice as many as people drank 15 years ago. And that number is only going to go up: By 2017, the average American is expected to drink almost 300 bottles annually. For perspective, consider that over the next two years, bottled water is expected to eclipse soda as the…
  • What working black women everywhere have in common with Serena Williams

    Max Ehrenfreund
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Serena Williams returns in her semifinal match of the French Open against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland on June 4. (AP/Francois Mori) When the U.S. Open begins Monday, Serena Williams will be playing for the first Grand Slam in a single calendar year for a female tennis player since 1988. Her dominance on the court is extraordinary by pretty much any standard. Yet she's not the highest-paid female tennis player. That has always been her rival Maria Sharapova, who took in $29.7 million over the past year. Williams took in $24.6 million over the same period, or about 83 percent of…
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  • Cheney: Obama has 'surrendered' America's global power

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, say President Obama has “dangerously surrendered” U.S. global leadership during his time in office.In an adapted excerpt published by The Wall Street Journal from their upcoming book, "...
  • On Palin’s show, Trump defends decision not to name favorite bible verse

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
     Backed up by Sarah Palin, GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump stood firm in saying it would have been inappropriate to name a favorite Bible verse when pressed by an interviewer. “That’s a very personal thing. I don’t like giving...
  • GOP rep: Iran deal 'falls way short'

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
     The Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee says the nuclear deal with Iran “falls way short” in keeping the Middle East nation honest. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the agreement reached between the United States,...
  • Obama: Climate change threatens US 'right now'

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
     President Obama is pointing toward Alaska as tangible evidence of the immediate danger climate change presents the U.S. “This is all real,” Obama said Saturday in his weekly address. “This is happening to our fellow Americans right now...
  • Trump rips Clinton aide Abedin and ‘perv’ husband Weiner

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
      Donald Trump on Friday took aim at longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, poking fun at her marriage to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who he called a “perv” and a “sleazebag.” Speaking to donors in Boston, The GOP presidential...
 
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  • Same-sex marriage issue returns to the Court (FURTHER UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:50 am
    UPDATED Saturday 7:49 a.m.   Relying upon the history, dating back to America’s founding, of the right of conscience, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis asked the Supreme Court on Friday night to protect her from taking an official action that she regards as an indication that she supports same-sex marriage, an act that would violate her faith.   She wants that temporary shield from issuing any marriage licenses while she pursues an appeal first in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and, if she loses there, the Supreme Court.  A key issue, her application argued, is a new one:…
  • Court now can ban protests on its threshold

    Lyle Denniston
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    More than two years after a federal judge took away most of the Supreme Court’s power to prohibit all picketing, protests, and other demonstrations on the plaza in front of its building, a federal appeals court revived that authority on Friday in a lengthy opinion. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a sixty-five-year-old federal law that restricts what the public may do on what the judges called the Court’s “elevated front porch.”  That is the oval terrace officially known as “the plaza.”  It is…
  • Symposium: Another battle in the war over union fees

    Charlotte Garden
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Charlotte Garden is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law and Litigation Director of the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality. Across America, an intense debate is taking place over how states should structure their labor relations, and especially the extent to which state and local government employees should have the right to elect unions to represent them in collective bargaining. This debate has taken place against a constitutional backdrop that allows states considerable choice among different labor relations models, ranging from no collective bargaining at all to…
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    Briefly: Anthony Franze and Reeves Anderson conducted their annual review of amicus practice at the Court for The National Law Journal; they conclude that it was another record-breaking year for amici, which has essentially become the “new norm.” In both The Hill and American Thinker, Sean Roman Strockyj urges the Court to deny review in a case involving efforts to transfer the remains of Jim Thorpe from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma. At casetext, Colin Starger characterizes last Term’s decision in Ohio v. Clark as the “latest salvo in [a] longstanding doctrinal war over the meaning of…
  • Symposium: Correcting the “historical accident” of opt-out requirements

    David Rivkin and Andrew Grossman
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    David B. Rivkin, Jr., and Andrew M. Grossman practice appellate litigation in the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & Hostetler LLP. They filed an amicus brief in support of certiorari in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association on behalf of the Cato Institute, where Mr. Grossman is an adjunct scholar. Whatever the fate of mandatory “fair share” payments that nonmembers are often required to make to fund public-sector unions’ collective bargaining activities, Friedrichs will likely mark the end of requirements that dissenting workers take action to “opt out” of funding…
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  • Donald Trump: "We’re the most highly taxed nation in the world."

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Donald Trump says U.S. is 'most highly taxed nation in the world' During a recent interview on Fox & Friends, Donald Trump offered a digression on tax policy -- at times an unorthodox one, at least for a Republican. For instance, Trump said that hedge fund managers -- some of them the billionaire counted as "friends" -- are "not paying enough tax." He also rejected a flat tax, an idea supported by some Republicans, countering that progressivity in the tax code is important. "As you make a certain amount of money, I think you should…
  • Donald Trump: "Our companies are moving into Mexico more than almost any other place right now."

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump says U.S. companies 'moving into Mexico more than almost any other place right now' Among Donald Trump’s most talked-about immigration policies is his proposal to make Mexico pay for a border wall. Trump laid out the rationale for why Mexico would agree in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. "You know what, because they make a fortune with us," Trump explained on Aug. 19. "Our companies are moving into Mexico more than almost any other place right now. We are losing our industry. We're losing our business to…
  • Jeb Bush: Planned Parenthood is "not actually doing women’s health issues."

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Jeb Bush: Planned Parenthood isn't involved in women's health Planned Parenthood is not involved in women’s health issues, said Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. At a town hall in Englewood, Colo., Aug. 25, an audience member asked Bush about his record on women’s health, as well as what he would do for women’s health, particularly for veterans, as president. "When I was governor, we expanded those programs through community-based organizations, and that’s something I think the federal government needs to continue…
  • Donald Trump: "Many of the great scholars say that anchor babies are not covered" by the 14th Amendment.

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Trump: 'Many' scholars say 'anchor babies' aren't covered by Constitution Donald Trump says his plan to roll back birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants will pass constitutional muster because "many of the great scholars say that anchor babies are not covered." "Many of the great scholars" -- really? That comment caught our attention. In case you need a refresher on birthright citizenship: As it stands now, any person born on U.S. soil is a citizen -- regardless of the parents’ immigration status -- because of…
  • Corey Lewandowski: Says "there’s 400,000" anchor babies born in the United States a year, which are "individuals coming to our country and having their children so their children can be U.S. citizens."

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Donald Trump's campaign manager: 400,000 'anchor babies' born in U.S. every year Donald Trump’s proposal to end automatic citizenship for the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants spurred a week of talk about "anchor babies," a term that some say is derogatory. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to clarify his boss' views on CNN’s State of the Union on Aug. 23, 2015. "If you think of the term ‘anchor baby,’ which is those individuals coming to our country and having their children so…
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  • Saturday Afternoon Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Historical marker I passed during my travels today:    Open thread. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Saturday Morning Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    Promises to be a beautiful summer Saturday around here, and I’m planning to enjoy it with the Spousal Unit. Politics will still be here when we all come back, I’m sure… What’s going on in your neighborhood? Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • A Flashback

    John Cole
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    I know for many of you, there has never been a time that the Republican party was not fully evil. With my current political feelings, I can look back and understand your perspective. At the same time, I still think that the Republican party has become demonstrably worse in the past decade to the point that I don’t even recognize them. People who were too fringe to be the fringe are now elected Senators, and the whole thing party is just a freak show. The same can be said of the conservative media. Even Red State used to be better than it is now. I remember writing things like this…
  • Friday Recipe Exchange: Grilling Up Some Steaks

    Anne Laurie
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    JeffreyW is always making magic with steak. Here he shows off his Cheesesteak. . From our Food Goddess, TaMara: A big work project came up this week, as a result I have barely been in my kitchen. So for the featured recipe, I pulled up one of my prettier projects, Flank Steak Pinwheels. Not as much effort as it looks. Although I save them for special occasions. If you’d like something with a bit less work, how about a Spicy Grilled Flank Steak? (Recipe here) JeffreyW whips up some Cheesesteak Sandwiches (instructions and photos here) This week’s dinner menu is Grilled Steak with Coffee…
  • Friday Evening Open Thread: Wingularity

    Anne Laurie
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Sarah Palin Will Interview Donald Trump Tonight http://t.co/cmpSJiqL2u pic.twitter.com/UiRQKBctpE — Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 28, 2015 Somewhere, Molly Ivins and Hunter Thompson are sharing a beer, shaking their heads about how easy the current crop of political humorists has it… Sam Clovis called Trump "cancer on conservatism." Then endorsed: http://t.co/FLh88VaCRV But won't say "how much he would be paid" by Trump. — Walter Shapiro (@MrWalterShapiro) August 28, 2015 Jennifer Jacobs, in the Des Moines Register article: … “(Trump) left me…
 
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  • Drone Attempting To Deliver Porn To Prisoners Intercepted

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    A drone attempting to deliver prisoners contraband including porn was intercepted by authorities. Two men were busted after trying to bring the material in to the Western Correctional Institution and the North Branch Correctional Institution at Cumberland in western Maryland. Police say the drones had porn DVDs, tobacco, a loaded handgun, and illegal drugs as its cargo. One of the men has been released on bail, while the other is still in custody. The post Drone Attempting To Deliver Porn To Prisoners Intercepted appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • L.A. Teen Busted For Revenge Porn

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila 19-year-old Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila has been busted and accused of over 150 counts of porn extortion, aka revenge porn. Estrada-Davila allegedly contacted girls on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, telling them he was a modeling agent that could make them famous. After enticing the girls to send him photos of them wearing underwear, he allegedly threatened to reveal the photos to their families unless they sent him nude photos. Prosecutors say that at least 21 girls were his victims, aged from 12 to 17. They submitted 15,000 pages of…
  • This Is Video Of A Rapist Carrying His Victim

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Shocking footage of a rapist carrying his victim has been released by British police. The CCTV video shows a man carrying a “near unconscious” woman in Birmingham minutes before he raped her. Police released the footage of the 25-year-old woman who was “scooped” up by her attacker after she left the Walkabout bar on Broad Street around 4am on October 19 with her permission. West Midlands police say they hope that the release of the footage can help bring the man to justice. The post This Is Video Of A Rapist Carrying His Victim appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • WATCH: France Gives Legion Of Honor To Heroes Who Disarmed Train Gunman

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    French President François Hollande presented the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to the four men – one British, two American – who disarmed the gunman on a train, saving lives. Hollande told the men, “Your heroism will serve as an example and a source of inspiration to many. Faced with the evil that is terrorism, there is some good: humanity. That is what you embody.” Airman Spencer Stone, 23, Alek Sklartos, 22, Oregon National Guard, Anthony Sadler, 23, and Chris Norman, 62, a British consultant, were honored. The post WATCH: France Gives Legion Of…
  • A 1920s Letter From The Klan Sounds Like The Modern GOP On Immigration

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    If you think that the battle over immigration is something new in America, think again. The right in this country has for years acted as if it should be the sole beneficiary of immigration, and then the door should be closed right after them. Our current crop of conservatives are themselves the descendents of immigrants – there are few Native Americans within the ranks of the right – yet to hear them speak about the issue you would think that past immigration waves were always welcomed with open arms. Americans spread baseless fears about the erosion of traditional values, the…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Trump is All Talk (Guest Voice)

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    August 23, 2015 Trump is All Talk by Michael Reagan Donald Trump is the first talk radio candidate. Everything he says on the primary trail sounds just like what you can hear on conservative talk radio every day. When he’s riffing about the failures of the political class in Washington, calling for an end to birthright citizenship or handling a media heckler like Jorge Ramos at a press conference, Trump is talking straight to the hearts and minds of the talk radio demographic. He’s not much of a conservative, or much of a Republican, for that matter. But as Trump forces many of…
  • Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton

    Guest Voice
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:39 pm
    MINNEAPOLIS — As Democratic Party insiders gather for their summer meeting, there is a growing undercurrent of concern whether Hillary Clinton would be the party’s strongest candidate to keep the White House next year. They still like and mostly support her. But many are increasingly questioning her handling of official emails while secretary of state and… Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com The post Inside Democratic Party, growing concerns about Clinton appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • The Donald outspends the Kochs

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Maybe none of this has to do with politics. Maybe the only “left” and “right” in the game is about the size of the wads of dollars coming out of the fists of people like the Kochs and Donald Trump. Trump has bought the Kochs’ top advisors and bag men. … The conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch are seeing some of their top operatives take jobs with the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The fact that many of Trump’s political positions are at odds with those of the Koch brothers does not seem to be a factor. Take Corey Lewandowski,…
  • Military Weekend: Your U.S. Air Force

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:10 pm
    This past week has brought both great pride and deep sorrow to the U.S. Air Force, its members and veterans. When U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, along with an Army buddy (Spc. Alek Skarlatos) and others, prevented a tragedy aboard a speeding train in Europe, his and the actions of the others evoked the highest praise from world leaders and of course from their military superiors and comrades. “These men are heroes,” said U.S. European Command Commander Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, “Actions like this clearly illustrate the courage and commitment our…
  • There is strength in numbers

    Patricia Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    There are more people who are opposed to open-carry, than people openly carrying their weapons. There are more people who want reasonable gun control laws than people who want no restrictions on gun ownership. There are more people who are not members of the National Rifle Association than people who are members. There are even more members of the National Rifle Association who support gun control than members opposed to gun control. There are more people who support the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as ObamaCare, than people who do not support universal health care for all…
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    AMERICAblog News

  • Is Ben Carson OK?

    Jon Green
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Can someone pull Ben Carson aside and ask him how he’s doing? Because this rant pulled straight from your uncle’s email chain has me pretty concerned: That was wild from start to finish. Let’s review. It’s always a treat to hear someone warn about how dangerous wedge issues can be before running through a massive list of wedge issues, all while saying that they don’t trade in wedge issues. And you literally cannot contradict yourself more thoroughly while claiming to be neutral in the culture war than to say “There is no war on women. There may be a war on…
  • On anniversary of Katrina, former Bush aides revise history

    Madison Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    This week marked the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The occasion has inspired retrospectives about the storm and updates on the current state of New Orleans, as all anniversaries are wont to do these days. Many of these pieces have been thought-provoking and insightful. The piece by former Bush aide Jason Recher isn’t. At all. Recher, writing for Fox News (of course), argues that one man can take a lot of the credit for New Orleans’s recovery from Katrina: President George W. Bush. Not only did the federal aid approved by Bush jumpstart the city’s growth…
  • Protestors disrupt Hillary Clinton event over private prison fundraising

    Jon Green
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Protestors for GetEQUAL, a group advocating for black trans women affiliated with Black Lives Matter, disrupted a Hillary Clinton rally in Cleveland yesterday over her fundraising from the private prison industry. Here are the videos the group posted on their Facebook page: Following our ask of Hillary Clinton to divest from private prisons during a campaign rally in Cleveland today, we continued to call on her to return and refuse to accept donations from lobbyists and lawyers for private prison companies GEO Group and CCA. There’s no way to have a real conversation about the future…
  • Sales tax election to come down to one voter in failed gerrymandering attempt

    Jon Green
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    The concept of “one person, one vote” just got taken to a whole new level in Columbia, Missouri, as one college student will decide the fate of a proposed sales tax increase in a local business district. The one-vote election is the result of a flubbed attempt by local business owners to use sales taxes to avoid property taxes in a suspect community development plan. The story is nuts. Under Missouri state law, any sales tax increases need to be approved by the voters in the district, unless the district contains no registered voters. In April, in response to a petition local…
  • Duke freshmen who refuse to read Fun Home seem genuinely confused about what porn is

    Jon Green
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    Last week, Duke freshman Brian Grasso became perhaps the most high-profile case of a college student not doing their homework when he announced that he would not be reading Fun Home, the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, namesake of the Bechdel-Wallace Test for how women are portrayed in film. Grasso and a handful of other committed Christians in Duke’s incoming freshman class objected to the book being included on a recommended (not required) summer reading list, as it includes sexual images and themes that he considers pornographic. As Grasso explained in the Washington Post, he…
 
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  • Trump at the Roxbury

    hazmat22 (/politics/member/hazmat22)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
  • Tensions in Iran regime

    theali (/politics/member/theali)
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Guardian Films: Former elite officers in Revolutionary Guard reveal increasing tensions in Iran regime "Its gotten to that point, the regime is sinking"
  • Brazil crisis in six phrases - BBC News

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    This was far more entertaining than I anticipated :) YouTube Description: There is growing anger against Brazil's government, hit by a worsening economic situation, a massive corruption scandal and boycotts to austerity measures in Congress. Many are calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who is only eight months into her second mandate, but currently there is no proven legal basis for that. Even Brazilians have a hard time explaining how the situation grew into such an imbroglio - so the BBC's Julia Carneiro in Rio put together a glossary of the key words to understand what…
  • Bill Burr on Donald Trump

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Bill appreciates that Donald shoots from the hip, even if he's still a filthy rich plutocrat. Source YouTube
  • Undocumented Immigrant Who Works in a Trump Hotel Speaks Out

    eric3579 (/politics/member/eric3579)
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This is a profile of Ricardo Aca, a young undocumented immigrant who works in a Trump Hotel and who has decided to speak out against Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants.As Trump continues to showcase horrible examples of crime from immigrants, it's time we shift the focus to the vast majority of immigrants who work hard and want nothing more than a shot at the American Dream. -yt NYTimes article that gives lots of info
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    The American Prospect

  • The Political Legacy of O’Malley’s Gerrymandered Maryland

    Justin Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After the 2010 Tea-Party-fueled Republican takeover of the House, the Democratic Party was desperate to regain the congressional seats they’d lost in 2012. Democrats in the deep-blue state of Maryland had a rare opportunity. If they got creative with the upcoming redistricting of the state, they could likely flip a congressional seat from red to blue. They succeeded. But the result was what many have…
  • Do Black Lives Matter to the Federal Reserve?

    Sam Ross-Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Center for Popular Democracy A Fed Up rally in San Francisco on March 5, 2015.  This week, Dawn O’Neal has traveled from her home in south DeKalb County, Georgia, to the Federal Reserve’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a simple message for Fed leaders: Don’t raise interest rates. The 48-year-old teacher’s assistant and mother of four wants Fed governors to know that her community is far from recovered and that raising interest rates too soon could be disastrous.   O’Neal is one of dozens of activists and policy experts traveling to Jackson Hole this week to urge…
  • Still Missing New Orleans

    Adele M. Stan
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    (Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert) A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina flooded this now-abandoned strip mall in New Orleans. The first time I saw New Orleans, I entered an empty city. The streets were marked with chalky streaks of salt and toxins left behind by the waters that had filled them; the stench of rotten things filled the air. It was September 19, 2005, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans when the levees were breached by the sea and the canals, whose contents rushed into the roads and the yards and the living rooms of the city’s poorest residents. By the time I…
  • The Labor Prospect: Getting Sick of No Paid Sick Leave

    Justin Miller
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File In this Friday, Jan. 18 2013 file photo, activists hold signs during a rally at New York's City Hall to call for immediate action on paid sick days legislation in light of the continued spread of the flu.  Welcome to The Labor Prospect, our weekly round-up highlighting the best reporting and latest developments in the labor movement.  Despite an expanding patchwork of paid sick leave policies cropping up around the U.S., an In These Times investigation reminds us that this country is woefully behind the rest of the world in terms of such worker rights.
  • Can Progressives Capture New York?

    Daniel Block
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    (Photo: AP/Mike Groll) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sits with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (right) during a June 25 news conference following the announcement of new rent-control regulations. The new regulations have been criticized by those on the left as being weak and benefitting the state's powerful real-estate industry. In the initial aftermath of the 2012 election, New York’s progressives were cautiously optimistic. As the returns came in, it became increasingly apparent that voters had elected 33 Democrats to the state’s…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 10 Questions for President Obama About Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Vahid Salemi / AP It appears likely, as of this writing, that President Obama will be victorious in his fight to implement the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his secretary of state, John Kerry. Republicans in Congress don’t appear to have the votes necessary to void the agreement, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign to subvert Obama may be remembered as one of the more counterproductive and shortsighted acts of an Israeli prime minister since the rebirth of the Jewish state 67 years ago. Things could change, of course, and the Iranian regime, which is populated in…
  • An Inmate Reflects on Life in America's Largest Maximum-Security Prison

    Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/400943/life-in-americas-largest-maximum-security-prison/
  • A Conversation With the Mayor of New Orleans on Ending Gun Violence

    Nicolas Pollock
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/400946/mayor-of-new-orleans-ending-gun-violence/
  • Why Iran’s Anti-Semitism Matters

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Vahid Salemi / AP A few days ago, I spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the politics of the Iran deal (you can find the full interview here), and at one point in our conversation I put to Kerry what I thought was—to be honest—something of a gimme question: “Do you believe that Iranian leaders sincerely seek the elimination of the Jewish state?” Kerry responded provocatively—provocatively, that is, if you understand Iranian leaders, and in particular the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the way I understand them: as people theologically committed to the…
  • A Matter of Black Lives

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Landrieu consoles a grieving woman at a prayer vigil, held during the Essence Festival in New Orleans for mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. (William Widmer / The Atlantic) In late april of 1994, a 9-year-old African American boy from the broken-down Central City neighborhood of New Orleans wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, asking him to bring about an end to the violence that was devastating his city. “Dear Mr. Clinton,” James Darby began. “I want you to stop the killing in the city. People is dead and I think that somebody might kill me. So would you please…
 
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  • ABOUT THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in…
  • 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION PRESS

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Philadelphia Lights Buildings, Sites across the City to Mark One Year to the 2016 Democratic National ConventionChairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, CEO Leah Daughtry Praise “Unprecedented” Partnership with the CityConvention Expected to bring over $300 Million in Economic Activity to the RegionPhiladelphia, PA – This weekend, businesses and sites throughout Philadelphia will display lights in anticipation of the 2016 Democratic National Convention which will begin exactly one year from today at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said,…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Thinking About Iran, Thinking About Israel, Thinking About America

    James Fallows
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna in July. Chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman is visible just behind Kerry. (Reuters) Over the past month I’ve run a series of messages from readers in North America, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere about the JCPOA Iran-nuclear deal that the Congress will soon formally consider. You can see the latest item here, and the whole collection here. That most recent installment, from Samuel J. Cohen in Israel, emphasized the contrast between the fury over the deal in the United States and…
  • The Normalization of Iran: Another View From Israel

    James Fallows
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    A vista of Hamburg, from a German tourist-promotion site. Israeli tourism to Germany is booming; one Israeli reader explains why that matters and what it bodes for dealing with Iran. ( Germany Info & Wikimedia Commons ) The survival of the Iran deal seems more likely by the day; for past assessments of what that might mean for the Middle East, the United States, and beyond, please see the items grouped here. Two weeks ago, as part of a collection of notes from readers in Israel, I quoted Samuel J. Cohen, who is originally American but has lived and worked in Israel since the 1970s, on the…
  • Views From Israel on the Iran Deal

    James Fallows
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    An anti-nuclear deal tweet from the office of the prime minister of Israel, retweeted by Israeli embassies in the U.S. and elsewhere ( Office of the Prime Minister of Israel ) The lobbying against the Iran deal continues. I’ve heard from readers in the following states about a blitz of anti-deal ads, aimed at Democratic senators who have not yet declared: Washington (where both Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are still officially undecided), Colorado (same for Michael Bennet, who for the record is the older brother of our editor in chief James Bennet), Oregon (where Ron Wyden is assumed to…
  • A Moment of Grace From Jimmy Carter

    James Fallows
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The three living Democratic presidents, Obama, Carter, and Clinton, with Michelle Obama at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013. (Reuters / Jason Reed) The 1970s were overall a terrible and traumatic time, and Jimmy Carter was both their product and their victim. He was their product in that it took an unprecedented national convulsion—turmoil and eventually defeat in Vietnam, the forced resignation of a president—to give a little-known one-term governor of Georgia, and peanut farmer, a chance at national office. He was their victim in that the woes of the late…
  • Those Who Compare the Iran Deal to Munich Are Right—but Not in the Way They Think

    James Fallows
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:38 pm
    British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announcing the Munich agreement with Hitler's Germany, in 1938 ( Wikimedia ) Let’s get back to the Iran debate. The tried-and-true analogy, for people opposed to the deal, is of course the Munich agreement of 1938. The comparison works because it suggests that the enemy is implacably evil: Nazi Germany then, Iran now. And it works because it also suggests that people who consider themselves peacemakers are dupes: Chamberlain then, Kerry and Obama now. Google “Iran deal Munich” and you’ll see what I mean. I don’t buy the comparison, for…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Your Hugo Awards Thread, plus My Opinions (which are mine) on the Hugo Art Awards Problem

    SuperUser
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    by Doctor Science The Hugo Awards Ceremony is just starting. There's a livestream here, they tell me -- I have Flash disabled, so I can't see it. I'm following Mur Lafferty's twitter, Sasquan's twitter, and the thread at File 770. The ceremony is on Pacific Time and I am on Eastern, so I am pretty much certain to be asleep long before we get to Best Novel. This year's Hugo Awards base, designed by Matthew Dockrey. I'll put this much up right now, then edit to add what I have to say about the Art awards. The Hugo Art Awards, for "Pro Artist" and "Fan Artist", are stuck in the Century of the…
  • Gene Engineering Open Thread

    SuperUser
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    by wj OK, we need a new open thread. I get that. So here ya go. Once upon a time, I read a science fiction story which featured a group called "Control Normals". (No, I don't recall who the author was or what the title was. Perhaps one of the SF fans here will remember.) The time was a future where genetic engineering was readily available, and widely used. But to keep an eye on what the results had been, and to keep open to new random mutations, the best scientific tradition had been observed by the creation of a control group -- one which did not get all those deliberate…
  • Why Do Bad Things Happen? -- Open Thread

    SuperUser
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    by wj Last night we had the traditional annual family gathering to celebrate the birthdays of all of us born in late July and early August. (Which amounts to nearly half of us.) As always, the conversation ranged far and wide. But at one point, someone mentioned a colleague who is a conspiracy theory enthusiast. Everyone rolled their eyes, of course. But we discovered that we all know quite a few of these -- many of them otherwise sensible people. So the question arose, why are there so many conspiracy nuts these days? In answer, a theory was born: There are some people whose psychological…
  • Kurdistan and Somaliland

    SuperUser
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    by wj What do these two "countries" have in common? Officially, they don't exist. In reality, of course, both control substantial swaths of territory (which used to be part of another country, which is collapsed or collapsing), are relatively well governed democracies, and have economies in far better shape than that of the country that they are officially part of. (In Somalia's case, it is hard to argue convincingly that it even has a government, or a national economy, or a national anything else.) In short, they are countries for all practical purposes. The obvious…
  • how's this gonna turn out...?

    russell
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    by russell saw this on NPR initially, now it's at Field and Stream of all places. I'm actually really curious to see how this shakes out, legally. For the record, I don't really have a problem with people blasting camera-bearing drones out of the sky if they are hovering over their property.  A 2nd Amendment solution to privacy invasion, I call it. Don't want to get shot down, stay out of range. But, IANAL. Curious to know what you all make of it.
 
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    International Budget Partnership

  • The Challenges of Provincial Budgeting in Afghanistan

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Since Afghanistan’s transition to a democracy 13 years ago, the government and the international community have made multiple attempts to decentralize the budget system to better incorporate the needs of provinces. So far, these attempts have failed. A new set of reforms currently awaiting approval, however, shows greater promise. Demands for Provincial Budgeting In Afghanistan today, provincial departments are constrained by the decisions of central line ministries, and the central government takes little notice of their input when it comes to preparing budgets. The centralized budgeting…
  • Reflections on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

    Jay
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    After months of intense negotiations, world leaders have finally agreed to an agenda for financing global development over the next 15 years. A non-binding but critical agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, was finalized late last week at the third Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Ethiopia. It is the culmination of an intergovernmental process that began in October 2014. The conference set out to assess the challenges and the progress made in the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2001 Doha Declaration, and to address new and emerging issues in development…
  • The Road to Addis Ababa: What’s Next for Budget Transparency and Participation?

    Ryan Flynn
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    This year has been an exciting one so far. We’ve been working with civil society organizations around the world to ensure greater accountability in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development and Financing for Development (FfD) agendas. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe What has the work entailed? We’ve been engaging governments, UN bodies, and other players, including debt relief campaigners and private-sector investors, to call for greater budget transparency and participation. We’ve drawn on a rich body of evidence, including lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and multiple…
  • Bridging the Gap between Opening Budgets and Transforming Lives

    Deidre
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report IBP’s tagline is “Open Budgets. Transform Lives.” We believe that if citizens have access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process, they can better engage with their governments and hold them accountable for their management of public resources. This, in turn, can lead to better budgeting and better service delivery that improves lives. Our country work tests this theory by providing deep and sustained support to specific CSO efforts to influence  government budgets in three pilot countries:…
  • Budget Analysis: A Tool for Effective Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    For years, governments throughout the world have adopted commitments to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of millions of women, men, and youth. But governments have not always followed up these commitments with the policies and funds needed to effectively implement them. As a result, maternal mortality and teen pregnancy rates are still unacceptably high. As citizens, we must hold our governments accountable to their commitments. Budget analysis is a powerful tool to determine whether governments have allocated sufficient financial resources to fulfill their promises and…
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Donald Trump’s recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn’t treat the facts much better: Trump claimed “59 percent of our bridges are in trouble.” That’s way off. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 percent of the nation’s bridges were “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” in 2014. Trump said a recent poll in Florida showed him at 28 percent and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, “much lower.” Bush wasn’t that…
  • Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

    Lori Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to “save … a significant amount under Obamacare.” But a business of that size isn’t subject to the law’s requirements to offer insurance to full-time workers or pay a penalty. And the fictional employee in question would likely qualify for Medicaid. Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, laid out his hypothetical example in an Aug. 20 speech to the Detroit…
  • Cruz & Crosses

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz set up a false bogeyman when he said the Supreme Court is “one justice away” from ordering that crosses on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery be torn down. Nobody is even asking the court to do such a thing. And in fact, the group that sought removal of a cross from formerly federal land in the Mojave Desert — losing the 5-4 decision to which Cruz referred — strongly supports crosses and other religious symbols on government-issued headstones at Arlington and other military cemeteries. The Texas senator, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for…
  • Huckabee’s Spin on Iran

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    In arguing against the Iran nuclear deal, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spins the facts. Huckabee said “no American aircraft would be able to get through” the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system that Iran plans to install. U.S. military officials and arms control experts dispute that assertion, including one expert who tells us Huckabee is “exaggerating.” He also claimed the nuclear deal “lets Iran do their own inspections.” That’s wrong. Under the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency would have daily access to and…
  • Jeb Bush Attacks Planned Parenthood

    D'Angelo Gore
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Jeb Bush claims Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding because “they’re not actually doing women’s health issues.” That’s simply false. In 2013, Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics provided nearly 10.6 million services to 2.7 million women and men, including contraception, tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings, abortions, and several other women’s health services, according to the organization’s most recent annual report. Yet Bush said Planned Parenthood is “involved in something way different…
 
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    Corrente

  • The Republican "Base" in 1956 UK

    claud_alexander
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Body:  From Hugh Trevor-Roper's "Letters from Oxford" (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006) pp. 209-10:
  • why local politics is important

    DCblogger
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Body:  North Dakota Cops Arm Drones With Tasers and Tear Gas
  • I F*CKING KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    claud_alexander
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Body:  [remarked gently by a two-time "Verbal" GRE score maxxer, upon reading above in excellent piece in The Awl] Note also SLICC aspect,
  • Mayor Bowser's police power grab

    DCblogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Body:  Black Lives Matter organizers rallying D.C. to speak out against mayor’s proposed police agenda Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) will hold a press conference Thursday morning to outline her new agenda to reduce crime in the city — and Black Lives Matter organizers will be there to say her approach is wrong.
  • Dick Durbin is the worst

    DCblogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Body:  Senator emailed Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise over Salaita firing The senior US Senator from Illinois privately emailed University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise to offer his backing as she faced a storm of protest over the firing of Steven Salaita.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Peruvian indigenous share ancient knowledge in fight against climate change in new book

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Peruvian indigenous share ancient knowledge in fight against climate change in new book by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Indigenous people have long been considered the caretakers of the planet. Traditions are passed from generation to generation on exactly how to care for Mother Earth. Until recently, those traditions have not been widely shared with the rest of the planet but a new book hopes to bridge that information gap. “Lecciones para la Tierra” (Lessons…
  • Video: Film about young Latino trying to prove innocence may “strike” too close to home for some

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Video: Film about young Latino trying to prove innocence may “strike” too close to home for some by Latina Lista LatinaLista — The one stereotype about Latinos that is true to the core is how family members care for one another. There's no greater example of that truth than in the film Strike One. According to the film's website, the film is about: Juan Garcia, a boy on the threshold of manhood, living in a gang-controlled neighborhood, is wrongfully…
  • Latinos have always cared about the environment — Now it’s time to Act!

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latinos have always cared about the environment — Now it’s time to Act! by Latina Lista By Lisette Escobedo Moms Clean Air Force As a hard-working single mother of a five year old, I am deeply concerned by environmental issues that impact my daughter’s well-being, such as carbon pollution. The damage we have caused our planet is worrisome for future generations. We need to make significant changes to help slow down the climate crisis for our children and…
  • In search of the great New Mexico chile pepper

    Latina Lista
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. In search of the great New Mexico chile pepper by Latina Lista By Kent Patterson Frontera NorteSur It was one of those splendid cruises up Highway 26 and around the Mesilla Valley south of Las Cruces, New Mexico. A hot summer day and Mexican radio 106.7 FM from Ciudad Juarez was jumping with classic rock and ska-Panteon Rococo, Lynyrd Skynyrd and CCR’s “Green River.” The music crackled and the acequias flowed in a lazy sweet rhythm as the car glided by tall…
  • Crowdfunder: Supporting 20 indigenous girls from Chiapas in their studies

    Latina Lista
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Supporting 20 indigenous girls from Chiapas in their studies by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: HipGIVE: Un camino hacia la ciencia: por las jóvenes indígenas de Chiapas (A road towards science for the indigenous youth of Chiapas) Chiapas is a state in the Southwest of Mexico and one of the poorest in the country. According to data from the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval), in 2012 38% of the…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • The Real Threat to Hillary Clinton

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Is John Kasich the toughest Republican for a Democrat to face?
  • The Tesla Cheerleader

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A Wall Street analyst, a car company and an overpriced stock.
  • Middle Eastern Zen

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Don't worry about the Middle East. Worry about China. The Middle East (unlike a large chunk of your portfolio) will still be around tomorrow.
  • Enough Is Enough

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When people refer to the press as the fourth estate, it shouldn’t be confused with a Trump property.
  • Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers?

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The veneration of The Donald affirms the selective morality of the religious right.
 
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    Salon.com

  • Evangelicals love Donald Trump: How a thrice-married New York braggart won them over — and why it’s so scary

    Luke Brinker
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    I noted the other day that Sen. Ted Cruz is very effectively working the Religious Right, making sure they know he is one them. (And he is.)   But it appears that he's got some serious competition -- and it's not from Scott Walker or Mike Huckabee, the two candidates previously assumed to have the inside track with the conservative evangelical crowd. (As with most every constituency that was presumed to naturally be in his corner, Walker has stumbled badly with this group, but he's plugging away. Huckabee just seems like old news.) Instead, Cruz -- whose Iowa state chairman introduces him…
  • Don’t get butthurt over the OED’s awesomesauce — ephemeral slang in the dictionary has a rich and delightful history

    Erin Keane
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    “Women chat of fucus this, and fucus that,” sighed Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755. No, fucus isn’t a charming olde English way of spelling ficus, as in tree, or a variant of mucus, as in the intestinal coating soothed by eating immense quantities of yogurt. It means, “paint for the face.” What we now refer to as makeup. In 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary supplanted Johnson’s dictionary as the Official Arbiter of Real Words. To mixed reactions of delight and horror (awesomesauce, really?), the OED just announced that its latest…
  • Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: “We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders”

    sophia_t
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Sen. Chris Murphy is completely fed up with his congressional colleagues' failure to act on gun safety reforms, and after yet another high-profile mass shooting this week, he's blasting his fellow elected leaders for "sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders." On CNN's "Newsroom with Carol Costello," the Connecticut Democrat said he thinks "it's an absolute stain on this nation that there are have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. We shouldn't accept that in Congress." The Washington Post reported this week that America is averaging more…
  • The latest “Game of Thrones” fan-theory about Jon Snow is just about insane enough to be right

    SKaufman
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Warning: The following contains spoilers for show-only watchers and people who read very slowly, as well as lot of speculation that will no doubt be rendered baseless sooner rather than later, but which is interesting to think about anyway. Jon Snow is dead, "absolutely dead," which obviously means nothing given that he's dead in the North -- where the dead don't stay dead -- and in very close proximity to someone whose god is known for raising the dead -- Melissandre's not back at Castle Black for no reason, after all. So HBO executives can plead special knowledge of the finality of Snow's…
  • “Key & Peele” brilliantly reimagines the genesis of “Gremlins 2″

    Colin_Gorenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to "The Gremlins" came to be? Key & Peele have, and on last night's episode the comedy duo set out to recreate the very writer's room conversation that might have given life to the dizzying, acidly funny horror-comedy film. Jordan Peele stars in the sketch as a Hollywood sequel doctor, dominating the brainstorm session with an "anything-goes" approach to writing. He acts as a stand-in for real-life director Joe Dante who, given complete creative control over the second installment, built an unapologetically excessive film, then-described as an…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    What Cuba means for Latin America. Catherine Addington considers how normalization with Cuba could improve U.S. relations and help advance U.S. goals in other parts of the hemisphere. The human carnage of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Donatella Rovera reports on civilian casualties and Saudi war crimes in Yemen. How the AP got the Iran inspections story wrong. Cheryl Rofer explains what the bad reporting in the AP story on the IAEA and Parchin missed. Will there be peace in South Sudan? Stephanie Schwartz questions whether the recent deal designed to end the country’s civil war…
  • Rubio’s China Speech

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Rubio’s China speech was as bad as expected, and Rubio’s proposed China policy was a bit more confrontational than his previous statements have suggested. For example, he says this: We will confront Chinese propaganda in Asia by highlighting U.S. resolve and the flimsiness of China’s territorial claims. And if China continues to use military force to advance its illegitimate claims, I will not hesitate to take action [bold mine-DL]. Rubio doesn’t specify what action he would take, but he is effectively inventing a new set of U.S. commitments to oppose China in its various…
  • Walker’s Meddlesome Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    Scott Walker asks an odd question in his foreign policy speech at the Citadel today: How can we deter our sophisticated adversaries in Eastern Europe and competitors in the South China Sea if we cannot defeat the barbarians of ISIS and roll back the theocrats in Tehran? The answer is that the former have little or nothing to do with the latter. Demonstrating an ability to “defeat” ISIS or “roll back” Iranian influence doesn’t tell Russia and China anything about U.S. commitments in their respective regions. In fact, it is more likely that the U.S. will have fewer…
  • The Unending War on ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Dan de Luce notes that top military commanders expect that the war on ISIS could last decades: But White House officials, and most members of Congress, are reluctant to speak publicly about how long the campaign may last, much to the frustration of military commanders. For members of both political parties, acknowledging that the war could drag on for another 10 to 20 years is politically risky, if not poisonous, and would require confronting difficult decisions about ordering troops into combat, budgets, and strategy. When the administration first started its intervention against ISIS last…
  • The Civilian Victims of the War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Donatella Rovera reports on the civilian casualties of the war on Yemen: The Houthis and their allies are the declared targets of the coalition’s 5-month-old air campaign. In reality, however, it is civilians like little Rahma and her family who all too often pay the price of this war. Hundreds have been killed in such strikes while asleep in their homes, when going about their daily activities, or in the very places where they had sought refuge from the conflict. The United States, meanwhile, has provided the weapons that have made many of these killings possible. There is good reason to…
 
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    TIME

  • Watch Sarah Palin Interview Donald Trump

    Samantha Grossman
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    On Friday night, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin chatted with current GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. “If you look at what’s happening with this country, it’s so sad,” Trump told Palin on the show “On Point With Sarah Palin” on One America News Network. “You’ve pointed it out for years.” He added: “I have to tell you, you’re a terrific person.” Palin returned the compliments, saying, “Everything about Donald Trump’s campaign, it’s avant-garde, and he’s crushing it in the…
  • Trump Suggests Top Clinton Adviser Shared Classified Secrets With Husband

    philipelliotttime
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Donald Trump is adding a new figure to the list of people he considers a loser: longtime Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin. During a Friday evening stop at a private picnic near Boston, the Republican White House hopeful and real estate mogul suggested that Abedin had shared classified information with her husband, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner. Abedin, one of Clinton’s longest serving aides and now the vice chairman of her presidential campaign, was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff while she was Secretary of State and one of her most trusted advisers. Clinton spokesman Nick…
  • Democratic Contenders Make Their Case to Party Leaders

    Sam Frizell
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    One candidate wants everyone to relax over those emails. A second is convinced he can start a political revolution. Another demands more debates. The other hopes you remember who he is. What began as an orderly quorum to rally Democrats for the 2016 general election spiraled on Friday into a chaotic pageant of candidates slamming debate schedules, assuaging fears over emails, lambasting Donald Trump and demanding political revolution. Four of the five Democratic candidates for president addressed the Democratic National Committee members and leaders at the party’s summer meeting in…
  • Graham on Kasich: ‘Not Ready to Be Commander in Chief’

    philipelliotttime
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is taking aim at Republican rival John Kasich, saying the Ohio Governor is “not ready to be Commander in Chief.” The South Carolina Republican and White House hopeful told roughly a dozen New Hampshire voters on Friday that Kasich disqualified himself from the presidency when he said he supported spending cuts that have impacted the military. Graham, a foreign policy hawk, has long opposed the $85 billion in spending cuts that automatically kicked in when Congress failed to reach a budget deal. Kasich, a former House Budget Committee Chairman, said told radio…
  • President Obama Plans Hike on Alaskan Glacier

    adi21956
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Advocacy and adventure will collide when Barack Obama visits Alaska on an official trip beginning Monday. The American President’s itinerary may include a hike across the Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, White House officials said Friday. The visit to the glacier, which has experienced significant melting in recent years, fits in with the broader purpose of Obama’s visit: to highlight the ways in which climate change is affecting individuals, communities and the American economy. The National Park is a vital pillar of the Alaskan economy by way of tourism,…
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    The Brody File

  • Shame on The Huffington Post

    David Brody
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Shame on Michael Levin and the Huffington Post. Last month, Levin published an article called, “In Controversial Campaign Move, Donald Trump to Buy Puerto Rico.” The story went on to say that Trump was going to buy the island and rename it Puerto Trump. The article then talks about how Trump loves to go to Puerto Rico every winter to visit his hubcaps. Guess what? THIS STORY IS FALSE. How do we know? At the end of the article in a small font that says, “This post is satire.” Hillarious. I’m belly laughing. Hey Michael Levin and Huffington Post: Give me a break. Isn’t the…
  • The Back Story on Donald's Trump's Upcoming Meeting with Pastors

    David Brody
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Next month on Sept. 28, Donald Trump will meet with a couple dozen Christian leaders and pastors at his Trump Tower office in New York. The Brody File spoke with the man who is spearheading the effort. His name is Pastor Darrell Scott from Cleveland, Ohio. He heads up the non-denominational New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Ohio. He tells me the church has a “Pentecostal/Charismatic persuasion.” I spoke with Pastor Scott on the phone Wednesday evening and he explains to me that his relationship with Trump started roughly five years ago when he met Michael Cohen, one of Donald…
  • The Magic Of Donald Trump On Display In Iowa

    David Brody
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    Hey Jorge Ramos: I’m sure the Trump campaign wants to send you a thank you card and a fruit basket. What’s the best address? At a press conference in Iowa Tuesday night, the Univision “reporter” (quotes intended) tried his best to put Donald Trump on the spot regarding his immigration policies but guess what? It totally backfired. Look, by the now many of you have seen the video of Ramos being escorted out of the room by security after trying to ask his immigration question.  Some may say that approach was unnecessary but let’s look at the facts. First of all, Ramos was not called…
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott: America's Cultural Resurgence Must Be Lead By Pastors

    David Brody
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File in Austin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says America will continue to deteriorate unless pastors get involved in the cultural issues of the day. “The people who attend these congregations or pastor these congregations do not turn out and vote and we are dealing with the consequences by the failure of Christians to go vote.” Abbott spoke with The Brody File in Austin Monday afternoon after speaking to hundreds of pastors at the American Renewal Project event in Texas. Abbott has been very outspoken about his faith in the public square and made an…
  • Brody File Interview: Mark Levin Calls For Civil Disobedience Against Federal Government

    David Brody
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Author and popular Radio Show Host Mark Levin tells The Brody File that it’s time American citizens disobey and protest the out-of-control, immoral and deceitful federal government in a civil way. “Do you want to live with liberty? Do you want to live with prosperity or do you want to live in miserable, gloomy, bleak times because that’s where we’re headed if you don’t stir yourselves and rally and protest and in some cases disobey, not like the left where they burn down neighborhoods and administration buildings. I’m talking about civil, prudential protest and yes, every now and…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Must we put their names in lights (again)?

    Harold Pollack
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some things never change. When I saw the coverage of the recent Virginia killings, I was reminded of this January 2011 post on related matters. Must we put their names in lights? I haven’t posted much on the Arizona killings. The enormity of the tragedy demands a respectful silence, unless one actually has something useful to say. Most everything constructive I would say has already been said by someone else with greater force than I would muster. I would mention again the importance of long-term care and rehabilitative medicine. The typical 9mm bullet is quite adequate to lacerate…
  • O tempora! O Associated Press!

    Mark Kleiman
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:50 pm
    I haven’t been following the St. Paul’s School rape case. Apparently a senior boy told his buddies he’d had sex with a freshman girl when the girl was 15; seducing freshmen seems to have been considered a badge of honor among seniors. He was charged not only with sex with a minor but also with rape; the girl claimed he forced himself on her. He asserted that everything was consensual and stopped short of full intercourse. The jury convicted him of sex with a minor (a misdemeanor) and using a computer to seduce a minor (weirdly, a felony) but acquitted him of rape. Rather…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: A Civil Action

    Johann Koehler
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    The courtroom drama can be a pretty tired plot vehicle for many, perhaps justifiably so. It sometimes seems that the clichés are so well rehearsed that even the counter-clichés appear just as threadbare: people redeeming themselves through the law (e.g., see here and here) are about as compelling as people damning themselves because of it (e.g., see here and here). In this weekend’s film recommendation, Steven Zaillian’s A Civil Action, there’s no attempt to play around with or develop those clichés. Nonetheless, the true story from which this dramatization is lifted is more than…
  • How does Donald Trump get away with it?

    Mark Kleiman
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
    My fellow chattering-class members are both amused and deeply puzzled by the Donald Trump phenomenon, as most of us were by the George W. Bush phenomenon (before all those corpses in Iraq drained it of its amusement value). How do people who spout what is, to us, obvious gibberish avoid being laughed at? The answer, it seems to me, is as obvious as it is depressing. What all of us who think for a living really believe in, even more deeply than our most dearly held principles and prejudices, is the Principle of Noncontradiction. If one of us says X, he’s not going to turn around and say…
  • Fr. Jeremy Paretsky, O.P., on the knowledge of God

    Mark Kleiman
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    The last time I visited New York as a mere tourist before my promotion to citizen, I had the privilege of hearing what I – as an orthodox unbeliever – thought was a superb sermon by my old friend Jeremy Paretsky at St. Vincent Ferrer, the lovely Dominican church in the East 60s. Now, my judgment might have been biased by friendship, but Mike O’Hare – a tough critic, and (if possible) even futher from being a Christian than I am – agreed with me that the sermon was a perfect specimen of its kind. Jeremy was kind enough to expand the notes he spoke from into a full…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Pella Electric Cooperative drops discriminatory charge for solar users

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    The Pella Electric Cooperative has told the Iowa Utilities Board it will no longer seek to charge some customers using solar panels a much higher "facilities fee," Karen Uhlenhuth reported today for Midwest Energy News. The rural electric cooperative had informed members in June that customers installing new solar panels after August 15 would be charged a monthly fee of $85, which is $57.50 higher than what most of the Pella Electric customers pay. Those who had already installed solar systems would be exempt from the higher fee for five years, but would have to start paying it in 2020. The…
  • Jennifer Konfrst running against Chris Hagenow in Iowa House district 43

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Jennifer Konfrst announced this morning that she will challenge four-term GOP incumbent Chris Hagenow in Iowa House district 43. The swing district covers Windsor Heights, Clive, and part of West Des Moines. A detailed map is after the jump, along with Konfrst's press release and official bio. Her campaign is on the web here as well as on Facebook and Twitter. As the newly-elected House majority leader, Hagenow will have virtually unlimited financial resources backing his re-election bid. On the other hand, this part of the Des Moines suburbs, solidly Republican for decades, has been trending…
  • Throwback Thursday: How Iowa women almost got the right to vote, years before the 19th Amendment

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Yesterday was Women's Equality Day, marking the anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote in 1920 under the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Iowa nearly adopted a state-level woman-suffrage amendment on two occasions before that time. Inspired to learn more about those close calls, this week I read part of Louise Noun's 1969 book Strong-Minded Women: The Emergence of the Woman-Suffrage Movement in Iowa. The short version of what I learned is after the jump. Spoiler alert: Republicans in the Bleeding Heartland community may enjoy this post more than Democrats.  …
  • Watching Your Tax Dollars Kum & Go: Iowa's Witless and Expensive Obsession with Capital Investment

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Dave Swenson We have been sold a bill of goods for much too long: local and state economic developers and their willing political enablers have convinced many of us that their earnest economic development efforts are responsible for the state’s economic vibrancy in recent years.  It is a canard that serves them, some in the business community, and various political fortunes well, but for the rest of us, their collective economic and political incompetence creates unjustifiable distortions in exactly who pays and who does not pay for public services. Increasingly in Iowa, new or…
  • Perry campaign exposes Sam Clovis's hypocrisy

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Officially, Rick Perry's presidential campaign wished Sam Clovis well after news broke that Clovis was stepping down as the former Texas governor's Iowa campaign chair. Unofficially, Perry supporters made sure a large audience would learn that Donald Trump's biggest new Iowa fan is a raging hypocrite. Jennifer Jacobs has the story in today's Des Moines Register. I was wrong about about where Clovis would land after leaving the Perry camp, but in fairness to me, I thought he was sincere in his conservative political and religious beliefs. Turns out, I had more respect for Clovis's integrity…
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    Salon.com

  • Evangelicals love Donald Trump: How a thrice-married New York braggart won them over — and why it’s so scary

    Luke Brinker
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    I noted the other day that Sen. Ted Cruz is very effectively working the Religious Right, making sure they know he is one them. (And he is.)   But it appears that he's got some serious competition -- and it's not from Scott Walker or Mike Huckabee, the two candidates previously assumed to have the inside track with the conservative evangelical crowd. (As with most every constituency that was presumed to naturally be in his corner, Walker has stumbled badly with this group, but he's plugging away. Huckabee just seems like old news.) Instead, Cruz -- whose Iowa state chairman introduces him…
  • Don’t get butthurt over the OED’s awesomesauce — ephemeral slang in the dictionary has a rich and delightful history

    Erin Keane
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    “Women chat of fucus this, and fucus that,” sighed Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755. No, fucus isn’t a charming olde English way of spelling ficus, as in tree, or a variant of mucus, as in the intestinal coating soothed by eating immense quantities of yogurt. It means, “paint for the face.” What we now refer to as makeup. In 1884, the Oxford English Dictionary supplanted Johnson’s dictionary as the Official Arbiter of Real Words. To mixed reactions of delight and horror (awesomesauce, really?), the OED just announced that its latest…
  • Senator powerfully indicts colleagues for gun control cowardice: “We are essentially sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders”

    sophia_t
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Sen. Chris Murphy is completely fed up with his congressional colleagues' failure to act on gun safety reforms, and after yet another high-profile mass shooting this week, he's blasting his fellow elected leaders for "sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders." On CNN's "Newsroom with Carol Costello," the Connecticut Democrat said he thinks "it's an absolute stain on this nation that there are have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in the year. We shouldn't accept that in Congress." The Washington Post reported this week that America is averaging more…
  • The latest “Game of Thrones” fan-theory about Jon Snow is just about insane enough to be right

    SKaufman
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Warning: The following contains spoilers for show-only watchers and people who read very slowly, as well as lot of speculation that will no doubt be rendered baseless sooner rather than later, but which is interesting to think about anyway. Jon Snow is dead, "absolutely dead," which obviously means nothing given that he's dead in the North -- where the dead don't stay dead -- and in very close proximity to someone whose god is known for raising the dead -- Melissandre's not back at Castle Black for no reason, after all. So HBO executives can plead special knowledge of the finality of Snow's…
  • “Key & Peele” brilliantly reimagines the genesis of “Gremlins 2″

    Colin_Gorenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Ever wonder how the 1990 follow-up to "The Gremlins" came to be? Key & Peele have, and on last night's episode the comedy duo set out to recreate the very writer's room conversation that might have given life to the dizzying, acidly funny horror-comedy film. Jordan Peele stars in the sketch as a Hollywood sequel doctor, dominating the brainstorm session with an "anything-goes" approach to writing. He acts as a stand-in for real-life director Joe Dante who, given complete creative control over the second installment, built an unapologetically excessive film, then-described as an…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Which One is a Winner?

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Based on the imagery and the language, which one of the following presidential candidates looks like they are primed to replace Barack Obama in the Oval Office. I'm not going to blame the media for all of this, but let's be frank and admit they they play a big part in how these candidates are perceived by the public. Discuss
  • O'Malley Needs Better Advice

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Here’s my advice for Martin O’Malley and, to a lesser extent, Bernie Sanders. If you’re talking about process, you’re losing. I don’t know how the presently planned debate schedule compares to prior years, but we don’t need 19 debates before New Hampshire. To be clearer, it makes sense to complain about process if you can thereby get the process changed in a way that favors you, but if you can’t change a thing then you just come off looking weak and ineffectual, and you lose an opportunity to say something that might distinguish yourself from Hillary…
  • For RNC, How'd It Go So Wrong?

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    After Mitt Romney lost badly in the 2012 presidential election, the Republican National Committee decided to sit down and do some soul-searching and some research. The result was a lengthy paper called the Growth and Opportunity Project. More than anything, it was an attempt to explain why the party had lost the most recent election and to offer some corrective actions that would enable the party to stop making the same mistakes. Right from the beginning, in the introduction, the authors were blunt about where the party stood and how they were faring with the youth and minority…
  • Serious Question

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    I wonder if Pope Francis is aware of how crazy Philadelphia has gone as it prepares for his visit. Discuss
  • Open Thread

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    When these shootings happen and they capture the full attention of the media, it sometimes seems like it's in bad taste to write about anything else. I know I can kind of feel that way right now. What else is on your mind? Discuss
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Immigrants for Sale

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Dandelion Salad Brave New Films on Aug 27, 2015 The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. The Corrections Corporation of America, The Geo Group, … Continue reading →
  • Seven Ways Racism Is Built Into the System by David Swanson

    dandelionsalad
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy August 27, 2015 1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black … Continue reading →
  • Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Not Learned by Walter Brasch

    dandelionsalad
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:36 pm
    by Walter Brasch Writer, Dandelion Salad walterbrasch.com August 25, 2015 This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of … Continue reading →
  • Michael Hudson: Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash

    dandelionsalad
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Updated: Aug. 25, 2015 with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com August 25, 2015 TheRealNews on Aug 24, 2015 Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash … Continue reading →
  • Chris Hedges: State Violence and Counter Violence

    dandelionsalad
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on Aug 24, 2015 In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former member of the Black Liberation Army Ojore Lutalo to discuss … Continue reading →
 
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    The Diary of a Geek in Oxfordshire

  • Hate Crime

    23 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Image from PinkNewsNews reaches the Towers that yet another pressure group has defined yet another thing as a 'hate crime', and that the Police (despite not having the resources to investigate murders or somesuch) are, of course, investigating.This begs a simple question - What else must be banned?What else do we ban because some pressure group or other deems, no matter how much of a stretch it might be, that something is somehow derogatory?Equality is supposed to mean just that. Equal treatment, which includes sometimes seeing things that (whether related to you or not) may not present…
  • On Jeremy Corbyn

    21 Aug 2015 | 3:39 am
    Aaaah, look at all the loonie lefties,Aaaah, look at all the loonie lefties,Jeremy CorbynPicks up the reins of the mess where once Labour had been,With Socialist dreams,Thinks there's a window,To bring back the strikes and the carnage of forty years yore,Which we want no moreAll the loony leftiesAre cheering for this prong,All the loonie leftiesHow could they be so wrong?Fans screaming 'Tory',Spouting abuse at the facts that they don't want to hear,Claim zionist smears,Full of class envy,Punishing work and ambition and calling it 'fair',Hasn't a prayer,All the loony leftiesAre cheering for…
  • Cameron Is Sending in the Jackbooted Fascist Thugs

    15 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    ....which headline is a direct quote from this article. The other day I wrote about soundbites, and how they can be divisive and misleading, drawing you away from the truth of something towards the impression the user wants to convey.And clearly politicos and journalists aren't listening to me, because they're using exactly the same methodology to try and convince people that the NASTY EVIL TORIES are coming to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.The quote in question, currently being wailed throughout a lobby that have suddenly become devoutly pro-freedoms despite trying to introduce ID…
  • Labour Leadership Campaign: Staggerers and Fallers

    13 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So today brought us news that in the 'rats in a sack' race that is the 'Labour Leadership' election, we have two new runners - Andy Burnham, and Yvette Balls Cooper. Well, that's a challenge of all the talents there. But in the spirit of political blogging, one has to assess the chances of the various contenders and their chances for capturing the 100-odd seats (an 11% swing) from the Tories they would need to win back power in 2020.Andy Burnham:Leaving aside that increased media appearances would pay off the national debt in mascara purchases, prepare yourselves for five years of…
  • Guess Who's Back...

    11 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    So today brings the news that having resigned on Friday morning, UKIP's Nigel Farage has this afternoon un-resigned. Apparently he's so awesome that UKIP can't do without him.This puts a song in my heart....Nigel Farage: Without Me"Nigel Farage/Real Name No Gimmicks" two illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsidetwo illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsideGuess who's back, back againNigel's back, tell a friendGuess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's backguess who's backGuess who's…
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    The Left Coaster

  • Hold the Door for Her, Every Time

    paradox
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    I was badly rear-ended a month ago, on my way to the gym not a mile from my house, a little late I saw a woman with a double baby carriage on a street corner to my left and quickly braked to let her cross. Some kid behind me was texting, didn’t expect me to stop and never saw me, he crashed me at 20 mph and completely wrecked the front end of his sedan. I have a hitch under my F-150 bumper attached to the frame, he did $4,600 worth of damage but I could still drive. Except my battery died when I tried to go home, one of those days. It never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped for that…
  • Time for Hillary to Plan the Exit

    Deacon Blues
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Joe Biden drumbeat will get even louder now, with the news that a new national, large-sample/small MOE poll shows the Vice President now running better against all GOP candidates than Hillary does. Matchups among all American voters show: Biden tops Trump 48 - 40 percent. He beats Bush 45 - 39 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio's 41 percent. Clinton edges Trump 45 - 41 percent. She gets 42 percent to Bush's 40 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio's 43 percent. Sanders edges Trump 44 - 41 percent and edges Bush 43 - 39 percent. Rubio gets 41 percent to Sanders' 40 percent. I'd like to…
  • Trump's Army Won't Unilaterally Disarm

    Deacon Blues
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    It wasn’t that long ago that many critics bemoaned the prospect of a boring and preordained 2016 presidential race, with a Clinton and a Bush duking it out for the White House. Well, those days are long gone. We’re now more likely to have great uncertainty over who will occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in late January 2017, and sometime before it’s over, many may wish for a boring Clinton or Bush outcome. Who exactly are the Trump supporters? Evan Osnos of the New Yorker spent months following Trump and talking with his supporters, and tells us: Ever since the Tea Party’s peak, in…
  • How Trump Kills the GOP and Their Oligarchs

    Deacon Blues
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Image courtesy of PollingReport.com From a Democrat’s perspective, what’s happening in the GOP presidential sweepstakes is pure gold. Before Donald Trump’s ascension, the real base of the GOP had game-planned a perfect post-Citizens United script, whereby the Koch Brothers and other GOP big-check elites bought the next president of the United States, just as Samuel Alito and John Roberts had intended all along. The Koch’s were running their whore Scott Walker as their Trojan horse, Jeb Bush had his hundred pimps and their $100 million, Marco Rubio and the others had their billionaire…
  • Letting Donald Drive Into a Ditch

    Deacon Blues
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    It was with great glee that I saw Donald Trump launch his immigration proposal over the weekend, with the full serious treatment on "Meet the Press" and elsewhere. Because after all those years of having John Boehner allow the crazies in his caucus to demonize Mexican immigrants and block the Senate’s immigration reform proposal, the GOP now has Donald Trump as the party’s official policy maker on immigration. What does that mean? It means that the GOP supports uprooting thousands of families who have been in this country benefitting our economy for years and sending all 12 million…
 
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    Zennie62.com

  • Links for 2015-08-28 [del.icio.us]

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Waiting For Uber At 20th And Broadway Oakland At 1 AM Waiting For Uber At 20th And Broadway Oakland At 1 AM - Video After leaving the 19th Street BART Station, I am waiting for the Uber driver to pick me up at 20th and Broadway here in Downtown Oakland. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/pMlZf6bvhPM Oakland Black Ex-Cop On Racial Profiling #BlackLivesMatter Oakland Black Ex-Cop On Racial Profiling #BlackLivesMatter - Video My Uber Driver turned out to be an Oakland Black Ex Cop who talked about racial profiling and racism as well as the recent murder of two television journalists. via IFTTT…
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    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Impressive Pirate Cosplay At Comic-Con #SDCC Impressive Pirate Cosplay At Comic-Con #SDCC - Video This man spent 350 hours making this impressive pirate cosplay costume for San Diego Comic Con. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/ZthBpHHScY0 Donald Trump On White Supremacist Support: "I Didn't Know About That" Donald Trump On White Supremacist Support: "I Didn't Know About That" - Video Donald Trump says of white supremacist support "I didn't know about that". That is a total lie. Trump has been asked about this repeatedly of late, even yesterday on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect". Then,…
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    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Sample your way through 6 Wolfgang Puck Bar restaurants - Las Vegas Review-Journal Sample your way through 6 Wolfgang Puck Bar restaurantsLas Vegas Review-JournalThe third annual Sip & Savor event, a dine-around of six Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group restaurants that benefits Keep Memory Alive, will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Spago at the Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blv Hey Elizabeth James , Oakland's Not For Burning Hey Elizabeth James , Oakland's Not For Burning - Video This is my video blog response to Elizabeth James' blog post called "I Had To Hate Oakland Before I Could…
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    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Donald Trump Attacks On Megyn Kelly For Attention Donald Trump Attacks On Megyn Kelly For Attention - Video Donald Trump is a genius. He has figured out that he can attack Fox News' Megyn Kelly and it doesn't harm him. In fact it works for him. In this video I explain why. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/ZrXBtVQ76Sc To Nextdoor Community Adams Point Oakland - Be Nice To All To Nextdoor Community Adams Point Oakland - Be Nice To All - Video My plea to the Adams Point Nextdoor Oakland people. Be nice! via IFTTT http://youtu.be/x9UnwTEQ8KY Vlog From New iPhone 6 Thanks Maurice And AT&T Vlog From…
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    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Bucs TD v Bengals NFL Preseason Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Bucs TD v Bengals NFL Preseason - Video Jameis Winston had a commanding first start drive against the Cincinnati Bengals, completing 3 of 3 for 27 yards. He would run in a touchdown score to complete an 8 play, 80 yard drive. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/6U8ra1c5EEk Jordy Nelson ACL Tear Green Bay Packers WR Out For Year Jordy Nelson ACL Tear Green Bay Packers WR Out For Year - Video Jordy Nelson ACL tear happened as the Green Bay Packers were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Jordy Nelson is a Green Bay…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Las Vegas decouping. More people, less water used

    Bob Morris
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Las Vegas recycles all indoor water, purifying it, then sending it back to Lake Mead to be used again. Although its population is now 2 million, Vegas uses less Colorado River water than it did 15 years ago when the population was less than 1.5 million. (Phoenix and Tucson are doing the same; more people, less per capita use.)  Southern Nevada is allowed just 1.8% of Colorado River water and isn’t using its full allotment now, even though it is the primary source of water. Water journalist John Fleck comments: I’ve shared this before, some of the data I’ve been accumulating during…
  • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant goes live in Hawaii

    Bob Morris
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Hawaii, a leader in renewable energy out of necessity, just opened their first Ocean Thermal Conversion Energy Power plant. It is a test plant that will power 120 homes. Much bigger plants are coming, with the potential to power 100,000 homes. OTEC power, unlike other forms of renewable energy is available 24/7. Essentially, it is solar power, and it relies on the sun warming the surface of the ocean. OTEC builder Makai says large-scale OTEC power plants will be offshore, thus not competing for land, and twelve such plants would power all of Hawaii. Further, enough OTEC power exists worldwide…
  • Precipitation outlook improves for most western states, not California

    Bob Morris
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    The 3-month precipitation outlook shows above-average probability for much of the American West, including Colorado, source of crucial Colorado River water. Southern California will get more rain, however the rest of the state, where most of the water storage is, will get normal or less. This is a three-month outlook for Oct-Dec, and does not appear to factor in the building and powerful El Nino. Or maybe it does and assumes it will not hit central and northern California. Hmm. Maven’s Notebook, a key source for California water news, has a plethora of state and national maps about…
  • China stock market crashes, down 8.5% today

    Bob Morris
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    The Shanghai Composite got demolished today, dropping 8.5% in one day, triggering selloffs in European markets and here too. (US futures are down 4% before the open.) Chinese officials are calling it Black Monday. Government intervention in their market to boost prices has now failed completely. “I think there is now growing realisation – domestically and offshore – that the Chinese leadership are not in control of the situation. Not only are they not in control of it, they don’t even seem to grasp the problems at times,” said Fraser Howie, the co-author of Red Capitalism: The…
  • Google router requires giving Google access to your net

    Bob Morris
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Hey, it makes a great PR slogan. Google’s new router is indeed innovative. It has thirteen antennas, switches constantly to find the best channel, and more. However, it does automatic updates and monitoring from the Google mothership, and apparently quite a bit of seriously creepy snooping around. End users have no control over what Google does, what it looks at, and what data it sends home. Cringely says, if you’re ok with Google having complete access to your network, then go for it. He’s not so sure, saying “Whether Google is the best outfit to trust with that…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Trump Speaks to the Elephant

    indianaoracle
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    It is quite something to watch as Trump wipes out the relevance of the other Republican candidates.  While effective usage of the media is considered a critical success factor in campaigning by any candidate, the rest of the field seems unable to compete with Trump at this level. Having gone through the list of reasons generally […]
  • Last Post on Trump Before the Debate

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    My previous post on Trump, “Serious Discussion on Trump,” basically said that the upcoming debates on August 6 could make or break Trump’s candidacy and I warned him to be prepared. Ben Stein posted an article today in The American Spectator, “My Thoughts on Iran and Trump.”  He perfectly outlines some examples of the issues […]
  • Huckabee: Today’s Aw-Shucks Jimmy Carter

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is highly likely we will be spared a Huckabee presidency, for which I can only give thanks.  There are however, about 6% of Republicans that poll for him and he did pretty well in a few areas the last time he ran. His religiosity is the center piece of his rhetoric.  While commendable, that […]
  • A Serious Discussion on Trump

    indianaoracle
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The Basics Donald Trump: leads the Rep polls by a good margin; excels at staying in the news; speaks bluntly and loudly about things considered taboo by the Rep establishment as his mentor Roy Cohn would have done; and is fearless and self-funding I could go on a bit, but the key point here is […]
  • The End of the Climate Change Flimflam

    indianaoracle
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The Climate Change Movement (or whatever it is called these days) to save the planet from man and to, of course, “remake world economies,” is dying.  Another loss for Marxism. Al Gore, call your office. Martin O’Malley: Man of the Moment Martin O’Malley, Democrat candidate extraordinaire for POTUS, apparently did not get the memo.  In […]
 
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:A New Approach to Contract ManagementMaturity Model for Infrastructure MonitoringA Brief Look at OpenStackRequest Free!
  • Top 5 Ways HCOs Benefit from Box

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Healthcare organizations (HCOs) need technology solutions that meet requirements for security and compliance but also allow for collaboration and flexibility. But finding that in a single solution is often is easier said than done. Increasingly, HCOs are turning to Box to share important files and documents with team members across their organizations and clinicians or partners outside their organization. HCOs are often faced with the burden of having many parties that need to communicate and exchange documents. Box facilitates collaboration and productivity by providing “anywhere access”…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    26 May 2015 | 4:20 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…
  • Integrating Compliance with Business Strategy

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Compliance training is a necessity to reduce the liability and legal risks businesses face on a daily basis. But how do businesses integrate compliance training with their business strategy? Skillsoft has developed the Skillsoft Compliance Maturity Model to help organizations identify the right learning content and approaches that will enable a shift from a training-focused approach to one focused on behavior and culture to reap the full business benefits of investments in compliance programs.Request Free!
  • HIPAA Compliance, PHI and BYOD

    11 May 2015 | 10:20 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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    Bob McCarty

  • Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Aug. 23-29, 2015

    admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Though I produced only a handful of articles during the period, I consider the past week a bountiful one worthy of another weekly recap. On Monday, I republished an article under the headline, CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand. It’s a piece I had shared on the same day two […]
  • Preventable ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attack Costs Two American Lives

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Two U.S. Airmen were killed early Thursday in Afghanistan in what appears to have been another “Green-on-Blue (a.k.a., ‘Insider’)” attack at Camp Antonik in Helmand province. According to an Air Force news release, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan […]
  • Army Lawyer Surfaces in New Bogus Prosecution Effort

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Though he might be familiar to those in Army legal circles, Maj. Jacob D. Bashore didn’t become known to me until about four years ago when I began investigating the wrongful prosecution and conviction of Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Much to my surprise, his name surfaced again today — and in a […]
  • CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below first appeared on this site Aug. 24, 2012. Almost two years later, it vanished — along with nearly 5,000 others written and published since October 2006 — as detailed in a post eight months ago. Today, I rescued it from mothballs in order to share it below with only minor […]
  • Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Aug. 16-22, 2015

    admin
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Though it’s been quite a while since I offered a weekly recap, I think one is in order this week as I tackled subjects ranging from 2016 presidential candidates to the revisiting a case of military injustice. On Tuesday, I shared news about a milestone six years in the making. In Sixth Anniversary of Military […]
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Ignoring The Christian Persecution

    admin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The world we live in is a maddening place. We live in a place where we have to tip toe around every single thing. We are not supposed to call a spade a spade. We are instead asked to consider the possibility that the spade is actually a clover and that what we perceive to be black is probably yellow. Obviously I am speaking about the politically correct garbage that we are all subjected to on a daily basis. When did it become okay to ignore the facts? We live in a nation where we are asked to console and befriend the Muslim. We are asked to overlook the atrocities their faith pulls off and we…
  • Teaching Kids about Religious Persecution

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    When I had kids, I knew that there would be many things that I would have to teach my children. From riding a bike and tying their shoes to how to drive and fill the car up with gas, I knew the list was long. But there was one thing that I guess I never expected to have to talk to my kids about and that is religious persecution. We should learn in our history classes about how many different religions were persecuted in the past and how it still takes place in a lesser form today. But is it really any less of an issue today. I thought so, but I am learning that that may not be the case. What…
  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    How can it still be that a person cannot practice their religion freely without someone else telling them what they believe is not correct? And that is not even the extent of how badly some people are treated because of their beliefs. Certainly times have changed and things have gotten better in many ways, but it is not even close to being a safe world for every kind of religious group. There are so many different religions out there that it is hard to believe that any religion is right in what they think. Of course it is not important who is right in their beliefs, just that we all have the…
  • Christian Rights Around The World

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    We live in a day where the average religious person is required to follow a certain standard. What I mean by that is that the religious people of the world, especially the United States, are asked to keep their faith quiet and their ideas to themselves. In the United States the rights of Christians are typically left alone. However the past few years have seen a huge spike in the number of religious liberties that are being denied. However the bigger issues that we find in the United States have to deal with the Islamic faith. In the United States it is a problem for many folks if you share…
  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This ISIS thing is out of control and we as Christians need to do something about it. The Christian persecution by ISIS is bad and is getting worse. The Pentagon has issued a statement warning of the severity of this issue and the danger that ISIS poses. This group by the name ISIS is much more than a terrorist group and they are letting everyone around them know that. They are beheading Christians, men, women and children. No one is off limits to this group of horrible people. I hope that they will be stopped before it is too late. I have heard rumors that ISIS members are crossing American…
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    Hit & Run

  • Decades After Straight Outta Compton, Gov't Still Has Rap In Its Crosshairs

    Paul Detrick
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you got a letter from the feds telling you they didn't like a song you wrote, what would you do? That's what happened to gantsa rap group N.W.A. in 1989 when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sent a letter to the the group's record label saying the lyrics to "Fuck tha Police," encouraged "violence against and disrespect for the law enforcement officer." Instead of pulling the song from albums and refusing to play it at concerts, N.W.A. went public with the letter and their status as renegade musicans went through the roof. The incident is dramatized in the summer blockbuster…
  • Get Ready for Drones Equipped with Tear Gas

    Paul Detrick
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    The good news is that the North Dakota legislature passed a bill this week requiring police to get a search warrant before they use a drone; The bad news is that drones could shoot rubber bullets, pepper spray, or even tear gas. From The Daily Beast: Even “less than lethal” weapons can kill though. At least 39 people have been killed by police Tasers in 2015 so far, according to The Guardian. Bean bags, rubber bullets, and flying tear gas canisters have also maimed, if not killed, in the U.S. and abroad. Becker said he worried about police firing on criminal…
  • Rand Paul: How the West Might Be Won

    Brian Doherty
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Despite Donald Trump's march, despite often being heard many discouraging words, Rand Paul continues doing what he set out to do: speaking his message, trying to win hearts and minds and hopefully come next year a lot of votes. Reports about his current road trip, first from Olivia Nuzzi at Daily Beast. She lays out the grim bill of specifics about falling poll numbers and failing attempts at getting press attention, and, despite the fact that alas we have no solid data about why Rand Paul might be failing to keep his machine against the Washington machine going (we all have our theories)…
  • The FBI Is Investigating Whether Hillary Clinton Violated the Espionage Act, According to Fox News

    Peter Suderman
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    The latest spy-thriller-worthy plot point in the ongoing real-life drama over Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a privately run email account comes via Fox News, which reports, via an anonymous source, that...  An FBI "A-team" is leading the "extremely serious" investigation into Hillary Clinton's server and the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information," an intelligence source told Fox News.  The section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793.  A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record,…
  • Fake Profiles Part of Ashley Madison Scheme, Planned Parenthood Suing Alabama, No Free Speech on Supreme Court Plaza: P.M. Links

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The CEO of Ashley Madison resigned today. Only a few thousand female users of Ashley Madison actually messaged with anyone on the site, according to a Gizmodo analysis of account data. While some inactive profiles were created by real women who simply never engaged, Ashley Madison employees actively created many fake female profiles, referred to as "angels."  Is Ted Cruz the only Republican candidate who knows how to handle Donald Trump?  A District of Columbia appeals court today ruled that Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, failed to prove his own phone records were subject to…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Hillary's Hero

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. I thought she might challenge Obama in 2012, but she didn't. Unfortunately, I think she'll probably win, too, even though she has more baggage than a Boeing 747 flying to Europe. Americans love the Clintons. They always have, and I guess I'll never understand why.Before you walk into the voting booth and push the button, pull the lever, etc. beside Hillary's name, allow me to show you what you will be voting for that you may not be aware of. It has nothing to do with taxes, healthcare, or guns, either. This is way more…
  • Do You Love Your Husband?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.Here are some of the replies:Who…
  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
  • Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

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

  • NY Times' Dishonest Attack on Clarence Thomas

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Alex Griswold, MediaiteThe New York Times had quite the bombshell Friday with a piece alleging that conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a habit of simply borrowing the language of briefs submitted to the Court, rather than coming up with his own ideas.Here’s the lede paragraphs to the piece, written by Adam Liptak and entitled “Clarence Thomas, a Supreme Court Justice of Few Words, Some Not His Own.”Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since 2006. His majority opinions tend to be brisk, efficient and dutiful.Now,…
  • Clarence Thomas Borrows Others' Language

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    Adam Liptak, NY TimesWASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question from the Supreme Court bench since 2006. His majority opinions tend to be brisk, efficient and dutiful.Now, studies using linguistic software have discovered another Thomas trait: Those opinions contain language from briefs submitted to the court at unusually high rates.The findings that the taciturn justice’s opinions appear to rely heavily on the words of others do not suggest misconduct — legal writing often tracks source materials — but they do illuminate his distinctive role on the…
  • Affirming a Right to Die With Dignity

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    George Will, Washington PostBrittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed, knew that her brain cancer would fill her final months with excruciating headaches, seizures, paralysis, loss of eyesight and the ability to speak. Radiation and chemotherapy would have purchased mere months. “I’m not killing…
  • ISIS and the Curse of the Iraq War

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    John Cassidy, The New YorkerI've been reading up recently on the ancient history of Iraq and Syria, a region that is often referred to, not for nothing, as the cradle of civilization. Here is where rapid population growth, urbanization, the specialization of labor, manufacturing, written language, money, mathematics, and astronomy all originated.Today, of course, parts of the region have fallen under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, which, as part of its stated aim to create an Islamic caliphate, is destroying any traces of earlier religions and civilizations. (Evidently,…
  • Restoring American Exceptionalism

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Cheney & Cheney, Wall Street JournalIn 1983, as the U.S. confronted the threat posed by the Soviet Union, President Ronald Reagan explained America’s unique responsibility. “It is up to us in our time,” he said, “to choose, and choose wisely, between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom, and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.” It was up to us then—as it is now—because we are the exceptional nation. America has guaranteed freedom, security and…
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    The New Republic

  • Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    As Donald Trump has enjoyed an astonishing lead in a packed Republican primary field, a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump? There isn’t a single Republican in the mix who isn’t openly courting the evangelical vote.
  • The Flooding of America

    The New Republic Staff
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
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  • Republicans Come to Terms with Their Worst Trump Nightmare

    Brian Beutler
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    The tenor of Republican Party rhetoric has darkened. Until recently, most Republican candidates and strategists regarded Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as something ephemeral—
  • Gun Control Advocates Make Slow Progress—Just Not in Washington

    Suzy Khimm
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:18 am
    The response to the fatal shootings of two journalists in Virginia feels depressingly familiar: the same calls from Democrats to ramp up gun control; the same calls from Republicans to blame mental illness; the same Onio
  • Elisabeth Moss’s New Film Explores the Psycho-Horror of Female Friendship

    Hannah K. Gold
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    There’s a long tradition in cinema of women who keep their friends so close that they begin switch places with one another. Take for instance the 1951 drama All About Eve: the wannabe actress, Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter) befriends “superstar” Margo Channing (Bette Davis), o
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Trumpification of the news

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This summer’s political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of events over the past few days: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump’s personal feuds with journalists.Read full article >>
  • The battle for voting rights continues

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later. The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over. Read full article >>
  • When Yeats comes knocking

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most — “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity” — is irresistible. It’s always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies. Read full article >>
  • Jeb vs. Hillary — minus Trump

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign — between, each hopes, the two of them — is already underway.Bush, who has been flat in the polls, has a particular need: to shift a Trump-saturated discussion of who is the most flamboyant personality toward a conversation about which Republicans might plausibly be president of the United States.Read full article >>
  • Obama vs. the Republican Cavaliers

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:47 pm
    If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.Read full article >>
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • Eager To Trump Trump, Christie Says We Should Treat Immigrants Like FedEx Packages

    Judd Legum
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Chris Christie, speaking at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Saturday, compared legal immigrants to FedEx packages, arguing they should be tracked continuously by the government. Christie even promised to bring in FedEx founder Fred Smith to set up the system. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane. Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them,” Christie said. FedEx tracks its packages so efficiently by affixing a bar code to every…
  • Kentucky County Trying To Fire Clerk Who Won’t Issue Marriage Licenses

    Alan Pyke
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    A Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite this summer’s Supreme Court ruling that such marriages are a civil right is now asking the high court to cut her a break. Attorneys for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis are petitioning the Supreme Court for an emergency order protecting her from being fired until her lawsuit against Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is resolved. Earlier Friday, the Rowan County Attorney formally requested that the state government charge Davis with misconduct, the first step in ousting her from her post. Davis’ core…
  • Video Shows Texas Police Shoot Man With His Hands Up

    Alan Pyke
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:25 am
    After a tense confrontation Friday, sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic disturbance near San Antonio shot and killed a man seconds after he appeared to raise his hands in surrender. Video recorded by a student named Michael Thomas and aired in part by a local ABC News affiliate shows a pair of deputies and a shirtless man moving about the front yard of a home in Bexar County, Texas. Thomas was too far away for his camera to pick up any of what was said between the three men. KSAT12 News decided to freeze the video just before the deputies fired two fatal shots. Law enforcement…
  • St. Louis Police’s Explanation For Why They Shot A Black Teenager Is Falling Apart

    Aviva Shen
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    The family and friends of a teenager shot by St. Louis police gathered for his funeral Saturday, but closure over the controversial killing is still a long way off. Police say Mansur Ball-Bey, 18, was running out of a house they were searching for drugs and weapons, then turned and pointed a gun at them. They say police shot him in self-defense, but Ball-Bey kept running — dropping the gun in the back yard and ultimately collapsing in the front yard. But the police department’s story is starting to fall apart as more medical evidence comes to light. First, an autopsy showed that…
  • Young Black Man Dies In Jail After Allegedly Stealing $5 Worth Of Candy And Soda

    Aviva Shen
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Another young black man has died in jail, the Guardian reports, after spending four months in jail without bail for allegedly stealing $5 worth of snacks: a Mountain Dew, a Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake. Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, according to his aunt, and was deemed unfit to stand trial after being arrested in Portsmouth, Virginia on April 22. That should have meant he would be transferred to a mental health facility, but the hospital had no beds available. Instead, he ended up in jail. His family told the Guardian they believed Mitchell starved to death…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder. (G. Gould) — Beauty and emotion as bricks and mortar. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. (W. Faulkner) — Always relevant, but rarely remembered until it’s too late. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    To be great is to be misunderstood. (R.W. Emerson) — Too bad the reverse isn’t also true. I’d be a master of the universe! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. (P. Diller) — Not sure if anger or lack of sleep is more likely to ruin a marriage. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Jimmy Carter's Forgotten Fight For Voting Rights

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 pm
    On this 50th anniversary year of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Democrats are remembering that epic development and the protests and sacrifices that produced it, even as they intensify efforts to defend and restore voting rights under attack today. But we sometimes forget battlefronts in this fight that occurred between then and now. In honor of Jimmy Carter's current condition at death's door, journalist and historian Rick Perlstein wrote a powerful column at the Washington Spectator reminding us that the 39th president launched a major push for expanded voting rights back in 1977. Carter…
  • Republicans' 'Summer of Donald' Merits Ridicule

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    The New York Times has not one, but two K.O. punches for the Republican presidential campaign and the Summer of Donald. First Krugman: ...Go back to the politics of 2009, when the new Obama administration was trying to cope with the most terrifying crisis since the 1930s. The outgoing Bush administration had already engineered a bank bailout, but the Obama team reinforced this effort with a temporary program of deficit spending, while the Federal Reserve sought to bolster the economy by buying lots of assets. And Republicans, across the board, predicted disaster. Deficit spending, they…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    In Jon Per's "GOP a threat to U.S. economy, say economists" at Daily Kos, he writes, "While all eyes have been focused on the worldwide stock market plunge, a recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal identified a different threat to the vitality of the U.S. economy. But it's not the instability of Chinese stock prices, the devaluation of our currency, the Eurozone's Greek tragedy, or even a premature Fed interest rate hike that has WSJ's economists so concerned. Instead, the fear is that the GOP-controlled Congress will once again precipitate a fiscal crisis this fall." It…
  • Let's Don't Drag the Vice President Into the 2016 Presidential Contest

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    I don't know about you, but the runaway talk about Joe Biden being on the brink of running for president in response to the demands of a "panicked" Democratic Party are making me a little crazy. I rebelled against the meme today at TPMCafe. All this speculation is second- or third-hand and unsourced, with the exception of a few quotes from famed media manipulator Dick Harpootlian of South Carolina. The meeting between Biden and Warren--between the president of the Senate and a senator, to put it another way--could have been about anything or nothing. There are zero indications Warren's fans…
  • Hey GOP Candidates, What Was That About Cutting Social Security?

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Most of the Republican presidential candidates have wised up to the point where they don't call for outright privatization of Social Security any more. But as the stock market heads south, they should not be allowed to evade their records as ardent supporters of various cuts in Social Security. As Sahil Kapur reports at Bloomberg Politics: As they barnstorm the country trying to win supporters, Republican presidential hopefuls are regularly talking up the need to "save" Social Security by cutting it..But, in what may be an example of political prescience -- or, at the very least, reason for…
 
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  • The US Still Runs the World

    Simon Johnson
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    China does not run the world; and, with doubts about its economy's long-term prospects now rattling stock markets worldwide, it appears unlikely to do so anytime soon. From trade to monetary policy, the potential for global leadership still rests with the US.
  • A Cautionary History of US Monetary Tightening

    J. Bradford DeLong
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The US Federal Reserve has tightened monetary policy four times in the past 40 years, and all four time the impact on the economy was more harmful than expected. As the Fed prepares to tighten monetary policy once again, an examination of this history suggests that the US is about to enter dangerous territory.
  • China’s Political Interventions

    Koichi Hamada
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    In a planned economy like China’s, where policymakers use various tools to influence asset prices, the instability that arises from overvalued assets could, in theory, be avoided. But, in practice, that does not seem to be the case.
  • Cheap Oil and Global Growth

    Anatole Kaletsky
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The standard explanation is weak Chinese demand, with the oil-price collapse widely regarded as a portent of recession, either in China or for the entire global economy. But this is almost certainly wrong: On all recent occasions when the oil price was halved, faster global growth followed.
  • Why the Fed Should Postpone Rate Hikes

    Anders Borg
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    As central bankers from around the world gather this week in Jackson Hole for the Federal Reserve’s annual Economic Policy Symposium, one key topic of discussion will be the current global stock-market turmoil. But financial volatility is only one reason why the Fed should not raise interest rates this year.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • NWA- Art or Irresponsibility an Intv w/ Eazy E & Ice Cube

    mrDaveyd
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    These LA Rappers Never Asked to be seen as role models. But with their debut album ‘Straight Outta Compton’ headed toward platinum, they may not have a choice…. Note: Out of all the interviews I’ve done.. this had to be the most intense… Both NWA and myself were very passionate about our positions at the time and both parties came away with a lot to think about.. At the time this interview took place.. there was a raging debate among the Bay Area’s main hip hop shows on KZSU, KALX and KPOO as to whether or not NWA should be played… It was quite ironic…
  • Talib Kweli and Zakiya Harris w/ Elephantine Rip Stern Grove

    mrDaveyd
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Artist talk w/ Talib Kweli at Stern Grove San Francisco 08-16-15 In the words of Ice Cube.. ‘Today was a good day’ Two steller acts took to the stage and seriously rocked it at Stern Grove Festival. Oakland’s own Zakiya Harris and Elephantine along with Talib Kweli set a new bar for throwing down and leaving the stage hot… They did not disappoint. It was an incredible show that started off with Talib Kweli doing an artist talk to a packed house. Yours truly moderated as we covered all sorts  of topics ranging from the recent passing of NAACP chair and SNCC co-founder…
  • Mike Brown Memorial- One Year later What’s Changed?

    mrDaveyd
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ferguson, Mo 08-09-15 Today was a very sobering occassion as hundreds came out to mark the one year anniversary that 18 year old unarmed Mike Brown was ruthlessly killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. What stands out the most about this tragedy is not just the killing, but the subsequent reign of terror and brutality levied by the police.. This doesn’t always get conveyed on TV news stories, but its clear as day when you talk to folks.. and the sheer brutality directly touched many and should not be forgotten.. In Canfield Gardens, where Mick Brown was killed and his body…
  • 70 Arrested at DOJ in St Louis Seeking Justice for Mike Brown

    mrDaveyd
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:27 pm
    St Louis (08-10-15 ) During the historic march to the Department of Justice in St Louis one year after the killing of Mike Brown, faith and movement leaders read off a list of demands and attempted to deliver them to the DOJ.. Department of Homeland Security police erected barricades and blocked the entrances. Marchers attempted to get by those barriers.. Over 70 people were arrested… The post 70 Arrested at DOJ in St Louis Seeking Justice for Mike Brown appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • The March to St Louis DOJ to win Justice for Mike Brown

    mrDaveyd
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Below are some photos from historic march to the Department of Justice in St Louis. It was led by faith leaders including; Rev Toni Blackman, Rev Sekou, Dr Cornel West, Pastor Mike McBride, Jasiri X and many others who sought to win justice not only for Mike Brown who was killed a year ago, but also for the countless other victims of police brutality… Faith leaders march to Department of Justice in St Louis to win Justice for Mike Brown… The post The March to St Louis DOJ to win Justice for Mike Brown appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
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  • South Dakota Drops Study of Early U.S. History as a High School Requirement

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Students in South Dakota will now graduate from high school without studying early American history, under new teaching guidelines adopted by the state.   After a year of deliberations, the state Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards that no longer require instructors to teach the first 100 years of U.S. history. Such milestone events and developments as the Revolutionary War and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution could be completely ignored.   Cutting out early U.S. history in 11th grade hurts the ability of students to “think historically” when they…
  • Increased Penalties for Drug Offenses have no Impact on National Drug Use

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The United States’ effort to stem its drug problem by cracking down on users and sellers has failed to reduce drug use, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.   Data produced by Pew shows tougher sentencing laws for drug offenders, which began in the 1980s, helped balloon the federal prison systems’ population of drug-related criminals from 5,000 to more than 95,000.   This expansion of the prison population pushed the federal budget for this operation to $6.7 billion annually. But these expenditures on longer terms for drug offenders and other anti-drug strategies have…
  • 31% of Federal Employees are Veterans

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    One of President Barack Obama’s goals when he came into office was to get the federal government to hire more veterans, particularly since job prospects in 2009 were bleak for those who had served in the military.   A new report (pdf) shows the emphasis on hiring veterans has paid off, at least as far as getting them into federal positions. But keeping them there is another matter.   The report by the Office of Personnel Management says 31% of all federal workers are now veterans. Veterans made up nearly half of all new government hires during fiscal year 2014. The rate,…
  • Katrina and the Flooding of New Orleans: A Preventable Tragedy Caused by Cost Cutting, a Mistaken Test and Lack of External Review

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a new study (pdf) has been released that lays the blame for the failure of New Orleans’ levees at the feet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   Researchers found that because of a mistake the Corps made during testing, they recommended that the levee walls be started at a depth of 17 feet. Original estimates would have started the walls at a depth of 31 to 46 feet. However the use of a tarp along some of the test walls that distorted the test results, along with cost considerations, caused the Corps to go with the…
  • Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Fayçal Gouia?

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    On May 18, 2015, President Barack Obama accepted the credentials of Fayçal Gouia, a longtime member of his country’s foreign service, to be Tunisia’s Ambassador to the United States. It’s the second time Gouia has been posted to his country’s embassy in Washington.   Gouia, who was born July 10, 1959, attended the National School of Administration in Tunis, Tunisia. He received a diploma in 1984 and went into government service, first in the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs as the head of the International Relations Department. After two years, he…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Progressives Rooting for Trump: Careful What You Wish For

    Bob Lord
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    You don’t have to look hard to find progressives giddy over Trump’s ascendancy. Just scroll down your Facebook page or check out the comments to posts here. Our own commenter, the omniscient Captain Arizona, is on board. “The enemy of … Continue reading →
  • Predicting Trump’s Unraveling

    Bob Lord
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Paula Pennypacker, the Republican turned Democrat turned nativist Trump shill, is posting regularly on Facebook that Trump is the real deal. The rest of us, progressives and conservatives both, still deep down inside believe Trump will fade. But when? He’s … Continue reading →
  • GOP clutches its pearls after Hillary Clinton calls them out for extremist views on women’s reproductive rights

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    So let me get this straight . . . Donald Trump, the Triumph the Insult Comic Dog of the Republican Party — whose entire campaign is based upon insulting his sixteen opponents, the media, every demographic voting bloc in America, … Continue reading →
  • Clinton Rules of reporting: The e-mail ‘scandal’ that isn’t

    AZ BlueMeanie
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    When the supposedly “liberal” New York Times engages in the Clinton Rules of reporting, something it did with reckless abandon in The Hunting of the President (Bill Clinton) during the 1990s, it gives the imprimatur of acceptable media standards to … Continue reading →
  • “Best of Enemies” (William F. Buckley Jr. vs. Gore Vidal) at the Loft

    Carolyn Classen
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    STARTS FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Showing at 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on opening day. More at www.loftcinema.com   In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Be a Republican’s Nightmare

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:50 pm
    The US Senate voted tonight to discard proposed legislation to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization who assists Americans with family planning and health care services, including birth control and abortions.  GOP politicians are foaming at the mouth after videos have surfaced allegedly proving that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal body parts.  While various claims made by The Center for Medical Progress, the agency who released the videos, have been debunked, Republicans and their Christian Right comrades have been moving full steam ahead with what…
  • Sour Grapes of Wrath: After Marriage Equality Case, the Christian Right is Calling for a Theocracy

    Kevin Davis
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    “The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being” That’s the message that was quickly churned out from Mike Huckabee’s campaign for President in the form of a graphic that was shared by thousands over Facebook and other social media sites, following the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.  Huckabee, the candidate of choice thus far in polling of the Christian Right, is boldly asserting that the rules of his religion trump the laws of the United States, and should be followed in place of the laws of the land.  It certainly isn’t much of a stretch to…
  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Police ID 2 Men Arrested on Suspicion of Shooting, Robbing Tourist Two San Francisco men have been identified as the suspects arrested for allegedly shooting a tourist while robbing him of his camera near the city’s famous crooked section of Lombard Street and then attempting to flee from police via the Bay Bridge on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Suspects Eric Anthony Espanol, 25, and Brian Fox, 24, were arrested near the Oakland-Emeryville border, according to San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. The shooting was reported at 12:09 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of…
  • Wednesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Photographic Evidence and Witness Interviews Place Pier 14 Homicide Suspect at Crime Scene An undocumented immigrant suspected of fatally shooting a 32-year-old San Francisco woman in broad daylight at the San Francisco waterfront last month attended his preliminary hearing Tuesday. The hearing included testimony from three police investigators and photographic evidence captured by tourists that appear to place the suspect at the crime scene. Tuesday was the first of a two-day preliminary hearing before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Brendan P. Conroy regarding the July 1 homicide of…
  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS FOR DISTRICT 3 SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE AARON PESKIN BURGLARIZED The campaign headquarters of San Francisco District 3 candidate Aaron Peskin were burglarized during a break-in over the weekend but are not suspected of being politically motivated. Peskin, who formerly served as president of the board of Supervisors, is running against incumbent mayoral appointee Julie Christensen in the November election. Peskin said Monday that five laptops were stolen from his campaign headquarters located on Sutter Street near Van Ness Avenue, none containing any campaign data. One of the…
  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:53 am
    Campaign Headquarters For District 3 Supervisor Candidate Aaron Peskin Burglarized The campaign headquarters of San Francisco District 3 candidate Aaron Peskin were burglarized during a break-in over the weekend but are not suspected of being politically motivated. Peskin, who formerly served as president of the board of Supervisors, is running against incumbent mayoral appointee Julie Christensen in the November election. Peskin said Monday that five laptops were stolen from his campaign headquarters located on Sutter Street near Van Ness Avenue, none containing any campaign data. One of the…
  • San Francisco The First to Test Drive Google’s New Solar Energy Tool

    Andrew Cullen
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    San Francisco is among the first few cities to test drive Google’s new tool that encourages consumers to go solar. The aptly named Project Sunroof has a similar feel as Google Maps; the tool uses a homeowner’s address to measure the amount of sunlight that hits their roof. The tool then calculates the hypothetical costs and benefits to their energy bill if they were to switch to solar. Google then provides a list of recommended solar panel installation companies that operate in the user’s area. Right now, the service is only available for residents of San Francisco, Fresno, and Boston,…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Use The Web To Set The Record Straight

    Online Candidate
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Being attacked during a campaign is a given for virtually all political candidates. By knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, you can prepare yourself for these attacks. This allows you to respond quickly and confidently. Done properly, you have an opportunity to build credibility and even turn the facts around on your opponent. Here are […]
  • 5 Simple Candidate Failures That You Can Totally Avoid

    Online Candidate
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    There are many, many mistakes that candidates make during the course of a political campaign. We could make a ten-part series just on what not to do on the campaign trail. Since we deal with the online aspects of campaigning, we’ll stick to mistakes that candidates make online – or, more specifically, with their campaign […]
  • Will Your Social Networking Past Hurt Your Political Future?

    Online Candidate
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    More and more candidates running for office today are dealing with the issue of social networking activities coming back to haunt them. Will it hurt you, too?
  • Keep Your Campaign Material Original – And Avoid the Consequences

    Online Candidate
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Here's a reminder to make sure that you have rights and permission for anything you use on your political campaign website.
  • Have You Seen Our New Download Store?

    Online Candidate
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    We updated our Download Store this month. Completely re-designed in design and layout, the updated store makes it easier to find our political campaign-related downloads. It features a variety of campaign e-books, political print and campaign logo templates available for immediate download. The categories include: Campaign E-Books Word Political Print Templates Political Logo Templates Special […]
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The Merkel plan

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    The migration of biblical proportions will not be stopped by tanks or barbed wire or the sinking of boats. It hasn’t just come out of the blue. The EU and the various national governments seem to have suddenly woken up to it and they are exploiting the situation as though they were not the primary cause of the problem. There’s been no whisper of any condemnation of the causes, nor of a long-term strategy to integrate these people into a Europe that is devastated by unemployment. Do we want to create massive ghettos and banlieues? There’s no action beyond a bit of fluffy charity. People…
  • Andrea Soldi was killed

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    “Andrea Soldi was a psychiatric patient in Turin. He was well known in his neighbourhood - he was a big man aged 45, weighing 120 kilos. For years he had been suffering from schizophrenia and he used to sit on the benches in Turin’s open spaces without bothering anyone. People called him the "good giant". At the beginning of August, the family asked for him to be admitted to the psychiatric hospital, as Andrea was no longer taking his prescribed medication and he was no longer under the supervision of the local psychiatric practitioners. On 5 August, a group of local police, specialised…
  • The Chinese Bubble

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    “What’s happening in China? Many people are asking this question, given the sequence of happenings in the Far East. In brief, what’s happening now is what I have been predicting for some time now: the bursting of a financial and property bubble that will have an impact on the whole world by the end of the year 2015. These are the effects of "laissez-faire" capitalism with a fictitious economy based on finance, with a development model that has been prevalent throughout the 20th century and in the first part of the 21st century. This is what has dragged us into the abyss. China has not…
  • Undocumented Italian government

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    “Yesterday, those in command in Europe gave our President of the Council a resounding slap in the face to remind him of his duties: The German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the French President Francoise Hollande, spoke out at the end of a bilateral meeting discussing immigration and they asked the Italian government to apply “the EU law in relation to asylum.” Thus they were pointing out that the current government is just not doing that. In fact the premier has shown himself to be completely incapable of managing the immigration phenomenon. Merkel and Hollande are asking Italy to…
  • The 5 Star MoVement is denouncing Alfano and Marino

    23 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    After Vittorio Casamonica’s funeral, the 5 Star MoVement will denounce Angelino Alfano, and the mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, and will ask them to pay compensation for the damage done to Rome’s image, dignity and reputation at a national and international level. “With Vittorio Casamonica’s “funeral show”, the image of Rome and the image of Italy are irreparably compromised, scarred and humiliated by the umpteenth blatant and arrogant demonstration of the presence of the Mafia in the capital. Everyone knew about the presence of the Mafia in Rome, especially after all the…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or...
  • CORPORATE WELFARE IN CALIFORNIACorporate welfare is often...

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    CORPORATE WELFARE IN CALIFORNIACorporate welfare is often camouflaged in taxes that seem neutral on their face but give windfalls to big entrenched corporations at the expense of average people and small businesses.Take a look at commercial property taxes in California, for example.In 1978 California voters passed Proposition 13 – which began to assess property for tax purposes at its price when it was bought, rather than its current market price.This has protected homeowners and renters. But it’s also given a quiet windfall to entrenched corporate owners of commercial…
  • The Fraud of the New “Family-Friendly” Work

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Netflix just announced it’s offering paid leave to new mothers and fathers for the first year after...
  • The Outrageous Ascent of CEO Pay

    9 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule last week requiring that large publicly held...
  • WHAT THE FED’S ABOUT TO DO WILL AFFECT YOUR JOB AND YOUR INCOME,...

    6 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    WHAT THE FED’S ABOUT TO DO WILL AFFECT YOUR JOB AND YOUR INCOME, AND HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THE FED MAKES THE RIGHT DECISION
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • On Health Care, Walker and Rubio Offer ObamaCare-Lite

    Michael F. Cannon
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    In today’s Manchester Union-Leader, I explain the eerie resemblance that the health care plans advanced by presidential candidates Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) bear to ObamaCare: The centerpiece of both “replace” plans is a refundable tax credit for health insurance. Yet such tax credits already exist, in Obamacare. Also like Obamacare, the Walker/Rubio tax credits would allow Washington to decide how much coverage you purchase, penalize you if you don’t buy that government-defined plan, and conceal massive redistribution of income under the rubric of tax…
  • Rules of Origin for Autos in the TPP

    K. William Watson
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations enter their final stage, one issue remaining to be resolved concerns rules of origin for automobiles.  Rules of origin determine how much of a product needs to be made within the free trade area in order for it to receive duty-free treatment.  This is a tricky issue for automobiles because automakers rely heavily on global value chains where different parts are made in different countries. Japan wants very liberal rules of origin because its industry’s supply chains include non-TPP countries like Thailand. Canada and Mexico want very strict…
  • Should NSA Be Immune from Constitutional Scrutiny?

    Julian Sanchez
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Today the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a ruling in NSA v. Klayman that has almost no practical effect, but is a potent illustration of how excessive secrecy and stringent standing requirements effectively immunize intelligence programs from meaningful, adversarial constitutional review. Contrary to some breathless headlines, today’s opinion does not “uphold” the NSA’s illicit bulk collection of telephone records—which, thanks to the recent passage of the USA Freedom Act, must end by November in any event. Rather, the court overturned an injunction that only ever…
  • With "Friends" Like Saudi Arabia, the United States Doesn’t Need Enemies

    Ted Galen Carpenter
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    One striking feature of the first debate featuring the top tier GOP presidential candidates was how many of them described Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Persian Gulf as “friends” of the United States.  And clearly that is a bipartisan attitude.  Obama administration officials routinely refer to Saudi Arabia as a friend and ally, and one need only recall the infamous photo of President Obama bowing to Saudi King Abdullah to confirm Washington’s devotion to the relationship with Riyadh. It is a spectacularly unwise attitude.  As Cato adjunct scholar Malou Innocent and I document…
  • Rain on EPA's Parade

    Andrew M. Grossman
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:46 am
    No, the “waters of the United States” subject to Clean Water Act regulation do not include things like dry land over which water occasionally flows. That’s the conclusion of a federal judge who just put on hold the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest power grab. The Clean Water Act empowers EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to regulate the use of private property that affects “navigable waters,” which the Act defines as “the waters of the United States.” In late June, EPA and the Corps finalized a rule defining that term. This was, they said, a boon to those potentially…
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    A View from the Right

  • Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors

    sirrahc
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    “Experience has shown that, even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”  — Thomas Jefferson I have more research to do for my previously intended post, so this is a “filler”, of sorts. But, it’s not empty filler. It’s important, substantial […]
  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 2 of 3)

    sirrahc
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind.”  — Jonathan Edwards, 18th […]
  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 1 of 3)

    sirrahc
    9 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    “Without special revelation, general revelation would be for sinful men incomplete and ineffective…. Without general revelation, special revelation would lack that basis in the fundamental knowledge of God as the mighty and wise, righteous and good, maker and ruler of all things.”  — B.B. Warfield, distinguished “Princetonian” theologian As an admin at the “Old Earth […]
  • Science, Politics, Public Perception, and Wasted Money

    sirrahc
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I am still slowly working my way through Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, 4th ed. I don’t think I expected the topic of air/water pollution to come up in a tome on economics, but it does make sense, as you’ll see. Cries for increasing efforts toward environmental (i.e., ecological) purification are common — all in the […]
  • To Bee Worried, or Not to Bee Worried

    sirrahc
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    “By engaging in simplistic and sometimes misleading environmental narratives — by exaggerating the stakes and brushing over the inconvenient facts that stand in the way of foregone conclusions ­­ — we do our field, and our subjects, a disservice.”  — Hannah Nordhaus, environmental journalist and author of The Beekeeper’s Lament No one likes to get […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • This is Why Donald Trump is Surging in the Polls

    Landon Shroder
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    It is no surprise that Trump is surging in the polls, bringing glamour and flamboyance to a country that is overstimulated by celebrity cachet and disgusted by career politicians. Friedrich Nietzsche, the great German philosopher, once quipped: “If you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” I am not […] The post This is Why Donald Trump is Surging in the Polls appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • An Open Plea to Narendra Modi: Remove the Trust Deficit

    Mayank Singh
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Are Indians losing trust in their prime minister? Here is one citizen’s account. Dear Mr. Modi, I write to you as an average citizen of India. I refrain from using the clichéd term “common man,” which has been flogged to death by politicians. I do not hold membership of any political party, as I find […] The post An Open Plea to Narendra Modi: Remove the Trust Deficit appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • A Culture of Monkeys

    Fair Observer
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    The Vervet Forest documentary aims to create a wildlife reserve for orphaned monkeys in the poorest region of South Africa. The Vervet monkey—incredibly intelligent, with a unique language and a system of social hierarchy—has long been considered a vermin. Farmers shoot and poison Vervet monkeys, and Sangomas use their tiny limbs for traditional medicine. As […] The post A Culture of Monkeys appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Reclaiming Dignity: The Lebanese Waste Revolution

    Sara El-Yafi
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    By all standards, measures and attributes, Lebanon is becoming a failed state, says Sara El-Yafi. Take a look at our Lebanese protestors, at least the ones I have seen: An assemblage of religious women wearing headscarves standing side by side with hipster secularists; civil war veterans and young men not old enough to remember 9/11; disavowed […] The post Reclaiming Dignity: The Lebanese Waste Revolution appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • No Lives Matter in America

    Larry Beck
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    No lives seem to matter enough to awaken America from its collective delusion of past glory and future greatness. American media companies are in full-throttle political campaign mode over a year before the next presidential election—and over five months before the first real ballot is cast in any primary election. The impact on national discourse is […] The post No Lives Matter in America appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Botezul perfect pentru copilul tau

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Unul dintre cele mai importante momente din viata fiecarui parinte este botezul copilului sau. Datorita importantei acestuia, cat si a traditiei, acest eveniment trebuie celebrat fie printr-o petrecere, fie printr-o cina fastuoasa alaturi de toti cei dragi. Cu toate acestea, un numar mare de oameni care doresc sa faca botezul in sectorul 4 par sa intampine dificultati in gasirea unui meniu botez ieftin. Prin urmare, se multumesc cu mai putin iar acest eveniment unic se transforma intr-o banalitate.Pentru a nu ajunge intr-o situatie similara, primul pas este sa studiezi acele restaurante…
  • Bolile psihice ma fascineaza

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Ar fi ciudat sa spun ca sunt fascinata de bolile psihice? Probabil ca da, pentru majoritatea oamenilor care ar citi sau ar auzi asta. Si totusi, nu pot nega adevarul. Aceasta pasiune este prezenta in cazul meu de multi ani. Nu sunt sigura de unde a provenit, probabil de la dorinta mea de a deveni psiholog pe care am avut-o inca de la 8 ani. Si, pentru ca voiam sa fiu psiholog, trebuia, printre altele, sa cunosc si diverse boli psihice. Astfel a aparut pentru prima oara interesul meu fata de acest domeniu, acest tip de tulburari umane. Si pe masura ce aflam tot mai multe lucruri, realizam cat…
  • Stirile despre noile tehnologii si electronice, la fel de importante ca informatiile de actualitate

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Informatiile circula astazi cu viteza luminii. Nici bine nu se intampla un eveniment ca am si aflat de el. Tehnologia si internetul au permis transmiterea stirilor importante in timp record, catre o audienta eterogena care nu are de facut decat sa isi selecteze pe cele care sunt de interes pentru ea. Pentru pasionatii de tehnologie, stirile si informatiile de actualitate sunt cu atat mai importante cu cat in fiecare zi exista noutati din cele mai variate domenii care influenteaza cumva evolutia tehnologiilor moderne.In sectiuni precum TechnoNews de pe site-urile cu stiri din IT se pot gasi la…
  • Zidul

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    Sa locuiesti intr-o tara straina, sa nu stii limba si sa nu cunosti pe nimeni, este greu. In primul rind e greu sa-ti gasesti o casa, sa-ti deschizi un cont bancar ori sa inveti traseul catre locul de munca, unde nu te intelegi cu nimeni ( decit, poate, prin semne!). Simti intre tine si ei ( strainii ) un zid, o respingere rece ( care-ti reaminteste ca nu esti de-a lor! ). E ceva natural ( la urma urmei! ), nici mie nu-mi placuse Colin, un afroamerican, ratacit pe meleagurile noastre ( si repartizat in biroul meu!) fara sa stie o boaba romineasca. Cu timpul ( dupa ce a inceput s-o rupa cit de…
  • Produse cosmetice de la Wella

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    Wella AG este una dintre cele mai mari companii producatoare de produse de ingrijire a parului si cosmetice. Fondata in 1880 de Franz Ströher, Wella este printre cele mai cunoscute companii germane cu sediul in Geneva, Elvetia, specializata in Haircare, Styling & Colorants. Gama de produse comercializate de compania germana include sampoane, balsamuri, uleiuri pentru par, masti pentru par sau combinatii tonice pentru revigorarea structurii firului de par.Produsele Wella sunt facute din ingrediente naturale, nu au substante care produc alergii, sunt testate si garantate din punct de…
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Donald Trump’s recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn’t treat the facts much better: Trump claimed “59 percent of our bridges are in trouble.” That’s way off. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 percent of the nation’s bridges were “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” in 2014. Trump said a recent poll in Florida showed him at 28 percent and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, “much lower.” Bush wasn’t that…
  • Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

    Lori Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to “save … a significant amount under Obamacare.” But a business of that size isn’t subject to the law’s requirements to offer insurance to full-time workers or pay a penalty. And the fictional employee in question would likely qualify for Medicaid. Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, laid out his hypothetical example in an Aug. 20 speech to the Detroit…
  • Cruz & Crosses

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz set up a false bogeyman when he said the Supreme Court is “one justice away” from ordering that crosses on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery be torn down. Nobody is even asking the court to do such a thing. And in fact, the group that sought removal of a cross from formerly federal land in the Mojave Desert — losing the 5-4 decision to which Cruz referred — strongly supports crosses and other religious symbols on government-issued headstones at Arlington and other military cemeteries. The Texas senator, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for…
  • Huckabee’s Spin on Iran

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    In arguing against the Iran nuclear deal, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spins the facts. Huckabee said “no American aircraft would be able to get through” the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system that Iran plans to install. U.S. military officials and arms control experts dispute that assertion, including one expert who tells us Huckabee is “exaggerating.” He also claimed the nuclear deal “lets Iran do their own inspections.” That’s wrong. Under the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency would have daily access to and…
  • Jeb Bush Attacks Planned Parenthood

    D'Angelo Gore
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Jeb Bush claims Planned Parenthood should not receive federal funding because “they’re not actually doing women’s health issues.” That’s simply false. In 2013, Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics provided nearly 10.6 million services to 2.7 million women and men, including contraception, tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings, abortions, and several other women’s health services, according to the organization’s most recent annual report. Yet Bush said Planned Parenthood is “involved in something way different…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Stop Comparing Yourself

    Josh Bowen
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Judging by the title, you may not think this will not be a fitness or nutrition related post. I, however, believe fitness is 100% tied to our self esteem and how we feel about ourselves rather than actually picking up weights or doing cardio. We exercise to feel better about ourselves and ultimately give ourselves more self esteem and confidence. Why do you think so many people take gym selfies? Let’s be honest, its not a workout if you don’t record it right? I’m being sarcastic…obviously. BUT…I am serious about fitness tying into our psyche. As our bodies…
  • Josh Bowen: What is Causing Your Headaches?

    Josh Bowen
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready to attack Monday like nobody’s business. The year is flying by and the holidays will be here before you know. The time to be consistent and focused is important. What you do now, will effect what you do later. We have all had headaches at some point or another in our lives. Some literal and some figuratively (haha). But what is a headache? And more importantly, what causes a headache? A headache is not actually a pain within the brain, or the brain does not have pain sensors. The pain is caused by a disturbance to pain sensitive tissues…
  • Josh Bowen: 4 Reasons Why Building Muscle Should be Your Top Priority

    Josh Bowen
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Summer has flown by and by the time we know it, it will be Christmas time again. I digress, however. Here is to a great week and continued great month of July. Onto the topic at hands…muscle. I posted the above picture this week on both my personal Facebook page and the Aspire page, to great feedback. It essentially shows six different bodies, who all weigh the exact same and are the same height. But how could that be? How could the same person weigh the same, be the same height and look completely different? Answer….MUSCLE. Muscle is the reason for the discrepancy in aesthetics.
  • Josh Bowen: Metabolism

    Josh Bowen
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our topic for this week: metabolism. And more importantly how do we increase it. But first we must cover what metabolism actually is. Scientifically, metabolism is the amount of calories you burn everyday without doing anything. This is referred to as resting metabolic rate or basal metabolic rate (BMR). So essentially, it is the amount of calories you would burn while laying in bed for 24 hours. It is impacted heavily on the following: the size of the individual, the amount of muscle on the individual, hormonal factors such as T3 and T4 conversion and amount of testosterone and growth…
  • John Y. Brown, III: Fancy Farm in the Cultural Crosshairs: The War on Fancy Farm

    John Y. Brown III
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:26 am
    This year, ironically, it was Fancy Farm itself that was the recipient of some of the most potent barbs from the speaking dais. The annual Fancy Farm picnic is famous for hosting an annual platform for face-to-face political zingers, barbs and put-downs. It is unique to the nation and perhaps the last living remnant of the historic stump speaking tradition of political campaigns that preceded modern media and the current TV/Internet/Social Media dominance of political campaign messaging. The old-fashioned way of political campaigning on display at Fancy Farm is, some are now arguing, a…
 
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    All Stories

  • Twitter Users Re-imagine Bible Verses According to Donald Trump

    Allison Nielsen
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    In a field full of seriousness, Twitter often takes the edge off of American politics by poking fun at our nation's most beloved political celebrities.
  • Living to Litigate: Environmentalists Go to Court over Amendment 1

    Nancy Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Environmentalists who sanctioned a conservation amendment with broad-enough ballot language to win 60 percent of the Florida vote, now are asking the court to narrow the amendment's meaning for the purpose they actually intended. At least, that's how lawmakers have cast it.
  • Weekly Roundup: Looking for a Direction

    Chris Moran
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of FloridaDate: August 28, 2015 - 7:45pmThe leaders of Florida spent the week looking for directions, and maps didn't turn out to be much help. In the case of the state's ongoing congressional redistricting saga, lawmakers and a Leon County judge were looking for directions from the Florida Supreme Court --- and there was no map to follow, because there is no congressional map at all. There also appears to be no roadmap for how to extract the state from the increasingly intricate web of lawsuits, special sessions and political battles sparked by the…
  • When Child Sex Abuse Gets Ignored

    Caitlin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim GrahamDate: August 29, 2015 - 7:00amThe double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On Aug. 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
  • The New American Statesmanship?

    Caitlin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By: Jerry HolbertDate: August 29, 2015 - 2:00am
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    All Stories

  • Twitter Users Re-imagine Bible Verses According to Donald Trump

    Allison Nielsen
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    In a field full of seriousness, Twitter often takes the edge off of American politics by poking fun at our nation's most beloved political celebrities.
  • Living to Litigate: Environmentalists Go to Court over Amendment 1

    Nancy Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Environmentalists who sanctioned a conservation amendment with broad-enough ballot language to win 60 percent of the Florida vote, now are asking the court to narrow the amendment's meaning for the purpose they actually intended. At least, that's how lawmakers have cast it.
  • Weekly Roundup: Looking for a Direction

    Chris Moran
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    By: Brandon Larrabee News Service of FloridaDate: August 28, 2015 - 7:45pmThe leaders of Florida spent the week looking for directions, and maps didn't turn out to be much help. In the case of the state's ongoing congressional redistricting saga, lawmakers and a Leon County judge were looking for directions from the Florida Supreme Court --- and there was no map to follow, because there is no congressional map at all. There also appears to be no roadmap for how to extract the state from the increasingly intricate web of lawsuits, special sessions and political battles sparked by the…
  • When Child Sex Abuse Gets Ignored

    Caitlin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim GrahamDate: August 29, 2015 - 7:00amThe double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On Aug. 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
  • The New American Statesmanship?

    Caitlin
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By: Jerry HolbertDate: August 29, 2015 - 2:00am
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • On August 23,1982 he gave us hope

    Michel
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
  • One Day

    Michel
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Interesting Quote: “One day we will tell our children about the ordeal and death caravan that Syrian and Palestinian jumped upon trying to escape to Europe even though Mecca and the land of Muslims is closer to them. One day we will tell them about the Hijra of Prophet Mohamed and his Companions to the land of Habasha at a time it was ruled by a Christian leader who didn’t oppress his people and immigrants.
  • What’s up, Doc?

    Michel
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    This article was written by Michael Young on August 21, 2015 and published on the website NOW. Did Future even notice that Samir Geagea had left them? It is remarkable how invisible was the reaction of the Future Movement when its Christian partner Samir Geagea signed a declaration of intent with the Free Patriotic Movement. How different from Hezbollah, which has determinedly kept Michel Aoun happy to ensure he does not abandon his alliance with the party. Geagea’s decision to effectively jump ship on the remnants of March 14 was less dramatic than Walid Jumblatt’s in 2009, but no less…
  • Ambassador Tom Fletcher’s Farewell Letter to Lebanon

    Michel
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    The following is the farewell letter of British ambassador Tom Fletcher to Lebanon. Too bad he is not Lebanese Maronite, I would have supported him to become the next Lebanese president. Dear Lebanon, Sorry to write again. But I’m leaving your extraordinary country after four years. Unlike your politicians, I can’t extend my own term. When I arrived, my first email said ‘welcome to Lebanon, your files have been corrupted’. It should have continued: never think you understand it, never think you can fix it, never think you can leave unscathed. I dreamt of Beirutopia and Leb 2020 , but…
  • No one picking up the garbage?

    Michel
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    It seems that Lebanese people are feeling the effect when you elect the wrong person to do the job. They are feeling the effect of electing people because they belong to their sect, town, political party … Without checking their history or how this person can help the country. They feeling it not because the deputies can’t elect a president, appoint an army commander, …. They feeling it because there is no one picking up the garbage from the streets. Do I need to repeat why the country reached this low-level? I wouldn’t. I just leave you with what George Orwell once…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Meet Hillary Clinton’s New Opposition

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Adam Bettcher / Getty Images MINNEAPOLIS — One made his name as the most loyal, hard-working, do-anything-and-everything surrogate inside the Democratic Party. He did two tours as the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, hit every Sunday show for President Obama in 2012, and traveled to more than two dozen states for fellow Democrats in 2014.The other built a career on the party’s periphery. He is the oft-described “self-described socialist,” the liberal’s liberal, the registered independent from Vermont who carved out an unlikely spot in Washington. He…
  • Hillary Clinton Continues To Shift Tone On Emails

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Adam Bettcher / Getty Images MINNEAPOLIS — Two weeks ago, she shrugged it off with a joke. (Snapchat! “Those messages disappear all by themselves.”) A week later, the levity soured to frustration. (Did she wipe the server? “What, like with a cloth or something?”)And in recent days, at the encouragement of her campaign aides, Hillary Clinton has shown a new approach to fielding questions about her email account. Her tone is patient and contrite — and her goal, as she told reporters on Friday, is to better “explain” to people the…
  • Kentucky Clerk Asks Supreme Court To Stop Marriage License Ruling From Taking Effect

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The trial court’s order that Rowan County Clerk Kimberly Davis stop her “no marriage licenses” policy is due to take effect, at the latest, on Monday. William Smith Jr., right, and his partner James Yates, second right, speak with an unnamed clerk in an attempt to obtain a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Timothy D. Easley / AP WASHINGTON — The Kentucky County clerk seeking to be exempted from providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples has taken her request to the Supreme Court — which ruled in favor…
  • Mississippi Same-Sex Couples Ask Federal Court To Order Equal Adoption Rights

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Couples ask court for quick action to stop enforcement of Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children. Jan Smith, left, and Donna Phillips, with their 8-year-old daughter. Photo courtesy of EKB Photography WASHINGTON — Married same-sex couples on Friday asked a federal judge to order Mississippi to allow both parents to adopt a child, seeking a ruling that the state's ban on such adoptions is unconstitutional. "The Supreme Court has now left no ambiguity: gay couples must be granted the same 'equal dignity in the eyes of the law' as straight couples," the…
  • Appeals Court Allows NSA Data Collection Program To Continue Unimpeded

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:34 am
    The three-judge panel, each writing a separate opinion, all agree that the 2013 trial court decision finding the post-9/11 program likely to be unconstitutional went too far. Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday reversed a trial court decision that would have barred the government from continuing its post-9/11 bulk data collection program implemented by the National Security Agency. The decision means that, for now, the NSA program implemented under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act can continue unimpeded. All three judges from the D.C.
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    Politic365

  • Words vs. policy: why is Ricky Martin urging Latinos to unite against Trump?

    Adriana Maestas
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    This week singer Ricky Martin wrote an opinion piece urging Latinos “to unite against Donald Trump.” In reference to the GOP candidate throwing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference, Martin wrote: “I am not surprised Trump would aim so low. I am surprised that we Hispanics continue to accept these aggressions and accusations by individuals like Trump who continue to attack our dignity. If we have been united for some things, we must be united for all. We have already proven to the United States who we are as Latinos, and that we will not allow that type of…
  • Georgia Civic Associations, Women’s Group Celebrate Women’s Suffrage With New Call to Action

    Politic365 Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Several nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and academics will gather today in the Georgia State Capitol to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave some American women won the right to vote.  Though great strides have been made towards full equality for women, particularly Black women, there is still a long way to go. Participating groups will use this public event as an opportunity to shed light on some of the largest, most pressing issues faced by Georgia women as voters and as advocates. At this commemorative event, representatives…
  • Latino voters’ net favorability rating of Donald Trump is -51

    Adriana Maestas
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Yesterday Gallup released a new poll that shows 65% of Latino voters have an unfavorable view of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. 14% of Hispanic voters have a favorable view of Trump. Trump, who announced his campaign criticzing immigrants from Mexico, has doubled down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric calling for completing a border wall and deporting all of the undocumented currently in the U.S. That same poll showed that Texas governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz also have net unfavorable ratings with Latino voters with both of them scoring -7. Jeb Bush has the highest favorable…
  • Clueless Ben Carson Gives #BlackLivesMatter Advice They Don’t Need

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Should we bother to take seriously someone who compares health care to slavery or thinks using drone attacks to stop illegal immigration is a good idea? Probably not.  But Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon running for President and the paradox of his candidacy is that his storied medical career is at direct odds with his lack of basic sense.  Carson continues to verify that a person can be simultaneously brilliant and also an airhead.   Black Lives Matter doesn’t need advice. In a space of a year the impact of their advocacy has sparked policy proposals and made news around the…
  • Cop Killed 2 Unarmed Men in 4 Yrs: Autopsy Says Chapman Was Shot at Distance

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Officer Stephen Rankin, a member of the Portsmouth, Virginia Police Department, had been previously suspended for over a year after shooting an unarmed man in 2011.  In April 2015, the same Portsmouth, Virginia officer,  shot and killed 18-year-old William Chapman in a supermarket parking lot.   In April 2011, Officer Rankin shot and killed Kirill Denyakin, 26, a cook, who was also unarmed. Rankin shot Denyakin 11 times after a 911 call regarding loud banging on a door.   Rankin claimed Denyakin charged him and was reaching into the waistband of his jeans as he charged.  Denyakin did…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • You may not have Hillary Clinton to kick around much longer

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Opinions about Hillary Clinton range from absolute hatred to unadulterated adoration. The one thing rarely heard about Ms. Clinton is that she’s not very bright; yet her email scandal tends to argue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama strikes deal with Iran but U.S. and Israel lose

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    President Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration had reached a deal that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons and defended its provisions for verifying Tehran’s compliance. “Every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage A key tenet of jurisprudence is that no judge ruling on a case should have a personal bias or have taken a personal role in a matter before a court. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allies run out of bullets, but there’s always time for golf

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy doesn’t work. Even if you think there’s some validity to the strategy, you’d have to acknowledge that it could only work if while hiding in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It used to be that our colleges and universities were places of learning; today these schools are bastions of left-wing political indoctrination. Just one day after announcing that it would not allow... [[ 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

  • Turnout vs. Reachout

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • The Return of the Silent Majority

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent…
  • Obama Goes to Iran - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international…
  • Patriot Games - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in…
  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for…
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    US Daily Review

  • Reflections on The Legacy of John Howard, 1921-2015: American Hero, Conservative Champion, and Faithful Servant

    usdr
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    By USDR Dr.John Addison Howard, the namesake and Senior Fellow ofThe Howard Center for Family, Religion & Societyand International Ambassador forWorld Congress of FamiliesdiedAugust 6thin his sleep.  He was a week shy of his 94thbirthday. Dr.Allan C. Carlson, President, The Rockford Institute, 1986-1997; President, The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society, 1998-2015; and co-founder of the World Congress of Families offers the following reflections on John’s life, 1921-2015. “Born inEvanston, Illinois, in 1921,John Howardspent many summers inRockfordstaying with…
  • Anti Semitic Attack in San Antonio

    usdr
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    By AJC, Special for USDR AJC is urgingSan Antonioauthorities to apprehend and bring to justice those responsible for attacks on the Jewish community. CongregationAgudas Achim,San Antonio’ssecond-largest synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti. Congregation Rodfei Sholom and 30 cars and buildings near the synagogue were similarly vandalized. “These hateful attacks on our community are painful,” saidKim Kamen, Associate Director of AJC Regional Offices. “Jews, indeed all Texans, need to remain vigilant.” TexasGovernorGreg Abbottcondemned the vandalism,…
  • Video: Americans Struggle to Name a GOP Candidate Who Isn’t Trump

    usdr
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    By MRCTV, Special for USDR Video-While all the Republican contenders out there, Americans at the National Mallstruggled to name a GOP candidate who isn’t Donald TrumpwhenMRCTV.orgasked them to list as many candidates as they  could. See videoin full post:  http://www.mrctv.org/blog/video-americans-struggle-name-gop-candidate-who-isnt-trump
  • Honda Opens New Silicon Valley Facility to Advance Connected Mobility

    usdr
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    By Honda, Special for USDR Honda today marked the opening of its new Silicon Valley R&D facility, using the occasion to unveil a refreshed 2016 Accord featuring Honda’s first application of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto.  Honda also announced a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator, which will provide resources to breakthrough technology innovators to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience. Honda’s Silicon Valley operation, which was first established in 2000, is charged with researching and…
  • Budget Projections Underscore Need for Presidential Hopefuls to Address Growing Debt

    usdr
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By the Concord Coalition, Special for USDR The Concord Coalition said today thatupdated projections on the federal budgetreinforce the need for presidential candidates in both parties to explain how they would curb the growth of the national debt over the next decade and beyond. “Even with declining short-term deficits and slowing health care costs,Washingtonclearly remains on an unsustainable fiscal path,” saysRobert L. Bixby, Concord’s executive director. “The federal debt is already quite high by historical standards, and the new projections confirm…
 
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    American Patriot » American Patriot

  • Another White Police Officer shot, this time in Houston, TX

    The American Patriot
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    What say you, #blacklivesmatter? From the AP: HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities. Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed…
  • AllahPundit makes a very good point about Donald Trump

    The American Patriot
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Hate to say it, but he is very much correct: One more thing: In the unlikely event that Trump does sweep to the presidency, I think some historians will begin reconsidering what the Reagan revolution was really about. Was it a conservative revolt against the Great Society, Nixonian welfare-state management, and Carter-era exhaustion with liberalism, or was it more a response to the sense of national renewal that Reagan projected, above and beyond ideology? Reagan, unlike Trump, was a true conservative and wanted to limit government accordingly, but they both stood for American power in…
  • A very true statement about yesterday’s shooting

    The American Patriot
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    Erick Erickson, who has slandered me in the past, makes a good point. Which is why I am quoting him here. Erick Says: The reality is that evil exists and we will never legislate it away. Bad things will always happen. Evil people will do evil things. We saw evil in Charleston. We saw evil yesterday. Unfortunately, too many are too blind to evil. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in Planned Parenthood decapitating children and sending their heads in the mail making sure their eyes are closed. Those who have eyes to see can see the evil in the collapse of families and the rise of…
  • BREAKING NEWS:White Virginia TV reporter and Cameraman Killed on live TV by black former TV reporter

    The American Patriot
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    This is every news reporters nightmare. The video: video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player The story via WDBJ-TV: Two WDBJ7 employees were killed in an attack Wednesday morning at Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake. This happened during a live broadcast around 6:45 a.m. Police are looking for a suspect who apparently opened fire on WDBJ7 photographer Adam Ward and WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker. Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce was also injured in the shooting. She is in surgery. Adam was 27-years-old. Alison just turned 24. Both were…
  • Dog-whistle racism at Crooks and Liars

    The American Patriot
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Looks like the Democrats or at least progressives over at Crooks and Liars, which used to be a respectable left wing blog, at one time; are playing the ol’ “you ain’t a real nigga black man, if you are a conservative and get on fox news” game. Which is, as far as this writer is concerned, a bigoted statement. First, let’s watch the video, shall we? You would think that this would be a normal video; which if you are being intellectually honest, is correct right? Not according to Heather over at Crooks and Liars: Yep, it’s time for another installment of…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Gear Up For Fantasy Football

    Brian Murphy
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Image from: Fantasy Football / Shutterstock It’s that time of year again – Fantasy Football is back, baby! Draft time is around the corner, and the leagues are filling up fast. In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about it. Wildly enough, each year I end up over committing myself to at least 4 different leagues, to which I only end up doing well in 1 or 2 of them if I’m lucky. Needless to say – my game planning is already well underway. But enough about me, let’s dig into some data that suggests I might not be alone. To dive a little deeper into our clickstream data, we…
  • July Top 50: Back to School is Around the Corner!

    Brian Murphy
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    Image from: Back to School / Shutterstock Netflix & Instagram Continue Their Successes Netflix and Instagram were big movers in the July Top 50. Netflix has continued its growth trajectory, moving from #27 in the June Top 50 to #19 overall in our July list – growing almost +20% MoM. Some TV series released including Wet Hot American Summer and Scandal have likely contributed to the growth and engagement on Netflix.com – both of which, as search terms, were top 20 keyword referrals to netlix.com. The summer months have proved to be a perfect time for Netflix users to get their fix of…
  • July Data is Now Live – Khan Academy, Steam, GQ and More

    Eric Keating
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    Image from: Summer Camp / Shutterstock July data is now live and available in Compete PRO! July was a busy month on the Internet, and it shows in our Monthly Fast Movers. Topping the chart is non-profit educational tool, KhanAcademy.org, posting an impressive 128% month-over-month (MoM) growth. Part of this explosive growth can likely be attributed to two major partnership announcements in July. In the month of July, Google tapped Khan Academy and a number of other educational companies to put together sessions for its inaugural free summer program, Camp Google, aimed at getting kids to learn…
  • Instagram Desktop Usage On The Rise

    Brian Murphy
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Image from: Desktop Usage / Shutterstock Many users have noticed the significant improvement to the Instagram.com desktop site as of late. While it was originally designed for the mobile app space, Instagram is now integrating their desktop and mobile capabilities – and it has helped increase their site traffic thus far. This idea of creating a more functional user experience across platforms is critical to brand success and growth over time. For context: Instagram announced last month that they were adding search bar capabilities to their desktop site – this improvement now gives users…
  • Automotive Ad Campaigns to Remember

    Olivia Spector
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Image from: Cars / Shutterstock Auto industry advertising always manages to grab my full attention. Whether an ad includes catchy music, a celebrity appearance, or great visuals, automotive commercials featuring the latest vehicle models always stand out in my mind. While there have been many great auto ad campaigns, I have three favorites so far in 2015. I was curious to see where changes in consumer behavior were shown within Compete PRO to present a possibility that other consumer enjoyed the ads as much as I did. Using data from Compete PRO, I was able to see digital trends which…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Do Black Lives Matter?

    Terrell AronSpeer
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Do Black Lives Matter? Apparently, candidates running for President under the banner of any political party are likely to be confronted by a group asserting the position, “Black lives matter.”  It seems an obvious statement of fact.  As all human life matters, of course black lives matter.  But apparently, suggesting this obvious interpretation of the statement, “black lives matter” will get you into a heap of trouble.  Martin O’Malley, spineless “B List” candidate for President in the Democrat primary, was forced to apologize for suggesting that this had anything to do with…
  • Planned Parenthood aborts Lincoln’s ascribed “divine attributes”

    Lee Cary
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    By Lee Cary Planned Parenthood’s house is burning. Just as quickly as the flames subside, another callous discussion made public concerning its sources and methods, of revenue and dissection, fans the horrific flame. This is happening despite a liberal media’s complicity in the organization’s behaviors as displayed by its general silence, even as some reporters focus on the pro-Planned Parenthood mouthpieces who blame those who expose the horror and applaud the purveyors of it. Meanwhile, federal monetary support for the dismemberment continues – un-aborted – as the harvesting of…
  • The Moderate Muslim Myth

    Terrell AronSpeer
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    My last post to Tea Party 911 was my swan song.  I said I would not post again unless the subject was of the utmost importance. So you have every right to assume that this is an important post. To me, the term “Moderate Muslim” always seemed like an oxymoron.  Where are these moderate Muslims? Why do we not hear from them?  Compared to activists, moderates would by definition be more reticent to take to the streets shouting slogans.  Also, as moderation includes a measure of ambivalence, it would be foolish of us to expect moderate Muslims to take back or reform Islam or Islamic…
  • Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

    Editorial Staff
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    ~by James Still~ Suffering from bad health in 1758, Washington resigned as Commander of the Virginia Regiment. The letter Washington receives from his Officers provides an excellent glimpse into his character: “SIR, We your most obedient and affectionate Officers, beg leave to express our great Concern, at the disagreeable News we have received of your Determination to resign the Command of that Corps, in which we have under you long served.  The happiness we have enjoyed, and the Honor we have acquired, together with the mutual Regard that has always subsisted between you and your…
  • Washington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

    Editorial Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    ~by James Still~ In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, "doo-cane"].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and the chief told the story of the “great” battle at Fort Duquesne: “I…
 
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    The Nationsmith

  • Trump Mania Meet Corbyn Mania

    Kent David Du
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    While America has Trump Mania, Great Britain is having Corbyn Mania. Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, is the current front-runner of the Labour Party leadership election. Donald Trump is a man who wants to be the next President of the United States. The leader of the party will lead the party in the House of Commons as the Leader of the Opposition meaning he or she could be Britain’s next prime minister. It’s obvious Trump is somewhat his own man – billionaire, boorish attitude, lack of specific policies other than what suits him during the moment, and an outsider to…
  • Every Life Matters: Police Killings Since Ferguson

    Kent David Du
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    In a country such as ours it is tragic that there have been over a thousand police killings of unarmed Americans since the death of Michael Brown and Ferguson. 1,083 people of every race, gender, and creed have been killed since then and most of the killings have been in my state of California. Half of that number is police killing white Americans and almost 7 black Americans are killed per million. 756 of those cases since Ferguson are still being investigated. What kind of country do we live in? We say we have the rule of law but some of these cases proves to me otherwise. The…
  • Arctic Central to Russian Grand Strategy

    Kent David Du
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    What: According to BBC, the Russian Navy has a new naval doctrine that will focus on the Arctic for its rich mineral supply and utilize Icebreakers in the Arctic to allow Russian ships to access both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Russians will seek to continue their important partnerships with both the Chinese and Indian naval forces in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean respectively. Furthermore, the Russians will develop strategies to counter NATO in the Atlantic and develop a naval presence in Mediterranean. Why: It’s no secret since the Russians had annexed Crimea and its naval…
  • Donald Trump, the Political Icarus

    Kent David Du
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Donald Trump, whether people like him or not, may be the Kingmaker (or the Queenmaker) for the 2016 US Presidential elections. Gruff, confident, and obnoxiously persistent Trump has been the thorn at the side of the Republican establishment and its favored son Jeb Bush’s ambitions to capture the presidency. Because of his business success or his infamyy, Mr. Trump is leading among conservative, likely voters, a constituency whose blessing is needed by anyone wishing to be anointed as the party’s candidate. Trump has threatened the establishment that if they don’t play nice…
  • Political Culture in the United States and the Eleven Nations that Define It.

    Kent David Du
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Political culture is something many Americans choose not to make as an observation in their everyday political thinking. In this Tufts Magazine article the author strikes that America isn’t simply about red versus blue states but a greater divide between eleven political nations with their own culture, history, norms, value systems, and level of political tolerance. I’ve always said one of the hardest parts of making centralized legislation or public policy decisions or implementation is that the one-size fits all model isn’t optimal at the Federal level and this article…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Why do I become a pro-Assad activist?

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    Arab uprisings started as the natural fate of longstanding totalitarianism, corruption and lack of social justice.The economic situation played a major role to evoke the spontaneous and unexpected popular demonstrations in central squares. At the beginning, Tunisia witnessed massive demonstrations ended by throwing the dictator, but the spark was a successful suicide attempt by surfed vegetable seller who was insulted by the municipal police. Contagiously, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen followed Tunisia respectively.Where to be and why?Modern capital regimes blame Stalin for…
  • A Scope on Jewish Terrorism in Palestine

    8 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    A picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned alive by Jewish extremists (July 31).Brief record:One-and-a-half year old Ali Saad Dawabsha became the latest victim of Israeli violence on July 31. He was burned to death. Other members of his family were also severely burned in a Jewish settlers’ attack on their home in the village of Duma, near Nablus, in the West Bank.One year ago, three Israeli Jews admitted kidnapping and burning Palestinian teenage to death. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was found burned to death after disappearing in July 2nd, 2014. Forensic analysis of his…
  • Israel Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva |  As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday – which may be extended – for talks on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the impending threat.Iran has refused to allow inspections of its covert nuclear sites and declared it will use advanced centrifuges as soon as a deal is met, meaning the leading state sponsor of terrorism could potentially obtain a nuclear arsenal within weeks, all while getting billions of dollars in sanctions…
  • Wahhabism, Al Saud and ISIS – The Unholy Trinity

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Catherine Shakdam | Although ISIS has certainly been sold as an Islamic movement, everything it professes and teaches stands against Islam and its teachings. This divide actually goes beyond Islam’s great schism – which schism it needs to be noted remains part of this myth Saudi Arabia has been so eager on selling the world.If indeed religious disagreements have occurred over the centuries and if Muslims have in truth fought and argue over the legitimacy, legality and religious superiority of their schools of thoughts and judicial principles, scholars did so in the knowledge…
  • The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Palestinian workers wait to cross the Israeli checkpoint of Jalameh, south of the West Bank city of Jenin, on their way to work in Israel. (Mohammed Ballas / AP)By Sandy Tolan | For years the “A-word” has been off-limits in polite conversation about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The A-word, we have been told, unfairly singles out the Jewish state and its use is perhaps even anti-Semitic. Such declarations can have a powerful silencing effect.However, in 2002 Archbishop Desmond Tutu broke the taboo, writing in the British newspaper The Guardian that “the humiliation of…
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    BizPac Review

  • Palin’s Trump interview so hot, fans crashed website

    Michael Dorstewitz
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Two favorites of anti-establishment conservatives — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump — came together in a highly anticipated interview Friday night. Interest in the Palin-Trump interview on One America News Network.was so great that the small cable outlet’s website crashed hours before it aired, according to Variety. Trump indicated he wanted to simplify the federal tax code “that nobody understands” by going to a fair-tax or flat-tax system to help the middle class. “The country was based on the middle class,” he…
  • Hands off Huma! Team Hillary tries to scold Trump for Weiner roast, others say ‘pass the marshmallows’

    Tom Tillison
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    While Team Hillary was preoccupied with putting out the fire, the rest of America wanted to roast a few marshmallows. Hillary Clinton rarely goes off message, but one exception is when longtime aide Huma Abedin is being targeted. The Clinton campaign fired back hard Friday evening after Republican front-runner Donald Trump took a shot at Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman. Trump just roasted ‘perv, sleazebag’ Anthony Weiner to everyone’s delight! ‘Bing bing bing’ At a Boston fundraiser earlier in the day, Trump called Weiner a…
  • Ed Henry responds to Queen Hillary’s uppity shot

    Carmine Sabia
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    After Hillary Clinton’s snarky confrontation with him earlier Friday, Fox News reporter Ed Henry took the high road in responding to her increasing frustration over his tough questions. Henry appeared on Fox News’ “The Five” to discuss Clinton’s response to him at a press conference in Minneapolis earlier in the day, when he asked Clinton a series of questions to which Clinton, like a petulant child, made faces and responded by saying, “Let me answer one of your questions, because that’s what I think you are entitled to.” Henry essentially just reported what had…
  • Trump just roasted ‘perv, sleazebag’ Anthony Weiner to everyone’s delight! ‘Bing bing bing’

    Tom Tillison
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    Voters have one certainty in the crowded 2016 presidential race: that Donald Trump will tell it like it is — unfortunately for Anthony Weiner. While talking about Hillary Clinton’s emails at a Boston fundraiser on Friday, Trump mentioned long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who has also been drawn into the controversy, according to The Hill. Before long, the Republican front-runner was taking pot shots at Abedin’s husband, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. “Who is Huma married to?” Trump asked those in attendance. “One of the great sleazebags of our time, Anthony…
  • On-air killer closely identified himself with 9/11 terrorists; police find shocking evidence in home

    Michael Dorstewitz
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Letters found inside the home and car of the Virginia man who murdered a TV reporter news reporter and her cameraman on the air Wednesday reveal that he identified himself with the 9/11 terrorists. “Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that [Vester Lee] Flanagan very closely identified with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S.,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the New York Post. Police added what many had suspected…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Three Quotes On Revolt

    Kleier
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Today I have three short quotes for a social protest literature post. They all are an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” First, Jean Genet, a French playwright and novelist (1910-1986) from “Prisoner of Love”: The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man…not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology. Second, “The Oath”, an oath taken by thousands of Chinese…
  • Social Capital and The Lack Thereof

    Kleier
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I have been watching the PBS NewsHour these past few days to see their week long segment on one of the biggest problems facing American higher education today, namely, the lack of success by incoming students from lower-income households. Here’s the introduction: More students are enrolling in college, but the percent of students who actually earn a college credential by the age of 24 has only increased significantly for families with the highest household incomes. Between 1970 and 2013, the percent of students earning college credentials from families with incomes in the top quarter of all…
  • Obama Admin Failing to Follow ‘Don’t Do Stupid S***’ Policy in Egypt

    Paul Phillips
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    One of the promises the Obama administration made when it came to foreign policy was simple and straightforward: Don’t do stupid s*** (stuff).  While they’ve been successful in living up to that mantra by doing things like making the nuclear deal with Iran, they’ve failed miserably and disgracefully in Egypt. A recent piece from the AP not only illustrates this fact but should be very disturbing from a national security perspective.  The article points out how the young in Egypt, who supported the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood, are now disillusioned with the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Nelson Mandela, South African President, etc.

    Kleier
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    An excerpt from the 1961 statement “The Struggle is My Life” by Nelson Mandela . Mandela was a South African apartheid foe sentenced to life in prison in 1964 and not released until 1990. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected president of South Africa in 1994, 1918-2013. 1990 South Africa This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” Those who are voteless cannot be expected to continue paying…
  • What Obama Says, What the Right Hears

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
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    The Daily Signal

  • Obama’s New Climate Rules Will Hurt Poor, Minority Americans the Most

    Nicolas Loris
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    “We know that low-income, minority communities would be hardest hit.” That’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking about the higher energy prices that would result from the Obama administration’s recently announced climate regulations on power plants. The Clean Power Plan, which will require drastic cuts in 47 states’ carbon dioxide emissions—consequently shifting America’s energy economy away from affordable, reliable coal—will adversely impact poor minority families the most. McCarthy downplayed that fact by saying any…
  • The Number of Victims Shows There’s No Excuse for Sanctuary Cities

    Hans von Spakovsky
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    A litigation battle is raging between the states and President Barack Obama over his attempt to impose a nationwide “sanctuary” policy for illegal aliens. Yet there is no question that existing sanctuary policies implemented by numerous towns and cities have victimized innocent Americans. Those sanctuary policies have enabled illegal aliens to commit thousands of crimes—crimes that would not have occurred had their perpetrators been deported in keeping with existing law. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a study on approximately 250,000 illegal aliens locked…
  • What We Can Learn From California’s Failed Green Jobs Plan

    Nicolas Loris
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    In the eyes of the Obama administration, California is the gold standard for state energy policy. The feds lavishly laud the Golden State’s aggressive green energy mandates and stringent energy efficiency requirements. But few states have jumped on California’s green energy bandwagon—and with good reason. Exhibit A: The green jobs initiative passed in 2012. Turns out, it isn’t all it was cracked up to be. The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) raised corporate taxes to pay for energy efficiency initiatives and green energy projects—particularly at state schools.
  • Obama’s Iran Policy: Trust, Don’t Verify

    Clifford May
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Initially, I thought the news was beyond parody. The Associated Press last week ran a story headlined “U.N. to let Iran inspect nuke work site.” I soon realized that this revelation—a secret side agreement under which Iran is to police its own suspected nuclear weapons facilities—was too ludicrous not to parody. The host of a radio talk show asked me how this was different from letting professional athletes test their own urine for performance-enhancing drugs. A colleague said the next time the Internal Revenue Service questioned his tax return, he’d offer to conduct a…
  • The Navy Hasn’t Been This Small Since the 1930s. Can We Afford a Larger Navy?

    Justin Johnson
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    The United States Navy has been shrinking for decades and is now at levels last seen in the 1930s. Politicians on both sides of the aisle say they want to reverse that trend. But is a larger Navy really affordable? Today’s Navy has 273 active-duty ships—14 percent fewer than were afloat on 9/11. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney proposed a plan to get the Navy to 350 ships. Many of this year’s Republican presidential candidates have called for rebuilding lost naval capacity as well. But making the Navy larger and stronger is actually a bipartisan position. The Obama…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Tennessee City Councilman Recorded Using Racial Slurs And Death Threats, Says He Isn’t Racist

    Anomaly
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    A Tennessee councilman’s racial slurs and death threats were recorded during a 9-1-1 call.                       The Loudon City council member says he’s not prejudiced though. He has friends of all races.  He has an uncanny resemblance to Archie Bunker, don’t you think? In the recording, […]
  • Ohio Sheriff: ‘I’d Deport American Citizens If I Could’

    Anomaly
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    Ohio Sheriff Richard Jones thinks we’re making a mistake not deporting American citizens who also happen to be brown people. He also thinks Donald Trump is just the best ever. Speaking to Chris Hayes Thursday, Jones declared he’d be just fine deporting American citizens if it meant decreasing the Latino population in his county. He’s […]
  • Palin And Trump Whine Over ‘Gotcha Questions’ After Donald The Christian Can’t Name A Bible Verse

    Anomaly
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    After taking to her page to rage against Bible ‘gotcha’ questions in reference to Donald Trump recently failing to name his favorite Bible verse, half term Governor of Alaska interviewed the Republican Presidential candidate on ‘On Point.’                   Palin and Trump spent a good portion of […]
  • Painting Of Trump As A ‘Giant Pile Of Sh*t’ By Street Artist Hanksy Appears In Manhattan

    Anomaly
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    New York has some amazing graffiti and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been honored with that tradition, featured on the side of a wall in Manhattan as a steaming pile of sh*t.                             The Huffington Post reports: One artist, who shall […]
  • Here Is George Zimmerman bragging About Killing Trayvon Martin

    Anomaly
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:18 pm
    George Zimmerman, the man who shot down unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, isn’t winning any friends on with his latest rants.                                   This time, Killer Z replied to someone who posted a meme to him reading, “It’s slap-an-idiot […]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Martyr’s sister keeps Raksha Bandhan tradition alive

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
      Gurdaspur, Aug 29 (PTI) It has been over 40 years that she lost her brother in the Indo-Pak war but Jalandhar resident Amritpal Kaur has kept the festival alive by visiting his memorial in the district on Raksha Bandhan every year.   65-year-old Kaur has been religiously visiting the memorial of her brother Kamaljeet Singh, who died fighting Pakistani soldiers on December 4, 1971, in Bamial sector in Gurdaspur district on the festival of Raksha Bandhan.   Kamaljeet Singh was a wireless operator in the 20 Battalion of Border Security Force which was deployed at Simbal border out…
  • Munde slams govt for disallowing seminar on Shivaji’s history

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
      Mumbai, Aug 29 (PTI) Leader of opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde today hit out at the state government for denying permission to a seminar on the historical writing on King Shivaji in the neighbouring Thane.   He alleged that the Devendra Fadnavis-led government was suppressing the freedom of speech.   The seminar had been organised in the wake of controversy over BJP-Shiv Sena government's decision to give 'Maharashtra Bhushan' award to the historian Babasaheb Purandare.  …
  • Odisha House adjourned sine die

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
      Bhubaneswar, Aug 29 (PTI) The Odisha Assembly was today adjourned sine die after conducting business for two consecutive days with vacant opposition benches amidst a boycott of the House by both Congress and BJP members who were protesting alleged partisan action by the Speaker.   Like yesterday, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House soon after the question hour till 3 PM with an appeal to the opposition legislators to participate in the proceedings during the post-lunch session.   However, on the last day of the monsoon session,…
  • Kerala capital to host joint military exercise

    Niti PTI Bot
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
      Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 29 (PTI) The sixth joint military training exercise involving the Indian Army and the Maldivian National Defence Force will be held at Military Station here from from August 31 to September 13.  A total of 45 Marines from the Maldivian National Defence Force and 45 soldiers of the Indian Army will take part in the exercise titled “Ex-Ekuverin 2015”, a defence release said here today.   The bilateral annual exercise, which commenced in 2009 in Belgaum, is alternately held in India and Maldives with the aim of enhancing military cooperation…
  • Silicon Valley to UK – NaMo Anticipation builds up

    Niticentral Staff
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit United States in September this year, to attend the 70th annual session of the UN General Assembly. After attending the UN Summit in New York on September 25, PM Modi will visit US West Coast on September 27.   He will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the US West Coast in several decades. Later, he will be meeting US President Barack Obama on September 28. Narendra Modi will meet the top IT CEOs of Silicon Valley, to garner their support for his ambitious ‘Digital India’ project and clean energy initiatives. He will…
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Wed, Aug. 19

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Jared Fogle’s wife seeks divorce after Fogle agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minor, child porn – 953MNC.com The latest on federal documents ... The post Show Prep: Wed, Aug. 19 appeared first on +ADw-/title+AD4-Hacked by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:07 pm
      Jared Fogle to plead guilty to child porn HUD wants family making over $500k a year to stay in government housing as ‘inspiration’ for ... The post Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 3 appeared first on +ADw-/title+AD4-Hacked by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
      Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data Gas tax hike could be sticking point for proposed $1.2B road funding plan in Michigan Report: Women ... The post Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 2 appeared first on +ADw-/title+AD4-Hacked by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
      Jared Fogle’s wife seeks divorce after Fogle agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minor, child porn Shotgun Wedding Couple Sues Bible-Thumping Texas ... The post Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 1 appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Talks Mass Incarceration With Guest James Kilgore

    Liberal Fix
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Liberal Fix interviews guest James Kilgore, author of Mass Incarceration: A People's Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of our Time. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
  • Liberal Fix Radio Discusses Hurricane Katrina 10 Yrs Later and Disaster Politics

    Liberal Fix
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss Hurricane Katrina and the politics of exploitation on the 10th anniversary of the natural disaster. They cover the intersection of disaster capitalism and racial politics, and how it relates both to the events in 2005 and what is still happening today. Keith and Naomi Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or…
  • Liberal Fix- Keith & Naomi Discuss the GOP's Borderline Insanity on Immigration

    Liberal Fix
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the Republican Party's hard right turn on immigration, including multiple candidates calling for an end to birthright citizenship and at least one candidate's support for military drone strikes on American soil to target suspected "illegals".  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with guest Allan Johnson

    Liberal Fix
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Allan G. Johnson is a nonfiction author, novelist, sociologist, public speaker, and workshop presenter who has devoted most of his working life to understanding the human condition, especially in relation to issues of social justice rooted in gender, race, and social class. He has spoken at more than 200 universities, colleges, corporations, and other organizations in 39 states.  Allan’s latest book, Not from Here, is a personal exploration of the meaning of being white in North America. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Eve Spangler

    Liberal Fix
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Eve Spangler is a sociologist and a human and civil rights activist. She is the Assistant Chair of the Boston College Department of Sociology.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • ‘Getting Under The Hood’ Of A Black Hole Paradox

    21wire
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    21st Century Wire asks…So what happens after you pass through a black hole?It’s a theory known as the ‘black hole information paradox’ and it said to result from a phenomenon which combines quantum mechanics and the theory general relativity. The paradox suggests that physical information would permanently disappear into a black hole, allowing many physical states to devolve into the same state, and the black hole to “radiate away.”“In order to understand why the information loss problem is a problem, we need first to understand what it is.  Take a…
  • ‘Caliphate Allows Cappuccinos’: ISIS ‘Travel Guide’ Hits European Streets

    21wire
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:12 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Just when you thought the ISIS narrative couldn’t get any more ridiculous and camp, their own jihadi lonely planet guide surfaced this week on the streets of southern Europe. The controversial brochure is said to be used in recruitment of much needed ‘skilled labor’ from Italy.The guide features a compendium of do’s and dont’s and places on interest for intrepid unemployed jihadist in search of misadventure. It warns of excessive heat in the deserts of Iraq and Syria, and where to find swimming holes to cool off between sacking local…
  • Israel Lobby Ensured That U.S. Double Agent Jonathan Pollard Walks Free

    21wire
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    SARTRE21st Century WireThe history of the Jonathan Pollard spy case usually breaks down to the views of the person doing the analysis. If one holds favorable sentiments for Israel, sympathy towards Pollard usually surfaces.  Contrary if one maintains an abiding loyalty towards the United States, the facts of the spying and treasonous betrayal are overwhelming. In the end, the final assessment proves that the notion of being a “Dual Loyalist” is preposterous. It is absurd that an authentic American can be a Zionist and provide actual national security secrets to an Israeli government that…
  • Thug U.S. General From Abu Ghraib Hired As ‘Adviser’ For Financial Terrorists J.P. Morgan

    21wire
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:25 am
    21st Century Wire says…Who said crime doesn’t pay?When U.S. General Ray Odierno was heading the US 4th Infantry Division in Iraq, dead bodies began turning up. Stories of physical violence and torture became commonplace at US military installations in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison (pictured above) and in Tikrit. One 4th ID soldier even shot and killed an Iraq man – while he was handcuffed. It’s also been said that the mayhem which happened (and encouraged) under Odierno’s watch was the single best-ever recruitment tool for current ISIS scourge. For this and…
  • One in 7 People On Entire Planet Logged Onto Facebook Monday

    21wire
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The 21st century has certainly witnessed a progression towards a ‘cashless’ and fully-functional, technocratic ‘Big Brother’ globalized society, and social networking giant Facebook could very well find itself at the center of this new virtual reality.Imagine a virtual world where all goods and services are to be offered, bought and paid in the same place where all of your essential communication will transpire. Monopolists are expecting the public to go ‘all-in’, and offer no or little alternative to this mass homogenization. Will…
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Indefatigable Martha Choe

    guanyinmiao
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    The indefatigable Martha Choe – with stints as the Vice President at the Bank of California, Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – with her wealth of experience, challenged participants at a sharing session in the NUS Business School to not only do well with the skills acquired from the university, but to also do good for the community. “The community and my family are very important [to me],” she stressed in the beginning, “and I’ve always been…
  • Visit Venice

    guanyinmiao
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the Italian city of Venice? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • A Curious Concept Of Leadership

    guanyinmiao
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet what is perhaps more crucial is whether individuals on the ground feel empowered to partake in these conversations. The chatter on the Internet may project the image of an active citizenry or consultative government, but it would appear that constructive engagements have been far and few between since the Our Singapore Conversation initiative from 2012 to 2013. One wonders if the aspirations and recommendations mooted were taken into consideration, and how the exercise - with significant involvement of and feedback from Singaporeans - may have shaped policy-making processes. In other…
  • Look Deeper And Further Into History

    guanyinmiao
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet perhaps what is more important – beyond the “how” – is the “what”. Premised upon the objectives of inculcating historical consciousness, encouraging evaluations of past judgements and actions, as well as applying these lessons, the Ministry of Education (MOE) should also review the content taught to the young. Common criticisms include: an over-emphasis on the purported success of post-independence Singapore, with little said about ancient or even modern Singapore; the absence of diverse narratives, especially with the more controversial episodes; and the insistence to foist…
  • Visit Milan

    guanyinmiao
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the Italian city of Milan? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Turnout vs. Reachout

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • The Return of the Silent Majority

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent…
  • Obama Goes to Iran - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international…
  • Patriot Games - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in…
  • Ted Cruz Playing the Trump Card

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats. Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for…
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Jimmy Carter Leaves it in the Hands of God

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    You know you’ve lived an accomplished life when at 90 years old you’ve held the highest office in the land, you’ve dedicated your life to humanitarian projects, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and you’ve left it all on the playing field of life! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The AWARD of Humility & Grace goes to… The ’Three Stooges’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Nation’s Conscience’ AWARD goes to… Our ‘Prayers Have Been Answered’ AWARD goes to… The ’Biggest Hypocrite Ever' AWARD goes to… The ’Water…
  • Discovery of Earth 2.0 - Weekly News Awards

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    After major discoveries from the New Horizons spacecraft this past week from Pluto. Now It seems we may have a sister planet. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Not Sleeping at the Wheel’ AWARD goes to… The ’Humanitarian’ AWARD goes to… A Special AWARD for Bravery, Loyalty and our Heartfelt Thanks’ goes to… The ‘Kids will be Kids’ AWARD goes to… ’There’s No Place Like Home’ the AWARD goes to… The ’Quote of the Week' AWARD goes to… The ’Extinction of Life' AWARD goes to… …and for the…
  • OUT LOUD NEWS & COMMENT

    18 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Raisin Farmers in California Investigation in to 1969 Moon Landings FIFA Investigation related Amazon informs Congress of intent to deliver with Drones Presidential Race Health Care Crisis Tele-medicine
  • Happiness Comes From....

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ever notice that when a well-known, respected personality has a run of bad luck – the news media will turn on them in an instant! People are attracted to brutal and violent movies and television shows. Reality shows that focus on defeat. A culture of violent video games are feeding young minds. All of these sources feed the negative mindset. Now - Scientists have created a four-step, 10-week program that changes your mindset. Dr Sood led the research for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that help train people’s minds into choosing happiness.
  • Amazon’s Postmodern Experiment - Weekly News Awards

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:36 pm
    They were calling it 'Prime Day’… Consumers were using other descriptive words to explain it! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Mountains of Trash’ AWARD goes to… The ’Olive Branch’ AWARD goes to… The AWARD of ‘Determination & Courage’ goes to… The ’No Comment' AWARD goes to… The ‘Failed Grace’ AWARD goes to… The ’Pay-Back Humanitarian' AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get Involved. Get Loud America!
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    The Desert Lynx

  • An Open Letter to Conspiracy Theorists

    Joël Valenzuela
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Dear Mr. Conspiracy Theorist, You need help. No wait, that didn’t sound right. I apologize. What I meant to say is, you’re right about everything. Except you aren’t. About most things. But you still are… Argh, this isn’t working. Ok, …
  • Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

    Joël Valenzuela
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Ron Paul started a revolution, a mass movement of Americans fed up with politics as usual. That movement survived both of Paul’s recent presidential campaigns, and is alive and stronger than ever in the 2016 election, under the banner of …
  • Death Musings

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Some ask, “What is the meaning of life?” I ask, “What is the meaning of death?” Is it the end of flesh and breath and blood? Or is it the conclusion of spirit? Is death absolute and solid, or a …
  • Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

    Joël Valenzuela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day? No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could …
  • Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
 
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    Citizens News

  • #SMH Fridays, Week of Aug. 23

    Liberty Bell
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics Welcome to #SMH Fridays! Obviously, that’s Internet speak for “shaking my head” Fridays, but you already knew that.  Here at Red Alert Politics we spend entirely too much time on the internet and some of the things that we see out there are just absolutely astonishing/mind-blowing/horrifying/disgusting/trendy/weird/insert any adjective here. As […]The post #SMH Fridays, Week of Aug. 23 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Antagonism with Russia Shifts to Courtrooms

    Liberty Bell
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Nadiya Savchenko, third from left, is pictured before a deployment to Iraq in 2004. In Aug. 2015 she appeared in a Russian court to face murder charges, after allegedly being kidnapped from Ukraine. Many feel her trial is an […]The post Antagonism with Russia Shifts to Courtrooms appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Argentina

    Liberty Bell
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery Those who do not remember the past… No country is too wealthy to be reduced to wretched poverty by liberalism. Our rulers know what lies down the road we are on; the destination is fine with them. They will still be rich, and will be even more powerful the more poor they […]The post Argentina appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Deathbed confession reveals location of Nazi train that might contain gold

    Liberty Bell
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Written by Christian Science Monitor | World A mysterious Nazi train allegedly loaded with gold and weapons that has been missing for seven decades does exist, Polish authorities confirmed.The post Deathbed confession reveals location of Nazi train that might contain gold appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Obama Regime Raids Gay Escort Service

    Liberty Bell
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Written by GayPatriot They warned me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the Government would start raiding and shutting down websites that promote gay-sex-for-pay. Federal agents and New York City police raided the Manhattan offices of an online male escort service Tuesday, arresting the site’s CEO and six of his employees. Rentboy.com chief executive Jeffrey […]The post Obama Regime Raids Gay Escort Service appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Harper's PMO Lawyer Spills The Beans At Duffy Trial - Harper Ignored Legal Advice And Named Senators Who Did Not Qualify - The Stinky Senate Scandal Started At That Moment

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest aides developed a secret plan in February 2013 to protect Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and other Conservative senators from questions about their eligibility to represent specific provinces in the upper chamber, according to documents tabled in Duffy’s criminal trial Thursday.Harper, however, worried that delving into Senate residency rules would open a can of worms, and insisted that owning property in a province was a sufficient qualification for senators to hold their seats."Had I known we were going down this road, I would have shut it down long…
  • Harper In Wonderland

    leftdog
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    (This editorial, published in the Toronto Star, is bang on and a good  expression of what's happening with our dishonest and highly corrupt Prime Minister:Stephen Harper’s Alice in Wonderland world: EditorialA surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial, and it is shredding the government’s credibilityJust how many impossible things do Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his scandal-tainted Conservative Party expect Canadians to believe before breakfast?A surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s bribery, breach…
  • The Baby Boomer 'Woodstock Generation' Is Now Old And As A Demographic Group Are Voting For Stephen Harper !!

    leftdog
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week marks the 46th Anniversary of a pivotal moment in Baby Boomer culture and history. The 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival is nearly a half century old and the generation that spawned it and basked in it for decades afterwards is now in its Senior years. Love, Peace, Brotherhood, Sisterhood .... the Boomer generation labeled itself as hip, progressive and ground breaking. They mercilessly protested the Vietnam War and helped move public opinion to a more progressive tone signaled by the ousting of President Richard Nixon in the USA, the Quiet Revolution in Quebec and the liberalizing of…
  • Veterans Prevented From Entering Legion Hall While Harper Meets With Small Handful of 'Friendly' Vets .. Shame !!

    leftdog
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A group of Canadian military veterans said they were denied access to a Stephen Harper event held at a legion in New Brunswick Monday morning.Fabian Henry of the organization Marijuana for Trauma said that he and six other veterans heard Sunday night that Conservative leader Harper and Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole were coming to the No. 4 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fredericton.His organization has four branches across the country. It is run by veterans aiming to help vets with post-traumatic stress disorder ease their pain with marijuana treatment.Henry rounded up some…
  • I have one simple question for all of those trained seals who stand behind Steve Harper at his secret, controlled campaign rallies ....

    leftdog
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    ... and that question is:W T F ???
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Secret Service Plans to Hire 1100

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    On par with the EPA for utter ineptitude, Homeland Security’s whoring and boozing Secret Service has decided to try to add some fresh blood into the defunct organization by calling for a hire of 1,100 new agents.
  • Seaweed Beach Beauty

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:36 am
    Keeping up with our desire this month to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, the recent explosion of seaweed clumps spanning the Caribbean’s beaches might seem like the ultimate seaside buzzkill, but PD’s got you covered.
  • The Best Travel Accessory: Being a Badass

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    While a bulk of the population has a thick case of normalcy bias and would like to believe that we live in a civilized world where the only War on Women means that you have to pony up for your own birth control and everyone on the planet is all about tolerance and kumbaya, that is not the case.
  • 25,000 Attend Hamas Summer Camp

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:24 am
    Hamas is reporting a record number of attendants of their Vanguard for Liberation children’s summer camps.
  • Just Sayin’: We Expect More From Our Sandwich Spokesmen Than Our Ambassadors

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Jared Fogle’s had quite a fall from grace this month.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Culture Wars in India (and Elsewhere)

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    By Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs JournalThe many rifts in the contemporary world cannot but extend to the field of culture as they always have, in one way or another. Bismarck was perhaps the first to explicitly call Kulturkampf his policy to combat, in the name of what was technocratic and political modernity for the time, the feudal traditions  and confessional principles followed by Catholics and other conservative Germans but all powers have fought in the civilisational arena to propagate and impose their worldviews and ways of life…
  • Islamic Leaders Issue Bold Call for Rapid Phase Out of Fossil Fuels

    26 Aug 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Religious scholars, experts and teachers from around the world unite to make emotive declaration on climate change ahead of crucial Paris summitBy Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, August 18, 2015Islamic leaders have issued a clarion call to 1.6bn Muslims around the world to work towards phasing out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a 100% renewable energy strategy.The grand mufti’s of Lebanon and Uganda endorsed the Islamic declaration on climate change, along with prominent Islamic scholars and teachers from 20 countries, at a symposium in Istanbul.Their collective statement makes several…
  • Hollowing Out Humanity: Neo-Liberalism, Individualism and the Possibility of Happiness

    26 Aug 2015 | 1:09 am
    A Paper by Dr Ian Forbes, FRSA, FAcSS, Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, UK, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2015Far from enhancing social and private life, the unleashing and promoting of individualism has serious implications for the possibility of experiencing happiness. Just as new perspectives about the nature of human happiness have emerged, providing robust and data-based accounts of the pre-conditions for happiness, so the possibilities for taking advantage of this knowledge are becoming severely constrained. What can be observed is a…
  • If Congress Rejects the Iran Deal, It Would Be a Historic Blunder

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:04 am
    By Seyed Hossein Mousavian, The Huffington Post, August 21, 2015The comprehensive nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers represents a milestone achievement for the cause of global peace and security. Such a diplomatic resolution to a long-running dispute between rival powers has only rarely occurred in history. With this historic deal at hand, the dawn of a new age of relations between Iran and the United States is within sight.
  • Zum Ableben von Egon Bahr

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Potsdam, 21.08.15. „Sicherheit voreinander muss durch Sicherheit miteinander ersetzt werden. Das empfand ich als revolutionär.“ Das schreibt Egon Bahr, der außenpolitische Vordenker der Brandt’schen Ostpolitik, im WeltTrends-Heft August/September (Nr. 106-107).Es ist sein letzter Text, wie wir mit tiefer Trauer feststellen müssen.Prof. Egon Bahr hat sich in den letzten Monaten vehement gegen die Rückkehr des Kalten Krieges in Europa gestemmt. Scharf analysierte er die neuesten internationalen Gefahren, seien es US-Raketenabwehrsysteme, Drohnen oder der IS. Die deutschen und…
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    thecampaignworkshop.com

  • Ganging Considerations

    shelley
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Often, people get excited about their campaign and want to not only order palm cards but also do several pieces of mail, maybe mailing some different segments in their targeting universe with a couple different messages. But then they get the budget for their wish list and think, “Man, I forgot about postage and shipping. But can’t I save if I gang them all together?” People often hear about ganging, but do not necessarily understand the full scope of what is required to meet the cost savings desired. Here are a few things to consider:
  • Campaign Manager vs. General Consultant

    shelley
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    What's the Difference Between a Campaign Manager and a General Consultant?  Political campaign terms can be confusing. In my work I have seen many folks confuse a campaign manager with a general consultant, and have trouble deciding on which they should choose. Below is my attempt to clear that up, as well as a discussion on the pros and cons of each. A campaign manager is a day-to-day employee who works full-time and is paid for by the campaign. The campaign manager's job is to run a single campaign and keep all aspects of it running smoothly. A general consultant is someone who has…
  • More Web Tools I Love: 2015 Edition

    ngpvanadmin
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Joe’s 5 Favorite Web Tools for 2015 As someone who never has enough hours in the day, I am constantly on the lookout for web tools that can help me be more efficient. Here are some of my favorite web tools for 2015.
  • More Innovative Marketing Campaigns

    ngpvanadmin
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Our Picks for Some of the Most Innovative Marketing Campaigns to Inspire Your Creativity Our third installment of our picks for innovative marketing campaigns is here to inspire  your creativity. This time, we have chosen four creative advertising campaigns that incorporate direct mail, video, and print advertising to convey important messages.
  • Is It Important to Use a Partisan Firm?

    ngpvanadmin
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hiring a Non-Partisan vs. Partisan Firm: Which Is Right for You? Earlier this year, I sat on a panel at Campaign Tech East called How to Build Your Digital Team. One of the questions addressed to the panel was whether or not it’s important to work with vendors and firms who only serve one side of the political aisle. The question was meant to stir the pot a bit, and it did, as there were members on the panel from bi-partisan firms. As a partisan firm, The Campaign Workshop collaborates with progressive clients, and we strive to work with vendors who share our views and morals. It’s…
 
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Somalia: Why We Reject Federal And Imposition Of Western Democracy – OpEd

    Ali Ghedi
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    The International Community should learn when and when not to interfere the domestic affairs of Somalia. Over the years, most of the international interventions were driven by some policy assumptions that exacerbated the problem of Somali and have led to destructive implications to the objectives. Perhaps we recall the fate of America’s operation in Somalia … Continue reading Somalia: Why We Reject Federal And Imposition Of Western Democracy – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Milestone On Kazakhstan’s Journey To Promote Nuclear Non-Proliferation – OpEd

    JTW
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    By Gülay Mutlu Today, the 29th of August, was declared as the International Day Against Nuclear Tests after the Republic of Kazakhstan’s resolution for such a signification was unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. This initiative, as well as the fact that Kazakhstan was its initiator, carries a powerful meaning considering … Continue reading Milestone On Kazakhstan’s Journey To Promote Nuclear Non-Proliferation – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • UN Urges All States To Sign, Ratify Nuclear Test Ban

    UN News
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    For the fifth International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed voluntary moratoria on testing imposed by nuclear-armed states but stressed that these cannot substitute for a legally-binding treaty. “The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) is essential for the elimination of nuclear weapons,” Ban said in a message. “It is a legally-binding, … Continue reading UN Urges All States To Sign, Ratify Nuclear Test Ban To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Turkey Launches First Airstrikes Against Islamic State As Part Of US-Led Coalition

    Al Bawaba News
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Turkey has conducted its first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. Turkish Air Force jets launched attacks on Daesh positions considered a threat to Turkey late on Friday, the ministry said. “Our warplanes, together with coalition war planes, began carrying out … Continue reading Turkey Launches First Airstrikes Against Islamic State As Part Of US-Led Coalition To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Obama: Meeting Global Threat Of Climate Change – Transcript

    Eurasia Review
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    In this week’s address, US President Barack Obama spoke about his upcoming trip to Alaska, during which he will view the effects of climate change firsthand. Alaskans are already living with the impact of climate change, with glaciers melting faster, and temperatures projected to rise between six and twelve degrees by the end of the … Continue reading Obama: Meeting Global Threat Of Climate Change – Transcript To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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  • 2016 Debate Watch

    Barack loves Michelle
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I’ll be the first to confess that I’m looking forward to tonights GOP Debate, due in part to he that is Donald Trump. Hosted by Fox News in Cleveland , Trump is not only the current Republican front-runner but undoubtedly the reason why many will be tuning in to watch this evenings match-up. In addition to The Don, this evenings line-up represent the top 9 candidates who have polled the highest: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz. Some of the topics that will likely come up this evening are health…
  • President Obama in Kenya

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    President Obama made a historic trip to Kenya this week where he visited his fathers homeland for the first time as sitting President.  Not long after touching down in Nairobi, he was taken to a hotel where he met fellow Obamas including his half-sister and step-grandmother. The President was seen smiling at a table between Mama Sarah Obama, whom he calls ‘granny’, and Auma Obama, who was born to his father’s first wife. For the president, the mission to encourage growth in Africa is a personal one, he said while speaking at a business summit in Kenya designed to help…
  • Daddy Daughter Weekend NYC

    Barack loves Michelle
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    President Barack Obama is enjoying a father-daughter weekend in New York with Sasha, Malia (who has an internship for the hit TV show, ‘Girls” and some of their friends. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was “looking forward to a rare opportunity he’ll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York.” The President’s sister Maya and her husband also joined the family while in NYC. According to reports, the trip to Daddy Daughter weekend was President Obama’s idea as he’s talked about how the girls…
  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The daughters of Barack Obama have been in the public eye their entire lives, but nothing can compare to the pressure they must feel as children of the President of the United States. It’s been four years since the historic election of President Obama, in that time we have watched Malia go from a young 10 year old girl to a now 17 year old young lady entering that “coming of age” phase in her life. The First Lady has said in the past that their girls understand that when in front of the media, they are to be “seen and not heard” – so we can only imagine and…
  • First Lady Covers More Magazine & Europe

    Barack loves Michelle
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A little over a year ago, we started tossing around ideas about how we could collaborate with Mrs. Obama. At the time, having her serve as the first-ever guest editor of More seemed like a crazy dream, but it was at the top of my list. We knew that partnering on an issue would be a lot of work—I’m not sure the White House understood exactly how much!—but we were thrilled when they said yes. This is truly the First Lady’s issue. From the beginning, she said she didn’t want the whole magazine to be about her. It was hard to take off my editor’s hat and not focus all of my attention…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Tomlin shines in ‘Grandma’

    Brian T. Carney
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    Lily Tomlin with director Paul Weitz on the set of ‘Grandma.’ (Photo by Glen Wilson, courtesy Sony Picture Classics) Writer and director Paul Weitz’s courageous new comedy “Grandma” is a deceptively simple movie. Beneath the relatively straightforward plot, the film tackles complicated issues of access to abortion, mourning and loss, and the fight for women’s and LGBT rights with a light but insightful touch. “Grandma,” which opens Friday, Aug. 28 at  in the D.C. area at Landmark E Street and Bethesda Row Cinemas, stars Lily Tomlin in one of the most powerful dramatic…
  • Ky. clerk seeks Supreme Court relief against marriage order

    Chris Johnson
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Anti-gay activists at the Supreme Court. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)A Kentucky clerk who refuses to distribute marriage licenses to all couples — gay or straight — petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to allow her to continue withholding the documents as litigation against her proceeds on appeal, returning the issue of same-sex marriage to the justices just months after their decision in favor of nationwide gay nuptials. After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, Rowan County Clerk Kim Clerk shut down marriage operations in her office,…
  • Roanoke LGBT groups had no ‘knowledge’ of journalists’ suspected killer

    Michael K. Lavers
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Vester Lee Flanagan, II, used the name Bryce Williams when he worked at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va.Local LGBT advocacy groups on Friday said they had no interactions with the man suspected of shooting a Virginia reporter and her cameraman to death earlier this week during a live television broadcast. Roanoke Pride and its PRISM Foundation on Friday in a statement said “to our knowledge, no one on our board of directors or in a role of management or employment with any of our entities had any interaction or history with, nor any knowledge about” Vester Lee Flanagan, II. The groups wrote he…
  • Motion to dismiss gay common law marriage case denied

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Enrique Mendez (left) and Miles Eric Lease at the 17th Street Festival in 2013. (Photo by Stephen Crowley)A D.C. Superior Court judge on Aug.25 denied a motion by the estate of the deceased partner of a gay man calling for dismissing a petition by the gay man to have his and his partner’s relationship affirmed by the court as a common law marriage. In a two-page ruling and order, Judge Kimberley Knowles said she found that “a genuine issue exists regarding a material fact” over whether the relationship between D.C. resident Enrique Mendez and his partner of more than four years, Miles…
  • The curse of being gay?

    Michael Radkowsky
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    Being gay often does make life harder. Dear Michael,   I’m a 26 year-old gay man, working in D.C., good at my job, acceptable looks, have some friends, date occasionally, but I’m not happy. I don’t really like being gay.   I haven’t told any of my friends about my feelings because I know they are really un-PC, right? There’s the “It Gets Better” campaign, gay marriage, gays in the military, the total uncoolness of homophobia, etc. Being gay is supposed to be terrific, but I don’t think it is. It makes my life difficult.   My family is pretty conservative…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • The NRA is Suing the City of Seattle over ‘Gun Violence Tax’

    Associated Press
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Three gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, sued the city of Seattle on Monday over its adoption of a so-called “gun violence tax,” a tax on firearms and ammunition designed to help offset the financial toll of gun violence. The complaint was filed Monday in King County Superior Court by the NRA, the Bellevue-basedSecond Amendment Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with two gun owners and two gun shops. It called the tax legally unenforceable because Washington stateprohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms…
  • Dog Found Still Alive During Newscast of Pet Dumping Ground

    Nina
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:43 pm
    In a Texas boneyard where discarded pets are left to die, a news crew caught one dog clinging to life. The Dallas Morning News was following animal rescuer Marina Tarashevska, who visits the pet dumping ground on Teagarden Road in southeast Dallas every morning to sift through the carcasses of dogs tied up in garbage bags and left for dead. Usually, Tarashevska searches for evidence to help build a case against those who dispose of unwanted pets as they do the evening trash. (The dumping ground is filled with decomposing bodies, and the smell of rotting flesh permeates the air.) But on this…
  • Ashley Madison Hack Puts Some Gays at Risk of Prison, Death

    Newsedge
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sky News People living under oppressive regimes who used the Ashley Madisonadultery dating site to arrange secret liasons could be at risk of prison or the death penalty. The hacking of the site has exposed millions of people, including hundreds inSaudi Arabia where adultery is potentially punishable by death. And while the site was predominantly used by people looking to cheat on their partner, it is thought that many single gay people used the service to avoid detection by oppressive governments. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, while in Qatar – where 50 members…
  • Meet the Cow Who Broke Out of the Slaughterhouse and Found Freedom

    Newsedge
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    New Vision A young cow which fled an abattoir to avoid being slaughtered has been saved by well-wishers, a French animal rights group announced on Saturday. The heifer made a last-ditch effort to save her life at an abattoir near Ambert, southeastern France, on June 30. The desperate animal rampaged through the building and got outside, taking refuge in the grounds of a nearby hospital. She was tranquilised with a dart gun — a move that gave her a stay of execution because the drug made her meat unfit for consumption. Dubbed “Cornette” (Little Horn) and “The Cow Which…
  • Despite Approving Ten Commandments Monument at Capitol, Arkansas Rejects Hindu Statue

    Newsedge
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Associated Press The Arkansas secretary of state’s office has denied a request from theUniversal Society of Hinduism to place a privately funded Hindu statue on Capitol grounds, according to a rejection letter dated Aug. 17. The society and a slew of other organizations have floated the possibility of putting their own monuments on Arkansas Capitol grounds since the Arkansas Legislature passed a law this year to erect a Ten Commandments statue. The Hindu society released a statement Friday saying it was considering sending its request to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who signed the Ten…
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  • When Trump Attacks!

    Harry Enten
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    Donald Trump knows how to command attention, and one way he does that is by attacking … everyone. If you’re another candidate, in the media or just walking this earth, there’s a good chance you’ll be hit by some Trumpian fury at some point. How does Trump choose his targets? Let’s turn to Twitter, where Trump is very active. And let’s limit ourselves to the GOP field: who Trump attacks — and who attacks Trump.Since he officially entered the race in mid-June, Trump (from @realDonaldTrump) has mostly attacked top contenders, such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. In other words,…
  • Why The Plan To Shrink New Orleans Failed

    Gary Rivlin
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Moldy New Orleans still lay in ruins in January of 2006 as Joe Canizaro drove me to a favorite Italian restaurant of his in the city’s suburbs. It was a balmy Sunday, just four months after the catastrophic collapse of the city’s flood protection system, and Canizaro asked me a question I’ve never been able to answer.“Gary, what would you do?”Canizaro — a big-name real estate developer in town — was due to deliver an official plan for redeveloping New Orleans the next day. But he confessed that he was still struggling with it. The question he asked was simple but…
  • Katrina Washed Away New Orleans’s Black Middle Class

    Ben Casselman
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Ten years ago, shortly after the floodwaters subsided, James Gray stood in the ruins of his New Orleans home and tried to salvage what remained of his belongings. They fit inside a handbag.“I don’t know if my wife will ever get over that,” Gray said recently.But Gray and his wife have since restored the New Orleans East home where they have lived for more than 20 years. Most of their neighbors have returned, too. And Gray, who now represents the neighborhood on the City Council, points to other evidence of rebirth in a district that has long been home to much of the city’s black…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Inevitable Problems

    Nate Silver
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    With so many candidates and so long to go until next November, we’re going to make plenty of bad predictions over the course of the 2016 campaign. But one of our very first predictions about 2016, one we made almost three years ago, has already proven true.“If [Hillary] Clinton runs for president in 2016, one thing is almost certain,” I wrote back in December 2012, at a time when polls showed about 65 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Clinton, “she won’t be as popular as she is right now.” I added: “In an era of intense partisanship, there is a relatively low ceiling…
  • What We Don’t Know About Canada Might Hurt Us

    Ben Casselman
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:40 am
    In 2006, the small Canadian town of Snow Lake, Manitoba, had 837 residents, many of whom worked in the local mining industry. It was a prosperous community: The typical family earned 84,000 Canadian dollars a year, well above the national median of about $66,000, and the unemployment rate was just 5.1 percent even though only a small fraction of residents had a college degree.Five years later, Snow Lake had lost more than a tenth of its population, shrinking to 723 residents. But the government doesn’t know who those residents were — what they earned, how much school they’d…
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  • My APSA 2015 Paper: “The AfD’s Facebook Wall as a Hub for Right-Wing Mobilisation in Germany”

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    The latest iteration of my paper for next week’s APSA 2015 conference has just converged (some things never change). Click on the image for the full-fat 21-page PDF. “For obvious reasons, radical right mobilisation in Germany faces formidable institutional, political, and cultural obstacles. Previous outfits such as the ‘Republicans’ (REP), the ‘National Democrats’ (NPD), or the ‘German People’s Union’ (DVU) were occasionally successful at the local, regional, or EU level but were quickly stigmatised as neo-Nazi’s by mainstream political actors and the media and taken over…
  • The Assets of Lucke’s New Alfa Party

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Athos fotografias A mere two weeks after being sacked as the AfD’s supreme leader, Bernd Lucke is back as presumably undisputed chair of the new “Alfa” (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch ~ Alliance for Progress and a New Beginning) party. Apparently, he already envisions a resounding success in the 2017 election and a possible role for Alfa/himself in a new centre right coalition. Taking a more short-term view, what are Alfa’s assets? During the first week after the Essen conference, about 10 per cent of the AfD’s 22,000 members have left the party. Let’s assume that…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    BBC News: Varoufakis ‘taped confidential EU meeting’ Interesting, but a wee bit pricey: “France and Fascism” monograph RT @BarnabyEdwards: Mum… Dad… I can’t keep it secret any longer: I’m Chinese. The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Public Radio International has an interesting segment on Greek migrants living in Germany. I’m quoted on German public opinion towards Greece & Greeks. The post Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Aljazeera America did some digging and found support for Syriza amongst members of Germany’s LEFT party. I provide some perspective on the LEFT, and on Germany.   Photo by Abode of Chaos The post Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
 
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  • Would Univision try Blackmailing Donald Trump?

    chris
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Humberto Fontova, A long time ago in a place far, far away the same Univision who boasts Jorge Ramos as their “Walter Cronkite” tried blackmailing Senator Marco Rubio into an interview.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Texas Deputy Executed Days After Black Radical Group Calls for Killing Cops

    chris
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    Breitbart, Shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and then three times in the back. HOUSTON, Texas — A Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot execution style at a gas station... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The FBI put its ‘A-team’ on the ‘extremely serious’ Hillary Clinton email probe

    chris
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    The “extremely serious” investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state is being led by an FBI “A-team,” an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trashed: Study finds students toss veggies mandated by federal school lunch program

    chris
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Public schools are continuing to serve the federally mandated fruits and vegetables, but a new study claims the fresh produce is going into trash cans more than tummies. Since 2012, the U.S.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Biden beloved by top Democrats; his candidacy, not so much

    chris
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Joe Biden got plenty of love from top Democrats on Friday, but their views about a possible White House run by the vice president were decidedly more mixed. While Biden was nowhere near the summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-28, Friday

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, August 28 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we analyze the waves of illegal immigrants flooding Europe, as the continent struggles to take on thousands fleeing their own countries. We also look at the Financial Times' anonymous call to abolish cash, and the global move to usher in a cashless society. On today's show, we also look at new undercover films exposing McDonald's and Tyson Food's factory animal cruelty. Financial analyst Peter Schiff joins today's show to discuss the European migrant crisis, China's roller coaster stock market rebound, and other financial news. We'll…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-27, Thursday

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-26, Wednesday

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, August 26th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the shocking murder of a news reporter and photographer live on air in Virginia. There's a manhunt for the suspect who was reportedly a disgruntled employee. Also, we'll talk about the financial collapse and radio host Steve Quayle joins the show to give his take and more. Also, Julia Tourianski of BraveTheWorld.com is in studio to give her take on modern-day feminism. Other topics include how African-Americans are slamming the 'Black Lives Matter' movement which only seems to care when the killer is white.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-25, Tuesday

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, August 25th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we continue our coverage of Black Monday and the meltdown of worldwide markets following the China crash, an event censored on the country’s internet Presidential candidate Donald Trump warns Black Monday may lead to an economic depression while preppers urge Americans to prepare for the worst.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-24, Monday

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, August 24 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, US stocks crash on the opening bell of the Dow Jones, plunging the market more than 1,000 points following the fall of China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite index. Financial analyst Clive P. Maund asserts that we are now witnessing a “full on market crash,” as another economic advisor warns to stock up on canned food and bottled water. On today's show, financial expert, author and founder of HS Dent Investment Management, Harry Dent, explains what led to the economic turmoil and what the US needs to do to correct itself.
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    Vox - All

  • Jeb Bush just lost three key advisers. Campaign staff don’t flee winning campaigns

    Jonathan Allen
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    There's another sign — if you needed one — that Jeb Bush is sucking wind in the Republican primary: Three top fundraisers from Bush's home base of Florida have left the campaign. The particulars of the split are up for debate, according to Politico's Alex Isenstadt and Marc Caputo, who broke the news. But regardless of the proximate cause, it's a big deal because it suggests two larger issues for Bush's campaign: He's dug a big hole and there's concern in his own camp that he won't be able to dig his way out. It also comes less than three months after Bush shook up his staff and installed…
  • Hillary Clinton really did call Republicans terrorists. But here’s the real issue.

    Jonathan Allen
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    One of the hot headlines of the week went something like this: Hillary Clinton called Republicans "terrorists." But the more important controversy is the actual policy fight behind the name-calling. The gotcha version is mostly true: "Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups," Clinton said on the stump Thursday. "But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States." Understandably, Republicans have been eager to point out the use of the "T" word. The Republican National Committee called her language…
  • This ISIS karaoke Twitter account shows why mocking ISIS matters

    Zack Beauchamp
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have found my new favorite account on Twitter. It is @ISIS_karaoke. The account has only been running for a short time and currently has only 30-odd tweets, but has already won a bunch of fans in the media (BuzzFeed ran a short profile). The premise is simple and delightful: Each tweet shows a photo of ISIS fighters or maybe an extremist rally, adds a few lyrics from a karaoke classic, and makes you imagine the murderous buffoons singing. "That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight, losing my religion" pic.twitter.com/c5M59MNRpT — ISIS Karaoke™ (@isis_karaoke) August 21,…
  • DC Comics' 1982 style guide is a perfect reminder of what's great about superheroes

    Alex Abad-Santos
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    With Batman, Superman, and even Wonder Woman currently receiving the dark and grim treatment on film courtesy of Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder, it's worth remembering that superheroes, DC's in particular, weren't always so gloom and doom. They were bright, happy, hopeful. There was a time when something being fun didn't make it uncool. Case in point: the 1982 DC Comics style guide. Featuring the art of José Luis García-López, the style guide was a blueprint or legend for artists, as well as marketing and licensing teams, to get characters' looks and colors right: (José Luis…
  • Obama's Iran deal is now near certain to survive Congress

    Andrew Prokop
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    As Congress's vote on a resolution to disapprove the administration's nuclear deal draws ever nearer, the math for President Obama is looking better and better. The magic number of Senate supporters the president needs to ensure that the deal stands is 34. Currently, he has 30. So he needs to pick up just four more to preserve the agreement — and there are still 14 remaining undecided Democrats in the chamber, several of whom have already made positive comments about the deal. So Obama has a lot of options. And tellingly, after a month of intense criticism of the deal from the right and…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • Take Down the Thought Police

    Allan Davis
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    There has been an invasion occurring.  Not an invasion of people, but more an invasion of philosophy, as Political Correctness has marched in lockstep across the country.  Political Correctness forces everyone to walk on eggshells, afraid to tell a joke, afraid to deal with people as people, because someone, somewhere, might “be offended.” The advance of PC has seemed unstoppable.  No one, apparently, is safe from these shrieking monsters; they point, and they howl, like a bad remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and all of their co-shriekers arrive on cue to denounce the target…
  • Famous Toxic Dinnerware

    No Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Melamine dinnerware is chic, trendy, and popular. It’s for sale across the gambit from Walmart to Williams Sonoma, but that doesn’t make it a good choice. Melamine dinnerware has been linked to a number of significant health risks because the chemicals it’s made from can leach into the food that is in them. If you are going all-out to eat healthy, it’s a good idea to choose a dinnerware that’s much more user-friendly. What is Melamine, Anyway? Melamine is an industrial compound created from one of three chemicals, urea, hydrogen cyanide, or dicyandiamide. The melamine resin from…
  • 130 Million Dead?

    No Author
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A large tsunami in the Mediterranean could engulf many popular holiday hotspots and threaten the lives of 130 million people living along the sea’s busy coastlines, a new study has revealed. Researchers examining the impact of earthquakes off the north coast of Africa have simulated the impact of the devastating waves one might trigger. They found that if an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 hit off the coasts of eastern Sicily in Italy and southern Crete in Greece, it would leave large areas of the coastline under water. The animation above shows how an earthquake off the coast of the…
  • Social Justice Avenger

    William Norman Grigg
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A Communist is merely a socialist in a hurry. Vester Lee Flanagan, by his own description, was an impatient social justice warrior. The murderous means he employed to punish those he accused of bigotry made visible the latent lethal violence that resides in State policies oriented toward the same objective. Flanagan, also known by the professional name Bryce Williams, was a promiscuous petitioner to the EEOC. After apparently growing weary of seeking to bureaucratize the violence he wanted to inflict on his former colleague, he chose a more direct approach, one we could call retail-level…
  • Start Your Spring Garden

    David Goodman
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As the main growing season winds down and fall gardens are being planted across much of the country, you might think it would be time for me to post on fall gardening. Fall gardens are well-worth doing, but instead of jumping on that train I’m going to focus on what you can do right now that will make your spring gardens better than they’ve ever been. Gardeners, like most people, tend to think of their gardening in terms of one season. When you step back, however, and see how building up your plots and planning ahead will benefit your gardening for years to come, a whole new…
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    Gaura Rader

  • If all Taxation is Theft then all Sex is Rape

    Gaura
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    I’ve written on this topic before, but this meme that showed up in my Facebook feed and I couldn’t resist. So, at what point does taxation become slavery? Never! Although taxation and slavery share a feature, that of transferring the fruits of one persons’ labor to another entity, they are categorically different. Asking, “At what point does taxation become slavery?” is kind of like asking “At what point does consensual sex become rape?” The very thing that makes rape rape is that it is not consensual. And as long as it is consensual it by defintion…
  • Why not Kill All Sharks?

    Gaura
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In honor of shark week 2015 I suggest that we actively pursue eradicating sharks from the face of the Earth. Okay, well maybe that’s hyperbole but I think the question of whether we ought to or not raises some interesting questions. The first thing that strikes me is that I really wouldn’t mind it if there were no more sharks. Especially after the recent spate of shark attacks in North Carolina. I don’t feel the same way about lions and tigers but I literally have no emotional response that would make me want to preserve their existence. If I could push a button and…
  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Arc of History Continues to Bend Towards Justice

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    With the Supreme Court’s five-to-four ruling today in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states the fight for marriage equality is now over. Justice has prevailed. And in an even more rapid and stunning reversal confederate flag will no longer be flown on state or federal property. In the wake of these stunning developments I think it is so important that we take time honor the activists that have worked for years, and in many cases decades, on these issues. And also to remember the victims of hatred, intolerance, and violence. It seems unlikely that we would have seen the…
  • Should the Confederate Flag be Banned?

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Take down the flag. Take it down now,” writes Ta Nehisi Coates, referring to the fact that the confederate flag flies in the state capital Charleston South Carolina. And since those initial days after the recent mass murder in Charleston there has been a sea change in American public opinion and political calculation. Republicans across the South are passing bills to remove the confederate flag from state property. This is an incredible victory for African Americans, for the civil rights and social justice movements, and for humanity. Now, that we’ve accomplished removing the…
  • Hillary Thinks Money is More Real than People

    Gaura
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    In this video I talk a bit about an exchange Sanders and Clinton had many years ago in which he tried to convince her that a single payer healthcare system was the way to go. She said it would be impossible because of the money that the healthcare industry would use to fight against a single payer system. Sanders suggested that Bill travel around the country to rally support for a single payer system. And her response was “Tell me something real.” You can read about that exchange and more on their relationship here.
 
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    Pension360

  • Arizona Public Safety Pension Taps New Administrator

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    The Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System this week tapped a new leader: Jared Smout, who has worked at the fund for 18 years and was previously deputy system administrator and acting system administrator. More from the Arizona Republic: The Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board on Wednesday promoted Smout in a 5-2 vote. He had been the interim director since administrator Jim Hacking was forced to retire last year. Smout, 44, said Thursday that his goal as administrator is to have PSPRS be more transparent with the public. He also plans to actively work with lawmakers…
  • China’s Pension Funds Can Enter Stock Market ASAP; Gov. Officials Say Move Isn’t Rescue Tactic

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    Chinese officials on Friday held a briefing on the country’s new plan to let local pension funds invest in domestic stocks. The briefing revealed that the pension funds are being encouraged to enter the stock market as soon as possible – but officials claimed that this is not a “rescue” tactic, merely a measure designed to boost pension returns. The funds can allocate up to 30 percent of their assets to domestic equities. From Reuters: China’s local pension funds will start investing 2 trillion yuan ($313.05 billion) as soon as possible in stocks and other assets, senior…
  • Top NJ Lawmaker Still Pushing Proposal to Restructure Pension Debt With Federal Loan Program

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney last month made a bold proposal: he suggested paying down the state’s pension debt with the help of a massive federal loan. The state’s Democratic lawmakers have made a laundry list of pension-related proposals in the last year in a bid to solidify an alternative to Christie’s reform plan – which Christie has indicated would achieve savings largely by cutting benefits. More on Sweeney’s plan, from NJ.com: Within a decade, the state’s annual pension contribution is expected to hit $6 billion a year. But drawing on a $40 billion…
  • What Type of Person Makes the Best Money Manager?

    Ted Ballantine
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Investment consultant Jack Gray gave an interesting presentation at the 2015 Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (Australia’s largest annual conference for pension professionals and trustees). Gray asks the question: what traits make a person better at managing investments? From the video description: What personality traits produce the most successful investors? Recently voted one of the top 10 most influential academics in the world for institutional investing, Jack Gray will discuss how a person’s temperament can influence their investment success across different asset…
  • CalPERS Study: Fund Generated $30 Billion in Economic Activity in 2014

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:16 am
    CalPERS has released a study that claims that the pension fund, through pension payouts and investments, generated over $30 billion in economic activity in California alone in 2014. Specifically, the study posits that $9.64 in economic activity was generated for every $1 contributed to the pension fund. More from Plan Sponsor: The findings come from the “CalPERS Economic Impacts in California” report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. CalPERS says the report “highlights the vital role” pension funds play in the U.S. and global economies. According to Anne Stausboll, chief…
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    Message President

  • 29 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Dear David Kameron Please help our teacher Mr mohammad ali taheri . we want his freedom. We need your help in iran to free our teacher Mr taheri. Please help us. Thanks.
  • 29 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Dear Barak Obama Please help our teacher Mr mohammad ali taheri . we want his freedom. We need your help in iran to free our teacher Mr taheri. Please help us. Thanks.
  • PAKISTAN

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    Dear Barack Obama,... These days Pakistan is frustrated as you (the USA ) has controlled the military supply. Due to which they unable to sell the military items to Islamic countries and run their economic. Due to this Pakistan has started shouting that the greatest threat to Pakistan is from India so that they can get military help from USA and other countries. When they will get this help they will sell to ISLAMIC nation and other who are not friendly with USA. Please be very care full in giving the military help to Pakistan as you know that most of the INTERNATIONAL terrorists are in…
  • Refugees

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:20 am
    Dear Mr. Barack Obama, the refugee crisis is worsening.Can you please get the EU nations to collaborate and resolve the heartbreaking situation. Perhaps you could discuss the crisis with your German colleague, Merkel. There is a lot of confusion and very little resolution to solve the crisis and as a consequence the hardships of the refugees is exacerbated and becoming more life-threatening. Such a tragedy for the fleeing families and the children and babies. Perhaps you could propose a resolution to the United Nations that would allow for each affected country to provide properly for all…
  • I received today in my email a supposed message from Michelle Obama saying she had money that is for

    28 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    I thought you should be aware that I received an email at our email address at jackpot@aol.com that says it is from Michelle Obama saying she had money that is supposed to be for me. I know this is "phishing" or something. Someone needs to investigate who this email came from. There might be someone who might be tricked into responding to it. I am not a fan of yours of Michelle's but people should not be using the President or First Lady's name to email unsuspecting recipients. I have copied the whole email to you as follows: -----Original Message----- From: Mrs. Michelle Obama To:…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • This Is What It’s Like to Teach English in North Korea

    James Burke
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Not many outsiders experience life in repressive Stalinist North Korea, and I don’t think many want to. But journalist Suki Kim spent six months in the isolated nation posing as an English language teacher at the all-male elite Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. As you may expect, her experiences were very Orwellian. “North Korea is a gulag posing as a nation,” Kim says in the below TED video. Born in South Korea and now living in America, Kim taught at the university during the final six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign. “Everything there is about the Great…
  • U.S. Gun Violence: Due to Lax Gun Laws or Social Ills?

    James Burke
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Globally, there are 650 million guns in civilian hands and of that number, 270 million of them are in the U.S. This makes Americans the most armed population in the world by far. Based on figures from the Small Arms Survey 2015, used in the below video from AJ+, America ranked fifth for homicides due to firearms, with 9,146 people killed. The worst country for gun related deaths is Brazil, with 34,678 fatalities. See the video for more statistics and comparisons of global civilian gun ownership around the world: As mentioned in the video, Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership, but…
  • Want a Job as a Filipino Journalist? You’d Better Get Yourself a Gun

    James Burke
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Being a journalist can be a difficult and often stressful job. In the Philippines, it’s also deadly dangerous. Seventy-five media professionals have been murdered there since 1992. To combat this, many Filipino journalists have resorted to carrying firearms for self-defense. In the video below, you’ll meet some of those men who risk their lives covering stories in the Philippines, which, as one of them says, has a very violent political culture. While practicing shooting at a range, one of the journalists says that they’ve been forced to fight back and take sides: The video…
  • Global Stock Markets Are Slipperier Than Ever

    Hermann Rohr
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    After China’s “Black Monday” sent markets wobbling all around the world, hundreds of billions were wiped off the world’s financial markets. The effects of China’s stock market turmoil has rippled through to Europe, Asia, and the U.S. where shares are dropping. The Dow Jones index dropped 588 points on Monday, while the S&P seemed to be heading for correction. The VIX “fear index” is in the highs, and the Chinese stock market fell another 8.5 percent—it’s biggest fall since 2007. After the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) finally took…
  • Stock Markets in Free-Fall: Is It Time to Stock Up on Food?

    James Burke
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The majority of us live in our little bubbles. When we go online, we read news that’s predominately about events that rarely impact us directly. Now and then, a newsworthy event may be big enough to affect your life, sometimes for the worst. It just depends on who you are and where you’re at. Right now, one of those events could be happening as you read, especially if you have money in the stock market. Some even think what’s occurring now in the global stock markets is worse than the GFC of 2008. Indeed, the current roller coaster mayhem witnessed in global stock markets is…
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    The National Memo

  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Charm DNC Faithful

    Matt Surrusco
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Four Democratic presidential candidates spoke Friday at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Minneapolis. Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Gov. Martin O’Malley each gave 10-minute speeches, in between words from Democratic Party leaders. Here are a few highlights from the candidates’ elevator-pitch speeches to the party faithful. Lincoln Chafee The former governor of Rhode Island highlighted his past political record and vision for the country. Chafee touted his political credentials as…
  • Social Media Feeds Violent Narcissism Of Alienated Young Men

    Cynthia Tucker Haynes
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We watched, so the Virginia shooter got just what he wanted. We were horrified, sickened, stricken, but still we watched as a deranged gunman fired several shots and murdered two young journalists on live television, wounding their interview subject as well. Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, were conducting a news report for their Roanoke, Virginia, TV station, interviewing Vicki Gardner, a local chamber of commerce official. It seemed a routine story, a staple of small-city local news broadcasts. But its ending was anything but routine: A disgruntled former employee of the…
  • Obama Reassures Jewish Groups On U.S.-Israel Relationship

    Reuters
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:12 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation. “As soon as this particular debate is over, my hope is that the Israeli government will immediately want to rejoin conversations that we started long before about how we can continue to improve and enhance Israel’s security in a very troubled neighborhood,” Obama said during a webcast focused on the…
  • This Week In Polls: Trump Already Tweeted It

    Eric Kleefeld
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:56 pm
    If someone wants to look at the polls showing Donald Trump ahead, the best place to look is… Donald Trump’s Twitter account, where the candidate is more than happy to talk about it. And when he’s not touting his own poll numbers, he’s badmouthing someone else’s. Last weekend, Trump celebrated a just-released Reuters poll that showed him ahead: New Reuters Poll just came out and has me at 32%, highest number yet.The silent majority is back and we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2015 Early Tuesday morning, Trump…
  • Which Type Of Lender Is Right For You?

    Crissinda Ponder
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    By Crissinda Ponder, Bankrate.com (TNS) There was a time when most homebuyers obtained their mortgage loans through their banks or credit unions. Today, however, there are a number of additional home-financing providers. Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the options. DIRECT LENDERS Banks, mortgage banks and nonbank lenders all are direct lenders; that is, employees review your application and make the decision to lend you money. Typically, the institution will sell your loan on the secondary market. Benefits of a direct lender: – Reliability: You probably know and…
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • No Regrets

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    Romance exists in a sky teaming with dreams that drift through collapsing clouds in a mist of whispers swarming with forgotten thoughts to the ground where every tree has a glimpse of eternity.Filed under: Articles
  • A Degree of Propinquity

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    A Degree of Propinquity Memories of old friends flare and flicker then fade as glimpses of familiar faces names and places the house next door an approaching pram a car rolling, slowly down a driveway towards the street where moods of sadness meander beguiled by moments of hypothetical happiness.   HomeFiled under: Articles Tagged: Blog, […]
  • Infotainment

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Infotainment Moving pictures Dolby sound T V News for the faithful with biased views. For bystanders at the track the philosophy of perpetual motion lap after lap. Fans excitedly sit for the privilege of watching icons play for pay. An obsession with machismo is reflected ad nauseam in nostalgic replays. At the final siren don’t […]
  • Artificial Empathy

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Artificial Empathy Under each leaf hiding away from the light camouflaged caterpillars chew. In silhouette a guileless face against a bland background radiates unctuous urbanity. Pretensions of honesty and fake bonhomie by predatory politicians with minds designed to lie. A concert for the deaf enigmatic ethics shotgun blasts to the head and each one a […]
  • Ghoul Days

    Ken W. Simpson
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Ghoul Days Beckoned by a phobia fear appears inside the mind where images of trampled earth mix with melancholy in a playground filled with children. Life shies away from myths of eternity and bliss distracted by thoughts that float away careless of ambiguity before they decay compromised by lies in alcoves where alibis hide. The […]
 
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    Political Wire

  • Church Says Trump Not an Active Member

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he attends a church in Manhattan, but the church released a statement to CNN saying the real estate developer is not an “active member.” Trump told reporters he attends church “as often as I can, a lot” and attends different churches since he travels so much.
  • Palin Interviews Trump

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    Presented without comment.
  • Trump Continues to Crush GOP Field

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Donald Trump leads his GOP presidential rivals with 33%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 12%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Scott Walker at 8% and Ben Carson at 7%.
  • Bush Loses Top Fundraisers

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy,” Politico reports.
  • O’Malley Accuses DNC of Rigging Primaries for Clinton

    Taegan Goddard
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Martin O’Malley “had one clear chance to make waves within the Democratic National Committee, and he seized it, delivering a fiery speech Friday that condemned his party’s leadership for what he called a process ‘rigged’ to help Hillary Clinton — namely, curtailing the number of presidential primary debates,” the New York Times reports. Said O’Malley: “This is totally unprecedented in our party’s history. This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. Whose decree is it exactly? Where did it come from? To what end? For what purpose?
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    Time To Change

  • Bersih 4

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Untuk edisi kali ini, saya tidak berpeluang untuk turut sama menyertai himpunan rakyat di kota Kuala Lumpur, Bersih 4. Hari ini saya ke Ipoh, sementelah rakan baik saya mengadakan kenduri walimahnya pada tarikh yang bersetentang dengan tarikh Bersih 4. Untungnya, kali ini Bersih berjalan selama 2 hari, maka 30 Ogos masih lagi berpeluang untuk turut sama.Perihal Bersih, ada beberapa perkara yang berbangkit. Pertamanya, sikap kita pada perhimpunan aman tersebut. Kita boleh bersetuju dan juga boleh tidak bersetuju dengan perhimpunan Bersih. Menafikan mana-mana hak untuk bersetuju atau tidak…
  • 6 Tahun Time To Change

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Untuk sekian kalinya saya gagal (terlupa sebenarnya) untuk menulis artikel sempena ulang tahun blog kecil ini, yang sudah pun genap 6 tahun umurnya, berlegar-legar dalam dunia atas talian yang infiniti cakupan dan capaiannya. Jadinya, tulisan ini tiada lain tujuan selain untuk mengimbau 6 tahun menulis di +Time To Change.Kata beberapa orang rakan-rakan yang mengikuti blog kecil ini, bahawa mereka juga kalau boleh mahu menulis seperti saya. Kata mereka, kalau diberi bakat menulis tentunya mereka juga akan menulis sama. Balas saya, kalaulah saya berbakat menulis, saya tidak berada di sini hari…
  • Memilih Antara Dua Syaitan

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Membaca tulisan terbaru Raja Petra Kamarudin perihal keperluan untuk kita mengusir pemimpin syaitan, dan ulasan lanjut beliau tentang makna politik dari perspektifnya, dan kritikan beliau pada kefahaman politik yang naif, ternyata sama sekali kita tidak dapat menolak bahawa demikianlah sepatutnya politik dimainkan dalam kerangka pandangan sarwa sekular.Bahawasanya, dalam kerangka sekular, tiada keperluan yang mendesak untuk meletakkan akhlak dalam pertimbangan kompas moral. Makanya, apabila meninjau begitu, tidak dapat tidak kita bersetuju bahawa pandangan demikian amatlah cocok dengan…
  • Keldai Tua UKM

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – namanya gah, diulang sebut sebagai sebuah universiti yang bertaraf premier lantaran umurnya yang hampir menjangkau separuh abad sudah. Jika dikira umur begini, sudah banyak pengalaman UKM lalui, termasuklah antaranya bagaimana untuk bersikap dengan permasalahan mahasiswanya dan kakitangannya sendiri.Tulisan ini disiapkan beberapa bulan yang lepas, semasa UKM hangat dilanda isu ketiadaan air sehinggakan cerita mahasiswa hadir ke dewan kuliah dalam keadaan tidak mandi pagi menjadi tajuk utama beberapa portal berita negara. Jadinya, nada tulisan ini…
  • Kebodohan

    22 Aug 2015 | 12:37 am
    “Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.”― Friedrich Schiller, Die Jungfrau von OrleansSeminggu dua ini, makin menjadi-jadi penyakit bodoh atau kebodohan dalam kalangan politikus gampang yang cuba menyorok aktiviti keji Perdana Menteri dan konco-konco 1MDB. Mereka ini rata-rata dari pihak UMNO. Dan itu sebenarnya tidak pelik, cuma perangai kebodohan begini yang tiada penghujungnya membuatkan kita semua sesak dada. Mereka nak cuba juga seboleh yang mungkin untuk menutup bangkai gajah dengan sehelai daun. Gila gamaknya pemain-pemain politik yang keji begini. Mereka tidak…
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    The Political Insider

  • THIS State Just Threatened to Remove TRUMP From the Ballot!

    TPIWriter
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Donald Trump is leading the polls with historic numbers. 40% of likely Republican primary voters are supporting him, which is why the political establishment is scared. Now, South Carolina is trying to stop the voters from having a chance to vote for Trump. Trump was just informed that he has until the next of next month (September 30) to pledge he will never run as a 3rd party candidate, or his name will be REMOVED from the primary ballot! The deadline to sign South Carolina’s pledge is September 30. Already, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Ben Carson have affixed their…
  • Jordan’s Queen Rania Just Put Barack Obama to SHAME!

    TPIWriter
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    President Barack Obama can’t mention “Islamic” and “terrorism” in the same sentence… Even after Marines were killed by an Islamic terrorist in Tennessee. Due to political correctness, Obama is more worried about offending Muslims, than properly critiquing Islam and its followers for enabling an ideology of death and terror. There is no bigger threat in this world right now than the expansion of radical Islam, and our supposed Commander-in-Chief can’t even call our enemy by name. But in Jordan, they don’t have that problem! Queen Rania just…
  • John Wayne’s Granddaughter Stepped On Stage… What Happened Next Is AMAZING! (VIDEO)

    TPIWriter
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    John Wayne is the classic American hero. He is an icon of our movie industry, and everyone grew up watching his incredible Westerns. Everyone knows who he is, and his stories will live on forever. He was also a conservative and a true patriot who always stood up for American greatness. As John Wayne once said, “I’m not the sort to back away from a fight. I don’t believe in shrinking from anything. It’s not my speed; I’m a guy who meets adversities head on.” That’s the attitude we could use more of today! But did you know he had a granddaughter,…
  • Sarah Palin Just Made a MAJOR TRUMP Announcement – This Would Change EVERYTHING!

    TPIWriter
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin just spoke to Extra about her views of Donald Trump. After her falling out with Fox News, it’s wonderful to see her back on air with her own television show! While Democrats and the political establishment are attacking him, Sarah gave her full support to Trump. As Sarah noted (below) Trump is “Getting crucified out there just for telling the truth.” Trump is telling truths about everything from illegal aliens, China, Obama, and our military. He’s doesn’t care what the elites think and…
  • Donald Trump’s Impression Is Not “Politically Correct” – and the Crowd LOVES IT! (VIDEO)

    TPIWriter
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    Liberals are FURIOUS after conservative Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did a hilarious impersonation of Asian negotiators during his stump speech in Iowa. Trump gave a blistering speech about the crisis caused by Obama’s amnesty agenda, which Jeb Bush supports. Then, Trump, who has written books on the successful negotiation techniques which have made him a multi-billionaire, reminded us just why he is more qualified than Obama – and perhaps any of his opponents – to discuss matters with tough foreign leaders. As Trump said: “Negotiating with Japan,…
 
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Texas Deputy Darren Goforth Killed “Execution-Style” While Pumping Gas

    Joy Blake
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Manhunt underway for suspect in execution-style shooting of Deputy Darren Goforth (Photo Credit: HCSO) A manhunt is underway for the suspect who gunned down Deputy Darren Goforth “execution-style” as he pumped fueled at a Houston gas station on Friday. Texas Deputy Darren Goforth (Photo Credit: HSCO) Police are questioning a person of interest but have not yet said if that person is indeed the suspected copkiller. The gunman walked up behind Deputy Goforth and opened fire for no apparent reason, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said at a press conference. Police said after Deputy…
  • White Pride: Donald Trump Supporters Include Top Racists and Neo Nazis

    political diva
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    White Pride: Donald Trump Supporters Include Top Racists and Neo Nazis (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons) Donald Trump has a white pride problem. The GOP presidential frontrunner has a bunch of supporters he probably wishes he didn’t have — racists and neo Nazis. People like former KKK grand wizard David Duke want him to become their next president. Thanks to the racial overtones of his campaign such as his birtherism against Barack Obama, and his attack on Hispanics and his stereotyping of Asians (“we want deal” comment). He’s a white supremacist’s dream.
  • Savannah State Student Christopher Starks Killed in Campus Shooting

    Joy Blake
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    Savannah State Student Christopher Starks Killed in Campus Shooting (Photo Credit: Twitter via @Ambrose03) Christopher Starks, 22,  was shot and killed at the Savannah State University student center Thursday night. Starks, who is from metro Atlanta, was killed after an altercation broke out. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. No arrests have been made in the murder of Christopher Starks.   Savannah State Student Christopher Starks Killed in Campus Shooting…
  • De’Eris Brown Charged in Murder of 9-Year-Old Jamyla Bolden

    Janet Shan
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    De’Eris Brown Charged in Murder of 9-Year-Old Jamyla Bolden De’Eris Brown, 21, has confessed to the murder of 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden. He was arrested late Wednesday. Jamyla Bolden was killed while she laid on her mother’s bed doing her homework in her Ferguson, Mo., home. De’Eris Brown is facing six charges in connection with Bolden’s murder, including two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, three counts of armed criminal action and second-degree murder, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. De’Eris Brown Charged in Murder of 9-Year-Old Jamyla Bolden…
  • Louisiana Police Officer Henry Nelson, Shameka Johnson Killed by Harrison Lee Riley Jr.

    Joy Blake
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Louisiana Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson Killed by Harrison Lee Riley Jr. A Louisiana police officer Henry Nelson was shot and killed by Harrison Lee Riley, Jr., in Sunset, La., on Wednesday. Shameka Johnson was stabbed to death by Riley. The suspect’s wife, Courtney Jolivette and Surlay Johnson are listed in critical condition in local hospitals. KATC reports the incident began Wednesday afternoon at a home on Anna Street. Riley shot the officer and fled the scene. He crashed his car into the Sunset Mini Mart on Napoleon Street, where he barricaded himself inside, KATC…
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    The Mandarin

  • Border Force fiasco: how to create a public relations disaster

    David Donaldson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:52 pm
    The Australian Border Force's announcement that it would be combing Melbourne's streets for visa fraud this morning has been a public relations disaster, ending in cancellation and a whole lot of bad press for an operation that wasn't even their own. Click here Border Force fiasco: how to create a public relations disaster to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Belinda Clark: breadth makes your career ‘a hell of a lot more interesting’

    David Donaldson
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Encouraging public servants to try new roles and portfolios, commissioner Belinda Clark draws on some of her own career's most interesting jobs. From the UN to land rights claims to secretary of Justice to a private law firm, Clark says she never expected the roles that proved most rewarding. Click here Belinda Clark: breadth makes your career ‘a hell of a lot more interesting’ to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Digital Transformation Office to co-locate in Sydney and Canberra

    Harley Dennett
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    It's hard to recruit technologists to government — at least with the current culture — but the Digital Transformation Office is softening the blow for those who prefer to remain in Sydney by partnering with UTS. Click here Digital Transformation Office to co-locate in Sydney and Canberra to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • CASA plots path for culture change following review

    Harley Dennett
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:20 pm
    It's going to be a big year at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Director Mark Skidmore has made it his goal by mid-2016 to instil culture change at the agency at the same time as pushing major reforms to its service delivery and embarking on its own digital transformation. Click here CASA plots path for culture change following review to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Hypothetically, what benefit could closed government offer?

    David Donaldson
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Would switching off the phones and cameras in parliament for a year improve government? Professor Paul 't Hart argues it might. Although there are benefits to greater openness, one needn't be as cynical as Sir Humphrey Appleby to identify there are costs too. Click here Hypothetically, what benefit could closed government offer? to read the full article on The Mandarin.
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Market Volatility: Will It Continue?

    Jim Sharpe
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:51 pm
    U.S. markets this week have painted the perfect picture of volatility. But exactly what does stock market volatility mean for investors? Put simply, volatility is the amount of uncertainty about the size of changes in the stock market. A higher volatility means stocks’ values can be spread over a larger range — in other words, an index or stock price can change radically over a short time period, either up or down. That’s risky. Alternatively, lower volatility means that stocks’ values don’t greatly fluctuate. Rather, their values change at a steady pace over time,…
  • Troy Newman Explains the Center for Medical Progress’s Next Move

    James Allen
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is still reeling after the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos showing abortionists haggling over baby parts “for a Lamborghini,” selling whole baby cadavers for intact parts, pushing baby parts around in a pie dish while declaring “it’s another boy!” and cutting through the face of a baby whose heart was still beating in order to get to an intact brain. Now, as Congress vows to continue fighting to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in annual taxpayer funding, the group is planning to sue CMP…
  • City of Chicago’s Red-Light Camera Corruption

    Jim Sharpe
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The former chief executive officer of Chicago’s first red-light camera vendor pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge Thursday. As the CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., KAREN FINLEY funneled cash and other personal financial benefits to a City of Chicago official and his friend, knowing that the payments would help persuade the city to award red-light camera contracts to Redflex, according to a plea agreement. The benefits included golf trips, hotels and meals, as well as hiring the city official’s friend as a highly compensated contractor for Redflex, according to the plea…
  • Thank You Spreaker…We Agree 100%

    James Allen
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    America Continues is growing every week and being added to more and more stations. But our online support has just been amazing. Thank you so much for supporting the show and thank you to Spreaker for an amazing platform and to Neil Hughes for the mention. America Continues with Jim Sharpe offers hope to those who have given up on the ‘American Dream’ in his Podcast that brings a special insight to the significant news stories of the day. There is so much to be proud of in this great nation and rather than trying to scare his listeners like other media outlets, he puts news stories and…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Private Server IS the Problem!

    Jim Sharpe
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The political class is seriously underestimating the impact of Hillary Clinton’s email controversy. They see it mainly as a problem of public opinion and electoral politics, where it has been increasingly costly but not yet fatal. The political damage—the drip, drip, drip of revelations—has been bad, but there is worse to come. Hillary Clinton’s big problem now is legal, and it could well be insurmountable politically. Here’s why. Once a “political” issue finally moves into the legal system, as the Clinton email server has, it moves forward with an independent logic. That logic…